Late September 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

The TURNER BROTHERS (Red & Lige) do provide a « hillbilly novelty » (as shown on the label) which is a fine bopper. They appear also on Radio Artist 234 « Boog-Boog-Boogie »), Bullet 601 (« Guitar Reel »), as backing group for Dwain Bell (Summit 110), and as « Country Dudes » on Azalea 121 (« Have A Ball »). They also were on Bullet 601 (“Guitar Reel”), and on Radio Artist 234 (“Blog, Boog, Boogie”). Suming up, a prolific duet.

The Salem, Virginia HENDER SAUL, apparently a fiddler, does « I Ain’t Gona Rock Tonight », a fine slab of Rockabilly, to be found on Martinville, VA. Liberty 104. He also did, in a more Country mood, the good « Hard Right To My Heart » Liberty 106. On the same Liberty label (also known as Liberty Tone or Mart), on can find Leon & Carlos, the Brammer Brothers (bluegrass), Arnold Terry and others. If you can locate a copy of 104, its price goes up to $ 600-700. Hender Saul was a sideman to Ted Prillaman (bluegrass artist) and later to Raven label.

The third artist is very well known : accordionist and bandleader PEE KING had a long string of realeases between 1947 to 1952 on the RCA-Victor label. In this « Bull Fiddle Boogie », (RCA 20-3232) the vocal duty is held by their regular singer Redd Stewart, and his brother Gene slaps the bass. « Boogie » is typical of late ’40s Country boogie, however medium-paced.

Redd Stewart

From Texas too went the JACOBY BROTHERS. On TNT they had the first issue, « Food Plan Boogie » (1001) by Gene (uncle) and Roy (nephew) were extremely popular in the area with appearances and work for radio KONG. « Foot Plan Boogie » is a lovely bopper sung in duet, as the very, very fast « Bicycle Wreck » (# 1009) : mandolin lead

LOUISIANA LANNIS. On Starday 268. « Much Too Much ».« ( actually A-side) has more than a Latin appeal with its hopping rhythm. On Snow Cap, he also did the great “Tongue Twister Boogie”).

Sources: too many to mention all!

Early September 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

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BOB PERRY on the Chicago label Bandera ( 1305) does provide us with a great, fast Country-rocker in 1960-61, « Weary Blues, Goodbye ». Fabulous rhythm guitar, assured vocal, and a out-of-this world steel-guitar solo. No drums audible, the rhythm guitar does give the pace. Perry was also on the Denver, Co label Bandbox (# 255) with the average « It’s All Over Now « . The « Goodbye » item change hands for $150-200, according to Tom Lincoln’s book. Barry K. John doesn’t even mention it.

Some call him « the « King of rockabilly «  (or the inventor,to say the least). CHARLIE FEATHERS had a rich career from 1955 until his death (1998). He began on Sun Records, before going for his greatest exposure on Meteor in 1956 and the classic double-sider « Get With It/ Tongue tied Jill » # 5032. He then switched to King, without any success (the place was full of young rockers), after that he came to small concerns : Kay, Memphis, Holiday Inn (a Sam Phillips’ label), Philwood, Pompadour and Vetco ; not to mention , after his rediscovery ;many albums iincluding on his own label, Feathers. Here he is with is second disc for Sun (the first was on the temporary Flip label). « Defrost Your Heart » has all the ingredients of Rockabilly : slapping bass (Bill Black), the Quinton Claunch (guitar) and Bill Cnntrell (fiddle) team, howms and growls by the singer. Sam Phillips never did allow Feathers to sing Rockabilly but ballads (November 1955).
The second side exceeds the limits of the site (1945-1965), a tour-de-force for Charlie, his lead player and the slapping bass of Marcus Van Story : « Where She’s At Tonight » (also publshed as « Rain ») (1969) is a dream come true for any Rockabilly lover.

.From a King to another ; this one of Honky Tonk, the greatest of ’em all : HANK WILLIAMS (1923-1953). He left behind him a lot of demos like this « Blue Love ». Great rhythm guitar and this unmistably voice. Next song is a another demo, which was later overdubbed by his band, the Drifting Cowboys. « Weary Blues From Waitn’ » is pure Honky Tonk heaven. It even has some yodel by Williams .

