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Subject: Re: Ooby Dooby

Mark dillman
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Date Posted: Tue September 19, 2017 12:14:10
In reply to: Dave H 's message, "Ooby Dooby" on Wed February 08, 2017 07:57:11

It's my understanding that Roy Orbison recorded the song "Ooby Dooby" three times in 1956. First was the demo version recorded at the Jim Beck studio in Dallas, recorded direct to a ten inch demo disc. That disc was given to Columbia Records artist Sid King (and His Five Strings) who quickly recorded their version at the Beck studio which was released on Columbia. (A LOT of Columbia country and rockabilly artists recorded at Jim Beck's studio, especially in the early 1950s.) Sid kept that disc for decades until Barbara Orbison bought it from him. You can hear this version of the Roy Orbison box set on the Bear Family label. Second came the Je-well version recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis. It is my understanding that this version was released on both 45 and 78. It was the Je-well record that was likely played over the telephone to Sam Phillips who liked what he heard and got Roy & the Teen Kings to drop everything and drive to Memphis to record the third version which was released on Sun and sold well. Here was a record that sold 200,000 copies but peaked on the Billboard chart at only #59. That's how well records were selling in 1956. Almost a quarter-million copies and still didn't make the Top 40!!!

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