Late August 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdeee folks ! This time I’m offering you Hillbilly mostly from the ’40s.

WOODY MASHBURN does an instrumental, a nice combination of piano, guitar and steel in « Bob’s Boogie » (Grand 101). He was also on Grand 102 (title unknown).

From Houston, TX. on the Eddie’s label (# 1219), we get now WALLIS & TEX ISABELL, both tunes with a lot of steel. « Sugar Cane Gal » is a medium tempo, good vocal. « The Good Old Days » is a lazy mdium uptempo bopper. Eddie’s label also published the very first sides of black artist Little Willie Littlefield with the romping « Little Willie’s Boogie » (# 1202) from 1949.

The well-known BENNIE HESS issued on hi own Jet label « Honky Tonk Town » (# 1914). Firm vocal, medium tempo and of course steel.

On Vulcan 3000 (location unknown), EVERETT LACKEY has « Sorrow And Tears » : a nasal and lazy vocal, a slow bopper.

The TEXAS RHYTHM BOYS did release « Benzedrine Blues ». Good steel, uptempo and firm vocal on Royalty 600.

Finally a Starday Custom on the Western Star OP (=.Other People) . #147 byHOWARD WESTERN. A good steel, Guitar solo for «Sawmill Boogie Blues » from 1953.

With thanks to Ronald Keppner (Harmie Smith’s sides on RCA and 4 Star) and ’53jaybop’ (for Howard Western) from YouTube.
Have a good listen, and if you enjoyed anything, please leave me a comment below. Everything here was done with much time and…fun as a labor of love.

early July 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Enroute for the Fortnight (early July 2021). Lo of boppers ; some rockers.

New Jersey’s HAROLD BAILEY & The Country Drifters do present their only issue ever on Gira # 300. Both are superior boppers. The main instruments are steel guitar and fiddle on « I’m Gonna Leave » and « I’m A Fool ». Both are boppers’ music dreams ! And a fine vocal from:Bailey (1959).

Next, DEAN ARMSTRONG on the aptly named Dance Hands label for « Cowboy Boots », apparenntly the very first record of KENNY SMITH, who made his way later on Johnny O’Neal’s Rural Rhythm label (« Go Right Back » ; bw. the more famous from 1957 « Walkin ‘ By My Lonesome », # 507).. Later on he releaed some great rockers, e.g. »I’m So Lonesome » on the Starday Custom Top-Per label # 281), then on La. Pek label # 7001 for « Wild Man » (1958) and in 1960, « Rockin’ Roll Party » on K-Ark 304.

On Florida’s Blue Sky label ( # 509) : the fast rocker (very nice fiddle) by LYNN CRAMER and « Wild She Devil ».. The same label had other good dics, by Rocky Davis and Billy Smith (1959)  and Jeanie Christie («Flying High », # 697 from 1958). All;these songs are easily available on compilation labels like Buffalo Bop.

The name Trepur rings a bell to you, visitors ? Well, this is the very first disc of the label, Trepur 100 by HUGH LEE OTT : « I’m Through With You », a joyful bopper. Maybe a first isssue had been released on the aptly named Country Bop label (a 78Rpm). On Trepur 503 we find a spendid bopper in the hands of a FUZZY LOFTON, « Bounce Baby Bounce », issued 1956.

On the ULC (« United Low Country ») # 1003, then a lucky find from Tom Sims’ cassettes, the fantastic « No Hard Time Blues ». Nice steel all through, a great rural sounding vocal by BUDDY CUDD (even some yodeling). Great, great record ! Even rarer and better (if one can of course), here’s JACKIE BRYSON, « I’m A Hillbilly Boy » (U.L.C. 1001) with string bass, very good vocal and lyrics, a lot of dobro. A fabulous record !

Another artist who rings a bell to you was JIMMY WORK. Out of Detroit, Michigan, he cut the first version of « Tennesse Border » on Alben records (1947), a song promptly revived by, among others, Hank Williams. He pursued his career in Nashville on various labels, e.g. Decca (« BlueGrass Tickling My Feet ») or this medium tempo « Who’s Been Here Since I’ve Been Gone » (# 46223), a slow weeper, although moving. Later on, he had a sequence of hits on Randy Wood’s Dot label. Songs like « Making Believe », also mostly copied by others, or this «When She Said You All ».

Back in Indiana for a rockabilly classic «  Servant Of Love »:by the VAN BROTHERS » and his extremely good THREE guitar solos . (Dale Gentry) on the Wayne Raney ‘s « Poor Boy » label (# 100).

