Sunday, November 11, 2012

Johnny Dot And The Dashes on Vaca

Johnny Dot And The Dashes
CP-5233 ~ I Love An Angel
CP-5234 ~ Just For You

Both songs wr. Johnny Dot
Opal Music, Co.
Vaca 102
[ Also issued on in the UK on Salvo in March 1962 ]

 Johnny Dotson, leader of Johnny Dot and the Dashes

There is a strong possibility that Vaca Records was owned by Speedy West (1924-2003), steel guitarist who frequently played with Jimmy Bryant, both in their own duo and as part of the regular Capitol Records backing band for Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others.     If he wasn't the owner, he was certainly involved with the label.

  • Opal Music, publisher of both songs, was owned by Speedy West
  • The opportunities no longer available for country musicians in the L.A. area, Speedy made arrangements to go to work for Fender Musical Instruments as manager of their warehouse in Tulsa, OK.   He moved to Tulsa in September, 1960

After moving to Tulsa, Speedy continued to play steel guitar, although not full time because of his employment with Fender. He had his own band for several years and played at various locations in the Tulsa area for dances, special events, etc.  


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