The Early Years (1948-1956)
by G.E. Hewitt

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Date: October 1948
Location: WBBO Radio, Forest City NC.
Label: Mercury

Sons Of The Soil (ldr), Murray Nash (pdr), Jim Barber (v, fdl), Don Gibson (v, b), Milton Scarborough (v, adn), Howard Sisk (v, acg)

a. 1977-2 I Lost My Love (The Color Song)(Dewey Bergman, Milton Leeds, Fred Wise)
Mercury 786158 — Cloudy Skies / I Lost My Love   (1949)
b. 1977-3 I Lost My Love (The Color Song) - 2:45(Dewey Bergman, Milton Leeds, Fred Wise)
Bear Family LP15196 — The Early Days   (1986)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Country Stars CD55470 — Blue Blue Day   (2001)
BACM CDD134 — I Love No One But You   (2006)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
c. 1978-1 Why Am I So Lonely(Don Gibson)
Mercury 786178 — Automatic Mama / Why Am I So Lonely   (1949)
d. 1978-5 Why Am I So Lonely - 2:54(Don Gibson)
Bear Family LP15196 — The Early Days   (1986)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Country Stars CD55470 — Blue Blue Day   (2001)
e. 1979-3 Automatic Mama - 2:37(Margery Claire, Fred Stryker)
Mercury 786178 — Automatic Mama / Why Am I So Lonely   (1949)
Bear Family LP15196 — The Early Days   (1986)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
f. 1980-2 Cloudy Skies(Claude Casey, Alexander Dahle, Arizona Mulligan)
Mercury 786158 — Cloudy Skies / I Lost My Love   (1949)
g. 1980-3 Cloudy Skies - 3:08(Claude Casey, Alexander Dahle, Arizona Mulligan)
Bear Family LP15196 — The Early Days   (1986)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Country Stars CD55470 — Blue Blue Day   (2001)
BACM CDD134 — I Love No One But You   (2006)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)


Note: these performances were recorded by "The Highlighters" but released under the group name Sons Of The Soil. Mercury 6178 (c, e.) credits Don Gibson as the vocalist.


Date: October 17, 1950 [13:00-16:00]
Location: WSOC Radio, Charlotte NC.
Label: RCA Victor

Don Gibson & His King Cotton Kinfolks (ldr), Steve Sholes (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Hal Peeler (acg), Summie Hendricks (stg), J.C. Davis (fdl), H.F. Davis (bnj), P.C. Destazio (b)

a. E0VB 5804-D/Ecomposite I Love No One But You - 2:47(Lunceford Brothers)
RCA Victor 78/450424 — Carolina Breakdown / I Love No One But You   (1951)
Country Stars CD55518 — No Shoulder To Cry On   (2005)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
Fab Four CD233125 — Hillbilly Hitmaker   (2010)
b. E0VB 5805-B Carolina Breakdown - 2:44(H.F. Davis, J.C. Davis)
RCA Victor 78/450424 — Carolina Breakdown / I Love No One But You   (1951)
c. E0VB 5806-C Roses Are Red - 2:36(Don Gibson, Hall Houpe)
RCA Victor 78/450460 — Wigglewag / Roses Are Red   (1951)
Country Stars CD55518 — No Shoulder To Cry On   (2005)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
Fab Four CD233125 — Hillbilly Hitmaker   (2010)
d. E0VB 5807-B Wigglewag - 2:16(Summie Hendricks)
RCA Victor 78/450460 — Wigglewag / Roses Are Red   (1951)
All titles on: RCA Camden LP852 — A Blue Million Tears   (1965)
Bear Family LP15196 — The Early Days   (1986)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Country Stars CD55470 — Blue Blue Day   (2001)
BACM CDD134 — I Love No One But You   (2006)

Don Gibson (v) on a, c.


Note: "Carolina Breakdown" and "Wigglewag" are instrumental. Victor 0424 (a-b.) credits the Davis Brothers. Victor 0460 (c-d.) credits Summie Hendricks & Hal Peeler.


