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Rockin’ Rudy Hansen: « Saturday Jump » – Rockabilly, also pop country (1954-58)
janvier 13th, 2013 by xavier

Not much is known about Rudy Hansen, except that he was raised on a farm in New York (unknown date of birth). Later on, he was one of the stars appearing on the WLA’s Midwestern Jamboree, aired every saturday from Cincinati, Oh. Inspired by the Shreveport-based Louisiana Hayride, the show was originally called Boone County Jamboree (named for nearby Boone County in Northern Kentucky). Midwestern Hayride was first broadcast before 1937 and was carried live on the radio each Saturday evening through the early 1970s.

WLW television came on the air in 1948, sharing larger quarters with WLW-AM in the former Elks Building, re-christened Crosley Square. It eventually became the originating studio for the regional network Avco Broadcasting Corporation, which included WLW-A in Atlanta, WLW-D in Dayton, WLW-C in Columbus and later WLW-I in Indianapolis (after WLW-A was sold) when the program moved to television in the early 1950s. Then originating from WLW-TV, Midwestern Hayride was simulcast on WLW-AM until the early 1960s, then was revived in the mid-60s. At the show’s peak there was a one-year waiting list for tickets to be in the audience (100 people was the limit for each weekly show).

Hansen had much success in New Jersey, and got help from Smokey Warren.

In 1954 he cut his first two sides for RCA-Victor « X » sub-label (# 102). Neither « I Walked Away » (ballad) nor « The Mambo Queen » were spectacular songs, the only outstanding being the B side, Country mover, almost pop song.

The mambo queen download

Then we found him circa July 1956 (according to the Rite matrix system) with two songs on his own label, Rudy Hansen # 1226, cut or issued in Springfield, Oh. « Cry Baby Baby » is an average Country ballad, while « Saturday Jump » is THE side. Fast Rockabilly, urgent vocal, nice steel throughout, wild slapping bass, it’s got everything a ’50s lover could look for. I don’t know if the record itself is rare, although I always seen it labelled « advance copy », so Hansen seemingly sent it only to D.J.s. Note that the song was co-written with an interesting artist in his own right, Clay Eager, whom I will discuss one day upon.

In 1957, Hanson got a contract with Decca and recorded in Nashville 6 songs during 3 sessions, all pop : chorus (Anita Kerr), and I cannot really recommend any song, except « Puttin’ On The Style » or « Just As Long » from his last, early 1958, session.

After that Hansen disappeared. Maybe, like many others, he went disillusioned and hung up music.


SATURDAY JUMP

 

(C. Eager – R. Hansen)? RUDY HANSEN (Springfield Oh, 1956)

 

Boppin’ the blues and blue suede shoes?

 

Baby, lots of fun?

 

Down on the farm on Saturday night?

 

That’s were it all begun?

 

Everyone was waltzin’ in the ol’ red barn?

 

And they’re jumpin’ to the caller’s call?

 

When all of a sudden they got real wild?

 

This is what I saw?

 

Uncle Ben got his fiddle down off the wall?

 

Uncle Judy got his ol’ banjo?

 

And Sarah jumped up, kicked out her shoes?

 

Screamed out, Go Ben Go!?

 

Fiddler was a pickin’ like you never did hear?

 

You oughta hear the rooster crow?

 

That Saturday night down on the farm?

 

When uncle Ben started rock ‘n’ roll

 


7 Responses  
  • George writes:
    janvier 26th, 201316:47at

    I think you’ve got some lyrics on Saturday Jump wrong. In the second line, it sounds more like « May be lots of fun. » I also believe it’s « Pen » rather than « Ben » and that it « got real quiet » rather than « wild. » Sarah « jumped up in her high-button shoes »; she didn’t kick them off.

    Love the music and thanks a million for posting these great songs that would otherwise be lost to most of us.

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  • Glenda writes:
    octobre 30th, 201303:49at

    It is so great to hear Rudy sing again. I love it.i was in his fan club back in the 50′s when he was at WLW in Cincinnati. It is a real treat to hear these records again.

  • xavier writes:
    octobre 30th, 201307:45at

    Hi! Glenda,
    Thanks for your message. It’s great to hear from someone who was Hansen’s fan ‘way back in the ’50s. Did you attend at one of his shows? All the best, Xavier (France)

  • Glenda writes:
    novembre 4th, 201301:31at

    Yes, I attended several shows around the Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Milan area. County fairs and country clubs. We helped him sell his records from the truck of his car. What fun and he was such a nice guy.

  • Glenda writes:
    novembre 12th, 201321:39at

    Hello again,
    Just wondering if you have any information about Rudy? Looks like he did 3 movies, possibly for TV. Just wondering about his life career. Did he continue to sing and act? Also does he live in the states or Europe?


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