Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Richard Soliday on Indian

Richard Soliday
Phyllis Bolch, Piano
Norman Morrow, Guitar

27177 - The Old Apache
Bruce Culver

27178 - Will Of The Oologah Country
Maggie Culver Fry

Indian no#
Claremore, Oklahoma

Richard Soliday
McAlester High School choir teacher , Oklahoma public school teaching
Worked full time as a teacher in the State Prison at Boley  see
Maggie Culver Fry
Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Emeritus Maggie Culver Fry was born near Vian, Oklahoma in 1900

Nabor 140 (Elizabeth Johnson)

Elizabeth JOHNSON
19619 - Heartbreak Highway
19620 - Cloud of Happiness

Nabor 140


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Zehn Archar

Baltimore band led by Richard Taylor.  Had 4 releases pressed by Rite Records between 1978 and 1980

39181 - Rock & Roll Punks //
39182 - The Last Time.

RMT Recordings (1978)
EP "Public Comfort Station"
39669 - Situation Suffocation / Fame's Debris // 
39670 - She Tried Again / San Quentin Quail
Omegalpha Records (1979)
40591 - Charm City Blues //
40592 - Suburbia Hard

Omegalpha Records (1980) 
EP "Beat Street" 

2nd record (picture sleeve)

John Brown Trio (Northway Records)

John Brown Trio

12785 ~ It's My Lovin' Baby
Salyers-Harris  Northway Music BM

12786 ~ Love Is A Wonderful Thing
J. Brown Northway Music  BMI

Northway 1001
Produced By Sandy Salyers 

PO Box 18
Ionia, Michigan

Pat Sage (Drums, vocals) John Brown (Guitar, vocals) Big Al Vandetti (Bass, vocals)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mary Lou Wahl on Delta

Mary Lou Wahl
Music The Crowns

CP-3627 -  Someone like you
Wahl, Ridgeway Music, BMI

CP-3628 - Mam' selle Marie
David W. Guion,  G. Schirmer, Inc

"Mam'selle Marie" was one of the five "Imaginary early Louisiana songs of slavery" composed in 1929 by David W. Guion, with words by Marie Lussi.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Country Girl Kay

Country Girl Kay

CP-5363 - .Montana Stomp  / No One Loves You Like I Do
CP-5364  - Canadian Waltz  / My Heart Say Forget

Whitkay Record Co., Inc. 501

Born Helen Evelyn Smith in Buffalo, Missouri in 1923. Country Girl Kay was a country musician at heart, and could play the following instruments by ear: guitar, banjo, fiddle, accordion, mandolin and the piano. Along with playing instruments she could read and write music. She learned this from her favorite teacher, Lois Farmer.

She and her sister Wanda, who also was musician, performed with traveling country bands in the 1940s. Some of the performances were on radio broadcasts. They played music in their duet [The Smith Sisters], until they made a trio by joining Boots Faye, another music entertainer.

When her sister Wanda get married, she formed a duet with Carson Jack Whittaker and performed at fairs and rodeos. After their marriage in the mid 40's, they continued to perform music. During that period of her life her husband decided to be her manager. Then she began to perform solo. For a while she had a recording contract with Capitol Records. One of the songs they wrote together ("Texas Boogie") was recorded by Gene O'Quin for Capitol Records.   After that she and her husband formed Whitkay Records.  About ten singles were released between 1961 and 1964.

Carson Jack Whittaker was murdered July 1964, while hitchhiking near Afton, Wyoming. According to media coverage of the crime, when the accused shooter was discovered, he had in his possession a suitcase containing "unpublished songs" written by Kay.

Kay did not record after her husband's death.

Helen Evelyn (Kay) Smith Whittaker Gardner
March 7, 1923 - March 12, 2002

Sunday, September 25, 2016

George Mack presents Kingsmen Combo

George Mack presents
Kingsmen Combo
vocal James Thompson

CP-4661 - Betty

CP-4662 - Please Be Mine
James-Calvin-Albert, Charm Music BMI

Carter 3025/6

Friday, September 23, 2016

Loyal Pritchard

 Loyal Pritchard

10765 ~ Heartbreak Party
10766 ~ Second Chance

Trepur Records
McClendon Enterprises
LaGrande, Georgia

Loyal Pritchard, Alabama songwriter and singer


Loyal and Ronnie
57 - Trepur 1002 : Darling How I Miss You / You Can't Hand Me That Line

