Howdy, folks !
First selection is a fine bopper (sincere vocal, strong rhythm and good fiddle, even pizzicato played) : « I was standing too close to a heartache » (sounds familiar?) by BILLY TIDWELL, who cut a very good version of « Folsom prison blues » on the White Deer, TX Ko Co Bo label in 1964.
Billy Tidwell, « I was standing too close to a heartache«
Second odd issue is first ever Tommy Collins‘s song, « Campus boogie », when Collins was still known as LEONARD SIPES in his native Oklahoma. The song can be found on Morgan 106, and is very Hank Williams styled.
Leonard Sipes « Campus boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/campus-boogie.mp3download
Then we enter in back-to-back series. JIMMIE DAVIS, also politician for Louisiana Governoship, cut a whole string of early boppers in the ’30s. Here I selected « You’ve been tom cattin’ around », issued on Bluebird in 1933.
A good 22 years later, CARL STORY had his own version, although the mandolin player is himself, on Columbia 21444 (1955). The flipside is the equally good, Rockabilly style, « What a line ». Strong boogie guitar, a fiddle solo. Really a masterpiece.
Jimmie Davis « You’ve been tom cattin’ around »
Carl Story « You’ve been tom cattin’ around »
« What a line » derives from the original by JIMMIE WIDENER, who had this on his first King session in 1946 (# 536B) on the West coast, backed by such luminaries as Joaquin Murphy on steel or Jimmy Wyble on electric guitar. Harold Hensley is also present on fiddle, and co-wrote the song with Merle Travis. Widener had had been vocalist for Tex Williams, Spade Cooley and Bob Wills.
Jimmie Widener « What a line! » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/JIMMIE-WIDENER-What-A-Line-KING.mp3download
Clyde Moody « Whatta line« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Clyde-Moody-Whatta-line.mp3download
Carl Story « What a line« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Columbia-21444-Carl-Story-What-A-Line.mp3download
The song was revived first in 1953 by CLYDE MOODY on Decca. Usual style. Moody does it fast, with fiddle and guitar solo. Then in the mid-60s by GLENN THOMPSON, the most obscure artist of them all, who came from North Carolina. Guitar player is modern, but has a fine bluesy solo.
Glenn Thompson, « What a line »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/tornado-T-101-Glenn-Thompson-What-A-Line-.mp3download
Main source for this issue: Internet.
Hello, this is early August 2014 fortnight. Some new tunes, some already published a few years ago for newcomers, and finally sad news.
REDD STEWART was during long years the lead vocalist for PEE WEE KING. The latter (with the Golden West Cowboys) was allegedly under exclusive contract with RCA-Victor, but not Stewart: he was signed by King records and recorded several tunes in Cincinnati (February 1950), among them the very fine « Brother, drop dead (boogie) » King 843-AA). He is indeed backed by the Golden West Cowboys, disguised under the name of « His Kentucky Colonels » ! Great Hillbilly boogie, good steel and piano.
Redd Stewart « Brother, drop dead (boogie) »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/king-843-redd-stewart-drop-dead-boogie.mp3
Another well-known artist (he has his own entry in bopping.org) from Mississipi is JIMMY SWAN, or « Colonel Jim » as he presented himself on a Baton Rouge, La. TV-station in 1952. He was signed on the Lilian McMurray Trumpet label in 1952, and recorded for her at WFOR Radio station in Hattiesburg, MS. I retain particularly, among many fine sides, « Juke joint mama » (Trumpet 176), with nice steel (a la Don Helms, Hank Williams’ steel player) and fiddle, and «Lonesome daddy blues « (Trumpet 198). « Juke joint mama » was first cut by the veteran Denver Darling for Decca in 1946 ; Darling, active in Denver, IN, is the co-writer of, among others, « Choo choo ch’boogie », a hit for Louis Jordan as well as Bill Haley, and more recently for Clifton Chenier. « Lonesome daddy blues » is not the same track as Bill Johnson‘s on a Starday custom – which I will discuss about in another article.
