Hey Cat !

Hey Cat !

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Mart Records !

Doug Tubb .
Mart Record Company # 1003 - 1955
The World Is A Monster / Deaf, Dumb And Blind .

Before recording for Decca and Dot and changing his name to Glenn Douglas, Doug Tubb recorded this monster for 'Mart' in 1955 and wow what a tune.
Written by Doug and Roy Duke this is killer country music, not a mover i'll give you that .....but changing from minor to major chords this lil' devil rolls and bops for sure and when Doug states "For the world is a monster and it's food is mans heart"  you better believe it buddy ......I just love this 78, not in the greatest condition but it's a monster all the same !

Born Douglas Tubb (Son of Ernest Tubb), June 29, 1935 in San Antonio (Texas). Glenn Douglas is still active as Country singer .

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Bethlehem Records !

Bert Bryson and his Musical Boys 
Bethlehem Records # 1294 - 1954
One Sided Heart / I Was Burned In Carolina.

This very early release by the newly formed 'Bethlehem' record company showed just a little pomise. After failing with their early pop crooners they opted for the Country sound with this nice little yodel hillbilly tune right out of New York.

Bethlehem was formed in 1953 in New York City by Gus Wildi. Wildi, a Swiss immigrant, had been in the country for about two years and wanted to create something
According to the announcement concerning Bethlehem's establishment, found in Billboard on February 27, 1954 (p26), Bethlehem Records was initially structured with Gus Wildi as President of the label, with Murray Singer the General Manager & National Sales Manager, Jim Bright as the A&R (Artists & Repertoire) Manager, and Elaine Bergman handling promotion.

In June and early July, 1954, Bethlehem released "One Sided Heart"/"I Was Burned in Carolina" by Bert Bryson [Bethlehem B1294], "Honky Tonk"/"Moderner Liebestraum" by Jim Bright [Bethlehem B1295], "Don't Steal My Heart"/"Hip Shaking Mama" by Beulah Swan [Bethlehem B1296], and "Broken Hearted Waltz"/"Echoing Mailbox" by the Simmons Twins [Bethlehem B1297]. So by the end of July, 1954, Bethlehem had released seven singles with Sy Oliver as musical director. As is not uncommon with new labels, sales of these singles were, to put it bluntly, dismal. The funds that had been set aside to start the company were running out. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Meladee Records !

Don Ray with The "High Steppers"
Meladee Records - M 118 - 1956
Step Aside (And Let A Good Man Pass) / Hand Full Of Memories 
RCA Custom Pressing.

Very little is known about Mr Don Ray and his "High Steppers" but what I can confirm about this Meladee record is .......that it is an absolute top drawer record and that 'Step Aside' is pretty much the kinda song that sticks in your head for days & days. 
It is not ferocious rockabilly or even quick high tempo hillbilly , it is melodic, tuneful, and damn right brilliant, wonderful voice and the guitar pickin' and steel work is sublime......if you find this on a 45 or 78 BUY IT !

Flip Records !

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Charlie Feathers 
Flip Record Inc. # 503 - 1955.
Peepin' Eyes / I've Been Deceived

Charlie Feathers (vcl/gtr); Quinton Claunch (gtr); Stan Kesler (steel gtr); Marcus Van Story / William Diehl (bs); Bill Cantrell (fiddle)

 Sun records founder Sam Phillips launched Flip records in February, 1955. The label folded abruptly after threats of legal action were voiced by Ed Wells, owner of another Flip label in Los Angeles. Recording took place at Sun studio, 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. 

This rare as hens teeth 78 is a thing and sound of beauty , Nothing comes close to Charlies voice and every word is crammed to the brim with pure raw emotion ! 
Within months of the law suit from LA , Flip # 503 saw a release on the Sun label as Sun # 503 ( both the Charlie Flip and Sun records are highly prized by collectors) 
I have been after a copy on 78 for years and finally got my chance to own what I consider to be one of the greatest and important records of that era ......Flip #503 is nothing short of a masterpiece !

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Ollit Records !

Tommy Little and Sunrise Rangers .
Ollit Records # 2001 - Date 1950 ?
Mean, Mean Woman / One Time Too Often.

Top shelf Country bop, superb Guitar, fiddle and Steel and pure hick vocal from Mr Little on this hillbilly bruiser right out of New York .......both sides are monsters ......this is what it's all about for me, rural, hick bop !!!!!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Arrow Records !

