Jackie Boy & Little Walter
"SELLING MY WHISKEY"
Composer: Jack Kelly-Walter Horton
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control- Promotional Copies Only (1:12)
number: - None - Only Acetate - Sun 174 was never issued
Incomplete a fragment of side-B of the
''lower deck'' survived
Recorded: - February 25, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 1, 1952
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78rpm acetate SUN 174-B mono
SELLIN' MY WHISKEY / BLUES IN MY CONDITION
Reissued: - 1996
Charly (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-2-7 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES
YEARS 1950 - 1958
Walter Horton and Jack Kelly were typical of the Delta bluesman
who warmed to Sam Phillips' new recording climate. "Blues In My Condition'' b/w ''Sellin' My Whiskey'', chosen from their various meanderings, was nominated as the first Sun single. However, due to an adverse reaction from area radio stations, the recording
never made it past the promotional stage. Fortunately a fragment of the 'lower deck' survived, allowing the true beginnings of the Sun label to be represented, right at the moment of conception.
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jack Kelly - Vocal and Piano
Walter Horton - Vocal, Harmonica and Kazoo
Joe Hill Louis - Guitar and Drums
In the Memphis Recording Service logbook, under Walter Horton, Marion Keisker wrote, ''2/25/52, Session with Joe Hill, Jack Kelly and -, ''Cut several sides on tape''. Best were with Jack Kelly doing vocal and Mumbles (Horton) on harmonica.
Tentatively billed on these number as 'Little Walter' and Jackie Boy''. Under Kelly's name, she wrote that two cuts were made that day, crossing out and changing both titles, ''Sellin' My Stuff (Ain't Had A Drink)'' and ''Wanderin' Woman (Blues In My Condition)''.
On March 5, dubs of Kelly-Horton, Johnny London, and Walter Bradford were sent to Chess, but on March 8, Marion noted that dubs of Kelly/Horton were sent to ''Teamer, Aired on WHHM as intro to Sun''. Teamer was WHHM's 9 p.m. to midnight rhythm and blues jock,
Screamin' Eddie Teamer, who got Walter Bradford's sides, too. A dub was also sent to 'Jack The Bellboy' at KWEM. On March 10, masters of Kelly-Horton and Johnny London were shipped to the Shaw record planting plant in Cincinnati. The following day, dubs were
sent to Rufus Thomas and Walter Bradfort in Forrest City. At some point very soon thereafter, Phillips decided to pull the plug on Kelly-Horton and Bradford, and launch Sun with Johnny London. Presumably, it was the disc jockeys' reaction that precipitated
this change of heart.
And so Sun 174 remained
unseen and unheard until Robert Loers found an acetate bearing the label Sun 174 and Steve LaVere later found a fragment of the song on another acetate. It's a rollicking Saturday night song, harking back to Kelly's roots in the South Memphis Jug band. Horton
apparently played a Prince Albert tobacco can, accounting for the kazoo-liked sound. There's a very busy drummer, so Joe Hill Louis cannot be playing drums and guitar simultaneously and it's hard to determine which instrument he's playing. The identity of
the fourth guy, indicated by Marion with the blank line, can only be guessed at. (CE)