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Thread #168958   Message #4081832
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
03-Dec-20 - 06:50 PM
Thread Name: Jack Guthrie's 'Oklahoma Hills'
Subject: RE: Jack Guthrie's 'Oklahoma Hills'
Skimmed through that and the other threads. Too much reading for too little info. Some of the following is covered elsewhere:

“Jack Guthrie also was a stage performer who entertained audiences with a whip act. His wife participated in it until their marriage became rocky and Guthrie started missing the items she held, accidentally hitting her with the whip. His friend Ruth Crissman then joined the act, and when he was injured in a fall from a bucking horse and had no other career, in 1944 she provided funds to buy him a demo recording session at Capitol Records's studio. Capitol offered him a contract, and "Oklahoma Hills" was the first song he recorded. Released in 1945, it quickly became a Number One country-western hit. When Woody Guthrie heard it on a jukebox, he called Capitol and claimed it as his song. Because Jack had recorded it, made it popular, and had made a few changes to improve it, he and his cousin decided to share the copyright.” [OK Historical Society]

“Although the labels listed 'Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans' as the artist, in reality Guthrie had no working band. The studio brought in some of its better musicians to back Guthrie. Many of them, like Porky Freeman, Red Murrell, Cliffie Stone, and Billy Hughes were recording artists in their own right.” [J. Guthrie wiki]

Oct. 16, 1944: Jack Guthrie, vocal; Porky Freeman, lead guitar; Red Murrell, rhythm guitar; Cliffie Stone, bass; Billy Hughes, fiddle.