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Re: Who Was First To Wear Them?
Give a listen.
I've been kidding back and forth via email with a group of far-flung high school friends about record labels which had used our first names [e.g. there was a LARRY Records which had all of 3 releases]. One friend who goes by the nickname Chic was intrigued by the label with his name so I did a little research. CHIC Records out of Thomasville, GA had 15 releases, all in '56-'57. It featured local artists with one exception. Founder Chic Thompson purchased the US rights to a recording by a group out of Scotland, The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group [with lead singer Anne Wilson a.k.a. Nancy Whiskey]. The "A" side of the recording was Elizabeth Cotten's folk classic "Freight Train" and the record reached #40 on the Billboard Top 100 singles chart [the "B" side was "The Cotton Song", which 4+ yrs. later was a #13 hit by The Highwaymen as "Cotton Fields"].
The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group made it to the then top of USA exposure, The Ed Sullivan Show, in July of '57. And look what the guys [but not Nancy] were wearing. Were Bob and Dave watching?
Link: The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group - Freight Train