End of January 2019: bopping fortnight’s favorites (nearly all 78rpm)

Howdy folks, hi ! to previous visitors, welcome to new ones

. This is the second selection of bopping tunes for the end of January 2019. Hope you will enjoy any of the tracks, nearly all taken at 78rpm speed from the ’47-’51 era.

First « Dog Bite Yo’ Hide », a minor Country classic : Jimmy Vernon cut his own version on the King label (# 1367) ca. 1953, and Jimmy Martin released his interpretation on Decca 30281 (1957). The apparently original song was done in November 1951 by SMOKEY WARD on the Barrel Head Gang label, # 1001-A. It’s an energetic Bluegrass tune, full of fiddle and mandolin.

Joe Rumore

Second selection is done by JOE RUMORE with Happy Wilson, on the Vulcan 5001B label, located in Birmingham, ALA. « I Butted In » is a Western swing flavored bopper : an happy uptempo disc with a lot of accordion, the main instrument, and the release date is March 1948. Hardrock Gunter is the lead guitar player on this one. Happy Wilson also had another issue on Vulcan [for a future Fortnight selection] plus a great version (MGM 10877, 1951) of the evergreen « Haunted House Boogie ».

Happy Wilson & band (who is he?)

Happy Wilson (L) – a young Hardrock Gunter (R)

Next artist is HARMIE SMITH & the Southern Swingsters, whose « Knocking at your door » (RCA-Victor 20-1869) goes back to May 1946: it’s an uptempo good bopper – a fine voice and an agile lead guitar. His second one, « Weary Trouble In My Mind » # 20-1996, from November 1946, is done in the same joyful style. (Sorry, low-quality of the song uploaded from Youtube).

Harmie Smith, KWKH studio

Again a good backing (steel to the fore) for a record seemingly related with Jimmy Rhodes, the famous producer out of Mineola, TX – he wrote « Party Girl », a nice mid-paced uptempo track for an extrovert vocal by DANNY BROWN. He was at a time related to Blackie Crawford’s Western Cherokees. At last, he was part of the former band when published by he HBR team.(# 45, Coral Records volume 1).

BOB WELLER & Will Coffman’s Night Riders released at an unknown date « Heartaches And Gloom », a medium-paced bopper, with a good vocal and guitar solo on another Dixie label # 850. No clue this time neither date nor location on the label, and one can assume only by the general sound an early ’50s (or late 40s) recording.The flip side “Devil’s Heart” was published in the August 2013 “fortnight”.

Sources: Indeed of great help was the « 78rpm » site, also YouTube + my own archives.

early July 2013 fortnight favorites

Howdy folks. Here is the new selection for this first summer’s favorites. From Columbus, Ohio, the brothers (or cousins?) JOE and RAY SHANNON on the Shenandoah label (# 246) for a fine rockabilly (good guitar): “Hobo Baby“.

joe & ray (snandoa)

shenandoah joe & ray hoboThen on Dixie – I don’t know if this is the ‘regular’ Madison, TN,Dixie label. The song is from ’61, by BOB WELLER. “Devil’s Heart” (# 850) is well sung, well convincing, over a medium piano. Very atmospheric.

dixie weller heart

 

I turn on a great unknown. He played on numerous Cincinnati sessions for King records: here LOUIE INNIS has his own “Sing Your Song Baby” (# 4861, from 1955) with chorus. Fine Innis’ guitar and fiddle.

king innis sing

 

JAM-UP & HONEY from Tennessee on Dot Records (# 1114). It’s a folky tune (even a banjo), with a prominent fiddle (solo). “Holding The Sack” sounds a different brand of hillbilly.

dot jam-up&honey - holding

 

freedom spear loose

From Houston, as early as 1951. JIMMIE SPEAR has the fiddle romper “Turn Me ‘Round” on Freedom 5005. Nice guitar solo and steel.

Finally the Bo Diddley styled “Chicken in basket” on Old Town 101old-town bland basket6 by BILLY BLAND. Enjoy the selections!