late March 2013 fortnight favourites

Hello there!

This time is a little special one. Very recently the legendary CLAUDE KING passed away. I chose first from his Louisiana original days. First hillbilly bop , 1953, with “Take It Like A Man” (708) on the short-lived hillbilly Specialty serie (mostly cut in Shreveport), then his solitary Rockabilly on the small Dee-Jay label of Nashville (1957)(1248), “Run Baby Run“.

specialty king take

dee-jay king runFrom I don’t know where, but “Mountain” label seems to refer to Appalachian mountains, a LEO GOSNELL on this 4 Star custom, OP 299, for two fine sides: “Juke Joint Honey” and “Woman Running Around“.

mountain gosnell woman


mountan gosnell juke








Savoy from New Jersey was indeed a big R&B concern. However it had a short lived Country 3000 serie. Here it is RAY GODFREY and his “Overall Song” (3021).

On  Adair 620, a tremendous Bluegrass “A Use To Be” by a BRYANT WILSON.

Finally in California, Fable 546 label, with RAMBLIN’ EVERETT and “Cincinnati Woman“. Excuse me, I was not that inspired to comment this time. Music speaks by itself. Maybe you prefer it?

fable everett cincinnatiadair wilson use

savoy godfrey song

Excel & Rodeo: “The friendly record”. Hillbilly bop and Rockabilly in Los Angeles (1954-1960)


Founded at 1354, Wright Street, LA, California, in 1954. It is believed by Hillbilly Researcher Al Turner that the label was possibly owned by George Wilson, who wrote or co-wrote most of the material used by both Excel and Rodeo. He would have made a small fortune in royalties from writing « Hot Rod Race » for Arkie Shibley in 1951 (see elsewhere in the site for his story), certainly enough to put into a small record company. (more…)