COWBOY COPAS Sings His All-Time Hits

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Following on the popularity of previous posts, another Cowboy Copas LP. "Cowboy Copas Sings His All-Time Hits" (King 553, 1958) was the first Copas long play released. A few of the songs here are also included on previously posted LPs, but followers of the Scratchy Attic may appreciate having a transfer of this complete album as such.

Liner notes are as follows:


One of the major reasons back of the popularity of tall, deep-voiced Lloyd (Cowboy) Copas is the all-time broadcasting record he holds. During the past fifteen years he has appeared on more than two hundred radio stations in the United States, Canada and Mexico in addition to his present shows on the Grand Ole Opry.
“Cowboy” Copas, as he’s known, was so named by a radio announcer who, when he first saw him said “you look like a real cowboy” and the pseudonym has stuck by Copas ever since. That same announcer was also one of the first people with whom Copas worked professionally and encouraged the hillbilly waltz king in all his endeavors.
As far back as Copas can remember he’s loved music and the entertainment field generally. His burning ambition for show business and an overpowering desire to be a part of it got him into a couple of road shows when he was still a kid, and this to him was an experience which to this day he recalls as one of most thrilling things that has ever happened to him. He recalls too, that the encouragement given him by members of his family was a great help in getting him started as a Country and Western entertainer. His folks were all music- minded. Every member of his family played an instrument or sang and loved everything that was a part of music. “The advice from my family was sincere and constructive. I guess that’s why the feeling for an entertainer’s career was so strong in me” Copas recalls.
Although Copas is now recognized as one of the top entertainers in the folk music field, he first appeared on the stage because of a dare. In former days Copas sang very little; he depended on his tricky guitar playing to entertain his friends. One day he met an Indian boy named Natchee. Since Copas himself is about one-quarter Indian, the two became fast friends. It was Natchee who dared Copas to enter an amateur contest with him in Cincinnati. Though he didn’t believe he had a chance of winning, the Cowboy agreed to play the guitar while Natchee played the fiddle. To the surprise of both, they took first prize in the competition. This led to one night stands throughout the country at fairs, nightclubs or anything that came along. While on the road they began conducting fiddling contests of their own.
Copas first gained national recognition for the many waltzes he introduced and for the way in which he did them — just a little bit different, a little “dreamier” than anybody else — and people began referring to him as the Hillybilly Waltz King.
Cowboy Copas was one of the first artists to sign with the King Record Company and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since that time, and many, many record hits. The first record that he recorded “Fillipino Baby” is represented here and it is only fitting that it should appear in this, his first long playing album. Many of the waltzes that Copas made famous are also here for your continued entertainment. A truly enjoyable album designed not only for the thousands of Cowboy Copas fans but for all lovers of Country and Western music. Here is Cowboy Copas singing his All-time hits.


Includes jacket and label scans.


Tracks:

1 Filipino Baby
2 I'm Waltzing With Tears In My Eyes
3 Tragic Romance
4 Down In Nashville Tennessee
5 Hangman's Boogie
6 Kentucky Waltz
7 Signed, Sealed And Delivered
8 Breeze
9 The Strange Little Girl
10. Candy Kisses
11. Honky Tonkin'
12. Tennessee Waltz

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Stars & Guests Of The LOUISIANA HAYRIDE

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Presented today are a couple of interesting early '60s LPs on the Guest Star label, a budget imprint of the Synthetic Plastics Company of Newark, New Jersey. Both albums contain material leased from Don Pierce's Starday label, including some fairly rare titles.
Most interesting from a collector's standpoint is Guest Star G 1492, "Stars & Guests Of The Louisiana Hayride". Although these LPs feature only generic back slicks without any information about the specific album, it is clear Pierce dug deep into his catalog to compile a collection by artists who, as the title suggests, were at one point either cast members or guests of KWKH Shreveport's legendary Louisiana Hayride. There are some real gems contained on this album, the discographal data of which follows:

