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The Stanley Brothers - Finger Poppin' Time / Daybreak In Dixie

(King 5384) Jul 1960

Finger Poppin' Time
Daybreak In Dixie 45 Generic Bag Billboard 18th Jul 1960

This 7" was recorded at the session for the Stanley Brothers In Person LP, and rush-released in the hope of taking advantage of Hank Ballard's Finger Poppin' Time R&B hit, which King had released in April 1960.[1]

Billboard announced the Stanley's version in an article on 18th July and reviewed the single on 25th, giving both sides three stars. Finger Poppin' Time was described thus:- "This is a bluesy item with a vocal. Very effective and out of the common groove. Tune is now a hit with Hank Ballard."; and Daybreak In Dixie as:- "Bluegrass instrumental hoedown in the authentic style of the Stanley Brothers."[2]

As far as I can tell the single includes the overdubbed version of Daybreak In Dixie and the 'finger-popping' version of Finger Poppin' Time.

Both songs (including both overdubbed and undubbed variations) can be found on The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD box set.

The Hank Ballard version of Finger Poppin' Time is also worth a listen and can be found on youtube.


For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 111-114 and 150.

Original Release:
Lead guitar:
Finger Poppin' Time (overdubbed version)
11 Jul 1960
King 5384 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

Hank Ballard
Daybreak In Dixie
11 Jul 1960
King 5384 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

Bill Napier

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