Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap


Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap

I recently spent some time with the first volume of A Capitol Rockabilly Party. The three-part compilation spans over 90 tracks and was released in the late 1990s by a CD reissue company in the Netherlands called Disky. Disky’s forte was extensively reissuing lots of great rare sides from the storied vaults of Capitol Records, and one of Capitol’s fortes was the wealth of superb rockabilly sides they recorded throughout the 1950s.

One of the tracks that stood out is today’s Song Of The Day by Eric Berman, “Sebbin Come Elebbin” by Jimmy Heap.

Heap was probably best known for writing two standards: Hank Thompson’s classic honky-tonk hit “The Wild Side Of Life,” which climbed to the top of the charts in 1952, and “Release Me,” which was a huge hit for both Engelbert Humperdinck (1967) and Esther Phillips (1962).

But Heap had a prolific career for over three decades making records with his group The Melody Masters. Although Heap was generally better known for his smooth delivery a la “Release Me,” and his many Western Swing and Honky Tonk recordings, he occasionally liked to cross over to the “dark side” with some unhinged, greasy rockabilly, like this one from 1955.