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The U-49 and U-50 matrix numbers and the vinyl trail-off etchings, shows that the record was manufactured at the same time and place as the SUN release.In fact, SUN 198 indeed has the words 'St Francis' etched into the trail-off grooves, indicating that it wasn't intended for SUN use.On ''Jesus Means All To Me'', again adapting the harmonica style of Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney, this time at a brighter tempo, Howard Seratt leads into another deeply felt religious message that is so attractively delivered and yet so disarming as to momentarily convert even the most confirmed of atheists.It is at this faster pace that one can particularly see the reason why Sam Phillips was so taken with Howard's music and so anxious to open negotiations with him about the possibility of recording of some secular music.In case you missed Fowler's 1940s mega-hit "Gospel Boogie", here is its first cousin.



As far as other recordings, it turned out that two other songs had been recorded at Sun and issued on a custom label, St. In later years, Howard Seratt had made some more country gospel recordings in California, just for his own amusement.From the very first harmonica notes it is clear that this is going to be no ordinary record.It is not that harmonica players were a rarity in the mid-South, for Howard Seratt is merely adapting the music of Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney who had been firm radio favorites for many years.Indeed, it was Wayne Raney's pals, the Delmore Brothers, who originated ''Make Room In The Lifeboat For Me'' recording it for Decca in 1940.

It has more to do with the reassuringly solid execution of both guitar and harmonica styles and the convincing tone in which Howard delivers the moving lyrics.

The local newspaper had written him up as Businessman of the week in March 1971, revealing the story of a well-liked pillar of the religious and business community, without even mentioning Howard's other career in music.