Friday, November 22, 2013

Billy Gray



*29-12-1924 Paris, TX, +27-03-1975
2nd version

by Praguefrank, Michel Ruppli, Mario Manciotti, Steve Hathaway, Thieu Van De Vorst, Jim Loessberg, Tore Brennodden

SESSIONS


Ca early 1950s unknown – Billy Gray and His Echo Mountain Boys
SO ROUND SO FIRM SO FULLY PACKED  Hit Parade no #
CIMMARON ROLL ON Hit Parade no #
24 March 1954 Decca Recording Studio, 5505 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA - Billy Gray and His Westerm Oakies
001 L 7604 WHO’LL BUY MY TACOS 9-29120/ Cactus 127
002 L 7605 PIN-UP GIRL 9-29120/ Cactus 127
003 L 7606 WE JUST DON’T SEE THINGS ALIKE ANYMORE 9-29271/ Cactus 127 Chief CCD 11565/30
004 L 7607 FARTHER ON DOWN THE ROAD 9-29271/ Cactus 127 Chief CCD 11565/30
005 L 7608 HARBOR OF LOVE 9-29678/ Cactus 127
CHIEF  CCD 11565/30 ULTRA RARE WESTERN SWING, VOL. 1 (NED, 1995)
24 March 1954 [18:20-21:50] Decca Recording Studio, 5505 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA - Wanda Jackson (Billy Gray [gt/recitation], Billy Strange [gt], Billy Stewart [bass], Roy Harte [drums], Amos Hedrick [fiddle], Gilbert Baca [piano]. Producer: Tom Mack)
000 L 7609 IF YOU KNEW WHAT I KNOW 9-29253/DL 4224
000 L 7610 LOVIN' COUNTRY STYLE 9-29140/DL 4224 VL 73861
000 L 7611 THE HEART YOU COULD HAVE HAD 9-30153/DL 4224 VL 73861
000 L 7612 THE RIGHT TO LOVE 9-29253/DL 4224 VL 73861
000 L 7613 YOU CAN'T HAVE MY LOVE 9-29140/ Cactus 127
19 August 1954 Hank Thompson's House, 8308 N. May, Oklahoma City, OK - Billy Gray, * and Wanda Jackson (? [gt], Bobby White [steel], Billy Stewart [bass], Roy Harte [drums], Amos Hedricks [fiddle], Gilbert Baca [piano])
006 86690/OK 100 IF YOU DON'T, SOMEBODY ELSE WILL* 9-29267/[va] DL 4201 Cactus 127
007 86691/OK 101 YOU'D BE THE FIRST ONE TO KNOW* 9-29267/DL 4224
008 86692/OK 102 TALK OF THE TOWN unissued
1 March 1955 Castle Studio, the Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Ave. North, Nashville 3, TN - Billy Gray
009 87501/NA 3438 I’M MAD AT MY HEART 9-29489/ Cactus 127
010 87502/NA 3439 OKIE BLONDIE 9-29489/ Cactus 127
011 87503/NA 3440 GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS 9-29678/
2 March 1955 Bradley Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN - Bill Gray and His Western Oakies (Billy Gray [gt], Bobby Koefer [steel], Billy Carson [bass gt], Wayne Foster [drums], Joe Hendrix [fiddle], Leon Boulandger [fiddle], Arthur "Art" McNuilty [piano])
012 87633/BR 9056 THE BANDERA SHUFFLE ED-2235/DL-5567 DL-8730 Cactus 127  Chief CCD 11565/30
013 87634/BR 9057 TIPPIN' IN ED-2233 DL-5567 Cactus 127
014 87635/BR 9058 SNOW DEER ED-2233/DL-5567 DL-8730 Cactus 127
015 87636/BR 9059 TUXEDO JUNCTION ED-2234/DL-5567 DL-8730 Cactus 127
016 87637/BR 9060 CURTAIN CALL ED-2233/DL-5567 Cactus 127
017 87638/BR 9061 JOHNSON RAG ED-2234/DL-5567 Cactus 127
018 87639/BR 9062 TENNESSEE STOMP ED-2234/DL-5567 Cactus 127
019 87640/BR 9063 MOONLIGHT COCKTAIL ED-2233/DL-5567 Cactus 127
