Article successfully added.

ALLERTON & ALTON Black, White And Bluegrass

Listen up:
 
0:00
0:00
$15.67 * $17.92 * (12.56% Saved)

Prices incl. VAT plus shipping costs

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

  • BCD16559
  • 0.115
  • Download
  • Download
1-CD Digipak, four panel, with booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time 70:51 minutes. Historic Country... more

ALLERTON & ALTON: Black, White And Bluegrass

1-CD Digipak, four panel, with booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time 70:51 minutes.

Historic Country Music Discovery! Recordings of an Interracial Duo located after 60 Years.

Sometimes people who make music history have no idea they're doing so at the time. Bear Family Records has uncovered just such a case and will proudly be releasing this rare and previously undocumented piece of country music history in November 2010.

You can count on one hand the number of African American country music performers who recorded prior to the mid-1950s. Early Grand Ole Opry star Deford Bailey comes to mind because of his unique status as an instrumentalist. Indeed, the Country Music Foundation treats him as the historical oddity that he was. Jimmie Rodgers used Louis Armstrong's cornet on a 1930 session, but it's a cinch the two men never sang together. Black and white country duets are as rare as hen's teeth during this period. In fact, they may be altogether unknown.

Now Bear Family Records has found one. In several months we will proudly release the historical recordings of Allerton & Alton, The Cumberland Ridge Runners. They are perhaps the first interracial country music duet. Their performances dating from the late 1940s/early 1950s were broadcast over radio station WLAM in Lewiston, Maine and heard throughout the Northeast and parts of southern Ontario, Canada. The story of how these two country music fans met while browsing old 78s is as fascinating as their recordings. Perhaps the most amazing part of their story is the utterly unself-conscious way with which they approached the racial aspect of who they were and what they were doing. Equally compelling is the story of how the Korean War put an abrupt end to this interracial duo, after Alton returned a changed man, having experienced the cruel realities of a segregated U.S. Army.

This release will present their music in typical Bear Family style: lavishly illustrated with vintage photos, full historical notes and as many digitally restored recordings as we can fit on a CD.

Video von ALLERTON & ALTON - Black, White And Bluegrass

Article properties: ALLERTON & ALTON: Black, White And Bluegrass

Allerton & Alton - Black, White And Bluegrass CD 1
01 Keep On The Sunny Side (Theme Song)
02 Orange Blossom Special
03 Kentucky
04 I'll Get Along Somehow
05 Twelfth Street Rag
06 Keep On The Sunny Side (Theme Song)
07 Memory Lane
08 Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky
09 Drifting Too Far From The Shore
10 Keep On The Sunny Side (Theme Song)
11 Three Ways Of Knowing
12 I'll Sign My Heart Away
13 Every Day Is Mother's Day To Me
14 Standing Somewhere In The Shadows (radio show
15 Somehow Tonight (off-the-air)
16 Branded Wherever I Go (WW2A 1947)
17 Raining On The Mountain (WW2A 1947)
18 Kentucky (studio practice)
19 That Pretty Little Face (take 1) (studio prac
20 That Pretty Little Face (take 2) (studio prac
21 What Would The Profit Be (studio practice)
22 Let Me Be Your Salty Dog (studio practice)
23 Branded Wherever I Go (promotion disc)
24 Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (194
25 Cabin In Caroline (WW2A 1948)
26 Rambler's Call (WW2A 1948)
27 Keep On The Sunny Side (short version)
It's often true that people who make history are unaware they're doing so at the time.... more
"ALLERTON & ALTON"

It's often true that people who make history are unaware they're doing so at the time. Consider Allerton & Alton. Very few know their names as the 21st century rolls along with hardly a backward glance, absorbed in its own popular culture1. Allerton & Alton sang country music in an era when country music hadn't yet shaken free of most of its roots. There were no slick Nashville productions and the word "countrypolitan" hadn't yet been spoken. Country music was still largely a niché market and proud to be so. You could count the number of cross- over hits on one or two hands, although a late 1920s ad from Columbia Records for Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett showed early hopes of a broader market, claiming "The fiddle and guitar craze is sweeping Northward."

Allerton & Alton sang what today would probably be called 'mountain music.' Others might call it the 'roots of bluegrass.' Their performance style was rooted firmly in the tradition of 'Brother acts,' a highly successful duet style that took root in the late 1920s and continued well into the 1960s. The earliest examples include Earl & Bill Bolick, known as the Blue Sky Boys; Bill & Charlie Monroe; J. E. & Wade Mainer; the Bailes Brothers; the Dixon Brothers and the Shelton Brothers. The early tradition continued with the Delmore Brothers; the Osborne Brothers; Jim & Jesse; Johnnie & Jack (who were actually brothers-in-law); the Louvin Brothers and the Wilburn Brothers, whose TV show (1963-1974) brought the genre to an even wider audience.

