Theron Eugene "Ted" Daffan was an American country musician noted for composing the seminal "Truck Driver's Blues" and two much covered country anthems of unrequited love, "Born to Lose" and "I'm a Fool to Care". Daffan was born in Louisiana, he lived in Texas in the 1930s. In the 1930s Western Swing bandleader Milton Brown convinced Daffan to start performing. Soon after he scored his first success as a songwriter with "Truck Drivers' Blues", one of the first truck-driving songs, a motif which would come to dominate country music for decades. Daffan wrote "Truck Drivers' Blues" after he stopped at a roadside diner and noticed that every time a trucker parked his rig and strolled into the cafe, the first thing he did before ordering a cup of coffee, was push a coin in the jukebox, he decided to write a song to capture some of the truck drivers' nickels and make himself rich and famous. Recorded by western swing artist Cliff Bruner in 1939, the song sold more than 100,000 copies, the best-selling record of that year.
Forming his own band, The Texans, Daffan scored a string of hits, including "Worried Mind", "Those Blue Eyes Are Not Shining Anymore", "She Goes The Other Way", "No Letter Today", "Born to Lose", a platinum disc for Ray Charles in 1962. Daffan's version of "Born to Lose" sold over one million copies, was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA."I'm a Fool to Care" was first released by Ted Daffan's Texans in 1940. Its enduring lament, "I'm a fool to care, when you don't care for me", was recorded by numerous artists over the ensuing 75 years; the Les Paul and Mary Ford version went to #6 on the Billboard 100 chart in 1954 and was featured in a popular Southern Comfort commercial in 2013. Joe Barry's 1961 swamp pop version sold over 1 million copies. Ray Charles recorded it in 1965. Daffan left active performance in the 1960s, founded a Nashville-based publishing house with Hank Snow, he retained interests in the publishing business for a time. He died in 1996 in Texas. Conqueror 9697: "Put Your Little Arms Around Me / I'm A Fool To Care" Conqueror 9698: "She Goes The Other Way / Gray Eyed Darling" Conqueror 9699: "Blue Steel Blues / Worried Mind" Conqueror 9700: "Rainy Day Blues / Let Her Go" Conqueror 9701: "I'm Sorry I Said Goodbye / I Told You So" Okeh 5668: "Worried Mind / Blue Steel Blues" Okeh 5741: "Crying The Blues Again / Where The Deep Waters Flow" Okeh 6172: "Because / Those Blue Eyes Don't Sparkle Anymore" Okeh 6253: "Weary, Worried And Blue / Too Late, Little Girl, Too Late" Okeh 6504: "I'll Travel Alone / I Lost My Sunshine" Okeh 6542: "Breakin' My Heart Over You / Car Hop's Blues" Okeh 6706: "Born To Lose / No Letter Today" Columbia 20077: "Shut That Gate / Broken Vows" Columbia 20103: "Baby You Can't Get Me Down / You Better Change Your Ways Baby" Columbia 20358: "Long John / Lonesome Highway" Columbia 20567: "Flame Of Love / I'm That Kind Of Guy" Columbia 20628: "That's A Dad Blamed Lie / Take That Leash Off Of Me" Columbia 20678: "I've Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night / I'm Gonna Leave This Darned Old Town" Columbia 20707: "Ain't Got No Name Rag / Kiss Me Goodnight" Ted Daffan at Allmusic Online Discographical Project Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Ted Daffan at Find a Grave
William Smith Monroe was an American mandolinist and songwriter, who helped to create the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is referred to as the "Father of Bluegrass"; the genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. Monroe's performing career spanned 69 years as a singer, instrumentalist and bandleader. Monroe was born on his family's farm near Rosine, the youngest of eight children of James Buchanan "Buck" and Malissa Monroe, his mother and her brother, Pendleton "Pen" Vandiver, were both musically talented, Monroe and his family grew up playing and singing at home. Bill was of Scottish heritage; because his older brothers Birch and Charlie played the fiddle and guitar, Bill Monroe was resigned to playing the less desirable mandolin. He recalled that his brothers insisted he should remove four of the mandolin's eight strings so he would not play too loudly. Monroe's mother died; as his brothers and sisters had moved away, after bouncing among uncles and aunts, Monroe settled in with his disabled uncle Pendleton Vandiver accompanying him when Vandiver played the fiddle at dances.
