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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bill Haney on D-B

 
SFC Bill Haney - On the Loose (D-B 6-6714), 1966

Here's my signed copy of Bill Haney's "On the Loose." "Good Luck - Bill Haney" - good luck for what? Finding him? Haney is still succssful at not being tracked down, that's for sure. By the way: for those of you who are not fimiliar with militaric shortcus, the "SFC" means "Sergeant First Class," which they probably used to do justice to the patriotic flip side "Call to Colors."

There has been some confusion about Bill Haney. There were several artists by the name of Bill Haney. This one was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, and played with Curtis Lee and his Dixie Buddies by 1957, including spots on WRVA's New Dominion Barn Dance in Richmond, Virginia. They toured the southern East Coast and by the early 1960s, it seems Haney had taken over leadership of the Dixie Buddies. Supposedly, he did his first recordings for the Atlanta based Super record label and followed up with a single on the Dee-Bee record label in 1962 ("Wild Party Twist" b/w "My Time to Laugh," Dee Bee #RCR-69). That same year, Haney had two releases on the Newberry, South Carolina, based Jim Dandy label in 1962, including a superb version of "Crawdad Hole" entitled "Craw Dad Song" (See here for more info on the Jim Dandy label). In 1966, he appeared on the reactivated Dee-Bee label, now known simply as D-B. It coupled "On the Loose" b/w "Call to Colors" (D-B #6-6714), which is featured today. This disc was manufactured at Kay Banks' Charlotte, North Carolina, pressing plant.

There were several other artists working under the name of Bill Haley. One was a successful Elvis impersonator, another was a soul singer from Atlanta plus several others that aren't really identified.

Thanks to Derik

5 comments:

Derik said...

Also should mention this is a Kay Bank pressing. I'd like to have an image of the bside if you could email it to me. Thanks.

I recently found out that Kay Bank had a pressing plant in Charlotte, NC, starting in mid-sixties. Not sure how big it was, but it explains why so many discs from NC have Kay Bank numbers, which was a Minnesota company.

Columbia said...

I just found a LP of Bill Haney & The Zassoff Boys on the Buffalo Records label.
This Bill Haney was a cousin of Don Reno and was raised with him in North Carolina.

Mellow said...

@Columbia: That's quite interesting! Do you got that info from the LP cover? Would like to see it.

Columbia said...

I'll send you an email with the cover.

Anonymous said...

Just so you know the Bill Haney that did an Elvis illusion show in Memphis, Tn in the early 70's is still alive and living in Hot Springs, Ar. Ck out his web site www.billhaney.net