Sunday, May 20, 2018

SHREVEPORT MY HOME TOWN: OUR CITY’S SONGS (1923-1981)



SHREVEPORT MY HOME TOWN: OUR CITY’S SONGS (1923-1981)
Compiled in December 2006, liner notes revised May 2018.

Songs about Shreveport, songs recorded in Shreveport, songs by Shreveporters, songs on Shreveport record labels.

Listen online: https://www.mixcloud.com/shreveportsongs/2-shreveport-my-home-town-our-citys-songs-1923-1981/



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1 VIRGINIA LISTON - Shreveport Blues (Okeh 8122, 1923)
2 EDDIE AND SUGAR LOU'S HOTEL TYLER ORCHESTRA - K. W. K. H. Blues (Vocalion 1445, 1929)
3 SHREVEPORT HOME WRECKERS - Fence Breakin' Blues (Victor 23275, 1930)
4 LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - I'm A Do Right Papa (Decca 5361, 1935)
5 THREE FIFTEEN AND HIS SQUARES - Saturday Night On Texas Avenue (Vocalion 3515, 1937)
6 THE RANGE RIDERS - The Range Riders Stomp (Vocalion 3579, 1937)
7 RICE BROTHERS GANG - You Are My Sunshine (Decca 5763, 1939)
8 NETTLE BROTHERS STRING BAND - Fannin’ Street Blues (Bluebird 8720, 1941)
9 ROY BROWN WITH BOB OGDEN & ORCH. - Good Rocking Tonight (DeLuxe 1093, 1947)
10 HANK WILLIAMS - Cool Water (1949)
11 RED SOVINE - Groovy Boy (MGM 10642, 1950)
12 "STICK-HORSE" HAMMOND - Highway 51 (JOB 105, 1950)
13 CLAUDE KING - Beer And Pinballs (Gotham 411, 1951)
14 WILLIE CASTON AND THE EVER READY GOSPEL SINGERS - When The Moon Goes Down (Abbott 149, 1953)
15 REV. UTAH SMITH - Two Wings (Checker 785, 1953)
16 JAMES WILSON AND THE JIMMIE-CATS - Wilson Blues No. 1 (RAM 15551, 1956)
17 MARGARET LEWIS - Shake A Leg (RAM 1611-9, 1959)
18 CARL BELEW - Cool Gator Shoes (Decca 9-30947, 1959)
19 ELGIE BROWN - Let Me Feel It (circa 1960)
20 BILL BUSH - I'm Waiting (Ronn 17, 1965)
21 THE PEERMONTS - Makin' Out - Part 1 (Murco 1030, 1967)
22 THE CHEQUES - To Stone (Boss Rock 101, 1967)
23 DORI GRAYSON - Try Love (Murco 1038, 1968)
24 LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS - Uncle Stan, The Hip Hit Record Man (Jewel 825, 1968)
25 THE ROGUE SHOW - Make Me Over Again (Paula 339, 1971)
26 ROAD RUNNERS - Every Man For Himself (Custom Sound 1023, circa 1971)
27 REUBEN BELL - Superjock (Alarm 111, 1976)
28 THE WEDGEHEADS - Shreveport Means Business (1981)
29 TERRY LEE - Shreveport My Home Town (PAMS, 1961)

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1 VIRGINIA LISTON - Shreveport Blues (Okeh 8122, 1923)
VL on vocals accompanied by Clarence Williams' Blue Five. She came from a vaudeville background, while Williams rose from Storyville pianist to successful music businessman through writing, publishing, and producing music in New York and Chicago.

2 EDDIE AND SUGAR LOU'S HOTEL TYLER ORCHESTRA - K. W. K. H. Blues (Vocalion 1445, 1929)
From Tyler, Texas, this group regularly traveled the 100 miles to Shreveport for performances broadcast on KWKH radio station.

3 SHREVEPORT HOME WRECKERS - Fence Breakin' Blues (Victor 23275, 1930)
Two Shreveport guitarists make up the SHW -- Oscar "Buddy" Woods and Ed "Dizzy Head" Schaffer. Both played on Jimmie Davis’s blues records in the early 1930s.

