Lee Mitchell & The Curley Money Trio
"A LITTLE BLUE BIRD TOLD ME"
Composer: - G. Bozeman
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 328 - Master (2:13)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1957/1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - June 1958
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 78/45rpm standard single PI 3530-B mono
A LITTLE BLUE BIRD TOLD ME / THE FROG
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD
15805 DI-4-8 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Lee Mitchell - Vocal and Guitar
Curley Money - Guitar
Bill Justis - Saxophone
Lee Mitchell - Vocal
Curley Money Trio
"I was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1936. Grover C. Mitchell is my real name. I worked sideshows in Fort Benning, Georgia, national Guard Armories, skating rinks... that sort of thing.
I played drums and sing. I had a good feel for making up songs, and I'd sing 'em on the bandstand right after I'd made 'em up. If the people liked 'em, I'd go home and write down the lyrics. "Blue Bird" was recorded at WRBL-TV Columbus
by Ben Parsons, who ran a talent programma and was on radio too. We used a vocal group from Phoenix City, Alabama, the Charmettes, who were twelve, thirteen and fourteen year old. I had a manager then, Bob Helms. You can jerk
a manager out of the bushes if it looks like you're gonna make it, and this guy latched onto me''. ''He worked for Dixie Distributing and he took the master to Sam Phillips and Sam liked it. Helms never done anything else for
me, though. I got a lot of bad advice. I still got a lot of stuff lingering out there in the dark somewhere".
"After Sun, I recorded for some hometown outfits. Got a lot of records out on Curley Money's Rambler Records. I wrote some more songs. All the time I was working in a steel mill in Atlanta,
but I'm retired now".
It's hard to figure out Curley Money's
involvement in Lee Mitchell's Phillips International record. His name is on the credits, and it's possible that his band worked with Mitchell on ''Blue Bird''. At some point, Mitchell drove to Sun with Helms, and it's possible that Curley Money went with them.
Curley seems to have dropped off a tape at Sun, and one title from it, ''Chain Gang Charlie'', has been issued by Bear Family on ''That'll Flat Git It, Volume 14'' (BCD 16210). An abbreviated version of Curley's story can be found in the liner notes to that
This was the last
Phillips International single issued on both 78/45rpm speeds