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Bob & Lucille: King Rockabilly

Interesting to learn that the Canadian Sweethearts (who later signed with A&M and Epic) had passed through Cincinnati’s King Records briefly in the guise of Bob & Lucille.

King’s Syd Nathan would lease two tracks from two different Bob & Lucille 45s that had been released in the late 1950s on tiny Hollywood-based Ditto label and package them as a King single in 1962.  “Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Moe” is the A-side and a classic rockabilly track:


Bob & Lucille (recorded Dec. 1958)

Even more interesting was the decision by Starday-King in 1973 – long after Syd Nathan had passed – to reissue this 45.  Could it possibly have been in response to resurgence of interest in 1950s roots rock that George Lucas’s American Graffiti (also released in 1973) helped ignite?   (*See related “Roots Rock Reawakening” addendum in prior Zero to 180 piece that features “Seven Deadly Finns” by Brian Eno).

1962 King single

Bob & Lucille King 45-a

1973 King reissue

Bob & Lucille King 45-b

“Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Moe” would also be included on 1978 “Vintage Vault Collector Series” album King-Federal Rockabillys.

King-Federal Rockabillys LP

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