Thursday, May 27, 2010
Forgotten Music: The Vocal Stylings of Nick "The Rebel" Adams
Nick's voice aside, these are good well-produced songs. The instrumentation is fine and the background singers first-rate. With today's technology they probably could have made Nick sound as good as Frankie Laine. As it is . . . well, you be the judge.
The label for "Johnny Yuma, The Rebel" credits Andrew J. Fenady, the show's creator and screenwriter, as a co-writer on the song. The lyrics, I presume. I was surprised to see that "Tired and Lonely Rebel" was co-written by Dorsey Burnette. Surprised, because I find it the weakest of the Rebel-related songs. And Burnett took full credit for "It Could Have Been Different", which is a real turkey. Burnette penned some fine tunes back when, including "Tall Oak Tree". Tsk, tsk.
A tip on playing these songs: If you listen to a song all the way to the end, you should have no problem playing another. BUT, if you stop one before the finish, the system can get touchy. It may say "Connecting" and never actually connect. If that happens, just refresh the page and you should be good to go.
Johnny Yuma, The Rebel (Markowitz-Fenady) by Nick Adams
Born a Rebel (S Ross-J Haskell) by Nick Adams
Tired and Lonely Rebel (Dorsey Burnette-Joe Osborn) by Nick Adams
Bull Run (S Silbert-R Freed) by Nick Adams
The Ballad of Scatter Gun Hill (Livingston-Adelson) by Nick Adams
It Could Have Been Different (Dorsey Burnette) by Nick Adams
I wish I could report that The Rebel series is commercially available on DVD. Not so, though you can find some decent homemade efforts on eBay. There is, however, a novel (of sorts) by Andrew J. Fenady. I must advise you it reads like a synopsis of several episodes of the series, but for those needing a Johnny Yuma fix, it should do the trick.
For links to more of this month's Forgotten Music, visit Scott Parker's blog. We'll have more on the last Thursday of next month. Why not join us?