Sunday, 20 March 2011

DIXIE RECORDS 624

DIXIE RECORDS 624
Rome, GA
Apr 57   (BMI Clearance on 26th April 1957.)
TOM CROOKS and the Rock And Roll Four
45-624-A - My Heart Don’t Lie
(Crook)   (Starrite BMI)
45-624-B - Weekend Boogie
(Crook)   (Starrite BMI)

A side is a slow number, sung with a hillbilly flavour. Tom has that great "hillbilly Twang" to his voice. There's some nice guitar gently supporting Tom whilst he's crooning his love song.
Flip the disc over and you get a great relaxed Rock-A-Billy/Hillbilly/Country hybrid ditty with an accoustic guitar taking the lead with fine support from a steel guitarist. Oh, the joys of the weekend (unless, of course, you're unemployed - in which case, to quote Morrisey,  "every day is like Sunday").
According to Terry Gordon, the artist was from Rome, GA.


Label Shots: Terry Gordon


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Sunday, 13 March 2011

JAY RECORDS 623

BOB COLE
Apr 57  (BMI Clearance on 26th April 1957.)
45-623-A - Face To Face
(B.Cole)    (Starrite BMI)
45-623-B - You Lied
(B.Cole) (Starrite BMI)

JAY RECORDS 623
New Orleans, LA

Bob had his own radio show broadcast over WARB, Covington, LA and appeared as the MC and a singer on the "Old Country Barn Dance, which was held at the Ann Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA. (He was still appearing at the Ann Theatre in 1958, but after that I have no idea.)  (MC)


UPDATE


The morning after I posted this, I get two messages. One (anonymous) fills in the writers and publishing credits and one from Dean Morris who gives a brief description of both sides. Many thanks to both. Whilst sorting through a huge pile of CDR's I'm trying to sort out, I find both sides of the disc, but as there is not proper track listing, I can't work out where I got it from. Obviously he had the 45 judging by the sound quality.


A side is a slowish country ditty; a little like an early Hank Williams. (To be honest, most songs of this type always remind me of Williams). Nice dreamy steel guitar and tic-tac guitar. Guitar solo is a simple run around on the melody. The B side is faster and has a nice catchy melody. Again the guitarist skips along with the melody in the solo.


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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Update 8th March 2011

Three bits of additional info from Andrew Brown.


STARDAY 536, 538, 622


Many Thanks, Mr Brown.


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Monday, 7 March 2011

STARDAY RECORDS 622

STARDAY RECORDS 622
Mar 57
LUCKY HILL
45-622-A - Fickle Baby
(Lucky Hill)   (Starrite BMI)
45-622-B - It’s Comin’ Home To You
(Lucky Hill)   (Starrite BMI)
Billboard review on 29th April 1957.


A side is a hillbilly song, kinda like an early Lattie Moore King 45. Fiddles are the main instrument here. B side is slower and more bluesy (in a typical hillbilly sort of way). More of a Hank Williams type song, and the tune bears a passing resemblance to "You're Gonna Change Or I'm Gonna Leave".
As for Lucky himself, he appeared on the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial celebration in Meridian, MS, held over May 21st-22nd in 57. He wrote in billboard advertising this disc can be acquired from him form an address in Tiffin, OH. By July 57, having come back from an Armed forces tour of North Africa, Lucky could be found as a staff announcer over KDRO-TV, Sedalia, MO. In Dec 57, Billboard also announced that his piano player (Denny Bolin) had broken his neck in a car accident near Joplin, MO. That's pretty much all the info I have on this artist.

There was a Lucky Hill who recorded for TNT but I'm not sure if it's the same artist.  (MC)
8th March 2011:- Andrew Brown confirmed that the Lucky Hill on TNT is the same artist as the Starday Artist.

Label Shots: Neil Scott.

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JAMBOREE RECORDS 621

BILL and BOB // BILL BOLAN and the Country Melody Boys
Mar 57
45-621-A - Falling Apart At The Seams
(No info)   (Starrite BMI)
45-621-B - Country Music
(No info)   (Starrite BMI)
JAMBOREE RECORDS 621
4213 Rose Ave, Lyons, IL


No info on the artists. Musically, the A side is a weepy country ballad with that sad steel guitar sound throughout. There's a fiddle player in the background who takes a brief solo. The B side is a faster, fiddle and steel gtr led hillbilly song. Bill sounds like a real southerner when he sings, despite the label location of IL.  (MC)

14 Jul 2013 - Updated bio of artist, courtesy of Al Turner. See below with label shots.