He was an enormously successful and popular country music star, a man who recorded over 90 chart hits with a unique style that wasn’t exactly rockabilly, but certainly influenced the shape it hillbilly rockers to come. He was related to hillbilly royalty through his marriage to June Carter, not to mention that his daughter became a country music hit maker in her own right. You know who I’m talking about of course – the one and only Carl Smith. (He also wore black on occasion, but to the point…)
Born in 1927, and hailing from Roy Acuff’s hometown of Maynardville, Tennessee, Carl Smith grew up like many Southern boys of the depression, idolizing singing cowboys in the movies and hillbilly musicians on the radio. Acquiring his first guitar at the age of ten, Smith took advantage of any opportunity to play music at local dances, socials and school programs. He found work as a professional musician while he was still in high school in various bands centered around Knoxville and Cas Walker’s radio show on station WROL. But his pursuit of a fulltime music career was temporarily interrupted by his stint in the U.S. Navy in 1945-46.
After returning from the service, Smith found fulltime work as a musician in the Knoxville area where WROL was becoming a triple-A farm team of sorts for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and a prime location for record companies to discover up-and-comers in the hillbilly scene. In 1950, with Hank Williams selling records hand over fist for MGM, every major label was looking for stars that could deliver the new, post-war, hard-edged honky tonk style. For Columbia Records, the then 23 year-old Carl Smith was just what they were looking for. Smith found himself in the fast lane to hillbilly stardom, signed to both the Grand Ole Opry and Columbia Records in less than a month. While he might not have been the tortured hillbilly poet that Hank was, Smith had many other assets including a strong, clear voice, his country boy good looks, a head full of wavy hair, and perhaps best of all, he lacked the self-destructive tendencies that were constantly derailing Williams’ career.Smith quickly proved himself a master of just about any form of hillbilly music he set his sights on — from Eddy Arnold-style crooners to Hank Williams-style honky-tonk heartbreakers, to heartfelt gospel that any mother would approve of. But the style that Smith really made his own came from Saturday nights, not Sunday mornings. It was “honky-tonk stomp.” Up-tempo slices of hillbilly bravado and swagger like “(When You Feel Like You’re in Love) Don’t Just Stand There,” “Trademark,” “Hey Joe!” , « Dog-gone It, Baby, I’m In Love » and “Back Up Buddy” where Smith really made his mark on the evolving palette of hillbilly music.
It was a style that Hank Williams had pioneered with songs like “Honky Tonkin’” and “Mind Your Own Business” and that he referred to as “sock rhythm.” But ole Hank’s “sock” was just the 2-4 backbeat that had marked the dividing line between white and black popular music for so long, and that more and more hillbilly musicians were picking up on in the late forties. Smith was a natural for this younger, hipper and hotter form of hillbilly music, but he never came across as the threatening rebel. “The Country Gentleman,” as he became known, could deliver a heartbreaking ballad that brought tears to the eyes of the bluest blue-nose and then toss off a stomper that thrilled the budding teeny-bopper crowd with his down home machismo.
« hey Joe! »
« Dog-gone it baby, I’m in love » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Carl-Smith-Dog-Gone-It-Baby-Im-In-Love-1954.mp3download
« Back up buddy » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/columbia-21266-carl-smith-BACK-UP-BUDDY.mp3download
While seldom acknowledged as such, Carl Smith, along with other honky-tonk stompers like Webb Pierce, Faron Young and Hawkshaw Hawkins were adding the final ingredients to the musical gumbo that would spit out rockabilly in just a few years. The young, hot shot attitude, combined with a driving beat and the good looks of many of these honky tonkers provided true swoon appeal to a generation of corn-fed gals, whose younger sisters would be screaming for the “Memphis Flash” and his fellow rockabilly cats in just a few short years. But of course you gotta have a hot band to play hot music, and that’s exactly what Smith assembled with his road band, The Tunesmiths. Featuring top session men like Junior Husky (on bass) and Buddy Harman, but most especially the master steel guitarist, Johnny Silbert (then 17 years old), the Tunesmiths developed a hot style that drew from both Western Swing and the nascent rock’n’roll beat. Other Tunesmiths’ members included drummer Farris Coursey, ex-Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys Sammy Pruett on lead guitar or future Jordanaires’ Gordon Stoker on piano. There’s never been any fiddle in Smith’s hillbilly boppers, another sign of him being ahead of his time.
Sammy Pruett left to Hank
A perfect example of the musical style that Carl Smith and the Tunesmiths developed is their 1955 recording of “Baby I’m Ready.” It’s a song that both swings and rocks as Smith declares his readiness to show his lady a hot time on the town. And all with a charm that probably left the young lady’s mother and father smiling and waving from the front porch as that “good boy” took their daughter out for a night of hillbilly whoopee.
