8-CD Box (LP-Größe) mit 168-seitigem gebundenem Buch. 285 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 686 Minuten. • Der Anbruch des Rock ´n´ Roll-Zeitalters, 1950-58 ´live´ aus Texas. So etwas haben Sie noch nicht erlebt! • Besuchen Sie ein Livekonzert mit Stars wie Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Wanda Jackson und anderen zu Beginn ihrer Karrieren. • Etliche dieser Songs haben sie nie wieder aufgenommen! • Live-Aufnahmen, mit der damals modernsten Technik aufgezeichnet. Unglaubliche Atmosphäre! Sagenhafte Auftritte! • Nie gezeigte Fotos und neu recherchierte Lebensläufe runden diese unglaubliche Zeitkapsel ab! Wir alle wissen, dass die Grand Ole Opry – im Gegensatz zur Louisiana Hayride, die Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton u.a. landesweit zur Popularität verhalf - nichts mit Rock ´n´ Roll zu tun haben wollte. Die Hayride stand jedoch nicht alleine da. Das Big ´D´ Jamboree in Dallas begann zwar mit texanischer Country Music, nahm neue Musik allerdings begeistert auf und verhalf Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent und vielen anderen zum entscheidenden Durchbruch. Diese außerordentliche Samstagabend-Show fand im Sportatorium, einer Stahlkonstruktion und Sporthalle für Ringer in einem heruntergekommenen Viertel südlich des Stadtzentrums statt. Sie begann in der Folgezeit des Zweiten Weltkriegs und lief annähernd zwei Jahrzehnte lang. Das Jamboree lieferte einen satten Querschnitt durch die seinerzeit dynamischsten Spielarten der Country Music und des Rock ´n´ Roll. Die Show wurde in Dallas von KRLD und landesweit von CBS Radio übertragen und präsentierte von talentierten, doch zumeist vergessenen Sängern wie Riley Crabtree, Orville Couch und Helen Hall bis zu überregional bekannten Persönlichkeiten wie Johnny Cash, Sonny James, Hank Locklin, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson und Gene Vincent alle und jeden. Jahre bevor europäische Fans seine Karriere wiederbelebten, bekam Ronnie Dawson , ein treuer Anhänger des Rockabilly, beim Jamboree seine Chance. Charline Arthur, ´eine Janis Joplin lange vor ihrer Zeit´, sprang von Verstärkern herunter und schmetterte gefühlvolle, unverfälschte Country Music aus der im Ring aufgebauten Bühne in die Halle, bevor sie in eine tragische Dunkelheit abtauchte. Die Geschichte dieser einzigartigen Zusammenstellung reicht zurück bis in die Mitte der Neunzigerjahre. Inspiriert durch das Wiederauftauchen von Ronnie Dawson hatte sich David Dennard aus Dallas auf die Suche nach Aufnahmen von der historischen Show gemacht. Jeder den er fragte sagte, damals seien keine Aufnahmen gemacht worden. Doch Dennard fand Platten, die für die US-amerikanischen Soldatensender gemacht worden waren. Einige davon veröffentlichte er auf seinem eigenen Label, Dragon Street. Doch die Welt wartete auf eine umfassendere Zusammenstellung. Und die liegt jetzt vor! Insgesamt acht CDs, nahezu 300 Einzeltitel, die meisten davon ´live´ direkt von der Show, dazu einige im Studio entstandene Bonusaufnahmen. Die Autoren Kevin Coffey, Stanley Oberst, Jay Brakefield und Alan Govenar schrieben in Zusammenarbeit mit Dennard das 168-seitige Begleitbuch, das voller Informationen über die damalige Zeit, die Künstler und ihre Songs steckt. Titellistung: CD 1: OCTOBER 21, 1950: Falstaff Beer Advert • The Big D Gang: Opening Theme • Billy Jack Saucier: Devil´s Dream • Jimmy Fautheree: I´m Moving On • Jimmie Heap: Carbon Copy • Ramona Reed: If I Could Only Learn To Yodel SEPTEMBER 25 (?), 1954: Sid Erwin: This Ole House (fragment) • That´s All Right • There´s A Big Rock In The Road APRIL 28, 1956: SHOW #2: Introduction • The Texas Stompers: The Poor People Of Paris • Orville Couch: So Doggone Lonesome • Eddie Shelton: Flint Hill Special • Commodores: Two Loves • Have I • Didn´t It Rain • Shake, Rattle &, Roll • Nancy Castleberry: Ivory Tower • Joe Poovey: Honolulu Rock-A Roll-A • The Texas Stompers: Red Wing Stomp MAY 5, 1956: SHOW #6: Introduction • The Texas Stompers: Ain´t She Sweet • Orville Couch: Folsom Prison Blues • Sid King: Boo- ger Red • Ooby Dooby • Eddie Shelton: Salty Dog Blues • Carl Perkins: Slippin´ And Slidin´ • Blue Suede Shoes BONUS TRACKS: Helen Hall: Nothing Can Change My Love For You • I Need You All The Time • How Long • One Brown, One Black • Betty Lou Lobb: Chime Bells • Wide Rolling Plains CD 2: MAY 19, 1956: SHOW #9: Introduction • The Texas Stompers: Double Eagle Stomp • Cowboy Copas: Tragic Romance • Ferlin Husky: Aladdin´s Lamp • Simon Crum: Muki-Ruki • Hank Locklin: A Good Woman´s Love • Carl Perkins: I Got A
