Chanteur et harmoniciste US né le 17 Août 1921, originaire de Wolf Bayou (Arkansas). Wayne Raney a débuté en 1934, jouant dans les clubs du Texas. Engagé par les Delmore Brothers en 1945 comme harmoniciste, il travaillera avec eux jusqu'en 1952. Devenu également populaire sous son propre nom, Wayne gravera plusieurs singles de Hillbilly Boogie pour Decca Records. Depuis la fin des années cinquante, il vivait à Concord (Arkansas) où il travaillait pour le vieux label Rimrock Records. Wayne Raney est décédé le 23 Janvier 1993.

Known above all for his 1949 number one single "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me," Wayne Raney had a durable career in country music that reflected many of the tradition's most important influences at mid-century. In addition to his singing, Raney was well known for his harmonica playing. He and his longtime stage partner Lonnie Glosson sold millions of harmonicas through the mail and did much to establish the harmonica as an instrument accessible and popular everywhere. Born on a farm near Wolf Bayou, AR, he suffered from a foot deformity that prevented him from doing heavy farm work. He heard a street person "choke" a harmonica and was inspired to learn the instrument himself. By the time he was 13, he had headed for Piedras Negras, Mexico, across the river from Eagle Pass, TX, to perform on the powerful "border radio" station XEPN. In 1936 he met Glosson, and the two teamed up in 1938 to play on a radio station in Little Rock. They moved on to Cincinnati's WCKY and later to wide syndication; perhaps the heavy mail-order emphasis of the border radio enterprises, which sold everything from piano lessons to monkey-gland-implant impotence treatments, inspired Raney to think in terms of marketing the harmonica to listeners who enjoyed what he and Glosson played on the air.
After World War II Raney played briefly on the radio in Memphis and then teamed up with the Delmore Brothers, whose wry boogie numbers, punctuated with jovial blasts from Raney's harmonica, became national hits. In 1948, he went solo and hit the charts with two Top 15 singles, "Lost John Boogie" and "Jack and Jill Boogie." In 1949 he topped country charts with "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me," which also featured Glosson. The song crossed over to the pop Top 25 and was his biggest hit. Raneysubsequently recorded novelty songs in the Little Jimmy Dickens vein, such as "Pardon My Whiskers" and "I Love My Little Yo Yo." He played on the Grand Ole Opry for one year, spent a few months touring with Lefty Frizzell in 1953, and performed on the California Hayride and WWVA Jamboree radio programs. In the late '50s he worked as a DJ, opened a recording studio, and started the bluegrass-oriented Rimrock label, on which he released several albums of his own; the King label collected many of his singles on the rather inaccurately named Songs of the Hills LP in 1958, and that record had a long life in the countless reissues that repackaged the King catalog. He recorded a few singles in the late '50s and early '60s and continued to sell harmonicas until 1960, when the craze passed. Raney then returned to Arkansas and recorded a gospel album, Don't Try to Be What You Ain't. He also ran a chicken farm for a time, and he appeared occasionally on Hee Haw in the '70s. Eventually his health began to fail; he lost his voicebox in the late '80s and in 1990 published a brief autobiography, Life Has Not Been a Bed of Roses. He died of cancer in 1993 and was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.

Talents : Vocals, Harmonica

Style musical : Traditional Country, Country Gospel, Rockabilly

Jack And Jill Boogie (1948)

Hillbilly Fever (1950) (Lonesome Willie Evans)

Catfish Baby (1952)

Shake Baby Shake (1957)

40th And Plum (1957)

We Need A Lot More Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll) (1960 ?)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

09/1947 78 t. KING 676 (US) .

Fox Chase / Green Valley Waltz

04/1948 78 t. KING 719 (US) .

Jole Blon's Ghost / Lost John Boogie

10/1948 78 t. KING 732 (US) .

Jack And Jill Boogie / Lonesome Wind Blues

02/1949 78 t. KING 759 (US) .

Gathering In The Sky / Book Of Revelations

07/1949 78 t. KING 791 (US) .

Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me / Don't Know Why

07/1949 SP KING 45-791 (US) . Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me / Don't Know Why
11/1949 78 t. KING 824 (US) .

Red Ball To Natchez / I'm Square Dab From The Country

11/1949 SP KING 45-824 (US) . Red Ball To Natchez / I'm Square Dab From The Country
02/1950 78 t. KING 840 (US) .

Del Rio Boogie / I Feel A Streak Of Love Coming On

02/1950 SP KING 45-840 (US) . Del Rio Boogie / I Feel A Streak Of Love Coming On
03/1950 78 t. LONDON 16019 (US) .

Lonesome Willie Evans - Hillbilly Fever / 900 Miles From Home

03/1950 SP LONDON 30086 (US) . Lonesome Willie Evans - Hillbilly Fever / 900 Miles From Home
1950 78 t. & SP LONDON 16025 (US) . Lonesome Willie Evans - Lonesome Railroad Blues / The Sun Has Gone Dow
05/1950 78 t. KING 856 (US) . Under The Double Eagle / Fast Train Through Arkansas
05/1950 SP KING 45-856 (US) .

Under The Double Eagle / Fast Train Through Arkansas

08/1950 78 t. & SP LONDON 16035 (US) . Lonesome Willie Evans - Whipporwill Song / Trouble Then Satisfaction
09/1950 78 t. KING 887 (US) . Story Of Orphan / I Want To Live With Mommie There
09/1950 SP KING 45-887 (US) .

Story Of Orphan / I Want To Live With Mommie There

11/1950 78 t. KING 910 (US) . Old Fashioned Matrimony In Mind / Pardon My Whiskers
11/1950 SP KING 45-910 (US) .

Old Fashioned Matrimony In Mind / Pardon My Whiskers

12/1950 78 t. KING 914 (US) . Real Hot Boogie / If You've Got The Money
12/1950 SP KING 45-914 (US) .

Real Hot Boogie / If You've Got The Money

03/1951 78 t. KING 925 (US) . My Annabelle Lee / Family Tree Musta Fell On Me
03/1951 SP KING 45-925 (US) .

My Annabelle Lee / Family Tree Musta Fell On Me

05/1951 78 t. KING 939 (US) . I've Gone And Soul My Soul / I Love My Little Yo-Yo
05/1951 SP KING 45-939 (US) .

I've Gone And Soul My Soul / I Love My Little Yo-Yo

07/1951 78 t. KING 956 (US) . I Ain't Nothin' Nut A Tomcat Kitten / I'm On My Way
07/1951 SP KING 45-956 (US) .

I Ain't Nothin' Nut A Tomcat Kitten / I'm On My Way

09/1951 78 t. KING 974 (US) . I Want A Home In Dixie / I Had My Fingers Crossed
09/1951 SP KING 45-974 (US) .

I Want A Home In Dixie / I Had My Fingers Crossed

12/1951 78 t. KING 989 (US) . Blues At My Door / You Better Treat Your Man Right
12/1951 SP KING 45-989 (US) .

Blues At My Door / You Better Treat Your Man Right

03/1952 78 t. KING 1035 (US) . Wayne RANEY with The SONS OF THE MOUNTAINEERS - That Star Belongs To Me / Dreaming Of A Little Cabin
03/1952 SP KING 45-1035 (US) . Wayne RANEY with The SONS OF THE MOUNTAINEERS - That Star Belongs To Me / Dreaming Of A Little Cabin
03/1952 78 t. KING 1036 (US) . I'd Feel Just Like A Millionaire / Real Good Feelin'
03/1952 SP KING 45-1036 (US) .

I'd Feel Just Like A Millionaire / Real Good Feelin'

06/1952 78 t. KING 1058 (US) . Catfish Baby / Heads Or Talls, I Win
06/1952 SP KING 45-1058 (US) .

Catfish Baby / Heads Or Talls, I Win

08/1952 78 t. KING 1087 (US) . I'm Really Needin' You / Beautiful Around The Bush
08/1952 SP KING 45-1087 (US) .