« Baby, I’m Ready » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/25.-Baby-Im-Ready.mp3download
Ricky Van Shelton « Baby I’m ready » (1987)http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ricky-van-shelton-baby-Im-ready.mp3download
Also take a listen to the proto-rockabilly (by rhythm and lyrics) « Go Boy Go » or « No, I don’t believe I will »
« Go, boy go » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/columbia-21266-carl-smith-go-boy-go.mp3download
« No, I don’t believe I will » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/13-Carl-Smith-No-I-Dont-Believe-I-Will.mp3download>download
In June of 1952, Smith married June Carter, daughter of musical matriarch Maybelle Carter. The couple settled just north of Nashville in the suburb of Madison. Smith cut several gospel recordings with the Carter Sisters, and in 1954 the couple cut a pair of novelty songs with June playing comedic foil to the more straight-laced Smith in sort of gender-switched hillbilly version of the shtick that Louis Prima and Keely Smith were conquering Vegas with. The couple’s next collaboration, their daughter, and future country star Carlene Carter arrived in 1955.
But even among hillbilly royalty, matrimony is not without its challenges. The couple split in 1956 with Smith marrying fellow Grand Ole Opry star, and hillbilly music’s first “glamour queen” Goldie Hill the following year. Smith left the Opry near the end of 1956 in a swirl of behind-the-scene politics to take top billing on the Phillip Morris Country Music Show, a free traveling revue sponsored by the cigarette company that ran through 1957 and ’58, often playing the same cities and dates as the Opry-sponsored road show. Smith then made the leap to TV stardom as the co-host of Five Star Jubilee and later the Canadian-produced Carl Smith’s Country Music Hall.
The Tunesmiths: « Oh! stop » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/columbia-21386-The-Tunesmiths-Oh-Stop.mp3download
The Tunesmiths: « Doorstep to Heaven » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/columbia-21522-CARL-SMITH-WITH-THE-TUNESMITHS-doorstep-to-heaven.mp3download
Although his hottest period was in the pre-Elvis era, Smith continued to produce solid country hits through the sixties and early seventies. He even managed to hold the strings and vocal chorus of the then popular “Nashville Sound” at bay on his recordings, staying true to a more traditional honky tonk sound. He left Columbia Records in 1973 and after a short stint on Hickory Records made the rare move of voluntarily retiring from the music business in 1978.
He spent his later years enjoying the fruits of a country boy’s dream, on his 500 acre horse and cattle ranch in Williamson County, Tennessee. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003. His wife Goldie, passed away in 2005 with Smith following her in January of 2010 at the age of 82.
Reflecting on his decision to retire from the music business Smith told Tim Ghianni in a 2003 interview for the Tennessean, “I just wanted to play cowboy. My philosophy is doing what I want to do.” A darn good philosophy for a country boy, but of course we can all be grateful that for a time, bringing a hot beat, a snarl and a swagger to country music was just what Carl Smith wanted to do and what he was best at.
Biography and pictures taken from the net. Scans and music mostly from private collections.
Nothing to do with Jimmy Carter’s supposed brother ! That Bill Carter was a member of the Big Jim DeNoone’s Rhythm Busters.
His story begins on December 12, 1929, when he was born in Eagleton, Arkansas, one of ten siblings, the son of an itinerant share cropper. By the time he was nine years old, he was singing on KGHI out of Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1937 , the family moved to Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Bill’s father got a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Indio, California, in 1943, and the family headed west. Bill’s interest in music was encouraged, and he took voice lessons during his teens, as well as performing on radio stations KRBO (Indio) and KROX (Modesto), modelling himself on Eddy Arnold. After graduating from Coachella Valley High school, Bill gained employment with the Johnson lumber Company in Grass Valley, and confined his performings to weekends.
In 1949 he joined USAF, and whilst stationed at Lackland and subsequently Parks AFB in Calfornia, Bill formed several bands, playing with the likes of Shorty Lavender (lead guitar and fiddle), Slim Roberts (fiddle), and Bob Cooper (drums). His music was firmly strenched in C&W and performing at NCO clubs kept his hand in. Whilst still in the Air Force, he got to perform with Cal Smith’s band in San Leandro, as well as playing dates in the San Francisco area, and venturing as far afield as San Antonio, Texas radio stations to perform. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s begin this new favorites selection with the first (?) record by an artist who would have much, much later fame as Boxcar Willie. Here he’s named MARTY MARTIN on the Honeycomb label and he sings a good « Mobile, Alabama blues ».
Marty Martin « Mobile, Alabama blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/24-Marty-Martin-Mobile-Alabama-Blues.mp3download
Les & Helen Tussey « They went around » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Les-Helen-Tussey-They-Went-Around-Rockabilly-45.mp3download
From Indiana in 1960 we find on the Wayne Raney‘s label Poor Boy LES & HELEN TUSSEY doing the nice rockabilly « They went around« .
