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Mac Curtis has left the building

Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:31 pm

I've just learned that rockabilly hero Mac Curtis died today. He was 74.

The recordings he made for King Records in 1956 and 1957 have been revered for decades by rockabilly collectors worldwide.

His first session for King, done April 1st. 1956 in Dallas, backed by the legendary Galbraith Brothers, Jimmy (gtr) and Kenny (bs), is among the coolest in the history of rockabilly.

http://rivet-head.blogspot.com.es/2013/ ... urtis.html.

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Re: Mac Curtis has left the building

Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:47 pm

For those of you not reading the Susan Boyle thread, here's Mac Curtis' excellent biography as written by Bill Millar for Charly Records' 1991 CD, "Blue Jean Heart" (Charly CD 264) :

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Re: Mac Curtis has left the building

Fri May 09, 2014 1:05 am

Another great!
"Grandaddy's Rockin'"
"If I Had Me A Woman" just two of his classics.

Oh, just wouldn't you love to own his british gold Parlophone release of "You Ain't Treatin' Me Right"....

Re: Mac Curtis has left the building

Fri May 09, 2014 6:35 pm

Rockabilly uprising
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IZkQA6nm1o

:smt003 :smt006

Re: Mac Curtis has left the building

Fri May 09, 2014 11:10 pm

Curtis was never on my radar, but may he R.I.P.

Re: Mac Curtis has left the building

Fri May 09, 2014 11:51 pm

mysterytrainrideson wrote:Another great!
"Grandaddy's Rockin'"
"If I Had Me A Woman" just two of his classics.

Oh, just wouldn't you love to own his british gold Parlophone release of "You Ain't Treatin' Me Right"....


"Grandaddy's Rockin'" and "If I Had Me A Woman" are two fantastic recordings. The sound and feel of those cuts are like a time machine to hepcat land, following the yellow brick road built by Sun. And Curtis was only 17 when he cut them.

svallen wrote:Rockabilly uprising
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IZkQA6nm1o


Thanks for the link. Mac recorded some very worthy stuff for Ronny Weiser in the 70s.

drjohncarpenter wrote:Curtis was never on my radar, but may he R.I.P.


Maybe he was not a first rate figure, but some of his records are memorable.

Interestingly, the above posted notes by Bill Millar mention Elvis' first album as a strong influence on Curtis' style, together with the five Sun singles by Presley. Curtis' first session for King took place on April 1, 1956, a week after the release of LPM-1254, and it was already being used as a blueprint for other stuff.

Re: Mac Curtis has left the building

Sat May 10, 2014 12:31 am

Sid King must also have influenced Mac Curtis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Mnu63bpGw

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Re: Mac Curtis has left the building

Sat May 10, 2014 12:43 am

svallen wrote:Sid King must also have influenced Mac Curtis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Mnu63bpGw


You may well be right. Sid King and the Five Strings were already cutting rockabilly by 1955, and they also came from Texas.

I saw Sid and Billy King in concert in 1988, and they did a fantastic show. I still keep their autographs !