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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wayne Cochran on Gala

CP-6309 ~ Last Kiss
Wayne Cochran, Perry Music, BMI

CP-6310 ~ Funny Feeling
Joe Carpenter-Milt Skelton, Perry Music BMI 

Gala Records 45-117
Gala Recording Co., Inc.
Vidalia, Georgia

"A blues, chanted in relaxed style, with a funky guitar backing.  Derivative but a good job." ("Last Kiss" review, Billboard, 18 September, 1961)

For a story of the song "Last Kiss" see wikipedia article

Gala 117 : second press


Wayne and Monica Cochran

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

David West (Tropical 214)

(James M. Krol, Alison Music ASCAP)

38526 - Jean Marie.
(James M. Krol and  Ray Flory, Alison Music ASCAP)

Tropical 214
P.O. Box 2076, DeLand, Florida

Produced by Bob Quimby

Ted and Curtis Voel-Pel

Ted and  Curtis Voel-Pel

A - I Don't Know Why
B - I Want You

TC Records RR-42550

Written and produced by Ted and Curtis Voel-Poel.    Ted H A Voel-Pel (1960-2010) played for many years in local rock bands in the northwest suburbs.  He has lived in Des Plaines and worked at Electro Insulation in Arlington Heights as a warehouse manager.  

His brother, Curtis, is still playing music in a band named STAY TUNED, playing classic and modern rock.
This ebay auction has a short audio clip.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Alex Udvary presents the Cimbalom

Alex Udvary
presents the Cimbalom

Side 1  [30791]

1. Love Theme From "The Godfather"
2. Wave
3. Something
4. Theme From "Love Story"
5. How About You
6. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life

Side 2  [30792]

1. Hava Naguila
2. Lara's Theme From "Doctor Zhivao"
3. I Am A Shepherd Boy At Tarnoca - Quick Scardas
4. Al Di La
5. Zorba The Greek
6. Excerpts From The Roumanian Rhapsody

From the back cover
This record marks the first time in the world the Cimbalom has been recorded with this repetoire and instrumentation.  The cimbalom derives from the zither family and from hammer-struck instruments.  Although history tells us that an instrument of this type was used in China and Egypt and was unpopular because of its complexity, it found its way to Greece in about 700 B.C.  In Greece it is called the Santouri.   It flourished in Asia Minor and is now one of the basic regional isntruments in Turkey, Persia, Arabia and Syria.  In these parts of the world, those incredibly talented musicians, the Gypsies, first became devotees of the Cimbalom.  The Gypsies helped the cimbalom to become the Hungarian national instrument.  In England it is called a dulcimer.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Southern Wonders on Gusman

The Southern Wonders
(Louis King, Gusman, BMI)

25660 ~ Straight Road Home
(James Smith, Gusman, BMI)

Gusman Records G-102

Jeb Stuart on Cotton

Jeb Stuart

25507 - Cook County Jail    
(Jim Killman-Houston Davis, Ammons Music ASCAP)

25508 - Lonesome  Blues

Cotton Records 7-17


Unlisted Jeb Stuart recording probably from Jackson, Mississippi based on publishing company and composer Houston Davis (see

Charles Jones/Jeb Stuart
Photo credit :

Born Charles Jones in Memphis, Tennesse around 1935, from Frank Jones and Mrs. Lucille Yancey.   
Charles Jones attended Booker T. Washington High School and was employed as a vocalist in Chicago before entering the U.S. Army in November 1953.  He was shiped to Korea in 1954 and "visited" Japan, Korea, Okinawa,Guam, Hawaii and the Phillipine Islands. He received an award for being the best singer in the Far East. 
Jeb Stuart started his professional singing career  in Memphis on the Mississippi where he appeared at most of the local nightspots such as Hi Hat. Plantation club,Hotel Peabody. Chisca hotel, as well as at live Palace theatre. Handy and Hyde Park theatres.

From the beginning of his career, Stuart seems to have oriented himself toward the white audience. It surely couldn't have been coincidence that a black Memphian named Charles Jones took the name of a Confederate cavalry general.
He grew up idolising Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Fats Domino, and Little Richard, and left Memphis to study at the Chicago Conservatory of Music under Frank Lavere, one of the writers of Cole's hit ''Pretend''.

His first recordings were done in Chicago for Mercury subsidiary Wing Records as Charles Jones (1956), Zale Records (as Charlie Jones) and Shar Record Co (as Jeb Stuart).   

While in Chicago he assembled a female singing group, The Sweet Teens, led by Little Faith Taylor.  The group enjoyed a bit of a stir locally in Chicago with their first record which was issued by Federal Records.  Two other records followed on Bea & Baby Records (also with the Charles Jones involvement). 

