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NEWSLETTER #147
BRITISH ARCHIVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC
Dale Evans ->
Johnny Hicks
 

 

 

COMPACT DISCS

 

DALE EVANS B.A.C.M. 153 The Rage Of the Sage ● CD $13.98
24 tracks from the 40s by Mrs. Roy Rogers. Dale started her musical career as a pop vocalist with the Anson Weeks Orchestra and mucvh of the material here is very strongly pop oriented with a few western songs thrown into the mix and some nice steel guitar on some of the pop songs.
DALE EVANS: A Heart Of Stone/ A Two Seated Saddle And A One Gaited Horse/ Besame Mucho/ Chihuahua Song/ Frankie & Johnny/ Havaii Na/ His Hat Cost More Than Mine/ I Wear A Saddle On My Heart/ I'm Gonna Lock You Out Of My Heart/ If You Ever Come To Texas/ Iím The Rage Of The Sage/ Kiss, Kiss Kissin' In The Korn/ Lock Stock And Barrel/ Nothin' In My Letter Box/ Out California Way/ Put All Your Kisses In An Envelope/ San Angelo/ San Fernando Valley/ Snow On The Mountain/ Strawberry Tears/ Under A Texas Moon/ Welcome To My Heart/ What Fer Didgee/ When The White Roses Bloom

 
EZRA & HIS BEVERLY HILL BILLIE B.A.C.M. 147 Ezra & His Beverly Hill Billies ● CD $13.98
35 tracks, highly recommended
Fine collection of western songs by this excellent group recorded for MacGregor transcriptions in 1939 and 1940. The group's earlier recordings with a different line up are available on B.A.C.M. 022 and are pretty tame but this material is much more exciting with powerful lead vocals from Ezra Paulette and Charlie Slater. The group featured two fine fiddlers - Lem Giles and Matt Linville and some tracks feature some nice duet fiddle work. Songs include Rocky Mountain Express/ Git On the Golden Trail/ Ridin' Old Paint/ Texas Plains/ I Picked Up the Trail When I Found You/ Sky Paint Paint and more. (FS)
EZRA & HIS BEVERLY HILL BILLIES: At The End Of The Lane/ At The End Of The Santa Fe Trail/ Climbin' Up The Golden Stairs/ Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along/ Ezekiel Saw De Wheel/ Girl Who Played Injun With Me/ Git On The Golden Train/ Give Me A Home On The Plains/ Happy Rovin' Cowboy/ I Long For The Hills Of Wyoming/ I Only Want A Buddy Not A Sweetheart/ I Picked Up The Trail When I Found You/ I'm Dreaming Tonight Of My Darling/ Indian Stomp (instr.)/ Just Come On Back/ Keep A Light In Your Window Tonight/ My Little Cow Pony And I/ Nancy Till/ Old Corral/ Ride 'em Ride 'em Cowboy/ Ridin' Down The Canyon/ Ridin' Home/ Ridin' Old Paint/ Rocky Mountain Express/ Santa Fe Trail/ Sky Ball Paint/ Texas Plains/ Uncle Noah's Ark/ Wagon Train/ Wait For The Wagon/ We'll See The Hard Times Through/ When It's Prayer Meeting Time In The Hollow/ When Pay Day Rolls Around/ When The Moon Shines Down On The Mountains/ When The Wild Flowers Are In Bloom

 
TERRY FELL & THE FELLERS B.A.C.M. 191 Get Aboard My Wagon ● CD $13.98
Terry Fell is a decent honky tonk singer who is best known for writing and recording the original version of Truck Driving Man (included here). This is a collection of 25 recordings made for Memo, Four Star and RCA between 1946 and 1957 and is a bit of a mixed bag ranging from fine honky tonk performances to really lame novelties which are here in abundance. His Hillbilly Impersonations is embarrassing since, except for Ernest Tubb, his impersonations do not sound remotely like the artists he's attempting to imitate.
TERRY FELL & THE FELLERS: Consolation Prize/ Don't Do It Joe/ Don't Drop It/ Dreamer's Paradise/ Fa So La/ Get Aboard My Wagon/ He's In Love With You/ Hillbilly Impersonations/ I Can Hear You Cluckin'/ I'm Hot To Trot/ I've Done All I Know To Do/ If I Didn't Have You/ Mississippi River Shuffle/ Over And Over/ Paper Heart/ Rainbow At Midnight/ Smokin' Cornsilk/ That's What I Like/ There's A Gold Moon Shining/ Truck Drivin' Man/ Yesterday/ You Don't Give A Hang About Me/ You Don't Want Me Anymore/ You Ran Around/ You're Not Wanted Here

