Early December 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdy folks! Very bad times for me now (health and personal problems)
. I think I’ve reached the bottom, so things can only be better from now on! For this fortnight, I’ve chosen very different bopping tunes, that I hope will please you all. Please leave me your comments below. And if you have any particular title or artist hat you will be featured in the next articles, please let me know and I will do the utmost to satisfy you. Watch out for some forthcoming features! Now here we go:

KEN PATRICK « So You Love Me » Trend 603B.with Chet Tant on Steel guitar. 1961
Plaintive although fine and moving hillbilly/ Grand Canyon, AZ. Different to another Ken Patrick on Maken (« Night Train »).

RAYMON WEBB w. John Hampton & the Tipton Family « Bleeding Heart » Kyva 102B
(Kentucky/Va)./ « Bleeding Heart »
Slow hilllbilly. Plaintive vocal. Uninventive lead guitar. A good hillbilly anyway.

JACK FINCH & The Collin Cty Four « Nickels Wortth Of Pennies » Skippy 124 (1961)
Steel, nice electric bass, good vocal : Typical early 60s bopper.
« Why I’m Stepping Out » (A-side)
Good country-bopper. Same comment (good steel!)

KED KILLEN « Lonesome Blues » Western Ranch Music 119B (1965)
Disappointed haunting vocal, bluesy. Bopping guitar, moving solo.
Killen had other great bluesy records during the 60s (e.g. « Worried Blues »)

JOE FRANKLIN & his Mimosa Boys – « There’ll be no wedding bells for me » Blue Ridge » 401
A banjo all throughout, mandolin and fiddle. Double vocal on refrain. A fine Buegrass/Hillbilly record. Franklin had also a fantastic hillilly rocker double sider in 1953 on M-G-M with « Hillbilly Boy » and « Hitch-hiking Blues ».

Plays LOUD and CLEAR!

JACK WYBEE with the Rhythm Wranglers « Drifting Down The Stream » Dixiana 106A
Slow bopper, vocal OK, steel.

JOE HOLLIDAY « The Waiting Game » Dee 1261
piano country-rocker. Good vocal. {incomplete – missing beginning}
« So Much Love » (B-side)
Late ’50s country bopper, sincere and sympathetic vocal, a bit poppish.

In complete contrast Walker (as Lenie) published some Rockabillies between 1955 and 1958 among them the renowned double-sider (Blue Hen 230) “Ennie-Meey-Miney-Mo” and “No Use Knocking On My Door”, both solid rockers, aimed at aficionados in this style from 1958. The 45′ is valued at 400-500 $.

GENE STACKS « I Know (My Baby Loves Me) » Cooper 57 (1957)
Rockabilly guitar, joyful vocal, a bit « Sun » style rockabilly.A good record !

“Side Track Daddy” issued 1955 on the Delaware Blue Hen label does the transition between Hillbilly and Rockabilly to come.

Finally a great Rocking Blues tune :
LOUISIANA RED «  I’m Too Poor To Die » Glover 3002 (1964)
Trembling guitar and harmonica. (Red?). Stop-and-go vocal.

That’s it, folks! Sources? Too numerous to mention, sorry.Remember, your comments are welcome, and if you are a relative to any of the artists involved, just drop me a line. A picture appreciated!

Early November 2021 bopping and rocking fortnight’s favorites

Lotsa Rock”Roll, some boppers anyway too !

CHARLIE GRACIE (rn Graci) was a precursor of Rock’n ‘Roll as early as 1951.

He then cut for the Cadillac label (# 141) a fine R&B tinged hillbilly boogie : « Boogie Boogie Blues ». As planned it’s a R&B rocker, fine guitar, vocal OK (Gracie was only 15!), even a good sax solo.

The second offering (same era), « Wildwood Boogie » was published by 20th Century Fox # 5035. Same pattern for this stop-and-go rocker.

Being an excellent guitarist, he played live a tremendous « Guitar Boogie » in 1987.

Finally he paid homage to Eddie Cochran with « I’m allright ».
Some 6 yeas later, he turned pop-rock on Cameo wih « Butterfly », or « 99 Ways » and hit it big. He didn’t although completely ceased Rock’n’Rolling, as heard on live gigs released in UK, eg. on Rollercoaster.

Way up North with RAY TAYLOR and his Alabama Pals for the brilliant « Connie Lou » on the Clix 802 label. His son backs him on drums. Urgent vocal, great, great guitar. The reverse side « My Harmtrack Baby » is equally good at least.

Several years later he turned modern Country, as heard in this « Another Yesterday » on the Voice of Country label (# 107).

Let’s turn back the years. On Clix 801, he had released the fine « Clocking My Card », very bluegrass styled with its mandolin backing all through.

