The Legendary Dora Hall!!

What happens when you mix a multimillionaire and a wife with show-biz aspirations? You get the legendary Dora Hall!

Hall’s husband was a top executive with the Solo Paper Cups Company, and could more than afford to finance his wife’s various vanity projects, such as this unspeakable clip from an early 1970s television special. Includes an”all-star” cast of Oliver, Rich Little, Phil Harris, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. AND Did I mention that Dora also made records, given out free when you purchased a certain amount of Solo Cups? Listen out for one on the upcoming East Tennessee Quiver, this Thursday night at 10 pm!

Mad Jack Fielden Lives Again!

They don’t make television like this anymore!

During the early 1980s, intoxicated furniture store owner Mad Jack Fielden made news when he was found sleeping in a bathtub. Which normally would have been fine, but in this case, it was the bathtub of a stranger.

Fielden’s response to all the bad publicity was to poke fun of the situation.

Lost and Found: A whole slew of long-missing-in-action Mad Jack Fielden commercials from long-defunct Knoxville station WTVK-TV, Channel 26!  Unseen for decades,This late early 1980s gem has just been preserved by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.


Vinyl Frontier Playlist, Sunday 8/11/13

Vinyl Frontier Playlist, Sunday 8/11/13

Recording Artist – Song Title/Album Title (year of release) Record Label 0:00

Leroy Pullins – I’m a Nut/I’m a Nut (1966) Kapp 2:27

The Levee Singers – Take Me Home/Take Me Home (1965) Levee 2:39

l-r Bob Christopher, Ronnie Dawson, Smokey Montgomery, Ed Bernet. photo from homepage of Ed Bernet.


Smokey Montgomery of The Light Crust Doughboys formed the Levee Singers to capitalize on the folk boom and work The Levee, a Dallas venue of the 1960′s. In addition to Ronnie and Smokey, members at that time were former Pittsburgh Steeler Ed Bernet and Lewis and Clark College music major and future financial planner Bob Christopher.

Fred Sokolow – Two Part Invention #8/Bluegrass Banjo Inventions (1977) Kickin Mule 0:50

John Stanfeld – Brown/Carolina 12 String (1977) Philo 3:58

The Levee Singers – 88 Days in the County Jail/Take Me Home (1965)  Levee 2:32

Ronnie Speeks – Lonesome Me/single (1966) Fraternity 2:25

Lonnie Mack – Wham/The Wham of That Memphis Man (1963) 2:12

Ronnie Dawson – Wham Bam Jam/Monkey Beat (1994) No Hit 2:18


Born in Waxahachie, Texas on August 11, 1939 and raised in Corsicana and Waxahachie, Ronnie broke into show business at the Dallas Sportatorium’s “Big ‘D’ Jamboree” in the late 1950′s. The Jamboree’s impresario, Ed McLemore, led Ronnie to Dick Clark, leading to two releases on Swan in 1959 and 1960. Alas, fallout from the “Payola” scandal would stall Ronnie’s career, as Swan and Dick Clark were constrained severely by the scandal. Click here for a nice summary of Ronnie’s career.

The Farmer Boys  Cool Down Mame/single (1956) Capitol 2:32

Ronnie Dawson – Veronica/Just Rockin’ & Rollin’ (1996) 3:36

Kenny Smith – I’m Gonna Be Gone/single (early 70′s) MCM 3:07

Ronnie Dawson – Sucker For Cheap Guitar/Just Rockin’ & Rollin’ 3:12

Ronnie Dawson, circa 1959
Ronnie Dawson, circa 1959

Ronnie Dee (Dawson) – Action Packed/single (1959) Back Beat 2:10


Ronnie Dawson – Shim Sham Shimmy/Rockinitis (1989) No Hit 2:50

Jimmy Edwards
Jimmy Edwards

Jimmy Edwards – Love Bug Crawl/single (1957) Mercury 1:58

He was born James Wiley Bullinton in Mississippi, but was working in the General Motors Buick plant in Flint, Michigan when he first cut Love Bug Crawl in 1957. It was issued on the local Wednesday label before getting picked up by Mercury.

Two more Mercury singles failed to chart despite My Honey and Do That Again being mighty fine records. RCA took a chance with him but they too couldn’t get him on the hit parade. (from Rockabillyville BlogSpot.)

