TOM JAMES is completely unknown except in the Rockabilly/R&R circles for his Klix issue « Track down baby/Hey baby » from 1957. No whereabouts neither his birthday year are known. Is even still alive today ?
He already had come from Oklahoma when he got a recording contract with RCA-Victor. His only session with this major label came early 1954 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tom James(vo,g) with Chet Atkins(el g) Louis Innis(rh g) Robert Foster(steel g) Dale Parker (bjo) Bob Moore(b).
(Thomas Radio Productions) Nashville,February 17,1954
E4VB-3624 Don’t lead me on RCA Victor 20/47-5790, Cactus 5052
E4VB-3625 Your kind of lovin’ RCA Victor 20/47-5695, Cactus RCA vol.2
E4VB-3626 Sample of your love RCA Victor 20/47-5695
E4VB-3627 I’m a pig about your lovin’ RCA Victor 20/47-5790
All four tracks are uptempos, the slowest being « Sample of your love ». They are nothing but pleasant hillbilly boppers (prominent bass) although a bit common.
Howdy folks! After a week of inconvenience (the site could not be opened) and a few ajustments, we are back for a new batch of goodies.
First from California, the unknwon (to me, at least) FREDDIE BYRD, backed by California Playboys, lays down the fine “Somebody Stole My Love” on the microscopic Ka Hi label. Even not an issue number! This is the same label as the one Jess Willard had his great “I’m Telling You” in 1957 on (see his story with the reasearch button). Fine Hillbilly ditty.
From Tennessee, the HOWINGTON Brothers for a good (unusual in bopping) instrumental “Haymaker’s Shuffle” on the Loop label (# 903B). The title says it all.
Then a certain TOM JAMES on the Nashville KLIX label, from 1957. I’d assume this is the same guy that had some very good boppers on RCA several years before (“I’m A Pig About Your Lovin” or “Don’t Lead Me On“). Here we have a real knack of Rockabilly with “Track Down Baby” (Klix 0001). Great guitar.
From California again: DOUG AMERSON offers the very solid “Bop, Man, Bop” on the Intrastate label (# 15-25), from 1955. This is how Hillbillies went to wilder things.
From Mississipi, MACK HAMILTON. Indeed he had other records, namely on Feature from Jackson (“Will You Will Or Will You Won’t” has already been posted a couple of years ago). Backed by his Drifting Texans, he does a nice shuffling “Moaning In The Morning” on Diamond 1001 (reviewed October 1953 by Billboard). This was a brother label to Trumpet I’ve discussed before in this site.
Finally, a berserk wildie from 1963 on the NYC based Mala label: “Red Ridin’ Hood And The Wolf” by BUNKER HILL (# 457). They don’t go any wilder like this today.
Enjoy the selections. Constructive comments welcome.