Lin 5026-45-1. From 1960, this side is among the starkest of the jail and death row-related selections over at Nowhere Town: http://exoticaproject.com/3.
Based in Gainesville, Texas, Lin Records and its sister label Kliff were founded in the mid-’50s by radio station operator, broadcaster, World War Two veteran and investment consultant Joe Leonard. Leonard’s music industry operations did a great deal to document the country, rock ‘n’ roll, teen pop sound of Texas/Oklahoma border region in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.
I don’t have access to Bear Family’s box set surveying Lin and Kliff, so I can’t supply anything in the way of information about the obscure Doodle Duncan, who’s presumably the singer here, but “Death Row”’s songwriter was Ed Carrell, a Dallas-based songwriter and commercial jingle composer. Carrell wrote some hip songs for Joe Johnson (including 1959’s “Gila Monster”) and Trini Lopez.
Many thanks to Austin’s own Juke Flywalker, who first turned me on to the dark magic of Doodle Duncan.
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