 1. Nothin' But True Love (S. Singleton-P. Williams) - Margie Singleton (Starday 443, 1959)

 2. One Life (T. Franks) - Johnny Mathis (Mercury 71273X45, 1958)

 3. Thanks For Nothing (Justin Tubb) - Red Sovine (Starday 579, 1962)

 4. All Alone (Hal Harris-La Beff) - Sleepy La Beff (sic) (Mercury Starday 71112X45, 1957)

 5. Lonely Street (B.Barnes-Wanda Harrison) - Benny Barnes With The Echoes (Mercury 71284X45, 1958)

 6. I'm Not Long For This World - Sonny Burns (Starday unissued, 1954)

 7. Hershey Bar (E. Bond) - Eddie Bond (Mercury 71153X45, 1957)

 8. Long Time Gone (T. Edwards-A. Jones) - Tibby Edwards (Mercury Starday 71113X45, 1957)

 9. Go On Bruce - Merle Kilgore (from Starday SLP 251, "There's Gold In Them Thar Hills", 1963)

10. Another Man's Wife (My Mother) (Hoot Rains-Curley Herndon) - Hoot and Curly with The Western Cherokees (Starday 153, 1954)


Another great collection, although containing somewhat more typical Starday LP fare, is GS 1415 "All-Time Great Country & Western Songs Starring Benny Martin". I guess this is where the "guest star" angle comes in, as this is not a Benny Martin LP, but a various artists compilation "starring" (?) Benny. It gets a little odder yet; the track contained by Martin is not "Tennessee Rag" as listed but "Big Tiger Special" (both tunes were contained on Martin's 1961 Starday LP "Country Music's Sensational Entertainer"), a recording that clocks at about a minute and a half, but here is doubled in length by simply fading the beginning of the recording back in over the ending strains. Starday was famous for leasing chopped up versions of songs for budget compilations to make them shorter and thus fit more titles on an LP, but this is the only example I've come across to date where they did exactly the opposite! As the results made for particularly ridiculous listening, I did some editing of my own and restored the track to it's proper length. Discographal data is below:

 1. Big Tiger Special - Inst. (Martin) - Benny Martin (from Starday SLP 131, "Country Music's Sensational Entertainer", 1961)

 2. Wabash Cannonball (Mullican-York) - Moon Mullican (from Starday SLP 135, "The King Of The Hillbilly Piano Players", 1961)

 3. It's OK (Jones) - George Jones (Starday 247, 1956)

 4. Poor Old Me (B. Barnes) - Benny Barnes (Mercury Starday 71057X45, 1957)

 5. Little Footprints In The Snow (York) - The Willis Brothers (Starday 45-532B, 1961)

 6. You Are The One (Patterson) - Leon Payne (Starday 220, 1956)

 7. Boll Weevil - Jim Glaser and The Americana Folk Trio (from Starday SLP 158, "Just Looking For A Home", 1962)

 8. Hold Everything (Red Hayes) - Red Sovine (Starday 45-567 B, 1960)

 9. Mom And Dad's Affair (York-Fikes) - Cowboy Copas (Starday 45-476, 1959)

10. The Cat And The Mouse (as Intoxicated Rat on GS 1415) (F. Miller-T. Hill) - Frankie Miller (Starday 45-566 A, 1961)


"Stars & Guests Of The Louisiana Hayride"
Guest Star G 1492

Tracks:

1. Margie Singleton-Nothin' But True Love
2. Country Johnny Mathis-One Life
3. Red Sovine-Thanks For Nothin'
4. Sleepy Labeff-All Alone
5. Benny Barnes-Lonely Street
6. Sonny Burns-I'm Not Long For This World
7. Eddie Bond-Hershey Bar
8. Tibby Edwards-Long Time Gone
9. Merle Kilgore-Go On Bruce
10. Hoot & Curly-Another Man's Wife

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"All-Time Great Country & Western Songs Starring Benny Martin"
Guest Star GS 1415

Tracks:

