Early October 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night

by Hardrock Gunter

The veteran HARDROCK GUNTER does provide us his « Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night » (Decca 46300) cut in 1950. A nice bopper, an happy song. Good guitar and vocal.

Next, JOHNNY RECTOR, singer fronting Blackie Crawford and the Western Cherokees, a Houston group, does « If They Ever Get Together » : a bopper – steel, piano and fiddle.

Dub Adams on stage (’40s)

The fine DUB ADAMS with an instrumental « Pocahutas Stomp » on the Dude label (Dude JB 1498) : steel, piano and drums. Western tinged.

From the South now, JOHNNY FOSTER does offer « Turn Me Loose » on Capa 233. A duet, jumping country song, shrill guitar and a good guitar solo.

DAVE BROCKMAN had a disk on Starday Custom, the great « Feel Sorry For Me ». Here he is on the Pea-nut label # 1001 with « My Angel’s Gone to Hell ». Surely a Southern label. He’s been on the Fayette label # 1002 too.

The King of Yodel American Singers, as they call him, KENNY ROBERTS in his finest hour (Coral 64032). Intro by harmonica, a nice bopper, fine lyrics. The song was issued too by Lonesome Willie Evans on London and Little Jimmy Dickens on Columbia.

1929-30 the Godfather of Country music JIMMIE RODGERS did two of his better-known tune, « Mean Mama Blues » (with brass acc.) and « Never No More Blues », (flipside to « Mule Skinner Blues »)both cut by Victor. Both of them were revived by AL RUNYON on the Kentucky label, respectively # 577 and 581. Slow songs, only acc. by guitar. Runyon closely copies here Rodgers.

LARRY GOOD on the Kansas City label R (« Our ») # 517 cut a good Rockabilly with « Pick Up Your Hammer » ; good guitar, the vocal is OK

Finally from Louisiana, the romping « Drunkard’s Two Step » by ROBERT BERTRAND. Steel and accordion backing. Fais DoDo # 1000 (a colloquial word for dance halls)

Sources : many ; YouTube for several(Johnny Foster, Dub Adams) ; the others from my own archives.

early November 2013 fortnight’s favorites

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First, a minor classic on the 4 * label (# 1647) from 1955, by the prolific FRANK SIMON, “The West Virginia Country Boy”. Here he does his most famous song, “Sugar plum boogie“, fine boogie guitar, lotsa energy. This is almost Rockabilly in spirit. Without doubt a guy to look for. He even had an LP (late 50s) on Audio-Lab.4 * simon sugar

Frank Simon, “Sugar plum boogie

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Then, again on 4*, two 1957 sides by an otherwise unknown artist to me, JAY  T. STARR (# 1708). First, “Wa-na-chee“, an ethnic Indian Bopper, very solid. The flipside does slow things a bit, but nearly not with “Darker clouds ahead“. A good record.

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Jay. T. Starr,Wa-na-chee

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Jay T. Starr, “Darker clouds ahead”

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Way up north (Indianapolis) on the Nabor label. BOB HILL does “This old train“, a very enjoyable variation (with train effects) on this inexhaustible theme of trains. (# 105, 1956)
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Bob Hill, “This old train

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From Tennessee, as his name implies, ERNIE LEE and the Southerners, for the fine and idiosyncratic Tennesseee song:”You’re next door to heaven when you’re in Tennessee” on RCA-Victor 21-0158.
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Ernie LeeYou’re next door to heaven when you’re in Tennessee

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Later in the ’50s, HOUSTON BARKS belts out his Country-rocker “She’s gone” on the Buck & Sunny label (101).
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Houston Barks, “She’s gone

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Finally, from 1961, a fine country-roker in its own right: “You’re for me” by BUCK OWENS on Capitol (here it’s a reissue, # 6038). Nice steel (Ralph Mooney) and backing (Don Rich on fiddle, George French at the piano).
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Buck Owens, “You’re for me

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