I'm Really Needin' You / Beautiful Around The Bush

10/1952 78 t. KING 1116 (US) . When They Let The Hammer Down / Undertakin' Daddy
10/1952 SP KING 45-1116 (US) .

When They Let The Hammer Down / Undertakin' Daddy

12/1952 78 t. KING 1149 (US) . The Child's Side Of Life / If You Never Slip Around
12/1952 SP KING 45-1149 (US) .

The Child's Side Of Life / If You Never Slip Around

02/1953 78 t. KING 1160 (US) . No One's Crying But Me / Powerful Love
02/1953 SP KING 45-1160 (US) .

No One's Crying But Me / Powerful Love

03/1953 78 t. KING 1187 (US) . Betrayed Waltz / Falling
03/1953 SP KING 45-1187 (US) .

Betrayed Waltz / Falling

06/1953 78 t. KING 1229 (US) . Gonna Row My Boat / Burning Your Love Letters
06/1953 SP KING 45-1229 (US) .

Gonna Row My Boat / Burning Your Love Letters

09/1953 78 t. KING 1259 (US) . Adam Come And Get Your Rib / The Roosters Are Crowing
09/1953 SP KING 45-1259 (US) .

Adam Come And Get Your Rib / The Roosters Are Crowing

1953 EP KING EP-235 (US)

Fox Chase / Lost John Boogie / Lonesome Wind Blues / Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me

04/1954 78 t. KING 1331 (US) . Trying To Love Without You / Mama (Don't You Remember When You Were Young)
04/1954 SP KING 45-1331 (US) .

Trying To Love Without You / Mama (Don't You Remember When You Were Young)

1954 EP KING EP-315 (US)

Pardon My Whiskers / Green Valley Waltz / Under The Double Eagle / I Love My Little Yo-Yo

04/1955 78 t. KING 1469 (US) . I Was There / We Love To Live
04/1955 SP KING 45-1469 (US) .

I Was There / We Love To Live

06/1955 78 t. KING 1480 (US) . Gone With The Wind / Tear Down The Mountains
06/1955 SP KING 45-1480 (US) . Gone With The Wind / Tear Down The Mountains
02/1957 SP DECCA 9-30212 (US) . Shake Baby Shake / 40th And Plum
1958 SP POOR BOY PBR-45-100 (US) .

We Need A Whole Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll) / Don't You Think It's Time

11/1959 SP DECCA 9-31004 (US) .

Four Aces And A Queen / I Ain't Got A Time

12/1959 SP POOR BOY PBR-45-109 (US) .

Simply Wonderful / Everybody's Going Crazy

03/1960 SP KING 45-5327 (US) .

Gathering In The Sky / Book Of Revelations

1960 ? EP STARDAY SEP-115 (US)

Wayne Raney & The Raney Family - Don't You Think It's Time / Why Don't You Heed His Call / Jesus Has Saved My Soul / We Need A Lot More Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll) / Lilac Bouquet

1960 EP STARDAY SEP-126 (US)

Wayne Raney & The Raney Family - In The Shadow Of The Cross / The Wrath Of God / We Are Going Down The Valley / I'll Be Listening / Where The Sould Of Man Never Dies / I Need The Prayers

1961 ? EP STARDAY SEP-133 (US)

Wayne Raney & HIS TALKING HARMONICA - Rain Crow Bill / Harmonica Blues / John Henry Blues / The Fox Chase / Sittin' On Top Of The World / Wayne’s Double Eagle

1961 ? EP STARDAY SEP-139 (US)

Wayne Raney & The Raney Family - Over The Rolling Sea / He Is Both God And Man / The Family Circle / The Garden Where Mother Prayed / Wayward Drunkard / I Want To Know

1962 ? EP STARDAY SEP-185 (US)

Wayne Raney & The Raney Family - Take Up Thy Cross / I'll Have A New Life / The Shackledee Old Ladder / The Picture At St. Helene

1962 EP STARDAY SEP-202 (US)

Wayne Raney & The Raney Family - You Are My Brother / He Will Come And Answer Prayers / I’ll Live In Glory / Nation Shall Rise Against Nation / So Glad We Made It Through / This Train Will Soon Be Leaving

1962 ? EP STARDAY SEP-218 (US)

Wayne Raney & The Raney Family - I'm Workin' My Way Through / Headin'for My New Home / Jordan / I'll Be No Stranger There / Lonely Tomb / When Jesus Says Come Unto Me

02/1964 SP STARDAY 663 (US) .