Lattie Moore and his Allen County Boys .
Arrow Records # n/n - 1951.
Married Trouble / Hide-Away Heart.

Here is Lattie Moore's 1st ever recording, this record was the holy grail for most collectors for over 50 years and I only know of two other copies apart from mine !!! so it's rare ....VERY RARE !
This is tip top hillbilly bop, superb Guitar solo and some solid bass playing .
Recorded most likely at label owner Tate Bolands house in Indianapolis in 1951.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Viv Records !

Jimmy Spellman with The Sunset Riders.
Viv Records # 1000 - 1955
Give Me Some Of Yours / No Need To Cry Anymore.

Cool little tune from Jimmy Spellman on the pretty rare Viv label out of Phoenix , AZ from 1955.
Some tasty steel work lifts this song up from the usual mix of pop/country that was becoming very popular around 1955 , This is the sort of tune that jigs my jagger and makes collecting these old records worth all the effort and money . Superb !

Atomic Records !

Riley Walker and the Rockin' R Rangers.
Atomic Record # 1003/1004 - 1954.
It's A Little Late / Windy Waltz

Photo shows Charles Gallagher (left) and Riley Walker (right)

The state of Utah is not well known among Hillbilly lovers. Sole artist from this state is RILEY WALKER. He had already released on Atomic "Uranium Miner’s Boogie " (Atomic # 1001). Here is a second offering from Walker, less impressive, although almost equally good, on Atomic (# 1003) , the amusing "It’s A Little Late" . Solid backing from his band, the Rocking-R-Rangers.

More revelations from Peter Vogel: Atomic Records, incidentally, was Walker’s own label, and, as Vogel puts it, the label is “the exact yellow that gives refined uranium ore its name: yellowcake.” He distributed copies of the record to stores (where it sold for 98 cents) and jukeboxes all over the region. And its topicality and easy appeal had kept it in regular rotation in some of these jukeboxes for decades. 
Walker formed the band in 1947 (the same year, incidentally, that Hank Williams’s “Move it On Over,” came out, which “Uranium Miner’s Boogie” will remind some listeners of), and it featured Walker’s sister Belva on piano, a brother-in-law (not Belva’s husband) named Charles Gallagher on steel guitar, and a bassist named Gordon Hawkins.

The Rockin-R-Rangers played frequently all over the region, including a dance hall Walker ran himself for awhile in Cortez, Colorado (a town in which he’d also been working as a part time disc jockey for local station KVFC). He called it the Rockin R Rancho, and booked artists like Jim Reeves, Billy Walker, T. Texas Tyler, and apparently Elvis himself who, according to Vogel, was opening up for Tyler at the time. I had no idea that EP had ever toured with Mr. “Deck of Cards” and none of my web searching or page flipping has borne this out. (Any Elvisologists care to step forward?)
Walker quit the music business for good when the band split up in ‘58, and he drove trucks until ‘84. But thanks to this record and the efforts of Vogel, we can safely add Riley Walker and His Rockin-R-Rangers to the very small list of real-deal rock ‘n’ roll pioneers from the Utah and four corners region. And to drive the point home, may I suggest playing the record again and listening while reading the following choice passage from Vogel’s article:

Vogel said : But it was out at the old rustic Buckhorn Club [in Cortez] in the west end of town where things got really lively. There was at least one fight every night and sometimes there would be as many as 20 or 30 people fighting on the dance floor, regardless of the season of the year.
It would be a regular knock-down, drag-out brawl because one guy who would be drinking wouldn’t like the way somebody else would be holding his wife or his girl and that would start the fight. Then friends on both sides of the dispute would jump in and you couldn’t any longer tell who was on which side. “There were too many fists flyin’ around to get very close,” Walker recalls.
All the women would get back out of the way and watch the fight sitting at the tables or they would run into the restroom. “But we’d just keep on playin’ and sometimes we might have had to sidestep in case they started fallin’ our way, but generally they left us alone since we weren’t involved. Then the management would call the police and wait awhile.
“Men were more quarrelsome in those days and liked a fight and there weren’t any regular police assigned to the Buckhorn Club, which was known locally as ‘The Bucket of Blood.’ But when the call finally went up that the police were pullin’ in, the men fighting on the floor would all disappear pretty fast so as not to be arrested and taken to jail and the police would arrest whoever was lying out on the floor knocked out.”

