Sunday, December 27, 2009

Greatest Country & Western Instrumentals

Let's face it, without instruments, country music is just a bunch of people bitching and moaning about life's troubles. So let's take a listen to it bare-bones.

This is a budget comp issued by Diplomat records sometime in the 60s. It reads on the back cover "Fine Records Need Not Be Expensive". True.

1. Boogie On Guitar - Eddie Eddings
2. Steel Guitar Stomp - Herbie Remington
3. Salty Dog Rag - Moon Mullican
4. I Want My Mama - Lonnie Glosson
5. Bluegrass Special - Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
6. Orange Blossom Fiddle - Chubby Wise
7. Cincinnati Rag - Hardrock Gunter
8. Flat Top Pickin' - Cowboy Copas
9. Lone Star Swing - Bill Boyd
10. Rubber Dolly - Ken Clark


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Faron Young Ep

This extended play 45rpm was issued in 1956 by Capitol


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Johnny Bond

Three Sheets In The Wind -1963

B/w Let The Tears Begin

Monday, December 21, 2009

Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On

A lot of people covered this song back in the 60s, but I think it was Hank Locklin who had the most success with it, and made it his own. I have nine cover versions by different artists. The Everly Brothers did it well too. I like the piano backing on this take.

My pillow is kinda nasty. Need to wash it before I'd send it to anyone.

Fred York - Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On

All 8 versions

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shelby Flint - Somebody

The b-side to her biggest hit, Angel On My Shoulder


Friday, December 18, 2009

Rusty Draper

Forty-Two - 1956

b/w Held For Questioning

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chuck Carson (1st post)

This photo was mistakenly dated as 1959 by the person who sent it to me.  It is actually from Elvis' May 13th, 1956 matinee concert in St. Paul, Minnesota

Here's a link to image scans of the article (2 pages = 2 images)

Page 1

page 2

Gaity 6112

Hominy Grits

b/w Laughing Girl

Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Lee Moore

A person going by the sobriquet of Mr. Meadowlark has sent me two full albums of Lee Moore. I thank him and post them here for all to download. There are 42 tracks.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lee & Juanita Moore

Lee was an dj in Virginia, and a musician himself. He and his wife Juanita recorded about 20 songs for the new jersey based Cross Country label starting in 1953. Lee wrote the song The Cat Came Back, a cover version of which I posted a month or so ago. I am always looking for old (new to me) versions of Remember Me. This one adds to the 7 or 8 versions I posted earlier this year. Wish I had a better quality picture of the couple. Surprised noone has posted a compilation cd. This seems like perfect material for Uncle Gil or Johnny One-note.

Read all about Lee here: Lee Moore

Remember Me (When candlelights are Gleaming)

Let's Say Hello Like We Said Goodbye

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Mother Maybelle & The Carter Sisters

This album was first issued in 1967 by Columbia, called "The Country Album". Then it was reissued by Harmony in 1970 as I Walk The Line, with three less songs. Wish I had the original pressing. Betcha never thought you'd hear Mother Maybelle sing "Boots are made for walkin'". Aside from that strange oddity, there a few good takes on here. I like the heartfelt intro to It'll Aggravate Your Soul.

Harmony HS 11392

1. I Couldn't Care Less
2. That'll Be The Day
3. While The World Goes Whizzing By
4. For Lovin' Me
5. I Walk The Line
6. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
7. It'll Aggravate Your Soul
8. I'll Never Find Another You
9. Less Of Me

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

More Benny Martin

Here's another single by Benny, emailed to me by Dave. Thanks.

Hoebe Snow - 1957

Monday, November 30, 2009

Benny Martin

Floyd Cramer had his piano, Chet Atkins had his guitar, Bill Monroe had his mandolin, Kenny Buttrey had his drums, and Benny Martin had his fiddle. Benny invented and introduced his 8 string fiddle while he was recording for Decca. Hooray for innovation. Hope that makes up for the somewhat offensive lyrics. Might wanna cover your ears around the 1:10 mark, cause he lets all 8 strings go, Jimmy Hendrix style. I read also that Benny liked to dance around the stage while playing. Must have been quite a sight. Wonder if he ever fell off the stage?

Couldn't find a recording date for this one. I place it somewhere between 1955 and 1960.

Border Baby

My Fortune (feat. Jo Ann Martin)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jimmy Dawson

Anyone know the year for this one?

Big Black Bug Boogie

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tops covers

Here are a couple of covers from the folks at Tops


Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

all four songs

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Jimmie Davis

Guess it takes a governor to sing about mansions.

Mansion In The Sky - 1953


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tommy Roe

The b-side to his hit "Everybody", 1963.

Sorry I'm Late, Lisa

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chase Webster

This is a very Roy Orbison sounding tune. Tell me if you agree. Gary Daniel Bruce was his real name. Other songs he sang were:

Moody River/Turn Out The Lights
On Dot Records:
Could This Be Magic/Sweethearts In Heaven
For Sale/Patty Cake
Handful Of Friends/I Can't Walk Away
I'll Light A Candle/Like I've Never Been Gone
The Town Sleeps Through It/Your Old Love Letters

On Cameo:
Cry Cry Darling/Suit Cash
Uptown/Where Are You

This is by no means a complete discography. Just what I got at first search.