Mail Order Heart / Don't Try To Be What You Ain't

07/1964 SP STARDAY 677 (US) .

Love Thief / Strictly Nothing

11/1964 SP STARDAY 689 (US) .

Young Widow Brown / I Stumble, I Fumble, I Fall

1965 SP BLAKE 204 (US) .

I'm In Love / My Beautiful Bouquet

196? SP Rimrock 204 (US) . I'm In Love / My Beautiful Bouquet
1968 SP Rimrock RS-258 (US) .

My Pot Of Love / Grandma’s Mini-Skirt

196? SP NEW AMERICAN EP 104 (US)

A Little Pine Log Cabin / Hand In Hand With Jesus / I Found It In My Mother's Bible / Where No Cabins Fall / The Uncloudy Day / An Empty Mansion

1970 SP LAWSON LS-207 (US)

It’s A Woman / It’s A Man (Wanday Raney)










Albums

1957 LP 12" KING 588 (US) SONGS FROM THE HILLS - Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me / Lost John Boogie / Lonesome Wind Blues / Pardon My Whiskers / Mama Don't You Remember When You Were Young / Roosters Are Crowing / I Was There / We Love To Live / I Love My Little Yo-Yo / My Annabelle Lee / Jack And Jill Boogie / Adam / I've Done And Sold My Soul / Gone With The Wind This Morning / Burning Your Love Letters / Catfish Baby
1960 LP 12" STARDAY SLP-124 (US) 16 RADIO GOSPEL FAVORITES - WAYNE RANEY AND THE RANEY FAMILY - We Need A Lot More Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock & Roll) / Lilac Bouquet / When Heaven Comes Down / Don't You Think It's Time / Why Don't You Heed His Call / Jesus Has Saved My Soul / Shadow Of The Cross / Wrath Of God / We Are Going Down The Valley / Over The Rolling Sea / He Is Both God And Man / The Family Circle / The Garden Where Mother Prayed / Wayward Drunkard / I Want To Know / I'll Be Listening / Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies / I Need The Prayers
1964 LP 12" STARDAY SLP-279 (US) DON'T TRY TO BE WHAT YOU AIN'T! - Mail Order Heart / The Roosters Are Crowing / Strictly Nothing / Walking The Blues Tonight / The Fox Chase / Love Thief / Pathway Of Parting / Don't Try To Be What You Ain't / Cold Cold Snow / I Stumble, I Fumble, I Fall / Gone With The Wind / I've Got The Habit / Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me / Young Widow Brown
1964 LP 12" NASHVILLE NLP-2002 (US) WE NEED A LOT MORE JESUS (and a lot less rock and roll) - We Need A Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock & Roll) / Lilac Bouquet / When Heaven Comes Down / Don't You Think It's Time / Why Don't You Heed His Call / Jesus Has Saved My Soul / Shadow Of The Cross / Wrath Of God / We Are Going Down The Valley / Over The Rolling Sea / He Is Both God And Man / The Family Circle / The Garden Where Mother Prayed / Wayward Drunkard / I Want To Know / I'll Be Listening / Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies / I Need The Prayers
196? LP 12" Rimrock NLP 2002 (US) WE NEED A LOT MORE JESUS (and a lot less rock and roll) - We Need A Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock & Roll) / Lilac Bouquet / When Heaven Comes Down / Don't You Think It's Time / Why Don't You Heed His Call / Jesus Has Saved My Soul / Shadow Of The Cross / Wrath Of God / We Are Going Down The Valley / Over The Rolling Sea / He Is Both God And Man / The Family Circle / The Garden Where Mother Prayed / Wayward Drunkard / I Want To Know / I'll Be Listening / Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies / I Need The Prayers
196? LP 12" Rimrock STR-3003 (US)

