"Hee-Haw" - 16 country road singalong songs


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Can I turn you on with a rebel yell? A Southern dialect? A banjo and washboard? Or a 16-wheeler maybe? Do you like the good old starvation days of the prohibition? Whatever you like, you may want to sing along with these most unusual American 50s and 60s gems that I haven't seen reissued (at least not for a long time)..."

(Rebel 504) 1. kajun klu klux klan - johnny rebel

With a name like Johnny Rebel and a label called Rebel and even with two rebel flags it's not so difficult to imagine what these lyrics are all about. Johnny released a few 45s on this label in 1967-1968 but the toughest of 'em all is this "Kajun Klu Klux Klan". In those days it wasn't a crime yet to sing about racism and white supremacy.
9. big wheel cannonball - dick curless

Mine is a 1970 promo copy, but originally it was released as Capitol 2780. Again a minor hit in the country charts especially for you truck drivin' cowboys on the highway.
(Capitol PRO-4987)
(Patriot 1000) 2. the bearded bandit of cuba - pat & glenda davis

Another right wing hillbilly song; against communism and against its most hated leader, Fidel Castro, the bearded bandit of Cuba. And what about the label: Patriot. Timothy McVee would have loved this song.
10. six days on the road - dave dudley

And this was a smash hit in 1963, so I would be surprised if it hasn't been compiled before, but so far I haven't been able to find one. His best effort that year, though, was an album with Link Wray.

(Golden Wing GW3020)
(Chart CH-5039) 3. tequila float - hargus pig robbins

Hargus had some minor country hit singles in the late seventies, but this is earlier though; from 1970. It's got nothing to do with Chuck Rio's "Tequila". A strange instrumental.
11. skip a rope - henson cargill

A mid-tempo finger snappin' country tune by an unknown artist for me. It's definitely a late 60s release.

(Monument 45-1041)
(Columbia 4-41597) 4. starvation days - freddie hart

Born in Alabama 1926 Freddie released dozens of 45s and albums, so he knows what he's singing about: he must have been really hungry in those prohibition days of depression. Release year must have been 1960. Oh, his real name is Fred Segrest.
12. walker's woods - robert mitchum

The a-side (Little old wine drinker me) was a huge country hit in 1967 for good ol' Robert Mitchum whose best recording will always be "Ballad of Thunder Road". This ain't no ballad, it's an uptempo cool rockin't tune.
(Monument 45-1006)
(Columbia 4-42805) 5. the banjo - the new christy minstrels

Named after the Chirsty Minstrels who formed in 1942, but this country folk troupe started in the early 60s and released about a dozen albums up to 1970. In the 70s they released more records on Gregar and Harmony. Famous members included Kenny Rogers, Bary McGuire, Gene Clark,... This 1963 ditty is one of the wildest and fastest songs about (and with) a banjo I've ever heard "
The very next pay day the banjo is gonna get fixed".
13. looking for a handout - johnny rebel

The flipside of "Kajun Klu Klux Klan" and less violent but with the same venomous tongue. A week later Martin Luther King was assassinated because he was looking for a handout.

(Rebel 504)
(Chart CH-5068) 6. rocky top - lynn anderson

Another great banjo tune by million seller Lynn Anderson who grew up in Sacramento, Ca but was born in North Dakota in 1947. I've never seen this one reappearing on a comp, but I am almost sure it made it to some Nashville sampler. Anyway, it's a great song. From 1970.
14. uncle boogar and byrdie nelle - rex allen jr

Rex Allen Jr (yes, son of his father) had a lot cash box country singles chart entries but never a really big hit. Neither is this song on an unknown label for me. Nobody was able to tell me more about this obscure recording.

(Plantation PL-77)
(Laurie 3148) 7. honey baby - bobby goldsboro

Haha, fooled ya. Bobby Goldsboro on this volume??? Time to learn something different, although it's still basic rock 'n' roll. "Honey baby" is one of his first releases from 1962, from the days that he toured the States with Roy Orbison. In the 70s he had his own TV show. And inbetween he had some very good soul 45s as well. But do enjoy his super "Honey baby" from his early days in Florida and Alabama.
15. that's the way it's gonna be - the back porch majority
And here's the second folk rock tune on this volume. Featuring Michael Johnson who had a solo career and also other bands such as Great Plains and Mitchell Trio. I wonder why this 1966 song failed to be a hit in Greenwich Village. It should have
(Epic 5-9879)
(Columbia 4-41337) 8. chick - lee & paul

A super weird recording for their very first 45 on Columbia. From 1959 thee year of novelty songs. You have to hear this to believe! A beatnik song about a little chick on a farm. Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance recorded several 45s up until 1965 for Columbia. Paul had some solo releases on Roulette and Scepter in the early 60s.
16. muleskinner blues - kenny roberts

I have so many great versions of this song, but this certainly is the weirdest of 'em all. A frenzied fast late 60s recording with laughter and strange noises, a wild guitar and one hell of a crazy singer.
(Starday 45-947)