Saturday, June 2, 2018

Chester Lester


Chester “Butch” Lester, *10-09-1944 Upper Kelly’s Creek, Charleston, WV
3rd version
By Praguefrank, Thieu Van De Vorst,  Russell Rosen, John S. Newbraugh
SESSIONS
Ca early 1965 Charleston, WV – Butch Lester (Producer: Buddy Starcher)
001 ROSIE BES 45-86 
002 I’VE GOT TO GET OVER YOU BES 45-86 
003 THE CAR AND THE KEYS BES 45-89
004 PATCHES BES 45-89
1965 Charleston, WV – Chester Lester (Producer: Buddy Starcher)
005 1088-45-90B I’D RATHER SWITCH THAN FIGHT (ANY PLACE BUT HERE) BES 45-90
006 1088-45-90A ANY TIME BUT NOW BES 45-90
Ca 1972 Nashville, TN – Butch Lester
007 HELLO GUITAR Artic 444
008 BROTHER JESUS Artic 444
1979 Nashville, TN – Chester Lester (Producer: Bill Walker)
009 MAMA, MAKE UP MY ROOM Con Brio CBK 148/GMV Nashville  
010 HIGH ON LOVE CBK 148/GMV Nashville
011 IF ONLY WE COULD Con Brio CBK 154/GMV Nashville  
012 WOMAN FROM KENTUCKY CBK 154/GMV Nashville  
013 THAT LONESOME OLD SOUND  GMV Nashville  
014 DON'T BOTHER TO FORGIVE GMV Nashville 
Ca 1987 Nashville, TN – Chester Lester
015 JOHNNY NEVER CAME MARCHING HOME Winsong WS 002
Ca 1988 Hendersonville, TN – Ches Lester  (Producer: Chester Lester)
016 TOO CLOSE TO CALL InterVision 3001/BGR 2001 CLM 0001
Ca 1988 Hendersonville, TN – Chester Lester  (Producer: Chester Lester)
017 MAKIN’ IT EASY (AIN’T MAKIN IT RIGHT) BGR-008
1989 and sooner unknown – Chester Lester (Chester Lester [vcl], Greg Jennings [gt], Randy Lane [gt/steel], John Hughey/ Weldon Myrick [steel], Jimmy Carter/ Paul Gregg [bass],     John Dedrick/ Kenny Janson [drums],  Jimmy Murrell [fiddle/harp],  Cathrine Styron [piano/kayboards],  C.C. Dubois, Diana Murrell, Mony Smith [bck vcl]. Producer: Chester Lester)
018 THE PILLOW NEXT TO ME BGR 2001 CLM 0001
019 HIDE-AWAY HEAVEN BGR 2001 CLM 0001
020 WHEN I KNEW HER WHEN BGR 2001 CLM 0001
021 HOW LONG CAN FOREVER BE BGR 2001 CLM 0001
022 HEAVEN BOUND BGR 2001 CLM 0001
023 SIGHT FOR SORE EYES BGR 2001 CLM 0001
024 THE MAN IN THE MIRROR BGR 2001 CLM 0001
025 HELLO SUNSHINE BGR 2001 CLM 0001
026 JUST FOR A MUNUTE THERE BGR 2001 CLM 0001
Around 2000 Buck’s Place, Hendersonville, TN / Mike Schrimpf Sound Studio, Hendersonville, TN – Chester Lester (Chester Lester [vcl], Mike Baker [ld gt/ac gt], John Hughey [steel], Makr Powelson [bass], Kenny Johnson [drums], David Russell [fiddle], Mike Schrimpf [keyboards/ harmonica]. Producer: Chester Lester)
027 IT‘S HARD TO YOU’RE GONE BGR 9522
028 LONELY LADY BGR 9522
029 IF YOU TWO TIME MOE ONE TIME BGR 9522
030 AIN’T IT FUNNY HOW THOSE COUNTRY SONGS COME TRUE BGR 9522
031 I’M DRINKING DOUBLES BGR 9522
032 HOW I WISH THE SAME COULD BE SAID FOR ME BGR 9522
033 ABILENE BGR 9522
034 I KNOW FOOL WELL BGR 9522
035 A MEMORY WALKS THE FLOOR BGR 9522
036 TRYING TO LIVE HIS LIFE IN A SONG BGR 9522
037 LET OLD SLEEPIN’  MEMORIES LIE BGR 9522
038 I CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE BGR 9522
Ca 2000s unknown – Chester Lester
039 ROCKIN‘ A ROLLIN’STONE CLM 0001
040 SOME MEN HAVE SURE GOT SOME NERVE CLM 0001
041 THE PIPER CAME TODAY CLM 0001
042 YOUNG MEN IN A HURRY CLM 0001
2007 unknown – Chester Lester
043 SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK
044 I KNOW FOOL WELL
045 IF YOU TWO TIME ME ONE TIME
046 ONE SORRY ME
047 TONIGHT LETS CROSS THE BRIDGE
048 I KNOW IT BY HEART
049 LET OLD SLEEPING MEMORIES LIE
050 CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE
051 LETS LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE
052 I'M DRINKIN' DOUBLES
Tracks above issued on album Some Guys Have All The Luck
2010 unknown – Chester Lester
053 COMMON GROUND digital single [rel. March 28, 2011]