Decca DL-8730 WESTERN SWING IN HI-FI (August 11,1958) (see various artists file)
12 December 1955 Fort Worth, TX - Billy Gray and His Western Oakies
020 89045/FT 17000 GOLDEN GOOSE unissued
021 89046/FT 17001 LOVIN' ANGEL WITHOUT MY HEART unissued
19 December 1955 Bradley Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville 3, TN - Billy Gray & His Oakies (unknown musicians. Producer: Paul Cohen)
022 89047/NA 9263 IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME 9-29800/ Cactus 127
023 89048/NA 9264 TENNESSEE TODDY 9-29800/Bear Family BCD-15733 [va] Cactus 127 MCF 3035 CD 5707 BCD 15733
MCA MCF 3035 RARE ROCKABILLY VOL. 4 (UK, 1979); BIG TONE CD 5707 MCA ROCKABILLIES, VOL. 3 (UK, 1993); BEAR FAMILY BCD 15733 THAT’LL FLAT GIT IT VOL. 6 (GER, 1996)
8 November 1956 Music City Recordings, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN - Mimi Roman, * and Billy Gray
024 101076/NA 9543 WE'RE TAKING CHANCES* 9-30389/ Cactus 127
025 101077/NA 9544 YES I WILL* unissued
026 101078/NA 9545 MR. OPPORTUNITY* 9-30389/ Cactus 127
000 101079/NA 9546 HONKY TONK GIRL 9-30246
000 101080/NA 9547 THE WIND-UP 9-30246
12 December 1956 Fort Worth, TX - Billy Gray
027 102856/FT 17000 FREE LOVE MAMA BOOGIE rejected
028 102857/FT 17001 YOU'RE A LOVING ANGEL WITHOUT MY HEART rejected
1960 unknown, TX - Billy Gray with Orchestra
029 LH 505B I'LL FIND A WAY Longhorn LH 505/ Cactus 127
030 LH 505A I'LL GO BROKE LOVING YOU Longhorn LH 505 / Cactus 127
ca May 1963 poss. Hollywood, CA - Billy Gray (Producer: Tommy Allsup)
031 I'LL NEVER LIVE LONG ENOUGH Liberty 55599
032 LB 1678 I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO Liberty 55599
ca May 1964 unknown - Billy Gray
033 THE LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL Liberty 55712
034 LATE LAST NIGHT Liberty 55712
Mid 1964 unknown, TX - Billy Gray and The Nuggets
035 R4KM-8472 THE FUNNY WAY OF HURTING ME Vandan 8472
036 R4KM-8473 ONE BROKEN HEART AGO Vandan 8472
ca September 1965 unknown, TX - Billy Gray (Producer: Billy Gray)
037 SoN 25711  ROTTEN LOVE Longhorn LH 565 / Cactus 127
038 SoN 25712 FOR NO REASON Longhorn LH 565/ Cactus 127
1960s unknown, TX - Billy Gray
039 I DON'T WANT TO EVER FEEL THIS WAY AGAIN Toro 105
040 NEON LIGHTS Toro 105
1970s unknown, TX – Billy Gray and The Cowtowners
041 DOWN TOWN DALLAS Celebrated Artis CAA 601 / CAA 603
042 YOU GOT CAUGHT Celebrated Artis CAA 601/CAA 603
043 WAKE ME IF I'M DREAMING CAA 603
044 FORTUNE TELLER CAA 603
045 HOW WOULD SHE LOOK IN A KITCHEN CAA 603
046 I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM CAA 603
047 HEART OF A BEGGAR (MIND OF A FOOL) CAA 603
048 BIG HEARTED SUE CAA 603
049 COMPLETELY CONFUSED CAA 603
050 NOWHERE TO GO` CAA 603
1970s unknown, TX - Billy Gray
051 HOW WOULD SHE LOOK IN A KITCHEN CMR 480
052 NOWHERE TO GO (BUT OUT OF MY MIND) CMR 480
Nore: Deluxe recordings of „Billy Gray’s Band Box“are by different artist


