Sunday, November 30, 2008
Rite account # 985
11007 - Christmas Time
11008 - Too Late For Christmas
James Prince's previous release on the same label was Z 1 (probably the first release on the label) : Charriot Ride/Milky Way, a pair of guitar instrumentals. His guitar playing has been compared to Merle Travis and Scotty Moore. Charriot Ride was compiled in 1996 on Collector CLCD 2852 Boppin' Tonight, Vol. 2.
Millage 105 
Detroit, MI. & Pittsburgh, PA.
20691 – Sorry
20692 – Call On Me
Very rare label owned by Odell Bailey. Much sought-after by the northern soul records collectors, this obscure label had about nine releases.
Millage label discography
101 - Kazia - I Say Please/ What Is My Last Heartache
101 - Tawney Vonne - I Say Please/ ?
101 - The Grant St.Exit - That's Why I Love You / I Got Soul
102 - The Captions - Hit It / Don't Take Your Love Away From Me
104 - The Contrails - Feel So Fine / Make Me Love You
105 - Kelley St.Clair - You Took My Heart (Make You Cry) /Funny
105 - The Four Reputation - Call On Me/Sorry
1042 - Kelly St.Clair - Darkness On Your Mind / Don't Look Over Your Shoulder
? Kelly St.Clair – Waitin On The Bus/ I’ll Give You The World
The strangest thing about this label is the stickers and rubber stamp that I've found on various copies :
Usually these stickers are found on complimentary copies sent by the label, by the producer or by the song's publisher to influent personnalities in the show-business (DJ for instance).
-- Then, was it some sort of association between the funeral home and the label? It's doubtful, I think.
--Or Sirloin & Leonard were given away records to their best customers?? Even more doubtful.
--Or some employee (or even the boss) of the mortuary has choose to mark his ownership on the records this way??? Perhaps.
The life is full of mysteries.
Update 2/2/2016 : On Millage Records see http://www.soul-source.co.uk
32867 - Heaven Was There / Without Him
32868 - Let The Spirit Descend / I'm Building A Bridge
Heaven's no #
Produced by Clarence Jackson's Ent., Moncks Corner, South Carolina.
Back in 1951, Clarence Jackson and his Carolina Wranglers were entertaining fans over radio station WJAY in Mullins, South Carolina. Clarence was known as "Carolina's King of the Steel Guitar". Clarence was appearing on WJAY in two different shows. He had a disc jockey show called "The Old Tobacco Barn" that was on from 5:00am to 9:00am each morning.
Later, the late Clarence "Hound Dog" Jackson had a daily radio show in the 1960s on WBER-AM in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, on which he occasionally played with a backup band including William "Hot Wire" Smith on steel guitar.
Ole Buttermilk and Green Onions : The Good and Bad Times"
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The Clifton Sisters
Delta Records No #
34289 - Precious Lord
34290 - Better Place To Live
I can't tell you much about this gospel recording by The Clifton Sisters but I can share some details of it's production. On January 28, 1975, James Thomas of the Soul Shack in Raleigh, North Carolina placed his production order with RITE Records for this recording. On April 18, 1975, the order was completed and his records were delivered. Two to six months was typical for production and delivery of RITE pressings during this time. RITE's Master Logs indicate that Mr. Thomas was a very good customer and ordered many records pressed by RITE during the 1970's.
View 1975 RITE Master Log Page for record above
Friday, November 28, 2008
15435 - I Want Your Love
Walter Warren Delong’s
15436 - You’re Never Too Young
Art Flow 3906
On the same Odell Bailey-owned label that issued the Four Townsmen, only much less sought-after. A third record on the same label is Art Flow 115 - Pete Martini : Would You Care/Goodbye on which I have no information.
"Right On", LP, Eternal
From 1964 through 1999, a group many believe was the best Southern Gospel group ever toured the nation and the world. A tribute site maintained by Daniel J. Mount, editor of SouthernGospelBlog.com, can be found here.
