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Thrift Shop Finds And Free Records! Part 2

Just a week or so, ago, I had opportunity to visit our local Habitat For Humanity store, something I hadn’t done for awhile, and was fortunate to come across some .50 45 rpm records, along with a few 78’s, too.  Mostly Country, but some good oldies mixed in, as well, I dug up some real gold on this find.

The 45’s…

Red Sovine 45Red Sovine – “I Know You’re Married But I Love You Still” – Starday

Hugh X. Lewis – “Everything I Love” – Columbia

Vanity Fare – Hitchin’ A Ride” – Page One

Dean Martin – “Return To Me” – Capitol – A great find, as this is in near mint condition, meaning I can replace the very worn out copy I  have.

Roger Miller – “King Of The Road” – Smash

Randy Barlow – “Lonely Eyes” – Gazelle

Marty Robbins "Ain't I The Lucky One"Marty Robbins – “Ain’t I The Lucky One” – A radio station or promo copy

Bobby Edwards – “You’re The Reason” – Crest

And, the 78’s…

George Morgan – “Stranger In The Night” – Columbia

Little Jimmy Dickens – “Walk Chicken Walk” – Columbia

Francis Craig "Near You"Francis Craig – “Near You” – Bullet – This still holds the mark for longest run at #1 on the pop charts; 17 weeks in 1947.

The Chordettes – “Mister Sandman” – Cadence

Roy Acuff – “Waiting For My Call To Glory” – Columbia


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Ultimate Twang Show Playlist for October 16, 2014

It was Octoberfest, this week on Ultimate Twang! All the songs, this week, were hits during the month of October.  Some were climbing, some were peaking, and some were falling, but they were all charting.  If you weren’t able to join me for the live broadcast, you can still hear the program in it’s entirety on the Ultimate Twang page at Asheville Free Media (just click on the name), scroll down past the play list dates and click that little gray play button.

Here’s what you’ll hear, when you do that…

Ricky Skaggs Get Up John 1997; Theme
Carl Smith Hey Joe! 1953; #1 hit!
Don Williams Back In My Younger Days 1990
Unknown Walker, Texas Ranger Theme
Garth Brooks American Honky Tonk Bar Association 1993; #1 hit!
T. Graham Brown Hell And High Water 1986; his 1st #1 hit!
Glen Campbell Hound Dog Man 1979; Almost Hit
Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw Bring On The Rain 2002; #1 hit!
Kenny Dale Two Hearts Tangled In Love 1978
Emmylou Harris If I Could Only Win Your Love 1975; her 1st hit!
Dottie West His Eye Is On The Sparrow UT Inspirational fave
Earl Thomas Conley Chance Of Lovin’ You 1984; #1 hit!
Red Foley and Ernest Tubb Goodnight Irene 1950; #1 hit!
Trisha Yearwood I Don’t Fall In Love So Easy 1993; Classic Album Track
Hank Williams Jr. This Ain’t Dallas 1985
Stan Hitchcock Honey I’m Home 1969; one-hit wonder
Alabama I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why) 1992; #1 hit!
Blake Shelton Playboys Of The Southwestern World 2003; Almost Hit
Jerry Reed Ko-Ko Joe 1971
Unknown The Not So Great Train Robbery TOP OF THE HOUR
Elvis Presley Don’t Be Cruel 1956; #1 hit!
Crystal Gayle Turning Away 1984; #1 hit!
Faron Young This Little Girl Of Mine 1972
Merle Haggard Okie From Muskogee 1969; #1 hit!
Johnny Lee Red Sails In The Sunset 1976; Almost Hit; his 1st Ctry 40 single.
Alan Jackson Between The Devil And Me 1997
Rex Allen Jr. If I Fell In Love With You 1979
Lacy J. Dalton Takin’ It Easy 1981
Ray Price Amazing Grace UT Inspirational Fave
Kenny Rogers I Prefer The Moonlight 1987
Unknown NBC Sunday Mystery Movie Theme
Freddie Hart Easy Lovin’ 1971; #1 hit!
Charlie Daniels Band The South’s Gonna Do It Again 1974; Classic Album Track
T. G. Sheppard Do You Wanna Go To Heaven? 1980; #1 hit!
Ronnie Milsap In Love 1986
Ricky Van Shelton Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 1992; Almost Hit
Bandana The Killin’ Kind 1982
Roy Clark Wildwood Flower TOP OF THE HOUR
Toby Keith I Wanna Talk About Me 2001; #1 hit!
Tanya Tucker Down To My Last Teardrop 1991
Statler Brothers You Can’t Have Your Kate And Edith Too 1967
Bobby Helms My Special Angel 1957; #1 hit!
Linda Ronstadt That’ll Be The Day 1976; Almost Hit
Al Dexter and His Troopers Wine, Women, And Song 1946; #1 hit!
Barbara Mandrell Hold Me 1977
Jeannie C. Riley Harper Valley P. T. A. 1968; #1 hit! #1 pop, too!
Chet Atkins Take My Hand, Precious Lord 1962; UT Inspirational fave
George Strait Am I Blue 1987; #1 hit!
Conway Twitty Next In Line 1968; his 1st #1 hit!
Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley Two Beers Away 1981; Classic Album Track
Dierks Bentley How Am I Doin’ 2004
Nat Stuckey I’m Gonna Act Right 1971
Mel Tillis Good Woman Blues 1976; #1 hit!
Lefty Frizzell A Little Unfair 1965; Almost Hit
Dolly Parton We Used To 1975
Keith Urban It’s A Love Thing 1999; 1st hit.