1. Benny Martin-Big Tiger Special
2. Moon Mullican-Wabash Cannonball
3. George Jones-It's OK
4. Benny Barnes-Poor Old Me
5. Willis Bros.-Foot Prints In The Snow
6. Leon Payne-You Are The One
7. Jim Glaser-Boll Weevil
8. Red Sovine-Hold Everything
9. Cowboy Copas-Mom And Dad's Affair
10. Frankie Miller-Intoxicated Rat

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LLOYD "COWBOY" COPAS & HAROLD "HAWKSHAW" HAWKINS March 5, 1963

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Fifty-two years ago today, on March 5, 1963, occurred one of the most tragic and oft commemorated events in the history of country music. The Piper Comanche carrying Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins, and piloted by Cline's manager and Copas' son-in-law Randy Hughes, crashed near Camden, Tennessee, killing all on board. The details of this unfortunate occurrence have been told so many times that there is really no need to retell them again here.
Although most accounts of the tragedy primarily focus on Cline, (understandable as she is now a major musical legend of the 20th century), it should be remembered that Copas and Hawkins were both established country music veterans at the time of their demise. The two singers careers had many parallels; both made their initial impact on Syd Nathan's upstart King label in the immediate postwar years, both worked consistently throughout the fifties and were well known personalities on radio and records but never achieved the breakout star status of contemporaries such as Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, etc., and both had late career revivals, Copas with his hit talking blues "Alabam" in 1960 and Hawkins with "Lonesome 7-7203", released a scant three days before his death and a posthumous hit, his only record to reach #1 on Billboard's country chart.
Presented here are the two LPs released by King in 1963 as memorials to the label's fallen stars. With the exception of two Hawkins tracks from his last session in 1962 ("Lonesome 7-7203" and "Love Died Tonight") the albums are comprised of tracks originally released as singles from the late 1940's into the 1950's. Both collections have fairly extensive notes for the time, with King 835 featuring a gatefold cover including several photos. Scans of the jackets and labels of each LP are included in the uploaded folders. The following uncredited tribute is printed on the back of King 835:


THIS ALBUM IS A LIVING TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY...TO THE FRIENDSHIPS...TO THE TALENTS OF HAROLD "HAWKSHAW" HAWKINS AND LLOYD "COWBOY COPAS AND TO THE LEGENDS THAT THEY LEAVE BEHIND.
THE TRAGIC ILL-FATED ACCIDENT AT CAMDEN, TENNESSEE ON MARCH 5, 1963 IS WELL KNOWN TO COUNTRY MUSIC FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND NEED NOT BE RETOLD HERE...BUT RATHER THE PRODUCERS HAVE TOLD THE STORY OF THE TWO STARS BY PRESENTING, IN SONG, THE HISTORY OF THEIR CAREERS, STARTING WITH THEIE VERY FIRST RECORDING AND PROGRESSING ON TO THEIR LATEST...THESE ARE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR BIGGEST HITS AND BY THESE THEY WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.
BOTH STARS WERE DISCOVERED AND STARTED ON THEIR WAY TO FAME BY MR. SYDNEY NATHAN, OWNER AND FOUNDER OF KING RECORDS, AND RECORDED THEIR FIRST RECORDS IN THE KING STUDIOS IN CINCINNATI, OHIO SOME TWENTY YEARS AGO.
"HAWKSHAW" HAWKINS AND "COWBOY" COPAS HAVE JOINED JIMMY OSBORN, HANK WILLIAMS, JOHNNY HORTON, PATSY CLINE, JACK ANGELIN AND JIMMIE RODGERS IN COUNTRY MUSIC'S "HILLBILLY HEAVEN" AND IT IS TO THEIR MEMORY THAT WE DEDICATE THIS ALBUM.


