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Billy Walker: Whirlpool - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - Billy Walker (CD)

​1-CD Digipak (4-page) with 28-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 69 minutes.

Billy Walker's career spanned a period of almost sixty years!
Already as a teenager he became a member of the legendary Big D Jamboree in Dallas.
In 1949 the Texan signed his first record deal with Capitol Records, two years later he landed a contract with Columbia.
From 1952 he belonged to the Louisiana Hayride and scored his first hit in 1954 with Thank You For Calling. 
Bear Family's CD album in the popular 'Gonna Shake This Shack' series proves that Walker was much more than just the ballad singer on the Grand Ole Opry.
We present the first fourteen years of his career, from 1949 to 1962.
Stylistically, the spectrum ranges from Texas honky-tonk, fast shuffles and Tex-Mex-style songs to rockabilly and up-beat pop.
The CD is rounded off by his early Nashville recordings, including his only number one hit, Charlie's Shoes from 1962.
Liner notes by Dave Samuelson in the extensively illustrated booklet.


In a career stretching nearly sixty years, Billy Walker (1929-2006) charmed audiences with his lively stage presence and lilting Texas tenor. Often overlooked and underrated since his tragic death, this new entry in Bear Family’s ‘Gonna Shake This Shack’ series reveals that Walker was far more than a Grand Ole Opry balladeer. Spanning Walker’s first fourteen years on record, this set includes Texas honky-tonk, up-tempo shuffles, Tex-Mex novelties, rockabilly and upbeat pop. His early Nashville Sound hits are here, too, including his only country chart-topping Charlie’s Shoes.

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Walker, Billy - Whirlpool - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - Billy Walker (CD) CD 1
01 Whirlpool Billy Walker
02 I'm Gonna Take My Heart Away From You Billy Walker
03 I Can't Keep The Girls Away Billy Walker
04 I Need It Billy Walker
05 Love's Got A Hold On Me Billy Walker
06 Hey! Billy Walker
07 You Didn't Try And Didn't Care Billy Walker
08 I've Got Leavin' On My Mind Billy Walker
09 A Woman Like You Billy Walker
10 Mexican Joe Billy Walker
11 Fifteen Hugs Past Midnight (Twenty Kisses 'Til One) Billy Walker
12 Alone With You Billy Walker
13 I Thought About You Billy Walker
14 Where My Baby Goes (She Goes With Me) Billy Walker
15 So Far Billy Walker
16 Headin' For Heartaches Billy Walker
17 Changed My Mind Billy Walker
18 Charlie's Shoes Billy Walker
19 Guess Things Happen That Way Billy Walker
20 Willie The Weeper Billy Walker
21 Let's Think About Livin' Billy Walker
22 Little Baggy Britches Billy Walker
23 You're Gonna Pay With A Broken Heart Billy Walker
24 It's Doggone Tough On Me Billy Walker
25 I've Got A New Heartache Billy Walker
26 Viva La Matador! Billy Walker
27 Gonna Find Me A Bluebird Billy Walker
28 Jambalaya Billy Walker
29 Forever Billy Walker
30 Throw Me Out Billy Walker
Billy Walker Cross The Brazos At Waco BILLY WALKER OBITUARY Books have been spun out... more
"Billy Walker"

Billy Walker

Cross The Brazos At Waco

BILLY WALKER OBITUARY

Books have been spun out of lesser fabric than Billy Walker's life. His mental log of all he saw and heard amounted to a journal of post-War country music. He was there at Hank Williams' last show and at Elvis Presley's first big public appearance in Memphis. He was hanging around waiting to cut a session while Buddy Holly recorded Words Of Love; he just narrowly missed boarding the plane on which Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins perished; and he was there the night that Red Foley passed away. Billy tried to draw some meaning from all this, but it was simply too numbing to contemplate. Now Billy himself has passed away. He was killed in a single-car traffic accident in the early hours of Sunday May 21, 2006 on a stretch of Interstate 65 in Alabama known as the Hank Williams Highway.

