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.
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
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 countrydiscography.blogspot.com 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.
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