In Memory - Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas - Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins
King 835

Tracks:

1. Hawkshaw Hawkins-Lonesome 7-7203
2. Hawkshaw Hawkins-Sunny Side Of The Mountain
3. Hawkshaw Hawkins-Slow Poke
4. Hawkshaw Hawkins-After All We Have Meant To Each Other
5. Hawkshaw Hawkins-If I Ever Get Rich Mom
6. Hawkshaw Hawkins-Love Died Tonight
7. Cowboy Copas-Breeze
8. Cowboy Copas-Signed, Sealed, And Delivered
9. Cowboy Copas-Tragic Romance
10. Cowboy Copas-Filipino Baby
11. Cowboy Copas-Tennessee Waltz
12. Cowboy Copas-'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered

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The Legend Of Cowboy Copas And Hawkshaw Hawkins #2
King 850

1. Cowboy Copas-Below The Mason Dixon Line
2. Cowboy Copas-It's A Lonely World
3. Cowboy Copas-If I Bring Home The Bacon
4. Cowboy Copas-Don't Let Them Change Your Mind
5. Cowboy Copas-Double Trouble On My Mind
6. Cowboy Copas-Night Plane To Memphis
7. Hawkshaw Hawkins-Little White Washed Chimney
8. Hawkshaw Hawkins-There'll Never Be A Sweeter Girl Than You
9. Hawkshaw Hawkins-You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine
10. Hawkshaw Hawkins-The Last Letter
11. Hawkshaw Hawkins-Never Mind The Tears
12. Hawkshaw Hawkins-Empty Arms And A Heart Full Of Sorrow

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By Special Request The LATE and GREAT COWBOY COPAS

Monday, February 16, 2015


In response to the many, many requests I receive for vintage vinyl by the late and great Cowboy Copas, I am posting an LP with that very title! A previous post featured the second Copas collection released on Starday's Nashville subsidiary (NLP 2036, downloadable here); presented now is the first, Nashville NLP 2013, "The Late and Great Cowboy Copas".
Cowboy recorded for Starday from 1959 until shortly before his death in 1963 and this 1964 album is a great cross section of his work for the label. Two tracks in particular stand out as classic Copas. "South Pacific Shore" seems to have been inspired by his classic "Filipino Baby" while "Sal" is clearly a continuation of the talking blues Cope took to number one on the Billboard country chart in 1960, "Alabam". From start to finish, this is a highly enjoyable collection of classic country music. Starday honcho Don Pierce's notes in memory of Cowboy Copas are transcribed below:


The tragic death of Cowboy Copas on March 5, 1963 brought profound sorrow to Country Music people throughout the world.

In a stormy and forbidding twilight, Cowboy Copas along with his fellow Grand Ole Opry performers Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins climbed into a single engine plane piloted by Randy Hughes. They took off for home in Nashville following a benefit performance in Kansas City that raised $3,000 for the family of a country music disc jockey who had lost his life in an auto accident. In foul weather, the plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee, and there were no survivors.

As fate would have it, Randy Hughes, the pilot, was the son-in-law of Cowboy Copas and the husband of Cathy Copas who recorded many song favorites with her daddy. Randy was also Patsy Cline’s personal manager and an accomplished guitarist who backed up Copas and many other stars on their recording sessions.

Only thirty days prior to the tragedy, a Cowboy Copas album entitled “Beyond the Sunset” was released and contained many songs of life and the hereafter.

About 24 hours after the plane crash, another Grand Ole Opry star, Jack Anglin, of the Johnny and Jack and Kitty Wells show, was killed when his car ran off the road while enroute to prayer services for Patsy Cline.

Although Cowboy Copas has joined Hank Williams, Johnny Horton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the other great stars in the next world, he has left a treasury of songs and Country Music for posterity.

Cowboy Copas was an All Time Country Music Great. The Copas story is well known. Starting on an Oklahoma farm, he rose to Country Music fame as a Grand Ole Opry star with such hits as SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED, TENNESSEE WALTZ, FILIPINO BABY, TRAGIC ROMANCE, and many others following World War II. Then in 1960, his tremendous smash hit recording ALABAM brought new fame and popularity and pressure for more and more personal appearances. Always a trooper, and true to the show business tradition, he traveled up to 200,000 miles per year entertaining, and making friends. Hs records were solid sellers and Copas excelled at singing love ballads or honky tonk songs. The people loved his open string, unamplified, flat top Martin guitar pickin’. He was a real pro as a master of ceremonies. His duet recordings with daughter, Cathy Copas, were extremely popular. And last, but by no means least, he was a standout performer on the sincere and happy “hand clapping” gospel songs that all Country Music fans love.

