Listen – Billy Bossman – Up The Road – MP3
Listen – The Bossmen – Up the Road (instrumental) – MP3
As I am a touch under the weather, I’ll make this one short and sweet.
As I’ve mentioned here in the past, I always pick up any HBR 45s I find in the field, both as a completist and in the hope that finally, after so many others, I’ll get my hands on an Unrelated Segments 45.
Today’s selection is one I grabbed at an Asbury Lanes Record Sale a while back (the same place where I scored the New Breed 45 on the same label).
Aside from the fact that it was issued in 1965, I can tell you absolutely nothing about Billy Bossman, or the Bossmen (to whom the instrumental version on the b-side is credited).
The record itself contains traces of rockabilly, and a lead guitarist who sounds a lot like Albert Collins. I prefer the instro side, since the vocalist on the a-side is, how do they say, kind of uninspiring. The instrumental lets the guitar and the cheesy organ (with a touch of Dave Baby Cortez’ ‘Happy Organ’) come to the fore a bit more.
The HBR discography can be described charitably as ‘all over the place’ (check this listing at Spectropop for a look HBR’s often schizo line up).
If anyone has any info on the group, please drop me a line.
Other than that, have a great weekend.