Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Norm Burns on Heaven's Isle

Lew Tobin's Orchestra & Chorus
Vocal: Norm Burns - Heaven's Isle 101
13851 ~ I'd Like To See Old Ireland
13852 ~ Cape Cod Polka
Cape Cod, MA - Rite Acct. # 111

This song-poem 45 was previously documented on the ASPMA website without any Rite pressing information. With the 45 in-hand we now have the matrix and account numbers showing it to be from 1965 and related to the Sterling label of Boston, MA.

Both songs were written by Shirley Nickerson and I'm sure she was pleased by Lew Tobin and Norm Burn's efforts. The term song-poem refers to the industry of setting poems or lyrics to music for a fee and pressing a limited number of 45's for the writer. They preyed on people's desire to be famous and rich and as long payment was received in full in advance created some of the worst music ever recorded. Many are now sought after because they are famously bad.

Photos courtesy of Leonard Yates.

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