early July 2011 fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks. We begin with the Starday label and CHUCK MAYFIELD, « Lucky Me » from 1955. Fine backing. Then, a perhaps surprising choice for Hillbilly bop, HANK PENNY, whose I like the drive and pugnancy of « Hadacillin Boogie » for RCA.

starday 161 chuck mayfield lucky me +RCA 20-4862 hank Penny Hadacillin boogie

A personality and band leader more than a good singer, DUDE MARTIN had good moments, like this Dick Stratton’s version of « Pistol Boogie ».

dude martin

Back to Starday and the fine, Rockabilly bordering Hillbillybop « Living High and Wide » by GLEN BARBER, deceased in 2010. He had previously cut the famous classics « Ice Water » and « Shadow My Baby » (which even had a sax – Link Davis?).

Very early ’50s, on the London label, we come to HANK DALTON (was it another pseudo for Wayne Raney) and his great « Hummingbird Special ».

To finish, back to April 1956 with PAUL DAVIS, « I Don’t Want A Back Seat Driver » (MGM 12472), a loping rhythm on this fine uptempo. I am pretty sure this is the same who cut 4 years later « Six Days On The Road » for the Bulletin label, forerunner to giant Bill Dudley hit in 1963.

glen barber

Glen Barber