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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Delbert Barker on Gateway




Delbert Barker - Yonder Comes a Sucker (Gateway Top Tune 1145), 1955


This Jim Reeves hit was recorded by Delbert Barker probably in 1955 with the Country All-Stars and issued by Rite around the same time on its Gateway label. Rite Record Productions was a company in Ohio that recorded low budget cover versions of the hits of the day to offer them for a lower price than the original hit recording. Between 1952 and 1956, Delbert Barker cut countless country and rockabilly cover versions for the company, before he moved to King in 1956.
Svein Martin Pedersen and I are working on a project dealing with Delbert Barker, aiming to document his career as good as possible. We are collecting all his recordings but still there are many missing. If anyone has one of the songs listed below, please contact us.

DELBERT BARKER – the missing songs (61):                                                       First release?

ALMOST                                                                                                                            Big 4 Hits 11 (EP)
AMANDA                                                                                                                         King 5031
AMAZING GRACE                                                                                                         Big 4 Hits 32 (EP)
ARE YOU TEASING ME                                                                                                Big 4 Hits 11 (EP)
BACK UP BUDDY                                                                                                    Gateway Top Tune 1080
BIRMINGHAM JAIL                                                                                                      Big 4 Hits 123 (EP)
BLUES COME AROUND, THE                                                                                     Kentucky 558
BREAKING THE RULES                                                                                                 Big 4 Hits 88 (EP)
BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE                                                                  Big 4 Hits 122 (EP)
CALLING YOU                                                                                                                 Big 4 Hits 77 (EP)
CATTLE CALL                                                                                                                    Big 4 Hits 122 (EP)
CHOO CHOO TRAIN                                                                                                     Big 4 Hits 171 (EP)
CRY, CRY DARLING                                                                                                Gateway Top Tune 1080
DEATH IS ONLY A DREAM                                                                                          Big 6 Records 522 (EP)
DON'T JUST STAND THERE                                                                                        Big 4 Hits 12 (EP)
DON'T STAY AWAY                                                                                                      Big 4 Hits 12 (EP)
DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON ME                                                                                      Big 4 Hits 180 (EP)
EASY ON THE EYES                                                                                                       Big 4 Hits 13 (EP)
EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY (flip by Eileen Nunn)                                            Gateway Top Tune 1155
FOOLER A FAKE, A                                                                                                        Big 4 Hits 89 (EP)
FROM NOW ON                                                                                                            Kentucky 571
GOOD DEAL LUCILLE                                                                                                    Big 4 Hits 90 (EP)
HALF AS MUCH                                                                                                                 Big 4 Hits 11 (EP)
HOLD TO GOD'S UNCHANGING HAND                                                               Big 4 Hits 28 (EP)
I CAN'T ESCAPE FROM YOU                                                                                      Big 4 Hits 69 (EP)
I DREAMED ABOUT MAMA LAST NIGHT                                                                             Big 4 Hits 77 (EP)
I OVERLOOKED AN ORCHID                                                                                      Kentucky 534
I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING                                                                                    Big 4 Hits 17 (EP)
I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE                                                                                           Kentucky 535
I'M A PILGRIM                                                                                                               Big 4 Hits 27 (EP)
IT'S A LOVELY, LOVELY WORLD                                                                               Big 4 Hits 11 (EP)
I'VE LIVED A LOT                                                                                                            Big 4 Hits 178 (EP)
JESSE JAMES                                                                                                                   Big 4 Hits 122 (EP)
JUST MARRIED                                                                                               Gateway Top Tune 1067
MAMA BLUES, THE                                                                                                      Big 4 Hits 171 (EP)
MY HEART WOULD KNOW                                                                                       Big 4 Hits 79 (EP)
MY LITTLE BUCKAROO                                                                                                Big 4 Hits 123 (EP)
MY LONELY HEART'S RUNNING WILD                                                                 Big 4 Hits 33 (EP)
MY SON CALLS ANOTHER MAN DADDY                                                                              Kentucky 557
OLD LONESOME TIMES                                                                                               Big 4 Hits 142 (EP)
RED RIVER VALLEY                                                                                                        Big 4 Hits 123 (EP)
RYE WHISKEY                                                                                                                 Kentucky 539
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED                                                                                  Big 4 Hits 54 (EP)
SATISFIED MIND                                                                                               Gateway Top Tune 1122
SHE'S DONE GIVE HER HEART TO ME                                                                   Big 4 Hits 115 (EP)
SOMEDAY                                                                                                                        Kentucky 535
STEEL GUITAR RAG                                                                                                       Kentucky 571
TALK TO YOUR HEART                                                                                                 Big 4 Hits 13 (EP)
THAT CRAZY MAMBO THING                                                                                  Big 4 Hits 118 (EP)
THAT HEART BELONGS TO ME                                                                                 Big 4 Hits 16 (EP)
THAT'S THE KIND OF LOVE I'M LOOKING FOR                                                  Big 4 Hits 33 (EP)
THEY LOCKED GOD OUTSIDE THE IRON CURTAIN                                           Big 4 Hits 32 (EP)
TWO FACED CLOCK                                                                                                      Big 4 Hits 16 (EP)
UNCLOUDED DAY                                                                                                         Big 4 Hits 28 (EP)
WEAPON OF PRAYER                                                                                                  Big 4 Hits 27 (EP)
WEDDING BELLS                                                                                                            Kentucky 560
WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU                                                              Gateway Top Tune 1058
WHAT WOULD THE PROFIT BE                                                                                Big 6 Records 522 (EP)
WHEN GOD COMES AND GATHERS HIS JEWELS                                                      Big 4 Hits 76 (EP)
WHO'LL BUY MY HEARTACHES                                                                                     Big 4 Hits 69 (EP)
YES I KNOW WHY                                                                                              Gateway Top Tune 1161

