|Billboard, August 1955|
Does this material "sustain your interest"?
After this record was issued, an old vaudeville performer took issue with this artist having the same name as him. Billboard even printed his complaint in a 1956 issue. The reality was that the name was misprinted on the label. This Tommy spelled his name Tomkin, not Tompkins.
I think steel guitar player Lynn Strauff played at the Flame Cafe in Minneapolis a lot, 'cause I found these two polaroids of him at the home of someone who had lots of Flame Cafe pictures. The person who took the pictures told me he thought Lynn was from upstate New York.
I love that this record belonged to Texas Bill Strength, who was on the radio in the Twin Cities in the 1960's and also owned a record shop ala Ernest Tubb in Minneapolis. I wonder if BSD stands for Bill Strength Discs? You can hear part of one of Bill's radio shows here, from 1963. Scroll down to the bottom/middle of the page. Very interesting listen, as he mentions Chuck Carson playing that evening at a local bar. He probably played this record on the air at some point.
Let's Make A Fair Trade was covered by an artist named Bob King in 1956 for RCA-Victor
BSD 350 (RCA custom press)
Now Or Never
Let's Make A Fair Trade
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