fargo 1116B low down bluesfargo 1111B It's too lateThis time, the artist, whom we know little of, will be presented mostly by his music and his compositions.

BILLY HUGHES, born Everett Ismael September 14, 1908 at Sallislaw, Oklahoma, settled in the 30s in California following the Okies’ exodus. From 1945, Billy Hughes & his Buccaroos engraved until 1959 a slew of very good hillbilly boppers, some of which became classics, such as « I’m tellin’ you, » « Tennessee Saturday Night » and « Take your hands off it (Birthday cake) ». Many artists took them over, to name a few : Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Jack Guthrie, Johnny Tyler, Jess Willard, Cowboy Sam Nichols, Bud Hobbs or Skeet’s McDonald – even Tennessean old-timer Kirk McGee. Hughes’ music is usually relaxed, ‘lowdown’ with a Western swing touch, which is normal since Hughes frequented the best artists of the West coast. So he wrote dozens of songs, and hung up during the 60s. He had owned the Fargo label, active in 1946 in Los Angeles (Sam Nichols, Terry Fell, Johnny Tyler) and issued a strange « Atomic sermon » in 1953. He disappeared May 6, 1995 in Horatio, Arkansas.


« I’m tellin’ you » (Fargo, 1946) download
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Jess Willard « I’m telling you » (1957)download
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« Take your hands off of it » (Birthday cake) (Fargo)download

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Skeet’s McDonald « Birthday cake boogie » (Fortune, 1950)download fortune 165B skeet's

Red Foley « Tennessee saturday night« (Decca, August 1947)downloaddecca 46136 red foley tennessee saturday night

Al Vaughn, « She’s an Okie » (4*, 1950)download4 star 1232 al vaughn

Billy Hughes « Low down baby« (Fargo 1946)download


Billy Hughes « It’s too late to change your mind » (Fargo, 1946)download

Billy Hughes « Milk cow blues« (Fargo, 1946)download

Billy Hughes « Memphis, Tennessee » (Fargo, 1946)downloadfargo 501A memphis, tennesseefargo 1115B milk cow blues

Kirk McGee « It’s too late to change your mind » (Tennessee 798, 1951)download

Billy Hughes, »Cocaine blues » (King, 1947)download

Billy Hughes « Next to the soil » (Fargo, 1946)download

as Buccaroo Billy « Blue as I can be » (Gilt-Edge, 1949)download

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Billy Hughes « You done daddy dirty » (4*, 1949)downloadHUGHES 4STAR ET 19A

Billy Hughes « Atomic sermon » (Space, 1953)download





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Thanks to Allan Turner and his blogsite « Hillbilly researcher » for the Fargo sides. Sounds mostly from Hillbilly Researcher CD devoted to Billy Hughes (thanks Uncle Gil). Wikipedia for personal facts and compositions.