 
ARTHUR FIELDS & FRED HALL B.A.C.M. 024 Eleven More Months & Ten More Days ● CD $13.98
Delightful collection of novelty songs by this popular and prolific duo who teamed up in the late 20s - both having had extensive careers previously. They were not authentic hillbillies but rather urban performers who used some elements of country music in their music. They recorded under a number of aliases and recorded their most famous song Eleven More Months & Ten More Days under the name of the Colt Brothers - a song that was subsequently recorded by numerous performers. This 21 track collection also includes Back In The Old Green Hills/ Oh For The Life Of A Hobo/ I Laughed So Much I Nearly Died/ Pickwick Club Tragedy/ Empty Barrels/ Our Hometown Mountain Band, etc.
ARTHUR FIELDS & FRED HALL: Back In The Old Green Hills/ Cousin Cindy's Wedding/ Down At The Bottom Of The Mountain/ Eleven More Months & Ten More Days Pt.1/ Eleven More Months & Ten More Days Pt.2/ Empty Barrels/ Four Stone Walls And A Ceiling/ Hank Simmons' Show Boat/ Henry Did You Weed The Cabbage Patch/ I Laughed So Much I Nearly Died/ I Love Virginia/ I'm In Heaven/ In Dear Old Tennessee/ Me & My Brother Joe/ Oh For The Life Of A Hobo/ Our Hometown Mountain Band Pt. 1/ Our Hometown Mountain Band Pt. 2/ Pickwick Club Tragedy/ She Lives ‘round The Bend A-ways/ The Smoking Habit/ Those Were The Very Last Words He Said

 
SHUG FISHER & HIS RANCHMEN TRIO B.A.C.M. 035 Cowboy Jubilee ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, 61 mins, recommended
Excellent collection of Western songs performed by singer/ bassist Shug Fisher who was a member of the Sons Of The Pioneers in the 40s and 50s. These performances taken from commercial recordings and radio transcriptions made in the late 40s and early 50s features him with his own group The Ranchmen Trio and in addition to fine harmony singing includes some splendid instrumental work on fiddle and steel guitar by unidentified musicians. A couple of cuts feature the distinctive electric guitar stylings of Merle Travis (these are also on the Merle Travis box set on Bear Family). Includes Out On The Open Range/ Texas Plains/ Ridin' Down To Santa Fe/ Cool Water/ We'll Rest At The End Of The Trail/ Forgive And Forget/ Beautiful Texas/ Wonder Valley/ Gooseberry Pie, etc. (FS)
SHUG FISHER & HIS RANCHMEN: Beautiful Texas/ Belle Of Cheyenne/ Bury Me Out On The Prairie/ Cool Water/ Cowboy Jubilee/ Cowboy's Dream/ Fiddler Joe/ Forgive And Forget/ Gooseberry Pie/ Little Cabin In The Cascade Mountains/ Little Joe The Wrangler/ Lonesome Train Blues/ Moonlight On The Prairie/ Only A Message From Home Sweet Home/ Out On The Open Range/ Ridin' Down To Santa Fe/ Spanish Cavalier/ Sweet Evalina/ Texas Plains/ The Convict And The Rose/ We'll Rest At The End Of The Trail/ When The Bloom Is On The Sage/ Whoopee Ti Yi Yo Git Along Little Dogies/ Wonder Valley

