Friday, July 19, 2013

Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys - Columbia 37565 - Will You Be Loving Another Man B/W Blue Yodel #4

Here is a fun record from the stack of 78s.  Side one "Will You Be Loving Another Man" is Lester Flatt and Bill Monroe.  How's that for legends.  You can't really do much better than that.

From what I've gathered from some internet research is that this record was released in 1945.   Some of these dates on these records kind of boggle the mind.  Hard to believe that not only was it recorded so long ago, but that the actual record was pressed that long ago and still sounds pretty good.  All these country 78s I picked up at once and were part of a collection.  I have been thoroughly pleased with how well they have been preserved and sound.

Side two is "Blue Yodel #4" which is a song written by Jimmie Rogers, another giant of a legend.  The track is pretty good and features as you might have guessed some cowboy yodeling.




Sunday, July 14, 2013

Jack Guthrie - Capitol 341 - The Clouds Rained Down B/W Oakie Boogie - 1947

This is another 78 from Jack Guthrie and I'm sure you see that like the last one, this one has "Oakie Boogie" as the b-side.  Clearly the song was a favorite worth recycling onto another record. The a-side is "The Clouds Rained Trouble Down" and it a pretty good number.  It has some twang and a little bit of swing.  The b-side is the exact same version of "Oakie Boogie."  According to Wikipedia "Oakie Boogie" was a hit in 1947 reaching number 3 on the charts.  In fact is was this record Capitol 341 that was the record that reached number 3.  It also says that it is considers a candidate for the first rock and roll record.  That probably explains why I love that song so much.  Another interesting fact I learned from Wikipedia is that Jack Guthrie died of tuberculosis in 1948 the year after this record's release.  Kind of sad.  He was only 32.

One other interesting factoid from Wikipedia is the fact that Jack Guthrie did not have a band and so there were no Oklahomans even thought the record says "Jack Guthrie and His Oklahomans."  He worked with some seasoned studio musicians on this and his other records.


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Jack Guthrie - Capitol 15266 - Oklahoma Hills B/W Oakie Boogie 78 - 1948

This is the first record I am posting that is a 78.  For father's day I picked up a cheap turntable that plays 78s.  My regular player doesn't.  That hasn't stopped me from collecting 78s here and there.  This record is part of a big collection of country records I picked up years and years ago.  After all these years I finally have a way to listen to them and digitize them.  They are 78s so there is a bit of surface noise and I've done what I can to clean up the audio.  I'm sure someone with more talent than me could do better.  The two tracks are both great.  "Oklahoma Hills" is by Jack and Woody Guthrie.  It is a real swinging number that will get your toe tapping.  The B-side "Oakie Boogie" is also a real gem.   I have this song on another 78 and on a 45.  I can't listen to it enough.

01 "Oklahoma Hills"
02 "Oakie Boogie"


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