THE BIG V JAMBOREE

JOE & ROSE LEE MAPHIS

US DISCOGRAPHY & SESSIONOGRAPHY

Part 2 : LPs & CDs

an This is an updated reprint of a piece I compiled in 1985 & 1986, with help from the Country Music Foundation (Nashville).
It was first published in the November 1986 issue of the French mag - LATCH ON - then run by Jean-Guy Meunier.
Many thanks to Steve Wisner, Walt Rogers, Scott Adamson and the late Harry Shields
for their additions.

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JOE MAPHIS
'FIRE ON THE STRINGS'
COLUMBIA CL 1005
RHCO 33564 Fire On The Strings
RHCO 33731 Guitar Rock And Roll
RHCO 33732 Floggin' The Banjo
RHCO 33733 Tennessee Two Step
RHCO 33734 Bully Of The Town
RHCO 33943 Town Hall Shuffle
RHCO 33944 Flying Fingers
RHCO 33945 Twin Banjo Special
RHCO 33946 Sweet Fern
RHCO 40149 Randy Lynn Rag
RHCO 40150 Lorrie Ann
RHCO 40159 Katy Warren Breakdown

All the above titles were reissued on CD by Epic (CK 62148) and Bear Family (BFX 15106 & BCD 16103).

VARIOUS ARTISTS

'TOWN HALL PARTY'
COLUMBIA CL 1072
Featuring : The Collins Kids, Freddie Hart, Dortha Wright, Johnny Bond, Tex Ritter, Les 'Carrot Top' Anderson, Tex Carman, Bobby Charles and Joe & Rose Lee Maphis who perform :
RHCO 33733 Tennesse Two Step
RHCO 33943 Town Hall Shuffle
RHCO 40293 Sweeter Than The Flowers
They also appear on the final track, 'Wait For The Light To Shine', performed by the whole cast.

JOE MAPHIS
'HI-FI HOLIDAY FOR BANJO'
HARMONY HL 7180
RHCO 46066 Oh, Susanna
RHCO 46067 Bye, Bye, Blues
RHCO 46068 Little Liza Jane
RHCO 46069 Over The Waves
RHCO 46070 Barbara Polka
RHCO 46071 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
RHCO 46072 Marching To Pretoria
RHCO 46073 Camptown Races
RHCO 46074 Missouri Waltz
RHCO 46075 When You And I Were Young, Maggie
RHCO 46076 Under The Double Eagle
RHCO 46077 You Are My Sunshine


ROSE LEE MAPHIS
'ROSE LEE MAPHIS'
COLUMBIA CL 1598 / CS 8398
CO 65581 Signed, Sealed And Delivered
CO 65582 Pins And Needles (In My Heart)
CO 65583 Greenback Dollar
CO 65584 I Won't Stand In Your Way
CO 65585 Nobody Answered Me
CO 65586 Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
CO 65587 My Curly Headed Baby
CO 65588 Bury Me Beneath The Willow
CO 65589 You Can't Divorce My Heart
CO 65590 Release Me
CO 65591 The Wind And The Tree
CO 65592 The Keeper Of The Key

-> The Columbia sessions were cut as follows :
* RHCO 33564 : October 3, 1955
* RHCO 33731 to 33734 : February 28, 1956
* RHCO 33943 to 33946 : August 23, 1956
* RHCO 40147 to 40150 : March 12, 1957
* RHCO 40159 : probably March 13, 1957
* RHCO 40293 : August 20, 1957
* RHCO 40372 to 40375 : September 25, 1957
* RHCO 45777 to 45779 : January 30, 1959
* RHCO 46066 to 46077 : December 8, 1958
* RHCO 46423 to 46426 : January 5, 1960
* CO 65581 to 65592 : November 15, 1960.
All RHCO recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. CO probably recorded in Nashville.


JOE MAPHIS
'KING OF THE STRINGS'
MAC GREGOR MGR 1205
Seeing Nellie Home
Square Dance Rock
8th Of January
New Wildwood Flower
Home, Sweet Home
Bill Cheatum
Georgia Camp Meeting
Green River Rag
Kansas City Special
Cotton Eyed Joe
Cumberland Gap
Crazy Pickin'
Liner notes by Merle Travis. The Mac Gregor stuff dates back probably to 1960 or 1961.
Joe played most instruments, using overdubbing extensively.


