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Weldon Rogers So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, Ltd.)

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Weldon Rogers: So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, Ltd.)

1-EP in picture sleeve, 7inch, 3 tracks, 45rpm, large centre hole, Limited Edition (500)

  • For the first time ever on vinyl - the originally intended flip side Trying To Get To You of Weldon Rogers’ Rockabilly banger So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye.
  • Due to no longer comprehensible circumstances Roy Orbison’s version of Trying To Get To You was waxed as the B-side of Weldon Rogers’ So Long, Good Luck AndGoodbye, and not Weldon’s own recording of that tune.
  • The backing band on both of Weldon’s masters, So Long, Good Luck And Goodbyeand Trying To Get To You, are Roy Orbison’s Teen Kings.
  • In all probabilities Roy Orbison - still a member of The Teen Kings in early 1957 - can be assumed to sing in the background choir of So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye. 

Bear Family’s Weldon Rogers EP features Weldon’s own version of Trying To Get To You - on vinyl for the very first time! Weldon Rogers, known for his rockabilly banger So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye which is also included on this EP, originally had his own version of Trying To Get To You intended to be on the B-side of his Imperial single. Why The Teen Kings' version was pressed on the record instead can no longer be determined today. Was it Weldon's decision, or that of his label, Imperial? Or did the pressing plant make a mistake? We will never know. In any case, Roy Orbison's version appeared on the B-side, recorded in Norman Petty 's studio about a year prior to Weldon’s session with his band, The Teen Kings.

The Teen Kings are also the backing band on Weldon Rogers' Imperial record, and it sounds as if Roy Orbison can be heard in the background vocals. The Teen Kings had onlysplit from Roy Orbison towards the end of 1957, and it might be possible that Roy Orbisonwas on the spot during the Weldon Rogers session and was part of the backing chorus. Ofcourse, we cannot confirm this one hundred percent, but it seems very likely. We leave the final choice up to you and look forward to your comments and assessments on this.

The bonus track on this 45RPM EP is Weldon’s duet rocker with Wanda Wolfe, recorded at KOB TV Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and released on the ’Jewel‘ label in 1959

Article properties: Weldon Rogers: So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, Ltd.)

  • Interpret: Weldon Rogers

  • Album titlle: So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, Ltd.)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Geschwindigkeit 45 U/min
  • Vinyl record size Single (7 Inch)
  • Limited Edition
  • Price code BFSP
  • Artikelart 7inch

  • Year of publication 2021
  • EAN: 5397102000218

  • weight in Kg 0.07
Rogers, Weldon - So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, Ltd.) 7inch 1
01 So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye Weldon Rogers
02 Trying To Get To You Weldon Rogers
03 Everybody Wants You (Weldon Rogers & Wanda Wolfe) Weldon Rogers
WELDON ROGERS, the part Irish -part Cherokee son of a dustbowl farmer, was born in Marietta,... more
"Weldon Rogers"

WELDON ROGERS, the part Irish -part Cherokee son of a dustbowl farmer, was born in Marietta, Oklahoma on October 30, 1927. His family moved to Lamesa, Texas when he was about eight. They grew cotton and maize and worshipped at the small Baptist church where Rogers, who sang loudest, was selected as psalm leader. 

Rogers has divided his long working life between jobs as a dee-jay, playing in a band at weekends and cutting records on the side. He first dee-jayed on KSML in Seminole, Texas in 1954 (his favourites included Ernest Tubb and Leon Payne) and cut his debut disc for Queen Records, a San Antonio label owned by Wink Lewis (though Hoyle Nix's records dominated the roster). 

In 1955, local oilman Chester Oliver financed Je-Wel Records named after Weldon and Oliver's daughter, Jeanne, who played accordion in Rogers' band. They occupied a slot on Midland's KMID-TV on Saturday afternoons just before the Teen Kings, another local band whose leader, Roy Orbison, attended Odessa Junior College.

It was Chester Oliver's idea to record Orbison who cut his first record, Ooby Dooby and Trying To Get To You (Je-Wel 101), at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Other records on Weldon's own Jewel label featured Rogers and Wanda Wolfe - Everybody Wants You is a rare but rockin' duet - and Weldon and Wanda Rogers; Weldon married Wanda after she was divorced from Roswell-based singer, Bob Wolfe. 


According to Rogers, he was introduced to Lew Chudd during a visit to Los Angeles. "I was signed to a contract", he recalled. "I went down to Wink, Texas and got Roy Orbison's band, the one he had used on 'Ooby Dooby'. I also visited my sister who lived in Andrews, Texas. When I left I had three songs written and on the way to the session with Roy's band in the car with me I said 'Well if I don't get four songs to record to take back to Lew Chudd it's gonna be so long, good luck, goodbye! And James Morrow said 'Hey, that's a good song title.' I drove the rest of the way to Clovis with one hand and wrote the song with the other one. After all was said and done it was the best of the bunch!"

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9 Apr 2021

das ist Roy im Hintergrund

kann man was gewinnen ?

9 Apr 2021

'57 Rockabilly news in 2021!

what a nice package this is folks regards LJ

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Tracklist
Rogers, Weldon - So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, Ltd.) 7inch 1
01 So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye
02 Trying To Get To You
03 Everybody Wants You (Weldon Rogers & Wanda Wolfe)