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late April 2014 fortnight favorites
avr 15th, 2014 by xavier

For this early Spring favorites selection, I’ve chosen mostly – that is unusual – major labels recordings!

The first three on King probably all cut in Cincinnati between 1949 and 1950. The earliest track is by RED PERKINS (born in 1890), who had begun his career before WWII and was later the featured vocalist of PAUL HOWARD  Arkansas Cotton  Pickers (see below). Here it is his « Hoe-Down Boogie » (King 792), a fine call-and-response fast bopper. He also had « Crocodile tears » the next year. His first issue on King (# 773) was « Texas Boogie« , and the personnel was then Jabbo Arrington [gt], Billy Bowman [steel], Bob Moore [bass], Roddy Bristol [fiddle], Fiddlin’ Red Herron [fiddle], Joe Rea [drums], poss. Harold Horner [piano]. The backing is probably similar.

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Second selection is of course by PAUL HOWARD: « The boogie’s fine tonight« . Fine piano bopper (# 871), and the next is by the famous REDD STEWART, featured vocalist of Pee Wee King‘s Golden West Cowboys. Actually, except accordion (inaudible) the GWC are the backing band of Stewart for this great « Brother drop dead » (# 843). Fine piano, aggressive steel punctuating the beat.

 

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Paul Howard

Red Perkins, « Hoe-down boogie » download

Paul Howard « The boogie’s fine tonight » download

 

 

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One step away to West coast on the Capitol label for GENE O’QUIN and « I specialize in love » (# 2715). Fast bopper from 1954.
Gene O’Quin « I specialize in love » download

Back to early days. Dallas, Texas, Jim Beck’s studio, April 1951. The MERCER  Brothers (Wallace and Charlie), an old-time male duet do a very energetic « Wish bone » on Columbia 20978. They sound like the Delmore Brothers, and even have WAYNE RANEY on harmonica for a great solo! Thanks to Jack Dumery to have led me to them (and for the CD!)

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Redd Stewart

Mercer Brothers « Wish bone » download

Eddie Crosby « Blues stay away from me » download

Danny Dedmon « Hula hula woogie » download

 

 

 

 

The link with the former is the Delmore and a version of their all-time great « Blues stay away from me« , a cityfied rendition (Cincinnat, August 1949) by EDDIE CROSBY. Nice guitar (could be Zeke Turner).

Finally back in Dallas with DANNY DEDMON, former vocalist of Bill Nettles. Actually his Rhythm Ramblers are Nettles’ Dixie Blues boys. Here he does in 1947 the amusing « Hula hula boogie » on Imperial 8019.

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Sources: my own collection and the net for artists pictures.

early April 2014 fortnight’s favorites: the IMPERIAL label, 8200 serie (1953/54)
avr 1st, 2014 by xavier

For this new serie I have chosen to focus on 7 releases on the Imperial label. Indeed they all will be from the famous 8000 serie, and more precisely (with one exception) in the 8200.

Imperial 8000 had begun in 1947 with releases from Danny Dedmon or Link Davis, and the serie had pursued throughout the late 40s and early 50s with varying success. Sides appeared by Jimmy Heap, Tommy Duncan or more obscure artists as Ed Camp or Harry Rodcay. All had a label adorned by 5 stars, and were issued in red (78 rpm) or blue (45 rpm). Majority of sides were cut in Dallas (Jim Beck’s studio).

In 1953, Imperial had a huge success with the first white cover of Big Mama Thornton’s « Hound Dog » by BILLY STARR (# 8186). It’s a very nice version: belting vocal, haunting guitar, nice piano and accentuated drums. Actually it’s almost a rocker. Recorded in March 1953, it had contenders by Eddie Hazlewood, Betsy Gay and Tommy Duncan, all on Intro. Herald in NY had Cleve Jackson’s version (actually Jackson Toombs — full story elsewhere in the site).

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imperial 8204 gene hensleeThen comes up CURLEY SANDERS, who cut « Too much loving’ » in April 53. A good, fast hillbilly, in average (steel,piano, fiddle, guitar and bass) format.(# 8226). GENE HENSLEE next (# 8204) in June 53 had « I’m like a kid a-waitin’ », similar to his other releases, « Dig’n'datin’ » or « Rockin’ baby ». July 1953 saw cut the nice, very effective (bass) medium paced « Talking to the man in the moon » by BILLY Mc GHEE (# 8214).