SLIM RHODES (born 1913) originally from Arkansas, cut records for Sam Phillips in 1950 which were issued by Gilt-Edge, a California concern. His “Hot Foot Rag » (# 5015) had a powerful lead guitar. In 1956 they cut 4 sides at Sun records aimed at Rockabilly circles, « Gonna Romp And Stomp » ( # 238) and “Do What I Do »/ »Take And Give » (256)

Next artist was out of Nahville. CLAY EAGER recorded for Republic. « Don’t Come Cryin’ On My Shoulder » ( # 7077) was a fair medium-paced bopper. . Later on, he went on his own label and Karl.

BOBBY ROBERTS was a two-faced artist. In 1955, he cut a fabulous Hank Williams styled Honky tonker, « I’m Gonna Comb You Outta Of My Hair » (November 1955) with his Ozark Drifters ( King 4837 (what a title!), The follow-up was « I’m Pullin’ Stakes And Leavin’ You » (# 4868), then was gone for Rockabilly in 1958 on Hut Records, a very small diskery,and in 1956 for Sky (MS) « Big Sandy »/She’s My Woman ». The son to Roberts did confirm me his Dad was on King then Sky and Hut.

CHUCK HARDING must have been a good seller, because Modern issued a good half-dozen records by him. « Talkin’ The Blues » is a fine bopper from 1947.

Sources: my own archives (Hank Williams, Bobby Roberts), Internet for Happy Wainwright. Many items do come from my own sound library.

From Florida or Georgia, HAPPY WAINWRIGHT went in 1961 with a good bopper (nice steel) on Carma 505, « Nothing But Love ».

Early August 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

It's hot outside, as the music included in this post. As usual, very various things for your own enjoyment.

As on early August I’ll be far from home (holidays), I post this fortnight with two days before the actual date.

On the Kentucky Acme label first, JESSE COATES does provide us with a fast fiddle-led ditty, his personal version of the old-timey « Columbus Stockade Blues » (# 1235A). He goes on, this time for both sides of his solitary Headine issue (# 101) in 1955 : the fast bopper « Nobody Can Take My Baby » and flip « You Gotta Be Good » : nice fiddle and steel. Barre, Vt.

Next artist is not an unknown one. JACK CARDWELL (1927, Georgiana, Alabama – then Mobile) made many fine sides during the early ’50s for King. Here he is with one of my faves « You’re Looking For Something » # 1269 (rec. Dec. 2Nd, 1952, probably cut at WCAB radio in Shreveport or at a Mobile station). A nice steel throughout . 5 years later he was back on Starday # 310 for the medium uptempo bopper « Once Every Day », very nice to be heard. During his stay in Mobile he became good friends with Luke McDaniel and even had a television show.

en from Kentucky on the very small Dixiana concern, launched around 1953 and which seems to have disappeared within several months. Nevertheless the owners released some first class Hillbilly music by the likes of Cliff Gross, Odis Blanton or this JIMMY SMIH and his « It Ain’t No Fun To Say I Told You So » (Dixiana 107) : good steel, rinky dink piano and fiddle. A brutal ending, sorry..

Down in Florida with JIMMY KELLER and « Brush Pile Burn » on Trail 1777 (also seen as #288) from 1964. It changes hands for $ 400-500 and it’s a real piece of hard Rock’n’Roll ! Great vocal and urgent guitar.

The never warysome CLIFF CARLISLE, who’d yodel, to quote Nick Tosches (« Unsung Heroes of Rock’n’Roll ») « the longest and the best» was also an acomplished lap-steel guitar player and produced very strange sounds, i.e. In « Shanghai Rooster Yodel # 2 » on Conqueror 8140 (don’t miss the sublime steel solo, alas too short near the end). Carlisle was also ahead of his time with the use of a wild slapping bass player in the classic « Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad » (Oriole 2860).

A complete change now in Philly on the Arcade label (1957) and the TRAVELAIRES, « Chopped Liver (part 1). Not really spectacular : a tight combo (with sax) doing a strong dance rocker. For more Arcade, see the excellent «AnorakRokabilly – Small independant 45rpm labels », the blog of Dean C. Morris (Drunken Hobo)

From Illinois, the sax player/singer JIM GATLIN provided the Western tinged « The Way You’re Treating Me » on Mar-Vel 505. A fine, lazy swinging record.

To sum it up, a recent (actually issued in 1985) fast Honky Tonker by DON HALL and his troupe for « You Rescued Me » (NSD) : a tour-de-force for a great rocking combo.

