3. SONGS WRITTEN BY JOHN D. LOUDERMILK


John D. Loudermilk
To Loudermilk bio & link page
Back to part 1, 1956-1960 The Colonial, Columbia, Universal-Cedarwood years
Back to part 2, 1960-1963 RCA, Hickory, Nashville, teen, hillbilly and novelty

This is part 3, 1963-1969 RCA, Hickory, Nashville,
bizarre and open minded singer-songwriter songs

To part 4, 1970 & later MIM, Europe, years of retirement
To part 5, Loudermilk singing traditionals and covering other songwriters
To part 6, unknown songs/covers - info wanted!
To a few sound samples of unreleased songs.


Part 3: 1963-1969
RCA, Hickory, Nashville, Bizarre and Open Minded
country and singer-songwriter songs

songtitle:
composer words & music John D Loudermilk unless otherwise specified
 
covers:
blue=got the vinyl or mp3,
black=ain't got the music
Short On Love
Gus Backus Gus Backus is ex Del Vikings and made fame in Germany and Australia and even scored a #3-hit with Short on Love in Japan (May 1964).

Lyrics

On the Burl Ives' Bear cd-set the track Short on Love erroneously is credited as a Loudermilk composition, it is another song.
  • Gus Backus (1963, MGM 13134; Polydor 52912, Austr, Gen Amer 821)
  • Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes (1964, LP Twist Time im Star Club Hamburg Vol 2)
  • Danny (Ilkka Lipsanen) & the Islanders (1964, Scandia 534, Finland 45 release, the JDL-song miscredited as a Rodgers & Heart composition)
  • The Newbeats (Apr. 1966, Hickory 1387)
  • Webb Wilder (2001, cd Town & Country)
  • Thee 50's High Teens (2008, cd Punch the Beat, Japanese girls rock, lyrics in Japanese, I guess)

Ernest



Ernest had the original version of the song...

Tillotson

and Tillotson charted world-wide
Original a C&W #1 hit by country singer Ernest Ashworth (Ernie Ashworth after 1966). On the pop charts his record got as high as #101 bubbling under (Billboard).
This very catchy song would become a world wide hit in many covers and languages.

In the US two versions were recorded for the pop market: by Debbie Stuart for Philips and Johnny Tillotson for MGM. Debbie's black, soulful rendition sounds a little better than the smoothly orchestrated product Tillotson recorded. Debbie's version was picked up in Sydney, Australia where it became a #25 hit in september 1963. It was to be her 'one hit wonder record'. In the US it didn't get any attention.
Finally, winter 1963, the Tillotson version was discovered by US radio and it became a #7 US pop hit in 1964, and from there on hit all over the world.


Lyrics:

Ev'ry day our love's a battle royal
Dear, it seems that fighting is all we do
But if I let you know how much I love you
You'll do things to me you shouldn't do

So talk back trembling lips
Shaky legs, don't just stand there
Don't let her know she's getting through to you
Talk back trembling lips
Burning eyes, don't start crying
Heart, don't let her know that you're breaking in two

Everytime you up and hurt my feelings
I pretend it couldn't matter less
I'm just hiding all of my emotions
Behind my broken heart, I guess

(source: Standard Songs Pop/ Country/ Blues/ Folk/ Instumentals/ Novelty, Acuff-Rose Publications Inc. 1956-1973)


Wilburn EP British EP on Decca with cover by the Wilburn Brothers (1964).
Teddy and Doyle Whitburn had a lot of succes in country music of the 1940s through the 1970s.

Ussher Australian sheet music of the early Adrian Ussher cover (1963). Ussher was a country-rocker from Melbourne.
  • Ernest Ashworth (May 1963, Hickory 1214)
  • Little Roy Wiggins (cd Ernie Ashworth And Friends, version by Ashworth's steel guitarist)
  • Ben Colder (1963, MGM 13197, persiflage: "Talk Back Blubberin' Lips")
  • Johnny Singer (1963, Country & Western Hits 216, Nashville budget label cover)
  • Mel Stover (1963, Seeburg 7019, budget C&W label)
  • (Anonymous budget singer) (1963, LP Country Music U.S.A., budget album on Modern Sound MS 559; this artist -may be identical to 'Johnny Singer' or 'Mel Stover', see songs above- does indeed sing some lines with trembling lips!)
  • Dusty King & His Country Cats (1963, LP Top 16 C&W Hits, Canada budget cover)
  • Frank Taylor (1963, Brack 106)
  • Debbie Stuart (1963, Philips 40126)
  • Adrian Ussher (1963, W&G 5-1693, Australia)
  • Kevin Shegog (1963, W&G 45rpm, Australian C&W)
  • Johnny Tillotson (Oct. 1963, MGM 13181)
  • Tim Reynolds (1963, budget cover, released on various labels Twin Hits 043 (Australia), Lion Tops 106 (Lion Tops was a Dutch margarine brand that had stamps that could be collected to order their vinyl 45's), Cash 1701 (Belgium))
  • Fouryo's (1963, Decca AT 10041, Dutch version "Speel met mij geen spel")
  • Don Baker (1963, Discofoon 2524, Dutch budget label cover)
  • Shirley Field (1963, LP Two Sides of Shirley Field, Canadian yodeling lady)
  • Helle Wilke (1963, Triola TD 218, Danish version "Gemt er ikke glemt")
  • Goldie Hill (1964, LP Country Hitparade)
  • Norma Jean (1964, LP Porter Wagoner In Person, live)
  • Kitty Wells (1964, LP Especially For You)
  • Johnny Reimar (1964, Philips 355.297.2F, Danish version: "Kom så gamle dreng")
  • Ernie Englund (1964, EP Ernie's Choice from Cash Box Top 100, Swedish release, trumpet's version by American born Swedish artist)
  • Hank Smith (LP Ten Golden Years of Country)
  • Cheryl Ann (LP Big Country, budget vinyl release)
  • Bobby Denver (LP Bobby Denver Sings Country And Western No.1 Hits of the 60's, Canadian budget covers)
  • Paul Kuhn (LP Blaue Wildleder Shuh', German version: "Abends Muss Ich Tanzen")
  • Roger Miron (1964, Rusticana 240, French-Canadian version: "Dis-moi quelque chose")
  • Beto Cañedo (1964, LP, Mexican version: "No Te Partas En Dos")
  • Bruce Clark & The Rockers (ca. 1964, LP Rockin' Like Wow! Dad, Australia)
  • Wilburn Brothers (1964, LP Never Alone)
  • Roy Drusky (1964, LP Pick of the Country)
  • Liberty Street (Freedom Rec 10178, a local Ohio 45)
  • Johnny Tillotson (1965, Version in Italian "Non Sto Mai Con Te")
  • Bill Black's Combo (1965, LP Mr Beat, instrumental by the heirs of Elvis' bass payer's backing band)
  • Tommy Adderley (1965, LP Tommy, New Zealand)
  • The Kentucky Colonels & Ernest Ashworth (1965, in the movie The Farmer's Other Daughter)
  • George Jones (1966, LP Love Bug)
  • Buddy Williams (1966, LP Family Album, OZ country)
  • Bob Homan (±1967/68, LP Beamin' All Over)
  • Roy Acuff Jr & Sue Thompson (Jan. 1970, Hickory 1558)
  • Al 'Porky' Witherow & the Country Mystery (1971, LP Almost Live at the Club Itaca, Buffalo, New York)
  • Willie Lamothe (1971, French lyrics "Donne-moi ma chance", Canada)
  • Simone Aube (1971, LP Simone Aube, another "Donne-moi ma chance", Canada)
  • Flamingo Kvintetten (1973, "Hemma Hos Mig Igen", Swedish version)
  • Longines Symphonette Recording Society (1974, LP box set Country Strings & Voices)
  • Happiness (1974, Stuk 14, another Danish "Kom så gamle dreng")
  • Torry Enghs & Dag Spantell (1974, LP Karneval, Norwegian "Hjemme hos meg selv")
  • Hugo Duncan (LP Isle of Innisfree, Irish)
  • Bobby & Lorraine Rice (LP Rice Family Album)
  • Connie Francis (1978, LP Who's Happy Now?)
  • Marty Robbins & Bill Anderson (1978, DVD, tv-show Marty Robbins's Spotlight)
  • Charlie Bandy (1981, Soundwaves 4596)
  • The Country Drifters (1982, LP Mingus City Limit, Country The West Coast Way, feat. Ralph Mooney on steel)
  • Barbara Kramer (45 rpm on Pro-Tal RE347, no clue about date, label or singer)
  • Bobby Lewis (1983, Ventura 206)
  • Roger Tibbs (1985, LP Chestnuts, New Zealand country)
  • Becky Hobbs (1988, Curb 76853)
  • Daniel O'Donnell (1990, cd The Last Waltz, popular Irish crooner)
  • Fiddlin' Tom Cameron (cd A Feast of Irish Country Music)
  • Ronna Reeves (1991, cd Only the heart)
  • Christina Lindbergs (1992, cd Gyllene år, Swedish version "Lyckan står på spel")
  • Joe Wright & Fiends (cd Steelin' Country Classics Vol 3)
  • Jerry Springer (1995, cd Dr Talk, talk show host as a singer)
  • Eddie Blazonczyk & Versatones (1995, cd Polkatime)
  • Freddy Holcomb (1998, cd Don't Call Me From A Honky Tonk)
  • Jim Monsen (2000, cd Have I Got A Night For You, polka-accordeon)
  • Foster & Allen (2001, 2cd Something Special, Australian 60s pop hits medley)
  • Justin (Carey) (2001, cd Country Legends)
  • Kentucky Blue (2002, cd Eighteen Years Ago, bluegrass version)
  • Cindy Foss (2002, cd Next Time)
  • Tony Barge (2002, cd Empty Places)
  • The Rich Family (2003, cd Family Album)
  • Susan Anderson Bell (2003, cd Susan Anderson Bell)
  • Mark Chesnutt (2003, cd I Don't Want To Miss A Thing)
  • Bjøro Håland (2004, cd Nashville Here We Go Again)
  • James Quinn (2005, cd Talking To The Wrong Man)
  • Jason Richison (2006, cd From a Jack to a King)
  • Randolph Michaud (2006, cd They Have A Mission)
  • Jen (2006, cd Look at my Boots, by Jennifer Ford)
  • Lonnie Dee (2006, cd Dreamin' My Dreams, C&W from Denmark)
  • OJ Hanssen (2007, cd No Goodbyes, C&W from Norway)
  • Bobby Flores (2007, cd Neon Nights)
  • Randolph Michaud (2008, cd They Have A Mission)
  • Graham BLVD (2008, cd Rock & Roll 60s, 1964 Vol. 3)
  • Dænsebændet (2009, cd Modne kjække karer, Norwegian verison "Heme Her Ått Øss")
  • Rob Engelsman (2009, cd Engelsmanplaat, as "Speel met mij geen spel")
  • Larry Foster (2011, cd Still Kickin')
  • Ken Goldsmith (2011, cd Legends in my Mind Vol. 1)
  • Brad Benge (2012, cd Nashville)
This Weird Sensation
Sinx Mitchell was a ps. for Earl Sinks.
Lyrics
  • Sinx Mitchell (Mar. 1964, Hickory 1248)
The File
Funny song! lyrics
  • Bob Luman (Feb. 1964, Hickory 1238, #28 C&W-hit)
Forth Worth, Dallas or Houston
Hamilton recorded the song in August 1963. By the time the record was planned for release, due to the Kennedy tragedy in Dallas an alternative version was recorded, entitled "Texarkana, Pecos or Houston". But when the song finally was released in July 1964, the Dallas-version came on the market.

