This is a regular feature in the bi-monthly “bopping favorites”. As you surely noticed it, American English is not my natural language an I’m trying hard to be understood. My apologies to everyone reading those pages.But, remember, Music is first!

First WINNIE PARKER & the Rhythm Maniacs on the Ruby label (# 350) from Hamilton, Oh. She released on 1957 « Down Boy Boogie ». It’s a Gene Vincent sequel (references to « Bluejean Bop »). lovely rhythm and bass, a very agreaable steel solo and a fabulous bluesy guitar.

The veteran JOHNNY BOND had a long and rich recording career, which out chose the fast « Mean Mama Boogie ». Straight honky tonk with harmonica solo (Jerry Adler) and the legendary Noel Boggs on steel, released in Jan. 1950.

BILL WHITTLEY in 1960 on the Texas Blue Bonnet label # 1453. « I’m A Rich Man » is a mid-paced bopper with sparse instrumentation (guitar and bass). « Why Did You Leave Me » is a faster side, this time wih steel added.

From Wisconsin on the Rebel label (# 819) from 1959. BOBBY HODGE & The Rainbow Rangers
has « Gonna Take My Guitar ». A nice vocal, a great steel, & fiddle solo. All for a tight llittle combo near to Rockabilly. Hodge had went earlier on the Nashville label (# 5014) for the very similar «Carolina Bound ». He can be found on Golden Ring too (“Alligator Man”)

« Tears In My Eyes » on the Capo label 45-002 (1960) on the West coast by WAYNE Red » YEAGER (1934-2015). Ralph Mooney is on steel for this gentlle rhythm ballad. Capo had connections with another California small label : Sundown out of Pico, Ca.

On the West coast Fable label (#573) BILLY MACKLIN offers the moving « Knock On Wood » : steel, fiddle and a very nice vocal from 1957.

sources : my own archives ; 45cat ; YouTube (Bobby Hodge, Bill Whittley).