Orangie Ray Hubbard: Great Rocker from (Near) Cincinnati

Orangie Ray Hubbard‘s “Is She Sore” is a big, big tune for such a tiny label – Cincinnati’s Lucky (whose address is a residential home in the Fairview/Clifton Heights neighborhood):

“Is She Sore”     Orangie Ray Hubbard     1959

“Is She Sore” is actually Orangie Ray’s second single — two years prior, Dixie had released his debut 45, “Sweet Love” in 1957.

As Randy McNutt notes in The Cincinnati Sound:

“[Hubbard] recorded ‘Sweet Love‘ for Dixie Records of Nashville when he was a young man in Barbourville, Kentucky.  He moved to Cincinnati to work in an automobile factory, and recorded for the Lucky label and later for King.  ‘The establishment didn’t accept me,’ he said.  “And I had bad luck.  A record called ‘Big Cat’ would have done something for me if Syd Nathan of King Records hadn’t died just before it was to be released.'”

Actually, From Barbourville, KY

Orangie RayOrangie Hubbard would, in fact, release two singles on the almighty King label:

Both of Orangie Ray’s singles for King were released in 1967.  Orangie Ray himself would tell WVXU’s Lee Hay in 2008 (on a program aired in 2018 — see link at end of the piece) that “Big Cat” went to #10 on Cincinnati radio at the time of its release.  What a revelation to also learn from this same radio interview that “Just Moved In” — legendary kick-off track from Great Rockers in Cincinnati — was recorded in the late 1950s at Cincinnati’s King Studios!

Orangie's King 45Twelve years later would see the release of what appear to be Orangie Ray’s final 45s — “Just Moved In” b/w “Our Love Won’t Stop” [and] “In Search of You” b/w “Don’t Knock It If You Never Tried It (The Worst I Ever Had Was Good)” from 1979 on Cincinnati label, Lee.  HOWEVER, as we learned from the paragraph above (and let’s be honest:  we sensed this all along), those “final” 45s had actually been recorded during rockabilly’s heyday in the late 50s.

Just Moved In,” as already noted, kicks off a wonderful Dutch (bootleg) compilation —Great Rockers from Cincinnati — of hillbilly bop, country and western swing 45s released on tiny Ohio Valley record labels.

Great Rockers from CincinnatiHubbard’s obituary from 2011 says:

“Orangie was a retiree of General Motors where he spent 30 years as an employee and headed up the GM fundraising efforts for the Neediest Kids of All Campaign.  A passionate musician, Orangie was known around the world for his musical talents.  As a singer/songwriter, he will be remembered as an originator of Rockabilly Music in 1955 and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.  He recorded several records in Cincinnati that are still being sold in Europe today.  He was also a member of the Norwood Masonic Lodge #576 and an avid bass fisherman.”

Father giving away bride: Charmin, on August 26, 1989

Orangie Ray & Charmin Hubbard

Hats off to WVXU’s Lee Hay for putting together a one-hour radio special in June 2018! LINK to King Records & Orangie Ray Hubbard.

How about that:  Zero to 180’s tribute is listed as a reference site on Discogs when you click on their link to Orangie Ray Hubbard!