Everybody’s Dancin’ fea Spade Cooley & the Sons of the Pioneers (1950)
Varieties on Parade fea Eddie Dean, Lyle Talbot, etc. (1951
Showtime USA, Vol. 1
For years, Sons of the Pioneers fans have looked for copies of a movie titled EVERYBODY’S DANCIN’ which the Pioneers appeared in with Spade Cooley around the time they recorded a couple of sides with Cooley’s band, but for some reason it’s been very hard-to-find. Apparently, the company (VCI) that re-issued it on DVD didn’t bother to promote it when they released it in 2007 and they no longer list it on their web site. But you can find it on Amazon.com and it’s well worth looking for!
Although the Pioneers (Lloyd Perryman, Tommy Doss, Ken Curtis, The Farr Bros. & Shug Fisher) only do two songs, the images are crystal clear (Jerry West, who told me about it, said “you can see the freckles on Ken Curtis’s face!” in the close-ups) and their performance is worth the price of admission, although the film itself is fun, if you like the light, period humor. They sing “Room Full of Roses” and for me, it was fun to see Hugh Farr playing his fiddle in close-up shots. When they sing “Cowboy Camp Meetin’,” Ken Curtis takes the tenor part that Ken Carson sang on the original recording. He does it beautifully!
Cooley’s Western swing band is in fine form and it was great to see Noel Boggs and Les “Carrot Top” Anderson in action. Interestingly, vocalist Ginny Jackson offers a beautiful rendition of “Foolish Tears,” a Tex Williams “hit” from a few years earlier.
The DVD is a “double feature,” with a vaudeville-type film, VARIETIES ON PARADE, being the second show. Eddie Garr and Jackie Coogan MC the “show” and Eddie Dean is one of the acts, performing 2 songs he apparently never recorded. One was a beautiful ballad, “Lazy Moon” and the other was “Where Oh Where is My Darlin’,”a novelty tune.