Starday custom 626-650 (April-July 1957), part 6 of this serie

STARDAY RECORDS 626                                BILLIE and GORDON HAMRICK with the Low County Gospel Band April 1957

45-626-A – Gonna See My Lord Someday626A (Starday) billie & gordon hamrick gonna see my lord someday

(Nell Palmer)   (Starrite BMI)

45-626-B – Jesus Is The Name

(Nell Palmer)   (Starrite BMI)

Another slice of Gospel heaven from the talented Billie & Gordon Hamrick.

A side is a torrid Blue Grass / Gospel number with nice harmonies. Very nice banjo solos, accompanied by a fiddle player. B side is slower with a Dobro more to the fore. Perhaps this is my favourite 45 by the artists so far. Almost makes me want to go to church! (except, in England, we’d have no music like this being performed.)

STARDAY RECORDS 627                                BOB and CINDY DEAN627-A (starday) Bob & cindy dean I'm knocking at the door

May 1957

45-627-A – I’m Knocking On The Door (To Your Heart)

(Garland Cline)   (Starrite BMI)

45-627-B – One Life To Live

(Garland Cline)   (Starrite BMI)

I never managed to get the Cattle LP (#87) entitled « The Sweethearts Of The Air Sing Hillbilly Music », so if there’s any sleeve notes, I’ve obviously missed them. The duo appeared on the fliside of a KAY EP, with the other side being two great mumbling rockers from Link Wray.

A side of this disc is a fast hillbilly number with threads of bluegrass influence (probably because of the banjo solo). Nice harmonies from Bob and Cindy. B side is much slower and again has nice harmonies from the duo.

They’ll appear later in this series (Starday 688) (MC)

Bob and Cindy Dean were a popular Country and Western team who were based in Elkton, VA and made some stunning records throughout their musical career. Bob was born on the 26th October 1919 in Elkton (Cindy Morris was born December 24th 1924).

Bob’s musical career started in 1956/7 after he found a lead guitar picker, Leon Baxter, with whom he formed a band. Their first job was just a plain beer joint in NW Washington, DC, where they picked their music three nights a week. Through their popular live performances, Bob got a recording deal with DC Records. He remembered that in Virginia there was a good fiddle player, so he got in touch with him and talked over their would-be music venture. His name was Hank Dean and he also sang tenor. (Hank was no relation to Bob). Bob hired Hank and along with Leon, the three of them recorded “Maple On The Hill” and “I’m Sheddin’ Tears Over You” on DC 8049. The sessions took place at the Paragon Studios in Washington, DC.

DC Records were interested in releasing two more sides, as 8049 was selling well locally, thanks in part to Connie B Gay’s radio program “Town And Country Time”, and Bob’s personal appearances. Their next recordings were “Back To Old Smoky Mountain” and “I’ll take Her From The Valley” (DC 4101). By this time, Bob was opening up for acts at the Constitution Hall for Connie, being followed by the likes of T. Texas Tyler and the Sons Of The Pioneers.

627-B (Starday) bob & cindy dean One life to live

In 1948, after the death of his father, Bob (and Cindy, who was his wife – the sleeve notes don’t mention how they met) moved to McGaheysville, VA to be with his mother. Bob worked for a while at a chemical plant, but once he was laid off, he decided to get into the music business full time. By now, Cindy was singing along side him. They formed a new band featuring his old school friend Eddie Michael on fiddle and Cindy learned how to play the stand-up bass. Carroll Ray was on electric guitar.

By 1955, Bob and Cindy Dean were winning first prize on a Connie B Gay show with a song entitled “Walk, Walk, Walking Blues”. This track, along with “When You Cross Your Heart” were eventually issued on Ben Aldeman’s KAY label from Washington, DC, with the flip side of the EP being taken up by two manic vocal recordings from Link Wray (“I Sez Baby” / “Johnny Bon Bonny”). According to the sleeve notes, these tracks were recorded in 1955.

How Bob and Cindy found themselves on Starday is a bit of a mystery as it’s not really explained in the sleeve notes. According to the session details listed on the LP, these were recorded in 1958 and their next Starday release (#688) was recorded in December 57. It mentions that a Frank Merica was on banjo at the session and Carroll Ray was still on guitar.

WILLIE NELSON RECORDS 628 WILLIE NELSON628-A 'Willie nelson) willie nelson no place for me628-B (willie nelson) willie nelson lumberjack

Vancouver, WA May 1957

45-628-A – No Place For Me

(Willie Nelson)   (Starrite BMI)

45-628-B – Lumberjack

(Leon Payne)   (Hill and Range BMI)

Willie Nelson was born 30th April 1933 and is by far, one of the most well known artists to cut a disc for the Starday Custom series. After studying music at home, he joined the Bohemian Fiddlers as their singer and guitar player. After graduating from high School in 1950, he joined the Air Force where he was eventually discharged for having back problems. After stints as a musician (he played bass for Ray Price) and as a DJ, he signed a contract with Pamper Music as a songwriter. He wrote some of the best known country classics, such as « Funny How Times Slips Away« , « Hello Walls« , and « Crazy« .

