Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Alabama Record Collectors Record Show May 24-25 2013


FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013
1 - 4 PM (Early Bird $10)
 4 - 9 PM (General Adm. $3)

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013
9 AM - 5 PM (Gen. Adm. $3)

Two day general admission pass $5
Special guest Buddy Causey

A.R.C.A. is Alabama's original organization for music collectors, founded in 1980 as a non-profit association dedicated to the memory and preservation of recorded music. Membership is available to anyone with an interest in music or music collecting. A.R.C.A. provides an opportunity for members to share their interests in music, and to assist other members in enhancing their collections and musical knowledge. Our members are a diverse group whose music interests cover a wide variety of musical styles, including rock & roll, jazz, country, big band, rhythm & blues, oldies, folk and blues. Their collections range from small to large, and from the 1920s to the 2000s. Some members collect rare and unusual recordings, but most just collect what they enjoy listening to.


Monday, May 6, 2013

jerry woodard whos gonna rock my babyRecord labels Reed, Fad, Heart, Colvin, Dial, Chant, Chantain, Century Limited, Argo, and even RCA Victor gave Jerry Woodard a chance at the big time. Jerry was a singer who could sing every kind of music - from rockabilly to sad ballads to novelty to sweet soul to country to blues to spiritual. Everyone who ever worked with Jerry was simply amazed at his ability to sing "Who’s Gonna Rock My Baby" and then immediately switch and sing "She’s a Housewife, That’s All". Jerry had hits with all of these labels, but just never got promoted to the top. He had been voted the #1 entertainment band in the nation, had had song #8 on American Bandstand, and saw many of his 45’s on the charts. Jerry was destined to make it, but did not live long enough to see it happen.

Jerry Eugene Woodard was born in Anniston, Alabama on May 25, 1941. His father was a minister who did not approve of rock ‘n roll and tried to steer the kids away from the devil’s music. Jerry’s friend and fellow performer, Jerry Grammer, said that Woodard always had religion inside him and it reminded him of Elvis and his convictions – "We talked about our past in the "Church" and what we really believed in on numerous occasions. Sometimes we would break into a gospel song in a club. People enjoyed it - even if they were shocked!"

Jerry (as well as his siblings) inherited his talent and lust for music from his Dad who played guitar and banjo and his Mom who played guitar and piano. Jerry’s Mom taught young Jerry Reed the first chords he learned on guitar before he went on to become a music superstar. Jerry with siblings Lee Wayne, Larry Dale, Roger, and Sherree and his parents moved from Anniston, Alabama to Yerington, Nevada when Jerry was 11. Winning a talent contest performing with brother Lee Wayne and another friend in 1952, Jerry did lead vocals on "Mansion in the Sky". After this, brother Roger says, "Dad brought the family back to Alabama hoping to get the boys out of secular music, but to no avail".

In 1955 they were living in Tuscumbia where Jerry met his future wife Margie who he married in 1958. Shortly after this, Jerry and Wayne got a daily 50-minute radio show on WHTB in Talladega doing rock ‘n roll. The show was very popular. Here at WHTB, Jerry met another musician who also had a show that was successful as well. His name was Bobby Mizzell. Because of their common love for rock ‘n roll, boogie woogie, and rockabilly music, they hit it off as friends and musical partners where they cut their first records together at the station - "You Are My Sunshine" and "You Don’t Love Me".

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Jerry and Bobby arrived in Birmingham in 1956 to begin working on Country Boy Eddie’s morning TV show. They also worked on Tom York’s morning TV show. Here they formed their first band together. In 1956, Jerry started his own record label "Fad" – where he recorded the label’s first record "Six Long Weeks"/"Blue Broken Heart" backed by Jerry Reed on guitar and Charles Matthews on piano. He then followed with the rocking "Downbeat"/"Our Love and Romance". In 1958, he recorded for Reed his best known release "Who’s Gonna Rock My Baby" which was later recorded a little more bluesy and released again on Reed. The sound caught Chet Atkins’ attention at RCA Victor where they really toned it down and released it nationally where it had reasonable success as a teener record.

Around 1959 with both Jerry and Bobby having success on their own and each wanting to start their own band, they parted ways going in different directions with Bobby staying with his rockabilly and boogie woogie roots and Jerry going with "sweet type" music. Jerry formed the Esquires consisting of Dinky Harris on guitar, Doc Watson on bass, Barry Beckett on piano, Ronnie Eads on sax, and Johnny Carter on drums. With the Esquires, Jerry recorded more smoother sweeter pop sound records. They appeared on many radio programs at the time as well as performing live gigs. It was also in 1959 that Jerry’s daughter Georgenia Lee was born, with son Jerry, Jr. coming along in 1961.

