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late April 2014 fortnight favorites
avr 15th, 2014 by xavier

For this early Spring favorites selection, I’ve chosen mostly – that is unusual – major labels recordings!

The first three on King probably all cut in Cincinnati between 1949 and 1950. The earliest track is by RED PERKINS (born in 1890), who had begun his career before WWII and was later the featured vocalist of PAUL HOWARD  Arkansas Cotton  Pickers (see below). Here it is his « Hoe-Down Boogie » (King 792), a fine call-and-response fast bopper. He also had « Crocodile tears » the next year. His first issue on King (# 773) was « Texas Boogie« , and the personnel was then Jabbo Arrington [gt], Billy Bowman [steel], Bob Moore [bass], Roddy Bristol [fiddle], Fiddlin’ Red Herron [fiddle], Joe Rea [drums], poss. Harold Horner [piano]. The backing is probably similar.

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king 871-AA DJ paul howard the boogies fine tonight

Second selection is of course by PAUL HOWARD: « The boogie’s fine tonight« . Fine piano bopper (# 871), and the next is by the famous REDD STEWART, featured vocalist of Pee Wee King‘s Golden West Cowboys. Actually, except accordion (inaudible) the GWC are the backing band of Stewart for this great « Brother drop dead » (# 843). Fine piano, aggressive steel punctuating the beat.

 

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Paul Howard

Red Perkins, « Hoe-down boogie » download

Paul Howard « The boogie’s fine tonight » download

 

 

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One step away to West coast on the Capitol label for GENE O’QUIN and « I specialize in love » (# 2715). Fast bopper from 1954.
Gene O’Quin « I specialize in love » download

Back to early days. Dallas, Texas, Jim Beck’s studio, April 1951. The MERCER  Brothers (Wallace and Charlie), an old-time male duet do a very energetic « Wish bone » on Columbia 20978. They sound like the Delmore Brothers, and even have WAYNE RANEY on harmonica for a great solo! Thanks to Jack Dumery to have led me to them (and for the CD!)

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Redd Stewart

Mercer Brothers « Wish bone » download

Eddie Crosby « Blues stay away from me » download

Danny Dedmon « Hula hula woogie » download

 

 

 

 

The link with the former is the Delmore and a version of their all-time great « Blues stay away from me« , a cityfied rendition (Cincinnat, August 1949) by EDDIE CROSBY. Nice guitar (could be Zeke Turner).

Finally back in Dallas with DANNY DEDMON, former vocalist of Bill Nettles. Actually his Rhythm Ramblers are Nettles’ Dixie Blues boys. Here he does in 1947 the amusing « Hula hula boogie » on Imperial 8019.

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Sources: my own collection and the net for artists pictures.

early April 2014 fortnight’s favorites: the IMPERIAL label, 8200 serie (1953/54)
avr 1st, 2014 by xavier

For this new serie I have chosen to focus on 7 releases on the Imperial label. Indeed they all will be from the famous 8000 serie, and more precisely (with one exception) in the 8200.

Imperial 8000 had begun in 1947 with releases from Danny Dedmon or Link Davis, and the serie had pursued throughout the late 40s and early 50s with varying success. Sides appeared by Jimmy Heap, Tommy Duncan or more obscure artists as Ed Camp or Harry Rodcay. All had a label adorned by 5 stars, and were issued in red (78 rpm) or blue (45 rpm). Majority of sides were cut in Dallas (Jim Beck’s studio).

In 1953, Imperial had a huge success with the first white cover of Big Mama Thornton’s « Hound Dog » by BILLY STARR (# 8186). It’s a very nice version: belting vocal, haunting guitar, nice piano and accentuated drums. Actually it’s almost a rocker. Recorded in March 1953, it had contenders by Eddie Hazlewood, Betsy Gay and Tommy Duncan, all on Intro. Herald in NY had Cleve Jackson’s version (actually Jackson Toombs — full story elsewhere in the site).

