Jeff Daniels: Switch Blade Sam (1959)

 |   |  <1 min read

Jeff Daniels: Switch Blade Sam (1959)

Rock'n'roll might have celebrated cars, dating, high school, the dance and other teenage concerns, but it also celebrated itself.

Chief among those cheerleaders was Chuck Berry with songs like School Days (“hail hail rock'n'roll, deliver me from the days of old”), Roll Over Beethoven (“and dig these rhythm'n'blues”), Rock and Roll Music (“it's got a backbeat you can lose it”) and Sweet Little Sixteen ('cause they'll be rockin' on Bandstand, Pittsburg PA”) and many more.

You don't have to know too much about Fifties rock'n'roll to hear just how many musical and lyrical references Jeff Daniels out of Mississippi managed to get into Switch Blade Sam on the Big Howdy label.

He'd met and been inspired by Hank Williams early in his career but moved into the more commercially viable rockabilly sound during which time he recorded at Sun in Memphis which ended badly (he expected to be paid for the session) and so he headed off to Big Howdy for a while and recorded this song in Biloxi.

He'd been born Luke McDaniel and his Jeff Daniels career didn't take off he reverted to his original name . . but again not much happened and he died in '92 age 65.

His was a small legacy but this original song – recorded when he was in is early Thirties, unfashionably old for rock'n'roll – at least has the virtue of being fun.

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

George Harrison: Ding Dong Ding Dong (1974)

George Harrison: Ding Dong Ding Dong (1974)

When George Harrison released this well produced but lightweight song in December '74 on his album Dark Horse, he held great hopes that it would become a New Year's Eve anthem. He'd actually... > Read more

Luke Leilani and His Hawaiian Rhythm: Hawaiian Holiday (1966)

Luke Leilani and His Hawaiian Rhythm: Hawaiian Holiday (1966)

Although there is no shortage of albums by Luke Leilani (and his various groups), getting solid information about him is more difficult. He doesn't rate a mention in the thick Hawaiian Music... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more

GILLIAN WELCH INTERVIEWED (2004): That ol' time contemporary music

GILLIAN WELCH INTERVIEWED (2004): That ol' time contemporary music

For someone whose stark songs sound like they have come from the impoverished rural underbelly of Depression-era America, Gillian Welch seems as lively as a June-bug. She laughs readily and doesn't... > Read more