Billy Starr « Hound dog » download
Curley Sanders « Too much lovin’ » download

Gene Henslee « I’m like a kid a-waitin’ » download

 

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Billy McGhee « Talking to the man in the moon » download

Earl Songer « Whoopie baby » download

Van Howard « I’m not a kid anymore » download

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Then comes in 1954 next artist, VAN HOWARD and the minor classic « I’m not a kid anymore » (# 8234). Real name Howard Vanderverdner. This track was covered recently (mid 90s) by the Starlighters.

# 8259 is the number to the great « Whoopie baby » by EARL SONGER. Seemingly this was cut in Detroit.

Finally another song lent from a smaller label: « Dunce cap » by JIMMY KELLY, this time from Louisiana’s Jiffy label. Great steel.(# 8275)imperial 8275 jimmy kelly ret
Jimmy Kelly « Dunce cap » download
Thanks to Ronald Keppner for the loan of rare 78rpm.

Earl Songer

late March 2014 fortnight’s favorites
mar 15th, 2014 by xavier

Let’s begin this new favorites selection with the first (?) record by an artist who would have much, much later fame as Boxcar Willie. Here he’s named MARTY MARTIN on the Honeycomb label and he sings a good « Mobile, Alabama blues ».

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Marty Martin « Mobile, Alabama blues » download

Les & Helen Tussey « They went around » download

From Indiana in 1960 we find on the Wayne Raney‘s label Poor Boy LES & HELEN TUSSEY doing the nice rockabilly « They went around« .

Next is a famous ARTHUR SMITH on a rare French MGM Issue for the instrumental « Guitar and piano boogie ». Title says it all.

 

Arthur Smith « Guitar and piano boogie » download

 

 

Finally, thanks to a Mr. Noel T, I put my hands on two rare JESS WILLARD disks. First the completely unknown G&G 107 double-sider « I’m branding my darling with my heart » (earlier cut by Jack Guthrie) and « Hillbilly heaven » (this is apparently not Eddie Dean’s song). Both sides are gentle hillbilly boppers from 1957. G&G was a parent label to Ka-Hi which Willard had « I’m telling you » on. Second is the Sundown 126 « Cops and robbers/Night time is cry time » from 1959, posthumously issued. Alas, both sides are completely pop.

Jess Willard « I’m branding my darling with my heart » download

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Jess Willard « Hillbilly heaven » download
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Jess Willard « Night time is cry time » download

Jess Willard « Cops and robbers » download

 

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« I’m a truck driving man » – the ART GIBSON story (1912-1971)
mar 11th, 2014 by xavier

Despite recording fairly prolifically (36 sides cut for Mercury between 1946 and 1949) in the years immediately following World War II, Art Gibson is not widely remembered these days among the fans of vintage country music. Among hard-core collectors of the music of the 1940s-50s, however, he is highly revered, his recordings ardently collected , and celebrated as one of the most individual and infectious honky-tonk performers of the era. He’s cut mostly for Mercury (1946-49), and two single sessions later, one for the small Replica label in 1954, the other for Sunny during the 60s.art gibson 2

The high quality of his output aside, it isn’t surprising that Gibson is not better remembered these days for he kept a surprisingly low profile for most of his career. Other than a mid-40s photograph in the music mag The Mountain Broadcast and Prairie recorder, and a handful of very brief mentions in other music press of the era, he seems to have mostly operated under the radar, not courting much publicity, playing clubs and letting his music speak for itself. This low-key approach accounts, at least in part, for the fact that he didn’t become a bigger star, as it has proved a frustrating roadblock for any researcher hoping to build a fuller picture of his activities in his recording heyday and beyond. Much about Art Gibson’s career remains a mystery, and internet is mute about him. What is certain, however, is that he was a fine honky-tonk singer and songwriter, and that he left a compelling recorded legacy that deserves to be more widely heard. Read the rest of this entry »

early March 2014 fortnight’s favorites
mar 4th, 2014 by xavier

Howdy y’all, folks. A little bit late, back from holidays. Here is my new choice of favorites. As usual, a selection of tunes of the great era.
HARRY HANSON on the Louisiana Empire label (# 795, a Starday custom) with « Just remember » from 1959. Fine primitive hillbilly bop which could well have been cut 3 or 4 years earlier.
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Harry Hanson, « Just remember » download