Loyal Pritchard
61 - Moonbow 939 :  The Bounce / Driftwood
63 - Trepur 1017 :  Heartbreak Party / Second Chance
68 - Moonbow 1002 [Rite 18941/2] : It Must Be Love / Too Much Of Not Enough     
69 - Loral 19069  [Rite 23757/8] : Love By The Golden Rule / Relax And Rare Back
?? - Nervous Breakdown, unissued (White Label LP 8943)

Jo & Loyal Pritchard
72 - Loral [Rite 29561/2]  : Who Will I Will / You Cry Not Alone

Thursday, September 8, 2016

ADS Audio-Visual Productions

One of the earliest Audio-Visual Productions
from 1965

One of the most prolific producer of public service spots (video cassettes and records) was Audio-Visual Productions located in the Washington D.C. area (in Fairfax, Virginia) and presided by Art Stamler from 1962 to 1985.

Dr. Arthur (Art) Donald Stamler

Dr. Stamler began his career in broadcasting in 1952 when he joined the staff of WBUR, Boston University's FM station, as a student. He then joined WXKS in Boston as News Director.

In 1955, Dr. Stamler first entered management as General Manager of WGUY in Bangor, ME. He served two years with the United States Army and several years in the Army Reserve as a Radio Broadcast Officer. He went back to management briefly with WFAX, a Washington, DC-area station, and then took ownership of another DC-area station, WOHN. From 1962 to 1985, he was President and Executive Producer of Ads Audiovisual Productions, the nation's largest producer of public service spots for radio and television, located in Fairfax, Virginia.

The following discography is not exhaustive.  Only the records pressed by Rite Records are listed and surely many are still missing.

An Epilepsy Information Program
The Epilepsy Foundation 
12 cuts

These stars speak for Equal Employment Opportunity. Produced for the EEOC
— Stars included are: Vice President Of The U.S. Hubert H. Humphrey, Frederick O’Neal, Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Andy Griffith, Porter Wagoner, Shirley Jones, Vince Edwards, Herb Alpert, Tammy Grimes, Count Basie, Dennis Weaver, Jack Warden, Ivan Dixon, Greg Morris, Marlo Thomas, Karl Malden, Diahann Carroll, And Florence Henderson.

Flightlines - Federal Aviation Administration
Documentary Radio Programs About Aviation In America

What Music Means To Me
The Music Educators National Conference
16 cuts— For details and track listing  see Discogs

Grange Centennial 1867 - 1967
— For details and track listing see  Discogs

Small Business Administration: Radio Announcements & Programs; SBA
— spoken w/music; features cast of the Mission Impossible TV show

Accent on Performance
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass with Dick Clark (2 LPs);
Government Handicap Employment

Drive Like a Pro
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Public Service Radio Spots.
 —Promoting safe driving and responsibility. Spots are by such great TV and Movie stars of the 1960s as: Steve McQueen, Kathy Garver(Family Affair), Don Adams(Get Smart), Peter Graves(Mission Impossible), Greg Morris(Mission Impossible) and Jack Webb(Dragnet). There are a total of 20 spots in all; some as short as 10 seconds some as long as a minute. Some of the spots seem very concerned about drinking, drugs and driving.

Down By The Riverside
Office Of Public Info, Federal Water Pollution Control Admin, US Dept Of The Interior

A Place To Live" -The National Wildlife Federation.
public service announcements radio spots
Featured on these radio spots are: Thomas L. Kimball, Fred MacMurray, Robert Morse, Deborah Kerr, Carlos Saenz, Tiny Tim, Barbara Bain, Burt Lancaster, Glen Campbell, Ricardo Montalban, Hume Cronyn, Carol Lynley, Brian Keith, Deborah Kerr, George Kennedy, Sherry North, Tom Smothers, Dan Blocker & James Garner. The spots are all 30 to 60 seconds except the one by Deborah Kerr which is 20 seconds.  
 These spots have to do with air and water pollution, soil erosion, wildlife protection, forest management and more

Legacy For Tomorrow

Conservation Education Announcements from The National Rifle Association of America
Sharon Tate, Walter Brennan, Nancy Kwan

