Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ray Anderson on Mountaineer 647

Ray Anderson with Trio
Mountaineer 647 - Washington Court House, Ohio
CP-1283 - Hold To God's Unchanging Hand
CP-1284 - No Drunkard Can Enter

This seems to be a tough label to find. This 1957 release features sacred singing by Ray Anderson that has a bit of bluegrass flavor. Not great but interesting. Please click on the titles (above) for sound samples.

Courtesy of the Rick Keaton collection.

The Appalachia Dulcimer on RCM 1000

Edna Ritchie Baker - Vocalist
Colista & Homer Ledford
RCM 1000 - Winchester, KY (Rite Acct #1795)
17629 - Pretty Saro and The Four Marys / Lord Lovel
17630 - How To Play The Appalachia Dulcimer

If you have an Appalachia Dulicimer in the closet and would like to learn how to play it you may enjoy this record, otherwise sample it at your own risk! Of all the interesting local releases of 1966, this may rank as one of the worst!

Courtesy of the Rick Keaton collection.


Mona Taylor & The Blondells

The Blondells

CP-5501 - Rocking My Blues Away
(Taylor, Starland Music BMI)

Mona Taylor & The Blondells

CP-5502 - No One Will Ever Know

Label : MBM 8020


The label says "Miami/Los Angeles" (?). More likely from Alabama, I guess.

Audio sample : http://myworld.ebay.com/dadomax (Birmingham AL)


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Doffie Lawson & Grace Quartet - Harp Records

The Grace Quartet b/w Doffie Lawson
Harp No # (Rite Acct. # 1107)
11473 - Sweet To Know
11474 - One Day I Ask The Lord

The earliest Harp release found to date (1963) and the only one found so far that has a location for the label - Trenton which is just south of Middletown, Ohio. This release features a Southern Gospel (country) sound.

Images courtesy of the Rick Keaton collection.

ReeFlair Records - Detroit, MI

Dewey Black
ReeFlair T-0001 (Rite Acct. # 1089)
16745 - Takin' Love Where I Find It
16746 - Don't Leave Me Baby

Bobby O'Brown
ReeFlair 101 (No Rite Acct. # in deadwax)
19151 - Bye Bye Baby
19152 - Since I Lost You

Here's two very obscure soul collectibles pressed by RITE Records in 1966-67. Telldell Music BMI indicates Detroit, Michigan's Odell Bailey ownership.

Images courtesy of Wolfgang Weissbrodt from Marc Forrest's collection.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Davis Brothers on Rebel

The Davis Brothers

Rebel 730

16395 - How I Can Tell Her

16395 - Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
(Ira & Charlie Louvin)

Bluegrass, 1966.

Label owned by Shelby Smith, out of Batesville, Arkanas.

The brothers came from the Memphis area and featured acoustic guitar and mandolin on their shows. Elder brother Bill would later record for Bill Glore, a stalwart producer of the Memphis scene
. (source : Dave Travis, Stomper Time STCD 16)


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Andy Lauren (Kasper 106)

Andy Lauren

Kasper 106

20029 - Love Me Tender
20030 - High On A Mountain

Kasper 106 (picture sleeve)

Andy Lauren had two others releases on the same label, listed HERE and another on the Akron Alpine label owned by Bobby Lee.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

F. Eddy Pierce on Pier-Wats

F. Eddy Pierce

Pier-Watts 1300

[December 1956]

CP-1046 - Hold Back Tomorrow

CP-1047 - Your Kisses Don't Thrill Me Anymore
(Eddy Pierce-James Watson, Fairway Corp. BMI)

Label likely owned by Eddy Pierce (PIER) and James Watson (WATS) out of Louisville, Kentucky.

Eddy Pierce also recorded, with Charlie Davis, two years later for Farral Records a good rockabilly bopper, "It's You, Only You".

The flipside, "A Thousand To One", can be heard at YouTube HERE

It's You, Only You


Sammy Marshall & The Teen Notes on Crescendo

Sammy Marshall & The Teen Notes

Crescendo 102

CP-5871 - Tinsel And Tin
(Rosetta Gibbon-Byron Aucker, Hillsboro Music BMI)

CP-5872 - Outside Of That
(William F. Argo, Hillsboro Music BMI)

From 1961 on a New-York label likely owned by Guido Sgambellone.

