Showing posts with label Early Country and Western. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Early Country and Western. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Fuzzy" Owen - Arkie's Got Her Shoes On - Beware Of A Stranger

can't keep 'em barefoot and pregnant forever...

"Fuzzy" Owen - Arkie's Got Her Shoes On

edit: added the flip even though it plays pretty beat because a drunken hobo asked for it. sorry about the noise.

"Fuzzy" Owen - Beware Of A Stranger

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cliff Martin And His Cliff Dwellers - Back Street Affair

Some more early country music w/ Cliff Martin And His Cliff Dwellers doing Back Street Affair on the Crest record label. Scant info on this, so again, i have no idea what year but has to be the 50's? Any help DrunkenHobo? This one kind of slinks along with some creepy fiddle and steel guitar and a kooky vocal delivery from Mr. Martin which creates a pretty somber tone. Nice.

edit: Bob The Scared Data Miner said 1953. Thanks Bob!

Cliff Martin And His Cliff Dwellers - Back Street Affair

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tennessee Ernie - Shot Gun Boogie

Tennessee Ernie or Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Today, he is best remembered for his hit recording of "Sixteen Tons". While best remembered for a more pop country and gospel sound make no bones about it, this little ditty from 1951 is early rockabilly!

Tennessee Ernie - Shot Gun Boogie

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Johnny Bond - Sick Sober And Sorry

been down this road before.... a little drinking regret...

As for Mr. Bond....

Cyrus Whitfield Bond (June 1, 1915 – June 12, 1978), known professionally as Johnny Bond, was a popular American country music entertainer of the 1940s through the 1960s.

Bond was born in Enville, Oklahoma. He got his first break working for Jimmy Wakely in the late 1930s and went on to join Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in 1940. He also acted on occasion in films including Wilson and Duel in the Sun; and was later a regular on the 1950s Los Angeles country music television series Town Hall Party.
He is best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at age 50 he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at No. 2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).
He died of a heart attack in 1978, at the age of 63. Bond was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Johnny Bond - Sick Sober And Sorry

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Red River Dave with Sula's Texas Rangers - Why Should I Feel Sorry For You Now - Living A Lie Over You

Saving a few more 78's from the target practice pile. Here is a pretty cool hillbily country 78 from Red River Dave. I don't know what year this is from but late 40's early 50's is a safe bet. anyone know for sure? I know that these scratchy 78's aint everybody's cup of tea, but i'm enjoying digging these out so stay tuned for more. If you aint down, move along little doggy....

Red River Dave McEnery (December 15, 1914 - January 15, 2002 was a musician and writer of topical songs. He was born in San Antonio, Texas. He got the nickname "Red River Dave" because he enjoyed singing "Red River Valley" in high school. He was the leader of The Swift Cowboys.

As a teenager, he appeared regularly on KABC radio. Dave began his career by singing, yodeling, and performing rope tricks at rodeos. In 1936, he broadcast a live singing performance from the Goodyear blimp over CBS AM radio station WQAM in Miami. His career really took off with his song "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight", broadcast in a pioneer television broadcast from the 1939 New York World's Fair. Her worked for radio station WOR (AM) in New York City. He was a radio personality in border radio for station XERF.

He worked in several westerns as a singing cowboy, including Swing in the Saddle (1944), Hidden Valley Days (1948) and Echo Ranch (1948).

And sorry for the crappy pictures.... i REALLY need to upgrade my camera.

Red River Dave with Sula's Texas Rangers - Why Should I Feel Sorry For You Now

Red River Dave with Sula's Texas Rangers - Living A Lie Over You

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Terry Fell and the Fellers - Truck Driving Man - Don't Drop It

Gonna keep w/ the early country style tunes w/ one from 1954 by Terry Fell & the Fellers. Truck driving man has an uptempo early rockabilly thing going on, while don't drop it has a more traditional country thing going on. However it sort of boarders on a novelty because of the weird thing old Mr. Fell is doing with his mouth..... Actually kinda makes it cooler than if it was a straight up country song....

