Monday, 9 November 2009


Dec 55 (BMI clearance on 9th December 55)
45-536-A - Crooked Dice
(J O'Neal / J Tyler) (Starrite BMI)
45-536-B - You Done Got Me
(E Noack) (Starrite BMI)
Tuscon, AZ area

Lee was from Tuscon, AZ where this disc was recorded. He also worked at WGAC out of Augusta, GA for a spell. The A side is a mid paced hillbilly bopper with Lee boasting of his dice rolling prowess (although by the end of the song he gets caught with dice up his sleeve). This side was penned by Jimmie O’Neal (see COAST 500) and Johnny Tyler, who performed over WGST in Atlanta, GA in 1954 and also recorded for Starday (main series) and for O’Neals’ Rural Rhythm label. Flipside is more of the same, penned by the great Eddie Noack. Nothing on WM Minor either. This sounds like a Texas recording to me. The steel player is Hal Rugg. (MC/Andrew Brown)

8th March 2011

Andrew Brown Writes:-
The full band name was Leo Ogletree and the Tucson Mountain Boys.

The group is:

Leo Ogletree, vocal
Hal Rugg, steel guitar
Ralph Lintz, rhythm gtr / fiddle on B-side
Kenny Devine, piano
Ernie Mock, bass
Paul Humphries, drums

Recorded at William Minor Studio in Tucson AZ. 

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1 comment:

  1. Leo Ogletree was from Tucson, Arizona, and this record was made there. Hal Rugg plays steel, an early session from him.