This experience inspired one of Monroe's most famous compositions, "Uncle Pen", recorded in 1950, the 1972 album Bill Monroe's Uncle Pen. On that album, Monroe recorded a number of traditional fiddle tunes he had heard performed by Vandiver. Uncle Pen has been credited with giving Monroe "a repertoire of tunes that sank into Bill's aurally trained memory and a sense of rhythm that seeped into his bones." Significant in Monroe's musical life was Arnold Shultz, an influential fiddler and guitarist who introduced Monroe to the blues. In 1929, Monroe moved to Indiana to work at an oil refinery with his brothers Birch and Charlie, childhood friend and guitarist William "Old Hickory" Hardin. Together with a friend Larry Moore, they formed the "Monroe Brothers", to play at local dances and house parties. Birch Monroe and Larry Moore soon left the group, Bill and Charlie carried on as a duo winning spots performing live on radio stations— first in Indiana and sponsored by Texas Crystals, on several radio broadcasts in Iowa, South Carolina and North Carolina from 1934 to 1936.
RCA Victor signed the Monroe Brothers to a recording contract in 1936. They scored an immediate hit single with the gospel song "What Would You Give in Exchange For Your Soul?" and recorded 60 tracks for Victor's Bluebird label between 1936 and 1938. After the Monroe Brothers disbanded in 1938, Bill Monroe formed The Kentuckians in Little Rock, but the group only lasted for three months. Monroe left Little Rock for Atlanta, Georgia, to form the first edition of the Blue Grass Boys with singer/guitarist Cleo Davis, fiddler Art Wooten, bassist Amos Garren. Bill had wanted "Old Hickory" to become one of the original members of his "Blue Grass Boys", however William Hardin had to decline. In October 1939, Monroe auditioned for a regular spot on the Grand Ole Opry, impressing Opry founder George D. Hay with his energetic performance of Jimmie Rodgers's "Mule Skinner Blues". Monroe recorded that song, along with seven others, at his first solo recording session for RCA Victor in 1940. While the fast tempos and instrumental virtuosity characteristic of bluegrass music are apparent on these early tracks, Monroe was still experimenting with the sound of his group.
He sang lead vocals on his Victor recordings preferring to contribute high tenor harmonies as he had in the Monroe Brothers. A 1945 session for Columbia Records featured an accordion, soon dropped from the band. Most while Monroe added banjo player David "'Stringbean" Akeman to the Blue Grass Boys in 1942, Akeman played the instrument in a primitive style and was featured in instrumental solos. Monroe's pre-1946 recordings represent a transitional style between the string-band tradition from which he came and the musical innovation to follow. Key developments occurred in Monroe's music with the addition of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs to the Blue Grass Boys in December 1945. Flatt played a solid rhythm guitar style. Scruggs played the banjo with a distinctive three-finger picking style that caused a sensation among Opry audiences. Flatt and Scruggs joined a accomplished group that included fiddler Howdy Forrester and bassist Joe Forrester and would soon include fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, who performed under the name "Cedric Rainwater".
In retrospect, this lineup of the Blue Grass Boys has been dubbed the "Original Bluegrass Band", as the music included all the elements that characterize bluegrass music, including breakneck tempos, sophisticated vocal harmony arrangements, impressive instrumental proficiency demonstrated in solos or "breaks" on the mandolin and fiddle. By this point, Monroe had acquired the 1923 Gibson F5 model "Lloyd Loar" mandolin which became his trademark instrument for the remainder of his career; the 28 songs recorded by this version of the Blue Grass Boys for Columbia Records in 1946 and 1947 soon became classics of the genre, including "Toy Heart", "Blue Grass Breakdown", "Molly and Tenbrooks", "Wicked Path of Sin", "My Rose of Old Kentucky", "Little Cabin Home on the Hill", Monroe's most famous song "Blue Moon of Kentucky". The last-named was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1954, appearing as the B-side of his first single for Sun Records. M
Bob Nolan was a Canadian-born American singer and actor. He was a founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers, composer of numerous Country music and Western music songs, including the standards "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." He is regarded as one of the finest Western songwriters of all time. As an actor and singer he appeared in scores of Western films. Nolan was born April 13, 1908 in Winnipeg, Canada to Harry Nobles and Flora Elizabeth Hussey Nobles; the couple separated in 1915, Flora raised her two little boys in Winnipeg. In the summer of 1916 Flora temporarily moved her children to her husband's parents' home in Hatfield Point, New Brunswick, but due to the machinations of his father, Nolan never saw his mother again. In the summer of 1919 Nolan went to live with his aunt in Massachusetts. There he attended The Belmont School until 1921, when, at the age of thirteen, he moved to Tucson, Arizona to live with his father Harry, a United States Army officer, he attended Safford Junior High School until 1922 transferred to Roskruge Junior High.