Terry Fell (1921–2007) was an American country musician.

Fell was born in Dora, Alabama on May 13, 1921 and got his first guitar at the age of nine. Later he learned mandolin and took singing lessons. When he was 13 years old, his father died; and three years later he moved alone to California, where he spent some time in a camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps. After he briefly lived in Alabama again, Fell and his mother moved to to the US West Coast. There he began playing in 1943 as bassist for Merl Lindsay.

Fell started his record career in 1945 as a member of Billy Hughes band. His first record was with Hughes on Fargo Records. He then began his solo career for Cortney and 4 Star Records, although none of his singles were hits there.
During his first session for RCA in Hollywood, he recorded a song that would become a hit. Although the A-side, "Don't Drop It", was underplayed, the B-side, "Truck Drivin Man", become a classic, especially in the trucker country music scene. In 1955, he made a guest appearance on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee.
Fell remained with RCA for the following two years; however, he never produced a single with the same success. RCA extended his contract in 1956. In 1959 he began military service in the U.S. Army and was stationed in West Germany. Along with Elvis Presley, who was at the same time a GI, he wrote the song "Mississippi River". The single was never released, but the rights were later sold for $30,000 in 1996.
Due to the lack of success and health problems his career fell short. Later, for a short time, he managed country star Buck Owens and wrote a song in 1961 with Bobby Edwards titled "You're The Reason". In 1962, Fell moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he was a songwriter for various publishing companies, until he went to board. Published in 1993 with Bear Family Records, the album Truck Drivin Man was released with his collected works. Terry Gordon noted that it was discontinued in 1998, but revised again. Because of his achievements in country music he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Fell died April 4, 2007 in Madison, Tennessee.

Terry Fell and the Fellers - Truck Driving Man

Terry Fell and the Fellers - Don't Drop It

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Louvin Brothers - In The Middle Of Nowhere - I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby

2 great old country cuts from The Louvin Brothers from 1956.

The Louvin Brothers were an American country music duo composed of brothers Ira Lonnie Loudermilk (1924–1965) and Charlie Elzer Loudermilk (1927–2011), better known as Ira and Charlie Louvin. They helped popularize close harmony, a genre of country music. The brothers are cousins to John D. Loudermilk, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member.

The brothers adopted the name Louvin Brothers in the 1940s as they began their career in gospel music. Their first foray into secular music was the minor hit "The Get Acquainted Waltz", recorded with Chet Atkins. Other hits included "Cash on the Barrelhead" and "When I Stop Dreaming". They joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and stayed there until breaking up in 1963.
Their songs were heavily influenced by their Baptist faith and warned against sin. Ira Louvin was notorious for his drinking, womanizing, and short temper. He was married four times; his third wife Faye shot him four times in the chest and twice in the hand after he allegedly beat her. Although seriously injured, he survived. When performing and drinking, Ira would sometimes become angry enough on stage to smash his mandolin; otherwise his style was heavily influenced by Bill Monroe.
As of 1963, Charlie was making enough money that he was able to start a solo career, and Ira also went on his own.
Ira died on June 20, 1965 at the age of 41. He and his fourth wife, Anne Young, were on the way home from a performance in Kansas City when they came to a section of construction on Highway 70 outside of Williamsburg, Missouri where traffic had been reduced down to one lane. A drunken driver struck their car head-on, and both Ira and Anne were killed instantly. At the time, a warrant for Ira's arrest had been issued on a DUI charge.
Country-rock pioneers The Byrds recorded the Louvin-penned "The Christian Life" for their seminal 1968 release Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
In 2001, the Louvin brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The tribute CD Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers, produced by Carl Jackson and Kathy Louvin released in 2003, won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Country Album.