But back to this little gem. Both sides are dominated by an acoustic guitar (presumably by the man himself) and the vocals have a fair slab of echo added to it, giving it a slight haunting feel. There is a steel guitar nestled in the background – well, almost in the next room to be honest. The flip is okay; a nicely sung cover of a Leon Payne song. But it’s the A side that really sticks out.

FAITH RECORDS 629 THE RELATIVE QUARTET

Conover, NC May 1957629-A (faith) the relative quartet A home for my soul

45-629-A – A Home For My Soul

(J Q Deal Jr. / Rheda L Strickland)   (Starrite BMI)

45-629-B – Heavenly City

(Rheda L Strickland)   (Starrite BMI)

Lovely far-back-in-the-hills Gospel from what sounds like a white quartet. I can only hear an accoustic guitar being played, no other instruments and no solos. No personnel details, except perhaps the names listed as song writers.

The FAITH label turns up a fair bit later in the series with various addresses. I’ve wondered if FAITH was the gospel version of the DIXIE label. Can’t be sure.

DALE RECORDS 630                                                    DARNELL MILLER

Bluefield, VA May 1957630-A (Dale) darnell miller waiting game for love630-B (dale) darnellmiller gettin' out of the woods

45-630-A – Waiting Game For Love

(D Miller) (Starrite BMI)

45-630-B – Gettin’ Out Of The Woods

(Cecil Surrat)    (Starrite BMI)

I’m assuming this is the same Darnell Miller who recorded for Starday Records (# 349, « She’s gone/Cardboard Sweetheart », 1958 and « Royal Flush« , # 422, 1960), as they sure sound similar. A side is a slow weeping hillbilly song; probably not one for the memory banks, but Darnell sings with feeling. Flipside is a medium tempo ditty with fine vocals from Darnell, ably backed by some fine fiddle playing.

STARDAY RECORDS 631                                              KEN CLARK and his Merry Mountain Boys

May 1957

631-A(starday) ken clark ho! ho! love 'em Joe631-B (Starday) ken clark quit fool45-631-A – Ho! Ho! Love ‘Em Joe (Clark)   (Starrite BMI)

45-631-B – Quit Fool (Mama’s Lookin’) (Clark)   (Starrite BMI)

Okay, so I know darn all about Clark, except he recorded for Starday main series (« Buckskin Coat/Pretty Love », # 442, 1959), and for the Nashville label (assoc. with Starday) : « Truck Driving Joe » (# 5009).

A side is a nice uptempo number with fiddles, steel guitar, dobro and lead guitar and some lovely Starday sounding echo. Some call it country, some call it Rock-A-Billy. Whatever the musical tag, it’s a lovely record. B side is more country/hillbilly and there’s a little less echo. Another uptempo side and very nice it is too. Cowboy Copas recorded at least one song of Clark’s.

KENTUCKY records 632                                               MAC O’DELL

Garrard, KY                                                        May 1957

45-632-A – It Was Springtime (When I Met You) (Walter Brock) (Starrite, BMI)

45-632-B – When I Was Young (Dewey Brock) (Starrite, BMI)

Untraced. O’Dell recorded prolifically, e.g. on King (« Penicillin »), Intro (« Diesel Smoke ») and Exclusive.

GULF Records 633                                                        TRICE GARNER

Route 4, Tupelo, MS                                            May 1957633-b (gulf) trice garner lover's hill

45-633–A – Tombigbee (Garner) (Starrite, BMI)

45-633-B – Lover’s Hill (Garner) (Starrite, BMI)

Artist already unknown. The A side has yet to be heard. B side is a very fast Bopper, some could say Rock’n’Roll, but it has no drums, only two very effective guitars (no solo). Vocal is very impressive, fine Southern accent, words almost impossible to understand for me, French speaking !

ROBIN Records 634                                                       ZEKE WILSON & the Prairie Playboys

Macon, GA                                                         May 1957

634-A – My Heart Needs A Vacation (F J Beskidniak)(Starrite, BMI)

634-B – I’ve Just Said Goodbye (F J Beskidniak)

Vocal on A side is by Zeke Wilson and Lenn Dries ; on B side, Zeke Wilson solo.

Untraced record.

NIGHTHAWK Records 635 JIMMY STEWART & The Nighthawks

Argo, IL                                                            May 1957

635-A (night hawk) jimmy stewart dream world45-635-A – Dream World (J Stewart) (Starrite, BMI)635B (night Hawk) jimmy stewart nuthin' but a nuthin'

45-635-B – Nuthin’ But A Nuthin’ (J Stewart) (Starrite, BMI)

A side has yet to be heard, while the B side is one of the greatest Rock-a-billies ever comitted to wax. Cool vocal, some growling, a very nice lead guitar and sparse backing of acoustic and bass. Stewart also had another slab of Rock’n’Roll with « Rock On The Moon » in 1959 on the Eko label.

