Dec 18, 2011

Bill Carlisle - Hickory recordings

This is a Christmas present for all my blog readers. I have compiled all Bill Carlisle's released Hickory tracks. You can download the zip file with all 23 tracks and cover artwork here:

Bill Carlisle discography can be found at Praguefrank's site.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Oct 14, 2011

Grady Owen (songs by Howard Hausey, part 3)

It's been awhile since my last post, but here I go again!

A couple of days ago was 40th anniversary of Gene Vincent's death. In 1958 one of his Blue Caps, Paul Peek, left the band and was replaced by Grady Owen. There's a good biography of Grady at the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame page.

The two records he made for Fort Worth, Texas Sandeb label are from mid-1960's (around 1963-66). I don't know who operated the label but there were releases by other Dallas area artists such as Ray Chaney and Ronnie Dawson. The first one was 36 From Dallas/Two Walls (Sandeb DLC-712/713). Two Walls was written by Howard Hausey.This time I have added all tracks from Owen's both Sandeb 45's.

Hear 36 From Dallas


Hear Two Walls

The second 45 was Laugh On Three/Two Walls (Sandeb DLC-714/715). Both versions of Two Walls are identical. Two Walls was also recorded by Johnny Goff on Bo-Kay label in 1966 (produced by Jesse Smith and Howard Crockett).

Hear Laugh On Three

Apr 2, 2011

Cecil McCullough (songs by Howard Hausey, part 2)

Cecil McCullough's Manco 45 is one of the greatest in Texas rockabilly. It was recorded around 1959-60 in Dallas or Fort Worth. He remembers that the backing group, The Border Boys, consisted of Marvin Montgomery on guitar, Ken Cobb on bass and Johnny Bobby Wadsworth on drums. I don't know who played the piano.

Both sides of his Manco 45 were written by Howard Hausey and Cecil McCullough. I don't think it sold very well because it turns up seldom on record auctions. Both sides were reissued on late Bob Jones' Detour label in UK in early 1980's.

Sadly, this was his only release on Manco label. Some sources claim that McCullough played guitar with Howard Crockett's band.

Hear Pick 'Em Up And Shake 'Em Up by Cecil McCullough

Hear Nothing Else To Lose by Cecil McCullough

A few years ago I stumbled across a 45 record on Tropic label from Fort Worth by Cecil Lang. On the top side of that record is a guitar instrumental called Bandito written by J. & C. McCullough. On the flip side is an instrumental version of Spanish Lace And Memories, which Howard Crockett recorded for Mel-O-Dy label in 1964. I am pretty sure Cecil Lang is actually Cecil McCullough.

Hear Spanish Lace And Memories by Cecil Lang

One 45 by Terry White on Bo-Kay label in 1966 was arranged by Cecil McCullough and both sides of that record were written by Howard Hausey.

Feb 18, 2011

Del McClinton (songs by Howard Hausey, part 1)

Here's a new series consisting of songs written by Howard Hausey. Everybody have heard the Hausey songs Johnny Horton recorded: Honky Tonk Man, Whispering Pines, All Grown Up, Sugar Coated Baby, Ole Slew Foot. Hausey was a prolific songwriter and he also recorded as Howard Crockett and many local Texas artists recorded his songs in early 1960's.

I start up with Del McClinton's recording of Dunkirk from 1962. I guess Hausey had Johnny Horton in mind when writing the song as it thematically reminds of Horton's hit Sink The Bismarck. Howard Crockett made a demo recording of the song in late 1950's and it can be heard on Bear Family's fine Crockett CD Out Of Bounds.

This London 45 is one of the very first records of Del(bert) McClinton. He was 21 when recording this. Music publishing is by Le Bill Music, so it's more than possible that it was produced by Major Bill Smith in Dallas, Texas. Co-writer was John Whitten, who worked with Hausey a lot in the early 1960's. On the flip side of the record is a pretty lame teen ballad, Angel Eyes written by Marvin Montgomery, another Dallas music legend.

Delbert McClinton's discography can be found on the excellent WangDangDula page.

Hear Dunkirk by Del McClinton.

Feb 4, 2011

Huelyn Duvall with Mike Bell & The Belltones live on stage

Very little text this time. I let the pictures and videos do the talking. Last night Huelyn Duvall performed a very good set with Finland's own Mike Bell & The Belltones doing some great backing and also their own great set. The show took place at Malmitalo in Helsinki.

Huelyn Duvall

Mike Bell & The Belltones

Jan 23, 2011

Dee Mullins & Patsy Timmons

Dee & Patty backstage at the Big "D" Jamboree (?), 1957/8. (photo from writer's collection)

Married couple Dee Mullins (Dwight Mullinaux) and Patsy Timmons recorded three 45's together. The first one was released on Mercury just after the Mercury-Starday deal was over. First Date/Parking (Mercury 71252) presumably sold well enough that Mercury re-pressed it some time later with the top-side as Our First Date. The second pressing also had slightly different master compared to the original release. The difference is heard at the very end of the song as it wasn't faded as in the earlier release. 

The first pressing - First Date/Parking. Reviewed in Billboard on February 3, 1958.

The second pressing - Our First Date/Parking.