Largely above average song-poem recording. That's perhaps why the name of Globe Records owner, Jim Maxwell, is printed on label, credited as the producer, and that's quite unusual, I believe.

Sample 1

Sample 2

Crescendo label discography (ASPMA)


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Joe Franklin (Renown 113)


Renown 113

CP-2368 - True Blue

CP-2369 - Who Put The Pep In The Punch


Monday, December 6, 2010

Leo Ortega on Sun-Tex

Leo Ortega


23105 - Tico Tico
23106 - The Breeze And I


Latin instrumentals. From Texas?

Picture credit : eBay breakaway-records
Currently offered at eBay (with sample of both sides)

Tico-Tico no Fubá is the title of a renowned Brazilian choro music piece composed by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917.

The first recording of the work was made by Orquestra Colbaz (Columbia 22029, 1931).

Tico-Tico no Fubá was recorded and made popular internationally by Carmen Miranda (who performed it onscreen in Copacabana (1947)) and Ray Conniff. [see Wikipedia article]

----> 61 versions of "Tico Tico" can be heard at WFMU here.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Harold Dodd on SaPa

Harold Dodd

SaPa 1004

CP-1982~ After The Dance
(Floyd Starling, Double « M » Music BMI)

CP-1983 - I've Found Another
(Adonis Gill, Floyd Starling, Double « M » Music BMI)


According to Billboard ( July 20, 1959 issue), Paul Rowe, commercial manager and jockey at WZOB, has framed his own recording company, Sapa Records, with Harold Dodd, backed by the Three Teens, cutting the firm’s initial release. (…) A postcard to Sapa Records, Box 126, Fort Payne, Ala., will get deejays a free sample.

Address printed on label is Birmingham, Ala. and there is no mention of the Three Teens backing.


The Impulse (Chicago Northern Soul)

The Impulse

[no label] PS675

Parliament Studio
4005 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, Ill. 60624

23915 - Once In A Lifetime

23916 --I Don't Want To Fall In Love
(Ditore, Knight, Suchan; Kayco BMI)

1969 northern soul recently sold on eBay : price: $179.50 USD Number of Bids: 11


Sharlet Sexton on Re-Echo 1008

Sharlet Sexton and the Tennessee Valley Boys

Re-Echo 1008

21473 - I Ain't Good For Nothin
‘cept pickin and singin

21474 - Boys Like You


Read more about Sharlet Sexton HERE (The Ohio Valley sound blog)

Picture label & audio samples : eBay (sprydiddle)


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Majestee’s/Majjestee's on Mutt



18381 ~ Take Back All Those Things
(Nate J.V. Dore- Earl Smiley)

18382 ~ Let Her Go
(Fred Bridges)


Label variation : Majjestee's (two Js)

Angelo Bond, lead singer on the "Let Her Go" side

Nate Dore was the owner of Mutt Records located at 27316 Michigan Avenue in Inkster, Michigan (the studio was only 15 miles west of Detroit). Nate was a bondsman and the studio was located in the rear of this business. His sound engineer was Bill Williams. [http://www.garagehangover.com/?q=Ruins]


The New Bright Star Singers Of Rocky Mount, N. Carolina

The New Bright Star Singers Of Rocky Mount, N. Carolina


37747 - Jesus I Love You

37748 - Look Where He Brought Me From

Spiritual vocal : William Thorne
Music/arranger : Lee McQueen

Look Where He Brought Me From


The Youngblood Sisters on Process

The Youngblood Sisters

Process 134

13597 - Why Send You the Pillow That I Dream On

13598 ~ Why A Crash Made An Orphan Just Now


Country. Answer to Hank Locklin's song on A-side and a quite depressing original on B-side.

If your day has started not too bad until now, I STRONGLY discouraged you to listen to the audio samples.