Ronnie Dawson – Rockin’ Bones/Rockin’ Bones (1959) Rockin’ Records 1:54

Ronnie Dawson – Ain’t That a Kick in the Head/single (1960) Swan 2:34

autographed circa 1995, Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN
autographed circa 1995, Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN

Hymn Time

The Levee Singers – Oh, What a Beautiful City/Take Me Home (1965) Levee 2:40

The Gospel Ways Trio – I Find Peace in a Prayer/single (1967) Circle “D” 2:26

Vinyl Frontier playlist, 8/4/13

Vinyl Frontier playlist, 8/4/13

Recording Artist – Song Title/Album Title (year of release) Record Label 0:00

Porter Wagoner – Itchin’ For My Baby (1955) RCA 2:30

Fiddlin’ Burke Barbour – Dance All Night/Blue Ridge Mountain Music (1970) Kanawha 2:13

Wry Straw – I Get the Blues/From Earth to Heaven (1978) June Appal 2:17

Alex Bevan – Silver Wings/Springboard (1976) Fiddler’s Wind 3:29

Clem Myers – Whiskey Before Breakfast/NE Regional Oldtime Fiddle Champion (1974) Philo 1:45

Buddy Rose & the Country Tune Twisters: Buddy Rose, banjo; Jim Farmer, fiddle; George Hazlewood, mandolin; Jack Pate, guitar (?); Glendell Norris, bass; Edwin Tayor, piano. Jimmy Smith, announcer.  Elizabethton, TN-based Buddy Rose had played with the Sauceman Brothers before this period.

Buddy Rose

Careless Love – George Hazelwood, vocal

Walking on New Grass – Buddy Rose, vocal

We Shall Meet Someday – Jimmy Smith, lead vocal

Turkey in the Straw – Jim Famer, Fiddle

The Lonesome Rhodes – The Least You Could Have Done/The Lonesome Rhodes (1967) RCA 2:36

Jerry Douglas – Time Gone By/Under the Wire (1986) MCA 2:47

Willis Alan Ramsey – Painted Lady/Willis Alan Ramsey (1972) Shelter 3:02

 lonesome rhodes

The Lonesome Rhodes (Sandy and Donna) were the daughters of Dusty and the nieces of Porter Wagoner Show comedian Speck Rhodes. I played this song on this show on May the 5th and all I know about these singers is in the post for that program.


Should you require an introduction to Jerry Douglas, here it is: he got his professional start early with a slot in the Country Gentlemen at 17 and after a couple of years moved on to stints with JD Crowe, Boone Creek and The Whites, never for more than a year or two. “Under the Wire,” his third solo album, followed a couple of “supergroup” outings: the Dreadful Snakes and the Bluegrass Album Band. With only one released album to his credit,


Willis Alan Ramsey is a cult figure for some. He recorded tracks for a second album which has never seen the light of day. Supposedly, if you ask him about his “other” album he will reply, “Why? Don’t you like this one?”

Connie Hall – The Bottle or Me/single (1959) Mercury 2:20

Bobby De Pagter – I’m Helpless/single (1955) DeLuxe 2:12

George McCormick – Doubt/single (1954) MGM 2:12

Jimmie Osborne – Married on Paper (1957) King 2:30


From the hamlet of Walden, Kentucky (located between Williamsburg and Corbin), Connie Hall had a few medium hits on Decca in the early to middle 1960′s.


Bobby De Pagter recorded a session for DeLuxe in 1955 an then disappears from the annals of country music. Even the exhaustive discographies of Praguefrank at are silent. Fortunately, the 45 I have is a white label biography pressing, something Sid Nathan’s labels did a lot. From the label: Out of the hundreds of auditions held by DeLuxe A&R man Henry Stone held in Miami, Florida, recently, the voice of Bobby De Pagter stood out above all  others. Bobby is from Tampa, Florida and is married. He writes most of his own material and sings the songs with a feeling seldom heard in today’s market. When he was quite young, Bobby De Pagter was blinded in an accident but he has not let that interfere with his first love – music. If anything, it has helped him concentrate more on his writing and singing. Bobby is only twenty-three years old and he devotes many hours a day to his music. With the aid of his lovely wife and his own strong determination, Bobby will be a big star.


George McCormick was played rhythm guitar and was a backing vocalist for Porter Wagoner for many years and sang featured solos on the Porter Wagoner Show regularly. The songwriter credit for “Itchin’ for My Baby” is Wagoner/George Earl. Presumably, “George Earl” is a pseudonym for George McCormick and Earl Aycock who performed as “George and Earl” in the 50′s.


