Chanteur Rockabilly US né le 3 Décembre 1932 à Frenchburg (Kentucky). Delbert Barker, enfant, a suivi ses parents à Middletown (Ohio).

Delbert Barker was born on a farm in Frenchburg, Kentucky on 3 December 1932 and moved to Middletown, Ohio, near Cincinatti in 1943. During his teens he began participating in amateur talent contests and eventually gained sufficient confidence to turn semi-pro, appearing on local radio and TV.
Between 1951 and 1953 he performed alongside other local favourites (including the Davis Sisters) on Mid-Day Merry Go-Round, a daytime show on WCPO-TV, Cincinnati. These appearances brought Barker to the attention of Paul Burkhardt, who ran a small recording studio and pressing plant, and specialised in producing cheap cover versions of recent hits on low-budget labels such as Queen City, Kentucky and Tops. Between 1951 and 1954, the versatile and adaptable Barker worked as a session vocalist for Burkhardt, recording over 100 tracks, some of which were released as singles on the Kentucky label with the remainder appearing on EPs and LPs with titles like ‘Big 4 Hits’ and ’16 Top Hits’. ‘I had five different voices’ he says. ‘I did Carl Smith, Hank Williams, Hank Thompson, Faron Young and some Lefty Frizzell’. Marriage took Barker out of the music business until early 1956 when he recorded a creditable version of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ under the pseudonym ‘Terry Wall’ for Burkhardt’s Hep label.
This impressed Louis Innis who signed Barker to King records as its answer to Carl Perkins. Both ‘No Good Robin Hood’ and the previously unissued ‘Jug Band Jump’ were recorded at Barker’s initial recording session on 19 June 1956. He made a total of three singles for the label, two in 1956 and a third in 1961. He says ‘In 1957 I went to Philadelphia to play guitar for Ruth and Slim Swighert, a local duo. A year later I went to Secausus, New Jersey and worked as a guitar man for the Warren Brothers, Shorty and Smokey. I stayed with them until January 1959 then returned to Middletown, Ohio. About 1960 I left the music industry and went into law enforcement in Middletown’ although I went back and recorded a country 45 for King in 1961.
Barker rose to the rank of Lieutenant in Charge of Detectives and wrote and played in his spare time. ‘You almost Slipped My Mind’, a song he wrote in 1968, was recorded by a number of country artists, most notably Charlie Pride who took it to #1 on the country charts in 1961. The song subsequently received a BMI Citation Of Merit. Barker later ran a recording studio in his hometown but has since retired.

Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Rockabilly, Traditional Country

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-fsjoCJPlU

WEARY BLUES FROM WAITIN' (1953)

HEART OF STONE (1955)

BLUE SUEDE SHOES (1956)

