late June 2012 fortnight’s favourites

Howdy folks! Welcome to new visitors, hi! to returning ones. Here is a new batch of hillbilly bop/rockabillies, taken from various sources (thanks Youtube!) for your own pleasure.

First, a survivor in style. LOUIE BASHELL (and his Silk Umbrella Orchestra !) and « Oklahoma Boogie » (RCA 47-5583, 1954) could well have been issued at least 5 years before, when accordion was in demand and dominated the songs of Pee Wee King, Spade Cooley, Wes Tuttle during the late ’40s. Anyway « Oklahoma Boogie« , with its Western swing flavour, is a driving track.

From the same period I’d assume, 1954-1955 in Oakland, California. CHARLES WAYNE and the Rattlesnake Ramblers for both sides of his Spur issue (# 1245): « Rodeo Time Is Here » and « Rockin’ Rollin’ Rhythm« .Piano well to the fore (barroom style), and a fine vocal. The whole reminds me of 1951 Charlie Graci‘s sides on Cadillac or 20th Fox (« Wilwdood Boogie« ). Charles Wayne was the brother of Black Jack Wayne, a long-forgotten but important figure in the Norther California hillbilly bop scene. A feature on him is in the pipeline.












From Madison, Tennessee on the Logan label (# 3111), the 1959 Rockabilly oriented Hillbilly bop « It Was You » by LONNIE MULLINS. Strong guitar (bass chords) and great urgent vocal. The Logan label issued a mere 40 sides, among them the great « You Tore Your Playhouse Down » by Rabon Sanders (to be heard in the « early January 2012 fortnight’s favourites » article – seach for it with the button). Lonnie Mullins‘ flipside « Since You’ve Gone » was issued on Collector 4449 « Slow Boogie Rockin’ » vol. 5.



From Florida I’d assume on the Jay label (# 72) do come the fine fast duet of JIM & EDITH YOUNG for the very good and aptly named « Hill Billy Moon » from 1957. Flash! Udo Frank corrected me. The disc do come from Sydney, Ohio. Thanks, Udo!

To sum up, two Bluegrass oriented hillbillies. First a slow one, the bluesy (great dobro)  « I’m A Loser » from a PINKY PINKSTON (thanks Rock’n’Roll Daddy-O Youtube chain) on the rare Fine-R-Tone label ( 6). Strangely billed « Custom record service », I really have no clue  which larger label this one was pressed and distributed by. Maybe Ohio? North Carolina?

DENNIS GOODRICH had his « All Alone » on the Lorain, Ohio Debute label (# 0500). Coincidence! Anyway this is a fine fast Bluegrass number. Hope you will enjoy the selections!



early January 2012 fortnight’s favourites

First of all, my best, warmest wishes to you all, my friends all over the world. January is a a traditional time for taking stock of things in anyone’s life. Having launched this blogsite early February 2009, I am proud and glad to have attracted more than 43.000 visitors. More than often, someone clicks on the banner then walks away. No matter. More often, friends do take some more time to dig deeper into the site, find something to read, or listen to, or download. Then some send comments, ask for more information, I am only pleased to give in return anytime I can. This is the fabulous world community that Internet permits. This way I got in touch with long-forgotten artists’ siblings, who were amazed discovering that their grand-father or grand-uncle was known elsewhere in the world; sometimes they didn’t even had listened to any music by him, having only heard he had made one or two records during the Fifties! Be sure, friends, I will keep up the good work, and maintain the tenuous link between ’50’s Country music lovers all around the world. God bless Bopping music!

On to this fortnight’s favorites’ selection. From I-don’t-know-where, we begin with STEVE LA RUE (with Spoke Little and Bros.) on the Harmad (# 101) label, for this 1954 declaration about women’s false feelings – the subject is not new! « Money In Your Eyes« , a fine opening uptempo  tune.

harmad 101 Steve La Rue with Spoke little & Bros. Money in your eyeslogan 3113 ramon sanders you tore your playhouse down

From Madison, Tennessee, the homestate of Rockabilly, comes now RABON SANDERS on the Logan label (# 3113). I don’t know if the guy made any other record, but this one is unique. A real blast of savagery. Fine guitar solo. Hear « You Tore My Playhouse Down« ! It must come from late ’56 or early ’57, and does reminds me of Meteor sides, Jess Hooper for example, but more wilder.

Another Rockabilly, with a folk zest, is « The Sun Would Never Shine » by a BROWNIE JOHNSON, about whom I don’t know anything except his music on the Tennessee Lynn 101 label. Very fine guitar solo.

From Shreveport, La. on the small but very interesting RAM label (someday I will tell you its story. Just to tickle your appetite, remember The Lonesome Drifter?), we have now LARRY BAMBERG & his Louisiana Drifters for the nice shuffling « Cheating On Me » (# 104). Good piano solo. 1957

lynn 101B brownie johnson The sun would never shineram 104 larry bamberg cheating on meraynard 1052 western playboys (kenny murphy) honkey-tonkin'

Then way up North, in the Wisconsin state, for the WESTERN PLAYBOYS (vocal Kenny Murphy): « Honkey-Tonkin’ » evokes the HT way-of-life in a fast pace. 1955. Raynard 1052 label.

On the East coast, from Ruthersford, NJ. HAROLD BAILEY and the Country Drifters, with a great late ’50s double-sider. Yes, for early January, there is a little hidden gift, a 7th selection! Bailey informs us of his decision of « I’m Gonna’ Leave« , and the sad note that « I’m A Fool » on the Gira label (029/030). Lot of echo, fiddle and steel. One of my ever-faves!

gira 030a harold bailey I'm gonna' leavegira 030b harold bailey I'm a fool