Sunday, August 02, 2015

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

David Cantwell, writing about HBTN entry number 10, quotes Woody Guthrie: “I hate a song that makes you think you are just born to lose. Bound to lose.” But, he writes, “cuts like this made [Ted] Daffan a favorite of the folks who crowded the dance halls of California and the Southwest during World War II.” Because, as he quotes writer John Morthland, “. . . for the millions of displaced working people forced to stay in cities like Detroit and Chicago in order to keep jobs [‘Born to Lose’] was received as a metaphor for modern life in general.”

Well, I’m pretty much with Woody. But I guess I’m also with Ted Daffan’s boys, and Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles for that matter. . . .



10.  Born to Lose • Ted Daffan’s Texans • 1942


With today’s post we come to the end of the first ten entries in Heartaches by the Number. The first ten gave us a taste of the great country singles released from the late twenties and onward that are discussed throughout the book, and also how one great record tends to suggest another. Starting next Sunday, we’ll begin to spread out and listen to a hodge podge of records from throughout the main 500 as well as the authors’ “alternate 100.” A lot of these entries will be posted because they’re personal favorites here at BAK or because the authors of HBTN have elucidated something possibly not apparent in a casual listen. Stick around. . . .

Leonard Seago, fiddle/vocal; Freddy Courtney, accordion; Ted Daffan, electric steel guitar; Ralph C. Smith, piano; 
Buddy Buller, lead guitar; Chuck Keeshan, guitar; Johnny Johnson, string bass; Lindley “Spike” Jones, drums. 
Hollywood, California, 20 February 1942

Find it: Country: The American Tradition

78 and sleeve: YouTube



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