Denver Darling « Juke joint mama »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Denver-Darling-Juke-joint-mama.mp3download
Jimmy Swan « Juke joint mama »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/trumpet-176-jimmy-swan-juke-joint-mama.mp3download
Jimmy Swan « Lonesome daddy blues »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Jimmy-Swan-Lonesome-Daddy-Blues.mp3download
Sonny Starns, « Baton Rouge, L.A. »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/silon-201-Sonny-starns-baton-rouge-l.a.1.mp3download
Let’s stay down south. The unknown SONNY STARNS delivers a romping, piano-led « Baton Rouge, L.A. » on the small Hammond, La. Silon label (# 202).
Jimmy C. Newman « Lache pas la patate »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/jimmy-NewmanLache-pas-la-patateLL.mp3download
Sad news now. The death (on June 21rst) of a giant of Country and Cajun music, Mr. JIMMY C. NEWMAN. Born 1927, he began his career vocally fronting the band of Papa Cairo on Modern sides – I think he sings « Kooche kooche », to be found on an old U.K. Ace compilation (« Swingbillies »), in 1949-50. Then he was cutting for Jay D. Miller in Crowley, La. and his first label Feature : songs like « Wondering » – later covered by Webb Pierce on Decca. He had records on Khoury’s too, before entering in Randy Wood’s stable on Gallatin, TN Dot label. A huge hit in 1956, « A fallen star » : then he was an established star. However he never denied his Cajun ancestry and roots and, in 1973, recorded on La Louisiane label the much acclaimed « Lâche pas la patate » in French, also known as « The potato song » (written by Clifford Joseph Trahan, better known as Pee Wee Trahan, or Johnny Rebel…). The song went n°1 in Quebec on the Deram label, and had not since then disappeared from his repertoire, always in demand by Cajun speaking folks until recent times. Newman died of cancer. I will have a survey later of his entire career. Let’s get his music !
Lâche pas la patate (lyrics in French)(« Don’t drop the potato »)
Hey! Lâche pas la patate mon neg. Hey! Lâche pas la patate? Une chose qu’est claire, j’fais mon affaire mais j’lâche pas la patate??-?J’vas au bal tous les samedis, pour escouer mes vieilles pattes? J’danse avec toutes les belles filles… Mais j’lâche pas la patate – ?J’fais tous les clubs que je peux faire ent’Lafayette et la Ville Plate? Oublie-moi pas des fois ça chauffe… Mais j’lâche pas la patate?? Refrain Hey! Lâche pas la patate mon neg Hey! Lâche pas la patate? Une chose qu’est claire, j’fais mon affaire mais j’lâche pas la patate??-?Chu pas marié, j’ai pas personne pour m’tenir le fond d’culotte? Quand j’veux partir chu « gone vieux j’ton » Mais j’lâche pas la patate ?J’vas là tout seul la moitié du temps mais quand l’idée me frappe? J’appelle Marie la chère p’tite fille mais j’lâche pas la patate?? Refrain Hey! Lâche pas la patate mon neg Hey! Lâche pas la patate? Une chose qu’est claire, j’fais mon affaire Mais j’lâche pas la patate??-Un soir au bal un tout p’tit boguet et un gros a pris à s’battre ?J’voulais que le petit gagne et j’criais « Lâche pas la patate »? Le gros bougre m’a r’gardé et dit: Espère que j’te rattrape ?J’mé viré de bord… J’ai couru fort… J’ai lâché la patate?? Refrain Hey! J’ai lâché la patate mon neg Hey! J’ai lâché la patate? Une chose qu’est claire, j’fais mon affaire J’ai lâché la patate??Hey! Lâche pas la patate mon neg Hey! Lâche pas la patate? Une chose qu’est claire, j’ faist mon affaire Mais j’lâche pas la patate…? [translation in English on personal request]
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Hope you’re all well and ready to visit some more boppers and rockabillies. The name JAMES MASK isn’t that familiar (he had not big hits), although he appeared on Bandera (Illinois), Arbet (Tennessee, « I miss my teen angel », a teen rocker), and later (1972) on MGM-Sound of Memphis (the country rocker « Humpin’ to please »).
