Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mule Skinner Blues

Danny Kidd
and The Valley Countrymen

Mule Skinner Blues
Jeree 111177

"Mule Skinner Blues" is perhaps one of the most recorded songs in the history of country music.   A.k.a. "Blue Yodel #8" or "Muleskinner Blues", the song was written by Jimmie Rodgers and George Vaughan.and first recorded by Rodgers in 1930.

"George Vaughn", a pseudonym for George Vaughn Horton, is sometimes listed as co-author. Horton wrote the lyrics for "New Mule Skinner Blues", Bill Monroe's second recorded version of the song

Here is another version by Beaver Falls artists Danny Kidd and The Valley Countrymen, regular performers in the Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

The record is dedicared to "Gabby" Waite.   
Gloria "Gabby" E. Waite (1931-2008) was born in Ellwood City was the owner and operator of "La Scala's and then of  "Gabby's Lounge" both located in Beaver Falls for many years.
Jeree Records
In the 1970s when the mills of Beaver County were pouring out raging hot molten steel a music factory near the banks of the Beaver River began pouring out molten hot music. Jeree Recording Studio, located in a large Victorian House on picturesque tree lined 3rd Avenue in New Brighton, Pa, was the Western Pennsylvania’s version of Hitsville.  Pittsburgh’s best rock, pop, and jazz acts came to Jerre’s to record their demos and albums on their way to national success.

The founders of Jeree Studio, Jerry Reed and Don Gavin, have been recognized for their important role in the Western Pennsylvania music scene by their induction into the Beaver County Musicians Hall of Fame in 2012. Jerry and Don also released recordings on three labels that they founded Jeree, Green Dolphin, and Candy.

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