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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 69 mns. Some of the wildest, most... more

Ronnie Self: Bop-A-Lena (CD)

1-CD with 24-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 69 mns.

Some of the wildest, most spectacularly untamed music ever to come out of Nashville - or anywhere! Ronnie lived his life in overdrive after starting his recording career in 1956 with a case of Pretty Bad Blues. In 1957 and 1958, he cut rockabilly classics like Bop-A-Lena, Ain't I'm A Dog, Date Bait, and the original version of Big Blon' Baby. We've rounded out the set with his Decca/Kapp recordings from 1956 to 1963, a little quieter, but still weird and exciting. Check out Ugly Stick, So High, Go Go Cannibal, or Moon Burn.

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  • Interpret: Ronnie Self

  • Album titlle: Bop-A-Lena (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Year of publication 1990
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127154361

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Self, Ronnie - Bop-A-Lena (CD) CD 1
01 Bop A Lena Ronnie Self
02 I Ain't Goin' Nowhere Ronnie Self
03 You're So Right For Me Ronnie Self
04 Ain't I'm A Dog Ronnie Self
05 Too Many Lovers Ronnie Self
06 Date Bait Ronnie Self
07 Big Blon' Baby Ronnie Self
08 Petrified Ronnie Self
09 Flame Of Love Ronnie Self
10 Big Fool Ronnie Self
11 Black Night Blues Ronnie Self
12 Pretty Bad Blues Ronnie Self
13 Three Hearts Later Ronnie Self
14 Rocky Road Blues Ronnie Self
15 Do It Now Ronnie Self
16 Bless My Broken Heart Ronnie Self
17 This Must Be The Place Ronnie Self
18 Big Town Ronnie Self
19 Some Other World Ronnie Self
20 Instant Man Ronnie Self
21 Oh Me, Oh My Ronnie Self
22 Whistling Words Ronnie Self
23 Past, Present And Future Ronnie Self
24 So High Ronnie Self
25 I've Been There Ronnie Self
26 Moon Burn Ronnie Self
27 Some Things You Can't Change Ronnie Self
28 Houdini Ronnie Self
29 Go Go The Cannibal Ronnie Self
30 Ugly Stick Ronnie Self
Ronnie Self Born July 5, 1938 in Tin Town, Missouri, just north of Springfield (home of... more
"Ronnie Self"

Ronnie Self

Born July 5, 1938 in Tin Town, Missouri, just north of Springfield (home of the ‘Ozark Jubilee’), Self impressed ‘Jubilee’ regular Bobby Lord enough that Lord set up a demo session and brought the results to Red Foley’s manager, Dub Albritten.  Albritten got Self a contract with ABC-Paramount. At the age of 18, towheaded Ronnie made his 1956 debut single, the rockabilly classic, Pretty Bad Blues, in Nashville. A second ABC single was scheduled but never saw light of day. Albritten booked Ronnie on the ‘Philip Morris Caravan,’ an all-star touring troupe sponsored by the cigarette company headlined by Carl Smith, Red Sovine, and Goldie Hill.

Allbritten moved his protégé to Columbia, where Nashville mainstay Don Law produced Ronnie’s Big Fool b/w Flame Of Love in February of ’57 and the swaggering Ain’t I’m A Dog b/w a remake of Bill Monroe’s Rocky Road Blues in June. They were precursors to Self’s insane rocker Bop-A-Lena, penned by Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce and waxed that December; seldom has a record hurtled along as recklessly (Self co-wrote the relaxed flip, I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere). Ronnie cut his next Columbia offering, Big Blon’ Baby, in March of ’58 (Jerry Lee Lewis covered it the following year for Sun), with Date Bait its flip. Petrified, Self’s Columbia swan song, hailed from the same session (it was the work of Tillis and Wayne Walker), with Ronnie’s own careening You’re So Right For Me its plattermate.

Self unexpectedly left the ‘Caravan’ when his pregnant wife gave birth. But Albritten got him signed to Decca, where he had more luck writing smashes for Brenda Lee (Sweet Nothin’s and I’m Sorry) than he did scoring his own hits. With Owen Bradley in charge, Self cut his first Decca date on July 17, 1959 with the cream of Nashville’s session aces: guitarist Hank Garland, pianist Floyd Cramer, bassist Bob Moore, and drummer Buddy Harman. Self wrote both Big Town and its party-time flip This Must Be The Place, his voice as raspy and compelling as ever.

So High (cut in 1960), Instant Man (1961), and Oh Me, Oh My (1962) saw light of day on Decca, but some of Ronnie’s more inspired creations were buried in Decca’s vaults. Houdini, a loopy 1963 one-off for Kapp, and a Dale Hawkins-produced 1968 45 for Amy pretty much finished his recording career. He died August 28, 1981.

Ronnie Self Bop-A-Lena (30 Classsics 1957-63)
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8 May 2017

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This 'Rockabilly Wild Man' man has recorded much more than the great 'Bop-A-Lena' tune. He was the 'mad man' of the Nashville scene , completely underrated and nearly without any commercial success as an musician. On this CD you'll find all his rocking' hymns like 'You're So Right For Me' (Mitch Miller, one of his label mates, must have been close to a heart attack, when he's had listen to this), 'Petrified', Big Blon' Baby', 'Three Hearts Later', 'Big Fool' and tons more! All his ABC-Paramount, Columbia and Decca sides are included on this ass-kickin' CD album!

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Tracklist
Self, Ronnie - Bop-A-Lena (CD) CD 1
01 Bop A Lena
02 I Ain't Goin' Nowhere
03 You're So Right For Me
04 Ain't I'm A Dog
05 Too Many Lovers
06 Date Bait
07 Big Blon' Baby
08 Petrified
09 Flame Of Love
10 Big Fool
11 Black Night Blues
12 Pretty Bad Blues
13 Three Hearts Later
14 Rocky Road Blues
15 Do It Now
16 Bless My Broken Heart
17 This Must Be The Place
18 Big Town
19 Some Other World
20 Instant Man
21 Oh Me, Oh My
22 Whistling Words
23 Past, Present And Future
24 So High
25 I've Been There
26 Moon Burn
27 Some Things You Can't Change
28 Houdini
29 Go Go The Cannibal
30 Ugly Stick