This article (and the following ones about the same musical label) is based on the Hillbilly Researcher’s article from 1992 written by expert Phillip. Tricker, and mostly on the notes of other experts Andrew Brown and Kevin Coffey for the compilation « Heading back to Houston » (Krazy Kats CD12) issued ca. 1998. Important additions have been made by bopping’s editor.
The style of Honky Tonk music that Starday commenced to issue in 1953 had developped over the years following the end of WWII and a thriving recording scene had expanded in the Houston area with much of the recorded output appearing on labels like FOUR STAR and more locally labels like MACY’S, NUCRAFT, OPERA, HUMMING BIRD and PHAMOUS to name but just a few. Some, like MACY’S issued over fifty releases while others scaled down to a mere dozen or so and yet others a solitary lone release. One of the most important of these labels was FREEDOM : little was known about the artists and bopping music. However, since 1992 and Phillip Tricker’s article, an important amount of research has been done and we can now have a far better overview of both the label, its owner and the artists.
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Hello, folks. This fortnight’s favorites selection will be very various and pointing in different directions.
First artist whom a virtually nothing is known about, and not more on his band. DON HAGER & the Hot Tots had in Autumn 1957 several sides cut for the Oak label out of the very small (ca. 800 souls) town of Whitakers, N.C. These guys had a tendency to Calypso rhythm, fact is obvious with « Bebop boogie » (Oak 0357), and it brings a lot of freshness to their composition. Fine rinky-dink piano, an hopping drum and a good (although discreet) steel make it a very fine Rockabilly, yet different..That very same song had been cut by Mustard & Gravy in 1950 and issued on Gotham 403, a sign of its later popularity. I already posted their fine version in the early June 2011 fortnight’s favorites selection And even earlier back, it had been recorded by Harry Gay, and published on…Oak 1000 [untraced, but according to the notes to « Long gone daddy », a compilation on Collectables 6335]. Hager had also « Calypso boogie », same style, on a ’70s Rockin’ Stars issue and « I love you dear forever », from a 1990 compilation (Oldies 5374) – this is an alternate take – with the steel much more to the fore. Finally « Liza Jane bop » (Oak 0358), also strange in its rhythm, yet is a more conventional Rockabilly. Nobody knows what happened to Hager and his group afterwards.
« Bebop boogie«
« I love you dear forever« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/oak-don-hager-I-love-you-dear-forever.mp3download
« Liza Jane bop« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/oak-0358-don-hager-liza-jane-bop.mp3download
From Alabama comes the second artist : NORRIS MIMS [not to be confused with the Texan of similar name Morris Mills] in 1959 on the custom pressed (CP-1987) Birmingham, AL, Arlington label (# 101B) for « Sweet sweet baby ». It has an urgent vocal over a very fast backing, a fine guitar and a piano break. It is stunning such a good record is not worth an entry in Tom Lincoln’s book, as I am sure it’s very highly treasured. Incidentally the tune had been first cut in 1956 by Buddy Hanes [according to « 50sRock'n'roll » Youtube chain], but had remained unissued until our era (I didn’t find on which support).
« Sweet sweet baby »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Norris-Mims-Sweet-Sweet-Baby-Rockabilly-45.mp3download
The third record is not by a newcomer. The song « Chili dippin baby » was issued twice : on Blue Hen and on Raymor by its composer, Raymond McColister with different singers. Here is the Raymor version (# 6004A) with vocal by Mz. Melody Mack.
« Chili dippin baby« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/raymor-6004_A-melody-mack-chili-dippin-baby.mp3download
JIMMY HEATH & the Rhythm Rollers did record « Little darlin’ » for the Modesto, Ca. Mega label (# 2261) . It’s a typical late ’50s bopper. Lot of steel (a solo which reminds a bit of Ralph Mooney), a jumping little tune with a good expressive vocal and a fine Rockabilly guitar.
