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Don Woody

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After attending college Don Woody became a disc jockey at local nightclubs (in Springfield. Mo). Soon he met an agent who signed him up on the “Ozark Jubilee” (country-singers show, hosted by Red Foley) to do the “warm-up” for the audience just before the show went on the air…

The bandleader of ” Western Swing Band” Bill Wimberley signed Don Woody to the tour during the summer with his band. They played State Fairs in the mid-west. So they did for two summers. In the meantime Don Woody was writing songs with his partner Paul Simmons and they made some demos. After he played them for Decca. As a result Decca records signed Don Woody to a contract.

Red Foley was there when they “discovered” an 11-year-old girl named Brenda Lee. After several appearances on the show, Decca signed her to a contract. In 1956, September of the 17th, she recorded “Bigelow 6200”. It was her first release and she had “Jambalia” (written by Hank William) on the other side. “Bigelow 6-200” was one of her most rockabilly - styled songs.

When Don Woody went to Nashville to record. Grady Martin and the “Slewfoot Five” (Grady Martin led this session group for Decca Records in the 50’s) were the band for his records. Grady Martin also directed the session.

Don Woody recorded four songs at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South in Nashville (Tennessee).

Barking up the wrong tree (Decca 30277)
Bird dog (Decca 30277)
Make like rock’n’roll
Morse code

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