 
FLEMING & TOWNSEND B.A.C.M. 151 Little Home Upon The Hill ● CD $13.98
Enjoyable collection of 20 sides recorded between 1930 and 1934 by Reece Fleming and Respers Townsend. Although practically unknown today they were quite popular and prolific in their day with their collection of sentimental songs, blues and more with harmonies very much in the vein of the popular brother duos of the time like The Delmore Brothers. Fleming was the lead singer and guitarist while Townsend sang harmony and played harmonica, kazoo and mandolin and both would yodel from time to time. Songs include Little Home Upon The Hill/ She's Just That Kind/ I'll Tell You About The Woman/ Me, The Moon & My Gal/ Lookin' For A Mama/ I Feel So Blue/ Come And Drift With Me, etc. Interestingly in the 40s and early 50s Fleming worked with Mac Sales (aka Yelvington) and plays piano on Yelvington's classic Sun recording of Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee. Disc features notes by early country expert Tony Russell.
FLEMING & TOWNSEND: Bad Reputation/ Come And Drift With Me/ Gonna Quit Drinking When I Die/ I Feel So Blue/ I Wanta Be Where You Are/ I'll Tell You About The Woman/ I'm Blue And Lonesome/ I'm Leavin' This Town/ Little Home Upon The Hill/ Lonesome (I Need You)/ Lookin' For A Mama/ Me, The Moon And My Gal/ My Baby Can't Be Found/ She's Just That Kind/ Something's Got To Change Somewhere/ The Blues Have Gone/ The Gambler's Advice/ The Ramblin' Boy/ Unlucky Me/ Yes, I Got Mine

 
RED FOLEY B.A.C.M. 064 Tater Pie ● CD $13.98
20 track collection including a couple of his earliest recordings from 1933 and 1934 with the rest covering the period 1941 through 1952.
RED FOLEY: Be Honest With Me/ Cincinnati Danciní Pig/ Dixie/ Donít Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/ Echoes Of My Old Plantation Home/ I Donít Care Anymore/ I Gotta Have You/ I Want To Be With You Always/ Is It True?/ Iíll Be True To You My Darling/ Iím Throwing Rice/ Iím Waltzing With A Broken Heart/ Just A Man And His Dog/ My Heart Cries For You/ Pals Of The Saddle/ Single life Is Good Enough For Me/ Somebodyís Cryiní/ Someday, Somewhere Sweetheart/ Sugar Foot Rag Square Dance/ Tater Pie/ Too Many Blues

 
RED FOLEY B.A.C.M. 095 Yodeling Radio Joe ● CD $13.98
28 radio transcriptions recorded in the mid 40s with The Mountain Rangers
RED FOLEY: An Old Fashioned Shack/ Back Home In The Blue Ridge Mountains/ Chiquita/ Crawdad Hole/ Dear Old Western Skies/ Down A Covered Wagon Trail/ Feelin‘ Low And Lonely/ Get On Board Little Children/ Going Down The River/ Goodbye Maggie/ Guns & Guitars/ Home On The Range/ I Won‘t Need My Six Gun In Heaven/ I‘ll Go Ridin‘ Down That Texas Trail/ I‘m Always Running After Rainbows/ Lonely World/ Mexicali Rose/ Pals Of The Saddle/ Quilting Party/ Sitting Round The Old Fireside/ Take Me Back To Renfro Valley/ Timber Winds/ Wagon Train/ When The Corn‘s Laid By/ When The Work‘s All Done This Fall/ Yellow Rose Of Texas/ Yodeling Radio Joe/ You‘re Still My Blue Bonnet Girl

 
RED FOLEY B.A.C.M. 192 Sings Gospel ● CD $13.98
B.A.C.M.'s third collection of recordings by this outstanding country performer is devoted to his gospel recordings. Red was possibly the most popular country gospel performer of the 50s and 60s and had the first million selling country gospel song with his version of Peace In the Valley (not included here). This set features 24 tracks recorded between 1950 and 1955 and most tracks feature accompaniments by various vocal groups including The Foggy River Boys, The Jordanaires and The Anita Kerr Singers. There are also several duets including a terrific version of Have A Little Talk With Jesus where he is joined by the great black gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Other songs include My God Is Real/ Let's Go To Church/ Robe Of Calvary/ Weapon Of Prayer/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken/ I Hear A Choir/ Just A Closer Walk With Thee and others.
RED FOLEY: A Satisfied Mind/ Consideration/ Have A Little Talk With Jesus/ He Bought My Soul At Calvary/ He'll Understand And Say Well Done/ I Hear A Choir/ I'd Rather Have Jesus/ I'm Bound For The Kingdom/ Jesus & The Atheist (God's Wonderful Way)/ Just A Closer Walk With Thee/ Keys To The Kingdom/ Let's Go To Church/ Music By The Angels/ My God Is Real/ Robe Of Calvary/ Somebody Bigger Than You And I/ Steal Away/ The Angels Are Lighting God's Little Candles/ The Last Mile Of The Way/ The Place Where I Worship Is The Wide Open Spaces/ There's A Light Guiding Me/ Weapon Of Prayer/ Where Could I Go But To The Lord/ Will The Circle Be Unbroken

