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Sunday, 19 September 2010


Was this song commercially recorded by Spade Cooley or Les Anderson?


  1. It was a 78 commercial relese by Cooley in 1949 on red wax. I have seen it noted as such, but with no other information. Usually, the vocalist is not credited in such notations. Wilf Carter was the songwriter on a song with that title first published in 1939.
    Bryce M.

  2. This is actually an acetate, a thin layer of red vinyl or shellac on an aluminium base. Was it pressed on vinyl or shellac for commercial release?

  3. I saw the record on the Internet. There was a picture but I could not get a closeup of the actual recording. It was not in eBay that I saw it. Since it did not state the flip side, the label or any other info, it could have been an acetate similar to yours (it did appear to have a red label, however), and not a commercial recording as I stated. I did see such a title for a commercial release by Montana Slim in Billboard in a 1939 issue that you can find in "Google books."

  4. Composer Wilf Carter - everybody knows him also as "Montana Slim" - recorded an old-time rendition in November 1938 in New York City for Bluebird/RCA (with Carl DeVries on guitar).

  5. Because of the second hole, this disc looks looks a home recording disc made by someone of an excerpt of a TV show [aircheck]. Someone has posted at least three YouTube videos of various labels. The one below features a great Jerry Byrd like steel solo with guitar acc. of "St. louis Blues":

  6. Very interesting, thank you Steve for posting the link. I also found a nice western ditty on the same site, The Rifle River Boys singing "Down In Sunset valley"


  7. There is also "Down in Sleepy Valley" by the The Rifle River Boys of Flint, MI.


  8. The previous post on this page dated Sept 22, 2010 hasan outdated link. The correct link for The Rifle River Boys singing "Down In Sunset valley" is:

  9. I have 6 Red acetate "HOLLYRAD" discs, in the sleeves, no recordings on the disc. Two holes. What are they worth and where can I get information on the company that made them? I also have 3 flexable paper recordings, Capitol label, Western Music Center, Ca. and Packard Bell Phonocord Record?