1-CD with 48-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns.
"Mitch Miller said to Wesley Rose, 'Ol' Hank William's done it again, hasn't he?' and Wesley Rose said, 'That was Curley Williams whowrote Half As Much, and Mitch Miller said, 'Who's Curley Williams?' and Wesley Rose said, 'A guy that's been on your labelabout seven years.'"And there, in a nutshell, was Curley Williams’ dilemma.
He was on the Grand Ole Opry before Hank Williams; he was onthe Louisiana Hayride before Hank Williams; he was a recording star before Hank Williams … but few remember himtoday, except for writing one of Hank William’s biggest hits, Half As Much.These two volumes are a retrospective of the great, and vastly underrated western swing star Curley Williams. Rarelyreissued on microgroove, and never reissued on CD, these two CDs are a treasure trove of oh-so-fine sharp-tip westernswing music. So few have heard of Curley Williams, much less heard him, but he’s on a par with the very best western swingbandleaders of the 1940s and 1950s. If you like Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, Hank Penny, or Spade Cooley, you’ll besure to love Curley Williams.
They cover his complete Columbia recordings, include all his early recordings from 1945 to1952, as well as ultra-rare demos with Hank Williams of Time Has Proven I Was Wrong and No, Not Now.
Curley Williams wenton to work with Hank Williams and write one of his biggest hits, Half As Much, but here he proves convincingly that he’smuch more than a footnote to the Hank Williams story.