JOE MAPHIS - HIS BACK-UP SESSIONS ON PAUL VIDAL's BIG V JAMBOREE
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A rare pic of Maphis !Here's the third part of our

Joe Maphis

discography.


This will be a listing of Joe's recording sessions for other artists - organized by artist. Needless to say, it will never be complete, but I'll do my best to update it all the time.
With many thanks to :
Alex Frazer-Harrison, Al Johnson, Michel Ruppli
and the late Harry Shields.


Joe Maphis was one of the most in demand guitar players on the West Coast during the '50s and his versatilty led to his playing on countless Country, Rockabilly, Rock'n'Roll & Pop sessions. He can be heard on numerous releases on labels as diverse as Intro, Columbia, Liberty, Imperial, Ebb or Capitol.
Whatever the musical style, he was always reliable and the sound of his Mosrite enlightened many otherwise average tracks.  © PAUL VIDAL * Privas, France * October 2004

JOHNNY BOND

COLUMBIA 4-21186
RHCO-10617 Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall
RHCO-10618 Put A Little Sweetnin' In Your Love

COLUMBIA 4-21187
RHCO-10616 Thanks
CO-50314 I Dreamed I Searched Heaven For You
*
* Joe's not featured on this side


COLUMBIA 4-21243

RHCO-10763 Firewater
CO-48674 Old Man Blues
*
* Joe's not featured on this side


COLUMBIA 4-21294
RHCO-10764 Stealin'
RHCO-10765 My Darlin' Lola Lee

COLUMBIA 4-21335

RHCO-10766 I Lose Again
CO-49767 Everybody Knew The Truth
*
* Joe's not featured on this side

COLUMBIA 4-21383
RZSP-33350 Louisiana Swing
RZSP-33353 Jim, Johnny & Jonas

COLUMBIA 4-21424

RZSP-33477 Carolina Waltz
RZSP-33479 Somebody's Pushin'

COLUMBIA 4-21448

JRZSP-33476 Livin' It Up
JRZSP-33478 Remember The Alamo

COLUMBIA 4-21494

RZSP-33351 Six Of One, Half A Dozen Of The Other
JZSP-37609 Loaded For Bear
*
* Joe's not featured on this side

COLUMBIA 4-21521
JRZSP-33723 The Little Rock Roll
JRZSP-33725 I'll Be There

COLUMBIA 4-21565

JRZSP-33957 Lonesome Train
*
JRZSP-33960 Laughing Back The Heartaches
* with Skeets Mc Donald (vocal)

COLUMBIA 4-40934

JRZSP-40152 Sick, Sober And Sorry
*
JRZSP-40154 Lover By Appointment
*
* with Lefty Frizzell (duet vocal)


COLUMBIA LP CL-1072
'TOWN HALL PARTY'
XLP-42097 Oklahoma Waltz
*
XLP-42098 Wait For The Light To Shine
* with Bobby Charles, vocal
-> there's a number of unissued Columbia tracks by Bond which feature Maphis as well


20th FOX 156
K80W-7512 The Long Tall Shadow
K80W-7513 Gold Rush

20th FOX 231
L80W-2234-1 A Kid Named Bill
L80W-2235-1 Jealous Lead

REPUBLIC 2005

1008 Hot Rod Lincoln
1009 Five Minute Love Affair

-> Also cut at that May 25, 1960, session and released on Republic EP 100 :
1010 Funnybone

REPUBLIC 2008
1029 The Way A Star Is Born
1030 X-15 (from the September 29, 1960, session)

REPUBLIC 2010
1028 Side Car Cycle
1031 Like Nothin' Man

REPUBLIC 2022
1082 Sadie Was A Lady
1083 Buck's Private Lament

-> Also cut at that September 1, 1960, session
and unissued so far :
X-15


STARDAY 678
6974 Hot Rod Surfin' Hootlebeatnanny
6975 Don't Mama Count Anymore

STARDAY 690
6973 My Wicked, Wicked Ways
6976 Bachelor Bill
(both songs also on SLP 298)

STARDAY 7021
6052 Barrel House Bessie (also SLP 333)
6968 Hot Rod Lincoln (also on SLP 298)

STARDAY SLP 345
7686 Side Car Cycle
7687 X-15
7688 The Great Figure 8 Race
7689 Johnny's Camptown Races
7690 Fastback
7691 Junior Johnson
7692 Fireball
7693 Around And Around The Figure 8
7694 Ben Dewberry's Final Run
7695 Wreck Of The Old 97
7714 Johnny Overload
7715 Highway Man
7716 Ridge Route
7717 Old Mack

JIMMY BOYD

COLUMBIA 4-21571
JRZSP 33951 Rockin' Down The Mississippi
JRZSP 33953 Crazy Mixed-Up Blues
(a fabulous, underrated single, with some of Joe's stinginest rockabilly breaks)

The stunning Jimmy Boyd '45 !

