Friday, July 19, 2024

Record #0742: Someday (EP) – RICKY NELSON

A1 “Shirley Lee”, A2 “There’s Good Rockin’ Tonight”, B1 “Someday”, B2 “I’m Feelin’ Sorry”

Imperial IMP-156 (original) USA, July 1958
Words & Music by:  A1 -  Bobby Lee Trammell; A2 – Roy Brown; B1 – Jimmie Hodges; B2 – Jack Clement
Musicians: Ricky Nelson (vocals, drums on B1, rhythm guitar on A1, A2, B2), James Burton (lead guitar), James Kirkland (bass), Richie Frost (drums on A1, A2, B2), Ozzie Nelson (piano on B1), Gene Garff (piano on A1, A2, B2), unknown backing vocals overdubbed on B1 & B2 in a later session.
Recording sessions: Produced by Charles Dant at Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA; A1, A2 & B2 – 1. April 1958; B1 – 11. April 1958
Highest chart positions:  No information for this EP


B2 was penned by Jack Clement of the Sun Records. The song was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis and released on his first EP “The Great Ball of Fire” (Sun EPA-107) in September 1957.

The A-side has really nice rockabilly tracks with great guitar picking by Burton and slap bass by Kirkland.

List price:  Very Good+ is $25, Near Mint is $50. Picture sleeves are VG+ $25, NM $50.


 

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Record #0741: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Be-Bop Baby – RICKY NELSON

 

Imperial 5463 (original, first pressing) USA, 16. September 1957
Words & Music by:  Side AScotty Wiseman; Side B – Pearl Lendhurst
Musicians: Ricky Nelson (lead vocals), Bob Bain (guitar), Howard Roberts (guitar), Ray Siegel (bass), Roger Renner (piano), Earl Palmer (drums), The Four Preps (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Produced by Jimmie Haskell and Ozzie Nelson at Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA, 16. August 1957
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #29; Side B - US #3, US R&B #5

This is one of Nelson's early singles (and the first one with Imperial Records), recorded at the time when he didn't have a band of his own, yet. He was backed by (fine) session musicians in these songs. The drums were played by the fabulous Earl Palmer.

A Wikipedia article claims that Joe Maphis played the lead guitar here, but according to the studio details Maphis played in Nelson’s sessions between 24. September and 18. November 1957.

I’ve already posted the 2nd pressing here.

List price:  Very Good+ is $25, Near Mint is $50. Black label (2nd pressing) is half the price. Picture sleeves are $80 for NM.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Record #0740: Someday / Shirley Lee – RICKY NELSON

California C 306 (original Danish issue) Denmark, 1958
Words & Music by:  Side A - Jimmie Hodges; Side BBobby Lee Trammell
Musicians: Ricky Nelson (vocals, drums on side A, rhythm guitar on side B), James Burton (lead guitar), James Kirkland (bass), Richie Frost (drums on side B), Ozzie Nelson (piano on side A), Gene Garff (piano on side B), unknown backing vocals overdubbed on side A in a later session.
Recording sessions: Produced by Charles Dant at Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Side A – on 11. April 1958; Side B – 1. April 1958
Highest chart positions:  No information for the Danish release. UK #9, Australia #66


Both tracks were included on Nelson’s second album “Ricky Nelson” in 1958 (US Album #7).

Ricky’s father, Ozzie Nelson plays the piano on “Someday”. Ozzie and his orchestra were famous in the 1930’s.

The flip was recorded in the third session with Nelson’s new band (Burton – Kirkland – Frost).

The UK single “Someday” had a different flip side (“I Got a Feeling”).
This was never released as a single in the States.

Someday” was a big hit (US #1) for Vaughn Monroe in 1949.

List price:  Not listed in the catalog. I could not find any sold or for sale on eBay nor on Discogs.