Picture credit : Hillbilly-Music.com

Sarah May and Marlene Ann Youngblood were a regular act at a country music show presented each Sunday by Mel Reeder at Pine Hedge Ranch Park, Franklin, Pa., along with Charlie McVae and Lonnie Weldon and the Lone Pine boys, Mickey Rubin and Skeets Martin, Mabelene Baker and Cowboy Howard Vokes. (Billboard, July
4, 1960)

Audio samples : eBay (colnel)


Friday, December 3, 2010

Jimmy Reid And The Mississippi Valley Boys

Jimmy Reid And The Mississippi Valley Boys

Colsam 101

A Col. Sam Lillibridge Enterprise
310 Ft. Hood Rd, Killeen, Texas

14209 - I Can't Help It

14210 ~ Jambalaya


Don't known much about Sam Lillibridge. But for sure he was not a man to give up an idea. Some twenty two years earlier already, he reported to Billboard (Feb.7, 1953 issue) that "he is still pioneering the trumpet as a country instrument on various jamborees in Texas". Sam Lillibridge was, at that time, D.J. on KCLW, Hamilton, Texas. This Colsam release is indeed a country record and, indeed, you can hear plenty of trumpet...

Label picture and audio samples : eBay (colnel)


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mary Madison on Bryte

Mary Madison

Bryte 7002

13025 - World Of Make Believe

13026 - I've Left The Past Behind

Mary Madison
Picture credit : Hillbilly-Music

"Sorry to say we don't have anything here for you to read about Mary Madison. That's either because we haven't got it finished or we haven't found anything yet." says the Hillbilly-Music website. And I can't add anything clever to this perfectly adequate comment.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Union Gospel Singers on Lucky Star

The Union Gospel Singers

Lucky Star

8999 - Keep On Trusting In Jesus
(leader : Carsell Sims)


9000 - Late In The Evening
(leader. J.D. Foster)


1962 black gospel.
The group also recorded for Designer and Staff Records.

Labels picture & audio samples : eBay (disc-flipper)


Hoss and his Hammond

Hoss and his Hammond

Carellen 136

19493 ~ There Will Never Be Another You

19494 ~ What Now My Love


Also issued on Coe West (Ormond Beach, Florida)

Carellen picture credit & audio : eBay talisman778

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"What Now My Love" is the English title of a popular song whose original French version, "Et Maintenant" ("And Now") was written in 1961 by Gilbert Bécaud and Pierre Delanoë. English language lyrics and the title were written by Carl Sigman: early versions of it were recorded by Jane Morgan and Ben E King.

The English covers mostly use the melody of Bécaud but with a fancy text (with images like "there's the sky where the sea should be"), which is different from the more deeply dark French original. (Wikipedia)

Gilbert Bécaud - Et Maintenant (HQ 1962)
envoyé par goldrausch.


The Coffey Family (Arvis 115)

The Coffey Family
accomp. by Henry Yancey on Hawaiian Guitar

Arvis 115

CP- 4803 - Just A Rose Will Do
CP- 4804 - A Sinner’s Dream

country gospel

Picture label & audio : e-bay http://myworld.ebay.com/castilloblanco/


Monday, November 15, 2010

Mojo Watson on Ganlon

Mojo Watson and his Band

Ganlon 411/412

CP-4265 ~ I'm The Only One

CP-4266 ~ So Broken Hearted

Los Angeles Ca.label.

Aside from this 1960 release, Mojo Watson (real name Odell Wright) had one single on Atlas in 1957 and two on Nanc in 1961.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Duster's/Belvaderes on Hudson

The Duster’s

Hudson 4

CP-1048 ~ Don't Leave Me To Cry

CP-1049 ~ I Love You (Baby)


This vocal group comprised Tommy Tucker -tenor, Clarence LeVille or Lavell- bass, James Crosby-tenor, Yonnie Peoples and Dave Johnson-lead.

Hudson 4 was also issued as by The Belvaderes.

