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Rufus Thomas - Star Talent 807
 
Liner notes for the Star Talent single written by Colin Escott (CE), 2013
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Single Published for Historical Reasons
 
Rufus Thomas, Jr.
''I'LL BE A GOOD BOY'' - B.M.I. - 3:32
Composer: - Rufus Thomas
Publisher: - Unpublished
Matrix number: - 332
Recorded: - Circa 1949/1950
Club Tropicana, 
1331 Thomas Street, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1950
First appearance: - Star Talend Records (S) 78rpm single Star Talent 807-A mono
I'LL BE A GOOD BOY / I'M SO WORRIED
Reissueds: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16695-1 mono digital
RUFUS THOMAS - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rufus Thomas - Vocal / Evelyn Young - Tenor Saxophone
Evans Bradshaw - Piano / Robert Carter - Guitar
Unknown - Bass / Red Davis – Drums

Two of the songs of Rufus Thomas, "I'll Be A Good Boy" and "I'm So Worried" were chosen for release as Star Talent 807. They were good small combo rhythm and blues, somewhat typical for the time, and certainly leaning more to the rhythms of the city than the rural blues. The combo comprised, as best anyone can remember. Perhaps this was the band Rufus most commonly sang worth at the time, and certainly they were mainly musicians with whom he was familiar.

The band makes a storming opening to "I'll Be A Good Boy", the drum and piano riff giving way to Rufus's tale about how he and his baby had a few words last night and how good he'll be if she comes back. There are two fine sax solos and in all this was a well-sung and classy debut from Rufus. (CE)
Single Published for Historical Reasons
 
Rufus Thomas, Jr.
''I'M SO WORRIED'' - B.M.I. - 3:33
Composer: - Rufus Thomas
Publisher: - Unpublished
Matrix number: - 333
Recorded: - Circa 1949/1950
Club Tropicana
1331 Thomas Street, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1950
First appearance: - Star Talend Records (S) 78rpm single Star Talent 807-B mono
I'M SO WORRIED/I'LL BE A GOOD BOY
Reissued: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16695-2 mono digital
RUFUS THOMAS - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rufus Thomas - Vocal / Evelyn Young - Tenor Saxophone
Evans Bradshaw - Piano / Robert Carter - Guitar
Unknown - Bass / Red Davis – Drums

This side, "I'm So Worried", evokes the cooler, late night club scene with its slow sax intro and guitar solo from the T. Bone Walker School. Rufus tells how he's in love with a married woman, a theme he would return to later along with other relationship themes.

The label of Rufus's' record stated at the top that it was in the Folk Series, but at the side indicated in smaller print that it was in fact part of the Blues And Rhythm Series. The disc was listed in Billboard among the New Rhythm And Blues Releases for the week of February 25, 1950, and "I'm So Worried" was also reviewed, although the opinion was mixed, and indeed a little harsh on the band: "Thomas shows first class style on a slow blues, but the combo work is amateurish behind him".

In later years, Rufus was fond of dismissing the disc saying, "The record sold five copies, and I bought four of 'em". But at the time he knew that it was a start, and that might lead on to better things. After all, apart from Dwight Moore and B.B. King, none of the other Memphis-based entertainers that would become so popular in the decade to follow were yet on records. Rufus may have hoped and expected that some of the other four songs he recorded for Erickson would have been released too, and things looked good in March 1950 when Star Talent Records took out an advertisement in Billboard for their Star Stubbed Star Talent, listing 14 hillbilly artists and six blues and gospel acts, including Rufus Thomas.

Erickson's four unissued recordings by Rufus Thomas did turn up. They had been made at the Sellers Studio in Dallas. The whereabouts of two songs, "Take Me Home, I'm Tired, He Lied" and "Paper Doll" are not released, but the remaining two titles, "Who's That Chick" and "Double Trouble", are issued here, nearly sixty years after they were made. (CE)

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