Date: October 10, 1951 [14:00-17:00]
Location: Brown Radio Productions, 240 4th Avenue North, Nashville TN.
Label: RCA Victor

Steve Sholes (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Seth Addis, Chet Atkins (acg), Summie Hendricks (stg), Blackie Lunceford (fdl), Bill Kirby (b)

a. E1VB 4021-E/Fcomposite Dark Future - 2:17(Speed Krise, Gene McGhee)
RCA Victor 78/454473 — A Blue Million Tears / Dark Future   (1952)
b. E1VB 4022-B Just Let Me Love You - 2:30(Stuart Hamblen)
RCA Victor 78/454364 — Red Lips / Just Let Me Love You   (1951)
RCA Camden LP852 — A Blue Million Tears   (1965)
c. E1VB 4023-C A Blue Million Tears - 2:22(Helen Kay, Carl Butler)
RCA Victor 78/454473 — A Blue Million Tears / Dark Future   (1952)
RCA Camden LP852 — A Blue Million Tears   (1965)
Complete Country CD005 — Lonesome Singer Songwriter   (2011)
d. E1VB 4024-C Red Lips, White Lies And Blue Hours - 2:38(Francis Dailey, Wallace Dailey, Doc Bowman)
RCA Victor 78/454364 — Red Lips / Just Let Me Love You   (1951)
RCA Camden LP852 — A Blue Million Tears   (1965)
Complete Country CD005 — Lonesome Singer Songwriter   (2011)
All titles on: Bear Family LP15196 — The Early Days   (1986)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Country Stars CD55518 — No Shoulder To Cry On   (2005)
BACM CDD134 — I Love No One But You   (2006)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
Fab Four CD233125 — Hillbilly Hitmaker   (2010)

Date: July 7, 1952 [18:45-22:45]
Location: Castle Studio at Hotel Tulane, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville TN.
Label: Columbia

Don Law, Troy Martin (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Luke Brandon, Grady Martin (acg), Howard O. White, Jr. (stg), Marion Sumner (fdl), Marvin Hughes (p), Ernest Newton (b)

a. NA 1500 Sample Kisses - 2:20(James A. Pritchett, Helen Kaye)
Columbia 78/454-21060 — Sample Kisses / Let Me Stay In Your Arms   (1952)
Harmony LP7358/11158 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (1965)
Harmony LP31765 — Sample Kisses   (1972)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Complete Country CD005 — Lonesome Singer Songwriter   (2011)
b. NA 1501 No Shoulder To Cry On - 2:39(Helen Kaye, Don Gibson)
Columbia 78/454-20999 — No Shoulder To Cry On / We're Stepping Out Tonight   (1952)
Harmony LP7358/11158 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (1965)
Harmony LP31765 — Sample Kisses   (1972)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
c. NA 1502 Let Me Stay In Your Arms - 2:28(J.D. Miller, Jimmy Newman)
Columbia 78/454-21060 — Sample Kisses / Let Me Stay In Your Arms   (1952)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
d. NA 1503 We're Steppin' Out Tonight - 2:10(Billy Wallace)
Columbia 78/454-20999 — No Shoulder To Cry On / We're Stepping Out Tonight   (1952)
Harmony LP7358/11158 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (1965)
Harmony LP31765 — Sample Kisses   (1972)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
All titles on: Columbia EP2146 — We're Stepping Out Tonight   (1957)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Country Stars CD55518 — No Shoulder To Cry On   (2005)
BACM CDD134 — I Love No One But You   (2006)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
Fab Four CD233125 — Hillbilly Hitmaker   (2010)


Columbia numbers:
a. 48208
b. 48209
c. 48210
d. 48211


Date: March 30, 1953 [13:30-16:30]
Location: Castle Studio at Hotel Tulane, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville TN.
Label: Columbia

