Readers of my generation will know that when I ask the question, “what was your first record”, I’m talking about those funny looking discs they used to record music on. They were perfect. There was really no need to mess with them. When I was a boy, my father bought me an old record player from Ross’ junk store in the Junction and one record, a 78 (for the kids out there, 78 refers to the number rpms the turntable has to spin at to play the tune). I loved the anticipatory crackle before the music kicked in. My first record was Walking the Floor over You by Ernest Tubb. I have no idea why my father chose to give me that one, especially since he as a jazz hound, but I’ve had a sweet tooth for that old time country sound ever since.
Walking the Floor over You was recorded in 1941 and is the song most people associate with Ernest Tubb even today. Here is Mr. Tubb performing Walking the Floor over You.
I had that old 78 for a long time. I wish I still had it today.
Here’s my second favourite Ernest Tubb tune, Drivin Nails in my Coffin.