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Westport Records !

JIMMY DALLAS ( with Cathy Justice) 
Westport Records # 131 - 1956
Who Do, Honey You Do / I've Got A Right To Know .

Jimmy Dallas (1927-2004, rn Keith B. Kissee) was a country performer famous on the KC scene of the 50’s. He had 3 releases on Westport. «Good Intentions» is a fine uptempo hillbilly tune : strong vocal, sawing fiddle and bright steel. «Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Mo » and « How Do ? Honey You Do » are duets sung with Cathy Justice.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Lin Records !

Frank (Andy) Starr & The Rock-Away Boys.
Lin Records # 1013 - 1955
Tell Me Why / From The Want Of Your Love .

Born Franklin Delano Gulledge, 21 October 1932, Mill Creek, Arkansas Died 12 September 2003, Fayetteville, Arkansas

The station manager persuaded Frank to audition for Joe Leonard, who owned the Gainsville based Lin label and KGAF radio. Leonard was impressed by the uptempo hillbilly stuff on offer and a session was arranged for early '55 at the Cliff Herring Studio in Fort Worth, Texas. 
Dallas songwriters Mietzl Miller and Bill Baker were commissioned to write a couple of songs, the first The Dirty Bird Song is a catchy uptempo item, not a million miles from Marvin Rainwater. The second number, Dig Them Squeaky Shoes is a plodding country rocker, with some nice guitar work from Frank. The resultant single (Lin 1009) failed to click on the charts but was a more than decent debut. Tell Me Why is probably the best song from the session, a real chugger, Franks vocals still very rural at his stage and the band on top form. It was written by bass player Marvin Pace, a local car salesman whose band, including fifteen year old piano playing son Johnny Pace, backed Frank billed as the Rock-Away Boys. For The Want Of Your Love is a country weeper with backing vocals from the pen of W.D.Patty who supplied songs to other Joe Leonard artists, most notably the excellent Buck Griffin but when released as Lin 1013 both sides sank without trace. ( Taken from RAB Hall of Fame)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Sims Records !

Jimmy Patton .
Sims Record # 103 - 1955
Guilty / Careful (Duet with Ann Jones)

Born Oscar James Patton, 28 October 1931, Berwin, Oklahoma
Died 25 June 1989, Portland, Oregon

Jimmy Patton was basically a country singer and not a very successful one at that, but his claim to fame lies in a couple of ferocious rockabilly recordings, most notably "Okie's In the Pokie", "Yah! I'm Movin'" and "Let Me Slide", all of which have been heavily reissued on compilations.

Born on a farm in Oklahoma, Patton and his family moved to Springfield, Oregon in 1943. It was here that Jimmy began to take music seriously and took all chances to sing and play wherever he could. He had a job
as a rodeo rider which came to an abrupt end when he broke his arm in July 1953. Jimmy did his first recording in 1955, for the Sims label which was then based in Sun Valley, California, although the recordings were made in Fabor Robinson's home studio in Malibu. Three singles were
released during 1955, the first of which was "Careful" (a duet with Ann Jones) c/w "Guilty" (Sims 103). This was still old-fashioned hillbilly, sung in a high pitched voice, not unlike Charlie Feathers' Sun recordings.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Ramblin' Lou Records !

Ramblin' Lou Schriver and his Twin Mountaineers .
Ramblin' Lou Records # 205A/205AA - 1951
Dust On The Bible / Radio Station S-A-V-E-D.

Here we have a great rare slice of Gospel country by Ramblin' Lou on his own label out of Niagra Falls, NY in 1951. 
Ramblin' Lou had quite a stint at WJJL in the Niagara Falls area. He had a daily three-hour shift as disc jockey; he had a live show called "Rainbow Ridge"; and a special Saturday night broadcast from Ramblin' Lou's Record Ranch, which was one of the leading country and western record stores in Niagara Falls.
He had a band around 1951 called the "Twin Pine Mountaineers". He and the band did personal appearances in Western New York and Pennsylvania and in Ontario, Canada, too. He also appeared on the WWVA Original Jamboree at one time, too.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Chess Records !

Jack Ford 
Chess Record # 4858 - June 1954
I Understand / That's All You Gotta Do.

