Friday, 13 March 2009

Rockin' Song of the Week - Number 49

Ken Craig - Silver Coin (Bertram Int. 45-216)

Another artist who has managed to keep below the radar and for all that's known about him I'm probably right in assuming that despite the title, this record didn't make him much silver coin. Craig was serving in the US Air Force at Hickham Field, Hawaii when he cut this for the Honolulu label.

The label might not have been prolific but it did give us Robin Luke and Bill Lawrence's brilliant Hey Baby! From the ass end of the ’'50s, Silver Coin is an atmospheric number that has a western feel. It sounds like the soundtrack for a gunslinger movie that would have Glenn Ford walking into the sunset with his pistol still smouldering in his hand.
As far as I know, Ken Craig only had one other release, a duet with his wife Karol from 1961.

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