Jimmie Osborne, “The Kentucky Folk Singer,” was a very popular singer-songwriter on King in the 50′s, oddly neglected today. His own song “The Death of Kathy Fiscus” was his biggest hit. Sadly, Osborne took his own life in 1958 at age 35.

Hymn Time

The Homeward Way Quartet – Stepping on the Clouds/Redemption Draweth Nigh (mid 70′s) 1:55

The Dunsmore Family – I’ll Have a New Body/Country Church House (early 70′s) Mission 2:00

The Homeward Way Quartet – I’m Just a Pilgrim/Redemption Draweth Nigh (mid 70′s) 2:31

The Gospel Three Singers – I’m Ready to Fly Away/Inside the Home Gate (1970′s) Jordan 2:00

Vinyl Frontier Playlist, Sunday 7/28/13

Playlist, Sunday 7/28/13

Artist – Song Title/Album Title (Release Year) Record Label 0:00

Hank Penny – The Cricket Song (1957) Decca 2:47

Norman Blake & Red Rector – Lorena/Norman Blake & Red Rector (1976) County 2:30

Kenny Baker & Joe Greene – High Country/High Country (1968) County 2:30

Henson Cargill – Four Long Seasons/Skip a Rope (1968) Monument 2:12

Andrew F Boarman – Somewhere in West Virginia/Mountain State Music (1978) June Appal 2:30

Carl Perkins – Never Look Back/My Kind of Country (1973) Mercury 2:50

Pinnacle Mountain Boys circa 1962

Loren Rogers (banjo) – Bluegrass Special 2:33

Buster Turner (vocal) – Little Maggie 3:00

Pinnacle Mountain Boys (featuring vocal trio) – All the Good Times are Past and Gone 2:49

Blue Valley Boys – Steel Guitar Chimes (Monroe Queener, dobro) 2:10

Pinnacle Mountain Boys – God’s Name in Vain 3:47

Pinnacle Mountain Boys 1963

The Pinnacle Mountain Boys, circa 1963. l to r: Monroe Queener, Charlie Collins, Don Gulley, Jerry Moore, Allen Collins, Buster Turner. From Facebook page for “Sounds Like Home: A Night of Music from the Cumberlands.”

Under-recorded and under appreciated, the Pinnacle Mountain Boys were one of the most accomplished Bluegrass band in East Tennessee in the 50′s and 60′s. Sadly, Loren Rogers died in an automobile accident not long after this recording was made (accounting for his absence in the photo above). Don Gulley’s son Steve and his band Grasstowne perform some of the Pinnacle Mountain Boys songs and have recorded at least one: “I Don’t Worry About You Anymore,” on the album “Kicking Up Dust.”

Vintage Country

Welton Lane – I Just Got Tired of Being Poor (1971) Epic 2:22

Leon McAuliff – Red River Ramble/Swinging West (recorded 1958 as “Golden Chances” for Sesac) Starday 2:00

Red Lane – Throw a Rope Around the Wind (late 1971)2:26

Donny Young – I’d Come Back to Me (1962) Mercury 2:22

Donny Young – Pictures Can’t Talk Back (1959) Decca 2:30

Donny Young, aka Johnny Paycheck, Decca publicity photo

Born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio on May 31st, 1938, Johnny Paycheck would experience a meteoric rise – and fall – as a country singer in the 1970′s with masterful interpretations of songs by David Allen Coe and Foster and Rice causing the rise and personal problems causing the second.

Although it took several years for Paycheck’s career to take off, these late fifties and early sixties cuts show that he was neck-in-neck and possibly ahead of George Jones in developing the classic honky-tonk vocal style the two men would eventually become legendary for.

By the middle 1980′s, Paycheck’s career was a shambles. He would serve 22 months for nearly killing a man with a pistol in a barroom brawl in his hometown of Hillsboro, Ohio. After this experience, Paycheck went straight and attempted a comeback which was curtailed by emphysema. Unfortunately, this disease took his life in 2003. He lies in a burial plot donated by George Jones.

Hymn Time

Esco Hankins & Jackie – Stairway to Heaven/Mother Left Me Her Bible (1963) REM 2:30

Esco Hankins & Jackie – By the Crystal Sea/Mother Left Me Her Bible (1963) REM 2:00

Boots Randolph – Amen/Sunday Sax (1968) Monument 2:38