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Hal Harris - Jitterbop Baby

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Uploaded on Jun 12, 2010

Hal Harris was born in 1920, in Alabama, and started performing in the early 1940s. His two rockabilly vocals are "Jitterbop Baby" and "I Don't Know When" (1958), neither of them were issued at the time, but have been considered rockabilly classics ever since they first appeared on various rockabilly compilations. I think Ace Records was the first, correct me if I'm wrong, who also released them on 45 (NS47, 1978).

On April 25th 1956 Hal Harris played lead on Joe Clay's session. 5 songs were recorded: "Ducktail", "Sixteen Chicks", "Doggone It", "Goodbye, Goodbye", "Slipping Out And Sneaking In". The session was held at Bill Quinns Goldstar studio. Only "Ducktail" and "Sixteen Chicks" were issued at that time on the Vik label, a subsidiary of RCA. "Sixteen Chicks" was written by Link Davis and Wayne Walker. Link Davis had made a recording of it himself prior to the recording by Joe Clay and released it on the Starday label and Hal Harris also played lead on Wayne Walkers version.

Harris was Sleepy LaBeef's manager for a short time during the late 50s, and he was co-author of LaBeef's classic "All The Time", which was released on Mercury 71179 in 1957. He was also booked for a session by Charlie Fitch of Sarg Records. Hal Harris would be scheduled to play lead guitar on two recordings by Al Urban, "Gonna Be Better Times" and "Won't Tell You Her Name". Both were released on Sarg 158-45 in 1958.

Compiled by The BlackCat, 2001
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