early November 2010 fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks! The new batch of stomping Honky tonks and Hillbilly bop tunes for this early November 2010 fortnight.

bb 15 nov 47 selph

Billboard, 11/15/1947

First, from Nashville, JIMMIE SELPH. He seems to have had a long career, both in Bluegrass and Hillbilly, in the late 40s and early 50s, although mainly as a backing member (rhythm guitar and steel) for such luminaries as RED FOLEY or WEBB PIERCE. Here I’ve chosen his nice, relaxed Bopper “That’s Why I Worry” (Majestic label). Below he is shown with a whole bunch of Nashville musicians in 1950. SELPH had records on BULLET, and in 1956 a famous “TOM CATTIN’ AROUND” on COIN.

swift's jewel shortening show 1950 majestic  selph worryThen later, in Kentucky. Small BLUEGRASS label in 1957. A real wildie “MAMA, MAMA” by JESSE STEVENS. Urgent vocal, fine guitar. Wonder what happened later to the man?  bluegrass stevens mama

The ARCADE label of Philly had a whole string of Hillbilly boppers, and was well documented on two “Rockaphilly” albums once in the 70s. Here is JIMMY COLLETT and the great “FOUR ALARM BOOGIE (# 106, 78 rpm), with sound effects.

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billy worth Dot Tennessee drifters

Billy Worth

Back to Nashville with the brother to Chet, JIM ATKINS, and a decent “I’M A DING DONG DADDY” on the CORAL label.    Coral  atkins daddyWe stay in Tennessee, this time in Gallatin, home of Randy Wood’s DOT label (1000 serie). One BILLY WORTH was fronting vocally the TENNESSEE DRIFTERS (whose personal is unknown) for the great early sounding (1950-1951) “BOOGIE WOOGIE BABY”. Fine piano, which may be played by George Toon.

dot  tenn-rifters BW

Finally I offer to you one of the best, harsh Rocking blues ever. LUE CAZZ was at one time fronting the JIMMY McCRACKLIN’s band (he also had a 45 on ART-TONE, out of Oakland, Ca.). Here he is covering the classic “THE WALK” in 1962 for the VEE-JAY label. Fine, energetic version: the drummer is pounding like mad!. Don’t miss the great Joe Conwright’s alto-sax solo!

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