Heart and Colvin record labels owner Charlie Colvin released a number of Jerry’s records on the Heart label, but the most interesting 45 is the 1960 release on his Colvin label. The song "You Just Wait", written by Kenny Wallis was pressed as the flipside of a song written by then bass player Henry Strzelecki called "Long Tall Texan". The record was also released on the Century Limited label out of Jackson, MS. The song fit Jerry well – as he could do any kind of narrative in the middle of a song. It did fairly well, but when Murray Kellum released it on the M.O.C. label, it went up the charts becoming a national hit for him in 1963.

Moving his family to Pensacola in 1961, Jerry played the Sahara Club there for two years. Following this success, he then started Jerry Woodard’s Cock Rouge club which burned to the ground devastating Jerry financially. Friends helped him start another club two weeks later and the Flaming Cock Rouge club flourished with Jerry performing to huge crowds until an IRS audit left Jerry in financial ruin once again. At this point, in 1967 Jerry and his family moved back to Birmingham and with help from brother Wayne released a record on the Chantain label. In 1968, he also had some success with a soul-flavored record on the Chant label.

Also in 1968, while working at the Domino Club in Atlanta, he was offered a gig at the Golden Isles Club in St. Simon’s Island on the Atlantic coast of Georgia. He moved his family there where, after this gig, he opened a new club called the Gilded Cage that he operated and played in until 1977 when the nearby Navy base began closing down. Jerry and Margie stayed there until his untimely death on August 9, 1980 from the toll his body had taken from the many years of performing – lack of sleep, hectic schedules, and the health effects caused by alcohol and drugs needed to keep up with such a life.

Jerry Woodard loved life and he loved music. Jerry fought an inner battle within his soul. Being brought up in the Church, Jerry struggled in his heart with playing the music he loved and wanted to perform. Maybe that struggle is what gave him the uniqueness he brought to all of his music. Everyone who ever heard him sing loved him – musicians, singers, producers, club owners, fans. Jerry had that rawness in his voice that was perfect for a rocker, but he could switch to a tender ballad with a warm softness in his voice that very few are blessed with.
Source: Birmingham Record Collectors
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More info:
The Jerry Woodard Saga by Jerry Grammer
Rockin' Country Style discography
Video: Jerry Woodard-"Long Tall Texan"
Video: Jerry Woodard-"Big Louie"
Video: Jerry Woodard- "Speedway Rock"
Video: Jerry Woodard - Six Long Weeks


iTunes: Jerry Woodard And The Cavaleers and Jerry Woodard
Amazon: Jerry Woodard

Friday, May 3, 2013


Travis Pritchett, born 18 March 1939, Jackson, Alabama
Bob Weaver, born 27 july 1939, Jackson, Alabama

travis and bobTravis and Bob were one-hit wonders from Jackson, Alabama, a small town in Clarke County, with a population of 5,419 at the 2000 census. They attended the local grammar school together and had a common interest in making music. A DJ at WPBB, Jackson's hometown radio station, suggested that they go to Mobile to make a demo. A guy called Henry Bailey had a little sound studio there and was so enthusiastic about their song "Tell Him No" that he introduced Travis and Bob to Johnny Lee Bozeman and Paul Dubois, who owned the Sandy label in Mobile. Dubois and his brother Johnny recorded the duo in a garage in their hometown, Gulfport, Mississippi. "Tell Him No" was the first song Travis Pritchett ever wrote. The record took off immediately and the Sandy label, which had never had a hit before, arranged a deal with Randy Wood's Dot label to ensure that the record would get national distribution. By April 1959 the disc had climbed to # 8 on the Billboard charts. A cover version by Dean and Marc (the Mathis brothers, who had worked with Dale Hawkins and would later form the nucleus of the Newbeats) also charted, on the Bullseye label, peaking at # 42. There were other covers : by the Jackson Brothers (Atco 6139, issued in the UK on London HLX 8845*) and in the UK by the Mudlarks and the Lana Sisters, a trio that included a youthful Dusty Springfield. The Travis and Bob version was released in the UK on Pye Inter- national N 25018, but did not chart there, though it was a hit in several other European countries, like my native Holland, where it went to # 2.

