According to Bob, this is the second release by Norma on this label, the first being "Downhearted Blues" ( Home Spun 101, 1954). Another blog already posted this record, but they only posted a clip of the songs. What's the point of that?
"This is an obscure
Mel Edwards as were almost all the artists recorded on this vanity
label out of Nashville. But it seems that the artists in the much
obscure 100 series at least didn't have to pay for their recordings....
High budgets weren't the hallmark of John Capps, the owner : the carpet in his office was a patchwork of sample
release on the label, part of the McClendon Enterprises, which had
about eight releases between 1959 and 1962. Promoting the Lucille
Bassett single was Jesse Basset (her husband?) who also wrote several
songs for Val-Hill and may have been a part-owner.
was the younger brother of Dewey Basset, who with his wife
Gassie made a series of old-time or mountain music recordings for
Bluebird from 1939-1940. Jesse Bassett played on these recordings and
also on the McClendon Brothers Bluebird sessions held in Rock Hill,
South Carolina Jesse's sister, Adelle, was married to Rupert
McClendon, part-owner of the McClendon Enterprises.
Naomi Wise: A traditional American murder ballad also known as "Omie Wise " or "Poor Omie", the story of a little orphan girl murdered by her lover.
Chilly Scenes Of Winter :
song unencountered in the folk song litterature, but recorded a few
times commercially - by the Carter Family as "If One Won't Another
Will"", and on an unidentified early hillbilly record, with dobro-style
guitar, "Dread Scenes of Winter". Texas Gladden, from Virginia, sings
it on Asch Records as "Dark Scenes of Winter".
Lucille Bassett 45 on Val-Hill was "Plain Little Country Girl/New River
Train " [Val-Hill 1008, 1962] described as follows :
very primtive sounding bluegrass--actually the banjo is more of the
flailing style popularized by Grandpa Jones---both sides are fast
numbers and sounds as though they were recorded in the late 40s---true
Edward "Ed " Muchow was born in 1936. He was a guitar/banjo/fiddle player, and had his own band. He was also a disc-jockey (Smilin' Ed Muchow) on KLEE radio, and in the seventies a member of the Jack Paris band.
2-J Records was incorporated in 1975 by Ottumwa resident, businessman and Nashville music promoter, Ivan Tennyson.
Thanks again to Bob for the info.
This is the first of two records issued in 1962 by Jim Chriss on his own label. The second was "Mister Blues b/w The Infantryman (Fountain 1063)".
Chriss is James V. Chriss. In 1944, he joined the Army and served in the Pacific with the
Airborne Division. He was also a sergeant with the Airborne Division during
the Korean conflict.
By 1962, he had attained the rank Army Major and Master
Parachutist, teaching class at Fort Benning Georgia in Applied
January of 1962, he was part of a local show staged by the Army. His
part in the show was to sing a few songs as he strummed a guitar.
After the party he just decided to write a song, then another... "He can't remember when he wasn't a singer; he sang at all school programs..."
E.F. Chriss, the co-author, is Jim's wife, Erma Frances Chriss.
(Thanks to Bob-the-scared-data-miner for the information)
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.
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 Recordswas 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.
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.