Early January 2020 – regular bopping sides and seasonal greetings..

Rex Zario & Country All Stars

Howdy folks ! I sincerely wish you all a happy New Year full of good mood and bopping exciting music.

The first artist ends up the alphabet : REX ZARIO & the Country All Stars did release in 1968 for the Philly Arcade label (# 202) a very fine double-sider. « Blues Stay Away From Me » is sung in unison vocal, on a strong rhythm guitar and a discreet lead guitar (which has itus own solo). The flipside « I Saw You Cheatin’ Last Night », an uptempo is a good bopper, despite an electric bass. The lead plays its solo on the bass chords for good effect, and the vocal is relax. A good disc to begin the year.

Leon Payne

Then the veteran well-known blind singer/songwriter (also as « Pat Patterson » on early Starday releases) LEON PAYNE for an all-time classic (even Hank W. had his version) from October 1948 on the Nashville’s Bullet label (# 670). « Lost Highway » is a very fine bopper, done as a shuffler : great steel and a fiddle solo. Singer is convincing to say the least.

Next records by RAMBLIN’ RED BAILEY on a Starday Custom from April 1957, Peach 653. Side A offers a mid-paced, very melodic « The Hardest Fall » ; good piano and vocal, a too-short guitar solo. Side B in complete contrast, is really very fast. The guitar player does a real showcase of his dexterity on « You’ve Always Got A Frown », in my mind an inferior track to side A. Bailey had also an EP on Peach, then turned out on Heap Big and Bethlehem labels between 1957 and 62 (untraced).

Lee Bell

Cut in 1953, the already unknown LEE BELL releases « Beatin’ Out The Boogie (On The Mississipi Mud) » (RCA 20-5148). A fabulous gas ! What a romping piano ! A great boogie guitar (plus a fantastic solo) ; steel and fiddle have also their solos ! Bell also did « I Get The Biggest Thrill » (RCA 20-5024), also interesting, but less than the first side reviewed. He was also to have two issues on Imperial, 8000 serie (untraced).

« Quarter In The Juke Box » was sung on the Louisiana Hayride in 1958 by LONNIE SMITHSON. The original, a bit like Johnny Cash, was released earlier on Starday 359. The guitar player sounds consciensly like Luther Perkins !

Finally we get to Louisiana, with two latter tracks. In 1967 the BALFA BROTHERS (Dewey, lead vocal and fiddle) released on the « Earl Gibson Transport, Inc. » a good « Indian On A Stomp ». Good Cajun music (let’s get attention to the rhythm given by the ‘ti’fer’ (= small iron triangle).

And now the rollicking « Mowater Blues » (sung of course in French) by the multi-instrumentist ROBERT BERTRAND from 1971-72 on the Goldband label # 1221 (Lake Charles, La.) : “Cajun style” steel guitar, fiddle, el. bass, accordion and solid, impeccable/implacable drums + great vocal and fiddle by Bertrand .

That’s it, folks.

Sources : Gripsweat for Lee Bell second issue ; YouTube for Lonnie Smithson, Leon Payne and Rex Zario ; Starday project for Ramblin’ Red Bailey ; 45cat and 78-worlds ; my own archives

Starday custom 651-675 (July-October 1957): 7th part

Since Malcolm Chapman did suspend some time in 2011 his study on Starday custom in his excellent blogsite, all we have is a short survey of records I did hear.

COWTOWN RECORDS 651   HARRY PEPPEL and the Shenandoah Valley Rangers  Vocals by Alice Brammer



Po Box 1694, Fort Worth, TX                            Jul 57  (Billboard Review on 15th August 1957)cowtown peppel baby


45-651-A – No Baby No

(M.L. Miller / J.W. Stephenson)   (***)

45-651-B – Take A Letter, Mr. Moon

(M.L. Miller / J.W. Stephenson)   (***)



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45-652-A – I Broke My Heart Waltzing           

(C Johnson / V Graves)   (Starrite BMI)

45-652-B – The Man That Wrote Home Sweet Home 

                                (Never Was A Married Man)

(None listed)   (Starrite BMI)

A lively fast hillbilly bopper, nice guitar. Short steel solo.

BMI Clearance on 27th September 1957.


PO Box 111, Jefferson, GA.

Aug 57


45-653-A – The Hardest Fallpeach bailey fall

(Kenneth Bailey)   (Starrite BMI)

45-653-B – You’ve Always Got A Frown

(Kenneth Bailey)   (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 11th October 1957.



Aug 57


House Of God

(No info)   (No info)

Footprint Of Jesus

(No info)   (No info)

Tenderly He Watches Over Me

(No info)   (No info)

Where Shall I Be On That Judgement Day

(No info)   (No info)



1206 West Joseph St, Perryville, MO.

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CHANDOS McRILL and the Perryville Melody BoysChanos McRill

45-655-A – Money Lovin’ Woman

( C McRill / E LaHomme)   (Starrite BMI)

45-655-B – Little Bit Too Bashful

(C McRill / E LaHomme)   (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 11th October 1957.

Fantastic hick vocal double-sider. Side A is focused on guitar sounding like a steel; B side has

sewing fiddle all along, even a nice solo. A must!