Hot diggity dog ! this is a nice lil' humdinger from Jack Ford. Been after this platter for quite a while, missed out on it a few times but finally managed to get it for an absolute steal .....£8.00 !!!! 
I just love Jacks easy going vocal on this rare slice of Chess Country .
Back in 1951, the Chess Brothers tried to set a Hillbilly Series that lead to 4 records by Harmonica Frank Floyd and by Bob Price, all sides being purchased from Sam Phillips. In 1954, they made a second serious attempt purchasing a number of masters from Stan Lewis. The series was numbered 4800 and Jack Ford opened the way with his first solo record "That's All You Gotta Do"/"I Understand (Just how you feel)" (Chess 4858) was issued in June 1954.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Gilt-Edge Records !

Rocky Bill Ford and the Sunset Wranglers .
Gilt-Edge Records # 5023 - 1950
Beer Drinking Blues / Aggravatin' Woman

Written by Bill, this song has been reworked many times in many guises. This is your classic drinking tune, and tells the story of a man bragging how he can out drink any man, any time ! Also recorded in the 1960's as Beer Drinking Blues by Eddie Noack and has Beer Drinking Daddy by Johnny Champion and James Mask .

October or November 1950 Houston, TX - Rocky Bill Ford
001 3879 BEER DRINKING BLUES X1 Gilt-Edge 5023/Audio Lab AL-1561 Design SDLP
002 3880 AGGRAVATIN‘ WOMEN X1 Gilt-Edge 5023/Audio Lab AL-1561 Design SDLP

GILT-EDGE RECORDS # 5026 - 1951

Recorded at The Memphis Recording Studio (AKA Sun Studio) in December 1950. Dusty Rhodes handles the vocals on "Sixty Days" and the flip is a tremendous instrumental.
Released in early 1951 this was Slims second release on Gilt-Edge and the A side motors along, western swing with a touch of Hillbilly makes it a classic from the Sun vaults . Pee Wee Suggs can be heard playing some sweet Jazz guitar on both sides .

Monday, 22 June 2015

Mode Records !

Tennessee Valley Boys 
Mode Records - 101 - 195?
Bitter Feelings / I'm Wondering Now .

This is a 78 record I found that is not listed anywhere ! Pretty rare and all attempts have me stumped on it's history and date !
This song 'Bitter Feelings' and 'I'm Wondering Now' were both released in 1953 on two different releases on 'Demo' Records ( a anagram of 'Mode' ? ) and were straight Country songs under the name 'Larry Lee (Phillipson) and the Westerneers' . This 78 (pic above) is a Bluegrass version with very sparse instrumentation (Mandolin and Banjo) so I would estimate an earlier recording (poss 1952)
Larry Phillipson later recorded the 'Bitter Feelings' side again in 1959 and was released on the 'Cinch' label and the song was faster and in a straight Rockabilly style. 

Sun Records !

Roy Orbison and Teen Kings 
Sun Records - # 242 - 1956
Ooby Dooby / Go Go Go

Classic Sun twin spin monster from Roy does exactly what says on the tin, it rocks, moves and shakes all at the same time . The session at Sun took place on the 
27 March 1956 Sun Studio, 706 Union Ave., Memphis, TN – Roy Orbison (Roy Orbison [vcl], Johnny Wilson [gt], James Morrow [mandolin], Jack Kennelly [bass]. Billy Ellis [drums])

ROY FACT - "Ooby Dooby was a song I heard at North Texas State when I met two guys there, Wade & Dick. I took their song back and recorded it.
Then I called Sam Phillips at Sun, on the advice of Johnny Cash. I told Sam that Johnny had said I might be able to get on his label. Sam Phillips replied Johnny Cash doesn't run my record label and he hung up"

Roy's first release was a 45 rpm on Jewel records # 101 it was recorded March 4, 1956 in Norman Petty's studio, Clovis, New Mexico, the A Side was 'Tryin' To Get To You' B/w 'Ooby Dooby'. That record sparked Sam Phillip's interest and 'Ooby dooby' was quickly re-recorded later in March for SUN and released with 'Go Go Go' in May 1956 as Roy Orbison And Teen Kings !