Here we find him on the Pontotoc, MS (where he was born in 1932 – Tupelo area) Tom Big Bee label (# ) with a fine early ’60s version of the Rocky Bill Ford‘s classic, « Beer drinkin’ blues ». Honest country rocker. He had some tunes (unissued in the ’50s) on an old White label LP 2305 « Mississipi R’n'R ». The Dutchman wrote there that Mask was backed by his two brothers Charles and Willie.
James Mask « Beer drinkin’ daddy » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/tom-big-bee-James-Mask-Beer-Drinking-Blues.mp3download
Let’s stay in Mississipi with an otherwise very well known artist, at least in Europe (he drives, latest news, a taxi at Chicago Int’l Airport), Mr. HAYDEN THOMPSON. I offer his first record, on the Booneville, MS, label, Von [which issued Lloyd McCollough and Johnny Burnette's first records,] « Act like you love me« b/w « I feel the blues coming on« . (original in 1951 by Elton Britt, although not credited on the label) Great slow Hillbillies, whispering vocal over confident backing. Same last tune was done (but it’s a different song) by Loy Clingman on the Arizona Elko label in 1956. Penned byLee Hazlewood, it’s a soft Country-rock effort. The third Thompson track is taken from his sessions at Sun in Memphis, and he retains the same feeling with « Blues, blues, blues » (U.K. Charly 605B) – although more echo, as usual from Sam Phillips’ manner.
Hayden Thompson, « Act like you love me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Act-Like-You-Love-Me.mp3download
Hayden Thompson, « I feel the blues coming on« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/I-Feel-The-Blues-Coming-On.mp3download
Hayden Thompson, « Blues, blues, blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/605B-Hayden-Thompson-Blues-Blues-Blues1.mp3download
Elton Britt « I feel the blues coming on » (RCA, 1951)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Elton-Britt-I-feel-the-blues-coming-on.mp3download
Let’s get up north in Lancaster, KY, and with HAROLD MONTGOMERY. His fine sides on Sun-Ray were documented in the site (see « Sun-Ray » label). Here he comes once more with a good side, similar style, on Wolf-Tex 103, « How much do you miss me », from the ’60s. Great mumbling vocal, similar to early Elvis!
Way north a little further. Muncie, Indiana on the Poor Boy label. A small one, but important artists, the best known being its owner Wayne Raney (« We need a whole lot more of Jesus (and a lot less of Rock’n'Roll »!) ; others are the Van Brothers (« Servant of love », to name only one) and Les & Helen Tussey (already recently posted in fortnight’s favorites).
Harold Montgomery, « How much do you miss me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/wolf-tex-103-Harold-Montgomery-How-Much-Do-You-Miss-Me.mp3download
The artist was named DANNY BROCKMAN & the Golden Hill Boys, on Poor Boy 107. First side is Hillbilly bop, « Stick around » from 1959, when Brockman was D.J. at WTMT in Louisville, KY. Great Starday sound, a powerful rhythm guitar, great interplay between lead guitar and steel during the solo, fabulous (altho’ too short) fiddle solo. A ‘must ’ record for Starday sound lovers. The flipside is sung in unisson duet with a certain Carl Jones. Nothing exceptional with « Don’t you know it’s true », a real Everly Bros. -alike. With fine steel and fiddle solos. Brockman also appeared on Dixie 859 (« Big big man »), more on him in a future fortnight.
Danny Brockman, « Stick around » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/poor-boy-107-Danny-Brockman-And-The-Golden-Hill-Boys-Stick-Around-.mp3download
Danny Brockman & Carl Jones, « Don’t you know it’s true« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Poor-boy-107B-Danny-Brockman-Carl-Jones-Dont-You-Know-Its-True.mp3download
Finally in Omaha, Nebraska (frontier to Canada). 1958, with the wild double-sider « The itch/Baby doll » by CARL CHERRY on the Tene label. « Baby doll » is a typical White doo-wop rocker, good although average. THE side is the garage Rockabilly « The itch » (Tene 1023), prettily sensual. Cherry has got the feel and itch, and the drummer and lead guitar player (RaB HOF says the guy was legally blind!) too ! Fantastic garage sound…They don’t play this way anymore, even with the wilder neo-rockabilly European bands.
