Twangy Guitars

:: Night Rock ::

:: When The Lights Are Low ::

:: Jivin' At The Savoy ::

:: Diggin' The Blues ::

:: Mambo Boogie ::

:: South Hampton ::

:: Bolero Boogie ::

:: Duck Walk ::

:: Drifting ::

Way back in the day, you could buy albums at the grocery store. Actually, that went on for quite a while, at least into the 80's. I remember my friend Bruce bought an Iron Butterfly record at the IGA once. Weirdo. But back in the 60's there were albums put together quickly, and presumably cheaply, in popular styles on labels like Crown. They were seen more often at supermarkets than record shops; in fact the entire intent may have been to sell them at supermarkets and five and dimes. I'd be curious to know more about that. Anyway, this is one of those albums.

There's no real Billy Boyd (certainly not the dude who played a Hobbit recently) as far as I can tell, but there is, and seemingly has always been, Jerry Cole. A surf/hotrod/rockabilly/studio legend, you've heard his work on The Champs' "Tequila," Pet Sounds, and maybe a million other things. This is one of the million other things, as the twangy guitars of Billy Boyd are really his. Here's a short list of other bands he was "in" (courtesy of his myspace page) at various points: The Scramblers (Cycle Psychos), The Blasters (Sounds of the Drag) and Eddy Wayne (The Ping Pong Sounds of Guitars in Percussion), The Winners, The Hot Rodders, The Deuce Coupes (Shut Downs), The Red Jackets (Surfers Beat) and The Id (The Inner Sounds of the Id). And those are just the anonymous ones. I've seen the dude live (I've got pictures to prove it), and he certainly has some twangy chops.

This album, pieces of which have appeared on rockabilly guitar comps like this one, is completely drenched in reverb. Like everything has reverb on it. For me, it gives it a really eerie nostalgic sound. You know how Stephen King likes to have dead 50's teenagers in letter jackets in his stories? Those undead kids surely listened to music like this.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007 2:49:00 AM

I have the Eddie Wayne record and another record called SURF STOMPIN' by Don Dailey which is identical except for the packaging and most of the song titles. One track on this record ('jivin at the savoy' - which is really a cover of 'Bottoms Up' by jazz tenorman Illinois Jacquet) is on those.

My parents called those grocery store albums "party records" i.e. bring the cheapo records to the parties to dance to so as not to scratch up your good records - (cassette recorders were not that common yet)    

Sunday, April 08, 2007 1:20:00 PM

TWANGY GUITARS was also released as GUITAR BOOGIE on Sutton (no artist credited). And then later in the sixties, Premier/Spin-O-Rama reissued the "Bill Boyd" LP as a psychedelic album - one version was by the Electric Undergrouund, and I forget offhand what the other edition was.    

Friday, November 23, 2007 3:45:00 PM

So sorry to see these links not working... I am a HUGE fan of Jerry Cole. I own copies of "Psychedelic Guitars" and "More Psychedelic Guitars" on vinyl. These are two Jerry Cole records that came out on the Custom records label that were never credited to him. Some of the same songs popped on his album "Songs of the Drags" by The Blasters.

Please repost!    

Thursday, May 29, 2008 2:29:00 PM

Jerry Cole died last night in California. I haven't seen any news about it though.    

Monday, August 22, 2011 5:23:00 PM

..Just found this in the orig Vinyl LP format for .49c .I have an eye for finding what I think might be cool old records, and this one doesnt dissapoint.
Oddly enough though, there seems to be alot more saxaphone than Twangy Guitar on this disc,(Horn man not credited)....
Not complaining, just observing.
It's exactly what I had hoped it was, REALLY COOL & SWINGIN.

He's gone I just read,(see entry above) wow....another great surfer meets the sea. R.I.P. Jerry Cole    

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