OLD DOMINION RECORDS 636                               SLIM and ORNA BALL

June 1957

45-636-A – Mother’s Prayers (Were Not In Vain) (No info)

45-636-B – When I Get Home (I’m Gonna Be Satisfied) (No info)

STARDAY RECORDS 637                                         MEL PRICE & his Santa Fe Rangers

June 1957

45-637-A – I Miss You So637A (starday) mel price I miss you so637b (starday) mel price midnight whistle blues

(John Suite / Mel Price)   (Starrite BMI)

45-637-B – Midnight Whistle Blues

(Mel Price)   (Starrite BMI)

Mel (or Melvin) Price had only fine records on Blue Hen (« Nothing Seems To Go Right Anymore » and « I Ain’t Got Time« ), regular Starday (#186 and 226, respectively « The Pace That Kills » and « Gonna See My Baby« ), Dixie (« Until » and « Little Dog Blues« ) and Regal (« For You My Love« ). His story is intended for a future issue. The record although here is unheard.

DEL-MAR RECORDS 638                               DELMAR WILLIAMS SINGERS

Dayton, OH                                                          June 1957

638-A – Lonely Tomorrow

(D Williams)   (Starrite BMI)

638-B – I’m Not Angry Now

(D Williams)   (Starrite BMI)

RALPH JOHNSON RECORDS 639                                   RALPH JOHNSON & the Hillbilly Show Boys

Box 4, Minden, WV                                                June 1957

45-639-A – Reality639-b (ralph johnson) ralph johnson henpecked daddyralph johnson

(M Pack) (Starrite BMI)

45-639-B – Henpecked Daddy

(M Pack) (Starrite BMI)

Ralph Johnson was born in the Clinch Mountains of south West Virginia.  He began developing his musical career at the age of six, after receiving his first guitar.  At the age of fifteen, his singing and musical talent had developed enough to enable him to put together his own band.  Ralph and his band auditioned for a radio show in Richlands, VA. They landed the job on WRIC radio.  During this time, his band played schools, halls and theatres in the area.  They later auditioned for a spot on a new TV station in Bluefield, WV.  Some time later, they had earned the privilege of performing two shows on WOAY in Twin Oak Hill, WV.  It was here that he recorded his first record, « Henpecked Daddy« .  After appearing on different radio and TV stations throughout the country, he moved his operation to Baltimore. MD.  While in Baltimore, he launched Wedge Records, Dome Records and Fleet Records.  Along with all of his record labels, he opened his own publishing company, Big Wedge Music.  He released all types of music from the Washington and Baltimore areas.  He later moved his operation to Vineland, NJ where he became the co-owner of WDVL Radio.  As a DJ, he played country music five hours a day, every day.  He went on to develop and book country music acts from Nashville, TN into Palentein Park every Sunday.  In 1976, he decided to move to Nashville, TN, where he proceeded to record and promote records on his Wedge Entertainment record label.  He used songs from his own publishing company, Big Wedge Music.

MISSOURI RECORDS 640                                        ERNIE NOWLIN and Blue Shadow Boys

5508 Wells Ave, St Louis, MO                           June 1957

E Nowlin45-640-A – Tally Ho640A (missouri) ernie nowlin tally ho

(Nowlin) (Starrite BMI)

45-640-B – Tell Me Why

(Nowlin) (Starrite BMI)

A fine Hillbilly bop, in the average category. Duet vocal at times, a borderline rockabilly with fine inventive guitar on a solid beat (snare drum). Flip unheard.

BLUE GRASS RECORDS 641                                         BOB VARNEY and Stone Mt Boys

31 Pine St, Logan, WV                                         June 1957

45-641-A I Hear You Calling

(No info) (No info)

45-641-B Stoney Mt. Boogie641b (blue grass) bob varney stoney mt. boogie

(B Varney)   (Starrite)

B-side : good boogie guitar instro, fine southern vocalizing from Varney. Whole thing is propelled by a strong rhythm guitar.

STARDAY RECORDS 642                                              BUDDY SHAW

June 1957

45-642-A – Don’t Sweep That Dirt On Me642a (starday) buddy shaw don't sweep that dirt on me

(Ruth Snider / Buddy Shaw) (Starrite BMI)

45-642-B – Second Place

(Ruth Snider / Buddy Shaw) (Starrite BMI)

Fast Hillbilly bop, again bordering on Rockabilly. Welcome tinkling piano (fine solo), urgent lead guitar (two solos). A classic ! Shaw had « No More« , a fine CountryBilly on Starday 618 (see elsewhere in the site for this number)

LINCOLN RECORDS 643                                            CARL TRANTHAM and the Rythm All Stars (sic)

Peoria, IL                                                        June 1957

45-643-A – Where There’s A Will (There’s A Way)643A (lincoln) carl trantham where there's a will

(Trantham)   (Starrite BMI)

45-643-B – After I Go Away

(Trantham)   (Starrite BMI)

A side : Hillbilly bop/rockabilly. This is where Hillbilly boys were doing Rock’n’Roll, nice guitar licks a la Scotty Moore, cool vocal (some hiccups), fine bass, and an almost unheard drum kit. Another classic ! For the B side, the boys return to a more Hillbilly approach, this time with a good steel. Vocal changes too, in a more rural way of phrasing. Again that fine lead guitar. Trantham also had « Deedle Deedle Dum » on Starday 336 (1958), a very fine Country rocker.

