Early September 2018 fortnight’s favorites

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.

Sugar Mama (Daddy)

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They Say

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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.

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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.

Be-Bop Blues

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Just for you

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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

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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).

Only Fooling Around”

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Leon Boogie

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In Arkansas on the rare Dub label (# 2841) there’s KIRMET PHILLIPS and « I’m Walkin’ Alone ». Great slapping bass for a bluesy Rockaballad.

I’m Walkin’ Alone”

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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 !

Guitar Boogie Woogie”

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Sources: mainly Internet (YouTube), HBR 05; my own archives.

Late August 2018 fortnight’s favorites

This is the late August 2018 fortnight’s favorites selection. BLONDIE BROOKS opens the ball with a lovely female vocal tune, « We’ll Make Out Together » from March 1962, with a nice steel and heavy drums on the Gulf Reef label 1008. Backed by Cousin Wilbur (perhaps her husband), she had previously appeared on Bullet 691 (Cousin Wilbur leader) in 1949 for a fine shuffler : « Why Not Confess » and a good revamp of the Delmore Brothers‘ « Blues Stay Away From Me » : strident steel.

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“We”ll Make Out Together”

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“Blues Stay Away From Me”

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We go further with GENE McKOWN on the California Fable label # 571 (owned by Sandy Stanton, and actually a song-poem label). He had previously cut for Aggie the rockabilly classic « Rockabilly Rhythm ». Here we have « I’m Still Wondering Why » : McKown is joined by a certain Fiddlin’ Slim for this fast hillbilly rocker from 1957. Later on McKown went on Brass Records.

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Two selections then by the RHYTHM HARMONEERS. On the Jamboree label 28001 (one of a few to have this name), they do « Women drivers », a fast shuffler, with vocals in unison. They previously had cut for the Flair label (Los Angeles) # 1003 (1950) « Good Old Chlorofyll» in the same manner.

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In 1962 on the California Arlen label (# 1014) LESTER ROSE & the Tennnessee Road Runners do deliver two fine sides. « Alimony Blues », a half spoken tune, while its flipside « Wino Blues » has, as expected, hiccups. A good record to look for..arlen rose alimonyarlen rose wino

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From 1965 on the Wheeling, WVa. Emperor label # 266, the PERRY BROTHERS (Bob & Harry for two good unison vocals and a nice guitar on « Waiting In Vain ».

Finally LUCKY WHITE & the Dude Ranch Playboys on the Arizona label Courtney # 103, and « Down And Out Blues », which has a strong resemblance to « Milk Cow Blues ». Good, lazy vocal and piano. The legendary Leodie Jackson is on steel. White had also « Teddy Bear » on Courtney 129, while Jackson issued « That Naggin’ Wife Of Mine » on # 130. He also appeared on Jess Willard records (« Cadillac Blues », « Honky Tonk Boogie » and « Lonesome Dollar Bill ») and Johnny Tyler (« Freight Train Boogie »).

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Sources : my warms thanks to Ronald Keppner for the Bullet sides ; Internet and my own archives for te rest.

Early August 2018 bopping fortnight’s favorites (from 1940 to 1966)

Hello to everybody, hi to newcomers, this is the early August 2018 fortnight’s favorites selection.

We begin in San Antonio, Texas, with a group, the Southernaires, which backed in 1954 Arnold Parker for his issue on Sarg 106. Later Parker had « Found A New Woman «  on Starday (Custom serie) # 570 in June 1956, a strong and fiery rockabilly. On Sarg, among the Southernaires was the fiddler/vocalist HENRY BENNETSEN. His « Six More Days » is a jumping hillbilly tune, with vocal and fiddle well to the fore , while the flipside « What’s The Matter With you » has more of a bluesier Honky Tonk style (Sarg 105).

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Henry Bennetsen,Six More Days

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What’s The Matter With You
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BENNETSEN paired with Homer Bade (guitar player?) also had on the small Humming Bird label (Houston) # 1010 the good double-sider « Cripple Heart » (a medium shuffler, nice vocals – during the chorus – and fiddle) backed with « Eternal Love », again a good shuffler (fiddle and a good guitar – Bennetsen solo vocal).

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Cripple Heart”

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“Eternal Love”

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Shake Baby Shake

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From the Missouri apparently (« The Missouri Two ») comes HAROLD ZAHNER with Johnny Smith for a primitive rockabily, strong rhythm and forceful vocal : « Shake Baby Shake » issued on the Smith label # 17318. Hard to imagine an issue date, I’d say 1956-57.

From Atlanta, Ga., we find now The MELODY BOYS (Doyal and Grover) and their « Don’t Let Pride Take Our True Love Away » on Leo’s 2010. A good fiddle led duet, fast guitar and welcome steel, even a mandolin solo. A nice record for 1959. The second platter is more ordinary, « Who’ll Do The Crying Over You » (Leo’s 20113) with the same instrumentation.