4 LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - I'm A Do Right Papa (Decca 5361, 1935)
Leon Chappelear led the Lone Star Cowboys once Bob & Joe Attlesey left to form the Shelton Brothers. A friend of Jimmie Davis's, LC led a turbulent life going from policeman to Angola inmate to poundmaster to gas station worker. Until his tragic suicide, he consistently pursued a career in music.

5 THREE FIFTEEN AND HIS SQUARES - Saturday Night On Texas Avenue (Vocalion 3515, 1937)
Dave Bluntson (aka 315) on piano and vocals. A celebration of Shreveport's Texas Avenue -- a vibrant multicultural thoroughfare that doubled as United States Route 80, a transcontinental highway connecting Georgia to California.

6 THE RANGE RIDERS - The Range Riders Stomp (Vocalion 3579, 1937)
This group performed over radio stations KWKH and KTBS. Recorded at the same Hot Springs, Arkansas, session that 315 cut his song about Texas Avenue.

7 RICE BROTHERS GANG - You Are My Sunshine (Decca 5763, 1939)
RBG joined KWKH's Saturday Night Roundup (a precursor to the Louisiana Hayride) and performed on KTBS as the Southern Maid Donut Boys. This song was first recorded by the Pine Ridge Boys (from Atlanta, Georgia) in August 1939, then the RGB in September 1939, then Jimmie Davis purchased the rights to the song and recorded it in February 1940.

8 NETTLE BROTHERS STRING BAND - Fannin’ Street Blues (Bluebird 8720, 1941)
Prolific songwriter Bill Nettles hailed from Natchitoches, Louisiana. He moved to Shreveport where his band the Dixie Blue Boys performed on local radio stations (KRMD, KTBS) from about 1938 to 1946.

9 ROY BROWN WITH BOB OGDEN & ORCH. - Good Rocking Tonight (DeLuxe 1093, 1947)
RB said performing at Shreveport’s Palace Park nightclub was a formative experience where he developed his blues singing style. Following the release of this successful song, he continued to appear at the nightclub about twice a year until 1951.

10 HANK WILLIAMS - Cool Water (1949)
A song by the Sons of the Pioneers, HW cut this acetate disc demo recording at KWKH. While living in Shreveport/Bossier City from August 1948 to June 1949, he performed on a morning radio show and the Louisiana Hayride.

11 RED SOVINE - Groovy Boy (MGM 10642, 1950)
From 1948 to 1955, RS could be heard on KWKH performing his morning radio show and on the Louisiana Hayride. He composed this song about Ray "Groovy Boy" Bartlett, a KWKH rhythm and blues disc jockey and Hayride emcee.

12 "STICK-HORSE" HAMMOND - Highway 51 (JOB, 1950)
A resident of the nearby Taylortown community, Nathaniel Hammond’s nickname derives from his peg-leg. Recorded at KWKH and released by JOB -- Jimmie, Owens, and (Ray) Bartlett.

13 CLAUDE KING - Beer And Pinballs (Gotham 411, 1951)
Written by CK’s long-time collaborator and manager, Tillman Franks. King hailed from the nearby community of Keithville.

14 WILLIE CASTON AND THE EVER READY GOSPEL SINGERS - When The Moon Goes Down (Abbott 149, 1953)
Originally led by disc jockey Willie Caston, the ERGS formed in 1946 and were still performing as recent as 2006. For this song, Charles Graves provides lead vocals.

15 REV. UTAH SMITH - Two Wings (Checker 785, 1953)
Locals still remember this guitar evangelist, tent revival leader, and faith healer. An explosive blend of electric guitar and gospel. Born in the Cedar Grove neighborhood, he now rests in an unmarked grave at Carver Memorial Cemetery.

16 JAMES WILSON AND THE JIMMIE-CATS - Wilson Blues No. 1 (RAM 15551, 1956)
JW, a 16-year-old student at Fair Park High School, worked with Mira Smith of RAM Records to record one of Shreveport's first rockabilly records. James Burton on lead guitar.

17 MARGARET LEWIS - Shake A Leg (RAM 1611-9, 1959)
Migrating from West Texas, ML and her sister joined Dale Hawkins's band as backing vocalists. ML then worked with Mira Smith at RAM for a lengthy and fruitful relationship. Recorded at the RAM recording studio on Lakeshore Drive, this song appeared on her second 45.

