Vinyl Frontier Playlist, 6/23/13
Artist – Song Title/Album (date) Record Label 0:00
Lonnie Glosson – I Want My Mama/single (1962) Starday 2:00
Slim Whitman – Curtain of Tears/single (1956) Imperial 2:17
Frazier Moss – Sugar Tree Stomp/Fiddler’s Dream (1978) Royal American 2:46
Martin, Bogan & Armstrong – Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/Martin, Bogan & Armstrong (1974) 2:00
JT Perkins – The Jig/Just Fine Fiddling (1974) Davis Unlimited 2:15
Tampa, Florida native Ottis Dewey “Slim” Whitman passed away last week, so I thought I should pay tribute in this week’s Vinyl Frontier radio show. His as-seen-on-TV records were a fixture in the late 1970′s and 80′s, severely damaging his credibility as a Western singer. But before this lapse into self-parody, his 1950′s output on Imperial was solid.
Knoxville Grass – A Broken Heart and Memories/Knoxville Grass (1977) Attieram 1:47
Knoxville Grass – Song for Susan/Darby’s Castle (1978) Thunderhead 2:18
Knoxville Grass – Tennessee Blues/Knoxville Grass (1977) Attieram 4:24
Blake Bynum & Roy Harper – Hurrying Home/Echoes of the Past (early 70′s) Pine Mountain 2:09
Hearts & Flowers – Legend of Ol’ Tenbrookes/Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Women (1968) 2:30
Pinnacle Boys – Latin Leprechaun/High Lonesome Bluegrass (1980) CHM 2:30
Jackie Bair & The Cubs – You’re in Love/single (1964) Spot 2:15
Don Bradford’s Spot Records of upper East Tennessee didn’t put out many records, but the ones I’ve heard have usually been pretty interesting. I found this one back in the very late 80′s or early 90′s at the American Council for the Blind thrift store in Knoxville, TN, then on North Central. I remember this because it was a great day for a young record collector – a Spot, a “D,” (Jimmy Dry) and several white label promos: Capitol, Dot (Hank Thompson) and United Artists (George Jones).
Bob Collins – You Don’t Know/single (mid 60′s) Mark IV 2:33
Rusty Bryant – Riding with Rusty/single (1955) Dot 2:15
- Rusty Bryant, sax; Jimmy Carter, piano; Harry Ross, bass and Jimmy Rogers, drums. photo courtesy of Arnett Howard.
Ersel Hickey – Bluebirds Over the Mountain/single (1958) Epic 2:00
- Original sheet music cover
Johnny Maddox Orchestra – Hop Scotch Boogie/single (1955) Dot 2:00
- Johnny Maddox, aka Crazy Otto no. 2
Charlie Rich – Time and Again/single (1962) Phillips Int’l 3:04
Gospel Ways Trio – I Find Peace in a Prayer/single (1967) Circle “D” 2:26
The Southern Gospel Trio – Thank God I’m Free/The Prodigal Son (mid 60′s) Jewel (OH) 2:30
Gospel Ways Trio – Beautiful Valley/single (1967) Circle “D” 2:30
The Gospel Ways Trio – Ronnie, Homer and Bill – recorded for Dave Owens’ Circle “D” record label of Speedwell, Tennessee. On their Circle “D” records, The Owens family is accompanied by Lafollette, Tennessee‘s Blue Valley Boys, but the Gospel Ways are accompanied by a more typical sound for a Southern Gospel trio/quartet: piano, bass and electric guitar. Of course, it’s easily possible that the musicians who accompanied the Gospel Ways were drawn from the Blue Valley Boys and other participants in the Tennessee Jamboree – John Hunley and Carlos Henderson were both accomplished electric guitarists, according to their profiles at the Friends of the Cumberland Trail website.