WILMA LEE AND STONEY COOPER 'Big Midnight Special'

WILMA LEE AND STONEY COOPER 'Big Midnight Special'

  • $85.00


One of the most colorful and entertaining groups from the golden years of post-war country music is now beautifully represented on this new 4-CD Boxed set from the German Bear Family label. With a lovely 48-page booklet of notes by Bruce McGuire, many great photos, and excellent discography, this package contains every one of the songs they recorded for the Rich-R-Tone, Columbia and Hickory labels (their later work for the Decca label is not covered here, which is just as well as it was inferior and not at all representative of what they did on stage). The 1947 Rich-R-Tone segment of a dozen songs includes 4 that were never issued (plus a few more that are so rare that they might as well have been unissued). Their Columbia recordings from 1949 to 1952 were their best, with classics like SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER, 30 PIECES OF SILVER, LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE, NO ONE NOW, I CRIED AGAIN, THE WEST VIRGINIA POLKA and WALKING MY LORD UP CALVARY HILL. These are all here, plus some 70 more tracks that they recorded for the upstart Hickory label starting in 1955—these featured a more Bluegrassy sound with Johnny Clark or Jimmy Elrod on banjo, while the Columbia records featured a down home country style with Josh Graves or Bill Carver on dobro, and the fiddle work of Stoney, Tex Logan and/or Tommy Jackson (one session included mandolin, played by Joe Stuart). The best Hickory cuts were also top notch: CHEATED TOO, LOVING YOU, COME WALK WITH ME, I WANT TO BE LOVED, EACH SEASON CHANGES YOU and ROW # 2, SEAT # 3 among others. Through their presence on WWVA radio in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Coopers became favorites of thousands of folks in Pennsylvania, the northeast and Canada, and for those who loved their music, here it is, all in one great box!4-CD set and booklet.

Track Listing:

    CD-1:
  • THE LITTLE ROSEWOOD CASKET
  • WHAT WILL I DO
  • TWO LITTLE ORPHANS
  • WICKED PATH OF SIN
  • THIS WORLD CAN'T STAND LONG
  • TRAMP ON THE STREET
  • MATTHEW TWENTY-FOUR
  • MY DREAMBOAT IS DRIFTING
  • GIRL IN THE BLUE VELVET BAND
  • WHAT GOOD WILL IT DO
  • BLUE MOUNTAIN GIRL
  • I LOVE NO ONE BUT YOU
  • WILLY ROY (THE CRIPPLED BOY)
  • THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
  • WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH THIS WORLD
  • MOONLIGHT ON WEST VIRGINIA
  • NO ONE NOW
  • HE WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL (FROM THE BURNING...)
  • I DREAMED ABOUT 'MOM LAST NIGHT
  • ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER
  • I AIN'T GONNA WORK TOMORROW
  • THE WHITE ROSE
  • THE LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE
  • THE MESSAGE CAME SPECIAL
  • FADED LOVE
  • THE GOLDEN ROCKET
  • MOTHER'S PRAYER
  • THE GHOST TRAIN

  • CD-2:
  • I'M TAKING MY AUDITION (TO SING UP IN THE...)
  • WALKING MY LORD UP CALVARY HILL
  • ALL ON ACCOUNT OF YOU
  • STONEY (ARE YOU MAD AT YOUR GAL)
  • THE WEST VIRGINIA POLKA
  • SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
  • YOU TRIED TO RUIN MY NAME
  • HAVE MERCY ON ME
  • I CRIED AGAIN
  • THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN WALTZ
  • MY LORD'S GONNA SHAKE MY HAND
  • WILL THE LORD LET YOU IN
  • IDLE GOSSIP, IDLE WORDS
  • DON'T PLAY THAT SONG (ON THE JUKE BOX TONIGHT)
  • WHAT CAN I SAY
  • YOU BELONG TO SOMEBODY ELSE
  • ARE YOU WALKING AND A-TALKING FOR THE LORD
  • YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (WHEN YOU GO)
  • YOU CAN'T FEEL THE WAY I DO
  • BRAND NEW BABY
  • BAMBOOZLED
  • CAN YOU FORGET
  • EACH SEASON CHANGES YOU
  • JUST FOR A WHILE
  • HOW IT HURTS TO CRY ALONE
  • PLEASE HELP ME TO BE WRONG
  • WE MAKE A LOVELY COUPLE (YOU AND I)
  • NOT ANYMORE
  • FAR BEYOND THE STARRY SKY
  • I DREAMED OF A HILLBILLY HEAVEN
  • THE WEST VIRGINIA POLKA (ADVERT)

  • CD-3:
  • I WANT TO BE LOVED
  • THIS CRAZY, CRAZY WORLD
  • ROW NUMBER TWO, SEAT NUMBER THREE
  • I'VE BEEN CHEATED TOO
  • IT'S JUST AS WELL (& AL TERRY)
  • I'M NOT THE GIRL (& AL TERRY)
  • THIS THING CALLED MAN
  • LOVING YOU
  • X MARKS THE SPOT
  • THE TRAMP ON THE STREET
  • MY HEART KEEPS CRYING
  • HE TAUGHT THEM HOW
  • DIAMOND JOE
  • I TELL MY HEART
  • COME WALK WITH ME
  • IS IT RIGHT
  • BIG MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
  • WALKING MY LORD UP CALVARY HILL
  • THE CANADIAN REEL
  • HOME SWEET HOME
  • HEARTBREAK STREET
  • THERE'S A BIG WHEEL
  • RACHEL'S GUITAR
  • NIGHT AFTER NIGHT
  • JOHNNY, MY LOVE (GRANDMA'S DIARY)
  • MORE LOVE
  • THIS OLD HOUSE
  • TRAIN, YOU TOOK MY BABY
  • HEARTACHES DON'T LIE
  • I GOTTA LAUGH (TO KEEP FROM CRYING)
  • WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY
  • TROUBLE AHEAD
  • THE MIGHTY BATTLE CRY

  • CD-4:
  • DOIN' MY TIME
  • HAVE FAITH IN ME
  • MATTHEW TWENTY FOUR
  • SIX MORE MILES
  • TEARDROPS FALLING IN THE SNOW
  • I'M READING YOUR LETTER AGAIN
  • WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS
  • SINGING WATERFALL
  • THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
  • AT THE FIRST FALL OF SNOW
  • PHILADELPHIA LAWYER
  • ON THE EVENING TRAIN
  • HELP ME UNDERSTAND
  • THE LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE
  • EVERY HOUR AND EVERY DAY
  • SATISFIED
  • THERE'S A HIGHER POWER
  • KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS
  • FAMILY BIBLE
  • THE BLACK SHEEP RETURNED TO THE FOLD
  • THE WAY WORN TRAVELER
  • GLORY LAND MARCH
  • WANDERING SOUL
  • THIS WORLD CAN'T STAND LONG
  • WHEN MY TIME COMES TO GO
  • THE STORY OF THE THREE NAILS
  • I COULDN'T CARE LESS
  • BIG JOHN'S WIFE
  • THIS TRAIN
  • PIRATE KING