Duo Country US formé en 1939 à Dallas (Texas) et composé de Wiley Walker (17/11/1911- 17/05/1966 à Laurel Hill (Florida)) et Gene Sullivan (16/11/1914 à Carbon Hill (Alabama) -24/10/1984).

This duo are best remembered as the writers of the country standard ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’, although both had solo careers before their successful partnership started in 1939. Wiley (b. Wiley Walker, 17 November 1911, Laurel Hill, Florida, USA, d. 17 May 1966; songwriter, vocals, fiddle, dancer) learned to play fiddle and buck and wing dance as a child, and began his career as an entertainer on touring tent shows in 1925. In 1932, he began working with Lew Childre in New Orleans (and later Birmingham) as the Alabama Boys. In 1937, they parted and Walker played briefly with the Swift Jewel Cowboys, before moving to Shreveport. Here, while working with the Shelton Brothers, he met Gene Sullivan (b. 16 November 1914, Carbon Hill, Alabama, USA, d. 24 October 1984; songwriter, vocals, instrumentalist). Sullivan was a professional boxer, but in 1932, he turned to country music. After learning guitar, he worked for a time with the Tune Wranglers, before joining the Lone Star Cowboys on KWKH Shreveport. When the Shelton Brothers left the Cowboys to form their own act, Sullivan went with them and first met and worked with Walker as musicians and comedians for the Sheltons. They eventually formed a duo in 1939 and worked radio stations in Fort Worth, Lubbock, and finally ended their careers in Oklahoma City. In 1941, they recorded ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’/‘Live And Let Live’ for Columbia Records. Their version achieved some local success but it would be the 1956 pop version by Elvis Presley that finally launched the song, which, in later years, has been recorded by numerous artists. In 1946, the duo registered their only chart entry, ‘Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend’, which became a number 2 US country hit. In the late 40s, they were regulars on Oklahoma City television but their careers ended in the early 50s. Sullivan enjoyed a solo Top 10 success in 1957 with his comedy number ‘Please Pass The Biscuits’. He had originally recorded it as a demo for Little Jimmie Dickens, but Columbia released his version in preference. Sullivan subsequently retired to run an Oklahoma City music store, but he made a few appearances with Walker until the early 60s. Walker died in 1966 but Sullivan, in later years, made a few solo appearances, outlasting his old partner until 1984. Some of their recordings were issued by Old Homestead after his death.

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Talents : Wiley Walker : Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle - Gene Sullivan : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country

WHEN MY BLUE MOON TURNS TO GOLD AGAIN (1941) (Wiley Walker & Gene Sullivan)

LIVE AND LET LIVE (1941) (Wiley Walker & Gene Sullivan)

LOVE AIN'T WORRYIN' ME (1947) (Wiley & Gene)

LOSING MY SLEEP OVER YOU (1947) (Wiley & Gene)

Good Gosh Almighty How I Love You (1952) (Gene Sullivan)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & singles