Next is a famous ARTHUR SMITH on a rare French MGM Issue for the instrumental « Guitar and piano boogie ». Title says it all.
Arthur Smith « Guitar and piano boogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MGM-4070-arthur-smith-guitar-and-piano-boogie.mp3download
Finally, thanks to a Mr. Noel T, I put my hands on two rare JESS WILLARD disks. First the completely unknown G&G 107 double-sider « I’m branding my darling with my heart » (earlier cut by Jack Guthrie) and « Hillbilly heaven » (this is apparently not Eddie Dean’s song). Both sides are gentle hillbilly boppers from 1957. G&G was a parent label to Ka-Hi which Willard had « I’m telling you » on. Second is the Sundown 126 « Cops and robbers/Night time is cry time » from 1959, posthumously issued. Alas, both sides are completely pop.
Jess Willard « I’m branding my darling with my heart » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/gg-107-jess-willard-Im-branding-my-darling-with-my-heart-Jess-Willard-G-G-107.mp3download
Jess Willard « Hillbilly heaven » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Hillbilly-Heaven-Jess-Willard-G-G-107.mp3download
Jess Willard « Night time is cry time » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sundown-126-A-Night-time-is-cry-time-Jess-Willard-Sundown-126.mp3download
Jess Willard « Cops and robbers » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sundown-126-BCops-and-robbers-Jess-Willard-Sundown-126.mp3download
Hu-se-co was founded by Odell Johnson in Hobart, Oklahoma. The label apparently lasted from late 1956 to early 1958, and the main issues were issued in 1957. No label listing does exist, so I don’t know if my presentation is complete, as Hu-se-co was a pretty small label for the time being.
First record was cut in Autumn 1956 by DERAL CLOUR and Charley Drake and coupled the very fine primitive Hillbilly bopper/Rockabilly « Sundown (boogie) » with the ballad « Winter (in my heart) ». Clour has said in an interview published by the RockaBilly HOF that the record was cut at Gene Sullivan’s studio on Capitol Hill in Hobart. Deral Clour was to appear at Ernest Tubb’s in Nashville in 1959.
Deral Clour & Charley Drake
Deral Clour and Charley Drake « Sundown (boogie) » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Deral-Clour-And-Charley-Drake-Sundown-Boogie.mp3download
Deral Clour and Charley Drake, « Winter (in my heart) » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Deral-Clour-And-Charley-Drake-Winter-In-My-Heart.mp3download
Then in 1957, three singles of equal musical value. Most important is the rollicking/jumping//western sides by DOYLE MADDEN, backed by Merl Lindsay‘s Oklahoma Nightriders, « Gonna learn to rock » and « Tonights the night for love » (1-757), both written by Lindsay and one Vonnie Mack. The latter (rn Yvonne deVaney) was at one time Yvonne O’Day on Capitol, then in 1956 Vonnie Mack in 1956 on Columbia, where she turned more or less pop. Later she fronted vocally Merl Lindsay’s band.
Doyle Madden « Gonna learn to rock » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hu-se-co-757-1BDoyle-Madden-Gonna-Learn-To-Rock.mp3download
Doyle Madden, « Tonights the night for love » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hu-se-co-757A-Doyle-Madden-Tonights-The-Night-For-Love.mp3download
Second record backed by Merl Lindsay’s Oklahoma Night Riders is by JIM RAY: average ’50s country/honky tonk, main instruments being fiddles and steel. « A little too late » and « My heart belong to you » are on (# A-557).
Jim Ray, « My heart belongs to you » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hu-se-co-557-Jim-Ray-My-Heart-Belongs-To-You.mp3download
Jim Ray, « A little too late » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hu-se-co-557-Jim-Ray-A-Little-Too-Late.mp3download
The third 1957 issue (if the « 57 » sequence has some sense) is a very nice country rocker by FLOYD ANDREWS, « Buy myself a rubber doll » (3-757), with strong guitar and steel to the fore. Floyd Andrews, « Buy myself a rubber doll » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hu-se-co-757-Floyd-Andrews-Buy-Myself-A-Rubber-Doll-1957.mp3download
One issue by COWBOY (Charlie) HUFF escaped to my antennas, « Swingin’ alone tonite/Tulsa town waltz » (757). It’s the same man who had records in the Starday custom serie (»No two timin’ me »).
Cowboy Huff « No two timing’ me » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/45-616a-Cowboy-Huff-No-Two-Timin-Me-huff-02-57.mp3download
And we nearly reached to the end of label with the 1958 issue by BILL & BINK ( with drummer Dwight), whose two-sided « Bed bug boogie/Do and don’t blues » (1358) could be described as primitive bluesy hillbilly/rockabilly.
Bill & Bink, « Bed bug boogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bill-Bink-Bed-Bug-Boogie-Rockabilly-45.mp3download « Do and don’t blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bill-Bink-Do-And-Dont-Blues-Rockabilly-45.mp3download
The indefatigable and faithful DRUNKENHOBO has found three more HU-SE-CO records! Thanks Dean.