DON'T TAKE ME AWAY - RADIO GOSPEL FAVORITES - WAYNE RANEY AND THE RANEY FAMILY A1 Prison Of Sin / The Little Cripple Boy / I’ve Kept Every Promise / The Church House Without A Name / Revelations Of John / Mountain Of Strife / It’s Ending Tonight / There’s No Need In Walking Alone / Your Redemption Draweth Nigh / Don’t Take Me Away / At Camp Meeting Time / Flight Of An Angel / I’ve Been Redeemed / A Friend / I Prayed Through / Don’t You Want To Go To Heaven / You’re Crucifying Jesus / And Then

1969 LP 12" Rimrock RLP-489 (US)

Pardon My Whiskers - Pardon My Whiskers / I Love My Little Yo-Yo / Old Fashioned Matrimony In Mind / I Had My Fingers Crossed / You Better Treat Your Man Right / Blues At My Door / I Want A Home In Dixie / I'm Really Needin' You / Undertakin' Daddy / When They Let The Hammer Down 

1969 LP 12" Rimrock RLP-490 (US)

Tear Down The Mountains - Tear Down The Mountains / Powerful Love / No One's Crying But Me / Burning Your Love Letters / Gonna Row My Boat / Child's Of Life / Gone With The Wind This Morning / I Was There / Bootleg Boogie / Under The Double Eagl

1970 LP 12" Rimrock RLP-491 (US)

If You've Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time - Story Of The Orphan / Lonesome Wind Blues / Lost Johny Boogie / I’m On My Way / The Family Tree Musta Fell On Me / I Ain’t Nothin‘ But A Tom Cat’s Kitten / If You’ve Got The Money, Ive Got The Time / My Annabelle Lee / RealHot Boogie / Catfish Baby / Heads Or Tails, I Win

1970 LP 12" Rimrock RLP-492 (US) GATHERING IN THE SKY -  I Feel Just Like A Millionaire / Real Good Feelin' / Beating 'round The Bush / Betrayed Waltz / Falling; Adam / Roosters Are Crowing / Trying To Live Without You / Mama / Gathering In The Sky / Book Of Revelations
1982 LP 12" OLD HOMESTEAD OHCS 305 (US)

Early Country Favorites - I Feel Just Like A Millionaire / Reel Good Feelin' / Beating 'round The Bush / Betrayed Waltz / Falling / Adam / The Roosters Are Crowing / Trying To Live Without You / Mama (Don't You Remember When You Were Young) / Gathering In The Sky / The Book Of Revelations

1984 LP 12" CHARLY CR-30247 (UK) REAL HOT BOOGIE - Jack And Jill Boogie / Lost John Boogie / Real Hot Boogie / Catfish Baby / Bootleg Boogie / I Was There / You Better Treat Your Man Right / Adam / I Had My Fingers Crossed / If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time) / Heads Of Tails I Win / Blues At My Door / I'm On My Way / Undertaking Daddy / Real Good Feeling / Beating Around The Bush 
1984 LP 12" CHARLY CR 30263 (UK) MORE HOT BOOGIE - Gone With The Wind This Morning / I Ain't Notnin' But A Tomcat Kitten / Powerful Love / Falling / I Want A Home In Dixie / I've Done Sold My Soul / Lonesome Wind Blues / Rooster Are Crowin' / Pardon My Whiskers / I'd Feel Like A Millionaire / Gonna Row My Boat / I'm Really Needin' You / When They Let The Hammer Down / Old Fashioned Matrimony In Mind / No One's Crying But Me / Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me (One More Time)
1985 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15167 (GER) WHEN THEY LEY THE HAMMER DOWN - DELMORE BROTHERS &  Wayne RANEY - Red Ball to Natchez / Jack And Jill Boogie / Lost John Boogie / Catfish Baby / Mobile Boogie / Beale Street Boogie / Peach Tree Street Boogie / Boogie Woogie Baby / Hillbilly Boogie / Freight Train Boogie / Down Home Boogie / Stop That Boogie / Del Rio Boogie / Pan American Boogie / Real Hot Boogie / Used Car Boogie
1990 LP 12" Memory MLP-002 (US)

