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1953 SESSIONS (9)
September 1, 1953 to September 30, 1953

Studio Session for Mose Vinson, September 9, 1953 / Sun Records

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SEPTEMBER 1953

Sun 189 ''My God Is Real'' b/w ''Softly And Tenderly'' by The Prisonaires is issued. Life magazine sends a photographer and a journalist to interview the Prisonaires and photograph them, but the story doesn't run.

Sun 190 ''Blues Waltz'' b/w ''Silver Bells'' by the Ripley Cotton Choppers is the first country release on Sun (78rpm only), and the first by a white artist(s) on any of Phillips' labels. The record have a ''hillbilly'' stamp on the label to distinguish them from Sun's blues releases.

An article in the rhythm and blues magazine ''Beat'' read: ''Rosco Gordon and Ray Charles are prepping themselves for a road tour beginning in Decatur, Illinois and winding up on September 26 at the Belmont Ballroom, Toledo, Ohio''.

''A new package consisting of the Clovers, the Rosco Gordon Orchestra, Little Esther and Chuck Willis will be sent out by Shaw Artists Corp. for a 15-day swing thru Southern territory starting October 1. Trek will be handled by promoter Eli Weinberg''.

SEPTEMBER 1, 1953 TUESDAY

Steel guitarist Jerry Brightman is born in Akron, Ohio. He joins Buck Owens' Buckaroos during the 1970s, playing on several hits, including ''On The Cover Of The Music City News'', ''Big Game Hunter'' and ''You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More''.

SEPTEMBER 2, 1953 WEDNESDAY

Eddy Arnold and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, officially end their contract.

Lula Grace Wood takes her second husband, Lowell Smith, in Columbus, Ohio. She is destined to be best known through her third marriage, as Jan Howard.

SEPTEMBER 7, 1953 MONDAY

Decca released Red Foley's ''Shake A Hand''.

SEPTEMBER 8, 1953 THUESDAY

Tommy Collins recorded ''You Better Not Do That'', his first hit single, at Capitol's Melrose Avenue studio in Los Angeles, with Buck Owens playing guitar.

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Pianist Mose Vinson worked some sessions at Sun. If nothing else, he had the virtue of proximity, living upstairs at Dell Taylor's Restaurant Fine Food, next door to the studio. Rooted in earlier times, he was nowhere close to the cocktail blues piano combos and equally far removed from Ray Charles, Amos Milburn, and their uptown ways. Tracks all emanate from a session which took place on September 9, 1953, largely devoted to pianist Mose Vinson. All eight sides are of a uniformly high standard, which makes it all the more surprising that they should have languished unheard and unissued until the appearance of the original Sunbox.

STUDIO SESSION FOR MOSE VINSON
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS 1953

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 1953
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS

"Mistreatin' Boogie'", a fairly straightforward rip-of of "Pinetop's Boogie-Woogie" - is classic stuff (although drummer Israel Franklin occasionally muffs the tempo along the way), pumped along by Vinson's powerful left hand and repeated righthand triplets. Indeed, Mose really shines on this track, taking no less than five solo choruses, running through the whole gamut of tremelos, triplet figures, and other classic boogie devices.

> MISTREATING BOOGIE <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (2:31)
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-6/6 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958

> WORRY YOU OFF MY MIND <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 1 - Not Originally Issued (3:12)
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-6/7 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958

> WORRY YOU OFF MY MIND <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 2 - Not Originally Issued (2:30)
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1992
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15524-18 mono
JOE HILL LOUIS - THE BE-BOP BOY

WORRY YOU OFF MY MIND
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 3 - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - September 9, 1953

Several takes of this track were recorded, this version being the first. It is clearly a close relative of "44 Blues", being a fairly basic 12-bar blues carried by Mose's characteristically high, nasal, and somewhat garbled vocals. Joe Hill Louis vamps aggressively in the background, chiming in with the occasional set of slashing notes behind the first phrase of the verse, whilst a harmonica presumably, Walter Horton - although aural evidence would suggest perhaps not) is also present.

> REAP WHAT YOU SOW <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued (2:44)
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-6/11 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958

''Reap What You Sow'' is a medium-tempo blues with a typically fine Vinson vocal and a sprightly piano solo, marred only by Joe Hill Louis' difficulty in figuring out what key the rest of the band are playing - which particularly shows up in his low end runs. Nevertheless, the track is worth hearing for Mose's vocal and sprightly piano solo.

> 44 BLUES <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 1 - Not Originally Issued (2:35)
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - March 8, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310-5/19 mono
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958

44 BLUES
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 2 - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - September 9, 1953

> 44 BLUES <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - U 100 - Take 3 - Not Originally Issued (2:31)
Were scheduled for issue on Sun, but never released
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - 1992 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15524-14 mono
JOE HILL LOUIS - THE BE-BOP BOY

This title was Mose's signature tune: "It was an old song way back in my father's day, and I just put some words to it". The ringing authority of Mose's opening descending line immediately announces that this is something special. The band generally just vamps along behind Vinson, double-timing everything, giving the impression that they are playing a 24-bar blues, whilst Mose sings a 12-bar over the top. The nett effect is a non-stop backbeat which sounds as though the drummer is hitting the offbeat of all four beats in the bar! Louis takes the solo playing out some call-and-response with himself. During the solo, Sam Phillips boosts the level of the drums and bass - and this, coupled with the bass playing double-time, gives the effect of speeding the track up.

