Sunday, November 17, 2013

Record #0517: Transfusion / Dig – NERVOUS NORVUS

Dot 15470 (original, first pressing) USA, May 1956
Words & Music bySide AJimmy Drake; Side B – Drake
Musicians: Jimmy Drake (vocals and guitar), others unknown (if any)
Recording sessions: Los Angeles, CA, 1956
Highest chart positions:  US #8

"Pass the crimson to me, Jimson" ... both Elvis and Jimmy "Nervous Norvus" Drake used to be truck drivers before their singing careers, but that's pretty much where their similarities end. As Elvis was starting his stardom with RCA, Norvus made his nervous debut, which became an unexpected US Top 10 hit in the summer of 1956.

Drake wrote both of these hilarious tracks. Unfortunately his fame was short-lived and he released only four more singles and then returned to truck driving. He doesn't qualify as a one-hit-wonder, though, as his follow-up single "Ape Call" ("Wild Dog of Kentucky" as the flip) reached US #24.

"Transfusion" went to #8 in the States despite the fact that some radio station banned it.

"Put a gallon in me, Alan." :)

List price:  Very Good+ is $25, Near Mint is $50. Second pressings have black labels, $30 for NM.

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