« Little darlin’« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/mega-2261-Jimmy-Heath-Little-Darlin.mp3download
Now on to Texas, in the apply named town of Center, with REGGIE WARD & his Sons of Texas. They do offer a fast bopper « Juke box baby » from early 1951 with vocal by Jack Ford. Could the latter be the same man who cut « No not now », backed by Curley Williams (Columbia 20633, January 1950), or the Hayrider who recorded the fine hillbilly bop « That’s all you gotta do » (Chess 4858) in 1954 ? A final detail on Nemo Records (owned by Mrss. Jack McLendon and Leon Sanders) : the Wilburn Brothers [Theodore & Doyle] (later on Decca) apparently cut their first sides for this label.
« Juke box baby« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/nemo-1005-Reggie-Ward-His-Sons-Of-Texas-Juke-Box-Baby-.mp3download
BILL WATSON on the Demorest, GA Country Jubilee label (# 525) recorded a fine double-sider reviewed by Billboard in February 1960. The songs are similar in structure : over a strong guitar, a very melodic vocal partially sung in unison, they are very enjoyable and catchy « You’re the one for me » and «I’m dying darling ».
« You’re the one for me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ctry-jibilee-525-Bill-Watson-Youre-The-One-For-Me.mp3download
« I’m dying darling« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/country-jubilee-525-Bill-Watson-Im-Dying-Darling-.mp3download
And that’s all for this time, you Hillbilly buffs. Keep a-bopping ! ‘Till next time, bye.
Sources : mainly YouTube, also Hillbilly Researcher, Phillip Tricker’s notes to « Bebop boogie » compilation on Collectables. And a lot of time, research and patience !
This fortnight’s favorites selection begins with an old-time singer, JESSE ROGERS (1911-1973). He had a long stint of issues on Bluebird, Montgomery Ward and Sonora, among RCA-Victor, which label he cut records during the late ’40s for. I chose his energetic rendition of Bill Nettles‘ 1949 hit « Hadacol boogie »(# RCA 32-00001). See elsewhere in this website the story of Nettles. Rogers also recorded at the same time Hank Williams’ « Mind your own business » (RCA 33-00001). Later on he went to M-G-M for the good « Folding money« , « I got to live just what I like » and « Howlin’ and prowlin’« . Finally we find him on Arcade (Philly) for several issues, among them « Jump cats jump » (# 169) from 1961.
« Hadacol boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/jesse-rogers-hadacol-boogie.mp3download
« Mind your own business« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Jesse-Rogers-Mind-Your-Own-Business.mp3download
« Jump cats jump« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Jesse-Rogers-Jump-Cats-Jump.mp3download
Then STEVE LA RUE on the Hollywood Harmad label in 1955 for a back-to-back issue of Hillbilly boppers, one fast : « New Style of lovin’ » – good hillbilly vocal over fiddle and steel, and its slower, although equally good flipside «Your heartless heart » (# 103).
« New style of lovin’« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/harmad-103-Steve-La-Rue-New-Style-Of-Lovin-1955.mp3download
« Your heartless heart« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/harmad-103-Your-Heartless-Heart-Steve-Larue.mp3download
JIMMIE MINOR out of Flint, MI, did the fast bopper « So mebody rustled my sugar » on the Western Chuck Wagon label # 103 in 1955. He later had records on Mercury (# 71623 « So doggone lonesome » with Chet Atkins in 1960)
« Somebody rustled my sugar » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/wesr.-chuck-wagon-103-Jimmy-Minor-Somebody-Rustled-My-Sugar.mp3download
Then on the Chicago Cha Cha label from late ’59 (the very same had Ron Haydock & the Boppers), HAROLD STORIE, billed as « The Tennessee Kid » offers the solid although medium-paced « Have pity on me ». A thrilling vibrating guitar over a baritone vocal, as on the flip « Loved and lost », faster but same style, a bit Johnny Cash soundalike. (# 708)
« Have pity on me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cha-cha-708-storie-Have-Pity-On-Me.mp3download
« Loved and lost« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cha-cha-708-Loved-And-Lost.mp3download
From 1964 and in Newbury, OH, CHUCK STACY on the Bryte label (# 9009) gave the fine modern country-rocker « Dog-gone these heartaches », with fine piano and steel.
« Dog-gone these heartaches« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/bryte-9909-chuck-stacy-.mp3download
Finally the veteran REX ALLEN for his version of the 1946 Buchanan Brothers’ hit « Atomic Power » (Mercury # 6008). Incidentally, one of the Buchanans said later in the ’60s how they hated this song. Here are the lyrics.
