Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Robert And Betty Elledge And The Dixie Ramblers

Robert and Betty Elledge the Dixie Ramblers, with Flatt & Scruggs

Robert and Betty Elledge at left, with the Dixie Ramblers

Robert's Niece contacted me today to inform me of his passing.  Here is what she wrote in her emails.

July, 2018:
"My name is Melissa and I stumbled across your site while trying to find my Uncle Robert and Aunt Betty's bluegrass records from the 1960s.

I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for uploading these. You have no idea how much these tracks mean to me. My aunt Betty died before I was born and hearing her voice is so surreal. She and Robert were such talented bluegrass musicians -- they played all kinds of bars all over the Southeast with the Dixie Ramblers and they even sang on the radio! I'm delighted that I can enjoy their music without a record player.

I live in Ireland, 4,000 miles away from my family in South Carolina, and today I was feeling especially homesick so I wanted to listen to some of my Uncle Robert's bluegrass. I don't have any videos or anything of him singing, so when I found these, I got chills and teared up. I have always loved Robert's voice but I didn't really appreciate it in the moment.

Betty died back in the 90s, but Robert is still alive and well. He still sings from time to time, mostly karaoke in bars, and his voice is exactly the same as it was back then. His health is declining, but he's still the same goofy, bubbly man I've always known.

If you hadn't found this record and posted it, it might've been gone forever. I really admire your project and just want to say keep up the good work. You never know whose lives you might touch! You've certainly touched mine and my family's.
December, 2019:
Sadly my uncle Robert passed away this morning after taking ill suddenly. I wasn't very close to him, but he and my dad were real close and I hate I won't be able to make it home for his funeral. I'm listening back to this record again and I'm just so happy there's a digital format so I can enjoy and share Robert's music whenever I like. Singing country music was his passion since he was a young boy and I'm grateful that's been immortalized.

I'm not sure when this record was made, but I want to say it was 62? That rings a bell for some reason. I believe it was recorded somewhere in Georgia, my dad said they used to go down there to record. I know of one other record they did but I don't know any details sadly... If I find anything out, I'll let you know. 

Robert recorded a CD called "Come On Beep" in the early 2000s. It was a little bluegrass album about trucking. We've all still got our (autographed) copies but mine is back in the States.

I've attached a photo of Robert and Betty (the couple on the left) with the Dixie Ramblers. Feel free to upload it to the site if you like. 

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of our family for uploading this record. Once things settle down after the funeral arrangements, I'll find out more about other records and see if I can procure digital copies for your site.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a happy new year, 


Hey again Derik,

Sadly I didn't make it to see him last time I was home. He and my dad invited me to sing karaoke (they went every Friday night) when I was home last year but for some reason I didn't go... I made the mistake of assuming there would be a "next time"... a mistake I have come to regret deeply!

However I do have some more information for you. Missing You at Sundown was actually recorded in 1967 and copyrighted in 1968. Robert and Betty also played a show with Flatt & Scruggs in Nashville (photo attached), auditioned at the Grand Ole Opry, and performed at Ernest Tubb's Record Shop, although I'm uncertain what year it was. My cousin (their daughter) said she was around 7 or 8 years old, so the year would've been 1966 or 1967.

My cousins allowed me to "attend" Uncle Robert's funeral via video chat, and while I wish I could've been there physically, it was good seeing my family. Robert and Betty's four daughters played this record and sang along to "Life's Railway to Heaven," one of his favorite gospel tunes.

If I learn anything else or come across more tracks I'll let you know.

Country Jubilee
Year: 1967 or 1968
Label location:  Demorest, Georgia
Pressed by: Rimrock

Missing You At Sundown

Life's Railway To Heaven

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Country Pickers

The same track is on both sides.  Lewis Thompson sounds like he had a couple drinks before they hit the record button.

Kingsley Records 304
Year:  1972
Label location:  ?
Pressed by:  ?

Living On Easy Street

Saturday, October 26, 2019

John Hutchens

Champion 15967
Year:  1930
Label location: Richmond, Indiana
Pressed by:  Gennett

A:  When The Harvest Days Are Over Jesse Dear

B:  You're As Welcome As The Flowers In May

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ten Years

In August it was ten years that I've been doing this blog.  I'm not much for fanfare or self-aggrandizement, so I didn't do anything to mark the moment.  I have also been doing a lot of writing on Discogs over the past year, and haven't done much posting here.  But I will say I've enjoyed writing it, and I hope you all have heard some good tunes.

I often have relatives contact me through the blog, telling me about their father, uncle, brother, or whatever, who made that record, and they appreciate it.  I've even sent a few records to them, when they say they don't have a copy in the family.

The most fun for me has been finding records, learning about them, and sharing them with you all.  I don't know how significant the blog is, now that most of this type of music is on youtube, but I suppose I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing.  Most of the blogs that were around when I started are gone, Red Neckerson's Radio Roundup being the one that inspired me to start this one.

I thank all those who have left comments, providing information, opinions, thoughts, etc.  You make this blog worth doing.  Each time I click "submit", it is in the hopes someone will leave a comment.

The links to the music have long since expired, and I don't have the time or energy to go through every post, uploading new links.  I would like to offer another alternative for those who would like to have the music.  If you send me a usb drive, I will copy all the music I have posted.  It amounts to about 13 gigabytes.  I would need return postage as well.  I have more than 550 gigabytes of music on my computer, so if you are seaching for a CD compilation, I might have it if it relates to 50s and 60s country.   I also have just about everything posted by Red Neckerson and Hillbilly Researcher blogs, when they were active.

