Greetings from Asheville, where the good music is always on the turntable. I haven’t blogged about them for a while, but I’ve still been making the rounds of thrift shops and record stores. Let’s catch up on some of the latest thrift shop finds.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve made a couple of stops at one of our local record stores, Harvest Records, located on the west side of Asheville. While the main purpose of my visits were record sleeves, I did manage to find a couple of nice 45’s, there. Found a near-mint copy of John Schneider’s 1985 #1 hit, “Country Girls”, a radio station promo copy of the Marvin Rainwater classic “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird”, and an interesting 1954 release from a singer named Bill Morgan. “Someone Like You” failed to make a dent in the country music world, but considering it was, 1.) a radio station promo, 2.) released on the Okeh label, it was a necessary pickup.
Three weeks ago, we visited our local Habitat For Humanity Restore, and left with a pallet full of records! They had a pallet loaded with records; LP’s, 45’s, and 78’s; many in very good condition. Obviously, it would take way too much space to note every release from the five boxes that were included in the 30-dollar purchase. The majority are Pop, but there were some Country, R & B, Big Band, and even Classical mixed in. Among those nuggets include a nice, Time-Life boxed set of vintage 30’s and 40’s Big Band music, featuring the likes of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw, among others.
Also, in excellent condition, a 1949 release of Perry Como’s “Some Enchanted Evening”, a million-selling #1 hit for Mr. C. Plus, it was one of his first releases to be issued concurrently on 78 and 45, not counting his pre-49 releases that had been reissued on 45. Another boxed set features the Classical works of Wagner, conducted by Otto Klemperer. This one is interesting, particularly if you’re a fan of the classic TV series “Hogan’s Heroes”. Otto Klemperer, whose fame as a conductor ranged from the 30’s through the 60’s, was the father of Werner Klemperer who play Col. Klink.
Some of the other names that I found included The Lettermen, Joni James, Elvis, several Platters and Billy Vaughn singles, several Hilltopper singles, and even a 45 of Ray Anthony’s classic jazzy version of “Dragnet”, one of my favorite records of the 1950’s.
On the country music side of things, the haul was smaller, but still some awesome pickups. Included…
Buddy Alan “Fishin’ On the Mississippi”
Carl Belew “Too Much to Lose” (a top ten hit in Cashbox)
Patsy Cline “Walkin’ After Midnight” This one is interesting, as it’s the original version she recorded for 4 Star that was released thru Decca, but this copy is a 1963 issue on an Everest label.
Collins Kids “Rock and Roll Polka”
A pair of Little Jimmy Dickens’ Decca releases, “I Love Lucy Brown” and “They’re Gonna Have Me Committed”
Bob Gallion’s first hit, “You Take the Tables and I’ll Take the Chairs” (a killer record)
Forgotten Johnnie and Jack release from 1958, “I’ve Seen This Movie Before”
A 1962 Dot release from Sonny James, titled “On the Longest Day”. This is a song written about the D-Day invasion.
Justin Tubb from 1957, “The Life I Have to Live”.
There are also several southern and country gospel 45’s; many extended play releases. Some local North Carolina and Florida releases, but also several released on a New American label. These appear to be tracks taken from the Gusto/Starday/King catalogs, as they feature artists such as Clyde Moody, Reno & Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, Wayne Raney, and Esco Hankins. Also included were 3 from Jackie and Arlan Vaden, The Southern Gospel Singers. They gained a regional following in the early 50’s on radio stations in Arkansas, before eventually enjoying a bit of national popularity, thanks to their radio shows being picked up by several stations around the country, plus Arlan’s work in the later 50’s as a DJ on WCKY in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Not much, album-wise, in the country side. The few LP’s included John Hartford’s Gentle On My Mind; Jim Reeves On Stage; a various artists release with Patsy Cline, Maddox Bros. and Rose, Ferlin Husky, and Jimmy Dean. Plus, a copy of Olivia Newton-John’s Have You Never Been Mellow, a country-pop nugget from the mid 70’s that we had on 8-track, when I was a boy.
And finally, got to mention some of the 78’s that were in the group.
Included in this interesting group are a copy of Ernest Tubb’s classic “Blue Eyed Elaine” from 1940
Lefty Frizzell’s version of “Making Believe”
“Harmonica Blues” and “Browns Ferry Blues” from The Delmore Brothers
Johnny Bond’s “Cimarron”
Also, 4 records by a group called the Dixie Four. They were a well-known Southern Gospel group that enjoyed popularity over Indianapolis radio station WIBC, as well as nationally on the Mutual network. It is said that they were an early influence on Gospel music legend Bill Gaither.
I’m still sorting and organizing this collection, but it’s been fun, thus far, discovering some great music I hadn’t heard before, as well as getting a few pieces that had been on my want list for a while.
Saving vinyl, one record at a time.
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Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.