Tuesday, 10 August 2010

BIG STATE RECORDS 595

BIG STATE RECORDS 595
Box 1113, Greggton, TX
Nov 56  (BMI clearance on 11 Jan 57)
JIMMY SIMPSON and his Oilfield Boys
45-595-A - Can I Come Home
(Jack Rhodes / Jimmy Simpson)   (Starrite BMI)
45-595-B - Memories Of You
(Jack Rhodes / Jimmy Simpson)   (Starrite BMI)

Jimmy D Simpson was born on 24th March 1928 in Sullivan Hollow, near Ashland City, TN. After stints in the Army (and Navy and the Paratroopers), he moved to Robert Lee, TX (near San Angelo) with his wife and made a living as a pipeliner. He became a DJ over KERC (Eastland, TX) and sang at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. A career as an artist for Republic Records was cut short by the labels bankruptcy. He also recorded on Hidus Records (owned by Bill & Buddy Holman) based in a jewelry store in Springfield, TN.


Before he took off for Alaska as a contractor, he teamed up with Jack Rhodes and found himself on this release. The A side is bordering on rockabilly; nice vocals and a fine guitar dragging the band along at a fair clip. There's a steel guitar adding some nice fills in the background and it shares the solos with the guitar. Flip side is a ballad. These were recorded at a West Monroe, Louisiana radio station. Same session that produced Simpson's Jiffy single.


Jimmy also recorded on Starday and Nashville Records later on, amongst others. (MC / Al Turner / Andrew Brown)
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