Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ben Jack And Country Cousins

Billboard May 21, 1960

Cimarron 4045
Year:  1960

I Only Want A Buddy

Book Of Memories

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Norma West


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?

Home Spun (RCA) 102
Year: 1955

Somewhere, Someday I'll Find You

Coax Me

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Mel Edwards

Bob writes:
"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 squares..."

K-Ark 138
Year:  ???

A Good Sign

Livin' High

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Circle K Wranglers

I think Vern And The Wranglers were from Wisconsin

Circle K Records (Kay Bank 6-6360)
Year: 1966

You'd Rather Stay Far Away

The Cash Song

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Del Gillman and His Bar-X Boys

Tops 303
Year: 1958

Mr. Moon

Rotation Blues

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Johnny Konchal


Kay Bank 6-7063
Year: 1966


He's Up There In The Blue Sky

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lucille Bassett

Bob The Scared Data Miner writes:
     Initial 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.

     Jesse Bassett 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 :
A 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".

Another Lucille Bassett 45 on Val-Hill was "Plain Little Country Girl/New River Train " [Val-Hill 1008, 1962] described as follows :
"Very 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 "Hillbilly"-
Val-Hill 1001 (LaGrange, Georgia)
Year:  1959

Chilly Scenes Of Winter

Naomi Wise

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Barnett And His Rhythm Kings


Highland 101 (Kay Bank 3589)
Year: 1963

Talking To My Pillow

Paint A Portrait

Mr. Wind

Hang Up The Telephone

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Chuck Mayfield


Look 1005
Year: 1960

I Know It

Who Is The Biggest Fool

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ed Muchow


     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.

2J FRS6614 (Kay Bank 6-6627)
Year: 1966

Only Me

I Know It Will Never Happen

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jim Chriss

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)".  

Jim 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 Communications. 

In 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)

Fountain 1062
Year:  1962

Loneliness Valley

Date With The Blues

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Marty Nevers with Dick Marrone's Velvetones

Double D (Kay Bank 1672)
Year: 1960

Stand There

I See Her There

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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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