Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Identifiers Sing and Play Gospel

Sing and Play Gospel

Label : ID


31677 -

31678 –
Goodbye World Goodbye
Keep On The Firing Line
Onward Christian Soldiers

Gayle Russ on Gale

9731 - You Walked Out Of The Shadows
9732 - Beautiful Blue Skies

Gale G-0001
Central City, Kentucky


Gayle Russ was born in a small coal-mining community in Nelson Creek, KY on November 16, 1941. During his teenage years, he began writing and singing country and western songs. He spent his time working part-time at the local radio station, WMTA... (from his biographical notice available HERE)

Gayle Russ had a previous record on the Summit label in 1959 ("Stairway To Your Heart" b/w "She Didn't Even Say Goodbye", Rite 2311/2312).

He is now Pastor of the Boeke Road Baptist Church in Evansville, Indiana. His latest recordings in a "mellow Southern Gospel/Bluegrass type of style" can be purchased HERE (sound samples available).

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Preludes feat. Lou Martucci

The Preludes feat. Lou Martucci

17447 ~ On My Lovin (sample)
17446 ~ Would You Believe

Little Nashville LN-0781
1610 Poinsettia Rd., Charleston, S.C.


Lou Martucci

Update [Nov. 27, 2009] : I contacted Lou who kindly answered to my questions :
I was the lead singer, and I also wrote the flip side, 'Would You Believe'. The record was produced in Nashville in 1965 by Dino Productions. I sang lead, and Joe Opatsky played lead guitar, Al Knox played rhythmn guitar, Butch Chevalier played bass, and Al Moreno was our drummer. Although we were signed by London Records, they never recieved the tapes from Dino (Carl Friend). It turns out Carl became a scam artist in those years and didn't promote anyone he recorded, although he charged all of the bands $1,000. each for 'promotion'. We ended up releasing the record on our manager's (Roger Hopkins) independent label Little Nashville based in Charleston, S.C. Roger wrote 'On My Lovin' and Boyd Cobb was his partner who handled the publishing. They weren't members of the band. In recent years I've been recording cd's in my home studio which I post on a couple of internet karaoke sites. We lost our drummer, Al Moreno, in Viet Nam. Roger Hopkins died in a tragic car accident in the late 60's. Al Knox and Joe Opatsky are both living good lives with thier families. I retired from live performing in the early 90's.

Lou Martucci

Bob Mooney on Rem

REM 350

13249 - Jug Of Wine
13250 - A Sucker Born Every Day


Almost certainly a re-issue by the REM label owner himself (Robert E. Mooney) of two songs released in 1953 on Kentucky 575, a budget subsidiary label of Rite Records.

Bob Mooney

Bobby Mooney (and his Automobile Babies) backed his brother Tommy on two 78 rpm issued by the Floto label in 1952/53. ("That's My Baby/Bingo Boogie" and "A Thousand Times Ten Thousand"/Rose Covered Garden"). The unusual name for the backing group was obviously derived from Bob Mooney's 'Automobile Baby' which was released on John Bava's Davis, West Virginia based Cozy label (#317). The Mooneys were then, as it seems, residents of Kenova, West Virginia.

Next Bob Mooney cut the single for Kentucky Records and afterwards participated with Estel Lee in the operation of the Excellent and Arvis recording labels.

In opening the Lexington studio in his own hometown, in 1960, Mooney declared, "I'm going to cut real country music records, whether they sell or not." For years, he sold REM-produced records out of the back of his car. He recorded numerous bluegrass bands from the Southwestern Ohio area.

A REM label discography can be found here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Falcons on Big Red

The Falcons

Big Red 56000

8624, Chicot Road
Little Rock, Ark.

10937 - Wild Hog (part 1)
10938 - Wild Hog (part 2)

Short sample

I can't find any information about these Falcons who play here a very nice instrumental. One M. Hester wrote it.

From 1963.

