Friday, November 07, 2008
Dale Wright and the Wright Guys - "That's Show Biz" (Fraternity)
We take you now to the more rockabilly side of things. Well, maybe it's not pure rockabilly per se, but it does have a nice little bit of satire on the late 50s rock 'n' roll scene. And it does rock accordingly. The record I'm talking about is "That's Show Biz" by Dale Wright and the Wright Guys from 1959.
Wright was born in 1938 and had worked as a DJ in the Midwest. He was signed to the Cincinnati-based label Fraternity Records in 1957 after they heard a song he wrote on the air. Between 1957-1960, he recorded some twenty or so sides, charting twice in 1958 with "She's Neat" (#38) and "Please Don't Do It" (#77). He was dropped from the label in the early sixties, but continued to record for smaller labels up through the decade. Later, he returned to radio doing a talk show for a Lexington, Kentucky radio station.
Our tale begins with Dale calling No Hit Record Company and telling them about a song he just wrote that he thinks would be a hit, but the guy on the phone tells him in a lowdown voice, "Sorry kid, that's showww biz!" Thus we have the theme of the record in which Dale sings and swings his tale of desperation while getting nowhere. At the end, he figures that he always wanted to drive a truck anyway, which probably would have been the end result of his endeavors. Still, a really cool record that I hope you dig.