Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wayne Cochran on Gala

CP-6309 ~ Last Kiss
Wayne Cochran, Perry Music, BMI

CP-6310 ~ Funny Feeling
Joe Carpenter-Milt Skelton, Perry Music BMI 

Gala Records 45-117
Gala Recording Co., Inc.
Vidalia, Georgia

"A blues, chanted in relaxed style, with a funky guitar backing.  Derivative but a good job." ("Last Kiss" review, Billboard, 18 September, 1961)

For a story of the song "Last Kiss" see wikipedia article

Gala 117 : second press


Wayne and Monica Cochran

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

David West (Tropical 214)

(James M. Krol, Alison Music ASCAP)

38526 - Jean Marie.
(James M. Krol and  Ray Flory, Alison Music ASCAP)

Tropical 214
P.O. Box 2076, DeLand, Florida

Produced by Bob Quimby

Ted and Curtis Voel-Pel

Ted and  Curtis Voel-Pel

A - I Don't Know Why
B - I Want You

TC Records RR-42550

Written and produced by Ted and Curtis Voel-Poel.    Ted H A Voel-Pel (1960-2010) played for many years in local rock bands in the northwest suburbs.  He has lived in Des Plaines and worked at Electro Insulation in Arlington Heights as a warehouse manager.  

His brother, Curtis, is still playing music in a band named STAY TUNED, playing classic and modern rock.
This ebay auction has a short audio clip.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Alex Udvary presents the Cimbalom

Alex Udvary
presents the Cimbalom

Side 1  [30791]

1. Love Theme From "The Godfather"
2. Wave
3. Something
4. Theme From "Love Story"
5. How About You
6. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life

Side 2  [30792]

1. Hava Naguila
2. Lara's Theme From "Doctor Zhivao"
3. I Am A Shepherd Boy At Tarnoca - Quick Scardas
4. Al Di La
5. Zorba The Greek
6. Excerpts From The Roumanian Rhapsody

From the back cover
This record marks the first time in the world the Cimbalom has been recorded with this repetoire and instrumentation.  The cimbalom derives from the zither family and from hammer-struck instruments.  Although history tells us that an instrument of this type was used in China and Egypt and was unpopular because of its complexity, it found its way to Greece in about 700 B.C.  In Greece it is called the Santouri.   It flourished in Asia Minor and is now one of the basic regional isntruments in Turkey, Persia, Arabia and Syria.  In these parts of the world, those incredibly talented musicians, the Gypsies, first became devotees of the Cimbalom.  The Gypsies helped the cimbalom to become the Hungarian national instrument.  In England it is called a dulcimer.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Southern Wonders on Gusman

The Southern Wonders
(Louis King, Gusman, BMI)

25660 ~ Straight Road Home
(James Smith, Gusman, BMI)

Gusman Records G-102

Jeb Stuart on Cotton

Jeb Stuart

25507 - Cook County Jail    
(Jim Killman-Houston Davis, Ammons Music ASCAP)

25508 - Lonesome  Blues

Cotton Records 7-17


Unlisted Jeb Stuart recording probably from Jackson, Mississippi based on publishing company and composer Houston Davis (see

Charles Jones/Jeb Stuart
Photo credit :

Born Charles Jones in Memphis, Tennesse around 1935, from Frank Jones and Mrs. Lucille Yancey.   
Charles Jones attended Booker T. Washington High School and was employed as a vocalist in Chicago before entering the U.S. Army in November 1953.  He was shiped to Korea in 1954 and "visited" Japan, Korea, Okinawa,Guam, Hawaii and the Phillipine Islands. He received an award for being the best singer in the Far East. 
Jeb Stuart started his professional singing career  in Memphis on the Mississippi where he appeared at most of the local nightspots such as Hi Hat. Plantation club,Hotel Peabody. Chisca hotel, as well as at live Palace theatre. Handy and Hyde Park theatres.

From the beginning of his career, Stuart seems to have oriented himself toward the white audience. It surely couldn't have been coincidence that a black Memphian named Charles Jones took the name of a Confederate cavalry general.
He grew up idolising Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Fats Domino, and Little Richard, and left Memphis to study at the Chicago Conservatory of Music under Frank Lavere, one of the writers of Cole's hit ''Pretend''.

His first recordings were done in Chicago for Mercury subsidiary Wing Records as Charles Jones (1956), Zale Records (as Charlie Jones) and Shar Record Co (as Jeb Stuart).   

While in Chicago he assembled a female singing group, The Sweet Teens, led by Little Faith Taylor.  The group enjoyed a bit of a stir locally in Chicago with their first record which was issued by Federal Records.  Two other records followed on Bea & Baby Records (also with the Charles Jones involvement). 

A Jeb Stuart Discography can be found here
or here 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Gospel Ways Trio (Circle "D" Records)


 (Ronnie, Homer & Bill)

20405 - There's A light
20406 - Helping hand

Circle "D" 16


 (Ronnie, Homer & Bill)
20713 - I Find Peace (in a prayer)
20714 -  Beautiful Valley

Circle "D" 17


Circle "D" Records
Speedwell, Tennessee

All songs wr. Dave Owens, Smokey Mountain Music, Knoxville, Tenn.