|From left to right: Lloyd Harp, Blackie's wife, "Blackie" (last name unknown)|
By the late 1950s, Harp had organized a little band called "The Hoosier Rhythm Boys" with Harp on vocals and rhythm guitar, Les Sexton on lead guitar, and Bob Frame on bass. They played some taverns around Indianapolis and somehow managed to get the chance to record for a small local label called Yolk Records. Yolk was one of the labels owned by Jerry (Lee) Williams along with Stan Cox and Earl Brooks. Williams was a guitarist and played a lot with many local artists such as Aubrey Cagle, Tennessee Thompson, Lattie Moore, and others, around Indiana. He also ran the Nabor and Solid Gold labels.
Likely recorded in a tiny studio in Indianapolis, "Slow Boogie Rock" was much more in the vein of mid-1950s rural Rockabilly than 1960s popular Rock'n'Roll. Coupled with "I'll Always Love You," it was released in the summer of 1960 (Yolk YR 102) but had no chance to enter the national charts due to lack of distribution and its out-of-fashion style. Billboard reviewed it in its August 29 issue but did not bother to write a review; the magazine rated Harp's single only as "one star."
|Lloyd Harp and band: Lloyd Harp on far right, the others are unknown|
Dad would pick up his big Gibson acoustic guitar and play every once and awhile... always would bring a smile to his face...Lloyd Harp died in 1980 at the age of 61 years.
|From left to right: Lloyd Harp, unknown, Lex Sexton, unknown|
Special thanks to Lloyd Harp, Jr., for providing me with some details about his father's career in music.