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Smokey Rogers (Born 23rd March, 1917)

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:37 pm
by john poole
Born Eugene Rogers one hundred years ago today, 23rd March, 1917 in McMinnville, Tennessee [died 23rd November, 1993] He sang with Spade Cooley and co-wrote a song (Spanish Fandango) with Bob Wills, but his main claim to fame would be writing and recording the original version of 'Gone' in 1952.

Ferlin Husky, then calling himself "Terry Preston", unsuccessfully covered the song shortly afterwards, but had one of his biggest hits (Country #1; #4 Pop) with a re-recording under his real name in 1957. The many other recordings included Buddy Holly in 1956 - an overdubbed version was released after his death.

Re: Smokey Rogers (Born 23rd March, 1917)

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:59 pm
by NormanD
The version of "Gone" by Gary Burton interested me, and it led me to an album of his I hadn't previously heard. He recorded "Tennessee Firebird" in Nashville in 1966, with local session players like Buddies Emmons and Spicher, Chet Atkins and Charlie McCoy, alongside jazzers Steve Swallow and Roy Haynes. It's maybe the first ever country-jazz album (I don't think Sonny Rollins's "Way Out West" from ten years before really counts), and it sounds as though Country beat Jazz, as most of the tracks seem to have been licked into behaving themselves and not getting too be-boppy or syncopated. Mind you, this beautiful version of "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair" might make buying the album worthwhile