Jimmy Stayton & Country Cats - "You're Gonna Treat Me Right" (Blue Hen 224), 1956
Jimmy Stayton recorded this great historical piece of New England rockabilly probably in 1956 after releasing his first single on Blue Hen, "Hot Hot Mama" b/w "Why Do You Treat Me This Way" earlier that year. Stayton was born in 1937 in Delaware and was caught by the new rockabilly sound when he visited his sister in Virginia in 1955. By then, Elvis Presley was already a household name in southern musical circles and Stayton instantly fell in love with rockabilly music. Back in Delaware he put together a band and in 1956, began recording for Blue Hen. "Hot Hot Mama" and "Why Do You Treat Me This Way" were recorded in Harrington, Delaware, in April 1956 with a band consisting of Stayton on vocals and rhythm guitar, a lead guitarist (possibly Morton Walker), and a drummer. "You're Gonna Treat Me Right" b/w "Midnight Blues" was released in late 1956 as his second single and Billboard gave it a promising review:
You're Gonna Treat Me RightWhile Stayton's band was known as "The Rockabye Band" around the time of his first Blue Hen release, the second one was credited to "Jimmy Stayton & Country Cats." In addition, Stayton was joined on vocals by band member Morton Walker on "Midnight Blues." Another musician in his band was Honey
In this upbeat material, Stayton essays a rather successful Elvis Presley styling. Not many of these imitations have succeeded commercially; if any could, this one might.
A traditional-style blues plaint to steady, restrained beat. The harmonizing of the duo is competent but a little old fashioned. Guitar backing is excellent.
Voshell, who was a local musician from Kent County, Delaware.
|Jimmy Stayton (center) and his band|
Not much else is known about Jimmy Stayton's career. There was a release by the European Dee-Jay Jamboree label entitled "Jimmy Stayton and his Rock-a-Bye Band," most likely containing a couple of his 1950s recordings. More information is appreciated!
Sources: Adam Komorowski, Rockin' Country Style, various Billboard issues, thanks to a Milford resident, Carl Roshong