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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 15 tracks. Playing time approx. 31 mns. In 1957 Leroy Van Dyke scored...more

Leroy Van Dyke: The Auctioneer (CD)

1-CD with 12-page booklet, 15 tracks. Playing time approx. 31 mns.

In 1957 Leroy Van Dyke scored one of the great crossover novelty hits of the rock 'n' roll era. His song, The Auctioneer, was a Top 20 pop and country hit, and the original version is here together with the remainder of his Dot recordings, like Chicken Shack Boogie, Heartbreak Cannonball and Leather Jacket

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Dyke, Leroy Van - The Auctioneer (CD) CD 1
01The AuctioneerLeroy Van Dyke
02I Fell In Love With A Pony TailLeroy Van Dyke
03Leather JacketLeroy Van Dyke
04I'm Movin' OnLeroy Van Dyke
05My Good Mind (Went Bad On Me)Leroy Van Dyke
06Heartbreak CannonballLeroy Van Dyke
07Chicken Shack BoogieLeroy Van Dyke
08One HeartLeroy Van Dyke
09Poor BoyLeroy Van Dyke
10What This Old World NeedsLeroy Van Dyke
11Everytime I Ask My HeartLeroy Van Dyke
12The Pocketbook SongLeroy Van Dyke
13Down At The South End Of TownLeroy Van Dyke
14Honky Tonk SongLeroy Van Dyke
15One Heart (2)Leroy Van Dyke
Leroy Van Dyke Born on October 4, 1929 in Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Studied animal... more
"Leroy Van Dyke"

Leroy Van Dyke


Born on October 4, 1929 in Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Studied animal husbandry and journalism at the University of Columbia until 1952. kEUR

He was a participant in the Korean War, where he also appeared on the ground with Marilyn Monroe as an entertainer of troops. Came to the US charts in 1956 with'Auctioneer' (rank 29) on Dot Records, was a permanent guest on TV music shows. In 1961 he went to Nashville, switched to Mercury Records and had a No.-5 goal with'Walk On By'.

In 1962 the German version'Don't go by' was also recorded in the country Mecca, but it flopped here (Rex Gildo skimmed off the cream, which put him on rank 14 of the hit parade). Van Dyke became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, performed live with his band The Auctioneers. Today he lives with his second wife Gladys as a farmer in Spring Fork and is a sporadic guest in country & western shows. From the Bear Family book - 1000 pinpricks by Bernd Matheja - BFB10025 -

 

Leroy Van Dyke

A native of Spring Fork, Missouri, LEROY VAN DYKE served in Korea as a counter-intelligence agent before he considered a musical career. During his army service he wrote a song based on his cousin's auctioneering experiences and sang it on the Morris B. Sacks' Amateur Hour on WGN-TV, Chicago. He lost the contest but won a Dot recording contract.

The Auctioneer went Top 10 Country and Top 30 Pop in 1957. There were no more hits on Dot as Van Dyke forsook novelties for lightweight rockabilly. "I didn't particularly like it," he told Rich Kienzle, "but they wanted me to record it...Wood tried to push me into a rockabilly thing that was really out in left field and none of that stuff worked."

What did work was Walk On By, which brought Van Dyke back to the charts on Mercury in 1961. From his Dot recordings, though, we've picked Chicken Shack, a version of Amos Milburn's Chicken Shack Boogie from 1949, that (pace Van Dyke) works a treat. The rest of his Dot recordings can be found on 'The Auctioneer' (BCD 15647).

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13 Mar 2022

singer AND auctioneer

Leroy Van Dyke is an excellent country singer with a strong voice and clear diction. His early hit "The Auctioneer" must have come easily to him because he is also a professional auctioneer. Think of calling out auctions is a bit like yodeling. For decades Leroy has lived about one hundred miles from me. Over the years I've seen him advertised as an auctioneer at state and county fair livestock auctions. There are only fifteen tracks on this wonderful CD and I suspect these are all of the songs he recorded for the Dot label. Another favorite of mine on this CD is "The Pocketbook Song" where he details the contents of his lady's purse.

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Tracklist
Dyke, Leroy Van - The Auctioneer (CD) CD 1
01 The Auctioneer
02 I Fell In Love With A Pony Tail
03 Leather Jacket
04 I'm Movin' On
05 My Good Mind (Went Bad On Me)
06 Heartbreak Cannonball
07 Chicken Shack Boogie
08 One Heart
09 Poor Boy
10 What This Old World Needs
11 Everytime I Ask My Heart
12 The Pocketbook Song
13 Down At The South End Of Town
14 Honky Tonk Song
15 One Heart (2)