Roland Janes

Oral History Information

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Deceased Date
Job Title
Musician, Recording Engineer, Producer
Company Name
Sam Phillips Studios

Roland Janes!  There were musicians/engineers/producers and then there was Roland Janes!  The man nearly single-handedly invented many of the engineering methods used in modern recordings, from microphone placement and cabling to board and tape deck tricks. Yet, what he seemed most fond of was his long and impressive career as a studio musician.  Roland played on many hit records and watched from the other side of the glass to learn from engineers such as Sam Philips and Scotty Moore.  His list of projects as a producer is equally awe inspiring and yet Roland would have rather looked back at those years between 1956 and 1963 when he played guitar on hundreds of Sun sessions including tracks with Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley, Sonny Burgess and Charlie Rich!