Mac Curtis Appears in Movie
Hollywood, California, October 20, 2000 - Rockabilly Hall of Fame Inductee Mac Curtis has completed filming his role in a new movie "Don't Let Go". Principal stars are Scott Wilson, Katharine Ross and Bo Hopkins. The fictional story is set in today's world of Rockabilly Music. It revolves around a legendary singer from the fifties and the conflict between him, his wife and two sons. The sons have formed a Rockabilly Band and are working for recognition from not only music fans, but, their Father as well. Mac Curtis plays himself and performs a song in the picture along with several scenes of dialogue. The project, produced by Brad Wilson and Ken Schur, was written and directed by Max Meyers. It is based on an original idea by Wilson. Mac said, "I had a ball doing this picture. The cast really did their research and I am impressed by their work. Important to me is that if enough people see it, there could well be a whole new audience for our music. That would be cool for all of us." Producers expect the film to be released in the Spring of 2001. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame website will post further details as they develop.
ED. NOTE: Rumor has it that Mac wears his Rockabilly Hall of Fame T-shirt in one scene.
Posted March 11, 2000
Two CDs from Mac ... Mac Curtis for Fans Only
"THE KING MASTERS" - 19 tracks. Original rockabilly masters as recorded by Mac in 1956 and 1957.
"ROCKIN' AROUND THE WORLD" - Originally recorded and issued on thr Hot Rock label as "Truckabilly." Recorded 1981 in London, England and features Mac backed by the Rhythm Hawks and Mickey Jupp on Piano. Produced by Mac Curtis and David Harris.
THESE CDs ARE AVAILABLE NOW! $18.00 each and Mac will pay the postage. Mac will personally autograph each CD. Order from:
P.O. Box 211175
Bedford. Texas 76095-8175 USA
Posted November 26, 1999
MAC CURTIS - "Early in the Morning" CD Material recorded in 1970-71 is now available on Bluelight Records (BLR 3367 2), Box 153, 00171 Helsinki, Finland. Tel. +358-9-757 1728, Fax +359-9-777 2727. Two of these 12 rocking' country tracks, have previously been issued on Rockabilly Hall of Fame Vol. 1 & 2 CDs. Mac is at his best on this disc.
Posted October 10, 1999
Hello everyone. There is an updated version of Mac Curtis discography on my web page: http://www.pcuf.fi/~tapiov/discographies/maccurtis.htm - All corrections & additions are welcome. Tapio Vaisanen - firstname.lastname@example.org
MAC CURTIS with the RIMSHOTS CD
Title - Rockabilly Ready
Label - Jappin' 'n' Rockin'
Genre - Rockabilly
Release date - NOW!!!
Format - CD album
Catalogue no. - JRCD31
Take a veteran Texas rocker with impeccable rockabilly credentials, pair him with a group of young Welsh hillbillies who share an equal love for the big beat and the result is this sizzling platter! Mac Curtis began his career back in the mid-fifties with a string of classic rockabilly releases on the King label such as 'If I Had Me A Woman', 'Grandaddy's Rockin', 'Half-Hearted Love' and 'You Ain't Treatin' Me Right'. He continued to record for several labels throughout the sixties and seventies including Ronnie Weiser's legendary Rollin' Rock label which brought us such gems as 'How Com It', 'Ducktail' and 'You Oughta See Grandma Rock'. In comparison to Mac, The Rimshots are new kids on the block, but nevertheless they have a genuine feel and affection for the music and since their formation in 1986 have worked with a host of veteran rockabilly cats including Narvel Felts, Curtis Gordon, Glen Glenn and Wanda Jackson. This is their fifth album to date and they've performed at venues all over Europe and even in the States. 'Rockabilly Ready' teams Mac Curtis with The Rimshots on a selection of mainly brand new material written by Mac and John Lewis especially for the occasion and features sleeve notes by Trevor Cajiao, editor of 'Now Dig This' magazine.