In high school he was an average student, was a member of the Arion Club choral group, excelled in athletics. He graduated from Tucson High School in May 1928. On July 7, 1928, less than two months after he graduated high school, Nolan married his high school sweetheart, 16-year-old Tennie Pearl Fields. Thirteen months daughter Roberta Irene was born to them, but the marriage foundered from the beginning. After he left school, Nolan drifted around the country, finding work where he could and always writing songs, he took a lifeguard job in Los Angeles in 1929. His father had changed his name to Nolan and it was as Bob Nolan that he began a career as a singer on the Chautauqua tent-show circuit and as a lifeguard in Santa Monica. In September 1931 Nolan answered a classified ad in The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner that read "Yodeler for old-time act, to travel. Tenor preferred." The band was The Rocky Mountaineers, led by a young singer named Leonard Slye, who would change his name to Roy Rogers. After listening to the tall, tanned Nolan sing and yodel, Slye hired Nolan on the spot.
Although he stayed with the group only a short time, he stayed in touch with Slye. In 1934, Nolan co-founded the Sons of the Pioneers with Tim Spencer; the singing group became popular and produced numerous recordings for Columbia, RCA Victor. The Sons of the Pioneers began performing Nolan's original songs on a nationally syndicated radio show. "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" became their signature tune and a Western standard, was one of the first songs the group recorded when it signed with Decca in 1934. In the coming years, The Sons of the Pioneers recorded many other Nolan songs, including "Way Out There", "There's a Roundup in the Sky", "One More Ride", "Cool Water", which became one of the group's most famous recordings. In 1937, Leonard Slye took the name Roy Rogers and was forced by his new employers, Republic Pictures, to leave the group; the Pioneers continued to function as a cooperative partnership, with no formal leader, until they rejoined Rogers at Republic in 1941. Nolan reluctantly became the group's front man because his face and voice were the most recognizable in the group.
In 1934 Nolan began his career in film as the singing voice for Ken Maynard in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe. In 1935 the Sons of the Pioneers appeared in their first full-length Western movie, The Old Homestead; that same year they signed with Columbia Pictures to provide the music for the western films of Charles Starrett. The deal was far from lucrative. Nolan appeared in at least 88 Western films, first for Columbia Pictures and with cowboy stars Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. With the Sons of the Pioneers, he made guest appearances in high-budget films like Hollywood Canteen and Rhythm on the Range with Bing Crosby, he appeared in the Walt Disney short, Melody Time. Nolan had strong featured roles in the Charles Starrett westerns playing the second lead. Columbia's president Harry Cohn took an interest in Nolan, issued three edicts: he ordered Nolan to have his nose fixed. Nolan grudgingly went along with Cohn's first two directives but turned down the chance to be a movie star. Movie fans urged Columbia to use Nolan's own voice, heard on screen in 1940.
In 1941 Columbia disbanded the close-knit Starrett unit temporarily, freeing the Sons of the Pioneers to join Roy Rogers at Republic Pictures. Nolan and the group appeared as his musical sidekicks in numerous films through 1948, their last film together was Night Time in Nevada. In many of these films, Nolan was featured in prominent supporting roles with significant dialogue. Republic once offered Nolan his own cowboy film series. On June 11, 1942 Nolan married Clara Brown, they met at the Columbia Drugstore on Gower near the Columbia Studio lot. P-Nuts had come to Hollywood in search of stardom, but found work instead at the drugstore, where Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers had lunch and where Nolan would work on his song lyrics. In 1949 Nolan began a semi-secluded life as a songwriter, he returned to record with the Sons of the Pioneers in 1956, at the insisten
Carson Jay Robison was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although his impact is forgotten today, he played a major role in promoting country music in its early years through numerous recordings and radio appearances, he was known as Charles Robison and sometimes composed under the pseudonym Carlos B. McAfee. Carson Jay Robison was born in Kansas; the son of a champion fiddler, he became a professional musician in the American Midwest at the age of 15 as a whistler working with Wendell Hall, "The Red-Headed Music Maker", on the early 1920s music hall circuit. He worked as a singer and whistler at radio station WDAF. In 1924, he moved to New York City and was signed to his first recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company; that year, Robison started a professional collaboration with Vernon Dalhart, one of the era's most notable singers. Through this relationship, Robison realized huge success as a songwriter but as a musician, accompanying Dalhart on guitar, harmonica and harmony vocals.
