Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bill Neat & Rex Roat on Process 128

Bill Neat
Accompanied by Howard (Nick) Foley & The Rambling Esquires
13763 - Slippin' Away
(Gordon Sizemore-Roy Ellis)

Bill Neat & Rex Roat
Accompanied by Howard (Nick) Foley & The Rambling Esquires
13764 ~ White Mule (Audio clip)
(Gordon Sizemore-Rex Roat)

Note : another pressing of the same record was also made by Sound Of Nashville (SoN 25201/2).

Monday, March 22, 2010

Archie Liseo & The Cinaways

Archie Liseo & The Cinaways

CLW 6576

13705 – Homebrew
13706 – Lonely

Surfin' Colorado instrumental.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Shadow Lake 8 on Em-Kay

the Shadow Lake 8

Label : Em-Kay

12877 - South Parkway
12878 – Power

Source of information (and label shot) is Garage Hangover (Chas Kit submission on February 26, 2010) :
Just discovered this great 45 by the Shadow Lake 8 on Em-Kay, Both sides are rocking blues instrumentals with brief spoken bits. Both songs by M. Kent Washburn. Interestingly, someone attempted to cover the word 'Orchestra' on each side.
This is a Rite Pressing #12877/12878 which dates it to 1964 and Rite account #218, which was from Tulsa. Seems to be a rare 45, as it doesn't show up on the Rite pressing database at
Both sides can be heard at the Garage Hangover site, click on the link above.

Also from Tulsa and from the same Rite account are these two records:

The Oxfords

Soul 0001

17059 - I Ain't Done Wrong (wr. Keith Relf)
Cover of the Yardbirds song
Hear it)

17060 - Cheatin' Little Girl (Dan Haggard)

The Family Dog


23489 - If I Told You
(Tiny Davis)

23490 - Rocky's Lonesome


Friday, March 19, 2010

Laurel Mae Martin "The Queen Of The Blues"

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Laurel Mae Martin
"The Queen Of The Blues"
With The Cool Breezes

Martin 100

15095 - Cool Breeze

15096 – I’ll Be Waiting For You

Who is the Queen of blues? asked someone at, "The World's leading Q&A site".

Bessie Smith (1894-1937 ), Dinah Washington (1924-1963), Memphis Minnie (1897-1973), Mary Ann Fisher (1923-2004) and Koko Taylor (1928-2009) were all know as Queen of the Blues at various times. Inasmuch as there can only be one Queen - it's tough to choose, and in any case very much a matter of taste." was the answer.

Hey, they forgot to mention Laurel Mae Martin. Her record was once described by a puzzled e-bay seller as "Detroit Hillbilly Soul Motown Northern Funk". Six words, only one accurate : Detroit.

These two sides are something you've never heard before. Truly amazing!


Commanding Shepherds Of Baltimore, Maryland

Label : Fink

34553 - Loved Ones
34554 - Strange Things

From the information found on one of their albums, The Commanding Shepherds included the following members : William Douglas, Elwood Douglas, Gary Thomas, Ernest Burgess, William Lynch, Eddie Williams, Paul Felder, James Fouch, Willie Dowtin, Dave Tisdale, William Dwight.

The Commanding Shepherds had records released on Pinewood (three albums and singles) and at least one single on Rae Cox.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jerry Paul and the Delrays on Starfire

Jerry Paul and the Delrays

Label : Starfire

13575 ~ Feeling better
13576 ~ Delray

Rite account #1399


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

L.A.W. on Abacus


Abacus 0310

30401 - Your Tender Love (sample)
(Mike Smith, Betty Lou Music ASCAP)

30402 - Poppa



Monday, March 15, 2010

Jerry Dixon on Cape

Cape 104

Jerry Dixon with Lew Tobin's Orchestra
Gambler's Blues
(Juanita Gismondi) /

Jerry Dixon & The Jewels with Lew Tobin's Orchestra
CP-1704 - My Best Wishes
(Jack Shannon-Bill Downey-Lew Tobin)

According to the American Song-Poem Music Archives, this record was also issued on Sterling, although the credits are slightly different.

Jerry Dixon was certaily unable to put the label on the map, but Cape Records prexy certainly put a map on the label (Cape Cod), one idea he shared with other labels.

Here is some examples :

Mississippi Sound label

Michigan Bluegrass label

Ohio label

Wildcat label (Texas map)

Tennessee label

Dominion label (Virginia)

Main-Iac label (Maine)

Polka Land label (Wisconsin)


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ruby Grassel and His Orchestra

Ruby Grassel and His Orchestra

December DEC. 45-636

13497 - Rock-It Polka (traditional) -instrumental polka
13498 - Harvey's Waltz

Auburndale, Wisc.

According to Wikipedia, in 2000, there were 738 people, 284 households, and 207 families residing in Auburndale, Wisc.. The population density was 352.3 people per square mile (136.3/km²). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 54.9 persons/km² (141.8 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White, and none are from two or more races. None of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Auburndale High School has an annual "Bring Your Tractor to School" day, in which school members are encouraged to drive their family farm's tractor to school.

Auburndale holds an annual music fest June, which consists of three nights of live entertainment and other activities.

More devilish statistics and more overwhelming details HERE


Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Hard Times on Lorna

The Hard Times

Label : Lorna

23553 - Just Look
23554 - Miss Mini Lou

The shy 'Miss Mini Lou" owes its appearance (label shot & audio file) here thanks to Cees Klop, compiler in 2006 of the Volume 5 of his "Slow Boogie Rockin'" series on his Collector label [ CLCD 4493].

Rite number indicates a 1969 release. The name of the composer (D. Smith) don't help much. They are 814 D. Smiths in the BMI database and, too bad, no "Miss Mini Lou" can't be seen there, even remotely.