Compass on Schoolhouse

Compass Rises
Label : Schoolhouse

Side 1: -30633-
Sour Cream
Pharoah's Thing
Side 2: -30634-
Cleanin Up
Waltz For Barbara
Blues For Vito
Rick Lawn (Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet, Misc. Percussion),
Joel Chase (Electric Piano),
Tom Ives (Electric Bass, Flugelhorn),
Al Calone (Drums),
Smelly (conga drums)

Recorded November 17, 18 & 19, 1972 in Marblehead, Mass.

It's some 40 years ago, now, that "Compass" was born in Oneonta, New York. There were 3 young jazzers just starting to play together in area clubs back then: Joel Chace [piano] from Walton, Tom Ives [bass] from Schenevus, and Al Colone [drums] from Oneonta. They'd perform as the Joel Chace Trio, the Tom Ives Trio, or the Al Colone Trio, depending on who booked the gig. Then in 1971 Rick Lawn, a young saxophonist, a Philadelphia native, and a recent grad of Rochester, New York's Eastman School of Music, came to town to become an instrumental music teacher with the Oneonta Public School System. Lawn, a practicing and active jazz musician, was looking to continue playing jazz in his new hometown, and, through his research, easily discovered the trio of Chace, Ives, and Colone. The group got together and began to rehearse, quickly finding out there was a connection, a common interest in performing, and that they could produce a unique and creative blend of jazz. That may have been what ultimately led to the naming of the quartet, "Compass"; the group played jazz in every direction.

"Compass" began to test its newfound style and energy by booking performances on college campuses, mostly colleges and universities based in New York State. The band self-produced a demo-album entitled "Compass Rises" in 1972, which featured original compositions written and arranged by Lawn and Ives. "Compass" was one of five groups on a promotional program that opened the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 1972.

For more info & biographies of band members : click here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bluegrass Kats on Playhouse

Bluegrass Kats

Playhouse 1159
Playhouse Productions
P.O. Box 61
Monroe, NC

35451 ~ Fox On The Run
35452 ~ Little Bessie

The Bluegrass Kats performing "Fox On The Run" in a local place
called The Dead Dog Saloon in Myrtle Beach, SC

"Fox on the Run" with lyrics by Tony Hazzard was first recorded by the British band Manfred Mann as a single issued 29 November 1968. It was introduced to bluegrass by Bill Emerson and quickly became a bluegrass favorite. The original can be heard HERE.
Fox on the run

She walk through the corn leading down to the river
Her hair shone like gold in the hot morning sun
She took all the love that a poor boy could give her
And left me to die like the fox on the run
Like the fox, like the fox, like the fox, like the fox on the run

Everybody knows the reason for the fall
When woman tempted man down in paradise's hall
This woman tempted me alright, then took me for a ride
But like the lonely fox I need a place to hide

* Refrain

Come take a glass of wine and fortify your soul
We'll talk about the world and friends we used to know
I'll illustrate, a girl put me on the floor
The game is nearly up, the hounds are at my poor

* Refrain

Gospel Trio (H.G.P. Records)

Gospel Trio

H.G.P. Records
P.O. Box 1364
Orangeburg, South Carolina

34703 - Jesus You've Been Good To Me
(Jerome Loyd)

34704 - If I've Got My Ticket
(Albertha Richburg)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Denny Jorden with the Fortuneaires

14263 – You Don’t Know
(Walter Spriggs, Roosevelt Music BMI)

14264 –You’ll Be Lonely
(Dennis J. Bejester, Jorden BMI)

Denny Jorden with the Fortuneaires
Boss 2001/2
Detroit, Michigan
Year : 1965


Dennis Jorden Bejester, at a time guitarist of Detroit local band The Jesters, had at least two other records pressed by Rite Records. He died in 2003.

Northwest Sound Company NSC-1007/8 -- '63
(as by Dennis Jorden)
11447 ~ Since I Met You Baby
11448 ~ Any Message

Blanden 2003/4 -- '66
(as by Denny Jorden and the Berkeleys)
18195- Here I Come (Through The Door)
18196- Do You Want To Dance

Zion Traverlers on Versa

Versa Recording
2033 Dorr Toledo, Ohio

Year : 1977

38095 - Glory is Coming
38096 - Ship of Zion

Produced by Noble’s
Produced & Led by LeRoy Reed
Music by Glover, Curtis, George Noble

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shirlean Williams & The Tempo's Band

Shirlean Williams & the Tempo's Band

Elvitrue 673

36543 – This is A Song
36544 - Ease It To Me

The Fabulous Tempo’s, a group from Fayetteville,
featured Nolla--Mainor, second from the left,
and Shirlean Williams, third from--the left.
Image courtesy of Jason Perlmutter.

