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Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy

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I'm Just a Country Boy


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Subject: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Boy'
From: CavalierLady111@yahoo.com
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 04:51 PM

It wasn't Jimmy Witherspoon or Jimmy Reed or Muddy Waters or Don Williams. But somebody sang a real sweet version of "I'm Just A Country Boy" back around 1958 or so. He had a deep soft voice kinda like Barry White, but not with the sexy overtones. Have looked ALL over the net and cannot find anything close. If anyone has any idea of who this was, please email me at CavalierLady111@yahoo.com. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: Gene
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 05:09 PM

How 'bout Sonny James?


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY^^
From: Gene
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 05:40 PM

I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY
recorded by Sonny James Words and Music by Fred Hellerman and Mashall Barer

I ain't gonna marry in the fall
And I ain't gonna marry in the spring
For I'm in love with a pretty little girl
Who wears a diamond ring

CHORUS
Oh, I'm just a country boy
Money have I none
But I've got silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

Never gonna kiss those ruby red lips
Of the prettiest girl in town
Never gonna ask her if she'd marry me
'Cause I know she'd turn me down

'Cause I'm just a country boy
Money have I none
But I've got silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

Never could afford a store-bought ring
With a sparkling diamond stone
All I could afford was a loving heart
The only one I own

'Cause I'm just a country boy
Money, money have I none
But I've got silver, silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

Will compare these lyrics to Sonny James LP!


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Subject: I'm Just A Country Boy
From: CavalierLady111@yahoo.com
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 05:42 PM

Thanks for the response, but that was not the right version. (See previous post). Some of the lyrics are:
    I will never kiss the ruby red lips
    Of the prettiest girl in town.
    Never gonna ask her if she'll marry me.
    Cuz I know she'll turn me down.

    Money have I none,
    But I have silver in the stars,
    and gold in the morning sun.
Hope someone recognizes this and can come up with an artist besides Don Williams or Jimmy Reed or Jimmy Witherspoon. Thank you for your time.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: CavalierLady 111@ yahoo.com
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 05:50 PM

I had already written my letter before I checked the posts. Thanks, Gene. You have got all the right lyrics and he did have a sweet soft voice. Will find a clip I can show hubby and see if that is the right one. Sure sounds like a close match. Thank you so much. What a neat site, with nice helpful people!!!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: CavalierLady111@yahoo.com
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 05:58 PM

Nope, hubby says that although Sonny James is a good singer, that's not the version he is looking for. So I am still open for suggestions. Thanks very much.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: MandolinPaul
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 06:04 PM

Freddy King did a duet with a woman to a song by this name. I'm not sure if this is the same song or not. It went:
I'm just a little country boy
looking for my pride and joy
I come to the city just to
See what I could see
This is all I can remember, but it wasn't the typical Freddy King style, and a very nice song. I used to have it on a greatest hits album.

Paul.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 07:11 PM

A quick look at a couple of the big stores reveals that Val Doonican, David Ball, Ronnie Lane and LC 'Good Rockin'' Robinson also recorded a song of this title. Val Doonican might be a contender.

Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: I'm Just A Country Boy
From: Abby Sale
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 08:51 PM

This was cut by Belafonte earlier than 1958 - maybe two or three years. It was sung as a lovely sweet ballad. I think the reason it wasn't so well known was that it was the flip side (how do you explain to a 16-year-old what "flip side" means?) of one of his bigger hits -- "Hold 'Em Joe," probably.

It was/is also a comic mountain song. Same tune, twice times the tempo. I only remember two verses.

I am just a country boy
Money have I none
But I've got silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
(not repeated)

All I want is a pig in a pen,
Corn to feed him on
All I need's a pretty little girl
To feed him when I'm gone.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: CavalierLady111@yahoo.com
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 10:27 PM

Abby: I excitedly checked out every single Belafonte song at Amazon .com, but found nothing, of course. If it was the flip side of a 45, that seems to make it a bit more difficult. Where would I even begin to look for this? any ideas. And thank you. I appreciate all the suggestions. What challenging searches my husband finds for me!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: WriteFLyer
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 01:04 AM

Belafonte is right. I had it on a big ol 33 rpm.

Smatter of fact, back in those NYC days, Belafonte was a neighbor in the Village and Leadbelly's niece was a friend o' mine. Banjo picker Billy Faire and I were an item....