A Bluegrass rockabilly flavored « If you’re after my heart » by the group RAMBLIN RASCALS on Hu-se-co. Flipside unheard « We both love the same girl ».
Ramblin Rascals « If you’re after my heart » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/The-Ramblin-Rascals-If-Youre-After-My-Heart-Rockabilly-45.mp3download
Then WESLEY (Sleepy) MOORE and « Old mother Nature » (Hu-se-co 1257)(flip side « If you’d say you care ».
Wesley Moore « Old mother Nature » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/HU-SE-CO-1057-Wesley-Sleepy-Moore-Old-Mother-Nature-...-56-Hillbilly-Bop.mp3download
Dean finally mentions a third disc by HURSHUL CLOTHIER, which proves untraceable. Clothier was an Oklahoma ace fiddler, backed by the Oklhahoma Travelers (founded 1953), who had « Will you please » on Hu-se-co 2-757.
Howdy folks! This is the second serie of favorites for the new Year. All selections do come from the eastern parts of U.S, except one from Indiana.
From Mobile, Alabama, WADE JERNIGAN offers the first titles on the Sandy (# 1010) label. Medium hillbilly bop, steel and fiddle for « Road of love« . Flip « So tired » is more intimate.
Wade Jernigan « Road of love » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Road-Of-Love.mp3download
Wade Jernigan « So tired » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/So-Tired.mp3download
From New York on the Mell label (same as Howie Stang‘s) (# 121) by one MOREY DUBOIS. « If you can spare the time » is obviously inspired by 1950 Lefty Frizzell hit, bit it’s Rockabilly from 1959. From Hammond, Indiana, we find BILLY REED and « Honky-tonk mama » a fine medium hillbilly bopper full of steel and fiddle. Topical lyrics. Campfire 45-33.
Morey Dubois, « If you can spare the time » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/mell-Morey-Dubois-If-You-Can-Spare-The-Time-MELL-121.mp3download
Billy Reed « Honky-tonk mama » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/campfire-45-33-Billy-Reed-Honky-tonk-mama.mp3download
LES TUCKER offers « Wrong kinda lovin » , a fast call and response format cross between hillbilly bop and rockabilly from late 1958, on the St Paul, Minnesota HEP label 2144.
On one of the many Dixie labels, one religious Hillbilly bop, « Crossing river Jordan » by HARMON R. WILLIS (# 123) and the Willis Family. Nice guitar. Sounds an accordion in the background?
Finally a curiosity. SHORTY LONG and BOB NEWMAN team up in 1955 on the « X » label for a train song, « Roll Rattler, roll« .(#0045)
Les Tucker « Wrong kinda lovin’ http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/hep-2144-Les-Tucker-Wrong-Kinda-Lovin.mp3download
Harmon R. Willis « Crossing river Jordan » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Harmon-R.-Willis-The-Willis-Family-Crossing-River-Jordan-Hillbilly-Gospel-45.mp3download
Dalton Boys « Roll, Rattler, roll » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/X-0045-The-Dalton-Boys-Roll-Rattler-Roll.mp3download
Several stories of artists are on their way. I’m still lacking biographical info on ART GIBSON, SHORTY LONG, HAPPY FATS LEROY.
Howdy folks! First my seasonal greetings: the best Hillbilly bopping music for a happy new Year.
We begin this 2014 year with a rockabilly (stops-and-god) by NORIS MIMS and his energetic « Sweet sweet baby » on Arlington, alas very short. A nice guitar and a short piano solo to the fade-out end. TED NEWTON is less unknown. He’d been recording on the Bellwood label out of Richmond, VA, « Save me the label« , a cross between rockabilly and hillbilly bop. Short guitar solo (lots of echo in there).
Noris Mims, « Sweet sweet baby » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/arlington-101B-Norris-Mims-réduit-Sweet-Sweet-Baby.mp3download
Ted Newton, « Save me the label » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/bellwood-Ted-Newton-Save-Me-The-Label.mp3download
Then two tracks on the Cross-Country (#523/524) label, from « I don’t know where » by a HANK TROTTER. Perhaps he’s playing fiddle, as this is the dominant instrument for two ballads: « Because-because » (he’s doubled on vocal by a certain Billy (The Kid), and « I threw away a diamond ». Nice work.
Hank Trotter, « Because, because » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Because-Because-because-I-love-yo.mp3download
Hank Trotter, « I threw away a diamond » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/I-Threw-Away-A-Diamond.mp3download
Same record on 78rpm(thanks to Ronald Keppner)
A call and response format for the following track, « Hot rod boogie » by HOWARD W. BRADY on a NJ Flagship label. Very good hillbilly boogie.
