Hey Cat !

Hey Cat !

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

Saturday, 6 June 2015

X Records !

Terry Fell and the Fellers 
X Records # 0010 - 1954
Don't Drop It / Truck Driving Man 

Classic case of the B side takes off and no one remembers the A Side !
This was the Truck Driving song that sparked a wave of trucking tunes from the West to East coast ! 
Terry is totally at ease with this tale of the long distance trucking man and his lonely life on the road, just him, the white lines and neon signs. 
Honking harp starts the fun and then you get lovely harmony vocals and the whole thing just motors along just fine ! 
Fell started his record career in 1945 as a member of Billy Hughes band. His first record was with Hughes on Fargo Records. He then began his solo career for Cortney and 4 Star Records, although none of his singles were hits there.

OKeh Records !

Onie Wheeler and his Ozark Boys.
OKeh Records # 18022 - 1953
Run Em' Off / When We All Get There.

 In August 1953, Onie and the boys signed with OKeh/ Columbia Records in Nashville and had their first recording session at the end of that month, under the supervision of Don Law. The session included two of Wheeler's best-known songs, "Run 'Em Off" and "Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep". Both were covered by other Columbia artists : "Run 'Em Off" by Lefty Frizzell (# 8 country in February 1954) and "Mother Prays Loud.." by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs. 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Imperial Records !

Gene Henslee 
Imperial Record # 8227 - 1954
Dig'n Datin' / A Girl Named Heart Brake

Let's have a hillbilly riot with the great king of Imperial Rockabillies Gene Henslee.
Dig'n Datin' recorded in Oklahoma or Texas and is a true blast off record when he tells us he wants a Cadillac 4 miles long and a new suit and tie.
Red hot Fiddle, Piano, Steel and searing boogie guitar .....what more does a fella or gal need !

Hickory Records !

Ernie Chaffin 
Hickory Record # 1024 - 1955
I Can't Lose The Blues / Get Me On Your Mind .

Recorded Nashville 1955 this is classic Ernie, two powerful songs delivered in a style all his own. This was his second and last release on Hickory .Both written by his close friend Pee Wee Maddux 'I Can't Lose The Blues' is perfection and why Ernie never made it big in Nashville after this just amazes me ..........staggering !
'Get Me On Your Mind' just races along with pounding fiddle and some amazing guitar work by Pee Wee.

US Country singer born on January 1, 1928 in Water Valley (Mississippi). Ernie Chaffin began his career in 1954 at Hickory Records from Nashville. In 1955, with Marion Carpenter, He starts the label 'Fine' in Biloxi (56). He then took a trip to Sun Records of Memphis (57) where he recorded 4 singles. He recorded there after at River, Vernel, Village, Rite and Axent Records. He was a regular singer on the radio WVMI of Biloxi (Mississippi) in 1956. Ernie succumbed to an accident of tractor, on his farm of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, April 16, 1997.

Jimmie Collie
Hickory Record # 1033 - 1955
She Will Get Lonesome / Sinners Angel.

I just love this record, got it for a few dollars and trust me it was worth every cent.
Written by The Louvin Brothers and recorded in Jan 1955, Jimmie just belts out a performance that should have rocketed him to country stardom but like so many others just fell short.
He had six releases on Hickory but none in my opinion were as fine as this . A simple song about the moon and the stars and a hope they will help him get his girl back ......beautiful !

Ernie Chaffin
Hickory Record # 1016 - 
I'm Gonna Salt My Sugar Away / Lonely Wind.

This was the first release for Ernie on Hickory. Fred Rose was instrumental in signing Ernie but only after Paul Cohen at Decca/Coral got turned down as Ernie did not like his style !
A good start at Hickory but this was never gonna up root any trees anytime soon. Ernie sounds like he's searching for that sound ( that thank the lord he found at Sun Records).
Again Pee Wee wrote both tracks and both are played with gusto and have that very relaxed Hickory sound !

