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Q: Song: Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner" ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Song: Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner"
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: huecotank-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 06 Jan 2005 08:33 PST
Expires: 05 Feb 2005 08:33 PST
Question ID: 452994
date written, composer and lyricist, copy of lyrics, recording artist
Subject: Re: Song: Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner"
Answered By: markj-ga on 17 Jan 2005 16:59 PST
huecotank --

Thanks for your invitation to post the information I have found as an
answer to your question.

The only credited songwriter for the words and the music to "Bear Cat
Mama From Horner's Corners" is Jimmie H. Davis.

My primary source for that information is the website of  BMI, one of
the two U.S. performers' rights organizations (the other is ASCAP),
that collect license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and
music publishers.  Here is a link to the BMI Web page that contains
that information:

BMIL Title Search: Bear Cat Mama

(If that link doesn?t work for you, you can go to the BMI home page
and enter the song's name in the search box at the bottom left corner
of the page):

Victor Records released a 78rpm recording of Jimmie Davis's rendition
of the song in early 1931:
Luma Electronic: Jimmie Davis Singles

I have found no earlier recordings of the song, and I didn't expect
to, since Davis had begun his musical career only two years earlier,
while he was teaching history after receiving a Master's Degree from
LSU.  This time frame makes it virtually certain that Davis wrote the
song shortly before he recorded it.
"He made a few recordings in 1928, none of which were released.
However, in 1929, Jimmie began cutting masters for Victor and had 68
sides released over the next five years, most of them excellent white
Blues songs performed in a Jimmie Rodgers style.  .  .  .  Most of the
releases, whether on Victor, Bluebird, or Montgomery Ward, did not
sell well because they coincided with some of the worst years of the
Great Depression. .  .  .  Bear Cat Mama From Horner?s Corners appears
to have been Jimmie?s best seller .  .  .   .
Century of Country: Jimmie Davis

Among the interesting facts about this early country music legend is
that he served two terms as Governor of Louisiana and that he lived to
be 101.  The site linked just above contains a useful and interesting
summary of his life and career.

Although I (and presumably other researchers who have tried) have not
been able to come up with an online source for the lyrics to the song,
the Jimmie Davis recording of the song is available at
in RealAudio format at this linked page:

Honking Duck: Listen to Old Time Music from 78s

Although it may be a tedious chore, you should be able to transcribe
the lyrics from that site after a few listenings.

Although you haven?t indicated whether you are interested in
purchasing a recording of the song, I should note that several CD
versions of it are available for purchase on line..

The only inexpensive CD version that is available online is in a
collection of early Gene Autry recordings called "A Proper
Introduction to Gene Autry: Don't Fence Me In."  Here is a link to the ordering page: A Proper Introduction to Gene Autry

Jimmie Davis's version is included in a 5 CD box set of Davis's
recordings called "Nobody's Darlin' But Mine," which is available from
various sellers at high prices -- beginning at $89.95 -- which reflect
the comprehensiveness of the collection:
Yahoo Shopping: Nobody's Darlin' But Mine

For completeness, I will mention one more version, by W. Lee McDaniel,
which is available in an out-of-print 2 CD set entitled "White Country
Blues, 1926-1938: A Lighter Shade Of Blue."  That version is offered
through for $100 and up: White Country Blues

Search Strategy:

I used various Google searches, and the key to finding complete
information was to vary the spelling of the name of the song in order
to catch all the online references to it.  For examples:

"bear cat mama" OR "bearcat mama"

"bear cat mamma" OR "bearcat mamma"

If any of the above information is unclear, please ask for
clarification before rating the answer, and I would be happy to assist
you further,

Subject: Re: Song: Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner"
From: markj-ga on 06 Jan 2005 12:34 PST
huecotank --

I can give you the name of the songwriter (words and music), the year
it was first recorded by the songwriter, which is undoubtedly within a
short time after he composed it, the names of a few other artists who
have recorded it, and online sources where you can purchase an LP or a
CD containing the song (the out-of-print CDs may be a little pricey).

However, I have not been able to find the complete lyrics, which I
assume are an important component of a satisfactory answer.  I haven't
given up, but I am unlocking the question in case another researcher
can give you a complete answer before I am able to do so.

Subject: Re: Song: Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner"
From: coldglow-ga on 09 Jan 2005 09:23 PST
I found some info on an artist who recorded this song.  I don't know
if he is the original songwriter.

Jimmie Davis

Record info:
Recorded 03/1931, 78 rpm record, (record label) VICTOR 23517 (US)
Arabella Blues / Bearcat Mama from Horner's Corner

Link to audio file.  78 rpm record from 1931
Subject: Re: Song: Bearcat Mama From Horner's Corner"
From: huecotank-ga on 17 Jan 2005 08:45 PST
I am willing to accept the information that markj-ga indicates he has
found as an answer to my queation.

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