Issued by the New York-based Aries Record Company, both sides of the disc were written by the performer, as Edward J Walker, who I am led to believe came from Montana. Well, whichever city or state may have hailed from I am forever grateful, for both sides of this fine recording are wonderful: wonderfully off, that is.
On Sweetie Pie, Sweetie Pie and the flip side, It’s Time For Love, Walker’s voice is reed-thin and as flat as the proverbial pancake and, in spite of some sterling work on the A-side, the band playing on the flip is tired and bored. I played this one-take wonder on The World’s Worst Records Radio Show earlier this week, and my friend and fellow Sheena’s Jungle Room presenter DJ GeorgyGirl was immediately struck by how much that off-key trumpet player conjures up images of the great Harry Arms, the hysterically funny horn player with the George Garabedian Players.
Both Sweetie Pie, Sweetie Pie and It’s Time For Love were published by Tyhill Music, another New York-based company owned by Elizabeth Doll Hill, who also wrote songs under the name Lisa Harrison and Betty Hill – which is where the name (Bet)Ty Hill comes from. As a songwriter, Betty Hill was most productive during the early 1960s, copywriting several songs in 1963 under her full name. And that’s about as much as I’ve got. There are a myriad Eddie Walkers and Edward J Walkers out there but none seem to be our Eddy. If anyone has more info about this wonderful record or the man who wrote and performed it, please do let me know.
Download Sweetie HERE
Download Love HERE