 
ROCKY BILL FORD B.A.C.M. 193 His Complete Recordings ● CD $13.98
27 tracks, recommended
Fine collection of sides recorded between 1951 and 1955 by this obscure but excellent Texas singer and songwriter. Accompanied by fine small groups he performs a mix of honky tonk ballads and up tempo number plus the occasional blues or novelty songs. It includes his original versions of Beer Drinking Blues and Blowing Suds Off My Beer subsequently covered by Big Bill Lister. Also includes Was I Dreaming/ I'll Try All My Life/ What Would You Do/ In All My Dreams/ There She Goes/ You Married For Money, etc. Excellent sound and informative notes from Dave Sax. (FS)

 
THE FOUR RAMBLERS B.A.C.M. 195 Legendary Irish Quartet ● CD $13.98
Here's something a little different from the folks at B.A.C.M. The Four Ramblers were an Irish quartet from the early 50s who mostly performed popular Irish songs. However they were not totally irrelevant to country music as they provided music for early 50s British radio series "Riders Of The Range" - a western series produced by Charles Chilton, best known as producer of the legendary British science fiction series "Journey Into Space" which kept me glued to the radio set when I was just a nipper. The group performed in a smooth harmony style influenced by The Sons Of The Pioneers and although only a few songs here are actual western songs (Buffalo Jail/ Great Grandad/ Five Hundred Cattle Gone Astray) they bring the same approach to many of Irish songs here which include Mountains Of Mourne/ Hannigan's Hooley/ Phil The Fluter's Ball/ Eileen Oge The Pride Of Petravor, etc.

 
WALLY FOWLER & HIS GEORGIA CLODHOPPERS B.A.C.M. 133 That's The Last Straw ● CD $13.98
Before Georgia born Wally Fowler totally switched to religious country music he had a five piece band in the 40s called "The Georgia Clodhoppers", which at various times included musicians like Chet Atkins, Billy Byrd, Zeke Turner and Jerry Byrd. Fowler is a good singer and there are some fine accompaniments. Most of the songs are originals and includes his version of I'm Sending You Red Roses which he had written some years earlier and had been a big hit for JImmy Wakely.
WALLY FOWLER: Brown Eyes Crying In The Rain/ Empty Arms & A Heart Full Of Sorrow/ Hold That Temper Down/ I Can‘t Go On Living This Way/ I Miss A Little Miss In Mississippi/ If I Had My Life To Live Over/ It‘s Too Late For Tears/ I‘ll Be Waiting At The Gate/ I‘m Sending You Red Roses/ Just 13 Steps Away/ Love Me Or Leave Me Alone/ Mother‘s Prayer/ Mountain Boogie/ Propaganda Papa/ Say You‘ll Be Mine/ Shut Off From The World/ St. Joe Blues/ Texas Red/ That‘s The Last Straw/ Wastin‘ My Time On You/ When My Dreams Come True/ You Can‘t Conceal A Broken Heart