Carl Perkins 

Sun Records # 249 - 1956

Dixie Fried / I'm Sorry, I'm Not Sorry

Dixie Fried was not the sort of single you would have expected as a release after Carl's previous hit on Sun Records but Sam Phillips went for it all the same . The dark tale of late night boozing ,Honky Tonks, Razors and bar room brawls .....not really the stuff that Mum and Dad were gonna buy  for their kids back in 1956, but this is the stuff the collectors want now, this is Rockabilly with a dark twisted edge and boy oh boy does it move ....Rave on cats !

March 1956 Sun Studio, 706 Union Ave., Memphis, TN – Carl Perkins
024 U-211 DIXIE FRIED 249
025 U-210 I'M SORRY I'M NOT SORRY 249

Warren Smith 

Sun Records # 250 - 1956

Ubangi Stomp / Black Jack David.

In August 1956, Smith went back to the Sun Records studio to record his second release, "Ubangi Stomp". This infectious rocker had an incorrect lyric including an African chief with the syntax of a movie Indian. For the B side, Smith recorded the classic ballad "Black Jack David". This song, which originated in early 18th-century Britain and survived in various forms in the mountains of the American south, may be the oldest song ever recorded by a rock and roll performer. Although a resounding artistic success, it did not sell as well as Smith's debut.

Ernie Chaffin

Sun Record # 262 - 1957

Feelin' Low / Lonesome For My Baby.

Ernie Chaffin can be summed up in just one word .......King !
For me he was the king of Country at Sun studios, a trail blazer, a man way before his time, a truly gifted song writer and vocalist. Sam Phillips obviously saw the same in the man and released a total of four singles ( not bad for a simple Country singer in 1956/57 ) while all around him Jerry Lee, Roy Obison and Carl Perkins were rocking it up for the kids, Ernie just kept doing what he did best, quality songs that were not only catchy but were different, oozed class and are today considered classics .......these are beautiful songs and I will say it one more time ........ERNIE CHAFFIN IS .........KING !

Rhythm Rockers ( Hardrock Gunter)

Sun Records # 248 - 1956

Jukebox Help Me Find My Bay / Fiddle 


Full name Sidney Louis Gunter Jr. Born 1925 in Birmingham, Ala. Disc jockey and performer on WWVA (Wheeling, W.Va.) in 1953-54.

In 1953, Gunter took as job as a disc jockey at WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia. The next year, while in Birmingham, Gunter cut a new version of "Gonna Dance All Night", which was leased to Sun Records. Sam Phillips was looking for an artist who could bridge the gap between R&B and pop and he may have thought that he had found just that in Hardrock Gunter (before hitting the jackpot with Elvis Presley later that year), but the Sun version (201) sold just as poorly as the Bama version of four years earlier. A second release on Sun (248) was "Jukebox Help Me Find My Baby" in 1956, credited to the Rhythm Rockers. This had originally appeared on the small Cross Country label and ran over three minutes. Phillips edited down Gunter's single to a more commercial length (2:31), but sales of the record, which had been gathering momentum prior to Phillips' involvement, ground to a screeching halt. Gunter was very dissatisfied : "Sam Phillips edited the hit out of the record. Without the novelty parts, the record fell flat." Between the two Sun singles, Gunter had recorded for King in Cincinnati. In 1957, he started his own label, Emperor Records, together with WWVA colleague Buddy Durham. He recorded several singles and an LP ("Songs They Censored In the Hills", 1958) for Emperor, but chart success continued to elude him. In 1964 he took a break from the music business to build up a career in insurance.

Jack Earl And The Jimbos 

Sun Records # 240 - 1956

Slow Down / A Fool For Lovin' You

A bop classic ! a Rockabiily tune that needs no introduction to any fan, in short this is what Sun Records is all about, this is the Sun sound and Jack is the ring master as he conducts the Jimbos in a furoius  A side in "Slow Down" and then brings them down with a skippy ballad on the flip ........just a dream records !

Johnny Cash And Tennessee Two.

Sun Records # 258.

There You Go / Train Of Love

You wanna hear classic Johnny Cash ? then look no further than Sun # 258 .....pure Cash, you get exactle what you need, heartbreak, love, chuggin rhythm and the voice of Johnny ......unmistakeable brilliance !

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Bonanza Records !

Jimmy Dawson ( Dave Farley)
Bonanza Records # 101 - 1955
Devil Eyes / Walking Round In Circles.