In one of their first collaborations, Robison accompanied Dalhart on the landmark recording of "Wreck of the Old'97" b/w "The Prisoner's Song" regarded as country music's first million-seller. During this period, Robison became a successful composer of "event" songs, which recounted current events or tragedies in a predictable fashion concluding in a moral lesson; some popular examples of his topical compositions include "The Wreck of the Shenandoah", "Remember Pearl Harbor", "The Wreck of the Number Nine", "The John T. Scopes Trial", about the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. In 1928, after Dalhart made a personnel change without consulting Robison, their relationship ended. Although the breakup did not prove lucrative for either artist, Robison continued to record for decades to come. From 1928 to 1931 he teamed with Frank Luther, recording songs for various labels and appearing on WOR radio in New York City. In 1932, he started his own band, Carl Robison's Pioneers, continued touring and recording through the 1930s and 1940s.
It was during this period that Robison made some of the earliest tours of a country musician in the British Isles, appearing there in 1932, 1936, 1938. According to Billboard, his 1942 recording of the standard "Turkey in the Straw" was that year's top selling country recording. In the late 1940s and early 1950s he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, his most famous recording was 1948's "Life Gets Tee-Jus Don't It", a worldwide hit for MGM Records. Although he played country music for most of his career, he is remembered for writing the lyrics for "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" with music composed by Frank Luther. In 1956, he recorded the novelty rock & roll song "Rockin' and Rollin' With Grandmaw." Robison was married twice. His first marriage was to Rebecca, they had a son C. "Donald". Don was raised by his Grandmother due to the untimely death of his mother, who died from TB in her early 20s. Both father and son settled in Pleasant Valley, NY. Don followed his father to this area, as he had moved close to New York City for easy access to better his career.
During this time, he caught the eye of a young secretary working at the record label he was under contract to, Catherine "Catty" Robison. Carson and Catherine were married and had 3 children, Patricia and Kenneth, his son C. Donald carried on his father's legacy as a non-professional music lover, he lived well into his 90s with Jean. This magical couple was married over 75 years. Robison died in 1957 in New York. Carson J. Robison's World's Greatest Collection Of Mountain Ballads And Old Time Songs, 64 pages, 50 songs, with copyright 1930 was published by M. M. Cole Publishing House of Chicago; the Newest Carson Robison Book of 25 Songs "and just a poem or two". Copyright 1936 by Carson J Robison. 56 pages. 2005 – Going Back to Texas 2002 – A Real Hillbilly Legend 1996 – Home, Sweet Home on the Prairie 1996 – Home, Sweet Home on the Prairie: 25 Cowboy Classics 1988 – A Hillbilly Mixture 1987 – The Kansas Jayhawk 1981 – Just a Melody 1958 – Life Gets Tee-Jus, Don't It 1955 – Square Dances Immortal Carson Robison Blue Ridge Mountain Blues "The Little Green Valley" "Left My Gal in the Mountains" "Sleepy Rio Grande" "Goin' Back to Texas" "Utah Trail" "Red River Valley" "Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie" "Remember Pearl Harbor" "We're Gonna Have To Slap the Dirty Little Jap" "The Runaway Train" "The Denver Dragon" "Sittin' By the Fire" "Life Gets Tee-Jus Don't It" "The Wreck of the Number Nine" "The Wreck of the Shenandoah" "I'm No Communist" Grand Ole Opry List of country music performers Inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame Works by or about Carson Robison at Internet Archive WMA Hall of Fame Carson Robison recordings Nashville Songwriters Foundation Carson Robison on Victor Records Carson Robison at the National Jukebox Carson Robison on IMDb
Merle Robert Travis was an American country and western singer and guitarist born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His songs' lyrics discussed both the lives and the economic exploitation of American coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons," "Re-Enlistment Blues," "I am a Pilgrim," and "Dark as a Dungeon." However, it is his unique guitar style, still called Travis Picking by guitarists, as well as his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, for which he is best known today. "Travis Picking" is a syncopated style of guitar fingerpicking rooted in ragtime music in which alternating chords and bass notes are plucked by the thumb while melodies are plucked by the index finger. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977. Merle Travis was born and raised in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, a place which would inspire many of Travis' original songs.. He became interested in the guitar early in life and played one made by his brother.
