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Sunday 26 June 2011

Detour Records

Some time ago I posted a couple of LPs from the UK Detour Records reissue label – “Groove Jumping!” and “The Best of Doo Wop Classics Volume 2.” The “Groove Jumping!” post kicked off speculation among blog followers concerning the identity of other Detour releases, with The Hound reminding us of the follow up to “Groove Jumping!” and a couple of 45 rpm issues, dbtb weighing in with the info that volume 1 of “The Best of Doo Wop Classics” was a Du-Droppers LP and most recently Grant informing us that there was a Champion Jack Dupree LP on Detour.

Recently I came across an obituary for mastering engineer and founder of Detour Records, Bob Jones, in the June 2009 issue of Blues & Rhythm magazine. Written by Tony Burke, it includes a list of releases on Bob’s Detour label and I have taken the liberty of extracting the list from the very informative article.

"Boppin'" Bob Jones worked initially for Decca, then later for Pye where he was involved in re-mastering tapes for specialist reissue labels. For many years he was involved with Ace and also worked on Bear Family reissues. In the early 1980s he set up his own reissue label, Detour, releasing a limited number of LPs and singles which were distinguished by superb sound quality. Most of the material consisted of R&B and Hillbilly / Rockabilly from Groove and RCA, with issues being concentrated in two time periods, 1982-83 and 1987-89.
Juke Blues No. 11 Winter 1987/88

Ten LPs were issued:
In 1982 – “Ballroom King” by Pee Wee King. In 1983 – “Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly,” and “Groove Jumping!” In 1987 – “Just Keep A-Movin’” by Hank Snow, “More Ballroom Kings” (a Hillbilly compilation), “Still Groove Jumping!” and the Champion Jack Dupree set “Shake Baby Shake.” In 1989 – “Hillbilly Hound Dawgs And Honky Tonk Angels,” “The Best Of Doo Wop Classics Volume 1 featuring The Du-Droppers (Bambalam!)” and “The Best of Doo Wop Classics Volume 2 featuring The 5 Keys and The Nitecaps.”

I have a vague memory that a Piano Red LP was in the pipeline, but it seems to have never been released.

Blues & Rhythm No. 38 August 1988

There were also some 45 rpm singles:

Cecil McCullough And The Border Boys - “Pick ‘Em Up And Shake ‘Em Up” / “Nothing Else,” Laura Lee Perkins - “Gonna Rock My Baby Tonight” / “Come On Baby,” Clarence Garlow - “Route 90” / “Crawfishin’” and Benny Barnes – “You Gotta Pay” backed with Les Cole – “Be Boppin’ Daddy.”

The Clarence Garlow single was a reissue of a Flair disc from 1953. Both sides were also on the early Ace (UK) LP “Texas Rhythm & Blues.”


Tony Burke – Bob Jones obituary, Blues & Rhythm Magazine number 240, June 2009.

“Jump Man Jump” and “Midnight Hours” were downloaded from a posting of the "Still Groove Jumping!" LP on the cool “Twilightzone!” blog.

The Clarence Garlow tracks are from the Ace LP "Texas Rhythm & Blues." Both are now available on the Ace CD "Long Gone Daddies," a top notch comp of R&B and Rockabilly from the Bihari group of labels.

Juke Blues No. 12 Spring 1988


Anonymous said...

I've just made my way through another fine post from the Boogster and now it's off to the tunes!

Have you got the full set of Blues & Rhythm magazines? I love them - they used to be available for purchase here but, alas, no more.

boogiewoody said...

Many thanks, fellow blogger. I'm afraid I have nothing like the full set of Blues & Rhythm magazine. I have a smattering of issues from the late 1980s and early 1990s, then a big gap until I picked up some late 1990s issues.

I started buying a bit more regularly in the current millenium, and finally took out a subscription a few years back when the record stores where I used to buy it closed down.

Swing on over to and take out a subscription. It really is the vintage R&B fan's bible.

Regarding the tunes - Piano Red is just crazy!

Anonymous said...

My favourites so far are the Du Droppers, Sonny Terry and, of course, Mr. Bear - plus . . .

boogiewoody said...

Mr Bear - one of my all time favourites. "I'm Gonna Keep My Good Eye On You" is one of the great R&B records - "How Come" is great too. It always makes me laugh.

Mr Bear for president! We won't let a little problem like death get in the way ...

Anonymous said...

Great write up, B.W. I have a look at Be Bop Wino every morning and though I'm not much of a fan of a lot of the jump blues stuff you post, I always enjoy your commentary. This post is more of the same: engaging, informative, and the samples are great; especially the teeth rattling guitar of Larry Dale (more like that on Jack Dupree's first Atlantic LP). Mr. Bear's fine too, I think he also did a couple duets with Champion Jack Dupree in "Walking the Blues" mode. . . ?

ralph11 said...

I'd have to check,but I think I do have most of the DETOUR Lps. The quality was great.

boogiewoody said...

Talk about coincidence - on the way home from work today I popped into a record shop and picked up a copy of Still Groove Jumping! What are the chances of that happening?

So expect some improved visuals on this post, plus the disc itself should be on the blog in the near future.

Thanks for the kind words, BB. Yeah, Mr Bear was on "Walking The Blues" and "Daybreak Rock" with Champion Jack Dupree - released on King.

boogiewoody said...

Hey Ralph, I hope you can dig out those Detour albums. If you have any titles to add to the above list, please let us be bop winos know.

I've been playing the Still Groove Jumping LP - awesome to hear the vinyl version. Piano Red's "Jump Man Jump" is now on its third play in a row. The neighbours will be complaining. In fact I think I can hear the police at my front door ... time to barricade myself in. Here's "Jump Man Jump" yet again ... woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

Great ads! Will Mr. Bear's 'How Come' be making an appearance sometime down the road or is he lurking somewhere else in the Be Bop Wino's pad?

boogiewoody said...

How Come is on the Groove Jumping LP. Just follow the link in this post and you'll get there for a downloadable version.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Boogiewoody! I think I'm in love . . . with Mr. Bear!! Great sound quality.