Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mike Williams (Trackdown Records)

Mike Williams
Pleasing You
Trackdown Records
Glens Falls, New York 12801


1    Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On    
2     Georgia    
3     Pleasing You    
4     All The Girls Get Prettier At Closing Time    
5     Please Release Me    
6     Johnny Be Good    


1     I Can't Stop Lovin' You    
2     Blue Suede Shoes    
3     39 And Holding
4     Your Cheatin' Heart    
5     Miguel's Tango    
6     Roll Over Beethoven

    Recorded At – Track Down Recording Studios
    Printed By – Sperry Printing Company

    Chief Recording Engineer – Alan W. Prince
    Director Of Arts And Repertoire – Norma B. Dixon
    Photography – Richard Durling

Trackdown Recording Studio
Cor. Lawrence and Walnut Sts.
Glens Falls,New York 12801
(518)793 3876

Pleasing You is the name of this album. It's also Mike Williams' musical destiny. He sings, plays and entertains from his heart. A purity many musicians never possess.

At the age of 10 Mike sat down at the piano and picked out "What Now My Love.3 since then, he has peformed many songs.  Some of his favorites are here on this, his first album. Mike can be seen and heard "Pleasing You", the public, at various night spots throughout the Glns Falls area. The "Gibson Girl", Heritage Hall in the Glens Falls Civic Center, and at Chateau de Louis.  Mike is also a guest vocalist with the popular Albany based group "The Valentinos"

Monday, March 4, 2019

"The" Four Winds

"The" Four Winds

15771 – Hear The Sound
(Joe Keefe) Kennewick Pub. Co. (BMI)

15772 - The Enemy
(Ken Finley) Kennewick Pub. Co. (BMI)
Sound Recorded By
Box 591 Richland, Washington

Joe Keefe, Ken Finley, Sharon Scharnhorst & Julie O'Conner made up the 4 Winds.  
Joe teaches guitar in Kennewick and is married to Sharon Scharnhorst who is now a retired teacher from the Pasco district. Kenneth Finley is a minister in the Tacoma area. Julie is an artist who makes furniture out of tree branches & Patty is a teacher in California.

Joe and Ken used to play and sing at church and in Seekers (West Side United Protestant college and career age youth group with participants from most Richland churches)

Acknowledgements: Artifacts In Wax blog (who posted label shots and audio files)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Dave Jackson on Valerie (LP)

Dave Jackson
Singing Folk Style Music
Morning Town Ride
(Valerie VR 7000)

Side One (21373)

1     Morningtown Ride     M. Reynolds   
2     Barbara Allen     Traditional Ballad
3     Colours            Donovan
4     Coulter's Candy     Will Milter
5     Young Man     R. Phoenix
6     All My Trials     Green Carter
7     Balladeer     Anderson  - Cook

Side Two (21474)

1     I Wonder Where I'm Bound     Tom Paxton
2     Turn Around     Reynolds, Greene, Belafonte
3     Long Black Veil     M. Wilkins, D. Dill
4     Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen     Rod Mckuen
5     No Other Name     P. Stokey
6     Cruel War      Yarrow - Stokey
7     Hi De Ank Tum     Ashley
8     Turn Turn Turn     Pete Seeger
9     Man Of Constant Sorrow Traditional

A collection of 16 folk songs on the Valerie label, a subsidiary of Band Box Records (Denver, Colorado)

More info at the Elk Bugles blog here
The album appeared to be a product of the Custer County Independent School District, based out of Westcliffe. The school’s science teacher, Jerry Dolby, is listed as the school sponsor of the recording.

Attempts to locate Dave Jackson were unsuccessful.

Acknowledgments :  Discogs (has incorrect date of release)

Friday, February 15, 2019

McLister on L & M

14053 -     Discarded Love
14054 - New Angel In Heaven

Folk singing with dobro & rhythm

L & M Recording Company
Floyd L. McMillin wrote the B side.  From unknown part of the country. Does anyone known something about tis record?

Isi Doro on Band Box

Isi Doro

23825 - Out In The Cold Again
23826 -  Oh, Love Divine

Band Box 390

Monday, November 12, 2018

Tyrone Wilson on Gateway


CP-1122 – Lonesome Blues
CP-1123 - My Baby's Gone

Gateway 24056
Both sides written by Tyrone Wilson. Early custom from 1956 probably recorded by Carl Burkhardt at his Gateway Studios.  The label is not part of the  various "in-house" Gateway series and this is a blues record, a musical genre rarely heard on a Rite press.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Jimmy Gatlin on J-L-G Productions

Jimmy Gatlin & Singing Stars
34611 - God Is Standing By
(J. Taylor)
34612 - Sisters & Brothers
(C. Johnson)
JLG Productions
produced by Big Jay

Jimmy Gatlin,  a Vietnam vet, once entertained troops in times of agony and pain and once sang at the Grand Ole Opry.  He is certainly the man described here in a Blue Monday magazine issue from 2014 :
A churchly ceremony kicked off the day, with a pastor’s invocation, from a stage in the middle of the lawn: “We thank you, God, for this shad fry occasion and we pray that it continues to extend your blessing and bring the community together.” A local man named Jimmy Gatlin, who said he once sang at the Grand Ole Opry, crooned gospel to programmed Casio music, hammering out occasional embellishments with his left hand. He kept it up, heroically, all day long.
Honeybee Productions has posted six years ago some videos of Jimmy here
Out from Chadbourn (North Carolina), once the Strawberry Capital of the World, J-L-G Productions was active in 1974 and 1975, issuing  singles by The Mighty Echoes of Elizabeth, N.C., The Ward Sisters from Evergreen, N.C. and Sister Linda Rogers, all pressed by Rite Records.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Soul, Inc. on Trepur

Soul, Inc.

