Sunday April 18

This week The Home Town Special kicks off with female rockabilly from Sam C. Phillips’ Sun Records of Memphis featuring The Miller Sisters and Jean Chappell. We hear from women who knew the club life including Kitty Wells‘ “I Heard The Jukebox Playing,” Marie Adam’s “I’m Gonna Play The Honky Tonks,” and Patsy Cline’s “A Church, A Courtroom, Then Goodbye.” Ruth Brown’s “Dear Little Boy of Mine” leads us to some fine gospel harmony from The Golden Crown Quartet and private label titles from The Gibson Family and the Delmar Williams Singers. In the second hour we spend good time around New Orleans with Professor Longhair, before visiting Buddy Johnson and his sister, Ella. Then it’s on to the Perryman brothers for “Right String Baby, But the Wrong YoYo.” Some old-time rock ‘n roll and teenage titles take us up to the close where Lula Redd and Charmaine Neville get the last word on domestic relations. Hope you hear something you enjoy.

Later in the week you can stream the show from the Archive Player. Launch the Sunday 6 pm segment and click ahead one hour.

Ten Cats DownMiller SistersSun 255Nov1956
I Won’t Be Rockin’ TonightJean ChappellSun 244Jun1956
There’s No Right Way To Do Me WrongMiller SistersSun 230Mar1956
Walkin’ In My Dreams Last NightChuck Simmons-Betty ChotasDecca 9-30875Mar1959
I Heard The Jukebox PlayingKitty WellsDecca 9-28432Oct1952
The Life They Live In SongsKitty WellsDecca 9-28753Jul1953
I’m Gonna Play The Honky TonksMarie AdamsPeacock 1583Nov1951
Dog Gone ItDonna HightowerRPM 432Jul1955
Ay Las BasDolly Cooper aka Thelma CooperModern 965Aug1955
Wasted Days and Wasted NightsRockin’ SidneyJin 177circa1963
Don’t You Ever Think of MeJackie Law -Swamp PopPride 1002Apr1960
Won’t You Sometimes Think of MeHank WilliamsCMF CD-067early1950s
Honky Tonk Merry Go RoundPatsy ClineCoral 61464Jul1955
I’ve Loved And Lost AgainPatsy Cline4 Star ET-138Apr1956
Three Cigarettes In An AshtrayPatsy ClineDecca 30406Aug1957
A Church, A Courtroom, Then GoodbyePatsy ClineCoral 61464Jul1955
Dear Little Boy of MineRuth BrownAtlantic 907May1950
Daddy DaddyRuth Brown with The James QuintetAtlantic 973Aug1952
Lift Up JesusGolden Crown QuartetScore 5013May1950
God’s Way of LivingGibson FamilyBRC 1015unk
I Wanna Walk A Little CloserDelmar Williams SingersDel-Mar 584Sep1956
Cotton Patch RagArthur Guitar Boogie SmithM-G-M 11657Jan1954
Boogie WoogieProfessor LonghairAtlantic SD-7225Dec1949
Longhair’s Blues RhumbaProfessor LonghairAtlantic SD-7225Dec1949
Miss EvaErskine HawkinsRCA Victor 47-3081Aug1948
That’s How I Feel About YouBuddy & Ella JohnsonMercury 70173May1953
Since I Fell For YouBuddy & Ella JohnsonDecca 48016Jan1947
The Right String – But The Wrong Yo YoSpeckled RedBrunswick 7151Apr1930
Right String But The Wrong Yo YoPiano RedRCA Victor 22-0106Dec1950
Right String BabyCarl PerkinsSun NOIFall1957
Pow-WowLois and LouisSpecialty 689Aug1960
Forever My LoveStartonesRainbow 341May1956
Moments Like ThisBaltineersTeenage 1000circa1956
Don’t Congratulate MeSue Patrick NomadsProcess 139mid1965
Angel Baby -UK versionRosie and the OriginalsLondon Americanearly1961
Summer DaysSweetheartsH-I I I 117circa1962
One More TearMary Ann LoriUI 1004May1964
Casanova BrownYoung SistersTwirl 2001Sep1962
Your Key Don’t Fit It No MoreLula ReedKing 4688Dec1953
The Right Key But The Wrong KeyholeCharmaine Neville w Reggie HoustonGert Town GT-1111circa1992
Willie Fugal’s BluesProfessor LonghairAlligator ALCD 4718circa1980