JUG BAND JUMP (1956) (unissued)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1951 SP KENTUCKY 534 (US) . Lovesick Blues / I Overlooked An Orchid
1951 SP KENTUCKY 535 (US) . I'll Sail My Ship Alone / Someday
1951 SP KENTUCKY 539 (US) . Cold, Cold Heart / Rye Whiskey
1952 SP KENTUCKY 544 (US) . I Saw The Light / Old Rugged Cross
1952 EP BIG 4 HITS 11 (US) Almost / Are You Teasing Me / Half As Much / It's A Lovely, Lovely World
1952 EP BIG 4 HITS 12 (US) Don't Just Stand There / Don't Stay Away / ? / ?
1952 EP BIG 4 HITS 13 (US) Easy On The Eyes / Talk To Your Heart / ? / ?
1952 EP BIG 4 HITS 15 (US) Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Window Shopping / ? / ?
1952 EP BIG 4 HITS 16 (US) That Heart Belongs To Me / Two Faced Clock / ? / ?
1952 EP BIG 4 HITS 17 (US) Blackberry Boogie / I Went To Your Wedding / ? / ?
1953 SP KENTUCKY 553 (US) . I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living / Long Gone Lonesome Blues
1953 SP KENTUCKY 554 (US) . Lost Highway / There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
1953 SP KENTUCKY 555 (US) .  Can't Get You Off Of My Mind / Why Don't You Love Me
1953 SP KENTUCKY 556 (US) A Mansion On The Hill / You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)
1953 SP KENTUCKY 557 (US) . I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes) / My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
1953 SP KENTUCKY 560 (US) . Tennesse Border / Wedding Bells
1953 SP KENTUCKY 558 (US) . The Blues Come Around / Nobody's Lonesome For Me
1953 SP KENTUCKY 571 (US) . From Now On / Steel Guitar Rag
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 19 (US) The Death Of Hank Williams / I'm An Old, Old Man / Our Honeymoon / Settin' The Woods On Fire
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 21 (US) I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You / I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 27 (US) I'm A Pilgrim / Weapon Of Prayer / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 28 (US) Hold To God's Unchanging Hand / Unclouded Day / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 32 (US) Amazing Grace / Gethsemane / He'll Understand And Say Well Done / They Locked God Outside The Iron Curtain
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 33 (US) Kaw-Liga / My Lonely Heart's Running Wild / That's The Kind Of Love I'm Looking For / Your Cheatin' Heart
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 36 (US) No Help Wanted / ? / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 41 (US) Hey Joe / Trade Mark / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 42 (US) Do I Like It / I Won't Be Home No More / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 44 (US) It's Been So Long / ? / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 54 (US) Satisfaction Guaranteed / Weary Blues From Waitin' / ? / ?
1953 EP BIG 4 HITS 55 (US) There Stands The Glass / Walking The Dog / ? / ?
1954 SP GATEWAY 1058 (US) . Bimbo / What Am I Gonna Do With You
1954 SP GATEWAY 1067 (US) . Just Married / You Better Keep It On Your Mind
1954 SP GATEWAY 1080 (US) . Back Up Buddy / Cry, Cry Darling
1954 SP GARNETT 500 (US) . Building Castles / Yearning In My Heart
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 69 (US) I Can't Escape From You / Who'll Buy My Heartaches / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 70 (US) Bimbo / What Am I Gonna Do With You / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 71 (US) Just Married / Wake Up Irene / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 73 (US) You Better Keep It On Your Mind / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 76 (US) When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 77 (US) Calling You / I Dreamed About Mama Last Night / Whispering Hope / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 78 (US) Honky Tonk Blues / A House Without Love / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / Mind Your Own Business
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 79 (US) Baby We're Really In Love / I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) / Moaning The Blues / My Heart Would Know
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 80 (US) I'm A Long Gone Daddy / My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate) / Nobody's Lonesome For Me / You Win Again
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 81 (US) Crazy Heart / Dear John / Howling At The Moon / Move It On Over / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 85 (US) Bimbo / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 86 (US) Wake Up Irene / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 87 (US) Bimbo / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 88 (US) Back Up Buddy / Breaking The Rules / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 89 (US) Cry, Cry Darling / A Fooler A Fake / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 90 (US) Good Deal Lucille / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 115 (US) She's Done Give Her Heart To Me / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 116 (US) It's A Pity What Money Can Do / Time Goes By / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 117 (US) Let Me Go Lover / ? / ? / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 118 (US) Heart Of Stone / No, I Don't Believe I Will / That Crazy Mambo Thing / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 122 (US) Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie / Cattle Call / Jesse James / ?
1954 EP BIG 4 HITS 123 (US) Birmingham Jail / Little Rosewood Casket / My Little Buckaroo / Red River Valley
02/1955 SP GATEWAY 1101 (US) . Heart Of Stone / No, I Don't Believe I Will
