Friday, June 26, 2015

Morris RODGERS and the Continentals

Morris RODGERS and the Continentals

9441 ~ The Leg
9442 ~ Wonders of love

Delta D-3025/6 (601/602)
Bedford, Indiana


Delta Records
1416 I. Street
Bedford, IN

“I really don’t know if I should be telling this or not,” Rodgers confided, “But when I was about 14, I was playing Puffy’s Tavern ... usually playing guitar for Jim Galloway who played drums and cornet.

His first band — featuring John Wiggs, Jim Houston and Dan Owens — was the Discords, named for the group’s difficulty playing a string of the right notes in the right order. But that doesn’t mean the group didn’t quickly get it together.

In the late ’50s, and Rodgers played in The Continentals and the Mark IV, Bedford’s first rock show.

In addition to Rodgers, the band featured Myron Thomas, Jerry Smith, Dave Miller, Kenny Foddrill, Steve Brinegar, Terry Blackwood, Johnny Fender and sometimes Janie Turner and Janet Rodgers.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Jean Meadows with The Tydes

Jean Meadows with The Tydes

13109 ~ Summer's Gone

Universal C7-115

Label was probably an offshoot of Universal Recording Studios, 26 Colton Av. West Springfield, Massachusetts.  owned by Flem DeAngelis

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lincoln Mills on VTA

Lincoln Mills

28603 - If You Should Go

L.Mills, Lincoln Mills ASCAP

VTA FBS 0102

Rt. 1 Box 462
Lakewales, Fla. 33853


Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Echoes (Kentucky?)

The Echoes

CP-6489 ~ Sharley 
Martin-Noffsinger, Bo-An Pub. Co.
CP-6490 ~ Tension
Martin-Noffsinger, Bo-An Pub. Co.

(no label)

A pair of instrumentals.  "Tension" is reminiscent of "Walk Don't Run", the Ventures hit from the summer of 1960.

Probably from Kentucky.  Bo-An Publ. Co. was owned by Bobby Anderson out of Central City, where he operated the Summit and Royce labels. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Love Brothers

The Love Brothers
B.Love, F.Love
Golden State Songs, BMI

CP-3202 ~ One Time Love Affair
B.Love, F.Love
Golden State Songs, BMI

By Love Records 843
627 Pollock Greenville, Miss.


An alternate take of " Baby, I'll Never Let You Go" is on YouTube here

Lefty Pritchett on Bama

Lefty Pritchett
And His Country Cats
Vocal By Lefty Pritchell And Lucy Carter

CP-4104 – She Stole My Heart Away
Vocal By Lefty Pritchell

From The Heart of Dixie It's
Bama Records 00001

Claude "Lefty" Pritchett
, a self-taught musician, was born in 1931 in Alabama, the son of Alabama sharecroppers.   He had an ear for music at a young age, especially the guitar.  "My first guitar was used.  I paid $1.75 for it," he recalls.
    His guitar playing and singing were constant companions when he joined the Army in 1950.  Korea was his first stop after basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Serving with the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea, he organized a country music group, which has became popular with the GI's overseas.    "Lefty Pritchett and His Country Rhythm Boys", as the group was commonly known in Korea, played at service clubs, parties and entertainment programs in Korea.    Pritchett wrote many of his songs and broadcasted his original tunes on a weekly radio program    
     The troops weren't the only ones Claude serenaded.  Korea is also where he met his future bride Bonnie.  "I saw her for the first time with a dark corduroy uniform on and she had pigtails and she just took my heart away."

     Claude also saw duty in Vietnam in the late 60's.  And, yes, his guitar made the trip, too.  "If I wasn't on duty I'd start playing and singing and all the troops would come around.  We'd have a big jam session."

     When Claude got back to the states he recorded one of the 150 songs he has written.  It was called "Vietnam Rotation Blues." (*)  Claude says over there they wanted to hear something about coming home, so that's why he wrote the song.
     Once back home Claude became an Army recruiter.  His guitar was one of his recruiting tools.  "When (a recruit) would make up his mind to go, I would sing him a song and ask him when he wanted to leave.  We'd have to send him to get his exam and everything.  I always met my quota," Claude said with a big smile.


 *Released on Dee Lark Records, you can hear the song here

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Clay County Playboys on Lifetime


The Clay County Playboys 
featuring Yodelin' Stan
17785 - Night Train To Memphis

The Clay County Playboys 
featuring Tex Jackson
17786 - Muleskinner Blues

Tex Jackson 
And The Clay County Playboys
Ronnie Reeves, rhythm

17961 - Nine Dang Pins (Sid Keiser, Cora Lee Music BMI)
17962 - We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds.

 Shirley Jean
backed by
the Clay County Playboys

 18253 -  It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
(Johnny Tillotson, Ridge Music)

18254 - I Want To Live Again

The Clay County Playboys
performed in Upstate New York in the mid-sixties.  The band featured Tex Jackson,  Yodelin' Stan, Ronnie Reeves.  Shirley Jean may (or not) have been member of the band.  Lifetime Records of Rochester released these three successive records in 1966.




Woody and the Wood Peckers

Woody and the Wood Peckers

27339 – Oh Lonesome me
27340 -  Call of the canyon

Woody Records
Route 1,
Lebanon, Ohio,

Wood Lynch was the band leader.   He died in 2001.   

Jessie Lyn and her brother Richard Lynch continue today the family music tradition.  See

Jessie Lyn Fisher grew up in a farm house in Lebanon. As a child, after a long day of work, she and her five siblings would sit around the kitchen table with their father and grab anything that could make music.

