Guitar Gable was the stage name used by Gabriel Perrodin an American Louisiana rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll guitarist, singer and songwriter. With King Karl, Gable’s brother Clinton “Fats” Perrodin on bass guitar, and drummer Clarence “Jockey” Etienne, as The Musical Kings, they became studio band for record producer J. D. “Jay” Miller Excello Records. They backed musicians such as Lazy Lester, Classie Ballou, Skinny Dynamo, Bobby Charles and Slim Harpo [on legendary 1957. single “I’m a King Bee“, “I Got Love if You Want It“].
Guitar Gable and the Musical Kings had earlier recorded their own debut single for Excello in 1956. His first track was the pacy instrumental “Congo Mombo”, which relied on the melody of “Frankie and Johnny”. The A-side of the single was “Life Problem”, which featured King Karl’s vocals. The follow-up release included the swamp pop classic, “Irene”, which later influenced Jimmy Clanton’s “Just A Dream”.
Subsequent releases followed a similar pattern with Gable’s Caribbean-laced instrumentals such as “Congo Mombo,” “Guitar Rhumbo” and “Gumbo Mombo,” pitched against rock and roll tracks including “Cool, Calm, Collected” and “Walking in the Park.” It was the blues influenced ballads including “Irene,” “Life Problem” and “This Should Go On Forever” that caused most interest. The latter track was recorded by Gable and his band in 1958, but did not find favour with Miller. A cover version was recorded by Rod Bernard, and it reached the Top 20 of the US Billboard R&B chart. Gable’s original was finally released in February 1959, but failed to match the success of Bernard’s cover. [wiki]
Greasy & swampy R&B/Rockers and blues almost similar to Little Richard/Chuck Berry style by this Guitar [Clark] Gable 🙂 . This is 80’s vinyl compilation on Flyright Records. Be Cool Calm Collected and … Dig !!!