Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Smiley Monroe and The Golden State Boys - "Small Wooden Cross" / "Bluegrass In Hollywood"



The action's all on the B-Side here, people. Not that I don't enjoy Bluegrass gospel. Because I do. But "Small Wooden Cross" isn't much. Nothing wrong with it, mind you, just not that memorable. The B-Side, though...who wouldn't want to listen to someone either bragging or complaining or both that Bluegrass is now the "Next Big Thing" out in Hollywood, California USA? I know I would.

Not much information online about Smiley Monroe. Was he a laboratory-created amalgam of Bill Monroe and Arthur Lee "Red" Smiley? The world may never know!

Click here to download Toppa Records 45-1036!

4 comments:

The Kid said...

Toppa tops em all.

david london said...

SMILEY IS MY FATHER. I WAS BROUGHT UP IN KEISER WEST VIRGINIA
IN THE 50'S. WE WENT TO HOLLYWOOD AT THAT TIME. HE WAS A VERY FAMOUS D.J. IN THE L.A. BASON AT THAT TIME. HE WOULD HOST THE HOLLYWOOD
CHRISTMAS PARADE. A PLAYBOY AT HEART. WOULD PERFORM AT NIGHT CLUBS
AT NIGHT HE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE LADIES UNDER EACH ARM WHEN THE CLUB
WOULD CLOSE. MISS HIM ,RONALD MONGOLD

Steve Hathaway said...

The + on label signified the A side. Also the wax or run off groove inscription, for "Bluegrass In Hollywood" further verifies that it is the A side not the B side. TOPPA-1073A / U-354

Robert said...

Cool. Thanks for the update.