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Rem Wall & the Green Valley Boys: Michigan’s Country-rock (1950-1962)
mai 17th, 2015 by xavier

Not many things are known about Rem Wall. He was born 1918 in Frankfort, Illinois and he died 1994.

He started at an early age entertaining during the ’30s at different local radio stations and, after being graduated in 1939, decided to settle in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He performed on radios WGFG, later WKZO, where he had even a TV show, « the Green Valley Jamboree » which lasted for 36 years, himself being signed to WKZO for even 44 years.

He then recorded for a lot of companies : Wrightman in 1951 (as Rembert Wall), then Bakersfield (1957), Glenn (1960-62), Wolverine and Columbia. He even had an issue in Great Britain. His music, although hillbilly at the beginning, became more and more softer by the years ’60s. His best songs are : « Heartsick and blue », « Waiting » (lot of echo for this good ballad), « One of these days » (banjo led folkish tune) , « Time alone » from 1962 (a fine shuffler) or « Carried away ».

In 1958 he was chosen by the U.S. Government to represent Country music in Germany and then he toured a lot there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He seems to have remained a regional hitmaker, having given up his career after his wife’s death during the ’60s. His son Rendal carries on the family tradition as a guitar player.

 

Sources: various. Wrightman sides and label scan do come from Hillbilly Researcher. Glenn label scans from « 45rpm » blogsite. Picture from hillbilly-music site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

« The girl on the matchbox cover« [1950] download

« Heartsick and blue« download

« Waiting« download

« I’m losing my tears over you« download

« One of these days« download

« Carried away« download

« Time alone« [1962]download

 

 

 

You can read a lot more on RemWall by clicking this link: http://www.visioncouncil.org/bobrowe/rem_wall.htm

TOM JAMES (1954-1958) in Nashville – plus a foray into the ’70s
mai 15th, 2015 by xavier

tom james picTOM JAMES is completely unknown except in the Rockabilly/R&R circles for his Klix issue « Track down baby/Hey baby » from 1957. No whereabouts neither his birthday year are known. Is even still alive today ?

He already had come from Oklahoma when he got a recording contract with RCA-Victor. His only session with this major label came early 1954 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tom James(vo,g) with Chet Atkins(el g) Louis Innis(rh g) Robert Foster(steel g) Dale Parker (bjo) Bob Moore(b).

(Thomas Radio Productions) Nashville,February 17,1954

 

E4VB-3624 Don’t lead me on RCA Victor 20/47-5790, Cactus 5052

E4VB-3625 Your kind of lovin’ RCA Victor 20/47-5695, Cactus RCA vol.2

E4VB-3626 Sample of your love RCA Victor 20/47-5695

E4VB-3627 I’m a pig about your lovin’ RCA Victor 20/47-5790

 

All four tracks are uptempos, the slowest being « Sample of your love ». They are nothing but pleasant hillbilly boppers (prominent bass) although a bit common.

« Dont lead me on« download

« Your kind of lovin’« download

« Sample of your love« downoad


« I‘m a pig about your lovin‘ »
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/10-Tom-James-Im-A-Pig-About-Your-Lovin.mp3download Read the rest of this entry »

Late May 2015 fortnight’s favorites
mai 15th, 2015 by xavier

An important Texas artist of the ’30s and ’40s, (W.A.) SLUMBER NICHOL. He first cut records and had shows with the Sons of the Pioneers, then went after WWII to S&G label for the romping « Cotton pickin’ boogie » (# 3003)(vocal Andy Hallcom). He also had the first postwar version of « Cocaine blues », credited to T.J. Arnall. I never knew if this was actually Nichols disguising himself under a nom de plume. The song was reissued on Imperial, then covered by a lot of artists i.e. Roy Hogsed on Coast, later on Capitol, had the best-selling version ; Billy Hughes had his own version on King, among others. Later on Nichols had « Booger red blues » (unheard – sounds promising) on Imperial 8047, and now his track grows cold.

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« Cotton pickin’ boogie« download

 

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Slumber Nichol

 

 

 

On to Nashville on the M-G-M label by PAUL DAVIS, a nice bopper (great bass) with « Big money » (# 12357)(1956), complete with steel and piano accompaniment over a firm vocal.

