"Fall out" - 16 desert blazin' breakers



In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE56
"Outlaws, rockers, jivers and swingers all together on the dancefloor, from the Mojave dessert over Route 66 to the Middle East and a paradise island..."

Bell 111 1.  the happy organ – the gay blades
This B-side of “The muses:that’s why” is nothing less than a splendid organ instrumental version of Shortnin’ Bread. I have absolutely no idea who the Gay Blades were. It sounds early 60s to me.
9.  my babe – ron holden & the thunderbirds
Great slow guitar intro and then The Thunderbirds are launched. In 1959 Ron Holden wrote this original tune for the B-side of his “Love you so”, the first of his Donna releases. His first (and sole?) album was also called “Love you so”. I have reasons to believe that Bruce Johnston was also a member of this backing band.
Donna 1315
Columbia 4-40799 2.  mu-cha-cha – the de john sisters
This is the flip of “Mah little baby”, their '57 version of the same Shortnin’ Bread, which I already put on vol 52. Born as Julie and Dux DeGiovanni the sisters had a recording career for almost all through the 50s.
10. my babe – ronnie dove
Written by Neil Diamond in '67 and thus again another “My babe”. I’m not sure if this was recorded with The Beltones, his backing band of the early 60s. From the early 60s on dozens of singles and albums have been released up until the late 70s. For me this remains one of his finest moments.
Stateside HSS1192
Dot 15428 3.  daddy-o – the fontane sisters
As the sexier version of The Andrews Sisters they started their careers with RCA in 1951. In 1954 they switched to Pat Boone’s Dot label up until 1960. They also recorded a 45 with Perry Como in the beginning of the 50s. This one is from '55.
11. caravan – earl grant
I can’t help it. I’m mesmerized when I listen to Caravan. Any version is alright to me, even it’s by Earl Grant. This version is so amazing: a great mix of organ jazz and exotic percussion. I close my eyes and I see myself on a camel heading to Baghdad in 1955.
Brunswick 12992
Columbia Japan LL263 4.  five brothers – marty robbins
A great tale about five brothers from Arkansas trying to find the gambler that killed their father. Going to New Orleans, to the desert and all over the country they followed the killer and finally they shot him. And this whole outlaw story in 2 minutes! On the A-side you can find “North to Alaska” by Johnny Horton on this Japanese release.
12. leap frog – chuck alaimo quartet
The frog is the sax and it makes you jump and leap on the dancefloor. I’m surprised this haven’t been compiled before. Well, I don’t really know. It’s a super B-side!!  Was this '57 recording his sole release?
MGM K12449
Vogue 45V4131 5.  eagle pass ballad – burt mackay
No, this '72 tune ain’t Ennio Morricone nor a Sergio Leone soundtrack. Would you close your eyes? Yes? Ok, you’re riding through the Grand Canyon facing Eagle Pass, your guns burning on your side and you’re too thirsty to whistle, but still you do…
13. hi lo boogie – arthur smith & his cracker jacks
Two great uptempo boogie tunes on this '59 platter, the best being this “Hi lo boogie”. From 1948 until 1975 he released dozens of albums and also more than a handful of 45s. His nickname was Boogie Smith.
MGM 61622
LK Records KL2770 6.  phantom of the road – the raintree county
The Raintree County featuring Paul Strasser with another road song that tells the story about a truck driver facing the phantom of the road. Cool uptempo c&w tune from '76.
14. midnight sun – the five whispers
Cool dreamy '62 instrumental on the coolest of NW labels. That song title says it all! And what about the b-side: “Moon in the afternoon”… This was their first effort. 1964 saw the last release of this promising band.
Dolton n°61
Capitol 4741 7.  route 66 theme – nelson riddle
Surprise: this '62 release hasn’t got anything to do with the classic “Route 66”. This B-side of the sultry “Lolita ya ya” by renowned orchestra leader Nelson Riddle is one of the best he ever did. He did arrangements for all the great names in showbiz: from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to Ella Fitzgerald and even Linda Ronstadt. But he’ll be best remembered for his movie scores.
15. fever – pete bennett & the embers
One of my all time fave songs is “Fever” (like Caravan, Miserlou and Summertime…) This is a great swinging instrumental version of the Little Willie John’s classic mixed with the Mar-Keys’ “Last night” from '61. They had one other 45 “Bunny hop/Tarantella” on Cupid in 1959.
Sunset 1002
Mercury 71196x45 8.  green blazer – sil austin
An organ, a sax, a drumkit, a guitar and a bass or The Allstars backing up Sil Austin who recorded from the early 50s to the 70s and maybe even later, for various labels such as Mercury and Wing. From 1957.
16. fall out – sil austin
The 50s were not only the space age, but also the atomic age. “Fall out” was a well known deterrent for the easily scared American population. This uptempo instrumental is the flip of “Green blazer”, also on this volume.
Mercury 71196x45