REEVES, GLENN

ROCK A BOOGIE LOU / BETTY'S BOUNCE (SLEAZY RECORDS)

REEVES, GLENN - ROCK A BOOGIE LOU / BETTY'S BOUNCE 117274
Format:
1 7"
Release:
17.11.2017
Label:
SLEAZY RECORDS
Kat.-Nr.:
117274
Barcode:
8436022625815
Glenn Reeves. Born in Shamrock, Texas, on December 29, 1932. Died in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 19, 1998.

Despite an interesting bunch of recordings that show his good manners as singer and relevant songwriter, Glenn's place in History was firmly secured when he cut a raw demo of a slow-paced track titled "Heartbreak Hotel".

Written by Mae Boren Axton - with whom he co-wrote some of his own sides -, little did he know that the hypnotic song would be Elvis Presley's first number-one hit and one of the best-selling records during 1956.

Reeves had developed his country roots while being a High School student and by the time he changed his Texas home for Florida after a short stint in the Marine Corps, he was absolutely convinced to pursue a career in music.

Signed by TNT Records, he had a couple of releases on 1955 but, even though there's an appreciable quality on tracks such as the country flavoured "I'm Johnny On The Spot" or the rocking "I Ain't Got Room To Rock", the poor distribution that became an steady trademark for the San Antonio, Texas, based label forced him to leave in search of greener pastures.

On January 1956, a few weeks before Elvis hit the market with "Heartbreak Hotel", Republic put out a new Glenn's record.

"That'll Be Love", a nice uptempo song, was coupled with a more conventional country weeper called "The Last Time".

Reviews were polite and showed a preference for the "engaging piece of bright tune" defined by the former which probably paved the way for the next release, a juicy slice of Rockabilly credited to Glenn Reeves and his Rock-Billys and brought out on October 1956 by Atco, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records.

Curiously, at the end of June Billboard had noticed Glenn's signing for Atco, referring to him as a rockabilly from Nashville.

Including the vibrant "Rockin' Country Style" and a good cover version of "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", that was his one and only record for the company, as next year he was offered a short-term recording contract by Decca.

Actually, the sides appearing on this single were part of the deal and conformed Reeves' third attempt at the label.

Two solid rockers released on March 1958, none of them got Glenn's recording career off the ground and by 1959 he returned to work as DJ, promoter and even launching his own country music TV show in the sixties.

He remained quite active until the end of his life and finally, after all, he found the success he long deserved.

Although he did so behind the scenes instead of taking the stage as a singer, his TNT, Republic, Atco and Decca recordings can be considered as a fantastic musical legacy.

No doubt about that!
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. ROCK A BOOGIE LOU
  • 1.2. BETTY'S BOUNCE