Last week Gary Bailey, guitarist of the Highlights, left a comment on a post about their 45 that I had done earlier this year in February. I´m re-posting it here because Gary was so kind to send me some additional information plus high-resolution scans of a great publicity shot of the group (as Gary wrote: “Now you can put faces with the Record”) and  a beautiful poster.

On the picture is:

Lower – Drummer Al Anderson, Middle Row Left – Gary Bailey-Guitar, Middle Row Right – Barry Rush-Lead Guitar, Upper Row Left –  Bob Bulger-Bass, Upper Row Right – Dale Anderson-Sax.

Note that the other Highlights have greased-up flat-tops while Gary is the only one donnin´ a fine pomp!

Gary Bailey and lead guitarist  Barry Rush, who co-wrote Ah, So, played music together from the time they were 9 and 12 years old.  Contrary to what I had written they were actually from Minnesota, while the 45 was recorded in Minneapolis where they were also booked through T.B. Skarning out of Minneapolis. The Highlights played together for 25 years. Both are  retired now, with Gary living  in Colorado and Barry in Minnesota and they´re  both still playing  music in  50’s Rock Bands.

Ah, So really is a cult song among many Rock´n´Roll fans and record collectors. It has been featured on Volume 1 of the  “Jungle Exotica ” compilation that was put out by Tim Warren of Crypt Records in the 90´s and that really got a whole new generation of music fans to hear it for the first time. The Japanese girl group “The´s” have recorded a cover version of Ah, So in 1991 and I´m sure others did too that I´m not aware of.

Studio Blues is a little unfortunately titled, because it´s a real fine instrumental rocker with great guitars and the same sparse but effective drum sound of Ah, So.

Thanks a lot Gary! I love this 45 and I´m sure a lot of people will continue to enjoy it in the future.

Keep on rockin´!


THE HIGHLIGHTS, Studio Blues, 1958