These may be the last of the Fazzios to be discovered in the depths of the closet where the Crown collection resides so let’s pull out what’s left of the vinyl and take a listen.
The material on “Jimmy Gilmore and the Fireballs” predates the Fireball’s two monster hits, Sugar Shack & Bottle of Wine. Here the band plays one vocal (Wishing) and three instros relealsed before the surf music craze but are definitely in the same world, especially Foot Platter which shows up on countless surf collections. Here’s the instrumental Kissing from side 2:
The rest of the LP features tracks by Jerry Cole in his classic hot rod & psychedelic distortion Crown period. Several of these cuts I’ve never heard before and may not be on the Ace Records Cole/Crown reissues. The Spur is Cole’s valiant attempt to affect the Fireballs’ staccato sound while Let It All Hang Out verges into Tequila territory several times. This LP is well worth owning and playing, especially if you like surf, rock & hot rod inserts.
Another fine country roots LP from Crown’s Fazzio collection. Al Terry’s tunes on side one make him out to be a bit of a sad sack, whining about being a loser in love in mostly ballad form as in Without You:
Johnny Tyler on side two is the real find here, especially his last two numbers presented below, County Fair with carnival organ & God Turns Us To Dust, a title that cannot be ignored.
Pragugefrank’s County Music Discography has lots of info about these recordings that Jules most likely leased from small local labels like Rural Rhythm and there’s even more about Tyler here. Basically, Tyler was from Arkansas, made a lot of recordings for RCA, then moved on to small labels like Rural Rhythm before passing away in his early 40s. These two numbers include sound effects and a rocking country band.
The vinyl is missing from this LP which is too bad as I was hoping to discover that Jerry & Glenn were Jerry Cole and Glen Campbell.
Same title as CST 402 but different cuts. Results are the same. Brook Benton takes the lead here with the upbeat Want Cha Gone while Jessie Belvin sings his sweeter and more doo wop tunes throughout this okay collection which includes Belvin’s hit Goodnight My Love.
Nice Fazzio cover art but that’s about it. Dull piano background music includes various public domain standards like Swanee River. Garner’s piano is accompanied by bass & drums. No evidence of Maxwell Davis’ horn on any cut despite his billing on the LP cover.
Louisiana-born cajun singer Jimmy Newman made his first recordings on Modern before moving on the J.D. Miller’s Feature label & a host of others. Newman became a regular at the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years, passing away just last year. What Will I Do & I’ll Have To Burn The Letters are typical of side one with Newman singing in a lonesome hillbilly whine in the style of Hank Williams that will rip out your heart. Great crying steel & percussive rhythm guitars dominate band. Crown’s processed stereo makes for a bit of distortion but music makes up for it.
Side Two is the ficticious Billy Carson, a country singer with a passable voice. Unlike side one, these tunes are recorded in true stereo with voice & rhythm on one track & a decent pedal steel on the other track. Check out this weird stereo separation on Window That I Look From.
The identity of Billy Carson is revealed in the following quote from a comment left by Counry Boy Lance on Lonesone Lefty’s informative Scratchy Attic blog:
The idenity of “BIlly Carson” (and “Eddie Wills” on the Sonny James album on Crown of his NRC recordings), is a guy named Glen Cass. He was a session picker here in Los Angeles and for a few years he and his brother Norm were part of the Palomino Riders who were the house band at the legendary (and sadly defunct)Palomino club on Lankersham Blvd in North Hollywood, CA. I’m not sure if he was at the Palomino at the time of this recording.
Sonny James became a major country artist with chart topping singles and record breaking stats on Billboard. He lays claim to several “firsts” in country music including being the first country artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Side one is all James from unknown sources including the cut below, Passing Through. Side two is the fictitious Eddie Wills who’s identified as Palomino Club picker Glen Cass above.