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imperial 8226 curley sanders too much lovin'

imperial 8204 gene hensleeThen comes up CURLEY SANDERS, who cut « Too much loving’ » in April 53. A good, fast hillbilly, in average (steel,piano, fiddle, guitar and bass) format.(# 8226). GENE HENSLEE next (# 8204) in June 53 had « I’m like a kid a-waitin’ », similar to his other releases, « Dig’n'datin’ » or « Rockin’ baby ». July 1953 saw cut the nice, very effective (bass) medium paced « Talking to the man in the moon » by BILLY Mc GHEE (# 8214).

Billy Starr « Hound dog » download
Curley Sanders « Too much lovin’ » download

Gene Henslee « I’m like a kid a-waitin’ » download

 

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Billy McGhee « Talking to the man in the moon » download

Earl Songer « Whoopie baby » download

Van Howard « I’m not a kid anymore » download

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Then comes in 1954 next artist, VAN HOWARD and the minor classic « I’m not a kid anymore » (# 8234). Real name Howard Vanderverdner. This track was covered recently (mid 90s) by the Starlighters.

# 8259 is the number to the great « Whoopie baby » by EARL SONGER. Seemingly this was cut in Detroit.

Finally another song lent from a smaller label: « Dunce cap » by JIMMY KELLY, this time from Louisiana’s Jiffy label. Great steel.(# 8275)imperial 8275 jimmy kelly ret
Jimmy Kelly « Dunce cap » download
Thanks to Ronald Keppner for the loan of rare 78rpm.

Earl Songer

late March 2014 fortnight’s favorites
mar 15th, 2014 by xavier

Let’s begin this new favorites selection with the first (?) record by an artist who would have much, much later fame as Boxcar Willie. Here he’s named MARTY MARTIN on the Honeycomb label and he sings a good « Mobile, Alabama blues ».

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Marty Martin « Mobile, Alabama blues » download

Les & Helen Tussey « They went around » download

From Indiana in 1960 we find on the Wayne Raney‘s label Poor Boy LES & HELEN TUSSEY doing the nice rockabilly « They went around« .

Next is a famous ARTHUR SMITH on a rare French MGM Issue for the instrumental « Guitar and piano boogie ». Title says it all.

 

Arthur Smith « Guitar and piano boogie » download

 

 

Finally, thanks to a Mr. Noel T, I put my hands on two rare JESS WILLARD disks. First the completely unknown G&G 107 double-sider « I’m branding my darling with my heart » (earlier cut by Jack Guthrie) and « Hillbilly heaven » (this is apparently not Eddie Dean’s song). Both sides are gentle hillbilly boppers from 1957. G&G was a parent label to Ka-Hi which Willard had « I’m telling you » on. Second is the Sundown 126 « Cops and robbers/Night time is cry time » from 1959, posthumously issued. Alas, both sides are completely pop.

Jess Willard « I’m branding my darling with my heart » download

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Jess Willard « Hillbilly heaven » download
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Jess Willard « Night time is cry time » download

Jess Willard « Cops and robbers » download

 

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sundown 126B Jess willard cops and robbers

early March 2014 fortnight’s favorites
mar 4th, 2014 by xavier

Howdy y’all, folks. A little bit late, back from holidays. Here is my new choice of favorites. As usual, a selection of tunes of the great era.
HARRY HANSON on the Louisiana Empire label (# 795, a Starday custom) with « Just remember » from 1959. Fine primitive hillbilly bop which could well have been cut 3 or 4 years earlier.
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Harry Hanson, « Just remember » download

Cal Davis, « Partnership love affair » download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Detroit on Fortune 185, CAL DAVIS and rockabilly « Partnership love affair« , complete with steel and guitar.
Two sides by the very good EUEL HALL from Texas, on the Towne House label (# 11). Lazy vocal, assuring guitar for « Blue feeling » and « Stand in line« . Cross between hillbilly bop and rockabilly.

