Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bad Boy

Steve Bair and his orchestra

Bad Boy

Cherokee Records

Steve Bair had a second release on Cherokee in 1962 as by Steve Bare. Was he a relative of Bobby Bare who made some demos for the same label before he was drafted ?

Cherokee Records Discography (source : Dan DeClark)
Owner : Orville Lunsford

7 Broadway
Wellston, Ohio

58 777 Steve Bair : Bad Boy / You Are the One
--- 778 Earl Reed and his Rhythm Rockers : Drink Wine / Mama
--- 779 Earl Reed and his Rhythm Rockers : Flat Foot Sam / Playing With My Heart
59 780 Cherokee Rhythmaires Vocal by Billy Parsons What I Get For Lovin' You / My Everything
59 781 A.G.I. : Dear Mama / From Now on Til Never

1106 Lake Drive
Chillicothe, Ohio

62 785 Steve Bare Daisy Mae / Smooth
62 778 Sunny Harris Friendship Seven / Sad Sacks

Orville Lunsford
(LIFE, May 16, 1960)

"In late 1958, future country star Bobby Bare fell in with Bill Parsons, an old friend from Coalton, Ohio, who was trying to get on record. 24 year-old Parsons had just come back from army service in Germany and was working in small Ohio night-spots for $10 a night. Parsons and a 40 year old half-Irish, half-Cherokee drifter named Orville Lunsford had penned "All-American Boy", a talking blues parodying Elvis' rise to fame and his subsequent call to duty. Parsons actually had greater faith in another song "Rubber Dolly", a trite rocker adapted from a folk song, and set up a session at the King Records studio in Cincinnati on 4th November, 1958.

Dik de Heer has the details HERE

777 was the number of the Cherokee initial release. Several label owners seeked luck in the same way as Orville Lunsford :

Cowtown Hoedown
Mr. Maestro
Ray Star
Most of them had very few releases and for some, this was their first and last...


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