The list is long and the style actually overlapped into popular music with the 1950s success of the Everly Brothers, whose country roots were unmistakable. That Allerton & Alton were part of the duet harmony tradition might not cause a blip on the radar if it weren't for one thing. Well, two things if you count the fact that they were from Maine, which has never been a hotbed of country music. But setting geography aside, the unique thing about Allerton & Alton was the simple fact that Alton Myers was an African-American. The very fact that he was singing songs from the rich tradition of white mountain music was a little bit odd. But the fact that he was singing these songs as duets with a white man renders the story unique, to say the least.

Their recordings from the late 1940s and early 1950s are singular events in country music history. These performances were heard over the airwaves, but the recordings have never been commercially released until now. In fact, they were thought lost, relegated to a footnote in the history of country music, about which little tangible evidence remained. Fortunately for us, these recordings have been found. Equally fortunate is the fact that Al Hawkes (Allerton of the duo) is here to tell their story and share his memories of this most unusual episode in country music history.

 

catalog number: BCD16559

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/allerton-und-alton-black-white-and-bluegrass.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

Review 1
Read, write and discuss reviews... more
Customer evaluation for "Black, White And Bluegrass"
15 Dec 2017

Great Bluegrass Sound

Write an evaluation
Evaluations will be activated after verification.
Please enter the digits and letters in the following text field.

The fields marked with * are required.

The Jim Reeves Radio Show: Monday Feb.24,1958 (CD) Jim Reeves: The Jim Reeves Radio Show: Monday Feb.24,1958 (CD) Art-Nr.: ACD25002

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.18 $17.92
The Jim Reeves Radio Show: February 25-28,1958 (CD) Jim Reeves: The Jim Reeves Radio Show: February 25-28,1958... Art-Nr.: ACD25005

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.18 $17.92
Auf den Hund gekommen (CD) Various - Schlager: Auf den Hund gekommen (CD) Art-Nr.: ACD25007

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.18 $17.92
Heart On A Sleeve RUSSELL, Tom: Heart On A Sleeve Art-Nr.: BCD15243

Currently not available

$15.67 $17.92
American Originals James Talley: American Originals Art-Nr.: BCD15244

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$15.67 $17.92
Up Through The Years 1954-1957 (CD) Carl Perkins: Up Through The Years 1954-1957 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15246

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$15.67 $17.92
Voice Of The West Rex Allen: Voice Of The West Art-Nr.: BCD15284

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$15.67 $17.92
A Legend In My Time Don Gibson: A Legend In My Time Art-Nr.: BCD15401

Currently not available

$15.67 $17.92
NEW
16 Most Requested Songs, Encore! (CD) Doris Day: 16 Most Requested Songs, Encore! (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCK64990

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$22.41
NEW
Introducing The Sonics -  Expanded Edition  (LP, Colored Vinyl) The Sonics: Introducing The Sonics - Expanded Edition... Art-Nr.: LPBR114CLR

Currently not available

$30.27
NEW
Damals (LP) Gus Backus: Damals (LP) Art-Nr.: BFX15052

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$16.79
NEW
Doris Day With Les Brown - Best Of The Big Bands (CD) Doris Day: Doris Day With Les Brown - Best Of The Big... Art-Nr.: CD466958-C

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.18 $20.16
Greatest Hits (CD) Doris Day: Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCBS462556

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$16.79
Hooray For Hollywood Vol.1 (CD) Doris Day: Hooray For Hollywood Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCK8066

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$20.16
With A Smile And A Song - You'll Never Walk Alone (CD) Doris Day: With A Smile And A Song - You'll Never Walk... Art-Nr.: CDCCM957

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$56.11
The Best Of Doris Day (CD) Doris Day: The Best Of Doris Day (CD) Art-Nr.: CD4837222

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.18
NEW
The Love Album (CD) Doris Day: The Love Album (CD) Art-Nr.: CDVIS2

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$8.93 $11.18
NEW
Doris Day With Les Brown - Sentimental Journey (2-CD) Doris Day: Doris Day With Les Brown - Sentimental Journey... Art-Nr.: CDGR1632

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$33.64
Bright And Shiny - Sentimental Journey - 16 Most Request Songs (3-CD) Doris Day: Bright And Shiny - Sentimental Journey - 16... Art-Nr.: CD103670

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$112.28
Sweetheart Of Song (CD) Doris Day: Sweetheart Of Song (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM1022

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.18
Walking & Singing In The Rain (2-CD) Doris Day: Walking & Singing In The Rain (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDDUO117

Currently not available

$22.41
NEW
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) (CD) Doris Day: Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBUK50151

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$22.41
NEW
Love's Theme - The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles (CD) Barry White: Love's Theme - The Best Of The 20th Century... Art-Nr.: CDUMG88707

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$8.93 $13.42
NEW
Shout - The Essential Alex Harvey (3-CD) Alex Harvey Band: Shout - The Essential Alex Harvey (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSPECESS017

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.18 $16.79
NEW
On My Mind (LP) Tony Sheridan: On My Mind (LP) Art-Nr.: LPTS76001

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$13.44 $16.79
NEW
Live At The Iridium (CD) Albert Lee: Live At The Iridium (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPUBLIC0031

Currently not available

$24.66
NEW
You Got The Love - Her Greatest Hits (CD) Candi Staton: You Got The Love - Her Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDZYX20675

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$15.67
NEW
The Living Room Sessions (CD) B.J. Thomas: The Living Room Sessions (CD) Art-Nr.: CDWR8548

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$19.04
NEW
My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who (CD) The Who: My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPOLY4921

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$16.79
NEW
Sonny West In Hollywood (CD) Sonny West: Sonny West In Hollywood (CD) Art-Nr.: CDWILD71060

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$20.16
NEW
Bucko (CD) The Eddy Blake Trio: Bucko (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSR4660

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$20.16
NEW
The Soft Machine - (LP Colored Vinyl  Gatefold) The Soft Machine: The Soft Machine - (LP Colored Vinyl Gatefold) Art-Nr.: SLP5341C

Currently not available

$30.27
NEW
Mr.Tamborine Man (LP Colored Vinyl) The Byrds: Mr.Tamborine Man (LP Colored Vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5197C

Currently not available

$32.52
NEW
In My Own Dream (LP Colored Vinyl) The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: In My Own Dream (LP Colored Vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5098C

This product will be released at 7 June 2019

$30.27
NEW
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2-LP Colored Vinyl) The Byrds: Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2-LP Colored Vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5189C

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$41.51
NEW
Spotlight On Fraternity (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, SC) Various: Spotlight On Fraternity (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, SC) Art-Nr.: 45LTDEP024

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$14.55
NEW
Let's Hide Away And Dance Away With...(LP - Colored Vinyl) Freddie King: Let's Hide Away And Dance Away With...(LP -... Art-Nr.: SLP5364C

Currently not available

$30.27
NEW
A Hard Road (1967) Mono Edition (LP - Colored Vinyl) John Mayall: A Hard Road (1967) Mono Edition (LP - Colored... Art-Nr.: SLP5372C

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$30.27
NEW
Roadmaster (LP - Colored Vinyl) Gene Clark: Roadmaster (LP - Colored Vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5346C

Currently not available

$30.27
Hint!
NEW
Holding Things Together - The Merle Haggard Songbook (CD) Various: Holding Things Together - The Merle Haggard... Art-Nr.: CDTOP1546

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$19.04
NEW
It's 2 Easy (LP, 180g Silver Vinyl, Limited-Numbered-Edition) The Easybeats: It's 2 Easy (LP, 180g Silver Vinyl,... Art-Nr.: LPMOV2268

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$25.78
Featuring "Little Willy" & "Blockbuster" (CD, Cut-Out) The Sweet: Featuring "Little Willy" & "Blockbuster" (CD,... Art-Nr.: CD218924

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$22.41
Come Back and Shake Me (CD) Clodagh Rodgers: Come Back and Shake Me (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRPM905

Currently not available

$16.79
No Control (CD) Suzi Quatro: No Control (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSH22886

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$19.04
NEW
Cadillac Night (CD) Peter Kraus: Cadillac Night (CD) Art-Nr.: CD839327

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$16.79
NEW
The Drugstore's Rockin' - Two Silhouettes (CD) Del Shannon: The Drugstore's Rockin' - Two Silhouettes (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17596

This product will be released at 7 June 2019

$17.92
NEW
The Best Of Little Richard !! (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Little Richard: The Best Of Little Richard !! (LP, 10inch, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: BAF11021

This product will be released at 7 June 2019

$22.41
NEW
Stormy Monday (LP, 180g Vinyl) Lou Rawls with Les McCann Ltd.: Stormy Monday (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: BAF18043

This product will be released at 7 June 2019

$22.41
Viewed
Tracklist
Allerton & Alton - Black, White And Bluegrass CD 1
01 Keep On The Sunny Side (Theme Song)
02 Orange Blossom Special
03 Kentucky
04 I'll Get Along Somehow
05 Twelfth Street Rag
06 Keep On The Sunny Side (Theme Song)
07 Memory Lane
08 Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky
09 Drifting Too Far From The Shore
10 Keep On The Sunny Side (Theme Song)
11 Three Ways Of Knowing
12 I'll Sign My Heart Away
13 Every Day Is Mother's Day To Me
14 Standing Somewhere In The Shadows (radio show
15 Somehow Tonight (off-the-air)
16 Branded Wherever I Go (WW2A 1947)
17 Raining On The Mountain (WW2A 1947)
18 Kentucky (studio practice)
19 That Pretty Little Face (take 1) (studio prac
20 That Pretty Little Face (take 2) (studio prac
21 What Would The Profit Be (studio practice)
22 Let Me Be Your Salty Dog (studio practice)
23 Branded Wherever I Go (promotion disc)
24 Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (194
25 Cabin In Caroline (WW2A 1948)
26 Rambler's Call (WW2A 1948)
27 Keep On The Sunny Side (short version)