early October 2014 fortnight favorites: a short survey of King records

 

King Records was a very important label run by Syd Nathan in Cincinnati, Oh. It had a C&W serie (500-1500), a Federal serie (10000) and a Deluxe serie (2000 or 5000).

 

First artist is Cowboy Jack Derrick, whose story is on the site. « Truck drivin’ man » is a very early trucker gay song.(King 633)

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Cowboy Jack Derrick, “Truck drivin’ man

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Paul Howard from Arkansas (1908-1994) was leading his Cotton Pickers on a long string of releases on Columbia and King. He was a resident at WSM in Nashville. « The boogie’s fine tonight » and « Texas boogie » are two of his best sides.

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Paul HowardTexas boogie

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Paul HowardThe boogie’s fine tonight

Clyde Moody is also well represented with a personal entry in bopping.org. Here is presented one of his best platters, « The blues came pouring down », with very strong rhythm guitar. (# 943)

 

Clyde MoodyThe blues came pouring down

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Ocie Stockard is the most Western swing styled artist of the selection. The instrumental »Cow town boogie » evokes Texas and Oklahoma (King 634)
Ocie StockardCow town boogie

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Jimmie Thomason was a West coast D.J. and had a string of releases on King of the same high standard. « I’ll drown in my tears » is a true Country blues, that is not often heard.(King 1132)
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Jimmy ThomasonI’ll down in my tears

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Ramblin’ Tommy Scott had a career covering from the 40s until the 90s. He is presented here on Federal 10026 with « Uncle Sammy », usual style.

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Tommy ScottUncle Sammy

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Finally a R&B Rocker by Big John Greer on the « regular » serie : « Come back uncle John », apparently based on « Long tall Sally » from early 1956.
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Big John GreerCome back uncle John

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Late August 2014 fortnight favorites: What a line! (another minor classic)

Howdy, folks !

First selection is a fine bopper (sincere vocal, strong rhythm and good fiddle, even pizzicato played) : « I was standing too close to a heartache » (sounds familiar?) by BILLY TIDWELL, who cut a very good version of « Folsom prison blues » on the White Deer, TX Ko Co Bo label in 1964.

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Billy Tidwell, “I was standing too close to a heartache

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Second odd issue is first ever Tommy Collins‘s song, « Campus boogie », when Collins was still known as LEONARD SIPES in his native Oklahoma. The song can be found on Morgan 106, and is very Hank Williams styled.

 

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Leonard SipesCampus boogie

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Then we enter in back-to-back series. JIMMIE DAVIS, also politician for Louisiana Governoship, cut a whole string of early boppers in the ’30s. Here I selected « You’ve been tom cattin’ around », issued on Bluebird in 1933.

A good 22 years later, CARL STORY had his own version, although the mandolin player is himself, on Columbia 21444 (1955). The flipside is the equally good, Rockabilly style, « What a line ». Strong boogie guitar, a fiddle solo. Really a masterpiece.

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Jimmie DavisYou’ve been tom cattin’ around

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Carl StoryYou’ve been tom cattin’ around

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« What a line » derives from the original by JIMMIE WIDENER, who had this on his first King session in 1946 (# 536B) on the West coast, backed by such luminaries as Joaquin Murphy on steel or Jimmy Wyble on electric guitar. Harold Hensley is also present on fiddle, and co-wrote the song with Merle Travis. Widener had had been vocalist for Tex Williams, Spade Cooley and Bob Wills.

Jimmie WidenerWhat a line!

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 Clyde MoodyWhatta line

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Carl StoryWhat a line

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The song was revived first in 1953 by CLYDE MOODY on Decca. Usual style. Moody does it fast, with fiddle and guitar solo. Then in the mid-60s by GLENN THOMPSON, the most obscure artist of them all, who came from North Carolina. Guitar player is modern, but has a fine bluesy solo.

 

Glenn Thompson, “What a line”

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Main source for this issue: Internet.

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Clyde Moody

Although he is considered a Bluegrass artist – the end of his career, and his beginnings with Bill Monroe are enough proofs of it – Clyde Moody was a versatile artist who did success in various styles : Western swing, Old-Time, Honky Tonk, even Country pop, but always with a « Country » voice. He had his first hit with « Shenandoah Waltz » (1947, King), the first of a long waltzes serie. Hence his nickname of « Hillbilly Waltz King ». Whatever he sang, he always did it with ease and a sort of tasteful grace. (more…)