Western Swing Chronicles, Vol. 2

Western Swing Chronicles, Vol. 2

by Leon Chappel
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
08/13/2002
Label:
Origin Jazz
UPC:
0784554100125
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
90005

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Tracks

  1. Trifling Mama Blues
  2. Just Because
  3. Who Walks in When I Walk Out
  4. No Mama Blues
  5. Bugle Call Rag
  6. Too Good to Be True
  7. Wonderful Child
  8. Texas Plains
  9. Baby Won't You Come Along
  10. Ben Wheeler Stomp
  11. Angry
  12. Red Hot Mama from Way Out West
  13. Hang Out the Front Door Key
  14. Kansas City Blues
  15. Milenburg Joys
  16. I Never Knew
  17. It's All Coming Home to You
  18. China Boy
  19. Trouble in Mind
  20. Crawdad Song
  21. She's Got Me Worried
  22. Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name
  23. Deep Elm Blues
  24. White River Stomp
  25. You're in My Heart to Stay
  26. I'm a Do Right Papa
  27. Too Good to Be True

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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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