ALBUMS
Bob Grady BGR 2001/NR-17939 Too Close To Call:  Too Close To Fall; The Pillow Next To Me; Hide-Away Heaven; When I Knew Her When; How Long Can Forever Be; Heaven Bound; Sight For Sore Eyes; The Man In the Mirror; Hello Sunshine; Just For A Munute There -  89 (reissued in March 2007 on CLM 0001 with bonus tracks: Rockin‘ A Rollin’ Stone; Some Men Have Sure Got Some Nerve; The Piper Came Today; Young Men In A Hurry)
Bob Grady BGR 9522 Lonely Lady: It‘s Hard To You’re Gone; Lonely lady; If You Two Time Moe One Time; Ain’t It Funny How Those Country Songs Come True; I’m Drinking Doubles; How I Wish The Same Could Be Said For Me; Abilene; I Know Fool Well; A Memory Walks The Floor; Trying To Live His Life In A Song; Let Old Sleepin’  Memories Lie; I Can’t Get There From Here – ca 01
CLM ? (UPC634479578717) Some Guys Have All The Luck: Some Guys Have All the Luck; I Know Fool Well; If You Two Time Me One Time; One Sorry Me; Tonight Lets Cross the Bridge; I Know It By Heart; Let Old Sleeping Memories Lie; Can't Get There From Here; Lets Leave Well Enough Alone; I'm Drinkin' Doubles – 02-07-07
GMV Nashville [UK] ? Undiscovered Country Hits: [Jan Howard:]  To Love A Rolling Stone;  I'll Hold You In My Heart;  My Coloring Book; I Thought I Had Him; Let's Sing Together;  Better Off Alone; [Chester Lester:]  If Only We Could;  That Lonesome Old Sound;  Don't Bother To Forgive; Mama Make Up My Room;  Woman From Kentucky;  High On Love; [Sheila Tilton:] Let Your Lovin' Do The Talkin‘; I'm Beginning To See The Light;  I'll Be Whatever You Say; Brass Buckles;  Half As Much;  Little Man; [Scott Summer:]  Flip Side Of Today; I Don't Wanna Want You;  Country Lovin' In The City;  Old Fashioned Lady;  Almost Someone;  I'm In Love – 02-10-14


SINGLES
B*E*S (1965) 
45-86  Rosie / I’ve Got To get Over You – 02-65
45-89 The Car and The Keys / Patches - 65
45-90 Any Time But Now (Any Place But Here) / I’d Rather Switch Than Fight – 65
Artic Records (ca 1972) Butch Lester
444 Hello Guitar / Brother Jesus – ca 72
Con Brio (1979)
CBK 148 Mama, Make Up My Room / High On Love - 79
CBK 154 If Only We Could / Woman From Kentucky – 79
Winsong Records (ca 1987)
WS 002 Johnny Never Came Marching Home – 87 (promo)
InterVision (ca 1988) Ches Lester
3001 Too Close To Call -  ca 88 (promo)
Bob Grady (1980s)
BGR-008 Makin’ It Easy (Ain’t Makin It Right) – 8-  – (Promo)

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