« Atomic power« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/mercury-6008-Atomic-Power-by-Rex-Allen.mp3download
Sources:Internet, 78rpm-world, my own archives.
This fortnight begins with a heck of wildness: MICHAEL RAYE & Judy Shaye (“two voices and four hands” on the label) do offer the storming “Rockin’ Jamboree” on Arcade (Philly) # 112. Boogie woogie pano, trombone and guitar combine for this from 1953.
« Rockin’ jamboree« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/arcade-113-michael-raye-judy-shaye-rockin-jamboree.mp3download
JOHNNY FOSTER (announced a month ago) from Alabama offers the perfect rock-a-ballad “Locked away from your heart” on the Sandy label (# 1028). Good steel and sincere vocal. 1958. He had an earlier issue (# 1014) on the same label, which sounds promising (alas untraced): « It’s a hard life/You gotta be good« . I don’t know if he’s the same artist who appeared later on Capa and Carma during the early ’60s. Anyone can confirm, or deny?
« Locked away from your heart« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/sandy-Johnny-Foster-Locked-away-from-your-heart.mp3download
Cope McDaniel and the Cimarron Valley Boys are backing EDDE LEE for a fine melodic ballad, “I can’t believe you mean it” on Indianapolis Sunset label # F70W-2603 (1955).
« I can’t believe you mean it« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/sunset-2603-Eddie-Lee-I-Cant-Believe-You-Mean-It-Sunset-F7OW-2603.mp3download
« Ain’t got a nickel« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/waterfall-502-Aint-Got-A-Nickel-Aint-Got-A-Dime-Max-Lowe.mp3download
« Little Tom« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/J-F-K-L-701-Max-Lowe-Little-Tom-.mp3download
MAX LOWE enters for two issues, both came out from Morristown, TN. First “Ain’t got a nickel, ain’t got a dime”, a banjo led bluesy ballad, is to be found on Waterfall 502. More of the same on J-F-K-L 701 and “Little Lou”, from 1961 (thanx to Youtube Cheesebrew Wax Archive chain).
« I left the dance« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ozark-1236-billy-glenn-I-Left-The-Dance.mp3download
« I’ll never cry again« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ozark-1236-billy-glennIll-Never-Cry-Again.mp3download
That’s 1960 when BILLY GLENN issued on (California) Ozark label L30W-1236 a lovely mid-paced bopper with “I left the dance” (nice steel). The flipside is an uptempo ballad, “I’ll never cry again”. Curiously for a West coast label, the publishing house is “Mississipi Valley”. Glenn also appeared on Yucca 208 (“Bakersfield town”).
The “REAVES WHITE COUNTY RAMBLERS” go back to the late ‘20s on Vocalion 5218 for the romping “Ten cent piece”. It’s a fast raw hillbilly, showing prominent fiddle and a strong vocal. Courtesy 53jaybop on Youtube.
« Ten cent piece« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/vocalion-5218-Reaves-White-County-Ramblers-Ten-Cent-Piece-VOCALION-5218.mp3download
From Wichita, KS, emanate the Kanwic label on which OWEN McCARTY & His Troubadours cut “Key to my heart” (# 145), an uptempo ballad with nice steel, in 1968. McCarty was to have two other known records: on Show Land (produced by Benny Hess) and Air Cap.
« Key to my heart« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/karwick-145-owen-mc-carty-Key-To-My-Heart.mp3download
AL URBAN doesn’t need introduction. He cut the great Hillbilly bopper (1957) “Looking for money” (Sarg 148), and the fabulous twin-sider Rockabilly “Gonna be better times/Won’t tell you her name” (Sarg 158), without forgetting his two issues on Fang 1001 and 1003 (untraced). Here he appears on a “manufactured by Tanner ‘n’ Texas [T.N.T.]” A.P.U. 201, which shows two addresses: Gonzales (hometown to Urban) and San Antonio, TX. His “Run away” is similar to his Sarg sides, with a heavy Starday sound: a piano player sounding like Doc Lewis, a fiddle sounding like Red Hayes. Could it be that this record has actually been recorded in Houston?
