Saturday, March 2, 2013

Carol Williams


Thanks to Bob The Scared Data Miner for this information:

"I think that Carol Williams on Smart is the same Carol Williams whose bio (plus picture) can be found here :

The Carol Williams who appeared on the Louisana Hayride in the early fifties, had the initial release in 1956 on Ram Records, a then newly-formed Shreveport label founded by Mira Smith.

Larry Bamburg and famed guitarist James Burton (then only 16-years old) backed Carol Williams on "Your Never Mention My Name"/"Just For A While" (Ram 100, audio included in download) that was recorded in Carol's front room while Mira was still completing her studio. 

Smart Records was founded in 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona. (A division of Desert Recording Co, 1213 East Highland Ave.).  Issued hillbilly and square dance records.  Main artist : Sheldon Gibbs. 

In April 1954, Lee Parker took over management of the label on the West Coast (Hollywood?) and announced the signings of Smiley Monroe, Homer Lee and June McKinley.  (note: I've found no releases of these artists on Smart?)

This Carol Williams record was probably issued then, in 1954 or 1955, before the Ram release.

No info on the (probably dormant) Smart label until 1959, when it was reactivated by Gaither E. Stepp, who owned the El Rancho Record Shop in Sierra Vista, Arizona."

The male vocal on the a-side is unknown to me.  If anyone thinks they can identify him, let me know.

Smart 1033
Year: 1954 or 1955

I'll Guess I'll Have To Face It

Silent Tears

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