Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Jazz Vs. Rock And Roll

Woody Byrd

Jazz vs. Rock And Roll

R. Bloomberg - L. Barr
Bettina Music Co., BMI
Jaro International J 77000

Initial release on this Top Rank International Records' subsidiary.  Masters were probably bought in Philadelphia from unknown independent producer(s), or perhaps from Leonard "Chick Barr (Dean Martin's uncle?) and Ron Bloomberg, a songwriter duo active between 1958 and 1960.

The only known record by Woody Byrd, perhaps a pseudonym.

Acknowledgment : Andreas Michalke


Thursday, June 17, 2021

I Want A Fair And Square Man

 English actress Honor Blackman (1925-2020)

 I Want A Fair And Square Man

From her LP "Everything I've Got" issued in 1964 on London Records in the USA (Sticker: "A sultry new voice... The sexsational star of the latest James Bond film Goldfinger".and on Decca (UK)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Wallace For President

Earl (Country Boy) Pettijohn

Wallace For President

Let’s All Back George Wallace 

Both wr. P. Bolstein & E. Pettijohn
Published by Moss Rose

Heart O' Dixie Records

According to "one multiculturally sensitive" seller several years ago on a well-know buy & sell website :

I have listened to the record several times to find any racial remarks and there are non. The music fits the turmoil of the 1960s and that all familiar theme to return to conservatism even though Wallace was a third party candidate. 
No racial remarks in these songs, what a relief !

No info found on the artist, but he recorded at least another single as his "Sinner's Fate" has been compiled on Small Town country - Vol. 1.


George Wallace, Conservative governor of Alabama, ran for President in the 1968 election as the American Independent Party candidate,

    "George Wallace forged an alliance with many country singers, such as Autry Inman, Hank Snow, and the Wilburn Brothers, who participated often in his campaigns for the Alabama governorship and for the presidency.  Racism was certainly one factor which contributed to Wallace's popularity, but his southern rural/populist roots also made him appealing to many of the "good old boys and girls" who picked guitars and sang.  Wallace identified with country music, but he also spoke the same language, ate the same food, and responded to the same cultural traditions (both good and bad) that most country musicians understood.  He linked his southerness with their own, while also tapping vaguely understood, but often legitimate, feelings of alienation that many Americans everywhere felt.

    The George Wallace-country music alliance was a major factor which contributed to the music's rediscovery by the media - the belief that at worst the music represented reactionary and racist politics, or that at best it spoke for alienated American working people."
 From "The Reinvigoration of Modern Country Music", in Country Music U.SA., by Bill C. Malone

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Where Is God ?

DeadWax followers, I am sure of it, are interested in all the great debates of society which fascinate so many people: what am I, where am I going, marriage for all, the right to have children, the right to die whenever you want, what's for dinner...

Today we are going to focus on a bigger question: where is God? Like a lot of people, I have his phone number, but I always come across an answering machine: "please wait, an advisor will answer you". So turning to a few people who have an answer.

Gay Sisters

God Is On Our Side (Evelyn Gay)
as inspired to Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott
(Savoy 4027, 1951)

Sav-O-Flex, unbreakable under normal use)

Al Barker with Melody Makers

God Is Everywhere (A. Barker)
Q-Cue Records, Barberton, Ohio, 1962

Norm Burns & The Five Stars

God Is On The Moon (Vivian B. Walton)
Sterling Records, 1971

Tex Roby

God Is On The Road (O. B. Tex Roby)
Charter Records, 1975
(vanity label at Gibson Studios / Ripcord Recording, Vancouver, Washington
Vivian Walton

God Is On The Moon (V. Walton)
From her LP "There's A New Hope In America" on Morning Son Records, 1977


 Blue Sky Boys (Bill & Earl Bolick)
God Is Still On The Throne
From "Precious Moments", LP on Starday Records, also on Pine Mountain Records)


 Cecil Surratt

God Is Near
From his LP "God Is Near" on Upper Room Records
date unknown

I'm sure The Gay Sisters are right,
unbreakable under normal use