8 comments:

DrunkenHobo said...

I've check the 38 songs I have by Delbert & no I can't help. He is a very under rated artist. I for one am hoping your going to share all of his 45rpm issues once the have been compiled.

Johan said...

Comments on tracks in list:
AMANDA King 5031 ??? never issued, probably not recorded.
The single coupled:
HOW ABOUT A HANDOUT King 45-5031
BROKEN HEART King 45-5031

DEATH IS ONLY A DREAM Big 6 Records 522 (EP) Ray Anderson

HOLD TO GOD'S UNCHANGING HAND Big 4 Hits 28 (EP) Al Runyon

UNCLOUDED DAY Big 4 Hits 28 (EP) Al Runyon

WHAT WOULD THE PROFIT BE Big 6 Records 522 (EP) Ray Anderson


Additions:
Delbert Barker as Clem McCoy
7063 WAITING IN THE LOBBY OF YOUR HEART* Big 4 Hits 13
8694 CUZZ YOU’RE SO SWEET* Big 4 Hits 142

2 different pressings of Big 4 Hits 19 with alt. titles both by Delbert
8065 DEATH OF HANK WILLIAMS Big 4 Hits 19
8065 FOREVER Big 4 Hits 19

Delbert on Top Of the Hits (Canada) no matrices, Probably not released on any Rite label.
WHEN YOU SAID GOODBYE Top Hits Of The Month SP 31
SEASONS OF YOUR HEART Top Hits Of The Month SP 34

Mellow said...

@Johan,

do you have any of these records/are you willing to share them?

Howdy said...

Great job Mellow and crew. I will see what I have and post them if it will be of help

DrunkenHobo said...

avalible on Rockhall.ro blog

Bimbo = Top Tunes (NJ) 45 -1058 (1954)
Blue Suede Shoes = Gateway (OH) 45 - 1162 (1956)
Cold Cold Heart = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 539 (1952)
Goose Bumps = King (OH) Unissued Demo (1956)
How About A Handout = King (OH) 45 - 5031 (1957)
I Can't Get You Off My Mind = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 555 (1952)
I Don't Care = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 557 (1953)
I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 553 (1952)
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive = Big 4 Hits (OH) EP -21
Jug Band Jump = King (OH) Unissued Demo (1956)
Kaw-Liga = Big 4 Hits (OH) EP -33
Long Gone Lonesome Blues = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 553 (1953)
Love Love Love = Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 36
Lovesick Blues = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 534 (1952)
No Good Robin Hood = King (OH) 45 - 4951 (1956)
No Help Wanted = Big 4 Hits (OH) EP -36
No I don't believe I Will = Gateway (OH) 45 - 1101 (1955)
So Doggone Lonesome = Gateway (OH) 45 - 1161 (1956)
There Must Be A Way = King (OH) 45 - 5008 (1957)
Why Baby Why = Big 4 Hits (OH) 45 - 177 (1955)
Why Don't You Love Me = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 555 (1952)
Wild Heart = King (OH) 45 - 5008 (1957)
You're Gonna Change (Or I'm A-Gonna Leave) = Kentucky (OH) 45 - 556
Note Blue Suede Shoes was issued on serveral labels
http://rcs.law.emory.edu/rcs/artists/b/bark2600.htm

DrunkenHobo said...