Carl Cherry & Wild Cherries, « The itch » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Tene-1023B-Carl-Cherry-The-Itch.mp3download
Carl Cherry & Wild Cherries, « Baby doll » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/tene-1023A-CARL-CHERRY.-BABY-DOLL..mp3download
Carl Cherry & Wild Cherries
Howdy folks ! Hope you will enjoy those selections of the present fortnight. Now it’s very hot in southern France, so is the music I choose.
From Harrington, KY., do come GORDON SIZEMORE on the Alvic label (no #. Thanks Mr. Dean C. Morris for the scan of the label!). « Waddlin baby » [sic] is a Country, near Rockabilly from 1962. The voice of the singer is nasal and sounds a little old. The guy must have been the perfect Country boy. He his backed by (apparently) two brothers, Johnny and Casey Jones. One of them does a fine fiddle solo. The record, if you find it, will cost you between $ 100 and 200 !
Gordon Sizemore « Waddlin baby »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/alvic-Gordon-Sizemore-Waddlin-Mama.mp3download
Tom Wilson « Why’d you pick on me »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cool-135B-Tommy-Wilson-Whyd-You-Pick-On-Me.mp3download
To learn more about the COOL label, go to Dean C. Morris blogsite: http://anorakrockabilly45rpm.blogspot.co.uk
On the Harrison, NJ. Cool label (# 135B) we go now to TOM WILSON and « Why’d you pick on me », a fast Rockabilly flavored Country rocker, with fine slapping bass. The name of the singer sounds familiar to me, I know at least another Tom Wilson on the Crest label out of California, surely a different person. The disc is from 1960.
Next two tracks are sung and played by BUDDY ALLEN and his Drifting Vagabonds on the Driftwood label (# 1001) from Waynesboro, PA. « Driftwood on the river » is the side for hillbilly bop fans : a medium paced ditty, with a nice mellow voice, backed by a fiddle and steel-guitar (a solo). A great record from, I’d say, 1955. Allen had another issue, « Allegheny moon » on Driftwood 1002 (untraced)
The flipside is totally different. « God loves His Children » is a fast sacred hillbilly with a good touch of bluegrass : a mandolin solo per example. Hear the most the great falsetto vocal ! Is the singer the same Buddy Allen who did « Shine, shave, shower » on Tennessee 748?
Buddy Allen « Driftwood on the river »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DRIFTWOOD-1001A-Buddy-allen-driftwood-on-the-river.mp3download
Buddy Allen « God loves His children »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DRIFTWOOD1001B-buddy-allen-God-loves-his-children.mp3download
From Louisiana next two tracks by a relatively famous HOLLIS ALBIN, for the minor classic « Vee-eight Ford boogie » on the Hammond label, out of Baton Rouge (1959). Loud drums, nasal vocal, topical lyrics, all these make of the track a gem, a classic. (# 106A). The flipside is, in my mind, equally good, altho’ in a different manner. « Uncle Earl don’t stand alone » is a medium hillbilly bop, with a backing of banjo and fiddle, over amusic lyrics.
Hollis Albin, « Vee-Eight Ford boogie http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hammond-106-HOLLIS-ALBIN-Vee-eight-Ford-Boogie.mp3download
Hollis Albin, « Uncle Earl don’t stand alone »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hammond-106B-HOLLIS-ALBIN-Uncle-Earl-Dont-Stand-Alone-.mp3download
Finally two tracks by the legendary PRAIRIE RAMBLERS. They were Texans, but recorded (during a tour?) in NYC for the ARC label. First « Gonna have a feast here tonight » (on the reissue label Melotone 13412-B) is an exuberant number sung by Salty Holmes, who holds also the harmonica. Tex Atchison plays the fiddle. The orchestra sings in unisson on this song cut on April 18, 1935. Second, their greatest classic, « Deep Elem Blues » (about the events in the ‘hot’ quarter of Dallas) cut on August 15, 1935, has clarinet (solo), banjo, fiddle. The whole thing is a mess! (Melotone 5-11-51). What a slap bass, by Jack Taylor, ahead by 20 years on Sonny Fisher‘s « Rocking Daddy »…Same session saw also the first cut of « Just because« , later sung by Elvis on Sun!