If there is a “Hillbilly Heaven”, we feel that Cowboy Copas will be enthroned there in honor. Starday joins with Country Music fans everywhere in recognition of the great Country Music heritage left us by the one and only Cowboy Copas.

DON PIERCE


Tracks:

1. South Pacific Shore
2. The Gypsy Girl
3. There'll Come A Time (Duet with Cathy Copas)
4. A Satisfied Mind
5. Pickin' The Blues (Instrumental)
6. Wings Of The Great Speckled Bird
7. You Are The One (Duet with Cathy Copas)
8. Mom And Dad's Affair
9. Sal
10. Cope's Wildwood Flower
11. A Thousand Miles Of Ocean
12. Wherever He Leads I'll Go

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SONNY OSBORNE as Stanley Alpine

Thursday, February 12, 2015


A strong candidate for the worst cover ever on a bluegrass album (this statement is not a challenge, as I'm sure there are others just as bad!) would be this ubiquitous 1964 collection of banjo instrumentals credited to the mysterious "Stanley Alpine And The Tennessee Bluegrass All-Stars". Issued simultaneously on various "throwaway" budget labels such as Palace, Countrytime, and like the present copy, Masterseal, it's the kind of LP that one often encounters today while scrounging through thrift shop bins and could easily be passed over as ersatz landfill fodder, hardly worth a second glance.
Canny bluegrass record collectors, though, have long been aware that the cross-eyed male model whose banjo has no strings and only one tuning peg is not Stanley Alpine and that in fact, no such artist even exists. The contents of this cheapest of budget LPs is in fact ten early recordings made by a teenage Sonny Osborne for Ohio's Gateway and Kentucky labels. The original releases of these tunes were on 78 and 45 rpm singles that were mostly sold by mail order over the radio on local stations that the young Sonny was playing over at the time. The discographal information on the album's content is below:

1. Sunny Mountain Chimes (Sunny Osborn, Gateway 3005)
2. Gun Powder (Sonny Osborne And The Sunny Mountain Boys, Gateway 3008)
3. Walking Cane (Sonny Osborne On The Five-String Banjo and his Sunny Mountain Boys, Gateway 3010 as "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane")
4. Jesse James (Sonny Osborne On The Five-String Banjo and his Sunny Mountain Boys, Gateway 3010)
5. Silver Rainbow (Sonny Osborne On The Five-String Banjo and his Sunny Mountain Boys, Gateway 3010)
6. Auld Lang Syne (Sonny Osborne On The Five-String Banjo and his Sunny Mountain Boys, Gateway 3011)
7. Banjo Boy Chimes (Sonny Osborne On The Five-String Banjo and his Sunny Mountain Boys, Gateway 3010)
8. Raw Hide (Sonny Osborne, Kentucky Session, unissued as single)
9. Cumberland Gap (Sonny Osborne, Kentucky Session, unissued as single)
10. Train 45 (Sonny Osborne, Kentucky Session, unissued as single)

1 - 1952 Gateway Studio, Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH – Sonny Osborne  (Sonny Osborne [vcl/gt], Carlos Brock [vcl/gt], Enos Johnson [vcl/mandolin], Smokey Ward [bass], Billy Thomas [fiddle])

2 - 1953 Gateway Studio, Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH – Sonny Osborne  (Sonny Osborne [vcl/gt], Carlos Brock [vcl/gt], Enos Johnson [vcl/mandolin], Smokey Ward [bass], Billy Thomas [fiddle])

3-7 - February 1956 Gateway Studio, Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH - Sonny Osborne on the Five String Banjo and His Sunny Mountain Boys (Sonny Osborne [banjo], Red Allen [rh gt-1/ld gt-2], Bobby Osborne [mandolin/fiddle-3], Les Bodine [bass], Art Stamper [fiddle], Les Bodine [bass])

