Friday, December 24, 2010
The vocalist is Arthur Branch, and the recording is for his daughter Marion and his wife Martha. On side A he sings "Wagon Wheels" and on side B the song title isn't legible... it looks like "FS De'clent Care." [I really do loathe cursive handwriting.] Phonozoic attests dates on this type of Wilcox-gay Recordio Type 4B to 1947 and 1948. This one certainly from 1946 predating his labelography if only by a few weeks.
The song "Wagon Wheels" was recorded by Eddy Arnold, Ray Conniff, Etta Baker, Paul Whiteman, Marty Robbins, Paul Robeson, Sons of the Pioneers, Tommy Dorsey and many others. There are several songs of similar title and/or lyric, but it's probably the one was written by Vernon Willis Homer in 1930.