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Euel Hall « Stand in line » download
Euel Hall, « Blue feeling »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/towne-house-11-Euel-Hall-Blue-Feeling.mp3download

BILLY BARNETT now and the minor classic « Tired of your honky tonk love » on the Phoenix Tex label (# 105). Fine guitar.
And finally, a fast bluegrass bopper by KEN CLARK, « Big man » on Starday 495 from 1960. Great banjo and mandolin backing. Ken Clark was also on the Nashville label (see elsewhere in the site).
Billy Barnett « Tired of your honky tonk love »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Tex-105B-Billy-Barnett-Tired-Of-Your-Honky-Tonk-Love-www.keepvid.com_.mp3download

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Ken Clark, « Big man » download

early February 2014 fortnight’s favorites
fév 3rd, 2014 by xavier

Howdy folks. Excuse me, a little bit late…

First on the D label (#1034), the very Hollyish « Sady » by DOUG STANFORD. Very nice Rockabilly guitar and vocal hiccups. A medium bluesy « Separate ration blues » by BILL FREEMAN (later on All-star)(vocal « Buddy » Young): good piano, sax and fiddle.

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tex-talentwinkler 88Hillbilly boogie with AL WINKLER for « Show boat boogie » on the Winkler label # 45-88 . Boogie guitar, mandolin, and call-and-response format.

Doug Stanford, « Sady »download

 Bill Freeman (Bddy Young) « Separate ration blues » download

 Al Winkler, « Show boat boogie » download

 

 

 

 

 

From Indiana, a fast blegrass, « A use to be » by BRYANT WILSON on Adair 620. A nice atmospheric (steel led) « Stoney mountain » by BOBBY BROWN on Backwater 945.

And finally CHUCK GODDARD on the famous Georgia Trepur label (# 1005) with the piano-led « The moon won’t tell« .

adair 620 bryant wilson A use to be Rblackwater 945 bobby brown Stoney-mountaintrepur 1005 Bryant Wilson « A use to be » download
Bobby Brown « Stoney mountain » download
Chuck Goddard « The moon won’t tell » download
There will be next fortnight in early March only.

late January 2014 fortnight favorites
jan 15th, 2014 by xavier

Howdy folks! This is the second serie of favorites for the new Year. All selections do come from the eastern parts of U.S, except one from Indiana.

From Mobile, Alabama, WADE JERNIGAN offers the first titles on the Sandy (# 1010) label. Medium hillbilly bop, steel and fiddle for « Road of love« . Flip « So  tired » is more intimate.

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Wade Jernigan « Road of love » download

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Wade Jernigan « So tired » download

From New York on the Mell label (same as Howie Stang‘s) (# 121) by one MOREY DUBOIS. « If you can spare the time » is obviously inspired by 1950 Lefty Frizzell hit, bit it’s Rockabilly from 1959. From Hammond, Indiana, we find BILLY REED and « Honky-tonk mama » a fine medium hillbilly bopper full of steel and fiddle. Topical lyrics. Campfire 45-33.

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Morey Dubois, « If you can spare the time » download

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Billy Reed « Honky-tonk mama » download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LES TUCKER offers « Wrong kinda lovin » , a fast call and response format cross between hillbilly bop and rockabilly from late 1958, on the St Paul, Minnesota HEP label 2144.

On one of the many Dixie labels, one religious Hillbilly bop, « Crossing river Jordan » by HARMON R. WILLIS (# 123) and the Willis Family. Nice guitar. Sounds an accordion in the background?

Finally a curiosity. SHORTY LONG and BOB NEWMAN team up in 1955 on the « X » label for a train song, « Roll Rattler, roll« .(#0045)

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Les Tucker « Wrong kinda lovin’ download

Harmon R. Willis « Crossing river Jordan » download

Dalton Boys « Roll, Rattler, roll » download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several stories of artists are on their way. I’m still lacking biographical info on ART GIBSON, SHORTY LONG, HAPPY FATS LEROY.

early January 2014 fortnight’s favorites
jan 2nd, 2014 by xavier

Howdy folks! First my seasonal greetings: the best Hillbilly bopping music for a happy new Year.

We begin this 2014 year with a rockabilly (stops-and-god) by NORIS MIMS and his energetic « Sweet sweet baby » on Arlington, alas very short. A nice guitar and a short piano solo to the fade-out end. TED NEWTON is less unknown. He’d been recording on the Bellwood label out of Richmond, VA, « Save me the label« , a cross between rockabilly and hillbilly bop.  Short guitar solo (lots of echo in there).