Ah me


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 06:40 AM

The definitive velvet voice for this song is Nat King Cole. Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 09:23 AM

John you beat me to it! Nat King Cole Regards, Dave


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: CavalierLady111@yahoo.com
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 11:45 AM

Well, folks, this is getting interesting. My husband pursed his lips and said, "uh.....I don't.....think so??" But isn't quite sure about the Belafonte version. So I managed to find a record on an auction site. Am planning to bid on it. But now, another choice!! And what a fine choice....you guys are right. Nat King Cole is the perfect velvet voice for this song. I can see it is going to be another long day searching the web. But when hubby remembers a song he used to love, I always try my best to find it for him. Found a wonderful Sil Austin record for him... really made some brownie points there. But the searches are getting harder and harder as the years go by. Another one of the disadvantages of growing older. haha. Thanks, everyone..... I sure appreciate all the help!!!......Cav


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: curious
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 11:52 AM

Might help to know if singer is

American/Irish/English/Australian/etc...


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: I'm Just A Country Boy
From: Abby Sale
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 12:06 PM

How do you - or _do_ you quote others on this thing?

>If it was the flip side of a 45, that seems to make it a
>bit more difficult. Where would I even
>begin to look for this? any ideas. And thank you. I

Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!
And more ho, ho, ho! (But no dis, _really_. It's just funny!)

It was a 78!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: The Martian (inactive)
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 12:19 PM

The version I have on an LP somewhere is sung by Val Doonican. If you need a midi file, let me know, and I'll create one for you.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 07:05 PM

I have the Nat King Cole version of this song on a cassette I bought in Bangkok about 12 years ago, for maybe $2. I can't recall what the excat name of the track is, but maybe (?) it's a contraction of the full title. I've seen this track many times over on NTK albums, maybe his greatest hits would be a good place to start.

Do you want the Music or the Record or Both? If you really want the dots I know I can source the full piano score in the next 24 hours. Please let me know.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: CavalierLady111@yahoo.com
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 07:44 PM

Wow, lots of response... need to check more often. Oops, yes I remember 78's, just was not expecting that to be the case. Tried to check Val Doonican, could not get anything...yet. Chores to do today. But will try. could not find anything but auction record for Belafonte, and have not explored Nat King Cole yet. Hubby remembers that the voice was not that smooth and refined, but earthy and mellow. I think Doonican (from Amazon.com) is from Ireland!? No versions to listen to tho. Do any other sites offer a quick listen like Amazon?? Would love to hear a midi if it would not be imposing too much, Martian. Thank you for the offer. And I just want the music to listen to John. We are not talented enough for the sheet music, but thank you so much for the offer. I have never seen such nice folks before. What a neat club you have here!! Thanks----Cav


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 07:49 PM

Hi Cavalier Lady, I have located a score (but not seen it yet) and hopefully by the time you arise tomorrow morning there will be a piano rendition of it at the Mudcat Midis Site which you can play on your Midi Player. I would have offered to record a WAV file for you but I have a rehearsal tonight and two concerts on Tues and Wed nights. Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: CavalierLady111@yahoo.com
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 08:57 PM

John: That is so nice of you!!!!!! Sounds like you keep really too busy to do something like this, but I sure do appreciate it. One question ---- how do I find the page for the Mudcat Midi Files? This is all brand new to me. Sounds very interesting! Thanks again. Cav


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 20 Dec 99 - 01:58 AM

According to the score the composers are:

Fred Brooks and Marshall Barer
Copyright 1954 FOLKWAYS MUSIC PUBLISHERS INC N.Y.

I will send the Midi to Alison whom I expect will post to the Mudcat Midi Site fairly quickly. I changed the arrangement a bit, but it's still fairly straight. The Nat Cole version syncopates it somewhat (and improves it in my opinion) but I haven't had the time to play with it too much. It's a great song! Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: Barry T
Date: 20 Dec 99 - 08:30 PM

If you can't find any of the old classics, I recommend Roger Whittaker's interpretation. I had the pleasure of hearing him perform it live in Massey Hall, Toronto, many years ago, backed up by a group called Saffron.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: alison
Date: 20 Dec 99 - 10:45 PM

Hi,

I've just posted the MIDI (thanks John)... at Mudcat MIDIS

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: rich-joy
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 05:06 AM

Cavalier Lady - are you still with us???

I think the artist you're looking for is George Mc Kern (?spelling?) - my Mum and I used to LOVE this song when it was played on the radio in WA in the 60's (that's Western Australia BTW!!!) but I haven't heard it in years ...

