Monday, March 20, 2017

Wanda K. Lefler on Alvic Records

34581 - Amnesty
34582 - Rocky Top

35937 - It's Time To Cry
35938 - Johnny B. Goode

Larry J. Petrey producer
Winston May Sound
Wanda K. Lefler resided in Frankfort, Kentucky until recently.   There is a picture of her from the late 80's in The John Harrod Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Prodigal-Jerome Meriwether

The Prodigal-Jerome Meriwether

RR-42245-A - Sinner's prayer
(J.Meriwether-V. Vaughn)

RR-42245-B -Someone is Going to Meet Me

Supernatural Productions
19401 W. McNichols
Detroit, Michigan 48219

Producer : Jerome Meriwether
Assistant : Jerry Kyser
Composer : Jerome Meriwether
Music director : T. Thomas


Co-writer of the top side is Viola Vaughn, who later moved with her husband, jazz musician Sam Sanders, to Senegal, Africa,  Jerome Meriwether wrote several songs with her.  See BMI database

One 2001 article describe him as a griot and tour leader at the Motown Historical Museum :
"Motown was the heartbeat of young America," said Jerome Meriwether, griot and a tour leader at the Motown Historical Museum. "But these cats were the heartbeat of Motown."

Though they get 33,000 visitors a year -- many from Europe -- there are likely to be only four or five other guests when you arrive to join a tour led by -- if you're lucky -- Jerome Meriwether.

Meriwether, it must be said, is the kind of guy who somehow manages to get away with wearing sunglasses on a dark and stormy day.

He calls the old musicians who once hit gold in these rooms "cats.".  It also doesn't hurt that he went to school with Smokey Robinson and that his neighbors were "all the cats that were playing over here." He'll show you photos of Detroit-bred stars like Mary Wells ("My Guy"), the Supremes, the Contours and the Miracles, a display case with three pink sequined dresses worn by the Supremes, and five bright green sequined jackets from the Temptations.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Juanita Stewart Miles (Revel)

Juanita Stewart Miles
Organist : Wm. Brown
Pianist : A. Tolbert

37387 - Jesus You're My Friend 
(J. Miles, Tieway Music BMI)

37388 -  [unknown title]            

Revel Records
Dist.: Bennett's Records
3152 Delta Dr. Jackson, Ms. 39213


Detroit gospel singer, Juanita Stewart Miles had previously recorded a full album on Tieway Records. See this blog here

Ring My Door Bell

Chuck Jones and  the Links

CP-3637 - Ring My Door Bell

CP-3638  - Give My Heart A Break
B. Nelson, Nelson Pub. Co.

Belle Meade 424

Not listed in the AS/PMA discography

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Richard Soliday on Indian

Richard Soliday
Phyllis Bolch, Piano
Norman Morrow, Guitar

27177 - The Old Apache
Bruce Culver

27178 - Will Of The Oologah Country
Maggie Culver Fry

Indian no#
Claremore, Oklahoma

Richard Soliday
McAlester High School choir teacher , Oklahoma public school teaching
Worked full time as a teacher in the State Prison at Boley  see
Maggie Culver Fry
Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Emeritus Maggie Culver Fry was born near Vian, Oklahoma in 1900

Nabor 140 (Elizabeth Johnson)

Elizabeth JOHNSON
19619 - Heartbreak Highway
19620 - Cloud of Happiness

Nabor 140


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Zehn Archar

Baltimore band led by Richard Taylor.  Had 4 releases pressed by Rite Records between 1978 and 1980

39181 - Rock & Roll Punks //
39182 - The Last Time.

RMT Recordings (1978)
EP "Public Comfort Station"
39669 - Situation Suffocation / Fame's Debris // 
39670 - She Tried Again / San Quentin Quail
Omegalpha Records (1979)
40591 - Charm City Blues //
40592 - Suburbia Hard

Omegalpha Records (1980) 
EP "Beat Street" 

2nd record (picture sleeve)

John Brown Trio (Northway Records)

John Brown Trio

12785 ~ It's My Lovin' Baby
Salyers-Harris  Northway Music BM

12786 ~ Love Is A Wonderful Thing
J. Brown Northway Music  BMI

Northway 1001
Produced By Sandy Salyers 

PO Box 18
Ionia, Michigan

Pat Sage (Drums, vocals) John Brown (Guitar, vocals) Big Al Vandetti (Bass, vocals)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mary Lou Wahl on Delta

