Wednesday, November 17, 2010

June Webb




This record is from the year 1958.

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry


Love

14 comments:

JC said...

Derik, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion; however, if you choose to do a write-up, in the future I would suggest you deal in facts as well as not alter the sound of the music to support your view. Viewers should go to JuneWebbMusic.com to read about the real person that was no loser. She was very talented and on the rise as the reader will quickly realize. In addtion, there are a couple of music samples there ... but by going to cdbaby.com/junewebb a person can listen to 30-second clips of the music, especially the songs posted here, and hear how she truly sounds.

Derik said...

How exactly do you suppose I altered this music? I simply transferred it to an mp3 format and posted it. I didn't change the speed or pitch or clip the audio in any way. This is how the record sounds on my turntable.

And yes, it is my opinion that she was a so-so singer. And as can be seen on Youtube, she didn't have much stage presence either. She just doesn't excite much in me.

You shouldn't let my silly opinions get you all riled up.
-Derik

Anonymous said...

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Howdy said...

Well if June was anything other than run of the mill we would all be remembering her as more than that. June was middle of the road and that is not saying anything particularly bad except she did not distinguish from the rest of the herd. How is this song altered? I listened and being the tone deaf hillbilly I am cannot really tell the difference. 45 Rips naturally sound different then the studio re-enhanced digital MP3's that are cranked out today. But remember that the 45 sound was the way they were originally intended to be heard. Hell it's only a record and if was not for folks like Derik, June and others would go into obscurity period.

Derik said...

Thanks for the support Howdy. I enjoy this record, and that's all that counts. It's not my favorite record, but it keeps a place in my collection.

Robert Everhart said...

Derik loser whoever you are, you don't know a damn thing about country music, so why does a phony like you 'pretend' to. June Webb was one of the most remarkable 'real' country singers of her time, very unlike the phonies that you no doubt support in today's world of phony country music. What an ass you are to say this incredibly gifted woman was a so-so brown paper bag. Is that what you live in to make you so familiar with your disgusting b-s. I don't get too angry with people like you, but this time I'm telling you like it is, get your crap off the internet. Bob Everhart, President, National Traditional Country Music Association By the way, just so you know, June Webb is going into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame this year.

Derik said...
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Derik said...

Mr. Everhart,
There's no reason to insult me. I was just offering my opinion, that's all. I never claimed I knew more than anyone else about country music. I also never said that June Webb can't sing or that she wasn't "real".

Just to be clear on another point, I don't listen to much country music made after about 1975, nor do I pay any attention to erroneous "Halls of Fame".
-Derik

Chester Proudfoot said...

Well hell, I love country music (including some post-1975, though granted not much), and I never heard of June Webb before. Judging from the two sides here, I think she could carry a tune. But there's nothing outstanding about either. Perhaps she was better than a brown paper bag, you know - one of those white ones? With fancy printing on them.

Dave said...

@Bob Everhart: You, sir, are an ass. This music is not altered in any way, and though I hold a higher opinion of June Webb than Derik does, he's entitled to his opinion. I like her, but it's a fact that she was never famous, and to call her one of the most remarkable country singers of her time is just absurd. Derik knows real old time country music. You don't. You and your wife play old time folk music and call it country, and your phony internet hall of fame is nothing but a vehicle for promoting yourselves.

Malcolm Chapman said...

I always assumed that the monicker "Loser" wasn't aimed at the artist as being a loser, more that they were a loser in the fame stakes. Obscure, anonymous, but not a loser as such. I'd rather listen to her than say, Pat Boone doing vanilla versions of Little Richard covers, but most people have heard of Boone. I think Mr Old Timey Internet should take a deep breath before hurling personal insults over comments he doesn't agree with (or find some Prozac) and just because the artist is heading towards the Something Or Other Hall Of Fame doesn't make her better than anybody else. But you can't reason with these people. Yawn .......

Anonymous said...

And...you are entiled to your opinin, Derik. I just ran across this and thought I would leave my sentiments to you. I find your title offensive. Terming "some local loser" to me seems like you are comparing Ms. Webb to William Hung or some drunk in a bar that rips out a terrible rendition of "Margaritaville" on Karaoke. Really?

When she was up and rising back in those days, what you heard and saw of her was just a glimpse of her talents. You all do not know much because she walked out of spotlight. There is much that you do not know, or most likely do not care to know. But, tell me of other artists at that time that could carry a tune with her range? People from that period of time remember her fondly and embrace her in their memory. I am not sure what you expect performance wise of performers from that time period? What I see is a unassuming lady that knows how to sing with grace.

Some people evidently think she was someone to remember since she is due to be inducted into the Old Country Hall of Fame in September. Must be a mistake, eh?

Anonymous said...

Please Derik, don't have June in the same title as loser. I think if she saw what you wrote she would feel sad. People have opinions, but it would be polite to abstain from expressing them some time. I think June was and is a great singer, so we all have different tastes. She really is a very nice person. I know its your site and you can write what you wish but please could you consider rewording your title and description? Thanks!

Chris Zwarg said...

"How exactly do you suppose I altered this music? I simply transferred it to an mp3 format and posted it. I didn't change the speed or pitch or clip the audio in any way. This is how the record sounds on my turntable."

Derik, please adjust your turntable if that is so! The label you have scanned gives a time of 2:42, and your mp3 is over already five seconds earlier - this alone shows that your TT is running somewhat fast, at around 46.5 rpm instead of 45. Checking the pitch aurally in comparison to my piano also shows that the first song comes out midway between B-major and C-major, while it should be in B-major, some 3% lower (that's how it sounds on the CD reissue @ cdbaby that someone pointed out, so they seem to have had access to the master tape which runs at the correct speed). To avoid a "mickey-mousey" distortion to singing voices, you have to be very careful not to play records too fast. Many 45s were even mastered slightly fast, so as to sound still good even on older jukeboxes and turntables that sometimes tended to sag in speed through lack of maintenance. A pitchpipe (or small keyboard) and some musical knowledge is mandatory to make the necessary adjustments for a good digitization that does not give a distorted and ugly impression of the artists' work!