Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bashful Vic on Premium 101

Bashful Vic (with) Charlie Frost, Glen Barber's Music Masters - Ramblin' Fool / Let Love Show Us How (Premium 101)

"Ramblin' Fool"

It's not often that previously unknown singles on Texas labels from the 78 rpm era turn up these days, but that's what we have here. Bashful Vic Thomas is known for his later "Rock and Roll Tonight" on Premium (heard here), a prime example of a country band thinking that they could jump on the rock and roll bandwagon by simply writing a song that had the words "rock and roll" in the lyrics -- leaving the steel and fiddle intact. I suspect that teenagers at the time weren't impressed, but the honky-tonkers probably thought they were being "hip" by dancing to it.

"Ramblin' Fool" is a Gold Star pressing, dating from around 1952-53. Glen Barber, whose band provides the music here, was probably still a student at Pasadena High School when he cut this. The steel guitarist is "Dusty" Carroll, and the fiddler is Charlie Frost. Musically, this is far from great, but hey, it's a group of teen-agers. Cut them some slack.

Bashful Vic lived up to his name -- I've never heard anyone on the Houston '50s scene mention him at all. After re-cutting "Ramblin' Fool" for a Nebraska label in the late '50s, he disappears from the vinyl map completely.

Thanks to Al Turner for providing the sound files and label scan.