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