Sound samples from the second pressing.

Hear Our First Date

Hear Parking

Their next release came out on Dixie label. Gee Whiz/Don't Tease Me (Dixie 2006) was reviewed in Billboard on July 14, 1958. I don't have the 45 but the tracks sound very similar to Mercury recordings. It's very possible that they were recorded at the same session. The Dixie 45 was released as Pat & Dee. One of their tracks, One Week Later was released on a Dixie mail order series EP (530) also as by Pat & Dee.

Their final 45 came out on Pappy Daily's D Records. Sweet Lovin' Baby/Ohh-Wow was released on October, 1958.

Hear Sweet Lovin' Baby

Hear Ohh-Wow

Dee & Patty still performed together but they didn't make any records at all. Instead, both Dee Mullins and Patsy Timmons recorded for D as solo artists. They both had already appeared solo on Dixie mail order series EP's. She's No Angel by Patsy and Oh Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again by Dee was released on Dixie 530. Patsy also recorded a Kitty Wells cover I Can't Stop Loving You that appeared on Dixie 532.

Listen I Can't Stop Loving You

Dee had only one 45 on the D label (I've Really Got A Right To Cry/The World's A Lie, D 1066, 1959). Patsy had three, of which the first was I Understand Him/Step Aside Old Heart (D 1033, 1958).

Listen I Understand Him

Listen Step Aside Old Heart

Two more Patsy Timmons releases followed in 1959:

- Answer To Life To Go/I've Got It (D 1079)
- Branded For Life/My Philosophy (D 1109)

Couple of years later Patsy and Dee were divorced and Patsy left the music business.

Dee went on to record throughout the 1960's. I have added his only Mel-O-Dy 45 here as well. Mel-O-Dy was a short-lived Motown subsidiary. Maybe the folks at Motown thought that country music was not their business.
Both sides of Dee's Mel-o-dy 45 was written by Howard Hausey who also wrote some of the biggest hits for Johnny Horton back in the 1950's including Honky Tonk Man, Whispering Pines and Ole Slew Foot. Mel-O-Dy 117 was released in 1964. Al Klein was the producer and it was probably recorded in Dallas, Texas.
Of the songs, Come On Back (And Be My Love Again) was earlier recorded by Mac Curtis on Shalimar Records and in late 1960's Gene Wyatt covered it on Paula Records. Dee Mullins died in 1991.

Listen Love Makes The World Go 'Round, But Money Greases The Wheel

Listen Come On Back (And Be My Love Again)

  • The Complete D Singles collection Volume 2 booklet by Kevin Coffey
  • Billboard magazines
  • Rockin' Country Style

Jan 20, 2011

The Country Kings EP on Empire Records

This here is an EP from Washington, DC Empire records, owned by local DC record entrepreneur Ben Adelman. Adelman worked with both Patsy Cline and Marvin Rainwater early in their careers. The vocalists on this EP are most probably DC artists. Wade Holmes also recorded for 4 Star label in mid-50's. Other singers are unknown to me. I don't think the Eddie Marvin here is the same guy who recorded I'm Packing My Duds & I'm Head-in South for Oakridge Records in Oklahoma.
This EP was released in 1960 and some copies had picture sleeve as well. Sadly, my copy is not one of those.

Listen Honey Baby (vocal - Wade Holmes)

Listen I Need Your Love (vocal - Eddie Marvin - Roy Irvin)

Listen You Can't Hide From Yourself (vocal - Pete Potter - Eddie Marvin)

Listen I'll Just Pretend (vocal - Eddie Marvin)

Jan 19, 2011

Two good 45's

Let's start things up with these two very nice (and cheap, too) 45's I just got.

First one is a Lou Josie 45 on Sol Rabinowitz's Baton label from New York. The record was reviewed in Billboard on April 13, 1959:

The reviewer thinks the ballad is the more important side. It's a good one, all right. It reminds me a little of the songs written by Ray Doggett.

Listen: Lonely Years

Lou Josie was born in 1938 in Medina, Ohio. His first two 45's were released on Argo label in 1958. Third one came on New York based Herald label under pseudonym Jimmie King. This Baton 45 was his fourth. After that his fifth 45 was released around 1962 on CRC label again as Jimmie King.
The rockin' side of the Baton single sounds a little like Huey "Piano" Smith's Don't You Just Know It. It's a  good rock'n'roll track that hasn't been reissued.

Listen I'm A Gonna Get-Cha

The other 45 is by the North Carolina group The Chavis Brothers. From 1965, released on Ascot label from New York and custom pressed by Columbia, Humpty Dumpty is a nice garage style rocker.

Listen Humpty Dumpty

The flip side is a slow one. The Ascot 45 was produced by Bill Justis.

Listen Torture Me

More about The Chavis Brothers can be found on RCS.

Jan 9, 2011

Welcome all you music lovers

This blog will be about music - good music, that is. Mostly roots music from 1920's to this day. Rockabilly, rock'n'roll, country, garage, surf etc.
I don't promise anything, but I'll try to post a new blog at least every week. There will be music samples, videos and pictures. While you're waiting for my first real blog, go to my YouTube channel and watch my uploads. That'll give you an idea what's this blog is all about!