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Skeets McDonald: One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD)

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Article properties: Skeets McDonald: One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD)

  • Interpret: Skeets McDonald

  • Album titlle: One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Real Gone Music

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5036408158628

  • weight in Kg 0.4
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 1
01 Goin' Steady With The Blues Skeets McDonald
02 Gone And Left Me Blues Skeets McDonald
03 Yard And A Half Of Blues Skeets McDonald
04 You're There Skeets McDonald
05 Hawaiian Sea Breeze Skeets McDonald
06 Tomorrow Never Comes Skeets McDonald
07 Blues In My Mind Skeets McDonald
08 My Room Is Crowded Skeets McDonald
09 I'll Sail My Ship Alone Skeets McDonald
10 Lost Highway Skeets McDonald
11 I'm Sorry Now Skeets McDonald
12 Fort Worth Jail Skeets McDonald
13 When The Roses Bloom Around Our Cabin Door Skeets McDonald
14 The Southland Boogie Skeets McDonald
15 The Tattooed Lady Skeets McDonald
16 Mean And Evil Blues Skeets McDonald
17 You Can't Come Back Polka Skeets McDonald
18 My Home In Tennessee Skeets McDonald
19 I Can't Take No More Skeets McDonald
20 Please Daddy, Don't Go To War Skeets McDonald
21 So I Cried Myself To Sleep Skeets McDonald
22 Make My Dreams Come True Skeets McDonald
23 The Things You Used To Say Skeets McDonald
24 Sentimental Fool Skeets McDonald
25 Baby When You're Around Skeets McDonald
26 Goodbye Blues Skeets McDonald
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 2
01 Only One Love In Each Heart Skeets McDonald
02 Blues Is Bad News Skeets McDonald
03 Scott, Git And Begone Skeets McDonald
04 Today I'm Moving Out Skeets McDonald
05 Bless Your Little Ol' Heart Skeets McDonald
06 I'm Hurtin' Skeets McDonald
07 Ridin' With Blues Skeets McDonald
08 Fuss And Fight Skeets McDonald
09 Baby Brown Eyes Skeets McDonald
10 Birthday Cake Boogie Skeets McDonald
11 Tell Me Why Skeets McDonald
12 Be My Life's Companion Skeets McDonald
13 The Love That Hurt Me So Skeets McDonald
14 Wheel Of Fortune Skeets McDonald
15 Please Come Back Skeets McDonald
16 Curtain Of Tears Skeets McDonald
17 Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes Skeets McDonald
18 Big Family Trouble Skeets McDonald
19 I'm Sorry To Say I'm Sorry Skeets McDonald
20 Let Me Know Skeets McDonald
21 I've Gotto Win Your Love Again Skeets McDonald
22 I Can't Last Long Skeets McDonald
23 It's Your Life Skeets McDonald
24 Baby, I'm Countin' Skeets McDonald
25 Worried Mind Skeets McDonald
26 Hi Diddle Dee Skeets McDonald
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 3
01 I Need Your Love Skeets McDonald
02 Looking At The Moon And Wishing On A Star Skeets McDonald
03 Walking On Teardrops Skeets McDonald
04 Look Who's Crying Now Skeets McDonald
05 Remember You're Mine Skeets McDonald
06 I Love You, Mama Mia Skeets McDonald
07 Your Love Is Like A Faucet Skeets McDonald
08 But I Do Skeets McDonald
09 The Smoke Gets Out My Chimney Just The Same Skeets McDonald
10 Each Time A New Love Dies Skeets McDonald
11 Number One In Your Heart Skeets McDonald
12 I Can't Stand It Any Longer Skeets McDonald
13 A Losing Hand Skeets McDonald
14 You're Too Late Skeets McDonald
15 Strollin' Skeets McDonald
16 You Turned Me Down Skeets McDonald
17 Baby, I'm Lost Without You Skeets McDonald
18 I Got A New Field To Plow Skeets McDonald
19 Fallen Angel Skeets McDonald
20 It'll Take Me A Long, Long Time Skeets McDonald
21 You Oughta See Grandma Rock Skeets McDonald
22 Heart Breakin' Mama Skeets McDonald
23 Somebody Skeets McDonald
24 You Gotta Be My Baby Skeets McDonald
25 Don't Push Me Too Far Skeets McDonald
26 You Better Not Go Skeets McDonald
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 4
01 I Am Music Skeets McDonald
02 Keep Her Off Your Mind Skeets McDonald
03 Your Sweet Love Is Gone Skeets McDonald
04 Welcome Home Skeets McDonald
05 Fingertips Skeets McDonald
06 Bless Your Little Ol' Heart Skeets McDonald
07 Love Wind Skeets McDonald
08 I'm Hurtin' Skeets McDonald
09 What Am I Doin' Here Skeets McDonald
10 What I Know About Her Skeets McDonald
11 What A Lonesome Life It's Been Skeets McDonald
12 Baby Wait Skeets McDonald
13 Where You Go (I'll Follow) Skeets McDonald
14 Cheek To Cheek - Mcdonalds, Skeets / Blues, The Skeets McDonald
15 Gotta Get You From That Ground Skeets McDonald
16 Everglades Skeets McDonald
17 Make Room For The Blues Skeets McDonald
18 This Old Heart Skeets McDonald
19 You're Not Wicked, You're Just Weak Skeets McDonald
20 He'll Let You Live A Little Skeets McDonald
21 Same Old Town Skeets McDonald
22 I Write You Letters Skeets McDonald
23 What A Fool I Was Skeets McDonald
24 You Warned Me Skeets McDonald
25 I've Got Show You Skeets McDonald
26 Dear John (I've Sent Your Saddle Home) Skeets McDonald
SKEETS McDONALD DON'T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYES Entire volumes are still being... more
"Skeets McDonald"

