EARL MONTGOMERY (backed by Shorty Underwood) delivers first « You played me for a fool » on the Slim Willet owned Edmoral label (# 954). It’s an uptempo hillbilly bop, with assured vocal. Backing consist of piano, steel and fiddle, each one having a short solo.
« You played me for a fool«
On the microscopic Marshall label (no #) probably from Atlanta, Ga. we find now PERCY MARSHALL and the double-sider « Leaving town/Give me my guitar and traveling shoes ». A GREAT lazy vocal Country-blues from the late ’50s or early ’60s. It reminds me of Harmonica Frank Floyd, and even has words to the traditional « Matchbox ». The faithful Drunken Hobo adds this: « rite pressing 16481/2 = 1966 Marshall 45- # ». So now we have a probable date of issue.
« Leaving town« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/marshall-A-PERCY-MARSHALL-LEAVING-TOWN-MARSHALL.mp3download
« Give me my guitar and traveling shoes« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/marshall-PERCY-MARSHALL-GIVE-ME-MY-GUITAR-TRAVELING-SHOES-.mp3download
« For wrongs you done« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/For-Wrongs-You-Done.mp3download
In a previous Fortnight I had posted HAL ANDREWS and his famous « Brown-eyed girl » on Choctaw. Now here is, with a nice mid-paced shuffler (steel, piano), « For wrongs you done » on the Escambia label ( 0502) from 1959. Indeed he had had earlier at least one record on Rich-R’Tone.
Next artist is not familiar, although he offers a fine bopper (complete with sound effects) with « No parkin’ here » on Columbia 21259 (not apparently to be confused with the Bobby Grove song on King – posted early in this site). JIMMY LITTLEJOHN had another (maybe for a future fortnight) great «Haunted blues » (# 21320).
« No parkin’ here« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/columbia-21259-jimmy-littlejohn-No-Parkin-Here.mp3download
« Devil or an angel« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/A-B-S-203-Jimmie-Avants-Devil-Or-An-Angel.mp3download
On JIMMY AVANTS (A-B-S label # 118), « Devil or an angel » (some crackings, sorry), I could find nothing, even a location for the label. A fast bopper with a nice steel solo. Value: $ 50-60. You can find many informations on the A-B-S label on: http://anorakrockabilly45rpm.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/a-b-s-de-45rpm-american-best-sellers.html (Dean C. Morris site)
From Kalamazoo, Michigan comes WAYNE ROBERTS on the Key label (# 15305) for the fine « Do blonds have more fun ? » : great interplay between steel and lead guitar. A short rockabilly solo. A nice awesome find.
Finally from Tampa, Fla. « My world keeps rolling on and on » by CLYDE GUTHRIE on the Nugget label (# 1005). A fast number, an husky voice and a short steel solo.
« Do blonds have more fun?« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/key-15305-Wayne-Roberts-Do-Blonds-Have-More-Fun-.mp3download
« My world keeps keeps rolling on and on« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/nugget-1005-Clyde-Guthrie-My-World-Keeps-Rolling-On-And-On-1960.mp3download
All selections taken from the net.
[I really don’t know where I picked this biography from (a great lack of tidiness on my part in my archives), but it’s so complete and living that I decided to publish it without changing an iota. If any way the pages below are copyrighted and/or authored, I’ll gladly credit it to the right person. My thanks to him/her. Now let’s go.]
« A few years ago an old friend gave me a wonderful gift. I was visiting him at home when, without warning, he suddenly produced a Swan 4 slice toaster box saying, « This is for you. » I insisted I didn’t need a toaster whereupon he laughingly invited me to look inside. I nervously opened the box and my eyes almost popped out of my head (actually they popped out, bounced off all four walls and popped back in again). The box was crammed full of 7 inch singles, all country, all 50s to 70s, rescued from American jukeboxes and included records by George Jones, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb, Willie, Dolly, Tammy and a whole lot more.