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"ROCKABILLY LEGEND"! A title highly regarded by Mac Curtis, especially since it was bestowed upon him by the True Rockabilly fans of Europe. They are the fans who are responsible for reviving his 1950's musical art form. A revival that began in earnest in the early Seventies and has kept the sound alive and well to this date.
Born Wesley Erwin Curtis in Fort Worth, Texas January 16, 1939, Mac spent his formative years under the guardianship of his grandparents near the farming community of Olney, Texas. From these humble roots, Mac would one day realize his childhood dreams of becoming a nationally known performer. It was far beyond his dreams, however, that the music he made during those early years would even- tually be recognized world-wide as a truly stylistic innovation. An American Original.
In 1951, at the tender age of twelve, Mac purchased his first guitar. A neighboring farmer helped him select the instrument and taught him the basic chords. By the end of the year Mac had learned enough to convince him to enter a local talent contest. Placing second in the contest earned him $15 dollars. He had paid ten for the guitar. Mac quickly figured that Show business was for him.
In 1954 Mac relocated with his grandparents to Weatherford, Texas It would become a key move considering the close proximity to Fort Worth and the nearest recording studio. Mac became acquainted with schoolmates Jim and Ken Galbraith. They shared a common interest in music and began playing together. While each had been steeped in Hillbilly and Gospel music, they had begun to be enthralled with the music of Rhythm and Blues acts . . . Big Joe Turner; The Midnighters; Piano Red. And, of course, Fats Domino; Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
The group's teenage peers slowly began to "dig" the hybrid sound. Rock and Roll was on the horizon. the teens were restless, even rebellious. Ironically, an appearance by the band on a high school assembly program became a turning point. By the completion of Mac's first two vocals, the kids were on their feet stomping and screaming. Teachers and school officials were enraged. The boys were on the brink of suspension from school for what was termed "lewd and suggestive gyrations". Fortunately, the student council intervened and even convinced officials to allow a repeat performance. Thus, was born "The Country Cats".
Mac and his band began to actually make money for their gigs. They experimented with studio demo recordings and added a drummer to enhance the beat of their music. And, in late 1955 while working a gig at a Fort Worth auto dealership they caught the ear of a popular local DJ. He was so impressed with the style that he got the group an audition with a visiting KING Records executive. The label representative signed Mac to a recording contract on the spot.
In the spring of 1956 Mac and the band stepped into the Jim Beck studio in Dallas for the first of several King Records sessions. As a result, the classic "If I Had Me A Woman" was issued as Mac's first single.
The singles "Grandaddy's Rockin" and "You Ain't Treatin Me Right" followed in rapid succession. The records caught the ear of the famous Alan Freed in New York. Freed booked Mac on his 1956 Christmas Rock 'n' Roll Revue at the prestigious Brooklyn Paramount Theater. Mac shared the bill with numerous stars including the Moonglows; Shirley and Lee; Cadillacs; Screamin Jay Hawkins; Jessie Belvin; Teddy Randazzo and George Hamilton IV. It would become one of the biggest highlights of Mac's career.
Mac returned to Weatherford in early 1957 to complete his final year of high school. His musical fame prompted him to be hired as a DJ on local radio station KZEE. he broadcast by day and performed on nights and weekends for the balance of the year. But, by November, the US Army beckoned Mac to serve his country in the military service.
The lion's share of Mac's military duty was spent with American Forces Radio in Seoul, Korea. He was assigned the position of DJ and Network Country Music Director. And, in the evenings he sang with a GI Country band on the military club circuit. The band went on to win second place in the recorded division of the 1959 All-Army Talent Contests.
Upon return to civilian life in Texas in 1960 Mac found that the market for his style of music was no longer in vogue. The rapidly changing American music scene was not king to the artists such as Mac who had laid the cornerstone for Rock and Roll. It would be several years before his Rockabilly sound would be re-discovered and appreciated by fans in other parts of the World.
Throughout the 1960's, Mac's broadcast career took center state. He became a nationally known and respected figure in the Country Radio Industry. He served at stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and los Angeles. Simultaneously, he performed and recorded Country music. Stints with Epic Records and the GRT label produced a string of chart - placing singles and two albums. Along the way he developed his talent for song writing and succeeded in placing tunes with several other artists including his friend Bob Luman, Lynn Anderson and George Morgan.