Tommy Tucker (born Robert Higginbotham, 5 March 1933 - 22 January 1982) was born in Springfield, Ohio. He is best known for the 1964 hit song, "Hi-Heel Sneakers", that went to number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Hudson 4 - 45 rpm - red vinyl - Belvaderes

Hudson 4 - 78 rm - Duster's

Hudson Records was located in St. Louis, Missouri and owned by Ted Hudson. Information below was found at The Living Legends Foundation website :

Theoplis ‘Ted’ Hudson

"The easiest way to sum up my forty-six years in the music industry is to say, "Time flies when you're having fun." My whole family enjoyed music. We would frequently patronize the only African American music store in St. Louis. In 1950, I realized the popularity of this entertainment medium, and its potential for growth. As a result, I opened my first retail record store, "Hudson's Embassy Records, Inc." The logo was a phonograph record with the credo "First With The Latest" emblazoned on the rim.

The "Embassy" portion of my name came from the concept that American Embassies serve as safe havens for American Citizens overseas. I wanted to give artist a safe and friendly outlet for their music and music lovers a safe and friendly place to listen to and purchase music. By 1982, Hudson's Embassy Records, Inc. expanded to eleven retail record stores. In addition, the concept for "Hudson's Embassy" was franchised six times. In 1965, I opened one of the first African-American owned distribution companies serving approximately 100 independent record labels and artists with distributions along the the Eastern seaboard, Midwest and Southeast.

Ted's One Stop, Inc. opened in 1968 as a wholesale operation servicing local and regional retail record stores. I also opened an advertising/promotional agency, a recording studio for independent record labels and artists and an electronics wholesale business. I am fortunate to have been a founding member of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA) and the Black Music Association (BMA). As for the future, I recently resigned my political office as Committeeman of the 19th Ward of the City of St. Louis. My wife and I plan to sit back and enjoy life's little pleasures. I'll probably always own some type of business, it's just who I am.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jack Cole on Bryte

Jack Cole
Skip Andrews And His Country Twintones


15571 ~ Night Train To Memphis
15572 ~ Tonight I'll Cry Some More


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bobby Sparks on Geauga

Bobby Sparks

Geauga 2424

24033 ~ The Loser
24034 ~ The Face (Is the mirror of the mind)

1969 soul. Bobby Sparks had at least two other singles with the Hi-Tension Band on Karat and Hi-Tension (Cincinnati labels). Geauga Records started in 1968 in Aurora, Ohio and had connection with Brite Star/Bryte Records.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Jonny Bragg on Red Flame

Jonny Bragg and the Red Blazers

Red Flame 101

6459 - Flame of Love
(Bragg-Lawrance, Rite Music)

6460 - Storybook Love
(Bragg, Rite Music)

Produced by Dick Lawrance

1961 teen record on a Kirksville, Mo. label owned by Dick Lowrance, who may have been helped to start his own label by Skip Frazee and Bill Lubensky, owners of Jan Records located in Marshall, Missouri (as the Rite account number found in the Red Flame disc is the same as the one found in dead wax of the Jan records (#156).

The following releases were pressed by the RCA Custom Division.

Red Flame label discography

1002 Ike Haley & the Red Blazers
A Thousand Miles Away

1003 The Red Blazers
The Weaver
Hot Potatoes

1004 Ike Haley & the Red Blazers
There Is Something On Your Mind
Stronger Than Dirt

1005 The Twilighters
My Little Angel


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Hightide on Bejay

The Hightide

Bejay 1336

25081 - Knock On Wood
25082 - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Ft. Smith, Arkansas

Produced by Ben Jack, Glen Smith

"Knock On Wood" is a cover of the Eddie Floyd hit on Stax Records by a white garagey band.

The Bejay label was an offshoot of the Bejay recording studio owned by Ben Jack. First releases on the label had a Van Buren address, home of the first Ben Jack studio. It was destroyed by a fire and Ben Jack relocated his studio to Ft. Smith, in an old converted garage.

Bejay owner : Ben Jack

Ben also manufactured pedal steels but was also an accomplished player, performing and with Hank Thompson and Bob Wills.

Up until 1992, Ben had what was once the largest private collection of vintage guitars in the world, according to Guitar Player magazine, who have featured Ben's extensive collection more than once. His collection includes 60's Rivieras, Casinos, Emperors and a Texan. The collection also includes vintage Epiphone banjos as well as rare Epiphone Electar steel guitars.

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Ben Jack's Recording Studio;

Epiphone News : Featured Dealer - Ben Jack's Arkansas Music

Bejay label discography (incomplete)