The amazing thing was that it also contained records by artists whose names I knew but had never heard before and it was a treat to hear them at last. One record, however, intrigued me most. It contained absolutely fantastic versions of two Willie Nelson songs « I Gotta Get Drunk » and « Who’ll Buy My Memories » performed by a guy called Joe Carson. I tried books, magazines, the internet, friends, everything I could think of in an effort to find out more about him but drew a blank every single time, despite the fact that the record was on Liberty, a major label. Who was this guy? Surely with a voice like his he made more than one record? How come no one knew who he was? I didn’t even know which part of the USA he was from, or even if he WAS American. I finally admitted defeat and contented myself with the one record I had. All corrections/additions in [...]
[I already knew Joe Carson for years, via several Mercury and Capitol songs taped on the fabulous Tom Sims cassettes, and wanted other stuff from him. I bought in 1982 the French reissue of his solitary Liberty album, but was a bit disappointed: it sounded more Country than hillbilly, nevertheless well done 1960's Honky tonk. Anyway I couldn't last finding everything Carson had recorded before. Then I found the D single from 1959: wonderful Hillbilly uptempo ballads. All in all, he had published 11 singles only during his short career.] Read the rest of this entry »
Howdy folks ! This is the last post on bopping duets. As surely you did notice it, my English is far from fluent ; actually I don’t dream neither think « in English », because it is not my natural language. I really hope you can understand it, and excuse me for writing such intricate phrases yet very common. But I LOVE this bopping music, and let’s keep it first ! My aim is to figure the music posted with record labels and odds and ends on the artists.
The McCORMICK BROTHERS were a Tennessee/Kentucky family affair. Lloyd and Kelly held the guitars, younger Haskel was on banjo, Hayden Clark on bass and Charlie Nixon on dobro. They cut for Hickory in Nashville between 1954 and 58 a fine line of Bluegrass and Rockabilly boppers, among them this « Big eyes » (1958, Hickory 1080). Strong strumming boogie electric guitar and vocals in unison. They even had a full album, « Songs for home folks » on Hickory 102 (1961) and still are playing today.
« Big eyes« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/06-Big-Eyes.mp3download
Chester and Lester, the BUCHANAN BROTHERS were another duet group. They hit big in August 1946 with the pioneering « Atomic power » on RCA, and revived a similar theme in November 1947 with « (When you see) Those flying saucers ». (RCA-Victor 20-2385) « You’d better pray to the Lord when you see those flying saucers, it may be the coming of the Judgement Day ». Good vocal and guitar duet. The song was used in 2009 in the animated release of « Monsters VS. Aliens ».
« Those flying saucers« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Buchanan-Brothers-When-you-See-Those-Flying-Saucers.mp3download
« More lovin’« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/conteste-2-pal-brady-more-lovin.mp3download
PAL (or Palford) BRADY (1922-1988) was a native of Tennessee ; himself relocated too in Michigan, where he had records on Lucky 013 (Cincinnati), Clix (Troy, MI), Bragg, among others (late ’50s to mid-60s). His « More lovin ’ » (Conteste 45-2) from 1961 has two voices for a good « city hillbilly bopper ».
Charlie & Wallace, the MERCER BROTHERS came from Metter, GA and began a professional career during the late ’30s. After the WWII they had their own radio show on WMAZ before joining in 1948 the prestigious « Louisiana Hayride ». From 1951 to 1954 they cut a dozen sides for Columbia in Dallas, with their Blue Ridge Boys (Clyde Baum on mandolin and Doyle Strickland (fiddle) + Wayne Raney (harmonica). I chose from their equally constant in quality output « No place to hang my hat » (Columbia 20927, 1952-53), very Delmore Brothers styled. After 1954 they settled in Macon, GA, and WIBB radio station before completely disappear.
