(1990/Sunjay) 22 tracks - Rare studio recordings by artists who appeared at Ed McLemore´s ´Big D Jamboree´! Ed McLemore who also ran a publishing company and who owned a recording studio, recorded almost every ´Big D Jamboree´ artist, even it often was fo
(1990/Sunjay) 22 tracks - Rare studio recordings by artists who appeared at Ed McLemore´s ´Big D Jamboree´! Ed McLemore who also ran a publishing company and who owned a recording studio, recorded almost every ´Big D Jamboree´ artist, even it often was forbidden by the contracts of the record companies! Fantastic stuff and a definite add to every Rockabilly collection!
(Rollercoaster Records) 4 tracks - triangle centre - mastered at CTS, Wembley with ´B.J. at the control´ written in dead wax - Wash Machine Boogie by the Echo Valley Boys was the Island Record Company´s first release in April 1957. Like many of the more obscure 50´s recordings now regarded as rockabilly classics by boppers and collectors alike the release has been as extensively bootlegged as it has been ´covered´ by present-day rockabilly bands. Little is known of the Echo Valley Boys, but Bill Browning appears to have been more than just the lead vocalist, having arranged, produced and written most of the band´s material. Bill was born on May 16th 1931 in Wayne County, West Virginia, where he became interested in music at the age of fourteen. At sixteen he formed his first band, the Kanawha Valley Boys, and broadcast regularly over WTIP in Charleston, West Virginia until 1950 when he and members of his band were drafted into the services. In August 1955 Bill moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and formed the Echo Valley Boys, who were soon appearing every Saturday night on the Circle Theatre Jamboree. In the spring of 1957 Bill submitted some of his material to Frank J. Videmsek, president of the Island Record Company, and his first recording - Wash machine boogie and Ramblin´ man was soon on the presses. This was followed by Born with the blues, Breaking hearts, Sinful woman and Hula rock. Although Bill remained actively involved in songwriting and recording, national success eluded him and he died in January 1978, a victim of cancer.
(2016/Stomper Time) 40 tracks (79:30) 20 page booklet! A generous 40 tracks taken from Gene Williams´ West Memphis-based Cotton Town Jubilee Record Company. The label, one of the last in Memphis to have a proper reissue, released a great selection of R´n´R, Rockabilly and Hillbilly from 1962 until its closure in 1971. 20-page booklet contains rare photos and full discography! In the grand scheme of musical matters, the name of Gene Williams may well not mean much to many people,but it is fair to say that this man of Dyess,Arkansas and one time neighbour of Johnny Cash, surely has a story to tell. Determined to make it somewhere in Show Business, Gene literally talked his way into having a Radio Show at KWAM in Memphis in 1957. His DJ work lit up the airwaves,the show was extended and he also became the Station´s sales manager. Ever ambitious, by January 1962, Gene was running the ´Cotton Town Jubilee´, a live radio show broadcast over KWAM every Saturday night, which lead to him opening the Cotton Town Jubilee Record Company later in that year,kicking off with the excellent Sonny Williams,his first signing. The CTJ radio show featured a variety of singers and musicians, who became regulars on the show and would record a large number of singles for the label. There were however exceptions,one being Jay Chevalier from Louisiana, who gained considerable fame for his political songs and a song about Billy Cannon a well known footballer. Jay was with CTJ for 2 years producing singles and an L.P. and is still working to this day. Another star of Memphis radio and records was Slim Rhodes, who began broadcasting his family band in the 1930´s. Slim´s main claim to fame today is the fact that he recorded a number of strong sides for Sam Phillips at Sun, which are much sought after in today´s world of Sun Records collectors. In 1963,Slim recorded a ´Live´ in the studio LP for CTJ and 3 of the Hottest tracks are included here. Whilst the radio show flourished, Gene began his long running ´Country junction TV Show´, which offered the same cast as the radio show,but with a few more guest stars of the era such as Merle Haggard and Ray Price. In 1968,the Big Screen beckoned and Gene and several members of his show were featured in ´The Sound of Country Music´ with Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Webb Pierce and Ray Price. In 1969 Gene financed his own movie ´Country Music Jamboree´, which exclusively featured the singers and musicians of the Jubilee.A soundtrack LP was issued, but Gene had already decided to shut down Cotton Town Jubilee records having had no hits and only local sales. On this CD are 40 of the finest recordings made for the label. There is a taste of Rock´n´Roll,Rockabilly,Hillbilly,Honky Tonk and a spectacular 1.20´´ of Bluegrass. I believe that only 3 of these titles have been released in the UK before,so this CD represents a ´breath of fresh air´for the music market place, albeit a long way from Arkansas. DAVE TRAVIS - Stomper Time Records
Taschenbuch - 234 - Bloodbuster - 2012 - Italienisch ´Appena Modugno lamb le braccia al cielo, per cantare nuovamente ii ritornello, la maggior parte di quelli seduti gia aveva imparato la canzone: Volare, oh, oh.... Ci fu I´impressione, come se ognuno Si spic-cicasse di dosso, definitivamente, I residui di paure, di poverta, di miserie, del decennio che andava concludendosi´. (Don Backy, Rock and Roll Memorie di un juke box, Shakespeare & Company, 1996) Era la fine degli anni ´50. E la musica in Italia stava cambiando, in tutti i sensi. Stavano per arrivare favolosi anni ´60´, quelli del ´Boom´, e un´ondata di giovani cantanti, ben decisi a rompere i ponti con la ´musica vecchia´ stava invadendo Ia penisola. Con loro sarebbe cambiato anche ii cinema delle canzonette... Fuori i Claudio Villa e i Nunzio Gallo, dentro gli urlatori e i ribelli, gli ye-ye e beat, i molleggiati e i tarantolati: ecco i musicarelli degli anni ´60, protagonisti della migliore stagione del cinema musicale nostrano. Dopo aver scandagliato diversi generi della cinematografia popolare italiana, dall´horror al poliziesco del ´70, dagli spionistici pseu-do-bondiani alla fantascienza degli anni ´80, Bloodbuster si dedica ai canterelii, con la collaborazione dell´amico Maurizio Maiotti, editore e curatore di Jamboree, rivista tri-mestrale sul tema anni ´50160, complice ideale per Ia compilazione di quella che vuole essere una guida, utile e agevole, alla riscoperta non solo di una manciata di antichi film con canzoncine, ma anche di un´ltalia semplice e ingenua, mace e otti-mista, che ormai sembra lontana di quatche millennio. Perch& come dice ii critico Stefano Della Casa, autore di diversi scritti sull´argomento: ´Una canzone non pu6 cambiare il mo s. Pero puo sicuramente raccontarcelo´ II pazzo, pazzo mondo della canzone vi aspetta tra queste pagine Buon ascolto ehm... Buona lettura.