»Run away« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/a.p.u.-201-Al-Urban-Run-Away.mp3download
Despite a long career that spanned almost 45 years, comparatively little is known about Earl Peterson. He was born in Paxton, Illinois, on February 24, 1927 and moved to Michigan when he was 18 months old. He apparently became proficient on both guitar and drums and formed his own band, the Sons of the Golden West, when he was still in high school. The group secured a regular spot on WOAP, Owosso, then moved to WMYC in Alma, Michigan, before settling at WCEN, Mount Pleasant. WCEN gave Earl and his group a regular show, Earl’s Melody Trails, and made him the talent director, staff announcer and farming news editor. Earl was to study Law after high school but he switched to a musical career instead.
Earl made his debut in the record business when he formed a record label, Nugget Records, with his mother, in January 1950.
« Take me back to Michigan« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/10-Earl-Peterson-Take-Me-Back-to-Michigan.mp3download
Peterson also undertook road trips to publicise his record and, at the same time, worked guest dee-jay spots at various stations. It seems as though his mother, Pearle Lewis, was the driving force behind Peterson. Sam Phillips recalled that the pair arrived on his doorstep early in 1954 pitching « The Boogie blues ». Phillips located some country session musicians to work with Peterson and the result of the session was released in the Spring of 1954.
« Boogie blues« (Sun 197)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/sun-197.Earl-Peterson-Boogie-blues.mp3download
« In the dark« (Sun 197)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/In-the-dark.mp3download
The story becomes more convoluted from that point. In October of that year Peterson, with a healthy disregard for contracts and AFM regulations, re-recorded the same song for Columbia. The song was re-copyrighted and probably sold more than the 2500 copies that Phillips had shipped.
« Boogie blues« (Columbia 21364)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21364-Boogie-Blues-Earl-Peterson.mp3download
« Believe me » (Columbia 21364)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21364-Believe-Me-Earl-Peterson.mp3download
Peterson’s half-brother, Bob Lewis, recalls that Peterson was desperately unhappy with the quality of the Sun recording and that may account for his lack of reserve when Don Law approached him to re-record the tune. In any event, Peterson had a few singles released on Columbia but they were shipped into changing market conditions (released between February 1955 and July 1956) and Peterson may have tired of the constant touring necessary to support his releases. His mother ran a resort club, the Bass Lake Pavillion, and Earl formed a band that included twin steel guitars, two lead guitars, two fiddles and his half-brother on drums and he played here on a regular basis supporting all the acts that worked the area as singles. In this way, Earl and the boys backed Marty Robbins, Moon Mullican and many more. The ’53 Buick which Earl had driven all those miles was increasingly confined to short trips.
« I’m not buying, baby« (Columbia 21406)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21406-Earl-Peterson-Im-Not-Buying-Baby.mp3download>
« Be careful of the heart you’re going to break » (Columbia 21406)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21406-Be-Careful-Of-The-Heart-Youre-Going-To-Break-Earl-Peterson.mp3download
In 1960 Peterson and his family established radio station WPLB in Greenville, Michigan. In 1962, they switched to the FM frequency and the following year saw Earl’s retirement from the performing side of the music business. By that point there was an undeniable quotient of rock and roll in country music and, in Bob Lewis’ words, « Earl wasn’t crazy about that stuff ». In 1965 Earl learned that he had cancer but he continued to work at the station until his death in May 1971.
« I ain’t gonna fall in love » (Columbia 21467) http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21467-Earl-Peterson-I-Aint-Gonna-Fall-In-Love.mp3download
« I’ll live my life alone » (Columbia 21467) http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21467-Ill-Live-My-Life-Alone-Earl-Peterson.mp3download
Earl Peterson’s music, a survey by bopping’s editor
« You gotta be my baby« (Columbia 21540)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21540-Earl-Peterson-You-Gotta-Be-My-Baby.mp3download
« World of make believe« (Columbia 21540)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/World-Of-Make-Believe.mp3download
Sources : « The country years » (1987) by Colin Escott ; page on Earl Peterson – also music from « Columbia 20000 » (Willem Agenant) ; scans from 78rpm-world ; « The Hillbilly researcher » for scan and music to Nugget 78rpm.