10/1939 78 t. VOCALION 05108 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - Little Rubber Dolly / All Over Nothing At All
06/1940 78 t. VOCALION 05524 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - Somebody Stole My Little Darlin' / It's All Over Now
06/1940 78 t. VOCALION 05574 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - Texas Duster / South Plains Blues
07/1940 78 t. OKEH 05639 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - I'm Tired Of Mountain Women / And He Looks So Peaceful
08/1940 78 t. OKEH 05711 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - Lola Lee / Wednesday Night Waltz
03/1941 78 t. OKEH 06067 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - Don't Be Jealous Of My Yesterdays / You Don't Love Me Anymore
06/1941 78 t. OKEH 06218 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - You've Got To Pay The Fiddler / There's Always Somebody Else
08/1941 78 t. OKEH 06374 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / Live And Let Live
09/1941 78 t. CONQUEROR 9779 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - You Don't Love Me Anymore / Don't Be Jealous Of My Yesterdays
03/1942 78 t. OKEH 06600 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - So Lonely / I Just Don't Want To Be Happy
10/1944 78 t. OKEH 06726 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - I Might Have Known / I Want To Live And Love
10/1945 78 t. COLUMBIA 36869 (US) WILEY & GENE - Forgive Me / Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend
08/1946 78 t. COLUMBIA 37056 (US) WILEY & GENE - Bothered By The Blues / After I'm Gone
01/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37216 (US) WILEY & GENE - Take Away Those Blues Around My Heart / Kansas City Blues
04/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37331 (US) WILEY & GENE - Love Ain't Worryin' Me / Don't That Moon Look Lonesome?
06/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37403 (US) WILEY & GENE - I Want To Live And Love / I Might Have Known
06/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37419 (US) WILEY & GENE - So Lonely / I Just Don't Want To Be Happy
07/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37572 (US) WILEY & GENE - Losing My Sleep Over You / Bring Back The Sunshine
07/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37665 (US) WILEY & GENE - Live And Let Live / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
09/1947 78 t. COLUMBIA 37886 (US) WILEY & GENE - Don't You Dare / An Empty Future
01/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 38077 (US) WILEY & GENE - No Parting Word, No Parting Kiss / My Memory Picture Of You
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20004 (US) WILEY & GENE - Forgive Me / Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20070 (US) WILEY & GENE - Bothered By The Blues / After I'm Gone
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20095 (US) WILEY & GENE - Take Away Those Blues Around My Heart / Kansas City Blues
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20116 (US) WILEY & GENE - Love Ain't Worryin' Me / Don't That Moon Look Lonesome?
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20130 (US) WILEY & GENE - I Want To Live And Love / I Might Have Known
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20146 (US) WILEY & GENE - So Lonely / I Just Don't Want To Be Happy
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20191 (US) WILEY & GENE - Losing My Sleep Over You / Bring Back The Sunshine
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20264 (US) WILEY & GENE - Live And Let Live / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20368 (US) WILEY & GENE - Don't You Dare / An Empty Future
04/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20401 (US) WILEY & GENE - No Parting Word No Parting Kiss / My Memory Picture Of You
05/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20434 (US) WILEY & GENE - Please Change Your Mind / Slow Marching, Sad Music
08/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20465 (US) WILEY & GENE - Tiny Baby Bonnet / Give Me Your Heart
12/1948 78 t. COLUMBIA 20520 (US) WILEY & GENE - You Little Sweet Little You / No Hope For Love
04/1949 78 t. COLUMBIA 20554 (US) WILEY & GENE - I've Stopped My Dreaming Of You / How Does One Forget
09/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20729 (US) WILEY WALKER - Stolen Kisses / Tear Drop Walt
09/1950 SP 33 t. COLUMBIA 2-736 (US) WILEY WALKER - Stolen Kisses / Tear Drop Walt
11/1950 78 t. COLUMBIA 20750 (US)  WILEY & GENE - My Prison / I'm Sorry For The One Who's Losing You
11/1950 SP 33 t. COLUMBIA 2-833 (US) WILEY & GENE - My Prison / I'm Sorry For The One Who's Losing You
03/1952 78 t. COLUMBIA 20902 (US)  Gene SULLIVAN - Good Gosh Almighty How I Love You / Walkin' And Talkin'
03/1952 SP COLUMBIA 4-20902 (US) Gene SULLIVAN - Good Gosh Almighty How I Love You / Walkin' And Talkin'
07/1952 78 t. COLUMBIA 20977 (US)  Gene SULLIVAN - Would You Forgive Me? / Inflated Love
07/1952 SP COLUMBIA 4-20977 (US) Gene SULLIVAN - Would You Forgive Me? / Inflated Love
07/1957 78 t. COLUMBIA 40971 (US)  Gene SULLIVAN - Please Pass The Biscuits / Wash Your Feet Before Going To Bed
07/1957 SP COLUMBIA 4-40971 (US)  Gene SULLIVAN - Please Pass The Biscuits / Wash Your Feet Before Going To Bed
1960 SP SULLY S-45-107 (US) Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / Live And Let Live




