Howdy folks ! Everybody’s back from holydays ? Ready for stomping hillbilly !
The first artist chosen is BILLY RAY, born William H. Ray. He was living in Baton Rouge when he was signed by Columbia in November 1952. He cut 8 songs during two sessions. « Tired of talking to the blues » was issued on Columbia subsidiary Okeh 18009. It’s a real blues number with a spare instrumentation (guitar, piano and bass) probably cut in New Orleans. The second interesting song from the next session is « You gotta pet me baby » (Okeh 18030), a nice uptempo hillbilly. Alas, sales were poor, Columbia did not renew the contract and Ray disappeared. Maybe he’s the same on Titan in 1960.
« Tired of talking to the blues«
« You gotta pet me baby« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/okeh-18030-Billy-Ray-You-Gotta-Pet-Me-Baby.mp3download
James « OTIS » PARKER was a Tennessean (1920-1992), whose career began in 1949 on Rich-R’Tone. How he came to have in 1955 a record issued on Covington, California’s New Star label # 529 (a Starday custom) is a mystery. « They don’t have to operate (they just pull the zipper) » is a comedy-hillbilly not so far from Homer Clemons of 5 years before on Modern (« Operation blues »). Good fast proto-rockabilly. Previously he also had an issue in 1951 on Holyday (untraced).
« They don’t have to operate« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/new-star-529-Otis-Parker-They-Don_t-Have-To-Operate-They-Just-Pull-The-Zipper-1955-.mp3download
DON TEAGUE is a completely unknown artist from the Lexington, KY area. I picked up his two records on the Rains label from 1963. First is billed as « Don Teague with Pap and the Young’uns » and gives a radio station WZEJ indication : « Oh, how bad I feel » (Rains 103) is a fast hillbilly – lot of fiddle, a rockabilly guitar solo, a nice dobro, and an assured vocal. The second (Rains 108) has no connection indication, just « Don Teague with the Blue Valley Boys ». Much slower (« Pure country music » on the label), « I’ll take a walk » is nevertheless a very nice tune, with good dobro and fiddle.
« Oh, how bad I feel« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/rains-103-Don-Teague-Oh-How-Bad-I-Feel..mp3download
« I’m gonna take a walk« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/rains-103-Don-Teague-Im-Gonna-Take-A-Walk-1963.mp3download
Just for a change, a R&B rocker by (Napoleon) CHICO CHISM on the Shreveport, La. Clif label (# 102) – the very same that beared T.V. Slim‘s first issue of « Flat foot Sam ». « Hot tamales and Bar-B-Que » (1957). Enjoy all !
« Hot tamales and Bar-B-Que« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/clif-102-chico-chism-Hot-Tamales-_-Bar-B-Que.mp3download
Sources : 45rpm.com (Dan De Clerk), Youtube, Okeh 18000 (Willem Agenant), malcychapman.blogspot (Starday customs)
Howdy folks ! I should have given myself a big kick, when I posted Ralph Pruett’s « Louise », last fortnight, and not having thought of the other record of the man, RALPH PRUITT, from Florida. He cut indeed the great haunting Rockabilly « Hey Mr. Porter », first on Lark 1506, later transferred on Meridian (same number # 1506).
« Hey, Mr. Porter« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/meridian-1506-Ralph-Pruitt-Hey-Mr.-Porter1.mp3download
Another well-known Hillbilly bop/rockabilly man whose I told the story a mere several years ago of was LOU MILLET. Until very recently I didn’t know his offering on Ekko 1024 from 1956 , which predates his solitary Republic 45 ’ (« Shorty the barber/Slip, slippin’ in » (# 7130). So here are his « Chapel of my heart » and « When I harvest my love », both ballads ; the B-side is more solid.
« Chapel of my heart« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ekoA-CHAPEL-OF-MY-HEART.mp3download
« When I harvest my love« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ekoB-WHEN-I-HARVEST-MY-LOVE.-.mp3download
The remaining selections are all by HUB SUTTER. He had a rich discographical career between 1946 and 57. Hubert Sutter, legally blind since childhood, was adept to both saxophone and clarinet and began his professionnal career in 1941. Later we found him as vocalist for the popular Jesse James in Austin (4* Records), before going solo on Lasso (a version of « New Frankie & Johnny« ), billed as Hub Sutter & his Galvestonians (actually Jesse James’ band in disguise). In 1950 he formed his Hub Cats and was signed with the upcoming Freedom Records in Houston. There he had two issues. « I don’t want my baby back » (# 5015) has an agile electric mandolin and possibly Herb Remington on steel. The rocking « Tellin’ my baby bye bye » (# 5030) was recorded with R. D. Hendon‘s Western Jamboree Cowboys, probably at the same session that produced Charlie Harris‘ « No shoes boogie » (# 5033).
