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Gee Whiz Miss Liz - Marvin Jackson
I tried hard, but I couldn't find any definitive info on this record.
Possibly recorded in 1957, released in 1961? Possibly *not* released
till years later? Possibly *recorded* in 1961? Possibly recorded years
later and thus ineligible?
There is a page on YouTube that says it was recorded in 1958 but
released on an LP in 1985. I have seen it listed as being on Crestwood
200 but no evidence of a release date on that.
The 45 came out, here it is.
I've looked at the same site. Yes, it was pressed but can you find the
date it was issued?
No, but it's not an unissued track that first came out decades later on an album. It's just an odd record that came out on an obscure label that nobody has been able to date. There's lots of those.
But how do you know that? How do you know the 45 isn't a boot?
A boot of what?
A "boot" is an unauthorized copy of an actual real 45.
Usually, but for example the Five Sharps 45 Joe P. made is referred to
as a boot, although the original only came out on a 78.
Question remains: how do you *know* the 45 depicted on the RCS website
is not a....repro? fake? mockup? conspiracy? hoax? piracy?
Marvin Jackson is a rockabilly guitar player and singer from Missouri who released a series of rare singles on his own Crestwood Records label in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Although he never enjoyed more than regional success, Jackson could be a poster boy for how rockabilly should be played and delivered. White Label Records released an LP of Jackson material in 1985, and Collector Records gathered that album, all the independent singles, and several previously unreleased tracks into one package, When You Rock and Roll, which came out in 2004.
"Gee Whiz Miss Liz"
Interview by Steve Kelemen
The name Marvin Jackson may not ring many bells, but still this cat brutally carved out a distinctive style. Through his efforts, this made him stand above the never ending legion of Elvis clones that were taking over, so forcefully, the airwaves and record sales during the 1950's.
I started playing guitar when I was 14 years old. Played lead guitar mostly for other singers at school shows and local dances. My first three records were made during 1957. They were released on my own Crestwood label. The first one was "Honey If You Love Me" b/w "World Of Make Believe" followed by "My Cryin' Heart" b/w "Someday You'll Be Sorry". Both were pressed by Starday Records in Madison, Tennessee. I had 300 copies made of each record. My 3rd Crestwood single was "Peek-A-Boo" b/w "You Gotta Have The Beat". This one was pressed by King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I had 200 copies made of that one. During the summer of 1958 I was drafted into the army. I completed my advanced training at Fort Hood, Texas, then went to Germany for 18 shows, etc. This was when I was stationed near Nuremberg. I was released from active duty in November 1960. I returned home and went back to work at McDonald Aircraft (where I worked before I was drafted) then the Berlin crisis broke and I was called back into the service.
During the 1950s I drove all over Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee shaking DJ's hands and having them play my records. I got quite a few interviews and most of the DJ's were friendly. Austin Wood (who booked the Grand Ole Opry stars in my area) had a radio show on KTTR in Rolla, Missouri, had me on his show. I think he also had a TV show too. He was a very nice man and treated me good when he played my records and interviewed me. Most people don't know that he was blind. He died a while back.
Anyway, my records played very well locally on the radio and juke boxes. The main ones were "Jaybird", "Peek-A-Boo" and "Turn To Jesus". "Turn To Jesus" was recorded and released by Uncle Buck Lipe (Mr. Ducktail). He was a local DJ and record producer (The "Sam Phillips of Missouri", who was responsible for some of the BEST ROCKABILLY that came out of the state-S.K.).
In 1985 White Label Records released an album full of my songs. Some of the tracks were recorded that year with my band "The Rockabilly Three". I'm happy that Cees Klop put that album out. Originally Bison Bob (now Buffalo Bop) was going to release the album, but for some reason they didn't.
Nowdays I make my living as a construction worker. I am very interested in doing some of these Rockabilly shows that we talked about. I'm in good health and ready to Rock'n'Roll for all of these new Rockabilly lovers - there's no better form of music.