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Monday, 31 May 2010

MUSIC CITY (Hillbilly)


1815 Alcatraz. Berkeley 5. California


MUSIC CITY 801
AL BENNETT WITH THE COUNTRY TRAVELERS
It’s All In The Cards (801.A)
(Eyster – Fairweather) (Stern. BMI)
Little Drop Of Rain (801.B)
(Al Bennett) (Music City Pub. Co. BMI)

MUSIC CITY 802
PEARL CHURCHILL WITH THE COUNTRY TRAVELERS
The Little White Cross
(Pearl Churchill) (Music City Pub. Co. BMI)
My Wedding Band
(Pearl Churchill) (Music City Pub. Co. BMI)

Hear “It’s All In The Cards”

NUGGET RECORDS


Breckenridge. Michigan

NUGGET 1
EARL PETERSON AND THE SONS OF THE GOLDEN WEST
Michigan Waltz (1-A) (769) (deadwax 779)
(Earl Peterson) (No Publisher Noted)
Take Me Back To Michigan (1-B) (770) (deadwax 770)
(Earl Peterson) (No Publisher Noted)

Label has the notation “Michigan’s Own Singing Cowboy”
NUGGET 1 was also issued with coloured wax.

Hear “Take Me Back To Michigan”

Sunday, 30 May 2010

LONGHORN RECORDS


Houston. Texas


LONGHORN 101
LESTER AND DAROLD “THE MELODY COWHANDS”
Drive Inn Blues (101-A)
(Woytek)(No Publisher Noted)
Walkin’ Marie (101-B)
(Woytek – Fritsch)(No Publisher Noted)

“Q” / Gold Star pressing





Hear “Drive Inn Blues”

ORBIT RECORDS


Glendale. California


ORBIT 101
SANDY STANTON WITH THE “RHYTHM RANCH HANDS”
Heart For Sale (101.A)
(Melody Paschall) (Orbit Pub Co.BMI)
Little Dog In The Street (101.B)
(Melody Paschall) (Orbit Pub Co.BMI)

Hear “Little Dog In The Street”

Saturday, 29 May 2010

WALT McCOY SPECIAL


WALT McCOY SPECIAL 201 / 202
WALT McCOY
I Wanta Be Loved (201)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
You’re The One (202)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

Hear “I Wanta Be Loved”

HUMMINGBIRD RECORDS


Hummingbird Recording Company
Phoenix. Arizona


HUMMINGBIRD R-1076/ R-1077
DOUG HARDEN WITH THE DESERT SUNS
Dig That Ford (R-1076)
(D. Harden) (Shasta Pub. Co. BMI)
Good For Nothing Woman (R-1077)
(George A. Taylor – Sharen A. Pease) (Shasta Pub. Co. BMI)


Hear “Good For Nothing Woman”

Friday, 28 May 2010

BAMA RECORDS (2200 Series)


BAMA 2200
WALTER (TEX) DIXSON AND HIS RADIO RAMBLERS
Honky Tonk Swing (2-A)
(Walter (Tex) Dixson) (No Publisher Noted)
I’m Sorry For You (2-B)
(Walter Hickey) (No Publisher Noted)

BAMA 2200 was reviewed in BILLBOARD on 30th June 1951.

Hear “Honky Tonk Swing”

Shame about the organ!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

CANYON RECORDS


Rocky Creek Canyon. Colorado Springs. Colorado

CANYON RPM 101/102
BUDDY AND HIS BUDDIES
Out Of Sight Out Of Mind (Vocal – Paul Moyers) (RPM 101)
(Bud Watkins) (No Publisher Noted)
I Didn’t Even Cry (Vocal – Paul Moyers) (RPM 102)
(Bud Watkins) (No Publisher Noted)

Hear "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind"

DELTA (Shreveport. LA)


P. O. Box 6245. Shreveport. Louisiana


DELTA 100
NORMAN NETTLES
Is It True What They Say About Hawaii (100-A)
(N. Nettles) (Arlene Music Pub. BMI)
I’ve Got The Right Key Baby (But I Can’t Get In) (100-B)
(N. Nettles) (Arlene Music Pub. BMI)

Note: Label (on both sides) also has number D1




Hear “I’ve Got The Right Key Baby”

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

ATLAS RECORDS


ATLAS 1
BOB & JIM WITH THE BLUE RIDGE RANGERS
Little Temptation (1-A)
(Jim Edwards) (No Publisher Noted)
In The Beautiful Sky (1-B)
(Jim Edwards) (No Publisher Noted)

ATLAS 1 is a Research Craft Pressings.






