Weldon Rogers

Tryin' to Get to You

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Weldon Rogers was a regional performer and friend of Lefty Frizzell who put out Roy Orbison's first record on his own Jewel label in 1956 and released a slew of independent label singles through the '70s. The closest Rogers came to national success with his own career was a brief stint on Imperial in 1957. One song from that session, "So Long, Good Luck, Goodbye," is a near-rockabilly classic that is easily Rogers' best recording. "Everybody Wants You," a 1959 rewrite of "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" that Rogers performs as a duet with his wife Wanda, is his second best recording, and after that it's all downhill. The lengthy liner notes fill an impossibly thick booklet and suggest that Rogers could have been a national star had he taken the plunge, but the sad fact is that his vocals are frequently out of tune and his compositions are competent but unremarkable. Tryin' to Get to You, which covers Rogers' recordings from 1955-1969, is more interesting for its liner notes and Rogers' associations with other stars than the music it contains.

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