« The craziest feeling« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/4-1520-The-Craziest-Feeling.mp3download
« New Frankie and Johnny« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/lasso-102B-Hub-Sutter-THE-NEW-FRANKIE-AND-JOHNNY.mp3download
« I don’t want my baby back« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/freedom-5015-hub-sutter-i-dont-want-my-baby-back1.mp3download
« Tellin’ my baby bye bye« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/freedom-5030-hub-sutter-tellin-my-baby-bye-bye1.mp3download
Later on Sutter dropped the steel guitar and added a second saxophone. He then worked extensively with Floyd Tillman, Link Davis, Sonny Hall and Glen Barber.
In 1957, he re-cut « I don’t want my baby back » on the Columbus label (# 103). The rollicking flipside « Gone goslin » is here. Columbus was owned by Eddie Eddings and Sonny Fisfer.
« Gone Goslin« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/columbus-103-hub-sutter-gone-goslin.mp3download
Sources : Internet, and the notes to CD « Heading back to Houston » (Krazy Kat). With help from Drunken Hobo. Of interest also was the Hillbily Researcher blogspot and the entry to « Columbus Records » or Terry Gordon’s invaluable Rockin’ Country Style.
Let’s start this batch of fortnight’s favorites with a mysterious CURT HINSON. He hailed from S.C. and was at one time tied with WDLC in Dillon, S.C., where he was known as « Curt Hinson & His Sunset Troubadours ». Nothing is known about him except for two, maybe three records. The first one on Gotham 431, « Let’s see you smile » (1952) was coupled with « Down deep in my heart ». The first side is a nice uptempo, partly duetted (with the mysterious « Molinaro », who co-penned this track and the A-side on Carolina ?), over a chanting steel all along and a good swirling fiddle. The same songs were apparently reissued straight out on N.Y.C. Carolina label # 1001.
On Carolina 1003, Hinson has two « new » songs, « Cotton picking baby », a nice uptempo – weird and fooling fiddle, a steel solo and Troy Ferguson on the lead guitar. The flip side « You’re old love is haunting you still »[sic] is on a par with the presumably A-side. Fine relaxed vocal from Hinson, ably backed by a fluent guitar player. The identity of the guitar player was given by « HillbillyBoogie1 » on his Youtube chain, and I wonder where the information came from.
« Let’s see you smile« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Gotham-431-curt-hinson-lets-see-you-smile.mp3download
« Cotton picking baby« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Carolina-1003B-Curt-Hinson-Cotton-Picking-Baby-1953.mp3download
« You’re old love is haunting you still« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/carolina-1003-Curt-Hinson-Youre-Old-Love-Is-Haunting-You-Still.mp3download
From East coast we go now to Texas and the Fort Worth area. EARL WRIGHT & Texas Oldtimers has a good double-sider on Cutt-Rite in 1962 (# 100). « Married man blues » and « You don’t know it » are good Western swing flavored (prominent fiddle, even a solo) boppers. Nice guitar too, with jazzy overtones and a fine piano. A very nice relaxed record. Wright had at least another record, Jimmie Rodgers’ « T.B. Blues » on Bluebonnet 325 (untraced).
« Married man blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/cutt-rite-326B-earl-wright-married-man-blues.mp3download
« You don’t know it« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/cut-rite-100-YOU-DONT-KNOW-IT.mp3download
Now on to Ohio, with GLENN & VIVIAN WATSON, who do a good duet with « Just keep on going » on the Dayton, OH label BMC # 1000, from 1959. Fine picking guitar throughout a la Merle Travis. Vivian did in 1956 a solitary tune « Hoping that you’re hoping » on a budget Big 4 Hits EP # 195.
