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Friday, 29 May 2015

Columbia Records !

Johnny Horton 
Columbia Records # 21538 - 1956
I'm A One Woman Man / Don't Like I Did Before 

Classic Johnny Horton from 1956 - Don't Like I Did (written by Claude King) was recorded in March 1956 at Bradley Barn Studio's with Lightnin' Chance on Bass and the B side was recorded at a earlier session at the Barn in Jan of 1956. This cut had Bill Black on Bass and Grady Martin on Lead Guitar and this is without doubt classic country Rockabilly at it's finest.

Floyd Tillman
Columbia Records # 36998 - 1946
Drivin' Nails In My Coffin / Some Other World .

Written by Jerry Irby, Nails in my coffin is a real cool slice of western swing with nice echo laden vocals and just chugs along fine with lovely guitar and fiddle . Recorded in Feb 1946 .

Floyd Tillman [vcl/gt]
Leo Raley [mandolin]
Lew Frisby [bass]
Darold Raley [fiddle]
Randall Raley [fiddle]
Smitty Smith [piano]

Billy Walker 
Columbia Records # 21499 - 1956
Whirlpool / Go Ahead And Make Me Cry.

Whirlpool is just one of those songs that makes me smile, stunning vocal control by Billy and some fine backing make this a great country shuffle song.

Johnny Horton.
Columbia Records # 21504 - 1956
Honky-Tonk Man / I'm Ready If You're Willing.

A stonewall classic tune from Horton really needs no introduction. Loads of slap bass and a wall of sound that elevates this from the usual country Rockabilly fodder. If you don't love this record .......then you need medical help !!!!!!!

Horton and Franks were pushing for Honky Tonk Man to be the lead-off single but strangely Don Law didn't believe in the song, and it was only after the intervention of Jim Denny that Law relented and issued it with I'm Ready If You're Willing on the flip side. Live shows were arranged to push the single with the band featuring Franks on bass and a teenager from Minden, Louisiana, Tommy Tomlinson on guitar.

Johnny Horton 
Columbia Records # 40813 - 1957
I'm Coming Home / I Got A Hole In My Pirogue 

Johnny Horton was born in Los Angeles, but at an early age he moved with his sharecropping parents to Tyler, Texas, where he grew up. Fishing was an early interest in life and he traveled to Alaska to seek employment in this capacity, but after returning to Texas he took up singing. His singing career began in 1950 in Pasadena, California, on radio station KXLA. He later became a regular on "Hometown Jamboree" with Cliffie Stone, on which he was billed as "The Singing Fisherman". In 1951 he made his first recording.

In 1953 he married the widow of Hank Williams, and she took an interest in furthering his career. He became a regular on the radio show "Louisiana Hayride" in 1955 and soon after made an appearance on "Grand Ole Opry". His first hit, "Honky Tonk Man", came in 1956 and was soon followed by "When It's Springtime in Alaska", "The Battle of New Orleans", "Johnny Reb" and "Sink the Bismarck".

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