Hello to you, faithful visitors of bopping.org. This is the late September 2018 fortnight’s selection.
In 1968, EVELYN WHITE with her Radio Ranch Boys cut two singles in Dayton, OH, for the Dessco label. One is Country, the other (# 7016) is a fine, energetic version of Hank‘s « Mind Your Own Business » (fiddle solo) .
“Mind Your Own Business“
From Galax, Ga, on the Starday Custom Old Dominion label (# 774), late ’50s or early ’60s, we found an earthy primitive-styled two-sider by SLIM BALL: « When I Get Home (I’m Gonna Be Satisfied) » is a gospel-tinged down-home bluesy tune, the guitar has Rockabillly overtones, and the vocal is nice. More of gospel with the B-side « Mother’s prayer » by SLIM & ORNA BALL.
From Florida comes MIKE SHAW for two songs on the famous Perfect label # 111. Backed by the Sons Of Driftin Sand[sic], he dellivers first « Long Gone Baby », a medium Rockabilly, with heavy drums and a harsh vocal (screams), and a good guitar solo. Less interesting is the reverse side, another average version of « Frankie And Johnny » in the same style. Value $ 300-400. This artist has apparently nothing to do with N.Y. Mike Shaw on Regal and Chariot.
CHARLES (Shorty) BACON & his Rhythm Rascals made several good Country-rockers for Californian labels. On Mohawk located in Long Beach, he had « You’re Smilin’ At Me » (# 103) : a fast piano/guitar rocker . The original issue was Kelley 103. On Mohawk 104 (sung by Pat Patrick), « Super Jivin’ Lulu », a medium-paced rocker (guitar solo). Then on the more important Ozark label (# 1237), « Fire Of Love » is again a medium (piano) with a touch of echo. All those sides do date from 1959 or 60. Note: Pat Patrick had an earlier issue on his own on Aladdin 3311 in January 1956 (“I An’t Done Nothin’ To You/Hot Sprngs”), which were great, frankly R&B tunes. Hear them on YouTube.
“You’re Smilin’ At Me”
“Fire Of Love”
Finally on a Nashville label, late ’50s, ELZIE ASBRIDGE with his Lonesome Valley Boys delivers on Pace 1005 the medium-paced weeper « Dim Lights » ; as « ELZIE & DOC », he had the nice Rockaballad « I Traded A Smile For A Heartache » (fine steel and guitar solo). Earlier on, he had been in 1958 the vocalist for J. D. ORR sides on Central City, KY, Summit label. I include the good medium weeper (lot of steel) « Lonesome Hearted Bues » (Summit 105), reverse of the famous « Hula Hoop Boogie ».