Howard W. Brady, « Hot rod boogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/flagship-914-5B-Howard-W.-Brady-Hot-Rod-Boogie.mp3download
Finally simply the Tommy Dorsey‘s classic « Boogie-woogie » of 1938, revived in 1948 by none other than AMOS MILBURN on Aladdin 3105.
Amos Milburn, « Boogie-woogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/B2.Boogie-woogie-L-248.mp3download
Never read such a poorly informed biography as this, taken from the back of the Hank the Drifter Crypto album. Alas, I cannot add anything to it, and the music will speak for itself.
HANK THE DRIFTER (real name Daniel Raye Andrade) was born September 2, 1929, 72 Plain Street, Taunton, Massachussetts. As a small boy he loved country and wetsern music and he was given a small guitar to learn on by his now deceased Dad. Soon he was playing and singing up a storm and people everywhere loved his true country songs and the feeling he put into every song. Songs came pouring out of Dan and he wrote songs on every inspired moment.
Many who have puchased his records say it is like Hank Williams back from the grave. In this album you will hear the songs which Daniel Andrade, « Hank the Drifter » composed, during inspired moments. Many have called Daniel Andrade, « Hank The Drifter », the greatest living song writer and country singer in the country and western field.
Dan Andrade thrilled many, with his double tribute (on New England release n° 1012), « Hank Williams is singing again » backed with « Hank, you’re gone but not forgotten », dedicated to the memory of Dan Andrade’s idol, the late great Hank Williams, considered by many to be the gteatest living song writer in the world, and the greatest living singer as well.
Hank the Drifter, « Hank Williams is singing again » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Hank-Is-Singin-Again-Hank-The-Drifter.mp3download
Hank the Drifter, « Hank, you’re gone but not forgotten » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/01-Hank-Youre-Gone-But-Not-Forgotten.mp3download
This is Dan Andrade’s first country and western album recorded at Gold Star Recording Studio – Houston, Texas. At this writing Dan Andrade is hard at work on a second album which will feature 12 more songs composed by Daniel Andrade. This 2nd album will feature his Martin guitar used on his first album. The Martin guitar is one of the two models the Martin Company made, of which two were made a year, Hank Williams puchased one and Hank The Drifter the other, both guitars are identical.
Hank the Drifter, « It is honky tonk music » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/A2-It-Is-Honky-Tonk-Music.mp3<a ref= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/A2-It-Is-Honky-Tonk-Music.mp3″ target= »_blank »>download
On January 1, 1968, Music City News, the leading trade magazine in the Country and <Western music field, did a full page story with pictures of Daniel Andrade. He resides in a lovely $ 20,000.00 home at 12606 Carlsbad, Houston, Texas.
Hank the Drifter, « I’m gonna spin my wheels » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/B6-Im-Gonna-Spin-My-Wheels.mp3download
Hank the Drifter was chosen January 1, 1963, in « Who’s Who, Inc. » on the merits of his song writing, singing and other accomplishments. This honor is bestowed on fifteen in each ten thousand of the country’s population who come under selective standards. Country Song Roundup and « Billboard », trade magazines, have featured Hank.
Sparton and Quality Records of Toronto, Canada, have featured many of Dan Andrade’s 45′s, namely « Cheaters never win », « Don’t you lock your daddy out », « I’m crying my heart out for you », « Cold river blues » and « Painted doll », etc. all sung and written by Daniel Andrade.
Hank the Drifter, « Cheaters never win » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/21-Cheaters-Never-Win.mp3download
Hank the Drifter, « Don’t you lock my daddy out » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/19-Dont-You-Lock-Your-Daddy-Out.mp3download
Hank the Drifter, « Cold river blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/22-Cold-River-Blues.mp3download
Hank the Drifter, « Painted doll » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Painted-Doll-Hank-The-Drifter.mp3download
« God writes all my songs and being blessed with a lovely wife, Odessa Andrade ; what more could a man ask in life », says Dan. The gifted Dan Andrade has appeared on WPEP, Taunton, Massachusetts with his own show ; on WNBH radio, New Bedford, Massachusetts on the New Bedford Times weekly. He has appeared on KTRH and KNUZ radio stations, plus Big « D » Jamboree, Dallas, Texas, « Cowtown Hoedown », Fort Worth, Texas – « Gulf Coast Jamboree » Television – « Houston Hoedown », Houston, Texas and such.
« Hank The Drifter » records are in numerous libraries on radio stations in the United States, Canada and overseas. Hank says, « I’m very homely, I know, but, look for the inner beauty and we are all pretty people ». My sincere appreciation to Fred Voelker and daughter, Sonya, of Houston, Texas, two fine musicians whom without their help, this album could not have been possible.
Andrade had his first record way back in 1955, as HANK THE DRIFTER: « Hank Williams is singing again » on his own label New England; in 1956, as « Joe Lombardie and the Cats« , he cut « Let’s all rock’n'roll« , then again the same year, as Hank the Drifter, « The Bill Collector’s blues« . 1957, a further more issue, « Don’t you lock your daddy out ».