« No place to hang my hat« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/columbia-20927-Mercer-Brothers-No-place-to-hang-my-hat.mp3download
JOHNNIE (Wright) and JACK (Anglin) were regulars on the ’50s charts, before Anglin was killed in a car crash in 1963. Their «Oh boy ! I love her » (RCA 47-6932) from ’57 is an enjoyable jumping little opus. Earlier on they had cut the C&W classic « Ashes of love » (revived during the ’80s by the Desert Rose Band), and « Cryin’ heart blues » in 1951, supposed to have been recorded (but lost) by Elvis Presley on Sun Records.
« Oh boy, I love her« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Johnnie-Jack-Oh-Boy-I-Love-Her.mp3download
On the Kentucky Dixiana label # 105 from 1954, CLIFF GROSS offer a sort of fast talking blues (with the band chanting in unison) with « Hog pen hop », probably recorded in Dallas. Gross was a mountain type fiddler, and Dixiana emanated from Bowling Green, Wayne County.
« Hog pen hop« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/04-Cliff-Gross-Hog-Pen-Hop.mp3download
« Spring of love« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Mercury-6374-Paul-Roy-Spring-Of-Love.mp3download
PAUL & ROY, The Tennessee River Boys, already discussed in another « Duet » feature (they had a two-sider on Nashville Pace label), have recorded for Mercury in 1953 « Spring of love » (# 6374) : it’s a fast Bluegrass influenced ditty – lead vocal & backing vocal.
« Always dreaming« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ivory-golden-state-boys-always-dreaming.mp3download
Next track GOLDEN STATE BOYS‘« Always dreaming » was already posted here in April 2013. But I like very much this tune with its urgent vocal, the dobro part of Leon Poindexter, the vocal/mandolin of Herb Rice, and the energetic banjo of Don Parmley [personnel give then by a visitor]. Date : early to mid-62, Shamrock 717, Artesia, California.
A solid rocker (with drums), « Good gosh gal » on the Nashville Briar label # 111 by PHIL BEASLEY & CHARLIE BROWN. Nice guitar and steel solo, 1961.
« Good gosh gal« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/briar-111-Phil-Beasley-amp-Charley-Brown-Good-Gosh-Gal-Rockabilly-45.mp3download
It’s useless to present the YORK BROTHERS (their story is on this site). Here is one of their rarest issues on their own York Bros. Records # 600Y-100, from 1963, and the great « Monday morning blues ».
« Monday morning blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/york-bros.-monday-morning-blues.mp3download
More of a solid rocker on Chapel Hill, NC Colonial label (# 7000 from June 1959) by the FRANKLIN BROTHERS. « So real » is strong, that’s not Hillbilly bop, but a real Rocker for a change!
« So real« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/colonial-7000-The-Franklin-Brothers-So-Real.mp3download
We are going to the end with FRANKIE SHORT & DEE GUNTER on the Balto, MD Wango label (# 201) : again a solid version of Don Reno‘s « Country boy rock’n'roll » . Remember L.C. Smith and « Radio boogie » (2nd version) on this label.
« Country boy rock’n'roll« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/wango-201-Frankie-Short-Dee-Gunter-Ctry-Boy-Rock-And-Roll.mp3download
Used sources: Wikipedia, Youtube,ancestry.com (Pal Brady), hillbilly-music.com, Galen Gart’s ARLD, 45rpm.com
First selection, « Afraid to love again » on the Rhythm Kings label (location unknown) # 1207 by WAYNE CROSS with Porter Fender (on guitar?) is a jumping little thing with fine guitar throughout. A short and uninspired solo – as my current notes of course ! Cross cut another very Cash-styled effort on Rhythm Kings 1208 « Put another dime in the juke box« .
« Afraid to love again« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rhythm-Kings-1207-Wayne-Cross-with-Porter-Fender-and-The-Rhythm-Kings-Afraid-To-Fall-In-Love-Again-.mp3download
BOBBY HODGE second. Born 1932 in N.C. He was active during the ’50s and ’60s in Wisconsin. Here he delivers « Gonna take my guitar » on Rebel 819, it’s difficult to give a date of issue. Urgent vocal, hard lead guitar (2 soli) and a steel solo. In a very different manner, in 1964, he had on Golden Ring 3040 a new version of Jimmy C. Newman‘s « Alligator man ». Same guitar as on previous record. Add Hodge re-cut « ..guitar » as « Carolina bound » on Nashville 5014 (1960), perhaps in a next fortnight.