« You just can’t be trusted » (’60′s)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/You-Just-Cant-Be-Trusted-Earl-Peterson.mp3download
Howdy folks, a happy and bopping New Year to everyone. As a seasonal gift, I will post no less than 15 selections, as on the Xmas fortnight.
First a mystery with GEORGE BOWE & the Travelers. It has proved impossible to find any detail on him neither even the location of the label, Eagle – a common label name during the ’50s/60s. A very small clue is to be detected in the deadwax, « Rimrock » – which leads one to Arkansas Wayne Raney‘s label of the ’60s. Anyway Bowe delivers a Rockabilly styled opus with « Big man » (Eagle 110A) – the whole thing is quiet and lazy. B-side (« Do you remember ») is a melodic ballad, a bit sentimental, over sympathetic backing.
« Big man« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Big-Man.mp3download
« Do you remember« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Do-You-Remember.mp3download
Note: Alexander Petrauskas did advise me that the Eagle label was definitely associated with Rimrock, the latter pressing the Eagle products.
DON WHITNEY (incomplete bio statistics – he died in 1985) was a D.J. associated with Arkansas radio stations KLCN in Blytheville, then KOSE in Osceola (1957) ; he’s been too on WELO in Tupelo (MS), and cut a whole string of boppers for 4*. Where he cut them ? Probably Nashville. I chose from 1950 « Red hot boogie » (# 1471), call-and-response format (girl chorus). Steel and piano are barely audible, while the guitar player does a too short but wild solo. « Move on blues » (# 1588) from 1951 is a fine bluesy tune over a boogie guitar. Discreet steel and piano.
« Red hot boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/4-1471-don-whitney-red-hot-boogie.mp3download
« Move on blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/4-1568-MOVE-ON-BLUES-by-Don-Whitney.mp3download
On Adco records (# 781), cut in Cincinnati, OH, next comes GLEN CANYON and a rocker from 1965, « I won’t be able to make it » : a shrilling guitar thoughout, and the disk is valued $ 50 to 100. I couldn’t locate the flipside « Still in love with you », reputedly a bopper. Canyon appeared also on Acorn and Boone (Kentucky).
« I won’t be able to make it« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/adco-781-Glenn-Canyon-I-Wont-Be-Able-To-Make-It-.mp3download
The Sandy label out of Mobile,AL. is interesting for many records issued between 1957 and 1962 and highly revered by Rockabilly/Rock’n'roll buffs : do Ronny Keenan, Happy Wainwright, Jackie Morningstar (« Rockin’ in the graveyard »), Ray Sawyer (« Rockin’ satellite ») or Darryl Vincent (« Wild wild party ») ring each a bell to you ? Well, the label also had its hillbilly boppers, like Johnny Foster (more on him next fortnight, late January 2016) or WADE JERNIGAN. Both his sides (# 1010) are high quality boppers penned by label bossman Johnny Bozeman in 1958. « Road of love », medium paced, has a very « hillbilly » type vocal (high pitched at moments), over a prominent fiddle and good steel, while its flip « So tired » uses the same format, just a little bit slower. A good record for Hillbilly lovers.
« Road of love« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/sandy-1010-Road-Of-Love.mp3download
« So tired« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/sandy-1010-So-Tired.mp3download
Now on to Louisiana. The Khoury’s label began activities in 1951 to cease them in 1955 (last known is # 647, « Lu Lu boogie » by Nathan Abshire, which I owned moons ago before selling it – I am biting my fingers now..). We find here on # 700B (not in numerical order, this one is from 1954) a fabulous Cajun wildie « Louisiana stomp » by LEBLANC’S FRENCH BAND (an unidentified singer yells and encourages by his yells the whole fiddle led orchestra). Reverse is by Eddie Shuler, the founder of Goldband. Second La. selection : by GENE RODRIGUE, who had other releases on Folk-Star, Houma and Rod (the Cajun Rockabilly « Little cajun girl » from 1959). Here is his « Jole fille » (Meladee 101, cut in New Orleans), full of energy and « joie de vivre », Cajun style. Nice fiddle, steel and piano. This comes from the late ’50s apparently.
