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Skeets McDonald Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD)

Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD)
 
 
 

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Skeets McDonald: Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD)

5-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 44-seitigem Buch, 143 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 360 Minuten.

Skeets McDonald gehört zu den Pionieren der Country Music an der Westküste. Er verkörperte den typischen Honky Tonk-Sänger. In Erinnerung wird er für seinen Hit Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes aus dem Jahr 1953 bleiben. In seiner über achtzehn Jahre andauernden Studiokarriere von 1949 bis 1967 nahm er 143 Songs auf. Ein Rückblick auf seine Karriere war längst überfällig. Diese CD-Dokumentation zeigt nicht nur den Wandel der Country Music in jenen zwei Jahrzehnten, sondern auch, wie ein Mann entgegen modischer Trends schlicht und einfach gute Honky Tonk Music machte.

Die Karriere des in Arkansas geborenen Sängers begann in Detroit - mit leicht anzüglichen Jukebox-Liedern wie The Tattooed Lady und Birthday Cake Boogie. Im Jahre 1951 zog er an die Westküste und unterschrieb einen Plattenvertrag bei Capitol, wo er einer der Mitbegründer des Bakersfield-Stil wurde. Er nahm Klassiker wie I'm Hurtin' (spaeter von Nat 'King' Cole aufgenommen),
Looking At The Moon And Wishing On A Star sowie Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes auf. Später schwenkte er zu Rockabilly mit You Oughta See Grandma Rock und Heartbreakin' Mama
(beide mit Eddie Cochran - Gitarre). Seine ausgezeichnete 1958er Capitol-LP, 'Goin' Steady With The Blues' (mit Buck Owens und Joe Maphis - Gitarren) gilt als eines der besten Alben der Fünfzigerjahre.

1959 unterschrieb Skeets bei Columbia Records, wo er Shuffles im Ray Price-Stil aufnahm, darunter einige mit Price selbst als Harmonie-Sänger), um dann 1963 einen weiteren Hit mit Call Me Mister Brown zu haben. Die Box wird abgerundet durch seine letzten Aufnahmen für Uni, die er kurz vor seinem Tod im Jahre 1968 machte.

Eine neu recherchierte Biografie von Colin Escott, Fotos und Andenken der Familie, von Freunden und Fans komplettieren diese einem Pionier der Country Music der Nachkriegszeit und einem der besten Sänger in der Geschichte der Country Music überhaupt gewidmeten, lang überfälligen Retrospektive.

5-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 44-seitigem Buch, 143 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 360 Minuten


 