« Gonna take my guitar« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rebel-819A-Bobby-Hodge-Gonna-Take-My-Guitar.mp3download
« Alligator man« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/golden-ring-3040-bobby-hodge-alligator-man.mp3download
« I can’t (take the easy way out) » is a fine uptempo with good although too short steel solo, by JEANNE JOHNSON on the Maarc label # 1501 (Ohio origin). Sincere vocal.
From Lakeland, Florida comes LEFTY NICKS on the Nicktone label # 6019, « Always alone ». Steel and lead guitar interplay. Rite pressing from 1961.
« I can’t (take the easy way out« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/maarc-Jeanne-Johnson-I-Cant-Take-The-Easy-Way-Out-Maarc-1501.mp3download
« Always alone« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/nicktone-6019-Lefty-Nicks-Always-Alone-1961.mp3download
LAWRENCE WALKER on the La Louisiane 6019 label with the Cajun classic « Allons Rock and roll » from 1961-62, which could well have been cut 10 years earlier.
« Allons rock and roll« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/la-louisiane-8019-Lawrence-Walker-Allons-Rock-And-Roll-LA-LOUISIANE-8019.mp3download
Finally Red (vocal, guitar) & Lige (vocal and mandolin), the TURNER BROS. Sometimes called the Kentucky Boys as their other competitors of the same name (Zeb & Zeke, on Bullet). They do here « When harvest days are over » (Radio Artist 235) and « Honky tonk mama » (243), both from 1947. Delmore Bros . Or York Bros. style. They also appeared on Imperial 8071 (« Boog-boog-boogie », from Radio Artist 234) and a half a dozen of singles on Mercury in 1949-50.
« When harvest days are over« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Radio-artist-235-The-Turner-Bros-When-Harvest-Days-Are-Over-.mp3download
« Honky tonk mama »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Honky-Tonk-Mama-Turner-Brothers.mp3download
All selections taken from the net or (Turner Bros., Lawrence Walker) from my own collection.
For this third feature specialized in bopping duets, we begin with the aptly named HARMONY BROTHERS. Their « Baby, tonight » fom 1959 was cut for St-Louis, MO label Bobbin 109, and it’s a very solid backed Everly Brothers styled opus. They had another one « Saturday night hop » on Bobbin 116 which sounds good (alas, untraced).
Harmony Brothers « Baby, tonight« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/bobbin-109-The-Harmony-Brothers-Baby-Tonight.mp3download
Houle Brothers « Dream night« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/circle-dot-1012-The-Houle-Brothers-Dream-Night.mp3download
Mike & Bob, Houle Brothers « I heard the bluebird sing« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/bangar-642-Mike-Bob-I-Heard-The-Bluebird-Sing.mp3download
On the Minneapolis, MN Circle Dot label (# 1012) , again from the late ’50s, we chose « Dream night » by the HOULE BROTHERS. Again Everly Bros. influenced, it fetches up to $ 250-300. Mike & Bob, the Houle Brothers, had another record on Bangar 642 in 1965, « I heard the bluebird sing ».
Jimmy Lee & Wayne Walker »Love me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/chess-4863-Jimmy-Lee-And-Wayne-Walker-Love-Me.mp3download
Now a great wild thing with the classic « Love me » (Chess 4863) from Spring 1955, cut at KWKH studio in Shreveport, La. by JIMMY LEE & WAYNE WALKER. It has urgent vocals and a ferocious steel (Sonny Harville), all propelled by the thuding bass of Tillman Franks and the jumping drums of D. J. Fontana.
