Americans at Work: Barbers - 1959

The way to beauty may not be the most attractive, but the admiring glances that result are worth it.
- Americans at Work: Barbers

There is much tradition – In Greece, getting hair cut could be a social occasion, where men would discuss the issues of the day while having their hair trimmed and beards curled.  

Still today, the barber acts as a listener and sometime counselor of his clients.

Waterloo - Cliff Crofford & Billy Mize - 1959

In this clip multi-instrumentalists and all-around talents Cliff Crofford & Billy Mize perform rollicking, stomping rendition of Waterloo. From 1959, this number is another prime example of the world famous Bakersfield Sound.

Johnny Bond: Diggin' for Gold - 1959

Johnny Bond - Diggin' for Gold

Ozark Jubilee Boys: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 1959

Ozark Jubilee Boys perform "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" live in this country tinged version of Jerry Lee Lewis's rhythm  & blues hit.  Witness rockabilly in the making as this young western swing band goes rock & roll.

Billy Mize & Cliff Crofford: Tell Him No - 1959

Billy Mize and Cliff Crofford's harmonies for "Tell Him No" typify the Bakersfield Sound.

From a local television broadcast out of Compton, California in the late 1950's.

Skeets McDonald: What a Lonesome Life it's Been - 1959

Skeets McDonald plays his classic country tune  "What a Lonesome Life it's Been" in a rare televised performance from 1959.


Diane Jewett: How to Yodel - 1959

In this vintage performance, the yodeling is entirely live and more contemporaneous, with a definitively rockabilly slant.


Joe Maphis: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - 1959

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (and LOUD, LOUD music) performed by Joe Maphis & wife Rose Lee, LIVE in 1959.  

Maphis. known for the flatpicking style he developed in the 1930's, sings magnificent harmony with wife Rose in this 1950's crowd-pleaser.


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