JOE & ROSE LEE MAPHIS
With The Blue Ridge Mountain Boys
CAPITOL T 1778 / ST 1778
Flowers On The Sunny Side
Why Do You Weep, Dear Willow
There'll Come A Time
Maple On The Hill
Teardrops Falling In The Snow
Put My Little Shoes Away
Lonesome Train
Little Rosewood Casket
Whiskey Is The Devil In Liquid Form
Speak To Me, Little Darlin'
Little Mother Of The Hills
Picture On The Wall
-> Liner notes by Merle Travis.

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'COUNTRY MUSIC HOOTENANNY'
CAPITOL T 2009 / ST 2009
Featuring : Merle Travis, Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Rose Maddox, Roy Nichols, Glen Campbell, Johnny Bond & more.
Recorded in Bakersfield on September 12, 1963. The back up band, The Trading Post Band, was led by Joe Maphis.
Joe & Rose Lee Maphis perform :
Paper Of Pins

MERLE TRAVIS & JOE MAPHIS
'COUNTRY MUSIC'S TWO GUITAR GREATS'
CAPITOL T 2102 / ST 2102
Corrine, Corrina
Big Midnight Special
Bayou Baby
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
Guitar Rag
Blast Off
When It's Time For The Whippoorwill To Sing
West Coast Blues
Mainstreet Breakdown
Picture On The Wall
Kentucky Waltz
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
Liner notes by Chet Atkins.
->
The Capitol sides were recorded between 1961 and 1963, and produced by Ken Nelson.

JOE & ROSE LEE MAPHIS
'MR. & MRS COUNTRY MUSIC'
STARDAY SLP 286
6954 Remember (I'm Just As Close As The Place)
6955 Love Don't Live Here Anymore
6956 I've Come To Take You Home
6958 Please Mr. Mailman
6959 Time To Pray
6960 Hoot 'n' Annie
6961 I Don't Love Nobody But You
6962 Lonesome Jailhouse Blues
6966 Hot Time In Nashville Tonight
6967 Del Rio
6970 Sweet, Sweet Lips
6972 Separated From Each Other (By A Prison Wall)

JOE MAPHIS
6965 The Weasel
6968 Hot Rod Lincoln
-> These two Starday tracks seem to be unreleased.

JOE MAPHIS
'THE AMAZING JOE MAPHIS'
STARDAY SLP 316
6957 Fiddlin' On The Guitar
6963 Banjo Boogie Shuffle
6964 Kansas City Special
6969 Hot Rod Guitar

7180 Little Bit Of Travis
7181 Give Me Forty Acres
7182 Scalping The Indians
7183 Fire On The Strings
7184 Double Neck Boogie
7185 Invitation To The Blues
7186 Coffee Break
(take #1)
7187 Sweet Rosie

JOE MAPHIS
'GOLDEN GOSPEL GUITAR'
STARDAY SLP 322
7188 When The Saints Go Marching In
7189 Rock Of Ages
7190 Old Time Religion
7191 When They Ring Those Golden Bells
7192 I'll Be Somewhere Listening
7193 Lonesome Valley
7194 I'll Fly Away
7195 In The Garden
7196 In The Sweet By And By
7197 When The Roll Is Called
7198 Jesus Loves Me
7199 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
7200 Satisfied Mind
7201 Time To Pray


JOE MAPHIS
'COUNTRY GUITAR GOES TO THE
JIMMY DEAN SHOW'
STARDAY SLP 373
7933 Dixie Guitar
7934 Seasons Of My Heart
7935 Y' All Come
7936 Window Up Above
7937 Bonaparte's Retreat
7938 Tennessee Guitar Polka
7939 Cannon Ball Guitar
7940 Under The Double Eagle
7941 Bury Me Beneath The Willow
7942 Wildwood Flower
7943 Maybelle
7944 Columbus Stockade Blues


VARIOUS ARTISTS
'LET'S HIT THE ROAD'
STARDAY SLP 306
Featuring among others : Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan, Frankie Miller, The Willis Brothers & Joe Maphis.
6971 Riding Down Ole 99
6969 Big Rig Guitar
(this is, in fact, 'Hot Rod Guitar')
[exists in true stereo : see notes below]

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'COUNTRY GUITAR HALL OF FAME'
STARDAY SLP 326
7180 Little Bit Of Travis
7184 Double Neck Boogie
6969 Hot Rod Guitar
6957 Fiddlin' On The Guitar

(other titles/artists unknown)

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'HIT PARADE OF BLUEGRASS STARS'
STARDAY SLP 343
Featuring among others : Reno & Smiley, Hylo Brown, Flatt & Scruggs, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers & Joe Maphis.
7183 Fire On The Strings