Unissued

1940 78 t. VOCALION 05240 (US) (Unissued) Somebody Stole My Little Darlin' / It's All Over Now

Albums

1988 LP 12" OLD HOMESTEAD OHCS-188 (US) RADIO FAVORITES -  VOL. 1 - Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - Fiddle Tune / Washington (And) Lee Swing / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend / Teardrop Waltz / When You Wore A Tulip / I Want To Live And Love / After I'm Gone / Kansas City Blues / Marching Through Georgia /. Please Pass The Biscuits / Wash Your Feet Before Going To Bed / Take Away Those Blues Around My Heart / Don't That Moon Look Lonesome / Rubber Doll (Rag) / Forgive Me / Grandfathers Clock
1997 CD BRONCO BUSTER CD-9024 (GER) COUNTRY SONGS STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - WILEY & GENE - Kansas City Blues / Don't You Dare / I Might Have Known / Please Change Your Mind / Love Ain't Worrying Me / Don't That Moon Look Lonesome / After I'm Gone / Make Room In Your Heart For A Friend / Slow Marching Sad Music / Bothered By The Blues / Forgive Me / I Want To Live And Love / Take Away Those Blues Around My Heart / Losing My Sleep Over You / Bring Back The Sunshine / Empty Future / My Memory Picture Of You / No Parting Word No Parting Kiss / Tiny Baby Bonnet / Give Me Your Heart
2000 CD Old Homestead OHCD 4188 (US)

Radio Favorites - Wiley WALKER & Gene SULLIVAN - Intro / Washington And Lee Swing / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold / Teardrop Waltz / When You Wore A Tulip / Make Room In Your Heart / I Want To Live And Love You / After I'm Gone / Kansas City Blues / Intro / Marching Through Georgia / Please Pass The Biscuits / Wash Your Feet Before You Go To Bed / Take Away Those Blues / Don't That Moon Look Lonesome / Little Rubber Dolly / Forgive Me / Comments / Grandfather's Clock - Fiddles Close / Live And Let Live / Little, Sweet Little You / How Does One Forget / Bothered By The Blues / Love Ain't Worrying Me / I'm Tired Of Mountain Women / He Lookes So Peaceful Now / I Might Have Known

2005 CD Cattle Compact CCD 310 (GER) The Golden Age Of Country Music - Rocky Porter - Cody Fox - Wiley & Gene - GENE SULLIVAN - Rocky Porter : I've Fallen In Love With An Angel / Keep On Keeping On / I'm In Love With No One (But I'm Looking For Someone To Love) / Suppose; Please Say A Prayer (For The Boys Over There) / The All-Seeing Eye / The World Is A Monster / I Talked To The Man In The Moon / I Knew It All Along / Don't Forget To Remember / Cody Fox :  (Let Me Sing In) Echo Valley / In The Chapel In The Moonlight / Tiger Rag (inst.) / Oh! She's Crazy / Wiley & Gene : All Over Nothing At All / Somebody Stole My Little Darlin' / It's All Over Now (I Won't Worry) / Don't Be Jealous Of My Yesterdays / You Don't Love My Anymore (Little Darling) / There's Always Somebody Else / You've Got To Pay The Fiddler / Stolen Kisses / Gene Sullivan : Good Gosh Almighty How I Love You; / Walkin' And A Talkin' / Inflated Love / Would You Forgive Me?
10/2013 CD BACM CD D 427 (UK)

Live And Let Live - WILEY & GENE - Little Rubber Dolly / I’m Tired Of Mountain Women ,/ Wednesday Night Waltz / Texas Duster / He Looks So Peaceful Now / Lola Lee / South Plains Blues / You Married For Money / It’s Only A Matter Of Time / Live And Let Live / I Just Don’t Want To Be Happy / Somebody Knows / Watching And Waiting / I’m Tired Of Saying We’re Through / How Does One Forget / Love Always Has It’s Way / You Little Sweetheart You / I’ve Stopped My Dreaming About You / All My Tears Have Dried / No Hope For You No Love For Me / Radio Show No. 1 / Radio Show No. 2 

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