 

 

« Big money« download

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Aldus Roger

From Tennessee to Louisiana in Ville Platte : ALDUS ROGER & his Lafayette Playboys. He has « Cajun special » on Swallow 110, from 1959-60. Even for me, French-speaking being, it’s hard to understand all the lyrics !

« Cajun special »download
cajun special

From Texas on the Towne House (Sulphur Springs) label (# 11): EUEL HALL & the Rhythm Rockers for two nice bluesy country-rock sides, « Stand in line » and « Blue feeling » . Small but very efficient backing, a prominent lead guitar.

Euel Hall « Blue feeling« download

Euel Hall « Stand in line« download

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Finally probably her first ever record from 1960 on the Zero label (# 107) by LORETTA LYNN, « I’m a honky tonk girl ».
« I’m a honky tonk girl« download
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early May 2015 fortnight’s favorites
mai 1st, 2015 by xavier

First I offer RED LEWIS on Kasko 1643 (Santa Claus, Indiana) for « I’ll move along ». Strong lead guitar and a melodic steel solo. DrunkenHobo, do you know something more about this record?

kasko 1643
« I’ll move along« download

 

 

 

 

Then we’ll turn to a talented artist who deserved much more fame than he’s got during his 2 or 3 years tenure at RCA-Victor Records. Born in 1925, he was noted, after his discharge from U.S. Marine, by A&R man Steve Sholes. So EDDIE MARSHALL cut 9 good singles between 1950 and 1952.
His first, « The Tom Cat blues » (RCA 48-0357), recorded in NYC in May 1950, had Tony Matola on lead guitar, a fiddle, a steel who does a fine job and a bass, and as waited, is a medium-paced bluesy number. An organ comes in the background for good effect.

« The Tom Cat blues« download
rca 48-0357 tom cat blues

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In December 1950, he cut the already little classic « Coffee, cigarettes and tears » (21-0413) known by Charlie « Peanut » Faircloth [see a recent Fortnight's favorites to hear the latter's version]. His version is jazzy and lot more faster than Faircloth’s. Very nice fiddle.
«  »Coffee, cigarettes and tears« download

In December 1951, he cut his teeth on Rodney Morris ’ « Mobilin baby of mine »(20-4661), with sound effects, with a very nasal voice and new : a piano backing. Same tune was revived January 1952 on the West coast for Capitol (#2075) by Gene O’Quin. I include Gene’s version for comparison.
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Marshall retired from business afterwards to deal with his family.
Gene O’Quin « Mobilin’ baby of mine« download
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Gene O’Quin

Finally from California on the Big State label (# 101), GRADY ROLLINS and the filthy « Spit-toon song », with steel effect and harmonica, as a sequel to « Chew tobacco rag ».
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big state 101 - grady rollins
Enjoy the selections ! Some info was taken for Eddie Marshall from Paul Vidal’s BigVJamboree.blogspot site.

Late April 2015 fortnight’s favorites
avr 15th, 2015 by xavier

WADE HOLMES to begin comes from the East coast and was managed by Ben Adelman from Wahington, D.C. He is particular having records released only on (leased masters) Four Star, and budget Spin-O-Rama, Mount Vernon Music and Crown labels LPs, before during the Sixties on several issues on Adelman’s other labels : Sutton and Empire. I’ve chosen first his great rendition of Carl Smith‘s « Go boy go » from 1954 on Blue Ribbon 35-49. It’s pure Hillbilly rock, near Rockabilly. Second we have, from February 1954, the fast honky-tonker « You’re too tired (for me) » (4 * 1656), when Holmes had his own show on WPGC (Washington?). Finally here he comes once more with the superior (a great , great crisp lead guitar) « I’ll just pretend » from 1960 on the Almanac label (# 809), also backed by a fine fiddle (solo), and billed as « The singing truck driver ». No evidence at all he’s had converted himself as such with more truckers’ songs.

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4* 1656 wade holmes

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« Go boy go« download

« You’re too tired (for me)« download

« I’ll just pretend« download

 

 

From Kansas City , 1950 or 1951 on the copious Red Barn label (# RH 1166)(see Allan Turner’s Hillbilly Researcher‘s blogsite for more info on this label), BOBBY COOK & BUDDY NELSON, « The Texas Saddle Pals » have a brisk duet, with fine fiddle, a guitar solo and even a mandolin in « Big daddy blues ». A very lively track.

