Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rick Olsen

Rick 32387/32388, 1973

Side One:

Chantilly Lace (The Big Bopper) 2:43
Scarlet Ribbons (Jack Segal & Evelyn Danzig) 2:50
The Man That Built The Bridges (Tom Paxton) 4:28
Good Taste (Dick Mccormack) 2:07
I Want To Go Home (Dick Mccormack & Rick Olsen) 4:02.

Side Two:

The Old Man (Dick Mccormack) 4:22
Every Day (Buddy Holly) /That'll Be The Day (Holly, Petty, And Allison) 3:28
Scotch And Soda (Dave Guard) 2:52
Rider (Traditional) 4:10
The Ballad Of 38th Street (Dick McCormack) 3:10.

Obscure private pressing by folk artist Rick Olsen. Liner notes chronicle a 7 year period starting in 1967 when Rick was living in Brooklyn to playing in Greenwich Village to moving to the resort mountains of Vermont to finally recording this LP. Rick does a few early rock n roll hits by The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly and a few other folk tunes but most of the material here is written by friend and collaborator Dick McCormack (who also plays lead at times on the LP and wrote the liner notes).

Acknowledgments : In The Moment Records, Brattleboro, Vermont.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Evangelaires Quartet : Gotta Sing

23935/23936 [1969]

Gospel Quartet from Akron, Ohio

Side 1:
Daddy Sang Bass
Poor Rich man
Sunny banks
The Home-Coming week
Had it not been
He touched me

Side 2:
Palms Of Victory
Gonna Fly
When They Ring The Golden Bells
Each Step
This Great Love Of Jesus
Show Me Thy Way

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

John Wiesner at the Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer


John Wiesner at the Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer
Keyboard Capers
LP Poulton Records, 0031, 1974.
Clifton Park, NY

Local organ/moog LP from the guy who played the Rollerama skating rink in Rotterdam, NY for many years; has that local Real America vibe, he does Sleep Walk, Night Train, Harbour Lights, etc.

Leander Poppingwell

Leander Poppingwell
Jeb 7-17
Jackson, Mississippi, 1971
28311 - 24 Kegs Of Black Molasses
28312- Goin Back To Oklahoma

24 Kegs Of Black Molasses

Monday, October 27, 2008

Johnny Kaye on Doll

Johnny Kaye
Doll DRN-11
Detroit, Michigan
CP-6825 - My Love Is Gone (Doll Muzik)
CP-6826 - Please Don't Leave Me


Obscure teener. "Higher Than Fi" is the motto of Doll Records.

Dynamic Traveleers of Annapolis Maryland

Dynamic Traveleers of Annapolis Maryland
Lead singer James Henson
Arrangement & Music by the Traveleers
36423 - He'll Make Me Strong
36424 - Walk Out On The Water
Recorded at RMT Studios Baltimore Maryland

James Henson Sr., known as “Pop”, was the founder of the original Dynamic Traveleers of Annapolis, MD in the early 1960’s.

Read his bio here.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Doris and the Pioneers

Without William R. Holtzapple and his book "Music Makers from Mid-Michigan and Surrounding Areas", I could have never found the numbers 25799/25800. Thanks William!

Label : Camp Meeting
Doris and the Pioneers
Album title: God Rocked Him To Sleep
Tom Hulbert, Vickie, Sandy, Sharon and Mother Doris

1970 gospel from Okemos, Michigan

The Superchargers

The Superchargers

Diana 101
Savannah, Tennessee

CP-4237 Dream Love
CP-4238 Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (Superchargers, Sandra BMI)


Jim Hall and His Radio Pals on Cheswold

Jim Hall, born in Houston in 1940, was a guitarist, singer and songwriter, who recorded for a lot of song-poem records labels. Making his debut in 1958 on the Texas-based Cowtown label (EP 703). his name appears on the Tru-Love, Boney, Process, Dynamite and Deadwood labels. And also on Bonnie, as a producer of a Goldie Winn 45. They are probably many more records out there...

This one is on Cheswold, out of Cheswold, Delaware, home of Harvey Blaine the songwriter, I assume.

7339 - As I'm Riding Home (wr Harvey Blaine, Austin & Hope, BMI)
7340 - Do You Know The Blessed Savior?


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Denny Tanner & The D.C. 3

Denny Tanner & The D.C. 3
I Love Country Music
Marjon LP 1018
Recorded in Sharon, PA.

