The Gals of the Big "D" Jamboree

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The Gals of the Big D Jamboree is an archival release that manages to be both fun and historical. The 29 tracks unearthed here, mostly demos and live recordings from the '50s, revive a few obscure regional artists and document rare performances by national acts such as Wanda Jackson, Janis Martin, and Charline Arthur. The common thread, as the title says, is that these women were all performers on Dallas' Big "D" Jamboree radio program, but the compilation goes beyond local interest to provide a telling glimpse into the ordeal of being a female artist in the '50s. Helen Hall recalls Jean Shepard with her proto-feminist "Honky Tonk Husband" and "Wasted Life," Pat Smith pleads...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The Gals of the Big D Jamboree is an archival release that manages to be both fun and historical. The 29 tracks unearthed here, mostly demos and live recordings from the '50s, revive a few obscure regional artists and document rare performances by national acts such as Wanda Jackson, Janis Martin, and Charline Arthur. The common thread, as the title says, is that these women were all performers on Dallas' Big "D" Jamboree radio program, but the compilation goes beyond local interest to provide a telling glimpse into the ordeal of being a female artist in the '50s. Helen Hall recalls Jean Shepard with her proto-feminist "Honky Tonk Husband" and "Wasted Life," Pat Smith pleads for Elvis Presley to make love to her "Elvis, Elvis", and Sherry Davis turns in a couple of ace rockabilly treasures. One of the most interesting items is Davis' "Broken Promises," recorded in Norman Petty's studio in 1957 with Buddy Holly on lead guitar. Lovingly recovered from transcription discs, private acetates, and tapes, and made commercially available for the first time, The Gals of the Big D Jamboree is a fascinating time capsule of forgotten music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Dragon Street
  • UPC: 090470101260
  • Catalog Number: 70101

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something Special (2:27)
  2. 2 What Else Does She Do Like Me? (2:36)
  3. 3 Footprints (2:43)
  4. 4 Honky Tonk Husband (2:36)
  5. 5 Wasted Life (2:44)
  6. 6 Hello Baby (2:18)
  7. 7 Cryin' Alone (2:04)
  8. 8 Welcome to the Club (2:40)
  9. 9 What About Tomorrow? (1:59)
  10. 10 I Having a Party All by Myself (2:34)
  11. 11 I'll Introduce You to a Friend (2:19)
  12. 12 Bacon and Eggs - Lovett Sisters (2:24)
  13. 13 I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire - Lovett Sisters (2:38)
  14. 14 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) - Abbie Neal & The Ranch Girls (2:44)
  15. 15 No Wedding Bell for Joe (2:46)
  16. 16 Cracker Jack - Janis Martin (2:00)
  17. 17 Elvis, Elvis - Pat Smith (2:05)
  18. 18 Optimistic - Doreen Freeman (2:14)
  19. 19 Bop City - Sherry Davis (2:27)
  20. 20 Just a Little Bit - Jimmy Davis (1:41)
  21. 21 Broken Promises - Sherry Davis (2:16)
  22. 22 Broken Promises - Sherry Davis (2:37)
  23. 23 I Didn't Know the Gun Was Loaded - Sherry Davis (2:07)
  24. 24 Chime Bells - Betty Lou Lobb (2:34)
  25. 25 If I Could Only Learn to Yodel (3:05)
  26. 26 Rock 'Til My Baby Comes Home (0:59)
  27. 27 Little Joe (2:13)
  28. 28 Have It Your Way Baby (2:00)
  29. 29 Hello Baby (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Holly Guitar
Wanda Jackson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Justin Tubb Announcer
Janis Martin Track Performer
Charline Arthur Guitar
J.I. Allison Drums
Paul Buskirk Mandolin
Smokey Montgomery Piano
Leon Rhodes Guitar
Pat Smith Track Performer
Niki Sullivan Rhythm Guitar
Harold Carmack Piano
Helena Hall Track Performer
Marvin Montgomery Banjo, Guitar
Jimmy Rollins Vocals
Paul Blunt Piano
Dale Gilley Steel Guitar
Slim Harbert Bass
Jimmy Kelly Steel Base
George McCoy Electric Guitar
Vi Petty Organ
The Picks Background Vocals
Bill Simmons Piano
Ramona Reed Vocals, yodeling
Eddie McDuff Fiddle
Joe Knight Rhythm Guitar
Jim Boyd Leader
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer
Eric Stewart Composer
Norman Petty Original Album Producer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
David Dennard Mastering, Photo Restoration
Eddie Durham Composer
Smokey Montgomery Original Album Producer
Hank Williams Composer
Phil York Mastering
Dave Sax Mastering
Sol Marcus Composer
Herb Leighton Composer
Eddie Seiler Composer
Hank Fort Composer
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