« Louisiana stomp« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/khourys-700-Leblancs-French-band-Louisiana-stomp.mp3download
« Jole fille« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/mel-a-dee-101B-Gene-Rodrigue-Jolie-fille.mp3download
More from Louisiana with PAL THIBODEAUX (also known as Little Pal Hardy on Imperial) and « Port Arthur boogie » (Sky Line OP-154). Call-and-response, sung in French and English. Fiddle solo, sympathetic backing, two good guitar solos encouraged by the singer a la Bob Wills.
« Port Arthur boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/skyline-Pal-Thibodeaux-Port-Arthur-boogie.mp3download
You ask for yodeling ? Here it’s ROBERT LUNN (billed as « The Talking Blues Boy ») in late 1947. He cut I don’t know where (I suspect North of the States) the marvelous « Yodeling blues », slow’n'easy – fiddle, ‘blues’ lyrics, guitars, and spoken vocals, a dream…On Mercury 6104.
« Yodeling blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/mercury-6104-robert-lunn-yodeling-blues.mp3download
GEORGE GREEN & The Missouri Ranch Boys comes next with a good 2-sider on Zeylon . The medium paced « I don’t love you anymore » is backed by a welcome accordion, and sounds its late ’40s recording, although its prefix (J80W, an RCA pressing, dates from..1958). The flip « Be a little angel » is a jumping little thing, which grows on you at each playing. Good fiddle.
« I don’t love you anymore« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/zeylon-I-Dont-Love-You-Anymore.mp3download
« Be a little angel« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/zeylon-Be-A-Little-Angel.mp3download
« Just because « is a classic Sun side, only issued on RCA, by ELVIS PRESLEY. We conclude this fortnight with his version (RCA 47-6640, early 1956) and the original by the SHELTON BROTHERS (in the ’30s). Great lyrics. Elvis does a very fine job on it.
Shelton Brothers « Just because« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Shelton-Brothers-Just-Because.mp3download
Elvis Presley « Just because« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/RCA-Elvis-just-because.mp3download
Sources : Somelocaluser blogspot (George Bowe, Wade Jernigan, George Green), Youtube for several tunes (Don Whitney – scans from 78rpmworld) ; Robert Lunn on a 3-CD compilation of country music on Mercury, picture from « hillbilly-music.com ». Hope you enjoy this selection. Comments welcome. ‘Till then, bye.
Note: important addition on Khoury records by Louisiana tireless researcher and faithful friend Wade Falcon (Feb. 5th, 2016):
For this Xmas 2015, as a gift, you faithful visitors of bopping.org will get 13 (yes, thirteen) selections, instead of the usual only 6 ; although for several months I gradually posted more and more tunes. Merry bopping Xmas to y’all !
« Deep Elem blues » was first recorded by the SHELTON BROTHERS (Bob & Joe on vocals and mandolin/guitar) in February 1935 in Chicago (Decca 5422), before the Prairie Ramblers gave their own version in August of the same year. The song refers to the black quarter in Dallas, where you need 50 $ because of the red headed women there. It was an immediate success, revived by others over the years, namely by JERRY LEE LEWIS, whose 1957 version remained unissued in the Sun archives for 40 years ! Same year saw the WILBURN BROTHERS‘ version (Decca 29887) : Doyle & Ted do a fine job on this song. Later on Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) and Levon Helm had their versions too, outside the scope of this blog, as they say.
Shelton Brothers « Deep Elem blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/decca-shelton-brothers-deep-elem-blues.mp3download
Jerry Lee Lewis « Deep Elem blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Sun-LP-Jerry-lee-lewis-Deep-Elem-Blues.mp3download
Wilburn Brothers (Teddy & Doyle) »Deep Elem blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/decca-29887-Wilburn-Brothers-Deep-Elm-Blues.mp3download Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s begin this new fortnight serie with BUDDY GRIFFIN. He stayed a good part of his life in the shadow of his elder brother REX, who never encouraged his younger brother performing first in Birmingham, Chattanooga and Atlanta. He later teamed up with fiddler Bobby Atchison and guitarists Pete Cassell and Doug Spivey and he played for many sessions early ’50s in Dallas. His recording debuts occurred on the Dude label, as « Otis West & his All Star Cowboys ». When the career of Rex Griffin began to decline in the mid-50s, Buddy Griffin recorded for the tiny Ekko label. Was it in Nashville or Los Angeles ? The writers E.. Hazlewood and J. Willard rather show on the West coast. « Bartenders girl » (Ekko 1017) swings, a mid-pace tempo with heavy guitar and piano (2 soli). (biog. details from the notes of Bruce Elder on « All music » site)
« Bartenders girl »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/ekko-1017-Buddy-Griffin-Bartenders-Girl-55.mp3download
The three following records on the Cross Country label, out of New Jersey have HANK TROTTER either as solist (# 503) (with the Happy Rangers) who offers 2 average boppers « Because – because (I love you) » and « I threw away a diamond » ; either as backing band, for LEE MORE : A fine uptempo (# 506) with « The cat came back » – has a folkish aroma with steel effects. For LEE MOORE & JUANITA (# 528), with a pleasant version of « When my blue moon turns to gold ».
