Carolina Cotton | Yodeling Blonde Bombshell, Vol. 3

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Yodeling Blonde Bombshell, Vol. 3

by Carolina Cotton

The long-awaited third album from one of Western's finest yodelers, Carolina Cotton. 22 fully restored, great sounding Western Swing & Country tracks from hard to find radio shows. Also included is another full episode of Carolina Cotton Calls.
Genre: Country: Western Swing
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1. When Pay Day Rolls Around
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2. Cachita
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3. Grandma's Old Arm Chair
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4. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
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5. The Cowboy's Life
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6. Yodel Your Troubles Away
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7. Oh Romeo
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8. Happy on the Prairie
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9. Foggy Mountain Top
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10. Farolito
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11. Naughty Yodel
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12. Cimarron
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13. Sugar Hill
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14. All I Do Is Dream of You
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15. After You've Gone
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16. Popcorn Polka
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17. Walking My Baby Back Home
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18. Bless Your Heart
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19. Sally Get Your Hocake Done
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20. Alpine Milkman Yodel
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21. Three Miles South of Cash (In Arkansas)
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22. Carolina Cotton Calls #90
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Carolina appeared on many radio shows during her career in the 1940s-50s. Some of her best known were for the Armed Forces Radio Service. This album features many of those favorites. Most were recorded at the legendary Radio Recorders in Los Angeles.

Melody Roundup showcased many Western and Hillbilly acts. They often re-aired earlier radio broadcasts of live club performances. From 1945-46, Carolina was in the Deuce Spriggens Orchestra (she was married to Deuce at the time). They were made up of former members of Spade Cooley's band. "When Pay Day Rolls Around" & "Cachita" were likely rebroadcasts of their live KFI Radio show "Cavalcade Of Western Music" from the Santa Monica Ballroom (Western Palisadses), which manager Bobbie Bennett ran. Bennett got the Spriggens band signed to do Columbia B Westerns with Ken Curtis, before the studio heard them! Bobbie's husband, Eddie Bennett, was the pianist of the Orchestra.

When Carolina's marriage with Deuce and their band both dissolved in 1946, she joined the cast of the AFRS Ranch House Party. Also on the show was her friend Ken Curtis, who she just made 4 B Westerns with. Others appearing on the show were: MC Cottonseed Clark, comic Herkamir Holker, and at least 3 different bands through dozens of episodes. The cast sometimes performed elaborate themed skits, including Lil' Abner, the opera Carmen, and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Foy Willing & The Riders Of The Purple Sage accompanied Carolina on many of the songs: "Farolito", "Grandma's Old Arm Chair", "Happy On The Prairie", "Oh Romeo", "Yodel Your Troubles Away", "Blue Eyes" and "Popcorn Polka". The Plainsmen (former bandmates from the Deuce Spriggens Orchestra) played on "The Cowboy's Life" and "Foggy Mountain Top". Later programs featured the band Art Wenzel & His Ragtime Cowboys.

By 1950, Miss Cotton began entertaining the servicemen overseas for the holidays. And before long, the Armed Forces Radio Service again got in touch with her...this time to have her own radio show. It was called Carolina Cotton Calls. During its run from 1952-54, it proved to be one of the most popular shows on AFRS. At least 131 episodes were produced. Like the previous Armed Forces radio programs, this show's house bands featured some amazing musicians. The first group included the one and only Walkin' Talkin' Charley Aldridge (aka Charlie Aldrich). Also in the band were Johnny Paul, Frank Tacach, Abner Wilder, and Art Wentzel (from the AFRS Ranch House Party). They're playing on "Naughty Yodel", "Sugar Hill" and "Cimarron". The Rhythm Riders included Joe Maphis, Darol Rice, George Bamby (from The Plainsmen), Slim Duncan, Mike Barton. They perform on: "Alpine Milkman Yodel", All I Do Is Dream Of You", "After You've Gone", and Sally Get Your Hocake Done". In later episodes, The Saddle Kings were the band, featuring Hank Caldwell from The Plainsmen, Jimmy Widener, fiddler Hal Metzger, Bud (Hobbs?), and possibly Eddie Bennett.

Personal Album was another show made exclusively for the Armed Forces Radio Service. The music was more intimate, with jazz players softly accompanying the featured guest. Carolina appeared on one of the episodes, singing the beautiful "Bless Your Heart".

One of the non-AFRS radio shows for the Military was the Navy Country Hoedown. The Yodeling Blonde Bombshell appeared on 3 episodes. Carolina sang her signature song "Three Miles South Of Cash (In Arkansas)" with many performers over the years. We couldn't resist including yet another version in this album! This time she sang the song with Ernest Tubb, backed by the Texas Troubadors.

During the Golden Years of Western entertainment, Carolina Cotton sang and yodeled her way into the hearts of radio audiences worldwide. And her music continues to be enjoyed for generations to come.


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