Curtis Gordon

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Curtis Gordon (Jul. 27, 1928 - May 2, 2004) was an American rockabilly singer.

Gordon was heavily influenced by Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, and Jimmie Rodgers as a child. He won a radio talent show as a teen and left high school to be the lead singer of his own band, which included fiddle player Jimmy Bryant. His parents demanded that he return to school and give up the band; he did so, though he moonlighted with a band called Pee Wee Mills & the Twilight Cowboys, who operated out of Gulfport, Mississippi. He formed a new Western swing band of his own at age 21 and began touring the Southeast United States. Gordon served in the Army briefly during the Korean War; while there he met Roger Miller, whom he later helped get signed.

In June 1952, an employee of RCA Victor heard Gordon playing in a contest in Atlanta and told executive Steve Sholes about him. Gordon signed with RCA soon after and began recording for the label in the fall. He appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and supported Ernest Tubb, Elvis Presley, and Hank Snow on tour. His records sold modestly, though they never charted; he remained on RCA for two years, and when his contract expired he was snapped up by Mercury Records. Gordon's style changed while on Mercury, for a number of possible reasons. The label let him record much of his own material, he worked extensively with producer Pappy Daily, and the nascent rock & roll movement had changed tastes. His recordings of 1956-57 are a mix of Western swing, rock and roll, and straight country music.

He played regularly in Mobile, Alabama and toured the South sporadically. He recorded with Dollie Records at the end of the 1950s, his last major contract; he continued performing locally for some time after that. He ran a dance club in Georgia in the 1970s, and returned to rockabilly performing in the 1980s as the Europeans revived it.
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47-5062 Curtis Gordon - The Greatest Sin / You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet album art Curtis Gordon The Greatest Sin / You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet(7", Single, Promo) RCA Victor 47-5062 US 1952 Sell This Version
20-5461 Curtis Gordon - I Just Don't Love You Anymore / Where'd Ja Get So Much Of album art Curtis Gordon I Just Don't Love You Anymore / Where'd Ja Get So Much Of(10", Promo) RCA Victor 20-5461 US 1953 Sell This Version
20-5182 Curtis Gordon - What's A Little Pride / If You Tell Me One More Lie album art Curtis Gordon What's A Little Pride / If You Tell Me One More Lie(10", Promo) RCA 20-5182 US 1953 Sell This Version
Curtis Gordon - I'd Do It For You / You Crazy, Crazy Moon album art Curtis Gordon I'd Do It For You / You Crazy, Crazy Moon (Single) RCA US 1954 Sell This Version
Curtis Gordon Caffeine And Nicotine / Divided Heart RCA Victor US 1954 Sell This Version
47-5818 Curtis Gordon - Baby, Baby Me / I'd Like To Tell You album art Curtis Gordon Baby, Baby Me / I'd Like To Tell You(7", Single, Promo) RCA Victor 47-5818 US 1954 Sell This Version
Curtis Gordon - Baby, Please Come Home / Blue Lifetime album art Curtis Gordon Baby, Please Come Home / Blue Lifetime Mercury US 1955 Sell This Version
70791X45 Curtis Gordon - Hello, Old Broken Heart / To Young To Know album art Curtis Gordon Hello, Old Broken Heart / To Young To Know(7") Mercury 70791X45 US 1955 Sell This Version
Curtis Gordon - Draggin' album art Curtis Gordon Draggin' (Single) Mercury Sweden 1956 Sell This Version
70933x45 Curtis Gordon - Hey , Mr. Sorrow album art Curtis Gordon Hey , Mr. Sorrow(7") Mercury 70933x45 US 1956 Sell This Version
71097X45 Curtis Gordon - Sittin' On Top / Out To Win Your Heart album art Curtis Gordon Sittin' On Top / Out To Win Your Heart(7", Single) Mercury Starday 71097X45 US 1957 Sell This Version
71037X45 Curtis Gordon - So Tired Of Crying album art Curtis Gordon So Tired Of Crying(7", Single) Mercury 71037X45 US 1957 Sell This Version
71121X45 Curtis Gordon - Cry, Cry album art Curtis Gordon Cry, Cry(7", Single) Mercury Starday 71121X45 US 1957 Sell This Version
STEP 1 Curtis Gordon - Curtis Gordon Sings  album art Curtis Gordon Curtis Gordon Sings (7", EP) Stomper Time Records STEP 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
20-5550 Curtis Gordon - Tell 'Em No / Little Bo-Peep album art Curtis Gordon Tell 'Em No / Little Bo-Peep(10", Promo) RCA Victor 20-5550 US Unknown Sell This Version
10050 Curtis Gordon - From Memphis To New Orleans album art Curtis Gordon From Memphis To New Orleans(7") Dollie Record Co. 10050 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-1004 Curtis Gordon - Sittin' On Top Of The World / Rock, Roll, Jump And Jive album art Curtis Gordon Sittin' On Top Of The World / Rock, Roll, Jump And Jive(7", Single) Twin Spin Records (2) 45-1004 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

BFX 15181 Curtis Gordon - Rock, Roll, Jump And Jive album art Curtis Gordon Rock, Roll, Jump And Jive(LP, Comp) Bear Family Records BFX 15181 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
BFX 15238 Curtis Gordon - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet   album art Curtis Gordon You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (LP, Comp) Bear Family Records BFX 15238 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
BCD 16253 AH Curtis Gordon - Play The Music Louder album art Curtis Gordon Play The Music Louder(CD, Comp) Bear Family Records BCD 16253 AH Germany 1998 Sell This Version
ET-15.057 Curtis Gordon - Draggin' album art Curtis Gordon Draggin'(7", EP, Comp) El Toro Records ET-15.057 Spain 2017 Sell This Version

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