Taking my daughter back to school today provided me with several hours of uninterrupted music listening in the car, part of which was spent with the first volume of “A Capitol Rockabilly Party.” The three-part compilation spanning over 90 tracks was put out in the late 1990s by a CD reissue company in the Netherlands called Disky, who extensively reissued lots of great rare sides from the storied vaults of Capitol Records. One of the tracks that stood out is today’s Song Of The Day, “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.
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