Don Law (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Chet Atkins, Jack Shook (acg), Robert Foster (stg), Jim Barber (fdl), Marvin Hughes (p), Junior Huskey (b)

a. NA 1651 Waitin' Down The Road - 2:43(E.C. McCarty)
Columbia 78/454-21156 — You Cast Me Out / Waitin' Down The Road   (1953)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
b. NA 1652 Walkin' In The Moonlight - 2:20(Johnnie Masters)
Columbia 78/454-21109 — Walkin' In The Moonlight / I Just Love The Way You Tell A Lie   (1953)
Harmony LP7358/11158 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (1965)
Harmony LP31765 — Sample Kisses   (1972)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
c. NA 1653 I Just Love The Way You Tell A Lie - 2:12(Ira Louvin, Charles Louvin)
Columbia 78/454-21109 — Walkin' In The Moonlight / I Just Love The Way You Tell A Lie   (1953)
Harmony LP7358/11158 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (1965)
Harmony LP31765 — Sample Kisses   (1972)
d. NA 1654 You Cast Me Out (Forevermore) - 2:36(Roy M. Huskey)
Columbia 78/454-21156 — You Cast Me Out / Waitin' Down The Road   (1953)
Harmony LP7358/11158 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (1965)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Complete Country CD005 — Lonesome Singer Songwriter   (2011)
All titles on: Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Country Stars CD55518 — No Shoulder To Cry On   (2005)
BACM CDD134 — I Love No One But You   (2006)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
Fab Four CD233125 — Hillbilly Hitmaker   (2010)


Columbia numbers:
a. 49142
b. 49143
c. 49144
d. 49145


Date: February 1, 1954 [18:00-21:00]
Location: Castle Studio at Hotel Tulane, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville TN.
Label: Columbia

Don Law (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Eddie Hill, Grady Martin (acg), Summie Hendricks (stg), Jerry Rivers (fdl), Papa Gordy (p), Jake Tullock, Jr. (b)

a. NA 1774 Symptoms Of Love - 2:47(H. McMahon)
Columbia 78/454-21231 — Symptoms Of Love / Many Times I've Waited   (1954)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
b. NA 1775 Selfish With Your Kisses - 2:17(Floyd Wilson)
Columbia 78/454-21281 — Selfish With Your Kisses / Ice Cold Heart   (1954)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
c. NA 1776 Ice Cold Heart - 2:23(Benny E. Martin)
Columbia 78/454-21281 — Selfish With Your Kisses / Ice Cold Heart   (1954)
CBS Special Products CS16636 — The Gibson Sound   (1981)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
d. NA 1777 Many Times I've Waited - 2:29(Don Gibson)
Columbia 78/454-21231 — Symptoms Of Love / Many Times I've Waited   (1954)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
All titles on: Harmony LP7358/11158 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (1965)
Harmony LP31765 — Sample Kisses   (1972)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)


Columbia numbers:
a. 50833
b. 50834
c. 50835
d. 50836


Date: September 12, 1955 [19:00-22:00]
Location: RCA Victor Studio, 1525 McGavock Street, Nashville TN.
Label: MGM

Wesley Rose (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Unknown (acc)

a. 55S 598-1 The Road Of Life Alone - 2:39(Fred Rose)
MGM 78/4512194 — Sweet Dreams (Of You) / Road Of Life Alone   (1956)
b. 55S 599-3 Run Boy - 2:40(Hy Heath)
MGM 78/4512109 — Run Boy / I Must Forget You   (1955)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Complete Country CD005 — Lonesome Singer Songwriter   (2011)
c. 55S 600-1 Sweet Dreams (Of You) - 2:32(Don Gibson)
MGM 78/4512194 — Sweet Dreams (Of You) / Road Of Life Alone   (1956)
Country Stars CD55470 — Blue Blue Day   (2001)
Country Stars CD55552 — His Kind Of Country   (2009)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Complete Country CD005 — Lonesome Singer Songwriter   (2011)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
d. 55S 601-3 I Must Forget You - 2:38(Don Gibson)
MGM 78/4512109 — Run Boy / I Must Forget You   (1955)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
All titles on: Lion LP70069 — Songs By Don Gibson   (1958)
Metro LP529 — Don Gibson   (1965)
MGM LP138 — Golden Archive Series   (1970)