A Jeb Stuart Discography can be found here
or here 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Gospel Ways Trio (Circle "D" Records)


 (Ronnie, Homer & Bill)

20405 - There's A light
20406 - Helping hand

Circle "D" 16


 (Ronnie, Homer & Bill)
20713 - I Find Peace (in a prayer)
20714 -  Beautiful Valley

Circle "D" 17


Circle "D" Records
Speedwell, Tennessee

All songs wr. Dave Owens, Smokey Mountain Music, Knoxville, Tenn.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Broken Arrow and The Tomahawks

Broken Arrow and The Tomahawks

CP-6335 ~ I Get Rainy River Blues

Roger Smith

CP-6441 -  Land Of Liberty

Salamanca Records
515 Clinton St.,. Jamestown,. N,. Y.

" I Get Rainy River Blues " was also issued twice by Salamanca backed with "You're A Million Miles Away " (numbered CP-5674 on one issue and numbered CP-6336 on another).  It's possible that "You're A Million Miles Away" was previously released at an earlier date with a different flip, still to be discovered.  It is possible, as well, that "Land Of Liberty" was separately issued with a different flip, still to be discovered.  That would make FIVE different Salamanca releases. Hmmm?

Several speculations or false informations can be found at various internet places, but it's quite aurally clear that Broken Arrow is actually Roger Smith, a song poem singer who had a relatively extensive discography in that special branch of the music industry.

Salamanca Music Publishers were not exactly a newcomer in the music business. "SONG TITLES BRING FAME, FORTUNE - NO knowledge of music or poetry required.  Only story and song title " reads a small ad from 1943 from Salamanca Music.  by all appearances, exactly the the kind of ads the song-poems companies would place in any publication for which they perceive a large and credulous readership: movie mags, comic books, supermarket tabloids...

Behind this release is Stanley Johnson, a teacher, who was also a long-time associate of Salamanca founder Robert Formica who died in 1948.

Born in 1898,  Stanley W. Johnson was a graduate of the Lebanon Springs high school and studied at Albany, Cortland and the Buffalo State Teachers' college. He served 11 years as principal of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation school and, in 1937, was transferred in by the state department of education to the Allegany reservation.
Ardent student of progressive education, he saw the need of a business training for the children and organized a practical situation whereby the children could learn from real situations.  He had a real store and the boys and girls learned the true lessons of life.  They bought and sold. They learned the value of money.

In Salamanca, he organized an orchestra of  Seneca Indian school boys with such success that they not only reached their objective, the New York World's Fair, but were asked to appear on Dave Elman's nation-wide "Hobby-Lobby" broadcast program.

Throughout the winter months of 1939, they had been practising and earning money for the trip. By the time school was out they had $80 in the treasury. Then came the big opportunity to appear on the "Hobby-Lobby" program.

Most original part of the band was the drum section. The tops were removed from one quart and five quart discarded oil cans and replaced with tops made from inner-tubes. Enamelled and decorated with scenes from Indian life, these home-made instruments proved so successful, that an additional supply was made for tourists, to sell from 25 to 50 a piece.

Robert M. Formica (1895-1948) Born in Italy. Bob Formica immigrated to the US in 1902.  A music teacher, he was also the director of the Salamanca Legion Concert Band.  
Stan Johnson and Bob Formica wrote several songs together.  One of these songs was "Land of Liberty", from 1940, a patriotic song for which the lyrics were written by Stanley W. Johnson and the music by Prof. Robert M. Formica, song which is on the flip side of this Salamanca single.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bobby C. And The Fantastix

Bobby C. And The Fantastix
21009 -  Soul Pie
C.P. Froelich - M. Tice

21010 - Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta
Ernst Kador

A Fantastix Production 
Route 4 - Box 29 - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Recorded At AMH Productions, Chapel Hill

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rev. and Mrs. A.R. Vander Ploeg

Rev. and Mrs. A.R. Vander Ploeg

CP-1215 - The Train Song
CP-1216 - Led By The Masters Hand

Musical Vann's 7

Rev. and Mrs. A.R. Vander Ploeg
CP-1217 - Down From His Glory
CP-1218 - Someday, It Won't Be Long

Musical Vann's 8

631 Green Street
Toledo, Ohio

According to an article published in 1951, the Rev. Vander Ploeg was a chaplain during the last war, "The minister and his wife play a variety of instruments including the electric organ, piano, accordion, cornet, electric guitar, banjo and musical saw. This evening they will show a religious film, "The Man that Forgot God." Saturday the entire evening will be devoted to a sacred musical program. The Rev. and Mrs. Vander Ploeg have traveled in 45 states and two foreign countries.
Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · October 19, 1951 
These two early Rite pressings came after several 78 RPM releases and predates albums, all on the same Musical Vann's label.

The Reverend A.R. Vander Ploeg died on September 15, 1964.

The Musical-Vann's

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sgt. Kelly (Sand Surf & Sea)

Sgt. Kelly

32577 - Wonderful
32578 - You Made Me Do It
both wr. Kelly Kettner, Bounce Music BMI

Prod. Herb James
6005 NW 7th Av.
Miami, Florida