8-10 - 1952 Gateway Studio, Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH – Sonny Osborne (Sonny Osborne [vcl/gt], Carlos Brock [vcl/gt], Enos Johnson [vcl/mandolin], Smokey Ward [bass], Billy Thomas [fiddle])

(source: Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies)

Why a pseudonym was used for this LP is a mystery, perhaps it was a contractual issue or perhaps in 1964 the Osborne Brothers were not considered the "name" act they became after 1967's smash "Rocky Top" (although they were by no means unheard of or obscure). Incidentally, a few online resources have stated that Sonny and Bobby made these recordings under the name Stanley Alpine, but that is untrue, the recordings were released under Sonny's name many years before this LP hit the market.

Tracks:

1. Sunny Mountain Chimes
2. Gun Powder
3. Walking Cane
4. Jesse James
5. Silver Rainbow
6. Auld Lang Syne
7. Banjo Boy Chimes
8. Raw Hide
9. Cumberland Gap
10. Train 45

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LET'S HIT THE ROAD!

Thursday, February 5, 2015


As the previous posting of "The Country Music Hall Of Fame" was so well received, I thought it might be wise to post another vintage Starday compilation, and one of my favourite LPs of this sort is the 1964 collection of truck driver songs titled "Let's Hit The Road!".
Starday was a very active player in the trucker trend in 1960s country music, most famously with label stalwart Red Sovine. There are no tunes by Red on this LP, but there are twelve great tracks nonetheless, not only from the Starday vaults but also Hank Locklin's "Pinball Millionaire" and Jimmy Dean's "Bummin' Around" from the 4-Star catalog, as well as Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan's Liberty label remake of "Bubbles In My Beer". A few of my favourite tracks on the album are "Trucker's Vitus" by Lonnie Irving of "Pinball Machine" fame, "Truck Driving Buddy" by the great Frankie Miller, and "Riding Down Old 99" by Joe Maphis and an uncredited Rose Lee, sounding like she's inhaled some second hand smoke as the waitress in the song's narrative.
The jacket of this LP exemplifies everything I love about old Starday albums, and the cover photo really tells a story without saying a word. The cover photos of Starday's truck driving albums were supposedly taken at actual truck stops in and around Nashville, and I really love pouring over the details in this picture. Advertised along with Quaker State Motor Oil and "Truckers Bunk House and Showers" are some pretty sharp looking wide-curve Ray Ban knockoffs, your choice of "Sage Green" or "Smoke Gray", 59¢ with fill-up! As usual, Starday chief Don Pierce has contributed some appropriate liner notes:


The code of the truck driver has been given expression in many County Music songs by many of Country Music’s top stars. The lure of the open road, the dangers that lurk on America’s highways, the lonely hours at the wheel, the coffee stops, the juke boxes, and pretty waitresses are all a very real part of the truck driver’s world.

It takes a lot of skill and know how to keep the Big Rigs Rolling and bring in the load on schedule. It also takes an ability to keep alert, a willingness to leave home, and last, but by no means least, it takes a person who will maintain the professional truck driver reputation as the most capable and most considerate drivers on our highways.
Some of the songs in this album are not exclusively about truck drivers. However, such songs as BUMMIN’ AROUND by Jimmy Dean, BUBBLES IN MY BEER by Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan, PINBALL MILLIONAIRE by Hank Locklin, and LEAVIN’ BUT I WON’T BE LONG by The Homesteaders are all big favorites at places where truck drivers hang out.

It is significant that America’s juke boxes enjoy the heaviest play in locations where truck drivers congregate. It is significant that Country Music disc jockeys get a great percentage of mail and requests from truck drivers and their wives and sweethearts. It is significant that many of Country Music’s best selling records are those that concern truck drivers. In view of the foregoing we think that greater recognition should be given to the truck driver’s songs by way of the special collection in this album which includes many of America’s favorite truck drivers songs.