Don’t Let Pride Take Our True Love Away”

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Who’ll Do The Crying Over You”

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LARRY DEXTER had only one record ever (except in the ’60s), that on Republic 7079 in 1954. A fast uptempo, strong fiddle solo and a really hillbilly pronunciation in « Throwing Kisses ». Later in 1963 Dexter had on Hit and Giant some pop country with a version of Dion’s « Ruby Baby ».

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Back in 1939 BOB DUNN (trombonist and lap-steel player) delivered with Moon Mullican on piano and vocal a « Mean Mistreater », good welcome Western music on Decca 5694. What to do except listen to a swinging tune ?

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“Bartender’s Blues”

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“Get With It”

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From Avery, Texas on the Cowtown label, an interesting artist for two tracks : KENNY BUSKIRK. « Bartender’s Blues” (# 819) first is bluesy uptempo (good guitar solo and an assured vocal), then the very short shuffler (1mn) « Get With It » (# 832), equally good ; both were issued between 1964 and 1966.

From the West Coast come on the Los Gatos, Ca. Intrastate label (# 24) issued circa October 1955 « I May Not Be Able But I’m Willin’ To Try » by CHUCK RAY & His Gang. A very fast Western type song, fiddle during the chorus (it’s a vocal trio).

“I may Not Be Able But  I’m Willin’ To Try”

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Finally the PILGRIM BROTHERS on they obviously own label, Pilgrim # 2001, from the early ’60s. « (Slow) Cold Rain » is a rocker, with a good guitar (although uninspired solo).The whole thing moves !

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“(Slow) Cold Rain

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With thanks to Ronald Keppner (Sarg files) and YouTube « Cheesebrew Wax Archives » chain, which proved very fruitful. I used also “Sarg Records – an anthology” on Bear Family.

Late July 2018 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks ! This is the late July 2018 bopping fortnight’s favorites selection : here are 10 tunes from 1942 (Hank Snow) to 1966 (J.P. Dunn) and, YES ! One woman at last. But there were very few in Hillbilly bop music. And that’s what also makes their records so precious and different.

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That’s What I Found In You

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First artist do come from Indianapolis, a duet of the RUSSELL BROTHERS (Jim & Jesse) and their solitary 1963 single on the small but prestigious Nabor label. « You Cheated On Me » has a belting, hillbilly singing over very effective fiddle, steel and guitar (solos) and shuffling rhythm; while the barely slowier « That’s What I Found In You » retains the same format.

WAYNE RANEYcomes next. One of the masters in harmonica gives us the well-tempered opus «I Ain’t Nothin’ But A Tom Cat’s Kitten »  on King 956 (rec. Oct. 9, 1950 in Cincinnati). Backing by the two Delmore Brothers on rhythm guitars, Zeke Turner on electric guitar, Louis Innis on bass and Tommy Jackson on fiddle (long solo). And an unidentified steel player. What a perfect combo !

“I Ain’t Nothin’ But A Tom Cat’s Kittenking raney kitten

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Not so often a fortnight’s favorites selection got its eyes on a ‘great’ name. This time on ‘The Yodeling Ranger‘ as he was called in Nova Scotia during the ’40’s : HANK SNOW. From the ‘old and great songs‘ I’ve chosen « Let’s pretend » (1942)(Canadian RCA-Victor Bluebird B-4736). Warm voice and steel are completing each other. From 1955 and a radio transcription for RCA done in Nashville, the Leon Chappell song « Do Right Daddy Blues », with fine guitar and fiddle, steel always in the background..

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Let’s Pretend

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Next an artist seen from time to time in lists, and his label, Renco, was located in York, PA. although Galen Gart’s ARLD doesn’t give any issue date. BOBBY METZEL delivers two good shuffling sides, « No Longer Mine » and « Say You Really Love Me » (Renco 104) : a nice ‘little’ guitar, a bit of steel, a good vocal = a fine little record.

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Say You Really Love Me”

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Now three discs on the Dixie label. The first one dates from October 1961. CHARLOTTE HARDEN has « Loving You Baby », a nice slice of Rockabilly on Dixie 910 ; more in the same format with « Alone With You » on Dixie 946.

The last one was released in 1966 by J. P. DUNN on Dixie 1144, « Long Time Ago » and coud well have been cut 10 years before. Fine interesting vocal.

Charlotte Harden, “Loving You Baby”

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Sources : YouTube (Dixie issues, Bobby Metzel), Gripsweat (one side of Russell Brothers), my own researches, the King project (Wayne Raney). 78-world for old label scans. Praguefrank’s discographies (Wayne Raney, Hank Snow)

Early July 2018 bopping fortnight’s favorites (revised-new format-in progress..)

Howdy folks ! This is the early July 2018 bopping fortnight selection, which will include 9 tracks, some by ‘great’ names for a change.

