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CURTIS GORDON

By Dave Travis - January 1995

Originating from Moultrie, Georgia, 'Mr. Personality' - Curtis Gordon, as he is known began his career on Radio Station WMGA, Moultrie with Pee Wee Mills and his Twilight Playboys in the late 1940's, before organizing his first Western Swing Band on January 1, 1949, which was to be heard regularly over Radio station WKTG, Thomasville as well as at numerous dances in the Tri-State area. June 8th, 1952 saw Curtis entering a Talent contest in Atlanta, which he won and ended up with an RCA Victor recording contract through Steve Sholes, the well known Victor A 'n' R manager. Between 1952 - 1954, Curtis released a number of excellent 45's on Victor, all of which sold solidly, whilst Curtis, himself, after a 13 week spell on the Dixie Barn Dance in Mobile, opened the biggest Night Club in Mobile, called 'Radio Ranch'. Curtis' rockin' Western Swing B and was there to provide the best music around & folks came from all parts of the South to experience that 'Gordon Sound'.


On November 15, 1954, Curtis left RCA Victor & signed with Mercury Records through A 'n' R director, Dee Kilpatrick, where he was to record more fine Country and Western Swing Music, as well as one wild Rockabilly session from around March 1956, where Curtis really cut loose with four absolute classics, 'Draggin', 'Mobile Alabama', 'Rock Roll Jump and Jive', 'I'm sittin' on top (of the World)'. Revered to this day, these four recordings represent the finest in Rockabilly Music.

Curtis left Mercury in 1958 and dropped by the Cedarwood Music Office one day to visit Jim Denny, one of the undisputed founding fathers of the Nashville Music Business. Denny had started his own label - Dollie Records - to run in conjunction with his highly successful Music Publishing Company and was actively looking for product. In the Ex-RCA and Mercury artist, Jim Denny saw many possibilities and invited Curtis to record a session in the Cedarwood Studios. Five songs were recorded with alternate takes of 'For the Last Time' and 'My Broken Heart Still Knows'. 'From Memphis to New Orleans' has Curtis right back on Rocking form, while the other songs fall into the western Swing & Country category, all right up to the usual high standard of a Curtis Gordon recording.

Since then Curtis has managed to maintain his western Swing Band, bucking all trends & recording for the Duke of Country Label. After more than 45 years in Show Business, this tall and unfailingly friendly man has good reason to be proud of his achievements and Stomper Time Records is proud to have him on the label.





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