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“.
From 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“.
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?
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…)