Farmer Boys « My baby done left me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/capitol-3476-Farmer-Boys-My-baby-done-left-me.mp3download
Let’s go west with the FARMER BOYS, and the very special Western rockabilly style from the Capitol studio on « My baby done left me » (# 3476). The staff is composed by Bobby Adamson and Woody Murray (vocals), Roy Nichols on lead guitar, Fuzzy Owen on steel and Cliffie Stone on bass, and the tune was out May 31, 1956.. The story of the Farmer Boys is on this site.
An unusual duet of uncle and nephew were the JACOBY BROTHERS on TNT 1004, from San Antonio, TX. Great harmonies and backing (guitar and mandolin) for « Warmed over love ».
Jacoby Brothers « Warmed over love« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/TNT-1003-Jacoby-Brothers-Warmed-over-love-.mp3download
Martin Brothers « Where have you been all night« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/libert-martin-bros.-where-have-been-all-night.mp3download
West VA. and the Liberty label (not to be confused with the big pop company in L.A.) (# 107). The MARTIN BROTHERS offer the good bopper « Where have you been all night ». Value $ 50-60.
Church Bothers « Broken vows and a broken heart« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1-Broken-Vows-And-A-Broken-Heart.mp3download
From N. Wilkesboro (S.C.) we turn now on the CHURCH BROTHERS and « Broken vows and a broken heart » (Blue Ridge 209), a typical 1953 bluegrass bopper: nice vocal and chorus in unison. I’ve read that the lead was Buffalo Johnson, an important figure not so well known today. Research goes on him.
From N. Charleston, (S.C.) and July 1954 BILLIE AND GORDON HAMRICK, a sacred tune on Rangeland 504 (one of the very first Starday customs). « He’s gonna take his children out » has a lead vocal male) and a chorus, plus a good banjo solo.
Billie & Gordon Hamrick « He’s gonna take his children out« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/45-506b-Billie-Gordon-Hamrick-Hes-Gonna-Take-His-Children-Out-rangeland-07-54.mp3download
Paul & Roy « Free, twenty one & ambitious« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Paul_Roy_Free_21_Ambitious-Pace.mp3download
Paul & Roy « I wish you were a country girl« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Paul_Roy-I-Wish-Youd-Be-A-Country_G.mp3download
PAUL (Boswell) & ROY (Pryor) out of Nashville on the Pace label (# 1004) had previously cut a dozen sides for Mercury.The Pace issue date from late ’50s, and offer two medium tunes, « Free, twenty one and ambitious » and « I wish you’d be a country girl ». Good, a bit above average boppers.
Finally the terrific sacred « I’m a millionaire » by the Tennessee Harmony Boys (Dillard Anderson & Solon Maynard) on the Fortune label out of Detroit (# 209). A great, great mandolin solo, and a lot of excitement.. They had previously cut on their own « Tennessee Harmony Boys » label, and even had an E.P. on Fortune (# 1334).
Tennessee Harmony Boys « I’m a millionaire« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/fortune-209-The-Tennessee-Harmony-Boys-Im-a-millionaire.mp3download
More of these Hillbilly bop duets, even a foray into Rock’n'Roll (country overtones)
It’s useless to present the DELMORE Brohers (Rabon & Alton). They began their career in 1931 ! When they stopped at King studio in Cincinnati in 1946, they cut many, many Hillblly boogies, either as vocal duet, or with spare instrumentation (Wayne Raney and Lonnie Glosson on harmonica). It’s been a real task to choose « Down home boogie » (King 784AA) : the Brothers sing in harmony for this romper cut in November 1947 in Cincinnati. Lead electric guitar player could be Roy Lanham or Zeke Turner.
« Down home boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/king-784AA-Down-Home-Boogie-Delmore-Brothers.mp3download
A dozen years later or so, a man led a typical Hillbilly combo : JERRY DOVE (instrument unknown). He had already put a minor rockabilly classic in 1956, « Pink bow tie » on T.N.T. Label (# 144), but he was more a producer and musician than a singer. Here he gathers the duet (male/female) of Ray Stone and Dove’s wife, Peggy. First side is bluesy, and very atmospheric : « Losin’ the blues » (# 173), paired with an uptempo « Why don’t you love me ».