Life Can Have Meaning - 1964

Where Is Your Heart Tonight

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Jimmy Bowen

I posted a 45rpm today by Frank Gari, then the blogger at Rockabillyranch posted an entire cd, so I am deleting mine. Don't want to be duplicated or outdone by other blogs. So let's see if anyone has this one.

I'm Sticking With You

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Raindrops

He wrote the song, "Tell Laura I Love Her".

The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget - 1963

b/w Even Though You Can't Dance

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reparata and the Delrons

Looks like this record spent some time in the kids playden.

Whenever A Teenager Cries - 1964

b/w He's My Guy

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Neil Scott

Bobby - 1961

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Great New Stars of Country Music

Another budget compilation, this one by Guest Star Records. My favorite track here is Cryin' For My Baby. It's unusual.

Roger Miller - Who Shot Sam
Tibby Edwards - Fool That I Was
Merle Kilgore - Just Before The Battle
James O'Gwynn - You Always Won
George Jones - Maybe Little Baby
Frankie Miller - It's Not Easy
Dottie West - Men With Evil Hearts
Dave Dudley - Where Do I Go From Here
Clyde Beavers - Cryin' For My Baby
Benny Barnes - Penalty

[new download link coming soon 1/26/20]

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Self Portrait originals

Dylan around the time he recorded Self Portrait

In 1970, Bob Dylan was getting tired of fans obsessing over him and ruining his private life. So to defuse the hype, he released an album of covers. Many at the time were outraged, and rolling stone started out their review of the album with the words "what the fuck is this shit!?!"

But a closer listen shows that Dylan had always been tuned into to what was playing on the country and pop charts. Hearing the album made me want to hear the originals, of course, and I've assembled a good collection here. I don't know if these are the versions Dylan used as his inspiration, since many of the songs were done by many different artists. Back then, if one artist had a hit with a song, other artists would also record it, hoping to cash in.

Blue Moon - Frank Sinatra
Copper Kettle - Bob Gibson
Days of '49 - Jules Verne Allen
Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer
I've Forgotten More Than You'll Ever Know - Davis Sisters (2 different versions)
I've Forgotten More Than You'll Ever Know - Skeeter Davis
I've Forgotten More Than You'll Ever Know - Sonny James
It Hurts Me Too - Karen Dalton
Let It Be Me - Everly Brothers
Little Sadie - Clarence Ashley
Little Sadie - Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley
The Minstel Boy - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
Take A Message To Mary - Everly Brothers
Take Me As I Am (or let me go) - Dottie West
When Things Go Wrong With You (it hurts me too) - Tampa Red

Elmore James - It Hurts Me Too (1957)


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

30 Grande Ole Country & Western Favorites

Another compilation packed with rarities, put together in 1964 by Syndicate Records. I didn't bother with the more well known stuff such as Cash, Patsy Cline, Dave Dudley, and Charlie Ryan. I also passed over the T. Texas Tyler track "Deck of Cards", which I loathe because I am an agnostic and don't like it when religious folks get self-righteous. No offense to anyone.

So what's left are 25 great ones you might have trouble finding elsewhere. If you really want the songs I left out, leave a comment.

Note to Red Neckerson: the Jan Howard version of "I wish I Could Fall In Love Again" is a different take than the one you posted a few months back.

Wilburn Brothers - Way Down Under Blues
Faron Young - I Heard the Jukebox Playing
Hank Locklin - Pinball Millionaire
George Jones - You're the One
Floyd Tillman - Slippin' Around
Jan Howard - I Wish I Could Fall In Love Again
Ferlin Husky - Flowers Speak Louder Than Words
Stuart Hamblen - Ace In The Hole
Sonny James - Bimbo
Maddox Bros. & Rose - Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down
Wally Fowler - A Wonderful Time Up There
Floyd Cramer - Snow Deer
Johnny Horton - It's A Long Rocky Road
Webb Pierce - Georgia Rag
Rex Allen - Dreamy Montana Moon
Carl Belew - Am I That Easy To Forget
Billy Grammer - River of Regret
Bobby Austin - Here Comes The Bride
Wynn Stewart - Big City
Del Reeves - So Lonesome and Blue
Johnny Sea - Frankie's Man Johnny
Champ Butler - Western Medley
David Houston - Waited So Long
Claude King - 51 Beers
Melba Montgomery - Hello True Love

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Tex Williams

This one is from 1956. I'm a big fan of artichokes myself, although it isn't the prettiest plant to look at.


b/w Reno, Town of Broken Hearts

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dale Wright

Clap your hands!

Real name Dale Riffe. Born 1939 in Middleton, Ohio. Disc jockey on WING (Dayton, Ohio).

She's Neat - 1958

b/w Say That You Care

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Denny & Jack

 Denny Dale (real name Dennis Gudim) and Jack Kollodge  Denny was bassist for the Fendermen and Jack Kollodge played with the Keith Zeller & The Starliners.  Ron Gjerde owned the LeJac and Agar labels, using his basement as the studio (source: Garage Hangover blog).

Lejac 3001 (Kay Bank 5-5551)
Year: 1965

Love You Everyday

Why did You Leave Me

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jill Corey

Jill Corey sings at Charlie's Danceland, 1953

Love - 1957

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mike Hight

Mike recorded just two singles for Chart, both in 1965.

Chart 1190
Year: 1965

How About That


I Hurt Too Much To Die


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Country & Western Hits # 244

I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes

Five Little Fingers