Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lee Rose on Country Hit 233



Lee Rose - I've Got The Downhearted Blues / Lonely Heart, Stop Crying (Country Hit 233)

"I've Got the Downhearted Blues"



You gotta love these "time warp" records that occasionally turn up from the '60s; even when they're not very good, you're still charmed by them. Listening to this Lee Rose single immediately puts the listener in the mind of...1953? 1954 at the latest? Try 1964. Rock and roll, Rockabilly, the Nashville Sound, the Bakersfield Sound, Ray Charles' Country albums, Phil Spector, Chubby Checker, the Singing Nun...these minor distractions simply didn't exist in Lee's world. Jimmie Rodgers and Ernest Tubb did, though, and dammit, that was enough for him. Such single-minded dedication is rare in pop music's empires of sand.



Lee Rose on stage with Buddy Brady (fiddle), Roscoe Clark (guitar), and Jerry Gimble (bass). Mayfair Auditorium, East Texas State Fairgrounds Tyler, Tx, 1953-54. Click on image for full-size view.

Lee Rose, whose real name was apparently Rosamond, probably came from the Henderson, Tx., area -- a later "Country Hit" single by him has a Henderson address -- and most likely was a country disc jockey in the Northeast Tx. area who sang occasionally, mostly for the "old-timers" who still appreciated the Rodgers/early Tubb sound. Billboard noted in a 1950 issue that he had recorded for Freedom, but if anything was released, only God and Lee Rose know for sure. 




12 comments:

  1. Ol' Roscoe Clark... where have I seen that face before? So familiar.

    The label scan had me running for the shelves... I knew I had seen one those, but it turned out to be Gary Woodall's "Don't Gim-me No Back Talk". Out of step with time as well. Right next to it was a a Lee Rose disc on Country Hit but on a red label. Interesting to see publishing on the Woodall as being Security. And the co-writer on the Woodall side is Riley Crabtree who had a release on the Security label.

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  2. Good ole Riley Crabtree had several releases on Country Hit as well.

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  3. Wonderful blog, excellent posts! Check out also my site: http://www.hillbillycountry.blogspot.com

    Hillbilly music.com has more info on Rose:
    http://hillbilly-music.com/artists/story/index.php?id=13920

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    1. Do you have more info on Lee Rose? When did he pass away?

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  4. Roscoe Ray Clark was my wife's grandfather. He was born,1910 Garvin Co.,Ok. When he was only twelve years old and already the man of the family, there was a farmer nearby who taught him how to play the guitar at the end of the days farm work, and the guitar became the love of his life.He was a fantastic guitarist. He moved to Van, Tx. in the oil boom, and later moved to Tyler and Mineola, Tx. He played with a man named Buddy Brady and they won the Texas Champion Fiddler contest in Athens five years in a row. They played the Big D Jamboree and all the festivals in East Texas- The Blackberry Festival in Lindale, The Watermelon Festival in Mineola, The Black-eyed Pea Festival in Athens, etc. Roscoe died in 1977, Mineola, Tx.

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  5. Buddy Brady...from a news article entitled "Rodeo band keeps standing gig for 15 years" that appeared in the Mesquite News Aug 19, 2004, by Anne Schlesselman.
    The beginning of country and western music was but a mere collaboration of regional instruments and soldiers during World War II.
    It was during this time period that a young Buddy Brady was sharpening his skills on the fiddle in Tyler. Buddy Brady and the Men of the West is a country and western band that has played for the past 15 seasons of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Before Brady's affiliation with the Mesquite rodeo, he did quite a bit of entertaining of other media. In 1953 Brady moved to Dallas from Tyler. He fiddled for "The Shindig Show" on the radio station WFFA until 1956.From there he went on the road campaigning all over Texas with W. Lee O'Daniels for his third term as governor.Brady decided to return to entertaining after O'Daniels' loss in 1956.
    In the mean time, Dewey F. Groom was tending to the Longhorn Ballroom in Fort Worth. Brady picked up the fiddle again.There was a 30 minute segment that aired on channel 11 in Fort Worth. It featured the Longhorn Ballroom's western music, and Brady's fiddle playing during the segment.In 1985, Groom sold the ballroom, so once more Brady picked up and hit the road. He joined Tex Ritter and toured across the rodeo nation.Four years later the fiddler settled into a gig that has now lasted for 15 years.It all began when Brady got together with a man named Morris Rosm. They both played the fiddle and entertained the audience before and during the MCR on the weekend nights.A Fort Worth resident, Brady spends his week days at his fiddle repair shop.
    Keith Umbaugh drummer, and Brady, singer and fiddler have spent the past 15 years making music for the MCR masses.Guitarist, Mike Redden jumped on the bandwagon 13 years ago.The bass player, Bill Bowers joined nine years ago.
    And the newest member, who puts the extra flair of western style into the band, Albert Talley has been playing with The Men of the West for the past three years.

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  6. The above photo:
    Lee Rose on stage with Buddy Brady (fiddle), Roscoe Clark (guitar)
    This definitely at the Mayfair Auditorium, the East Texas State Fair grounds Tyler, Tx. This was the same stage Elvis Presley performed in 1955.
    The building still exists.

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  7. Thanks for the info on Buddy Brady. Worked with him at the 'horn, 1979-1982l

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  8. My dad played with Buddy as part of the Bunkhouse Boys. We're trying to reach him and would like info on how to do that. This pic and 20-plus more taken at shows at the Mayfair are part of the R.L. Falkner Collection at the Carnegie History Center in Tyler and are available.

    Thanks.

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    1. Buddy passed away yesterday, 11/16/2013.

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  9. I have posted a recording of Buddy Brady with the Longhorn house band circa 1979. He starts the song and plays the first lead...second fiddle lead is Johnny Manson.

    http://soundcloud.com/carol-m/four-or-five-times

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