What a red hot scorching' lil' record this is ! 
Released by Bonanza as sung by 'Dave Farley' ( as per my copy above) and the name scratched out on both sides (on later Bonanza copies) the name was changed back to Jimmy Dawson.
'Devil Eyes' is such a great song and features some fine guitar pickin'.......what a record ! what a 78 bonanza !!! 
Originally issued as Dave Farley ( Farley pseudonym seen scratched out) better known as Jimmie Dawson with the "IE" .Devil Eyes B/w Walking ’round In Circles  (the latter being the most well-known Dawson song, except " Big Black Bug Boogie "  a different song with the same name was issued on Delta 101 by Dick Marquis) were apparently reissued from Bonanza 101 (reviewed by Billboard in October 1955) ; with the very same label/number, it had been also issued by a Dave Farley, another Dawson pseudonym! Bonanza was given a Cincinnati, OH. address.                     

Trumpet Records !

Luke McDaniels 
Trumpet Record # 184 - 1952.
Whoa Boy / No More 

What you have here from McDaniels is a flippin great hillbilly bopper, Luke is still trying to find his style for sure, but boy what a song, what a voice, what a lil' belter this record is.

15 June 1952 WFOR Radio Station Studio, Hattiesburg, MS – Luke McDaniel (Luke McDaniel [vcl/rh gt], R.B.Mitchell [ld gt], Clayton Parker [bass], Hilton Giger [fiddle])
001 DRC 124/ACA 2227 THIS CRYING HEART Trumpet 45-184/ Klick-O-Phonik CDNo.#
002 DRC 125/ACA 2228 WHOA BOY Trumpet 45-185/ Proper PROPERBOX 103 STCD-24 Cactus TRUMPET-1 , Klick-O-Phonik CDNo.#
003 DRC 126/ACA 2226 NO MORE Trumpet 45-184/,

Luke McDaniel, like many a good singer was born in the good ole southern state of Mississippi, in Ellisville on February 3, 1927. He started in music after buying a seven dollar mandolin, and was influenced by hillbilly singers like The Bailes Brothers. He formed his own band and turned professional in 1945. He opened for Hank Williams in New Orleans in the late 40's and appears to have become hooked on the lonesome sound of Hank. In 1952 he recorded "Whoa Boy" for Trumpet Records in Jackson, Mississippi as well as a tribute single, "A Tribute To Hank Williams, My Buddy". The Trumpet records were all high quality hillbilly, but as with many at the time, showed him at this stage as little more than a Hank Williams clone. 

Jimmy Swan and his Range Riders 
Trumpet Record #198 - March 13th 1954.
Lonesome Daddy Blues / One More Time.

I suppose if you were looking for a Hank Williams type vocal and sound you really need look no further than Jimmy Swan. But still it sounds truly wonderful, top of the shop country. Typical lonesome blues song, suitcase packed and headin' on down the line ......brilliant !

3 February 1953 ACA Studio, 5520 Washington Ave., Houston, TX – Jimmy Swan/*Jimmy Swan And His Range Riders (Jimmy Swan [vcl/ac gt], R.B. Mitchell [ld gt], Charley Ward [steel], Hilton Giger [bass]. Clayton Parker [fiddle]. Producer: Lillian McMurry)
007 DRC-150/ACA-2432 MARK OF SHAME Trumpet No. 197 45-197/ BCD-15758 Cactus TRUMPCD-1
008 DRC-151/ACA-2433 LOSERS WEEPERS Trumpet No. 197 45-197/ BCD-15758 Cactus TRUMPCD-1
009 DRC-152/ACA-2431 ONE MORE TIME* Trumpet No. 198 No. 45-198/BCD-15758 Cactus TRUMPCD-1

010 DRC-153/ACA-2434 LONESOME DADDY BLUES* Trumpet No. 198 No. 45-198/BCD-15758 Jasmine JASMCD-469 Cactus TRUMPCD-1

Werley Faifburn " The Delta Balladeer"
Trumpet Record # 195 - 1953
Camping With Marie / Let's Live It Over .