 
THE GEORGIA YELLOW HAMMERS B.A.C.M. 073 Johnson's Old Grey Mule ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, 72 mins, essential
Simply wonderful and truly infectious string band music by one of the very best groups. Founded by singer & banjo player Bud Landress and singer and fiddler Bill Chitwood in 1927 the group also usually featured Phil Reeve on guitar and vocal and Ernest Moody on guitar, ukulele and vocal though various other musicians drifted in and out of the group. The vocals, usually featuring the lead of Landress was particularly strong and the vocal harmonies are truly wonderful. This exceptional disc features three tracks from 1924 featuring just Landress & Chitwood before they formed they group which was originally called Bill Chitwood's Georgia Mountaineers. It also includes a couple of offshoots of the group like The Clyde Evans Band and The Turkey Mountain Singers. Among the many fine performances here are Raise A Rough House Tonight/ Johnson's Old Grey Mule/ Hen cackle/ Going To Ride That Midnight Train/ I Am Bound For The Promised (a quartet vocal with only harmonium accompaniment)/ I'm S-A-V-E-D (a real favorite)/ The Picture On The Wall/ All Old Bachelors Are Hard To Please/ Moonshine Hollow Band/ Keep Marching All The Time/ Big Ball In Memphis/ Kiss Me Quick/ beyond The Clouds Is Light and others. Sound quality is generally excellent. This is the first in depth look at this group since Rounder issued an LP some 25 years ago - that provided inspiration and material for many of the young string bands of the day - maybe this reissue will do the same for a new generation. (FS)
THE GEORGIA YELLOW HAMMERS: All Gone Now/ All Old Bachelors Are Hard To Please/ Beyond The Clouds Is Light/ Big Ball In Memphis/ Come Over And See Me Sometime/ Going To Ride That Midnight Train/ Hen Cackle/ How I Got My Gal/ Howdy Bill/ I Am Bound For The Promised Land/ I‘m S-a-v-e-d/ Johnson‘s Old Grey Mule/ Keep Marching All The Time/ Kiss Me Quick/ Mary Don‘t You Weep/ Moonshine Hollow Band/ My Carolina Girl/ Raise Rough House Tonight/ Rubber Dolly Rag/ Song Of The Doddle Bug/ Tennessee Coon/ The Old Rock Jail Behind The Old Iron Gate/ The Picture On The Wall/ Whoa Mule

 
DON GIBSON B.A.C.M. 134 I Love No One But You - The early Years ● CD $13.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
A fascinating glimpse at the early years of this fine artist who was to achieve great success in the late 50s and 60s. This album features 24 sides recorded for Mercury, RCA & Columbia between 1949 and 1955 before Don's voice had matured to the distinctive one we are familiar from his big hits. The first side features the 4 sides recorded in 1949 with The Sons Of The Soil and are very western flavored - on two of them all four members sing in a style very reminiscent of The Sons Of The Pioneers. The 8 songs from 1950 & 1951 are straight ahead mainstream country with warm but not terribly compelling vocals by Don and nice accompaniment by a small group with pleasing steel by Summie L. Hendrick. By the time he joined Columbia in 1952 we can hear his distinctive style beginning to take shape with excellent vocals and strong instrumental work. Decent sound and brief notes by Brian Golbey. (FS)
DON GIBSON: A Blue Million Tears/ Automatic Mama/ Carolina Breakdown (instr.)/ Cloudy Skies/ Dark Future/ I Just Love The Way You Tell A Lie/ I Lost My Love/ I Love No One But You/ Ice Cold Heart/ Just Let Me Love You/ Let Me Stay In Your Arms/ Many Times I‘ve Waited/ No Shoulder To Cry On/ Red Lips, White Lies & Blue Hours/ Roses Are Red/ Sample Kisses/ Selfish With Your Kisses/ Symptoms Of Love/ Waiting Down The Road/ Walking In The Moonlight/ We‘re Steppin‘ Out Tonight/ Why Am I So Lonely/ Wiggle Wag (instr.)/ You Cast Me Out Forever More

 
RUSTY GILL WITH THE WESTERNAIRES B.A.C.M. 005 Cowboy Songs, Mountain Ballads ● CD $13.98
27 tracks, probably from early 40s, featuring western singer Rusty Gill accompanied by Chick Hart, Jack Taylor & Wade Ray. This group also recorded under the name The Prairie Ramblers.
RUSTY GILL WITH THE WESTERNAIRES: A Change Of Heart/ Blaze Away/ Don't Be Lonely Little Darling/ End Of The Oregon Trail/ Fetch Me My Trusty .45/ Hand In Hand We'll Walk Together Again/ How Many Biscuits Can You Eat/ Keep Goin'/ Let Me Wake Up In Wyoming/ Moonlight In The Hills Of Old Kentucky/ Nightime In The West (instrumental)/ Old Shep/ Packin' Up My Duds And Headin' Home/ Rainbow Round The Hill/ Rodeo Sweetheart/ Roll On Prairie Moon (instrumental)/ Roll Wagons, Roll Along/ Send Me Your Address From Heaven/ She Works Third Tub At The Laundry/ Song Of The Plains/ There's Nothing Like A Hoedown/ To You And My West Virginia Home/ Uncle Noah's Ark/ We Rode The Trail Together/ When The Purple Sage Is Blooming/ When We Said Goodnight On Goodnight Ranch/ You're The Only Girl For My Dream Ranch