Mary Lou Wahl
Music The Crowns

CP-3627 -  Someone like you
Wahl, Ridgeway Music, BMI

CP-3628 - Mam' selle Marie
David W. Guion,  G. Schirmer, Inc

"Mam'selle Marie" was one of the five "Imaginary early Louisiana songs of slavery" composed in 1929 by David W. Guion, with words by Marie Lussi.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Country Girl Kay

Country Girl Kay

CP-5363 - .Montana Stomp  / No One Loves You Like I Do
CP-5364  - Canadian Waltz  / My Heart Say Forget

Whitkay Record Co., Inc. 501

Born Helen Evelyn Smith in Buffalo, Missouri in 1923. Country Girl Kay was a country musician at heart, and could play the following instruments by ear: guitar, banjo, fiddle, accordion, mandolin and the piano. Along with playing instruments she could read and write music. She learned this from her favorite teacher, Lois Farmer.

She and her sister Wanda, who also was musician, performed with traveling country bands in the 1940s. Some of the performances were on radio broadcasts. They played music in their duet [The Smith Sisters], until they made a trio by joining Boots Faye, another music entertainer.

When her sister Wanda get married, she formed a duet with Carson Jack Whittaker and performed at fairs and rodeos. After their marriage in the mid 40's, they continued to perform music. During that period of her life her husband decided to be her manager. Then she began to perform solo. For a while she had a recording contract with Capitol Records. One of the songs they wrote together ("Texas Boogie") was recorded by Gene O'Quin for Capitol Records.   After that she and her husband formed Whitkay Records.  About ten singles were released between 1961 and 1964.

Carson Jack Whittaker was murdered July 1964, while hitchhiking near Afton, Wyoming. According to media coverage of the crime, when the accused shooter was discovered, he had in his possession a suitcase containing "unpublished songs" written by Kay.

Kay did not record after her husband's death.

Helen Evelyn (Kay) Smith Whittaker Gardner
March 7, 1923 - March 12, 2002

Sunday, September 25, 2016

George Mack presents Kingsmen Combo

George Mack presents
Kingsmen Combo
vocal James Thompson

CP-4661 - Betty

CP-4662 - Please Be Mine
James-Calvin-Albert, Charm Music BMI

Carter 3025/6

Friday, September 23, 2016

Loyal Pritchard

 Loyal Pritchard

10765 ~ Heartbreak Party
10766 ~ Second Chance

Trepur Records
McClendon Enterprises
LaGrande, Georgia

Loyal Pritchard, Alabama songwriter and singer


Loyal and Ronnie
57 - Trepur 1002 : Darling How I Miss You / You Can't Hand Me That Line

Loyal Pritchard
61 - Moonbow 939 :  The Bounce / Driftwood
63 - Trepur 1017 :  Heartbreak Party / Second Chance
68 - Moonbow 1002 [Rite 18941/2] : It Must Be Love / Too Much Of Not Enough     
69 - Loral 19069  [Rite 23757/8] : Love By The Golden Rule / Relax And Rare Back
?? - Nervous Breakdown, unissued (White Label LP 8943)

Jo & Loyal Pritchard
72 - Loral [Rite 29561/2]  : Who Will I Will / You Cry Not Alone

Thursday, September 8, 2016

ADS Audio-Visual Productions

One of the earliest Audio-Visual Productions
from 1965

One of the most prolific producer of public service spots (video cassettes and records) was Audio-Visual Productions located in the Washington D.C. area (in Fairfax, Virginia) and presided by Art Stamler from 1962 to 1985.

Dr. Arthur (Art) Donald Stamler

Dr. Stamler began his career in broadcasting in 1952 when he joined the staff of WBUR, Boston University's FM station, as a student. He then joined WXKS in Boston as News Director.

In 1955, Dr. Stamler first entered management as General Manager of WGUY in Bangor, ME. He served two years with the United States Army and several years in the Army Reserve as a Radio Broadcast Officer. He went back to management briefly with WFAX, a Washington, DC-area station, and then took ownership of another DC-area station, WOHN. From 1962 to 1985, he was President and Executive Producer of Ads Audiovisual Productions, the nation's largest producer of public service spots for radio and television, located in Fairfax, Virginia.

