Monday, August 24, 2009

L.M. Whatley, Jr. on Whatnot 101

L.M. Whatley, Jr. and the Whatnots - Dreams That Flow / One Love Is Not Enough For Two (Whatnot 101)

"Dreams That Flow"

The fine "Dreams That Flow" was recorded at the Burton Harris Recording Studio in Mount Pleasant in 1963 or early 1964. The only thing that Burton remembered about the band was that they were from Pittsburg, Tx., which is about 12 miles south of Mt. Pleasant. It was pressed on their own "Whatnot" label by Rite (11929/11930).

Whatley (1931-1997) served in the Navy during the Korean war, and is buried in Pittsburg, Tx. This is his only known recording.

Eddie Noack on TNT 110

Eddie Noack - Too Hot To Handle / How Does It Feel To Be The Winner (TNT 110)

"Too Hot To Handle"

While "Too Hot to Handle" became a minor standard in the '50s, Eddie Noack's original version remains little known. It was apparently recorded around 1950-51 for Gold Star, but Bill Quinn didn't release it at the time; it only came out after Sonny Burns had cut it for Starday in the fall of 1953. It also represented a lyrical breakthrough for Eddie, who, up to this point, had written some pretty ordinary material.

"Too Hot to Handle" never got the treatment it deserved. Sonny Burns' version features a sluggish vocal and band; Gene O'Quin's version is dominated by a steel guitar played as deliberately corny as possible; Eddie's own version here is strong in the vocal department but weak musically. Only Lattie Moore's version quite cuts it in my book.

"I'm just a country boy..." -- not. At the time this was released in late 1953/early 1954, Noack was going to class at the University of Houston, completing a degree in journalism there in 1954. He was, in fact, one of the few Texas country singers of his generation to obtain a college degree. Later that year, he would sign with Starday.