Late December 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdee folks! With thanks to followers who expressed their sympathy with their messages: George (Edmonson), Ken (Hippler), Willem (Van Pitten, aka “Zandaas)),Rob (Kopp) I am feeling better, a recent eye operation (too much looking at tiny matrix numbers!). And money injuries are not lethal, as they say over there. Now the time is brighter, which is not the case with bad weather – yet the Christmas feast and New Tear’s lights are to come, thanks God.

TOM JAMES: « »I’m A Pig About Lovin’ », RCA 20-5790, 1954. A very nice bopper. Relaxed vocal. Uptempo bass and typical Nashville guitar.

»Don’t Lead Me On », a fast number, loping rhythm given by a banjo. Same comment as A-side.

More Tom James with « Sample Of Your Love » on RCA 20-5695. Mid-paced bopper. Again banjo and steel backing. The flipside « Your Kind Of Lovin’ » is faster.

Something different now with a microscopic Nashville Klix label : « Hey Baby » is a rockabilly from 1958. A classic ! As the A-side « Track Down Baby » (Klix 0001). Solid Rockabilly, another cl kilo

Tom James also cut for Whiz (untraced) and Peaceful Valley.

JOHNNY TYLER was a prolific artist to say the least : he had got records published on no less than 8 labels between 1947 and 1956 ! Bixby (« Oakie Boogie »), Fargo, Stanchell, RCA, Specialty {all Hollywood labels), Ekko (« Devil’s Hot Rod »), Tops and Starday 263 « Lie To Me Baby « ). Here he delivers a strong rocker, a piano solo, an embroiding guitar and a fine vocal on « Devil On My Shoulder » (Rural Rhythm 510, another W.C. label)

LUCKY BOGGS & The Tune Toppers. A Texas artist, presumably from Marshall. He cut for Buddy label several great tunes, as « Tears In My Heart » (# 108), « How Long » (# 109), and the Rockabilly « Drillin ‘ Rig Boogie » (# 112). How this tune has been reissued on the Portsmouth, Ohio Shawnee (# 101) label is open to any speculation. One final track, « You Can ‘t Stop Her » : boogie guitar intro.

LUCKY BOGGS & The Tune Toppers. A Texas artist, presumably from Marshall. He cut for Buddy label several great tunes, as « Tears In My Heart » (# 108), « How Long » (# 109), and the Rockabilly « Drillin ‘ Rig Boogie » (# 112). How this tune has been reissued on the Portsmouth, Ohio Shawnee (# 101) label is open to any speculation. One final track, « You Can ‘t Stop Her » : boogie guitar intro.

The Buddy label is also well-known for the very first record of TOMMY BLAKE, “KoolIt” (#107) valued at $ 700-800. Later on he went to Sun records.

Another Texas artist, from San Antonio : RANDY KING and The Westernaires. In 1954, he released on T.N.T. (« Tanner and Texas »!) # 108, the uptempo bopper (steel, fiddle) « Crazy A A Loon ». « Tied And Bound » its flipside is a mid-paced bopper ; a fine vocal, a bit crooning.

More of Randy King, also on T.N.T. (#9009) with the mid-tempo rockabilly, »Be-Bopping Baby ».

That’s it for now Sources : very numerous. Tom James from reissue (Cactus) programs.. Lucky Boggs out of hard-working research (Internet, 45cat), Johnny Tyler from my archives, Randy King from Internet.

Hope you will enjoy all of this music. Leave me a comment please. This helps me a lot ! Have a nice Xmas and a bopping New Year 2022 !