Early January 2022 bopping fortnight’s favorites

Howdee Folks! This is the first fortnight for 2022. With many thanks to them visitors who sent very sympathetic messages, inquiring for my health problem Now everything is working fine: thank you Mrrs. George (Edmonson), Ken (Hippler), Willem Van Putten (aka Zandaas), Rob (Kopp). My best personal wishes to you.

EDDIE MILLER 4* 1693 « You Walked Away » 1956. intro : discreet el. Guitar on the first verses, over a piano. Then excellent bluesy guitar solo by none other than Eddie Cochran, backed by his faithfull stand-up bass player Connie « Guybo » Smith. A fine little record !

The CLOVERS : Hey, Miss Fannie. Doo-wopping black Rock’n’Roll (Atlantic 977, 1956)

BENNY LEADERS « Hey Miss Fannie » Ok’ed 1060
Uptempo bopper close to Rock’n’Roll. Lovely drums. Steel, fiddle and el. guitar solos b+ piano solo. A disc not to be missed.

BLACKIE CRAWFORD & His Western Cherokees « Jump, Jack, Jump » (Coral 64138)
Crawford and his crew backed any of the early Starday label issues. It’s a jumping bopper. A long steel solo, a piano and an agile guitar solos.The tune has nothing to do with the same Cecil Gant (1947), or ’30’s Andy Kirk’s 5 Clouds of Joy, neither Wynona Carr on Specialty (1956), all three Black artists.

DON FOWLER « Oklahoma Baby » on Oakridge ORM 121, 1966. excellent slapped bass (rare in a ’60’s recording) ; a good rhythmic thing, nice euxuberant vocal. Steel and fiddle solos.

WHITEY KNIGHT « From Angel To A Devil «  ( Nielsen 5-1, 1957)
A medium uptempo very rhytmic and steel. Typical West coast sounding bopper. Alas, afterwards Knight turned pop-rock on Dot Records :« Teenage Blues » is almost awful.

LANIE WALKER « Drop In » Blue Hen 219. (1957). Reverse of A-side « Why Baby Why ».
A bluesy number with steel to the fore. Great disappointed vocal. One of Walker best efforts among his whole product at Blue Hen.

« Tell Me Baby », a Louisiana Rocking Blues number by one of the best Chicago singers/piano players (backed Howlin’ Wolf from 1957 to 1961) HENRY GRAY, although mainly a backing musician. He made very fine sides on his own (e.g. On Parrot records, 1953, or Chess, 1954). Here fabulous piano + harmonica. A solid rocker (1988) on Sun Land 106.

Bopping in Houston, TX: the FREEDOM, Hillbilly serie (1950-52) – part 1

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This article (and the following ones about the same musical label) is based on the Hillbilly Researcher’s article from 1992 written by expert Phillip. Tricker, and mostly on the notes of  other experts Andrew Brown and Kevin Coffey for the compilation “Heading back to Houston” (Krazy Kats CD12) issued ca. 1998. Important additions have been made by bopping’s editor.

The style of Honky Tonk music that Starday commenced to issue in 1953 had developped over the years following the end of WWII and a thriving recording scene had expanded in the Houston area with much of the recorded output appearing on labels like FOUR STAR and more locally labels like MACY’S, NUCRAFT, OPERA, HUMMING BIRD and PHAMOUS to name but just a few. Some, like MACY’S issued over fifty releases while others scaled down to a mere dozen or so and yet others a solitary lone release. One of the most important of these labels was FREEDOM : little was known about the artists and bopping music. However, since 1992 and Phillip Tricker’s article, an important amount of research has been done and we can now have a far better overview of both the label, its owner and the artists.

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