Strictly limited edition to 500 copies!
2021- Bear Family Records – BLE 021
Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition
A1 –Weldon Rogers So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye
A2 –Weldon Rogers Trying To Get To You
B –Weldon Rogers & Wanda Wolfe Everybody Wants You
1-EP in picture sleeve, 7inch, 3 tracks, 45rpm, large centre hole, Limited Edition (500)
For the first time ever on vinyl – the originally intended flip side Trying To Get To You of Weldon Rogers’ Rockabilly banger So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye.
Due to no longer comprehensible circumstances Roy Orbison’s version of Trying To Get To You was waxed as the B-side of Weldon Rogers’ So Long, Good Luck AndGoodbye, and not Weldon’s own recording of that tune.
The backing band on both of Weldon’s masters, So Long, Good Luck And Goodbyeand Trying To Get To You, are Roy Orbison’s Teen Kings.
In all probabilities Roy Orbison – still a member of The Teen Kings in early 1957 – can be assumed to sing in the background choir of So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye.
Bear Family’s Weldon Rogers EP features Weldon’s own version of Trying To Get To You – on vinyl for the very first time! Weldon Rogers, known for his rockabilly banger So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye which is also included on this EP, originally had his own version of Trying To Get To You intended to be on the B-side of his Imperial single. Why The Teen Kings’ version was pressed on the record instead can no longer be determined today. Was it Weldon’s decision, or that of his label, Imperial? Or did the pressing plant make a mistake? We will never know. In any case, Roy Orbison’s version appeared on the B-side, recorded in Norman Petty ‘s studio about a year prior to Weldon’s session with his band, The Teen Kings.
The Teen Kings are also the backing band on Weldon Rogers’ Imperial record, and it sounds as if Roy Orbison can be heard in the background vocals. The Teen Kings had onlysplit from Roy Orbison towards the end of 1957, and it might be possible that Roy Orbisonwas on the spot during the Weldon Rogers session and was part of the backing chorus. Ofcourse, we cannot confirm this one hundred percent, but it seems very likely. We leave the final choice up to you and look forward to your comments and assessments on this.
The bonus track on this 45RPM EP is Weldon’s duet rocker with Wanda Wolfe, recorded at KOB TV Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and released on the ’Jewel‘ label in 1959