Joe Lombardie & the Cats, « Let’s all rock’n'roll » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Joe-Lombardie-Lets-All-Rock-And-Roll-.mp3download
Hank the Drifter, « The Bill Collector’s blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/B5-The-Bill-Collectors-Blues.mp3<a ref= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/B5-The-Bill-Collectors-Blues.mp3″ target= »_blank »>download
In 1961, after several years, he revived his label and nom de plume, and reissued masters of the ’50s era. Between March 1961 and 1964, he had this way 9 New England records.
The Burdette Land label out of Richmond, KY, must have been one of the scarcest to the day: it issued only two discs in 1960, although one was even reviewed (Pratt Bros.) in the August 29th, 1960 C&W edition of Billboard. So the promotion has surely have been correctly made, since NYC critics did get the record.
First issue was by HUBERT BARNARD (# 3000-1/2-A/B) and coupled one country side, « The man of the road » (partly written by Burdette Land), an unheard tune, and a more interesting side, « Boy She has gone« , rockabilly/rocker, which even found its way on a European compilation (« Hillbilly jukebox »).
Hubert Barnard, « Boy she has gone » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/17-Hubert-Barnard-Boy-She-Has-Gone.mp3download
Second and last issue for the label was by the PRATT BROS. apparently Eugene (writer of both sides) and vocalist Vernis, backed for the rockabilly side by « The Rocking 5″. I didn’t hear « Go find your love« , apparently a rocker, thus « The wind told me so » was average rural rockabilly. Hear them. And that was it. A really short affair in time.
Pratt Bros. & the Rocking 5, « The wind told me so » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/burdette-30002-Pratt-Brothers-The-Wind-told-Me-So-Rockabilly.mp3download
Source: 45rpm.com, the Dan DeClark site for Ohio Valley records. Also RCS.
Forest Rye’s trail from Detroit to the ‘Grand Ole Opry’
Forrest Rye, 1930s
By craig maki
A long line of men dressed in rugged suits filed past iron gates on Manchester Street in Highland Park, Michigan, as they did every morning, into the . One by one, they flashed their Ford badges at the guard stationed in a small shack. Ford Motor Company facility Outside the gate, a 15 year-old boy stood near the shack, hands in his trouser pockets, chatting with the uniformed man inside, who interrupted the conversation every so often to check someone’s identification.
“I brought ya some apples,” the young man said with a Tennessee drawl, and handed a paper sack to the guard, who gave one apple back. After sharing a snack together, the young man asked, “Say, what are my chances today? Like I said before, I’m ready to work at anything.”
The guard tolerated his daily appearances, eventually warming up to his friendly personality and persistence. It was obvious the young man, who showed up at the morning whistle every day, intended to stay in Detroit. “Well,” said the guard while keeping his eye on workers entering the property, “There’s a small opening in the fence about sixty feet east of here. It may be wide enough for you to slip through. I reckon I can’t stop you, if I don’t see you.” He took his eyes off the shuffling plant workers long enough to look the kid in the eyes and say, “I know you won’t cause me no trouble.”
“No, sir!” The wide-eyed young man continued chewing apple.
“I just happen to know a foreman who’s looking for a welder,” said the guard. “If you get in, look up Fred Walker.” The young man thanked the guard, who nodded, too preoccupied to look up. Then he strode east to the gap in the fence, slipped through, and secured a position at Ford.
Working man, day and night
Trained on the job as a welder, Forest Rye had grown up in Erin, Tennessee, west of Nashville. Born December 19, 1910, Rye learned to play fiddle and guitar before he left home in 1924. When Rye was a small boy, champion fiddler Walter Warden, from McEwen, Tennessee, and an early influence on Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, schooled him in music. Warden lived up the road from the Rye household, and thought so highly of Rye that he gave him a fiddle. When Rye came to Detroit, he found a room in a boarding house, and doggedly spent about a week talking his way into Ford’s Highland Park facility.
A pioneer country music bandleader in Detroit, Rye entertained at house parties through the 1930s, eventually leading groups of musicians in local cafes and bars. In 1937 he married, and moved back to Erin, where he started a grocery with his savings. He visited friends in Detroit occasionally, and after divorcing in 1939, Rye returned to Detroit’s east side, near Chrysler facilities where he worked the day shift.
The area surrounding East Jefferson Avenue near St. Jean included neighborhoods of white Southerners who had moved for work in local factories. In this environment, Rye formed Rye’s Red River Blue Yodlers, and gigged steadily at the Torch Club on East Jefferson. They may have performed on Detroit radio as well.