18 CARL BELEW - Cool Gator Shoes (Decca 9-30947, 1959)
CB was part of the Louisiana Hayride from 1957 to 1959. This song was written by his regular songwriting collaborator, Tommy Blake, another local.

19 ELGIE BROWN - Let Me Feel It (circa 1960)
EB first appeared on the Shreveport rhythm and blues scene in the 1950s and led a band called the Downbeats. This track was recorded at the RAM studio.

20 BILL BUSH - I'm Waiting (Ronn 17, 1968)
At the time of this recording, BB was a 24-year-old sophomore at Centenary College, and his band performed nightly at the Town and Country Motor Hotel in Bossier City.

21 THE PEERMONTS - Makin' Out - Part 1 (Murco 1030, 1967)
From the first record by this band led by guitarist/songwriter Jimmy Johnson. He later operated the Peermont Recording Studio and taught guitar lessons.

22 THE CHEQUES - To Stone (Boss Rock 101, 1967)
Recorded in Shreveport and published by Bossier Music Co., this group’s members were stationed at the England Air Force Base (Alexandria, La.).

23 DORI GRAYSON - Try Love (Murco 1038, 1968)
One of the few local women to make rhythm and blues recordings, this comes from DG’s first release.

24 LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS - Uncle Stan, The Hip Hit Record Man (Jewel 825, 1968)
Stan Lewis released many records by bluesman LH. Here's a song named after the Record Man himself.

25 THE ROGUE SHOW - Make Me Over Again (Paula 339, 1971)
RS formed around 1968 and played dances/concerts at area high schools and colleges. This song comes from their first of three 45s.

26 ROAD RUNNERS - Every Man For Himself (Custom Sound 1023, 1969)
Bethune High School students recorded this funk instrumental at Sound City on Line Avenue. The same year, they played a NAACP soul music festival at the Municipal Auditorium.

27 REUBEN BELL - Superjock (Alarm 111, 1976)
About a decade into his recording career (usually known for melancholy ballads), RB delivered this upbeat tribute to disc jockeys.

28 THE WEDGEHEADS - Shreveport Means Business (1981)
Contenders for Shreveport's first punk band, they made a demo tape, but never issued a record. This song spoofs the city's motto at the time.

29 TERRY LEE - Shreveport My Home Town (PAMS, 1961)
Dallas production company PAMS churned out "My Hometown" songs for radio stations across the country. Presumably made for local station KEEL.

Monday, April 30, 2018

SHREVEPORT'S GONNA BE THE DEATH OF YOU: OUR CITY'S SONGS (1927-1972)



SHREVEPORT'S GONNA BE THE DEATH OF YOU: OUR CITY'S SONGS (1927-1972)
Compiled in December 2005, liner notes revised April 2018.

Songs about Shreveport, songs recorded in Shreveport, songs by Shreveporters, songs on Shreveport record labels.

Listen online https://www.mixcloud.com/shreveportsongs/shreveports-gonna-be-the-death-of-you-our-citys-songs-1927-1972/



