J.M. Van Eaton
The house band at Sun Records in Memphis was anchored by the percussive thunder of J.M. Van Eaton. He stoked the rhythmic engine on Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls Of Fire," Billy Riley's "Red Hot" and "Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll" (he was a charter member of Billy's Little Green Men with guitarist Roland Janes), sides by Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, and so many more classic Sun productions that it's impossible to list them all. Van Eaton's highly innovative drumming was also featured on product from several other Memphis labels during the late '50s and early '60s (Hi, Rita, Fernwood). J.M. still has the fire behind his kit, driving the beat with a singular attack.