With thanks to Kent Heineman from Sweden, who sent the «NSD » label scan.

Late August 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdeee folks ! This time I’m offering you Hillbilly mostly from the ’40s.

WOODY MASHBURN does an instrumental, a nice combination of piano, guitar and steel in « Bob’s Boogie » (Grand 101). He was also on Grand 102 (title unknown).

From Houston, TX. on the Eddie’s label (# 1219), we get now WALLIS & TEX ISABELL, both tunes with a lot of steel. « Sugar Cane Gal » is a medium tempo, good vocal. « The Good Old Days » is a lazy mdium uptempo bopper. Eddie’s label also published the very first sides of black artist Little Willie Littlefield with the romping « Little Willie’s Boogie » (# 1202) from 1949.

The well-known BENNIE HESS issued on hi own Jet label « Honky Tonk Town » (# 1914). Firm vocal, medium tempo and of course steel.

On Vulcan 3000 (location unknown), EVERETT LACKEY has « Sorrow And Tears » : a nasal and lazy vocal, a slow bopper.

The TEXAS RHYTHM BOYS did release « Benzedrine Blues ». Good steel, uptempo and firm vocal on Royalty 600.

Finally a Starday Custom on the Western Star OP (=.Other People) . #147 byHOWARD WESTERN. A good steel, Guitar solo for «Sawmill Boogie Blues » from 1953.

With thanks to Ronald Keppner (Harmie Smith’s sides on RCA and 4 Star) and ’53jaybop’ (for Howard Western) from YouTube.
Have a good listen, and if you enjoyed anything, please leave me a comment below. Everything here was done with much time and…fun as a labor of love.

early July 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Enroute for the Fortnight (early July 2021). Lo of boppers ; some rockers.

New Jersey’s HAROLD BAILEY & The Country Drifters do present their only issue ever on Gira # 300. Both are superior boppers. The main instruments are steel guitar and fiddle on « I’m Gonna Leave » and « I’m A Fool ». Both are boppers’ music dreams ! And a fine vocal from:Bailey (1959).

Next, DEAN ARMSTRONG on the aptly named Dance Hands label for « Cowboy Boots », apparenntly the very first record of KENNY SMITH, who made his way later on Johnny O’Neal’s Rural Rhythm label (« Go Right Back » ; bw. the more famous from 1957 « Walkin ‘ By My Lonesome », # 507).. Later on he releaed some great rockers, e.g. »I’m So Lonesome » on the Starday Custom Top-Per label # 281), then on La. Pek label # 7001 for « Wild Man » (1958) and in 1960, « Rockin’ Roll Party » on K-Ark 304.

On Florida’s Blue Sky label ( # 509) : the fast rocker (very nice fiddle) by LYNN CRAMER and « Wild She Devil ».. The same label had other good dics, by Rocky Davis and Billy Smith (1959)  and Jeanie Christie («Flying High », # 697 from 1958). All;these songs are easily available on compilation labels like Buffalo Bop.

The name Trepur rings a bell to you, visitors ? Well, this is the very first disc of the label, Trepur 100 by HUGH LEE OTT : « I’m Through With You », a joyful bopper. Maybe a first isssue had been released on the aptly named Country Bop label (a 78Rpm). On Trepur 503 we find a spendid bopper in the hands of a FUZZY LOFTON, « Bounce Baby Bounce », issued 1956.

On the ULC (« United Low Country ») # 1003, then a lucky find from Tom Sims’ cassettes, the fantastic « No Hard Time Blues ». Nice steel all through, a great rural sounding vocal by BUDDY CUDD (even some yodeling). Great, great record ! Even rarer and better (if one can of course), here’s JACKIE BRYSON, « I’m A Hillbilly Boy » (U.L.C. 1001) with string bass, very good vocal and lyrics, a lot of dobro. A fabulous record !

Another artist who rings a bell to you was JIMMY WORK. Out of Detroit, Michigan, he cut the first version of « Tennesse Border » on Alben records (1947), a song promptly revived by, among others, Hank Williams. He pursued his career in Nashville on various labels, e.g. Decca (« BlueGrass Tickling My Feet ») or this medium tempo « Who’s Been Here Since I’ve Been Gone » (# 46223), a slow weeper, although moving. Later on, he had a sequence of hits on Randy Wood’s Dot label. Songs like « Making Believe », also mostly copied by others, or this «When She Said You All ».

