JIMMY MURPHY 'Sixteen Tons Rock'N' Roll'

JIMMY MURPHY 'Sixteen Tons Rock'N' Roll'

  • $17.00


One of the most intriguing and mysterious characters to make “Country & Western” records, the Alabama born Murphy had a short & erratic recording career that left us some fine music. His first recorded efforts were two 1951 sessions for RCA Victor (which included probably his best work) and another 8 sides for Columbia in 1955 and 1956—it is these major label recordings that make up this neat CD that is well annotated by Colin Escott. (There were enough other odd ball and later recordings to make up a fine additional CD—ACE-714, $ 18.00—as well as an excellent LP on Sugar Hill that was made in the late 1970s). Murphy had a really fine country voice, but it was his very distinctive guitar picking that he is best known for. The Bear Family label—which seems to have a near obsession with “rockabilly” music—would normally present the recordings in chronological order, but here they feature the Columbia cuts first: songs like BABOON BOOGIE, GRANDPA’S A CAT and the title song: obviously made to cash in on a then current craze, there’s not much to these ditties, but Murphy makes the most of them, helped by his guitar work and some good Wayne Raney-style harmonica playing by Onie Wheeler. The RCA songs are where Murphy really shines—these include his classic ELECTRICITY and other fine cuts like MOTHER WHERE IS YOUR DAUGHTER TONIGHT, WE LIVE A LONG LONG TIME, and THAT FIRST GUITAR OF MINE. A good disc.

Artists:

  • JIMMY MURPHY
  • LOREN OTIS SHOOK
  • ERNEST NEWTON
  • ONIE WHEELER

Track Listing:

  • SIXTEEN TONS ROCK'N' ROLL
  • MY GAL DOTTIE
  • GRANPAW'S A CAT
  • BABOON BOOGIE
  • I'M LOOKING FOR A MUSTARD PATCH
  • PUT SOME MEAT ON THEM BONES
  • HERE KITTY KITTY
  • SWEET SWEET LIPS
  • ELECTRICITY
  • BIG MAMA BLUES
  • THAT FIRST GUITAR OF MINE
  • LOVE THAT SATISFIES
  • EDUCATED FOOL
  • RAMBLIN' HEART
  • WE LIVE A LONG, LONG TIME
  • MOTHER WHERE IS YOUR DAUGHTER TONIGHT