« Losin’ the blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/TNT-173-Jerry-Dove-Losing-the-blues.mp3download
« Why don’t you love me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/tnt-173-Jerry-Dove-Why-dont-you-love-me.mp3download
Let’s get back to December 1947 with the Arkansas born real ARMSTRONG TWINS. They recorded for 4* a serie of boogies showing the prowesses of Lloyd on mandolin, Floyd backing on guitar, especially on « Mandolin boogie » (4* 1231), a fast and furious piece of Bluegrass.
« Mandolin boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1-Mandolin-Boogie1.mp3download
On the Cincinnati, OH based label Jalyn (# 208) JOHN & FRANCIS REEDY have « Quit kicking my dog around » : fine uptempo tune, amusing lyrics. This record goes back to ’64.
« Quit kicking my dog around« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/jalyn-john-and-francis-reedy-quit-kicking-my-dog-around.mp3download
More of the same with RUFUS SHOFFNER & JOYCE SONGER, clearly billed « Vocal duet » although both join on chorus only, with the powerful « It always happens to me » on the Detroit’s Hi-Q label (# 17) from 1962. Awesome and driving guitar playing by Earl Songer’s ex-wife. Both seem unlucky in the song.
Next is « Truck driver’s boogie » by the MILO TWINS (Edwin and Edward), originally from Arkansas. Their style is pretty close to that of the DELMORE, the CALLAHAN, the SHELTON or the YORK Brothers. Released December 947 on Capitol 40138: fine harmony vocals over a good harmonica playing.
« It always happens to me« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/hi-q-17-rufus-shoffner-it-always-happens-to-me.mp3download
Milo Twins » « Truck driver’s boogie »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/capitol-40138-milo-truck.mp3download
Finally GENE PARSON’S BAND, who’s backing Kimble and Wanda Janes on vocals in a classic, « Night club Rock’n'roll » from March 1959 on Southland label (# 4501) from lllinois. Parson was the owner of this small label. He already had cut for Chicago’s Eko label. I’m pretty sure this Gene Parson has nothing to do with the member of Byrds or Flying Burrito Brothers bands of the ’60s. The Southland issue falls into a collector’s hands for $ 400-500.
« Nightclub rock’roll« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/southfield-Gene-Parsons-Band-Night-Club-Rock-And-Roll-vocal-Kimble-Wanda-James.mp3download
Sources: various compilations and reissues for the most part, the odd record from my collection.
This first batch of duets will concentrate on bopping Bluegrass tunes. Indeed the choice of tunes is entirely mine, and I post the ones I like very much. The main instruments, as expected, are fiddle and banjo or mandolin, all pushing often an urgent vocal.
The DIXIE DRIFTERS were a small Bluegrass group from Houston, TX ; actually they were the first one to make Bluegrass music so far from Kentucky or Tennessee. Hank Wilson (guitar/vocal & composer) was the leader when they cut « Lies, lies and alibis », a fast ditty on the Minor label (# 112). Enjoy the dobro part! (According to ARLD, this record came out in October 1958). No label scan available, sorry: I’ve just got the music from a Tom Sims’ cassette. Earlier on the boys had another issue on Azalea 110, same style (« Gone forever »). Hank Wilson, as « Slim Wilson » recorded probably one more single for Minor (# 117) »The ring around your finger/Bring a wall around Texas« . And I really don’t know if Hank Wilson and Leon Russell are the same person.
« Lies, lies and alibis« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/minor-112-Dixie-difters-lies-lies-alibis.mp3download
« Gone forever« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/azalea-110-The-Dixie-Drifters-Gone-Forever.mp3download
Billboard June 22, 1959
Way up north with the THOMAS BROTHERS (Melvin and Erwin) for an oustanding « Way high, way low » on the Hammond, IN. Mar-Vel’ label (# 355 from 1956). Each voice (3 actually) compete strongly : the highpitched, then the bass man, finally the medium singing « Right in the middle, that’s where I want to be ». A pity they never had another issue.
