The Shelton Brothers
The Shelton Brothers, Bob, Joe and Merle, were pioneer country musicians and renowned recording artists based out of Texas from the mid-1930s through the 1960s. They created and popularized the songs Johnson's Old Gray Mule, Deep Elm Blues, These Shoes Are Killing Me, Oh Monah, Match Box Blues and My Heart Oozes Blood For You, "What's The Matter With Deep Elm", "I'm A Handy Man To Have Around" and "Henpecked Husband Blues". The Shelton Brothers (Joe and Bob) also wrote (their names appear as co-writers, but the writer was actually, individually, Sydney Robin) and were the second to record "Just Because" (Decca 46008), a song that has since been recorded numerous times by various artists including Elvis Presley who included it on his very first album titled "Elvis Presley". The original recording was by Nelstone's Hawaiians, comprising Hubert Nelson and James D. Touchstone. The song's opening line reads: Just because you think you're so pretty, just because you think you're so hot..... "Just Because" was the Shelton's first release on Decca but, due to their popularity, they went on to cut over 150 sides for the label. They also recorded sides for Victor Records and King Records. The Shelton Brothers would become one of the most successful country acts of the era.
The Shelton Brothers was also one of the earliest acts to appear on the famous Big D Jamboree which originated from the Dallas Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas. They later became an integral part of The Saturday Night Shindig which also originated from Dallas.
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 159 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||60243||10-in.||12/19/1935||Budded roses||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60244||10-in.||12/19/1935||I'm sitting on top of the world||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60245||10-in.||12/19/1935||When it's night time in Nevada||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60246||10-in.||12/19/1935||I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes-1||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60247||10-in.||12/19/1935||Bury me beneath the willow-1||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60248||10-in.||12/19/1935||Black sheep||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60257||10-in.||12/19/1935||'leven miles from Leavenworth||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60258||10-in.||12/19/1935||Daddy don't low no low down hangin' around||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60259||10-in.||12/19/1935||Deep Elem blues No.2||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60261||10-in.||12/19/1935||New John Henry blues-1||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60262||10-in.||12/19/1935||At the Shelby County fair-2||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60263||10-in.||12/19/1935||Rid in' on a humpback mule-1||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60264||10-in.||12/20/1935||Sweet Evelina||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60265||10-in.||12/20/1935||Answer to just because||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60267||10-in.||12/20/1935||Lover's farewell||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60268||10-in.||12/20/1935||That's a habit I've never had||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||60269||10-in.||12/20/1935||Four or five times||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61820||10-in.||2/17/1937||Answer to blue eyes||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61821||10-in.||2/17/1937||I'm gonna fix your wagon||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61822||10-in.||2/17/1937||The story of seven roses||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61823||10-in.||2/17/1937||I'm here to get my baby out of jail||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61824||10-in.||2/17/1937||Way down in Georgia||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61825||10-in.||2/17/1937||Aura Lee||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61826||10-in.||2/17/1937||Givin' everything away||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
|Decca||61827||10-in.||2/17/1937||Cinda Lou||The Shelton Brothers||Musical group|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shelton Brothers, The," accessed June 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/343435.
Shelton Brothers, The. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/343435.
"Shelton Brothers, The." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 June 2021.
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