CRESTWOOD RECORDS 644                                      MARVIN JACKSON

Box 49 Route 1, Cadet, MO                                 July 1957644A (crestwood) marvin jackson someday you'll be sorry

45-644-A – Someday You’ll Be Sorry

(Jackson) (Starrite BMI)

45-644-B – My Crying Heart

(Jackson) (Starrite BMI)

Unheard record. Jackson had « Gee Whiz, Miz Liz« , a good rocker, on Crestwood 200 (backed by Ozark Toppers). Collector records issued a full CD of Rock’n’Roll sides of his, fine although average rockers.

STARDAY RECORDS 645                                     FRANK EVANS and his Top Notchers

(Artist based in Tampa, FL)                           July 1957

45-645-A – Pull The Shades Down Ma645A (starday) frank evans put the shades down ma

(Jimmy Dunklin)   (Starrite BMI)

45-645-B – Would You Believe Me

(Owen Wilson)   (Starrite BMI)

« Pull The Shades Down Ma » is Fifties country music of the sheerest excellence. « Now this city’s dwellin’ just ain’t cut out for me… » sings Frank in his most exuberant vocal on record and the band lays down an infectious rhythm that complements the lyrics perfectly. The song is reminiscent of the cool stuff Little Jimmy Dickens was cutting at the time: fun, full-blooded country that was uncompromisingly rural sounding.

COWTOWN RECORDS 646                                           GENE RAY

Fort Worth, TX                                                    July 1957

45-646-A – I Didn’t Mean (To Fall In Love)

(No info)

646B (cowtown) gene ray I lost my head45-646-B – I Lost My Head

(Miller)

B side is a fine shuffling Hillbilly with stop-starts, steel, guitar (uninspired solo) and fiddle. Singer is in fine voice however. Ray had an EP on Cowtown 677 (moreover in the serie) with « Rock’n’Roll Fever ».

UNKNOWN RECORD LABEL 647 (UNKNOWN ARTIST)

July 1957

UNKNOWN RECORD LABEL 648 (UNKNOWN ARTIST)

July 19 57

KHOURY’S RECORDS 649                                     NATHAN ABSHIRE and his Pine Grove Boys

Lake Charles, LA                                           July 1957

45-649-A – Boora Rhumba

(None)   (None)

45-649-B – Carolina Blues649A (khoury's) nathan abshire boora rhumba649B (khoury's) nathan abshire carolina blues

(None)   (None)

Unheard record.

STARDAY RECORDS 650                                       CLARENCE BAKER

July 1957

650-? – Hear My Plea

(No info)   (No info)

650-? – Soon I’ll Hear My Saviour Calling

(No info)   (No info)

Unheard record.

As usual for these series, many details do come from Malcolm Chapman’s site devoted to Starday Customs. This time, label pictures were easier to find than music: actually this serie does not contain, but exceptions, rockabilly classics, so many records escaped to reissue programs. Note a good percentage of sacred recordings.

Starday custom series: # 576 to 600 (July to November 1956) — more Rockabilly to come…

H&C RECORDS 576 AL CLAUSER and his Oklahoma Outlaws

Tulsa, OK (July 1956)h&c 576-a al clauser cloudy loveh&c 576-a al clauser cloudy love

45-576-A – Cloudy Love

(Goldie Hood / T Conrad) (Starrite BMI)

45-576-B – Who’s Fooling Who

(Goldie Hood) (Starrite BMI)

Alas, although I have label shots, I have yet to hear either side of the disc. But at least I have some info, courtesy of the excellent and informative sleeve notes on the Bear Family Nashville Hillbilly Box Set. Clauser was first heard of playing with bands in Preoria, IL in the mid twenties and first recorded for ARC Records. He was based most of the time (at this point) around Cincinnati, OH and played on WCKY before relocating to Tulsa, OK, with a stint in Fort Worth, TX. After recording for Bullet Records, he also had releases on Arrow and Skyline from Tulsa. (Anybody got any details on these?). He also launched the recording career of Patti Page.

Backed by his Oklahoma Outlaws, he self released this fine Western Swing / Hillbilly disc on his own H&C label for local promotional purposes. What happened to him after this disc is a mystery to me.

STARDAY RECORDS 577 LUKE GORDON (July 1956)

Washington DC Area

HD-577-A – Is It Wrong

(Unknown Credits) (Starrite BMI)

HD-577-B – What Can You Do?