« Just keep on going« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/BMC-1000-Glenn-And-Vivian-Watson-Just-Keep-On-Going-.mp3download
Finally I chose from Nashville a Murray Nash production [see Mellow's Log Cabin i (hillbillycountry.blogspot.fr) for more info] by RALPH PRUETT and the song he wrote (not the blues/ traditional classic) « Louise » on B.B. 226, the very last one on this label, which saw no less than 3 Dixieland Drifters records. Topical lyrics, « Be-bop-a-Lula » is named, « Louise she’s my queen », over a relaxed vocal, with fine steel in the background plus n excellent fiddle solo.
« Louise« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/bb-226-Ralph-Pruett-Louise.mp3download
Sad news in France : a GREAT guy is gone, Bernard Boyat. Fine discographer, essential writer and reviewer for many magazines [more than 50, among them the vital French « Rock’n'Roll Revue » or « Le Cri du Coyote ») since the ’70s, a true gentleman, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of Rock’n'roll in general, with a special sympathy for Louisiana and Cajun people. He did help the launch of « bopping » with the co-writing of the article NATHAN ABSHIRE in January 2009. May God Almighty save his Soul and let him keep Rock’n'rolling in Heaven !
As usual, my special thanks to Internet, Alexander Petrauskas for his site « hillbillycountry.blogspot », and Youtube « HillbillyBoogie1″.
Arlen Vaden was D.J. at WCKY out of Cincinati, OH, when he launched in 1958 his own Vaden label. The first issue (# 100) of the new label was by BOBBY BROWN & The Curios, who consisted of Brown (vocal, rhythm guitar), Shorty Stewart (lead guitar), Tommy Jones (bass) and Johnny Welker (drums). This record was cut at WCKY, and later on reissued on Vaden 107. « I Get The Blues « is of course bluesy with a fine lead guitar (long solo).
« I Get The Blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/vaden-107-Bobby-Brown-I-Get-The-Blues.mp3download
« Bobby’s Blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/vaden-109-Bobby-Brown-Bobbys-Blues.mp3download
Early 1959 saw Bobby Brown back for another issue on Vaden 109, this time cut at KLCN radio in Blytheville, Arkansas. Twin-lead guitars (J.C. Caughron & Tommy Holder), Larry Donn (bass), Johnny Welker (drums), but the most important and pulsating instrument is Teddy Redell‘s piano, who adds a brillant and pulsating flavor to « Bobby’s blues ». Thanks to Alexander Petrauskas who provided me with all the information. Do visit his great blogsite « Arkansas 45rpm records » or « Mellow’s Log Cabin« !
We go further East in North Wilkesboro, in N. Carolina, circa 1952-53, for a fine double-sider first on the Blue Ridge label (# 306) by LARRY RICHARDSON [banjo] & Happy Smith & the Blue Ridge Boys. Two songs are in discussion : « I’m Lonesome » and « Just Let Me Fall », both superior Bluegrass tunes, billed « Hillbilly » on the labels ! Thanks « 53jaybop » to have posted them two songs on Youtube. Later on, Richardson had on the MKB label, out of Virginia (no #) what it seems to be a rocking effort, »I’m Lonesome/I’ll Fall In Love With You » (alas untraced). We finally find him back on Blue Ridge 516 in 1960/62 for « The Nahville Jail », again a fast and fine Bluegrass number or « Wild Over Me » (great fast mandolin by Clinton Bullins?) on MKB 130 from 1968.
« I’m Lonesome« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/blue-rid-306-Larry-Richardson-Happy-Smith-Blue-Ridge-Boys-Im-Lonesome.mp3download
« Just Let Me Fall« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Larry-Richardson-Just-Let-Me-Fall-BLUE-RIDGE-306.mp3download
Larry Richardson on banjo
« Nashville Jail« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Nashville-Jail-Larry-Richardson-Happy-Smith.mp3download
« Wild Over Me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Larry-Richardson-Wild-Over-Me.mp3download
Way up North now for the Omaha, Nebraska Applause label : the TERRIFIC TABORS (with their leader Paul Tabor ? He at last holds the credit) offer a pretty weird mix of Bluegrass (unisson chorus) and garage rocker on « Rockin’ The Boat » from 1961. There’s even what sounds a steel behind the backing of guitars. The flip side, which sounds an instrumental (« Tabor Tromp ») remains untraced.
