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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

King Records !

Jimmy Ballard
King Record # 1143 - 1952
The Creeks Gone Muddy / Till The End .

This is one helluva smooth lil' country swing bopper, Jimmy's sings about his dating troubles in this super record. Beautiful Steel and boogie Guitar elevate this record above the rest and provides us with a real hillbilly treat.

Hawkshaw Hawkins 
King Records # 944 AA - 1951
Rattlesnakin' Daddy / I Hate Myself.

Real name Harold Franklin Hawkins. Born 1921 in Huntingdon, W.Va. Died in 1963.
Hawkshaw had a great strong voice and could sing a ballad and a hillbilly bopper with ease ! but he never really had a recognizable vocal style, if you played a few country balladeers and asked then asked you to pick out Hawkshaw, most people would struggle !
Rattlesnakin' Daddy is a great song and Hawkins does it proud.

Bobby Roberts and The Ozark Drifters 
King Record # 4837 - 1955
I'm Gonna Comb You Outta My Hair / My Undecided Heart.

What you get with this King release is pure country with the usual Steel and fiddle in a very Hank Williams style. Then just a year later Bobby Roberts recorded the wild Rockabilly classic 'Big Sandy' ......are they the same singer ? they don't really sound alike, but I would bet they are. Just like all male singers around this time, they had the Elvis factor and quickly changed style to win that big contract and get famous. Either way the King sessions are cool and are handled with ease by Roberts,

Lattie Moore 
King Record # 1327 - 1954
They're Not Worth The Paper They're Written On / Under A Mexico Moon.

In my opinion Lattie Moore never made a bad record. His King, Starday, Speed and Arc recordings are up there with the best.
Born in Kentucky in 1924 he grew up listening to Hank, Acuff and Hank Snow and started playing clubs and bars in the late 40's . His release on Speed in 1952 is regarded as the first Rock 'n' Roll record recorded in Nashville.
This slow to mid tempo tune by Lattie is pure country and shows what a lovely voice Lattie possessed. You also get beautiful Steel and fiddle to compliment the whole thing......in one word .....Class !

Bob Newman
King Record # 945-AA - 1951
Lonesome Truck Drivers Blues / Leftover Hash.

Truck drivin' tunes were beginning to pick up pace and Bob Newman was quick off the mark with this cracking little truck ditty. 
All Bobs King releases are of a high caliber, they ooze class and in this song you get the two key changes to signify the going up through the gears in your big rig. He tells the story of the lonesome long haul driver dreaming of getting back home to his woman as he listens to all his fave country stars.

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