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1 JELLY-ROLL MORTON'S RED HOT PEPPERS - Shreveport (Victor 21658, 1928)
2 LILLIAN GLINN - Shreveport Blues (Columbia 14519-D, 1929)
3 HENRY THOMAS "RAG TIME TEXAS" - Red River Blues (Vocalion 1137, 1927)
4 JIMMIE DAVIS - She's A Hum-Dinger (Victor 40286, 1930)
5 JESSE ("BABYFACE") THOMAS - Blue Goose Blues (Victor 38555, 1929)
6 JOE HARRIS AND KID WEST - Nobody's Business If I Do (1940)
7 LEAD BELLY - Fannin Street (Musicraft 225, 1939)
8 BUDDY JONES - Mean Old Lonesome Blues (Decca 5372, 1937)
9 TILLMAN FRANKS AND HIS RAINBOW BOYS - Hayride Boogie (Pacemaker 1011, 1951)
10 JIMMY LEE & JOHNNY MATHIS - If You Don't Somebody Else Will (Chess 4859, 1954)
11 ELVIS PRESLEY - Baby Let's Play House (1955)
12 TOMMY BLAKE WITH THE RHYTHM REBELS - Koolit (Buddy 107, 1956)
13 CHICO CHISM AND HIS JETANAIRS - Hot Tamales & Bar-B-Que (Clif 102, 1957)
14 BOB LUMAN - Red Hot (Imperial X8313, 1957)
15 T. V. SLIM AND HIS HEARTBREAKERS - Flatfoot Sam (Clif 103, 1957)
16 JOHNNY HORTON - Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor (Columbia 4-41110, 1957)
17 DALE HAWKINS - La-Do-Dada (Checker 900, 1958)
18 THE RUN-A-WAYS - Night Creature (Ram A-2090, 1960)
19 GRACE TENNESSEE AND THE AMERICAN SPIRITS - Pow Wow (WLS 1450, 1961)
20 THE UNIQUES - You Ain't Tuff (Paula 231, 1965)
21 TOM AND THE CATS - Good, Good Lovin' (Paula 253, 1966)
22 TOUSSAINT MCCALL - Shimmy (Ronn 3, 1967)
23 TOUSSAINT MCCALL - Nothing Takes The Place Of You (Ronn 3, 1967)
24 EDDY GILES - Losin' Boy (Murco 1031, 1967)
25 REUBEN BELL WITH THE CASANOVAS - It's Not That Easy (Murco 1035, 1967)
26 ANN ALFORD - Got To Get Me A Job (Hy-Sign 2111, 1972)
27 AFRICAN MUSIC MACHINE - Black Water Gold (Pearl) (Soul Power 109, 1972)
28 FIVE BY FIVE - 15 Going On 20 (Paula 326, 1970)
29 LEAD BELLY - Talk About Fannin Street (1948)


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1 JELLY-ROLL MORTON'S RED HOT PEPPERS - Shreveport (Victor 21658, 1928)
Hailing from New Orleans, pianist J-RM made this record after relocating to New York from his previous home in Chicago.

2 LILLIAN GLINN - Shreveport Blues (Columbia 14519-D, 1929)
LG, from Dallas, sings of her Shreveport man that she's ready to love "10 or 12 times a week."

3 HENRY THOMAS "RAG TIME TEXAS" - Red River Blues (Vocalion 1137, 1927)
The Red River, which borders Shreveport, is the theme for East Texas songster HT and his accompanying quills.

4 JIMMIE DAVIS - She's A Hum Dum Dinger (Victor 40286, 1930)
At the time of this recording, JD worked as a clerk in the criminal division of Shreveport’s city court. Guitar accompaniment provided by locals Oscar Woods and Ed Schaffer.

5 JESSE ("BABYFACE") THOMAS - Blue Goose Blues (Victor 38555, 1929)
Located at the intersection of Snow Street and Wilson Street Alley, the Blue Goose has been described as a pool hall, recreation parlor, domino hall, grocery store, and speakeasy. Raised in nearby Logansport, JT lived in Dallas, Oklahoma, Los Angeles, and points between before moving to Shreveport in 1957.

6 JOE HARRIS AND KID WEST - Nobody's Business If I Do (1940)
Guitarist JH and mandolin player KW performed this song for John Lomax when he visited town and made recordings for the Library of Congress’s Archive of American Folk Song.

7 LEAD BELLY - Fannin Street (Musicraft 225, 1939)
As described in this song...against his mother’s and sister's wishes, LB would hang around Fannin Street in Shreveport’s red light district. At the time of this recording, he was out on bail while serving an 8-month sentence at Rikers Island.

8 BUDDY JONES - Mean Old Lonesome Blues (Decca 5372, 1937)
Shreveport police officer BJ combines blues and country and yodelling.

9 TILLMAN FRANKS AND HIS RAINBOW BOYS - Hayride Boogie (Pacemaker 1011, 1951)
Webb Pierce on vocals. Pacemaker Records was operated by WP and Louisiana Hayride emcee Horace Logan.

10 JIMMY LEE & JOHNNY MATHIS - If You Don't Somebody Else Will (Chess 4859, 1954)
J&J joined the Louisiana Hayride and partnered with Tillman Franks, who became their manager and bass player. They recorded this song after hours at KWKH radio station. Recording supplied by record store owner Stan Lewis to Chicago’s Chess Records for their short-lived country music series.

