Western Swing Chronicles, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
For a time during 1932-1935, Leon Chappelear an appealing singer and guitarist was one of the top bandleaders in Western swing, combining together early country music with jazz. Chappelear's Lone Star Cowboys were popular in the south, growing to be a sextet with two guitars, fiddle, clarinet, banjo, and bass. But a car accident on September 13, 1935, caused Chappelear some brain damage and, although he survived, he tired easily and a spark was lost in his performances. He continued on until 1938 and then spent the rest of his life until his death in 1962 working odd jobs and hoping against hope to make a comeback in music. Long forgotten, Leon Chappelear has now had his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
For a time during 1932-1935, Leon Chappelear an appealing singer and guitarist was one of the top bandleaders in Western swing, combining together early country music with jazz. Chappelear's Lone Star Cowboys were popular in the south, growing to be a sextet with two guitars, fiddle, clarinet, banjo, and bass. But a car accident on September 13, 1935, caused Chappelear some brain damage and, although he survived, he tired easily and a spark was lost in his performances. He continued on until 1938 and then spent the rest of his life until his death in 1962 working odd jobs and hoping against hope to make a comeback in music. Long forgotten, Leon Chappelear has now had his best recordings reissued on this single CD. Consisting of 27 performances from 1932-1938, the set features such numbers as "Just Because," "Who Walks in When I Walk Out," "Bugle Call Rag," "Ben Wheeler Stomp," "Angry," "Milenburg Joys," and "Deep Elm Blues." Although some of the clarinet solos in the later recordings are erratic, the music overall is quite enjoyable and reminiscent of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. Highly recommended to Western swing collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Origin Jazz
  • UPC: 784554100125
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 123,211

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trifling Mama Blues - Leon Chappelear (2:35)
  2. 2 Just Because (2:56)
  3. 3 Who Walks in When I Walk Out - Leon Chappelear (2:50)
  4. 4 No Mama Blues - Leon Chappelear (3:06)
  5. 5 Bugle Call Rag - Leon Chappelear (2:30)
  6. 6 Too Good to Be True - Leon Chappelear (2:43)
  7. 7 Wonderful Child (2:51)
  8. 8 Texas Plains - Leon Chappelear (2:55)
  9. 9 Baby Won't You Come Along - Leon Chappelear (2:52)
  10. 10 Ben Wheeler Stomp - Leon Chappelear (2:42)
  11. 11 Angry - Leon Chappelear (2:34)
  12. 12 Red Hot Mama from Way Out West - Leon Chappelear (2:41)
  13. 13 Hang Out the Front Door Key (2:32)
  14. 14 Kansas City Blues - Leon Chappelear (2:35)
  15. 15 Milenburg Joys - Leon Chappelear (3:00)
  16. 16 I Never Knew - Leon Chappelear (2:46)
  17. 17 It's All Coming Home to You (2:54)
  18. 18 China Boy - Leon Chappelear (3:08)
  19. 19 Trouble in Mind - Leon Chappelear (3:05)
  20. 20 Crawdad Song (2:45)
  21. 21 She's Got Me Worried - Leon Chappelear (3:04)
  22. 22 Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name - Leon Chappelear (2:47)
  23. 23 Deep Elm Blues (2:45)
  24. 24 White River Stomp - Leon Chappelear (2:50)
  25. 25 You're in My Heart to Stay - Leon Chappelear (3:03)
  26. 26 I'm a Do Right Papa - Leon Chappelear (2:47)
  27. 27 Too Good to Be True - Leon Chappelear (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leon Chappel Primary Artist
Leon Chappelear Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Jimmie Davis Vocals
J.R. Chatwell Fiddle
Gene Sullivan Guitar, Vocals
Slim Harbert Bass
Bob Shelton Ukulele, Vocals, Jug
Joe Shelton Mandolin, Vocals
Howard Oliver Tenor Banjo
Lonnie Hall Fiddle
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer
Robert Palmer Composer
Eric Stewart Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Alex Brown Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Mike Kieffer Producer
Sami McKinney Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Ted Fio Rito Composer
Jules Cassard Composer
Dudley Mecum Composer
Cary Ginell Producer, Liner Notes
Henry Brunies Composer
Leon Chappelear Arranger
Hubert Nelson Composer
John "Shifty" Henry Composer
Michael O'Hara Composer
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