Oh malheurese, moi j'connais, mais, m'a soûler,
Oh, mais, chère 'tit fille, mérite pas ça, pour quoi, 'tit fille.
Oh, malheurese, tu connais, tu même-toi, chere,Oh, mais, moi j'connais-z, (a) pauvre vieux nègre, a pas longtemps.
|Amos Comeaux, Junior Keelan, |
Harry Choates, Johnnie Manuel,
Ronald Ray "Pee Wee" Lyons, unknown
Bear Family Records
Like most small companies, Bill could not afford much publicity and promotion and all his shipments went out C.O.D. which explains the relatively poor distribution of the label. It was a real "down home" operation, often even some of the acetate masters would not come out of the electroplating tank, something went wrong, and Bill explains many of the missing numbers in his catalog by this electro-chemical fail.
Oh my, I know, well, I'm getting drunk,
Oh, well, dear little girl, don't deserve that, oh why, little girl?
Oh, my, you know, yourself, dear,Oh, well, I know, (your) poor old man, not long ago.
|The Shreveport Times|
Aug 1, 1951
In later years, Bill would record other blues artists around the Texas area, but many were small-time musicians. In the case of a record by a new artist, Bill would press maybe 100-300 copies and include a few with each shipment to distributors, but if there was not such of a response, he would never press any more. Many specific Gold Star discs are almost impossible to find for this reason.1
1335-A Bayou Pon Pon | Gold Star 1335-A
1335-B Lawtell Waltz | Gold Star 1335-B
Harry Choates – The Fiddle King Of Cajun Swing (Arhoolie, 1982, 1993)
Devil In The Bayou - The Gold Star Recordings (Bear Family, 2002)