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'THAT'S TRUCK DRIVIN'
STARDAY SLP 357
Featuring among others : Red Sovine, Johnny Bond, Tommy Hill's String Band & Joe Maphis.
7626 Ten Days Out, Two Days In
[exists in true stereo : see notes below]

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'THE FABULOUS SOUNDS OF THOSE NASHVILLE CATS'
STARDAY SLP 399
Featuring among others : Joe Maphis, Pete Drake, Jimmy Richardson, Boots Randolph & Hank Garland.
6969 Hot Rod Guitar

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'TRUCK STOP'
NASHVILLE NLP 2052
Features : Tom O'Neal, Frankie Miller, Benny Martin, The Willis bros, Red Sovine, Johnny Bond, Lonnie Irving, George Morgan and Joe Maphis who plays :
6969 Big Rig Guitar (this is, in fact, 'Hot Rod Guitar', in stereo)

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'TRUCK DRIVIN' SON OF A GUN'
NASHVILLE NLP 2082
Features : George Morgan, The Willis bros, Red Sovine, Johnny Bond, Slim Jacobs and Joe Maphis who plays :
7626 Ten Days Out, Two Days In (in stereo)

VARIOUS ARTISTS

'NASHVILLE GUITARS'
NASHVILLE NLP 2091
One side by Joe Maphis :
7180 Little Bit Of Travis
7937 Bonaparte's Retreat
7942 Wildwood Flower
7183 Fire On The Strings
6969 Hot Rod Guitar
The other by Jackie Phelps :
Guitar Cannonball
Sugarfoot Guitar
Milk Cow Blues
Cottonfield Blues
Y'All Come

Amazingly, all of Jackie Phelps' cuts are in true Stereo but only Joe's 'Wildwood Flower' has that honor.

-> The Starday sides are all from the 1964-1966 period ; they were cut in Nashville at the Starday Sound Studios, produced by Tommy Hill and engineered by Jack Linneman.
From the early '60s on, most Starday recordings were cut in true Stereo (2 or 3-track) and were then mixed down to Mono. While the singles were released in Mono, some albums were released in Stereo though, or re-released that way. Such was the case of SLP 306 and SLP 357 (despite several songs in annoying rechanneled stereo). There was a 'Little LP' version of SLP 357 in Stereo but Joe wasn't featured (only Red Sovine , Slim Jacobs, Johnny Bond and Minnie Pearl whose 'Answer To Giddy-Up, Go' wasn't on the 12" album).
The budget Nashville label was an offshoot of Starday.


JOE MAPHIS
'THE NEW SOUND OF JOE MAPHIS'
MOSRITE MA 400
Yakety Axe
Green Valley Waltz
Durango
Ole Jobro
(with Rose Lee Maphis)
Limehouse Blues
Pickin' And A Guitin'
Buckaroo
Spanish Dobro
One More Time Around

Thunder Road
Liberty On The Guitar
Alabama Jubilee
Released in Canada on DOMINION (LPS 48500) minus 'One More Time Around' and with a totally different front cover. Although shown as Stereo, it's a MONO release.

JOE & ROSE LEE MAPHIS
'STRINGIN' ALONG WITH JOE
& ROSE LEE MAPHIS'
MOSRITE MA 401
Ole Jobro
Spanish Dobro
One More Time Around
Country Girl Courtship
I Guess You're Finally Satisfied
Down By The Railroad Tracks
I'm Willing To Try
Second Fiddle To An Old Guitar
Maple On The Hill
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (& Loud, Loud Music)
There Goes My Everything
Preview
Released in Canada on DOMINION (LPS 48501) minus 'Ole Jobro' and 'Spanish Dobro' but with 'A Lifetime Of Love' and 'Tunin' Up For The Blues' in their place. Although shown as Stereo, it's also a MONO release.

-> The Mosrite recordings were produced by Semie & Andy Moseley and cut in 1966-1967.

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'ARTISTS OF THE 60's'
MOSRITE 1284
Features Barbara Mandrell, Doyle Holly, Al Brumley, Eddie Dean, Gene Moles, Tommy Duncan, Leo Le Blanc, Louise Lovett and Joe & Rose Lee Maphis.
Pickin' And A Guitin'
Write Him A Letter
Green Valley Waltz
Alabama Jubilee

A Lifetime Of Love

-> Released in 1984. Executive producer : Andy Moseley.

