Friday, July 19, 2013

Billy Carter on Jessup

Billy Carter
(Rodgers, clearance : Tommy Crank Music BMI)
22710 - Blue Against The Gray
Jessup 209

Tommy Crank,  was the artist and repertoire representative of Jessup Records in Jackson, Michigan.   Born William Thomas Crank in 1926 in the mountainous region of Jackson County, Kentucky.  A bluegrass artist himself, he also worked as promoter, producer, disc jockey, songwriter, and even did factory work, all while maintaining his full time ministry, spreading the gospel.   At one time he had even been the banjo player for Tommy's old friend Ralph Stanley.  He died in 2007.   More info HERE
Owner of Jessup Music was Glenn M. Jessup (1915-2011) operated Jessup Music & Vending from 1950 until he retired in 1987. He was a veteran of World War II and served in Japan. 

Two earlier Jessup singles pressed by Rite Records are listed HERE

Credit : label picture and soundclip are from ebay (seller : oneslickpig, Muskegon, MI) where this record is still on sale HERE..


  1. has a label shot of Gene Satterfield "Doin' My Time" Jessup (MI) 45 - 214 This was re-issued on a collector CLCD

  2. Another missing is Jessup (MI) 90266 Ernie Nichols Matchbox / ? (seen in record list)

  3. This is really neat! Glenn Jessup was my Great Grandfather.