Welcome to Mellow's Log Cabin. This blog's purpose is to supply information on a diversity of American southern music - ranging from country, blues, old-time and folk to R&B, rock'n'roll and rockabilly. I regularly present my research results about artists, labels, shows and also give guest writers a chance to publish their texts here on occasion.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Something about Bill Bowen #2

There are some updates on Bill Bowen. I also uploaded all of his recordings I have.


Wilbur J. Bowen, also known as Bill Bowen, was a rockabilly singer who recorded only one single at the famed Meteor studios for Les Bihari's Meteor record label. On this record, Bowen was backed by the Rockets, a group composed of lead guitarrist Terry Thompson and an unknown bass player. However, releasing "Don't Shoot Me Baby" b/w "Have Myself a Ball" (Meteor 5033) on June 30, 1956, the record didn't sell well and Bowen vanished from the music scene. Ray Harris stated in an interview shortly before his death that Bowen and Harris played together in a country band around Memphis in 1954. They also played together on a radio station outside of Memphis. Bowen reportly also cut a country version of "Don't Shoot Me Baby" at the Sun Studios. The reissue LP "Memphis Bop" also credited Bowen with cutting "Two Timin' Baby", and the singer on this tape sounds very much like Bowen. His Sun recordings probably were made after he went to Meteor. Anyway, Bill Bowen remains one of the most obscure figures in rockabilly music.

1 comment:

meathead said...

Oh man! These tunes rock and swing.
There's a power in the longevity of the recorded sound and the info you have provided.