Just send me an email:  sllblogspot@gmail.com

I will be writing new blog posts soon.

Minnesota, USA

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Cousin Merle Kessler

Image from the back of his K-Ark LP
Cousin Merle Kessler (at left)



Merle was from Riceville, Iowa, and recorded for K-Ark in Nashville.  He had one LP and 4 singles that I am aware of.
I don't own a copy of LP, but, I got the audio from somewhere a while back, so it's also in the download folder.

The K-Ark Cat # 1093 was used twice, probably inadvertently.

K-Ark 1093
Year:  1971
Label location:  Nashville, Tn
Pressed by:  ?

Sweet Lies

Shoe Shiner's Daughter

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pick Temple ‎– Folk Songs Of The People

This collection of songs was issued as a 10'' LP and as two volume 45rpm 7'' set.  All were in heavy cardboard sleeves.   This is the 10" format.



X - LXA-3022
Year: 1954
Label location:  New Jersey?
Pressed by:  RCA

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Les Backer

Les Backer recorded for Brunswick and Gennett.  He was part of the St. Paul, Minnesota Gennett sessions at the Lowry Hotel.  I will post more about that in future, when I have all the audio files to share.

This record is not one I own, unfortunately.  In my editing of his discography on Discogs, I did a lot of googling, and found this record in the archives of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill library.  I sent them an email to request images and audio files.  They provided them for a fee of $8.  I edited them a little, turning up the gain (volume) and processing them with declicker.  In the download folder you will find the files that were provided to me, as well as my edited versions.

I couldn't find much biographical information about Les Backer.  These tracks were recorded in Chicago on July 18th, 1928.  Les does his best Jimmie Rodgers impression on this disc.  The 5000 series of Vocalion focused on country, even though all the other recordings I have of Les Backer are fox trots and vocal ballads.

Vocalion 5235
Year:  1928
Label location:  Chicago, Il
Pressed by:  Brunswick

Les Backer's Yodeling Blues

Downhearted Yodel Blues

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Champion 15538

George A. Whiting

I couldn't find the lyrics to this song anywhere online, so I transcribed them.

Lyrics:  George A. Whiting
Music by:   Charlie Abbot & Rubey Cowan

Summer’s Coming, and my heart’s hummin’ a love song
And I’m wondering if you’re hummin’ one too.
It seems, when I was yessin’, you keep me guessin’
It’s all wrong and you hear the bluebirds callin’ to you
Each little star belongs to the sky
And each little tear belongs to a cry
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Now each little leaf belongs to a tree
And each honey sip belongs to a bee
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Birdie’s mate and then they build a nest
They know Best.  Birdie’s never do go wrong.
Everyone but you and me, seem to be, happy dear where they belong
Each drop of rain belongs to the dew
I’ve got a heart belonging to you
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

All our troubles will fade like bubbles, away dear
When I take you and only make you my own
And dear then I’ll not worry, if you just hurry and say dear
That I’m yours and you’re mine alone

Each little yes belongs to a no
Each little heel belongs to a toe
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Each little eye belongs to a brow
Each little calf belong to a cow
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)

Birdie’s mate and they build a nest
They know Best.  Birdie’s never do go wrong.
Everyone but you and me, seem to be, happy dear where they belong
Each little trout belongs in a brook
Old mother goose belongs in a book
Is It Gonna Be Long? (‘till you belong to me)
Unknown who Chuck And Buddy Golden were.  Sound like Jones and Hare?
Irving Kaufman credited as Horace Winters on his Champion issues.

Kaufman also recorded this for Columbia with the Lou Gold Orchestra, which was issued on the Diva / Velvet Tone / Harmony labels, but the lyrics are truncated.  You can hear it here

Frankie Master's version on Victor

An instrumental version was issued on Columbia potato head label by Paul Whiteman:  Youtube

If anyone else has a version I haven't covered, please share in comments.  Thanks.

Champion 15538
Year: 1928
Label location:  Richmond, Indiana
Pressed by:  Gennett

Side A:
That's My Weakness Now
Side B:
Is It Gonna Be Long

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Rhythm Playboys

I've tried to get information about this record from the current members of the band, but they are busy touring and don't reply to emails.  Maybe they will at some point, and I'll update this point with whatever they can tell me.

Vocals: Norm Herman & Dee Maug


Rhythm Records 4-64
Year:  1964
Label location:  Wisconsin
Pressed by:  Kay Bank

Nobody Knows

Turn Around

Friday, March 1, 2019

Carroll Bateman And The Untouchables

Smigar was undoubtedly a combination of George Garrett's last name and another person's name (maybe Smith?)  I know of only one other discs issued on this label, which is an LP by Sherwin Linton & The Cotton Kings.

In the download folder are images of the LP cover, with linear notes.


Smigar Records
Year:  1966
Label location:  Mpls,MN
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Vagabonds (Paul & Archie 4th post)


This is the fourth LP I've found by these guys.  I believe there is just one more to acquire.  Included in the download folder is a bonus 45 single.


Custom Knof Recordings CKR-LP-2020
Year:  1977
Label location:  St. Paul, Minnesota
Pressed by:  ?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Paul & Archie (3rd Post)


Paul Shultz
Archie Heikkila
Dave Childs
Judy Childs

No label name
Label location: None
Year:  1985
Pressed by:  ?

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