Before I delve into the next batch of Starday Customs, I wanted to briefly mention this book that has just arrived at Chateau Chapman. Well, it arrived a week ago, but the older I get, the faster time flies.
A history of Starday records is long overdue and it was only a matter of time before somebody tackled this massive undertaking. Andrew Brown reviewed it first on Blogspot and I certainly can't add any more to his excellent review, but there's a brief mention on the Starday Customs set-up and a listing at the back of all the known releases discovered so far, which is why it gets a mention here.
The more I read, the more I know what I didn't know (or as that great peacenik Donald Rumsfeld once said - "There's Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns"). Certainly, my knowledge of Starday falls into the latter category but now, after reading the first few chapters, I know much more than I ever did. And with every chapter I get what can be called a "Eureka" moment where things fall into place in my tired ol' brain. Nathan's done a fantastic job on unraveling the mysteries of such a prolific label. Lost of info, great photos and a discography that warms the cockles of my heart.
This book is available through Amazon, amongst others. It's almost required reading for anybody interested in Rockabilly, country, Texas Music or just addicted (like most of us I know) to that wonderful Starday sound. And you know, if you don't buy it, well, then you're a fool, y'all! (sorry, been watching the Wire and now I think I'm from East Side Baltimore.) (MC)
Andrew Brown's original review can be read here