(Unknown Credits) (Starrite BMI)

Not seen or heard this disc as yet.

Dave Sax said…

This is his rarest in the series and, as the others, is superb if you love Gordon’s music. In some ways it’s the best with the walking bass played softly with the amp turned high. Shimmering fiddle and closer to the Sun sound than the others. Super songs from a top artist.

STARDAY RECORDS 578 « COUSIN ARNOLD » and his Country Cousins

(July 1956)Cousin Arnold  13 Oct 56 st 578starday 578-a "cousin arnold" heart of fantasystarday 578-b "cousin arnold" sweet talking daddy

45-578-A – Heart Of A Fantasy

(B McCraven / A E Baynard) (Starrite BMI)

45-578-B – Sweet Talking Daddy

(A E Baynard) (Starrite BMI)

Second (and at this point in time) final offering from Cousin Arnold. A side is a pleasant enough hillbilly disc, whilst the flip is again bordering on Rock-A-Billy, although this was possibly unintentional. With « Cat Music » hogging more and more of the radio airwaves, these country artists were forced to at least try to be sounding like they were keeping up with the times.

SPACE RECORDS 579 DON COLLINS (August 1956)

Lafayette, INspace 579-a don collins why am I lonelyspace 579-b don collins too late to be sorry

45-579-A – Why Am I Lonely

(Collins) (Starrite BMI)

45-579-B – Too Late To Be Sorry

(Fred Crawford) (Starrite BMI)

Untraced but the label shots.

FAME RECORDS 580 MACK BANKS and his Drifting Troubadors

Box 552, Houston, MS (August 1956)

45-580-A – You’re So Dumb

(M Banks – R Forman) (Starrite BMI)

45-580-B – Be-Boppin’ Daddy

(M Banks – H Brown) (Starrite BMI)

fame 580-a mack banks you're so dumbI could prattle on about this record, but instead I’ll let Mack tell you himself ….

« I wrote « You’re So Dumb » in 1954 and Houston, MS, USA radio station (WCPC) recorded it with one microphone, Hook Brown (lead guitar), Luther Foreman (standup bass), Charles Rome (fiddle) and me singing and playing rhythm guitar. It was number 1 at WCPC 19 weeks in a row. Dropped to 2 or 3 for a few weeks and back up to number 1 for a total of 26 weeks at number one. It was the number one song of the year in 1956. « Be-Boppin’ Daddy » was 4 to 6 months behind « You’re So Dumb » with Hook Brown (Lead guitar), Luther Foreman (stand up bass), and Tommy Coffee (drums) and me (vocals and rhythm guitar). It was number 1 for 7 weeks. The radio station sent these tapes to Don Pierce at Starday records and released it on Fame Records which I and the radio station owned but never registered the Fame name. My friend Rick Hall of Muscle Shoals, AL picked it up and registered the name about a year later. I have re-released these songs on CD MEB 0019. To my knowledge only 350 of the Fame 580 were pressed. »

fame 580-b mack banks be-boppin' daddy

Both sides are killer rock-a-billy in the highest degree! In fact, the intro to « You’re So Dumb » is goose-pimple inducing madness! What a darn fine record! Only 350 pressed! Of course Rick Hall wasn’t the only guy to use the FAME Record label – Jimmy Heap‘s Texan label springs to mind off the top of my head. But then again, nothing matters once you slap this disc onto your turntable.

BEVERLY RECORDS 581 THE SOUTHERN SPIRITUALS

Kinston, NC (August 1956)

45-581-A – Since I Laid My Burden Down

(No info) (Golden State BMI)

45-581-B – If I Leave

(No info) (Golden State BMI)

Untraced

STARDAY RECORDS 582 JIMMY AND DOROTHY BLAKLEY

starday 582-a jimmy blakley no one but youstarday 582-b jimmy blakley standing in line (for your love)jimmy blakley FC(August 1956)

45-582-A No One But You

(J Blakley)   (Starrite BMI)

45-582-B Standing In Line (For Your Love)

(J Blakley)   (Starrite BMI)

Dorothy played on quite a few Starday sessions. Some copies have ST-2656 & St-2657 in the dead wax. (These are probably 2nd pressings.) 582-A was also recorded by Neal Merritt on Starday 260.

Starday 583 unknown artist – acetate –

I’ll Fly Away With An Angel (?)

Cherished By A Song (?)

Del-Mar 584 DELMAR WILLIAMS SINGERS

Moorhead, KY

I Wanna Walk A Little Closer

The Gates Will Swing

Untraced

DEL-MAR RECORDS 585 THE DELMAR WILLIAMS SINGERSdel-mar 585-a delmar williams singers my journey home

Moorhead, KY (August 1956)

45-585-A – My Journey Home

(D Williams / L Williams)   (Starrite BMI)

45-585-B – The Last Love Letter

(G Williams / D Williams)   (Starrite BMI)

Judging from the writers credits, I would suggest that the Delmar Williams singers are a family affair. Not heard this disc.