Hear "Little Temptation"

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

DIXIE RECORDS

DIXIE 101
AL URBAN
Since You’re Gone (101.A)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
If You Could Only Love Me (101.B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

“Q”(Quinn mastering) Research Craft Pressing

Hear "Since You’re Gone"

Hear "If You Could Only Love Me"

BLUE KEY RECORDS


Baltimore 1. MD


BLUE KEY 100
POTOMAC VALLEY BOYS
Weary Heart (Vocal – Freida) (A) (E4-KB-3301)
(Howard Marks) (BMI)
Do I Make Your Heart Ache (Vocal – Freida & Charlie) (B) (E4-KB-3302)
(Charlie Freeland) (BMI)

Hear “Weary Heart”

Monday, 24 May 2010

PEACH STATE RECORDS


Heath Recording Company.
243 Third St. Macon. Ga.

PEACH STATE 101
UNCLE NED AND HIS HAYLOFT JAMBOREE
I’ll Wait For You (Vocal – Fonzy Gray) (101.A)
(Uncle Ned) (No Publisher Noted)
Too Many Parties (Recitation - Uncle Ned) (101.B)
(Rose) (No Publisher Noted)

Hear "I'll Wait For You"

CARDINAL RECORDS


417 W. Houston St. San Antonio. Texas

CARDINAL 101
MEL COX AND THE FLYING X RANCH BOYS
Waltz Of Yesterday (101.A)
(Cox) (BMI)
JIMMIE CULBERTSON AND THE FLYING X RANCH BOYS
Dry Ice (101.B)
(Allpress – Ford) (BMI)


Hear “Dry Ice”

Sunday, 23 May 2010

COUNTRY RECORDS (California?)


COUNTRY No#
MARVIN KIRKLAND WITH STRING BAND
A Sad Letter (Side 1) (E3KB 0600)
(Billy Barton – M. Kirkland) (American BMI)
Its Just Got To End (Side 2) (E3KB 0601)
(Billy Barton – M. Kirkland) (American BMI)


Hear “Its Just Got To End”

CAROLINA RECORDS

1650 Broadway. New York

CAROLINA C-1001
CURT HINSON
Down Deep In My Heart (A)
(Hinson) ASCAP
Let’s See You Smile (B)
(Hinson – Molinaro) ASCAP

CAROLINA C-1001 was reviewed in BILLBOARD on the 25th April 1953.
CAROLINA C-1001 was reissued on GOTHAM 431. Composer credits and publishing data taken from GOTHAM release.




CAROLINA C-1002 (No Information)


CAROLINA C-1003
CURT HINSON
Your Old Love Is Haunting You Still (A)
(Hinson – Moss) (BMI)
Cotton Picking Baby (B)
(Hinson – Molinaro) (BMI)




Saturday, 22 May 2010

CLIFTON RECORDS


CLIFTON 6100
COWBOY JACK
Trust Me Darling (1-A)
(Cowboy Jack) (No Publisher Noted)
Fond Affections (2-A)
(Author Domain)!

CLIFTON 6101
COWBOY JACK AND THE THREE J’s
Trust Me Darling (6101-1) (1-A)
(Cowboy Jack) (No Publisher Noted)
Rover Is My Name (6101-2) (2-A)
(Cowboy Jack) (No Publisher Noted)

“Trust Me Darling” on CLIFTON 6101 is a re-recording of the song first issued on CLIFTON 6100.

CLIFTON 6100 and 6101 are Research Craft Pressings.

Hear “Trust Me Darling” (version two)

DELTA RECORDS (Nashville?)


DELTA 600
SLIM LAY AND THE CROSSROADS FOLLIES GANG
Talkin’ About Susie (Vocal – R. C. Johnson) (6536)
(Lay) (No Publisher Noted)
I’ll Never Find Another You (Vocal – R. C. Johnson) (6537)
(Lay) (No Publisher Noted)

Both recording were leased or sold to MGM, however, the recordings were not released on the label.