Jason Perlmutter :
The story of Fayetteville group The Fabulous Tempo’s would emerge despite a slightly rocky introductory telephone conversation. In September 2003, I contacted Shirlean Williams, the vocalist on an obscure but great 45 rpm record by “Shirlean Williams & The Tempo’s Band”. She said she didn’t sing “rock” anymore – she was now involved in the church and making gospel music – and I should be really talking to the band’s owner. This would be Fayetteville’s Nolla Mainor, whom I immediately telephoned.

At the beginning of our conversation, I expressed my love for and my desire to learn more about “the Shirlean Williams record”. This was a mistake. Nolla was upset and declared, “That’s my record! That’s not Shirlean’s record. She messed it up! I brought her up, but she was overconfident and didn’t rehearse and then sang herself hoarse trying to make the record.” I admitted my error, and we proceeded, more cordially. I learned about Nolla’s history in the local music scene, which dated back to the mid- ‘60s, with her first bands, the Soul Rockers and the Be-Boppers.

Hearing Nolla Mainor reminisce in 2003 meant hearing from a fiercely proud woman. And justifiably so: Nolla is a self-educated musician who may well have been the only female band leader in ‘60s and ‘70s North Carolina. After disco, her commitment to music didn’t wane; she successfully adapted by becoming a club deejay known to fans as “Queenie” and/or “Queen Bee”. Now, vintage equipment, consisting of large PA speakers and amps, two turntables, a mixer and microphones, occupies a good chunk of her living room. The blue- and black-colored release of “This Is A Song” and “Ease It To Me”, by Shirlean Williams & The Tempo’s Band, hangs on the wall, overlooking the equipment.

The Fabulous Tempo’s quietly handed out free copies of this, their only release, to dance contest winners at local gigs. There were no lucky breaks, and the record – only pressed in a quantity of 250 copies – would be forgotten. This wasn’t an issue of quality, even though the origin of the killer B-side is a little sketchy. Set this track into motion and within seconds you’ll instinctively be singing, “Without love, where would you be now / Without love-ove-ove-oo/Where would you be now.” But you’ll quickly realize your error as the Doobie Brothers’ indelible “Long Train Running” riff morphs into Nolla’s own rhythmic, sexual Fayetteville funk, with pulsing drums and congas, twangy guitar and punchy Hammond. This isn’t really a song so much as a funky vamp on top of which Nolla and her drummer make their way through an innuendo-shaded dialogue:

Nolla: Hey man, whatcha doing over there?
Drummer: Trying to get this girl to ease it to me.
Nolla: You know all you need to do man?
Drummer: Tell me about it.
Nolla: All you need to do is blow your horn.
Drummer: Blow my horn?
Nolla: Yeah, blow your horn.

Midway through this exchange, the words and music break for a thumping drum and conga solo that ensures that this is much more special than a rock ‘n’ roll rip. Coincidentally, earlier in her career in ’67 or so, Nolla seems to have lifted a few bars from “Open The Door To Your Heart”, by Detroit soul legend Darrell Banks, for her funky instrumental “Reach Down And Get It,” recorded by the Soul Rockers.
JASON PERLMUTTER has been researching N.C. soul groups and plans to one day write a book on the subject.

KOGT radio, PAMS jingle

KOGT Radio

CP-7019 - Orange, My Home Town (PAMS Production)
Vocal: Terry Lee
CP-7020 - Orange, My Home Town (PAMS Production)

"In 1961 the Pams jingle company in Dallas launched it's "My Home Town" series of jingles. The basic premise was a two minute song that sang the praises of a particular city, naming the best sites, attractions and such. They all start with "Let me tell you about my home town....." This one was cut for their client KOGT 1600 am in Orange, Texas. Orange is a small town of about 35,000 just up the water from Port Arthur and Beaumont, near the Louisiana border. Where many of these discs sing about the big things in their cities in this small-town song they're bragging about the waterways, mighty industry, Chemical Row, the shipyards and the community band."