PLOW RECORDS 586 TENNESSEE GEORGE and the Pennsylvania Plowboys

Bangor, PA (August 1956)

45-586-A – Cry baby

(No info)   (No info)

45-586-B – Butter BallPlow 586 - Billboard 16 Apr 55(mp)plow 586-b tennessee george butterball

(George Dry)   (Starrite BMI)

Never heard the disc. 586-A was re-recorded by Dave Dudley on Starday 364.

STARDAY RECORDS 587 ANDY DOLL – 6 Men and 16 Instruments

(Artist based in Oelwein, IA) (August 1956)

45-587-A – Goodbye Mary Ann

(A Doll)   (Starrite BMI)

45-587-B – Honey Dew

(A Doll)   (Starrite BMI)

Compared to most of the artist featured on Starday Customs, Doll is one of the more prolific artists. He had many discs released on his own AD label from Oelwein, IA, mostly pressed by RCA and by 1962, we find him the proud owner of the « Coliseum Ballroom » until 1973. He also toured extensively and backed up such luminaries as Pee Wee King.

BB 17 Nov 56 - Andy Doll(bb)andy dollstarday 587-b andy doll honey dewstarday 587-a andy doll goodbye mary ann

Anyhow, the A side is a nice song, set at what I guess is a waltz tempo, whilst the flip is more uptempo with a western swing flavour. All very pleasant to be sure, but not something that would set my heart racing. His later recordings on AD bordered on Rock-A-Billy in some places, but not on this occasion.

COXX RECORDS 588 SLIM COXX and his Cowboy Caravan

So. Coventry, CT (September 1956)

45-588-A Mockingbird Specialcoxx 588-a slim coxx mocking bird special

(S Coxx / B Dee)   (Starrite BMI)

45-588-B Lonely Nights

(S Coxx / J Albert)   (Starrite BMI)

Still waiting to hear the B-side. Slim’s real name was Gerard A Miclette. He played with his younger brother, Roland « Rocky » Miclette in various bands. By the time Roland came back from serving in the Navy, he joined Slim (who played fiddle like his father, George) playing bass in Slims’ Kentucky Ramblers. Eventually they came to the attention of the Down Homers, which featured Bill Haley (and Kenny Roberts) and joined them on the tidy sum of $200 a week wages. Once the Down Homers had disbanded, Slim & Rocky were playing at Lake Compounce in Slims new band, The Cowboy Caravan.

Rocky died on the 6th of May 2004 and Slim passed away October 13th 1999.

« Mocking Bird Special » is a pleasant enough fiddle instrumental. This was reissued on Starday EP 295 and Starday LP 114, and subsequently reissued again on Nashville LP 2015 (Album release credited to « Slim Cox. ») Haven’t heard the flip, but the lead vocalist is Jimmy Stephen.

SAN RECORDS 589 JOE BROWN and the Black Mt. Boys with Curley Sanders and the Santones (September 1956)

W.B.R.T, Bardstown, KY

45-589-A Midnight Rhythmsan 589-a joe brown midnight rhythmsan 589-b joe brown fishin' fever

(Sanders / Shirley)   (Starrite BMI)

45-589-B Fishin’ Fever

(Joe Brown)   (Starrite BMI)

Once again, nothing known about Joe Brown and his band. Curley Sanders will be covered next as he has his own release after this disc. Recorded at WBRT from Bardstown, KY so perhaps Joe was a DJ there.

« Midnight Rhythm » is a nice instrumental with fiddles and a nice guitar picker (Ody Martin?) doing a fine Chet Atkins impression. (Ody was name checked by Curley in a Billboard segment.) « Fishin’ Fever » is the slightly better side with fine vocals and fine support from the Black Mt. Boys and the Santones.

JAMBOREE RECORDS 590 CURLEY SANDERS

Buffalo, KY (September 1956)

45-590-A – Why Did You Leave Mejamboree 590-b curly sanders brand new rock and roll

(J R Sprawls / C Sanders)   (Starrite BMI)

45-590-B – Brand New Rock And Roll

(C Sanders)   (Starrite BMI)

Label states « A Product Of Sprawls Enterprises ». Label was owned by Joel Ray Sprawls.

Curley Ray Sanders was born in 1935 in St John, KY. he was a DJ on WCTO (Campbellsville, KY) in 1956, and on WBRT (Bardstown, KY) in 1958. WBRT is where he recorded with Joe Brown on San Records, possibly paid for by Curley. He was a regular on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance (KY) in 1958.

I may not know much about Curley but I found quite a few records by him. He  shows up in about 1949/50 on Star Talent from Dallas, TX (#749 – Last On Your List / Penny For Your Thoughts). There was a Curley Sanders (assuming it’s him) appearing on the Saturday Night Shindig over WFAA (Dallas) in the early 50’s. Then I find two discs on Imperial (#8197 – Love ’em Country Style / My Heart Is Yours Alone – Mid 53), (#8226 – Too Much Lovin’ / I’m Reaching For Heaven – Dec 53/Jan 54).