Back in Indiana for a rockabilly classic «  Servant Of Love »:by the VAN BROTHERS » and his extremely good THREE guitar solos . (Dale Gentry) on the Wayne Raney ‘s « Poor Boy » label (# 100).

In Mississipi now for RALPH REYNOLDS &the Dude Ranch Wranglers and their nice medium bopper, « Alone By The Telephone » on Lilian McMurry Globe label # 127. A fine guitar embroiding the lazy and cool vocal and piano throughout.

Back to rockabilly with more of a classic, Joe Turner‘s « Boogie Woogie Country Girl » : pounding piano (Westwood 201). . Disc came from Jackson, Tennessee, home of Carl Perkins. The label had also in its roster, Tony Snyder and Joe Rickman. Its best claim to fame (a must-have for collectors) was 1962 Larry Brinkley’s, « Move Over Rover » ( # 205)

Sources : labels mostly from Rockin’ Country Style ; music from my huge sound/labels collection stored on my Mac computer.It has proven in spite of hard research, impossible to find U. L. O. 1001 (I’m A Hillbilly Boy) by Jackie Brysons, sorry.

late June 2021 bopping fortnigh’s favorites

Howdy folks ! This is the new selection of bopping fortnight’s favorites : no less than 11 or 12 tracks this time, trying to recapture all those 5 past months when bopping.org was sleeping and sick in the hospital .

We begin with J. C. CLAY on the Star label (# 506, from where I don’t know – Cees Klop once picked it up and reissued it on one of his « Rockabilly Hoodlums » series) ; a nice Rockabilly with strong bass rhythm . The follow-up is done on the same CD by

JAY McCOY

, and his « Everybody’s Lookin’ », a cheerful tune (not so often in bopping.org) was published as late as 1966 on the Nebraska Rebel label (# 5846).

CHUCK JOYCE (featured Early June for his Trepur 1006 side , « Milkman Blues » & Hollywoos Rhythm Wranglers, do come on Trepur 1009 with two songs, fronted on vocal by a Rusty Howard. « I’m Going To Do You Like You Are Doing To Me » : a fine Rocka-a-ballad with some harmonica ; the flip side, « Let’s Rock » , same vocalist, is a passable rocker – fine guitar anyway.

On to Washington, D.C. for

L. C. SMITH

on the Wango label (1958). He does the great guitar/banjo led « 

Radio Boogie 

» and « 

Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship 

» (original by Hank Snow), already issued (1rst version) in 1952 or 1953 on the Tennessee Kingsport label # 108 aided by Ralph Mayo on banjo. Smith had other good discs on Wango, maybe for a future Fortnight.

We turn way up North on the Fortune label, out of Detroit, Michigan.

BOOTS GILBERT

(& Bob Sykes with Chuck Hatfield on steel) issued in 1955 on Fortune 176 « 

Take It Or Leave It 

», a fine track (call and response format). Fortune had in its catalog many other great discs. Label was owned by Deborah Brown and her husband Jack.

West Va. born (1931)

BILL BROWNING

(and the Echo Valley Boys) had a fine string of Rockers and Country-rockers on the Ohio Island label, among them the classic « 

Dark Hollow 

» (1958), also done by Jimmie Skinner on Mercury. Browning was also on Enola 313 and Marbone 7026, and should not be confused with BILL « ZEKIE » BROWNING on Lucky.

RED HADLEY

cut in 1955 the good « 

Brother That’s All 

» (Meteor 5017) and disappeared afterwards, leaving behind him some tracks cut for Sun, not issued before the ’70s.

We come to the end of this selection with two late ’50s or even 1969 tracks by Bill Monroe ex-sideman

JIMMY MARTIN

. First with the superior bopping bluegrass tune « 

Hop, Skip And Wobble 

» (Decca 30496) and « 

Free Born Man 

» (Decca 32378).

Just to add something different, a great piece of Boogie Woogie from 1929 by the pianist

WILL EZELL

and his « 

Pitchin’ Boogie 

»: fine piano and a demented cornet.

That’s it for this time, folks. Hope you enjoyed the selection ! If you did, please leave me a comment below.

Sources : many. Netherland’s Cees Klop for some tunes from « Rockabilly Hoodlums » series ; Wango sides, Chuck Joyce from Internet. The rest from my huge sound/labels collection.