late June 2012 fortnight’s favourites

Howdy folks! Welcome to new visitors, hi! to returning ones. Here is a new batch of hillbilly bop/rockabillies, taken from various sources (thanks Youtube!) for your own pleasure.

First, a survivor in style. LOUIE BASHELL (and his Silk Umbrella Orchestra !) and “Oklahoma Boogie” (RCA 47-5583, 1954) could well have been issued at least 5 years before, when accordion was in demand and dominated the songs of Pee Wee King, Spade Cooley, Wes Tuttle during the late ’40s. Anyway “Oklahoma Boogie“, with its Western swing flavour, is a driving track.

From the same period I’d assume, 1954-1955 in Oakland, California. CHARLES WAYNE and the Rattlesnake Ramblers for both sides of his Spur issue (# 1245): “Rodeo Time Is Here” and “Rockin’ Rollin’ Rhythm“.Piano well to the fore (barroom style), and a fine vocal. The whole reminds me of 1951 Charlie Graci‘s sides on Cadillac or 20th Fox (“Wilwdood Boogie“). Charles Wayne was the brother of Black Jack Wayne, a long-forgotten but important figure in the Norther California hillbilly bop scene. A feature on him is in the pipeline.












From Madison, Tennessee on the Logan label (# 3111), the 1959 Rockabilly oriented Hillbilly bop “It Was You” by LONNIE MULLINS. Strong guitar (bass chords) and great urgent vocal. The Logan label issued a mere 40 sides, among them the great “You Tore Your Playhouse Down” by Rabon Sanders (to be heard in the “early January 2012 fortnight’s favourites” article – seach for it with the button). Lonnie Mullins‘ flipside “Since You’ve Gone” was issued on Collector 4449 “Slow Boogie Rockin’” vol. 5.



From Florida I’d assume on the Jay label (# 72) do come the fine fast duet of JIM & EDITH YOUNG for the very good and aptly named “Hill Billy Moon” from 1957. Flash! Udo Frank corrected me. The disc do come from Sydney, Ohio. Thanks, Udo!

To sum up, two Bluegrass oriented hillbillies. First a slow one, the bluesy (great dobro)  “I’m A Loser” from a PINKY PINKSTON (thanks Rock’n’Roll Daddy-O Youtube chain) on the rare Fine-R-Tone label ( 6). Strangely billed “Custom record service”, I really have no clue  which larger label this one was pressed and distributed by. Maybe Ohio? North Carolina?

DENNIS GOODRICH had his “All Alone” on the Lorain, Ohio Debute label (# 0500). Coincidence! Anyway this is a fine fast Bluegrass number. Hope you will enjoy the selections!