Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Song of the Day: "Lonely Little World"

Jean Shepard
Monday, March 21, 1960 (Session #9421 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
Bradley Film & Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville 3, TN
Jean Shepard: vocal; Grady Martin: guitar; Ray Edenton: guitar; Walter Haynes: steel guitar;
Junior Huskey: bass; Buddy Harman: drums; Floyd Cramer: piano.
Producer: Ken Nelson

Just a quick and lonely little post today of one of my favorite Jean Shepard records. It's a song written by my favorite country composer, Harlan Howard. The b-side, "For The Children's Sake" (also recorded earlier by Bonnie Owens) was also a Harlan Howard tune. I've always liked Jean's country shuffles like this, and the pedal steel on this track by Walter Haynes is sublime. This record never charted, but I think it should have been a hit. It's a pretty obscure record, but I somehow ended up with two copies of the 45 over the years. Hope you enjoy it too...


RWC said...

Thanks for sharing this. Shepard seems to be one of my blind spots; I'll have to rectify that.

Joaquin LeFleur said...

@RWC - Glad you like Jean Shepard. She does tend to get a bit overlooked these days. She had a fair amount of hits early on in the mid-to-late '50s, and then a real dry spell in the early '60s around the time of this track. But this period ends up being my favorite of hers. The great hard-edge honky tonk sound and country shuffles are what I think she does best, but it's not really what she's known for. Anyway, if you keep coming around here, I'll help rectify your lack of Jean Shepard situation... Thanks RWC!