Sunday, April 14, 2019
"Hambone"--Red Saunders and his Orch. (1952), plus two more sides
Yesterday I featured the world-famous team of Jimmy Jett, the Three of Us, and Sherry Martin doing a fake-hit version of the 1952 Red Saunders hit Hambone. I couldn't find a decent transfer of the original Saunders record at Youtube, so I did my own. And here it is. I included the rocking flip side, Boot 'Em Up.
Also, a 1953 side, The Baion, which refers to a Brazilian beat later used by Burt Bacharach in (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me, Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa, and likely others. I wonder if Burt heard this record. For some unknown reason, my memory told me this particular 78 was by Les Brown and his Orchestra. Don't ask me. I guess it's because "Les Brown" sounds so much like "Paulo Alencar."
I must remember not to rely on my memory....
As I noted in the previous Hambone post, the Bo Diddley beat heard on Hambone had been showing up in pop music for decades--it's on Andre Kostelanetz's 1935 Rumba Fantasy, for instance. This takes nothing away from Bo (Ellas McDaniel), who used it to make one hell of a great single.
LINK: Hambone, The Baion