Songs

McDonald, Skeets - Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD) Box set 1
1: You Can't Come Back - Polka
2: I Can't Take No More (So I Must Say Goodbye)
3: My Home In Tennessee
4: Make My Dreams Come True
5: The Things You Used To Say
6: When The Roses Bloom Around Our Cabin Door
7: The Southland Boogie
8: Mean And Evil Blues
9: The Tattooed Lady
10: The Tattooed Lady
11: Birthday Cake Boogie
12: Sentimental Fool
13: Baby When You're Around
14: Please Daddy Don't Go To War
15: So I Cried Myself To Sleep
16: Goodbye Blues
17: Only One Love In Each Heart
18: Scoot, Git And Be Gone
19: Bless Your Little Ol' Heart (You're Mine)
20: Today I'm Movin' Out
21: Blues Is Bad News
22: Fuss And Fight
23: Baby Brown Eyes
24: I'm Hurtin'
25: Ridin' With The Blues
26: Big Family Trouble
27: Tell Me Why
28: Be My Life's Companion
29: The Love That Hurt Me So
McDonald, Skeets - Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD) Box set 2
1: Heartbreaking One
2: Wheel Of Fortune
3: Please Come Back
4: You Made Me Cry
5: Curtain Of Tears
6: I'm Sorry To Say I'm Sorry
7: Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
8: A Losing Hand
9: I've Got To Win Your Love Again
10: Let Me Know
11: I Can't Last Long
12: Baby, I'm Lost Without You
13: Hi Diddle Dee (My Way)(& HELEN O'CONNELL)
14: Worried Mind (& HELEN O'CONNELL)
15: Walking On Teardrops
16: It's Your Life
17: Baby, I'm Countin'
18: Look Who's Cryin' Now
19: I Need Your Love
20: Looking At The Moon And Wishing On A Star
21: We're Lovin' And Livin'
22: Oh How It Hurts
23: Remember You're Mine
24: Your Love Is Like A Faucet
25: You Talk About Me, I'll Talk About You
26: I Love You, I Love You, I Love You
27: I Love You, Mama Mia
28: Smoke Comes Out My Chimney Just The Same
29: Each Time A New Love Dies
30: But I Do
McDonald, Skeets - Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD) Box set 3
1: Number One In Your Heart
2: You're Too Late
3: I Can't Stand It Any Longer
4: I Got A New Field To Plow
5: Your Sweet Love Is Gone
6: Strollin'
7: You Turned Me Down
8: It'll Take Me A Long, Long Time
9: Don't Push Me Too Far
10: Fallen Angel (Are You Sorry?)
11: Somebody
12: You Oughta See Grandma Rock
13: Heart-Breakin' Mama
14: You Gotta Be My Baby
15: You Better Not Go
16: I Am Music
17: Welcome Home
18: I Can't Hold A Memory In My Arms
19: Keep Her Off Your Mind
20: Fingertips
21: I'm Hurtin'
22: Bless Your Little Ol' Heart (You're Mine)
23: Love Wind
24: I'll Make Believe
25: The Echo Of Your Footsteps
26: The All American Boy
27: Let's Spend Some Time With Me
McDonald, Skeets - Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD) Box set 4
1: Fort Worth Jail
2: Hawaiian Sea Breaze
3: Blues In My Mind
4: Yard And A Half Of Blues
5: Goin' Steady With The Blues
6: I'll Sail My Ship Alone
7: Gone And Left Me Blues
8: Lost Highway
9: My Room Is Crowded
10: You're There
11: Tomorrow Never Comes
12: I'm Sorry Now
13: What A Lonesome Life It's Been
14: Baby Wait
15: What Am I Doing Here
16: What I Know About Her
17: Gotta Get You From That Crowd
18: Where You Go (I'll Follow)
19: Cheek To Cheek With The Blues
20: Everglades
21: Make Room For The Blues
22: This Old Heart
23: He'll Let You Live A Little
24: You're Not Wicked, You're Just Weak
25: Same Old Town
26: What A Fool I Was
27: I Write You Letters
28: You Warned Me
29: In The Corner Of My Mind
30: Fast Company
McDonald, Skeets - Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD) Box set 5
1: This Old Broken Heart
2: Call Me Mr. Brown
3: I've Gotta Show You
4: Dear John (I've Sent Your Saddle Home)
5: Chin Up - Chest Out
6: I'd Hate To Be Him
7: Think Of Me
8: Too Many Times (Away From You)
9: Mrs. Right's Divorcing Mr. Wrong
10: Down In Mexico
11: Teardrop Inn
12: Me And My Heart And My Shoes
13: Tell Me A Lie
14: Big Chief Buffalo Nickel (Desert Blues)
15: A Member Of The Blues
16: Molly Brown
17: There Sits An Angel
18: Day Sleeper
19: She's Never Gone That Route Before
20: Mabel
21: Too Much Of Me (Walked Away With You)
22: The Police Files
23: Your Uncertain Mind
24: It's Genuine
25: Old Indian's Never Die
26: You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
27: Talk Of The Town (Hush Hush)

 

Artikeleigenschaften von Skeets McDonald: Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD)

  • Interpret: Skeets McDonald

  • Albumtitel: Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD)

  • Artikelart Box set

  • Genre Country

  • Music Genre Country Music
  • Music Style Classic Country Artists
  • Music Sub-Genre 002 Classic Country Artists
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode EI
  • SubGenre Country - General

  • EAN: 4000127159373

  • Gewicht in Kg: 1.400
 
 

Interpreten-Beschreibung "McDonald, Skeets"

SKEETS McDONALD

DON'T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYES

Entire volumes are still being written about poets, dramatists, philosophers, and political figures who died centuries ago, yet very little is known about Skeets McDonald, a country singer of renown who died just thirty years ago. In its way, that says much about what was considered worthy of documentation in the very recent past. It's true that Skeets was not one of the major stars of the Fifties and Sixties, but he scored two big hits, Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes in 1952, and Call Me Mr. Brown in 1963. He was on television in Los Angeles every week for years, worked as a sessionman, and played clubs all across the West and Southwest--and points beyond. When he went into the studio, he recorded some of the very best beerhall country music ever to find its way onto disc. He even cut a rock 'n' roll record that earned him a posthumous, if not particularly well-deserved, reputation as a rockabilly singer.

