|This book (200 pages) tells about the history he spent as a member of "The Four Young Men"|
later changed to "The Young Men Four" and a few years later "The Castaways".
But before he tells about those years, let's back up to when Ernie was just a boy.
He tells about his early life and learning how to play the guitar at age 11.
Then at the age of 18, he joined the U.S. air Force. There he met Gib Guilbeau and Darrell Cotton.
It did not take long until they formed a group and called it Darrell, Gib and Ernie".
Then as they got better and had a friend Dave Papps on drums, they changed their name to "The Hi-Flyers".
That was appropriate, as they were still in the Air Force doing their duty during the day, and their music at night!
The book tells many stories of those early years and how it was, playing music at a club called "The Buckhorn"
Their talents continued to grow and grow until they were performing all over the state of California and a lot of places in Nevada,
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|- THE HI-FLYERS: I heard an angel cry / They call you the lover (Shasta 118)|
"I heard an angel cry" written by Guilbeau/Cotton/Williams
"They call you the lover" written by Guilbeau/Cotton/Williams/Tucker
|Darrell, Gib and Ernie|
- DARRELL, GIB and ERNIE: I goofed / Mirror mirror on the wall (Shasta 133)|
- DARRELL, GIB and ERNIE: Just or unjust / Don't bet on a promise (Shasta 147)
You can here a live radio broadcast from 1957 on The Brothers CD which was released 2001 by Beau Town Records as a bonus track.
Some singles were released:
|The Four Young Men / The Young Men Four|
- BOBBY EDWARDS & FOUR YOUNG MEN: You're the reason/I'm a fool for loving you (Crest 1075)|
- FOUR YOUNG MEN: You been torturing me / See them laugh (Crest 1076)
- FOUR YOUNG MEN: Sweetheart of senior high / Just for tonight (Crest 1083)
- FOUR YOUNG MEN: That man Paul / Garden in the rain (Dore 621)
- YOUNG MEN FOUR: Don't be bashful, little girl / Goodbye, bye, bye, bye (Crest 1109)
- YOUNG MEN FOUR: Davey Jones / Once there was love (Star Delta SDR-1002)
- YOUNG MEN FOUR: The walk / Still walkin (Star Delta SDR-1003)
"You been torturing me" written by Darrell Cotton/Gib Guilbeau/Wayne Moore/Ernie Williams
"See them laugh" written by Darrell Cotton/Gib Guilbeau/Wayne Moore/Ernie Williams
"Just for tonight" written by Darrell Cotton/Gib Guilbeau/Wayne Moore/Ernie Williams
"That man Paul" written by Darrell Cotton/Gib Guilbeau/Wayne Moore/Ernie Williams
"Don't be bashful, little girl" written by Guilbeau/Cotton/Williams/Moore
"Goodbye, bye, bye, bye" written by Guilbeau/Cotton/Williams/Moore
Note: Glen Campbell plays lead guitar on a few songs!
The group's last singles as The Young Men Four introduced them to Gary Paxton, formerly half of the Skip & Flip (Skip Battin and Gary Paxton) recording duo. Paxton was just starting his producing career and recorded the band for the Star Delta label - this label was owned by Dale Davis. This time the results had a strong folk flavor,"Once There Was Love" and "Davey Jones".
Note: "The walk" was written by Darrell Cotton in response to the call from president JFK for everyone to walk for health. (Single says "The walk" was written by Mary A. Guilbeau, because the Four Young Men were signed to another publishing company at that time).
Five of those songs (You been torturing me/See them laugh/Just for tonight/Don't be bashful little girl/Goodbye, bye bye) were written by Darrell Cotton, Floyd (Gib) Guilbeau, Wayne Moore & Ernie Williams. There are two more songs written by the same foursome which are all published by the same company (Presley Special Account / Unichappel Music Inc.):
Note: Jack Reeves played a song in his live shows named "Hold on to your dreams" written by Darrell Cotton, Floyd (Gib) Guilbeau, Wayne Moore & Ernie Williams.
Jack Reeves also recorded the Four Young Men song "You been torturing me" written by Gib, Wayne, Darrell & Ernie.
"The walk" is also available on the German rockabilly compilation CD "Party Date" released on the "Buffalo Bop" label.
"See them laugh" and "You been torturing me" is available on a 3 CD-set with the title "Midnight Cryin' Time" (PBXCD356).
"You're The Reason" with Bobby Edwards has hit the country chart. It gave Bobby Edwards his only top ten country hit when he took it to No. 4 in 1961 (and also to No. 11 on the pop chart). The Bobby Edwards version, originally on the "Crest" label just became available again on the Time/Life 2-CD set "Classic Country- The 60's Treasures" (R808-17). The Bobby Edwards song and "Don't be bashful, little girl" by the Four Young Men was released on a various artists CD with the title "Talk About A Party! - The Crest Records Story" (RockStar RSRCD 017). "You're the reason" is also on the album "The best of Crest Records Vol. 2 - Rockin' & Rollin'" (Rockstar LP 1003) released 1981 and also on the CD "The golden age of american rock'n'roll - Special country edition (CDCHD 845) released by Ace Records . "I'm a fool for loving you" is on the album "The best of Crest Records Vol. 1 - Can you bob" (Rockstar LP 1002) released 1980.
The song " Goodbye bye bye" was later re-recorded by Gib with "THE DUDES" under the title "Let's not pretend anymore" with different arrangement and tempo!
Jimmy Bowen (yes, the famous Nashville producer!!!) recorded a single with The Four Young Men which was released 1961 and recorded at "Gold Star":
|JIMMY BOWEN & THE FOUR YOUNG MEN|
|- JIMMY BOWEN & THE FOUR YOUNG MEN: Don't drop it/Somebody to love (Crest 1085)|
Note: "Don't drop it" is also on the album "The best of Crest Records Vol. 2 - Rockin' & Rollin'" (Rockstar LP 1003) released 1981. "Somebody to love" is on the album "The best of Crest Records Vol. 1 - Can you bob" (Rockstar LP 1002) released 1980.
- CASTAWAYS: Poor boy's dream / Run Charlie run (Star Delta 1004)|
- CASTAWAYS: Wild boy / Tarzan (GNP 302)
- CASTAWAYS: Mack the knife / Pass it around (GNP 320)
Note: "Poor boy's dream/Run Charlie run" was also released in Canada on "London Records".
"Mack the knife/Pass it around" was produced by Lee Hazelwood.
At this point in time, Ernie had gotten married and his wife and he wanted to move back to Utah and start a family.
But before Ernie left Ernie wanted to help train a new man that would replace him, his name was Gene Parsons. Gene could play Ernie's bass and his uniform fit him pretty good.
With a few adjustments, he sounded good with the other guys.
They recorded some old classic songs like "That'll be the day", "It's only make believe", "Only the lonely", "Danny boy", "Peggy Sue" and many, many more.
They also re-recorded three songs which were released by the "Four Young Men" and "The Castaways" in the early 60's.
Bonus track is a live radio broadcast from 1957, The Hinkley Valley Boys featuring Darrell, Gib and Ernie!
- THE BROTHERS: Children of the fifties (Beau Town Records BEA 225003)|
The Brothers are: Wayne Moore, Gib Guilbeau, Darrell Cotton & Ernie Williams.
Guests: Albert Lee, Ray Tapia.
Produced by Gib Guilbeau & Darrell Cotton.
Arranged by Wayne, Gib, Darrell & Ernie
featuring Darrell, Gib and Ernie
- ERNIE WILLIAMS Presents: The Flavor Of Cache Valley|
feat. Ernie Williams
ERNIE WILLIAMS - 1957
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