Delbert Barker Known 45rpm
Big 4 Hits (OH) 45 - 88 : Back Up Buddy
(Flip By Al Runyon)
Big 4 Hits 78 - 88 : Breaking The Rules
(Flip By Dick & Betty)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 11 : Are You Teasing Me / Half As Much / Almost / It's A Lovely, Lovely World (1952)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 12 : Don't Sttay Away / Don't Just Stand There / Lady's Man / Gold Rush Is Over (1952)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 13 : Easy On The Eyes / Talk To Your Heart (1952)
(Flip By Clem McCoy + Harry Adams)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 15 : Jambalya / Window Shopping (1952)
(Flip Lucy Trailer)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 16 : That Heart Belongs To Me / Two Faced Clock (1952)
(Flip Jim Fair)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 17 : Blackberry Boogie / I Went To Your Wedding (1952)
(Flip Jim Fair)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 19: Setting The Woods On Fire / Our Honeymoon / I'm An Old Man / Death Of Hank Williams (1952)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 27 : I'm A Pilgrim / Weapon Of Prayer
(Flip Enos Johnson)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 31 Hearts Of Stone / Let Me Go Lover
(Other tracks Jesse & Jim + Marlon Ramey)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 42 : Do I Like It / I Won't Be Home No More
other tracks Al Runyon + Jim Fair)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 44 : It's Been So Long
(other tracks by Jim Fair , Preston Ward, Maureen Whitt)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 54 : Weary Blues (V/a)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 69 : Wholl Buy My Heartaches / I
(Flip By Harry Adams)
Big 4 Hits (OH) EP - 116 : Time Goes By + 3

Also issued on V/A EP on Big 4 Hits Number unknown : Walking The Dog

Gateway (OH) 45 - 1100: Let Me Go Lover
Gateway (OH) 45 - 1101 : Hearts Of Stone (1955)
Gateway (OH) 45 - 1122 : There She Goes / Satisfied (1956)
Gateway (OH) 45 - 1145 : Yonder Comes A Sucker (1956)
(Flip Love , Love , Love)
Gateway (OH) 45 - 1155: Beautiful Lies / Eat Drink & Be Merry (1956)
Gateway (OH) 45 - 1161 : Yes I Know Why (1956)
Gateway (OH) 45 - 1162: Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
(Again issued on serveral labels)
Gateway (OH) EP - 9016 : You Win Again + 3
Gateway (OH) EP - 9019 : Jambalya + 3

Kentucky (OH) 45 - 534: I Overlooked An Orchid (1952)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 535: I'll Sail My Ship Alone / Someday (1952)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 539 : Rye Whiskey (1952)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 544 : I Saw The Light / The Old Rugged Cross (1952)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 554 : Lost Highway / There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (1952)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 556 : Mansions On The Hill (1953)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 557: My Son Calls another Man Daddy (1953)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 558 : The Blues Come Around / Nobody's Lonesome For Me (1953)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 560 : Wedding Bells / Tenessee Border (1952)
Kentucky (OH) 45 - 571: Steel Guitar Rag / From Now On (1953)

King (OH) 45 - 4951 : That's A Sin (1956)
King (OH) 45 - 5031 : Broken Heart / Amanda (1956)
King (OH) 45 - 6042 : It Can't Last Long / Color Me Gone (1966)
(Yes I boy was still rockin' in 66)

Top Tunes (OH) 45 - 1058 : What Am I Going To Do With You (1954)
Top Tunes (OH) 45 - 1080 : Cry Cry Darling
Top Tunes (OH) ? : Keep It On
Top Tunes (OH) ? : Just Married

Worthmore (OH) EP - 187 : Glad Rags /Blue Suede Shoes / Hearbreak Hotel
(Other track Al Runyon)

Andyrama said...

Here's what I can find of Delbert Barker, all on 78RPM.

Big4Hits 115A She's Done Give Her Heart To Me.....Big4Hits 116A It's a Pity What Money Can Do.... B4H 116B Time Goes By......Kentucky 535 I'll Sail My Ship Alone b/w Someday....Gateway 1101 Hearts of Stone b/w No, I don't Believe I will....Cameo 8305 (Canadian pressing) A2=Satisfied Mind /B1 =Old Lonesome Times....

I might have more, but I'll have to dig pretty deep in the stacks to find them. (and they are 'stacks' as in piles/boxes, not 'stacks' as in catalogued collection.)

George Kane said...

I know someone that has a number of 78s on Kentucky black label. Are you paying for them or expect a donation? You can contact me at gkane1@hvc.rr.com