Prairie Ramblers, « Gonna have a feast here tonight »
Prairie Ramblers, « Deep Elem blues »
Enjoy the selections, you can always post comments, corrections or additions. If you prefer a direct link, go to my email address : firstname.lastname@example.org. Bye, till next fortnight.
Howdy folks! En route for a new batch of bopping ‘billies. Main instrument will be fiddle (but not in all titles present), always to the fore. It even had in places good solos. Second instrument (normal in honky tonk) is steel-guitar. By accident, I’ve uploaded two yodeling vocalists too. Music rounds up from 1954 to 1961, from Texas and southern New Mexico to Ohio. Here we go…
RICKY McKINNEY offers on the Mystic label (# 0528) (an RCA custom pressing from 1958) the nice Western swing flavored « Washday blues« . Roswell, New Mexico.
Ricky McKinney, « Washday blues »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Ricky-Mc-Kinney-Washday-Blues-1958.mp3download
Second offering is by a well-known guy (for his Rockabilly side « My square dancing’ mama (She’s done learned to Rock’n'roll)« . Here is the flip side (MGM 12195 from March 1956), « Your wild life’s gonna get you down« , very much in a traditional Honky tonk manner. The name: BOB GALLION!
Bob Gallion, « Your wild life’s gonna get you down »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Your-Wild-Lifes-Gonna-Get-You-Down-Bob-Gallion.mp3download
Freddie Frank, « This old rig »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Freddie-Frank-This-Old-Rig-19611.mp3download
From an unknown location I guess Ohio, on the microscopic Chuck’s label (although # 3434 seem to evoke other previous issues) by CHUCK SMITH. Without doubt his own label, where he delivers a great, dramatic bluesy (à la Hank Williams) « Lovesick daddy« . Smith even does yodel. I wish to hear more by a man of this talent. Chuck Smith, « Lovesick daddy »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Chuck-Smith-Love-Sick-Daddy.mp3download
Finally back to Texas (Plainview) on the Flair label (# 1021-1023) by JAMIE HILLIARD, « I’m going back to my Indian maiden« . Good piano (solo) and guitar, and the fiddle takes two solos, while Hillard vocalizes in yodel too. Indeed nothing to do with the Los Angeles Flair label (Richard Berry, Elmore James, etc.) of the Biharii Brothers.
Jamie Hilliard, « I’m going back to my Indian maiden »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Jamie-Hilliard-Im-Going-Back-To-My-Indian-Maiden.mp3download
Hope to hear from you! Any comments or additions welcome (even bad ones!). My thanks as usual go to Ronald Keppner: he’d help me a lot for the Shorty Long story.
June 2nd, 11h47PM. I don’t really know what happened. I had included Shorty Long’s « Goodnight Cincinnati, good morning Tennessee » (King 953), announcing the next feature on him in Bopping. Really cannot understand: everything about him disappeared from the project (pictures, text and music).Sorry for inconvenience! Blame on internet wizardry? Also all my article on Freddie Frank, whom you only have without any explanation two tunes. More on him later!
This time we focus on 3 artists only. First DARNELL MILLER, who has enjoyed a comfortable Country music career for 5 decades in W. Va (a long-time affiliate to the famous WVA Jamboree), is present here with three of his early records. On the Dale label (a Starday custom) # 630 from Bluefield, W.Va, in May 1957, he released a very honest medium-paced hillbilly (fiddle present) with « Gettin’ out of the woods« . Two years later, he was to have two nice Country-rockers on the main Starday serie (in the meantime, he had been presented to Don Pierce, boss of the label, in Nashville). He delivers the energetic « Royal flush » (Starday 422) as well, several months later, the equally nice (where he seems to double his voice over) « Back to you » (Starday 459). Later on, he cut many, many records until his retirement early in the 2000s.
