Hi ! This is the late November 2018 bopping fortnight’s favorites selection : I try to add regularly this section of bopping.org. Obscure artists and record labels, as better known ones, but the emphasis is done on lesser known tunes. They do represent anyhow my feeling for the Hillbilly Bop music between 1945 and 1965 (occasionnally I am sticking these time limits out).
First artist is DICK DYSON, whom I still doesn’t know anything about. I had posted a tune (« I Work In The Daytime, (She Works At Night) » in the early July 2018 faves’ selection, here is one more : « Warmed Over Coffee And Woke Up Kisses » is a fast song, a lot of steel and a very agile lead guitar. Vocal by Johnny Pearson. This was released in 1947 on Tri-State 103.
The November period is favourable to witches and haunted houses. JACK RIVERS on Coral 64072 cut in 1954 the classic half-sung tune of the genre with « Haunted House Boogie : piano, steel, and skeleton’s clinketings.
From Columbia, TN, came in 1960 the rousing « The Drifter », released on Maid 1000 by the Tennessee Drifters (with TOMMY MORELAND on vocal). Great trembling guitar over an high-pitched vocal. More of the same with « The Tennessee Blues » on the Columbus (located in…Columbia, TN, near Nashville) label # 1501. He released also the out-and-out rocker « » in 1962 on Skoop 1054.
On the West coast, GENE O’QUIN delivers « I Specialize In Love » (Capitol 2578), cut in December 1954. A fast bopper, steel played by Speedy West and fiddle by Harold Hensley.
In West Monroe (La.)(near Shreveport) was cut the good « Just Me And The Jukebox » by the veteran BUZZ BUSBY on vocals and mandolin. A fast song, a banjo solo as expected on the small Jiffy label # 207.
Next artist was primarily a ballad singer. RUSTY McDONALD, a native of Lawton, Texas (1921-1979, aged only 57 years) worked with Bob Wills, the Callahan Brothers, Tex Ritter as guitarist or front singer. Here he appears on the 1951 released « Baby Sittin’ Boogie » (Intro 6035) : lazy vocal, shufflin’ and sympathetic rhythm. He scored big the same year with « Postage Due », a very styled uptempo tune.
The veteran TEX RITTER has an assured vocal and a dreamed backing behind him, that of Speedy West on steel, Merle Travis on guitar, Cliffie Stone on bass and Harold Hensley on fiddle for « Boogie Woogie Cowboy » (Capitol 928, from January 1950)
Sources : as usual, YouTube, Uncle Gil’s Rockin’ Archives, Internet.
Howdy folks ! This is the early November 2018 fortnight’s bopping favorites selection. They are limited from 1955 to 1959 and they include labels like Ekko, Ram, Poppy or Capitol.
First we get JAMES WILSON & the Jimmie Cats. As the time of recording (August 1956), being born in 1940, he was still student at the Shreveport, La. University. His track «Wilson Blues No. 1
» (Ram no #) is a raw bluesy rockabilly: harsh vocal (stop-and-go), great guitar and piano. The flipside is nearly also good, and is backed by a very young (actually his debut) James Burton on guitar. «You Won’t Know Why ’til I’m Gone». The record will cost $ 600 to 700.
At the time he cut those songs below, LOU MILLET was not a newcomer, in regard with records. He had already more than one issue on Columbia, and actually cut as Louis Millet on the Rouge label (1949). From 1955/56 do come his sides cut for Ekko Records out of Nashvlle, TN. «When I Harvest My Love» and «Chapel Of My Heart» are superior boppers (Ekko 1024) – although medium-paced.
On the same label you can find two interesting sides by LLOYD McCOLLOUGH. The man had an abundant dscographical production, under his actual name, or his pseudo («Lloyd Arnold). He realeased several great discs on Von and Republic. Here are two goodies, «Until I Love Again»> and «What goes on in your heart» (Ekko 1023).
On the West coast now with CHESTER SMITH, born in Wade, Oklahoma in 1930 – moved at an early age to California. He settled as a DJ during the latter part of the ’50s for the famous KTRB radio station out of Modesto and he had a long string of releases (many sacred ones) on the Capitol label. In 1957 he duetted with Del Reeves for a minor classic (does this song ring a bell? By Gene Vincent!), «Love, Love, Love» (valued at $ 100-150). We find him a couple of years later on the Riverbank, Ca. label Poppy and «Tennessee Saturday Night», a light country rocker. In the meantime he had also cut for Decca «You Gotta Move», which is clearly Rock’n’roll, as did the unissued-at-the-time «Rock Go Around».
More on the West coast by a great: SKEETS McDONALD . Two tracks out of a January 1955 session. Both are very good examples of shuffling, bouncing Hillbilly bop, «I Can’t Stand It Any Longer» and (my favorite of Skeets for years) «You’re Too Late“.
Howdy folks ! This is the late October 2018 fortnight’s favorites selection, that include 9 tunes.