11 ELVIS PRESLEY - Baby Let's Play House (1955)
EP began making weekly appearances on the Louisiana Hayride in October 1954. This live recording comes from August 20, 1955.

12 TOMMY BLAKE WITH THE RHYTHM REBELS - Koolit (Buddy 107, 1956)
TB’s first record. Released on Buddy Records based in nearby Marshall, Texas.

13 CHICO CHISM AND HIS JETANAIRS - Hot Tamales & Bar-B-Que (Clif 102, 1957)
Drummer/singer CC’s ode to food on Texas Avenue. He later moved to Chicago and played in Howlin’ Wolf’s band.

14 BOB LUMAN - Red Hot (Imperial X8313, 1957)
East Texan BL joined the Louisiana Hayride and hired teenage guitarist James Burton.

15 T. V. SLIM AND HIS HEARTBREAKERS - Flatfoot Sam (Clif 103, 1957)
Oscar Wills -- television repair shop employee and singer/guitarist. After this song appeared on local Clif Records, it was reissued by Checker Records, then re-recorded for release on their subsidiary Argo.

16 JOHNNY HORTON - Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor (Columbia 4-41110, 1957)
JH moved to Shreveport in 1951, became a regular on the Louisiana Hayride, and teamed up with bass player/manager Tillman Franks.

17 DALE HAWKINS - La-Do-Dada (Checker 900, 1958)
Stan’s Record Shop clerk DH recorded this after hours at KWKH radio station. The band on this recording includes Joe Osborne (guitar), DJ Fontana (drums), Mark Mathis (bass), Dean Mathis (piano), and Margaret Lewis (backup vocals).

18 THE RUN-A-WAYS - Night Creature (Ram A-2090, 1960)
From Dallas, Texas, this group also recorded as the Royal Jokers (Murco Records) and the Castaways (Capitol Records). Released by Mira Smith.

19 GRACE TENNESSEE AND THE AMERICAN SPIRITS - Pow Wow (WLS 1450, 1961)
Mira Smith: songwriter, guitarist, RAM Records label owner, RAM Record Shop owner, RAM Recording Studio owner, aka “Grace Tennessee” on this 45.

20 THE UNIQUES - You Ain't Tuff (Paula 231, 1965)
Hailing from Springhill, Louisiana, the Uniques featured Joe Stampley on vocals.

21 TOM AND THE CATS - Good, Good Lovin' (Paula 253, 1966)
Tom Colquitt’s band covers James Brown.

22 TOUSSAINT MCCALL - Shimmy (Ronn 3, 1967)
23 TOUSSAINT MCCALL - Nothing Takes The Place Of You (Ronn 3, 1967)
Hailing from Monroe, Louisiana, TM lip-synced this ballad in 1988 for John Waters’ movie “Hairspray.” Preceded by the instrumental b-side “Shimmy.”

24 EDDY GILES - Losin' Boy (Murco 1031, 1967)
EG’s first and most successful record. These days proclaiming, “I’m a winner now,” he’s pastor of Salem Missionary Baptist Church and disc jockey on KOKA.

25 REUBEN BELL WITH THE CASANOVAS - It's Not That Easy (Murco 1035, 1967)
Cedar Grove neighborhood resident RB’s first record...and a deep soul classic.

26 ANN ALFORD - Got To Get Me A Job (Hy-Sign 2111, 1972)
Mysterious AA cut this funk song for Dee Marais’ label.

27 AFRICAN MUSIC MACHINE - Black Water Gold (Pearl) (Soul Power 109, 1972)
Recorded locally at Sound City recording studio. Louis Villery (aka Rasheed) was the bandleader/bassist.

28 FIVE BY FIVE - 15 Going On 20 (Paula 326, 1970)
Lascivious rock and roll from Magnolia, Arkansas.

29 LEAD BELLY - Talk About Fannin Street (1948)
LB talks about his teenage experiences in Shreveport’s Saint Paul’s Bottoms neighborhood, a red light district from 1903 to 1917. In 1982, the area was renamed Ledbetter Heights in his honor.