1-CD mit 32-seitigem Booklet, 30 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 72:45 Minuten.
It's no surprise history defines Pee Wee King and the Golden West Cowboys by their hits: the immortal Tennessee Waltz, written in 1947 by King and singer-fiddler Redd Stewart, Slow Poke and Bonaparte's Retreat. But that's not the whole story. As one of America's great country show bands, their scope encompassed ballads, polkas, pop, country and novelties—along with driving uptempo blues, rocking country and boogies. That flexibility pleased country fans and audiences who wouldn't go within 25 miles of a country stage show. It gave them TV stardom in Louisville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Chicago in the 1950s and a short-lived 1955 ABC network program.
Bear Family's Pee WeeKing entry in its 'Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight' series offers 30 blazing samples of Pee Wee and the Cowboys at their hottest:
1947's furious Ten Gallon Boogie
Their takes on the 1950 Johnnie Lee Wills hit Rag Mop, Birmingham Bounce and the Dragnet TV theme
Two swinging samples from their phenomenal 1955 'Swing West!' sessions and their 1956 cover of Blue Suede Shoes.
1956 tunes by the band's new designated rock singer: Dick Glasser.
Stewart and Pee Wee handle most vocals. Other tunes showcase the instrumental talent: pianist Forry Engle, lead guitarist Terry Tichy and ex-Texas Playboy Bob Koefer's phenomenal steel guitar.
An essay by Rich Kienzle.