Australian singer Marian Henderson (she of the wonderful, haunting, mellow voice) also had a version called "Country Girl" on her excellent "Cameo" album (70's???) ...

Don't know a thing about George though - anyone else????

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Aug 04 - 11:22 AM

I'm late with this. The song was sung by Jim Ed Browns from the album "Alone With You".


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Aug 04 - 11:24 AM

JIM ED BROWN
ALONE WITH YOU
(RCA Victor LSP 3569) '66
Produced by Chet Atkins


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: GUEST,shadygrove
Date: 13 Aug 04 - 10:34 PM

I think 'rich-joy' is correct; the version in question was by George McKern; I remember this version very well. The singer had a deep, 'Brook Benton-esque' voice and style; none of the other singers mentioned are even close. It seems to me it got a lot of radio play back in the 60s, but I have searched for it in vain since then.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Bo
From: Barbara
Date: 13 Aug 04 - 10:51 PM

You know, I learned a song with the same chorus but different verses from an early sixties/late fifties Eric Darling record, Electra, I think.
His verses were about red birds and blue jays and such. Perhaps that one is in the database too, I haven't looked yet.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: Lyr Add: WOODY KNOWS NOTHING
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 Aug 04 - 09:23 AM

Barbara: That's "Woody Knows Nothing". It's not in the DigiTrad, and I don't know if it's in the forum, because the search keeps stalling. So here it is:

WOODY KNOWS NOTHING

    Woody knows nothing but peckin' on a bough.
    Ah, but the sky's of blue!
    Never knew till I met you
    What love, O love could do, do,
    Love, O love could do.

Can't you see yon turtle dove
Flies from pine to pine,
Mournin' for his own true love
As I, my dear, for mine, O mine,
As I, my dear, for mine.

Bluejay pulled a four-horse plow,
"Sparrow, why can't you?"
"'Cause my legs is little and long,
They might get broke in two,
They might get broke in two."

Redbird sittin' on a sycamore limb,
Singin' out his soul.
Big black snake crawled up that tree,
Swallowed that poor boy whole,
Swallowed that poor boy whole.

Raccoon has a bushy tail,
Possum's tail is bare,
Rabbit ain't got no tail at all,
Just a little bitty bunch of hair, back there,
Little bitty bunch of hair.

I'm but a poor little country boy,
Money have I none,
But there is silver in the moon,
Gold in the morning sun, O sun,
Gold in the morning sun.

On _American Folk Singers and Balladeers_, BOMC 10-5717, but I have followed Suzanne Mrozak in using the first stanza as a chorus & in stealing a stanza from "Bile That Cabbage Down".

In this version, tho, the "country boy" lines are just a stanza, not the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Boy
From: Franz S.
Date: 14 Aug 04 - 10:27 AM

I have a strong recollection that Jimmy Rodgers (the one who recorded "Honeycomb" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine") had a recording of this song in the '50s, but I can't find any proof of it.


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Subject: RE: Req: Looking for: 'I'm Just A Country Boy
From: GUEST,Allan S.
Date: 14 Aug 04 - 03:00 PM

I learned it back in 1951 At the University of Connecticut folk song club it included this verse So it has to be that old at least

If I had a lazy girl
Sure as sure youre born
I's send/bring her down to New Orleans
Trade her off for corn for corn
trade her off for corn

Allan S.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST,oopcdaisy@hotmail.com
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 06:39 PM

I have also searched in vain for this recording by George McKern, but to no avail. Has anyone ever found it? I remember his beautiful, resonant voice and would love to find his recording.
Karen


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 07:15 PM

Try George McKurn (sp)


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 08:56 PM

Jimmie Rodgers did record it on his "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" album.

CLady, where do you live? If you don't find the version you're looking for elsewhere, I have that album & we could try to set something up where I play it for you over the phone.

I tend to lose track of mudcat threads (and everything else....) so if you can't find it, PM me.

Rita F


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: rich-joy
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 03:53 AM

Ferrara, I emailed Cavalier Lady back in June 2002, but no answer ...

I have just located the Harry Belafonte version on the RCA album "In My Quiet Room", but can't play it yet. However, the sleeve credits the song to "Brooks-Barer" - as opposed to "Hellerman-Barer" in the 3rd post above by Gene ...

The excellent Marian Henderson LP "Cameo" that I mentioned in June '02, just says "Trad, arranged by ...."

