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Classic Rewind: Skeets McDonald – ‘What A Lonesome Life It’s Been’

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2 responses to “Classic Rewind: Skeets McDonald – ‘What A Lonesome Life It’s Been’

  1. Ken April 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Really nice find here Jonathan. This is really what you call “deep catalog.” Skeets McDonald is best known for his 1952 #1 hit “Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes.” He released over 30 other singles for Capitol throughout the 1950’s but none became national hits. However he was very popular on the West Coast and was a regular performer on the Town Hall Party TV show which is where this clip came from. That song was from Skeets’ final Capitol 45 in 1959.

    In 1960 he signed with Columbia and charted a few more sides before he died in 1968 at age of 52. My favorite Skeets recording is his third Columbia single from 1960. It only went to #21 in Billboard but made #6 in Cashbox. Buck Owens also recorded in on an album but I love Skeets version of “This Old Heart”

  2. Paul W Dennis April 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I liked Skeets as a singer and over the years I have accumulated one vinyl album on the Sears Roebuck label (reissued Capitol material) and two CDs, one on Bear (Fortune and Capitol years) and one on The Hound label (also Capitol years, but not too much overlap with the Bear collection. Skeets recorded for Columbia in the early 1960s and while I haven’t found any of his Columbia recordings, I remember hearing his neat recording of “Big Chef Buffalo Nickel” (aka “Desert Blues”) around 1966. The song got into the WCMS top twenty so they gave it quite a few spins

    Skeets didn’t have a great career and only lived to be 52 years old (October 1915 – March 1968), but he had a great name, one that inspired Al Capp to name a short-term character in his Li’l Abner comic strip “Skeets McDonald”. In the strip Skeets was a 1920s-1930s vintage Rudy Vallee type singer.

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