17109 ~ Work It On Out
17110 ~ Ode To A Girl

Trepur 1019

Only record for this Pine Mountain/West Point, Georgia garage band which included Larry Bowie, John Whitley, Lavonne Moon and Phil Whitley.  Larry Bowie, who wrote both songs on this release, later played with The Continentals (1965), Rock Garden (1968) and The Backalley Bandits (1978)

Larry Bowie

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Cavemen (Capitol Star Artist)

The Cavemen

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

18286 ~ Bo Diddley (E. McDaniels)

Capitol Star Artist
Rochester, New York


Produced by Fine Studios, Rochester, N.Y.

Members of this band were:Al Cretacci,Jim Crouse,Skip Maciezewski, Ron Gorski and Joey Calato.

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 Cretacci didn’t like being called Alley Oop.  

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.

(The band 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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ditalians on Saxony


18025 : Philly Dog New Breed
18026 :  Egypt Land
composer: Bruce Torbert
producer:  Bud Reneau
arranger: Dale Warren

Saxony 1011

A Cincinnati label, owned by Paul Trefzger and Bud Reneau. The Saxony label released fourteen 45s (the last two using the Trip name).

The Ditalians had about 9 voices in that group. One of the all-time basketball greats, Oscar Robinson, brought them to Saxony Records.
   The Ditalians went on to become 24-Carat Black on Stax.

Philly Dog New Breed

Egypt Land

Deacon Blakely And The Fantastic Jordanairs

Deacon Blakely And The Fantastic Jordanairs

35623 -  Jesus Is The Only Friend I Have (Raiford Hinton)
35624 - Trouble All About My Soul (Eugene Corley)
No Label 0054J-B
For Bookings: R. Hinton C Graystone Apt. Columbia, S.C. 29210

Jesus Is The Only Friend I Have  

Gene, Keith, and the Morgan Brothers

Gene, Keith, and the Morgan Brothers
LP "Are You Afraid To Die"
Recording engineer: Bob Bowery
Recorded by Rite Records

no label

Side One [28061]
Are You Afraid To Die; Precious Moments; Green Pastures; Wooden Altar;Working On A Building; No Time To Lose;
Side Two [28062]
Preachin' Prayin' Singin'; That Same Road; Heavenward Bound; Just An Old Time Church; Judgement Day;Trouble In The Amen Corner

Gene Dutton from Paintsville, Kentucky, on the mandolin and singing bass - Keith Hammons from Webster Springs, West Virginia on the five sring banjo and singing lead - The Morgan Brothers, Freeman and Paul from Logan, West Virginia, Freeman playing flat top guitar and singing baritone, Paul playing the string bass and singing tenor.

Are You Afraid To Die

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jim Staats And The Urban Gentlemen

Jim Staats And The Urban Gentlemen

24885 - Two Ten Six Eighteen
24886 - For Lovin' Me
(Gordon Lightfoot) ASCAP

 Gideon Records
recorded by J. Roper


Jim Staats has been involved in several facets of the music industry as a musician and singer; fronting bands in 50-60's rock and country and guided his daughter Mirinda James' career to local and national prominence as a Nashville recording artist with several album projects and national touring.   As a songwriter, Staats has penned several country songs recorded by Mirinda James and other artists including Alex Craig,  Colleen Trendell and gospel songs "For God & Country". Staats also formed Big House Entertainment Group, Inc. ICR Records and Megahurts Music, BMI to provide studio and live production for emerging country artists.  Jim Staats can also be found on YouTube performing his song - "Take Back America" in protest to government that has lost touch with it's citizens.

    Founder of North Country Music Awards, Staats embarks on building an organization that recognizes and promotes people in the Country Music industry through out the northern states Jim Staats is  a "Lifetime Member" of the Cortland NYS Country Music Hall Of Fame, also affiliated with CMA, BMI, NYSAAF & NSAI

The Willows on Rocket


The Willows

CP-6305 - Trail Of Tears
Hank Titus & Jim Titus
Hillsboro Music & Acklen Music (BMI)
CP-6306 - Padre Island
Rocket 2229


Instrumentals by a band from Oklahoma on the Rocket custom label. The Rocket label were just one of dozen of custom labels produced by the Globe recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee [Ray & Lindy, Bob Rhule, The Velvets & more]. Guitarist Hank Titus were also in a band from Bristow, Oklahoma in the early sixties.

Amos Henry Titus  1937-2013

Jackie WHITLEY and The Red Coats

Jackie WHITLEY and The Red Coats

CP-6571 ~ Three Short Days Ago
CP-6572 ~ Mean Man Blues
E.D.A. 1743
(October 1961)

Both sides written by Jack Whitley and published by Duride Publishing Co. The Rite custom account (697) doesn't appear on other records pressed by Rite and also this is probably the only recording by Jackie Whitley.

Probably from Greenville, South Carolina (where Duride Publishing Co. were probably located)

E.D.A. 1743