• Added info on Jimmy Ford, thanks to Volker Houghton. • Extended and corrected the post on Happy Harold Thaxton (long overdue), thanks to everyone who sent in memories and information! • Added information to the Jim Murray post, provided by Mike Doyle, Dennis Rogers, and Marty Scarbrough. • Expanded the information on Charlie Dial found in the Little Shoe post.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nash's B.B. label

By Nash: The B.B. label

Coming up next in our string of Murray Nash related posts is a feature about B.B. Records, one of his many independent and short-lived ventures. B.B. was located in Nash's new home on 198 Kenner Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee. He had moved there after leaving his business partners Ray Scrivener and Charles Bingham, with whom he had operated Murray Nash Associates, Inc. After Nash's unsuccessful try to run Spangle Records' subsidiary Audio Music Company with Floyd Whited and Brien Fisher in February/March 1958, B.B. was probably his next undertaking in the music business.

The label started approximately in the summer of 1958 and the first known release was by the Dixieland Drifters (B.B. #45-222). There were possibly earlier discs issued but those have yet to be discovered. Publisher on all of the label's records was Ashna Music, Nash's own firm.

Pictured left is a June 23, 1958, Billboard mention of the Dixieland Drifters' new release on "Murray Nash's new B.B. label." One week later, on June 30, the magazine reviewed the disc.

The Dixieland Drifters were a bluegrass band from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and worked with Nash on and off well into the early 1960s. Members included Buck Turner, Norman Blake, Howell Culpepper, Peanuts Faircloth, and a lot of other local musicians who played mostly for a short time with the band. They had a total of three releases on B.B.

Nash only released a handful of singles on B.B., ca. from mid 1958 up to late 1959. By then, he had started a new label, Do-Ra-Me Records, which had a much more prolific output than its precursor.

For further reading, see also:


B.B. 45-222
Dixieland Drifters
The Trot (Blake) / Walk Easy (Blake)
45-F786 / 45-F787
Billboard C&W review on June 30, 1958

B.B. 45-223
Dixieland Drifters 
Don't You Be Still (Blake-Culpepper-Evans-Powell) / Church Steeples & White Flowers (Blake-Culpepper-Evans-Powell)
45-F 798 / 45-F 799

B.B. 45-224
Dixieland Drifters Quartet
Will You Meet Me () / Glory Glory (Blake-Culpepper-Evans-Powell)
? / F-802

B.B. 45-225
Johnny Varnell & Jim Pipkins
What Can I Do Without You () / Blue Tears in Your Eyes ()

B.B. 45-226
Ralph Pruett
Someone Like You (Biggs-Biggs-Robbins) / Louise (Pruett)
F-812 / F-813

Monday, December 9, 2013

Nash's MusiCenter

By Nash: The MusiCenter label

Murray Nash's activities as an independent record producer in the late 1950s and early 1960s have been the subject on this blog several times. Another label that was operated by Nash was the small MusiCenter Records, which had at least six releases. He started this outlet in 1965 and ran it also from his Recording of Nashville studio that also housed his other labels such as Do-Ra-Me, Topic, Round-Up, and Cee Cee.

Chuck Wiley and band
The debut release was by Chuck Wiley and featured "Come Back Baby" b/w "Little Star, Little Star."  Curtis Hobock, a rock'n'roll singer from Tennessee, also cut two discs for MusiCenter. He also had two releases on Cee Cee, one of Nash's other labels.

MusiCenter releases are easier to date because Nash used RCA's custom pressing service, thus a reliable indicator of the pressing year. Nash's account number at RCA was 692B, which also appeared on Country Music Nashville, another one of Nash's labels. MusiCenter lasted at least until 1966. Most of the known releases have Nash's "By-Nash of Nashville" listed as publisher. If anyone has more info on MusiCenter or can fill gaps in the discography, please feel free to contact me.

For further reading, see also:


MusiCenter 3101
Chuck Wiley
Come Back Baby (Charles Wiley) / Little Star, Little Star (Charles Wiley)
S4KM-8430 / S4KM-8431 (RCA)
"Produced by: Murray Nash"

MusiCenter 3102
The Valiants
All Night Long () / I'm Getting Tired of You ()

MusiCenter 3103
Curtis Hobock and the Stardusters
Lonely Weekends (C. Rich) / I Found a Way (C. Hobock)
SK4M-3561 / SK4M-3562 (RCA)
"Produced by: Murray Nash"

MusiCenter 3104
Kenny Norton
To Know You (Biggs-Biggs-Robbins) / Oonie, Oonie, Yah, Yah, Yah ()
SK4M-3563 / ? (RCA)
MusiCenter 3105
Curtis Hobock and the Stardusters
Definition of Love (Geneva Hobock) / One Heart'll Love You (Hobock-Jones-Howell-Bates-Luther)
T4KM-2327 / T4KM-2327 (RCA)
Note: Geneva Hobock was Curtis Hobock's wife. The other composers listed on "One Heart'll Love You" were members of the Stardusters: Tommy Jones (ld gtr), Bobby Howell (dms), Howard Bates (bs), Richard Luther (pno).

MusiCenter 3106
Eugenia Oaks
There Stands the Glass (Russ Hull-M. J. Shurtz) / Country Hotel (Russ Hull)
TK4M-3219 / TK4M-3220 (RCA)