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Thrift Shop Finds and Free Records!! Part 1

Well it’s been awhile since I’ve really posted anything, here, outside of some show playlists, but that should be changing, here, soon. I haven’t done a whole lot of thrift shopping, lately, but recently have had some interesting finds in the few attempts I have made. Back over the Summer, while spending a Sunday afternoon at some of the Asheville-area antique malls, I did make a couple of nice finds. At one location, I ran across three LP’s of note:

LP's from Homer and Jethro, and Hank SnowHomer and Jethro Strike Back – RCA Camden;  The Humorous Side Of Country Music – Homer and Jethro – RCA Camden; and one of Hank Snow’s first album releases, Country and Western Jamboree on RCA Victor.

But the find of that day had to be a 45 rpm that I ran across at another store; “Western Union” by the Five Americans on Abnak Records.  This record was a top 5 Pop hit in the Spring of 1967. I had a well-worn copy (which has now found a home in my 9 year old daughter’s growing 45 collection), but this copy is in excellent condition. And the best part? It was free! It turns out that the record was in the lost and found section and the staff had no idea what booth it came from, so they simply gave it to me.

My next acquisition came courtesy of a co-worker at my “day” job. Anne is her name and she had about 15 45’s that she wanted to get rid of, and rather than simply give them to a thrift shop or throw them out, she wanted to give them to someone whom she knew would appreciate them, and I do! Thanks, Anne!

There’s a nice mix of oldies, country, and a couple of regional sounds in the mix.  I wound up with the following…

“Sundown” – Gordon Lightfoot – Reprise

“Sunshine On My Shoulders” – John Denver – RCA Victor

"Sweet Georgia Brown" by Brother Bones“Sweet Georgia Brown” – Brother Bones – Harlem Globetrotters – This record was initially issued on a 78 rpm on the Tempo label.  My dad had a copy of this when I was a kid, but it got broke.

“Kind Of A Drag” – The Buckinghams – U. S. A.

“Acid Raga” – Sunn Cycle – Spectrum – This is a very scarce record, recorded here in Asheville, in 1969.  A Psychedelic "Kind Of A Drag" The Buckinghamsinstrumental, I think it’s a great sounding record, especially for a local release.

“The Ballad Of The Green Beres” – Sgt. Barry Sadler – RCA Victor

“Day For Decision” – Johnny Sea – Warner Brothers – This was an answer song to Barry McGuire’s “Eve Of Destruction”.

“Hung Up In Your Eyes” – Brian Hyland – Philips

"Acid Raga" by Sunn Cycle“Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Johnny Rivers – Imperial

“What The World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin, & John” – Tom Clay – Mowest

“Judy In Disguise” – John Fred & His Playboy Band – Paula – Another that replaced a slightly more worn copy that my daughter now has.

“Tee Shirts and Mudflaps, Parts 1 & 2″ – Johnny Bell & The Jaguars – Really Sincere – Another local release, I think from ’68.

“The Night Chicago Died” – Paper Lace – Mercury

“Nashville Cats” – The Lovin’ Spoonful – Kama Sutra

And that’s not all. I recently got a nice, inexpensive haul of 45’s AND 78’s, at the local Habitat For Humanity store.  We’ll look at that collection in part 2 of this article, coming up.