With A Bag Full Of Great Ones (LP) 1966
Mus-I-Col HR 1080
Easy listening album on a Columbus, Ohio label founded (as was the studio) in 1966 by John Hull still active today. (See a Columbus Dispatch article published in March 2008.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Recorded April 26, 1970
26199 - I've Got To Make The Journey
26200 - Wipe Away Our Tears
R. Berry (the lead of the Five Great Wonders) had release(s) on the Monticello label.
Mo-Do discography and overview
Monday, November 24, 2008
No label name
Rite account : 935
8789 - Freddie's Blues
8790 - Corn Bread
I've found almost nothing on this record except that both songs were also issued on Bolo but as by Don Wright & the Housebreakers. Possibly from Michigan?
Emperor M-63-G-S-1 (63)
10979 – Fairytale
10980 – Mister Heartache
George Adams first recorded in 1956. It was two of his own self-penned tunes, "Reckless Heart" and "I Gave My Love To Someone New" that they were released by James M. Black's Black Crest Records in 1956.
In 1958, George Adams was asked by long-time star of the WWVA Jamboree, Ramblin' Roy Scott to join his Country Harmony Boys band and become a part of that legendary Saturday night show.
George played the bass guitar in Ramblin’ Roy Scott's band, the Country Harmony Boys. He formed a bit of a duet team with another menber of the band, the lead guitarist, Skinney Clark. That gave some variety to the show. The two of them worked so well together that eventually the Jamboree gave them their own spot on the show in 1963.
From 1963 to 1971, George and Skinney developed into one of the most popular acts on the famed WWVA Jamboree. Their appearances took them across the Eastern United States and into Canada, going as far north as Nova Scotia.
The two of them recorded for several labels and would record songs that George had written. In 1967, they recorded a tune in Columbia's Nashville studios called "The Hurtin' Game" that was released on the Great Records label. It got them national airplay and appeared on many Top 40 charts.
Earl R. `Skinney' Clark later formed his own band, The Country Caravan, with John Carroll, Bill Thomas and Nancy King. He died in 2001.
Joe Tippie, a steel guitarist, played later with Tommy Wills and Jimmie Crane.
The Emperor label was founded in 1955 by Hardrock Gunter and Buddy Durham.
Emperor label discography
George Adams biography
Earl R. `Skinney' Clark obit
Sunday, November 23, 2008
11769 - Run On Little Girl
11770 - I Want To Shout
Detroit label. One of the labels managed by Ron Holmes and Charles Stokes from their Master Recording Studio, a very small studio located at 8325 on Joy Rd. near Grand River.
Other labels were : Mas-Tok, Master, Mas-Ter, Mag and (possibly) Mag-Oll.
Here is a (probably incomplete) discography of these labels :
Master 1020- Combinations : About You/Pretty boy (produced by Andy Martin)
Master 1030- Tridettes : So Strange/I know what you’re doing (prod. by Eli Fountain)
Master 3001/2- 4 Hollidays : Deep Down I My Heart / He Can’t Love You - 2/1964
Mag-Oll :- Ollie Lafayette & Ladies of Harmony:One Way To Heaven/Lord You Brought Me Out
Cha-Tok 1001 - - Dwight (Spider) Turner : You're Alone/Happy Story
Cha-Tok 1002 - The Sterophonics - Run On Little Girl - I Want To Shout 64
Mas-Ter 65-1 - Spider Turner - Calling Girls - Part.2. - 65
Mas-Tok 65-3 - The Ster-Phonics - Don't Leave Me - You Know I Love You 65
Mas-Ter 65-5 - Don Heart : Soul In The Back Yard - Bring Back The Love
Mas-Ter 66 - The Channels - Yo Yo/ same (instr)
Mag 4061 - Margaret Glover : This Will Never Do/Before We Part
Mag 4063/4064 - The Chanels : Dance Your Troubles Away/Four Walls (And A Radio)
The first four records listed were pressed by Stereo Sound in Chicago. Others pressings details are unknown except for Mag 4063/4, which is a Rite pressing :
Acknowlegments : Soulful Detroit website, a mine of information
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Durham, North Carolina
CP-3789 - Swanee River Rock
CP-3780 - The Belle Of Tennessee
Swanee River Rock
The Belle Of Tennessee
Thursday, November 20, 2008
2732 Beachmont Avenue, Norfolk Virginia 23504
produced by Bill Johnson and Earl Long
28197 - This World is in a confusion (wr George Tompkins, Dora Music BMI)
28198 - ?
