maandag 12 oktober 2015
If We Never Meet Again (1945)
Albert Brumley wrote "If We Never Meet Again" during WWII when young men he knew would go off to fight and never return. During those years it became a comfort for families who lost loved ones in the war.
The melody reminds me a bit of "The Prisoner's Song" / "Blue Eyes" / "Wild Side Of Life" song cluster, which I posted some time ago: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2013/12/prisoners-song-1925-blue-eyes-1927.html
"The Prisoner's Song" was also the inspiration for Albert Brumley to write one of his greatest successes: "I'll Fly Away". http://www.bobdylanroots.com/illfly.html
"If We Never Meet Again" was written in 1945 and published by Stamps Quartet Music Co. and enclosed in the "Divine Praise" songbook (1945).
Frank Stamps set up the Stamps Quartet Music Company as a rival to his brother V. O. Stamps' very successful Stamps-Baxter Music Company.
The "Divine Praise" from 1945 was the first collection from Frank's new company. It came only as a shaped note version, to be used in that largely Southern music tradition.
Possibly the first recording from late 1945 or early 1946
(o) Blackwood Brothers Quartet (1945/1946)
The Blackwood Brothers recorded the song again early 1947
Released on White Church 1059 and Christian Education Service 1059
(c) Brown's Ferry Four (1947)
Recorded October 1946 Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA -
Brown’s Ferry Four (Grandpa Jones [vcl/gt], Red Foley [vcl/bass], Alton Delmore [vcl/gt], Rabon Delmore [vcl/gt])
Released on King 577
(c) Stamps Quartet (1947)
Released on an album of three 78's: "Bibletone presents The Stamps Quartet"
"If We Never Meet Again" is on the A-side of the first 78: Bibletone SW 3001-A
(c) All American Quartet (1947)
Earl Terry, Bob Crews, C.R. Melton, Gordon Hill, Alice Melton
Released on (Sacred Records SS-503):
(same songs released as Sacred Records J-146).
(c) Dixie Four (1947)
Melvin Doss, Gene Lowery, Loyal Green, Olen Dunn, Herschel Collins
Released on (TruTone Records DF-1):
(also released as TruTone 1001)
(c) Herschel Foshee and His Stamps-Baxter Quartet 1948 ?
"If We Never Meet Again" / "A City Called Heaven"
Released on White Church 1070
(c) Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners (1948) (as "If We'd Ever Meet Again")
Recorded November 7, 1947 RCA Victor Studio, 155 East 24th St., Manhattan, New York City – Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners
Charlie Monroe [vcl/gt], Rex Henderson [gt], Orne Osborne [gt/mandolin], Red Rector [mandolin], Charles Grean [bass]. Producer: Charles Grean)
Released on Victor 20-2961.
The same recording was re-released in 1950 with a slightly different title "If We Never Meet Again"
(c) Chuck Wagon Gang (1949)
Rosa Lola Lee "Rose" Carter Karnes (soprano vcl),Effie Juanita "Anna" Carter Gordon (alto vcl),David P. "Dad" Carter (tenor vcl),Ernest "Jim" Carter (bass vcl/gt).
Recorded 16 December 1948 poss. Merchandise Mart, Dallas, TX
Released on the Columbia label # 20537):
(c) Maddox Brothers and Rose (1951)
Maddox Brothers and Rose
Rose Maddox [vcl], Maddox Trio [vcl], Gene Breeden or Roy Ernest Nichols [ld gt], John Calvin “Cal” Maddox [rh gt], Henry Ford Maddox [mandolin], Fred Roscoe Maddox [bass], Kenneth Chalmer “Don” Maddox [fiddle],
Recorded ca. October 1950 Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA –
Released on 4-Star #1553
PS This might be another song, because comoser-credits read: "Stevenson" (and Publisher: "4 Star Sales BMI". But I didn't find a sound clip, so I couldn't compare.
(c) The Statesmen with Hovie Lister (1959)
Recorded March 1959 RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, TN –
Producer: Chet Atkins
Released on the album "I'll Meet You By The River" (RCA LPM-2065) (an album with 12 compositions by Albert E. Brumley)
(c) Elvis Presley (1960)
Recorded October 30, 1960 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Released on the album His Hand In Mine (RCA Victor LSP-2328)
(c) Thory Bernhards (1961) (as "Om Vi Aldrig Möts Igen")
Swedish lyrics by Leopold (= Stig Anderson)
(c) Lolita (1962) (as "Ein Lied Klingt Durch Das Tal")
German lyrics Fini Busch
(c) Eddie Bond (1962)
Recorded January 29, 1962 Echo Studio, Manassa Ave., Memphis, TN -
Eddie Bond , John Hughey [steel], Toomstone Hawkins [bass], Morris Tarant [drums], Gilber Mickle [fiddle/mandoline], Jimmy Smith [piano], vocal chorus. Producer: Len Rossi and Eddie Bond)
Released on the album Eddie Bond - Sings Greatest Country Gospel Hits (Phillips International PILP 1980-A-5)
(c) Stanley Brothers (1962)
Recorded May 4, 1962 King Recording Studio, Cincinnati, OH -
Carter Stanley [vcl/gt], Ralph Stanley [vcl/banjo], George Shuffler [vcl/gt], Henry Dockery [bass], Ralph Mayo [fiddle])
Recorded May 4, 1962
Released on the album Good Old Camp Meeting Songs (King Label #805)
(c) Johnny Cash (1962)
Recorded April 27, 1961 at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio, Nashville, TN –
Johnny Cash [vcl/gt], Luther Perkins [el gt], Ray Edenton [gt], Marshall Grant [bass], W.S. Holland [drums], Floyd Cramer [piano], Bill Pursell [organ], Marvin Hughes [vibes] + vocal chorus. Producer: Don Law and Frank Jones
Johnny Cash recorded the song again around 1993-1994, only to be released two months after his death in 2003.
(c) Jerry Lee Lewis (1970)
Recorded October 5 1970 Monument Recording Studio, Nashvile 3, TN –
Jerry Lee Lewis, Harold Bradley, Ray Edenton, Buck Hutcheson, Jerry Kennedy, Chip Young, Ned Davis, Bob Moore, Buddy Harman, Kenneth Lovelace + Jordanaires.
Producer: Jerry Lee and Linda Gail Lewis)
(c) Dolly Parton (1969)
Sung live in TV in the Porter Wagoner Show.
(c) Merle Haggard (1971)
Recorded November 22, 1970 Live at Big Creek Baptist Church, Millingham. TN
Merle Haggard + Carter Family.
Producer: George Richey
(c) Leon Redbone (1977)
Released on the album "Double Time".
The Dixie Hummingbirds (Ira Tucker sr., James Walker, James Davis, Beachy Thompson) - backing vocals
Beachy Thompson - background whistling
(c) Tammy Wynette (1977) (as "If We Never LOVE Again")
Recorded ca. December 1976 Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN – Producer: Billy Sherrill
Adapted lyrics written by Paul Richey, Silvia Richey and Theresa Beaty
More versions: Southern Gospel History | I / If We Never Meet Again
NOT TO BE CONFUSED with "If We Never Meet Again" written by Louis Armstrong and Horace Gerlach in 1936.