If he were alive, Skeets might well have welcomed any attention from any quarter, even rockabilly fans. He fell into the void between the total nonentities and the stars who seemed to hog what coverage there was. There were a few short pieces in the country fanzines in the early Fifties, and then little or nothing until brief death notices fifteen years later. For some reason, EMI's British budget label, Music For Pleasure, reissued his sole Capitol album, 'Goin' Steady With The Blues', in the mid-Sixties, thinking it was a blues album. Nick Tosches made Skeets one of his 'Unsung Heroes Of Rock 'n' Roll'; there were two Bear Family LPs in 1986; and one of Skeets' songs was used as a recurring motif in a bizarre British television series. Besides that, nothing.

 

THE SOUTHLAND

Family history has it that the McDonalds originally settled in South Carolina, and went from there to Alabama and on to Arkansas. What we know of Skeets' early life derives almost entirely from Charles Wolfe's interviews with Skeets' younger brother, Lynn, who has since died. Wolfe's text, published in the liner notes to Bear Family's 'Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes' LP, recaps what little is known of Skeets' earliest years.

Greenway, Arkansas is a small town nestled into the extreme northeastern corner of the state, next to the Missouri bootheel. Eighty miles to the west is West Plains, Missouri, birthplace of Porter Wagoner; eighty miles to the southeast is Memphis, birthplace of the blues. It is an interesting musical climate and it was the home turf of Skeets McDonald. Born October 1, 1915 as Enos William McDonald, into a cotton picking family of three brothers and three sisters, Skeets grew up on his father's farm in a little hamlet called Rector. Early on, he acquired the nickname that would stick with throughout his life. “We raised cotton down there,” brother Lynn McDonald recalled, “and he was the baby in the family, but he always wanted to go out with us. There was one day when we were out hoeing twenty acres of cotton, and he wanted to come and help. We said that it was too hot and that the cotton was too tall--it was about as tall as he was. But he insisted, so we took him. Well, the mosquitoes were really bad that day, and they started getting after him. After a bit of this, he shouted, 'I go home. Skeets bite.' My brother-in-law was with us. He got a kick out of this, and he started calling him 'Skeets.' Skeets didn't like the name at all, didn't like to be called that, but it stuck, and after a while he couldn't do much about it. It was Skeets McDonald."

Though none of his immediate family was a notable musician, Skeets learned traditional Ozark music at the local music parties that still characterize grass roots Ozark music. The older generation of pickers that Skeets listened to included mandolin player Charlie Dodd, and guitarists Carol Hasty and Scott Bradford. By the time he was five, Skeets had a home-made cigarbox fiddle, and was trying to saw out the fiddle tunes he heard from the area's pre-eminent fiddler, Elvin Burns. In later life, Skeets would often call a set of square dancing on a stage show in California or Texas, drawing on the skills honed with Burns and other fiddlers.

The family also had a Victrola, and through this Skeets heard his first singing influence, Jimmie Rodgers, whose popularity peaked when Skeets was thirteen. A well-worn family story recounts Skeets at age twelve getting his first guitar. “He traded a red hound dog for a guitar and six dollars,” recalled Lynn. “And a farm boy became a musician. In the evenings, he would sit for hours, picking guitar and singing.” In between, there were hard chores to do, especially when the Depression hit and money in rural Arkansas was almost non-existent. Still, there were music parties, coon dogs and hunting trips, good fishing, and good friends. “It was a great and happy life,” Skeets reflected in later years.

