Before we get to today’s topic, here are this week’s new album releases: Carolyn Sills Combo, Phoenix Asteroid, The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri, Miranda Lambert, Hootie & The Blowfish, The Mavericks, Creed Fisher, Micky and The Motorcars, Erin Enderlin, Stoney Larue, Jolie&The Jackalopes,Karin Page, and Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour Lyve!
Anita Stapleton has a new album called “Some Memories” that is only available through her site: http://www.anitastapletonmusic.com/music.html
My October-December Country Plus Showcase includes 70+ artists: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-tR16mK6iahWJja7WOZA5A
Here’s my Halloween list: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_xX_BwEull5byladrYInML
The Merkins have a bunch of Halloween songs as “The Slashstreet Boys” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgV-hgprraRb071mumQFw2g
If you like roots music that’s dark and grimy, there’s Death Roots Syndicate: https://www.youtube.com/user/DeathRootsSyndicate
I’ve mentioned “Popeye voice” technique recently. Salty Holmes had a sizable career in country and western (including western movies), and used the technique in his Halloween classic, “The Ghost Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_RoYpySpA
The lady in the video was his wife (though they later divorced), who used stage names Mattie O’Neill and Jean Chapel. She had some success as a country artist, but more success as a songwriter, including a number one for Eddy Arnold.
Here’s a 1938 version that Salty Holmes did with his group, The Prairie Ramblers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXQX5KxhDWk
The Prairie Ramblers were also known as The Kentucky Ramblers and Sweet Violet Boys. The Prairie Ramblers were the backing band for some of Patsy Montana’s recordings, including “Cowboy’s Sweetheart.”
Salty Holmes was also known for his “talking harmonica” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KXv6XMPDM0
Back to Popeye voices, here’s a look at all over the Popeye voices over the decades: https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/voice-compare/Popeye/Popeye/
It’s most remarkable that the voice of Olive Oyl (and Betty Boop) was able to pull off the Popeye voice. Voice actor Billy West describes studying Tuvan throat singing to achieve the Popeye voice effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqlQJOifTZg
Poley McClintock used a Popeye-like voice at least as far back as 1927: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6q0TiYGj5c
According to this article at Cartoon Research: “Costello … built his Popeye voice on noises he made earlier in his career, and on the work of ‘Gene Greene and Poley McClintock.” https://cartoonresearch.com/index.php/sing-me-a-cartoon-16-more-sailor-man-rhythm/
Here’s the Popeye-sounding part of the scatting/eefing section of Gene Greene’s 1911 “King Of the Bungaloos” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpUzYBXcI0M&t=240s
Note that some of the eefing songs that came decades later included some reference to pie, as well.