If You Don't Somebody Else Will

If You Don't Somebody Else Will

by Jimmy & JohnnyJimmy & Johnny


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/1997
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127157713
catalogNumber: 15771
Rank: 133926

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy & Johnny   Primary Artist
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
James Burton   Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Thomas Harris   Bass
Johnny "Country" Mathis   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Lee Fautheree   Guitar,Vocals
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Buddy Harman   Bass
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Merton Thibodeaux   Bass
Wayne Walker   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Farris Coursey   Bass
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Bob Moore   Vocals
Tillman Franks   Bass
Abe Manuel   Fiddle
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Walter Garland   Guitar
Lynn Fautheree   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Tom Pritchard   Bass
Robert Foster   Steel Guitar
Sonny Burnette   Steel Guitar
A.J. Lewis   Drums
Bill Kimbrough   Drums
Doug Johnson   Fiddle
Charlie Lewis   Piano
Donald D. Davis   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
New Order   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Bud Reneau   Composer
Walker   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Sonny Burnette   Contributor
Roger S. Nichols   Composer
Paul H. Williams   Composer

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