The follow-up, "Little Bitty Johnny" (Sandy 1019) was issued in May 1959 and is arguably their best record. However, in Billboard it got no further than a "Bubbling under" position at # 114, and it spent two weeks on the Cash Box Top 100, peaking at # 95. "Oh Yeah"/"Lover's Rendezvous" followed soon thereafter, but sold even fewer copies and "Wake Up And Cry"/"That's How Long" (Sandy 1029, March 1960) was their swan song on Sandy, though an album's worth of stuff was recorded. "They had quit trying on us", said Travis. "They'd made some bucks, and they were satisfied. It woulda meant puttin' more money into us". Travis and Bob are sometimes compared to the Everly Brothers, but they were not in that league. A comparison to the Kalin Twins is more appropriate and for Mercury they cut one song by the Kalins, "The Spider And the Fly" (recorded prior to "When"). Wesley Rose, hot for a duo after losing the Everly Brothers, tempted them with 10 grand if they would sign to his Hickory label. But Bob Weaver had developed a deep mistrust of the music industry and would not go along with the plan. He and Travis parted ways, with Travis continuing as a solo act and songwriter. Travis Pritchett would later work in insurance for many years, eventually settling into the security business.
"Tell Him No" was the only hit Sandy Records ever had. The history of the label (1957-62) is told in some detail in the liner notes for the CD "Gulf Coast Grease : The Sandy Story, Vol. 1" (Ace CDCHD 595). The last sentence of those notes (by Ray Topping) is : "Sandy's hit makers Travis and Bob are not included on this collection as they will be featured on the next instalment of the Sandy story, with a whole CD of their own." That was in 1996. It is 2007 now and the CD still isn't there. One of several promises that Ace didn't keep. "Tell Him No" is available on an Ace compilation though, "The Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 5" (Ace 600).

There is, however, a CD featuring 14 tracks by Travis and Bob, probably their complete recorded output. The title is "Takin' A Ride With Travis & Bob and Jim & John": The CD also features 17 tracks by Jim and John (the Cunningham twins), who also recorded as the Twin-Tones. They wrote and recorded the original version of "Jo-Ann", a cover of which by the Playmates was a # 19 hit in early 1958. The Twin-Tones version was not released as a single in the USA (only on an RCA EP), but "Jo-Ann"/"Before You Go" was a single in Germany and Holland (RCA 47-9153) and I had that single 40 years ago. I remember that I liked the up-tempo "Before You Go", but not enough to keep it.
Acknowledgements : Wayne Jancik, The Billboard book of one-hit wonders (revised and expanded edition 1998), page 73-74.

* The X in London HLX 8845 is not a mistake (Atco had prefix HLE, later HLK). Apparently there was some involvement of the BigTop label.


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More info:
Video: Travis And Bob - Tell Him No
Video: TRAVIS & BOB 1959
Rockin' Country Style Discography

Travis Wilbon Pritchett
PRITCHETT On 10-18-2010 at 5:08 AM Travis Wilbon Pritchett a noted singer/musician treasured by many left this earth to join his beloved wife and long missed friends and family. He will be much missed and long remembered. His music will live on. Visitation is October 22nd, 2010 from 5 PM until the services October 23rd at 10AM from Dean Holiness Church. Petty Funeral Home Atmore, AL.
Published in the Press-Register on October 22, 2010
Source: Travis Wilbon Pritchett Obituary: View Travis Pritchett's Obituary by Mobile Register


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iTunes: Travis & Bob
Amazon: Travis & Bob The Very Best Of

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jerry Weaver songwriter and recording artist

Born: Florence, AL
R&B Songwriter Frederick Knight
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

jerry weaver love sick child 45"I've Been Lonely For So Long" is a pop-soul song recorded by American southern soul singer Frederick Knight. The song, written by Posie Knight (the singer's wife) and Jerry Weaver, was released in 1972 by Stax Records.
The producer of Louise Freeman’s second Shout single was Jerry Weaver, a well known and talented songwriter and singer most closely associated with Neil Hemphill’s Sound Of Birmingham set up in Alabama, whose own recordings are well worthwhile investigating. She stayed with Weaver for her only outing on Playboy, both sides of which he wrote, and both of which are right in that deep soul bag that she was so comfortable in.
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iTunes: The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol. 1 - Various Artists and Stax 50 - 50th Anniversary Celebration - Various Artists and
Amazon: The Birmingham Sound: The Soul Of Neal Hemphill Vol. 1 and Stax 50th: 50th Anniversary Celebration