Sunday April 11

This week on The Home Town Special we’ll start with Frankie Marshall’s “Just Say The Word,” a song that likely had its origin gospel music which we trace. Then it’s down New Orleans to catch drummer Earl Palmer’s back beat on the well know “Sick and Tired” and the not so well known “Some Day, Some Way.” Some hot rockabilly leads us to artists who recorded for tiny custom and independent record labels including the journeyman musician Delbert Barker with his cover version of “Heartbreak Hotel” on Cincinnati’s Gateway Records and Tad Dustin’s fast-talking blues from Washington, D.C. at mid-century on the aptly named Diplomat label. Moon Mullican reminds us of the often overlooked history of the piano in country with blues, and boogies and honkytonk classics. And that’s enough to start off a Texas kick with Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Bob Wills, and Li’ Son Jackson. We finish with a second look at the rejuvenation of “The White Cliffs of Dover” in 1953 and then on back to New Orleans for a fine finish with Earl King, Guitar Slim, and Mac Rebennack -better known as Dr. John, The Night Tripper. Hope you hear something you enjoy.

Just Say The WordFrankie MarshallSpark 117Jun1955
Let’s Talk About JesusBells of JoyPeacock 1584Nov1951
Jesus Is a Rock In a Weary LandOriginal Five Blind BoysPeacock 1723Feb1954
Du Wada DuBip and Bop w Johnny’s ComboAladdin 3287Apr1955
Some Day Some WayTommy Brown rec Sep 1957Imperial 5476Nov1957
Sick And TiredChris Kenner rec Apr 1957Imperial 5448Jun1957
Eating and SleepingEarl KingSpecialty 531Sep1954
Behave Be Quiet or BegoneRoy DukeDecca 9-29962May1956
SouthAndy StarrM-G-M 12263May1956
She’s A Going JessieAndy StarrM-G-M 12315Aug1956
Heartbreak HotelDelbert BarkerGateway 1162late1956
Why Baby, WhyGeorge JonesStarday 202Aug1955
Life Won’t Be The SameSunny Osborne Sunny Mtn BoysGateway 3008Oct1953
You’ve Branded Your Name On My HeartRay And Ina PattersonCozy 346May1952
Brother  I Was WrongTad Dustin and his BoysDiplomat 1303early1950s
I’ll Sail My Ship AloneMoon MullicanKing 830Dec1949
Pipeliner’s BluesMoon MullicanKing 1137Nov1952
DownstreamMoon MullicanKing 1408Dec1954
He’s My FriendBells of JoyPeacock 1700May1952
Leak In This Old BuildingBells of JoyPeacock 1705Jan1953
Three D BoogieArthur Smith and his Cracker JacksM-G-M 11558Jul1953
Country BoogieMoon MullicanKing 1007Nov1951
Rheumatism BoogieMoon MullicanKing 1198Mar1953
Blue Yodel No. 1 T For TexasJimmie RodgersVictor 21142Nov1927
My Heart’s Tonight In TexasCarter FamilyMW 4549 BB-5908Dec1934
I Left My Heart In TexasMoon MullicanKing 673Nov1947
Time Changes EverythingBob Wills Tommy DuncanTiffanycirca1946
I’ll Have Somebody ElseBob Wills Texas PlayboysMGM NOINov1947
Bubbles In My BeerBob Wills and his Texas PlayboysM-G-M 10116-BDec1951
Sugar MamaLil Son JacksonImperial 5339Feb1955
Thrill Me BabyLil Son JacksonImperial 5267Jan1954
White Cliffs of DoverCheckersKing 4675Oct1953
White Cliffs of DoverFive WillowsAllen 1003Aug1953
My Dear Dearest DarlingFive WillowsAllen 1000Jun1953
Rock Little Francis5 WillowsAllen 1002Jul1953
Love BellsFive WillowsPee Dee 290circa1953
Love BellsMemoriesWay-Lin 101circa1964
No One But MeEarl KingSpecialty 531Sep1954
I Got Sumpin’ For YouGuitar SlimSpecialty 551May1955
Darling Honey Angel ChildEarl KingRex 1015Jan1961
Storm WarningMac RebennackRex 1008Aug1959