Hillbilly (Billy) Barton: Crazy lover

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London, Kentucky area

Billy Barton was born in London, Kentucky, on November 21rst, 1929. At the age of sixteen, after special training at school, he had secured a job as a tobacco auctioneer but, when he was twenty-one, his love of music carried the youngster to his first professional appearance on radio KXLA out of Pasadena, California. However, it seems to have been a further two years before Billy was to see his name on record. This first release for Fabor A. Robinson’s Abbott label was a duet with Johnny Horton on the flip of Johnny’s ninth Abbott issue. The next record on the label showed the same format, Horton solo on one side coupled with Horton/Barton duet on the  other.

At  this time, he was recording as Hillbilly Barton and would persevere with this name for a further two issues

abbott 166 before simplifying his name to Billy Barton for his remaining six Abbott platters. Although none of these records became mammoth sellers, the Country press was full of praise and D.J.s were giving them plenty of spins. One side of each of his last two Abbott discs were duets with Wanda Wayne, who he would go on to marry shortly afterwards, in December 1954.th_bbarton

Whilst on the honeymoon the couple cut at least one session for the King label of Cincinnati, but it was most probably two separate sessions in a matter of days. The penultimate of the songs is Wanda Wayne’s « Turn Your Fire Down », which is an excellent Hillbilly bopper.king 1466 wanda wayne turn your fire down

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with thanks to Michael Cocksedge

“Pardon me, old buddy”

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It was 1957 before we know of him recording again and then it was for the obscure Stars Inc. company. After that the next two seem to have been custom pressings from the same plant, the first under the banner of a music publisher%

late July 2009 fortnight

Welcome back to the recent finds in my collection! First we have Bluegrass/HIllbilly Bop with JIMMY MARTIN, former guitar player in Bill Monroe’s band, and the fine 1954 (Decca label) “Hop skip & Wobble”. ,Then onto ANDY WILSON for his fast 1952 version (Dot records) of the Delmore Brothers’ classic “Hillbilly Boogie” – done Hillbilly Bop style, very Nashville sounding. More Hillbilly Bop wit the torrid “I’m Turning Over A Brand New leaf” (King, Cincinnati, 1955) by the prolific (HILL) BILLY BARTON, who cut early in career with Johnny Horton. Still Country flavored Rock’n’Roll, this time, with West Coast’s GENE BROWN and “Big Door” (Four Star). Back to Delmore, a recent version of their classic “Blues Stay Away Away From Me” by BILLY & TERRY SMITH.Finally Black R&R with RON HOLDEN for “My Babe” (nothing in common with L. Walter) on Lost Nite records. Enjoy the sound!

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