In Mississipi now for RALPH REYNOLDS &the Dude Ranch Wranglers and their nice medium bopper, « Alone By The Telephone » on Lilian McMurry Globe label # 127. A fine guitar embroiding the lazy and cool vocal and piano throughout.

Back to rockabilly with more of a classic, Joe Turner‘s « Boogie Woogie Country Girl » : pounding piano (Westwood 201). . Disc came from Jackson, Tennessee, home of Carl Perkins. The label had also in its roster, Tony Snyder and Joe Rickman. Its best claim to fame (a must-have for collectors) was 1962 Larry Brinkley’s, « Move Over Rover » ( # 205)

Sources : labels mostly from Rockin’ Country Style ; music from my huge sound/labels collection stored on my Mac computer.It has proven in spite of hard research, impossible to find U. L. O. 1001 (I’m A Hillbilly Boy) by Jackie Brysons, sorry.

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 June 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites (at last, the return)

TOM TALL was a West coast country personality, who cut many a record. Here we go with one of his first ones, on the Fabor label (# 123)( 1955) with the average bopping « Underway ». Later on he went frankly Rockabilly on Crest Records (# 1038) in February 1958 with the classic « Stack-a-records » – « I got records here, I got records there, all over the place, but I am looking for the one that my baby likes to hear, where the guitar plays so fine -it goes (then solo) ». Great, great record !

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Hello everybody ! Well I’m not dead, but found myself in the hs)pital for the pas t5 months, after a serious illness. Thanks a lot to anyone who took time to encourage me and express care for my welfare. This means a lot to me. Anyway I’m back and ready to entertain you with mroe and more bopping music. Here we go :

Litterally nothing is known on the next artist, JIMMY THORPE, except he recorded for the King sub-label DeLuxe in 1953, so probaby in Cincinnati : « Locked in My Heart » (# 2006).

Trepur was a small label from La Grandenge, Georgia, which issued in te late ’50s some great records, e.g. “Milkman Blues” ‘1006, November 1958) by CHUCK JOYCE & his Chain and his Chain Gang, then “The Moon Won’t Tell” (1005, June 1958) , aimed at Country-rock aficionados for his good piano, by CHUCK GODDARD.

An all-time favorite of mine (since Tom Sims’ cassettes in the ’80s) is KEN HAMMOCK ‘ « It’s Now Or Never » (Starday 370) from 1960. Nice vocal and guitar.

We come to an end with, again on the West coast, with LYNN HOWARD and her « Red Thunderbird » on Accent 1044 from 1960.

As usual, various sources. Trepur sides do come from an old White label album ; Jimmy Thorpe and Lynn Howard from internet.

End of 2020 – last December bopping fortnight’s favorites – odds & ends

Rhythm Harmoneers

RHYTHM HARMONEERS on the Jamboree label (not Nashville, but Shreveport, La.) # 2800. Leader was Tom Bearden. « Women Drivers » is the Bill Carlisle song (Mercury). Harmony vocals and a fine guitar on this utptempo. The Harmoneers went also in 1953 on the Flair 1003 (subsidiary label to Modern) with « Good Old Chlororophyll ».

PAUL WILSON on another Louisiana label, Picture # 1001, released 1962 or ’63. « The Blues You Gave Me » is a steel led uptempo (plus solo) with piano, a really moving track. The record was produced by one M. F. Machart, who also produced Sleepy LaBeff « Ride on Josephine » (Picture 1937) Anothee Wilson record was « You Don’t Love Me » (Pcture 1002) – untraced.

Johnny Henderson

The 3 following songs are by JOHNNY HENDERSON, a West coast artist who cut for High Time in 1956-57. Backed by The Texas Hired Hands, he released « The Girl I Love Is n Okie » (# 117), a medium uptempo bopper, lovely rhythm, although no fiddle. B-side is similar in style : « Down Beside The Rio Grande » High Time 118). « Any Old Port In A torm » (High Time 177) is easily found on compilations, not its flipside , a bluesy item with lively vocal « Rocket In My Pocket ».

John R. McKearn

On the Hi-Lite label (Alabama 1959) the team led by JOHN R. McKEARN (backed on side A by Billy Stockstill) offers « All Because Of You » (# 510) : forceful rural vocal, a mid-tempo track, great guitar. The B-side has « The Tug Boast Song » backed by Luden R. Gouedy is uptempo Rockabilly. Same good guitar and piano in the background. This disc is valued at $ 200-300 in Lincoln book.

