Daily Discovery - Comic Book Crazy b/w Dodge City Baby by Little Sammy Yates - Rockabilly Novelty 45 on Genie Records #104
This one is dedicated to my friend Corey from www.Coreyblake.com He is definitely comic book crazy!
Some of the comic book and cartoon characters mentioned in this Novelty rocker are Superman, Donald Duck, Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E and Porky Pig takes us out with his signature sing off. Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Dinosaur Cavern b/w God's Gift To Man by Terry Wayne - Novelty Rockabilly 45 on Cotco (Coast To Coast) Records #66
This is a trippy record. It says "To be constructed life size 112' high on Route 66 Arizona, 1 mile from entrance to Caverns- Open Year Round" in small print on the picture sleeve. By doing some online research I found out that the dinosaur was originally built in 1962. My best guess is that this record was being sold to either raise money, to promote the landmark that was to be created or selling them to tourists as a way to remember their trip. Take a little trip with me to "Devil's Den".
Dinosaur Cavern by Terry Wayne
Daily Discovery - What Chance Have I b/w There's Only One Girl by Dick Marsh (Sky Saxon pre Seeds) - Teen Rocker 45 on Rosco Records #412
Killer guitar riff which leads to the voice of legendary rocker Sky Saxon. I am not sure if this is his singing debut but it is definitely pre Seeds. I can't get enough of his snotty R&R vocals. What Chance Have I reminds me of "Can't Seem To Make You Mine" by the Seeds. I have been listening to this record then his Seeds records and I see the transition. In my opinion, Sky was trying to fit into the mainstream on this one. Good thing he decided to go the other way, the funny thing is he ended up being better known for not being mainstream. A must hear! Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Choo Choo Train b/w I Want You by Ritchie Hart - Rockabilly 45 on M.C.I. Records #1025
I have really been into Rockabilly lately. This little number was a cool surprise I found in a box of recently purchased records. This one comes from a small label out of Phoenix, Arizona. Another cool thing about this record is that jazz legend Donald Byrd wrote "Choo Choo Train". I love transportation records, whether they are cars, trains or planes, especially when they have a cool beat and personality. I guess I haven't lost that inner child, I still think trains are cool and I definitely love this record. Choo, Choo!
Daily Discovery - Wazoo b/w Shuffle Stroll by Jimmy Coe & The Cohorts - Tittyshaker Rockabilly Instrumental 45 on Note Records #10013
This Indianapolis, Indiana gem has recently been picked up, polished and officially been branded a Tittyshaker. I have had this in my collection for about 10 years. I bought it along with the Doowop classic "I'm So Young" by the Students on the same label. Two rare Note records for the price of one. It's about time rockers like these are getting the respect they deserve. Good stuff!
Daily Discovery - Pick Up A Coupl'a Records b/w Split Personality by JIM BURGETT - Rockabilly 45 on Go Records #6565
The first thing you hear is a strong bass intro, a drum beat, then a twangy guitar to get this Rockabilly gem started. "Pick Up A Coupl'a Records and walk down to the hop" says an Elvis sounding voice. Split Personality is based on the classic Jekyll & Hyde story, so it has a wicked little beat and vocals. "Suddenly there's a devil in me who starts to rage" Jim says in a raspy voice. My humanness brings me to deal with this same classic struggle on a daily basis. Jekyll wins for me most days. Which side rules you?
Daily Discovery - Bossman by DEANE HAWLEY - Rockabilly Popcorn Rocker 45 on Dore Records #554
Wicked intro on this Los Angeles Rockablilly, Pocorn, Mod, R&B Soul strollin' rocker. This is the kind of record that can't be pigeon holed because there are so many genres that this tune fits into. Deane is like many people, he has a dilemma, go to work at a job that he can't stand and feels that there is no escape. The dread of waking up the next morning to punch a clock is excruciating, thank goodness I don't have to do that anymore! What's stopping you from leaving that job you hate?
Daily Discovery - Bip Bop Bip b/w Paper Dollar by Pretty Boy - R&B Rockabilly 45 on Atlantic Records #1147
R&B Rockabilly, Yes! You read it right! This is Don Covay under the alias, Pretty Boy. This late 50's tune shows what happens when the power of Rock n' Roll meets the grit of Rhythm & Blues. "Bip Bop Bip" may not sound like a great title but when the music and vocals come together, you quickly change your mind.
Daily Discovery - Nothin' Shakin' b/w I Will by Billy Fury - Rockabilly 45 on Decca Records (Belgium press) #23.545
"Nothin' Shakin" but the leaves on the trees" is a 60's rocker with some high flying guitars even though the singing is polished in my opinion. The guitars make up for the act. The flip side "I Will" is a mellow Belgian Popcorn Northern Soul tune with strings and girl backup vocals.