JOHNNY BURNETTE

FREEDOM F-44011
FR-118 Me And The Bear
*
FR-119 Gumbo *
* also featuring Eddie Cochran
->
several sides still remain unissued

THE BURNETTE BROTHERS

IMPERIAL X-5509
IM-1485 Warm Love
IM-1488 My Honey

-> This early 1958 session also produced two marvelous rockers, later unearthed by RockStar Records in England :
IM-1486 Boppin' Rosalie
IM-1487 Do Baby Do

THE COLLINS KIDS

COLUMBIA 4-21470
RHCO-33565 Hush Money
RHCO-33568 Beetle Bug Bop

COLUMBIA 4-21514

RHCO-33714 The Rockaway Rock
RHCO-33716 Make Him Behave

COLUMBIA 4-21543
RHCO-33713 I'm In My Teens
RHCO-33715 They're Still In Love

COLUMBIA 4-21560
RHCO-33962 Rock And Roll Polka
RHCO-33964 My First Love

COLUMBIA 4-40824
RHCO-33961 Go Away, Don't Bother Me
RHCO-33963 Move A Little Closer

COLUMBIA 4-40921
RHCO-40157 Hop, Skip And Jump
RHCO-40155 Young Heart

COLUMBIA 4-41012
RHCO-40333 Heartbeat
RHCO-40335 Party

COLUMBIA 4-41087
RHCO-40331 Hoy Hoy
RHCO-40334 Mama Worries

COLUMBIA LP CL-894
RHCO-33711 You Are My Sunshine
*
RHCO-33712 Missouri Waltz
RHCO-33721 Walking The Floor Over You
* also features Gene Autry, Carl Smith and others on vocals

COLUMBIA LP CL-1072
'TOWN HALL PARTY'

RHCO-40306 Just Because

-> Don't forget to grab that stunning 2-CD box set put out by Bear Family in 1991 [BCD 15537], which includes all the unissued sides from the above sessions.

Having a party with The Collins Kids !!

DON DEAL

CASH 1028
1028-A Broken-Hearted Fellow
1028-AA Cryin' In One Eye

BOB DENTON

DOT 45-15743
MW-10732 Playboy
MW-10733 Skinny Minnie

DOT 45-15833
MW-10732 Playboy
MW-11064 24 Hour Night
(another gem of a single, with Joe at his bluesiest on '24 Hour Night')

TERRY FELL

X-0069
E4LB 4458 Let's Stay Together Till After Christmas
E4LB 4459 (We Wanna See) Santa Do The Mambo

X-0078
E4LB 4460 Get Aboard My Wagon
E4LB 3038 You Don't Give A Hang About Me
*
* Joe's not featured on this side

X-0114
E4LB 4461 He's In Love With You
E4LB 3039 Mississippi River Shuffle
*
* Joe's not featured on this side

THE FOUR PREPS

ERNIE FREEMAN

HOLLYWOOD EP 1068
Fast Jivin'
(this piano-led instrumental features a super guitar battle between Joe and young Eddie Cochran. Please see 'Eddie Cochran's Back-Up Sessions' page for more fascinating details)

The Georgettes single on Ebb.

THE GEORGETTES

EBB 125
125 X Love Me Like A Fool
125 Oh Tonight

WANDA JACKSON

Capitol F-3485

CAPITOL F-3485
45-15586 I Gotta Know
45-15585 Half As Good A Girl


CAPITOL F-3575
45-15904 Silver Threads And Golden Needles
45-15919 Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad


CAPITOL F-3637
45-15890 Baby Loves Him
45-15587 Cryin' Thru' The Night


CAPITOL F-3941

45-15903 Honey Bop
45-17581 Just Queen For A Day
*
* Joe doesn't play on this side ; Buck Owens & Billy Strange are on guitars

-> Joe also played on a song first published in France in the '70s on a double LP in the wonderful series 'Rock'n'Roll At The Capitol Tower' :
15584 Step By Step

THE JODIMARS
(Marshall Lytle, Joey D'Ambrosia, Dick Richards)

IM-1453 Be My Love Tonight
IM-1454 Bring Along Your Love
IM-1455 Honey Baby
IM-1456 Hip Shakin' Baby
(this unissued Imperial session was first released on a UK RockStar CD-RSRCD 007-in 1994)

GRANDPA JONES

MONUMENT 25-7-8528
J7W 3426 The Valley Of The Never Do No Good
J7W 3428 A Dollar Short

Also recorded & released on LP :
J7W 3427 Four Stone Walls
(this July 22, 1971, session featured Rose Lee Maphis on background vocals. Joe appeared on several CMH albums cut by Grandpa in the '70s)

ROSE MADDOX

SKEETS MC DONALD

CAPITOL F-2523
45-11584 It's Your Life
*
45-11593 Baby I'm Countin' *
* Joe plays fiddle here

