Sunday, December 30, 2012

Record #0222: Honky Tonk Man / I’m Ready If You’re Willing – JOHNNY HORTON

Columbia 21504 (original) USA, 1956
Words & Music by:  Side A – Johnny Horton, Tillman Franks, Howard Hausey; Side B – Vernon Claud, Jerry Organ
Musicians: Johnny Horton (vocals and guitar), Grady Martin (lead guitar), Harold Bradley (guitar), Bill Black (bass)
Recording sessions: Produced by Don Law at Owen Bradley Studio, Nashville, TN, Jan. 11, 1956
Highest chart positions:  US Country #9

This was Horton’s first Columbia session and what a session it was. Backed by two members of the Nashville A-Team and Elvis’ bass player, the outcome was nothing less than a rockabilly classic.

Elvis and his guys happened to be in town for their first RCA recording sessions on January 10.-11. During these two days they recorded songs “I Got A Woman”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Money Honey”, “I'm Counting On You” and “I Was The One”. Apparently Bill Black had time on the second day to join Horton’s session

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30

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