Rusty & Doug Kershaw 
Hickory Record # 1055 - 1956
I'll Understand / Mister Love

A damn fine fourth single release by brothers Russell Lee and Douglas James better know as Rusty & Doug . They would go onto record a further 14 singles on Hickory and cement their sound in Nashville.
What you're getting here is superb sublime harmonies and stunning Piano playing by Wiley Barkdull and of course that fantastic fiddle sound by Doug .

Pacemaker Records !

Claude King
Pacemaker Records # HB 1010 - 1953
A Million Mistakes / Why Should I ?

December 1950 KWKH Radio Station Studio, 509 Market St., Shreveport, LA – Claude King (Buddy Attaway [gt], Tillman Franks [bass], Webb Pierce [vcl chorus]. Producer: Webb Pierce)
003 A MILLION MISTAKES Pacemaker 1010 Gotham G 409
004 WHY SHOULD I Pacemaker 1010 Gotham G 409

Pacemaker Records at the time had some top names on their little label in Shreveport, Louisiana. Webb Pierce, Tillman Franks, Hal Harris & Sleepy Jeffers to name a few. 
Claude King had one release on Pacemaker ( This version was reissued on Gotham #409) this was never gonna set the country world alight in 1953 (as it was recorded some 2 years before) produced by Webb Pierce and sounds so dang good and Claude sings it with real passion with the addition of some beautiful Steel work. Then just a few years later after his years of hard work it finally payed off when he was signed to Columbia Records and had a string of hits during the 1960's.

Fargo Records !

Billy Hughes' Pal's Of The Pecos .
Fargo Records # 1115 - 1946
Stop That Stuff / Milk Cow Blues .

BILLY HUGHES, born Everett Ismael September 14, 1908 at Sallislaw, Oklahoma.
Billy owned and established Fargo records in 1946.  
The early treatment here by Billy is a very cool western swing slant on the classic tune made well known a few years later by some cat called Elvis !

SESSIONSearly 1946 Associated Studio, 305 S. Fairoaks Ave., Pasadena, CA – Billly Hughes & His Pals Of The Pecos
001 1110-8-4/1937* I'M TELLIN' YOU Fargo 1111/4 Star 1282/ET-19* HBR CD 030
002 1110-9-3/1938* IT'S TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR MIND Fargo 1111/4 Star 1282 ET-19* HBR CD 030
003 1110-11-12 STOP THAT STUFF Fargo 1115/ HBR CD 030
004 1110-12-3 MILK COW BLUES Fargo 1115/ HBR CD 030

Coast Records !

Roy Hogsed and the Rainbow Riders.
Coast Records - # 262 - 1947
Cocaine Blues / Loafers Song.

Roy gives us a really early version of the song made famous years later by Johnny Cash. Sparse guitar and lashings of accordion (Gene Dewez) which drives the solo. Roy sings this with gusto and you can see where Mr Cash got his inspiration. Top drug tune played with a smile !

20 May 1947 [19:30-22:00] Universal Recorders, 6757 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA – Roy Hogsed (Rusty Nitz [bass], Gene Dewez [accordion]. Producer: Charles Washburn)
001 348/3291 DAISY MAE Coast 261/ BCD-16191
002 349/3292 THE LOAFRS SONG Coast 262/ LP-5015
004 351/3289 COCAINE BLUES Coast 262 Capitol 40120 F40274 F1635/ LP-5015 BCD-16191

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Capitol Records !

Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan 
Capitol Records # 2244 - 1952
Hot Rod Mama / Nicotine Fits

The year 1952 saw Jimmie moving further north to sign with KYA radio and KGO-TV, both in San Francisco. On the radio he had two shows a day. Recording wise he remained prolific, but the raw edge of the fiddle was gone, although he was still laying down good things like 'Rubber Ball Heart'  (2118) and the superb twin-sider 'Hot Rod Mama/Nicotine Fits' (2244). 

Gene O'Quin 
Capitol Record # 2075 - 1952
Mobilin' Baby Of Mine / I'll Never Be The Same.

Pure Hillbilly bop like you ain't never gonna hear again. 
Gene rips through this number like a derailed freight train, this is what it's all about, the finest country sizzlin' bop. Gene's vocals are pure and country and they make you wanna go back to 1952 !

