Didja know that some religions consider dancin' a sin? And that it was once considered quite shameful for a woman to pick up a geetar and play the devil's music? Still is in some parts o'the world. And in the South. I was raised as a preacher's kid, and was warned daily 'bout the carnal evils of dancing, how it would get the body all stirred up to fornicatin'. The type of woman that would engage in such activities...well,a young man would do well to avoid the pleasures of that type, all flesh and lascivious desire. Well, shit, a boy can dream can't he? Thanks for the memories. Maybe that's why its call a Ho(e) Down. Desire as vice, indeed.
So in honor of week two of debauchery(and fear not, god's a comin' soon), I give you The Gals of the Big D Jamboree:
The Big "D" Jamboree was a live radio show that was broadcast from the Sportatorium (a wrestling venue) on the 50,000 watt KRLD in Dallas, TX. The show aired from 1948 into the 1960s, and could be thought of as a Dallas, TX version of the Grand Ol' Opry. There were some big differences between the two, though. The biggest being that the Big D Jamboree was much less conservative than similar shows that were popular in other parts of the country. Instead of focusing on down-home sensibilities, the Big D often was more rockin' and sexually charged. The show was often comprised of b-line artists, but the show also pulled in touring country and rockabilly artists such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Wanda Jackson.
These ladies kicked it harder than a riot grrrrrrrrrrrl, and got what they wanted, too. And if they didn't, they let you know. They dressed better than the girls in church, and they drank heavier than yr uncle. What's a poor misguided boy to do, but fall in love. Not much info exists on most of these ladies, but the Dallas Observer give a brief overview here.
It's all dancing and lust here at the Mountain today. Grab yr fella or gal, and have a hot time at the barn dance tonite. Hope yr doin' fine.
Helen Hall: Wasted Life (mp3)
Janis Martin: Cracker Jack (mp3)
Sherry Davis: Bop City (mp3)
Sherry Davis: Just a Little Bit (mp3)
(yousendit files...click on target...download from site)
Tomorrow: Sinning from the cab of a diesel truck and the requested reposts (finally!). Thank you.