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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Billboard April 17, 1954

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!