JOE MAPHIS
'GOSPEL GUITAR'
SACRED LP 3014 / LPS 4014
Onward Christian Soldiers
A Beautiful Life
Stand Up For Jesus
I'll Fly Away
Softly And Tenderly
The Church In The Wildwood
Amazing Grace
Old Time Religion
Hear Dem Bells
Jesus Hold My Hand
Pass Me Not
I Shall Not Be Moved
Bringing In The Sheaves
Precious Memories


JOE MAPHIS
'GOSPEL GUITAR - Vol. 2'
SACRED LPS 74055
Where The Soul Never Dies
Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Whispering Hope
Where We'll Never Grow Old
Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
Dwelling In Beulah Land
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Wait For The Light To Shine
I Love To Tell The Story
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
Just A Little Talk With Jesus

JOE & JODY MAPHIS
'GUITARATION GAP'
CHART CHS 1042
Guitaration Gap
Fire And Rain
If I Kiss You
Sippin', Pickin' And Flippin'
Celito Lindo
Scruggin' It
Lookin' Out My Back Door
Ride, Ride, Ride
The Letter
Billy In The Low Ground
Liner notes by Earl Scruggs. The Chart album was released in 1971.
The track, 'Guitar Happy', is listed on the front cover but not on the back and doesn't appear on the LP.


ROSE LEE & JOE MAPHIS
'LET YOUR LOVE SHOW'
OUTREACH OR-1001
Let Your Love Show
There Is A River
Old Brush Arbor
Crumbs From The Table
Southern Belle Of Birmingham
I'll Fly Away
One Day At A Time
Forgetting All Others
The Legend Of The Robin Red Breast
Peace In The Valley
Produced by Eddie Miller, the Outreach album is a real rarity. Probably cut in Nashville, it was released in 1975. The musicians listed are : Ron Oates (piano), Harold Rugg (steel), Joe Zinkan (bass) & William Ackerman (drums) ; the background vocals are provided by Laverna Moore, Diane Moore & Pam Miller. Fred Carter Jr. is band leader.

JOE MAPHIS & HIS SUPER PICKER PALS
'GRASS 'N' JAZZ'
CMH 6215

Fire On The Strings
Southern Nights
Stumbling
Ballad Of Thunder Road
Theme From Bonanza
Black & White Rag
Flying Fingers
Saturday Night Ramble
Moonglow
Theme From 'Picnic'
Super Picker Jam
Bonaparte's Retreat
Orange Blossom Special


JOE MAPHIS with ROSE LEE & DALE
'DIM LIGHTS, THICK SMOKE
(& GOOD OLD COUNTRY MUSIC)'
CMH 6224
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
Mother Maybelle
Eighteen Wheels
Down At The Foot Of The Mountain Town Hall Rag
Carter Country
My Baby's Doin' Alright
Hilltop Pickin'
Rocky Mountain Special
Yodeling Bird
You Ain't Got The Sense (You Were Born With)
Snowflakes

JOE MAPHIS
with ROSE LEE MAPHIS
'BOOGIE WOOGIE FLAT TOP GUITAR PICKIN' MAN'
CMH 6239
Boogie Woogie Flat Top Guitar
Pickin' Man
Fiddle Pickin
Joe Maphis' Blues
Devil's Dream
Old Fiddler Joe
Somewhere Between
Don't You Cry, Melinda
Sweet Georgia Brown
Your Sweet, Sweet Lips
Six By Five


JOE MAPHIS
with ROSE LEE MAPHIS
'HONKY-TONK COWBOY'
CMH 6251
Honky-Tonk Cowboy
Old Black Mountain Saturday Night
Where Honky-Tonk Angels Spread Their Wings
Durango
Another Man's Lady (Another Lady's Man)
Sittin' On Top Of The World
I Can't Get Her Sweet Love Off My Mind
Man's Nature
Joe's Double Eagle
I'm Gonna Wear The Pants
Maybe Someday
Super Slab Blues

MERLE TRAVIS & JOE MAPHIS
'COUNTRY GUITAR GIANTS'
CMH 9017
Free Little Bird
Mose Rager Blues
Alabama Jubilee
Hear Dem Bells
Eight More Miles To Louisville
Little Rosewood Casket
John Henry
Cannonball Rag
Beer Barrel Polka
My Adobe Hacienda
Lover
Snow Deer
Ike Everly's Rag
Sweet Bunch Of Daisies
Somebody Stole My Gal
San Antonio Rose
Li'l Liza Jane
Bury Me Beneath The Willow
High Noon
Down Among The Budded Roses
Freight Train
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight Wildwood Flower
Back In The Saddle Again
Memphis Blues
Black Mountain Rag
Say 'Si Si'
Columbus Stockade Blues
Right Or Wrong - Smiles
I Saw The Light


