The core of the Kendrick family group consisted of the following members:
These four were joined in one or more of the first three recording sessions in 1937-38 by:
The boy's father, "Doc" Kendrick, did not participate in the fourth session and the following were added:
This latter group was basically the same personnel that recorded an additional 17 sides for Decca in 1940 and 1941.
Yes, the Skyrockets' catchy tunes and unusual accompaniment must have sold plenty of records. Among the more intriguing titles:
Great titles, huh? Corny? Who could deny it? As a keen observer of the contemporary Texas scene, songwriter Bob even managed to come up with the following lines for a tune entitled "Rodeo Ann":
She's not the kind like a Sally Rand,
The famous fan dancer Sally Rand opened a "nude show" at the 1936 Frontier Exposition in Fort Worth.
She also appeared in Dallas at the 1936 Texas Centennial State Fair. "Rodeo Ann" was recorded in San Antonio in April, 1938.
So much great stuff. SO much great stuff. And yet the major record labels seemingly have no interest in re-releasing these wonderful recordings. So what's a fellow to do? All hope is not lost. I am aware that a couple of serious collectors are in a position to produce a reissue of their own, if only they can be motivated so to do.
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