Thursday, March 15, 2012

Freddy J. and the Flames on Sahara

Freddy J. and the Flames

9481 – Cimarron (S-FH-1)
9482 – Groovin’ on Telstar (S-FH-2)

Sahara Records 501

Produced by Buck Lipe
Distributed by Marlo Records
Belleville, Illinois


"Cimarron" was penned by Johnny Bond in 1938. Johnny Bond, then member of the Bell Boys on WKY in Oklahoma City contributed the theme song to the group when he wrote "Cimarron" after noticing there was no song titled "Cimarron" although that had been the name of a popular western movie as well as a river in Oklahoma. That song has been recorded (vocal and instrumental) by scores of artists over the years (including several versions by Johnny Bond himself).


left to right: Cliff Crofford, Johnny Bond, Rose Maphis, Billy Mize, and Joe Maphis on guitar


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Johnny Seals and the Rebelaires on Rebel

Johnny Seals and the Rebelaires

CP-6431 ~ You're The One
(A. Smith, Comodore BMI)

CP-6432 ~ My Babe
(W. Dixon, ARC BMI)

Rebel Records R 107/R 108
Memphis, Tenn.


"You're The One" was first recorded by The Spiders (Imperial Records, 1954). The song was penned by guitarist, singer and songwriter Adolph Smith. Born in New Orleans in 1926; Smith worked with 50's vocal group The Monitors, and penned many tunes for The Spiders.

"My Babe" is the song written by Willie Dixon for Little Walter (Checker Records, 1955)

Both songs were compiled on the Rebel/Rebel Ace Records Story released by Stomper Time in 2002.

The booklet tells the story of labels owner (and singer) Shelby Smith. But there is no information at all about Johnny Seals or about the Rebelaires. No information found neither on the internet.

I am willing to believe that the Johnny Seals record is indeed on the same Rebel label that the one owned by Shelby Smith.

Doubt is allowed since on the same compilation we found Parker Cunningham's "Dry Run" from another Rebel label, out of South Pittsburg, owned by Bill Cooley, and a track by the Four Jacks probably from the Rebel label located in Little Rock, Arkansas and not related, .


Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Squires on Penguin

The Squires

16161 ~ Batmobile

16162 ~ I Don't Care

Wr. Phil Keaggy-Mike Monas

Penguin Records


The Squires were Phil Keaggy, Bob Flamisch, Jim Love and Al Frano. Phil Keaggy shares credits with Mike Monas, a friend.

Born on March 23, 1951 in Youngstown, OH, the ninth of ten children, Phil Keaggy grew up in a home filled with music. On Phil's 10th birthday, his brother, Dave returned home with a Sears Silvertone guitar. That's when the magic began.

Phil spent most of his younger days involved in music, and at the young age of 13, he joined his very first band, the Keytones. He later went on to join such local groups as The Vertices, The Squires, and the Volume Four, who later changed their name to New Hudson Exit.

Phil Keaggy website


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Miss Evelyn Tyler & the Tyler Singers

Miss Evelyn Tyler & the Tyler Singers

15073 – He Won't Forsake His Own
15074 - Precious Lord

Cleveland Tyler, Arr. & Director

Shippings Records
3126a Easton Ave.
St. Louis, MO


My earliest memory I was singing with my dad…a quartet singer,” said Evelyn Turrentine-Agee about her singing career. “He’d hold me up and say, ‘Sing baby sing.’”

Sing she did, first in a girl quartet group formed by her father, Cleveland Tyler, The Tylerettes and then – by age 17 – singing in a quartet with her male cousins.

Evelyn and her family got their first real break after her father befriended a man by the name of Artie Shippings. When Mr. Shippings discovered how talented her father was, he started his own record label and signed her father to it. Because of Evelyn’s interest and talent in performing Gospel music, her father also formed and managed a young female quartet group for her on the same label. Evelyn’s first quartet group was an all-female, teenage quartet called “The Tylerettes.” Evelyn was only 13 years old at that time. But managing five teenage girls proved to be too much for Evelyn’s father, so he replaced the other four girls in the group with four of Evelyn’s male cousins. And Evelyn’s father changed the name of her group from “The Tylerettes” to “The Tyler Singers.”

The very first song that “The Tyler Singers” recorded onto was an old Gospel song favorite called “Precious Lord.” However, just as things were looking up, “The Tyler Singers” broke up. The split occurred after Evelyn married Curtis Turrentine in 1962. Curtis Turrentine was an electrical engineer. So shortly, after they were married, Curtis relocated his new bride to Detroit, MI to be near his family and he had heard jobs were more plentiful in Detroit.

While in college earning her degree from the University of Detroit she continued singing as a member of the Masonettes, the Gospel Echoettes and in her own group the Gospel Warriors.

Evelyn would take a 10-year hiatus from the Gospel music scene but the Holy Spirit told her “to stop feeling sorry about her career and to get up and work.” So in 1999, after receiving orders from on high to continue waging her war on sin, Evelyn for W.O.S. (War On Sin) Records and recorded her first project entitled, God Did It.

Her father, Bro. Cleveland Tyler (1920-2006) started a popular gospel quartet music group called The Gospel Melody Men in the 1940's.