Lyrics

  • George Hamilton IV (Jul. 1964, RCA 8392, #9 C&W-hit)
  • Streaplers (1969, LP Om igen!, Swedish version "Var finns der där romantiken?")
  • Bloojacks (1970, Platina 188, another Swedish version: "Det raraste här på Jorden")
  • George Hamilton IV (1995, Bear cd-box, prev. unreleased alternative version Texarkana, Pecos or Houston)
  • Bugges Firo (2000, cd På Dansefot, Norwegian version "Romantikken")
Find Out
 
  • Porter Wagoner (Oct. 1963, RCA 8257, and live-version on his 1964 LP In Person)
  • Chase Webster (Mar. 1965, Hickory 1303)
  • Sue Thompson (1974, Hickory 318)
Life Can Have Meaning
Bobby Lord ← Canadian sheet music edition.
Bobby Lord, a singer songwriter and most of all known as the host of TV shows. In the mid 1960s The Bobby Lord Show was aired all over the world.
Lyrics Arthur D

→ Album by Arthur D, an obscure American country singer; the album was on John Capps' K-Ark vanity label (most artists payed to get the release) and Arthur also had Life Can Have Meaning as a 45 single release.

In France a cover was "La vie vaut la peine", text by Monique Aldebert. Artist?

  • Bobby Lord (Nov. 1963, Hickory 1232)
  • Chase Webster (Nov. 1964, Hickory 1283)
  • Adrian Ussher (1964, W&G-1980, good, slow version from Australia)
  • Arthur D. (1970±, K-Ark 1002)
  • Geezinslaws (1979, LP If You Think I'm Crazy Now)
December 1963: tours Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria...

In the footsteps of other RCA artists, like Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins, John D. toured South Africa.
John D. played on a 3 weeks tour together with (headliner) Duane Eddy.
In the Audience of the Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, was a young Steve Lonsdale, then singer with the Playboys, a band originally formed by Mickie Most. Steve remembers: "JD performed solo, just him, guitar, and a chair centre stage. From what I remember he was very funny and did tell stories surrounding his songs.".
Lonsdale later was singer of the very successful South African group The Staccatos who recorded in 1966 three JDL-covers. "I must have sung Blue Train with the Playboys and subsequently thereafter introduced the songs of JDL into the Staccato's live repertoire and recordings when I joined them. Myself and the Staccatos covered under contract to Gallo Africa - Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, Thou Shalt Not Steal and Everybody Knows. I also remember performing Blue Train and You Reap Just What You Sow, but only live. RSA LP

Simultaneously with the tour, a special South African LP was released, "Presenting John D. Loudermilk".
For the album, John had recorded in Nashville a couple of new songs in October 1963. Some additional songs from his 1961 and 1962 US albums completed the LP.
Amongst the new songs were The Little Grave and No Playing in the Snow, 2 songs proper for Christmas time, Nothing To Gain, The Wife, Run On Home Baby Brother and That Ain't All. All these songs were first released in South Africa and would get its US releases much later.
What makes this South African album special, is that it contains a unique song, "La La Mop Away", that was never again released elsewhere. It is also lacking in the cd-compilations that Bear Family made of John D.'s recordings.

Listen to a sample of La La Mop Away.

Track listing of the album:
1-Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, 2-Everybody Knows, 3-Run On Home Baby Brother, 4-La La Mop Away, 5-You Reap What You Sow, 6-Oh How Sad, 7-Nothing to Gain 8-No Playing in the Snow Today, 9-That Ain't All, 10-The Wife, 11-The Little Grave, 12-Calling Dr. Casey.
 

La La Mop Away
(Another Guy's Girl)
The sheet music spells the title "Mopoway", but on the album release it's "Mop Away"
A rare song, only released on the South African Loudermilk LP
  • John D. Loudermilk (Nov, 1963, LP Presenting John D. Loudermilk)
No Playing In The Snow Today
Lyrics, about radio-active snow
  • John D Loudermilk (Nov. 1963, LP Presenting John D. Loudermilk)
  • John D Loudermilk (Dec. 1966, LP Sings a Bizarre Collection)
  • Pat Boone (1969, LP Departure)
  • Streaplers (1969, LP Valentino, Swedish version "På väg till dej")
Nothing To Gain
cover
Pic sleeve of the German 45.