MY LOVE HAS GONE (AKA "COME SEE ME)
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Possibly Summer 1953

> MY LOVE HAS GONE (COME SEE ME) <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 1 - Not Originally Issued (2:17)
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1992
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15524-15 mono
JOE HILL LOUIS - THE BE-BOP BOY

> MY LOVE HAS GONE (COME SEE ME) <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - U 101 - Take 2 - Not Originally Issued (2:12)
Were scheduled for issue on Sun, but never released.
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun Box 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-6/13 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958

This is the second of three takes of this track. It opens with piano, bass, and hi-hat doodling on a variation of "Shortnin' Bread", and ''Hucklebuck'' riffs. The hi-hat is hitting all four beats while the bass accents 1 and 3. After a couple of 12-bar vamp verses, Vinson takes two solo choruses rooted in the swing style, throwing in a little boogie at the beginning of the second. Overall, the amount of variety in his playing throughout this session is quite remarkable.

In 1954, Phillips assigned two master numbers to ''44 Blues'' and ''Come See Me'' (which he titled ''My Love Has Gone''). In the event, the record wasn't issued, and it's doubtful if it would have eased Phillips' pitiful financial situation at the dawn of 1954. And so Mose Vinson had to wait another thirty years for his Sun recordings to be issued.

> MY LOVE HAS GONE (COME SEE ME) <
Composer: - Mose Vinson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Take 3 - Not Originally Issued (2:40)
Recorded: - September 9, 1953
Released: - 1992
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15524-17 mono
JOE HILL LOUIS - THE BE-BOP BOY

Note: Mose Vinson was paid $1 for gas on November 7, so the session might date from then. On November 14, Phillips gave Vinson $5 to get married.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Mose Vinson - Vocal and Piano
Joe Willie Wilkins - Guitar
Walter Horton - Harmonica
Joe Hill Louis - Guitar and High-hat
Kenneth Banks - Bass
Isreal Franklin - Drums and Handclapping
Possibly Thomas ''Beale Street'' Coleman - Drums

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SEPTEMBER 11, 1953 FRIDAY

MGM released Hank William's ''Weary Blues From Waitin'''.

SEPTEMBER 14, 1953 MONDAY

Capitol released the Jean Shepard and Ferlin Husky duet ''Forgive Me John''.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1953 TUESDAY

Though not yet divorced from his first wife, Jerry Lee Lewis marries a pregnant Jane Mitcham in Fayette, Louisiana.

SEPTEMBER 16, 1953 WEDNESDAY

Bass player Michael Rhodes is born in West Monroe, Louisiana. He plays on records by Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Conway Twitty, Alabama, Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker and George Strait, among others.

SEPTEMBER 17, 1953 THURSDAY

Kitty Wells recorded ''Cheatin' A Sin'', plus a duet with Red Foley, ''I'm A Stranger In My Home'', during a session at the Castle Studio in Nashville.

Carl and Valda Perkins have their first child, Carl Stanley Perkins, who later plays in his dad's band. Stan also joins his father and brother, Greg, to co-write Dolly Parton's ''Silver And Gold''.

SEPTEMBER 18, 1953 FRIDAY

Red Foley recorded a duet with daughter Betty Foley, ''As Far As I'm Concerned'', and a seasonal solo hit, ''Put Christ Back Into Christmas'', at Nashville's Castle Studio.

Banjo player/songwriter Carl Jackson is born in Louisville, Mississippi. His songwriting credits include Vince Gill's ''No Future In The Past'', Glen Campbell's '''(Love Always) Letter To Home'' and Pam Tillis' ''Put Yourself In My Place''.

Record producer Steve Fishell is born in Oak Harbor, Washington. After playing steel guitar with Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, he goes on to produce Jann Browne's ''Tell Me Why'', Radney Foster's ''Nobody Wins'' and Pam Tillis' ''Mi Vida Loca''.

SEPTEMBER 19, 1953 SATURDAY

The first full-time country station, KDAV, debuts in Lubbock, Texas. Among those who work for the station, Buddy Holly, who's frequently visited in the studio by rival disc jockey Waylon Jennings.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1953 SUNDAY

Roy Acuff kicks off a one-month tour of Pacific military bases, sponsored by the USO, just two months after the close of the Korean War. Moon Mullican sits in with the Smokey Mountain Boys.

Gene Autry sings ''Back In The Saddle Again'', ''Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer'' and ''Your Cheatin' Heart'' on CBS-TVs ''Toast Of The Town'', destined to become ''The Ed Sullivan Show''

Gene Autry performs the Stephen Foster classic ''Beautiful Dreamer'' in the debut of ''Saginaw Trail''. The script requires Autry and sidekick Smiley Burnette to keep restless Indians from attacking a settlement.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1953 MONDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''The Next Voice You Hear'' and ''When Mexican Joe Met Jole Blon'' during an evening session at Thomas Productions in Nashville, Tennessee.

Decca released Webb Pierce's double-sided hit, ''There Stands The Glass'' and ''I'm Walking The Dog''.

SEPTEMBER 22, 1953 TUESDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''Would You Mind?'' at Thomas Productions in Nashville.

SEPTEMBER 26, 1953 SATURDAY

Skeeter Davis makes her Grand Ole Opry debut, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Less that a year after Hank Williams' death, Johnny Horton marries Williams widow, Billie Jean Williams.

SEPTEMBER 28, 1953 MONDAY

The western ''Shadows Of Tomstone'' debuts in movie theaters, with Rex Allen and his ever-present sidekick Slim Pickens.

Columbia released Carl Smith' ''Satisfaction Guaranteed''.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1953 WEDNESDAY

Deborah Allen is born in Memphis, Tennessee. She earns a Grammy nomination for her 1983 performance of ''Baby I Lied'', but also writes John Conlee's ''I'm Only In It For The Love'', Janie Fricke's ''Let's Stop Talkin' About It'' and Patty Loveless' ''Hurt Me Bad (In A Real Good Way)''.

POSSIBLY SEPTEMBER 1953

Studio session(s) with Doctor Ross at Sun Records, Memphis, Tennessee.

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