1-CD with 36-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns.
The lead cut is Red Ingle's outrageous hillbilly parody of 'Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)' from 1947, featuring a twangy Jo Stafford as 'Cinderella G. Stump.' It was smart and funny - and great music. More hits followed, including the international hit Cigareetes, Whuskey And Wild, Wild Women, and the surreal Nature Boy spoof Serutan Yob. After more than a half-century, Red Ingle's records remain fresh and comedic, with terrific backing from Les Paul, Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, west coast jazzers, and City Slickers alumni. This 28-track CD collects all of Ingle's original Capitol releases, plus one track only available in Australia and six previously unissued songs.
One of the most amazing events in the history of the record business happened this week. You've probably heard it - Tim-Tayshun, sometimes called Temptation - by Red Ingle and his Natural Seven. Released nationally on May 19, it was a major hit within 48 hours, and it's still growing. It's one of those laugh riot musical hits that caught the fancy of the American sense of humor overnight. If you haven't heard it, where have you been this week?
- Capitol Records Information Bureau
May 27, 1947
To the American record industry, 1947 was the year of the sleeper hit. Weary of the big bands that dominated popular music for the past decade, postwar record buyers latched onto discs that delivered something unusual. Open The Door, Richard brought Dusty Fletcher's Harlem humor to mainstream America. The Harmonicats, a Chicago harmonica trio led by Jerry Murad, topped the 'Billboard' charts for eight weeks with Peg O' My Heart' a thirty-four-year-old Ziegfield Follies tune. Ted Weems's 1933 record of Heartaches, featuring Elmo Tanner's whistling (and curiously, Red Ingle on tenor sax), caught fire after a North Carolina disc jockey plugged it incessantly; that disc led the pop charts for thirteen weeks. Former Spade Cooley vocalist Tex Williams grabbed the public fancy with his droll proto-rap Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette).
But no one - not Capitol Records and certainly not Red Ingle - was prepared for the success of Tim-Tayshun, an unrelenting hillbilly send-up of the torrid standard Temptation. Public demand was so great that the label apologized to retailers:
Here's what happened:
1. About May 14, most radio stations had advance copies.
2. Air play suddenly brought thousands of requests.
3. By May 19, national release date on the record, demand for the ditty was already overwhelming.
4. Within 48 hours of national release, the song was a national sensation.
5. We at Capitol - frankly - couldn't press records fast enough, because buyers weren't satisfied with only one copy.
6. We're doing everything possible to get them out when they're wanted.
7. (and a Natural Seven at that) Today, just a week and a day after release, this sensational record is riding tops for playing over all other records.
The California-based label also teased the public about the anonymous lead singer, credited only as Cinderella G. Stump. "To boost interest in the disk, label is wise in creating comment on Who Is Cinderella Stump and will release her true identity in a few weeks," 'Billboard' tersely noted in a June 14, 1947 review. "However, to many music lovers it will be no surprise to learn that beneath the veil of corned-up diction and off-key slurring, it's really Jo Stafford."
The record's unexpected success caught Ingle off guard. When it broke nationwide, he was touring California with a Civic Light Opera production of 'Rosalinda', an English translation of Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus'. Bookers began asking for the Natural Seven, but the band was strictly a studio creation. So after more than two decades as a sideman with Jean Goldkette, Ted Weems and Spike Jones, the forty-year-old Ingle reluctantly assumed the thankless role of bandleader.
|Tim-Tayshun (Temptation) 1|
|2:||For Sentimental Reasons|
|3:||Song Of Indians|
|4:||Them Durn Fool Things|
|5:||Git Up Off'n The Floor, Hannah|
|6:||Pagan Ninny's Keep 'er Goin' Stomp|
|10:||Cigareetes, Whuskey And Wild Wild Women|
|12:||I Surrender Dear|
|13:||Moe Zart's Turkey Trot|
|14:||The Prisoner Of Love's Song|
|15:||You Can't Be Fit As A Fiddle|
|17:||An Irishman Will Never Fight|
|18:||Turn Your Head Little Darlin'|
|19:||'A' You're A Dopey Gal|
|20:||Two Dollar Pistol|
|21:||Girlin' And Cuttin' Up Didoes|
|23:||Comin' 'Round The Mountain March|
|24:||Run Little Eva|
|25:||People Are Funny|
|26:||Let Me In|
|27:||Chew Tobacco Rag|
|28:||Git Away From The Wimmin'|