1955 SP GATEWAY 1108 (US) . Kisses Don't Lie / + Eddie MOORE
1955 SP GATEWAY 1109 (US) . Are You Mine (Inez HELLMAN & Delbert BARKER) / ?
1955 SP GATEWAY 1122 (US) . Delbert BARKER & His WESTERN BAND - Satisfied Mind / There She Goes
1955 SP GATEWAY 1131 (US) . Delbert BARKER & His WESTERN BAND - Breaking In Another Heart / I Don't Care
1955 SP GATEWAY 1145 (US) . Delbert BARKER with The GATEWAY ALL STARS - Love, Love, Love / Yonder Comes A Sucker
09/1955 SP GATEWAY 1146 (US) . I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Jack DANIELS) / Most Of All (Delbert BARKER)
1955 SP GATEWAY 1150 (US) . Delbert BARKER with The GATEWAY ALL STARS - It's A Great Life / Why Baby Why
1955 SP GATEWAY 1155 (US) . Beautiful Lies / Eat Drink And Be Merry (Eileen NUNN)
1955 EP DERESCO EP-9017 (US) Mansion On The Hill / Kaw-Liga / Your Cheatin Heart / ?
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 127 (US) Are You Mine (Inez HELLMAN & Delbert BARKER) / Kisses Don't Lie  / ? / ?
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 131 (US) Heart Of Stone (Delbert BARKER) / If You Ain't Lovin' (Marlon RAMEY) / Beware Of It (JESSE & JIM) / Let Me Go Lover (Delbert BARKER)
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 142 (US) Old Lonesome Times / Satisfied Mind / ? / ?
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 143 (US) There She Goes / ? / ? / ?
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 146 (US) Breaking In Another Heart / I Don't Care / ? / ?
09/1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 170 (US) I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Jack DANIELS) / Love Love Love (Delbert BARKER) / Most Of All (Delbert BARKER) / Yonder Comes A Sucker (Delbert BARKER)
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 171 (US) Bimbo / Choo Choo Train / The Mama Blues / ?
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 177 (US) It's A Great Life / Why Baby Why / ? / ?
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 178 (US) I've Lived A Lot / ? / ? / ?
1955 EP BIG 4 HITS 180 (US) Don't Take It Out On Me / Eat Drink And Be Merry (Eileen NUNN) / ? / ?
01/1956 SP GATEWAY 1160 (US) . I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby / You And Me (G. WATSON(Delbert BARKER)  & Lucy TRAYLOR)
01/1956 SP GATEWAY 1161 (US) . Delbert BARKER with The COUNTRY ALL STARS - So Doggone Lonesome / Yes I Know Why
02/1956 SP GATEWAY 1162 (US) . Delbert BARKER & The GATEWAY ALL-STARS - Blue Suede Shoes / Heartbreak Hotel
1956 EP BIG 4 HITS 184 (US) I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby / So Doggone Lonesome   / Yes I Know Why  / ?
02/1956 EP BIG 4 HITS 185 (US) Blue Suede Shoes (Delbert BARKER) / Heart Break Hotel (Delbert BARKER) / Juke Box Baby (Bill RUFF) / I'll Be Home (Art ROUSE)
02/1956 EP WORTHMORE 185 (US) Blue Suede Shoes (Buzz WILLIAMS(Delbert BARKER)) / Heart Break Hotel (Buzz WILLIAMS (Delbert BARKER)) / + Bill HAMILTON / + Bradley ARTHUR
02/1956 EP HEP 285 (US) Blue Suede Shoes (Terry WALL (Delbert BARKER)) / Heart Break Hotel (Terry WALL (Delbert BARKER)) / Juke Box Baby (Bob SELBY) / I'll Be Home (Fred MILLER)
02/1956 EP BIG 4 HITS 187 (US) Blue Suede Shoes (Delbert BARKER) / Heartbreak Hotel (Delbert BARKER) / These Hands  (Art ROUSE) / Glad Rags (Delbert BARKER)
02/1956 SP DOLLAR RECORD CLUB 78 (US) . Blue Suede Shoes / Heartbreak Hotel
07/1956 SP KING 4951 (US) . No Good - Robin Hood / That's A Sin
1956 EP GATEWAY 9016 (US) Honky Tonk Blues / My Heart Would Know / You Better Keep It On Your Mind / You Win Again
1956 EP WORTHMORE 9016 (US) Honky Tonk Blues / My Heart Would Know / You Better Keep It On Your Mind / You Win Again
1956 EP GATEWAY 9017 (US) Kaw-Liga / The Mama Blues / A Mansion On The Hill / Weary Blues From Waitin' / Your Cheatin' Heart
1956 EP WORTHMORE 9017 (US) Kaw-Liga / The Mama Blues / A Mansion On The Hill / Weary Blues From Waitin' / Your Cheatin' Heart
1956 EP GATEWAY 9018 (US) A House Without Love / I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You / I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1956 EP WORTHMORE 9018 (US) A House Without Love / I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You / I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1956 EP GATEWAY 9019 (US) Baby We're Really In Love / I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) / ?Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Window Shopping
1956 EP WORTHMORE 9019 (US) Baby We're Really In Love / I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Window Shopping
1957 SP KING 5008 (US) . There Must Be A Way / Wild Heart
1957 SP KING 5031 (US) . Amanda / Broken Heart
1966 SP KING 6042 (US) . Color Me Gone / It Can't Last Long

Unissued Tracks

1956 KING Unissued - (Ace CD 975 (#7) / Stomper Time CD 28 (#5)) Goose Bumps
1956 KING Unissued - (Ace CD 777 (#10) / Stomper Time CD 28 (#12)) Jug Band Jump

Album

11/2011 CD STOMPER TIME STCD28 (UK) KENTUCKY HILLBILLY ROCKABILLY MAN - No Good-Robin Hood / No Help Wanted / Blue Suede Shoes / No I Don't Believe I Will / Goose Bumps / Heartbreack Hotel / So Doggone Lonesome / Wild Heart / Blackberry Boogie / I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living / Love Love Love / Jug Band Jump / Why Baby Why / It's Great Life / There Must Be A Way / Hearts Of Stone / I Can't Get You Off My Mind / How About A Handout / Glad Rags / You're Gonna Change / That's A Sin / Broken Heart / Hey Joe / You Better Keep It On Your Mind / I'm A Long Gone Daddy / It's Been So Long Darlin' / Bimbo / Long Gone Lonesome Blues / Lost Highway / Jambalaya / Move It On Over / I Don't Care / Mind Your Own Business / Nobody's Lonesome For Me

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