If You Don't Somebody Else Will

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Jimmy and Johnny's "If You Don't Somebody Else Will" was a rare foray into the country field for Chess Records -- one that yielded a surprise Top Three hit in 1954. The duo never charted another record together, but made history on the Louisiana Hayride Elvis Presley got his break on the Hayride filling in for Jimmy and Johnny, says Tillman Franks and recorded an array of fine country novelties and weepers, as well as some hot rockabilly sides. If You Don't Somebody Else Will collects 33 cuts made from 1952-60 for Chess, Decca, D, Feature, and Republic, tracing the act's evolution from the original duo of Jimmy Lee Fautheree and Johnny "Country" Mathis, to Lee's pairings ...
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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Jimmy and Johnny's "If You Don't Somebody Else Will" was a rare foray into the country field for Chess Records -- one that yielded a surprise Top Three hit in 1954. The duo never charted another record together, but made history on the Louisiana Hayride Elvis Presley got his break on the Hayride filling in for Jimmy and Johnny, says Tillman Franks and recorded an array of fine country novelties and weepers, as well as some hot rockabilly sides. If You Don't Somebody Else Will collects 33 cuts made from 1952-60 for Chess, Decca, D, Feature, and Republic, tracing the act's evolution from the original duo of Jimmy Lee Fautheree and Johnny "Country" Mathis, to Lee's pairings with his brother Lynn Fautheree and Wayne Walker after Mathis left. Two solo sides Lee made for the Vin label in 1958 are included, since Johnny "Country" Mathis sings harmony on them. Jimmy and Johnny's lone hit, and their handful of rockabilly classics like "Sweet Love on My Mind" and "I Can't Find the Doorknob" have surfaced on compilations, but many of their rarer cuts are equally good -- like "Sweet Singing Daddy," a near-perfect hillbilly bopper that sounds a lot like the Farmer Boys. Where Mathis appears, his Merle Travis-style electric guitar picking is outstanding. This lovingly-assembled, cross-licensed anthology offers excellent sound quality, a 48-page booklet containing a lengthy biography and discography, and is the definitive document of this hillbilly duo that straddled rock and roll in the mid-'50s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/1997
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127157713
  • Catalog Number: 15771
  • Sales rank: 203,535

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy & Johnny Primary Artist
Chet Atkins Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
James Burton Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar
Thomas Harris Bass
Johnny "Country" Mathis Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Lee Fautheree Guitar, Vocals
D.J. Fontana Drums
Buddy Harman Bass
Wayne Moss Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Merton Thibodeaux Bass
Wayne Walker Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Farris Coursey Bass
Dale Potter Fiddle
Bob Moore Vocals
Tillman Franks Bass
Abe Manuel Jr. Fiddle
Thomas Lee Jackson Jr. Fiddle
Walter Garland Guitar
Lynn Fautheree Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tom Pritchard Bass
Robert Foster Steel Guitar
Sonny Burnette Steel Guitar
A.J. Lewis Drums
Bill Kimbrough Drums
Doug Johnson Fiddle
Charlie Lewis Piano
Donald D. Davis Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
New Order Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Bud Reneau Composer
Walker Composer
Victor Young Composer
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Sonny Burnette Contributor
Roger S. Nichols Composer
Paul H. Williams Composer
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