Although the brothers are still remembered today for their musical talent, they are also remembered for the unusual cover used for their 1959 album, Satan Is Real. Designed by Ira Louvin, the cover features the brothers standing in a rock quarry in front of a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) plywood rendition of the Devil as several hidden tires soaked in kerosene burn behind them as fire and brimstone.
While some reviewers count this as being one of the "greatest iconic album covers of all time," the cover can also be found today on several Web sites celebrating unusual or bizarre album covers. The cover has also become an Internet meme on a number of Web sites such as, where it has been posted in discussion threads as an example of religious views of the era.
The opening bars of the album's title track "Satan is Real" can be heard at the beginning of Hank Williams III's "Medley: Straight to Hell / Satan is Real", on his Straight to Hell album of 2006. It is also excerpted in Will Ferrell's 2009 one-man Broadway show, You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W Bush

The Louvin Brothers - In The Middle Of Nowhere

the Louvin Brothers - I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Country & Instrumentals Mix Tape

An old tape with some early country and western and a weird mix of instrumentals. Yes i know now that the Art Foxall song "Potato Chips" is recorded at the wrong speed.... what can i say. I'm not always so with it....

Country & Instrumentals Mix Tape Side A

Country & Instrumentals Mix Tape Side B

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pee Wee King and His Band - You Can't Hardly Get Them No More

This one goes out to my kids and once again the redboy.

See when i first got this here 45 a way back when and was playing it my kids were asking about it saying Daddy, what's a mustache cup? (listen to the song to fully understand) and i tried to explain it to them and they just had this puzzled look on their faces like "huh?". So what i did was actually took a coffee mug and cut out a piece of paper to make a mock mustache cup to show them...

So when i was telling the story to my my co-worker, fellow record collector geek and all around swell guy (well most times) the redboy i was shocked and dismayed that the man who knows everything was a bit clueless about the mustache cup as well. So we did what everyone does these days and looked it up on the interwebs. Now he had never heard this song before but i told him about it and the line "You Can't Hardly Get Them No More". Well low and behold a few weeks later i came to work and there on my desk was a fancy antique mustache cup (a few chips but its thee thought that counts right?) with a note in it saying 'i guess you CAN hardly get them no more". Nice!

So anyway here is a real goof-ball of a country song from 1955 about a mustache cup, among other things... Do any of you care about my story that is just as goofy as this song?
Most likely not, but i found it very amusing...

I already did a post about Mr. King so if you desire the info click HERE:

Pee Wee King and His Band- You Can't Hardly Get Them No More

Friday, March 13, 2009

Marvin Rainwater - So You Think You've Got Troubles

Going to stick with the country/hillbilly side of things and give you some Marvin Rainwater from 1957 for the weekend. This dude kicked in Jersey and man could he rock a headband = way cooler than you.

Marvin Karlton Rainwater (born July 2, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas) is an American country and rockabilly singer who had several hits during the late 1950s including "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" and "Whole Lotta Woman." He was best-known for wearing Native American outfits on stage. He is 25% Cherokee.

Rainwater was one of country's most noteworthy stars in the 1950s, when his good looks and baritone voice made him popular. One of the first rockabilly songs he recorded was "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird." Released in 1957, the song became a big country-pop crossover hit, making Rainwater one of the first country singers to appeal to a pop market. The song reached number five on the country charts. During the song's success, Rainwater re-located to the New Jersey-New York area. His next single, "So You Think You Got Troubles," was a successful follow-up on the country charts, but not on the pop charts.

Ya know, whenever I'm feeling down, i put this little tune on and think to myself, yep, life still sucks...

so I'm puttin' me a bar in the back of my car and drive myself to drink.

Marvin Rainwater - So You Think You've Got Troubles

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bonnie Lou - Tennessee Wig Walk

Going to stick with the King label here and some more early country rockin' style, this time from 1953.