45 matrix numbers:
a. 55XY 557-1
b. 55XY 599-3
c. 55XY 600-1
d. 55XY 601-3


Date: March 12, 1956 [14:30-17:30]
Location: RCA Victor Studio, 1525 McGavock Street, Nashville TN.
Label: MGM

Wesley Rose (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Unknown (acc)

a. 56S 67-2 Ah-Ha - 2:13(Rick Pier O'Neil)
MGM 78/4512290 — Ah-Ha / I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time   (1956)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
b. 56S 68-2 It Happens Every Time - 2:26(Melvin Endsley)
MGM 78/4512494 — I Ain't A-Studyin' You, Baby / It Happens Every Time   (1957)
Metro LP529 — Don Gibson   (1965)
MGM LP138 — Golden Archive Series   (1970)
c. 56S 69-2 I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time - 2:27(J.D. Miller)
MGM 78/4512290 — Ah-Ha / I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time   (1956)
Metro LP529 — Don Gibson   (1965)
MGM LP138 — Golden Archive Series   (1970)
d. 56S 70-1 I Ain't A-Studyin' You, Baby - 2:06(Don Gibson)
MGM 78/4512494 — I Ain't A-Studyin' You, Baby / It Happens Every Time   (1957)
Metro LP529 — Don Gibson   (1965)
MGM LP138 — Golden Archive Series   (1970)
Country Stars CD55552 — His Kind Of Country   (2009)
All titles on: Lion LP70069 — Songs By Don Gibson   (1958)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Fab Four CD233125 — Hillbilly Hitmaker   (2010)
Jasmine CD3642 — Singles Collection 1956-1962   (2013)


45 matrix numbers:
a. 56XY 221-2
b. 56XY 222-2
c. 56XY 223-2
d. 56XY 224-1


Date: July 30, 1956 [14:00-17:00]
Location: RCA Victor Studio, 1525 McGavock Street, Nashville TN.
Label: MGM

Wesley Rose (pdr), Don Gibson (v, acg), Unknown (acc)

a. 56S 469-1 I'm Gonna Fool Everybody - 2:17(Don Gibson)
MGM 78/4512393 — You're The Only One For Me / I'm Gonna Fool Everybody   (1956)
Metro LP529 — Don Gibson   (1965)
MGM LP138 — Golden Archive Series   (1970)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
b. 56S 470-3 I Believed In You - 2:05(Don Gibson)
MGM 78/4512331 — I Believed In You / What A Fool I Was To Fall (For You)   (1956)
MGM LP138 — Golden Archive Series   (1970)
Complete Country CD005 — Lonesome Singer Songwriter   (2011)
c. 56S 471-2 What A Fool I Was To Fall (For You) - 2:13(Don Gibson)
MGM 78/4512331 — I Believed In You / What A Fool I Was To Fall (For You)   (1956)
Metro LP529 — Don Gibson   (1965)
MGM LP138 — Golden Archive Series   (1970)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
d. 56S 472-2 You're The Only One For Me - 2:23(Don Gibson)
MGM 78/4512393 — You're The Only One For Me / I'm Gonna Fool Everybody   (1956)
Metro LP529 — Don Gibson   (1965)
MusicPro Holland CD39547 — The Fabulous Don Gibson   (2009)
Primo CD6137 — The Essential Recordings   (2012)
All titles on: Lion LP70069 — Songs By Don Gibson   (1958)
Bear Family Box Set15475 — Don Gibson: The Singer, The Songwriter 1949-1960   (1991)
Golden Stars CD5471 — Sweet Dreams: Early Years / Later Years   (2008)
Country Stars CD55552 — His Kind Of Country   (2009)
Fab Four CD233125 — Hillbilly Hitmaker   (2010)
Jasmine CD3642 — Singles Collection 1956-1962   (2013)


45 matrix numbers:
a. 56XY 386-1
b. 56XY 387-3
c. 56XY 388-2
d. 56XY 389-2


Sessions Reported: 9

Performances Reported: 39

Unique Songs Reported: 36

Unique Issues Reported: 38