Kangaroo Records

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Kangaroo Records
Founder
  • Henry Hayes
  • M.L. Young
Country of originUnited States of America
LocationHouston, Texas

Kangaroo Records was a label established in Houston Texas by co-founders Henry Hayes, a musician and educator,[1] and M.L. Young. It was an independent label.[2] Hayes played the alto sax[3] and recorded songs with his own band and backing other artists. The label debuted the work of Albert Collins and Joe "Guitar" Hughes including the 1958 hit "The Freeze'.

Kangaroo albums were recorded at Gold Star Studiio.[4]

Henry Hayes

Hayes was born Henrilyn Georgette Hayes, Jr. in Dallas.[5] He worked as a public school teacher and lived in Houston's Third Ward, Houston. He was recorded on singles for various labels.

Henry Hayes (born 1924) heard about Collins from Joe "Guitar" Hughes. When he saw him perform live, he suggested Collins to record for Kangaroo Records, a label which he and his friend M.L. Young started. [6] Collins recorded his debut single, "Freeze", backed with "Collins Shuffle", for Kangaroo at Gold Star Records#Bill Quinn and Gold Star Studios, in Houston, in the spring of 1958, with Hayes on saxophone.[7] Texas blues bands of this period incorporated a horn section, and Collins later credited Hayes with teaching him how to arrange for horns.[8]

Hayes was part of groups known as the Four Kings, Rhythm Kings, and Henry Hayes Orchestra.[1] He influenced other musicians.[9] He founded several record labels over the years.[10]

He and M. (Mel) L. Young recorded Albert Collins and Joe "Guitar" Hughes on Kangaroo Records. Collins' instrumental song "The Freeze" became a hit.[1][3] Hughes first recordings were with Kangaroo.[11]

Hayes discography

  • "Bowlegged Angeline"
  • "Baby Girl Blues"

Kangaroo Records discography

  • "The Freeze" Albert Collins
  • "Collins Shuffle"[12] Albert Collins (1958)
  • "I Can't Go On This Way"
  • "Make Me Dance Little Ant" Joe Hughes[13]
  • "Two Big Feet"
  • "Call of the Kangaroo"
  • "It Taies Money"
  • "Stop Smackin' That Wax"
  • "I Want a Big White Cadillac for Christmas" Joey Carr
  • "Rock 'n' Roll Santa" Joey Carr
  • Smackin' That Wax: The Kangaroo Records Story, 1959-1964 (1992), compilation[14]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bradley, Andy; Wood, Roger (March 1, 2010). House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292783249 – via Google Books.
  2. Wood, Charles Roger; Fraher, James (April 1, 2003). Down in Houston: Bayou City blues. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292791596 – via Google Books.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rubin, Dave (January 1, 2007). Inside the Blues: 1942 to 1982. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781423416661 – via Google Books.
  4. Bradley, Andy; Wood, Roger (April 1, 2010). House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios. University of Texas Press. ISBN 9780292719194 – via Google Books.
  5. Eagle, Bob L.; LeBlanc, Eric S. (May 1, 2013). Blues: A Regional Experience. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313344244 – via Google Books.
  6. Govenar, Alan B. (9 October 2008). Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. Texas A&M University Press. pp. 223–. ISBN 978-1-58544-605-6. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. Bradley, Andy. House of Hits. University of Texas Press. pp. 83–. ISBN 978-0-292-78324-9. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  8. Obrecht, Jas, ed. (1993). Blues Guitar: The Men Who Made the Music. 2nd ed. Miller Freeman Books. pp. 246–259. ISBN 0-87930-292-5.
  9. Larkin, Colin (April 28, 1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues. Virgin. ISBN 9780753502266 – via Google Books.
  10. Charles Roger Wood; James Fraher (1 April 2003). Down in Houston: Bayou City blues. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-79159-6.
  11. Jasinski, Laurie E. (February 22, 2012). Handbook of Texas Music. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 9780876112977 – via Google Books.
  12. Greensmith, Bill; Camarigg, Mark; Rowe, Mike (September 30, 2015). Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252097508 – via Google Books.
  13. "Living Blues". Center for the Study of Southern Culture, The University of Mississippi. April 28, 2003 – via Google Books.
  14. "Smackin' that wax : the Kangaroo Records story, 1959-1964". Collectables,. June 5, 1992.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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