Lyrics Nothing to Gain

Lyrics Th' Wife

  • John D Loudermilk (Nov. 1963, LP Presenting John D. Loudermilk)
  • John D Loudermilk (Jul. 1964, RCA 8389)
  • Lonnie Donegan (Oct. 1965, Hickory 1345)
  • Archie (Campbell) & Lorene (Mann) (1968, LP Tell It Like It Is)
Th' Wife
  • John D Loudermilk (Nov. 1963, LP Presenting John D. Loudermilk)
  • John D Loudermilk (Jul. 1964, RCA 8389, C&W Cashbox #31)
  • Waylon Jennings (1965, Bear cd Live at JD's)
  • Per Myrberg (1965, in Swedish as "Min fru", text by Cornelis Vreeswijk)
  • Ivar Medaas (1965, Nor-Disc 110, Norway as "Skål for kona mi")
  • Joe Brown (1966, PYE 7NH 119)
  • Bill Carlisle (Nov. 1967, Hickory 1483)
Run On Home, Baby Brother
Lyrics advising not to join the US marines
  • John D Loudermilk (Nov. 1963, LP Presenting John D. Loudermilk)
  • Bob Luman (Jun. 1964, Hickory 1266)
  • John D Loudermilk (Apr. 1966, RCA 8826)
That Ain't All
Lyrics predict: "if we're a-living in 1995, they all have the pill by then to keep us both alive"
  • John D Loudermilk (Nov. 1963, LP Presenting John D. Loudermilk)
  • Perry Como (Apr. 1965, LP The Scene Changes)
  • John D Loudermilk (May 1965, RCA 8579, #20 C&W-hit Billboard)
  • Joe Dassin (1970, LP La fleur aux dents, in French as "Un cadeau de papa")
  • Joe Dassin (1971, CBS 7161, in German as "Meines Vaters Sohn")
The Little Grave
A Christmas song, lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (Nov. 1963, LP Presenting John D. Loudermilk)
  • George Hamilton IV (Nov. 1964, RCA 8462)
  • Sophie Pascal (1965, Palette 40230, Belgium-French cover "La Petite Grive")
  • Country Gentlemen (1974, LP Remembrances & Forecasts)
  • Charlie Waller (2002, cd 45 Years of Memories, Country Gentleman recording it again, good version)
Terry
Record produced by Norro (=Norris Wilson). Magnasound was a subsidiary of Monument record comp.
Billboard magazine gave it a 'pop spotlight' winner of week November 30, 1963, describing it as "a great swinger from the pen of John D. Loudermilk; side has swing, great vocalizing with reverb voices, and a fine teen beat". Still it did not hit any chart
  • Bobby Wattrell (Nov. 1963, Magnasound 701)
I Know My Place
The last 'brain-washed' verse of the original song (lyrics) has been replaced on the Browns' recording by some less inspiring lines.
On an instrumental album by Brazilian group Os Incríveis the song is also mentioned according to some sources, composed by Loudermilke. But the track turns out to be a cover of I Know A Place, the Tony Hatch-song for Petula Clark
  • The Browns (Apr. 1964, RCA 8348)
Dream Of Him
(And He'll Come Back To You)
 
  • Jana Louise (1964, Dot 16659)
(My Baby's Got)
A Paper Doll Harem
 
  • Jana Louise (1964, Dot 16659)
A Dixie Cup Of Sand
Sad teenage summer love song, lyrics
  • Jana Louise (1964, Dot 16618, label spells "Janna Louise)
  • Skeeter Davis (1966, LP Singin' in the summerrain)
Going Down Town
(To See My John)
Cover Jana Louise (born Janice Louise Hansen) was a 19 year old step dance queen, launched as America's Sweetheart. She recorded a complete album with songs JDL wrote for her. Three 45 releases flopped.
Besides her releases on DOT, she did not record any more. She taught Irish dancing for a number of years, and only sings at family functions and charity events. She has three kids and her husband is a retired pilot.

Lyrics of You're Jealous

  • Jana Louise (Oct. 1964, LP A Dixie Cup Of Sand, 1965 Dot 16718)
The Cryin' Kind
  • Jana Louise (Oct. 1964, LP A Dixie Cup Of Sand)
The Heart I Have To Live With
  • Jana Louise (Oct. 1964, LP A Dixie Cup Of Sand, 1965 Dot 16718)
The Magic Circle
  • Jana Louise (Oct. 1964, LP A Dixie Cup Of Sand)
Up To My Knees In Happiness
(up to my heart in love)
  • Jan(n)a Louise (1964, Dot 16618, label spells "Janna Louise)
You're Jealous
  • Jana Louise (Oct. 1964, LP A Dixie Cup Of Sand)
They'll Love You
Dorinda Duncan was a former member of the folk group Briarwood Singers
  • Jana Louise (Oct. 1964, LP A Dixie Cup Of Sand)
  • Dorinda Duncan (1965, Ascot 2174)
He Reminds Me Of Me
This 1964 written song was first (?) released in 1966. lyrics
Sue did "She Reminds Me Of Me"
  • Sue Thompson (Jun. 1966, LP Sue Thompson with Strings Attached)
  • Mark Dinning (Aug. 1966, Hickory 1404)
  • Cyro Aguiar (1967, LP Inspiração as "Fany" in Portugese)
I Count My Sheep
Cover Dublin born Carmel Quinn, best known for her Irish songs, unsuccessfully tried an album for the C&W market in 1964. One side was filled with JDL songs, the other side Country standards
  • Carmel Quinn (Oct. 1964, LP Wonderful World of my Dreams)
Lullaby Of Love
  • Carmel Quinn (Oct. 1964, LP Wonderful World of my Dreams)
Wonderful World of my Dreams
  • Carmel Quinn (Sep. 1964, Dot 16667)
  • Sean Dunphy & Hoedowners (1966, PYE 17056, a #5 hit in Ireland, singer with a voice like Jim Reeves)
  • George Hamilton IV (1968, RCA 9637)
  • Dermot Hegarty & the Plainsmen (1970, LP Sings 21 Years and Others, Ireland)
Everything's Alright
Cover Lyrics, catchy song with a good beat, hit in Europe.

Sleeve right: Swiss group, recording in German: Alles ist Allright, German single release

  • The Newbeats (Oct. 1964, Hickory 1282, #18 Billboard Hot 100)
  • The Roamers (1964, Hit Records 158, Nashville budget cover with Bobby Russell trying hard to copy Larry Henley's high pitched lead)
  • Pete Lancaster & Upsetters (1965, German cover: "Alles Ist Allright")
  • The 16 Strings (1965/66, Decca 19688 (Germany), Swiss version, "Alles Ist Allright")
I'd Be A-Lyin'
Henley solo in a very Newbeats way
  • Larry Henley (Nov. 1965, Hickory 1354)
Losin' You Is Something New
Music strongly reminds of country standard "Gotta Travel On"
  • David Houston (1964, LP New Voice From Nashville)
Cover Pic.cover of Sue Thompson's Dutch release

Lyrics Paper Tiger


Below:
four European covers: the German "Blonder Tiger"by Mona Baptiste and Ingela Brander, the French "Le Tigre"by Tiny Yong and French/Belgium "C'est Dommage" by Muriël
Cover Cover
Cover Cover
  • Sue Thompson (Nov. 1964, Hickory 1284, peaked #23 Billboard Hot 100)
  • Sue Thompson (1965, CBS 1858D, German 45rpm: Sue singing "Blonder Tiger")
  • Ingela Brander (1965, Philips 345833PF, "Blonder Tiger" by Swedish born blonde actress)
  • Mona Baptiste (1965, Jupiter 45 rpm, another German "Blonder Tiger")
  • Dave 'Baby' Cortez (1965, LP Organ Shindig)
  • Muriël (1965, Palette 40224, French-Belgium cover "C'est Dommage")
  • Tiny Yong (1965, EP Rigolo 18728, another French version "Le Tigre" by Cambodia born singer Tiny Yong)
  • Ginette Sage (1965, Fantastic 3616, another "Le Tigre", Canadian release)
  • Nella Bellero (1965-66, Style 625, "Pappa Molla" Italian version)
  • Cathy Rich (1966, World Pacific 77913, version of Buddy Rich's daughter)
  • Lecia & Lucienne (1998, cd Sister To Sister, Danish sisters)
The Worst Mistake
Lyrics, up-tempo song with some brass arranged sounds
  • Carmel Quinn (Sep. 1964, Dot 16667)
  • Olivia Molina (1965, LP Juego de Palabras, "El Gran Error" Mexican version)
  • Sandy Mason (1966, MGM 13494)
What I'm Needin' Is You

CoverDutch release.

Lyrics What I'm Needin'...

