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Hank Penny, Crazy Rhythm: The Standard Transcriptions

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Hank Penny, Crazy Rhythm: The Standard Transcriptions

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1549717

Disk length: 1h 10m 47s (30 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2000

Label: Unknown

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“Crazy Rhythm: The Standard Transcriptions” Tracks & Durations

1. Kiss Me Honey (But Take Your Time) 1:49
2. Wang Wang Blues 2:06
3. Rabbits Don't Ever Get Married 2:39
4. The Penny Opus No. 1 2:34
5. Hold the Phone 2:16
6. No Fuss, No Muss, No Bother 2:43
7. Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon 2:03
8. Progressive County Music for a Hollywood Flapper 2:58
9. Don't Start Breathing Down My Neck 2:22
10. Mister and Mississippi 2:47
11. I'm Waiting Just for You 1:58
12. I Like the Wide Open Spaces 2:08
13. Flamin' Mamie 2:47
14. Cross Your Heart 1:40
15. I'm Not in Love (Just Involved) 2:27
16. Taxes, Taxes 2:49
17. Peroxide Blond 2:07
18. Ship of Broken Dreams 1:57
19. Things Are Gettin' Rough All Over 2:29
20. Big-Footed Sam 2:39
21. That Mink on Her Back 2:39
22. Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, and Tell 'Em Nothin' 2:25
23. Crazy Rhythm 1:58
24. White Shotguns 2:18
25. You're Bound to Look like a Monkey 2:15
26. You're So Different 2:39
27. We Met Too Late 2:40
28. Alabama Jubilee 1:48
29. I Want My Rib 2:14
30. September Song 2:18

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It's tempting to dismiss a man with three measly hits and a fitful career as a bit player in country-music history. Yet Hank Penny's music says otherwise. He was a mere 17 when he was captivated by the salacious Western swing of idol Milton Brown in 1935, and by the following year, he'd established his own outfit, the Radio Cowboys--the first Western swing band to take root east of the Mississippi River. His buddy Merle Travis convinced him to move to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, and along with Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, Penny was a significant figure in that decade's vibrant Western swing scene. Yet, while Penny's combativeness seemed to keep him from the success that the other two achieved (though Wills and Cooley were hardly passive gentlemen), his bands were stylish, finely honed ensembles, more akin in sound to Cooley's polish than Wills's power, capable of moving from sharp jazz instrumentals to peppy novelties to pop standards.

Penny and crew recorded these radio transcriptions in 1951, and they boast the full range of the repertoire. Penny's mellow, charismatic crooning shows the influence that Brown still had over his style 15 years after he'd died. Penny's musicians, meanwhile, were wonderful, led by guitarist Benny Garcia and Penny's longtime pal Noel Boggs on steel. --Marc GreilsamerCrazy Rhythm brings together 30 songs recorded for the Standard Transcription Service in 1951 and never released comercially until now. You get Hank's signature tune "Little Red Wagon," along with a grab bag of dancehall Western Swing, proto-rockabilly and a few ballads and novelty tunes thrown in for good measure.

Although he never achieved the fame he deserved, Hank's music remains as a dazzling example of one of country music's unheralded greats.