« Because – because (Because I love you) »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Because-Because-because-I-love-yo.mp3download
« I threw away a diamond« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/I-Threw-Away-A-Diamond.mp3download
Lee Moore « The cat came back »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cross-country-lee-moore-the-cat-came-back.mp3download
Lee Moore & Juanita « When my blue moon turns to gold »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cross-ctry-528-lee-moore-juanita-When-My-Blue-Moon-Turns-To-Gold-.mp3download
RUSTY NEWBY comes next on the Academy label (# E4KB-1022, a RCA pressing from 1954). « Musician’s blues » bears some western swing overtones. Medium paced hillbilly bop and a lazy vocal. The whole thing is swinging.
« Musician’s blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Academy-1022-Rusty-Newby-musicans-blues.mp3download
From the mountains on the Folk Star label (# 630-A, a parent label to Rich-R’Tone) I’ve chosen KEITH BUCK and the good « Only fooling around » from ca. 1955.
« Only fooling around« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/folkstar-630-Keith-Buck-Only-Fooling-Around.mp3download
1966 saw the issue of HILLBILLY HERMAN and the medium « Today I watched my dream come true » (Breeze 366), a fine bopper (with mandolin) for the era. Despite deep and large researches, I’ve found nothing on the artist neither the label.
Get back to Virginia, in Staunton. The Buttermilk 1001 label has HARRY SNYDER well bopping for « Worry, worry, worry ».
« Today I watched my dream come true« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Breeze-366-Hillbilly-Herman-Today-I-Watched-My-Dream-Come-True-1966.mp3download
« Worry, worry, worry« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/buttermilk-1001-Harry-Snyder-Worry-Worry-Worry.mp3download
From Gadsden, AL, we now have « Railroad bum », a great « Hillbilly-goes-Rockabilly » type song for its insistant slapping string bass played by Jimmie Harris; Calvin Flemons is on lead, Ronald Underwood on rhythm and the steel is played by the leader RIP UNDERWOOD. No date is given, except the personnel. A fabulous bass throughout.
We finish this fortnight with CARL LOTTS and « Wandering lonesome blues », a fast Hillbilly bopper on Delmarti F80W-1478 (another RCA pressing) from 1955. Indianapolis origin. The label says « & his Kentucky Kernels » Both sides were reissued (or was it the first issue?) on Lot [sic] label, same numbers.
« Railroad bum« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/brucebruce-101-Rip-Underwood-and-the-Boys-RAILROAD-BUM.mp3download
« Wandering lonesome blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Lot-76-carl-LOTTS.mp3download
All selections taken from the Net. Research on the Net, and my archives too.
Texas Bill Strength (Aug. 28, 1928 ~ Oct. 1, 1973): Although much better known for his career as a radio personality, Texas Bill Strength also cut a series of country and rockabilly efforts, including a session for the legendary Sun Records backed by former Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore. Perhaps his biggest success came as a songwriter, having penned the blockbuster hit, « He’ll Have to Go » for Jim Reeves [actually written by J. Allison & A. Allison].
