E A R L S I N K S
While producing artists for other labels, such as jazz and blues singer,
Joyce Cobb; Earl would record his own music.
Earl "SNAKE" Richards
He even found time to do movies like "Snake Richards".
Snake Richards in "Girl From Tobacco Row"
Earl did two films by Ron Ormond; in “Girl From Tobacco Row”,
Snake Richards in "White Lightnin Road"
and “White Lightnin' Road”,
Earl Sinks in "That Tennessee Beat"
and then 20th Century Fox' "That Tennessee Beat".
Earl Sinks in "That Tennessee Beat"
Earl Sinks in the movie.
Snake Richards aka Earl Sinks in the papers
Earl Sinks Portrait
More from the papers
EARL and RITA SINKS
Earl and Rita Sinks
A family pic
Earl Richards Vinyl
The man with a thousand names . . .
One more of Earl and Rita Sinks
Rita Sinks on stage
Way on up through the later 70's, and then the early 80's, Earl would
record as a solo artist and also with friends such as guitar legend Fred
Carter Jr. Billy Sanford and Jim Isabel, with Earl, made records for
Stardust Records under the name of 'Rooster Quantrell', re-cutting an
old Holly tune, "Rave On". But producing is what Earl loved doing most.
Earl and his friend, Chuck Gregory, a friend from his early days after
Buddy, formed and ran HME records for John Hammond. Gregory was
the head of CBS, and Hammond's scout. Gregory helped in seeking out
and signing artists such as; Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The
Thunderbirds, and many others.
Brandon Sinks, Earl Sinks and Rick Yancey.
After the HME days of the 80's, Earl was more settled in, and opened
offices close to his home; so, once again, Joe.B. Mauldin and Earl would
be working together. Joe B. Mauldin was friends with James Griffin, from
the group Bread. Bread had just recently broken up, and Griffin moved
to town with two other Memphis pals, Richard Minagra, and Rick Yancey.
These two guys were the biggest part of 'Cymarron Rings', now
collaborating as a group. Griffin, Minagra, and Yancey would combine
their talents as writers and singers, with that harmony that Sinks was so
use to doing for years...and with an introduction from Mauldin, Earl and
the Remingtons began.
Earl having a snack with a squirl.
Convinced by mutual friends of Jimmy's (Griffin's), the boys felt they had
a faster and better route to the country charts. So, before their recordings
with Earl was completed, they would leave to sign with BNA. Earl did not
hold any hard feelings towards them, and they later on they would make
their way back to Earl in one way or another, and are still friends to this
William Earl and Henry Earl
Earl and his dad
Earl on stage
Earl (Sinks) later bought a ranch back in Texas again, returning to his
roots where he lived with his wife of 48 years, with their daughter and
her two sons. Earl moved back to Tennessee in 2002 with the news of
his wife being diagnosed with cancer, and her health now becoming his
main focus. They moved back to Nashville where Rita underwent surgery
for breast cancer. Earl himself, would find his health needing to be a front
matter of concern with diabetes.
Earl with his sisters Larell and Trell, they are twins.
Earl doing what he loves to do.
You may now kiss your wife
His sons have taken over the helm of the Sink's ship. Brandon is handling
much of the publishing company's business and productions for his dad.
Earl with Brandon and family
Semi-retired Earl Richards or Earl Sinks maybe it is Snake Richards from the
movies or Earl Henry then perhaps you know him as Sinx Mitchell. What
ever name he went by or what ever label he was on, Earl would make the
best of it.
And here are 2 personal autographs by Earl Sinks and his wife Rita Faye :