Sunday, April 24, 2016

Velma Cross on Fine Art

Velma Cross, vocal

piano : Etta Jean Brazil
guitar : Leroy Collins

CP-3277 - He's A Terrible Blow
CP-3278 - Darling, I'm Hoping

Fine Art 214

Velma Cross
And Her High Steppers

James Cohen, Piano
Count Monty, Sax
Leo Johnson, Drums

CP-5481 -I'll Be Oh So Good
CP-5482 - He's My Daddy

Fine Art 222

Velma Cross was born in 1915, it is believed, in South Bend, Indiana.   No further records as Velma Cross are known.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cowboy Slim And The Clem Brothers

Cowboy Slim And The Clem Brothers

24877 - Huntsville Walls
24878 - Land Of The Living

GRS Recordings CW-101
Springfield, Missouri
Bi-Lu Enterprises


Allen G. Clem (Cowboy Slim) and brothers on a label owned by Lu Ann Wolfe (1923-2008) and Rev. Billy Wolfe (1924-1991).
The reverend and his wife also operated K.C.O.D. Broadcasting Corp.. Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dennis Hunt and his Hunters

Dennis Hunt and  his Hunters

CP-2285 ~ A Story Untold
Hunt-Bonner Cedarwood Pub. BMI  45-DH11

CP-2286 ~ So Long, So Lonely, So Blue
Charles Pogue, Cedarwood Pub. BMI  45-DH12

Say Record Co. 11/12

The Hunters

It was a November night at The Gardens in Wichita, Kansas in 1959 that Eddie Cochran played his last one-nighter before leaving the U.S. on his final personal appearance tour.  "Somethin' Else" made it up to number three on KSIR, the local radio station.  Dennis Hunt, the local teen d.j. and rocker was a real Cochran fan.  He always sang Eddie's songs at the Saturday night sock hops and, as expected, he was the host on this night of the Eddie Cochran Show. Hunt, singing in a very Elvis-like style, entertained for approximately an hour before The Hollywood Swingers took over. 

Dennis Hunt moved to KIRL (St. Charles, Missouri) a station owned by Mary Pickford "The Biograph Girl" and her husband Buddy Rogers.  In 1965, he emceed at KLAS-TV (Las Vegas, Nevada). 

The Say single was his only release, but Mac Records from Belgium released "Rock My Baby / Dragon Fly", two unissued tracks in 1999.  Drummer Fred Bonner still plays jazz in Wichita.  He did a single in the 60s with "Buggy" Bumper and His Bad Blues Band featuring "Baby" : "Bumpy Blues" (Vantage Records #714)

Dennis Hunt, KIRL (1961)

Dan Greer on S. & W.

Dan Greer

14969 ~ Swing'n Place [SW-711]
Dan Greer, Sandra Music, BMI

14970 ~ Old Beale Street  [SW-712]
Dan Greer, Sandra Music, BMI

S & W Records 207

First record of this singer, writer and producer.  Probably recorded at Fernwood Studios (Ronald Wallace, owner)

Dan Greer was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, he moved to Memphis with his mother in the early 50s and lived close to the thriving musical scene on Beale Street. The talent he mixed with – William Bell, Maurice White, Louis Williams of the Ovations, Percy and Spencer Wiggins and many others – were part of the generation that underpinned the golden era of Memphis soul.

Dan returned to Holly Springs to attend art college, where he learned the techniques that have sustained him for the past five decades as a talented designer.  When he came back to Memphis he got into the music business.  After hanging out at Stax and Fernwood, he ended up working at Goldwax, alongside new songwriting partner George Jackson. The pair had their songs recorded by all the label’s biggest stars – James Carr, the Ovations and Spencer Wiggins – as well as releasing their own 45 under the name George & Greer. Their partnership fell apart when George was poached by Rick Hall to work exclusively at Fame.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Margie Hampton on Rite-Way

Margie Hampton
25091 - Dear Mom And Dad
25092 - Big Black Eye

Rite-Way Records
    Hampton Records Blue Springs, Mississippi
Woods Studio, Ripley, Miss.