By 1971 Mac was on the air in Los Angeles where a major milestone came about. Ronny Weiser approached Mac for an interview with his magazine. From these interview sessions Mac learned first hand of the popularity of his early Rockabilly recordings among a growing number of fans in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Ronny introduced Mac to fellow Texas Rockabilly Ray Campi. It was only a short time until Ronny convinced the two to record some songs for his newly-imagined Rollin Rock Records. Music Industry moguls looked askance at the concept. "These guys are crazy. You can't sell stuff that's been recorded in a living room. This stuff will never see the light of day. There's just no market for it!"
Undaunted, Ronny began to release his Rollin Rock records in Europe. By 1973 the Rockabilly revival was on!
For the next five years Ronny Weiser churned out a steady stream of releases by Mac Curtis, Ray Campi and several other artists. In 1977 the first personal appearance tour was organized to visit England. Mac, Ray and his band shared the bill. It would become known as "The original Rollin Rock Tour" Avid Rockabilly fans throughout England, Europe and Scandanavia turned out in force. And, they were by no means disappointed. The tour established a benchmark for every Rockabilly act to follow. It was the first of many Mac Curtis trips to follow.
With a number of foreign tours completed, Mac allied with British booking baron, Paul Barrett in 1986. The alliance proved to be a winning combination of music and business acumen that would build Mac Curtis into becoming one of the hottest drawing performers from the Rockabilly genre.
With the advent of compact disc technology, Charly Records of England became the first to jump on the Mac Curtis bandwagon, with it's 1991 issue of the entire original Mac Curtis King Records masters. The success of the project later prompted Tex Aicardi to compile a CD format of Mac's Rollin Rock singles and issued on the Rollin Rock Switzerland label in 1995.
Thus, the Rockabilly sound of Mac Curtis is available in various formats and compilations world- wide. Leading rock and roll magazines periodically print a complete disography of Mac's work. And, are now available on line via The Rockabilly Hall of Fame website (http://www.athenet.net/~genevinc/ RABSHWCS.html)
As always, the ultimate bywords are:'KEEP ON ROCKIN'
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THE BEST OF MAC CURTIS
1997 HighTone Records - Rollin' Rock/HMG 6601
1) IF I HAD ME A WOMAN
2) GOOD ROCKIN' TOMORROW
3) PARTY LINE
4) DUCK TAIL
5) I'D RUN A MILE FOR YOU
6) WILD, WILD WOMEN
7) THAT'S HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
8) YOU CAN'T TAKE THE BOOGIE WOOGIE OUT OF ME
9) GRANDADDY'S ROCKIN'
10) TURN AWAY FROM ME
12) HOW COME IT?
13) WAKE UP ROCK 'N' ROLL
14) HARD HEARTED GIRL
15) MORE LOVE WHERE THAT CAME FROM
16) REAL GOOD ITCH
17) TURN TO ME
18) FOR YOUR LOVE
19) SUNTAN GIRL
THE ROLLIN' ROCK & REBEL SINGLES COLLECTION
THE ROLLIN'ROCK SINGLES
2) SIDETRACK MAMA
3) YOU OUGHTA SEE GRANMA ROCK
4) GRANDADDY'S ROCKIN'
5) HOW COME IT
6) SLIP, SLIP, SLIPPIN' IN
7) JOHNNY CARROLL ROCK
8) ROCKIN' MOTHER
9) KEEP DOIN' WHAT YOU'RE DOIN' NOW'
10) PISTOL PACKIN'MAMA
THE REBEL SINGLES
11) BEEN GONE A LONG TIME
12) MAKING IT RIGHT
13) FOR YOUR LOVE
14) TURN AWAY FROM ME
15) IF I HAD ME A WOMAN
16) THAT AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT RIGHT
17) ROLLIN' ROCK ROCK
18) HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE
19) TELL ME, WHAT'LL I DO