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.
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
9 The Strange Little Girl
10. Candy Kisses
11. Honky Tonkin'
12. Tennessee Waltz