They were at least three other recorded groups bearing the same name around the same time, earlier actually, but I think unlikely that they were related :
  • On World Pacific, 66-67, from San Diego, California
  • On Ultimate, 1966, from Birmingham, Alabama
  • and on Gray Ant, 1966

June 'Bug' Bailey on Jo

'June Bug' Bailey

Jo Records # 2180

9339 - Lee Street Blues
9340 - Louisiana Twist

According to the Ace CD Red River Blues's booklet :

15 year old June ‘Bug’Bailey was the daughter of a woman who worked at the Pioneer Barbecue joint two doors from the Ram Studio in Greenwood Road, which Mira Smith opened in 1961. June’s mother had told Mira that her daughter could sing and when a black song writer, Joe Lewis from Alexandria brought Mira some songs, she decided to try recording one with the youngster.
'Lee Street Blues' a song about a wine-head was released on Mira’s Jo Records.

'Louisiana Twist' is in the BMI online database but credited to Joe Louis (not Joe Lewis) and it's his only song listed.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Barbara Howard on S. Reece

Barbara Howard

S. Reece

25067 - I Don't Want Your Love
25068 - The Man Above

Steven Reece production

Barbara Howard

Barbara Howard recorded two other singles on the same label :

700317 - "I Need You/ You've Made Me So Very Happy" (ARC pressing)
700628 - "Welcome Home/ Light My Fire" (ARC pressing)

and one LP "Barbara Howard On the Rise" which sold, according to the Steve Reece website, 250,00 copies. (sic)


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The New Generation on Sonic

The New Generation

Sonic SR 1002

21665 - Because Of Love (It's All Over)
(T.Caldwell-D.Gray, Sonrec Publ.)

21666 - That's the Sun
(T. Caldwell – R. Foster, Sonrec publ.)

A Sonic Production


This Spartanburg, South Carolina band, which covered Motown, R&B and some British Invasion rock, was fronted by Doug Gray (1948- ) and included bassist Tommy Caldwell (1949 -1980), both later members of The Marshall Tucker Band formed in 1971.

Sonic Records (still active today) was formed in 1968 by three college students, Don Adrian Rice; Jim Linsay; and Doug Thurston at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. These students were actively involved in music and had been putting on concerts using local bands in the Western North and South Carolina area.
The New Generation was the first group they put out on record.

Because Of Love

That's The Sun


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Malcontents

The Malcontents


18347 ~ (I'm A) Roustabout
Bob Mathis

18348 ~ Motivated Action
Larry Groves


Rite account # 1845

.Members were all Norwood High School students:

Larry Groves – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Bob Mathis – lead guitar, harmony vocals
David White – bass guitar
Jan Elstun – drums



Saturday, March 6, 2010

Eddy Raven's first record

Eddy Raven

Cosmo 101

CP-6351 – Ladies Man
CP-6352 - Once A Fool

1961 (October)

Eddy Raven (born Edward Garvin Futch, August 19, 1944 in Lafayette, Louisiana) charted a string of hit singles on the country music charts between 1974 and 1991.

Influenced by Cajun music, the country music sounds from popular radio broadcasts such as the Louisiana Hayride, New Orleans blues, and the new sounds of rock and roll, Raven developed his own unique sound. His songwriting abilities led to him being signed by Don Gant to a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose Music that eventually led to him moving to Nashville, Tennessee where he started recording for himself in 1974.

In the 1980s, had a string of top ten songs, including 6 that went to No. 1 on the country music charts. Those songs include "I Got Mexico" (1984); "Shine, Shine, Shine" (1987); "I'm Gonna Get You" and "Joe Knows How to Live" (both 1988); and "In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys" (both 1989). He also wrote The Oak Ridge Boys' 1982 single "Thank God for Kids".

For three of his teenage years, Eddy Raven lived in Southeast Georgia, in Cobbtown, Metter and Baxley. He attended Metter High School and started his musical career while living in this area. That's where he recorded the Cosmo single, in a radio studio.

It was in the school auditorium of Cobbtown, in the middle of the Georgia Tobbacco Belt halfway between Metter and Reidsville, that Eddy made his first stage appearance in 1961. He decided then and there that he would rather write and sing songs than work for Uncle Troy making flues for tobacco-curing barns in Metter.

Check out the 30 minute interview with the singer on Y-101, a local Georgia radio :


Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Stars Featuring Russell Stevens

The Sound Of
The Stars
Featuring Russell Stevens

Vega 002
Mobile, Alabama

CP-2462 - Night Train
CP-2463 - No Letter From You

Distributed By National Recording Corp. [Atlanta, Georgia]

Late 1959 black vocal group


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Found Sound from Outer Space

Glenn Derringer
on the Wurlizer 4037 Organ
with built-in Orbit III synthesizer

Found Sound from Outer Space


Side 1 - #27555

Spinning Wheel

Side 2 - #27556

Love Me or Leave Me
The Girl from Ipanema
When the Saints Go Marchin’ In

Rite Account # 1123

The excellent Lee Hartsfeld posted this record in his blog (Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else) in October 2009. "Who is Glenn Derringer?" he asked. And he found himself some answers. Read more HERE.

When the Saints Go Marchin’ In

Monday, March 1, 2010

Roger Hopkins on Evergreen

Roger Hopkins

Evergreen Records - # EG-620

18813 -Crawling Back to You
Clairborne BMI 2:30)

18814 - Ask the Man Who Owns One
(R.Hopkins –F.Hopkins,
Clairborne BMI 2:15)

Country prod. and directed by G.A. and A.R. Hopkins - excl. distr. Little Nashville Enterprises, 1610 Poinsettia Rd., Charleston, S.C. 29407

Roger Hopkins managed The Preludes. See The Preludes feat. Lou Martucci