Darnell Miller, ’90s
Darnell Miller « Gettin’ out of the woods » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/630-B-Dale-Darnell-Miller-Gettin-out-of-the-woods.mp3download
Darnell Miller « Royal flush » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/starday-422-Darnell-Miller-Royal-Flush-.mp3download
Darnell Miller « Back to you » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/07-Darnell-Miller-Back-To-You.mp3download
The second artist presented here has no biographical data. BILL DUDLEY had cut in Nashville a good amount of records from 1953 to 1972 (in Canada) then disappeared from Dick Grant’s antennas. I’ve chosen the nice hillbilly released in November 1953 by Capitol (# 2662) « If I cry« . All in all, he recorded between 1953 and 1954 thirteen tracks for this label, which issued 4 singles. The next track by him is the fine Country-rocker « Oh please Mr. Conductor » on the Todd label (# 1046) from 1959. This tiny label issued several good disks during this period by Lee Bonds, Jimmie Fletcher or Jericho Jones, to name the most well-known in the Hillbilly bop/Country-rock field.
Bill Dudley « If I cry » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/capitol-2662-bill-dudley-if-I-cry.mp3download
Bill Dudley « Oh please Mr. Conductor » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Bill-Dudley-Oh-Please-Mr-Conductor-TODD-Records.mp3download
Down in Louisiana, I will dwell on JOEY GILLS upon. A protégé of Jay D. Miller, and né Joseph Guillot, he hailed from Thibodeaux vicinity, La. where he was born on a farm in 1929 (died 2013).A relative to Cajun superstar Johnnie Allan, during the early ’50s, he often gigged with Rusty & Doug, and he sounded so much as Hank Williams that J. D. Miller often used him to test new songs. Here it is his first record from 1953-54 « Hey Meon » (Feature 2002), cut in Crowley, La (J. D. Miller studio): Gills is backed by Lonnie Jones (later known as « Lazy Lester« ) on washboard, Johnny on steel (Miller can’t remember his full name) and Wiley Barkdull on piano for a very good waltz-paced ditty, partly sung in French. In February or March 1956, he cut 4 tracks for Mercury, either in Crowley, or in Nashville, which included the great medium boppers « (I am) Like a dog without a bone », « My name is Joe » and « Consolation prize« . From then on, Gills had his own radio show in Thibodeaux on KTIB, but recorded only this song (found on Youtube).
Joey Gills: « Hey Meon » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/feature-2002-Joey-Gills-Hey-Meon.mp3download
Joey Gills « Like a dog without a bone » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Joey-Gills-Im-Like-A-Dog-Without-A-Bone-1956.mp3download
Joey Gills « My name is Joe » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/06-My-Name-Is-Joe-Joey-Gills.mp3ref= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/06-My-Name-Is-Joe-Joey-Gills.mp3″ target= »_blank »>download
Joey Gills « Consolation prize » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Consolation-Prize-Joey-Gills.mp3download
Joey Gills « Baby, leave your troubles at home » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Baby-Leave-Your-Troubles-At-Home-Joey-Gills.mp3download
Howdy folks, the first serie of the two selections for May.
The exuberant « It always happens to me » by RUFUS SHOFFNER & JOYCE SONGER (wife of Earl) cut in Detroit in 1962 seems stylistically go back to the mid to late ’50s. It’s a great fast bopper (piano, guitar and an energetic rhythm, and an exulting duet vocal), which was issued on Fortune’s label subsidiary Hi-Q 14, and can still be found on various recent compilations, as in Boppin’ Hillbilly vol. 5. Shoffner made several fine sides on Hi-Q or Fortune, or earlier on Kentucky’s Countryside label. More on him later in this site. »It always happens to me » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/rufus-shoffner-it-always-happens-to-me.mp3download
More famous from the West coast is TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD (1919-1991),who cut a fine string of Hillbilly boogies from the end of the ’40s (« Milk ‘em in the morning blues« ) to the mid-50s, when he crossed the marked with the top-seller « Sixteen tons » (written by Merle Travis). Here he delivers from July 1950 on Capitol 1295 the much acclaimed « The shot gun boogie » (which had many, many versions later by others, even during the R&R era, f.e. Jesse Lee Turner), backed by the Cliffie Stone crew, among them the excellent Speedy West (steel), Billy Liebert (piano) and Jimmy Bryant (ld guitar).