 
THE GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST B.A.C.M. 009 Home Sweet Home In Texas ● CD $13.98
First CD reissue of this fine duo who recorded fairly extensively in the mid 30s. The "Girls" were sisters Millie & Dolly Good and the performed cowboy songs to the accompaniment of Dolly's guitar. 
GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Bucking Bronco/ By The Silvery Rio Grande/ Dying Cowboy/ Hi Oh, Hi Oh, Hi Oh [Night Herding Song]/ Home Sweet Home In Texas/ Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane/ Lonesome Valley Sally/ My Cross-Eyed Beau/ My Dear Old Arizona Home/ One Step More/ Silver Moon On The Golden Gate/ Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle/ Take Me Back To Renfro Valley/ The Old Chisholm Trail/ The Oregon Trail/ Tumbledown Shack Of My Dreams/ When It's Roundup Time In Texas/ When The Bees Are In The Hive/ Will There Be Any Yodelers In Heaven?/ You Get A Line

 
THE GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST B.A.C.M. 074 Roll Along Prairie Moon ● CD $13.98
Complementing B.A.C.M. 009 this is another fine collection of songs by this popular and immensely appealing sister duo (Millie & Dolly Good) who harmonize on Western songs with guitar accompaniment from Dolly. This set includes 21 songs recorded between 1933 and 1935.
GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Babyís Lullaby (Lullaby Yodel)/ Barn Dance Of Long Ago/ Carry Me Back To The Mountains/ Colorado Blues (Take Me Back To Colorado)/ Cowboy Jack/ Cowboy Love Call/ Darling Youíre Breaking My Heart/ I Love You Just The Same/ Iím Lonesome For You Caroline/ Lonely Cowgirl/ My Little Old Nevada Home/ Ride Ride Ride/ Roll Along Prairie Moon/ Round Up In Cheyenne/ Sing Me A Song Of The Mountains/ Started Out From Texas (Going Back To Texas)/ Texas Moon/ That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine/ The Roamerís Memories/ Thereís An Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse Tonight/ Whoopie Ti Yi Yo

 
CHARLIE GORE B.A.C.M. 185 Absolutely Free ● CD $13.98
26 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
Excellent collection of sides recorded by this outstanding, little known, honky tonk singer from West Virginia between 1951 and 1956. Gore was a superb vocalist and arrangements are straight ahead honky tonk - guitars, steel guitar & fiddle. Some of the bluesy uptempo numbers are pretty close to rockabilly and a couple have been reissued on rockabilly collections but most of the tracks here are new to CD. Possibly my favorite is the bluesy Gonna Take A Walk Down Town that sounds like something that Hank Williams could have written. He does a fine rendition of the song Stumbling Block which was first recorded by fellow King artist - the great bluesman Champion Jack Dupree. A real find! (FS)
CHARLIE GORE: Absolutely Free/ All My Love Up And Died/ Chances Are I'll Lose/ Come Back To Me/ Everything But A One Man Woman/ Gonna Take Another Walk Down Town/ Heaven Sent You To Me/ I Wish There Was Something I Could Do/ I'll Find Somebody/ I'm Going to Lock You Up/ I've Got My Doubts About You/ If God Can Forgive You So Can I/ If I Told You Would You Believe Me/ It's A Long Walk Back To Town/ Mabel, Mabel/ Over You/ Post Office/ Railroaded/ She Just Walked In/ Somebody's Been Rockin' My Dream Boat/ Stumbling Block/ Take Me Back/ The Moon Won't Tell/ This Orchid Means Goodbye/ What About You/ When I Gave You My Love

 
OTTO GRAY'S OKLAHOMA COWBOYS B.A.C.M. 139 Early Cowboy Band ● CD $13.98
21 tracks recorded between 1926 and 1931 by this group who are generally acknowledged to be the first professional western band and very influential in the spread of western music. Gray was the leader and guitarist with the group and also took a number of the vocals. The group also usually included a second guitar, banjo and fiddle and, on one track, steel guitar. The repertoire is dominated by novelty songs as well as other material including including two fine versions of Midnight Special.
OTTO GRAY'S OKLAHOMA COWBOYS: 4,000 Years Ago/ Adam And Eve/ Be Home Early Tonight My Dear Boy/ Bury Me On The Lone Prairie/ Cat Came Back/ Coon Hunt/ Cowboy‘s Dream/ Down Where The Swannee River Flows/ Gathering Up The Shells From The Sea Shore/ I Can‘t Change It/ I Had But Fifty Cents/ It Can‘t Be Done/ Mammy‘s Little Coal Black Rose/ Midnight Special/ Pistol Pete‘s Midnight Special/ Plant A Watermelon On My Grave/ Suckin‘ Cider/ The Terrible Marriage/ Tom Cat Blues/ When You Come To The End Of The Day/ Who Stole The Lock On The Henhouse Door

