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The Taters play an eclectic mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country, and Americana, a sound that's been described as "Country roots-pop with the genius songwriting of 60's & 70's power-pop, ...a curious mix of Mavericks, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Beatles" (CDBaby). Billboard magazine calls it "American roots-rock with thoroughly modern, totally hip sensibilities". No Depression magazine describes it like this: "Think 'Beatles For Sale' if Marty Robbins were a primary influence instead of Carl Perkins." The Washington Post says the Taters "Successfully combine the best elements of Buddy Holly with the vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers."
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About Johnnie Lee Wills & Thingamajig
"The Thingamajig" was written by Cindy Walker. ("Dream Baby" and "You Don't Know Me" are two other popular songs she wrote.) It was recorded on Feb. 3, 1952, at the KVOO studios, for RCA. (Was KVOO still in the Philtower in '52?) In the original hit the Lead vocals were sung by Julian "Curley" Lewis. Johnnie Lee Wills is asking the questions and singing on the trio part. Don Tolle on electric guitar, Tommy Elliott on steel guitar, Clarence Cagle on piano, Chuck Adams on bass, Waid Peeler on drums, Curley Lewis, Henry Boatman and James Guy "Cotton" Thompson on fiddle.
Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys signed with Decca in 1941, and recorded ten initial sides. The group played on another session when a recording ban was lifted after World War II, but moved to Bullet Records in 1949. Wills' Bullet recordings proved to be the most popular of his career. Early in 1950, "Rag Mop" spent five weeks at the number-two spot in the country charts, and crossed over to the popular Top Ten; though a version by the Ames Brothers did even better. Later that year, "Peter Cotton Tail" also hit the country Top Ten. He moved to RCA Victor in 1952, but none of his recordings sold very well. Western swing's popularity was declining, though Wills' regional fame remained unchanged and he continued to appear regularly on KVOO until 1958.