“Electrified Donkey”: Western Swing on King – The Later Years

Really nice toe-tapper of a tune from Ferlin Husky during a brief period in the dawning Rocket Age when he was on Cincinnati’s King Records:

“Electrified Donkey”     Ferlin Husky      1959

Electrified Donkey” was the album closer on Ferlin’s King LP, Ferlin Husky, as well as the A-side of a 45 released in April 1961 on King.

Ferlin Husky - King EP

The odd thing about this album is that it appears to have been released twice in 1959 with the same catalog number but different title — Country Tunes Sung From the Heart — and cover art.  It needs to be pointed out, though, that Ferlin’s releases on King all appear to have been leased from another label, 4 Star, and thus not likely to have been recorded in Cincinnati.

Johnny Horton dressed up “Electrified Donkey” with a roots rockin’ backbeat — released by Columbia in November 1959 as the flip side of “They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose.”

LINK to “Twin Guitar Polka”:  Western Swing on King — The Early Years

“Caravan”: Ferlin Husky’s Band Cuts Loose

Reissue label Razor & Tie did a public service in 1999 when they rescued a wonderful instrumental that had remained unissued for over 30 years – just sitting on a master tape of a 1965 Nashville recording session by country singer, Ferlin Husky.  Very little is known about the musicians who did this blazing country jazz version of “Caravan” except that the steel player is likely to be Curly Chalker.  Surprisingly tight arrangement and crisp ending for something that was simply considered a between-song “jam”:

This previously unissued recording courtesy of Swing West – Volume 2:  Guitar Slingers.  PragueFrank records this session as having taken place April 13, 1965 at Columbia’s Nashville studios on 16th Avenue South.