Friday, May 20, 2016

Tino and the Revlons on Mark

Tino & the Revlons
CP-4421- Black Burma-mudas and Knee Socks
CP-4422 - Story Of Our Love

Both wr. R. Demart & B. Rezey
Kama Music Publ. (BMI)

Mark 154


First record of this Upstate New York combo led by Ray De Martino (Tino), real name Raymond Joseph de Martino. Tino & the Revlons are better known for their mid-sixties days in Detroit, Michigan and their Dearborn recordings.

Tino was murdered in Jamaica in January 1983. Some local thugs were mugging his wife, Tino stepped in to defend her but was then stabbed to death.

Note :  Rite numbers are in dead wax only and not on label

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Roger Sisters on Excellent

The Roger Sisters

Recitation : Steve Taylor
CP-1152 - Jealous Hate
S. Taylor
Mooney & Lee Music, BMI

The Roger Sisters
CP-1153 - My Misery
Taylor, Colvin, Roger Sisters
Mooney & Lee Music, BMI

Excellent 310

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hit Parade Clandestino


record no. 502

CP-4645 -   Lamento A La Cuba Herida
CP-4646 - Conga Del Miliciano

Two anti-Castro songs in spanish, presumably recorded in Florida.  Pressing is from December 1960

Air 5027 (song-poem EP)

Cara Stewart with Orchestra
 (Walter Greenlaw-Gladys Meaux) /
 I'm So Blue
 (Walter Greenlaw-Winnefred Anderson)

Sonny Marshall with Orchestra
I'll Always Love You
 (Tom Marabella)
You Want To Cry
(Charles J. Suttle)
Here, the four tracks in a zipped file

Gary Powell - Wings Of A Dove

Gary Powell
"Wings Of A Dove"

Side one (15969)
God Is Standing By / I Had A Talk With God / I Shady Green Pastures / In The Sweet By And By / Down By The River / We Shall Be Changed

Side two (15970)
Wings Of A Dove / Sweet Jesus / Jesus Be A Fence / I'll Go On With Jesus / Heartaches / I Can't Stop Loving You

Tabernacle Records #21
P.O. Box 1961
Daytona Beach, Fla.



Friday, May 13, 2016

Marti Williamson on RCM

Marti Williamson
(M. Williamson, Bill Martin Music)

41234 - The Eagle's Flight
(M. Williamson, Bill Martin Music)

Arr. Paul Martin

RCM Inc.


 Marti Willliamson (1927-2009)

Born Martine Gaynor in Tell City, Indiana. Marti was an accomplished musician, singer, song writer and storyteller. She also was the owner of “The Gathering Place, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.


Above  - The Gathering Place : Musician and storyteller Marti Williamson performs on the hammered and Kentucky mountain dulcimers, autoharps, guitar and other instruments. Dulcimer is Kentucky's typical instrument.


The Gathering Place sports a rough wood exterior. Far left, candles illuminate a checkering harp and old-fashioned doll on a mantlepiece. The woman at the wood stove wears lacey black stockings and high button shoes. She clangs the burner tops expertly, stoking the fire with a combination of wood and coal. "There's an art to keeping a fire going in a stove like this. My mother worked at it," she says. A plume of steam rises from a tin coffee pot and the smell of fresh rolls fills the air as she takes a pan from the warming oven. Marti Williamson could be next door where things are a bit more up to date, but there are times when she likes to go back to the old ways. 

. "I grew up pretty primitive, much more than this," she says, the sweep of her arm taking in the wind-up Victrola. the collection of old-fashioned cloth dolls, the turn-of-the-century clothing and the down-home musical instruments arranged artfully in the room. "We carried in water and wood, carried out ashes We didn't have electricity." Even now. when she is entertaining folks in this room. Williamson prefers candles in wrought-iron holders to more modern forms of light. She likes to keep things as simple as possible in her "play house." She likes hanging on to the way things used to be, and she likes sharing those old ways with other people. "I think it's so important for us to keep in touch with our roots," she says, opening a 50-year-old refrigerator, a small device with legs.

Williamson has definitely kept in touch with hers. From the folk songs she sings while plucking the strings of a harp to the 19th-century dresses she wears, she reflects the era of her beginnings. It was her interest in collecting antique items and her love for performing that prompted Williamson to open The Gathering Place beside her home on U.S. 127 in Har-rodsburg two years ago. A rustic building paneled in barn wood, The Gathering Place is filled with photographs, clothing, books, kitchen implements, dishes, dolls, quilts, baskets and instruments from the past.

"Sometimes I come here in the evening and just sit," says Williamson. More often, though, she comes to the little one-room building to entertain visitors who come, usually in groups, to see and learn about the building's contents and hear Williamson play and sing. Stepping inside the heavy poplar door with its huge wooden hinges is like stepping back in time. Williamson and her husband, Forrest, who is superintendent of Harrodsburg schools, have given the place a rustic, old-fashioned look. He built the door, laid the poplar floors and paneled the room with barn wood she collected. "When I'd see barn wood, I'd just stop the car. Sometimes they'd say, 'Just take it,'" says Williamson, laughing. Her husband also constructed some benches with the wood, and those come in handy when a large group crowds into The Gathering Place.

Williamson caters mainly to groups who make arrangements ahead of time. She doesn't keep the place open all the time since she is kept busy running a motel and performing for various organizations in the area. Though she performs free of charge in Harrodsburg, she does charge a fee for groups. Those who visit her place are treated to a concert of folk music, hymns and original compositions by Williamson, who plays a variety of instruments: Irish harp, Dauphine harp, hammered dulcimer, Kentucky mountain dulcimer, autoharp and guitar. Williamson attributes her musical abilities to her father, 86-year-old Virgil Gaynor, who lives near Owensboro, where Williamson grew up on a farm. "Daddy always sang the sad old country songs," she says. Williamson learned to play the harmonica at age 5. She remembers performing while standing on top of a table in the one-room school she attended. Her repertoire and abilities grew with the years, not as a result of any training, but simply as an outgrowth of her love for music. "I always say I play by feeling." When she isn't playing her own music at The Gathering Place, Williamson might wind up one of her two Victrolas and listen to a foxtrot or perhaps a more recent record such as "The Wabash Cannonball" by Roy Acuff. At such times, her mind drifts back to those childhood days and she relives them again and again. Story and photos by Sallie Bright (From November 14, 1986 THE ADVOCATE MESSENGER WEEKEND SECTION)


Label picture and audio : this current e-bay sale
RCM, Winchester, Kentucky label discography

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