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If You Don't Somebody Else Will

  • 1. Don't Forget to Remember
    2. Wait a Minute Baby
    3. If You Don't Somebody Else Will
    4. I'm Beginning to Remember
    5. Flying (To Your Heart) - (previously unreleased)
    6. All Day Long - (previously unreleased)
    7. Can't You, Won't You
    8. Fun Is Over, The
    9. Dear Mr. Disc Jockey - (previously unreleased)
    10. Love Me
    11. Lips That Kiss So Sweetly
    12. Sweet Singing Daddy - (previously unreleased)
    13. Trust Me
    14. 'Til the End of the World (Rolls 'Round)
    15. Imagination
    16. Another Man's Name
    17. Sweet Love on My Mind
    18. Here Comes My Baby
    19. Don't Give Me That Look
    20. I'll Do It Everytime
    21. What'cha Doin' to Me
    22. I Can't Find the Door Knob
    23. Keep Telling Me
    24. Look What Love Will Do
    25. I Ain't Worried About Tomorrow
    26. My Little Baby
    27. All I Need Is Time
    28. Let Me Be the One
    29. Knock on Wood
    30. If You Don't Somebody Else Will
    31. I'm Beginning to Remember
    32. Lips That Kiss So Sweetly
    33. Love Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15771

  • Credits

    Jimmy and Johnny's "If You Don't Somebody Else Will" was a rare foray into the country field for Chess Records -- one that yielded a surprise Top Three hit in 1954. The duo never charted another record together, but made history on the Louisiana Hayride (Elvis Presley got his break on the Hayride filling in for Jimmy and Johnny, says Tillman Franks) and recorded an array of fine country novelties and weepers, as well as some hot rockabilly sides. If You Don't Somebody Else Will collects 33 cuts made from 1952-60 for Chess, Decca, D, Feature, and Republic, tracing the act's evolution from the original duo of Jimmy Lee (Fautheree) and Johnny "Country" Mathis, to Lee's pairings with his brother Lynn Fautheree and Wayne Walker after Mathis left. Two solo sides Lee made for the Vin label in 1958 are included, since Johnny "Country" Mathis sings harmony on them. Jimmy and Johnny's lone hit, and their handful of rockabilly classics like "Sweet Love on My Mind" and "I Can't Find the Doorknob" have surfaced on compilations, but many of their rarer cuts are equally good -- like "Sweet Singing Daddy," a near-perfect hillbilly bopper that sounds a lot like the Farmer Boys. Where Mathis appears, his Merle Travis-style electric guitar picking is outstanding. This lovingly-assembled, cross-licensed anthology offers excellent sound quality, a 48-page booklet containing a lengthy biography and discography, and is the definitive document of this hillbilly duo that straddled rock and roll in the mid-'50s. ~ Greg Adams

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