SKEETS McDONALD

DON'T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYES

Entire volumes are still being written about poets, dramatists, philosophers, and political figures who died centuries ago, yet very little is known about Skeets McDonald, a country singer of renown who died just thirty years ago. In its way, that says much about what was considered worthy of documentation in the very recent past. It's true that Skeets was not one of the major stars of the Fifties and Sixties, but he scored two big hits, Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes in 1952, and Call Me Mr. Brown in 1963. He was on television in Los Angeles every week for years, worked as a sessionman, and played clubs all across the West and Southwest--and points beyond. When he went into the studio, he recorded some of the very best beerhall country music ever to find its way onto disc. He even cut a rock 'n' roll record that earned him a posthumous, if not particularly well-deserved, reputation as a rockabilly singer.

If he were alive, Skeets might well have welcomed any attention from any quarter, even rockabilly fans. He fell into the void between the total nonentities and the stars who seemed to hog what coverage there was. There were a few short pieces in the country fanzines in the early Fifties, and then little or nothing until brief death notices fifteen years later. For some reason, EMI's British budget label, Music For Pleasure, reissued his sole Capitol album, 'Goin' Steady With The Blues', in the mid-Sixties, thinking it was a blues album. Nick Tosches made Skeets one of his 'Unsung Heroes Of Rock 'n' Roll'; there were two Bear Family LPs in 1986; and one of Skeets' songs was used as a recurring motif in a bizarre British television series. Besides that, nothing.

 

THE SOUTHLAND

Family history has it that the McDonalds originally settled in South Carolina, and went from there to Alabama and on to Arkansas. What we know of Skeets' early life derives almost entirely from Charles Wolfe's interviews with Skeets' younger brother, Lynn, who has since died. Wolfe's text, published in the liner notes to Bear Family's 'Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes' LP, recaps what little is known of Skeets' earliest years.

Greenway, Arkansas is a small town nestled into the extreme northeastern corner of the state, next to the Missouri bootheel. Eighty miles to the west is West Plains, Missouri, birthplace of Porter Wagoner; eighty miles to the southeast is Memphis, birthplace of the blues. It is an interesting musical climate and it was the home turf of Skeets McDonald. Born October 1, 1915 as Enos William McDonald, into a cotton picking family of three brothers and three sisters, Skeets grew up on his father's farm in a little hamlet called Rector. Early on, he acquired the nickname that would stick with throughout his life. “We raised cotton down there,” brother Lynn McDonald recalled, “and he was the baby in the family, but he always wanted to go out with us. There was one day when we were out hoeing twenty acres of cotton, and he wanted to come and help. We said that it was too hot and that the cotton was too tall--it was about as tall as he was. But he insisted, so we took him. Well, the mosquitoes were really bad that day, and they started getting after him. After a bit of this, he shouted, 'I go home. Skeets bite.' My brother-in-law was with us. He got a kick out of this, and he started calling him 'Skeets.' Skeets didn't like the name at all, didn't like to be called that, but it stuck, and after a while he couldn't do much about it. It was Skeets McDonald."

