(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
Musik Magazin der 50er Jahre für Sammler und Fans. Bio-, Diskographien, Labelstories, Musikgeschichte, Plattenraritäten oder Musikfilme, Rock´n´Roll, Rockabilly, Country & Western Swing und Rhythm & Blues. Termine/Anzeigen 2 - 3 Impressum 4 Vorwort 6 Sonny Burgess Story Teil 2 7 - 10 Platten-, CD-, Buchbesprechungen 10 - 18 News/In Memoriam 18 In Memoriam Roger Miller 19 Rare Records 20 Tiny Grünes Story Teil 1 21 - 25 Tiny Grünes Diskographie Teil 1 26 - 29 Mr. Rock´n´Roll Meeting in Forli 30 - 31 Rockin´ in England 31 - 32 Hillbilly Nights at the Life Club 32 - 33 Oldtimer Vorstellung 34 - 36 White Label Records Story 37 - 40 Rudy -Tun´´´ Grayzell Story 40 - 47 Rudy -Tutti´´ Grayzell Diskographie 48 - 49 Rock´n´Roll Jamboree in Suhr 50 - 51 In Concert 52 Classical Rock´n´Roll 53 - 58 News 58- The Country Music Hall of Fame 59 Lokal Green Door 60 Platten-, CD-, Buchbesprechungen 61 - 63 Jitterbug Records Konzert in Lehrte 64 - 65 Rockabilly Madness 65 Tschernobilly Teil 11 66 - 69 News 69 Anzeigen 70 - 72
(White Label) 18 tracks - Quentin ´Reed´ Welty produced a lot of material from many artists between 1958 and 1962 for different labels including his own which were ´Hilltop Records´, ´Z Records´, ´Prism Records´ and ´B-ifii Records´. Unfortunately not rrtich is known about most of the artists but Welty has been known in the American Country Music Field since his early start. He was personal manager to several nationally known recording stars. For some time he was the General Manager and Executive Producer of the world-famous ´Jamboree USA´ from Wheeling, West Virginia. Quentin Welty is a long time Life Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Nashville Songwriter´s Association Int. The early sessions that are of interest for these series were all recorded in small recording places in an around Ashland, Wooster and Cleveland, Ohio. Many became local hits. Quentin is still in the music business today, primarily as a publisher. (Cees Klop)
LIMITIERTE AUSGABE Mit unseren Single-Veröffentlichungen ultra-rarer Titel möchten wir Sie dabei unterstützen, schmerzhafte Lücken in Ihrer Sammlung zu schließen. Die von unseren sachkundigen Mitarbeitern sorgfältig und teils aus verschütteten Quellen zusammengestellten Singles enthalten gelegentlich zuvor unveröffentlichte Songs … und manchmal sogar Erstveröffentlichungen auf Vinyl! Auf 500 Exemplare limitierte und nummerierte Vinyl-Single (45 RPM) - Bildhülle Warren Smith konnte alles singen: Blues, Hillbilly, Rockabilly. Er gilt als einer der besten und ehrlichsten Sänger seiner Zeit. Und er wählte für den Beginn seiner Karriere einen verdammt mythischen Ausgangspunkt: Sun Records. Für eine Weile sah es so aus, als ob Smith seinen Label-Kollegen nacheifern könnte und selbst zu einer allgemein bekannten Größe reifen würde. Er sah gut aus, er besaß Talent und den Willen, es schaffen zu wollen. Fraglos war er zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort. Der Ruhm ließ jedoch auf sich warten, bis er 1960 bei Liberty zur Country Music zurückkehrte. Doch selbst heute zählt seine Musik aus den Fünfzigern zu den besten Beispielen aus jener großartigen Zeit. Diese beiden Aufnahmen mit seinem Rockabilly-Duo entstanden live bei der Big D Jamboree in Dallas.
(Ace Records) 50´s ERA label material backed with his comeback LP cut in 1984. - This fine twofer is very much tied in with Ace’s history, especially with our original Chiswick label. The first album on Chiswick in 1977 was ´Hollywood Rock’n’Rol´” which contained some tracks by Glen Glenn that attracted appreciative reaction from European fans. Ace founder Ted Carroll met Glen near Los Angeles soon after and was able to assemble a new album that included alternate takes of his best-known songs plus some radio and TV performances. This was issued as ´The Glen Glenn Story´ in 1982, once again to much acclaim around the UK and Europe, which spurred Glen to return to the studio to make a new album, ´Everybody’s Movin’ Again´, released on Ace in 1984. Glen Glenn, real name Glen Troutman, was born in Missouri in 1934. Being raised near the Ozark Mountains meant that any musical career would have at least a country slant, but a move toSan Dimas, California brought fresh influences into the mix. He befriended guitar player Gary Lambert, and by 1954 they were working as a duo named Glen & Gary, The Missouri Mountain Boys, playing local dances and jamborees. They learnt a good deal of road craft as part of the Maddox Brothers’ touring show. Glen’s break as a rockabilly soloist came in early 1958 when he recorded ‘Everybody’s Movin’’ at Gold Star studio in LA, backed by Eddie Cochran’s bassist Connie ´´Guybo” Smith. Released on the Era label, the record became a strong seller. The follow-up, ‘Laurie Ann’ / ‘One Cup Of Coffee’, sold even better, but Glen’s career was interrupted by a two-year spell in the Army, although 1959 saw the release of another splendid rockabilly double-sider, ‘Would Ja’ / ‘Blue Jeans And A Boy’s Shirt’. All these releases featured distinctive rocking guitar work that rivals anything from the period. The material on the first album here includes strong versions of ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’, ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’, ‘Treat Me Nice’ and ‘I Got A Woman’. The 1984 album contains excellent covers of songs by Roy Orbison, Wayne Raney, Larry Williams, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams alongside Glen’s new version of the title track. The fine old-style rockabilly feel was achieved by Glen calling in Gary Lambert and Connie Smith, both of whom had played on his original Era recordings. Unsurprisingly, the results captured all the spirit of the 50s with drummer Ernie Lopez providing a fine framework for the many hot guitar licks, making the album one of the best and most convincing rockabilly remakes you could hope to find.
Inspired by the Hank Williams and Leadbelly recordings he heard as a teenager growing up outside of Boston, Jim Rooney began a musical journey that intersected with some of the biggest names in American music, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, and Alison Krauss. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is Rooney´s kaleidoscopic firsthand account of more than five decades of success as a performer, concert promoter, songwriter, music publisher, engineer, and record producer. As witness to and participant in over half a century of music history, Rooney provides a sophisticated window into American vernacular music. Following his stint as a Hayloft Jamboree hillbilly singer in the mid-1950s, Rooney managed Cambridge´s Club 47, a catalyst of the ´60s folk music boom. He soon moved to the Newport Folk Festival as talent coordinator and director, where he had a front-row seat to Dylan ´´going electric´´. In the 1970s, Rooney´s odyssey continued in Nashville, where he began engineering and producing records. His work helped alternative country music gain a foothold in Music City and culminated in Grammy nominations for singer-songwriters John Prine, Iris Dement, and Nanci Griffith. Later in his career, he was a key link connecting Nashville to Ireland´s folk music scene. Whether he´s writing songs or writing his memoir, Jim Rooney is the consummate storyteller. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is his singular chronicle from the heart of Americana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Rooney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008390de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.