Now we go on the West Coast for an artist who did not seem his career seriously ; he had a great hillbilly voice and the finest musicians team in town (L.A.) GENE O’QUIN missed the train to stardom, being more interested with horses than his own music. Nevertheless he left behind him some of the best ever boppers ever cut and released in the early ’50s by Capitol Records. Heres he is with the funny « I Specialize In Love » (# 2715), circa 1951-52. Excellent backing, steel to the fore.

And now we’re entering the Rock’n’Roll field with another Gene, the Screaming End, born in Norfolk, Va. GENE VINCENT found national success in 1956-57, then he relocated in Texas where he was immensely popular. Here backed by a very young (17 years old at the time, 1958) Ronnie Dawson on lead guitar, he belts out « Hey Mama » (only available until recently on an acetate record), which became the same year a regular « Say Mama », one of his signature songs on Capitol 4105 in December 1958.

The following extract is a transcription of a show he gave in San Francisco in 1971, backed by the Commander Cody Band. Enjoy his rough voice ! Here is a pot-pourri of covers of Chuck Berry, Little Richard and of course Gene’s songs!

RONNIE DAWSON from Dallas had a great career, even with pseudonyms. I chose the great rocker « Rock The Blues Tonight », issued 1982 on Demon (« Monkey Beat »).

And Dawson is for the last two tracks of this selection, cut live in Lyon, France, in November.1991.
First the great rocker (the original was released by Champion Jack Dupree), backed by the Dutch group the Sneat Sniffers (note the prodigious 15-years old lead guitarist, and the good work of both the bassman and the dummer) « Shim Sham Shimmy ».

For a change, we got the old Sam Nichols tune « Who Put The Cat Out (When Papa Was Out Of Town )», sung bluesy style. Very nice lead guitar, before Dawson takes his own solo. Good Lord!

Sources: Ronnie Dawson live (personal collection); Ray Taylor’s “Voice Of Country” 45rpm from Armadillo Killer archives; Gene Vincent’s “Hey Mama” from Internet, as Ray Taylor’s Clix 801; more of Gene Vincent (SF gig) from Internet; Gene O’Quin from my collection; Ray Taylor’s Clix sides from my collection; Charlie Gracie tracks from Internet. Enjoy all the tracks and your comments are welcome!

Late October 2021 bopping fortnight favorites

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)

To sum i up, a solid Honky Tonk by PATTY LOVELESS, « Chains » (MCA) from 1989. I like the drums !

And that’s it. Little less tracks than usual. Their quality offset their scarcity.

Sources : more than a track fom Internet. Gene Ray from t libraey.he Krazy Kat CD « Tarheel Swing ».Smokey Rohers from collection; te rest from my huge soundfles library

Early October 2021 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night

by Hardrock Gunter

The veteran HARDROCK GUNTER does provide us his « Boogie Woogie On A Saturday Night » (Decca 46300) cut in 1950. A nice bopper, an happy song. Good guitar and vocal.

Next, JOHNNY RECTOR, singer fronting Blackie Crawford and the Western Cherokees, a Houston group, does « If They Ever Get Together » : a bopper – steel, piano and fiddle.

Dub Adams on stage (’40s)

The fine DUB ADAMS with an instrumental « Pocahutas Stomp » on the Dude label (Dude JB 1498) : steel, piano and drums. Western tinged.

From the South now, JOHNNY FOSTER does offer « Turn Me Loose » on Capa 233. A duet, jumping country song, shrill guitar and a good guitar solo.

DAVE BROCKMAN had a disk on Starday Custom, the great « Feel Sorry For Me ». Here he is on the Pea-nut label # 1001 with « My Angel’s Gone to Hell ». Surely a Southern label. He’s been on the Fayette label # 1002 too.

The King of Yodel American Singers, as they call him, KENNY ROBERTS in his finest hour (Coral 64032). Intro by harmonica, a nice bopper, fine lyrics. The song was issued too by Lonesome Willie Evans on London and Little Jimmy Dickens on Columbia.

1929-30 the Godfather of Country music JIMMIE RODGERS did two of his better-known tune, « Mean Mama Blues » (with brass acc.) and « Never No More Blues », (flipside to « Mule Skinner Blues »)both cut by Victor. Both of them were revived by AL RUNYON on the Kentucky label, respectively # 577 and 581. Slow songs, only acc. by guitar. Runyon closely copies here Rodgers.

LARRY GOOD on the Kansas City label R (« Our ») # 517 cut a good Rockabilly with « Pick Up Your Hammer » ; good guitar, the vocal is OK

Finally from Louisiana, the romping « Drunkard’s Two Step » by ROBERT BERTRAND. Steel and accordion backing. Fais DoDo # 1000 (a colloquial word for dance halls)

Sources : many ; YouTube for several(Johnny Foster, Dub Adams) ; the others from my own archives.

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 ».