Though none of his immediate family was a notable musician, Skeets learned traditional Ozark music at the local music parties that still characterize grass roots Ozark music. The older generation of pickers that Skeets listened to included mandolin player Charlie Dodd, and guitarists Carol Hasty and Scott Bradford. By the time he was five, Skeets had a home-made cigarbox fiddle, and was trying to saw out the fiddle tunes he heard from the area's pre-eminent fiddler, Elvin Burns. In later life, Skeets would often call a set of square dancing on a stage show in California or Texas, drawing on the skills honed with Burns and other fiddlers.

The family also had a Victrola, and through this Skeets heard his first singing influence, Jimmie Rodgers, whose popularity peaked when Skeets was thirteen. A well-worn family story recounts Skeets at age twelve getting his first guitar. “He traded a red hound dog for a guitar and six dollars,” recalled Lynn. “And a farm boy became a musician. In the evenings, he would sit for hours, picking guitar and singing.” In between, there were hard chores to do, especially when the Depression hit and money in rural Arkansas was almost non-existent. Still, there were music parties, coon dogs and hunting trips, good fishing, and good friends. “It was a great and happy life,” Skeets reflected in later years.

Like many young Southerners during the Depression, Skeets' older brother, Steve, went north to Michigan to work in the auto factories, and in 1933, when Skeets was eighteen, Steve returned for a visit. He brought news of an entire transplanted 'cracker' culture in Michigan, where so many southerners had moved up that the bars and roadhouses and radio stations around Detroit were filled with the sounds of stringband music. Though Steve was not a musician himself, he had contacts in a band led by the Buffington Brothers called the Lonesome Cowboys. When he heard how good his little brother had gotten on the guitar and how well he could sing the old songs, he invited Skeets to return with him, promising to get him a job. Skeets went and had no trouble fitting into the band, [thus] beginning a career that would last until his death in 1968.

 

 

THE LONESOME COWBOY

Skeets left Greenway High School in 1932, and went first to St. Louis, working on KMOX with an artist remembered only as Pappy Chasire (or possibly Cheshire). He probably arrived in Detroit in 1935 or 1936. After leaving Ive and Clayton Buffington, he led several of his own bands, and by 1936, he was on WEXL in Royal Oak, about half-way between Pontiac and Detroit. Skeets couldn't yet make a full-time living from music, so he held down a day job, played the radio station early in the morning, and worked the beerjoints on weekends.

The Treeces were from Missouri, and one Sunday afternoon Mr. Treece took his daughter, Opal, to hear some music from back home. Skeets began flirting with Opal, and bought her a chicken dinner. Opal was going to high school at the time, and Skeets was working in the press room at the Fisher body plant (the same place Johnny Cash worked some 15 years later). Skeets got off work around the time that Opal got out of high school, so he'd walk her home. In the morning, he'd dedicate songs to her over the radio.

Skeets and Opal were married soon after she graduated from high school in 1936. Their son, Robert Lee, was born in 1938. Then, when Robert was eleven months old, Opal left. “I kept forgiving him and forgiving him,” she said. “I couldn't endure him living that life. He was a very likeable guy, and he was idolized by a lot of women, and you can only take so much. It was just his weaknesses and his way of life.” Skeets was ordered to pay five dollars a week in alimony, but the payments soon dried up, and he never publicly acknowledged that he had a son or first wife. In 1942, Opal married a real estate broker. Robert went on to graduate from the U.S Naval Academy in 1962 and was in the Army until 1968. Since then he has worked as an engineer. Skeets went on doing the only thing he knew to do.

Skeets' parents, Sam and Ethel, divorced in Arkansas and moved separately to Pontiac in the late years of the Depression to join Skeets, Steve, and their younger brother, Lynn. One of Skeets' sisters, Gertie, taught school in Arkansas for 40 years; another, Ida, was a practical nurse in Arkansas; the third, Lela, married a man named Floyd Harber and moved to St. Louis (which might have provided Skeets with the impetus to move there before venturing on to Detroit). Ethel had a steady job for years at the state hospital in Pontiac; Sam was a caretaker in an apartment building. They both retired separately back to Arkansas after the war. Skeets' two older brothers remained in the Detroit area. Steve ran his own car repair shop in Pontiac until his death in 1944. Lynn worked as a ward supervisor at a psychiatric hospital.

