Howdy folks! This time I managed to post 8 tunes, instead of the usual 6. I must say: the matter was significant with the “Move It On Over” story, a tune frequently covered over the years. I picked up 4 versions, ranging from 1947 to the ’60s.
As soon as mid-1947, the song was covered by JIMMIE & LEON SHORT, a successful brother-duet from the West coast, for Decca. A sign that Hank’s version was a hit in itself. Their version is energetic with a touch of Western swing (both of them had begun in the ’30s).
Late 1947 another outfit from California took their teeth on “Move It On Over“: America’s Most Coulourful Hillbilly Band, as their record label, Four Star, billed them, the MADDOX BROTHERS & ROSE. This is pure energy, driven by the lead guitar of Jimmy Winkle and the whole gang of Rose’s brothers to back her urgent vocal. Take a listen in the podcasts!
Mid-50s, in July 1957, the song was covered by Johnny Anglin and Jack Wright, professionnally known for ten years then as JOHNNY and JACK for RCA-Victor Records. A sparse instrumentation, but a vivid rendition, the most solid being Louis Innis, the lead guitar player, who adds more than once – a rocking treatment – to the energetic gospel tinged vocal duet.
Rose Maddox once again tried her hands at the song in 1959 on Capitol Records, which is not posted. Then during the early ’60s I picked an old acquaintance of Bopping: DONNIE BOWSER (see elsewhere with the research button its story) got his own modern version on the microscopic JD label, distributed by King Records.
There are many other versions of “Move It On Over” – I restricted myself to the country versions that I know of, thus excluding pop oriented ones.
Enough for this song. Let’s have a look at a underrated late ’50s hillbilly/Country bopper from Texas, who had several disks on the microscopic Santa Fe label out of Texas, before completely disappearing: LARRY BRYANT. His “Honeymoon Trip To Mars” is already a minor classic of the genre, and his whole output (3 singles) on Santa Fe is constantly of moderately high standard. I managed to get my hands on 4 tracks, which you can hear below: “Honeymoon Trip To Mars” of course (Santa Fe 100), “Tiquela And Mexican Beer (sic)/Stay Away From Me Baby” (Santa Fe 101) and “Keep Right On Tryin’” (Santa Fe 103), all from 1959. Bryant was originally an Oklahomian, and nobody knows how he settled in New Mexico to set up his own Santa Fe label. One can wonder why his initial debut was also released on South California Bakersfield (# 134) label. “Honey Moon Trip To Mars” had been sung in a more Rockabilly approach by Jack Tucker (Ozark 960). The latter being a very interesting artist, a feature on him is planned within several months.
I cannot resist presenting another curiosity of the Santa Fe label, this “Ballin’ keen” by SANDY LEE (# 104). This is the Bobby & Terry Caraway Crest song and has presumably Eddie Cochran on guitar. Remember Larry Bryant was also published on Bakersfield 134, so here’s the possible link with California. Take a listen!