GENE RAY & the Dixie Playboys « I lost my head » Cowtown 646B 1957, South Carolina. Was also earlier on Playboy : « Playboy Boogie « on 300 and « Honky Tonk Liz » on 303.
jumping mid-paced bopper; nice fiddle and lovely guitar.
WALTER DUNN, Jr. From Orlando, Florida Dunmar 101 label.
« Back And White Shoes « , a fast bopper with good vocal and bass chords played guitar (plus solo).
« Go Go Baby » has the same pattern as above.
From Texas, FREDDY DAWSON provides a lovely mid-paced bopper ; nice fiddle ( solo) : in « Dallas Boogie ». 1954. His only issue.It escaped to any reissue. why?
From Texas too, LITTLE RED Walter offers a solid R&B rocker with « Aw Shucks Baby » on Le Sage 711. Song originally cut and written by Chicago’s Jimmy Reed.
On Western Swing from California with the dine “John’s Boogie” by SMOKEY OGERS & His Westen Caravan on the aptly named Western Caravan label # 903. Rogers head numerous discs published by Coral and 4tar.e offers the fine WS instrumental « John’s Boogie » on Western Caravan 903. A showcase for all the instruments, steel, guitar and piano.
A veteran of the ’40s and ’50s. PE WEE KING had often front singers. Here is DICK GLASSER with « Catty Town » (July 1956), a jumping piece of Western swing. Glasser had also one disc on Triple A from 1953 (untraced) and « Crazy Alligator » on Columbia in 1959.(pop rocker)
Howdy folks ! Over here in France, it’s the final run for Soccer’s Europ Cup – that’s not really Hillbilly !
First a mostly known artist for his Rock & roll and Pop records. He went with 2 aliases to pursue 2 careers at least. Originally from Canton, OH, DICK GLASSER first fronted for one record the Pee Wee King band in 1956, and sang on two tracks full of energy and dynamism (without noise, all is fluid and lowdown although uptempo) : « Catty town » and « Hoot scoot », to be found on the RCA-Victor 47-6584 label. A cross between Hillbilly bop and Western swing. Later Glasser renamed himself Dick Lory on the Liberty label.
Next four tracks were cut in 1959-60 and issued on the Demorest, GA.Country Jubilee label. The city is at the upper north limit of the State, very near of Virginia and Tennessee frontiers.
# 517 is done by BILL ALEX and the Dixie Drifters : « I‘m just a nobody » is a typical late ’50s medium uptempo country-rocker. It’s flipside, « I’ll remember you » was untraced by me, but issued along with the A-side on Top Rank EP 2055 in 1960.
BILL WATSON on # 525 has here two selections, « I’m dying darling » is a soft uptempo country-rocker, while the reverse side « You’re the onefor me» is a bit bluesy, with a sort of hypnotic guitar throughout.
Finally for the Country Jubilee label, we jump to # 539 by BILL LEATHERWOOD and « My foolish heart », a slow uptempo ; nothing exceptional, although the man has a sort of treble in his voice. Steel present. I’ve added as a bonus his « Hillbilly blues » issued by Peach (# 756), also in Georgia, well into 1961-62, a good country rocker with lotsa steel and a fiddle solo.
Last record I review this fortnight is done by MASON GAY on the Country Music label, from Forest, MS (# 501). Confident vocal for a country rocker (no drums), « I never have the blues », while the flipside is catchy (« The girl I met at the bar ») which is part-spoken. Has a Rite number, dating the record from 1960.
‘Cat’ has been used as a term in popular music since the Jazz years of the 1920’s. Revered by the ancient Egyptians, cats have a mystique and grace all over their own – no wonder these independent and mysterious animals became such a byword for ‘Cool’ in music from Hep Cats, jazz be-boppers of the ‘40s, and right through into 1950’s Rock’n’Roll.