Jimmy C. Newman Bop a Hula Diggy Liggy Lo (2-CD)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: May 14, 1990
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Bear Family
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Diggy Liggy Lo
- 2.Night Time Is Cry Time
- 3.You Don't Want Me to Know
- 4.Do You Feel Like I Feel About You
- 5.Day Dreamin'
- 6.Dream Why Do You Hurt Me So
- 7.Crying for a Pastime
- 8.Angel Have Mercy
- 9.I Thought I'd Never Fall in Love Again
- 10.God Was So Good
- 11.Let's Stay Together
- 12.What Will I Do (What'll I Do)
- 13.I've Got You on My Mind
- 14.Seasons of My Heart
- 15.Come Back to Me
- 16.I Wanta Tell the World
- 17.You Didn't Have to Go
- 18.Cry, Cry Darling
- 19.Can It Be Right
- 20.Your True and Faithful One
- 21.What Will I Do (What'll I Do)
- 22.I'll Always Love You Darling
- 23.Once Again
- 24.Let Me Stay in Your Arms
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Bop a Hula
- 2.Step Aside Shallow Water
- 3.Carry On
- 4.With Tears in My Eyes
- 5.Once Again
- 6.Blue Darlin'
- 7.Let Me Stay in Your Arms
- 8.I Thought I'd Never Fall in Love Again
- 9.Yesterday's Dream
- 10.Let the Whole World Talk
- 11.Honky Tonk Tears
- 12.What Will I Do (What'll I Do)
- 13.Last Night
- 14.No Use to Cry
- 15.The Way That You're Living (Is Breaking My Heart)
- 16.What a Fool I Was to Fall (For You)
- 17.A Falling Star
- 18.I Can't Go on This Way
- 19.Need Me
- 20.A Sweet Kind of Love
- 21.Cry, Cry Darling
- 22.You're the Idol of My Dreams
- 23.Need Me
Comes with a 16 page booklet.
Personnel: Jimmy C. Newman (vocals); Chet Atkins, Hank Garland, Billy Byrd, Paul Yandell (electric guitar); Don Helms, Sonny Tramble, Sonny Burnette, Bob Foster, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Rufus Thibodeaux (ukulele, fiddle); Jerry Rivers, Tommy Jackson (fiddle); "Papa" John Gordy, Floyd Cramer, Fred Rose, Anita Kerr (piano); D.J. Fontana, T. Tommy Cutrer, Buddy Harman (drums).
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: Castle Studio, Nashville, TN (??/1953-02/1958); Fred Rose's House, Nashville, TN (??/1953-02/1958); KWKH Studio, Shreveport, LA (??/1953-02/1958); Nashville, TN (??/1953-02/1958); Owen Bradley Studio, Nashville, TN (??/1953-02/1958); RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, TN (??/1953-02/1958).
Photographers: Colin Escott; Jay Miller .
Forty-seven songs cut by Jimmy C. Newman for Dot Records between late 1953 and February of 1958, showcasing the singer in his early prime -- Newman's recordings go back to 1946, but these were the ones where he hit his stride. The sound is a mix of Cajun and country, with the strong influence of Ernest Tubb, whom Newman grew up idolizing along with Gene Autry -- Tubb's lead guitarist Billy Byrd even played on Newman's first sessions (alongside Chet Atkins), although Jimmy's real sound can be heard on the songs from his second and third sessions, which prominently feature Cajun fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux. Newman's earliest Dot sessions, directed by Fred Rose (who was then looking for a successor to the recently deceased Hank Williams), show him working in a hillbilly vein, on songs like "You Didn't Have To" and "Cry, Cry Darling" -- the early sessions also show Newman with a marked lisp from a badly fitted gold tooth, which was later corrected. Surprisingly, a lot of the better material here, such as "Do You Feel Like I Feel About You," was not released until a decade later, when Dot started putting out albums on Newman and dipped into their vaults. Disc two includes Newman's attempts to crack the rock & roll and pop markets, with numbers like "Bop a Hula," "Step Aside Shallow Water," and "Carry On," which work to varying degrees (the last is considered a classic by rockabilly fans) but were more aberrations than a genuine new direction for him. When asked to do an Elvis-like piece like "I Can't Go On This Way" (complete with the Jordanaires, who also appear on the same session's cover of Jim Reeves' "Need Me"), however, he gave a good account, and rock & roll history buffs will find at least a half-dozen tracks worth hearing on this disc. ~ Bruce Eder
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