Born in Ralls, Texas, on January 14, 1929, Billy was inspired by Gene Autry to take up music. After getting out of school in 1947, he worked various day jobs before beginning his career fronting for sometime Columbia artist Jimmy Lawson in 1948. He joined the Big D Jamboree in Dallas (where he was billed as the Traveling Texan and wore a Lone Ranger-styled mask) and worked for Hank Thompson in Waco. It was Thompson who got him his first contract with Capitol in 1949. Eighteen months later, Billy switched to Columbia. His first charted hit was Thank You For Calling in 1954.

Billy joined the Louisiana Hayride in 1952, moved to the Ozark Jubilee in '54, flirted briefly with rock 'n' roll, and then returned to Texas to work the beerjoints. In 1959, he moved to Nashville to join the Grand Ole Opry, and remained a member until his death. His records began charting with more regularity. His original version of Funny How Time Slips Away stalled at #23 on the country charts, but the follow-up, Charlie’s Shoes, hit the top spot in 1962. He continued to chart records regularly into the 1980s, and his last records were on his own Tall Texan label.

An engaging raconteur with a bottomless fund of stories, Billy was a much-loved character in Nashville. He was returning from a gig in Gulf Shores, Alabama when his van ran off the road and overturned. Those killed alongside him included his wife, Bettie, and a friend, Daniel Patton.

We at Bear Family have reissued one of Billy's rock 'n' roll recordings in our 'That'll Flat Git It' series, but we have also reissued all of his recordings complete from 1949-1965 on a 5-CD set, 'Cross The Brazos At Waco.'

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/walker-billy-cross-the-brazos-at-waco-6-cd.html
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31 May 2020

​What a hell of a compilation Bear Family presents here! 30 songs that include Texas Honky Tonk, shuffles, country, rockabilly and refined pop. Songs that Billy Walker recorded in the period 1949 - 1962. 'Whirlpool' is a must have for fans of American roo

​What a hell of a compilation Bear Family presents here! 30 songs that include Texas Honky Tonk, shuffles, country, rockabilly and refined pop. Songs that Billy Walker recorded in the period 1949 - 1962. 'Whirlpool' is a must have for fans of American roots music. Enjoy! Lambert Smits

28 May 2020

Top notch comp!

I was always aware of two or three uptempos of Billy Walker but never expected that he did that much on good uptempo songs! I thought he always was too country but this CD was a true revelation to me AND I'm glad Bear Family is continuing the 'Gonna Shake This Shack' series!

4 May 2020

tolle CD, von einem Künstler, der bei uns nicht so bekannt war. Ich als Country Fan der 50er-60er werde diese CD wohl öfters spielen.

gut anzuhören, ohne überspringen einzelner Titel

8 Apr 2020

Whirlpool gerade eingetroffen

hatte schon diverse Langspielplatten leider nicht die $ BrazosBox
jetzt eure Shack CD gleich aufgenommen fürs Auto super!

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Tracklist
Walker, Billy - Whirlpool - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - Billy Walker (CD) CD 1
01 Whirlpool
02 I'm Gonna Take My Heart Away From You
03 I Can't Keep The Girls Away
04 I Need It
05 Love's Got A Hold On Me
06 Hey!
07 You Didn't Try And Didn't Care
08 I've Got Leavin' On My Mind
09 A Woman Like You
10 Mexican Joe
11 Fifteen Hugs Past Midnight (Twenty Kisses 'Til One)
12 Alone With You
13 I Thought About You
14 Where My Baby Goes (She Goes With Me)
15 So Far
16 Headin' For Heartaches
17 Changed My Mind
18 Charlie's Shoes
19 Guess Things Happen That Way
20 Willie The Weeper
21 Let's Think About Livin'
22 Little Baggy Britches
23 You're Gonna Pay With A Broken Heart
24 It's Doggone Tough On Me
25 I've Got A New Heartache
26 Viva La Matador!
27 Gonna Find Me A Bluebird
28 Jambalaya
29 Forever
30 Throw Me Out