Lee Bonds & Sonny Sims
Republic Records # 7041 - 1953
I'm Glad That I Love You / Give My Broken Heart A Break
Born in Alabama in 1924. Lee Bonds had two releases previous to to his Republic offerings in 1953 on the Tennessee Label. Bonds was a prolific writer and could certainly write a nice Country Honky Tonk tune.
This release on Republic has one side with Lee Bond and Sonny Sims and the other on his lonesome. The duet with Sonny is pure class, both have vocals that just melt into one, absolute class, great uptempo song with strong fiddle and Steel. The B side is more sedate and has Trumpet laden throughout by Bill Roberts along with some fine piano and Steel by Larry Garman and falls more into the Honky Tonk category !
Republic Record # 7079 - 1954
Throwing Kisses / Please Come Back To Me.
What a great boppin' Hillbilly tune by Larry. This one cooks right from the opening fiddle intro right through to the end, this is just a mighty fine song and is so typical of this period, perfect Steel and Larry has a voice to match. He was 26 when he recorded this for Bill Beasley at Republic and unfortunately led to only one further release on the label.
Clay Eager With Band
Republic Record # 7077 - 1954
Don't Come Crying On My Shoulder / Babaloo
Not much known about Clay Eager, by all accounts was widely know as a DJ in Fort Wayne ,IN and Lima, OH before making this fine record in 1954. What you get here are two top notch rockin' country tunes, Clay does not have the greatest of voices but he sure puts it all into these tunes, again superb Steel and lead guitar work make this a top tune !