Self-penned country bopper from 1969
Big Black Eye (1:44 clip only)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ronnie King on Luanda

Ronnie King
12773 - A Lone Browns In Laramie

Robbin Young & Ronnie King
12774 - They Don't Know

written by Ronnie King
Telldell Music, BMI
Prod. by R. Weaver & O. Bailey

Luanda 25

Ronnie King organized The Windsors doo wop singing group while still a student at Washington high School in Washington, PA. The Windsors headed to New York and cut two sides for Wig Wag Records: "Carol Ann" b/w "Keep Me From Crying." at Regent Sound Studios.   Later, Ronnie moved on and formed a rock-pop group called Ronnie King & The Passions who recorded several sides for Scotty and Gateway.

This Luanda single is scarce according to Ronnie King, only 200 records are believed to have been pressed.  Tapes were sent by the producers to the pressing plant at the same time as their equally obscure Kantelles single on the Trynorr label.


1958 Wig-Wag 103 - The Windsors : Carol Ann / Keep Me From Crying
1964 Luanda 25 : Ronnie King : A Lone Browns In Laramie / They Don't Know
1966 Scotty 822  -  Ronnie King And The Passions : I've Found Love / Quite Like You, Babe
1967 Gateway 786 - Ronnie King And The Passions  : Girl Break Away / I'll Never Be Free

Source : label shot is from this ebay auction (has audio clips of both sides)
Acknowledgment : Ron King

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Airs of Harmony (Key Records)

The Airs of Harmony
Lead J.B. Wells

14875 – When I Was A Sinner
14876 - Searching For My Mother

Key Records
Raebet's Productions

The Airs Of Harmony, a male group that included William Seldon, J. T. Pearson, Roy Ozier, C. Edwards, J.B. Wells and others. In 1959 they had a session for Gotham but nothing was released. In 1961 they tried again, this time for the Choice label from Newark, NJ. A single was released and two more tracks appeared on Choice LP 504.

Members of this group formed the Michigan Nightingales in 1972

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Personals

The Personals

14635 - Dance All Night
14636 - To Be One

Personal 1001

16363 - Don't Say You Love Me
16364 -  To-Morrow
Personal no #
Hills Sound Service, Worcester, Mass.

A four man rock and roll band from the central Massachusetts area. Group members Mike Gribauskas and John Barton. "Dance All Night" was heard locally on radio stations WORC-AM and WAAB-AM.

Label shots : The Basement Walls
Audio file : YouTube (Rusty Potts)

The Polkasonics

The Sounds Of  The Polkasonics
Ever Recording Co. Ever ES-1200

Side one  [31375]
Yes, Sir, She's My Baby Polka. Vocal - V. Kudra - J. Krakowski
Jigsaw Polka. - Instr.
Early Morning Oberek. Vocal E. Kudra
Mountaineer's Polka. Vocal E. Kudra
Lovesick Polka. Vocal E. & V. Kudra
Fiddler's Polka.  Instr.

Side two   [31376]
Mountaineer's Farewell Polka. Vocal  V. Kudra
Teriyaki Polka. Instr
Stay Single Oberek. Vocal E. Kudra
Where Were You, Johnny Polka.  Vocal J. Krakowski
Play Gypsy Waltz.   Vocal E &  V. Kudra
White Table Polka. Vocal E. Kudra

Ernie Kudra - Accordion, Concertina, Vocals
Vickie Kudra - Bells, Tamburine, Vocals
Jerry Krakowski - Drums, Vocals
Jim Kunc - Trumpet, Trombone
Bob Slavik - Clarinet, Saxophone
Bob Owen, Bass


Vickie and Ernie Kudra

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Juanita Stewart Miles (Tieway Records)

Juanita Stewart Miles

Accompanied By The Joy Singers of Detroit

Tieway 847
Side A — 33393
1. Give Me Wings (Trad., Arr. J. Miles)
2. Have You Tried Jesus 
3. How Big Od Is
4. I Saw The World Shining A Hope For Me

Side B  —33394
1. Lord Make Perfect And Whole
2. God Is Everywhere
3. O Lord You Consider Me
4. I Got That Feeling

Joy Singers
Mildred Hoard - 1st soprano
Delsi Adams - 2nd soprano
Barnetta Norwood - 1st alto
Charles Tompkins - Tenor
Frank White - organist
Milton Pullen - piano
Bass & tambourine - Dave Hamilton

Produced by Dave Hamilton & Juanita S. Miles
La Frieda Miles - Album cover
Engineer Dave Hamilton

All songs written by Juanita S. Miles and published by Tieway Music, BMI  with the exception of "Give Me Wings"
Mrs. Miles started singing at an early age of ten. She studied music at the Robert Nolan School of Music and the Art Center School of Music at an early age in Detroit, Michigan.