  • Sue Thompson (Apr. 1965, Hickory 1308, Billboard #15)
Stop Th' Music
  • Sue Thompson (Apr. 1965, Hickory 1308)
Tears From Out Of Nowhere
  • Bob Luman (Dec. 1964, Hickory 1289)
Thank The Devil For Hideaways
  • Bob Gallion (Mar. 1965, Hickory 1300)
Go On Home Boy
Good song! lyrics
  • Bob Luman (Apr. 1965, Hickory 1307)
It's Been A Long, Dry Spell
  • Everly Brothers (1965, LP Gone Gone Gone)
That's Love
 
  • Johnny Tillotson (1964, LP She Understands Me)
  • Bobby Lord (Dec. 1965, Hickory 1361)
What'll I Do?
Obscure country singer Jeanie Greene, another girl than the relatively well known soul singer who recorded for Atco and Electra. Who can tell more about country Jeanie?
  • Jeanie Greene (1964/65, Beck Records 45-106)
Cloudy and Cool
Instrumental
Jazz bop saxophone player Frank Strozier recorded in a 1960 session a song Cloudy and Cool, which is not the Loudermilk song
  • Chet Atkins (1965, RCA 8492)
  • Jerry Krahn (2007, cd Tell Me I'm Crazy, entitled "Partly Cloudy and Cool")
Give Me A Sweetheart
 
  • Everly Brothers (Mar. 1965, WB 5611)
  • Sandy Mason (Mar. 1967, Hickory 1442)
  • Gene & Debbe (1968, LP Hear & Now, by swampy duo Gene Thomas & Debbe Neville)
Fan Club
Lyrics mention "Colonel Glenn and Roy Orbison have a fan club too"
  • Sue Thompson (1965, LP Paper Tiger)
Paper Back Books
A song about the evil influence of Mickey Spillaine on honest loving wives... see lyrics Gene Kennedy
Gene Kennedy (born 1933, Florence SC) recorded in 1960-62 for Old Town records out of New York as Gene Kennedy & The Dons (see picture, Gene on the right). Later he moved to Nashville. Gene Kennedy now still is active running his own label which is Door Knob Records. In fact the oldest Independent Record company in Nashville now. Gene and his wife Karen had a duet titled "A Thing or Two on my Mind" which went to #49 in the country charts in Billboard in 1976.
  • Gene Kennedy (Sep. 1965, Hickory 1336)
Countin' The Hours,
Countin' The Days
Music based on a cajun standard which also inspired Route 90 (Clarence Garlow), The Promised Land (Chuck Berry) etc
On the Bare release the 3d verse of the original lyrics is aborted and the song is being faded out prematurely...
  • Bobby Bare (1965, LP Constant Sorrow)
  • Von belts (1976, LP Ölandsbron, Swedish version "Ta mej me")
  • Curt Haagers (1997, cd Ta mej me', another Swedish "Ta mej me' (Hem till dej)")
I Love You, Lucy
A local break out in Clovis, New Mexico, KCLV top 10, June 1965.
I have no information about singer Don Argo.
  • Don Argo (Jun. 1965, Hickory 1318)
It Only Hurts When I'm Laughing
Maria Dallas was a New Zealand country singer recording in Nashville
  • Bobby Lord (Apr. 1966, Hickory 1389)
  • Maria Dallas (1967, LP Tumblin' Down)
Wait
Three 1965 recordings, released on the 1979 Bear 4-LP set "A Milestone in R&R Music" (I would not consider Kris Jensen Rock & Roll, and surely not a Milestone...).
All three songs in the same idiom as Kris' hit Torture: jealousy, heart break and teenage misery
  • Kris Jensen (1979, A Milestone in Rock 'n Roll Music)
Revenge
  • Kris Jensen (1979, A Milestone in Rock 'n Roll Music)
Spying
  • Kris Jensen (1979, A Milestone in Rock 'n Roll Music)
Just Kiss Me
Billboard reviewed it a Top 60 Spotlight: "Great monkey dance beat backs a strong vocal on good John D. Loudermilk material; heavy discoteque appeal for juke boxes; hot chart item!". But besides being K-Big Record of the Week on WKBW Buffalo NY and WHB Pick of the Week in Kansas, Missouri, the record did not chart
  • Sue Thompson (Oct. 1965, Hickory 1340)
  • Dani (1966, French version "C'est toi", EP Garçon Manqué)
I'm Looking
(For A World)
  • Sue Thompson (Dec. 1965, Hickory 1359)
  • John D Loudermilk (1966, LP Sings a Bizarre Collection Of The Most Unusual Songs)
  • Skeeter Davis (1967, LP What Does It Take)
Jack And Jill's New House
Gene's recording was produced by Huey P Meaux, the Crazy Cajun
  • Gene Summers (1966, Capri 513)
Sunglasses
(Sun Glasses)
Cover
A big hit in South Africa by Hilary.
Cover Tracy Ullman's 1984 hit version.
Lyrics Sunglasses

Skeeter Davis first recorded it. She remembers:
"This was a hit for me that really was recorded in record-breaking time. Chet produced the session, and we had only three songs with arrangements thinking that's all we'd get done in session time.
When the time was just about up almost everybody left. There was about fifteen minutes left and Chet said, I've got a song for you that John Loudermilk wrote, let's record that. I told him I couldn't learn it in five minutes. He assured me that I could.
When he came back from getting the song from his desk, we had only four or five musicians. He got his guitar, started picking, and we recorded Sunglasses in just a few minutes. He was right- it was a hit, and I received all kinds of sunglasses as gifts- big ones, little ones and even sunglasses with transistor radios in them."
YouTube
In South Africa, singer Hilary made it the best selling song over 1968. Comedian Al Debbo (1924-2011) turned it into a popular parody in Afrikaans, lirieke Sonbrilletjies
(click image to play clip of Al Debbo performing Sonbrilletjies, at age 79)
cover cover
Left, Al Debbo's rare Rhodesian release and (right) Portugese hit cover by Natércia Barreto

  • Skeeter Davis (Jul. 1965, RCA 8642, #30 C&W-hit Billboard in Oct. 1965)
  • Sheila (1965, EP Tous Les Deux, French version "Dans La Glace")
  • Michèle Richard (1965, TransCanada 3140, another version in French "Verres Fumés", #28 charts Canada)
  • Johnny Lion (1966, LP Zeg maar John tegen Lion, Dutch cover "Per Express")
  • Sandy Posey (1967, MGM 4480)
  • Hilary (1968, Philips 40563 (US))
  • The D-Fenders (LP The D-Fenders Vol. 1, South Africa)
  • Al Debbo & Nico Carstens(1968, Columbia 414, #7 hit in South Africa, #10 hit in Rhodesia, a parody in Afrikaans: Sonbrilletjies)
  • Bobby Gonzales (Mayon 031, 45 single in Filipino language)
  • Natércia Barreto (1968, Parlophone 4040, titled: "Óculos De Sol", Portuguese hit version)
  • Caroline du Preez (1970, LP Nobody's Child, South Africa)
  • Cliff Jones (1970, LP Cliff 'Honky Tonk' Jones, South Africa, piano medley with Under My Beach Umbrella)
  • Tracy Ullman (1984, Stiff 205, hit single)
  • Leif Bloms (1984, LP Som en Saga, Swedish cover "Mörka Glas")
  • Cora Marie (1991, another Afrikaans version "Sonbrilletjies", sung for children)
  • Saranti Reeders (cd Loskruit, another "Sonbrilletjies" by theater cabaret artist)
  • Sindy Claassens (2004, cd Hou My Dop, again Afrikaans "Sonbrilletjies")
  • Manuel Escórcio (2005, cd Tydloos, despite the singers' Spanish name, another Afrikaans "Sonbrilletjies")
You're Ruinin' My Life
Cover Intro of the song reminds of Lee Dorsey's classic "Working In A Coal Mine".
Recorded with The Jordanaires, young Hank then age 14.

Lyrics

← Rare US picture sleeve release

  • Hank Williams Jr. (1965, MGM 13392)
John D. Quietercustard - a parody of an American protest singer...