Bonnie Lou (born Mary Jo Kath October 27, 1924, Talawanda, Indiana) is an American Rock and Roll and Country Music singer. During the mid 1950s, rock and roll was the hottest selling music on the market. Few women however ventured into this territory, like Bonnie Lou. Bonnie Lou was one of the first female Rock & Roll stars who proved to the public that female singers could indeed sing rock and roll.

Bonnie Lou's real name is Mary Jo Kath, and she was born in 1924 in Illinois. Mary grew up listening to Patsy Montana and her band "The Prairie Ramblers", and was greatly inspired by her. Mary learned how to yodel, which was from the help of her Swiss grandmother. As a child she learned how to play two instruments, the violin and guitar. By the young age of 16, she was singing and performing on a local radio show in Bloomington, Illinois. By age 18, Mary went on a bigger radio show, which aired in Kansas City, Missouri. Her exposure on this radio show in Kansas City, helped her land a job as a singer on WLW Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, where station executive Bill McCluskey hired Mary as a singer a yodeler for his radio show called Midwestern Hayride Country & Western Radio Program. McCluskey was the one who gave Mary Jo the stage name she would be known by for the rest of her life, "Bonnie Lou". While on the radio show in Cincinnati, Lou performed regularly with Country Music girl group the Girls of the Golden West, which Lou listened to as a child.

Bonnie Lou continued radio performances until the end of the 1940s. Her radio performances were even cut to acetate and released to the public. However, Bonnie Lou never truly broke as a recording artist until the 1950s.

In 1953, Lou signed on with her first record company called King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the beginning stages of her recording career, Lou recorded Country Music material and released it. Bonnie soon had big Country Music hits with "Tennessee Wig Walk" and "Seven Lonely Days". Both songs were Top 10 Country hits. The flip side of her hit "Seven Lonely Days" featured the song "Just Out of Reach", which would later be covered by other Country singers, like Patsy Cline, Billie Jo Spears, Jean Shepard, and k.d. Lang.

Soon, Bonnie started recording Rockabilly or Rock & Roll. In 1954, she recorded the song "Two-Step Side-Step", which was written by Murry Wilson, who is the father of The Beach Boys, Carl, Brian, and Dennis. In 1955, she released her first Rock & Roll record called "Daddy-O". The song was a Top 15 Pop hit that year, and turned Lou into a major Rock & Roll star overnight. The song was later covered by The Fontaine Sisters on the Dot Records label. It wasn't until 1958 though that Bonnie had another hit, this a duet with Rusty York called "La Dee Dah". They soon recorded a Teen Pop song together called "I Let the School Bell Ding-a-Ling". Soon, Lou left the King label for another Cincinnati record label called Fraternity. She released several different singles for Fraternity, one of which were as successful as her singles for the King label.

Bonnie Lou - Tennessee Wig Walk

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Neal Burris - The Sissy Song

Not much i could find out about Mr. Burris here 'cept this;

He was born March 11, 1929 and this is a 1951, cover version of the Billy Briggs song. Don't ask me how there are pictures of Neal on the interweb but no info.

Also, I'm pretty sure this Mr. Burris never shot himself in the leg... (OK the spelling is different but it's phonetically the same, you get the joke no?)

Neal Burris - The Sissy Song

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Moon Mullican - I'll Sail My Ship Alone

Aubrey Wilson Mullican (March 29, 1894 - January 1, 1967), known as Moon Mullican, was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and pianist. However, he also sang and played jazz, rock 'n' roll and the blues. Indeed, Mullican was one of the main influences on the formation of rock 'n' roll, he predated what would be done in rock 'n' roll by 20 years. He was associated with the hillbilly boogie style which greatly influenced rockabilly; Jerry Lee Lewis cited him as a major influence on his own singing and piano playing.
Moon Mullican - I'll Sail My Ship Alone

Monday, February 2, 2009

Pee Wee King And His Golden West Cowboys - Waltz Of Regret

Devil month is up, i hope you enjoyed the Devil tunes @ the Devil's Music for the 1st month of 2009...?