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Noris Mims, « Sweet sweet baby » download
Ted Newton, « Save me the label »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bellwood-Ted-Newton-Save-Me-The-Label.mp3download
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Then two tracks on the Cross-Country (#523/524) label, from « I don’t know where » by a HANK TROTTER. Perhaps he’s playing fiddle, as this is the dominant instrument for two ballads: « Because-because » (he’s doubled on vocal by a certain Billy (The Kid), and « I threw away a diamond ». Nice work.

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Hank Trotter, « Because, because » download

Hank Trotter, « I threw away a diamond » download

Same record on 78rpm(thanks to Ronald Keppner)

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A call and response format for the following track, « Hot rod boogie » by HOWARD W. BRADY on a NJ Flagship label. Very good hillbilly boogie.

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Howard W. Brady, « Hot rod boogie » download
Finally simply the Tommy Dorsey‘s classic « Boogie-woogie » of 1938, revived in 1948 by none other than AMOS MILBURN on Aladdin 3105.

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Amos Milburn, « Boogie-woogie » download

early December 2013 fortnight’s favorites
déc 1st, 2013 by xavier

Howdy folks, here’s the new batch of Bopping goodies early this month.

From Arkansas, a state not already known for its music. Nevertheless one can find with Internet some very nice records. I knew HERSHEL PARKER for years (through a Tom Sims’ cassette) and his « Hey-Pa » on the Fort Smith, Arkansas, Pla-an-tak (# 510-25) label. Very solid Country bop from the early ’60s. He also had on the Fort Smith UBC label (# 1023) the fine double-sided (one side uptempo, the other a great ballad) « Can’t go home tonight » (very sensitive ballad with fiddle and steel solos) backed with the upt. « I can’t forget« . I couldn’t find a picture n the net but the music only. All sides from early ’60s. UBC also issued Bob Calloway‘s fine Rocker « Wake up, little boy blue » in 1960. See arkansas45s.blogspot.com for information on Arkansas labels.

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Hershel Parker « Hey-Pa » download 

« Can’t go home tonight » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/UBC-1023-Herschel-Parker-Cant-Go-Home-Tonight.mp3download

Hershel Parker I can’t forget » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/UBC-1023-Herschel-Parker-I-Cant-Forget.mp3download

 

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Seemingly a Tennessean, HOMER MONROE cut in Chattanooga, TN, the nice "Headin' on down the line" on the Spann  label (#1764). We find him once more - same piano to the fore, so he's presumably playing it - on an Alabama  Silvia label from Silvania for "It's many a mile from me to you" (# 1161), Country Drifters backing him. Judging by the sound, I'd assume both records being from the late '50s.

Homer Monroe "Headin on down the line" download spann 443 homer monroe headin' down

Homer Monroe « It’s many a mile from me to you » download silvia 1161B homer monroe it's been a mile from me

On the Linda label – there has been a few by the same name: « Country Music From Midway USA » – REBEL WRIGHT offers « I’m a long gone daddy » (not the Hank Williams’ song) (# 002B) and finally from « the heart of Dixie » on the Bama label (# 00001B) (not THE Bama label for Hardrock Gunter‘s « Birmingham Bounce » from 1951) by LEFTY PRITCHETT and the Country Kats, « Just an ole has been« . Enjoy the selections, bye! Next fortnight early January 2014. Have a Boppin’ Xmas and a happy Hillbilly New Year!
linda 002-B rebel wright I'm a long gone daddy Rebel Wright « I’m a long gone daddy » download

Lefty Pritchett « Just an ole has been » download
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Sourve: primarily Internet.

Late November 2013 fortnight’s favorites
nov 15th, 2013 by xavier

Howdy, folks! En route for the new cartload of bopping Hillbillies/Rockabillies and white rockers (this time), plus the usual R&B rocker. First two tunes are by WEBB FOLEY, from Fort Wayne, Indiana it seems. He had « Bee bop baby » on Emerald 2013 in 1957 (flip side is « You ought make records« , listed as « C&W », alas I didn’t trace it). Rockabilly and that’s all, topical lyrics, good rhythm. Next year he was to have a white rocker « Little bitty mama » (Emerald EP 750), a good one. BUT, beware of his sides on the M label (« Strange little girl/One by one » and « Little town Xmas »), they’re awful! More on Emerald next fortnight.

