Howdy, friends! This selection is going to be special. The hard disk, which I stock all my music upon, is out of order. And because Cvid-19 confinement, the repair shop is closed. So I took several tunes already published and set up a sequence.
At the tail end of this fortnight, I pay homage to the late, great LITTLE RICHARD, recently deceased. Here we go!
Our Shotgun Wedin' Day
The next pairing was issued in May 1952 (but obviously recorded much earlier) and saw « Our Shotgun Weddin’ Day », a great, fast Hillbilly bop opus issued on DC # 4114 (vocal by Roy Howington).
Red Barn was a regional Kansas City concern, important for example for the first Jimmie Skinner sides of the late ’40s. The name ELMO LINN may be an obscure one ; he had however two interesting issues on this label. « Lorita » (Red Barn 1188A) is a medium paced shuffler with steel. Vocal reminds a bit Ernest Tubb. The flipside « Line on the highway » is a fast guitar backed tune. « Heart full of love » (Red Barn 1195) comes next, with again that shuffling rhythm. Later on Linn went to Westport (pop country)
The second (and final, as it turned out) session for Rich-R-Tone took place October, where the band also backed up country singer Buffalo Johnson for two numbers – and although their records were doing rather well, their thoughts were elsewhere. By this time, the band had pretty much decided to not work with Stanton anymore.
I Don't Know What To Do
Next stop in Freddie Frank’s career is in Odessa (West Texas) in 1961. Unable to find a label proper to release real Hillbilly at this time, he then launched his own label, Permian, apparently a common venture with Slim Willet. Frank had 3 issues on this label. First «This old rig »(1001-A) has energetic rhythm and voice over very fine fiddle and steel. : a great Bopper.
This Old Rig
LEO SOILEAU was a Cajun fiddler, whose intense and dramatic playing is heard in three tracks, first « Les Bleus de La Louisiane » (Decca 17009A) from 1935. When reissued, it was renamed simply « Louisiana Blues » (Decca 5116-A). The whole story is told by Wade Falcon in his super blog « Early Cajun Music », read here: “Les Blues De La Louisiane (Louisiana Blues)” – Leo Soileau. Third track by Soileau is a vocal (himself) for « Petit ou gros » (Bluebird 2197).
Les Blues de Louisiane
Petit ou gros
In the course of getting ready for release this fortnight, I got some sad news: the death of LITTLE RICHARD. He was my idol who’d never cut a bad record. He was electrifying; I saw him several times, and he was so exciting. I chose to publish several tunes from his long carreer.
I'm In Love Again
Although he was retired from secular music since 4 years, he helped his ancient Upsetters with this Fats Domino hit (1961). Pounding piano!
Too long forgotten in the Specialty archives, at last released in the ’80s, “Heeby-Jeebies-Love” is thrilling, and has all what’s good for being a hit.
In 1972, while at the United Artists building in Los Angeles, he fooled around with the Canned Heat group for a parody, “Rocking With The King”.
Rocking With The King
Get Down With It
During an English tour, he cut in January 1966 the frenetic “Get Down With It”, backed by English group Bluesology – their piano player (not here) was..Elton John.
I chose finally a live track from a 1993 Europe touring. Here Richard does a good version (too short) of “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie”