Who was/is Orville Couch ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more

Long before he crashed the country charts in 1962 with his catchy Hello Trouble on Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records (seldom associated with hillbilly music), Orville Couch utilized the Starday-Mercury connection to get started. Born in Ferris, Texas in 1935, he joined ‘Saturday Night Shindig’ and then in 1956 appeared on KRLD’s ‘Big D Jamboree’ in Dallas while deejaying on KZEE in Weatherford, Texas. Couch joined Starday in 1957 and cut the fiddle-soaked hillbilly bopper King For A Day and its flip You’re Dreamin’ (which he wrote with Eddie McDuff) in Houston.


Orville encored later that year on Starday with I Will If You Will b/w Five Cent Candy in the same country bag, then segued over to ‘Pappy’ Daily’s Dixie logo the next year for the vocal group-backed rockabilly effort Easy Does It (another Couch/McDuff creation) and its teen ballad flip Let It Happen. Orville and Eddie teamed again to pen Downtown, his 1960 raveup on Mercury; a mixed vocal chorus chanted in the background as Couch belted for all he was worth. The same pair penned the Western saga B-side, Big Jim Sandy, as well as Hello Trouble, which started life as a flip on the Custom imprint before Vee-Jay picked it up and saw it sail into the C&W Top Five. Only the next year’s Did I Miss You?, again on Vee-Jay, ever restored Couch to the C&W charts.

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