Webb Foley « Bee bop baby » download

Webb Foley « Little bitty mama » download

 

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Next artist must have been a local one, as his label: Royal 100, for COUSIN KEITH LOYD (sic). He cut « Dangerous crossing » (1955?) certainly having in mind Billy Strange’s « Diesel smoke » from a pair of years earlier. Cousin Keith Loyd « Dangerous crossing » download

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I return to MARVIN RAINWATER. I did celebrate his death last month with one of his most known tracks, « Mr. Blues« . Now I’ve chosen « So you think you’ve got troubles » (MGM 12420), cut a coupe of years later, and a fast good side of its own.

Marvin Rainwater « So you think you’ve got troubles » download
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BILL LOWE was from West Coast, and cut for the interesting small label Sundown. There he had at least two issues, the one here (# 117), « You set my heart on fire« , a very nice late ’50s hillbilly. Lowe had a duet with TOMMY GUESS, also on Sundown, « Foolish heart » (# 106 – I include it in the podcasts, having copied it from an old Tom Sims’ cassette).

Bill Lowe « You set my heart on fire » download

Tommy Guess & Bill Lowe « Foolish heart » download

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sundown 106A Tommy Guess & bill love foolish heart

courtesy Udo Frank

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inspired by John Burton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally a great R&B Rocker by FLASH TERRY, «  She’s my baby » on the Southbay label (# 500), obviously a S.F. issue. Just take a look at the logo: Southbay must have been inspired by Starday (3 stars). Flash Terry « She’s my baby » download

Enjoy the selections. Any comment or addition/correction welcome!

early November 2013 fortnight’s favorites
nov 1st, 2013 by xavier

Howdy folks! Many thanks to the 80.852+ visitors of this site since February 2009. May anyone find what he/she searches here in Hillbilly bop and Rockabilly music!

First, a minor classic on the 4 * label (# 1647) from 1955, by the prolific FRANK SIMON, « The West Virginia Country Boy ». Here he does his most famous song, « Sugar plum boogie« , fine boogie guitar, lotsa energy. This is almost Rockabilly in spirit. Without doubt a guy to look for. He even had an LP (late 50s) on Audio-Lab.4 * 1647 franksimon sugar lum boogie

Frank Simon, « Sugar plum boogie » download

Then, again on 4*, two 1957 sides by an otherwise unknown artist to me, JAY  T. STARR (# 1708). First, « Wa-na-chee« , an ethnic Indian Bopper, very solid. The flipside does slow things a bit, but nearly not with « Darker clouds ahead« . A good record.

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Jay. T. Starr, « Wa-na-chee » download
Jay T. Starr, « Darker clouds ahead »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/4-Jay-T-Starr-Darker-Clouds-Ahead-stereo.mp3download

Way up north (Indianapolis) on the Nabor label. BOB HILL does « This old train« , a very enjoyable variation (with train effects) on this inexhaustible theme of trains. (# 105, 1956)
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Bob Hill, « This old train » download

From Tennessee, as his name implies, ERNIE LEE and the Southerners, for the fine and idiosyncratic Tennesseee song: »You’re next door to heaven when you’re in Tennessee » on RCA-Victor 21-0158.
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Ernie Lee « You’re next door to heaven when you’re in Tennessee » download

Later in the ’50s, HOUSTON BARKS belts out his Country-rocker « She’s gone » on the Buck & Sunny label (101).
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Houston Barks, « She’s gone » download

Finally, from 1961, a fine country-roker in its own right: « You’re for me » by BUCK OWENS on Capitol (here it’s a reissue, # 6038). Nice steel (Ralph Mooney) and backing (Don Rich on fiddle, George French at the piano).
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Buck Owens, « You’re for me » download

Here is a download link for 3 tracks. In the future, there will be a complete link. Still got some technical problems. They are there to be solved. Bye bye!
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