Who was/is Buck Griffin ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
Still another Okie, though he was born in Corsicana, Texas, Albert 'Buck' Griffin was a regular on the 'Jamboree'for a time during 1955. Formerly an oil field worker, among other things, Griffin had starred on radio in Oklahoma City under the name Chuck Wyman for several years before signing to Joe Leonard's fledgling Gainesville, Texas-based Lin Records in 1954. In addition to featuring him extensively in a box set celebrating the legacy of Lin and Kliff Records (BCD 15950), Bear Family has devoted a full-CD to Griffin's fantastic and varied recordings from this period (Let's Elope Baby, BCD 15811), which run the gamut from straight country to Western swing to rockabilly, all of it imbued with the wonderfully visceral bluesy, gospel flavor.
Like most of Griffin's output, Let's Elope Baby was written by the singer himself. It was cut at Jim Beck's Studio in the spring of 1955 with a crack studio group that included electric guitarist/mandolinist Paul Buskirk, pianist Bill Simmons and the underrated steel guitarist Bob Meadows. The female backing vocalist is Lou Dressler. Let's Elope Baby was later recorded by Janis Martin.
Griffin is a textbook case of someone who deserved far more success than he achieved. His active career was over by 1963, however. He did live long enough to see his legacy celebrated, dying just short of his 86th birthday, in 2009.
Buck Griffin Let's Elope Baby
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