|Jerry Lee Lewis|
Save The Last Dance For Me
|'Til We Drop|
|Technically, this is the wrong image, but it'll do as a placeholder|
Roger Miller - "King Of The Road/Dang Me"
As I said last week:
Today's selection comes from the record library of WCON in Cornelia, GA, where it was presumably played once, filed away, and forgotten until a few years ago, when I bought it in a stack of 50 or so Opry episodes at the J&J Flea Market in Athens.
|Swiped from Mr. Thaxton's blog|
|Fiveash & Debbie D|
Homer & Jethro - The Ballad Of Roger Miller (2:33)
You know you've really made it when Homer & Jethro point their satirical daggers at you.
|DJ. Filth and Greg Cartwright|
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Posted by Devlin Thompson at 10:50 PM
Roger Miller - A Man Like Me (2:28)
Here's a stellar Decca honky-tonker that Roger recorded in late 1958, featuring the great Johnny Paycheck on harmony vocals. The rest of the guys on the session were from Nashville's fabled A-team.
Roger Miller - Vocal
Owen Bradley - Leader
Hank Garland - Guitar
Donald Eugene Lytle (Johnny Paycheck) - Guitar, harmony vocals
Jack Evins - Steel guitar
Joe Zinkans - Bass
Buddy Harman - Drums
Tommy Jackson - Fiddle
Floyd Cramer - Piano
This track, the photo above and all the session details were borrowed from Bear Family's excellent A Man Like Me CD that compiles all of Miller's recordings from 1957 - 1960 and features Deke Dickerson's liner notes that provide insight into Miller's many talents.
Posted by Ted Barron at 1:01 AM
Posted by Dr. Filth at 10:00 AM
Generally speaking, I'm a firm believer in staying far, far away from square dance records. There are, however, a few exceptions. Joe Maphis, for instance, released a few square dance instrumentals that are worth hearing for Maphis completists.
Another exception is this oddly captivating version of Mack The Knife, by The Squarenaders, which is almost certainly one of the greatest band names in all the world.
Squarenaders - Mack The Knife (3:47!)
Yes, that Keep On Dancing
We posted a couple of different versions of this song by Joe Tex last month, so I thought it only appropriate that we post this Homer and Jethro-esque rewrite of "Green Green Grass of Home", written by Roger & Roy, and performed on the only really good Roy Clark album I know about, Roy Clark Live! on Dot, ca. 1972.
"Things are so bad the weeds won't grow"
"All star band performing with Jack Benny on violin, Tony Martin on clarinet, Fred McMurray playing saxaphone, Kirk Douglas on banjo and Dick Powell playing trumpet during an appearance on "The Jack Benny Show"." From the LIFE archives.
Here's the great Ray Price belting out Invitation To The Blues, featuring some fine harmony vocals from Roger Miller, the song's author. Miller spent a year or so in the Cherokee Cowboys, Price's backing band.
Thanks to Gatorrock787 for the clip. He has the best YouTube channel going. Check it out.