« Big daddy blues« download

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From West coast in California in 1954/55, a well-known band leader on the Salinas area (radio stations KDON and KSBW), BASHFUL BOBBY WOOTEN on the Four Star (special serie) P 102, with one high-voiced MARTHA LOU GACHES for « Peeping Tom ». Gaches had also one issue on Pep (Bakersfield) and was at one time associated as vocalist with Big Jim DeNoone.Wooten had also one famous rocker « Goin’ deer huntin’ » in 1960 on the G.R.C. label and had two other issues on this 4* P serie.

« Peeping Tom« download

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Bobby Wooten

 

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Martha Lou Gaches

 

 

 

 

From Santa Claus, Indiana, in 1965 or 66, a great country rocker « Snuffy Smith » by JOHNNY ACTON on the Kasko label (# 1644). It has a weird steel solo (too short), good guitar and indeed drums. Acton was also, with the Acton Sisters, on his own (?) label in 1968 (# 703), for a solitary issue (« Just between you and I », a country record), from Indianapolis.

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« Snuffy Smith« download

That’s all folks for this time. Enjoy the selections !

Early April 2015 fortnight’s favorites
avr 1st, 2015 by xavier

En route for this new April batch of Hillbillies and Country rockers. First from Louisiana, the fiddler LARRY BAMBERG (rn Bamburg) does the fine relaxed medium bopper « Cheating on me » from 1956 on the Mira Lewis’ Shreveport, La. Ram (Royal American Music) label # 104. It has a very young James Burton, quite unusually, on the steel guitar and Leon Smith at the piano. Bamberg, whose name was not easy to pronounce, changed it to Lincoln for the bluesy (with sax) equally fine « My baby went away », cut at Ram, but issued on his own Fido 011 label (not posted here).

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« Cheating on me« download
 

 

Next three tracks do come from Laeger W.Va. (at least the label) as late as 1969 by the one FLOYD FLETCHER on the F.A.F. label. « Daddy sings the blues » (# 26252) is a fast bluesy track with urgent vocal. « Move on down the track » does fetch to Rockabilly, while its flipside « You’re telling me goodby » [sic] is more in a sort of garage Honky-tonk vein (# 26282).

f.a.f. 26282 floyd fletcher daddy sing the blues « Daddy sings the blues« download
« Move on down the track« download
F.A.F. 26253 floyd fletcher move

f.a.f. 28281 fletcher you're telling me goodby
« You’re telling me goodby » download

 

 

 

RILEY WALKER next is no newcomer, as his « Uranium miner’s boogie » from 1955 is already a minor Hillbilly bop classic from Salt Lake City, Utah. See elsewhere in this site at the entry of his name. « It’s a little late (to come knocking on my door » goes by the same vein : a relaxed rural vocal, a nice steel throughout and a romping piano (# 703).

« It’s a little late« download

atomic 703 walker it's a little late

Next and last tracks of this fortnight do come from the B-W label, presumably a Nashville one, in 1961. PHIL BEASLEY and « Itchin’ to love you » (# 624) : a nice crisp guitar over a decent country rocker. KENNY BIGGS and « There’s no excuse » (# 615) has a mellow steel, an harmonica and some chorus and sounds a bit poppish.
« Itchin’ to love you« download b-w 624 phil beasley

« There’s no excuse« download
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b-w 615 kenny biggs there's no excuse

That’s all for this time, folks. Comments as usual are welcome.

Late March 2015 fortnight’s favorites
mar 15th, 2015 by xavier

We start with a fast bopper by RANDY WALKER, « If I held you in my arms » on the Ludwig 1004 label (1958). This label was named after Rod Morris‘ second name’s son and was located in Eureka, California. Any help to review the 16 sides issued by Morris on his label would be welcome !

ludwig 1004 randy walker

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Perk Williams

Twirl 103a defeated

 

Twirl 103b why the blues are blue

PERK WILLIAMS is well known for his 10 years association as singer and fiddler with Jimmy Heap (Lasso, Imperial and Capitol sides, 1949-1959), and can be heard for best effect on « Release me », « Cat’n around », « That’s that », « Ethyl in my gas tank » and other boppers. See elsewhere in this site for Jimmy Heap. Here Perk Williams is backed by the Sidewinders for a solitary issue on the Twirl label # 103 out of Taylor, Texas. « Defeated » has a bluesy guitar, a very intense vocal, plus steel and fiddle solo. The flip side « Why the blues are blue » is a medium fiddle led ditty, again with this intense vocal. Both very nice sides.

