August 3, 2008

Everything Old is New Again

I found this gem in a used bin and it could easily be one of the best honky tonk / rockabilly records I have in my collection. I don't know the genre inside and out but I think I know good music when I hear it and this one is a stomping good time, especially side A. (Boo Hoo, I can't Forget, Tough Top Cat, That's the Way I Feel, The Last Time, A Need for Love, Down in the Cellar, Honky Tonk in your Heart)

Artist - Marvin Rainwater (1/4 Native American)

Title - Sings with a Heart, with a Beat

Label - This is a reissue LP from 1984 on Bear Family Records. Word is the original on MGM from 1958 goes for $100 + because it is considered a rockabilly collectible

Hometown - Kansas

You can read about him here and here.

Rainwater never had a #1 country hit but he had a brief stint with fame when his single "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" made it to the top 5. (also made it to the Pop charts which makes it a rare crossover hit) He released plenty of other great singles but none had the popularity that his first one had.

Marvin's music is a great mix of up tempo Western Swing with humor, attitude, and a deep voice that will have you thinking of songs like "Big Bad John". The B-side of this recording features nearly all duets including songs with Patty Rainwater (sister) and Connie Francis but side A is so good that you may have a hard time ever making it to side B.

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