« Rockin’ The Boat« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/applause-1251Terrific-Tabors-Rockin-The-Boat-19611.mp3download
Real old Hillbilly now by CHARLIE BOWMAN & His Hill Billies on the Brunswick label. Bowman was a fiddler and a banjo player on several sides cut in New York with the Hopkins Brothers between October 1926 and May 1927 : « East Tennessee Blues » and « Riding That Mule ».
« East Tennessee Blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/CharlieBowman-EastTennesseeBlues1926.mp3download
« Riding That Mule« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/CharlieBowman-RideThatMule1927.mp3download
Finally a SHORTY LONG, who has apparently nothing to do with the S. Long I discussed thoroughly earlier in this site, does a romping R&B rocker (saxes), although the voice sounds white, with « Redstone John » on the K-Son label (# 7283). Location unknown.
« Redstone John« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/k-son-SHORTY-LONG-REDSTONE-JOHN-K-SON-RECORDS1.mp3download
Sources : YouTube, www.Arkansas45rpm-records,Tony Russell’s Country Music Records 1921-1942. Any correction or addition welcome !
Howdy folks, I am back from Corsica isle (« l’île de Beauté ») where I visited my girl friend and did help her to set up her fairytales’ exhibition before children. While I was there I couldn’t get access to my files, thus not allowing to myself to set up early June fortnight’s favorites.
Let’s begin in Texas with GLENN REEVES, born 1932 in Shamrock, TX. He had his first two records on the T.N.T. Label (owned by Bob Tanner, who billed proudly his labels records as « Tanner’n'Texas »!). « I’m Johnny on the spot » (TNT 120) is already a proto-rockabilly classic. But its reverse, the plaintive hillbilly « The blues are out tonight », is not so well known, although a very good ballad. Listen to the real hillbilly pronunciation of Reeves, over a nice fiddle and steel. I love such a record like this.
« The blues are out tonight« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/tnt-120-glenn-reeves-the-blues-are-out-tonight.mp3download
Later he had on TNT 129 « I ain’t got room to rock », before switching to Republic (the great « That’ll be love ») and Atco (« Rockin’ country style »/ »Drinkin’ wine spo-dee-o-dee ») in 1956, yet before turning teen on Decca in 1957. Meanwhile, he had relocated in Florida, pushing himself as a performer and D.J. On WPDQ out of Jacksonvile, FL. That’s where he met Mae Axton, her fellow-composer, and Tommy Durden, who both looked for someone who could demo their « Heartbreak hotel ». At first, Reeves denied, before agreeing – and the result was presented at a Nashville D.J. convention late 1955 to Elvis as his first million seller (the promise of Mae Axton), which he cut January 1956, in a style very close to Reeves. Here is the Reeves’ demo.
Glenn Reeves « Heartbreak hotel« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/GLENN-REEVES-heartbreak-hotel-demo.mp3download
The third compere was TOMMY DURDEN. He had a long story as steel player for Tex Ritter, and later for Johnny Cash, and composer (e.g. « Honey bop » for Wanda Jackson). In 1951 on the Sahul Kahal’s Freedom label out of Houston, Texas, he cut the great « Hula boogie » (# 5025). Later on, he had his own version of « Heartbreak hotel » (« Moods » LP, religious songs), before relocating in Michigan. He retired in the early ’90s.
Tommy Durden « Hula boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/freedom-5025-Tommy-Durden-Westernaires-Hula-Boogie.mp3download
On the next artist, GEORGE HEFFINGTON, I know litterally nothing, except he was one of the first to record on the growing Toppa label (owned by Jack Morris, out of Covina, Ca.), and is backed for the fast « Ghost of love » (# 1007, 1958) by, among others, Ralph Mooney on steel. Good piano too.
George Heffington « Ghost of love« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/A02-George-Heffington-Ghost-Of-Love-Toppa-1007-A.mp3download
Real name to next artist was Wilcoxson, but he’s known now as JIMMIE DALE. And there were in the ’50s two different men with the same name. The first to jump on my mind is an Indiana artist, who cut two Starday custom records in 1958. First on Jeffersonville, IN Saber label (# 707), he cut the fabulous two-sider « Baby doll » (great slap bass, energetic drums and lead guitar) and « Darlin’ » (very nice piano, à la Teddy Reddell over a mambo rhythm). In Louisville, KY, he had in 1958 too on the Farrall label (# 687) « Man made moon », more of a country record. Nice vocal, and again a rinky-dink piano and good steel. I couldn’t locate the flipside « For a day ».