Orange, My Home Town (sample)

Marie Therese Leahy (aka Terry Lee)

While Terry was consistently the main singer on these records, her name credit on the "My Home Town" singles is anything but. Variations on her name have included “Terry Lea," "Terry Lee,” “Terry Lea Jenkins," and "Terry Lee Jenkins.". Read more about Terry Lee HERE

More about the PAMS singles HERE

CP-7021 – The Master’s Visit
CP-7022 – A Moment spent with God
both sides written by Ed Lovelace

I’ve never known a better promoter than Ed. He rode around the county in a bright orange van with the call letters of KOGT painted on it. He promoted Orange at every turn. When he arrived, he brought the AM station out of the dark ages. (from Roy Dunn's article, read HERE)

Ed Lovelace died last month (October, 2009).

Ernie Bivens : American Artists 668

Ernie Bivens

American Artists 668

21507 - Back to Shenandoah
21508 - I Left My Heart at Home

Country produced by "Bones" Butler

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rehabilitation Cruise

21119 - I Don't Care What They Say
21120 – Mini Skirts [L.Owen]

Label : Rondon

1968 Wisconsin garage. A-side is against protest and B-side is against mini-skirts.

I Don't Care What They Say


Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Smoky Mountain Cut-ups on Redwing

The Smoky Mountain Cut-ups

Rogersville, TN


15071 - The Old Mountaineer
15072 - Smokey Mountain Ramble



Smokey Mountain Ramble

The Old Mountaineer

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Johnny and the Cranwoods

Johnny and the Cranwoods

Mate Records
Hollywood, California

CP-6241 – Uprising
(Gruded -Maduri- Kohler, Mate BMI)

CP-6242 - Teach Me To Say Goodbye
(James Testa)

Rite account # 137


"Garage Surf sound twangy guitar".

Despite the Hollywood address printed on the label, it's certainly a Cleveland, Ohio related record :
  • The Rite account number (137) is associated with the Audio Recording Service Studio of Cleveland, Ohio, presided by Vladimir Maleckar.
  • Writers Maduri (Carl Maduri), Kohler (Donna Jean Kohler) and James Testa are names found on various Cleveland recordings.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Six Voices of Zion of Columbia, S.C. : Pitch 110

Six Voices of Zion of Columbia, S.C.

Pitch 110

18443 – Another Year
18444 - When My Times Come To Die

The Pitch label was a product of the Gusman Records Co., owned by W. Jones.

Waymon Jones abandoned his studies and opened the Gusman Co record shop at 1210 East Broad Street in Savannah. “Gusman” was his nickname since childhood, derived from his middle name. From the outset the Gusman Co was a gathering place for local gospel singers, and Jones built a recording studio attached to the shop. Read more HERE.

Pitch 110 come with two different label variations : one has the mention "Distributed by Triway Sales Co. Savannah, Georgia" and an additional (release?) number 366-1126. The other don't.

Dubondi on Rap


Label : Rap

27923 - Being Away - sample
27924 - Call Me Back sample

Producer : Bill Encke
Both sides written by Paul Gerholdt
Publisher : Monroe-Ames Music BMI

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tony Garo on Pla-Mor

Tony Garo

[ 507, 5th Ave., N.Y. 17, N.Y ]

CP-6425 ~ Whole Lot of Shakin'
CP-6426 ~ Jezebel

"Reviewed" in Billboard, October 30, 1961 (actually a mere item among others in the Limited Sales Potential listing (Popular section) of the music trade magazine) without any comment.

The following week, Pla-Mor Records advertised in Billboard the record with a picture (see above) of Tony Garo.

"Whole Lot of Shakin'", a cover of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic, was first compiled by the german Buffalo Bop records company in 1992.


"Whole Lot of Shakin'"