In early 1942, the band cut a record for the Mellow Record Company, based in the Mellow Music Shop a few blocks away from the Torch Club. “You Had Time Think It Over” backed with “On Down The Line” were pressed on the Hot Wax label (with Mellow catalog number 1616 – it was pressed on Mellow, too). Vocals on the Hot Wax label were attributed to “Conrad Brooks,” a fake name Rye used on the record – perhaps to avoid public association with the hot lyrics of “On Down The Line,” a risqué song made strictly for jukebox plays in bars. The band included Rye’s fiddle, Hawaiian (lap) steel, rhythm guitar, and bass. Side 1 (« You had time ») was uptempo while the B-side (« On down the line » was medium paced.
Rye’s Red River Blue Yodelers, « You had time to think it over » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Hot-Wax-1616-Ryes-Blue-Yodelers-You-had-time-to-think-it-over-nettoyé.mp3<a href= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Hot-Wax-1616-Ryes-Blue-Yodelers-You-had-time-to-think-it-over-nettoyé.mp3″ target= »_blank »>downloaddownload
Rye’s Red River Blue Yodelers, « On down the line » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Hot-Wax-1616-Ryes-Blue-Yodelers-On-down-the-line-netoyé.mp3<a href= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Hot-Wax-1616-Ryes-Blue-Yodelers-On-down-the-line-netoyé.mp3 » target= »_blank »>download
Rye’s stage show included humor, and as early as 1942 he was making appearances on the WSM Nashville radio’s “Grand Ole Opry” as comedian Little Willie Rye. This made him the first Detroiter to perform with the “Opry.” Many Detroit musicians would follow Rye’s path, beginning with the York Brothers after World War II. Not to mention a few musicians who moved to Detroit after first performing at the “Opry” (e.g., Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, Okie Jones, and Chick Stripling).
Rye moved back to Tennessee in 1945 and married again. He returned to Detroit in 1947 as his family began to grow, remaining through 1955. Soon after this third move to Michigan, Rye secured a gig at WXYZ radio with his Sage Brush Ranch Boys, a band that included bassist Earl “Shorty Frog” Allen, who led his own band in Detroit several years later.
Around 1945/46 he cut with his group two sides for the Detroit based Universal company (the York Brothers also recorded for this label). Yet Rye still handles the vocals as disguised « Conrad Brooks« , and very assured. Steel guitar is wild, and Rye is even yodeling a bit. Both sides are very nice uptempos for the era. « Snake bite blues » and « Don’t come crying around me mama« , both written by Rye.
Rye’s Red River Blue Yodelers, « Snake bite blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Universal-1002-Ryes-Red-River-blue-yodelers-Snake-bite-blues-nettoyé.mp3download Rye’s Red River Blue Yodelers, « Don’t come crying around me mama » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Universal-1002-Ryes-Red-River-Blue-Yodelers-Dont-come-crying-around-me-mama-Conrad-Brooks-vo.mp3<a href= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Universal-1002-Ryes-Red-River-Blue-Yodelers-Dont-come-crying-around-me-mama-Conrad-Brooks-vo.mp3 » target= »_blank »>download
For a couple of years during the late 1940s, Mountain Red appeared with Rye’s Sage Brush Ranch Boys in Pontiac area nightclubs as a featured singer. Red also appeared with Rye on WXYZ, when he wasn’t performing his solo programs at WCAR radio Pontiac.
Sage Brush Ranch Boys, late ’40s – Rye on fiddle
Rye often let other musicians sit in with his band in Detroit nightclubs. Joyce Songer recalled performing with the Sage Bruch Ranch Boys several times, when she and husband Earl started their musical career, around 1949.
Early 1951 Rye cut four sides in Detroit, apparently, for Mercury, two uptempos « Crying my eyes out » (# 6328) and « Won’t you give me a little loving » (# 6329), coupled with the great medium-paced « Midnight boogie blues » (great steel solo!) and « After all these tears ». These 4 sides have not been reissued, except « Midnight boogie blues » on some English compilation.
Forrest Rye, « Crying my eyes out » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6328-Forrest-Rye-Crying-my-eyes-out-nettoyé.mp3<a href= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6328-Forrest-Rye-Crying-my-eyes-out-nettoyé.mp3″ target= »_blank »>download
Forrest Rye, « After all these tears » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6328-Forrest-Rye-After-all-these-years-nettoyé.mp3<a href= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6328-Forrest-Rye-After-all-these-years-nettoyé.mp3″ target= »_blank »>download
Forrest Rye, « Midnight boogie blues » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6329-Forrest-Rye-Midnight-boogie-blues-nettoyé.mp3<a href= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6329-Forrest-Rye-Midnight-boogie-blues-nettoyé.mp3″ target= »_blank »>download
Forrest Rye, « Won’t you give me a little loving » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6329-Forrest-Rye-Wont-you-give-me-a-little-loving-nettoyé.mp3<a href= »http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mercury-6329-Forrest-Rye-Wont-you-give-me-a-little-loving-nettoyé.mp3 » target= »_blank »>download
Rye maintained ties to Nashville, including relationships at WSM with announcer George D. Hay and many performers. Singer Pete Pyle, a 1940s recording artist (Bluebird label) and one-time member of the Bill Monroe and Pee Wee King bands, was a fast friend, eventually moving next door to Rye’s house in Taylor, Michigan. They appeared together in local nightclubs, such as the West Fort Tavern on West Fort Street in Southwest Detroit. In 1953, Rye and Pyle cut sessions for Fortune Records. Rye’s “Wild cat Boogie” and Pyle’s “Are You Making A Fool of Me?” were combined on a single record (Fortune 172). Al Allen (el. g) and Chuck Hatfield (steel) were present on Pete Pyle’s session.