The second JIMMIE DALE was a Nashvillian, who cut « Tennessee ghost train » in 1953 on the Original label # 501. The credits don’t give any clue. Lot of echo on the steel, a train song of course.
Jimmie Dale (Saber, Farrall)
Jimmie Dale « Baby doll« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Jimmie-Dale-Baby-doll.mp3download
Jimmie Dale « Darlin’« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/45-708a-Jimmie-Dale-Darlin-Saber-03-58.mp3download
Jimmie Dale « Man made moon« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/farrall-687A-Jimmie-Dale-Man-Made-Moon.mp3download
Jimmie Dale [different artist]« Tennessee ghost train« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Original-Record-OR-501-Jimmie-dale-Tennessee-Ghost-Train.mp3download
That’s all for this fortnight, folks. Comments welcome, as usual.
Sources and credits : internet, RCS, Youtube, lot of labor !
An important Texas artist of the ’30s and ’40s, (W.A.) SLUMBER NICHOL. He first cut records and had shows with the Sons of the Pioneers, then went after WWII to S&G label for the romping « Cotton pickin’ boogie » (# 3003)(vocal Andy Hallcom). He also had the first postwar version of « Cocaine blues », credited to T.J. Arnall. I never knew if this was actually Nichols disguising himself under a nom de plume. The song was reissued on Imperial, then covered by a lot of artists i.e. Roy Hogsed on Coast, later on Capitol, had the best-selling version ; Billy Hughes had his own version on King, among others. Later on Nichols had « Booger red blues » (unheard – sounds promising) on Imperial 8047, and now his track grows cold.
« Cotton pickin’ boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/s-g-3001-Slumber-Nichols-Western-Aces-Cotton-Pickin-Boogie-1950-.mp3download
On to Nashville on the M-G-M label by PAUL DAVIS, a nice bopper (great bass) with « Big money » (# 12357)(1956), complete with steel and piano accompaniment over a firm vocal.
« Big money« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Paul-Davis-Big-Money.mp3download
From Tennessee to Louisiana in Ville Platte : ALDUS ROGER & his Lafayette Playboys. He has « Cajun special » on Swallow 110, from 1959-60. Even for me, French-speaking being, it’s hard to understand all the lyrics !
« Cajun special »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/swallow-110-ALDUS-ROGER-CAJUN-SPECIAL.mp3download
From Texas on the Towne House (Sulphur Springs) label (# 11): EUEL HALL & the Rhythm Rockers for two nice bluesy country-rock sides, « Stand in line » and « Blue feeling » . Small but very efficient backing, a prominent lead guitar.
Euel Hall « Blue feeling« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/towne-house-11-Euel-Hall-Blue-Feeling.mp3download
Euel Hall « Stand in line« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/towne-house-11-Euel-Hall-Stand-In-Line.mp3download
Finally probably her first ever record from 1960 on the Zero label (# 107) by LORETTA LYNN, « I’m a honky tonk girl ».
« I’m a honky tonk girl« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/zero-107-Loretta-Lynn-Im-A-Honky-Tonk-Girl-ZERO-107.mp3download
First I offer RED LEWIS on Kasko 1643 (Santa Claus, Indiana) for « I’ll move along ». Strong lead guitar and a melodic steel solo. DrunkenHobo, do you know something more about this record?
« I’ll move along« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Red-Lewis-Ill-Move-Along.mp3download
Then we’ll turn to a talented artist who deserved much more fame than he’s got during his 2 or 3 years tenure at RCA-Victor Records. Born in 1925, he was noted, after his discharge from U.S. Marine, by A&R man Steve Sholes. So EDDIE MARSHALL cut 9 good singles between 1950 and 1952.
His first, « The Tom Cat blues » (RCA 48-0357), recorded in NYC in May 1950, had Tony Matola on lead guitar, a fiddle, a steel who does a fine job and a bass, and as waited, is a medium-paced bluesy number. An organ comes in the background for good effect.
« The Tom Cat blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Eddie-Marshall-The-Tom-Cat-Blues.mp3download
In December 1950, he cut the already little classic « Coffee, cigarettes and tears » (21-0413) known by Charlie « Peanut » Faircloth [see a recent Fortnight's favorites to hear the latter's version]. His version is jazzy and lot more faster than Faircloth’s. Very nice fiddle.