« Way high, way low« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mar-vel-Thomas-Bros.-Way-high-way-low.mp3download
Third we have a decisive ‘Vocal duet’ on the label : Rena 803 from Ripley, WV by RALPH & RUTH. « Hard hearted girl», great rhythm guitar. It’s difficult to assume a date for the issue, maybe late ’50s, or even 1961, as suggested by HillbillyCountry45 (Youtube).
« Hard hearted girl« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/rena-803B-Ralph-And-Ruth-Hard-Hearted-Girl.mp3download
From Pico, California on the Sundown label # 106 : TOMMY GUESS & BILL LOWE do give a lot of energy in their « My foolish heart ». Mandolin solo. They disappeared afterwards 1958.
A beautiful harmony with the NASH BROTHERS, probably from Georgia on the Peach label (# 569) : « My prescription refilled » from March 1959.
« My foolish heart »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/sundown-106-guess-lowe-foolish-heart.mp3download
« My prescription refilled« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/nash-brothers-my-prescription-refilled.mp3download
DUSTY TAYLOR, first selection of this fortnite, offers with « My shining star » a pleasant shuffler, with nice sawing fiddle (solo). An average although nice tune to find on Nugget OP-190 (4 Star custom) from 1956. I don’t know where it comes from. Taylor had another issue on Nugget 191 (« Down grade/Just rumors »), and a record in 1968 on the Nashville Stop label.
« My shining star« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/nugget-OP-190-Dusty-Taylor-His-Rainbow-Valley-Rangers-My-Shining-Star.mp3download
« The hillbilly hop« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/leo-1824-Curly-Gibsons-Sunshine-Playboys-The-Hillbilly-Hop.mp3download
« The hillbilly hop » is a medium rockabilly (short piano solo) by CURLY GIBSON‘s Sunshine Playboys (vocal by Colin Prevette, who has even here some hiccups) on a Leo label (there were dozens by this name) # 1824. A clue of location is given by another record by Curly Gibson on the Pennsylvania Record label out of Pennsburg, PA. The Leo issue is from 1957.
With « All by myself » by DOUG DAVIS on the Texan Nite star label (# 007, from ca. 1963), we touch the real thing ! Already posted in 2010, this time with a nice label scan. It has haunting steel, perfect ballad vocal and confident backing. My prefered all-time ballad. Davis had another record on Malinda 113 (untraced)
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Next three tracks all by the veteran AL DEXTER, who, at the time they were cut (1950), had already records since 1936. All three do come from a long Cincinnati session for King.
As the title implies, « Walking with the blues » (King 884A) is a mid-paced item with fine harmonica and good guitar (Zeb Turner ? Louis Innis?). The whole sounds much like the Delmore.
Further on, « Hi de ho boogie » (# 884AA) is a lively tune. The harmonica has been dropped, replaced by fiddle and good steel. And the third track of this session is « Diddy wah boogie » (# 913AA): the harmonica returns for a pleasant and fast track.
« Walking with the blues« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/king-884A-Walking-With-The-Blues-Al-Dexter.mp3download
« Hi de ho boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/king-884AA-Hi-De-Ho-Boogie-Al-Dexter.mp3download
« Diddy wah boogie« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/king-913-AAAl-Dexter-his-Troopers-Diddy-Wah-Boogie.mp3download
We conclude with BILL HUSKEY on the Meritone label (Lenoir City, TN) for a great « Record Spinning boogie », half sung, half played (solid acoustic guitar), which reminds me a lot of « Doin’ the boogie woogie » by Johnnie Barfield (Bullet 620).
