Hoosier Daddy: Mar-Vel’ And The Birth Of Indiana Rockabilly

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 15 Sep 2014

"There's more to Dave Penny's latest mix than the clever title...a playlist of over 100 incredible tunes...rarely-spun treasures that will excite any true rockabilly fan...Mouths will be agape at the musicianship too" Vintage Rock

"This triple CD will delight...***" Soul Bag

"...a real Aladdin's cave for the rock 'n' roll fanatic. And for the vinyl fetishist...32 of these tracks on the Fantastic Voyage double-LP FVDV204!" Boppin' Around

"this fine compilation by Dave Penny spreads the net to include other Indiana labels...to provide a veritable treasure chest of fine music...another essential collector's item from Fantastic Voyage" Now Dig This







CAT No: FVTD204UPC TEXT: 5055311002040

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Hoosier Daddy tells the story of the pioneering and industrious Indiana record man, Harry Glenn, and his Mar-Vel’ and Glenn labels and his importance in bringing country rock ’n’ roll to the state of Indiana. Indiana, the Hoosier State, is not one that immediately springs to mind when considering the great centres of American musical excellence in the mid 20th century. The celebrated Vee-Jay Records was launched there in 1953, but within months had relocated to nearby Chicago. A host of jazz legends graduated from the clubs of the state capitol, Indianapolis, which also played host to a lively blues scene in the 1920s and 1930s, from which Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell emerged, but musicians had to seek their fortunes elsewhere. By the mid 1940s, with the war effort in full swing, the influx of those leaving the southern states to colonise the north-western corner of Indiana, in pursuit of well-paid jobs was at an all-time high. While these migrants may have considered themselves neo-sophisticates with fat bank rolls in their pockets, they were homesick and pining for some down-home entertainment which was willingly supplied by other, musically-gifted migrants from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. Into this maelstrom of musical talent entered a man with the desire to supply this untapped market, but not another Southern migrant – Harry Glenn was a Hoosier born and bred…

Hoosier Daddy is a massive 105-track 3CD set compiled and annotated by rock & roll authority Dave Penny. In addition to long-cherished cult rockabilly favourites such as Bobby Sisco, Herbie Duncan, Chuck Dallis and Harry Carter, Hoosier Daddy includes a host of rare tracks from other, more obscure performers, among them the first recordings of Jackie De Shannon, as “Sherry Lee – Sixteen Year Old Miss Country Music”! In addition to the Harry Glenn story, we also look at the other important Indiana rockabilly labels from Indianapolis (Note, Nabor, Yolk, KW/K, Jet, Solid Gold, Skyline, Tyme, Delta, Glee, Blank and Whispering Pines), Fort Wayne (Emerald), Marion (Claudra), Evansville (Falcon and Eunice), Columbus (Amp), Beech Grove (Ski) and Muncie (Poor Boy) and others…all gone but not forgotten. All in all, a must-have for collectors of rockabilly. Hoosier Daddy? It has to be Fantastic Voyage!

A limited edition 32-track 2LP vinyl set is also available.



  1. Boogie Woogie Baby of Mine (Bob Burton & his Sunny South Boys)
  2. Itchy Feet (Rex Jennings & Mid-Western All Stars)
  3. Ronnie’s Boogie (Ronnie Durbin)
  4. Bounce Baby Bounce (Stoney Calhoun)
  5. Would It Matter At All (Jim Gatlin with Les Smithhart & Super-X Cowboys)
  6. Love Me, Love Me (Eddy Star & His Star Drifters)
  7. Basil Smith Stomp (Basil Smith)
  8. Choctaw Boogie (Bob Reed)
  9. Honky Tonkin’ Rhythm (Bobby Sisco)
  10. Baby Honey (Sherry Lee, Sixteen Year Old Miss Country Music, with Shorty Ashford & Country Music Boys
  11. Way High, Way Low (The Thomas Brothers, Melvin & Elvin)
  12. This Is The Blues (Billy Hall & His Rhythm Boys)
  13. Shootin’ Pool (Bill Hall)
  14. I’m Crazy Darling (Sherry Lee & Shorty Ashford with The Country Music Boys)
  15. The Way You’re Treating Me (Jim Gatlin with Les Smithhart & Super-X Cowboys)
  16. Jump Baby Jump (Harry Carter with Dixie Rhythmaires)
  17. Rhythm In My Soul (Harry Carter with Dixie Rhythmaires)
  18. Tall, Dark & Handsome Man (Bobby Sisco)
  19. Move Over Rover (1st Version) (Billy Hall & His Rhythm Boys)
  20. Tired Of Rocking (Bob Burton)
  21. I’m Settin’ You Free (Harold Allen & J.T. Watts with Rhythm Ramblers)
  22. Devoted Love (Billy Nix & His Country Young’uns)
  23. Heartsick And Blue (Rem Wall & His Green Valley Boys)
  24. Naughty Girls (Jack Bradshaw & The Morgan Sisters)
  25. Let Me Love You (Bill Hall)
  26. I Need Some Lovin’ (Harold Allen)
  27. You Made Me Love You, Baby (Harry Carter with The Rhythmaires)
  28. Hot Lips Baby (Herbie Duncan with Red Wells & His Caravans from St Louis)
  29. Grown-Ups Sometimes Cry (Rem Wall & His Green Valley Boys)
  30. Perhaps (Billy Nix)
  31. Saturday Night Special (Jack Bradshaw)
  32. Go, Go, Go (Bobby Sisco)
  33. I Don’t Want You (Harry Carter with The Rhythmaires)
  34. Little Angel (Herbie Duncan, Red Wells & His Caravans from St Louis)


