late February 2011 fortnight favorites

Howdy, folks! We begin way up North, in Wisconsin, with the very first record by a singer who had to wait 11 years more before fame with « Six Days On The Road« ! Yes, DAVE DUDLEY cut numerous discs before his giant hit of 1963. Did you know the original version was recorded by a certain PAUL DAVIS on the Nashville Bulletin label in 1961? If you want to hear it, just type his name on the research button. Well, back to Dave Dudley. Here is his « Nashville Blues« , firmly founded on Hillbilly Bop.

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Dave Dudley

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courtesy Al Turner

On the West Coast, 1956. DERAL CLOUR (& Charley Drake) recorded the fine « Sundown (Boogie) » for the scarce HU-SE-CO label. A superior medium boogie guitar backed, and a very atmospheric echoey duet vocal, « crazy ’bout the boogie when the sun goes down…. »

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In the South (Texas?). Imperial records for BILLY McGHEE and « I’m Your Henpecked Man« . This was 1953. McGhee was to have 5 more discs on the label; I don’t know what happened to him afterwards.

BOB POTTER & the Wear Family were apparently from California and cut the odd custom sides for Rural Rhythm. Here it is their good uptempo « Leavin’ And Laughin’ » from 1956.

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Just another duet, among millions: the GAY BROTHERS.  Harold & Carl cut in 1953 the great « You Locked Up My Heart » in Houston for Dan Mechura’s Allstar label: a fast bopper and a stunning fiddle.

ZEKE CLEMENTS was an early Grand Ole Opry star who had many records late ’40s and early ’50s. Here I’ve chosen the good uptempo « I’m Goin’ Steppin’ With You » issued on his own Janet EP label.

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Link Davis: The Man With The Buzzin’ Sax

LINK DAVIS

THE MAN WITH THE BUZZIN’ SAX

 

The name LINK DAVIS is well known to the fans of a number of musical styles. Over a period of three decades, he was involved in Western Swing, Hillbilly, Cajun, Rockabilly, Roll and Roll and Blues recordings, either as a recording artist in his own right or as a supporting musician.  LAKE HOUSTON (suite…)