Monday, September 6, 2010

Bill Tutt on Gilt-Edge 5079

Bill Tutt - Selling What She Used to Give Away / New Kelly Waltz (Gilt-Edge 5079)

"Selling What She Used to Give Away"

No one knows why Bill Tutt thought it would be a good idea to dust off this Buddy Jones "classic" from 1938 during the Eisenhower era, when you could have probably been arrested for singing or playing something this suggestive in public. Tutt not only revived the song but took pains to make it an outright homage to what we now call "pre-war western swing," with a decidedly Bob Dunn/Buster Jones styled single-string steel solo from "Curley" and "hot" fiddling from an unknown musician. "Wanda" solos on piano and there is pretty tough lead guitar from "Gail." Who were these people? I don't know. Billboard called the record "kinda cute."

Below: Billboard, December 13, 1952.