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  • Various - Hoosier Daddy: Mar-Vel’ And The Birth Of Indiana Rockabilly 2LP (LP)


    The 2LP vinyl collector’s edition of Hoosier Daddy sees rock & roll authority Dave Penny select 32 prime rockabilly tracks from the massive 105-track 3CD set. This latest release from Fantastic Voyage provides yet another piece in the musical jigsaw that was the USA before the globalisation and homogenisation of the music industry. Hoosier Daddy tells the story of the pioneering and industrious Indiana record man, Harry Glenn, and his Mar-Vel’ and Glenn labels and his importance in bringing country rock ’n’ roll to the state of Indiana.

    Indiana, the Hoosier State, is not one that immediately springs to mind when considering the great centres of American musical excellence in the mid-20th century. The celebrated Vee-Jay Records was launched there in 1953, but within months had relocated to nearby Chicago. A host of jazz legends graduated from the clubs of the state capitol, Indianapolis, which also played host to a lively blues scene in the 1920s and 1930s, from which Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell emerged, but musicians had to seek their fortunes elsewhere. By the mid-1940s, with the war effort in full swing, the influx of those leaving the southern states to colonise the north-western corner of Indiana, in pursuit of well-paid jobs was at an all-time high. While these migrants may have considered themselves neo-sophisticates with fat bank rolls in their pockets, they were homesick and pining for some down-home entertainment which was willingly supplied by other, musically-gifted migrants from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. Into this maelstrom of musical talent entered a man with the desire to supply this untapped market, but not another Southern migrant – Harry Glenn was a Hoosier born and bred…

    In addition to long-cherished cult rockabilly favourites such as Bobby Sisco, Herbie Duncan, Chuck Dallis and Harry Carter, Hoosier Daddy includes a host of rare tracks from other more obscure performers. In addition to the Harry Glenn story, we also look at the other important Indiana rockabilly labels from Indianapolis (Note, Nabor, Yolk, Tyme, Glee and Whispering Pines), Fort Wayne (Emerald), Marion (Claudra), Muncie (Poor Boy) and others…all gone but not forgotten. All in all, a must-have for collectors of rockabilly.

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