Wayne’s Music 16/17 June 2012. The extraordinary John D Loudermilk.
Sittin In The Balcony Loudermilk recording under the name of Johnny Dee in 1957.
A Rose And A baby Ruth George Hamilton 4th crashed into the top 10 in 1956 and started his long and illustrious country music career.
Tobacco Road Loudermilk had a pleasantly passable voice, but his early records were not worth much, often looked upon as being lightweight and idiotically humourous, but “Tobacco Road” was a different story – a stark stomping tale of hard-bitten southern poverty with a blues flavour which the British Invasion group The Nashville Teens explored to the hilt in their hard rocking cover in 1964.
Asiatic Flu John D Loudermilk recording as Ebe Sneezer and His Epidemics – just one of the many names he used in various groups –
We Should Be Together -The Chordettes'
Turn me On Norah Jones with probably the most covered song from Loudermilk’s catalogue –
1000 Concrete Blocks John D Loudermilk when he was recording for Colonial during 1957, backed by the Blue Notes.
This Little Bird Marianne faithful.
Indian reservation Paul revere And The Raiders
Angela Jones Johnny ferguson with the song Loudermilk wrote about a girl he met when he took a course in ballroom dancing. He wrote the song using her name as a title, but never found out what she thought about it, because he did not see her again.
Weep No More My baby Brenda Lee – a sweet song which Brenda Lee included in her “Sweet Nothin’s LP in 1959. I
Language of Love John D Loudermilk’s best known pop hit, recorded under his own name – in 1961.
Ebony Eyes Everly brothers.
God Will Johnny Cash with another strong impressive Loudermilk song – the way a good gospel number should be.
They Were Right Johnny Dee and The Bluenotes
Mr Jones Scott Engel
This Cold War With You which Loudermilk once described as the first GOOD record he made. It was released in 1958.
’d Like To be Alone Arnie Derksen, a Canadian Rockabilly artist recorded 3 Loudermilk songs, of which only one was released in 1959 and the two others 30 years later.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 17 June 2012. The music of John D Loudermilk. PART ONE.
He’s My Dreamboat Connie Francis with a perfect example of the sappier pop side of John D Loudermilk.
Sittin’ In The Balcony Eddie Cochran.
The Great Snowman a hit for several big names of the 50s and 60s but here’s John D’s original rendition.
Throwin Kisses rockabilly man Bob Luman had a huge hit with the Great Snowman, and here’s another Loudermilk song he took to great heights.
Half breed Ricky Nelson put this John D song out on one of his hot selling albums in 1959.
Abilene George Hamilton the 4th - a #1 for 4 weeks in 1963, and in recent years George Hamilton has released a parody of his hit song, called “Gasoline” in the height of soaring petrol prices in The US.
Tobacco Road John D released this song in 1960 based on a place in East Durham where he grew up – the hogsheads of tobacco were rolled down to the warehouse, and the place was so rough, the Police would not venture there at night. Originally the song was done in a “folksy” style before many, many artists gave it the soul and blues treatment.
heaven Fell Last Night the Loudermilk song that was on the flip side of the Brown’s biggest hit “The Three Bells”.
Midnight Bus here’s the definitive killer version of Midnight Bus recorded in Australia by Scottish-born Betty McQuade with great backing by melbourne’s Thunderbirds. Her 1961 version of the Loudermilk song is amongst the best covers of his work.
Why Not The Everly Brothers
Norman one of many Loudermilk novelty numbers which Sue Thompson made her own
Song Of The Lonely Teen he understood what it was to be a teenager in the 1940s and 50s – he was one himself when he w rote a lot of these songs.
He’s Just A Scientist (That’s all) Connie Francis
Mary’s No Longer Mine John D Loudermilk.
Top 40, News, Weather & Sports Mark Dinning
Jimmy’s Song John D Loudermilk
Amigo’s Guitar Kitty Wells
The Red Headed Stranger John Loudermilk
Calling Dr Casey Dr Casey was a medical drama series which ran on American Television from 1961 to 1966, starring Vince Edwards as Dr Ben Casey.
Somebody Sweet released under Johnny Dee and The Blue Notes
Tobacco Road Johnny Duncan – yet another one of the many renditions of Loudermilk’s “Tobacco Road”
Blue Train (Of The Heartbreak Line)
Sad Movies Sue Thompson With her lighthearted and breathy voice, Thompson became a favorite among the teenage crowd of the time, even though she was in her late thirties.