The following discography is not exhaustive.  Only the records pressed by Rite Records are listed and surely many are still missing.

An Epilepsy Information Program
The Epilepsy Foundation 
12 cuts

These stars speak for Equal Employment Opportunity. Produced for the EEOC
— Stars included are: Vice President Of The U.S. Hubert H. Humphrey, Frederick O’Neal, Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Andy Griffith, Porter Wagoner, Shirley Jones, Vince Edwards, Herb Alpert, Tammy Grimes, Count Basie, Dennis Weaver, Jack Warden, Ivan Dixon, Greg Morris, Marlo Thomas, Karl Malden, Diahann Carroll, And Florence Henderson.

Flightlines - Federal Aviation Administration
Documentary Radio Programs About Aviation In America

What Music Means To Me
The Music Educators National Conference
16 cuts— For details and track listing  see Discogs

Grange Centennial 1867 - 1967
— For details and track listing see  Discogs

Small Business Administration: Radio Announcements & Programs; SBA
— spoken w/music; features cast of the Mission Impossible TV show

Accent on Performance
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass with Dick Clark (2 LPs);
Government Handicap Employment

Drive Like a Pro
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Public Service Radio Spots.
 —Promoting safe driving and responsibility. Spots are by such great TV and Movie stars of the 1960s as: Steve McQueen, Kathy Garver(Family Affair), Don Adams(Get Smart), Peter Graves(Mission Impossible), Greg Morris(Mission Impossible) and Jack Webb(Dragnet). There are a total of 20 spots in all; some as short as 10 seconds some as long as a minute. Some of the spots seem very concerned about drinking, drugs and driving.

Down By The Riverside
Office Of Public Info, Federal Water Pollution Control Admin, US Dept Of The Interior

A Place To Live" -The National Wildlife Federation.
public service announcements radio spots
Featured on these radio spots are: Thomas L. Kimball, Fred MacMurray, Robert Morse, Deborah Kerr, Carlos Saenz, Tiny Tim, Barbara Bain, Burt Lancaster, Glen Campbell, Ricardo Montalban, Hume Cronyn, Carol Lynley, Brian Keith, Deborah Kerr, George Kennedy, Sherry North, Tom Smothers, Dan Blocker & James Garner. The spots are all 30 to 60 seconds except the one by Deborah Kerr which is 20 seconds.  
 These spots have to do with air and water pollution, soil erosion, wildlife protection, forest management and more

Legacy For Tomorrow

Conservation Education Announcements from The National Rifle Association of America
Sharon Tate, Walter Brennan, Nancy Kwan

Epilepsy Information Announcements
Epilepsy Foundation Of America

Time For Hope  -  Project Hope

The Race For Safety (National Safety Bureau)
   radio spots commercials with short interviews of Indy 500 drivers about wearing their safety belts!  8 short spots ranging from 60 second (Dan Gurney) and 30 second spots by Bruce Walkup , LeeRoy Yarborough, Roger McCluskey, John Rutherford and 20 second spots with Wally Dallenbach Lloyd Ruby (10 seconds)...  .33 rpm 7" EP with Picture sleeve

Who Are the Prisoners?
A vital series of Public Service Spots from the Disabled American Veterans
   20 cuts incl. Greg Morris, Lloyd Nolan, Irene Ryan, Irene Tuttle, George Kennedy, Robert Young, Dana Andrews, Tige Andrews, Peggy Lipton, Sebastian Cabot, Dead Or Alive

Reach Out, The Future is in Your Hands; radio spots from the American Legion Reaching Out the 70's For Youth-Unity-Veterans
    Cuts by Commander Chamie, John Wayne, James Stewart, Robert Stack ,JohnnyUnitas, Martin Miler, Lawrence Welk, James Drury, Johnny Grant, Mel Allen, Bing Crosby, MacDonald Carey, Peter Graves and Leif Erickson.

Time for Hope - At Home and Abroad - Project Hope
People-to-People Health Foundation

Modern Maturity Messages
The American Association Of Retired Persons ‎

Public Service Spots To Your Health!
National Ice Association