Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always on the turntable. We are halfway through January, and over these past couple of weeks, I haven’t done a whole lot of thrifting (record-wise, at least), but have been fortunate to come across a few 45’s of interest. So, let’s look at these thrift store finds.
Perry Como “Just Out of Reach”. Perry’s 1976 take on this country music standard was his only charting single on Billboard’s country charts, peaking at 100.
Skeeter Davis “Fuel to The Flame”. 1967 hit for Skeeter. Unfortunately, this copy is cracked, but still playable.
Sonny James “A Mighty Lovable Man”. A 1957 non-charting single.
Jerry Smith “Truck Stop” 1969 instrumental that found the Cashbox top 20.
Red Sovine “Freightliner Fever” 1970 release.
Wilburn Brothers “I Close My Eyes” Fall, 1957 release that failed to chart in either Billboard or Cashbox.
Wes Buchanan “Working My Way Through A Heartache”. 1969 release. This record failed to generate much interest with radio programmers or the audience, even though it was produced by Marty Robbins.
Jimmy Buffett “If the Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me”. In late 1985, it became Jimmy’s first top 20 country single since “Margaritaville” in 1977.
Ted Daffan’s Texans “Born to Lose” b/w “No Letter Today”. This is a 45 reissue on Columbia of his big 1944 double-sided hit. For years, I’ve had that original Okeh 78 release.
Nate Harvell “Three Times A Lady”. In 1978, the Commodores’ classic gave Nate his only appearance in the country music Top 40. A few years later, of course, the song became a big country hit for Conway Twitty.
La Costa “I Wanta Get to You”. Her first Country 40 single back in 1974.
Louvin Brothers “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby”. The biggest hit of their career, and one of their best.
Louvin Brothers “Plenty of Everything but You”. 1957 top 20 hit for Charley and Ira. Both Louvin singles are in excellent condition.
Warner Mack “Draggin’ The River” One of Warner’s later charting singles, 1972 to be exact. Unfortunately, didn’t chart very high.
Webb Pierce “How Do You Talk to A Baby” b/w “Walking the Streets”. Always excited to find Webb Pierce music, as he is one of my all-time favorite artists.
Warren Robb “Temporarily Mine” 1969 non-charter on the Starday label.
Mel Street “The Town Where You Live”. 1973 chart single.
Roberta Wells & The Cider Mountain Boys “Let Him Go”. I haven’t been able to find out much about this one. It’s hard country, sounds like from the late 70’s or early 80’s. The label is Cider Mountain, out of Powell, Tennessee. After posting a photo of this record on Instagram, I did have one of my followers tell me he had recently shot a video in Powell.
Onie Wheeler “John’s Been Shucking My Corn” Onie, a longtime member of Roy Acuff’s Smokey Mountain Boys, also recorded several solo efforts, over the years. This 1973 release was his most successful, chart-wise.
Wilburn Brothers “The Shakiest Gun in The West”. 1968. Did you remember that they had recorded the theme to Don Knotts’ film?
A few nights ago, we ran to the Goodwill store closest to our house, and while there, they had just wheeled a shopping cart from the back that had several Jerry Clower albums. Needless to say, I had to make sure they were taken care of! What I got included…
The Ledbetter Olympics
Live at Cleburne, Texas
The Ambassador of Goodwill
Ain’t God Good
Mouth of Mississippi
From Yazoo City, Mississippi Talkin’
Live from The Stage of The Grand Ole Opry
A couple of other albums of note I found,
Dottie West Suffer Time
Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs
I’m sure we’ll soon be out thrifting, again. At least as soon as we get everything we’ve already found listed in our eBay store (If curious, you can see our store, here). When we do, I’ll let you know what I find.
Saving vinyl, one record at a time.
HERE’S MORE OF MY RECENT THRIFT STORE FINDS…
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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.