Perhaps it is the long lonely hours on the road that are spent listening to radio, perhaps it is the romance from chance acquaintances as truck drivers go from town to town, from truck stop to truck stop, and from cafe to cafe. Whatever it is, the life of the truck driver, just like the lore of the railroad, the lore of the cowboy, and the lore of the outlaws, have captured the fancy of a large segment of our population. We dedicate this album, with performances by some of Country Music’s most prominent artists, to truck drivers and their wives and sweethearts everywhere.

DON PIERCE, Starday Records



The jacket also lists the LP this collection was a sort of follow-up to, "DIESEL SMOKE, DANGEROUS CURVES, and Other Truck Driver Favorites", Starday SLP 250. That collection has been featured over at Uncle Gil's and can be downloaded here.

Also, record nerds like myself may notice that the present copy of "Let's Hit The Road" is a Canadian pressing by Sparton. These usually feature a front slick supplied by Starday with a gold or silver Sparton overstamp (on this LP printed on the back instead, probably a mistake) and a back slick printed by Sparton with the London, Ontario address at the bottom in place of Starday's Nashville location. The label used for regular Sparton issues was used for the Starday issues as well, originally silver text on deep burgundy, later changing to a yellow label with "Sparton" in red text. By the late 60's, Columbia was pressing Starday product in Canada, and as a bonus I have included an example here to download, since you can't have too much great Starday trucker material! The Columbia Starday pressings used the yellow label with the eagle-on-oval logo, and the Nashville subsidiary pressings (of which "Pure Truck & Country" is one) used the orange label with the "hamburger" Nashville logo. Whew!

"Let's Hit The Road!"
Starday SLP 306

Tracks:

1. The Willis Brothers-Give Me 40 Acres (To Turn This Rig Around)
2. Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan-Bubbles In My Beer
3. Lonnie Irving-Trucker's Vitus
4. Frankie Miller-Truck Driving Buddy
5. Hank Locklin-Pinball Millionaire
6. The Willis Brothers-Truck Drivers Blues
7. Joe Maphis-Riding Down Old 99
8. The Homesteaders-Leavin' But I Won't Be Long
9. Betty Amos-18 Wheels
10. The Willis Brothers-Truck Stop Cutie
11. Jimmy Dean-Bummin' Around
12. Joe Maphis-Big Rig Guitar (Inst.)


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"Pure Truck & Country"
Nashville NLPS 2066

Tracks:

1. Pat & Darrell-Our Sleeper Cab Home
2. Ray King-Curves And In-Betweens
3. Glen Campbell-Phoenix After Hours (Inst.)
4. Lonnie Irving-Gooseball Brown
5. The Stanley Brothers-Clyde's Getaway (Inst.)
6. The Willis Brothers-Diesel Smoke On Danger Road
7. Red Sovine-Hitch Hiking Girl
8. Jim & Jesse-Border Ride
9. Ray King-Big Wheel

10. Merle Kilgore-Pinball Machine

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MOLLY O'DAY Legend of Country Music

 

CURLY FOX & TEXAS RUBY on Starday

 

ROBERT LUNN Original Talking Blues Man

 

BLUE SKY BOYS Rare Song Gems

 

ALEX CAMPBELL & OLABELLE Travel On

 

Mercury-Starday HILLBILLY HIT PARADE

 

30 FIDDLER'S GREATEST HITS

 

HAWKSHAW HAWKINS and COWBOY COPAS




Starday COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Issued by Starday in 1961, this 2 LP, 36 track collection provides a fantastic representation of the "golden years" of minor label country music. When this LP came out, Starday was Nashville's biggest independent label, and was concentrating on issuing music that was being neglected by the majors, namely, traditional country, western swing, bluegrass, etc. "The Country Music Hall Of Fame" typifies many of the qualities that make old Starday LPs special with great music, cover art, and of course, notes by label boss Don Pierce as follows:


This is an historical and unprecedented collection of Country Music Americana.

The year 1961 saw the creation of a Country Music Hall of Fame by the Country Music Association, which is an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of American country music. In addition, by Act of Congress, the 1st week in November Of 1961 was proclaimed National Country Music Week.