Hank Dalton

On the (U.S.) London label # 16032 from 1950, on to HANK DALTON & the Brakemen. He was actually Alton Delmore with Ray Smith . Here they do a great train song « Hummingbird Special », same style of the Delmore Brothers.

A nice mid-tempo Rockabilly with Country overtones by the PILGRIM BROTHERS on their own Pilgrim label (# 2001) : « (Slow) Cold Rain ».

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Victor Freese

An Hillbilly boppper from North Hollywood : « Let’s Pitch Little Woo » by VICTOR FREESE on the Coin 105 label,1957.

A nice ballad bopper- fiddle – bass chords guitar, then an average solo. It’s KIRMET PHILIPS on Dub 2841 and « Walking Alone Tonight »

From San Antonio, Tx, in August 1960, JOE B. & CHARLIE DAVIS release « Shut Your Big Mouth » on TNT 9033. Good guitar. Flip is a train song, « Mississipi Central ».

Joe B. & Charlie Davis

sources: Gripsweat (Johnny Henderson); Bert Martins’ 1970s’ tapes (Hank Dalton); YouTube (Victor Freese, Rhythm Harmoneers); my own archives.

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Late November 2020 bopping fortnight’s favorites

The first of 7 artists is the Virginian KED KILLEN on the mythic (in Bluegrass circles) Rich-R’-Tone label (# 1064, from 1953). With the tight accompaniment of the Bright Brothers, he delivers « Crying Blues » : bluesy hillbillly bop, with wailing vocal and a very great guitar ; hooking rhythm. The flip is a fast bopper, with the same type of vocal : « No End To My Loving You ». Killen can also be found on Kyva (Kentucky-Virginia) # 707 (« You Better Take Time », elsewhere in this site), a Starday custom from 1957, as in the ’60s on Western Ranch.

From Memphis, 1957, a classic « I’ve Got Love If You Want It » by WARREN SMITH (Sun 286), crisp lead guitar (Al Hopson or Roland Janes). Typical Sun rockabilly rocker. The original had been done by Slim Harpo on Excello (swamp blues).

SMILEY WILSON next (Hamilton, K. Wilson – 1922-1988) for two tunes very, very different. On the Nashville Republic label # 7033 (cut in October 1953, according to Billboard), he launched « Barnyard Blues », an heavy bluesy, R&B influenced song ; nice vocal and insistent guitar. On now to April 1947 on the Apollo label (# 141) for the funny « Red Silk Stockings And Green Perfume », a fast typical late 40s Hillbilly which combines accordion, steel and fiddle + a short guitar solo. Wilson was a native of Gadsden, Alabama, as the well-known (at last to me, nd you faithful readers!) Lee Bonds.

« Hog Tied And Branded » (Columbia 21391, recorded or released April 1955) by BONNIE SLOAN (b. 1937). Here she is backed by the Town Hall Party Gang of Los Angeles, for example Joe Maphis on guitar and Fiddlin’ Kate (you know what she’s playing). Energetic vocal, and a welcome banjo. Typical mid-50s Country music, however she never got it big.

The next artist, CLIFF GROSS, had worked as early as 1931 with the Hi-Flyers : he was a mountain style fiddler. He recorded in duet on Conqueror. Here we find him on the Kentucky Dixiana label (# 105) « and his Texas Cowboys », (probably recorded in Dallas) for the great fast talking blues « Hog Pen Hop » in 1954 : a hot bopper with accordion and steel (short fiddle and guitar solos too).

From Mobile, Alabama, in 1959- or shortly later, here’s JOHNNY FOSTER for a great Rock-a-balllad, « Locked Away From Your Heart » on Sandy 1028. Great haunting vocal, fine steel, good piano and fiddle. Later Foster went on Capa.

Then a Rockabilly/rocker « I’ll Keep On Lovin’ You » by the VARIATONES. An average rocker, late ’50s or early ’60s, without something really cracking. Production by Billy Harlan. Is this the « I Wanna Bop » artist (Brunswick 55066)?

sources : my own archives ; Martin Hawkins notes for Warren Smith, Smiley Wilson – picture from « A shot in the dark) ; Bonnie Sloan from Columbia 20000 serie (thanks W. Agenant) ; a Tom Sims cassette for Johnny Foster .