Travis saved his money to buy a guitar that he had window-shopped for some time. Merle's guitar playing style was developed out of a native tradition of fingerpicking in western Kentucky. Among its early practitioners was the black country blues guitarist Arnold Shultz. Shultz taught his style to several local musicians, including Kennedy Jones, who passed it on to other guitarists, notably Mose Rager, a part-time barber and coal miner, Ike Everly, the father of The Everly Brothers, their thumb and index fingerpicking method created a solo style that blended lead lines picked by the finger and rhythmic bass patterns picked or strummed by the thumbpick. This technique captivated many guitarists in the region and provided the main inspiration to young Travis. Travis acknowledged his debt to both Rager and Everly, appears with Rager on the DVD Legends of Country Guitar. At the age of 18, Travis performed "Tiger Rag" on a local radio amateur show in Evansville, leading to offers of work with local bands.
In 1937 Travis was hired by fiddler Clayton McMichen as guitarist in his Georgia Wildcats. He joined the Drifting Pioneers, a Chicago-area gospel quartet that moved to WLW radio in Cincinnati, the major country music station north of Nashville. Travis' style amazed everyone at WLW and he became a popular member of their barn dance radio show the "Boone County Jamboree" when it began in 1938, he performed on various weekday programs working with other WLW acts including Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones, the Delmore Brothers, Hank Penny and Joe Maphis, all of whom became lifelong friends. In 1943, he and Grandpa Jones recorded for Cincinnati used-record dealer Syd Nathan, who had founded a new label, King Records; because WLW barred their staff musicians from recording and Jones used the pseudonym The Sheppard Brothers. Their recording of "You'll Be Lonesome Too" was the first to be released by King Records, subsequently known for its country recordings by the Delmore Brothers and Stanley Brothers as well as R&B legends Hank Ballard, Wynonie Harris and most notably James Brown.
With World War II and the threat of being drafted, Travis enlisted in the US Marine Corps. His stint as a Marine was brief, he returned to Cincinnati; when the Drifting Pioneers left radio station WLW, leaving a half-hour hole in the schedule that needed filling, Grandpa Jones and the Delmore Brothers formed a gospel group called The Brown's Ferry Four. Performing a repertoire of traditional white and black gospel songs, with Merle singing bass, they became one of the most popular country gospel groups of the time, recording nearly four dozen sides for the King label between 1946 and 1952; the Brown's Ferry Four has been called "possibly the best white gospel group ever."During this period, Travis appeared in several soundies, an early form of music video intended for visual jukeboxes where customers could view as well as hear the popular performers of the day. His first soundie was "Night Train To Memphis" with the band Jimmy Wakely and his Oklahoma Cowboys and Girls, including Johnny Bond and Wesley Tuttle along with Colleen Summers.
His performance of "Why'd I Fall For Abner" with Carolina Cotton was chosen for inclusion in the 2007 PBS documentary Soundies. Several years he recorded a set of Snader Telescriptions, short music videos intended for local television stations needing "filler" programming, his performances included playful duets with his then-wife Judy Hayden as well as several songs from his 1947 album Folk Songs from the Hills. Travis landed bit parts and singing roles in several B westerns, he recorded for small labels there until 1946. Early hits like "Cincinnati Lou", "No Vacancy", "Divorce Me C. O. D. "Sweet Temptation", "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed", "Three Times Seven", all his own compositions, gave him national prominence, although they did not all showcase the guitar work that Travis was renowned for among his peers. His design for a solid body electric guitar, built for him by Paul Bigsby with a single row of tuners, is thought to have inspired longtime Travis pal Leo Fender's design of the famous Broadcaster in 1950.