In 1965 UK comedian singer Benny Hill recorded a folk music parody: "What a World". His character was a hint of Dylan and was presented as the American folk singer John D. QuieterCustard, the name being an obvious hint to the name LouderMilk. Though it had little to do with the music JDL was making at the time. But Benny's song seems to have been a herald to John's music of 1968, when he wrote his 'protest' songs like The Jones' and Ain't It Going To Hell On A Sled,
 

Where Have They Gone
  • John D Loudermilk (1966, LP Sings a Bizarre Collection)
You're The Guilty One
Great song! The Yancy Bond cover was produced by Huey P Meaux aka The Crazy Cajun, and got that stomping Chicano organ beat.
Lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1966, RCA 8973)
  • Yancy Bond (1967, MGM 13765)
Brown Girl
Sad love story, "a true story that happened back in the '40s in my hometown of Durham, NC. Both parties involved eventually went mad due to the social pressure of both sides. I haven't seen the man in years, but occasionally one will spot the figure of Bessie May Brown, shopping bag on her arm, stooping over to pick up a chewing gum wrapper or an old cigarette pack", JDL wrote about the song on the liner notes of his album. The Jordanaires are doing the background vocals.
Lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, RCA 0121)
Givin' You All My Love
A cover of this song may have been released around 1966 (but who sang it...?), before the unreleased original by JDL emerged on the Bear Family cd.
Lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (Bear-cd It's My Time, prev. unreleased)
To Hell With Love
Adam Faith Sheet music for London's Adam Faith, who released it in the evening of his musical career

Lyrics

  • John D Loudermilk (1966, LP Sings a Bizarre Collection)
  • Adam Faith (Nov. 1967, Parlophone 5649)
  • Robin Lee (Feb. 1969, Tee Pee 67)
You're Lookin'
  • John D Loudermilk (1966, LP Sings a Bizarre Collection)
Honeymoons Must Be Spent Alone
The label mistitles the song "Honeymoons SHOULD be spent alone" see label shot
 
  • Jerry Channing (1965, MGM 13394)
    Also sung by Jerry in Japanese and sold well in Japan!
 
Who was this Jerry Channing, who wrote and recorded a few sides for MGM? I had no idea and could find anything about him. So I asked for more information about this singer/ songwriter here on the site. It was a great surprise that Jerry himself mailed me to answer! It turned out he even recorded a Japanese version of the Loudermilk song. How they got that to happen?

Jerry Veneskey (real name), wrote me:
Jerry Label "I was a singer and guitar player in a rock band in high school and continued after I graduated. Sometime thereafter, while playing at one of the clubs we worked, I was approached by Henry George who worked for the Musician's Union in Cleveland, Ohio. He had some connections with people at MGM and got them interested in my music. MGM liked some of the songs I wrote and offered me a contract.
Henry basically handled all of the negotiations. I was young then and not interested in the business end of things, all I wanted to do was sing and write songs. Long story - short, I wind up in Nashville at the Columbia studios to record Little Girl In The Magazine. One of the stipulations in my doing the session was that I had to record Honeymoons for the "B" side of the record. They gave me a demo of John D. Loudermilk singing the song and I had to learn the song the day of the session, which I did.
The session players included Floyd Cramer on piano and Grady Martin on guitar. These people were very professional and we did each song in probably one or two takes. The producer was Jim Vienneau."

"Nipponese Publishing somehow got a hold of a copy of Little Girl In The Magazine and took an interest in the song. Fast forward to New York at the Columbia studios there. I'm singing my song and Honeymoons in Japanese. I am a Martial Artist" and I was already familiar with the Japanese language. With the help of a language coach, the session, again was completed in a short period of time.
The record was released in Japan and I was told it was doing very well there, I used to get royalty checks a couple of times a year. The English version did fairly well in Cleveland and on the west coast and I got some nice write-ups in both locations. There was some talk about going to Japan (which I would have loved) but that never happened.
I had a two year contract with MGM, which ran out. By that time the English sound was in and a lot of American acts were suffering. I recorded five songs under my contract: Little Girl, Honeymoons, Lonely Just Like Me, When You Loved Me and Lonely Crowd. I wrote Little Girl with my friend (even to this day), Bob Turek. The other songs were mine, with exception of "Honeymoons" of course.
What am I doing now? My profession - Private Investigator. My spare time: Martial Arts instructor and a Classical Rock band called Sub-rosa."
Thank you Jerry for the MGM promotion photograph and the information!

From Nashville With Love
Instrumental. Chet's version reached as high as #132 Bubbling Under Billboard's Hot 100
  • Chet Atkins (1966, RCA 8781)
  • Sounds Orchestral (cd Sounds Rare, piano version)
I Wish It Were Me
Cover Acuff Jr obviously didn't inherit the talent of Sr.
Loudermilk gave a few good songs to Roy Jr, but his mediocre covers failed to make hits out of it
Lyrics
  • Roy Acuff Jr (Jun. 1966, Hickory 1398)
  • Sam the Sham & Pharaos (1966, LP The Best of Sam the Sham & Pharaos)
  • Homer Henderson (1994, cd Turban Renewal, tribute to Sam the Sham)
Stalling For Time
From the first Allman session, produced by JDL. Released after Duane died.
Lyrics
  • Allman Joys (recorded 1966, rel. LP 'Early Allman' 1973)
You Deserve Each Other
Robert Mitchum's release hit #55 on the Hot Country Singles in December 1967 Lyrics
  • Allman Joys (1966, Dial 4046)
  • Robert Mitchum (Aug. 1967, Monument 453)
  • Sue Thompson (Aug. 1968, Hickory 1512)
  • Daimi (1973, LP Balladen om Klante Kofoed, surprising Danish cover entitled "I ska' bare ud a' klappen")
A Nice Place To Visit
  • George Hamilton IV (1966, LP Steel Rail Blues)
If Tears Had Color In Them
  • Sandy Posey (1966, LP Born A Woman)
What A Woman In Love Won't Do
Song originally written and recorded in 1966, but not released; music and lyrics one year later completely re-written and re-recorded and a hit was born
  • Sandy Posey (1967, MGM 13702, Billboard #31 hit)
  • Judy Page (1967, Continental 9223, South Africa)
  • Arlene Harden (1972, Columbia 45577)
  • Sue Thompson (Feb. 1972, Hickory 1622, London 10363 UK)
He Can Be Your Baby
read about Bobbi Staff below
  • Bobbi Staff (1966, RCA 9024)
Staff YouTube

Bobbi Staff was born in NC as Barbara Grindstaff. She debuted age 10 in talent shows, travelled around the world singing, performed for queen and president (LBJ), and recorded 6 sides for RCA, of which Chicken Feed was a minor C&W-hit. The JDL-composition He Can Be Your Baby, Lyrics, a good song, was the follow up, but did not chart.

Rare clip of Bobbi singing "Honey Comb" in a Brenda Lee/ Wanda Jackson way, 1963 on Dutch national T.V.
(← Click image to play the clip)

Right: Bobbi Staff on a promo pic, circa 1966

Clip of John D performing Break My Mind, in 2007, Ford Theater, Nashville TN in the Series Poets And Prophets organised by the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum: YouTube
(← Click image to play the clip)
The song was never released on any of John D's own albums.

Lyrics:

Baby, oh, baby
Tell the man at the ticket stand
That you've changed your mind
Let me run on out and tell the cab
To keep his meter flying
'Cause if you say goodbye to me, babe
You're gonna break my mind

Break my mind, break my mind
No, I just can't stand to hear them big jet engines whine
Break my mind, break my mind
If you leave you're gonna leave a babalin' fool behind

Baby, oh, baby
Let me take your suitcase
Off the scales in time
Tell the man that you've suddenly developed
A thing about flyin'
'Cause if you say goodbye to me, babe
You know you're gonna break my mind

© 1966 and 1967, Acuff-Rose Publ. Inc.
(source: Standard Songs Pop/ Country/ Blues/ Folk/ Instumentals/ Novelty, Acuff-Rose Publications Inc. 1956-1973)

John D. tells about the song:
I wrote that song one day when I was foolin' with a rubber band, and it broke. I said, a heart breaks like a rubber band, if you stretch it too far. And I said, could mine break too...?

Original recording was by George Hamilton IV, who made the song a C&W smash hit in 1967. It peaked #4 on the charts.
In October 1967 Bobby Wood and Debbie Lori Kaye rush-released their versions for the pop market. Debbie's cover for Columbia did not sell and Bobby Wood's version for MGM peaked Cashbox #96 and Billboard bubbling under #110. Wood's version hit the Top Ten in the Philippines at #8 in June 1968.

Cover Roy Orbison picture sleeve Dutch release

Pat Boone Pat Boone used the song (and 2 more Loudermilk songs) for his LP Departure, which was a try to give the smooth clean-cut singer a new image of a pop artist. The album was sponsored with the help of Ry Cooder, Judy Henske, Phil Ochs, Jack Nitzsche and Larry Knechtel, but failed to sell. The name Pat Boone was too much branded as corny and outmoded and the album was ignored by the progressive music scene. That is, except for Germany...

Cover

 
45 picture sleeve release by the Inspirations (Denmark, 1969).

Cover

 
45 release by Conny van Bergen (1972) translated in Dutch by Pierre 'Smurfing Father Abraham' Kartner as "Johnny, je breekt m'n hart".