Cal Davis, « Partnership love affair » download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Detroit on Fortune 185, CAL DAVIS and rockabilly « Partnership love affair« , complete with steel and guitar.
Two sides by the very good EUEL HALL from Texas, on the Towne House label (# 11). Lazy vocal, assuring guitar for « Blue feeling » and « Stand in line« . Cross between hillbilly bop and rockabilly.

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Euel Hall « Stand in line » download
Euel Hall, « Blue feeling »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/towne-house-11-Euel-Hall-Blue-Feeling.mp3download

BILLY BARNETT now and the minor classic « Tired of your honky tonk love » on the Phoenix Tex label (# 105). Fine guitar.
And finally, a fast bluegrass bopper by KEN CLARK, « Big man » on Starday 495 from 1960. Great banjo and mandolin backing. Ken Clark was also on the Nashville label (see elsewhere in the site).
Billy Barnett « Tired of your honky tonk love »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Tex-105B-Billy-Barnett-Tired-Of-Your-Honky-Tonk-Love-www.keepvid.com_.mp3download

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Ken Clark, « Big man » download

early February 2014 fortnight’s favorites
fév 3rd, 2014 by xavier

Howdy folks. Excuse me, a little bit late…

First on the D label (#1034), the very Hollyish « Sady » by DOUG STANFORD. Very nice Rockabilly guitar and vocal hiccups. A medium bluesy « Separate ration blues » by BILL FREEMAN (later on All-star)(vocal « Buddy » Young): good piano, sax and fiddle.

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tex-talentwinkler 88Hillbilly boogie with AL WINKLER for « Show boat boogie » on the Winkler label # 45-88 . Boogie guitar, mandolin, and call-and-response format.

Doug Stanford, « Sady »download

 Bill Freeman (Bddy Young) « Separate ration blues » download

 Al Winkler, « Show boat boogie » download

 

 

 

 

 

From Indiana, a fast blegrass, « A use to be » by BRYANT WILSON on Adair 620. A nice atmospheric (steel led) « Stoney mountain » by BOBBY BROWN on Backwater 945.

And finally CHUCK GODDARD on the famous Georgia Trepur label (# 1005) with the piano-led « The moon won’t tell« .

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Bobby Brown « Stoney mountain » download
Chuck Goddard « The moon won’t tell » download
There will be next fortnight in early March only.

Hobart, OK : the HU-SE-CO label (1956-1958)
jan 29th, 2014 by xavier

Hu-se-co was founded by Odell Johnson in Hobart, Oklahoma. The label apparently lasted from late 1956 to early 1958, and the main issues were issued in 1957. No label listing does exist, so I don’t know if my presentation is complete, as Hu-se-co was a pretty small label for the time being.hobart

First record was cut in Autumn 1956 by DERAL CLOUR and Charley Drake and coupled the very fine primitive Hillbilly bopper/Rockabilly « Sundown (boogie) » with the ballad « Winter (in my heart) ». Clour has said in an interview published by the RockaBilly HOF that the record was cut at Gene Sullivan’s studio on Capitol Hill in Hobart. Deral Clour was to appear at Ernest Tubb’s in Nashville in 1959.