Randy Walker, « If I held you in my arms« download
Perk Williams « Defeated« 
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Defeated1.mp3download
Perk Williams « Why the blues are blue« 
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Why-The-Blues-Are-Blue.mp3download

Next artist is something of a mystery. Last time I heard of him was as part of the Dixieland Drifters, out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the mid-60s. CHARLIE « Peanut » FAIRCLOTH  was born 1927 in Georgia and was dee-jaying on Macon WNEX in 1950-51. Decca Records offered him a 4 tracks session cut in Nashville (April 1950), which I podcast 3 tracks on. First, the fast « F-O-O-L-I-S-H me, me » (Decca 46237), then the bluesy, lazy vocal of « Missississipi river blues » (Decca 46271), and its flipside the fast « Coffee, cigarettes and tears ». Both last tracks taken from a 78rpm I had sold a long time ago so no image available, only sound track. From this session only remains a version of Moon Mullican‘s « I’ll sail my ship alone« , never heard by Faircloth. On Youtube I found a 17 minutes snippet of a live show done at the Turner Club in Chattanooga, during the mid-60s. Nice sound and combination of tunes.

Charlie Faircloth, « F-o-o-l-i-s-h me, me« download
Charlie Faircloth, « Mississippi river blues« 
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Charlie-Faircloth-Mississipi-river-blues.mp3download

Charlie Faircloth « Coffee, cigarettes and tears« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Charlie-Faircloth-Coffee-cigarettes-and-tears-78-tours.mp3download

charlie faircloth pic

 

From Bloomington, Indiana comes JACK NOEL on Honey 1101. Hard to ascertain when this was issued, I’d say around 1955. « Ragged heart » has an accordion and the band singing chorus in unisson. Drunken Hobo says 1959!

Finally on Log Cabin 903 LEO GRAY does offer « After I have broke your heart », a good 1965 country-rocker, with a moving guitar, from Mt. Healthy, Ohio.

Jack Noel, « Ragged heart« download
Leo Gray, « After I have broke your heart« 
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/log-cabin-903-Leo-Gray-After-I-Have-Broke-Your-Heart.mp3download

 

 

 

decca 46237 f-o-o-l-i-s-h me

honey 1101 jack noellog cabin 903 leo gray

 

decca 46273 mississipi

courtesy Drunken Hobo

Late November 2014 fortnight’s favorites
nov 15th, 2014 by xavier

This time, very various records. SLIM DOSSEY hailed from Kentucky, but settled in Kirkland, Washington, late ’40s, where he had his own TV show. He was at one time a member of Smokey Rogers Western Caravan. Here you will find his Tubb (Ernest?) penned « Don’t stand just there« . on the JR (Seattle) label. Romping music!
Slim Dossey « Don’t just stand there« download
JR 1001 slim dossey - don't just stand there

From Ohio, and in 1965, RALPH BUSH and the Brushwackers. He had one 4-track session for C-Flat (distributed by RCA), and three tracks are offered there. All fine Hillbilly boppers. « I’ve got the bluest feeling » (8543), « Troubles » (8544) and « My eyes don’t cry » (8545).
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Ralph Bush « Troubles« download Ralph Bush « My eyes don’t cry« http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/RALPH-BUSH-MY-EYES-DONT-CRY.mp3download
From Washington state does come FRANK OLE’SHAY (real name Oleachea). With his brother Ernie, they had 12 issues on Four Star Blue Mountain OP- customs. Here are his best sides, »Love , love, love me, honey do » and « My baby’s not here in town tonight » (# 293) from 1958. Fine hillbilly rockers.
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Frank Ole’shay« Love, love, love me, honey do« download
Frank Ole’Shay « My baby’s not here in town tonight« 
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/blue-mountain-OP-293-Frank-OleShay-My-babys-not-here-tonight.mp3download>
From Texas, COTTON THOMPSON (« Jelly roll blues« ) on Houston’s Freedom 1010. Thompson also had the great « How long » on Gold Star.
Cotton Thompson « Jelly roll blues« 
http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/freedom-5010-cotton-thompson-jelly-roll-blues.mp3download freedom 5010 cotton thompson
Jim Fullen « I’ve gone crazy« download
Finally JIM FULLEN on the Deluxe label # 2015 and « I’ve gone crazy » from 1954. Fullen later recorded as Jimmie John, »Rosie’s back again » on Dot.
 It is not at all sure he’s the same Jimmie John who had « Solid rock » in 1958 on the Newark, Ohio, ZZ label.deluxe 2015 jim fullen I've gone crazy

