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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 !

RCA Records !

Dave Rich 
RCA Record # 6595 - 1956
Your Pretty Blue Eyes / Ain't It Fine .

Dave Rich RCA recording star ......should have been a mega star, had a voice that would melt anyone's heart, great song writer, Dave had it all . But when the call of God and the church became too great he chose the path of the lord and the rest is history !
These two songs are perfect country songs, lavish in sound (produced by Chet Atkins) . During his recording time with RCA he would work with the best . Chet and Grady Martin on Guitar, Jimmy Day on Steel, Bob Moore on Bass, Floyd Crammer - Piano and Buddy Harmon hitting the skins.....what a dream line-up and what a great record !

Hawkshaw Hawkins.
RCA Victor Record # 5623 - 1954
Waitin' For My Baby (Rock Rock ) / Flashing Lights.

From 1953 until 1958 he recorded for RCA, under the supervision of Chet Atkins, but without any hits. Already in 1949, WSM officials had invited Hawkins to join the Grand Ole Opry, but he declined, choosing to stay at WWVA. However, when they asked him again in 1955, he did accept, making his debut at the Ryman Auditorium on April 23, 1955.

Hawkshaw Hawkins 
RCA Victor Record # 6211 - 1955
Car Hoppin' Mama / The Love You Steal

He recorded first for the King record label. On May 1, 1953, he signed with the RCA Victor label. Then he moved to Columbia before returning to the King label. Perhaps his most requested song at one time was Filipino Baby, for they wrote, "…what Hawkshaw can't do with that song, no one can."
During that second tour with the King label, he recorded a Justin Tubb (son of Ernest Tubb) tune called "Lonesome 7-7203" in 1962.
But sadly, Hawkshaw would not live to see it reach number one on the charts. On March 5, 1963, he, along with fellow Grand Ole Opry stars, Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline, were returning from a benefit show (for a disc jockey that had lost his leg) in a plane piloted by Randy Hughes, the son-in-law of Cowboy Copas and the manager of Patsy Cline. The plane encountered a blinding thunderstorm that caused the plane to crash in the woods near Camden, Tennessee.

Curtis Gordon 
RCA Victor # 5760 - 1954.
Caffeine And Nicotine / Diveded Heart.

Superb little Country boogie tune about the addictive nature of Caffeine and Nictotine, Curtis shows his real class on this tune and feels totally at home swingin' away on this one.

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 !