Posts Tagged ‘Rockabilly’

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap

I recently spent some time with the first volume of A Capitol Rockabilly Party. The three-part compilation spans over 90 tracks and was released in the late 1990s by a CD reissue company in the Netherlands called Disky. Disky’s forte was extensively reissuing lots of great rare sides from the storied vaults of Capitol Records, and one of Capitol’s fortes was the wealth of superb rockabilly sides they recorded throughout the 1950s.

One of the tracks that stood out is today’s Song Of The Day by Eric Berman, “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap.

Heap was probably best known for writing two standards: Hank Thompson’s classic honky-tonk hit “The Wild Side Of Life,” which climbed to the top of the charts in 1952, and “Release Me,” which was a huge hit for both Engelbert Humperdinck (1967) and Esther Phillips (1962).

But Heap had a prolific career for over three decades making records with his group The Melody Masters. Although Heap was generally better known for his smooth delivery a la “Release Me,” and his many Western Swing and Honky Tonk recordings, he occasionally liked to cross over to the “dark side” with some unhinged, greasy rockabilly, like this one from 1955.

Edited: September 4th, 2014

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “He’s My Baby” by Jean Shepard

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “He’s My Baby” by Jean Shepard

There was an interesting time during the late 1950s where straight Country and Western music melded with then-burgeoning Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, giving birth to a new form of music called Rockabilly. Capitol records was a hotbed for Rockabilly recording crossover artists like Ferlin Husky, Faron Young, Wanda Jackson, Hank Thompson, Jerry Reed, Gene Vincent and Skeets McDonald.

Jean Shepard was a member of The Grand Ole Opry who scored her first #1 hit back in 1953 as a duet with Ferlin Husky called “A Dear John Letter” and followed it with the top 10 hit “A Satisfied Mind” a few years later. She went on to become a star of recorded music and TV variety shows during the 1950s and recorded this early Rockabilly gem in 1958.

She married Hawkshaw Hawkins in 1960 who would perish in the same plane crash that took Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas and went on to have country chart hits throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2011.

Edited: June 22nd, 2014

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 11/26/12

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap

Taking my daughter back to school today provided me with several hours of uninterrupted music listening in the car, part of which was spent with the first volume of “A Capitol Rockabilly Party.” The three-part compilation spanning over 90 tracks was put out in the late 1990s by a CD reissue company in the Netherlands called Disky, who extensively reissued lots of great rare sides from the storied vaults of Capitol Records. One of the tracks that stood out is today’s Song Of The Day, “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap. Heap was probably best known for writing two standards: Hank Thompson’s classic honky-tonk hit “The Wild Side Of Life,” which climbed to the top of the charts in 1952…and “Release Me,” which was a huge hit for both Engelbert Humperdinck (1967) and Esther Phillips (1962). But Heap had a prolific career for over three decades making records with his group The Melody Masters. Although Heap was generally better known for his smooth delivery a la “Release Me,” and his many Western Swing and Honky Tonk recordings, he occasionally liked to cross over to the “dark side” with some unhinged, greasy rockabilly, like this one from 1955.

Edited: November 25th, 2012

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 4/16/12

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Barracuda” by Cliffie Stone

Talk about your double entendre record…well, I’ve never! This rude but somewhat right Rockabilly stomper by Cliffie Stone would never get passed the censors of today. Perhaps they didn’t know any better back in the late 1950s… Country musician, Stone was one of the first A&R guys at Capitol Records back in the late 1940s discovering Tennessee Ernie Ford and Hank Thompson. His TV show, “Hometown Jamboree,” became a launching pad for Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Horton, Ferlin Husky, Jim Reeves, Merle Travis, Tex Ritter and dozens of other artist who gained notoriety by appearing. He was also a pioneer of Rockabilly music recording numerous sides for Capitol that bridged the gap between country and rhythm ‘n’ blues.

Edited: April 15th, 2012

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 4/15/12

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “He’s My Baby” by Jean Shepard

There was an interesting time during the late 1950s where straight Country ‘n’ Western music melded with then-burgeoning Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, giving birth to classic Rockabilly. Capitol records was a hotbed for Rockabilly recording crossover artists like Ferlin Husky, Faron Young, Wanda Jackson, Hank Thompson, Jerry Reed, Gene Vincent and Skeets McDonald. Jean Shepard was a member of The Grand Ole Opry who scored her first #1 hit back in 1953 as a duet with Ferlin Husky called “A Dear John Letter” and followed it with the top 10 hit “A Satisfied Mind” a few years later. She went on to become a star of recorded music and variety show TV during the 1950s and recorded this early Rockabilly gem in 1958. She married Hawkshaw Hawkins in 1960 who would perish in the same plane crash that took Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas. She went on to have country chart hits throughout the 1960s and 1970s and was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame last year.

Edited: April 14th, 2012

Song Of The Day – 9/4/11

Song Of The Day – “All By Myself” by Johnny Burnette Trio

I first discovered this song in the late 1970s by way of Robert Gordon’s excellent cover version. A few years later I was introduced to the off-the-tracks rockabilly excitement of the 1956 original featuring Johnny on guitar and vocal, Dorsey Burnette on slap bass, Paul Burlison on guitar and Buddy Harman Jr. on drums.

Edited: September 4th, 2011