By 1956, Curley’s obviously incorporated some « Cat Music » in his repertoire and he’s found here hollering for all he’s worth (well, not quite hollering, but there’s an urgency in his vocals). The A side I’ve yet to hear. Flip is a stop/start rocker with cool lyrics and some fine accomp. by his band (who I presume are the Santones.) I think there’s an under recorded mandolin or something playing through the solos but the guitar is drowning it out. Anyhow, it’s a fabulous track. Almost awesome!

Curley springs up on the Concept label twice after the issue here and records another disc on Jamboree (which isn’t pressed by Starday). (Concept #897 – Dynamite / You’re Smiling (I’m Crying) 1957 – Elizabethtown, KY), (Concept #898 – Walking Blues / This Time – 57/8), (Jamboree 1833 – Heartsick And Blue / I’ll Obey My Heart – 57/58 – still located in Buffalo, KY and featuring the Kentucky Rangers). After that …

MECCA RECORDS 591 GENE STERLING

920 Third Ave, Seattle, WA (October 1956)

45-591-A – Living A Liemecca 591-b gene sterling I won't be back no moreMecca 591 - BB 15 Dec 56 gene sterling

(No info)   (Mecca Enterprises BMI)

45-591-B – I Won’t Be Back No More

(No info)   (Mecca Enterprises BMI)

Born in Arkansas, Gene was a truck driver by day and a singer and DJ by night. In 1953, he was DJ’ing over KRSC in Seattle, WA and appearing on Seattle’s « Junior Ranch Show ». He was signed to Vogue Records in 1953 and had at least one release (Vogue #1022 – « So Do I » / ???). Billboard thought it routine, but then they weren’t always right.

By 1956, Billboard finds him recording the disc above. Again, they are not glowing in their praise, but as I haven’t heard it, I can’t say if they’re right or not.

BIG STATE RECORDS 592 ROLAND (R.A.) FAULK

468 Third St, Port Acres, TXbig state 592-a (78) roland (R.A.) Faulk my baby's gone

Oct 56  (BMI Clearance on 11th January 1957)

45-592-A – You’ll Never Know

(R A Faulk)   (Starrite BMI)

45-592-B – My Baby’s Gone

(R A Faulk)   (Starrite BMI)

big state 592-b (78) roland (R.A.) Faulk you'll never know

The A side is a nice typical Texas honky-tonk / hillbilly song. Flip side is a thunderous rocker with heavy double bass and biting guitar. One of the best examples of the Starday rockabilly sound. The ending of the song is one of the most chaotic pieces of music every pressed into shellac as the musicians don’t seem to know where to end. So they all seem to try to end at once with little success. (Sadly, nobody seems to have signalled to the bass player they’re stopping!). This makes the side even better for it in my opinion.

Both Roland and his brother (Autry) were veterans of the Port Arthur, TX scene. (Port Acres is slightly west of Port Arthur). Kirby London recorded one of Roland’s songs on D 1174.

This disc was pressed on both 45 and 78rpm formats.

LUCKY 593 Northwest Troubadors (Oct 1956)

Hey Mister Copper

Jolly Old Fellow

Untraced

STARDAY RECORDS 594 DOROTHY BLAKLEY

Oct 56  (BMI Clearance on 4th January 1957)

45-594-A – Piano Bells (ST-2658)

(Blakley)   (Starrite BMI)

45-594-B – Yodelin’ Ivory Waltz (ST-2659)

(Blakley)   (Starrite BMI)

More ivory tickling from Dorothy. This disc was even assigned Starday Matrix numbers. ST-2658 was reissued on Starday EP 295 as « Raggin’ The Piano« , while ST-2659 was retitled « Tickle The Ivories« .

BIG STATE RECORDS 595 JIMMY SIMPSON and his Oilfield Boyssimpson

Box 1113, Greggton, TX

Nov 56  (BMI clearance on 11 Jan 57)

45-595-A – Can I Come Home

(Jack Rhodes / Jimmy Simpson)   (Starrite BMI)

45-595-B – Memories Of You

(Jack Rhodes / Jimmy Simpson)   (Starrite BMI)

Jimmy D Simpson was born on 24th March 1928 in Sullivan Hollow, near Ashland City, TN. After stints in the Army (and Navy and the Paratroopers), he moved to Robert Lee, TX (near San Angelo) with his wife and made a living as a pipeliner. He became a DJ over KERC (Eastland, TX) and sang at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. A career as an artist for Republic Records was cut short by the labels bankruptcy. He also recorded on Hidus Records (owned by Bill & Buddy Holman) based in a jewelry store in Springfield, TN. See in this site for his full story, using the « research » button top-right.

big state 595-a jimmy simpson can I come homebig state 595-b jimmy simpson memories of you

Before he took off for Alaska as a contractor, he teamed up with Jack Rhodes and found himself on this release. The A side is bordering on rockabilly; nice vocals and a fine guitar dragging the band along at a fair clip. There’s a steel guitar adding some nice fills in the background and it shares the solos with the guitar. Flip side is a ballad. These were recorded at a West Monroe, Louisiana radio station. Same session that produced Simpson’s Jiffy single.