606 Pierre Ave, Shreveport, LA

Aug 57


45-656-A – Ho’Bo’s Heaven

(Hardin)   (Starrite BMI)

45-656-B – I’ve Wasted My Love On You

(Hardin)   (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 11th October 1957.


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Aug 57


45-657-A – Rock and Roll (Tennessee Style) :Falls into the white rock category, with a nice saxophone (solo) and a wild guitar.

(Walker)   (Starrite BMI)

45-657-B – I’ll Always Be In Love With You

(Walker)  (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 11th October 1957.



Aug 57


45-658-A – All Because Of You: Lively side, is Martin really Red Smith? I also hears he was Bob Newman.starday martin becausestarday scoggins waiting

(Red Smith)   (Starrite BMI)

45-658-B – Do You Still Love Me

(Red Smith)   (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 11th October 1957.




Aug 57

HOYT SCOGGINS – Curley Bingham and Band

45-659-A – Waiting For An Answer

(James Backley)   (Starrite BMI)

45-659-B – One Heart, One Love

(H Scoggins / O. Milsap)   (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 25th October 1957.

A-side: a lively banjo led bluegrass number. Two nice fiddle solos.



Aug 57starday holmes half


45-660-A Half A Chance : a lively side. Strong guitar.

(Leon Holmes)   (Starrite BMI)

45-660-B Lost Love

(Leon Holmes)   (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 25th October 1957.



Sept 57


661-A – Baby

(No info)   (No info)

661-B – Tell Me

(No info)   (No info)



WBVI, Barberville, KYdixie hubbard sweet

Sept 57


45-662-A – If I Had A Nickel For Every Time You’re Untrue

(David Lundy)   (Starrite BMI)

45-662-B – Sweet Love: a fabulous version of the Jimmy & Johnny/Johnny Burnette’s “Sweet love On My Mind”. Strong vocal, wild guitar. A must. Hubbard was also on Lee (Cincinnati)

(Ray Hubbard)   (Starrite BMI)

BMI Clearance on 15th November 1957.

Note:  On December 11th, 2014, the Starday specialist Nate Gibson says that “Sweet love” is not at all a Jimmy & Johnny song, but a Hubbard original that was later covered by Rusty York. Thanks Nate. I should have kicked mysef: the song is signed “Ray Hubbard”!


Sept 57

BILL FLOYD – music by the Swingstersstarday floyd boy

663-A – Hey Boy: a very fine shuffling hillbilly bop: fiddle and guiar (solo) over a relaxed vocal

(No info)   (No info)

663-B – Heartbreak

(No info)   (No info)

Billboard review on 14th October 1957.



STARFIRE 664 BILLY MATCH and the Starfires

Orlando, FL September 1957

I Want My Baby: fine white rock with chorus (doo wop influenced). Remember Jerry Arnold’s “Race For Time”. Very solid.starfire match want

Girl Of Mine

This artist was actually Billy J. Killen


SHOTT 665 HERBIE SHOTTschott schott tomorrow

Van Wert, OH September 1957

You’ll Cry Tomorrow / A Tip From A Fool


DIAMOND 666 GENE HARPER and his Saddle Pals


Thank The Lord For The Rain / Jesus Is A Friend To Me



Pritchard, AL. September 1957venus mcdaniel mind

You’re Still On My Mind (McDaniel): an average slow ballad by the “Whoa Boy” man.

Homeward Mule (McDaniel): fast folkish number

STARDAY 668 LARRY NOLEN and the Banditsstarday nolen king

larry nolenBlue River

King Of The Ducktail Cats: topical lyrics. Great guitar. A must!

also on Sarg (see elsewhere in this site)


STARDAY 669 DANNY BROCKMAN and his Twilight Ramblers

Foolish Pride (Bailey-Kaiser)

Feel Sorry For Me (Jimmy Logsdon) : urgent vocal over a very good backing (guitar, steel). Uptempo. A great track


STARDAY 670 JOYCE LOVE with Curley Sanders and his Santones

Why Did You Leave Me (Sanders-Shirley-Sprowls)

Peace Of Mind (Love): a fabulous bluesy ballad. Welcome female strong voice. A nice guitar.

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STARDUST 671 LEE VOORHIES and his Ozark Country Boys

Kansas City, MO. October 1957

Load Up My Blues (Voorhies): uptempo song. Fantastic hick vocal, nice guitar. A must! Similar to Westport sides (see elsewhere in this site the Westport label story)

Hand In Hand (Voorhies)

This artist also recorded as Lee Finn on Westport Records.


CORVETTE 672 JOHNNY SKILES with the Harmony Ranch Hands

Portland, OR.

The Twinkle In Your Eyes (Johnny Skiles): avery fine uptempo rockaballad, atmospheric – lot of steel. Skiles had other fine records on Rural Rhythm, Romac.

Ghost Of My Lonely Past (Johnny Skiles): “ghost” song – steel for good effect.corvette skiles twinkle


STARDAY 673 BILLIE & GORDON HAMRICK with Red Farrellstarday hamrick crel

Cruel Jealous Heart (Nell Palmer)

Gypsy Waltz (Nell Palmer)


STARDAY 674 FRANK EVANS and his Top Notchersstarday  evans patent

I Got A Patent (On My Kind Of Love)(Jimmy Dunkin)

Lonesome Love (Bonnie Burke)


STARDAY 675 : no details