The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #6

Charline Arthur


Bob Probst said...

I think I'm in love. I absolutely have to go find some of her music. Not only for her but for that tall drink of water on her left.

I like to think that she just sang something extremely bawdy which he was not expecting.

Testify said...

I would recommend starting with her take on Burn That Candle recorded for RCA seven days after Bill Haley cut it for Decca. Arthur's take is a good deal lustier IMHO and features Chet Atkins on lead guitar.

As a foot note Col. Tom Parker introduced Charline Arthur to New York music publishers Hill and Range and it was they who brought her to RCA's attention.

swac said...

Hopefully someone can find a good photo of Jeanie Mack.

Vanwall said...

Wasn't Jeannie a Spice/Flame girl? I swear this is her, 2nd pic down:

and 2nd pic here:

swac said...

Definitely a resemblance! Good catch, Vanwall.

Vanwall said...

I seem to remember a reference to her as "Big Tits" by some musician on a French blog, with a more discreet pic of her, somewhere on the net. She came up in a discussion about Bettie Page once, and I thought she compared favorably, myself.