Juanita Stewart Miles

Friday, January 1, 2016

B.B. Guns and Cannons

B.B. Guns and Cannons 
feat. Kathy Belanich and Andrea Nelson

KB 45001 — Santa, I've Been Good All Year (Kathy Belanich) /  Entrance RR-42396-A

KB 45002 — Do You Believe In Santa Claus   (Gordon Kjellberg  ) Exit RR-42396-B

Engineered by Gordon Kjellberg   

Killer Bullet Productions
© 1982 for Fire Records

Kathy Belanich, guitar, vocals, bells, crumar
Andre Nelson, clavinet
Michael Creary, bass
Martin Samuel, drums
Gordon Kjellberg guitars, bells, background vocals
Barry Kennely, bass, piano

Recorded at Studio1, West Seattle
Engineered/Mixed by Gordon Kjellberg
Jacket design by Kathy Belanich
Gordon Kjellberg played music since the mid-sixties and was a member of The Enchanters, The Liberty Party (Jerden Records),   Merrilee & the Turnabouts,  The Feelies   (Jerden Records),  Cherry Fizz,  Blue Mountain Eagle and The Rockets.

Kathy Belanich (now Kathy Childers) still plays music and is with the Seattle band  City Zu.  Occasionally Jerry Zu and Kathy Childers perform as a duo called the Magnetics and they do 60s tunes," the kind some of us remember from the KJR top 4o days when the music had a good beat  and you could dance to it."

Kathy (Belanich) Childers
A copy of this record including the picture sleeve autographed by Kathy Belanich is currently on sale here

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Spades (Super Records)

The Spades

CP-2623 - Challenge
Mike Furry, Superior Music Co, BMI

The Spades, vocal by Al Steele

CP-2624 - Fatty Patty
Don Bryant, Superior Music Co, BMI
Super 001


Presenting The Young Disciples

Presenting The Young Disciples
Granite Records R-101

 Side One  [30463)

1 Brother, Let Me Take Your Hand
2 Master Designer
3 I Believe God Is Real
4 He's Everythng To Me
5 There Is More To Life
6 Put Your Hand In The Hand
7 Searching Questions

All published by Lexicon Music, Inc. Waco, Texas except 6 : Beechwood Music Corp.

Side Two   [30464]

1 We're On Our Way
2 Sequence Of Events
3 It's Our World
4 Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
5 Natural High
6 God Can See Us & When I Think Of The Cross (Medley)
7 Moment Of Truth

All published by Lexicon Music, Inc. Waco, Texas except  4. Zondervan Pub. House, Grand Rapids (Michigan)

The Osbornville Baptist Church, of Bricktown, New Jersey, takes pride in her representatives to the nation, "The Young Disciples,"  As the name implies, they are a group of Christian young people who have disciplined themselves in a fine singing group.  They are members of our Baptist Youth Fellowship who wanted to do something more than the ordinary; and so this record is the product of a five state singing tour in 1972.

The Young Disciples are revolutionary folk, singing revolutionnary music about the greatest revolutionist of all time - Jesus Christ.  They sing about His power and purprose to change the inner man, in order that the world may be changed from the inside out.  This is the music of the Gospel --, the "Good News" of a peace that passes all understanding to all who will receive.

As you hear the music, hear the message also.  Hear the "Searching Questions" be resolved "When I Think of the Cross", "Allow", The Moment of Truth" to be yours.  Join The Young Disciples in a strange new revolution of the 1970's!

Gary Johnson

The Young Disciples are : Pat Bringham, Sue Caruthers, Tom Crammer, Jim Edwards, Ken Edwards, Peggi Ely, Sandy Finger, Al Hofmann, Debbie Johnson, Nancy Levensen, Terry Lowman, Dale Miller, Darlene Miller, Charles Morris, Cindy Pyott, Ann Sills, Melanie Sils, Scott Smith, Debbie Steeb, Rhonda Steeb, Debbie Worth

Debbie Steeb, pianist
Dale Miller, guitarist