Forest Rye, « Wild cat boogie » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/frtune-172-A-Forest-Rye-Wildcat-boogie.mp3download
In 1955 Rye and Pyle moved their families back to Tennessee. As Little Willie Rye, Rye worked on Nashville radio as a solo comedian, and with the band of Big Jeff Bess. He wrote songs, operated a song publishing company (Geraldine), produced and made his own recordings, and issued music on his own record label (Forest – 3 known records by other artists in a 5600 serie) , besides playing music in studios and on stages. He also booked acts for WSM radio and Nashville area venues. In 1967 Rye left behind his activities in country music to become a Christian preacher. He passed away April 24, 1988.
Little Willie Rye, « Road of happiness« , http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/PACE-1007.1-little-willie-Rye-road-of-happiness.mp3download
Little Willie Rye, « Make believe girl » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/PACE-1007.2-rye-make-believe-girl.mp3download
Reprinted from carcitycountry.com, the site of Craig Maki See http://carcitycountry.com/2013/forest-ryes-trail-from-detroit-to-the-grand-ole-opry/. Additions by Xavier (Mercury, Universal), bopping editor.
Thanks to Ronald Keppner of Frankfurt am/Main, Germany, for the loan of his rare Forrest Rye ’78s on Hot Wax, Universal and Mercury. Without him, this article would have proved impossible to write. Thanks also to Allan Turner, out of England, for getting me the mp3/scans of the rare Pace 45.
Howdy, folks! En route for the new cartload of bopping Hillbillies/Rockabillies and white rockers (this time), plus the usual R&B rocker. First two tunes are by WEBB FOLEY, from Fort Wayne, Indiana it seems. He had « Bee bop baby » on Emerald 2013 in 1957 (flip side is « You ought make records« , listed as « C&W », alas I didn’t trace it). Rockabilly and that’s all, topical lyrics, good rhythm. Next year he was to have a white rocker « Little bitty mama » (Emerald EP 750), a good one. BUT, beware of his sides on the M label (« Strange little girl/One by one » and « Little town Xmas »), they’re awful! More on Emerald next fortnight.
Webb Foley « Bee bop baby » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Webb-Foley-Bee-Bop-Baby.mp3download
Webb Foley « Little bitty mama » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Webb-Foley-Little-Bitty-Mama.mp3download
Next artist must have been a local one, as his label: Royal 100, for COUSIN KEITH LOYD (sic). He cut « Dangerous crossing » (1955?) certainly having in mind Billy Strange’s « Diesel smoke » from a pair of years earlier. Cousin Keith Loyd « Dangerous crossing » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Cousin-Keith-Loyd-Dangerous-Crossing-1955.mp3download
I return to MARVIN RAINWATER. I did celebrate his death last month with one of his most known tracks, « Mr. Blues« . Now I’ve chosen « So you think you’ve got troubles » (MGM 12420), cut a coupe of years later, and a fast good side of its own.
Marvin Rainwater « So you think you’ve got troubles » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Marvin-Rainwater-So-You-Think-Youve-Got-Trouble.mp3download
BILL LOWE was from West Coast, and cut for the interesting small label Sundown. There he had at least two issues, the one here (# 117), « You set my heart on fire« , a very nice late ’50s hillbilly. Lowe had a duet with TOMMY GUESS, also on Sundown, « Foolish heart » (# 106 – I include it in the podcasts, having copied it from an old Tom Sims’ cassette).
Bill Lowe « You set my heart on fire » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/sundown-117-Bill-Lowe-You-Set-My-Heart-On-Fire-1959.mp3download
Tommy Guess & Bill Lowe « Foolish heart » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/tommy-guess-foolish-heart3.mp3download
courtesy Udo Frank
inspired by John Burton
Finally a great R&B Rocker by FLASH TERRY, « She’s my baby » on the Southbay label (# 500), obviously a S.F. issue. Just take a look at the logo: Southbay must have been inspired by Starday (3 stars). Flash Terry « She’s my baby » http://www.bopping.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/southbay-500-Flash-Terry-Shes-My-Baby.mp3download
Enjoy the selections. Any comment or addition/correction welcome!