Thursday, April 18, 2019

Champion 15538

George A. Whiting

I couldn't find the lyrics to this song anywhere online, so I transcribed them.

Lyrics:  George A. Whiting
Music by:   Charlie Abbot & Rubey Cowan

Summer’s Coming, and my heart’s hummin’ a love song
And I’m wondering if you’re hummin’ one too.
It seems, when I was yessin’, you keep me guessin’
It’s all wrong and you hear the bluebirds callin’ to you
Each little star belongs to the sky
And each little tear belongs to a cry
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Now each little leaf belongs to a tree
And each honey sip belongs to a bee
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Birdie’s mate and then they build a nest
They know Best.  Birdie’s never do go wrong.
Everyone but you and me, seem to be, happy dear where they belong
Each drop of rain belongs to the dew
I’ve got a heart belonging to you
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

All our troubles will fade like bubbles, away dear
When I take you and only make you my own
And dear then I’ll not worry, if you just hurry and say dear
That I’m yours and you’re mine alone

Each little yes belongs to a no
Each little heel belongs to a toe
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Each little eye belongs to a brow
Each little calf belong to a cow
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Birdie’s mate and they build a nest
They know Best.  Birdie’s never do go wrong.
Everyone but you and me, seem to be, happy dear where they belong
Each little trout belongs in a brook
Old mother goose belongs in a book
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)
Unknown who Chuck And Buddy Golden were.  Sound like Jones and Hare?
Irving Kaufman credited as Horace Winters on his Champion issues.

Kaufman also recorded this for Columbia with the Lou Gold Orchestra, which was issued on the Diva / Velvet Tone / Harmony labels, but the lyrics are truncated.  You can hear it here

Frankie Master's version on Victor

An instrumental version was issued on Columbia potato head label by Paul Whiteman:  Youtube

If anyone else has a version I haven't covered, please share in comments.  Thanks.

Champion 15538
Year: 1928
Label location:  Richmond, Indiana
Pressed by:  Gennett

Side A:
That's My Weakness Now
Side B:
Is It Gonna Be Long

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Rhythm Playboys

I've tried to get information about this record from the current members of the band, but they are busy touring and don't reply to emails.  Maybe they will at some point, and I'll update this point with whatever they can tell me.

Vocals: Norm Herman & Dee Maug


Rhythm Records 4-64
Year:  1964
Label location:  Wisconsin
Pressed by:  Kay Bank

Nobody Knows

Turn Around

Friday, March 1, 2019

Carroll Bateman And The Untouchables

Smigar was undoubtedly a combination of George Garrett's last name and another person's name (maybe Smith?)  I know of only one other discs issued on this label, which is an LP by Sherwin Linton & The Cotton Kings.

In the download folder are images of the LP cover, with linear notes.

Smigar Records
Year:  1966
Label location:  Mpls,MN
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Vagabonds (Paul & Archie 4th post)


This is the fourth LP I've found by these guys.  I believe there is just one more to acquire.  Included in the download folder is a bonus 45 single.

Custom Knof Recordings CKR-LP-2020
Year:  1977
Label location:  St. Paul, Minnesota
Pressed by:  ?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Paul & Archie (3rd Post)


Paul Shultz
Archie Heikkila
Dave Childs
Judy Childs

No label name
Label location: None
Year:  1985
Pressed by:  ?

Click here to --->>>Download

Monday, December 31, 2018

David Miller

Wiki page


another one of Miller's recordings on Allen's blog:

An excerpt from the book Country: A Regional Exploration, by Ivan Tribe, 2006

"On Dec 16, 1924, in its Cincinnati studio, Gennett recorded the first country vocalist from West Virginia, a former national guardsman named David Miller (1893-1959), who lost his eyesight and was billed as "The Blind Soldier".  Like Puckett [Riley], Reneau [George], Miller usually earned his living as a street singer in Huntington.  Although the Tweedys and Miller recorded several sessions and did programs on radio, neither ever had the impact or success that the better known artists on the New York-based labels experienced." 

An excerpt from the book  "Mountaineer Jamboree: Country Music in West Virginia", by Ivan M. Tribe, 1984, The University of Kentucky Press.

W.R. Callaway, a sometime Huntington resident and talent scout, wielded a guiding hand in the career of Miller and other recording artists from that area.

...Miller was not a West Virginian, but he had lived in the Mountain State for several years.  Born in the small Ohio river community of Miller, in Lawrence County, Ohio, on March 7, 1893, David Miller worked primarily as a laborer on a local fruit farm before entering military service in World War I.  Soon after joining the army, he developed granulated eyelids which caused eventual blindness, but he government turned down his pension request.

He had earlier moved across the river to the Huntington suburb of Guyandotte and taken up his music seriously to sustain himself and his family.  Known as "The Blind Soldier", miller developed a unique guitar style and possessed an adequate, albeit archaic and perhaps erratic tenor vocal style.  Much of his recorded work remains unreleased, leading one to question the evenness of its quality.

Miller placed a number of fine old ballads, hymns and especially antiquated popular songs on record over the next seven years but never attained much fame outside the Huntington area and relatively little even there.  He did play extensively on WSAZ, the local radio station, but often as part of a group.  The Gennett record label was the only one to use his real name, and they sold fewer copies than Champion, on which label he was known as Oran Campbell, or as Dan Kutter and Frank Wilkins on Sears Roebuck releases.  All of Miller's 1929 Paramount releases used the pseudonym Owen Mills, and on his 1931 work for the American Record Corporation, sometimes only the nickname "The Blind Soldier" appears on the labels.  Although Miller remained active until just a few years before his death on November 1, 1959, he remains little known even to that small fraternity of dedicated old-time record collectors.  This is unfortunate because Miller constituted one of the most traditional singers and guitar players ever to record, even in the earliest years.  His repetoire, for instance, included such material as an early white version of the Negro ballad "That Badman Stacklee", the old sentimental Civil War song "Faded Coat Of Blue", "It's Hard To Be Shut Up In Prison" (a variant of traditional "Logan County Jail" and the guitar instrumentals "Jailhouse Rag" and "Cannonball Rag".

Gennett 6175
Year:  1927
Label location:  Richmond, Indiana
Pressed by:  Gennett

The Lonesome Valley:

Don't Forget Me Little Darling: