Tuesday, 3 November 2009


RED MANSEL and his Hillbilly Boys
Jul 55 (BMI clearance on 29th July 1955)
45-523-A - I've Crossed You Off My List
(R Mansel / A Stanley)   (Starrite BMI)
45-523-B - Broken Fickle Heart
(R Mansel / C Lee)   (Starrite BMI)
(Tx Artist)
Nice bar-room honky tonk from Red and his Hillbilly Boys, with the A side being especially good. Fiddle, steel guitar and a nice upright piano with rhythm guitar and bass accomp. Red Mansell was (unsurprisingly) the star of “Red Mansell and Boys” on KFDA-TV, Amarillo, TX, (15 min slot on TV between 4:45-5:00pm (Tuesday) and again at 12:45-1:00 pm (Saturday) and was also heard daily over the radio station. He also appeared on Dan Menchuras’ Allstar label from Houston, TX after this release. (He signed a 2 year contract with the label in early April 1956.) “Johnny On The Spot” / “Would You Ever Believe It’s True” - ALLSTAR 7160 {Billboard stated that this release was "lightweight material (that) can't go far!"} and “My Only One” / “Going Steady With A Dream” - ALLSTAR 7174 are two of the better ones where rockabilly is concerned. Mansell appears on a writers credit on Starday 518. (MC / Rockin’ Country Style - Terry Gordon)

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