T. Ernie in 1957
T. Ernie Ford « The shot gun boogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/capitol-1295.mp3download
For the rest of the selections, we’re turning to obscure artists. From Pennsylvania in 1958 on the Skyline label (not to be confused with the Indianapolis label: the Blankenship Brothers) # 106 comes BOB ENGLAR and » Always dreaming« , a very nice bopper (guitar/steel/fiddle solos). FRANK DARRIS had in 1963 the same energy as Englar for an honest Rockabilly, his personal version of Marty Robbins’ « Ruby Ann » on the Roy label. The wizardry is the same two-sided disc came on two other labels, Thunder and Advance. Another Rockabilly we find from Alabama, early ’60s, « Baby I don’t care » (not the Elvis’ song) by DAVID GREGG on the McDowell label.
Bob Englar « Always dreaming » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Bob-Englar-amp-The-Southland-Playboys-Always-Dreaming-Hillbilly-45.mp3download
Frank Darris « Ruby Ann » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Frank-Darris-Ruby-Ann-Rockabilly-45.mp3download
David Gregg, »Baby I don’t care » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/David-Gregg-Baby-I-Dont-Care.mp3download
Dempsey Sims, « Blue eyed baby » (Sam version)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Dempsey-Sims-Blue-Eyed-Baby-Country-Bop-45-Sam-Version.mp3download
Dempsey Sims, « Blue-eyed baby » (Huber version)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Dempsey-Sims-Blue-Eyed-Baby-Country-Bop-45-Huber-Version.mp3download
Finally the same song, « Blue eyed baby » is a yodeling bopper first issued in 1956 on Esta 284 (untraced)and later recorded twice by DEMPSEY SIMS in 1957 on Huber (time 2’39″) and Sam (time 2’07″). The Sam version seems more polished. Dempsey later had « Blues tomorrow » in 1967 on the Nashville label.
I feel sorry for the light defaults of the scans: my sight is failing (too much reading microscopic master numbers on records!)
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.
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.
Red Perkins, « Hoe-down boogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Red-Perkins-Hoe-Down-Boogie.mp3download
Paul Howard « The boogie’s fine tonight » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/king-873AA-Paul-Howard-The-boogie_s-fine-tonight.mp3download
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 » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Gene-OQuinn-I-specialize-in-love.mp3download
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!)
Mercer Brothers « Wish bone » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/columbia-20978-mercer-bros-wish-bones.mp3download
Eddie Crosby « Blues stay away from me » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Eddie-Crosby-quotBlues-Stay-Away-From-Mequot-78-rpm.mp3download
Danny Dedmon « Hula hula woogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Danny-Dedmon-Hula-hula-woogie.mp3download
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.
Sources: my own collection and the net for artists pictures.
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).
Then 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 » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/imperial-8186-billy-strr-hound-dog.mp3download
Curley Sanders « Too much lovin’ » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/imperial-8226-curley-sanders-too-much-lovin_.mp3download
Gene Henslee « I’m like a kid a-waitin’ » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/gene-henslee-Im-like-a-kid-awaitin.mp3download
Billy McGhee « Talking to the man in the moon » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Imperial-8214-billy-mcGhee-Talking-to-the-man-in-the-moon.mp3download
Earl Songer « Whoopie baby » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Earl-Songer-Whoopie-baby.mp3download
Van Howard « I’m not a kid anymore » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/imperial-8234-van-howard.mp3download
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)
Jimmy Kelly « Dunce cap » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Imperial-8275-jimmy-kelly-dunce-cap.mp3download
Thanks to Ronald Keppner for the loan of rare 78rpm.
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 ».
Marty Martin « Mobile, Alabama blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/24-Marty-Martin-Mobile-Alabama-Blues.mp3download
Les & Helen Tussey « They went around » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Les-Helen-Tussey-They-Went-Around-Rockabilly-45.mp3download
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 » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MGM-4070-arthur-smith-guitar-and-piano-boogie.mp3download
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 » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/gg-107-jess-willard-Im-branding-my-darling-with-my-heart-Jess-Willard-G-G-107.mp3download
Jess Willard « Hillbilly heaven » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Hillbilly-Heaven-Jess-Willard-G-G-107.mp3download
Jess Willard « Night time is cry time » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sundown-126-A-Night-time-is-cry-time-Jess-Willard-Sundown-126.mp3download
Jess Willard « Cops and robbers » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sundown-126-BCops-and-robbers-Jess-Willard-Sundown-126.mp3download