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Acetate disc recording of Wallace O'Dell, "My Life in Darkness," recorded for Reed Records, March 16, 1959, Birmingham, Alabama. Vocal backing by the Chordaires.O'Dell (as Wallace Odell, without the apostrophe) released this title on the Reed label…

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One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording of Rebe Gosdin and the Sunny Valley Gang, "Pray, Pray, Pray." Recorded March 9, 1954, for radio station WBAM (Montgomery, Alabama). The reverse side of this disc contains a recording of "Release Me" by…

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Photo postcard of the Watkins Brothers and the Mother's Best Red Hat Kids, circa 1950s, WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Pictured left to right are Curley Fagan, Richard Watkins, Bobby Watkins, announcer Joe Rumore, Jimmie Watkins, Robert [?], and Tommy…

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Three promotional photo postcards for WVOK radio personality Dan Brennan, Birmingham, Alabama. Also featured in the postcards are Brennan's wife Clara and members of their growing family, children Danny and Susan.Born in Brickyard, Alabama, Brennan —…

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Dale Casteel, interview with Burgin Mathews, recorded over the telephone, February 10, 2024. A founding member of the Alabama Ramblers, Casteel reflects on his time with that band, as well as on other musical experiences both before and after the…

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The complete surviving tracks for the Alabama Ramblers. Additional information and lyrical excerpts follow the track listing, below. Track 1: Seasick Blues Track 2: Missing in Action / The Family Who Prays Track 3: Away from You / Canaan’s Land…

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Recorded excerpt from a Mother's Day broadcast by the Alabama Ramblers. Includes a company member's original poem and a performance by Dale Casteel of "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)." Written in 1915 by Howard Johnson and Theodore…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Writing Love Letters." Vocals by Bobby Jane Croley, "The Ramblers' Sweetheart." “I found I couldn’t mail them, so I burned them instead / I’m writing love letters that will never be read.”Recorded in Korea, circa 1952, by the…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Waiting for a Letter." Vocals by the Hudson brothers. “Yearning for a message, one from you my dearest, please / I’m waiting for a letter, my poor aching heart to ease.”Recorded in Korea, circa 1952, by the Alabama Ramblers…

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The Alabama Ramblers: "Gray-Haired Mother of Mine" and "Make Room in Your Heart for a Friend" “Back in my home in Alabama, where a gray-haired mother waits for me / Each night in my dreams I can see her, and it’s there that I’m longing to be...”…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Steel Guitar Rag" and "Open Door, Open Arms." Steel guitar and vocal by J. W. Hudson. “Open door, open arms wait for your safe return / Day and night there’s a light and a heart that will burn...”Recorded in Korea, circa 1952,…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Away from You" and "Where the Soul of Man Never Dies" (AKA "Canaan's Land"). Vocals by J. W. Hudson. “I’d like to send this song especially to my little niece, Shirley Ann. She seems to like it. And I’d also like to send it to…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Missing In Action" and "The Family Who Prays." Two popular songs of the Korean War years. "Missing in Action," written by Arthur Q. Smith and Helen Kaye, was recorded by Ernest Tubb in 1952 and covered my several country…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "The Seasick Blues." Composed by J. W. Hudson, Franklin Hampton, and Bob Grigsby. Vocals by J. W. Hudson and Bob Grigsby. “Right now we’d like to have a little more music, and we’re going to revive a song that J. W. Hudson and…

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Though the Alabama Ramblers never released a commercial album, a friend, admirer, or band member apparently created this "album cover" for the group, sometime after the war. The cover is now on display, along with the Ramblers' eight surviving…

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One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording of Henry Blevins and the Steel City Playboys, June 6, 1953."Alone with the Blues""Broken Hearted"Henry Blevins and the Steel City Playboys appeared weekly on Birmingham, Alabama, radio station WVOK's "Dixie…

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One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording of Tommy Reeves and the Alabama Playboys, October 25, 1952. The disc contains a performance of "You Make Me Happy." The reverse side of the disc includes a performance by the Johnson Family, recorded on the same…

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One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording attributed to the Johnson Family, October 25, 1952. Mislabeled "Wildwood Flowers," the disc contains a performance of "You Are My Flower."Though there are some broad similarities, it appears unlikely that this…

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Newspaper advertisement for Bob's Supper Club (Birmingham, Alabama), featuring Johnnie Hayden, Lucky Leon Davis, Hardy Matthews, Westbrook Walker, and Art Harris.Huntsville Mirror, March 23, 1957.

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Newspaper advertisement for "The Big Rhythm & Blues Show of '58" at the Madison Nite Spot. Featuring The Midnighters, The 5 Royales, Little Willie John, Bo Diddley, Al Jackson, Tiny Topsy, Etta James, the Cal Green Orchestra, and The…
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