ALBUMS
Decca DL-5567 Country and Western Dance-O-Rama, Vol. 7 - Billy Gray: Moonlight Cocktail; Curtain Call; Snow Deer; Tippin' In; The Bandera Shuffle; Tuxedo Junction; Tennessee Stomp; Johnson Rag - 55 (10“ LP)
Celebrated Artist CAA-603 Celebrated Artist Presents Billy Gray: Wake Me If I'm Dreaming; You Got Caught; Fortune Teller; How Would She Look In A Kitchen; I Feel Sorry For Him; Heart Of A Beggar (Mind Of A Fool); Big Hearted Sue; Down Town Dallas; Completely Confused; Nowhere To Go  – 7-
Cactus 127 [NED] 127 Billy Gray - Hillbilly Stars Of Decca Records: Tennessee Toddy; It Should Have Been Me; Farther On Down The Road; We Just Don't See Things Alike; Okie Blondie; I'm Mad At My Baby; Girls Girls Girls; Harbor Of Love; Mr. Opportunity; We're Taking Chances; If You Don't Somebody Else Will (w. Wanda Jackson); You Can't Have My love (w. Wanda Jackson); Who'll Buy My Tacos?; Pin Up Girl; Moonlight Cocktail; Curtain Call; Snow Deer; Tippin' In; The Bandera Shuffle; Tuxedo Junction; Tennessee Stomp; Johnson Rag; I'll Go Broke Loving You; I'll Find A Way; Rotten Love; For No Reason - 09

EPs
Decca
ED 2233 Country And Western Dance-O-Rama, Vol.7, part 1: Moonlight Cocktail;  Curtain Call /  Snow Deer;  Tippin' In - 55 (MX: S 2456/7)
ED 2234 Country And Western Dance-O-Rama, Vol.7, part 2: The Bandera Shuffle;  Tuxedo Junction / Tennessee Stomp;  Johnson Rag – 55 (MX: S 2458/9)


SINGLES
Hit Parada
No # So Roud So Fir So Fully Paqcked / Cimmaron Roll On
Decca (1954-57)
9-29120 Pin-Up Girl / Who'll Buy My Tacos - 04-54
9-29140 Lovin' Country Style / You Can't Have My Love - 05-54 w. Wanda Jackson
9-29267 If You Don't, Somebody Else Will / You'd Be The First One To Know - 09-54 w. Wanda Jackson
9-29271 Farther On Down The Road / We Just Don't See Things Alike Anymore - 09-54
9-29489 Okie Blondie / I'm Mad At My Heart - 03-55
9-29678 Harbor Of Love / Girls, Girls, Girls - 10-55
9-29800 It Could Have Been Me / Tennessee Today - 01-56 (rev. Feb. 4)
9-30389 Mister Opportunity / We're Taking Chances - 07-57
Longhorn (1960)
LH-505 I'll Find A Way / I'll Go Broke Loving You – 09-60 (rev. Oct. 10)
Liberty (1963-64)
55599 I'll Never Live Long Enough / I Left My Heart In San Francisco - 07-63
55712 The Last Call For Alcohol / Late Last Night - 07-64
Vandan (1964)
8472 The Funny Way Of Hurting Me / One Broken Heart Ago - 64
Longhorn (1960)
LH-565 For No Reason / Rotten Love - 11-65
Toro (unknown, 60's)
T 105 I Don't Want To Ever Feel This Way Again / Neon Lights
Celebrated Artis
CAA 601 Down Town Dallas / You Got Caught
CMR
CMR 480 How Would She Look In A Kitchen / Nowhere To Go (But Out Of My Mind)  - 7-