Curtis Gordon R.I.P.

Sadly the death of Curtis Gordon at age 75 from cancer on 2nd May 2004 has been announced. Curtis was a genuine honky tonk singer who had his recording heyday from the early to mid fifties. However in recent times, his talent has been acknowledged as a first rate rockabilly singer with classics such as 'Rock, Roll, Jump And Jive, 'I'm Sittin' On Top (Of The World)', Mobile, Alabama' and 'Draggin'. Curtis appeared before sell-out crowds at such rock 'n' roll festivals as Hemsby in the UK and Viva Las Vegas in the USA.

Born on 27th July 1928 near Moultrie, Georgia, Curtis Gordon, began his career on Radio Station WMGA, Moultrie with Pee Wee Mills and his Twilight Playboys in the late 1940's, before organizing his first Western Swing Band on January 1, 1949, which was to be heard regularly over Radio station WKTG, Thomasville as well as at numerous dances in the Tri-State area. June 8th, 1952 saw Curtis entering a Talent contest in Atlanta, which he won and ended up with an RCA Victor recording contract through Steve Sholes, the well known Victor A 'n' R manager. Between 1952 - 1954, Curtis released a number of excellent 45's on Victor, all of which sold solidly, whilst Curtis, himself, after a 13 week spell on the Dixie Barn Dance in Mobile, opened the biggest Night Club in Mobile, called 'Radio Ranch'. Curtis' rockin' Western Swing B and was there to provide the best music around & folks came from all parts of the South to experience that 'Gordon Sound'.

On November 15, 1954, Curtis left RCA Victor & signed with Mercury Records through A 'n' R director, Dee Kilpatrick, where he was to record more fine Country and Western Swing Music, as well as one wild Rockabilly session from around March 1956, where Curtis really cut loose with four absolute classics, 'Draggin', 'Mobile Alabama', 'Rock Roll Jump and Jive', 'I'm sittin' on top (of the World)'. Revered to this day, these four recordings represent the finest in Rockabilly Music.

Tony Wilkinson, May 2004
Dave Travis, January 1995