In a 2013 Viva NashVegas radioshow, George Hamilton IV and JDL tell how they discovered the Alman Brothers and that Break My Mind was originally written for them, but when the Almans moved to California, George Hamilton IV took the song. The video ends with a George IV and V playing the song

45 rpm

 
An obscure record, group called Country Soul on the WRLS-label. This garage band recorded a medley of Break My Mind along with Woolly Bully. The record sold for $20 on eBay in 2013.
I don't know anything about the group, the label or the year of recording. If anyone can tell me, please do!
The song is to be heard on an online show of my favourite WFMU (hear)

  • George Hamilton IV (Jun. 1967, RCA 9239, C&W #4 hit)
  • Bobby Wood (Oct. 1967, MGM 13797, Cashbox #96, Billboard bubbling under #110)
  • Debbie Lori Kaye (Oct. 1967, Columbia 44311)
  • Box Tops (1967, LP Letter/Neon Rainbow 1967)
  • Jan Howard (1967, LP This Is Jan Howard Country)
  • The Piano, Orchestra & Voices of Larry Butler (Feb. 1968, Imperial 66277)
  • Sammy Davis Jr. (Jul. 1968, Reprise 0757)
  • The Four Blazers (Oct. 1968, Buddy 140, not the doowop group)
  • Glen Campbell (1968, LP Hey Little One)
  • Dick Nolan (1968, LP I Want To Live, Canada country artist)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (1968, LP Another Place Another Time)
  • Benny Barnes (45 rpm by Texan honky tonk singer)
  • Tommy Collins (1968, LP On Tour)
  • Sixteenth Avenue Singing Society (1968, TRX 5008)
  • Jean Shepard (1968, Scorpion 157)
  • John Drummond (1968, Page One 084)
  • Country Soul (WRLS 1001, in a medley with Woolly Bully, obscure US garage)
  • Johnny Darrell (1968, LP Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp)
  • Kenny Gordon (1968, LP Bobby Charles Invades The Wells-Fargo Lounge, guitar Danny Gatton)
  • Melba Montgomery (live, TV-show)
  • Ann Margret & Lee Hazlewood (1969, LP The Cowboy and The Lady)
  • Buddy Knox (1969, LP Gypsy Man)
  • Hank Snow (1969, LP Hits Covered By Snow)
  • The Jordanaires (1969, LP Monster Makers)
  • Linda Ronstadt (1969, LP Hand Sown Home Grown)
  • Pat Boone (1969, Tetragrammaton 1516, with Ry Cooder on guitar)
  • The Carter Family (1969, Columbia 44982)
  • Margie Bowes (1969, LP Today's Country Sound)
  • Tommy Lee (1969, LP Tommy Lee Sings The Country Greats)
  • Mac Curtis (1969, Epic 26419)
  • Duane Eddy (1969, CBS 3962 UK, rare 45 where the master guitarist is also singing)
  • Pawnee Drive (May 1969, Forward 103, a local #19 KQWB-hit in Fargo, NC)
  • Iain Campbell (former Ian Campbell Folk Group) (1969, MajorMinor 639, UK, also released as "Quebraste Mi Pensamiento" in Argentina, but Ian sings it in English)
  • Gary Buck (1969, LP Tomorrow Today, Canada)
  • John Wakely (1969, LP Please Don't Hurt Me Anymore, album by Jimmy Wakely's son)
  • Roy Drusky (1969, LP My Grass Is Green)
  • Deep Water Reunion (1969, Jerral S80-1186)
  • Roy Orbison (1969, London FLX-3240 (NL), EP London 7594 (OZ))
  • Inspirations (1969, Triola TD-383, Denmark)
  • Clifford Curry (1969, Elf 90033, soulful funky version)
  • Nina Lizell & Lenne Broberg (1969, RCA 827, Swedish "Vi Far Bort")
  • Joy McKean & Slim Dusty (EP Things We Sing On Tour, live by Australian couple)
  • Al Hirt (1969/70?, GWP 519)
  • Sally Shearer (1970?, LP Sally Shearer 101 Ranch Boys)
  • Caney Creek Reunion (1970, APT 26007)
  • Anne Murray (1970, LP Snowbird)
  • Rosanella (1970, LP Rosanella Loves Country, UK or Ireland)
  • Emerson & Waldron (1970, LP Invite You To A Bluegrass Session)
  • The Byrds (1970, cd Ash Grove, live recording with Linda Ronstadt doing vocals on this track)
  • Barbara Mandrell (1971, Columbia 45391)
  • Wanda Jackson (1971, LP I've Got To Sing)
  • The Hagers (1971, LP Motherhood, Apple Pie & The Flag)
  • The Shades (1971, LP The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Al Shade & Jean Romaine)
  • Ann-Louise Hanson (1971, LP Ann-Louise, Swedish version: "Håll Min Hand")
  • Cymarron (1971, LP Rings)
  • Conny van Bergen (1972, Elf Provincien 67.53-G, as "Johnny")
  • Colin Butler (1972, LP Canada's Young Singing Sensation, 11 years old child star)
  • Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson (1972, LP Gluggin hennar Kötu, Islandic version: "Var það ást")
  • Don Sohl Trio (Shoe 1970)
  • The Nashville Edition (1971, DVD Hee Haw 1971, harmony group)
  • Petr Spálený (1972, Czech version "Mně Se Zdá", duet with Miluse Voborníková)
  • Julie Byrne & Nashville Cats (1972, LP The Nashville Sound, UK band)
  • Roy Simon (1972, LP Giving You The Best, Nashville recorded album by Canadian)
  • Frank Yonko & Everglades (1972, LP Live at the Nashville Room London, UK C&W)
  • Gunilla Hutton (1972, TV, on Hee Haw, Sweden born actress)
  • Dale Crider (1972, LP White Springs Bluegrass Festival)
  • Richard & Linda Thompson (1972 live bonus track on the cd reissue Once Brave Henry)
  • Jerry Tuttle (1973, LP A Touch Of Music Row)
  • Alex Fraser Combo (±1973, LP At Home with the Alex Fraser Combo, Canada)
  • Flying Burrito Brothers (1974, LP Close up the Honky-Tonks)
  • The Cousins (1974, LP Country Cousins)
  • Fumble (1974, LP Poetry In Lotion, UK 70s rock)
  • Over The Hill Gang (LP Looking Back, US)
  • Susy Rose (45 on Rome RF-877, Ohio girl singer)
  • The Hillsiders (1975, LP To Please You, UK country)
  • Glenmarks (1975, LP Glenmarks två sidor, live version in Swedish as "Håll min hand")
  • Paddy Cole's Superstars (1975, LP Paddy Cole's Superstars, Irish Showband)
  • Al Barrett's Linemen (1975, LP Open Country, UK Country)
  • George Moody (LP Especially For You, UK Country)
  • Mike Fox & Tennessee Ramblers (LP Country Boy's Memories, Australian country)
  • Larry Dee, Dottie & The Ballards (1976, LP Larry Dee, Dottie & The Ballards, Canada)
  • Sydney Devine (1976, 2LP Double Devine)
  • South Tampa Horn Band (1977, LP South Tampa Horn Band, instrumental Florida brass funk)
  • Magnus (Gustavsson) (1977, LP Country Magnus 2, Swedish country band)
  • Vern Gosdin (1978, Elektra 45532)
  • Brendan Boyer (1979, LP Irish Showband)
  • Wreckless Eric (1980, LP Big Smash, UK punk version)
  • Bohannon (1981, LP Alive)
  • Joe Sun (1981, LP Storms Of Life)
  • Warren Storm (±1982, LP Heart 'n' Soul)
  • Month of May (Melon 004, might be British 45 rpm 1980s)
  • Richard Thompson (cd Nocturnal Emissions, live broadcasts and demos 1980-82)
  • Oak Ridge Brothers (1983, MCA 52488)
  • Jiri Brabeg & George Hamilton IV (1983, LP George Hamilton IV & Jiri Brabeg & Country Beat)
  • Teddy Nelson (1989, cd Millions of Miles, Norwegian C&W)
  • Majella (1990, cd Requests, Ireland singer-wife of Daniel I'Donnell)
  • Taxmeni (1993, cd Vrata Vyskocil, Yvonne Prenosilova, another Czech version "Zůstávám")
  • Poacher (cd Poacher, UK band)
  • Crystal Gayle (1993, cd Best Always)
  • Barbados (1995, cd Barbados, another Swedish cover "Håll Min Hand")
  • Jayhawks (1995, cd Bad Time)
  • Kenji Nagatomi (cd Country Dream Duets, dentist-singing cowboy from Kyoto, duet with George Hamilton IV)
  • Iris DeMent (1996, unreleased live GAMH)
  • Petr Spálený (1998, cd Nová nahrávka, once more recorded by popular Czech country artist)
  • Brit Lyng (2002, cd Western Boots, Norway)
  • 18 Wheelers (2004, cd Songs From The Road, live album)
  • Freak Mountain Ramblers (2008, cd Flxible)
  • Nathan Carter (2010, cd The Way That You Love Me, Ireland)
  • Tina Elton (2012, cd In the middle of the night)
  • Rusty Smith (2013, cd Rusty Smith & Friends, feat. Zeke Hutchison)
The Frayed and Frazzled Loose Ends Of Our Love
 