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Deral Clour & Charley Drake

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Deral Clour and Charley Drake « Sundown (boogie) » download

Deral Clour and Charley Drake, « Winter (in my heart) » download

Then in 1957, three singles of equal musical value. Most important is the rollicking/jumping//western sides by DOYLE MADDEN, backed by Merl Lindsay‘s Oklahoma Nightriders, « Gonna learn to rock » and « Tonights the night for love » (1-757), both written by Lindsay and one Vonnie Mack. The latter (rn Yvonne deVaney) was at one time Yvonne O’Day on Capitol, then in 1956 Vonnie Mack in 1956 on Columbia, where she turned more or less pop. Later she fronted vocally Merl Lindsay’s band.
Doyle Madden « Gonna learn to rock » download
Doyle Madden, « Tonights the night for love »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hu-se-co-757A-Doyle-Madden-Tonights-The-Night-For-Love.mp3download

Second record backed by Merl Lindsay’s Oklahoma Night Riders is by JIM RAY: average ’50s country/honky tonk, main instruments being fiddles and steel. « A little too late » and « My heart belong to you » are on (# A-557).
Jim Ray, « My heart belongs to you » download
Jim Ray, « A little too late »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hu-se-co-557-Jim-Ray-A-Little-Too-Late.mp3download

The third 1957 issue (if the « 57 » sequence has some sense) is a very nice country rocker by FLOYD ANDREWS, « Buy myself a rubber doll » (3-757), with strong guitar and steel to the fore. Floyd Andrews, « Buy myself a rubber doll » download

One issue by COWBOY (Charlie) HUFF escaped to my antennas, « Swingin’ alone tonite/Tulsa town waltz » (757). It’s the same man who had records in the Starday custom serie (»No two timin’ me »).

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Cowboy Huff « No two timing’ me » download
And we nearly reached to the end of label with the 1958 issue by BILL & BINK ( with drummer Dwight), whose two-sided « Bed bug boogie/Do and don’t blues » (1358) could be described as primitive bluesy hillbilly/rockabilly.

Bill & Bink, « Bed bug boogie » download « Do and don’t blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bill-Bink-Do-And-Dont-Blues-Rockabilly-45.mp3download

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The indefatigable and faithful DRUNKENHOBO has found three more HU-SE-CO records! Thanks Dean.

A Bluegrass rockabilly flavored « If you’re after my heart » by the group RAMBLIN RASCALS on Hu-se-co. Flipside unheard « We both love the same girl ».
Ramblin Rascals « If you’re after my heart » download
Then WESLEY (Sleepy) MOORE and « Old mother Nature » (Hu-se-co 1257)(flip side « If you’d say you care ».
Wesley Moore « Old mother Nature »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/HU-SE-CO-1057-Wesley-Sleepy-Moore-Old-Mother-Nature-...-56-Hillbilly-Bop.mp3download
Dean finally mentions a third disc by HURSHUL CLOTHIER, which proves untraceable. Clothier was an Oklahoma ace fiddler, backed by the Oklhahoma Travelers (founded 1953), who had « Will you please » on Hu-se-co 2-757.


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Earl Aycock, ex- »George & Earl » (1956-1958)
jan 28th, 2014 by xavier

aycock_earlEarl Aycock was born in 1930 in Meridian, the hometown of the « Father of Country Music  » Jimmie Rodgers . He started his career as a disc jockey, before that he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and he played in Bill Nettles’ band as bassist. With Nettles he made also his first recordings , when he was cast on the famous « Hadacol Boogie » .

After Aycock was released from the Air Force, he returned to Meridian. In 1954, he played with Martha Carson in Birmingham, Alabama. Shortly after been received quickly found in Nashville, Tennessee, back where he accompanied Carson at sessions for Capitol Records and RCA Victor,he appeared with her at the Grand Ole Opry and toured with Bill Carlisle, Hank Snow and Elvis Presley and took over the function of emcee . Aycock was the first musician in the Opry in 1955 with an electrically amplified bass.

In Martha Carson’s band , another young musician played named George McCormick . Soon Aycock became friends with McCormick and the two formed the duo George and Earl . By 1956, both musicians took on for three Mercury Records singles but none of them were hits , despite promising sales figures. After the release of their last record in April 1956 Aycock left Nashville and moved his work to Houston, Texas, where he was drawn in 1955 with his wife.

In Houston, he had received a lucrative offer and was active as the frontman of his own band as well as a disc jockey. In 1957, he also worked for Starday Records’ Hillbilly Hit Parade for a number of uncredited sides. In the spring of 1958 he appeared at Allstar Records with his first solo single « The Love That Thrills / Magic Words » . By the end of the 1950s he brought Bill Will Bourne to D Records and also wrote for Claude Gray « Letter Overdue » . 1958 Aycock moved back to Meridian , worked until 1959 and still when KRCT in Baytown , Texas.

