early July 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Enroute for the Fortnight (early July 2021). Lo of boppers ; some rockers.

New Jersey’s HAROLD BAILEY & The Country Drifters do present their only issue ever on Gira # 300. Both are superior boppers. The main instruments are steel guitar and fiddle on « I’m Gonna Leave » and « I’m A Fool ». Both are boppers’ music dreams ! And a fine vocal from:Bailey (1959).

Next, DEAN ARMSTRONG on the aptly named Dance Hands label for « Cowboy Boots », apparenntly the very first record of KENNY SMITH, who made his way later on Johnny O’Neal’s Rural Rhythm label (« Go Right Back » ; bw. the more famous from 1957 « Walkin ‘ By My Lonesome », # 507).. Later on he releaed some great rockers, e.g. »I’m So Lonesome » on the Starday Custom Top-Per label # 281), then on La. Pek label # 7001 for « Wild Man » (1958) and in 1960, « Rockin’ Roll Party » on K-Ark 304.

On Florida’s Blue Sky label ( # 509) : the fast rocker (very nice fiddle) by LYNN CRAMER and « Wild She Devil ».. The same label had other good dics, by Rocky Davis and Billy Smith (1959)  and Jeanie Christie («Flying High », # 697 from 1958). All;these songs are easily available on compilation labels like Buffalo Bop.

The name Trepur rings a bell to you, visitors ? Well, this is the very first disc of the label, Trepur 100 by HUGH LEE OTT : « I’m Through With You », a joyful bopper. Maybe a first isssue had been released on the aptly named Country Bop label (a 78Rpm). On Trepur 503 we find a spendid bopper in the hands of a FUZZY LOFTON, « Bounce Baby Bounce », issued 1956.

On the ULC (« United Low Country ») # 1003, then a lucky find from Tom Sims’ cassettes, the fantastic « No Hard Time Blues ». Nice steel all through, a great rural sounding vocal by BUDDY CUDD (even some yodeling). Great, great record ! Even rarer and better (if one can of course), here’s JACKIE BRYSON, « I’m A Hillbilly Boy » (U.L.C. 1001) with string bass, very good vocal and lyrics, a lot of dobro. A fabulous record !

Another artist who rings a bell to you was JIMMY WORK. Out of Detroit, Michigan, he cut the first version of « Tennesse Border » on Alben records (1947), a song promptly revived by, among others, Hank Williams. He pursued his career in Nashville on various labels, e.g. Decca (« BlueGrass Tickling My Feet ») or this medium tempo « Who’s Been Here Since I’ve Been Gone » (# 46223), a slow weeper, although moving. Later on, he had a sequence of hits on Randy Wood’s Dot label. Songs like « Making Believe », also mostly copied by others, or this «When She Said You All ».

Back in Indiana for a rockabilly classic «  Servant Of Love »:by the VAN BROTHERS » and his extremely good THREE guitar solos . (Dale Gentry) on the Wayne Raney ‘s « Poor Boy » label (# 100).

In Mississipi now for RALPH REYNOLDS &the Dude Ranch Wranglers and their nice medium bopper, « Alone By The Telephone » on Lilian McMurry Globe label # 127. A fine guitar embroiding the lazy and cool vocal and piano throughout.

Back to rockabilly with more of a classic, Joe Turner‘s « Boogie Woogie Country Girl » : pounding piano (Westwood 201). . Disc came from Jackson, Tennessee, home of Carl Perkins. The label had also in its roster, Tony Snyder and Joe Rickman. Its best claim to fame (a must-have for collectors) was 1962 Larry Brinkley’s, « Move Over Rover » ( # 205)

Sources : labels mostly from Rockin’ Country Style ; music from my huge sound/labels collection stored on my Mac computer.It has proven in spite of hard research, impossible to find U. L. O. 1001 (I’m A Hillbilly Boy) by Jackie Brysons, sorry.

Late November 2016 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks ! Another selection concentrating between 1954 and 1957, but with the early odd side from…1929 and the latest from 1964.

Here we go with SKEETER BONN (born 1923 Junior Lewis Bougham) he had a long serie of sides cut early to mid-’50s for RCA. skeeter-bonn-picI’ve chosen the two-sider #(21-6352 from 1955) « There’s no use now », a good medium paced opus with a Bonn in fine extrovert and exuberant voice over a classic backing of discreet steel and bass. The flipside « Rock-a-bye baby » is faster, fine guitar, for this eternal kiddie (?) theme.

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His next came in 1957, « Chained » has a harsh vocal and a lot of echo for a real fast song. I don’t know where it was first issued, on Admiral 1007 out of Wheeling, W.Va. or on Town and Country 129, a Polan Springs, Mo. label.

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download GAYLON WAYNE (Wayne Williams) next, was born in 1935 in Kentucky, and is best known for the furious « Red hot wayne-williamsmama » on the Tenn. Sure label – a bit outside the scope of this blog. I retained a side he cut on Delta # 1044, the fine Hank Williams styled « I ain’t gonna sing the blues », full of energy (drums), over a romping piano and a fiddle always present. Year unknown, maybe 1957-58. On the NL Redita 117 label which was combining every good tracks he recorded, « Steel guitar work » once attributed to him, is omitted : it was in fact done by a group Kiliman HawaIans.

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Now a wildie from..1929 (Sept. 29) by WILL EZELL (1892-1963) (piano/vocal) : « Pitchin’ boogie » was recorded for Paramount (# 1285) in Richmond, IN. with Baby James on cornet, a bass player and a tambourine. The boogie woogie craze was on its way ! His style remembers one of Jimmy Blythe, boogie and ragtime artist.

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During the late 40s a basically Bluegrass group, that of the McCORMICK BROTHERS, originally from Westmoreland, TN. had their show on WHIN in Gallatin and WKYS on the Hayloft Jamboree. They (Harold, rhythm guitar – Haskell, banjo – Kelly, mandolin – and Lloyd, guitar – backed by Benny Clark on fiddle and Hayden Clark on bass) enjoyed so much success that in 1954 they entered Hickory studio on Franklin Avenue in Nashville to cut their first sides : « Red hen boogie » (# 1013), and later « The Billy Goat boogie » (# 1024) are fine duelling banjo and fiddle tunes, largely inspired by the vocal harmonies of the Delmores. These quaint although swinging performances led straight to Rock’n’roll.

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Red hen boogie

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The Billy Goat boogie

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Another personality well-known during the ’80s in Europe was GLEN GLENN (rn Glen Trout). He had a few records in dore-trout-sense1957-58 on Era in California, but managed to publish (in Sweden) earlier sides more in the Hillbilly vein. From 1957 came « I saw my castles fall today » recorded at Cal’s Corral from KCOP, Modesto, Ca.: a fine ballad full of emotion, with the guitar playing of Gary Lambert. Now to a demo from September 1956, « It rains, rains », a superb shuffler. Ralph Mooney is on steel. Finally on Doré (# 717), « I didn’t have the sense to go «  is more of a Country-rocker from 1964.

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“I didn’t have the sense to go

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Sources : my own collection ; as usual, YouTube ; Hillbilly-music.com ; 78rpm world.

Bill S. out of south Texas. Thanks for your kind words and visits. I’m glad to please you with my selections. Your comments are fully appreciated !