  • Bobby Wood (1967, Unissued recording N50259 in MGM-vaults)
The Punk
Weird lyrics 'bout an old World War 2/ Korea veteran, gettin' a drafted long haired punk drunk in Vietnam....
Wonder who ever recorded this one, love to hear it!
probably unreleased
There's Gotta Be More To Life
(than loving a man)
Good up-tempo, steel guitar flavoured song, a Lament of a red-dishwater-handed Housewife, see lyrics
  • Goldie Hill Smith (Nov. 1967, Epic 10245)
Cover
In June 1967 the LP Suburban Attitudes in Country Verse was released.

While Loudermilk's first three LP's were more a collection of songs put together on an album, this is an album release on it's own. May be Loudermilk's best album.
It won a 1967 Grammy Award. Not for the music, but for "the best album notes". It was the only Grammy Loudermilk ever won.
The album was also nominated for 1967 "Best Album Cover, Photography", but this Grammy went to Dylans Greatest Hits album.
 

You're Takin' My Bag
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, Suburban attitudes in country verse)
  • Lou Rawls (1967, LP Too Much!)
  • Paul & Linda (1969, Page One 140, Paul McNeil and Linda Pettifer; Linda later married to and recorded with Richard Thompson; label spells Laudermilk as composer)
Bahama Mama
Lyrics
Song originally written on a bar mat of the British Colonial hotel, Nassau, Bahamas.
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, RCA 9189)
Bubble Please Break
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, Suburban attitudes in country verse)
Do You?
excellent song! lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, Suburban attitudes in country verse)
  • George Hamilton IV (1968, LP Gentle Country Sound of GHIV)
I Chose You
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, Suburban attitudes in country verse)
  • Tompall Glaser & Glaser Brothers (1968, LP Through The Eyes Of Love)
One of Loudermilk's best songs
Lyrics

Original version by Loudermilk hit #51 in the Country Charts (Jul. 1967); one year later George Hamilton IV reached just one spot higher (peaked #50 in June 1968), while the Everly Brothers pop cover reached #112 bubbling under Billboard's Hot 100 (May 1968); the Everlys peaked at #39 in UK's Record Retailer charts.
Everly Brothers Everly Brothers
Everly Brothers' version, sleeve of the German single release, Jody Miller's European release

  • John D Loudermilk (May 1967, RCA 9189)
  • The Gloomys (1967/1968, LP Daybreak, obscure German rock band from Berlin with an interesting early cover)
  • George Hamilton IV (Apr. 1968, RCA 9519)
  • Everly Brothers (Apr. 1968, WB 7192)
  • Jody Miller (May, 1968, Capitol 2187)
  • The Shacklefords (1968, LHI 1211, Lee Hazlewood's group on Lee's label)
  • Frank Ifield (Nov. 1969, Hickory 1550, Decca 12966 UK)
  • Dolly Parton (1969, LP Good Old Days)
  • Country Fever (1970, LP Listen To The Country Fever, UK group with Albert Lee on gtr and John Derek vocals)
  • Lynn Anderson (1970, LP No Love At All)
  • Fesáci (1975, LP Ostrov Fesáku, in Czech as "Podzimní Zpráva")
  • Mary McCaslin (1975, LP Prairie in the Sky)
  • Jimmie Rodgers (1978, 2LP Today-Yesterday)
The Wind Knows The Truth
Good song, nice acoustic rendition, lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, Suburban attitudes in country verse)
  • John D Loudermilk (1971, LP Elloree, an alternative recording on WB)
  • V.A.A.G. (2006, cd Hè hè...! by Dutch acoustic band)
They're Tearing Away The Old Place
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, Suburban attitudes in country verse)
What Is It
Loudermilk wrote this song inspired by Marijohn Wilkins' favourite expression What is it?, see lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, Suburban attitudes in country verse)
You're Up To Your Same Old Tricks Again
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, LP Suburban attitudes in country verse)
  • Bettye Swann (1969, LP Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me?)
  • Ottar Johansen (1975, LP Vill Vest Countryfest, Norway's version "Jeg Vet")
If It Weren't For You
 
probably unreleased
Joey Stays With Me
Ode to a cat... lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1967, LP Suburban attitudes in country verse)
It's Daytime
born Nancy Gail Shivel, Ashland, KY, jazzy soul-singer, released it first on her 1967 album and in Feb. 1969 as a single release (Hickory 1530)
  • Gail Wynters (1967, LP Girl For All Seasons)
Unkind Words
chorus: "Sticks and stones can't break my bones like your unkind words"
probably unreleased
We Wasted Our Time
  • John D Loudermilk (1968, LP Country Love Songs Plain And Simply Sung)
Rubbin' it in
not the Chely Wright song
probably unreleased
Those Thoughts Keep Poppin' Up In My Mind
 
probably unreleased
Little World Girl
Hamiltons version, a #18 C&W hit in Feb/Mar. 1968, contains a strange, instrumental sitar break, probably unique in country music.
Lyrics
JDL told about the song: "We (with Acuff Rose's Bob McCluskey) rode up to L.A. and San Francisco last year. I wanted to check out the hippy scene. This song was actually written about a little hippy girl that Bob and I saw in the park there. She was sitting down on the ground in this park and there was smoke all up in the trees from the pot these kids were smoking. This little girl was sitting there reading the New Testament. I was talking with this part-time hippy, the kind that keeps his clothes rolled up in the trunk. He tells his wife he's going to work, and goes and changes into his hippy clothes at a filling station. He was the only cat I could talk to - the rest of them were too far out. I said to him, 'What about the little girl?' She was about 13 or 14, just a child. He said, 'She ain't been asleep or nothing since yesterday. She's just been sitting there reading the Bible'." (from: Country Song Roundup, May 1968)
  • George Hamilton IV (Dec. 1967, RCA 9385)
  • Neal Ford & Fanatics (Mar. 1968, Hickory 1500)
Be Careful with That Little Drink Before Dinner
more a little sermon than a song
  • George Hamilton IV (1968, LP The Gentle Country Sound of GHIV)

Little Tony
Little Tony recorded the song on an Italian EP, soundtrack of the comedy Donne, Botte e Bersaglieri. The sleeve spells song title "I Wanna Leave": Tony sings it that way, it isn't a printing error
The melody of the song is based on an old song. It goes back to the Happy Home Waltz, at least as old as 1850. Fifty years later it was known as Birmingham Jail (or Down In The Valley), and recorded first in 1927 by Darby & Tarlton on Columbia. Recorded by artists like the Weavers, Andrew Sisters, Slim Whitman and many, many more.
Loudermilk wrote new lyrics, see below. On his own 1971 version, he adds a few lines of the old source Down in the valley, Hear the wind blow.

I Wanna Live was a hit in the USA, Canada, Ireland, France, Sweden, and the rest of the world.
Loudermilk recalls a trip to Dublin: "I was surprised to hear a park full of Irish Protestants and Catholics singing I Wanna Live during a peace demonstration. You never know where a country song may end up being heard"!