In Meridian Aycock worked in the 1960s, continued in radio and television before he left the music scene and went into the insurance business.

From Wikipedia with some corrections and additions. Thanks to Tony Biggs.

 

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« I want you, I need you, I love you » (Dixie 508), uncredited) download

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« Turn her down » (Dixie 516, uncredited) download

« The same two lips » (Dixie 519, uncredited) download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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« Im coming home » (Dixie 520, uncredited) download
« The love that thrills » (Allstar)
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/allstar-7164-aycock_earl_thelovethatthrills1.mp3download

late January 2014 fortnight favorites
jan 15th, 2014 by xavier

Howdy folks! This is the second serie of favorites for the new Year. All selections do come from the eastern parts of U.S, except one from Indiana.

From Mobile, Alabama, WADE JERNIGAN offers the first titles on the Sandy (# 1010) label. Medium hillbilly bop, steel and fiddle for « Road of love« . Flip « So  tired » is more intimate.

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Wade Jernigan « Road of love » download

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Wade Jernigan « So tired » download

From New York on the Mell label (same as Howie Stang‘s) (# 121) by one MOREY DUBOIS. « If you can spare the time » is obviously inspired by 1950 Lefty Frizzell hit, bit it’s Rockabilly from 1959. From Hammond, Indiana, we find BILLY REED and « Honky-tonk mama » a fine medium hillbilly bopper full of steel and fiddle. Topical lyrics. Campfire 45-33.

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Morey Dubois, « If you can spare the time » download

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Billy Reed « Honky-tonk mama » download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LES TUCKER offers « Wrong kinda lovin » , a fast call and response format cross between hillbilly bop and rockabilly from late 1958, on the St Paul, Minnesota HEP label 2144.

On one of the many Dixie labels, one religious Hillbilly bop, « Crossing river Jordan » by HARMON R. WILLIS (# 123) and the Willis Family. Nice guitar. Sounds an accordion in the background?

Finally a curiosity. SHORTY LONG and BOB NEWMAN team up in 1955 on the « X » label for a train song, « Roll Rattler, roll« .(#0045)

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Les Tucker « Wrong kinda lovin’ download

Harmon R. Willis « Crossing river Jordan » download

Dalton Boys « Roll, Rattler, roll » download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several stories of artists are on their way. I’m still lacking biographical info on ART GIBSON, SHORTY LONG, HAPPY FATS LEROY.

early January 2014 fortnight’s favorites
jan 2nd, 2014 by xavier

Howdy folks! First my seasonal greetings: the best Hillbilly bopping music for a happy new Year.

We begin this 2014 year with a rockabilly (stops-and-god) by NORIS MIMS and his energetic « Sweet sweet baby » on Arlington, alas very short. A nice guitar and a short piano solo to the fade-out end. TED NEWTON is less unknown. He’d been recording on the Bellwood label out of Richmond, VA, « Save me the label« , a cross between rockabilly and hillbilly bop.  Short guitar solo (lots of echo in there).

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Noris Mims, « Sweet sweet baby » download
Ted Newton, « Save me the label »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bellwood-Ted-Newton-Save-Me-The-Label.mp3download
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Then two tracks on the Cross-Country (#523/524) label, from « I don’t know where » by a HANK TROTTER. Perhaps he’s playing fiddle, as this is the dominant instrument for two ballads: « Because-because » (he’s doubled on vocal by a certain Billy (The Kid), and « I threw away a diamond ». Nice work.

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Hank Trotter, « Because, because » download

Hank Trotter, « I threw away a diamond » download

Same record on 78rpm(thanks to Ronald Keppner)

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A call and response format for the following track, « Hot rod boogie » by HOWARD W. BRADY on a NJ Flagship label. Very good hillbilly boogie.

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Howard W. Brady, « Hot rod boogie » download
Finally simply the Tommy Dorsey‘s classic « Boogie-woogie » of 1938, revived in 1948 by none other than AMOS MILBURN on Aladdin 3105.

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Amos Milburn, « Boogie-woogie » download

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