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“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

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