I have had no luck in Google with either spelling of "George Mc Kern / Mc Kurn" - or anything else I could think of!!! - I would still LOVE a copy of his recordings!!!

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY (George McCurn)
From: rich-joy
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 03:59 AM

YeGods!! I just don't understand Google sometimes!!!!!!
Just found this NOW on "House of Lyrics :



I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY
George McCurn

Words and Music by Fred Hellerman and Mashall Barer

-peak Billboard position # 55 in 1963
-Arranged and Conducted by Herb Alpert


I ain't gonna marry in the fall
And I ain't gonna marry in the spring
For I'm in love with a pretty little girl
Who wears a diamond ring

Oh, uh, oh
I'm just a country boy
Money have I none
But I've got silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

Never gonna kiss those ruby red lips
Of the prettiest girl in town
Never gonna ask her if she'd marry me
'cause I know she'd turn me down

'cau-au-au-use
I'm just a country boy
Money, money have I none
But I've got silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

Never could afford a store-bought ring
With a sparkling diamond stone
All I could afford was a loving heart
The only one I own

'cau-au-au-au-au-ause
I'm just a country boy
Money, money have I none
But I've got silver, silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold ….all in the morning sun

Transcribed by Robin Hood


Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: rich-joy
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 04:15 AM

And there's this info from ARTIST DIRECT site :

George "Ooppee" McCurn was once proclaimed by producer Jerry Moss as "one of the very greatest and sought-after bass singers in the gospel field." Originally from Chicago, McCurn's earliest known professional credit is not until 1948 when he joined the Kings of Harmony vocal quartet as a replacement for legendary gospel bassist Isaac "Dickie" Freeman. No recordings of McCurn singing with the Kings of Harmony are known to have survived, nor or is there any trace on record of a West-coast based group he briefly joined called the Gospel Harps. In 1950 George McCurn jumped at the chance to join the already-famous Fairfield Four, again replacing Freeman, and made his first recordings as their bassist for Dot in October of that year. McCurn appears on all of the Fairfield Four's Dot recordings except for the first dozen or so, which were made with Freeman.

McCurn stayed with the Fairfield Four until it broke up in late 1954, and utilized this opportunity to join another well-established group, The Pilgrim Travelers. By his own account, McCurn served five years with The Pilgrim Travelers, touring with them and appearing on the last batches of their Specialty recordings, even past the point when Lou Rawls had replaced founding tenor Kylo Turner and the group was re-christened "The Travelers." Finding himself released from full-time duty to the so-called "Travelers" by 1961, McCurn decided to take a break from gospel and joined on with The Ink Spots for a European tour that lasted until November, 1962. Upon his return McCurn hooked up in Los Angeles with producers Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss and their fledgling A&M record label. In January 1963, McCurn recorded his first solo single, "I'm Just a Country Boy", with Alpert, Moss and arranger Shorty Rogers on board. "I'm Just a Country Boy" was a very minor hit, entering the Billboard Hot 100 at position # 100 in the month of March 1963. McCurn's follow-up album, Country Boy Goes to Town!!!!!, was A&M LP 102, but it failed to find an audience. Country Boy Goes to Town!!!!! remains one of the scarcest of all albums issued on the A&M label, but it is also considered inordinately obscure and few collectors are even aware that it exists.

George McCurn seldom recorded afterward, but was hired for occasional sessions which required a deep bass singer as a backing vocalist; it doesn't appear that he ever returned to singing gospel music. By the time Don Williams had turned the song "I'm Just a Country Boy" into a bona fide hit in 1977, George McCurn had been out of the business for some time and was certifiably forgotten. McCurn died at age 65 in Los Angeles in 1985; among many musicians who praised George McCurn as "the greatest gospel bassist in the world" during his prime was singers Jesse Belvin and Sam Cooke. Neither of them would be around to mourn George McCurn at his passing.
~ Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide.


seems the recording is pretty rare too ...

McCurn, George-Country Boy Goes to Town !!!!!- LP- Stereo-A&M SP 102 - 1963 release, 33 1/3 RPM solo LP by George McCurn formerly of the Gospel group The Pilgrim Travelers and the Ink Spots. The sound of this album is Soulful Pop with McCurn's mellow Jesse Belvin-style vocal. Tracks include "God Bless the Child", "I'm Just a Country Boy" & "He'll Have to Go."


some other versions :
I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY
(Fred Brooks / Mashall Barer)

Harry Belafonte - 1954
George McCurn - 1963
Sam Cooke - 1964
Jim Ed Brown - 1965
Ronnie Laine - 1974
Don Williams - 1977
Also recorded by: Jimmy Witherspoon; Roger Whittaker;
David Ball; John Holt; The Brothers Four; Bobby Vinton.


re the authors :
most of The Net references say "Fred Hellerman" and not "Fred Brooks", as above ...


Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 08:08 PM

George McCurn played Mr. Washington in Melvin Van Peebles' musical "Don't Play Us Cheap (2-LP album released 1972)
Enclosed booklet says that he recently toured in "The Big Show of 1928", and that he'd performed in U.S., Europe, Thailand, Australia & China.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: iamjohnne
Date: 24 Feb 05 - 01:54 AM

This is a version by Fred Neil. It may or may not be what you are looking for, but his voice was deep and smooth like velvet steel.


Country Boy

        Tuning: DADGBD
D(7) is played throughout the song; in "Bo Diddley" style:

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b -3--3------3-3-3----1-3------
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Now I'm just a country boy
I got sand all in my shoes
You know I got stuck in the big city
Got to sing the big city blues
Yeah yeah Miss Lindy
Say baby don't you leave home
I don't care about them
And I don't like it
Well they best leave us alone
Hey Miss Lindy
I said baby don't you go
If I got to jump in the muddy Mississippi
Gonna swim to the gulf of Mexico
Say swim to Mexico
Let's swim
See I'm just a country boy
I got sand all in my shoes
You know I got stuck in the big city
Got to sing the big city blues
City blues
Yeah Miss Lindy
Yeah yeah Miss Lindy


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 02:16 PM


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST,tracerfxr@aol.com
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 10:43 PM

I recall very well the recording of Country Boy while I was in San Diego in the early 60s, probably 63. The artist did have a Brook Benton type of voice, but one thing that was distinctive was his pronunciation of the word turn in the second verse. It had an eastern US inflection to it and almost sounded like "toin". I do have a copy of the Geo. McCurn album, but it doesn't sound quite the same. I wonder if different versions were used for the single and the album? All in all, the Don Williams version is my next favorite. FYI, Fred Hellerman, aka Fred Brooks was one of the founders of the Weavers folk group, and came under a lot of investigation by the Macarthy Commitee in the 50s, which may have prompted him to use a pseudonym when registering copyrights,etc. Lou VanK.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST,Dave Roberts, Salt Town Poets
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 02:43 PM

A version of this song was used by Southern TV (part of the ITV network)in the late sixties/early seventies as the theme to a children's show, also called 'Country Boy'and presented by Jack Hargreaves. Not helpful, I know, but it was a lovely song and I recall Val Doonican singing it many times on his Saturday night TV show on BBC1.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Feb 06 - 12:42 AM

its George Mc Kern , thats a definate...


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 28 Feb 06 - 08:20 AM

Memory is uncertain, but I'm practically sure I heard Bob Gibson do substantially the Country Boy song BEFORE any of the artists / "composers" cited above.

I know for a fact Susan Reed did an early version with the jaybird verses, perhaps as early as the late 1940s, but certainly no later than 1952.

Much of it is traditional lyric, including the "country boy, money have I none" verse /refrain.

What you've got here is another o' them folksong thangs copped by writer/performers, with a new verse or two to make copyright stick.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: Allan S
Date: 28 Feb 06 - 08:50 AM

as I said above University of Connecticut folk song club 1951
Allan S.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST,Randy Kosht (A&Mania)
Date: 28 Jul 06 - 12:11 PM

Besides the single (A&M 705) and the album (LP/SP 102), George McCurn had a number of singles out on A&M including some B-sides not on the album. There is also a single on Liberty Records, produced by Herb Alpert and Lou Adler before A&M was started, and a single on Reprise recorded after George left A&M.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 28 Jul 06 - 02:18 PM


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: David C. Carter
Date: 28 Jul 06 - 06:34 PM

Richard Manuel of the Band did a great version of this song;I can't place which album it's on at the moment.It's an out take I believe.
I've heard most versions,but this is the one I prefer above all others.


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Subject: RE: Origins: I'm Just a Country Boy
From: GUEST,Texas
Date: 28 Jul 06 - 06:59 PM

Any idea who did the version in 1979 ? Same title. Went, I 'm just a country boy, country boy at heart. Show me where I start, buy a horse and cart.


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