The personnel of Skeets' early groups is hard to establish, probably because it changed constantly, and sixty years on, it's almost impossible to pin down his itinerary. Apparently, he brought up several buddies from Rector, including a blind accordionist, Junior Waddington, with whom he worked at the Parkview Lounge. Two brothers from Rector, lead guitarist Shug Daugherty and steel guitarist Durwood Daugherty, backed him at Larson's Night Club. Another of Skeets' friends from Rector, pianist Les Thomas, worked with him at the Scenic Inn. He held down regular spots on WFDF in Flint, Michigan, and on WCAR in Pontiac at various points before the Second World War. One of Skeets' longtime fans, Cloyce Montgomery, remembered that he had a policy of going from table to table between sets to greet the fans; then, when he moved on to another location, his fan base would follow him. According to Fred Lagg's unpublished remembrance of Skeets lodged with the Country Music Foundation, “Old-timers around Detroit will tell you about the time he worked a job on Seven Mile Road, and was such a success that the owner had to enlarge the building to make room for more customers.”

The United States entered the Second World War in 1941, and Skeets joined the Medical 69th General Hospital on April 4, 1943, operating in North Africa, India, and Okinawa. He came home on January 21, 1946 with a Bronze Star.

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Tracklist
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 1
01 Goin' Steady With The Blues
02 Gone And Left Me Blues
03 Yard And A Half Of Blues
04 You're There
05 Hawaiian Sea Breeze
06 Tomorrow Never Comes
07 Blues In My Mind
08 My Room Is Crowded
09 I'll Sail My Ship Alone
10 Lost Highway
11 I'm Sorry Now
12 Fort Worth Jail
13 When The Roses Bloom Around Our Cabin Door
14 The Southland Boogie
15 The Tattooed Lady
16 Mean And Evil Blues
17 You Can't Come Back Polka
18 My Home In Tennessee
19 I Can't Take No More
20 Please Daddy, Don't Go To War
21 So I Cried Myself To Sleep
22 Make My Dreams Come True
23 The Things You Used To Say
24 Sentimental Fool
25 Baby When You're Around
26 Goodbye Blues
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 2
01 Only One Love In Each Heart
02 Blues Is Bad News
03 Scott, Git And Begone
04 Today I'm Moving Out
05 Bless Your Little Ol' Heart
06 I'm Hurtin'
07 Ridin' With Blues
08 Fuss And Fight
09 Baby Brown Eyes
10 Birthday Cake Boogie
11 Tell Me Why
12 Be My Life's Companion
13 The Love That Hurt Me So
14 Wheel Of Fortune
15 Please Come Back
16 Curtain Of Tears
17 Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
18 Big Family Trouble
19 I'm Sorry To Say I'm Sorry
20 Let Me Know
21 I've Gotto Win Your Love Again
22 I Can't Last Long
23 It's Your Life
24 Baby, I'm Countin'
25 Worried Mind
26 Hi Diddle Dee
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 3
01 I Need Your Love
02 Looking At The Moon And Wishing On A Star
03 Walking On Teardrops
04 Look Who's Crying Now
05 Remember You're Mine
06 I Love You, Mama Mia
07 Your Love Is Like A Faucet
08 But I Do
09 The Smoke Gets Out My Chimney Just The Same
10 Each Time A New Love Dies
11 Number One In Your Heart
12 I Can't Stand It Any Longer
13 A Losing Hand
14 You're Too Late
15 Strollin'
16 You Turned Me Down
17 Baby, I'm Lost Without You
18 I Got A New Field To Plow
19 Fallen Angel
20 It'll Take Me A Long, Long Time
21 You Oughta See Grandma Rock
22 Heart Breakin' Mama
23 Somebody
24 You Gotta Be My Baby
25 Don't Push Me Too Far
26 You Better Not Go
McDonald, Skeets - One Classic Album & Singles Collection (4-CD) CD 4
01 I Am Music
02 Keep Her Off Your Mind
03 Your Sweet Love Is Gone
04 Welcome Home
05 Fingertips
06 Bless Your Little Ol' Heart
07 Love Wind
08 I'm Hurtin'
09 What Am I Doin' Here
10 What I Know About Her
11 What A Lonesome Life It's Been
12 Baby Wait
13 Where You Go (I'll Follow)
14 Cheek To Cheek - Mcdonalds, Skeets / Blues, The
15 Gotta Get You From That Ground
16 Everglades
17 Make Room For The Blues
18 This Old Heart
19 You're Not Wicked, You're Just Weak
20 He'll Let You Live A Little
21 Same Old Town
22 I Write You Letters
23 What A Fool I Was
24 You Warned Me
25 I've Got Show You
26 Dear John (I've Sent Your Saddle Home)