Bop A Hula

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051154691
  • Catalog Number: 15469
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy C. Newman Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Rufus Thibodeaux Fiddle, Ukulele
Chet Atkins Electric Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Electric Guitar
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Anita Kerr Piano
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Billy Byrd Electric Guitar
Ray Edenton Rhythm Guitar
D.J. Fontana Drums
Bob Foster Steel Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Eddie Hill Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Millie Kirkham Choir, Chorus
Ernest Ernie Newton Bass
Jerry Rivers Fiddle
Fred Rose Piano
Paul Yandell Electric Guitar
T. Tommy Cutrer Drums
Sonny Tramble Steel Guitar
"Papa" John Gordy Piano
Sonny Burnette Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Rufus Thibodeaux Composer
Bill Cantrell Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Jimmy C. Newman Composer
Fred Rose Producer
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Rebecca Everett Mastering
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Leslie Lyle Composer
Bud Deckelman Composer
James Joiner Composer
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