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“Rocky Road Blues”

Let’s begin with the Master of Bluegrass music, Mr. BILL MONROE with his immortal « Rocky Road Blues », released January 14, 1946 done in Chicago, on the Columbia label # 38907, and later reissued in the 20000 serie. A classic in all genres, beyond a rocking mandolin, it has a bopping string-bass solo (Bill Westbrook)

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Dick Dyson & the Musical Texans

Then a man whom I know a big nothing about, except he was a Texan. DICK DYSON & his Musical Texans had records between 1947 and 53 on Tri-State (even some square dances), Blue Bonnet, Bullet and Decca. I chose his ultimate release, recorded in Dallas in December 1953 – there remain two unissued songs, among them a promising « Drink My Blues Away » – and TWO Hillbily blues. First the famous (already a minor classic) « I Work In The Daytime (She Works At Night )» and « Purple Wine And Red Red Roses » (Decca 29072). Both are solid boppers, « Wine » being slow ; « Work » is a little faster ; piano is prominent, and a discreet guitar combines the overall sound. These two tracks are even reckoned as R&R classics in Rockin’ Country Style !

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Real Gone Jesse

From August 1955 on the Starday label # 198 : GENE TABOR and the double-sided « I’m A Real Gone Jesse (I’m Hot To Trot »)/ »I’m Not The Marryin’ Kind ». Classic (and classy) Starday sound, both sides are co-penned by Red Hayes, who surely handles the fiddle duty. Among him we can speculate Doc Lewis on piano and the usual Starday crew: on steel (Herb Remington), Hal Harris (on lead guitar) and an unidentified bass player. (more…)

Early July 2018 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks ! This is the early July 2018 bopping fortnight selection, which will include 9 tracks, some by ‘great’ names for a change. Let’s begin with the Master of Bluegrass music, Mr. BILL MONROE with his immortal « Rocky Road Blues », released January 14, 1946 done in Chicago, on the Columbia label # 38907, and later reissued in the 20000 serie. A classic in all genres, beyond a rocking mandolin, it has a bopping string-bass solo (Bill Westbrook)

“Rocky Road Blues”

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Then a man whom I know a big nothing about, except he was a Texan. DICK DYSON & his Musical Texans had records between 1947 and 53 on Tri-State (even some square dances), Blue Bonnet, Bullet and Decca. I chose his ultimate release, recorded in Dallas in December 1953 – there remain two unissued songs, among them a promising « Drink My Blues Away » – and TWO Hillbily blues. First the famous (already a minor classic) « I Work In The Daytime (She Works At Night )» and « Purple Wine And Red Red Roses » (Decca 29072). Both are solid boppers, « Wine » being slow ; « Work » is a little faster ; piano is prominent, and a discreet guitar combines the overall sound. These two tracks are even reckoned as R&R classics in Rockin’ Country Style !
decca dyson work“I Work In The Day Time (She Works At Night)”

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“Purple Wine And Red Red Roses”

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From August 1955 on the Starday label # 198 GENE TABOR and the double-sided « I’m A Real Gone Jesse (I’m Hot To Trot »)/ »I’m Not The Marryin’ Kind ». Classic (and classy) Starday sound, both sides are co-penned by Red Hayes, who surely handles the fiddle duty. Among him we can speculate Doc Lewis on piano and the usual Starday crew: on steel (Herb Remington), Hal Harris (on lead guitar) and an unidentified bass player.

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A Real Gone Jesse”

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“I‘m Not The Marryin’ Kind”

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From June 1956, this is is the most recent track, The MADDOX BROS. & ROSE on the Columbia label # 21405 (one of the last issues on the Columbia 20000 serie) for another classic, « Ive Got Four Big Brothers (To Look After Me ». Solid, tremendous rockabilly : the Maddoxes could do everything.

“I’ve Got Four Big Brothers (To Look After Me)”

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Back to Texas with TINY COLBERT in February 1948. He’s been before steel and singer for Eddie Miller and his Oklahomans, and by this time, fronted his Entertainers. On « Bumble Bee Baby » (Blue Bonnet 133): loud, heavy boogie woogie guitar,a lovely piano backing, strong and assured vocal, a jazzy fiddle : a perfect example of Hillbilly boogie. It’s a rocker with 8 to 10 years in advance. Plus, the record must have met a certain success, because Modern, the giant L. A. concern, reissued it per se on Modern 580.

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Bumble Bee Babytiny colbert steel

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Finally two tracks by a great. JERRY IRBY had almost a 40 years career, and provided many a good song, be it in the Western swing field or Hillbilly bop. This man (1917-1983) began during the Thirties recording with the Bar-X Cowboys and the Texas Wranglers. He was also vocalist with Bill Mounce. After the War he cut the classic song « Nails In My Coffin » in legendary Goldstar studios; later he was on the Los Angeles Globe record label, whom he recorded the proto-rock’n’roll « Super Boogie Woogie » (Globe 120) for, backed by his faithful pianist Pete Burke and the good steel of Deacon Evans. The former was to follow Irby for the quintessential « Hillbilly Boogie » in 1950 for M-G-M 10809. But the career of Jerry Irby was not over : « Chantilly Lace » (1969) « 49 Women » (Cireco 102 or Polly 201) or « Clickety Clack » (1956). But that piano, and a bluesy guitar (probably Woody Carter) in « Hillbilly Boogie » are pure delight for any Hillbilly bop lover.

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Sources : my own archives ; also 78-world ; Hillbilly Researcher for Dick Dyson tunes.Comments welcome!