(1961) Gordon Heath and Lee Payant – The Boll Weevil (EP)
“The Boll Weevil”
Recorded in: Studio Geneix, Paris, 12th July 1955
Argo EP release: 1961, EAF 19
Argo LP original release: 1957, TM 92
Tracks originally released on: La Boite à Musique, Paris – 1955, BAM LD 313
Gordon Heath – vocals, guitar
Lee Payant – vocals, guitar
The Ballad of the Boll Weevil
Drill Ye Tarriers
Take This Hammer
This Morning, This Evening
Pick A Bale O’ Cotton / Bring a Little Water, Silvy
Don’t know what month this came out, but probably an attempt by Argo/Decca to cash in on the success that Brook Benton had with his version of the song, which got to number 2 in the US charts in July 1961. It didn’t do so well in the UK, only getting to number 30. The Heath/Payant version, which was now six years old, wasn’t a hit, needless to say. Argo didn’t have hits.
For bits of trivia about Heath, Payant and boll weevils, see the post for the album – here.