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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Something about Dennis Herrold #2

Some weeks ago, I posted a write-up about Dennis Herrold. After some more research and getting material from Bill Millar, published in "That'll Flat Git It!", I worked out a new biography:

Dennis Herrold, one of the most obscure persons in rockabilly music, recorded all in all four great songs at the Imperial studios, but let us begin right at the start: in an interview with Bill Millar, Willis "Dub" Dickerson, a friend of Herrold's, stated that Herrold was just about as old as he, so our unknown musician was born around 1927 or 1928. Herrold was married with Erma Lee Herrold and lived by the time of his musical career in Dallas, Texas. On October 17, 1957, Herrold cut four songs for Imperial Records. Two of them, "Hip Hip Baby" b/w "Make With The Lovin'", were released in January 1958. "You Arouse My Curiosity" and "Don't Push Away" plus an alternative cut of "Hip Hip Baby" were not originally released, later "You Arouse My Curiosity" was first featured in 1997 on the Bear Family release "That'll FLat Git It!, Vol.12". All songs Herrold recorded were written by Dub Dickerson, who also penned "Stood Up" with Herrold's wife Erma Lee. It was recorded by Ricky Nelson and hit #2 on the national charts. Herrold vanished from the music scene after his one recording session and nobody has heard anything about him again. Dub Dickerson said: "I know I met Dennis first but I haven't been in touch with him for years and I don't know if he's still alive". Dickerson also noted, that Herrold was more famous to him as a guitarrist, but not as a singer.

That's all I know about Herrold. The interview with Dub Dickerson was made on Febuary 22, 1997 by Bill Millar. Thanks to Mr. Millar providing us with such details about Herrold's obscure career. If you 've got questions, corrections or additions, please feel free to contact me.

1 comment:

Zoomer Roberts said...

Dennis was playing bars in El Paso, Texas, in the 1960s and 1970s. I don't remember him well, but some of the old-timers do. You might want to talk to Richie Delgado at Richie's Drum Exchange (915-231-9800) or Hank Telford (915-757-1851). Hope this helps.

Zoomer Roberts
El Paso, Texas