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Friday, 29 May 2015

Mercury Records !

Eddie Bond and the Stompers 
Mercury Record # 70826 - 1956
Rockin' Daddy / I Got A Woman .

Eddie Bond needs no introduction from me, A great performer and song writer through out his career and with this record you get two classic slices of mid 50's Rockabilly bop ......pure Rockabilly Bop !

Bennie Hess and the Nations Playboys.
Mercury Record # 6121 - 1948.
You Ain't Cheatin' On Me Now / Tonight And Every Night.

Bennie Hess is well known in Country/Rockabilly circles as a debonair, entrepreneur business man and would deal and sell and produce records. He had his own labels called 'Opera' and 'OKed' and 'Jet' (mid 1950's) which proved pretty successful .
He had some success on Mercury and was heading for the big time (read story below) but is more well known in Rockabilly collecting for his 'Wild Hog Hop' 45 released on 'Major' in 1958.

The union recording ban took effect in 1948, forcing many labels to close down. However unconcerned by the union, Hess recorded a string of releases during this year ending up becoming his busiest period. In addition to his own releases, he produced the first recordings by Iry LeJeune and secured a territorial big seller. This was the start of the resurgence of the accordion in Cajun music. Three more records followed on Opera before he gained a deal with major label Mercury, who released his 'Tonight And Every Night' (#6121) that became hit and went to number 1 on several local charts in July 1948. With this success, Mercury decided to release the follow-up record 'With You I'd Be Satisfied/Come On Home Where You Belong' (#6147) in late 1948. However, Bennie ran into trouble with Mercury when they discovered that he had bootlegged this release on his own Opera Records with the result that they terminated his contract. With characteristic exaggeration, Hess later recalled that he was on "the brink of stardom" when this setback occurred.

Born 10 February 1914, Chriesman, Texas

Died 22 November 1984, Houston, Texas

Roy Moss 
Mercury Record # 70770 - Jan 1956.
You're My Big Baby Now / Your Nearly Lose My Mind .

Killer twin spin out on Mercury by Roy Moss ! I dare you to find anything that comes close to this superb bop fest ! you get slap Bass, hiccup vocals and some sweet lead guitar . Recorded in late 1955 and released in Jan 1956. This is the stuff of dreams. This is Rockabilly in it's purest form ........amazing and delicious ......Thank you Roy Moss .

November 1955 poss. Bradley Studios, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashvile, TN - Roy Moss (unknown musicians)
001 YW-7779 YOU’RE MY BIG BABY NOW 70770x45
002 YW-7780 YOU DON’T KNOW MY MIND 70858x45
003 YW-7781 CORRINE, CORINA 70858x45
004 YW-7782 YOU NEARLY LOSE YOUR MIND 70770x45/

Mar-Vel Records !

Jack Bradshaw and Tennessee Two.
Marvel Record # 750 - 1954
Don't Tease Me / Don't Cause Me To Hate You.

This little gem released on Mar-Vel in 1954 is a favorite 78 in my collection, cost me only $10 and is worth every cent in my opinion. A cracker of a song that Jack handles with ease. This song was later covered by Carl Smith and reached the top twenty in the country charts in 1955.

Harry Glenn, owner of the Mar-Vel’ label, became extremely enthusiastic when he heard Jack’s “Don’t Tease Me”. So much so that he took Jack and his group to station WWCA in Gary where Mr. Glenn engineered the session himself. 
Its release brought a lot of exposure and air play on Midwestern country stations. Later in that year, 1954, Carl Smith covered the song for Columbia records and brought the song all the way up to number 18 on the C&W charts across the nation.

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.

Decca Records !

Charlie "Peanut" Faircloth
Decca Record # 46237 - 1950
F-O-O-L-I-S-H Me, Me / I'll Sail My Ship Alone.

This little treasure from Charlie is swingin' country boogie at it's best, you get the lot here, great guitar, Steel and Piano and a perfect tune written by Vic Mcalpin.

He was born premature in 1927 and weighed slightly less than three pounds. On the day he was born, an Afro-Indian midwife named Baby Dora delivered him and placed him in a shoe box with heated bricks around it to keep him alive.
Nine months later, he was stricken with polio. He was so small and frail as a baby that his family dressed him in doll clothes. He thrived despite the disease, and was able to lead a fairly normal life, eventually marrying a beautiful girl named Frances Lanier and fathering four children.
Ernest Tubb heard one of Mr. Faircloth’s broadcasts, gave him the opportunity to sing with his band, and hooked him with Decca Records. In 1950, Decca showcased Mr. Faircloth’s talents in the single “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone,” which climbed to the top of the Billboard country chart that year as the No. 1 song in the nation.
Charlie R. “Peanut” Faircloth Sr., 82, of Chattanooga, died on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Autry Inman.
Decca Record # 28778 - 1953
Pucker Up / That's When I Need You The Most.

Autry is known in Rockabilly collecting circles as the real deal but before he made the jump over to the Rockabilly side he was firmly in the County hillbilly camp and cut a few decent Country tunes for Decca during the early 50's.
This number 'Pucker Up' is a little fast tempo jolly tune with all the usual country sounds of Fiddle, Steel and some cool pickin' Guitar by Floyd Robinson.