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Ultimate Twang Show Playlist For October 9, 2014

Here’s this week’s playlist for the World Famous Ultimate Twang Radio Show, heard exclusively online at Asheville Free Media, and soon, at 103.3FM in Asheville.  If you were unable to catch this week’s show when it aired live, you can still hear it in it’s entirety by simply going to the Ultimate Twang page on the AFM site, then scrolling down and clicking the gray play button located beneath the playlist dates.  To access our page, there, simply click here, or on Asheville Free Media or AFM.

Now, here’s this week’s playlist.  Did we catch one of your faves?

Ricky Skaggs Get Up John 1997; Theme
Connie Smith Once A Day 1964; #1 hit!
Tanya Tucker I’ll Come Back As Another Woman 1987
Charley Pride More and More 1983
Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down To Georgia 1979; #1 hit!
Red Sovine I Know You’re Married (But I Love You Still) 1970; Almost Hit
Buck Owens It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me) 1968
Mel Tillis Charlie’s Angel 1979; part of a double-sided hit with “Send Me Down To Tuscon”.
Lulu Belle and Scotty Have I Told You Lately That I Love You 1946
Waylon Jennings Precious Memories 1976; UT Inspirational fave
Marie Osmond There’s No Stopping Your Heart 1986; #1 hit!
Glen Campbell Honey Come Back 1970
Merle Haggard Stop The World And Let Me Off 1981; Classic Album Track
Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Tomorrow Is Forever 1970
Claude King I’m Building A Bridge 1963
Webb Pierce Back Street Affair 1952; #1 hit!
Charlie Rich I Lost My Head 1979; Almost Hit
Don McLean Since I Don’t Have You 1981
Chet Atkins Trambone TOP OF THE HOUR
Ray Price Heartaches By The Number 1959
Johnny Lee Pickin’ Up Strangers 1981
Unknown Simon and Simon Theme
Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers What Are We Doin’ Lonesome 1981
Craig Morgan That’s What I Love About Sunday 2005; #1 hit!
Mel Street The Devil In Your Kisses (And The Angel In Your Eyes) 1976; Almost Hit
Conway Twitty Don’t Cry Joni 1975
Pam Tillis I Said A Prayer For You 1998
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Long Hard Road 1984; #1 hit!
Red Foley One Step More UT Inspirational Fave
Johnny Rodriguez How Could I Love Her So Much 1983
Carl Smith Loose Talk 1955; #1 hit!
Jim Reeves Just Walking In The Rain 1985; Classic Album Track
Dixie Chicks Long Time Gone 2002
Ralph Emery Hello Fool 1961; his only hit.
Vince Gill When I Called Your Name 1990
Hugh X. Lewis Everything I Love 1970; Almost Hit
Mary Chapin Carpenter Going Out Tonight 1992
Hank Snow Doggone That Train 1959
Benny Martin Little Footprints In The Snow TOP OF THE HOUR
Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire 1963; #1hit!
David Kersh If I Never Stop Loving You 1998
Unknown Car 54 Where Are You? Theme
Claude Gray I’ll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee (Then I’ll Go) 1961
Kenny Rogers and Dottie West Everytime 2 Fools Collide 1978; #1 hit!
Tennessee Express Big Like A River 1981; Almost Hit
Gene Watson Memories To Burn 1986
Del Reeves Wild Blood 1968
Rosanne Cash Never Be You 1986; #1 hit!
Brown’s Ferry Four The Lord Is Watching Over Me UT Inspirational fave
Waylon Jennings Never Could Toe The Mark 1984; his 50th top 10 hit.
Ricky Van Shelton Somebody Lied 1987; #1 hit! His 1st.
Don Williams Fly Away 1978; Classic Album Track; 1st issued on 1974’s “Volume 3″ LP.
Nat Stuckey Plastic Saddle 1968
Elvis Presley I Was The One 1956; flip-sdie of “Heartbreak Hotel”
George Jones The Door 1975; #1hit!
Michael Peterson Sure Feels Real Good 1999; Almost Hit
Alabama If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band) 1984; #1 hit!
Jerry Lee Lewis Over The Rainbow 1981
Ricky Skaggs Uncle Pen 1984; #1 hit!


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Roundhouse in Asheville to be demolished

Haven’t posted anything in our railroad category in a lonnnggg time.  Norfolk Southern just announced they are preparing to demolish the roundhouse, here in Asheville, NC.  Kind of sad, not too many of them left.  The full story from Asheville’s newspaper, the Citizen-Times.

Roundhouse in Asheville to be demolished.

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