As you recall
my old high
and Dell Rat
spent his pre-
near his home
in Jacobus, PA.
and Cashbox lists and helped Bill Mitzel, the
man in the record department, order vinyl
Smith Village became a distributor for Hickory Records, the Nashville based indy label that was founded in the 50s as a country imprint but added pop and rock acts to its roster a decade later. Here once again is the Hickory label band called The Sparkles and another rare dance party clip from back in the day.
"The Hip"/"Oh Girls, Girls" - The Sparkles
(There are definitely some potential Dellettes in that crowd!)
One of the most successful
acts on Hickory Records was
Sue Thompson and this is
where I step aside and let
Ron continue his story.
Ron, be my guest!
Sue Thompson was the big R&R lady
at Hickory. Most of Sue's singles were
WSBA Pick Hits of the Week. They
included "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)"...
"Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" - Sue Thompson
(October 1961, highest chart position #5)
"Norman" - Sue Thompson
(January 1962, highest chart position #3)
"James (Hold the Ladder Steady)"...
"James (Hold the Ladder Steady)"
- Sue Thompson (November 1962,
highest chart position #17 )
"Willie Can" - Sue Thompson
(January 1963, highest chart position #78)
I believe all of them were written by
John D. Loudermilk, the same country
writer who wrote "Then You Can Tell Me
Ron, let me stop you there because I would like to offer some fine yet very seldom heard sides by Sue Thompson, songs that elevated her above the novelty ditties for which she became famous.
For example, listen to the outstanding A and B sides of Sue's first Hickory release:
"Throwin' Kisses" - Sue Thompson
Here's the fab flip of that first release,
an exquisite, Brenda Lee styled ballad.
"Angel, Angel." - Sue Thompson
Or how about this bluesy killer bee?
"It Has to Be" - Sue Thompson (April 1962,
uncharted flipside of "Two of a Kind")
Or this powerful ballad which cracked the pop singles top 40:
"Have a Good Time" - Sue Thompson
(July 1962, highest chart position #31)
Finally, here's my Pick to Click among all Sue Thompson recordings, "Paper Tiger."
"Paper Tiger" - Sue Thompson
(February 1965, highest chart position #23)
Here's Sue performing my favorite song on Hullabaloo:
Then came the one R&R
song which I bought:
"Bread and Butter" by
The Newbeats. I saw
The Newbeats live at
Hershey Park. Acts
that appeared along
with them in the free
show included The
Olympics and The McCoys (before Rick
Derringer and a couple
of others became part of Johnny Winter's
band which he called Johnny Winter And.)
"Bread and Butter" - Newbeats
(September 1964, highest chart position #2)
And Ron, allow me to present another lesser known and seldom heard Newbeats song that has become one of my favorites in recent years.
(and Come Out Crying)" - Newbeats
(March 1966, highest chart position #92)
And finally, let's wrap up our Hickory shtick with a very rare record. It's the first single released on the Hickory label by Larry Henley, lead singer of the Newbeats. Listen and I think you'll agree that Larry sounded like Gene Pitney back then.
"It's Happening Again" - Larry Henley
(January 1963, uncharted)
Shady, the last time I visited Jacobus and
stopped in at Smith Village, I was told
that Bill had a very successful country
music record shop somewhere around
the Maryland Line.
Ron, the discount department store called Mailman's was where I did most of my record shopping but I remember
my parents taking me to Smith Village Jacobus on several occasions. Thanks for the memories, my good friend!
Between the two of us we came up with some rare relics that deserved to be heard!
Thanks again to original Dell Rat
Ron Shearer for accepting my invitation to
Have a Shady day!