Late September 2014 fortnight’s favourites
sept 15th, 2014 by xavier

Howdy folks, back from holydays. All the selections will be out by obscure artists. Once more uninspired, only music!
ED JUNOT on the Robstown, Texas O-T-O (One-Thousand-One) label comes first with « Give you’re love back to me » [sic]. Uptempo hillbilly fiddle led.

Ed Junot « Give you’re love back to me » download

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Bill Guyton« I’ve got a little time for loving » download

 

Then BILL GUYTON on the Pride 3000 label, « I’ve got a little time for loving ». Guyton had been vocalist on Curley Rash « Humble road boogie » (Macy’s). This is medium hillbilly bop with a touch of Starday feel.

 

Lefty Pritchett « Just an ole has been » download
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An haunting « Just an ole has been » on Bama (not the Alabama label) # 0001 by LEFTY PRITCHETT. Hillbilly bop Memphis style.

Then the most recent track of the selection on Toppa 1098 from 1961 : «All those lies» by ELTON TRAVIS. Uptempo Country rocker.

JOHNNY GITTAR offers on High Time 173 « San Antonio boogie », obviously a Texas recording. Medium boogie guitar led and heavy drums.

Finally a train song, « I’m going to roll » by CURLY COLE on Gilt-edge 5029. Nice guitar and piano solo.
Elton Travis « All those lies« download

Johnny Gittar « San Antonio boogie » download

Curley Cole, « Im going to roll« download

 

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Late August 2014 fortnight favorites: What a line! (another minor classic)
août 15th, 2014 by xavier

Howdy, folks !

First selection is a fine bopper (sincere vocal, strong rhythm and good fiddle, even pizzicato played) : « I was standing too close to a heartache » (sounds familiar?) by BILLY TIDWELL, who cut a very good version of « Folsom prison blues » on the White Deer, TX Ko Co Bo label in 1964.

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Billy Tidwell, « I was standing too close to a heartache« download

 

 

 

 

 

Second odd issue is first ever Tommy Collins‘s song, « Campus boogie », when Collins was still known as LEONARD SIPES in his native Oklahoma. The song can be found on Morgan 106, and is very Hank Williams styled.

 

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Leonard Sipes « Campus boogie« download

 

 

 

 

Then we enter in back-to-back series. JIMMIE DAVIS, also politician for Louisiana Governoship, cut a whole string of early boppers in the ’30s. Here I selected « You’ve been tom cattin’ around », issued on Bluebird in 1933.

A good 22 years later, CARL STORY had his own version, although the mandolin player is himself, on Columbia 21444 (1955). The flipside is the equally good, Rockabilly style, « What a line ». Strong boogie guitar, a fiddle solo. Really a masterpiece.

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Jimmie Davis « You’ve been tom cattin’ around »

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Carl Story « You’ve been tom cattin’ around »
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« What a line » derives from the original by JIMMIE WIDENER, who had this on his first King session in 1946 (# 536B) on the West coast, backed by such luminaries as Joaquin Murphy on steel or Jimmy Wyble on electric guitar. Harold Hensley is also present on fiddle, and co-wrote the song with Merle Travis. Widener had had been vocalist for Tex Williams, Spade Cooley and Bob Wills.

Jimmie Widener « What a line! » download

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 Clyde Moody « Whatta line« download

 

Carl Story « What a line« download

 

 

The song was revived first in 1953 by CLYDE MOODY on Decca. Usual style. Moody does it fast, with fiddle and guitar solo. Then in the mid-60s by GLENN THOMPSON, the most obscure artist of them all, who came from North Carolina. Guitar player is modern, but has a fine bluesy solo.

 

Glenn Thompson, « What a line »download

 

 

Main source for this issue: Internet.

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