« »Coffee, cigarettes and tears« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/eddie-marshall-__-coffee-cigarettes-and-tears.mp3download
In December 1951, he cut his teeth on Rodney Morris ’ « Mobilin baby of mine »(20-4661), with sound effects, with a very nasal voice and new : a piano backing. Same tune was revived January 1952 on the West coast for Capitol (#2075) by Gene O’Quin. I include Gene’s version for comparison.
Marshall retired from business afterwards to deal with his family.
Gene O’Quin « Mobilin’ baby of mine« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Mobilin-Baby-Of-Mine-Gene-OQuin.mp3download
Finally from California on the Big State label (# 101), GRADY ROLLINS and the filthy « Spit-toon song », with steel effect and harmonica, as a sequel to « Chew tobacco rag ».
Enjoy the selections ! Some info was taken for Eddie Marshall from Paul Vidal’s BigVJamboree.blogspot site.
WADE HOLMES to begin comes from the East coast and was managed by Ben Adelman from Wahington, D.C. He is particular having records released only on (leased masters) Four Star, and budget Spin-O-Rama, Mount Vernon Music and Crown labels LPs, before during the Sixties on several issues on Adelman’s other labels : Sutton and Empire. I’ve chosen first his great rendition of Carl Smith‘s « Go boy go » from 1954 on Blue Ribbon 35-49. It’s pure Hillbilly rock, near Rockabilly. Second we have, from February 1954, the fast honky-tonker « You’re too tired (for me) » (4 * 1656), when Holmes had his own show on WPGC (Washington?). Finally here he comes once more with the superior (a great , great crisp lead guitar) « I’ll just pretend » from 1960 on the Almanac label (# 809), also backed by a fine fiddle (solo), and billed as « The singing truck driver ». No evidence at all he’s had converted himself as such with more truckers’ songs.
« Go boy go« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Wade-Holmes-Go-Boy-Go.mp3download
« You’re too tired (for me)« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/08-Wade-Holmes-Youre-Too-Tired-For-Me.mp3download
« I’ll just pretend« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Wade-Holmes-Ill-Just-Pretend.mp3download
From Kansas City , 1950 or 1951 on the copious Red Barn label (# RH 1166)(see Allan Turner’s Hillbilly Researcher‘s blogsite for more info on this label), BOBBY COOK & BUDDY NELSON, « The Texas Saddle Pals » have a brisk duet, with fine fiddle, a guitar solo and even a mandolin in « Big daddy blues ». A very lively track.
« Big daddy blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/red-barn-1166-A-Bobby-Cook-Buddy-Nelson-The-Texas-Saddle-Pals-Bad-Daddy-Blues.mp3download
From West coast in California in 1954/55, a well-known band leader on the Salinas area (radio stations KDON and KSBW), BASHFUL BOBBY WOOTEN on the Four Star (special serie) P 102, with one high-voiced MARTHA LOU GACHES for « Peeping Tom ». Gaches had also one issue on Pep (Bakersfield) and was at one time associated as vocalist with Big Jim DeNoone.Wooten had also one famous rocker « Goin’ deer huntin’ » in 1960 on the G.R.C. label and had two other issues on this 4* P serie.
« Peeping Tom« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Bobby-Wooten-Martha-Lou-Gaches-Peeping-Tom.mp3download
Martha Lou Gaches
From Santa Claus, Indiana, in 1965 or 66, a great country rocker « Snuffy Smith » by JOHNNY ACTON on the Kasko label (# 1644). It has a weird steel solo (too short), good guitar and indeed drums. Acton was also, with the Acton Sisters, on his own (?) label in 1968 (# 703), for a solitary issue (« Just between you and I », a country record), from Indianapolis.
« Snuffy Smith« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/kasko-1644B-Johnny-Acton-Snuffy-Smith.mp3download
That’s all folks for this time. Enjoy the selections !
En route for this new April batch of Hillbillies and Country rockers. First from Louisiana, the fiddler LARRY BAMBERG (rn Bamburg) does the fine relaxed medium bopper « Cheating on me » from 1956 on the Mira Lewis’ Shreveport, La. Ram (Royal American Music) label # 104. It has a very young James Burton, quite unusually, on the steel guitar and Leon Smith at the piano. Bamberg, whose name was not easy to pronounce, changed it to Lincoln for the bluesy (with sax) equally fine « My baby went away », cut at Ram, but issued on his own Fido 011 label (not posted here).
