Curley Money (March 20, 1925 - December 23, 2003) was an American rockabilly musician.

Robert Earnest Money, known by his stage name Curley Money, was the youngest of eight children born to a sharecropper in Haleburg, Alabama. Only eight years old when he first developed musical interests, Money could later be found fiddling at barn dances on Saturday nights in Henry County for extra cash. In 1942 he moved to Columbus, Georgia to find work in the Cotton Mills. While there, his dream of being a Country Artist/Songwriter manifested. He toured nationally with the group he assmbled, “The Rhythm Ramblers”. Traveling along with his group was his nephew, Comer Money. Comer went on to publish several records in the 1960’s under his uncle’s record labels. The groups popularity continued to grow and finally they landed a radio show on WGBA Radio in Columbus. Later they made several regular appearances on WRBL TV as part of the “Spec and Doyal Wright Show”.

In 1956 Money launched record label, Rambler Records. ”Playing the Game”/”Why must I cry” was the label's first release, in April 1956; it was a great success and prompted him to continue with other releases such as “Gonna Rock” which made it to #3 on Billboard Chart. He later had to change the name of his label to Money Records. He failed to get proper copyrights on the first label, and another company took his label name. He released a total of 42 singles through 1965.

Another release of Money’s caused quite a stir in the 1990’s. “Chang Gang Charlie” remained hidden away in Sun Records, located in Memphis, Tennessee, for over 30 years until it was included on two compilations of previously unreleased material by Charly and Bear Family Records. This song was recorded on September 4, 1956 in Sun Studios.

The Gold Standard record label in Nashville served as the home for some of the later recordings of Money, whose recordings extended into the 1970s. Simultaneously, Money was managing several local night clubs in Columbus, like the locally-famous Green Valley Club located out River Road. He also maintained a day job as a radio announcer on WHYD in Columbus. Buffalo Bop issued an LP, Buffalo Bop 2003, with 12 tracks by Money in 1985.

Money was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2003.[1] He performed at a number of dance halls between Columbus and Nashville in those days. He continued to perform in the Columbus area for several years until landing his last and longest running gig ever. This one would last him over 15 years with the same band at the Gallops Senior Center. There he could be found entertaining some of his lifelong friends and fans and singing those hits that made him famous until he died on December 23, 2003 in Columbus, Georgia.

References

  1. rockabillyhall.com

2.Richard Hyatt,Front Page, Friday, September 19, 1997, "Sun Shines at last on Columbus Musician", Columbus Ledger Enquirer

3.Brad Barnes, Music, January 9, 2004, "Curley's gone, but his battered guitar plays on", Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

4.Rune Halland, Cover, Issue no. 103, November 1976, Rock & Roll International Magazine

5.Terry Gordon, Rockin Country Style, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library of Emory University, http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/artists/m/mone5000.htm

6.Dik de Heer, Black Cat Rockabilly Europe, "This is My Story", Founded 1993, http://www.rockabilly.nl/references/messages/curley_money.htm

Source

  • "Curley Money", Author: C. Scott Money, October 22, 2008. Columbus, GA

Source: Wikipeidia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curley_Money


CURLEY MONEY

Born Robert Earnest Money, 20 March 1925, Halesburg, Alabama

Died 23 December 2003, Columbus, Georgia

Rockabilly/country singer/guitarist.

According to the Social Security Death Index, Curley Money was born in 1925, and not in 1923, as some others (A. Komorowski, T. Gordon) will have us believe. Curley was the youngest in a family of six brothers and two sisters. He became interested in music at the age of eight, when two of his older brothers started playing musical instruments. Soon Curley had his own guitar and dreamed of fame as a country star. He moved to Columbus, Georgia, in 1942 (according to Colin Escott) or 1950 (according to Adam Komorowski), where he formed his own group, the Rhythm Ramblers. They toured nationwide. The group included his nephew Comer Money, who would make several records of his own in the 1960s, on his uncle's Money and Rambler labels. After a stint at WGBA Radio in Columbus, the Rhythm Ramblers had their own TV show for a while, on WRBL TV.

Money started his first record label, Rambler Records, in 1956. His first record, released in April of that year, was pure country : "Playing the Game"/ "Why Must I Cry". He went on to record such boppers as "Gonna Rock" (Rambler 552, also Money 8812), "Lazy Man" (Rambler 554), "Bo Jangles Rock" (Rambler 3407), "Hurricane Baby" (Rambler 2331), "Little Queenie" (Money 105) and a great version of George Jones's "White Lightning"(Money 102). This last one as late as 1965. For the availability of these records on reissue comps see the entry for Curley Money on Terry Gordon's website: http://rcs.law.emory.edu/rcs/artists/m/mone5000.html

There is also a somewhat mysterious connection with the Sun label. Curley's "Chain Gang Charlie" (which runs to a bare 1 minute 27 seconds) has appeared on two compilations of unissued Sun material (on Charly and Bear Family). Then there is the Phillips International single (3530) "The Frog"/"A Little Blue Bird Told Me". Credit on the label goes to "Lee Mitchell" and, in smaller print, "The Curly (sic) Money Combo". "The Frog" is a good guitar / sax instrumental in the style of "Raunchy", played by the usual Sun suspects : Billy Riley, Bill Justis, Jack Clement, Charlie Rich and Jimmy Van Eaton. Exactly what role either Lee Mitchell or Curley Money played in this is unclear, though Mitchell obviously is the vocalist on the B-side.

The Sun index at http://www.sunrecords.biz/search/artist/leemitchell.php tries to tell us that "Chain Gang Charlie", "The Frog" and "A Little Bird Told Me" were all recorded on September 4, 1956. This may well be true for "Chain Gang Charlie" (which is wrongly credited to Lee Mitchell there), but the Phillips Inter- national single was released in September 1958 and has a typical post-Raunchy sound. Bill Justis and Charlie Rich had not yet even arrived at Sun in September 1956!

Money continued to record well into the seventies, for the Gold Standard record label in Nashville, but never gave up his day job as a radio announcer on Radio WHYD in Columbus, where he would live until the end of his life in 2003.

Buffalo Bop issued an LP (Buffalo Bop 2003) with 12 Curly Money tracks in 1985.

Dik

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