Late July 2017 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Hello, people ! Let’s begin this new July 2017 fortnight’s favorites selection with EARL PETERSON (b. 1927, d. 1973), a well-known figure out of Michigan. Apart from an early issue on his own Nugget label in 1949, he cut two sessions for Columbia in 1955 ; one of the songs involved was « I ain’t gonna fall in love » (# 21467). Light vocal, bass guitar, piano, all these combine for a fine bopper written by Vernon Claud. Peterson’s story is to be found in this site, was published January 2016.

« I ain’t gonna fall in love« 

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Next artist KENNY ROBERTS was an ubiquitous one : Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, although he was born (1925- d. 2012) in Tennessee as George S. Kingsbury. His speciality was yodeling, and more than one of his songs showed this : « I was born to yodel », « She taught me to yodel » or « The Arizona yodeler ».

« Hillbilly fever »

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The song I chose of him is the fine « Hillbilly fever », issued February 1950 on the Coral label (# 64032) : his puffed vocal comes to a good effect, and he yodels lovely, mentioning Hillbilly songs of the era. Main instruments are harmonica and fiddle.

Now two Rockabillies by DANIEL NIX on the Zion, IL N&R label (Starday custom) from 1959. « Compensation blues » (# 741) is a medium-paced opus ; strong vocal and guitar to the fore. The follow-up is « Unlucky man » (# 756), the fastest of both tracks.

« Compensation blues« 

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« Unlucky man »

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On to Texas and Louisiana with RAY ROGERS, Western swing bandleader. His first selection comes from the 1950 Star Talent label (# 758B) : « Mississipi blues » is mid-paced and includes a muted trumpet and a fine steel. The second issue « How can you be so mean » is a fast bopper on the Delta label (# 2840) from an unknown year : chimes and trumpet are the main instruments.

« Mississipi blues »

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« How can you be so mean »

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Way up North in Indianapolis with BOB HILL & his Melody Boys on Nabor 105. « This old train (is leaving my blues behind )» is a fast Rockabilly from 1959, lot of echo and a prominent fiddle. The second issue, « Empty dreams and empty arms » (Nabor 114B) is a shuffler from 1961-62, which has a lot of nice steel, a loud bass and a prominent rhythm guitar. A good record for this era. The song was revamped by Eddie Hill, unknown label. (The muddy sound, I’m sorry, comes from an old Tom Sims cassette).

« This old train »

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« Empty dreams and empty arms »

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Finally « Wild cherry » by LEROY WASHINGTON is a pure R&B rocker on the Excello label (# 2144) from 1958. Guitar Gable plays the lead guitar.« Wild cherry »

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Sources : UncleGil for Daniel Nix files ; YouTube for Kenny Roberts. Ole’ Tom Sims’ cassettes for Bob Hill.

early November 2013 fortnight’s favorites

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First, a minor classic on the 4 * label (# 1647) from 1955, by the prolific FRANK SIMON, « The West Virginia Country Boy ». Here he does his most famous song, « Sugar plum boogie« , fine boogie guitar, lotsa energy. This is almost Rockabilly in spirit. Without doubt a guy to look for. He even had an LP (late 50s) on Audio-Lab.4 * 1647 franksimon sugar lum boogie

Frank Simon, « Sugar plum boogie » download

Then, again on 4*, two 1957 sides by an otherwise unknown artist to me, JAY  T. STARR (# 1708). First, « Wa-na-chee« , an ethnic Indian Bopper, very solid. The flipside does slow things a bit, but nearly not with « Darker clouds ahead« . A good record.

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Jay. T. Starr, « Wa-na-chee » download
Jay T. Starr, « Darker clouds ahead »
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Way up north (Indianapolis) on the Nabor label. BOB HILL does « This old train« , a very enjoyable variation (with train effects) on this inexhaustible theme of trains. (# 105, 1956)
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Bob Hill, « This old train » download

From Tennessee, as his name implies, ERNIE LEE and the Southerners, for the fine and idiosyncratic Tennesseee song: »You’re next door to heaven when you’re in Tennessee » on RCA-Victor 21-0158.
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Ernie Lee « You’re next door to heaven when you’re in Tennessee » download

Later in the ’50s, HOUSTON BARKS belts out his Country-rocker « She’s gone » on the Buck & Sunny label (101).
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Houston Barks, « She’s gone » download

Finally, from 1961, a fine country-roker in its own right: « You’re for me » by BUCK OWENS on Capitol (here it’s a reissue, # 6038). Nice steel (Ralph Mooney) and backing (Don Rich on fiddle, George French at the piano).
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Buck Owens, « You’re for me » download

Here is a download link for 3 tracks. In the future, there will be a complete link. Still got some technical problems. They are there to be solved. Bye bye!
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