Glenn Reeves: Johnny On The Spot - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD)
Die erste und einzige Song-Kopplung eines wichtigen, aber bisher nur selten wiederveröffentlichten Sängers und Songschreibers mit dem Original-Demo von 'Heartbreak Hotel', einem des wichtigsten Titel der Rock'n'Roll-Historie! Alle acht Singles, die Glenn Reeves in den 1950er-Jahren für TNT, Republic, Atco und Decca einspielte! Mit dabei sind außerdem sechs unveröffentlichte Titel aus den 50ern und eine sehr seltene 60s-Single auf dem Envy-Label! Mit seltenen Fotos und Gesprächen mit Glenn Reeves' Freunden und seiner Familie! Das umfassende Booklet von Martin Hawkins widmet sich allen Karrierestationen als Sänger, Komponist, Discjockey, TV-Star, Musikpromoter und mehr!
Dieses Album liefert den ersten, umfassenden Blick auf Glenn Reeves' Karriere - eines Mannes, der dabei war, als sich in den 50s unterschiedliche Rock-'n'-Roll-Stilrichtungen entwickelten - vom Western Bop über frühe Rocker bis hin zu rockigen Balladen. Glenn Reeves war ein ausgezeichneter Sänger, obwohl er im Schatten der Erfolge anderer stand (er nahm als erster Künstler 'Heartbreak Hotel' auf) - und
Glenn Reeves war außerdem ein guter Songschreiber: Honey Bop, Rockin' Country Style, I Won't Be Rockin' Tonite. Doch noch erfolgreicher war er als TV-Star einer Show, die in den 60s aus Florida ausgestrahlt wurde - und auch als Promoter großer Countrymusic-Veranstaltungen in den 70s. Sein Stellenwert in der Geschichte des Rock 'n' Roll mag nicht allzu prominent sein, Glenn Reeves ist darum aber nicht weniger wichtig. Jetzt wird all das komplett ausgebreitet - in Wort und Bild, jedoch vor allem in Form seiner rockenden Musik.
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|01||Rock Around The World||Glenn Reeves|| |
|02||I Can't Love You (Like You Want Me To Do)||Glenn Reeves|| |
|03||Rockin' Country Style||Glenn Reeves|| |
|04||Tarzan||Glenn Reeves|| |
|05||I'm Hangin' Around||Glenn Reeves|| |
|06||Precious Years||Glenn Reeves|| |
|07||Born To Cry||Glenn Reeves|| |
|08||Betty's Bounce||Glenn Reeves|| |
|09||Drinkin' Wine Spo Dee O Dee||Glenn Reeves|| |
|10||The Last Time||Glenn Reeves|| |
|11||That'll Be Love||Glenn Reeves|| |
|12||Rock-A-Boogie Lou||Glenn Reeves|| |
|13||She Traded Her Pigtails For A Toni||Glenn Reeves|| |
|14||He Gotta Way||Glenn Reeves|| |
|15||I Found A Dream||Glenn Reeves|| |
|16||Tortured Heart||Glenn Reeves|| |
|17||Woman Trouble||Glenn Reeves|| |
|18||Wasted Time, Wasted Years||Glenn Reeves|| |
|19||I Ain't Got Room To Rock||Glenn Reeves|| |
|20||I'm Johnny On The Spot||Glenn Reeves|| |
|21||The Blues Are Out Tonight||Glenn Reeves|| |
|22||That'll Be Love (alt)||Glenn Reeves|| |
|23||Heartbreak Hotel (demo)||Glenn Reeves|| |
|24||My Hometown||Glenn Reeves|| |
|25||Today (Is The First Day)||Glenn Reeves|| |
To sing the original demo version of one of the earliest and biggest hits of the rock 'n' roll era – Heartbreak Hotel – and then see your own recording career go nowhere very much must have been a galling experience. But we don't know this for sure, because no-one ever asked Glenn Reeves that question. In fact, no-one really interviewed him in any depth about his career as a singer in the 1950s. We do know for sure that Reeves had a quick turn of wit, though. When Colin Escott tracked him down in Florida in 1998 to ask him about his recordings for Republic Records in Nashville in 1955, Reeves came back with the memorable line – "I realised I could make more money selling pencils on the streetcorner in Florida than I could singing in Nashville."