 
MONTE HALE B.A.C.M. 070 The Full Monte - Complete Recordings ● CD $13.98
Recordings featuring this singing cowboy who is better known for his western movie appearances than his commercial recordings. This set features all 17 of his commercial recordings plus a song from one of his movies, a song from a radio transcription and a complete 20 minute radio transcription play from "All Star Western Theatre" in 1947 featuring Monte and Foy Willing & The Riders Of The Purple Sage.
MONTE HALE: After All We Have Meant To Each Other/ Cool Water/ Dead Letter File/ Dig Dig Diggin‘/ Dream Cowboy/ Heart Breaks/ Honey I Was Right/ I Learned To Love You Too Late My Darling/ In My Stable (there‘s An Empty Stall)/ Is It Wrong/ I‘m Ridin‘ The Rails/ I‘m Roundin‘ Up My Love For You/ Jet Plane Blues/ Key To My Door/ My Last Will And Testament/ Oklahoma Hills/ Radio Transcription Play From "all Star Western Theatre" April 8 1947./ Rose Of Old Santa Fe/ Statue In The Bay/ You Broke My Heart Little Darling

 
STUART HAMBLEN B.A.C.M. 163 Old Glory ● CD $13.98
24 tracks recorded between 1948 and 1955 by this popular singer, songwriter and presidential candidate (he ran on the Prohibition Party ticket in 1952) whose recording career dated back to the 30s. It includes his original hit recordings of two songs that have become country standards - It Is No Secret and This Old House. All but three of the songs are Hamblen originals and are a mix of sacred and secular songs including My Old Hound Dog/ Pony Express Pride Of the Golden West/ Our Old captain Ain't A Man/ I Get Lonesome Like Nobody Knows/ Just Let Me Love You/ Old Pappy's New Banjo/ My Religion's Not Old Fashioned/ I've Got So many Million years, etc. Arrangements are pretty much pop with strings rather than fiddles and vocal choruses rather than country harmonies. Includes two duets with Martha Carson.
STUART HAMBLEN: A Handful Of Sunshine/ Ace In The Hole/ Black Diamond/ Friends I Know/ I Believe/ I Get Lonesome Like Nobody Knows/ I've Got So Many Million Years/ It Is No Secret/ Just A Man/ Just Let Me Love You/ Lonesome Valley/ Lord I Can't Come Now/ My Old Hound Dog/ My Religion's Not Old Fashioned/ Old Glory/ Old Pappy's New Banjo/ Ole Pappy Time Is A Pickin' My Pockets/ Our Anniversary/ Our Old Captain Ain't A Man/ Please Tell Me Why/ Pony Express Pride Of The Golden West/ This Ole House/ When My Lord Picks Up The Phone/ You're Always Brand New

 
ESCO HANKINS B.A.C.M. 058 Rising Sun ● CD $13.98
22 tracks recorded between 1947 and 1951 by this fine but obscure artist from Knoxville, Tennessee whose music shows the very strong influence of Roy Acuff - especially on the earlier tracks. He covers quite a few of Acuff's songs including I'm Building A Home/ Glory Bound Train/ Fireball Mail/ Streamlined Cannonball and others. The title song is a fine version of the traditional House Of The Rising Sun and other songs include A Daddy's Lullaby/ No One Will Ever Know/ World Of Sorrow and others.
ESCO HANKINS: A Daddy‘s Lullaby/ All The World Is Lonely Now/ An Angel Smiles When Mother Smiles At Me/ Beneath That Lonely Mound Of Clay/ Branded Wherever I Go/ Fireball Mail/ Glory Bound Train/ I‘m Building A Home/ I‘m Praying For The Day When Peace Will Come/ Low And Lonely/ No One Will Ever Know/ Please Forgive Me/ Precious Jewel/ Rising Sun/ Streamlined Cannonball/ Sweeter Than The Flowers/ Things That Might Have Been/ Wait For The Light To Shine/ Waiting For My Call To Glory/ What Good Will It Do/ World Of Sorrow/ Wreck On The Highway