The Delta Balladeer is completely at home with this early outing on Trumpet, plenty of fiddle and a country bounce that moves along just fine. Recorded February 3, 1953 at ACA Studio located in Houston (Texas). Werley was backed by Jimmy Swan's band The Range Riders with R.B Mitchell (lead gtr), Charley Ward (steel gtr), Hilton Giger (bass) and Clayton Parker (fiddle). Four self penned songs were cut on that day, two being issued on Trumpet 195 "Camping With Marie" and "Let's Live It Over" with the mention Folk vocal and two others "Baby, Call On Me" and "I Feel Like Crying", scheduled for release on Trumpet 196, but never issued.

"Lucky" Joe Almond & his Hillbilly Rockers !
Trumpet Records # 221 - 1954
Gonna Roll and Rock / Hickory Nut Boogie.

Joe could smell this Hillbilly with a beat / Rockabilly sound starting to spread it's wings through the south and with this ditty Almond is pretty damn close to hitting the Rockabilly sound head on !!!, a real catchy tune and at the time a good seller for Trumpet.
It was Lucky Joe Almond (Joseph Curtis Almond) from Wedowee, Alabama, who proved to be the label’s most successful Hillbilly singer. His first offering for TRUMPET was a cover of Piano Red’s classic R&B song « Rock Me » (# 199). This was recorded in Houston in 1953 with musical accompaniment provided by Jimmy Swan’s band, the Range Riders. Swan’s boys were good at what they did, but weren’t getting the groove, especially the shuffle rhythm McMurry had in mind. Finally she grabbed an acoustical board and began to thump it herself to enliven the rhythm : it helped.   Alhough « Rock Me » proved to be a good seller for TRUMPET, selling well to both Black and White markets, it was to be almost a year before Almond was back in the studio, backed this time by Curley Williams’ band, the Georgia Peach Pickers. At this session, recorded at the Diamond studio in Jackson, Almond laid down the two Hillbilly Bop classics « Gonna Roll and Rock » and « Hickory Nut Boogie » (# 221).  

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Acorn Records !

Jimmie Williams 
Acorn Records # 154 - 1954
Hey, Hey Little Dreamboat / My Sisters are Crying. 

Jaunty little number from Jimmie, lovely fiddle and Lead Guitar and it chugs along just right
Jimmie Williams Born: March 7, 1930 was a native of Ohio and found himself entertaining fans in the Hio, Indiana and Kentucky area. He started his musical career over radio station WZIP in Covington, Kentucky

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Ace- Hi Records !

Slim Dossey with the Ranch Boys
Ace-Hi Records # 5011- 1954
Ramblin'Man / Mexican Joe.

Slim does a nice version of the Hank classic in 1954 ! himself and the Ranch Boys really put their all into this Ace-Hi release and for me Slim does a really good vocal . My 78 copy comes in the original Ace-Hi sleeve ! 

Slim Dossey made his way to California from the Seattle, Washington area in January of 1953. When he arrived, he contacted promoter Bill Wagnon, who got Slim a guest spot on the famed "Town Hall Party" that originated from Compton, California. 

While in Los Angeles, Slim found work on various shows such as the "Jimmy Wakely Sunday Night TV Show", the "Spade Cooley Show". 

Hamilton Records !

Lula Bel Si & the Country Meldoy Boys .
Hamilton Records # PC 7558 - 1952
Sweet Kisses and a Cold Heart / Come Back To My Heart.

Hamilton Records produced here a snappy little western swing number with Lula Bell Si sounding about 12 years old ! But what you do have here is a well played song with  a catchy little chord proggesion that turns this song from one of the norms to a right lil' belter. Hamilton also prouced another release by Lula Bell Si on Hamilton 45 rpm #1025 'Kentuckian Waltz / Cast A Spell on Me in 1953.

Lula Bell Si according to one article in 1957 was known as "The Girl With The Golden Voice". She was a native of Indiana. In the early 1950s, her band was called the Country Folk. The 1957 article indicates it was being called the Melody Boys.

Lula Bell and her band would play to packed houses on Sunday nights at the Indian Ballroom in Indianapolis. The ball room at the time was the midwest's largest hall of its type at the time and had top bands appearing there regularly.

The Sunday night show they appeared on was aired over Channel 4, WTTV out of Bloomington, Indiana and was called "The Indiana Barn Dance". The square dance calling on the show at that time was done by Max Engel.

Lula Bell Si, leader, vocals
Kenny Si, guitar, emcee
Hershal Calbert, bass fiddle
Frankie, fiddling
Cliff Kirkham, lead guitar