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, August 18, 2009

Something about Tennessee Thompson

Another of the "obscuries", here we go with Tennessee Thompson:

Thompson & the Boomerangs, 1959, in a Chicago recording studio: unknown, Aubrey Cagle, Jerry Williams, Tennesse Thompson, "Boomer", unknown

Edward R.C. "Tennessee Thompson" was the child of Jesse Frank Thompson and Elvie Capps. It seems that Thompson was basically a country singer during the 1950s. At least in the late 1950s, he played with a band called the Boomerangs, which included Thompson (gtr/vcls), Jerry Williams and "Boomer" (ld gtr), unidentified persons (bass/drums) and Aubrey Cagle (gtr). Cagle also recorded under his own name for his Glee record label. Thompson made his one and only record in 1959 for the local RCT label out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Two songs, "Slippin' and Slidin'" and "Saturday Ball", both wonderful examples of hard-driving rockabilly, were recorded in Chicago, Illinois, with the Boomerangs and issued on RCT 7033/4. Thompson hat at least one son, but I don't know what happened to him.

Dowloand Thompson's complete recordings

Any more information is appreciated. The photo above comes from a family chronicle website, most of my info also comes from this site (which was made by his son).

BTW: The Curley Jim post is under way!


Timmy said...

Great posting here. Love your web-site. I wonder was Tennessee Thompson related to hank Thompson? Probably not, but just wonderin'... He sure did good, at least what I heard from the download. Tahnx & keep up the good work!

Mellow said...

Thanks Timmy!

Xavier Maire said...

My name is Xavier Maire. I LOVE your website! Actually I got my own (www.bopping.org) and did publish last year a little odd thing on AUBREY CAGLE (based on a New Kommotion research of...1977). Very recently a friend pointed me on your post on Tenn.Thompson/Aubrey Cagle. I wonder if you allow me to use your post as a complement of mine. Of course your site will be credited.

Mellow said...

No problem. You can use it as long as you give me enough credit :)

cobweb said...

He was my grandfather. He had several children, but only 2 daughters with his last wife. They were married from 1956 until his death in 1992.