The Larry Phillipson – ‘The Bitter Feelings Mystery’

Bopping.org salutes a new contributor, who adds a very strange story about a Rockabilly classic..

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I spotted this 78 record ( below) on Ebay in June 2015 ‘ Tennessee Valley Boys’ singing ‘Bitter Feelings’ & ‘I’m Wondering Now’ written by ‘Mauritz/Phillipson’ , it was a Buy It Now for $240 (or best offer) it had no audio attached and was listed incorrectly . I made my offer …..$170 and it was accepted ….. now the wait for the postman !

Tennessee Valley Boys « Bitter feelings »

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Tennessee Valley Boys, « I’m wondering now »

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Now I know it has to be the same Phillipson song (The writing credits are the same as on the various later versions) and of course ‘Milwaukee’ on the label is the correct area, but what version was it ? The first version of ‘Bitter Feelings’ was believed to be the version on the ‘DEMO’ label released on 45 & 78 (surely just a coincidence that DEMO is a anagram of ‘MODE’) but when was the ‘MODE’ version released ? .

The ‘MODE’ # 101 version ( pictured above) is straight Bluegrass song , mandolin and harmony vocals make this a wonderful twist on the classic rockabilly tune.
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Now the ‘DEMO’ release # 1029 (above) ‘Bitter Feelings ‘ / While I Was Waiting For You’ by ‘Larry Lee and The Westerneers’ from 1953, pressed by RCA was we thought to be the first version of the song, now this version is an up tempo country/ hillbilly version ( with a hint of Bluegrass) but different from my mystery ‘MODE’ copy.

 

 

 

Larry Lee « Bitter feelings » (Demo 1029)

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Larry Lee « While I was waiting for you »

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The final versions of ‘Bitter Feelings’ were released on two labels. 1959 saw the ‘CINCH’ # 3858 release (picture below), as ‘Larry Phillipson and The Larry Lee Trio’ . ‘Bitter Feelings’ / ‘Talkin’ To Myself ’ . The song has now evolved into a straight rockabilly song, it’s a blistering version and motors along with strong guitar and drums.

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Larry Phillipson « Bitter feelings » (Cinch 3858)

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Larry Phillipson, « Talkin’ to myself »

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The final release of the song , again as ‘Larry Phillipson and The Larry Lee Trio’ is exactly the same version but re-released in 1965 on the ‘CUCA’ label # 6541. The sound on these recordings were slightly inferior to the ‘CINCH’ version even though they were taken from the original 59 master. Again ‘Talikin’ To Myself’ was on the flip.

So we now know of three versions of ‘Bitter Feelings’ (four releases) , a Bluegrass version, a Country/ Hillbilly version and the final Rockabilly classic. I find it really interesting to see a song evolve through the 50’s . I believe my ‘MODE’ # 101 version to be the original of the song but if anyone has more knowledge of the release dates and info then please let me know . Please contact me at cordwoody53@hotmail.co.uk.

 

1 – MODE # 101 – BITTER FEELINGS / I’M WONDERING NOW – 195?

2 – DEMO # 1029 – BITTER FEELINGS / WHILE I WAS WAITING FOR YOU – 1953.

3 – CINCH # 3858 – BITTER FEELINGS / TALKIN’ TO MYSELF – 1959

4 – CUCA # 6541 – BITTER FEELINGS / TALKIN’ TO MYSELF – 1965

 

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