Monday, May 31, 2010

Eddie Noack on Allstar 7299

Eddie Noack - You Can't Keep a Good Man Down / When the Bright Lights Grow Dim (Allstar 7299)

"You Can't Keep a Good Man Down"

Recorded at ACA and released in early 1964 (it was reviewed in Billboard on February 27, 1964), "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down" is a solid Buck Owens-styled effort from Noack that once again failed to dent the charts. The flipside is an inferior revival of a tear-jerker he had made with greater effect on Starday.

Walt Breeland's name is seen on the writer's credits of a lot of Houston country singles from the early 1960s (most famously, Willie Nelson's "Family Bible" and "Nite Life"), and he pops up again here and on several other contemporaneous Noack singles. Billboard described Breeland as a "record hustler," and he appears to have been a Jack Rhodes-type character, given co-ownership of songs in exchange for promoting them. It seemed to have worked for Nelson, but did nothing for Noack.

By this time, Noack's stage career was fading fast, and there's no evidence that he continued to perform publicly after moving to Nashville around 1965. Outside of Houston, if he was mentioned at all, it would always be as "songwriter Eddie Noack," instead of singer-performer Eddie Noack. Having to swallow this bitter pill probably contributed to Eddie's self-immolation 14 years later, at age 47.

Eddie Noack c. 1969. Courtesy James Silver Collection.