Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadors

The Daddy of 'Em All

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The Daddy of 'Em All was Ernest Tubb's first actual LP (not just a collection of pre-existing singles), was cut in mid-1956 and released a year later, and was one of the great honky tonk long-players of its era. Among the surprises is Tubb's tour back through his own history -- required to deliver a dozen finished tracks, Tubb made the most of the opportunity, reaching back to songs that he'd written and never recorded, or tried without success to record in prior years, including "When a Soldier Knocks and Finds Nobody Home," "Mississippi Gal," and "I've Got the Blues for Mammy." Those, plus his excellent recordings of the old Tommy Duncan/Bob Wills standard "I Knew the Moment I Lost You" and Rex Griffin's "My Hillbilly Baby" make this an amazingly strong debut album (and a "debut" LP for an artist with a solid string of hits who'd been recording since 1936!). The backing band includes Billy Byrd on electric lead guitar, Tommy Jackson on the fiddle, and Owen Bradley and Floyd Cramer sharing the piano chores.

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