Myron “Tiny” Bradshaw was one of the first artists to move into rock ‘n’ roll from another musical field and also one of the oldest of the original members of the rock club, forty-two years old in 1947 with a twenty year career already behind him that took him from big band swing to mellow pop-jazz, recording only sporadically along the way with none of it finding much success.

The advent of rock ‘n’ roll gave him another chance, one he seized with both hands. Unlike some elder statesmen at its outset Bradshaw wasn’t merely hopping on board the rock train as a lark or because it may prove commercially successful, he was fully convinced of its musical potency from the beginning. The bandleader’s infectious enthusiasm for the style propelled him to stardom in the early 1950’s on King Records, delivering some of the most tightly played celebratory songs of the idiom.

Scoring a half dozen hits along with a record in “The Train Kept A Rollin” that failed to chart but proved to be one of the first rock “standards”, Bradshaw oversaw one of the most rousing self-contained rock bands of the first decade, featuring a series of tenor sax stars, most notably Red Prysock, that helped to define his sound over the years. Bradshaw’s own somewhat eccentric vocals were hardly the epitome of skill but they too conveyed the party-time atmosphere his songs thrived on.

The band’s exuberant stage shows were their stock in trade and they were a touring giant until Bradshaw’s health deteriorated after a 1954 stroke. He died four years later, marking the passing of one of the original rock visionaries.

TINY BRADSHAW DISCOGRAPHY (Reviews To Date On Spontaneous Lunacy):
(Savoy 655; October, 1947)
As a veteran bandleader Bradshaw knows precisely what he’s doing and his eternally youthful spirit is contagious… he can barely contain his enthusiasm and this half-assed joyous record is his coming out party. (6)

(King 4337; December, 1949)
A welcome return for one of the more unlikely rock practitioners who after two years off comes roaring back into the picture as wildly enthusiastic as ever on a tight record played with a spirit to rival his own infectious vocal exuberance. (7)

(King 4357; April, 1950)
A joyful demolition of domestic tranquility as suited for the rock universe with Bradshaw raring to get moving and have as much fun as humanly possible… the pace never lets up, his enthusiasm never wanes and his demented belief in himself, this music and the listener never wavers. (8)

(King 4376; June, 1950)
A good idea that’s done in by whitewashing the salacious nature of the dance they’re describing and replacing it with a clinical description over a tepid musical backing which is completely lacking the energy and rhythm needed to lose your inhibitions. (3)

(King 4397; September, 1950)
Rock’s reigning senior citizen shows the kids how to live life without any cares as he throws another wild party on record that hits all of the right notes, literally and especially in terms of attitude, as Bradshaw’s enthusiastic advice steals the show. (7)

(King 4417; October, 1950)
Another party anthem that may follow the usual formula for these kinds of things but does so with such skill that you don’t mind the repetition, as the musical arrangement featuring some great work by Rufus Gore on sax overwhelms the slightly weaker lyrics. (7)