Something a bit different today on some fancy green vinyl:

Pee Wee King, born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski (February 18, 1914 – March 07, 2000), was an American country music songwriter and recording artist. He was born in Milwaukee to a Polish American family and lived in Abrams, Wisconsin, during his youth.

King learned to play fiddle from his father, who was a professional polka musician. In the 1930s, he toured and made cowboy movies with Gene Autry. King joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1937.

In 1946, while the bandleader of the Golden West Cowboys, King, together with the band's vocalist, Redd Stewart, composed "The Tennessee Waltz", a song inspired by "The Kentucky Waltz" by bluegrass musician Bill Monroe. King and Stewart first recorded "The Tennessee Waltz" in 1948, and it went on to become a country music standard.

King's other songs included "Slow Poke" and "You Belong to Me". His songs introduced waltzes, polkas, and cowboy songs to country music.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974. He died of a heart attack in Louisville, Kentucky, at age 86.

This aint the Tennessee Waltz or the Kentucky Waltz but the "Waltz of Regret"

Anyone want to dance with me...???

Pee Wee King And His Golden West Cowboys - Waltz Of Regret

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Smith Brothers - Sinner's Dream

To Prove that anything and everything goes here at the devil's music and after a few great funky soul cuts from The Triumphs & Alvin Cash, and then some blistering heavy psych, we now switch it up even further with some fine hillbilly country gospel music with The Smith Brothers from 1953.

The Smith Brothers, Smitty and Tennessee, were born in a small town called Oneida, Tennessee into a musical family. The boys learned to sing the gospel and folk tunes that were familiar to the local folks back then. The Smith Brothers were a gospel duet team. They did numerous personal appearances in the Southern region of the United States as well as recording for Capitol records.

They were at first with the group called the Sunshine Boys.

The Smith Brothers found themselves in Hollywood for a time. During their four years, mostly with the Columbia studio, they appeared in 17 films. They were said to especially be proud of their work with Charles Starrett in the "Durango Kid" series.

But television was coming onto the scene and the brothers wanted to see what it would offer them. They heard that WSB-TV was to become Atlanta and the south's first television station. In fact, it went on the air in September 1948. The Smith Brothers made a favorable impression with the station manager and program director and became the first musical act and thus, the first "live" television show in Atlanta.

Soon, Atlanta had a new station - WAGA-TV. Smitty and Tennessee put their heads together again and thought they could have a bigger and better show. Evidently they couldn't convince the folks at WSB-TV, so they switched to WAGA-TV. They went on the air with folks such as Boots Woodall, Paul Rice and announcer Jon Farmer, doing a 75-minute daily show called "TV Ranch". The show gained immediate popularity with the fans and in 1952, the folks who read Atlanta's "TV Digest" voted "TV Ranch" their favorite local music show.

Around this time, they recorded four sides for an independent record label. The records sold well and word got back to Ken Nelson of Capitol Records who convinced them to sign a recording contract with Capitol.

Their popularity continued to gain momentum in Atlanta. WAGA-TV gave them another daily show at 5:45pm which they did alone, singing their familiar duets and gospel melodies.

A 1954 article notes that the brothers were well qualified and talented enough to play Western swing and popular music, but their real interest was in the Gospel songs.

The Smith Brothers - Sinner's Dream

Friday, March 28, 2008

Joey Gills - (I'm Like) A Dog Without A Bone

Here is a little something I've yet to touch upon on my lil' old bloggie here, some Rock-a-billy - Bop - Hillbilly music.

Here is what I found out about Mr. Gills, he is from Louisiana, Born January 27, 1929 and this record is from 1956.

Enjoy some strong mid pace Hillbilly Bop from JOEY GILLS with a definite lean towards Mr. Hank Williams to get your weekend started.

Joey Gills - (I'm Like) A Dog Without A Bone