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Tennessean Eddie Hill (James Edward Hill) was born on July 21, 1921, in either McMinn County or Polk County. Being from a family with a rich musical tradition, Eddie already started singing and playing the guitar at very young age and he formed his first band while still in his teens. His first experience with radio work came while living in Knoxville, Tennessee, where his family had moved because of Eddie’s father’s work. Eddie first started working for local radio station WROL but in the early 1940s, he and his band moved to WNOX to work at the “Mid-Day-Merry-Go-Round” show, as “Smilin’ Eddie Hill and the Mountain Boys”. Some time later, Eddie moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he joined WKRC, but in 1943 Johnny Wright convinced him to return to Knoxville to join the Tennessee Hillbillies, a group build around Johnny & Jack and Kitty Wells. In 1945, Eddie quit the Tennessee Hillbillies to try his luck in Hollywood’s movie business, but he soon moved back to Knoxville to return to WNOX, together with his Mountain Boys that now consisted of Leonard Dabney (guitar), Johnny Gallagher (bass), Billy Bowman (electric guitar) and Bob Sumner (fiddle). It was around this time that Eddie got married to his wife Jacqueline Adkins. Read the rest of this entry »
This favorites section begins with NEAL JONES. Born in the small community of Tywhop, TN, in 1922, he began his career with the Johnson Brothers on Kingsport and Chattanooga radio stations as lead guitarist as soon as 1940. He then moved to Montana, then back to Tennessee. 1953 saw him guitarist for Eddie Hill and Sonny James in Dallas, TX. That’s where he gained a contract with Columbia, and followed a long string (6) of releases with this major until mid-1955. I chose one of his earliest efforts, « Foolin’ women », (# 21292) and the double-sider nearest to Rockabilly, (# 21415) « High steppin’ baby » and « I’m playing it cool », both cut at Jim Beck’s studio in Dallas with WFAA staff musicians. Later on, Jones had his own T.V. show, and was more and more involved in a D.J. work . He finally had one record on « D ».
« Foolin’ women »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/columbia-21292-Neal-Jones-Foolin-Women-1954.mp3download
« High stepping baby« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/21415-High-Steppin’-Baby-Neal-Jones.mp3download
« I’m playing it cool« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/columbia-21415-Neal-Jones-Im-Playing-It-Cool.mp3download
AL OSTER was apparently a Yukon native, who cut a nice Country rocker on the Tundra label (# 101), « Midnight sun rock », paired with « Next boat », in 1960.
« Midnight sun rock« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/tundra-101-Midnight-Sun-Rock-Al-Oster.mp3download
« Next boat« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/tundra-101B-Next-Boat-Al-Oster.mp3download
Today and yesterday
Next we find the former lead guitar player for the Maddox Bros. CAL MADDOX on the Flat-Git-It (# 700) label from California. I suspect the label was his own label. « Hey Bill » is a fast Hillbilly rock from 1960 : strong guitar as expected, sawing fiddle. Shortly before that, Cal and his sister Rose had cut « Gotta travel on » on the Black Jack label.
« Hey Bill« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/flat-git-it-700-Cal-Maddox-Hey-Bill.mp3download
From Columbus, OH, comes the next record, « Hobo baby » by JOE & RAY SHANNON on the Shenandoah label # 246. Obviously brothers – it’s Joe singing -, they offer a strong guitar rockabilly tune, surprisingly good for 1964.
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Joe and Ray Shannon
On one of the many Dixie labels that flourished everywhere in the U.S., there’s this one « I guess I’m wise » (# 833) by MALCOLM NASH (with the Putman County Play Boys). Probably issued 1960. An harmonica is the prominent instrument, over a powerful rhythm guitar, while the band (2 voices) sings in unison. This record reminds me much of the Delmore Bros. On the label however there is no clue as to where do come the artist neither the label from, except it’s a Rite pressing, so probably from the Cincinnati area.
« I guess I’m wise« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/dixie-833A-Malcolm-Nash-I-Guess-Im-Wise.mp3download
Addition (Nov.1rst, 2015). There is a « Putman County » in Georgia. So that’s possibly where the recording occurred.