Like many young Southerners during the Depression, Skeets' older brother, Steve, went north to Michigan to work in the auto factories, and in 1933, when Skeets was eighteen, Steve returned for a visit. He brought news of an entire transplanted 'cracker' culture in Michigan, where so many southerners had moved up that the bars and roadhouses and radio stations around Detroit were filled with the sounds of stringband music. Though Steve was not a musician himself, he had contacts in a band led by the Buffington Brothers called the Lonesome Cowboys. When he heard how good his little brother had gotten on the guitar and how well he could sing the old songs, he invited Skeets to return with him, promising to get him a job. Skeets went and had no trouble fitting into the band, [thus] beginning a career that would last until his death in 1968.

 

 

THE LONESOME COWBOY

Skeets left Greenway High School in 1932, and went first to St. Louis, working on KMOX with an artist remembered only as Pappy Chasire (or possibly Cheshire). He probably arrived in Detroit in 1935 or 1936. After leaving Ive and Clayton Buffington, he led several of his own bands, and by 1936, he was on WEXL in Royal Oak, about half-way between Pontiac and Detroit. Skeets couldn't yet make a full-time living from music, so he held down a day job, played the radio station early in the morning, and worked the beerjoints on weekends.

The Treeces were from Missouri, and one Sunday afternoon Mr. Treece took his daughter, Opal, to hear some music from back home. Skeets began flirting with Opal, and bought her a chicken dinner. Opal was going to high school at the time, and Skeets was working in the press room at the Fisher body plant (the same place Johnny Cash worked some 15 years later). Skeets got off work around the time that Opal got out of high school, so he'd walk her home. In the morning, he'd dedicate songs to her over the radio.

Skeets and Opal were married soon after she graduated from high school in 1936. Their son, Robert Lee, was born in 1938. Then, when Robert was eleven months old, Opal left. “I kept forgiving him and forgiving him,” she said. “I couldn't endure him living that life. He was a very likeable guy, and he was idolized by a lot of women, and you can only take so much. It was just his weaknesses and his way of life.” Skeets was ordered to pay five dollars a week in alimony, but the payments soon dried up, and he never publicly acknowledged that he had a son or first wife. In 1942, Opal married a real estate broker. Robert went on to graduate from the U.S Naval Academy in 1962 and was in the Army until 1968. Since then he has worked as an engineer. Skeets went on doing the only thing he knew to do.

Skeets' parents, Sam and Ethel, divorced in Arkansas and moved separately to Pontiac in the late years of the Depression to join Skeets, Steve, and their younger brother, Lynn. One of Skeets' sisters, Gertie, taught school in Arkansas for 40 years; another, Ida, was a practical nurse in Arkansas; the third, Lela, married a man named Floyd Harber and moved to St. Louis (which might have provided Skeets with the impetus to move there before venturing on to Detroit). Ethel had a steady job for years at the state hospital in Pontiac; Sam was a caretaker in an apartment building. They both retired separately back to Arkansas after the war. Skeets' two older brothers remained in the Detroit area. Steve ran his own car repair shop in Pontiac until his death in 1944. Lynn worked as a ward supervisor at a psychiatric hospital.

The personnel of Skeets' early groups is hard to establish, probably because it changed constantly, and sixty years on, it's almost impossible to pin down his itinerary. Apparently, he brought up several buddies from Rector, including a blind accordionist, Junior Waddington, with whom he worked at the Parkview Lounge. Two brothers from Rector, lead guitarist Shug Daugherty and steel guitarist Durwood Daugherty, backed him at Larson's Night Club. Another of Skeets' friends from Rector, pianist Les Thomas, worked with him at the Scenic Inn. He held down regular spots on WFDF in Flint, Michigan, and on WCAR in Pontiac at various points before the Second World War. One of Skeets' longtime fans, Cloyce Montgomery, remembered that he had a policy of going from table to table between sets to greet the fans; then, when he moved on to another location, his fan base would follow him. According to Fred Lagg's unpublished remembrance of Skeets lodged with the Country Music Foundation, “Old-timers around Detroit will tell you about the time he worked a job on Seven Mile Road, and was such a success that the owner had to enlarge the building to make room for more customers.”

The United States entered the Second World War in 1941, and Skeets joined the Medical 69th General Hospital on April 4, 1943, operating in North Africa, India, and Okinawa. He came home on January 21, 1946 with a Bronze Star.

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