Friday, September 23, 2011

The Ghosters on Ghost

The Ghosters
Don, Mike, Guy, Lance

20491 - (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet
(B.Hamilton, F. Gorman, Jobete Music BMI)

20492 - A Taste Of Honey
(B. Scott, R. Marlow, Songfest Music ASCAP)

Ghost Records 832G-7101


Second pressing. First was pressed by RCA Custom Records.

Romeo and Juliet - first pressing
(Virgil listed as band member)

The Ghosters
Don, Mike, Guy, Lance

21517 – Hey Lover
(J. Berry D. Covay, Roosevelt Music)

21518 - Drums, And Them Some
(D.Jobe, W.Nelson)
Instrumental drum solo by Don Jobe

Ghost Records 832G-7103


Again, the Rite pressing is a second pressing.

The leader of the Ghosters was Don Jobe. The other Ghosters were Lance Nelson, Mike Lewis, Guy Berley, and Virg Callendar.

Don Jobe :
The name actually came from a club we formed in high school. The term "Ghoster" was an expression used by soldiers in the Viet Nam War. Soldiers who didn't want to work hid when the sergeants came around for work details. These guys were referred to as "Ghosters" because, like ghosts, they disappeared.
60s: What were the circumstances leading to The Ghosters recording?

DJ : Fortunately, the right people happened to hear us at a performance and offered us a one record contract. Our record was recorded for T & R Records in Chicago. It sold pretty well, but we didn't realize much money for ourselves. That's when we decided to incorporate and licensed our own label, Ghost Records. Our first five records were recorded at RCA Studios in Chicago.
60s: Who were these "right people"?

DJ: The "right people" wanted to be anonymous then, and I assume they still do. They were not directly in the music business, but had good contacts. They wanted to make an investment in us after hearing us at a performance hosted by a WLS Chicago disc jockey. They paid for our studio time at RCA studios in Chicago, and their connections hooked us up with T&R.

Don Jobe died in 2006 (his obituary)

Further reading : Don Jobe interview.

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