Carl Dixon on Hood
Let’s start with CARL DIXON, about whom a virtually nothing is known. I suspect that Dixon came from Arkansas, because the mention « & his Ark. Five », although the Hood label was located in Louisville, Ky. Nevertheless, both sides are joyful Rockabillies/Hillbilly boppers on Hood 1031 (sole issue known on 45cat,. Both sides do feature an harmonica, are medium uptempos and have echo on both guitar and vocal.
From New Orleans do come the next three tracks on the famous Meladee label. This one released also Gene Rodrigue, and most of all, the wild Jeff Daniels’ songs in 1956 («Daddy-o-rock » and « Hey Woman »).
Let’s begin with the otherwise unknown cat C. L. ‘Curly’ HARE on Meladee 103 from 1953. « Hopeless Love » is a shuffler, with good steel (solo) and fiddle, and an insistent piano that tickles the listener’s ears. More of the same with the flipside, « Bundle Of Blues ». A very nice hillbilly bop platter.
Later on, Wyatt re-surfaced on the Kuntry label # 1000 (late ’50s or early ’60s) apparently run by J. D. Miller [publishing house Jamil], out of Crowley, La. for the fast Country rocker « I Taught Her How To Love ».
Finally I post « Poor Me » by CHANDOS McRILL & The Excellons on the Stardust label # 805, which was located in Kansas City, Missouri. Issued in October 1959, it’s a medium-paced Rockabilly. McRill has an husky voice perfect for this type of music. A good guitar solo. Indeed he had released in 1957 on the Starday custom Stardust label (# 655) the great bopper/Rockabilly double-sider « Money Lovin’ Woman »/»Little Bit Too Bashful ». You’re lucky if you can find « Poor Me » and would pay $ 300-400 for bying it ! Note that the singer’s name was hidden, perhaps as an attempt to promote his backing group.
Hi ! To bopping.org followers. This is the early October 2018 selection, all sides from 1947 to 1955. Very few details are known about the artists, so the music I’m afraid will speak by itself.
The Texas Rhythm Boys
The TEXAS RHYTHM BOYS (vocal Alvin Edwards) had cut « Benzedrine Blues » on Jimmy Mercer’s Royalty label # 600 (1948)in Paris, Texas [see map below]. A medium shuffler (fiddle and steel solo) about a common drug then among musicians.
Nothing at all is known about Alvin Edwards and the Texas Rhythm Boys, a generic name for a rather generic group. “Benzedrine Blues” is their only known record.
RAY WHITLEY (1901-1979) provided a version of the evergreen (Bill Haley, Cousin Ford Lewis, Charlie Stone on Arcade Records) « Jukebox Cannonball ». A medium uptempo : accordion to the fore and fiddle issued on Cowboy 301 (1947).
TOMMY SARGENT was a steel guitar player popular on the West coast. Here he is with two tunes. The fast (accordion) « Night Train To Memphis », with whistle effects on Corax 1084 (1947), then « Steel Guitar Boogie »(# Corax 1328), an uptempo with, of course, steel guitar being the prominent instrument.
We found one more Sargent backing with EDDIE CLETRO, « Lonesome Train Boogie » on Lariat 1058 (1950). Again a tour-de-force for the steel.
On Rainier WR-1 (date unknown), PAUL TUTMARC & the Wranglers. The vocalist is Bonnie Guitar, who backed many people in the early ’50s, before embarking for a successful solo career. Born Bonnie Buckigham (1923) she began performing at age 16, having taken up playing the guitar as a teenager, which led to her stage name, Bonnie Guitar. In 1944 she married her former guitar teacher .Paul Tutmarc
« Dark Moon » : the song was originally issued under Fabor Records in 1956. “Dark Moon” was then issued over to Dot Records and by the spring of 1957, the song hit the pop top 10 list and went into the country top 15 list. Guitar officially had a hit.
It’s an uptempo shuffler (accordion), « Midget Auto Blues ».
Another version of « I’m Sitting On Top Of The World », by TOMMY MAGNESS & His Orange Blossom Boys on the Roanake, Va. Blue Ridge label (1947). Fine steel, fiddle. A good one. Vocal by Hall Brothers. Later (1951) Magness with his Tennessee Buddies had two disks on Federal.
To sum up, a bit of mystery with two entirely different « Mississipi Boogie », but with the same singer. RED PLEASANT & the Southern Serenaders on the Selective label #3 (California) have a strong guitar led tune with Milton Beasley on vocal (1950) . The same MILTON BEASLEY cut his own song on Delta Records (# 409) out of Jackson, Mississipi in 1953. How come Beasley was vocalist on two tunes so different is anybody’s guess. A Bluesman, Julius King, had a great rocking version of the song in 1952 on the Tennessee label (# 127), backed by guitar and..kazoo!
Hello to you, faithful visitors of bopping.org. This is the late September 2018 fortnight’s selection.
