Monday, February 7, 2011

Jimmie Heap & The Melody Masters on Imperial 8112

Jimmie Heap and the Melody Masters (Perk Williams, vocalist) - Honky Tonkin' Women / Curtain of Tears (Imperial 8112)

"Honky Tonkin' Women"

Should a man devote himself to scholarly pursuits, or surrender to the temptations of worldly pleasures? It's a timeless theme in poetry and literature, here reinterpreted by the great Perk Williams. It's hard to argue with the clear logic of the final verse:

Why study about harmonics
When Deep Ellum's in my bones?
And these honky tonkin' women won't leave me alone

Below: Jimmie Heap and the Melody Masters, KTAE broadcast, Taylor, Tx., early 1950s. From left: Cecil "Butterball" Harris, Jimmie Heap, Horace Barnett, Perk Williams, Bill Glendenning, and Arlie Carter. Note Grand Prize beer banners and shirts. Click to enlarge. Courtesy Kevin Coffey Collection.


  1. I'm enjoying your blog so much. Thank you.

  2. That's my Uncle Horace Barnett in the back with the guitar!