Here are a couple more Indianapolis tributes I’ve gotten my hands on thanks to my friend Kyle, a true blue native. The first one’s by Bill Gaither, also known as “Little Bill” or Leroy’s Buddy (as in Leroy Carr). (And this is not the same Gaither - needless to say - as the contemporary gospel singer.) His own Naptown tribute came out some six years after Carr’s.
The other one is by Sid “Hardrock” Gunter, a true national treasure who’s still at it. A proto-rocker if there ever was one, he was rockabilly before it existed, crossed over into R&B territory with his cover of Billy Ward and the Dominoes’ steamy “Sixty Minute Man,” and got signed to the forward-thinking, country/R&B mishmash label Sun Records two years before Elvis did.
Happy race weekend, everyone. I know some may wrinkle their noses over the fact that it’s Nascar (unhappily dominated by the upstart Kyle Busch of late) and not proper Indy racing. As for me, if it’s racing, and it’s happening at the Brickyard, it’s A-OK.
[I'm off to Alaska, folks, where, as Johnny Horton once informed us, it's forty below in the springtime. Hoping it's warmer now. In any case, things will be quiet around here for a week or so. Ciao.]
Bill Gaither (Leroy’s Buddy) - “Naptown Stomp” (1935)
Hardrock Gunter - “Naptown, Ind.” (1953)
posted by Kim Simpson