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Johnny Tyler
and the Riders of the Rio Grande
KSKY Dallas, TX
WGST Atlanta, GA

Johnny Tyler was working at radio station WGST in Atlanta, Georgia back in 1953. He recorded several tunes for RCA Victor. And later, had recorded for the Specialty label.

Sunny Ciesla reported in 1947 that Johnny was enjoying some success appearing at the Rancho and also in San Pedro. His recordings on RCA Victor at the time were a boost, with "Oakie Boogie", a tune he wrote.

At times you would find little news bits or perhaps filler items the magazines would use to let fans know of a recent recording a star had made. But the writer of one such placement for Johnny Tyler was a bit more descriptive than most we've seen. An early 1949 article says his voice was "...tinged with the authentic flavor of Pocohontas, Arkansas..." It goes on to tell us about that new release at the time, "I Never See My Baby Alone": "...a sad complaint about a gal safely surrounded by relatives. Johnny paints a plaintive picture of his attempts to hurdle this barrier..." Talking of the flip side of the record, "Jealous Blues", the article states, "...Johnny tells with candor and frankness that the old Green-Eyed Dragon has got him in a dither."

A 1953 article indicates he was working with Jimmy SMith and his Texans, who were doing nightly appearances at the Joe Cotton Rhythm Ranch in Atlanta. They were also being heard from 8:00pm to 12:00pm over WGST.

Credits & Sources

  • National Hillbilly News; July-August 1947; Mr. and Mrs. Orville W. Via; Huntington, WV
  • National Hillbilly News; January-February 1949; Mr. and Mrs. Orville W. Via; Huntington, WV
  • Country Song Roundup No. 27, December 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc., Derby, CT

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Recordings
 
RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-2171 A New Pretty Blonde
  20-2171 B So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed
  20-2182 A Oakie Boogie
  20-2182 B Rockin' Chair Money
  20-2290 A Oakie Boogie
  20-2290 B Texas Red
  20-2368 A Behind The Eight Ball
  20-2368 B I Don't Know Where To Go But I'm Goin'
  20-2503 A City Of Memphis
  20-2503 B Oh How You Lied
  20-2620 A Peepin' Through The Keyhole
  20-2620 B Wild And Wicked Look
  20-2656 A Can't Get My Foot Off The Rail
  20-2656 B Tell A Woman
  20-2774 A Old Macdonald's Boogie
  20-2774 B Swamp Woman
  20-2928 A Fiddlin' Lace
  20-2928 B Find'em, Fool'em And Forget'em
  20-3139 A Cornbread And Butterbeans
  20-3139 B Little Rock Arkansas
  20-3280 A I Never See My Baby Alone
  20-3280 B Jealous Blues
 
Rural Rhythm
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  510 A Devil On My Shoulder
  510 B If I'm To Bear The Name
 
Starday
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  263 A Lie To Me Baby
  263 B Country Fair


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