« Cheating on me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Larry-Bamburg-Cheating-On-Me-236.mp3download
Next three tracks do come from Laeger W.Va. (at least the label) as late as 1969 by the one FLOYD FLETCHER on the F.A.F. label. « Daddy sings the blues » (# 26252) is a fast bluesy track with urgent vocal. « Move on down the track » does fetch to Rockabilly, while its flipside « You’re telling me goodby » [sic] is more in a sort of garage Honky-tonk vein (# 26282).
« Daddy sings the blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ram-104-re-Larry-Bamburg-Cheating-On-Me.mp3download
« Move on down the track« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/F.A.F.-26253-Floyd-Fletcher-Move-On-Down-The-Track.mp3download
« You’re telling me goodby » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Floyd-Fletcher-Youre-Telling-Me-Goodby.mp3download
RILEY WALKER next is no newcomer, as his « Uranium miner’s boogie » from 1955 is already a minor Hillbilly bop classic from Salt Lake City, Utah. See elsewhere in this site at the entry of his name. « It’s a little late (to come knocking on my door » goes by the same vein : a relaxed rural vocal, a nice steel throughout and a romping piano (# 703).
« It’s a little late« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/atomic-703-Riley-Walker.mp3download
Next and last tracks of this fortnight do come from the B-W label, presumably a Nashville one, in 1961. PHIL BEASLEY and « Itchin’ to love you » (# 624) : a nice crisp guitar over a decent country rocker. KENNY BIGGS and « There’s no excuse » (# 615) has a mellow steel, an harmonica and some chorus and sounds a bit poppish.
« Itchin’ to love you« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/B-W-62A-Phil-Beasley-Itchin-To-Love-You.mp3download
« There’s no excuse« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/B.W.-615-Kenny-Biggs-Theres-No-Excuse.mp3download
That’s all for this time, folks. Comments as usual are welcome.
En route for a new batch of goodies. I hope you will have as much pleasure to listen to them (or download) as I had chosing them.
Here we go with the same song, a Bluegrass bopper, by its originators first, DON RENO & RED SMILEY in 1957 (banjo and guitar, I’d assume) for King # 5002 : « Country boy rock and roll » combines the energy of both musics for a stupendous number. Two years later, the same tune was revived by a small Maryland duet, FRANKIE SHORT and DEE GUNTER on the Wango label # 200. A very fine version, even faster than the original.
Don Reno, Red Smiley « Country boy rock and roll« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/DON-RENO-RED-SMILEY-Country-Boy-Rock-N-Roll.mp3download
Frankie Short & Dee Gunterhttp://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/wango-201-Frankie-Short-Dee-Gunter-Country-Boy-Rock-And-Roll.mp3download
We go up north now for the pure Hillbilly bop beat of « Niagara moon » (Niagara 53727) by ERIC & JOHNNY & Lincoln County Peach Pickers.
Back to Nashville and the Excello label. Indeed it was famous for its Blues and R&B releases, but it had also the odd hillbilly number, for example here RAY BATTS (# 2028) for the great relaxed « Stealin’ sugar ». Batts was also on Bullet and Nashboro.
Eric & Johnny « Niagara moon« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Eric-Johnny-Lincoln-County-Peach-Pickers-Niagara-Moon.mp3download
Ray Batts « Stealin’ sugar« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/excello-2028-Ray-Batts-Stealin-Sugar.mp3download
BILLY McGHEE may have been out of Texas, as he had several records on Imperial. Here on RCA 4727 he cut the good easy-going « I’ll copyright my baby ».
Finally from Texas on the TNT (# 136) label, the only woman of the pack, BETTY BARNES, does offer the fine rockabilly «What would you do ».
Billy McGhee, « I’ll copyright my baby« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/RCA-4827-Billy-McGhee-Ill-Copyright-My-Baby.mp3download
Betty Barnes « What would you do« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/tnt-136-Betty-Barnes-What-Would-You-Do.mp3download
Source : Internet.
Other intended features on their way: Valley label, G&G label, early Toppa label, important update of Forest Rye feature, and other articles.