Hear “Talkin’ About Susie”

Friday, 21 May 2010

SNAKE RIVER OUTLAW RECORDS


137 E. Main. Missoula. Montana


SNAKE RIVER OUTLAW 101
SNAKE RIVER OUTLAWS
Orange Blossom Special (101.A) (Instrumental)
(No Composer Credits) (No Publisher Noted)
ORVILLE FOCHTMAN (Vocal) With SNAKE RIVER OUTLAWS
I Won’t Go Huntin’ Jake (But I’ll Go Chasin’ Woman) (101.B)
(No Composer Credits) (No Publisher Noted)

Hear "I Won’t Go Huntin’ Jake"

RANGER RECORDS


Box 4425. Phoenix. Arizona


RANGER 401
NEWTON RASCALS
If The Easter Bunny Knew The Fun He’d Have On Xmas (A)
(Vocal – Wayne)
(Buddy Milton) (No Publisher Noted)
Rascal Boogie (A) (Vocal – Wayne & Jerry)
(S. Pease – W. Newton – J. Newton) (No Publisher Noted)

Notation on label “A Lew King Production)


Hear "Rascal Boogie"

Thursday, 20 May 2010

BOULEVARD RECORDS


BOULEVARD 101
CASEY CLARK AND HIS LAZY RANCH BOYS
Out Of The Darkness (Vocal – Herb Williams & Trio) (A)
(Mary E. Clark) (Kencee Music. BMI)
Chokin The Reeds (Instrumental) (B)
(No Composer Credit) (Kencee Music. BMI)

Hear "Chokin The Reeds"

COLEMAN RECORDS (Standard Series)


Newark. New Jersey


COLEMAN CR 01(No Information)



COLEMAN CR 02
MELVIN PRICE AND HIS SANTE FE RANGERS [sic]
Without You (A) (deadwax CR 002.B)
(Melvin Price) (No Publisher Noted)
I Always Make You Cry (B) (deadwax CR 002.A)
(Melvin Price) (No Publisher Noted)



Hear "Without You"

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

KDC RECORDS


KDC 101
KEN MONTGOMERY AND THE RHYTHM WRANGLERS
Engine No. 9 (A)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
Heartaches And Tears (B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

Mastered at Quinn’s, pressed by Research Craft

Hear "Heartaches And Tears"

COVERED WAGON RECORDS


Knoxville. Tennessee

COVERED WAGON 100-1 (No Information)


COVERED WAGON 100-2
CHUCK ROGERS AND HIS TENNESSEE CHECKER PLAYERS
Tennessee Baby (A) (deadwax CW 102.A)
(Chuck Rogers) (Smoky Mt. Music. BMI)
I Trusted Blue Eyes Too Long (B) (deadwax CW 102.B)
(C. Rogers – L. Mann) (Lous Music. BMI)

BILLBOARD Reported (2nd July 1949) that Chuck Rogers owned the COVERED WAGON label, he was also the A&R man for the Knoxville based DIXIE label (Billboard info from Dick Grant)


Hear "Tennessee Baby"

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

ARDENE RECORDS


Elizabeth. New Jersey
ARDENE 501
PETE SHERMAN AND HIS WESTERN SHOWBOYS
I Didn’t Know (Vocal – Andre Twins) (A)
(M. Sorenson) (No Publisher Noted)
All Alone (Vocal – Moe) (B)
(Sherman) (No Publisher Noted)

Hear “All Alone”

HILLBILLY ON CHECKER LABEL!


CHECKER 761
TOMMY TRENT
Paper Boy Boogie (6986)
(No Composer Credit) (Cambridge Music Co)
Sweetheart I Am Missing You (6987)
(No Composer Credit) (Fowler Pub Co)




Hear "Sweetheart I Am Missing You"


BONNIE BLUE RECORDS


P. O. Box 3485. El Paso. Texas


BONNIE BLUE 1001
RUTH DALTON WITH WAYNE JOHNSON AND THE BOYS
You Used To Be My Sweetheart (A)
(Dale Noe – Bill Hillman) (Blue Bonnet Songs. ASCAP)
A’ Pickin’ And A’ Singin’ (B)
(Wayne Johnson) (Blue Bonnet Songs. ASCAP)

BONNIE BLUE 1002
WAYNE JOHNSTON AND THE BOYS
A Page From The Past (Vocal - Ted Faith) (A)
(Wayne Johnson – Art Kibbe) (Blue Bonnet Songs. ASCAP)
My Mem’ries Of You (Vocal - Ted Faith) (B)
(Wayne Johnson) (Blue Bonnet Songs. ASCAP)