Born August 28, 1928 in Bessemer, Alabama, Strength was sixteen when he won an amateur contest at Houston’s Joy Theater. Local station KTHT was in the market for a cowboy act and soon he was working part-time on the air. In 1945 Strength began working as a DJ full-time for St. Joseph, Missouri station KFEQ, followed by a stint singing for Sioux Falls, South Dakota radio KSOO. After tenure with Denver’s KMYR, he returned to Houston, in quick succession appearing on KLEE, KATL and KNUZ. During that time, Strength also cut a serie of minor singles for the 4-Star label. Among them were « Who’s the lucky one » and « I’m doing a peach of a job ». By September of 1949 Bill was in Birmingham, Alabama doing daily radio programs at WRBC, which was a network of thirty-seven stations throughout the Southeast. In late 1949, Bill’s career had taken him back to Houston, Texas. Bill was one of the mainstays at a new venue in Houston along with others such as Floyd Tillman and Leon Payne. In early 1950 he was hired by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) to promote the organization via radio and convention.
Not much info this time on artists or music I am afraid.
HAROLD MONTGOMERY has already been posted for his great 1969 bopper on Sun-Ray 139 « All them wives/Pardon me Jim« . This time I’m putting an equally good side with «How much do you miss me ». Wolf-Tex # 103 label, which emanates from Lancaster, KY. Solid backing by the Ray Johnson band over a hiccupy vocal. This record is sold between $ 300 and 400, maybe a lot more ! Montgomery had also « Thank you little girl » on Wolf-Tex 105, and « Gabriel doesn’t play a steel guitar » on Lemco (no #), both untraced.
« How much do you miss me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/wolf-tex-103-Harold-Montgomery-How-Much-Do-You-Miss-Me.mp3download
The next artist was an itinerant D.J., who also carried from town to town his own record for sale. JOHNNY DAUME (Johnny Daume label # 1001) is an early ’50s double-sider with strong Western swing overtones : lazy vocal, a prominent fiddle and a discreet steel , all this reminds me of Texas bands of the mid to late ’40s. »Boogie woogie blond » and « Lookin’ fer a gal in Tennessee » are mouled in the same matrix, one slow, the other side more medium uptempo. A nice record.
« Lookin’ fer a gal from Tennessee« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Johnny-Daume-1001B-Johnny-Daume-Lookin-fer-a-gal-in-Tennessee.mp3download
« Boogie woogie blond« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Johnny-Daume-1001_A-boogie-woogie-blond.mp3download
From Johnson City, TN hails BILLY SIZEMORE. A fine country-rocker (heavy drums) over fiddle and steel for « My baby’s gone » (Edmac # 104). No other data available.
« My baby’s gone« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/edmacA-104-Billy-Sizemore-My-Babys-Gone.mp3download
Marty Robbins had done « Mean mama blues » on Columbia in early 1956 – urgent vocal and fast rockabilly backing. Same song is revived 4 years later on Circle Dot # 1002 (Minneapolis, MN) by RONNIE RAY. This version is on a par with the original. Ray also had another issue on Demand 101 (« My heart has to make it (on it’s own) » (untraced).
Marty Robbins « Mean mama blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/columbia-21477-Mean-Mama-Blues.mp3download
Ronnie Ray « Mean mama blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/circle-dot-1002-Ronnie-Ray-Mean-Mama-Blues.mp3download
« I don’t care anymore« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/b-w-Q-609-Les-His-Western-Playboys-I-Dont-Care-Anymore-1961.mp3download
« It’s rough« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/w-b-103-Les-And-His-Western-Playboys-Its-Rough.mp3download
LES & His Western Playboys comes next in 1961 on the B-W label (# Q-609). A prominent steel over a light country rocker. Maybe Les was named « Haven » : that’s the writer of « I don’t care anymore ». This outfit had another on the Wel Burn label (parent to B-W) # 103 with the good uptempo from 1962, « It’s rough« , cut in Wooster, OH and reviewed on May 5th, 1962 by Billboard. Nice steel throughout.
« Workingman’s blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Armoneer-1003-Ronnie-Newton-Workingmans-Blues-59.mp3download
Armoneer 1003 : RONNIE NEWTON and « Workingman’s blues ». A good 1959 record ; solid vocal and backing, fine boogie guitar and piano backing. Cut in Wynona Lake, Indiana.
Notes : all selections from the net or (Johnny Daume) from « Hillbilly Researcher » blogspot.