  1. Come On Let’s Go (1st Version) (Chuck Dallis)
  2. Moon Twist (Billy Nix)
  3. Dark And Stormy (Bill Ferguson)
  4. Susie And Earl (Billy Nix)
  5. So Close To Heaven (Chuck Dallis)
  6. I Need Some Lovin’ (Billy Hall)
  7. Mean, Mean Woman (Ray Lynn)
  8. That’s All (Herbie Duncan)
  9. Move Over Rover (2nd Version) (Billy Hall)
  10. Your Flame Of Love (Billy Nix)
  11. Get With The Beat (Billy Nix)
  12. Escape (Herbie Duncan and The Original Hurricanes from Kansas City, Mo.)
  13. Scalded (Skipper Hunt Combo)
  14. Oh Ricky (The Gaye Sisters, Ginny and Kathy, with Rem Wall and Green Valley Boys)
  15. Moon Twist (Chuck Dallis)
  16. What Am I Gonna Do (Skipper Hunt Combo)
  17. Come On Let’s Go (2nd Version) (Chuck Dallis)
  18. Don’t You Hear Me Calling, Baby (Ronnie Haig)
  19. Cry, Baby Cry (The Denhams)
  20. Hey Little Baby (Ronnie Haig)
  21. Money Is A Thing Of The Past (Ronnie Haig with Jimmy Coe Orchestra)
  22. Friction (The Five Stars, arranged and conducted by Jimmy Coe)
  23. Dirty White Bucks (And Tight Pegged Pants) (Jerry Seifert with Jimmy Coe Orchestra)
  24. Rocking With Rhythm And Blues (Ronnie Haig with Jimmy Coe Orchestra)
  25. Never Baby Never (Jerry Seifert with Jimmy Coe Orchestra)
  26. Little Bitty Mama (Webb Foley)
  27. Rock And Roll Dot (Tex Neighbors)
  28. Rockin’ Teens (Dennis Puckett and The Rockets)
  29. Ain’t Going That Route (Tex Neighbors)
  30. Bee Bop Baby (Webb Foley)
  31. Rockin’ Beat (Tex Neighbors)
  32. Be-Bop Blues (Aubrey Cagle)
  33. Real Cool (Ted Russell and His Rhythm Rockers)
  34. I’ll Find My Way (Back To You) (Billy Love)
  35. You Made Me Mad (And That’s Bad) (Bill Elkins)


  1. Speed Limit (Tommy Lam)
  2. Feets Too Big (1st Version) (Skip Cody)
  3. Have You Seen My Baby? (Curley Shelton)
  4. Kool Kat (Bill Sherrell)
  5. Don’t Need No Job (Jerry Parsons)
  6. Crazy Little Heart (Brenda-Holly)
  7. Hard Up Blues (Blankenship Brothers)
  8. Spinner Hub Caps (Pat Davis)
  9. Jeanie (Eddie Smalling)
  10. Let’s Go Daddy-O! (Harold Hubble’s Spitfires)
  11. Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O (Bill Sherrell)
  12. Somebody’s Been Rocking My Boat (Norman Witcher)
  13. Tornado (The Jiants)
  14. Record-Hop (Shorty Sergent)
  15. That’s The Way (Keetie and The Kats)
  16. The Great Pretender (Jim Alley)
  17. Saturday Ball (Tennessee Thompson)
  18. Tom Katt (Johnny Phelps)
  19. Yes, No, Or Maybe (Bill Sherrell)
  20. Old Age And Rough Treatment (Charlie Stewart)
  21. Undecided (Jerry Parsons)
  22. Rock On Baby (Bill Sherrell)
  23. Honey Talk (Ralph Hodges)
  24. That’s Why I Am Blue (Blankenship Brothers)
  25. Slow Boogie Rock (Lloyd Harp)
  26. Wake Me Up (Norman Witcher)
  27. Hang-Out (Jimmy Ganzberg)
  28. Jitterbug Drag (Walter Arkie Bittle)
  29. Slippin’ And Slidin’ (Tennessee Thompson)
  30. She’s My Woman (The Jiants)
  31. Shake This Town (Lawson Rudd)
  32. Cadillac Baby (Bill Sherrell)
  33. Feets Too Big (2nd version) (Skip Cody)
  34. Servant Of Love (Van Brothers)
  35. Mean Woman Blues (Jim Johnston)
  36. Rock A Bye Baby (Jimmy Ridley)