In 1968, EVELYN WHITE with her Radio Ranch Boys cut two singles in Dayton, OH, for the Dessco label. One is Country, the other (# 7016) is a fine, energetic version of Hank‘s « Mind Your Own Business » (fiddle solo) .
From Galax, Ga, on the Starday Custom Old Dominion label (# 774), late ’50s or early ’60s, we found an earthy primitive-styled two-sider by SLIM BALL: « When I Get Home (I’m Gonna Be Satisfied) » is a gospel-tinged down-home bluesy tune, the guitar has Rockabillly overtones, and the vocal is nice. More of gospel with the B-side « Mother’s prayer » by SLIM & ORNA BALL.
From Florida comes MIKE SHAW for two songs on the famous Perfect label # 111. Backed by the Sons Of Driftin Sand[sic], he dellivers first « Long Gone Baby », a medium Rockabilly, with heavy drums and a harsh vocal (screams), and a good guitar solo. Less interesting is the reverse side, another average version of « Frankie And Johnny » in the same style. Value $ 300-400. This artist has apparently nothing to do with N.Y. Mike Shaw on Regal and Chariot.
CHARLES (Shorty) BACON & his Rhythm Rascals made several good Country-rockers for Californian labels. On Mohawk located in Long Beach, he had « You’re Smilin’ At Me » (# 103) : a fast piano/guitar rocker . The original issue was Kelley 103. On Mohawk 104 (sung by Pat Patrick), « Super Jivin’ Lulu », a medium-paced rocker (guitar solo). Then on the more important Ozark label (# 1237), « Fire Of Love » is again a medium (piano) with a touch of echo. All those sides do date from 1959 or 60. Note: Pat Patrick had an earlier issue on his own on Aladdin 3311 in January 1956 (“I An’t Done Nothin’ To You/Hot Sprngs”), which were great, frankly R&B tunes. Hear them on YouTube.
Finally on a Nashville label, late ’50s, ELZIE ASBRIDGE with his Lonesome Valley Boys delivers on Pace 1005 the medium-paced weeper « Dim Lights » ; as « ELZIE & DOC », he had the nice Rockaballad « I Traded A Smile For A Heartache » (fine steel and guitar solo). Earlier on, he had been in 1958 the vocalist for J. D. ORR sides on Central City, KY, Summit label. I include the good medium weeper (lot of steel) « Lonesome Hearted Bues » (Summit 105), reverse of the famous « Hula Hoop Boogie ».
This is the early September 2018 fortnight’s favorites selection of 10 tunes.
We begin with a sort of mystery. Nobody seems to know either the artist nor the label’s location, except that Mecca was a RCA-Victor custom pressing. GLEN COOPER had two records beween 1956 and ’57 on the Mecca label, and I suspect a Carolina or a Virginia location, even Tennessee, judging by the style of music. Backed by the Jets, Cooper delivers on Mecca G-01112/1113, first a fabulous Rockabilly with « Sugar Mama (Daddy) » – a guitar solo and very efficient sparse instrumentation, then a fast ballad bopper, « They Say » – fiddle solo and high standard guitar backing, both from 1956. Cooper had next year two rural rockers, « Just Rockin’ » and « These Blues Are Driving Me Mad » (Mecca H-0330/0331). The one in discussion has a value of $ 300 to 400.
DEAN ARMSTRONG& The Arizona Dance Hands come next with a jumping Hillbilly boogie (call & response format), « Cowboy Boots ». The singer, KENNY SMITHhad his own career : born 1931, he sang with Merl Lindsay(« Blue Mary ») on Cormac Records, then he had under his own name the fine double-sider « Walkin’ By My Lonesome/I’m So Lonesome Baby » issued n Johnny O’Neal’s Rural Rhythm # 507 label in 1957.
AUBREY CAGLE has his own entry in bopping.org. I chose two tracks released in 1959 on his own label Glee (# 100) in Indianapolis, although Cagle hailed from Tennessee. »Be-Bop Blues » is Rockabilly which guitar and piano twinkle in – topical words for Be-Bop music. The B-side « Just for you » is a Rockaballad, with an heavy bass and steel (solo). Good hillbilly voice.
From Detroit the WINDY MOUNTAiN BOYS issued in 1963 a Bluegrass sung in unison, « High Wide And Lonesome » on Fortune 223. They released also records with Wendy Smith and Delmar Delaney on Wedge and Rebel. “High Wide And Lonesome“
From Campbellsville, Kentucky came KEITH BUCK and His Harmony Playboys. He cut the nice, sincere vocal « Only Fooling Around » (guitar, fiddle, great rhythm) and the romper « Leon Boogie » on the Folk-Star label (# 630) at an unnown date (circa ’54 or ’55).
Finally the familiar T. TEXAS TYLER has a semi-instrumental (much interjections to the guitar player James Pruett, and the steel Joaquin Murphy) with « Guitar Boogie Woogie » issued on Four Star 1114 in 1946, and it’s really a gas !