Band Box 361
14181 - Mule Skinners Blues
14182 - Tomorrow Breakfast With The Blues
One more version of the classic country song written by Jimmie Rodgers and first recorded by him in 1930.
Here is one of the music industry’s truly amazing stories. Rite was one of the nation’s most prolific pressing plants… that’s the good news. It was also the nation’s least-successful, chart-wide ! Hands down. No competition.
For more than twenty ears, Rite cranked out releases for just about every state in the union. Cheaply. (1.000 singles with a picture sleeve, for as low as $229, way back in 1959 !)
Amazingly enough, Rite had NO HITS, and we’re not just talking national here. I’ve never even seen a REGIONAL hit come from a Rite pressing ! Anywhere ! A ZERO SUCCESS RATE ! Compare that with all the regional SO ,SON, ZTSB smashes. The only thing green Rite ever saw was the musicians they recorded. I’s no wonder some of the crudest garage discs were pressed there. From a collector’s standpoint, Rite lives up to its name. But for anyone who truly wanted a hit, Rite couldn’t have been more WRONG !
We were very active with in-house, worldwide broadcast productions. This was a time when broadcast radio programming and production were considered true art forms. And, as such, stations were individually, creatively programmed and often exciting and entertaining to listen to as opposed to being the predictable, sound alike "jukeboxes", or the conglomerate owned propaganda machines, most have become today.
Amongst a list of over twelve hundred worldwide clients, were such giants as WNBC Radio, New York, The BBC (London and Bristol), Radio Luxembourg WTBS Atlanta and many others.
We were particularly well-known in Canada for our novelty commercials and in England and Europe for our famous "Talking/Singing Moog" Synthesizer radio promo productions with agents operating in Ontario, London and Sweden (One of these agents happened to be Igil Aalvik ... who later became the infamous "Swedish Eagle" on "K-ROCK FM", Los Angeles!).
Among the many talented voices heard on MCP jingles over the years were native Newberrians ...
Kiki Kirkland (former Miss South Carolina/USA) ...
Brantlee Price (former Miss South Carolina and WIS television personality) and ...
Tommy Funderburk (noted professional studio singer in the Los Angeles music scene and composer of the number- one Starship single, "It's Not Enough").
Other talented Newberrians who frequently contributed to in-house recordings over the years were ...
Mary Ann Davis Hayes, Melissa Turbeville Crocker, Lloyd Brigman, Wayne Golden, Ryan Jones and
In the "Glory Days" of radio promos and jingles, some of our more popular voices were Newberry College Music Department students and they included Margie Fritz, Karen Hull, The Anderson Sisters, George Liebenrood, Gary Griffith, Dean Yates and Michelle Herbin.
Many of the studio musicians over the years were from the neighboring counties of Union, Laurens, Saluda, Spartanburg, Greenville, Lexington and Richland. Some of those included, Mandale "Pickle" Eaves, Ronnie Hayes, Andre' Kerr, Freddie Vanderford, Don Reno, Curt Bradford, James Meadows, Lisa Miller, Sharon Dimmery, Bonnie Glenn and Vanessa Gaye.
"All three went under very suddenly when the police came and shut down the whole operation and carted Mr. Marshall off to jail in the summer of 1968 on charges of drug trafficking. The government got the building and everything in it--tapes, records, equipment, all of it".
Roger Hatcher’s biggest claim to fame is being a cousin to Edwin Starr (aka Charles Hatcher). Unfortunately, Hatcher’s success hasn’t come close to Edwin’s. A prolific songwriter, Roger has written more than 1,000 songs. His two biggest successes were an album cut by the Dramatics of his “I Dedicate My Life to You,” and Clarence Carter’s rendition of “I Got Caught,” a deep soul classic. Clarence added a rap and scored on the R&B charts with the Hatcher song. Roger Hatcher was born in Birmingham, AL, in 1946. His two older brothers, Will and Roosevelt, inspired him musically — Will played sax and Roosevelt sang. Hatcher wrote his first song, “I Need Someone,” at Hayes High in Birmingham, where he would develop tunes on the piano in the music room. Hatcher had no formal training and played by ear. He moved to Detroit in 1964 and signed with Dotty’s Records. Two singles were released: “Get a Hold of Yourself” and “Party Over Yonder.” The 45s are listed as by “Little Roger Hatcher.” The flop of both singles sent him traveling to Nashville, where he secured a contract with Excello Records recording “I Dedicate My Song to You,” released in 1968.[...]
For decades, Jaybird Drennan was synonymous with country music radio in Akron, if not most of Northeast Ohio.
His signature "Howdy, Partner" graced the airwaves for 27 years on Akron country outlet WSLR/1350, which was universally known as "Whistler". And in the years when Cleveland listeners had no access to country music on the radio, he served audiences in that market as well.
[From his obituary found HERE]
On July 4 1961, The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was designated as a U.S. National Landmark. To commemorate the authorization the city fathers hired Ernie Kemm - who in 1958 penned "Here's to Colorado," the state's official centennial song - to write a similar theme.
Recorded in Denver, at Western Cine Recording Studio, the record features the vocal stylings of 10-year old Becky Ann Todeschi, of Durango.