Side 1 :
Funny How Time Slips Away
Most Beautiful Girl
Why Me Lord
Boogie At 2:AM

Side 2 :
Help Me Make It
Good Hearted Woman
Behind Closed Doors
Let It Be Me.

I can't read the Rite numbers on the label's picture I have. It's 32 and something (three digits), so it's from 1973 or 1974. Please tell me if you know better.

Randy Roe and the Renegades

Randy Roe and the Renegades "Bottom of the River" Rite MW-219 Stereo
Side One:1. Bottom of the River 2. When the World Came Tumbling Down 3. Together Again 4. I'm Heading South for the Winter 5. Lefty's Leftover6. Dreams
Side Two: 1. I'll Just Have Another Cup of Coffee 2. You're My Hoss 3. The Bottle and Me 4. Renegade5. Lost and Lonely 6. I'm Your Man

Unknown Rite numbers.

Randy Roe's Jackson-Hewitt performance of "Heartbreak Hotel" outside of Brewster's Ice Cream.

Randy says : "The wind was vicious that day so please forgive me if you hear it in the audio!) "
You may want to visit his web site.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jim Newton - Tifco 830

Tifco 45-830 [1963]
Jim Newton
9641 -Their Songs Will Live On
9642 - It's Your Turn Now
Country on this south Georgia based label, "In memory of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins" printed on the label.. Jim/James Newton owned the label located in Tifton.

TIFCO label [partial] discography

822 Tifanos : Louisiana/It's Raining
824 Danny Boy and his Blue Guitar : Kokomo Me, Baby /Wild Women
825 Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers : Pinetop / Love Twist (**)
826 The Royal Debs - I Do / Jerry [Apr. 1962]
827 Bobby Youmans : Blackbeard/Teach Me Tonight [Apr. 1962]
828 Jimmy Tabb and the Little Boppers : Pink Scarf/Joan
829* Jimmy Jeems & the Rhythm Five - Baby Please Don't Go / Howard Boone & the Rhythm Five :I Tried
830 Jim Newton
831 The Versatones - Foots / Heartbeat
832 Phil Cay and the Chantels : The T-Bird/A Million Tear-Drops
833 Buddy Livingston : Don't Try Fooling Me/Just Let Me show You (SoN pressing)
834 Curt Parkerson : Outside Of Lonesome Town/Joe's Cabaret (SoN pressing)
835 James Newton along with the Wonderful Ones : Ida/My Blue Heaven

*Tifco 828 is a re-issue of Bomac 2150/1
** Tifco 825 also on Gerald 1001 and Atlantic 2144

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Muntz T.V. Commercials

This is an advertising item from sometime in the 1950''s a 7" 45 RPM metal acetate from Rite Record Productions in Cincinnati, Ohio. These are songs for television commercials for the now long defunct Muntz Television Set. There are 3 cuts in all on 1 side only & all the cuts are alike. They are quick, catchy tunes that tell the virtues of Muntz T.V.'s......"low cost, quality high....go-go-go....Get a Muntz TV....go-man-go"!

When I say the name "Earl Muntz", what comes to mind? Unless you lived in California in the 1940's or 50's, or you are a true student of pop culture, your most likely response is "Nothing". Too bad, because Earl "Madman" Muntz was one of the most interesting practitioners of the art of hucksterism that America has ever known. He was a self-taught engineer, an outrageous personality, and the inventor of the Muntz Stereo-Pak 4-track system, the direct ancestor of our beloved 8-track.

They are plenty information on Earl "Madman" Muntz on the net. Interesting reading, for sure.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lorne Croswell

8871 - Pen Pal Girl
8872 - Stranded
Stardust records 45 rpm (Sarina, Ontario)

Rite account # 943

Not much info on this one. I have only a very poor picture of the label, which is red.

Has been comped on the "Rock Till You Drop" CD.

Pen-Pal Girl

Much a teen record rather than a rocker, as described by the e-bay seller. Very obscure anyway.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Granite label

#301, '60
3543 After Sunset
3544 - Catastrophe

#551, '60
Tuttle Sisters
4021 ~ Middle of the night
4022 ~ Our last dance -Mount Airy NC

#552, '60, Label of 552 gives location as Herbertsville, N.J.
Tommy Boyles
4845 - (Tribute to Johnny Horton) So Long Johnny, So Long
4846 – Don’t be Somebody Else Baby

