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Leon Payne (Born 15th June, 1917)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:24 am
by john poole
Leon Payne, country singer/songwriter aka “The Blind Balladeer” - born one hundred years ago today -15th June, 1917 in Alba, Texas [died 11th September, 1969]

‘Lost Highway’ (1948) - Leon’s original version as covered by Hank Williams a year later
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbCMH-2FjvU

Hank also recorded another of Leon’s songs - ‘They’ll Never Take Her Love From Me’ (1950)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPrT6FJeogQ

‘I Love You Because’ - his most recorded composition (80+ versions listed at Second Hand Songs); a #1 country hit for him in 1949; UK hit for Jim Reeves in 1964; also one that Elvis recorded for Sun Records in 1954
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX9R1pvDx3I

He wrote ‘Psycho’; originally by Eddie Noack (1968)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqKPwK3YCQQ
later by Elvis Costello & others

and (under the name Pat Patterson) ‘It’s Nothing to Me’, originally by Loy Clingman (1957), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dbOuyj8eig
produced by Lee Hazlewood who would eventually record the song himself for his final (2006) album “Cake or Death”

https://secondhandsongs.com/artist/9928 ... nav-entity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Payne

Re: Leon Payne (Born 15th June, 1917)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:45 am
by NormanD
john poole wrote:...and (under the name Pat Patterson) ‘It’s Nothing to Me’, originally by Loy Clingman (1957), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dbOuyj8eig
produced by Lee Hazlewood who would eventually record the song himself for his final (2006) album “Cake or Death”

I saw a reference to a version by The Coasters, and youtube brought this up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y11hRytwDDQ

This is from the "Apollo Saturday Night" album, recorded November 16, 1963. Is there any film of this performance? It must have been great. It's not the first Black take of country music, but it may well be the first piss-take. It's certainly sung straight, but they must have made a good comedy turn from it.

Re: Leon Payne (Born 15th June, 1917)

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:17 pm
by john poole
NormanD wrote:[Is there any film of this performance?
Not that I'm aware of, although a couple of YT comments do refer to having seen the group perform the song on television (live or lip-synced?) . I think the YT posting is of the edited/faded single version which was one of the Coasters' later minor hits (#64) so I guess it was the most successful recording of the song.
http://www.45cat.com/record/456287