JOE MAPHIS
'THE JOE MAPHIS FLAT-PICKING SPECTACULAR'
CMH 9030
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
Cripple Creek
South
Lonesome Road Blues
Zendel's Breakdown
Town Hall Rag
Whistling Blues
Memories Of Maybelle
El Rancho Grande
Rocky Mountain Reel
Silver Threads Among The Gold
Grandma's Favorites
Charlotte Breakdown
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Lara's Theme (From Dr. Zhivago)
Hilltop Pickin'
Little Rock Getaway
Sailor's Hornpipe
Albuquerque Rag
Liebestraum
Duelin' Banjos
Riders In The Sky
Guitar Rag
Irish Washerwoman
Carter Country
Liberty

-> The CMH releases are from 1978-1985.
Joe (often with Rose Lee) also played on the following albums :
GRANDPA JONES
CMH 9010 'OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC COLLECTION'
CMH 9015 'FAMILY ALBUM'
CMH 9026 'FAMILY GATHERING'
CMH 9032 'MERLE & GRANDPA's FARM & HOME HOUR' (live)
MERLE TRAVIS (with MAC WISEMAN, JACKSON D. KANE & FIDDLIN' RED HERRON)
CMH 9028 'THE CLAYTON McMICHEN STORY'
And he appeared on the following compilations :
CMH 5900 'WORLD'S GREATEST BLUEGRASS'
CMH 5901 'WORLD'S GREATEST BLUEGRASS - Volume 2'
CMH 5902 'THE ORIGINAL BLUEGRASS & COUNTRY SWING SPECTACULAR'
CMH 5903 'STARS OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC'
CMH 6227 'SUPER PICKER SPECIAL'.

-> More compilations featuring Joe Maphis , courtesy of the late Harry Shields :

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'THE GUITAR GREATS'
EVEREST RECORDS Archive Of Folk & Jazz Music FS-243
Features among others Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco and Joe Maphis :
Old Joe Clark
Big Sound
(by Joe and James McGuinn)

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'25 BANJO & GUITAR FAVORITES'
MOUNTAIN DEW RECORDS S 7038
Features among others Billy Strange, Tommy Tedesco, Roger McGuinn and Joe Maphis :
Six By Twelve
My Little Maggie
Banjo Workout
Joe's Breakdown

VARIOUS ARTISTS
'INSTRUMENTAL COUNTRY STARS'
MOUNTAIN DEW RECORDS S 7050 By arrangement with Chart Records
Features Lloyd Green, Hargus Robbins, Del Wood and Joe & Jody Maphis :
Ride, Ride, Ride
Sippin', Pickin' & Flippin'

-> According to my good friend and Joe Maphis specialist, Steve Wisner, Joe plays guitar and banjo on a late 1961/early 1962 Liberty album
(LRP-3219, issued in mono only) entitled 'The Liberty Square Dance Club - Without Calls' featuring fiddler Gordon Terry. Now, does Joe also appear on on the companion album, 'The Liberty Square Dance Club - With Calls' (LRP-3218, mono only) ?

 

JOE MAPHIS on COLUMBIA

JOE MAPHIS on COLUMBIA

JOE MAPHIS on COLUMBIA

JOE MAPHIS Town Hall Party

JOE MAPHIS Town Hall Party

ROSE LEE MAPHIS

ROSE LEE MAPHIS

JOE MAPHIS on McGREGOR

JOE MAPHIS on McGREGOR

JOE MAPHIS on CAPITOL

JOE MAPHIS on CAPITOL

JOE MAPHIS and Others

JOE MAPHIS and Others

MERLE TRAVIS & JOE MAPHIS

MERLE TRAVIS & JOE MAPHIS

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS on STARDAY

JOE MAPHIS and Others

JOE MAPHIS and Others

JOE MAPHIS

JOE MAPHIS

JOE MAPHIS & JACKIE PHELPS

JOE MAPHIS on MOSRITE

JOE MAPHIS on MOSRITE

JOE MAPHIS on DOMINION

JOE MAPHIS on DOMINION

JOE MAPHIS on DOMINION

JOE MAPHIS on DOMINION

JOE MAPHIS A Mosrite Compilation

JOE MAPHIS A Mosrite Compilation

JOE MAPHIS Sacred LP

JOE MAPHIS Sacred LP

JOE MAPHIS Sacred LP

JOE MAPHIS Sacred LP


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