STARDAY RECORDS 596 TRUITT FORSE

Nov 56

45-596-A – Chicken Bop

(Forse)   (Starrite BMI)

45-596-B – Doggone Dame

(Forse)   (Starrite BMI)

A monster, 2-sided rockabilly killer from Truitt, (Donald Truitt Forse), a cousin of Beamon Forse (See Rodney 514, « Starday Custom » part 1, in this site). A side is a fast guitar-led rocker with some nice rinky-dink piano. Truitt belts out both sides with gusto (as Billboard might have said) and the biting guitar solos remind me of Hal Harris on high-octane caffeine. Flip is slower, bluesier but not in the least inferior to the topside. Truitt  had some ’60s / ’70s C&W singles out under the name Don Force.

starday 596-a truitt forse chicken bopstarday 596-b truitt forse doggone dame


PEACH RECORDS 597 LEON HOLMES and his Georgia Ramblers

Box 111, Jefferson, GA

Nov 56  (BMI clearance on 11th Jan 57)

45-597-A – She’s My Baby

(Leon Holmes)   (Starrite BMI)

LEON HOLMES and JOHNNY GARRISON and the Georgia Ramblers

45-597-B – You’re Not Mine At All

(Leon Holmes)   (Starrite BMI)

Possibly one of my favourite discs in this series. Great stop-start vocals through the verses with a nice hint of rock-a-billy mumbling through the choruses! But it’s the guitar breaks that have always grabbed my attention (for obvious reasons I guess). Slightly understated with a smattering of Carl Perkins with a lovely cascade of notes at the end. It sounds to me that right at the end of the song, the guitarist must hit his pick-up switch by accident as the tone changes slightly. I could probably listen to this all day and not get bored. In fact, sometimes I think I do!

peach 597-a leon holmes she's my babypeach 597-a leon holmes she's my baby

Leon appears later in this series on Starday Records and also again on Peach Records. Perhaps he was a Georgia native.  Not heard the flip, but even if it was a ballad, I’d probably like it!

ROCK-IT RECORDS 598 GENE TERRY and his Kool Kats

Port Arthur, TX

Nov 56  (BMI clearance on 11 Jan 57)

45-598-A – The Woman I Love

(Kid Murdock / Lila Hargiss)   (Starrite BMI)

45-598-B – Tip, Tap And Tell me

(Kid Murdock / Lila Hargiss)   (Starrite BMI)

rock-it 598a gene terry The woman I loverock-it 598-b gene terry Tip, tap and tell me

Gene Terry was born Terry Gene DeRouen in Lafayette, LA on January 7th 1940, but raised in Port Arthur, TX, where his main musical influence growing up was his father and grandfather performing Cajun songs. He also attended house and barn dances with his uncle, R. C. DeRouen, a Cajun musician. His uncle taught him how to play guitar and eventually Gene accompanied him on stage. Gene formed his first band, the Kool Kats, in the mid-’50s, doing mainly country and western songs but they gravitated toward rock and roll, eventually changing their name to The Downbeats. Gradually rhythm and blues began to enter the band’s repertoire as Gene became influenced by Little Richard, Elvis Presley and local KTRM deejay J. P. « the Big Bopper » Richardson. Word spread to Lake Charles, LA gaining the attention of local club owners and a five year contract with Goldband Records. Gene Terry and the Down Beats recorded several singles for Goldband including classic « Cindy Lou« .

Top side is a fast rocker with a nice long guitar solo (although he seems to have not been expecting the first part of the solo because he’s a little under-recorded). Flip is more mid paced with a nod towards « Heartbreak Hotel« . Awesome!

HUGHART RECORDS 599 BURT HUGHART

Rt 3, Stigler, OK

Dec 56  (BMI clearance on 11 Jan 57. BB rev = 7 Jan 57)

45-599-A – Our Last Goodbye

(No info)   (No info)

45-599-B – Memories I Can’t Forget

(No info)   (No info)

No info on Hughart, nor have I seen or heard the record.

ALABAMA GOSPEL RECORDS 600 TOM HARMON TRIO

AL

Dec 56  (BMI clearance on 11 Jan 57)

45-600-A – My Secret Affair

(No info)   (No info)

45-600-B – Get Away, Satan

(No info)   (No info)

I’ve still yet to see or hear this disc.

As for the previous Starday custom series, a generous use has been made of Malcolm Chapman’s excellent blogsite « Starday customs » (just do search through google). My thanks to him, reprinted with permission. All label scans were taken from his site.