Lyrics:

Flowers have blooms, the ocean has waves
The sky has clouds, people have babes
I wanna live till I get old
I wanna watch all of this grow
I wanna live, live and let live
I want all the love this life has to give
I wanna smile and be friendly with you
I wanna live and let you live some, too

Rover is big, Tabby is small
Betty is short, Jimmy is tall
They wanna live, live and let live
They want all the love this life has to give
They wanna smile and be friendly with you
They wanna live and let you live some, too

© 1968, Acuff-Rose Publ. Inc.
(source: Standard Songs Pop/ Country/ Blues/ Folk/ Instumentals/ Novelty, Acuff-Rose Publications Inc. 1956-1973)

The song has been recorded in three versions with different French lyrics.
First version "Je veux vivre", was by Canadian pop group César & Romains (1968).
In 1973 Canadian singer Richard Huet first heard the song on the radio in a taxi cab, in Roy Orbison's version and he instantly fell in love with the song. The same day, he wrote his French lyrics "Tu peux partir", a hit in Quebec.
In France the song became a big seller for Michel Chevalier ("Je veux t'aimer", a text of Georges Aber).
  • Glen Campbell (Mar. 1968, Capitol 2146, C&W #1 hit)
  • Ed Hardin (1968, Hit Records 329, Nashville budget label cover)
  • Ray Griff (1968, LP Ray Of Sunshine, a Canadian, Nashville based country songwriter)
  • Dick Nolan (1968, LP I Want To Live, Canada country artist)
  • Compton Brothers (1968, LP Off The Top)
  • The Piano & Orchestra of Larry Butler (1968, LP Thing Called Love)
  • Kitty Wells (1968, LP Cream Of Country Hits)
  • Arlene Harden (1968, LP What Can I Say)
  • Cornelia (1968, LP Picking Up Pebbles, South Africa)
  • Tony & Graduates (1968, Pye 7N17578, Ireland)
  • César et les Romains (1968, Citation 9055, Canadian cover: "Je veux vivre")
  • Little Tony (1968, EP Durium 759, Italian singer as "I Wanna Leave")
  • Svante Thuresson (1968, Metronome J45-784, Swedish hit version: "Leva Mitt Lev")
  • Towa Carson (1968, Mercury 131404, another Swedish cover "Leva Mitt Lev")
  • Wenche Myhre (1968, Polydor NH 59762, another Swedish version: "Allt Det Du Gav" by popular Norwegian singer)
  • Anette (1968, Triola TD-358, Danish "Giv mig et liv")
  • Daimi (1968, Metronome B-1710, Danish "Leve mit liv")
  • Lawrence Reynolds (1969, LP Jesus Is A Soul Man)
  • John D Loudermilk (1971, LP Elloree)
  • Don Gibson (Dec. 1970, Hickory 1588)
  • Life Cycle (1970, TRX 5026, instrumental)
  • Rusty Dean (1970, LP Country Gospel, UK release on Marble Arch budget label)
  • Ralf Paulsen (1971, LP Das ist im Westen so, German version "Das Leben ist so schön")
  • Michel Chevalier (1972, Aber 87100, cover in French: "Je veux t'aimer", big hit in France)
  • Roy Orbison (1973, MGM 14626)
  • Richard Huet (1973, Polydor 45 rpm, French-Canadian cover, "Tu peux partir")
  • Tommy Oliver (1973, South Africa's #3 hit, shamelessly credited as Tommy Oliver's own composition, though lyrics are different, the music is stolen from JDL's song!)
  • Eddy Raven (1976, Dot 17618, cajun bilingual version)
  • Nashville West (1978, group with Clarence White and Gene Parsons)
  • Johnny Rodriguez (1979, LP Rodriguez Was Here)
  • Dave Rich (2010, cd Soil Brother)
This powerful song should have deserved a decent hit cover. Only hit top 10 in Australia, in 1972 in Don Fardon's version
Lyrics
  • Roy Acuff Jr (Jun. 1968, Hickory 1505)
  • Chaparral Brothers (Nov. 1968, Capitol 2323)
  • Don Fardon (1971/72, Young Blood 1027)
The Odd Folks of Okracoke
Instrumental.
Okracoke is a small harbour town in North Carolina
label shot
  • John D Loudermilk (1968, RCA 9592, RCA 1761 UK)
  • Chet Atkins (1969, RCA 10346)
  • The Atkins Strings Co. (1975, LP The Night Atlanta Burned)
  • Laif Møller Lauridsen (1996, cd I naturen, Danish classical guitar album)
  • Jim Coleman (2001, cd The Guitar That Made America Great, a Chet Atkins tribute)
  • Edward Powers (2008, cd Acoustic Kisses Vol. 1)
You Know He Hasn't
Originally written and copyrighted as "Hell No, He Hasn't", but for smooth crooner Frankie Randall it was weakened to "You Know He Hasn't"
  • Frankie Randall (1969, Capitol 2410)
Baby, Goodbye
May be these 2 songs were unreleased songs of the sessions for the "Open Mind" LP
probably unreleased so far
Nobody Says I Love You
Cover In March 1969 the LP The Open Mind Of John D Loudermilk was released. A very intense, personal album with great songs, album in a beautiful psych cover. In the liner notes John Loudermilk wrote:

"This is an album I've always wanted to make for years but have been holding off waiting for the right time. Included in this collection are songs that may be offensive to some, but the majority of people feel this album has been needed for quite a while. Some of these selections have been recorded for as long as three years but "kept in the can," as recording people put it.
My close friends know, I have dedicated my life to reaching into the contemporary thinking of the man on the street, pulling out passing moods and opinions and preserving them within the framework of the home-made musical composition. I've tried to use instruments that reflect today. The only place I may have failed is in my vocal performances, but, as has happened with songs in albums past, younger and more serious singers will pick them up and have hit after hit with them."

This last remark would not come true. Hardly any of the songs was picked up for a cover by another artist and sure none became a hit. Still, the album is a very fine collection of good songs.

More Than He'll Have To Give
Great song. Lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
Peace Of Heart
Bitter song about modern times, see lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
Nassau Town
Song "written in Room 209 of the British Colonial Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas".
Loudermilk does all instruments and voices, overdubbed on the recording.
Lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
The Jones'
A protest song, criticizing tv and journalism, see lyrics
  • Neal Ford & Fanatics (Jun. 1968, Hickory 1506), a Don Gant production
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
  • John D Loudermilk (1971, LP Elloree, the alternative WB-recording)
To Ann
Instrumental, dedicated to Ann Askew, young art student doing secretary work for JDL. Ann died in an automobile accident, june 1968.
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
  • The Atkins Strings Co. (1975, LP The Night Atlanta Burned)
Ain't It Going To Hell On A Sled?
Norris Wilson and Pete Sayers doing the vocal parts which later seem to have been an inspiration to Ray Stevens on his hit 'The Streak'.
Lyrics mocking on drugs, Vietnam war, modern church. "I did a lot of research before writing this particular song", JDL jokes on the liner notes of the album.
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
Poor Little Pretty Girl
Dedicated to "those poor female creatures who are prettier than they are intelligent", see lyrics
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
War Babies
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
Geraldine
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
Laura
Laura, what a beautiful aura you have on today, JDL in a hippie mood, lyrics.
Only instrument to the song is the Hammond chord organ JDL plays.
  • John D Loudermilk (1969, LP The Open Mind of John D Loudermilk)
Sidewalks
  • John D Loudermilk (1968, RCA 9592, RCA 1761 UK)
The Knock
Boy, what a shock to hear from someone inquiring about "The Knock", that was the first record I ever recorded as an individual artist. I cut it in 1973 in San Antonio, Texas on Teardrop Records out of Houston, Texas and got minimal airplay but it was a boost to my bookings back then. I loved the song for it simplicity and loved the session because of the steel player (Tiny Williams) who was a 400 pound genius.
was what Sandy mailed me.
Nowadays she is an active gospel-performer.

A good country ballad. The song was first recorded in 1968 for MGM by country singer Barbara Herald, but not released. First release is -as far as I know- that of 1976 of Sandy Samples for the local San Antone label Teardrop Records.

  • Barbara Herald (1968, MGM unissued N50578)
  • Sandy Samples (1976, Teardrop 3338)
All The Crying In The World
Sentimental song with an overkill of orchestration
  • Jody Miller (1969, Capitol 2398)
  • Jeris Ross (Feb. 1976, Abc-Dot 17615)
Fine Wine
(must be sipped slowly)
Gary Lemel started off playing Jazz, and ended up as a big shot in soundtrack music industry (president of Warner Bros). This one odd single for Capitol was an inbetween 45.
  • Gary Lemel (1969, Capitol P-2430)
Take A Little Time
 
  • Eddy Arnold (1969, LP Songs Of The Young World)
  • Sue Thompson (Dec. 1970, Hickory 1587)

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This was part 3, 1963-1969 RCA, Hickory, Nashville, bizarre and open minded
To part 4, 1970 & later MIM, Europe, years of retirement
To part 5, Loudermilk singing traditionals and covering other songwriters
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Last update Apr. 2014