It must have been annoying to make a number of good hillbilly, rockabilly and pop-rock recordings through the '50s and then see any number of other hopefuls, with less talent, make the breakthrough instead. Again, we don't know this for sure. By the time Colin went back for the full career interview in 1999, Glenn Reeves was dead, aged just 67 years. We do know that Reeves had more than one string to his bow, though, because he pursued a successful career as a show promoter in West Virginia and Florida in the '70s and '80s. His business partner Len Walls told me: "Glenn was the showman, I was the meticulous one who got things organised. He could sell an idea to anyone. He was the kind of personality that could take over a room when he came in."
This CD contains all the eight singles by Glenn Reeves issued on TNT, Republic, Atco and Decca in the '50s, along with seven unissued recordings, a single from the '60s, and that all-important original demo of Heartbreak Hotel. It is the first complete retrospective of the career of an important but little-known singer and songwriter.
I FOUND A DREAM
Floyd Glenn Reeves was born on 29 December 1930 in Shamrock, Texas. He was named after his father, Floyd Reeves. His mother, Temperance, known as Tempie, was a Pentecostal preacher and that may or may not have had a bearing on his being chosen as lead voice in the children's choir at his family church. It probably didn't have anything to do with his progress as a halfback on the 'Shamrock Irishmen' football team at school nor his role as trumpet player in the High School band.
It was in High School in his teenage years that Glenn formed his own first band, playing western swing and hillbilly classics. He attended the University of Texas and then joined the Marine Corps. When he came home he decided to pursue his interest in music and the route he chose was to become a disc jockey on KCTX in Childress, Texas.
Glenn Reeves married Viola J Clark in Shamrock in 1951 and they had two children by the time he moved in 1953 to radio WPDQ in Jacksonville, Florida, a station owned by Marshall Rowland and managed by Jim Atkins. He later switched across town to WQIK (somebody had fun naming those stations for sure). He was described as a "disc jockey and singer" at this time but little is known of his fledgling singing career in the country music underworlds of Texas and north Florida. His daughter, Pat, said: "My dad and mom came from the panhandle of Texas, a small town called Shamrock, and they left in 1953. My father moved to Jacksonville, Florida by himself first and then in August my mother, my older sister Joyce and I followed. Joyce was less than two years old and I was just two weeks old. To my knowledge he just moved here for the disc jockey job and I think he was ready to leave Texas. He was an only child. His parents followed us here less than a year later to be close to the grandchildren."
During Glenn's disc jockey years he recorded two discs of his own for Bob Tanner's TNT Records (Tanner 'n' Texas) of San Antonio, Texas. TNT Records was an offshoot from Tanner's record wholesaling operation that served a large area in the south and west and was always looking for more product to sell. Tanner issued blues, cajun, gospel and pop records as well as country music. He recorded many of the sessions himself but he also bought-in recordings made elsewhere. It is not known whether Reeves's recordings were made in TNT's studio at 1314 North Brazos Street in San Antonio or whether Reeves recorded them at a radio station in Jacksonville. With his roots in Texas it is conceivable he travelled there to record but it is more likely that he recorded in Florida and then touted the recordings around the record labels. This is because the songs were written by a combination of Mae Boren Axton, a part-time songwriter in Jacksonville, Tommy Durden, a steel guitarist living near Jacksonville, and Reeves, also based in Jacksonville. All three had Texas connections though. The TNT label credited Reeves's band as the Town and Country Playboys and that's probably a good clue for anyone familiar with the names of night clubs in those towns in the '50s. The first record appeared around March 1955 and showcased two Reeves and Axton songs, both with memorable and promising titles, The Blues Are Out Tonight and I'm Johnny On The Spot, TNT 120. The Blues Are Out Tonight had a third co-writer, Dub Dickerson. The song was taken from the template of Hank Williams and specifically from I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry but it had something of its own style; there is a good fiddle solo and Reeves's voice is assured and clear. I'm Johnny On The Spot was a clever, jaunty, playful song with a western shuffle beat and insistent fiddle and steel guitar solos. As debut discs go, this was one of the best.
A few months later, probably around July 1955, Reeves's second disc appeared,TNT 129, Wasted Time, Wasted Years written by Mae Axton in collaboration with steel guitarist Tommy Durden, and I Ain't Got Room To Rock where Axton collaborated with Glenn. Wasted Time was a second dose of the shuffling western beat and again features classy fiddle and steel solos and a confident vocal. A piano boogie leads into Ain't Got RoomTo Rock which has an unusually eclectic sound for the middle of 1955. A saxophone takes the instrumental solos in place of fiddle and steel and the drummer thumps away while Glenn launches his first attempt at a rockabilly vocal. This was one of the earliest rockers to emerge from a Texas record label. However, it has a rather chaotic sound that makes it possibly the least successful of the four sides on TNT.
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