The Travis-Bigsby guitar now resides in the Music Hall of Fame Museum. In 1946, asked to record an album of folk songs, Travis combined traditional songs with several o
Jimmie Rodgers (country singer)
James Charles Rodgers was an American country and folk singer and musician in the early 20th century, known most for his rhythmic yodeling. Rodgers, along with his contemporaries the Carter Family, was among the first country music stars, cited as an inspiration by many artists and an inductee into numerous halls of fame. Rodgers was known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", "The Father of Country Music". According to tradition, Rodgers' birthplace is listed as Meridian, Mississippi, yet historians who have researched the circumstances of that document, including Nolan Porterfield and Barry Mazor, continue to identify Pine Springs, just north of Meridian, as his genuine birthplace. Rodgers' mother died when he was about six or seven years old, Rodgers, the youngest of three sons, spent the next few years living with various relatives in southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama, near Geiger. In the 1900 Census for Daleville, Lauderdale County, Jimmie's mother, Eliza Rodgers, was listed as having had seven children, with four of them still living at that date.
Jimmie was next to the youngest at that time, was born sixth of the total of seven children. He returned home to live with his father, Aaron Rodgers, a maintenance-of-way foreman on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, who had settled with a new wife in Meridian. Rodgers' ancestral origins and heritage are uncertain, though records show his lineage to be of some measure of English American extraction. Rodgers' affinity for entertaining came at an early age, the lure of the road was irresistible to him. By age 13, he had twice begun traveling shows, only to be brought home by his father, his father found Rodgers his first job working on the railroad as a water boy. Here he was further taught to strum by rail workers and hobos; as a water boy, he would have been exposed to the work chants of the African American railroad workers known as gandy dancers. A few years he became a brakeman on the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, a position secured by his oldest brother, promoted to conductor on the line running between Meridian and New Orleans.
In 1924 at age 27, Rodgers was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The disease temporarily ended his railroad career, but at the same time gave him the chance to get back to the entertainment industry, he organized a traveling road show and performed across the Southeastern United States until, once again, he was forced home after a cyclone destroyed his tent. He returned to railroad work as a brakeman in Miami, but his illness cost him his job, he relocated to Tucson and was employed as a switchman by the Southern Pacific Railroad. He kept the job for less than a year, the Rodgers family settled back in Meridian in early 1927. Rodgers decided to travel to Asheville, North Carolina that same year. On April 18, 1927, at 9:30 pm, Otis Kuykendall performed for the first time on WWNC, Asheville's first radio station. A few months Rodgers recruited a group from Bristol, called the Tenneva Ramblers and secured a weekly slot on the station listed as "The Jimmie Rodgers Entertainers". In late July 1927, Rodgers' bandmates learned that Ralph Peer, a representative of the Victor Talking Machine Company, was coming to Bristol to hold an audition for local musicians.
Rodgers and the group arrived in Bristol on August 3, 1927, auditioned for Peer in an empty warehouse. Peer agreed to record them the next day; as the band discussed how they would be billed on the record, an argument ensued, the band broke up, Rodgers arrived at the recording session the next morning alone, or, as stated in an on-camera interview by Claude Grant of the Tenneva Ramblers, Rodgers had taken some guitars on consignment and sold them but did not pay back the music stores that had supplied the guitars, that the band broke up because they did not agree with that. The interview BL-16 to 19 is listed here: On Wednesday, August 4, Jimmie Rodgers completed his first session for Victor in Camden, New Jersey, it lasted from 2:00 pm to 4:20 pm and yielded two songs: "The Soldier's Sweetheart" and "Sleep, Sleep". For the test recordings, Rodgers received $100; the recordings were released on October 7. In November, determined more than to make it in entertainment, headed to New York City in an effort to arrange another session with Peer.