THE Living Legends - LONNIE GLOSSON & WAYNE RANEY - Bon-A-Parts Retreat / This Train Will Soon Be Leaving / Blues Stay Away From Me / He's Just The Same Today / Del Rio Boogie / Nine Hundred Miles From Home / Home Sweet Home / Green Valley Waltz / Oh Sinner Man / Fast Passenger Train / Matthew Twenty Four / Cat Chase / You Can't Hurry God / Lonesome Boy / I Claim Jesus First Of All

???? CD OLD HOMESTEAD OHCD-4053 (US)

Twin Harmonicas And More - LONNIE GLOSSON & WAYNE RANEY - Bob-A-Parts Retreat / This Train Will Soon Be Leaving / Blues Stay Away / He's Just The Same Today / Del Rio Boogie / Nine Hundred Miles From Home / Home Sweet Home / Green Valley Waltz / Oh Sinner Man / Fast Passenger Train / Matthew 24 / Cat Chase / You Can't Hurry God / I Claim Jesus First Of All / Raneys Fox Chase / Raneys World View / Under The Double Eagle / Green Valley Waltz (take two) / A Good One / Roll Call / Poppin The Blues Harp / Want My Mama Blues / Train & Model-T Race / For Christmas Give Jesus Your Soul / Peace In The Valley

11/2002 CD Ace CDCHD 857 (UK)

The King Anthology - Fox Chase / Fast Train Through Arkansas / Jole Blon's Ghost / Jack And Jill Boogie / Don't Know Why / Lost John Boogie / Lonesome Wind Blues / Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me / Del Rio Boogie / Red Ball To Natchez / I'm Square Dab From The Country (And The Country's Still In Me) / Pardon My Whiskers / I Feel A Streak Of Love Coming On / I Ain't Nothin' But A Tom Cat's Kitten / If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time / Real Hot Boogie / I Had My Fingers Crossed / You Better Treat Your Man Right / Blues At My Door / Catfish Baby / Undertakin' Daddy / When They Let The Hammer Down / The Child's Side Of Life / Adam Come And Get Your Rib / Undertakin' Daddy 

2010 CD BACM CD D 315 (UK)

Featuring The Delmore Brothers - I'm On My Way / I Want A Home In Dixie / I Feel Just Like A Millionaire / Real Good Feelin' / Heads Or Tails I Win / I'm Really Needin' You / Beatin' Around The Bush / If You Never Slip Around / No One's Crying But Me / Powerful Love / Betrayed Waltz / Falling / Gonna Row My Boat / Burning Your Love Letters / Trying To Live Without You / Mama Don't You Remember When You Were Young / I Was There / We Love To Live / Tear Down The Mountains / Gone With The Wind This Morning / Under The Double Eagle / Old Fashioned Matrimony In Mind / My Annabelle Lee / The Family Tree Musta Fell On Me / I've Gone And Sold My Soul

2011 CD Gusto GT7-2229-2 (US)

20 Old-Time Gospel Favorites - Gathering In The Sky / At Camp Meeting Time / We Need A Lot More Of Jesus / I Need The Prayers / Just A Closer Walk With Thee / Book Of Revelations / Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies / Drifting Too Far From The Shore / He Will Come And Answer Prayers / When Heaven Comes Down / If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again / Jesus Has Saved My Soul / He Set Me Free / Flight Of An Angel / When Jesus Says Come Unto Me / Lord, Build Me A Cabin / Heaven Will Be Worth It All / You're Crucifying Jesus / Hand In Hand With Jesus / Don't You Want To Go To Heaven?

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