 
FISHER HENDLEY B.A.C.M. 202 And His Aristocratic Pigs ● CD $13.98
22 tracks, highly recommended
How can you not love a group with a name like that? Fisher Hendley was a fine singer and superb banjo player from North Carolina who performed wearing and jacket and tie and was somewhat more educated than his hillbilly contemporaries. The first track from 1925 is a solo vocal and banjo piece Let Your Shack Burn Down - a variation of the ever popular Hesitation Blues. The next nine tracks recorded between 1930 and 1933 feature with Fisher with one or two other musicians on some fine string band music including a wonderful and clever Answer To Big Rock Candy Mountain. The rest of the recordings are from 1938 by which time Hendley had named his group The Aristocratic Pigs in honor of the meat packing company that sponsored their appearances on radio station WFBC. The majority of these performances are sentimental love songs or gospel songs including My Family Circle/ Brown Eyes/ She'll Be There/ Blue Eyes (featuring some outrageous sobbing)/ Hop Along Peter/ Raindrop Waltz, etc. (FS)
FISHER HENDLEY: A Pretty Girl's Love/ Another Man's Wife/ Answer To The Big Rock Candy Mountain/ Blind Child's Prayer/ Blue Eyes/ Brown Eyes/ Come Back To The Hills/ Hop Along Peter/ If It Wasn't For Mother And Dad/ Let Your Shack Burn Down/ My Angel Sweetheart/ My Family Circle/ Peek A Boo/ Raindrop Waltz/ She'll Be There/ Shuffle Feet Shuffle/ Tar And Feathers/ To Leave You Would Break My Heart/ Under The Double Eagle/ Won't Somebody Tell My Darling/ Work In 1930/ You Make My Heart Go Boom

 
EARL HEYWOOD B.A.C.M. 212 Canada's No. 1 Singing Cowboy ● CD $13.98
26 tracks, many of them original compositions, by this popular performer recorded between 1950 and 1957.
EARL HEYWOOD: A Bad Penny Always Returns/ Alberta Waltz/ Algonquin Waltz/ Broken Down Merry-Go-Round/ Counterfeit Kisses/ Foolish Heart/ Give Me Wings/ I Want A Roof Over My Head and Bread On The Table/ I'll Tell The World I Love You/ Isle Of Campobello/ Letís Dilly Dally Down In Lily Valley/ Nellie Ray/ Old Brunswick Moon/ Picking Flowers/ Smile, Smile Again/ Tears Of St. Anne/ Tellin' My Troubles To My Old Guitar/ There's A New Love True Love In My Heart/ There's An Angel That's Waiting For Mother/ Those Beautiful Big Brown Eyes/ Three Roses And An Orchid/ When The Snowbirds Cross The Rockies/ While The Wagon Wheels Of Texas Roll Along/ Why In Heaven's Name/ Why Must I Wonder/ Your Only Ray Of Sunshine

 
JOHNNY HICKS B.A.C.M. 059 Gotta Gitta Gittar ● CD $13.98
22 tracks from the early 50s by Texas vocalist who was more of a pop than country singer. There's a substantial amount of forgettable novelty material here along with gospel, country weepers, western swing and country boogies. Some of the accompaniments are by members of the Light Crust Dougboys.
JOHNNY HICKS: A Good Man Is Hard To Find/ All My Life My Love Goes With You/ Crossroads/ Curb Service/ Get Your Kicks From The Country Hicks/ Gotta Gitta Gittar/ Hamburger Hop/ Heart After Heart/ Ho De Ree Dee Ah/ I Can‘t Get Enough Of That Ah Ha/ I Swear/ I Thought I Was Home To Stay/ Man On The Corner/ Mended One Broken Heart/ My Next Gal/ No Wild Side Of Life/ Pick-up Blues/ Rainy Night Blues/ So Long It‘s Been Good To Know Yuh/ Sweetheart‘s Waltz/ Take My Hand/ Too Late To

 

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