Sometimes it was a pan or a pair of cooking utensils. "We had a lot of music in that house and we had a lot of faith in that house," Fisher said.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Gene Scarbrough on Brock

Gene Scarbrough

CP-5985 – Please Answer Me
Written-By – Gene Scarbrough, Lloyd Hurt
Pamper Music Co, Inc. BMI

CP-5986 – A Dream Of You
Written-By – Gene Scarbrough 
Pamper Music Co, Inc. BMI

Brock Records
2294 Pontiac St., Columbus, Ohio

Vocal with String Band



Eugene Jessie Scarbrough also recorded :

1957 — Starday 685  :  Wanted / Lonesome For Someone
1960 — Hark 503 :  Bluest One In Town / Running Away From Love
1964 — Del-Ray 216 : It All Depends On Linda / Think Twice Before You Go

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Silver Heart Gospel Singers Of Indianapolis, Indiana

  The Silver Heart Gospel Singers Of Indianapolis, Indiana
Label : Executive

Side 1 [16691]
1. I'll Flay Away (Lead William Starks And Brenda Miles)
2. Throw Out The Lifeline (Lead Lillian Anderson And Robert Turner)
3. His Eye Is On The Sparrow (Lead Brenda Dobbins
4. Yield Not To Temptation (Lead Lillian Anderson And Robert Turner)
5. His Goodness To You (Lead William Starks)

Side 2 [16692]
1. You Brought Me (Lead Lillian Anderson)
2. Closer To Thee (Lead Brenda Miles)
3. Don't Leave Me (Lead Robert Turner)
4. He Knows (Lead William Starks)
5. A Few Of His Bessings To Me (Lead Sandra Johnson)

Recorded by Commerical Features, 1415 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis

Personnel : 
Sandra Johnson at the organ
John Bailey and Kenneth Collins at the piano
Robert L. Duckett Turner, arranger, composer and lead
Barbara Jean Adair, first soprano
Lillian Jean Anderson, second sopano and lead
Lillie Mae Farr, alto
Brenda Ann Dobbins, alto and lead
William Starks, tenor and lead

The Silver Heart Gospel Singers
Robert Turner and the Silver Heart Gospel Singers represent some of Indiana's finest traditional gospel. Formed in 1960 by then fifteen year old Robert Turner, the Silver Hearts have grown into an Indianapolis institution, singing at churches, church reunions, and community gatherings all over the region and organizing an over forty year old annual city-wide Gospel Extravaganza. Robert Turner sang his first solo, "Let God Abide" at four years of age, standing on a chair in front of his church, the Metropolitan Baptist Church. He joined the church's traveling choir at age 10, and in 1958 he heard the Clara Ward Singers at the Bible Way Baptist Church just around the corner from his home. Inspiration for the Silver Hearts was born on that night. Turner recalls his reaction to the Clara Ward Singers: "Five ladies, fabulous gowns, the music was piano and organ instead of the quartet/guitar sound I'd been raised on and it was like, 'WOW!'"

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Cavemen (Capitol Star Artist)

The Cavemen

18285 ~ All About Love
 (Albert Cretacci, Jr., Red Pol Music Co. BMI)

18286 ~ Bo Diddley 
(R. McDaniels)

Capitol Star Artist
Rochester, New York
Produced by Fine Studios, Rochester, N.Y.

There was (originally) a sax player, Denny Puricelli, but he quit for whatever reason.   The group was formed in 1963 in Buffalo, New York. During that year other members came and went.
Jimmy Crouse and Joey Calato were the ones who started the band.   They  started out as The El Dorados, but one of the guys in the band wanted to change the name to Alley-Oop & The Cavemen after the song, ‘Alley-Oop’ by The Hollywood Argyles.   They  all thought it was kind of neat so they agreed.   After a while they dropped the name to just “The Cavemen” because macho man Al didn’t like being called Alley Oop.
The Cavemen primarily consisted of Joey Calato, drums; Jimmy Crouse, lead guitar; Ron Gorski, rhythm guitar; Harry (Skip) Miecheski, bass guitar; Al Cretacci, lead vocals; and Sammy Sparazza, keyboards.   Sam joined after the recording in 1966.   Ron Gorski passed away in a car accident in 1969. 
An Interview With Joey Calato and Jimmy Crouse can be found at 60sgarage Bands here

An alternate take of All About Love can be found here

Friday, March 27, 2015

Billy Bownds on Vamalco

Billy Bownds
and Gil Baca Orch.

CP-6439 - I Got A New Babe
CP-6440 - You’ll Cry A Little Bit
both wr. Billy Bownds
Moss-Rose Pub., Vamalco Pub. BMI
produced by GC & JHM

Vamalco V-507
1506 Truxillo, Houston, Texas

GC, one of the producers, is possibly Gene Crawford, star of "Gold Coast Jubilee," which was beamed each Sunday over KTRK-TV, Houston.  Billy Bownds recorded for at least two other Houston diskeries, namely Ark Records and Bow and Arrow Records. 

The name Baca for more than a century has been a part of Texas history along with the famous “Baca Beat.”    Gil Baca was the third generation Czech musician.  He began his musical career at age 9.   Gil began playing the piano at the age of fourteen and Kermit his brother was nine when he started playing the drums.   In 1949 Gil and Kermit went on tour with Tennessee Ernie Ford and then went on to join Hank Thompson’s group that toured the USA and Canada.  In 1952 Kermit was drafted into the U.S. Army where he formed his own band while stationed in Alaska for two years.   Gil appeared on the Kate Smith Show and other top TV shows.   Later Gil and Kermit formed their own band. The played at various Houston clubs and made appearances on Channels 11 and 13.   Initially, they played popular tunes but that changed when Ray Baca, their father,  joined them.   They added polkas and waltzes to their repertoire. They recorded the famous Baca Waltz and Gil’s Polka.  In 1967, they cut an LP featuring Ray Baca on the dulcimer.