Rockabilly Women Take the Stage on Viking Twang
Written by Randy Black on August 10, 2016
The Davis Sisters
Viking Twang Show 97, August 10, 2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 95. About a week ago, I posted a video on the Viking Twang Facebook page called “Cutest Country Chicks.” Not the most enlightened name, but it had short performances of twelve women country and rockabilly singers. I tried to recreate for this week’s show, but couldn’t find all the songs.
Instead, I came across am album called “Girls of Rockabilly” – again, not so enlightened, but lots of great music. So we’re going to turn today’s whole show over to these rocking women. We’ll start with Mimi Roman, who has some advice:
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Wrap It Up And Save It; Mimi Roman. Mimi was a Central California girl who became famous both as a singer and rodeo performer. This was her second single, from 1956.
3 – Kiss Me Baby; Laura Lee Perkins. This West Virginia singer and piano player recorded just a couple of records in 1958.
4 – Blue Doll, Anita Carter. The youngest of the Carter Sisters recorded this in 1957.
5 — It’s Here to Stay; Goldie Hill. This Texas singer had a big hit with “I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes” in 1952. This song is from 1959.
6 — Sad Singing and Slow Riding; Jean Shepard. One of the big country stars of the 50s and 60s and the widow of Hankshaw Hawkins. This is from 1955.
7 – You’re Gone; The Davis Sisters. Betty Jack and Skeeter Davis were best friends rather than sisters. They recorded in 1952 and had a fledgling career until Betty Jack was killed in a wreck while returning from a gig.
8 – (He Said Yeah) Baby, You’re The One; Nita, Rita, & Ruby. This is Anita Carter as part of a shortlived pop group put together in 1955 by RCA, with Rita Robbins, who had a short career, and Ruby Wright, daughter of Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright.
9 – Blue Moon of Kentucky; Roberta Sherwood. She was 43 years old when she recorded her first single in 1956. She later was an actress on I Love Lucy and even the Incredible Hulk. Don’t have a date for when she recorded this.
That first set hopped right along; now we’re going to slow down a bit. Janis Martin’s guitar has something in its eye.
10 – Cry Guitar; Janis Martin. We all know her as the Female Elvis; she recorded this in 1961.
11 – One Step Closer to You; Margie Singleton. Margie was a Louisiana singer who wrote and recorded this song, her first recording, in 1957.
12 – According to Law; Carol S. Johnson.
13 – I Won’t Be Rockin’ Tonight; Jean Chapel. Chapel was a singer and songwriter at Sun Records, where this song became the flip side in 1956 to Elvis’s single, Any Way You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be).
14 – The DJ With The Broken Heart; Carol Jarvis.
We get into the home stretch: Martha Lynn has a plan:
15 — I’m Goin’ Huntin’ Tonight; Martha Lynn. A Texas singer who recorded this in 1956.
16 – Better Than Walking Home; Joyce Moore.
17 – Teardrops On My Pillow; Sunny Gale. Sunny was a Philadelphia singer who had a number of hits in the early 50s. This is one of her first, from 1953.
18 – Hello Baby; Charline Arthur. Charline was a Texas singer who had great songs but a strong will, which caused her trouble in the record industry, especially with her producer, Chet Atkins. This is from 1957.
19 – When Jimmy Comes Home; Sandy Selsie. Sandy was a singer from Ontario who had a hit with this song in November, 1963.
20 – Daddy-O; Bonnie Lou. This was a Cincinnati singer; this song got to number 14 in 1955.
21 – Back Street Affair; Priscilla Mitchell & Roy Drusky. Priscilla was Jerry Reed’s wife. She recorded this song, which was a hit by Conway Twitty and Webb Pierce, with Drusky in 1965.
22 – Take Me Back Again; Rose Maddox. Rose recorded this in 1962.
23 – Heartaches Meet Mr. Blues; Loretta Lynn. Loretta’s second single, from 1960.
24 – Twang Theme; The Countrypolitans