The seventies were the dark ages for rockabilly. Beyond tiny pockets of aging fiends, very few record buyers were interested in anything beyond the big hitters. You might be able to find a greatest hits package of a few old rockers like Elvis, Little Richard or Gene Vincent, but the compilations of obscure rockabilly stuff didn't exist, at least not in the U.S. It wasn't until the late seventies that compilations started popping up, most of them from an influx of imports titles from Europe and the UK, where rockabilly never really died. One of the earliest that was relatively easy to find was a compilation of rockabilly sides from the King and Federal labels. That's where I first heard Mac Curtis, the guy with the snazzy flat top above. He's in his late teens in that photo, already showing a bit of attitude. I didn't know that back then. I didn't know what he looked like, or anything about him. The album didn't have shit for liner notes, nothing much more than song titles and artists names.
The songs below were all on the same early compilation. It has since been superseded by other King rockabilly and hillbilly compilations that are much more thorough, with more liner notes, and twice as many songs, and they cost less. This would be where I mutter something like "you kids don't know how good you've got it..." And yes, as a matter of fact, I do want you to get the fuck off my lawn.
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