#553, '61
Tuttle Sisters
5737 - Lonely
5738 - I was took

#560/561 '64
Chuck Thompson & his Rock-a-Billies
13775 - Devil's sweetheart (Vocal by Freddie Golden)
13776 ~ I'm tired of fooling around (Vocal by Chuck Thompson)

#563 - '71
Stormy Dawson
28483 - Dream A Little Longer
28484 - Love On The Rocks

#564, prob. 70s
Al & Carol
? - Ashes are still warm
? - Roll in my sweet baby's arms

#101, prob. 70s
Tommy Boyles
? - Ask A Fool
? - Highway Of Sorrow

I believe that the Granite label was Tommy Boyles' own label. See his interview by Steve Kelemen here.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Sounds of Naptown

North Side Church Of Christ
Acapella Choir
#31329 – Never Alone
#31330 – Jesus Give Me Water

From 1973 and from Indianapolis.

The Sounds of Naptown Recording Studio
was established in Indianapolis by blues singer and producer Dwight Edwards.

The name Nap-Town (Naptown) was given to Indianapolis in the early 1900's from being a ghost town.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rev. Guy J. Graves

#25673 - Amazing Grace

- Why Am I Treated So Bad

The McClure Quartet : His Boundless Love


Tracks :

His Boundless Love
When I Get Home
O What A Morning
Time Has Made A Change
When God's Chariot Comes
They Shall Walk With Me In White

When I've Traveled My Last Mile
Getting Ready To Leave This World
Lights Of Home
There Is Much To Do
Send The Fire
Happy Glad Reunion

Leon Kiser and The Holston Mountain Boys

Leon Kiser and The Holston Mountain Boys
Holston Mountain Bluegrass
Label :
Mag (1975)

Contains the following songs: Country Fried, Hickory Tree, Nolichuckey, Move Over Old Man, The Next Voice You Hear, Pickin and Grinnin, Beech Bark, Lone Gone, I’ve Waited Too Long, Deer Liberty, The Old Church

Charles Maggard Recording Studio, Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Leon Kiser (Bristol, Tennessee) was known to be a natural-born salesman. Since 1976, his Kiser Supply has become the largest distributor of kitchen and bath cabinets and countertops in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia region. However, if he could have supported his family by playing music, he would have done nothing else. Born the son of a primitive Baptist preacher and a clawhammer-banjo-playing mother, Kiser became interested in music while quite young. Though most accomplished on mandolin, he could play anything and won awards at local fiddlers’ conventions on every instrument. Kiser performed weekly on radio while serving the Air Force in Frankfurt, Germany, during the Korean War. After his return to the States, he became an advocate for furthering bluegrass music and putting Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, on the map as the birthplace of country music. His group, the Holston Mountain Boys, often performed at Bristol's "Country Music Days," which was started in 1971 by the Appalachian Music Association. This led to the establishment of the Country Music Foundation and Bristol's first country music museum in Steele's Creek Park. Kiser was heavily involved in both organizations. He also reveled in encouraging young people to play bluegrass and often volunteered to perform at local elementary schools. Kiser was an annual participant on the WCYB- TV March of Dimes Telerama with stars like Roni Stoneman of the Stoneman Family. He passed away in early 1997. That same year, Kiser was honored by the BCMA with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute concert in his name. (source : Birthplace of Country Music Alliance website)

Maggard Sound began as a private recording studio in 1963 when Charlie Maggard needed somewhere to record the songs he had been writing at the time. Read more here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Freddie and the Freeloaders


28105 - Last Night
28106 - Freddie’s Blues
Redd Hedd RH-005 (1971)
Produced by Midnite Sound Studios (Danville, Illinois)

Hailing from Danville, Illinois, Freddy And The Freeloaders entertained audiences across the US and Canada from 1962 through 1992. The band was always fronted by singer/bassist Fred Halls. There were several member changes through the years. No matter who was in the band they were a consistent draw at any venue they performed. All of [their] music is at:

Their first record. They also recorded for I&I and 309 in 1972-73.

Other releases on the Redd Hedd label :

RH-001 - Danny Macklin - Home Of The Blues/Take A Stool (country pressed by RCA)
RH-002 ?
RH-003 - a country bopper by Gene Hooper titled "One Of A Kind" b/w "Forever" (pressed by RCA)
RH-004 - The Corps - Window Room/New York City (also pressed by Rite)

Midnite Sound Studio, a lo-tech facility, was the upstairs of an old house on Ross Lane road, South of Danville. Owned by Dean Carter (remember? Jailhouse Rock on Milky Way in 1967) and Arlie Miller.