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/008390/bk_blak_008390_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(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)
(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
(Rollercoaster) 4 tracks - small center - Sherry Davis met Gene Autry when she was taken to visit his house as a child, and from that day she wanted to be a singer. Success in Amateur Nights and Talent Shows led Sherry to singing on the Cowtown Round-Up where she met Smokey Montgomery who helped her join Texo Ted Gouldy´s Hired Hands about October 1949. The Hired Hands were effectively the Light Crust Doughboys in disguise and had a daily show on Radio WBAP, Fort Worth. About a year later Sherry switched to WBAP-TV´s Bewley Barn Dance which she co-hosted with Darrell Glenn, who was replaced by Pat Boone when Glenn went on the road to promote his big hit ´Crying In The Chapel´. Gene Autry encouraged Sherry to move to the West Coast about 1954. She recorded advertising jingles for American Music and played on the Foreman Phillips Show and Town Hall Party before becoming featured singer on the nationally syndicated Lawrence Welk TV Show. The American Music connection led to her disc debut ´God Speaks´/´Did You Stop To Pray This Morning?´ (Crest 1005). Sherry returned to Dallas in 1955 and was soon a regular on the Big D Jamboree playing alongside the biggest names in music. She also hosted KRLD-TV´s Opus ´56 show. In October 1956 Sherry became one of the very few artists ever to support a tour by RCA artist Elvis Presley; they played to over 60,000 people in 4 days. The following summer the Big D´s Ed McLemore and Johnny Hicks set up a recording session, financed by Ray Winkler (Radio KZIP, Amarillo), which took place in Norman Petty´s studio overnight July 25-26, 1957. Petty hired the musicians and it wasn´t until later that Sherry realised she´d been backed by Buddy Holly (lead guitar) and JI Allison (drums) who at the time were still a few weeks away from stardom with the Crickets. The other musicians were George Atwood on bass, Vi Petty on organ, the Picks (Bill & John Pickering and Bob Lapham) backing vocals and Jack Vaughan or Niki Sullivan on rhythm guitar. ´´Broken Promises´´ and ´´Humble Heart´´ made up the debut single on Winkler´s Fashion label (1001) in late August. Mitch Miller wanted to buy the masters for Columbia but the deal fell through when McLemore refused to relinquish the publishing rights; a devastating blow for Sherry as Miller would have been the perfect person to promote her career. The two songs have never been reissued until now and the original single is one of the highest priced discs to emerge from Texas. The two superb and previously unissued rockers on side one of this EP are a mystery. Sherry recognises her voice but cannot recall recording them. They were probably cut in Dallas about 1957. The classy backings may well be the Big D Jamboree houseband. Whatever the origins the two songs are among the best femme rockers to come out of Texas. This is just a little bit of Sherry Davis - further material by Sherry will appear on a forthcoming Rollercoaster CD, Highway 84. Sherry later worked the Holiday Inn circuit and then spent almost a decade as a Las Vegas headliner singing for lounge-pop genius Esquivel before retiring from music in 1971. It´s a pity we had to wait so long for Sherry´s first release in the UK, but maybe it´s not too late for her career to take off on this side of the Atlantic ....(John Ingman)