Tony Booth was a modest hitmaker in the early 1970s who had a #1 hit with "The Key Is In The Mailbox," and a handful of follow-up singles in the middle rungs of the Top 40. Booth was a protege of Buck Owens and is often seen as part of the "Bakersfield Sound," since his early records were produced by Owens and featured a bunch of Buck's material... But he came in at the last wave of the Bakersfield tsunami, and when Owens began edging towards retirement, Booth had to find his own path. Dwindling chart success led Booth to step out of the spotlight himself, although he still records on independent labels from time to time. Here's a quick look at his work...
Tony Booth "The Essential Tony Booth" (Heart Of Texas, 2009)
A welcome best-of set featuring Booth's early 1970's recordings -- this disc gathers a bunch of his stuff on the Capitol label from 1972-74, including the #1 hit, "The Key's In The Mailbox," and a some cool album tracks, although it includes only a few of his actual singles. Still, it's all good stuff, a nice mix of robust honkytonk and perky '70s production. Recommended!
Tony Booth (as "Johnny Booth") "Country '67" (Universal City Records, 1967) (LP)
(Produced by Cliffie Stone)
Tony Booth "On The Right Track" (MGM, 1970) (LP)
Tony Booth "The Key's In The Mailbox" (Capitol, 1972)
Tony Booth "Lonesome 7-7203" (Capitol, 1972)
Tony Booth "When A Man Loves A Woman (The Way That I Love You)" (Capitol, 1973) (LP)
Tony Booth "This Is Tony Booth" (Capitol, 1973) (LP)
Tony Booth "Happy Hour" (Capitol, 1974) (LP)
Tony Booth "Workin' At The Carwash Blues" (Capitol, 1974) (LP)
Tony Booth "Is This All There Is To A Honky Tonk?" (Heart Of Texas, 2008)
Tony Booth "The Key's In The Mailbox/Lonesome 7-7203" (Heart Of Texas, 2010)
Tony Booth/Darrell McCall/Curtis Potter "The Survivors" (Heart Of Texas, 2010)
A collaboration with fellow retro-honkytonkers Darrell McCall and Curtis Potter...
Tony Booth/Darrell McCall/Curtis Potter "The Survivors, v.2" (Heart Of Texas, 2012)
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