Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

474
Banjo Lovers Online


Want to hide these Google ads? Join the Players Union!
Dec 7, 2019 - 4:25:24 PM
4 posts since 12/7/2019

In the late 1960's, my grandmother had a record of banjo songs that was my favorite record as a child. I know that it had Dueling Banjos (I think it was the first track) and Mr. Sandman. I am sure I could identify other songs if I hear them. That's not much to go on, I realize. It was not a country-sounding record as I remember. If anyone has any suggestions as to what it might have been, I would be so grateful. I realize it's like finding a needle in a haystack.

Dec 7, 2019 - 5:49:03 PM

csacwp

USA

2516 posts since 1/15/2014

If it had Dueling Banjos then it was definitely a bluegrass album.

Dec 7, 2019 - 6:36:03 PM

4 posts since 12/7/2019

Again, I could be wrong (it was a long time ago) but I think the second part was actually played by a guitar. And the other songs were not really bluegrass. Definitely slower, more like popular songs (like Mr Sandman) played on banjo

Dec 7, 2019 - 8:58:41 PM
likes this

Wyozark

USA

920 posts since 12/2/2012

Don't know if this helps, but. . .

There is a web site Discogs.com that lists almost every vinyl record that has been made (independent and private labels of records issued may be an exception) and often has an illustration of the cover. If you put Dueling Banjos in the search bar you'll get about 735 or so suggestions. Some of the records are repeats. But that may be because of the different year and details of the release. In this way you may be able to scroll through the pages and see if you recognize an album cover or see where Mr. Sandman and Dueling Banjos are on the same album.

Mr. Cohen who replied to you is very knowledgeable, but in this case he may be wrong regarding it being a bluegrass album. As evidence I present: Percy Faith and Ray Conniff. (Ok. Maybe the Ray Conniff Singers were only doing Dueling Voices - there may not be a banjo anywhere near them.) The album Super Hits of the 70's - Have a Nice Day album  has Dueling Banjos, and it's definitely not a bluegrass album.

Good luck.

Dec 8, 2019 - 5:13:36 AM

719 posts since 8/28/2005

I`ve heard Mr. Sandman played on bluegrass banjo but can`t for the life of me remember where right now. Maybe I`ll remember later.

Dec 8, 2019 - 7:49:27 AM
likes this

6560 posts since 8/28/2013

The guitar/banjo version of Dueling banjos was popularized with the movie "Deliverance" from 1972. The tune, however, goes back further, played on two banjos, one played by Arthur Smith, and the other by a bluegrass player I can't recall. Perhaps you have your dates mixed a little in your memory, or maybe the version on the remembered record was the earlier version.

What I suspect, given the rather widely divergent tunes, was that this record was some sort of "banjo anthology" produced by an independent label to capitalize on the sudden intesest in banjo after the film "Bonnie and Clyde" came out in 1967 ,or after "Deliverance" at a slightly later time. I have a somehat similar type of album from the late sixties with a rather mixed batch of banjo playing; some obvious bluegrass, and some more tenor banjo-like strumming styles. The label on mine is a very minor one, Everest Records, but some of these anthologies appeared on more than one label, as did the cover art, which was pretty generic, usually featuring a couple of really cheap banjos or an ancient and blurry photo of a 1920's tenor bajo player.

I suspect the one you are after may be very difficult to find, and I wish you luck in locating it.

Dec 9, 2019 - 7:17:35 AM

4 posts since 12/7/2019

Thanks for all the help, you guys! I'm going to check out that list you mentioned and see if anything rings a bell. If I find it, I will report back!

Dec 9, 2019 - 8:09:39 AM

csacwp

USA

2516 posts since 1/15/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Wyozark

Don't know if this helps, but. . .

There is a web site Discogs.com that lists almost every vinyl record that has been made (independent and private labels of records issued may be an exception) and often has an illustration of the cover. If you put Dueling Banjos in the search bar you'll get about 735 or so suggestions. Some of the records are repeats. But that may be because of the different year and details of the release. In this way you may be able to scroll through the pages and see if you recognize an album cover or see where Mr. Sandman and Dueling Banjos are on the same album.

Mr. Cohen who replied to you is very knowledgeable, but in this case he may be wrong regarding it being a bluegrass album. As evidence I present: Percy Faith and Ray Conniff. (Ok. Maybe the Ray Conniff Singers were only doing Dueling Voices - there may not be a banjo anywhere near them.) The album Super Hits of the 70's - Have a Nice Day album  has Dueling Banjos, and it's definitely not a bluegrass album.

Good luck.


Very true - I hadn't considered that it might be a compilation album. 

Dec 9, 2019 - 11:29:21 AM

4 posts since 12/7/2019

Oh my god!! You helped me find it!!! It's Freddy Morgan Bunch-A-Banjos from 1966. I used to dance to it every time I saw my grandmother. It makes me cry to think that I can get that and remember those times. Thanks so much, you guys. Oh, and I was wrong about Dueling Banjos--must have been on another album. Sorry for the red herring. You all made my day.

Dec 9, 2019 - 2:38:51 PM

rexhunt

USA

2648 posts since 10/11/2005

Possibly Don Reno and Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith recorded it as Feudin' Banjos.  I wouldn't be surprised if Reno also did Mr. Sandman.  Could have also been Smith's original recording of it - he wrote it!

Rex

Dec 9, 2019 - 3:56:08 PM

10757 posts since 4/23/2004

Freddy Morgan was Spike Jone's banjo player. 4-string, Dixieland style. Here's a link to a youtube of "Chinatown" and "Mr. Sandman"

https://youtu.be/c4wZwFknPvE

Dec 9, 2019 - 4:17:01 PM

Wyozark

USA

920 posts since 12/2/2012

I've bought a couple of records that hard to find through Discogs. Glad you found what you were looking for. Nothing like an internet treasure hunt, huh?


 

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.1738281