30 January 1952 [no. 2514, 14:30-17:30] Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA – Gene O‘ Quin (Gene O‘ Quin [vcl], Jimmy Bryant [ld gt], Billy Strange [gt], Speedy West [steel], Cliffie Stone ]bass], Muddy Berry [drums], Harold Hensley [fiddle], Billy Liebert [piano]. Producer: Ken Nelson)

Goldband Records !

Eddie Shuler's All Star Reveliers
Goldband Records - # G 1021 - 1951
Ace Of Love / Hiding My Tears In The Rain.

In 1945 he recruited his own All Star Reveliers modeled after the Texas swing bands of Spade Cooley and Bob Wills. Much of the success of the Reveliers could be attributed to Eddie, himself, who emceed a radio show four days a week at station KPLC in Lake Charles. At KPLC in 1944, with either a wire recorder or primitive, one-track tape machine, he also recorded his first 78 rpms which were used mostly as demos to promote his band. In 1955 the Reveliers disbanded. "Not only was I tired of all the long nights and travel but also it was wreaking havoc on my marriage. You know how musicians always tend to attract the girls," he always said with a wink.

Although most of the early Goldband releases were dominated by the Reveliers, including the local hit of 1951, "Ace of Love," G 1021 - this issue was only ever released on a 78 rpm.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Ma An' Pa Say Records !

Big Jeff Bess and the Radio Playboys.
Ma An' Pa Say Records # N/N - 1950
Hom-Bru Boogie / Ten-E-Cee Boogie.

Big Jeff Bess (featuring Radio Playboys) - Ma An' Pa Say Records - Hom-Bru Boogie / Ten-E-Cee Hom-Bru . Big Jeff Bess was born on September 2, 1920 in Tennessee, USA as Grover Franklin Bess. He was an actor, known for A Face in the Crowd (1957) and Wild River (1960). He was married to Tootsie and they would open together 'Tootsies Orchid Lounge' in Nashville in the early 1960's. He died on August 23, 1998 in Davidson County, Tennessee.

Apparently the Tennessee State Fair beer garden show had done so well in 1949 they decided to record the songs about 'Hom Bru Beer' that Jeff had written for the show and to sell the discs at the fair in 1950. So it was recorded at the radio station WLAC and produced and sold in limited numbers at the fair. 

I picked up this rare 78' for 99 cents on ebay in 2015.......boy what a score ! 

George McCormick - Guitar
Big Jeff Bess - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Ed Hyde - Fiddle
Jack Boles - Upright Bass
Dwain Birdwell - Steel

Memo Records !

Terry Fell and The Fellers .
Memo Record # 3001 - 1945
Side A - I've Done All I Know To Do / You Ran Around.

Memo # 3001 was Terry Fell's first ever release.

US Country singer born May 13, 1931 in Dora (Alabama). Known for his one big hit, 1954's "Truck Driving Man," Terry Fell is but a footnote in country history, but an important one nonetheless. His hit literally spawned the whole truck driving saga that is still a major part of country music's lyrical pool. He was also the first to see the promise in a young Buck Owens, signing him to a manager's contract and using him as a lead guitarist on his sessions.

Gateway Records !

Joe 'Cannonball' Lewis 
Gateway Record # 3006 - 1953
I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down / Before I Met You.

Joe Cannonball Lewis was Born april 12, 1924. He was inspired by Jimmie Rodgers and was a highly underrated artist in the 1950s. He had a preference for railroad songs and that is why producer Fred Rose gave him the name "Cannonball". Lewis recorded with musicians like Chet Atkins (Guitar), Joe Talbott (Steel Guitar), Gordon Terry (Fiddle), Goy Farmer (Rhythm Guitar), Shorty Whittaker (Mandolin) and Ray Brandenburg (Banjo).

This is pure rip roaring country honkytonk at it's finest. This is top shelf stuff, a mind blowing record of heavyweight proportions ! savage lead, snappy rhythm guitar, red hot Steel and the great vocals by Joe.....this is heaven .....pure heaven !