Gospel groups The Southern Hummingbirds of Suffolk, Va and The Gospel Kings Of Portsmouth,Va. had releases on the same label.
American Artists AA 667 
201 Essex Drive, Chesapeake, VA.
21441 – Dear Mrs. Jones
21442 – I’ve Got To Have A Man
Female Country in the style of Jeannie C Riley produced by Wayne”Bones” Butler.
Ernie Bivens wrote most of the songs recorded on this Virginia label, for which he recorded himself at least two singles.
The Harmony Four
CP-3739 – I Heard Him Knocking
CP-3740 - When I Join That Jubilee
White Gospel on a Birmingham, Alabama label owned by Homer Milam (he owned also Reed Records).
Arlington label [partial] discography :
Norris Mims And His Band
Cp-1987 - Sweet Sweet Baby
Chuck Wesley & The Highland Travelers 59/07
Cp-1990 ~ Ring Of Gold
Cp-1991 ~ Baby Baby Baby
The Harmony Four
Cp-3739 – I Heard Him Knocking
Cp-3740 - When I Join That Jubilee
John Henry & Steel Drivers 60/07
Cp-3987 ~ Sweet And Neat
Cp-3988 ~ I'm Gonna Tell On You
David Hiser 60/09
4079 - ?
4080 - On Strike
The Mann Sisters
?-Just A Week Ago
Sue Golden & The Illusions
7539 -I Ain’t Gonna Be Your Baby But One Time
7540 - Lonesome.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Perry McKinley and the Country Guildmen
Label : Kingdom
27401 – I’ll Hold You In My Heart ‘Till I Can Hold You In My Arms
27402 - These Blues Have Got Me Crying Again
[Today] Mr. Perry McKinley, neighbor and friend of fiddler-player Krista Solars and her family, plays accompaniment acoustic guitar on all of Krista's CDs. When Krista performs live, Perry is always there to accompany her (and the show is never complete without a few of his jokes, either). A Free Mason, he also hand-makes guitars, mandolins, mandolas, and banjos in a workshop at his home. The guitar he currently plays on is of his own make, as well as one of the fiddles Krista plays on. [http://www.alittlefiddle.com/index.html]
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friends : How Long Has It Been
12" Vinyl Album : Rite Record Productions, Cincinnati, Ohio
Acoustic folk band from Kentucky. The band members are: Rita Simon, Father Bob Abel, Dave Blake, Denny Nash, Kevin Kelley and Jim Harzbarpher. Recorded at Falk Recording Service in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.
1. Run Myria Run
2. How Long Has It Been
3. I Have Called You By Name - words adapted from Chapter 43 of Isaiah
4. Truchas, N.M.
6. Back Home Blues
7. A Love Song
8. Lights Of The City - Traditional
9. Cry Not In The Morning
10. Messin' Around
31185 - Get Out Of Bed
31186 - Visions Of Mind
Side 1 is a song penned by Livingston Taylor, brother of singer James Taylor ( Rangle is the name of the credited artist on this side) .
Side 2 is penned by V.Rangle (or Victor Rangel as the name appears in the BMI database). Recorded in Youngstown, Ohio, at the Peppermint Studios which was owned by Gary Rhamy..