BONNIE BLUE 1003
WAYNE JOHNSTON AND THE BOYS
She Didn’t Remember My Name (Vocal - Ted Faith) (A)
(Wayne Johnston – Fabian Andre) (Blue Bonnet Songs. ASCAP)
Bluebonnet Schottische (Instrumental) (B)
(Wayne Johnston – Fabian Andre) (Blue Bonnet Songs. ASCAP)

BONNIE BLUE 1004
TED FAITH WITH WAYNE JOHNSTON AND THE BOYS
I Wish That I Didn’t Know
()
I’m Gonna Walk Right Out My Front Door
()

Hear "A’ Pickin’ And A’ Singin’"

Monday, 17 May 2010

LENTEX RECORDS

Leonard. Texas
LENTEX 1001
CLAY HARVEY AND HIS LEN-TEXANS
I’m Only A Star In Old Glory (A)
(Dick Reynolds – Lola Mae McGraw) (No Publisher Noted)
You Let Me Down (B)
(Dick & Bill Reynolds) (No Publisher Noted)

Notation on label “Royalties to V.F.W”

Hear “You Let Me Down”

HAYRIDE REDORDS


HAYRIDE 1001
VALLEY TROUBADOURS
Corner Of My Heart (Vocal – Fred Henderson) (H-100)
(Henderson) (Tin Pan Valley Pub. BMI)
That’s Out (Vocal – Fred Henderson) (H-101)
(Henderson) (Tin Pan Valley Pub. BMI)

Hear "That’s Out"

Sunday, 16 May 2010

LIBERTY RECORDS


4269 Tujonga. North Hollywood. California

LIBERTY 1/2
ZEKE CLEMENTS (GRAND OLE’ OP’RY STAR)
New Smoke On The Water (1) (deadwax 3-B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
I’ll Have To Live And Learn (2) (deadwax 3-A)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

BILLBOARD announced (1st December 1945) that Zeke Clements had started LIBERTY Records

LIBERTY 3/4
ZEKE CLEMENTS (GRAND OLE’ OP’RY STAR)
Honest I’m Honest With You (3) (deadwax 4-B ZC)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
You’re Free Again (4) (deadwax 4-A ZC)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

“You’re Free Again” has notation on label - From The Columbia Picture “Two-Fisted Stranger”
“Honest I’m Honest” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10019
“You’re Free Again” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10014

LIBERTY 5
ZEKE CLEMENTS (GRAND OLE’ OP’RY STAR)
Blue Mexico Skies (A) (deadwax 5-A ZC)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
Looking For An Angel Like You (B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

“Blue Mexico Skies” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10013
“Looking For An Angel Like You” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10021.

LIBERTY 6
PAUL HOWARD AND HIS ARKANSAW COTTON PICKERS
You Left A Red Cross On My Heart (A)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
I’ve Been Lonesome Since You Went Away (B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

LIBERTY 6 was reissued on KING 789

LIBERTY 7
JOHN DANIELS QUARTET
Crossing Over Jordan ()
()
No Disappointment Up There ()
()

LIBERTY 8 / BLAZON 8
ZEKE CLEMENTS AND HIS WESTERN SWING GANG
Oklahoma Blues (A)
(Clements) (No Publisher Noted)
Am I Too Late (B)
(Clements) (No Publisher Noted)



“Oklahoma Blues” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10017
“Am I Too Late” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10019

Advert in BILLBOARD (9th February 1946) for LIBERTY 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 available from distributors in Birmingham, Ala; Memphis, Tn; New Orleans, La; Nashville, Tn, and Big Spring, Texas.

LIBERTY 9
JOHN DANIELS QUARTET
Gonna’ Row My Boat (A)
()
No Darkness (Can Hide My Lord From Me) (B)
()

BLAZON 10
ZEKE CLEMENTS AND HIS WESTERN SWING GANG
Nobody Loves Me (A)
(Clements) (No Publisher Noted)
It’s My Life (B)
(Clements) (No Publisher Noted)

“Nobody Loves Me” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10013
“It’s My Life” was reissued on BLACK & WHITE 10014

BLAZON 11
ZEKE CLEMENTS AND HIS WESTERN SWING GANG
I’ll Face The World With A Smile (A)
()
?
()

“I’ll Face The World With A Smile” was reissued BLACK & WHITE 10017.

