late June 2021 bopping fortnigh’s favorites

Howdy folks ! This is the new selection of bopping fortnight’s favorites : no less than 11 or 12 tracks this time, trying to recapture all those 5 past months when bopping.org was sleeping and sick in the hospital .

We begin with J. C. CLAY on the Star label (# 506, from where I don’t know – Cees Klop once picked it up and reissued it on one of his « Rockabilly Hoodlums » series) ; a nice Rockabilly with strong bass rhythm . The follow-up is done on the same CD by

JAY McCOY

, and his « Everybody’s Lookin’ », a cheerful tune (not so often in bopping.org) was published as late as 1966 on the Nebraska Rebel label (# 5846).

CHUCK JOYCE (featured Early June for his Trepur 1006 side , « Milkman Blues » & Hollywoos Rhythm Wranglers, do come on Trepur 1009 with two songs, fronted on vocal by a Rusty Howard. « I’m Going To Do You Like You Are Doing To Me » : a fine Rocka-a-ballad with some harmonica ; the flip side, « Let’s Rock » , same vocalist, is a passable rocker – fine guitar anyway.

On to Washington, D.C. for

L. C. SMITH

on the Wango label (1958). He does the great guitar/banjo led « 

Radio Boogie 

» and « 

Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship 

» (original by Hank Snow), already issued (1rst version) in 1952 or 1953 on the Tennessee Kingsport label # 108 aided by Ralph Mayo on banjo. Smith had other good discs on Wango, maybe for a future Fortnight.

We turn way up North on the Fortune label, out of Detroit, Michigan.

BOOTS GILBERT

(& Bob Sykes with Chuck Hatfield on steel) issued in 1955 on Fortune 176 « 

Take It Or Leave It 

», a fine track (call and response format). Fortune had in its catalog many other great discs. Label was owned by Deborah Brown and her husband Jack.

West Va. born (1931)

BILL BROWNING

(and the Echo Valley Boys) had a fine string of Rockers and Country-rockers on the Ohio Island label, among them the classic « 

Dark Hollow 

» (1958), also done by Jimmie Skinner on Mercury. Browning was also on Enola 313 and Marbone 7026, and should not be confused with BILL « ZEKIE » BROWNING on Lucky.

RED HADLEY

cut in 1955 the good « 

Brother That’s All 

» (Meteor 5017) and disappeared afterwards, leaving behind him some tracks cut for Sun, not issued before the ’70s.

We come to the end of this selection with two late ’50s or even 1969 tracks by Bill Monroe ex-sideman

JIMMY MARTIN

. First with the superior bopping bluegrass tune « 

Hop, Skip And Wobble 

» (Decca 30496) and « 

Free Born Man 

» (Decca 32378).

Just to add something different, a great piece of Boogie Woogie from 1929 by the pianist

WILL EZELL

and his « 

Pitchin’ Boogie 

»: fine piano and a demented cornet.

That’s it for this time, folks. Hope you enjoyed the selection ! If you did, please leave me a comment below.

Sources : many. Netherland’s Cees Klop for some tunes from « Rockabilly Hoodlums » series ; Wango sides, Chuck Joyce from Internet. The rest from my huge sound/labels collection.

early July 2010 fortnight

Hello folks, here I am again, back in wonderful Vallée du Rhône (where I lived for more than 40 years): Roman monuments, wines, goat cheeses, near Lyon, the second city of France (rivalling Marseille). Here in Vienne we have one of the foremost Jazz Festivals all around Europe (1rst fortnight of July), held in a marvelous Roman theater (fantastic acoustic!). Among all artists will be this year Joe Cocker – he’s not a Hillbilly yet, you know, but one of the truly Soulful artists ever. The show is booked…

All my records are still in boxes, and the library has yet to be set up, later this Summer. So this early July fortnite will be made up of tunes stored on my Macintosch for accidental use like this one. No label pictures, no spare time left to research in my files, only the music. After all, it’s only music we all love that got importance, isn’t?

Here we go.First from Indiana (Ruby label) comes WALTER SCOTT and the fine Hillbilly bop “I’m Walkin’ Out” (1956) complete with swirling fiddles and steel-guitar. Then to Texas, I think (I may be wrong!), with the great HYLO BROWN, whose career was firmly dept in Bluegrass but flirted with Hillbilly at times. I’ve chosen his 1951 rendition of “Lonesome Road Blues” (Four Star). Down in Louisiana, here comes the Pope of Cajun accordion, NATHAN ABSHIRE and one of his first records (although he had already recorded in 1939) under his name, the fine instrumental “Lu Lu Boogie” (Khoury’s label, 1947). On to Nashville, and JIMMY MARTIN, one of the founding members of the Bluegrass style (he’s been once guitar player for Bill Monroe). The song herein is Bluegrass, indeed, but Jimmy has hiccups in his voice…that predate (in my mind anyway) Rockabilly! “Hop, Skip and Wobble” (Decca) Complete with fiddle, banjo, string-bass. Back to the real roots of Hillbilly of the Thirties: (Tom) DARBY & (Jimmy) TARLTON – the haunting “Sweet Sarah Blues” (may be from 1928? 1931? I cannot verify at the moment). Great, strange vocal, and wild dobro.

We finished with two very different tunes, separated by at least 50 years. BIG MACEO (Merryweather) was a fine piano player and intimate vocalist of Chicago in the early 40s. Hear his “I Got The Blues” (backed by Tampa Red on the fluid electric guitar). Then MAURA O’CONNELL (late 1990’s) and the beautiful (both melody and lyrics) “It’s A Beautiful Day”. Enjoy, folks!

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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