The record has "Ellwood City, Pa." as address, probably the address of Victor Rangel/Rangle.
Vic Rangel recorded with the Bell Boys on Jamar Records (1968)
Peppermint records discography
Peppermint label discography
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Cherrie 2390 (1976)
36827 – Little Jack Horner
36828 – Put The Hurt On You
D.Whitlock & M.Davis - Lead vocals
M.Major - gtr, voc.
D.Hicks - bass, voc.
O.Franklin - voc., dms
S.Williams - keyboard
Soul music out of Daly City, California on a label owned by Cleveland White, best known as School Boy Cleve (1925-2008). Born in Louisiana, he was most noticed for playing the blues harmonica. His first big break came. in 1954-55 when he recorded with Lightnin' Slim in Crowley, Louisiana. He moved to LA in the 1960s, and then to the SF Bay area around 1970 and performed in many of the little clubs in the Bay area, sporadically.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ruth Fairchild and the All-American Quartet, Vocal Ruth Fairchild
Paul Revere 45-001/002 - '64
1818-19th St., N.W., Washington D.C.
13319 - Politics
13320 - Dont Tread on Me (A Warning to Communism)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Trynorr T-0002 - (1963)
11405 - Till the End of Time
11406 - Lovin' is His Middle Name (wr. C.Matthews, Tell Dell Music BMI)
Rite client account number : 1089
Acknowledgments : E-bay seller soulmancandy (Bronx, NY)
I believe that is the first record of the same young singer [born in 1950] who recorded the following year for Capitol the novelty song "My Boyfriend Got A Beatle Haircut". She had also a pair of 45s on Epic and one single on Palmer, a Detroit label.
It is also safe to assume that Trynorr was just another of these one-off labels produced by Odell Bailey, considering his involvment in the other records with the same Rite client account and the name of the publisher (Tell-Dell). Among his one-off labels also pressed by Rite : Art-Flow (The Four Townsmen), Reuben (The Contrails), Del-la (Grant Street Exit).
Odell Bailey (1923-2004) was one of the first black pioneers to ever have a record store out of Pittsburgh. He later moved to Detroit. He helped George Benson get his career started and he helped Patti LaBelle get her career started. He owned Varbee Records (in Pittbsurgh) and Millage Records (in Detroit).
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Lee Hudson Orch.
Sky-Hi 1306/1307 - Huntington Station, New York- '62
8833 - The Day Jesus Was Born
8834 - Santa Claus Will be Here (wr Lou Jetter, Jetter Music, BMI)
Acknowledgments : E-Bay seller: riddlesburger, Havertown, Pennsylvania -and the Phil Milstein's American Song-Poem Music Archives
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Ron Stewart: At the Red Dog LP (1973), Roncar Records
Real name Ronald Phillip Gratsch.
Born in 1932, Mr. Gratsch grew up in Mount Auburn and attended Roger Bacon High School. He was the class clown and learned to play piano by ear from his mother.
When he was 17, he joined the Army to fight in Korea. He was a flight radio operator in the artillery during the 1950-53 war. Although not fluent, he learned to speak and write Korean.
In the early 60s, he began his entertainment career as a piano player at La Normandy downtown and later teamed with local musicians Dave Baney and Red Ash at the downtown Holiday Inn.
He later added a comedy routine to his performances and moved up to nightly gigs and standing-room-only crowds at the Red Dog Saloon in Sharonville. When he finished at the Red Dog, he took his act next door to the Santa Fe. He also worked at The Tropics in Dayton and the Ramada Inn on Pfeiffer Road.
He died in 2003. Read his obituary.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Z 2; Poplar Bluff, Missouri
9235 - Has America Forgotten
9236 - Satan's Suitcase
Acknowledgments : The Pack Rat Store, Titusville, PA
As Bobby Zehm :
He Is My Dad
As Bobby Zehm :
Sitar Pickin' Man
Blow Me Down A Rat Hole Backwards