Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Geezinslaw Brothers - I Couldn't Spell Yuuk b/w We Split The Blanket (1968)

Vocalist & mandolin player Sammy Allred teamed with vocalist & guitarist
Raymond Dewayne 'Son' Smith not long after they met in high school in Austin, Texas.

It was the last part of the 1950's when they began to perform country novelty tunes as The Geezinslaw Brothers, and it was the 1960's when they flourished in the recording studio and in TV appearances.

After their string of albums recorded that decade, they sort of receded into the sunset for a while, returning stronger in the '80's, '90's and beyond as venerable regular fixtures of the Austin music scene, now known simply as
'The Geezinslaws'.

The A-side of this 45 is the original country version of a tune that would later become a popular single by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, released as 'I Couldn't Spell !!*@!', with the 'yucch' in the chorus replaced by a blown razzberry.

The B-side covers a song previously recorded by Buck Owens.

Both of these tracks were produced by Kelso Herston, a Nashville session musician who'd played guitar and/or bass on records by Loretta Lynn,
Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Ferlin Husky, June Carter Cash, Bobby Bare and others.

Herston would also produce records for these artists and others like
Bobbie Gentry, Merle Travis, Sonny James and Wanda Jackson.

He went on to work as the musical director for the TV show 'Hee-Haw', before becoming a successful writer of commercial jingles.

Listen to:
The Geezinslaw Brothers -
I Couldn't Spell Yuuk

(Capitol Records 45, 1968)
(click for audio)

Listen to:
The Geezinslaw Brothers -
We Split The Blanket

(Capitol Records 45, 1968)
(click for audio)

(MANY THANKS again to Joe Sixpack for another generous loan from the Slipcue 45 collection)


dXb said...

Great blOg!!!.


porky said...

Tune's author is Wayne Carson Thompson, who wrote Box Tops tunes The Letter, Soul Deep and Neon Rainbow.

Homer and Jethro did their version of this titled "I Couldn't Spell Pffft" on their "There's Nothing Like an Old Hippie" LP.

In the liners he's described as "a young fellow from Springfield, Missouri" which he was. Rockabilly madman Ronnie Self showed Wayne the ropes of the songwriting trade.

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