During National Country Music Week, there is held in Nashville, Tennessee, a Country Music Festival which celebrates the anniversary of the World Famous Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast from Radio WSM in Nashville for 23 consecutive years. At the Festival are gathered hundreds of country music disc jockies and their wives who make the journey to Nashville each year for the Festival, as well as countless artists, song writers, and other people who are active in country music.

Starday felt that it was appropriate to commemorate National Country Music Week, the Country Music Festival, and the newly formed Country Music Hall of Fame by issuing this outstanding and precedent setting album. Contractual limitations normally make an album of this kind impossible to produce. However, with the cooperation of several other record manufacturers, Starday was able to assemble this imposing array of country music hit recordings.

The artists, the songs, and in many cases the songwriters, are so famous and well-known that it would serve no useful purpose for us to attempt to describe the contents of this album. The list of contents, plus of course, the music in the grooves, will carry the message very eloquently, we are sure.

To qualify for this album, Starday used only original vault masters. Either the artist, the song, or the songwriter has achieved true and lasting stature in the country music field.

Country music fans and collectors will treasure this album and they will be interested to know that the picture on the cover is a night photo of the Capitol of the State of Tennessee which is located in Nashville, the home of the Grand Ole Opry.

We think this picture is truly symbolic because of the ever popular country music instruments shown, plus the night lights on the Capitol of Nashville, which seem to reflect the wonderful image of all that is good about our beloved country music. The picture seems to stress that altho some of the biggest stars have passed on to another world, their songs and recordings will live on in the hearts of the people.

This album gives expression to joys, hopes, fears and troubles, of the people as expressed in song by perhaps the greatest assemblage of country music artists ever combined in one album. It is the sincere hope of Starday Records, a label dedicated exclusively to country and gospel music, that this package will constitute a milestone in the history of American country music and will bring enjoyment to country music enthusiasts throughout the world.

Country musically,

DON PIERCE, President
STARDAY RECORDS


Pierce makes mention of the "cooperation of several other record manufacturers" which would appear to be King, 4 Star, and Mercury. Although first issued in 1961, this is clearly a later "Stereo" pressing and while many of the tracks are really mono, there are some rare Stereo mixes of Starday Studios material.

Tracks:

1. Cowboy Copas-Hillbilly Heaven *
2. The Delmore Brothers-Blues Stay Away From Me
3. Lew Childre-Southern Hospitality
4. Webb Pierce-New Panhandle Rag
5. The Willis Brothers-Blood On The Saddle
6. Benny Martin-You Are The One *
7. Rose Maddox-Philadelphia Lawyer
8. Roy Drusky-Mumbling To Myself
9. Justin Tubb-One For You - One For Me *
10. Lonzo & Oscar-Country Music Time
11. T. Texas Tyler-Remember Me
12. James O'Gwynn-Muleskinner Blues
13. Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs-My Cabin In Caroline
14. Cowboy Copas-New Filipino Baby *
15. Johnny Bond-High Noon
16. The Shelton Brothers-Johnson's Old Grey Mule
17. Moon Mullican-Ragged But Right *
18. Buddy Starcher-The Original Wildwood Flower
19. Frankie Miller-Blackland Farmer
20. Red Sovine-Little Rosa *
21. Bill Clifton-Little White Washed Chimney
22. Buck Owens-Down On The Corner Of Love
23. The Sunshine Boys-Goodnight Irene; Beautiful Brown Eyes *
24. Grandpa Jones-Mountain Dew
25. Moon Mullican-Wabash Cannonball *
26. Ferlin Husky-Crying Heart Blues
27. Carl Story-Family Reunion
28. Hank Locklin-Let Me Be The One
29. The Rainbow Ranch Boys-Orange Blossom Fiddle
30. The Stanley Brothers-Little Maggie
31. Wayne Raney-Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me
32. The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers-Lonesome Pine
33. George Jones-Seasons Of My Heart
34. Harry Choates-The Original Jole Blon
35. Leon Payne-Two By Four (Impersonation of Red Foley and Kitty Wells)
36. Archie Campbell-Sergeant York *

* Starday Studios track in true stereo mix.

Includes jacket and label scans.

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