Rodgers requested that Elsie McWilliams, a musician, help him write some songs. She would become his most frequent "songwriting partner." She wrote nearly 40 songs for Rodgers. Rodgers returned to the Victor studios in Camden and recorded four more sides, including "Blue Yodel", better known as "T for Texas". In the next two years, this recording sold nearly half a million copies, rocketing Rodgers into stardom. After this, he got to determine when Peer and Victor would record him, he sold out shows whenever and wherever he played. Over the next few years, Rodgers was busy, he did a movie short for Columbia Pictures, now under Sony, The Singing Brakeman, made various recordings across the country. He toured with humorist Will Rogers as part of a Red Cross tour across the Midwest. On July 16, 1930, he recorded "Blue Yodel No. 9" with L
Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
Felice Bryant and Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant were an American husband and wife country music and pop songwriting team. They were best known for songs such as "Rocky Top," "We Could", "Love Hurts", numerous hits by the Everly Brothers, including "All I Have to Do Is Dream", "Bye Bye Love" and Wake Up Little Susie. Boudleaux Bryant attended local schools as a child, he trained as a classical violinist. Although he performed with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra during its 1937–38 season, he had more interest in country fiddling. Bryant joined his Radio Cowboys, an Atlanta-based western music band. In 1945, Bryant met Matilda Genevieve Scaduto when he performed at a hotel in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she was born in the city in 1925 to an ethnic Italian family, had written lyrics set to traditional Italian tunes. During World War II, she sang and directed shows at the local USO. Bryant and Scaduto eloped two days after meeting. Boudleaux' song "All I Have to Do Is Dream" is "autobiographical" for Felice.
She was working as an elevator operator at the Sherwood Hotel. She has said, she was 19. During the first years of their marriage, the Bryants struggled financially, living in a mobile home, where they wrote more than 80 songs, they tried to sell their compositions to a number of country music artists but were either ignored or rejected until Little Jimmy Dickens recorded their song "Country Boy." It went to #7 on the country charts in 1948 and opened the door to a working relationship with Fred Rose at Acuff-Rose Music in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1950, the Bryants moved to Nashville to work full-time at songwriting; some of their compositions from the early 1950s included the swinging "Sugar Beet" and the bluesy "Midnight". The Bryants wrote more songs for Dickens as well as for country artist Carl Smith. At the same time, they released four 45-rpm singles of their own to modest success. Beginning in 1957, the Bryants came to national prominence in both country and pop music when they wrote a string of successful songs for the Everly Brothers and hits for other singers such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly.
Their compositions were recorded by many artists from a variety of musical genres, including Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Gram Parsons, Joan Jett, Bob Dylan. In 1962, The Bryants wrote "Too Many Chicks," a song that became a hit for Leona Douglas, the first African-American woman to record as a country music singer; the Bryants moved to a house not far from Nashville on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, near friends Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. In 1978, they moved to Tennessee, they had stayed at The Gatlinburg Inn, where they wrote numerous songs, including "Rocky Top." They purchased the "Rocky Top Village Inn" in the town next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 1979 they released. "Rocky Top", written in 1967, was adopted as a state song by Tennessee in 1982, as the unofficial fight song for the University of Tennessee sports teams.
The Bryants wrote more than 6,000 songs. During their career, the Bryants earned 59 BMI country, R&B music awards. In 1972, they were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 1986 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 1991 into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Boudleaux Bryant is the third most successful songwriter of the 1950s on the UK Singles Chart, Felice Bryant is the 21st. Boudleaux Bryant died in 1987. Felice Bryant remained active writing songs, she died in 2003. They are interred together in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville. "Country Boy" "Bessie The Heifer" "We Could", "Bye Bye, Love" "Wake Up, Little Susie" "All I Have to Do Is Dream" "Donna Donna" "Brand New Heartache" "Problems" "Poor Jenny" "Radio & TV" "Oh True Love" "Take a Message to Mary" "Bird Dog" "Like Strangers" "Always It's You" "Love of My Life" "Love Is All I Need" "Lonely Island" "Just in Case" "Devoted to You" "You Thrill Me" "Some Sweet Day" "Sleepless Nights" "Nashville Blues" "Love Hurts" NOTE: A couple of these songs scored high on Billboard's "Hot 100" Pop, C&W, R&B lists.
"Wake Up, Little Susie" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream" both charted at No. 1 in all three categories, the latter in all three at the same time. "Raining in My Heart" "Love Hurts" "Sleepless Nights" "Brand New Heartache" "Sleepless Nights" "Like Strangers" "Love Hurts" "Loving Proof" "She Wears My Ring" "Rocky Top" – The Osborne Brothers "Mexico" – Bob Moore and His Orchestra "Last Date" – Boudleaux wrote the lyrics to the vocal version of the Floyd Cramer instrumental, recorded in 1960 by Skeeter Davis "Bye Bye, Love" – Ray Charles "Come Live with Me" – Roy Clark "Rainin