Hear "You Left A Red Cross On My Heart"

Listing originally published in The Hillbilly Researcher # 6 – January / February 1990. Acknowledgement - Dave Sax.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

OLLIT RECORDS


New York

OLLIT 2001
TOMMY LITTLE AND SUNRISE RANGERS
Mean Mean Woman (A)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
One Time Too Often (B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

Hear “Mean Mean Woman”


Hear “One Time Too Often”

DELTA RECORDS

DELTA No#
RAY ROGERS AND THE MELODY COWBOYS
The Wonders Of The West (UB 2839)
(Joe Mancuso) (No Publisher Noted)
How Can You Be So Mean (UB 2840)
(Ray Rogers – Gordon Kirst) (No Publisher Noted)


Hear “How Can You Be So Mean"
DELTA record is very Lo-Fi and shellac is poor quality

Ray Rogers 1947 Airshot Radio Station, W.D.S.U New Orleans


Friday, 14 May 2010

QUEEN RECORDS

Box 1095. Snyder. Texas

QUEEN 145
MARK JOHNSON
Heartbreak Waltz (Piano Instrumental) (+)
(Lewis – Johnson) (American. BMI)
Backin’ Up (Piano Instrumental) (-)
(Lewis – Johnson) (American. BMI)




QUEEN 146 (No Information)


QUEEN 147
HOYLE NIX AND HIS WEST TEXAS COWBOYS
Invitation (Vocal – Ben Nix) (147.A)
(Red Hayes) (Starrite Pub.BMI)
Medley (Instrumental) (147.B)
(Arr: Hoyle Nix) (No Publisher Noted) PD.

QUEEN 148
HOYLE NIX AND HIS WEST TEXAS COWBOYS
Choose The One You Want (Vocal – Ben Nix) (148.A)
(Red Hayes) (Starrite Pub.BMI)
San Antonio Rose (Instrumental) (148.B)
(Bob Wills) (Bourne Inc. ASCAP)

QUEEN 149
JAY-BOB HOWDY WITH HOYLE NIX AND HIS WEST TEXAS COWBOYS
Real Rockin Daddy (Vocal – Jay-Bob Howdy) (149.A)
(Miller – Howdy) (Clearance BMI)
DEONNE DOME WITH HOYLE NIX AND HIS WEST TEXAS COWBOYS
Another You (Vocal – Deonne Dome) (149.B)
(G. E. Kennerly) (TNT Pub BMI)




QUEEN 149
HOYLE NIX AND HIS WEST TEXAS COWBOYS
Real Rockin Daddy (Uncredited Vocal) (149.A)
(Miller – Howdy) (Acuff Rose. BMI)
Another You (Uncredited Vocal) (149.B)
(G. E. Kennerly) (TNT Pub. BMI)

Note: Label credits for QUEEN 149 differ. The first entry above, the one credited to Jay-Bob Howdy / Deonne Dome, was taken from a 45rpm copy of the record. The second entry above, the one just credited to Hoyle Nix, was taken from a 78rpm record. Jay-Bob Howdy incidentally is Wink Lewis.





Deonne Dome (Real Name: Evelyn Bradford Balis)
(Photo courtesy Danny Balis)


QUEEN 150 (No Information)



QUEEN 151
WELDON ROGERS
Please Return My Broken Heart (151.A)
(Rogers) (Queen-ette. BMI)
I’m Building A ? ? ? (On The Moon) (151.B)
(Rogers) (TNT Pub. BMI)

QUEEN 152 (No Information)



QUEEN 153
WINK LEWIS – BUZ BUSBY BAND
Stand Still (153.A)
(Tanner) (TNT Pub. BMI)
Low Ball Blues (153.B)
(Pruitt) (Queen-ette. BMI)

QUEEN 154
TEXAS FRANK HUGHES AND HIS TEXAS MELODY BOYS
Will You (Vocal – R. D. Thatcher) (154.A)
()
My Heart (Vocal – R. D. Thatcher) (154.B)
()

QUEEN 155 (No Information)



QUEEN 156



Note: QUEEN 156 was assigned to a release by A. B. (Buddy) Pruitt, but it is unknown if this record was actually issued.

QUEEN 157
HOYLE NIX AND HIS WEST TEXAS COWBOYS
Texas Girl (Vocal – Hoyle & Ben Nix) (157.A)
(H. Nix – B. Nix) (TNT Pub. BMI)
Little Betty Brown (Instrumental) (157.B)
(Arr: © by TNT Pub) (TNT Pub.BMI)

Hear "Low Ball Blues"