CAPITOL F-2696
45-11583 Walking On Teardrops
*
45-11594 Look Who's Cryin' Now *
* Again, Joe is featured on fiddle

CAPITOL F-2774
45-12338 I Love You, Mama Mia
*
45-12170 Remember You're Mine
* Joe plays fiddle on this side only

CAPITOL F-2885
45-12358 But I Do
*
45-12195 Your Love Is Like A Faucet
* More fiddlin' from Joe on this side only

CAPITOL F-2976
45-12339 Smoke Comes Out My Chimney Just The Same
*
45-12357 Each Time A New Love Dies
* Like above sessions, Joe plays fiddle

CAPITOL F-3378
45-15017 It'll Take Me A Long, Long Time
45-15019 Fallen Angel (Are You Sorry ?)


CAPITOL F-3461
45-15463 You Oughta See Grandma Rock
45-15464 Heart Breakin' Mama
(these top rockabilly sides feature Eddie Cochran on lead guitar but, although not audible, Joe may have been present too)

CAPITOL F-3525
45-15020 Somebody
45-15764 You Gotta Be My Baby

CAPITOL F-3600
45-15018 Don't Push Me Too Far
45-15765 You better Not Go

CAPITOL F-3679
45-16585 I Am Music
45-16588 Keep Her Off Your Mind

CAPITOL F-3741
45-16586 Welcome Home
*
45-13774 Your Sweet Love Is Gone
* Joe is on guitar on this side only

CAPITOL F-4095
45-30295 What Am I Doing Here ?
45-30296 What I Know About Her

CAPITOL F-4147
45-30294 Baby Wait

45-30293 What A Lonesome Life It's Been
(one of my all-time favorite '45s by any Country singer)


CAPITOL LP T 1040
'GOIN' STEADY WITH THE BLUES'
18605 Forth Worth Jail
*
18606 Hawaïan Sea Breeze
18607 Blues In My Mind
18608 Yard And A Half Of Blues
18613 Gone And Left Me Blues
18614 Lost Highway
18615 My Room Is Crowded
18616 You're There
18618 Goin' Steady With The Blues
*
18619 I'll Sail My Ship Alone *
18628 Tomorrow Never Comes *
18629 I'm Sorry Now
* these were also issued on EAP 1-1040

-> Check out the brilliant 5-CD set recently put out on Skeets by Bear Family : there are many unissued tracks, some featuring Joe's contribution - BCD 15937

RICKY NELSON

IMPERIAL X-5463
IM-1391 Be-Bop-Baby
IM-1390 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

IMPERIAL X-5483
IM-1451 Stood Up
IM-1452 Waitin' In School

IMPERIAL LP 9048
'RICKY'
IM-1423 Am I Blue
IM-1412 Baby I'm Sorry
IM-1409 Boppin' The Blues
IM-1410 Your True Love
IM-1422 True Love
IM-1391 Be-Bop-Baby (alternate take)
IM-1390 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (alternate take)
IM-1411 Honeycomb
IM-1413 I'm Confessin'
IM-1425 Teenage Doll
IM-1424 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
IM-1392 If You Can't Rock Me

-> an alternate take of 'If You Can't Rock Me' was first issued on CDP-7-95219.

EMMY NOBLE

LIBERTY F-55122
45-LB-814 Little Willie
45-LB-815 I Done Done

LAURA LEE PERKINS

DETOUR DT-45-02
DE 101 Gonna Rock My Baby Tonight
DE 102 Come On Baby

-> This was the first release of those Imperial cuts ; Detour was UK sound engineer Bob Jones's short-lived but exceptional label.

TEX RITTER

SHERMAN SCOTT

FREEDOM F-44009
FR-114 How'Dja Do
FR-115 Way Out Far
(a standout single by this- probably- black artist, cut in 1959 ; the session also featured Eddie Cochran and was produced by Ray Stanley)

HANK THOMPSON

LEROY VAN DYKE

NICK VENET

IMPERIAL X-5522
IM-1566 Love In Be-Bop Time
IM-1567 Honey Baby
(before becoming a top record producer and talent scout for Capitol, the late Nick Venet cut some nice records, the best being by far the above ; Joe's scintillating solo on the top side is the ultimate lesson in rockabilly guitar)

-> Also recorded at that hot session - but still unreleased :
Baby Doll
Darlin' Sue

JIMMY WALKER

Jimmy Walker, Intro #6024

INTRO 6024
RR 1708-2 If I Can't Have You
RR 1709-2 Out Of Money, Out Of Place,
Out Of Style

INTRO 6025

RR 1707-2 High Geared Daddy
RR 1710-3 Runnin' Fast

Joe and Merle Travis

Country Music's Two Guitar Greats
Joe Maphis & Merle Travis


NOTES
:
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) ?