Epilepsy Information Announcements
Epilepsy Foundation Of America

Time For Hope  -  Project Hope

The Race For Safety (National Safety Bureau)
   radio spots commercials with short interviews of Indy 500 drivers about wearing their safety belts!  8 short spots ranging from 60 second (Dan Gurney) and 30 second spots by Bruce Walkup , LeeRoy Yarborough, Roger McCluskey, John Rutherford and 20 second spots with Wally Dallenbach Lloyd Ruby (10 seconds)...  .33 rpm 7" EP with Picture sleeve

Who Are the Prisoners?
A vital series of Public Service Spots from the Disabled American Veterans
   20 cuts incl. Greg Morris, Lloyd Nolan, Irene Ryan, Irene Tuttle, George Kennedy, Robert Young, Dana Andrews, Tige Andrews, Peggy Lipton, Sebastian Cabot, Dead Or Alive

Reach Out, The Future is in Your Hands; radio spots from the American Legion Reaching Out the 70's For Youth-Unity-Veterans
    Cuts by Commander Chamie, John Wayne, James Stewart, Robert Stack ,JohnnyUnitas, Martin Miler, Lawrence Welk, James Drury, Johnny Grant, Mel Allen, Bing Crosby, MacDonald Carey, Peter Graves and Leif Erickson.

Time for Hope - At Home and Abroad - Project Hope
People-to-People Health Foundation

Modern Maturity Messages
The American Association Of Retired Persons ‎

Public Service Spots To Your Health!
National Ice Association


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Plant Talk / Sound Advice

Plant Talk
Sound Advice
Plant Talk Productions

Side 1 - 36415
    A1 English Ivy
    A2 Fern
    A3 Spider Plant
    A4 Schefflera
    A5 Philodendron
    A6 Palm
    A7 Baby Tears
    A8 Sun Loving Plants
    A9 Brain Cactus
    A10 Jade
    A11 Croton
    A12 Peperomia
    A13 Iron Cross Begonia
    A14 Dracaena Godseffiana
    A15 Nepthytis
    A16 Rubber Plant
    A17 False Aralia
    A18 Ficus
    A19 Benjamina
    A20 Norfolk Island Pine
    A21 Wandering Jew
    A22 Gardenia
    A23 Sansevieria
    A24 Piggy Back
    A25 African Violet
    A26 Coleus
    A27 Keep It Green

Side 2 - 36416
    B Sound Advice on the care & feeding of houseplants
Production : Jim Bricker - Voice Molly Roth
Front photograph W. Remphrey Burchell / Burchell Studios
Back photograph Fred Butz

Molly Roth and Jim Bricker

Listen to both sides at  here
Learn about the Plant consciouness Communication here
Track listing courtesy of rateyourmusic  (I'm too lazy today for typing all these names)

The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 133
July 25, 1976
 Molly Roth sweet-talks a plant as she is interviewed for a TV show. 'Grow, or I'll .break your stem' By DOC HOLLOBAUGH

Molly Roth says she was the hit of the Transworld Home Horticulture Exhibit For the uninitiated, the exhibit was held this past spring at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, 111., and everybody who was anybody in the lucrative world of  xxxg green houseplants, and the paraphenalia that goes with them, was then. Molly Roth's contribution to the exhibit was a record called "Plant Talk, Sound Advice for the Care and Feeding of House Plants." The tongue-in-cheek subtitle is "Do you speak English, Ivy?" and includes appropriate conversations with wandering Jew, African violets, palms, ferns, spider plants and others. "We knocked them out" said Roth from her Green Earth plant shop in Lafayette, Ind., where she deals in facts and superlatives.   Roth's theory to that most people talk to the things they love. "You talk to your cat, right? Well, there are people who sincerely believe that by talking to plants they set up good vibes." "I've talked to plants all my life. Sometimes I say, 'Grow, or I'll break your stem.'"  As for horticulturists who scoff at the talk-to-plants theory, Roth thinks many of them may have brown thumbs.   "Raising house plants to like raising kids. I've seen parents who are not In control.   Plants scare some people like "A plant has to know who is boss."  Roth has a 92,000 stereo system in her shop, "A twenty-first century looking number with purple lights." A sign says, "Play the free juke box, the plants love it" "My plants are gorgeous. They hear everything — golden oldies, add rock, country western, classical" 'Roth said. "Let me tell you about the album cover, babe. You'll love it

By the way, I got a letter from Marion, la., wanting a record. Where is that? "Well, hell get it as soon as we get the shipment     Anyway, the girl on the record Jacket looks like Lady Godiva.   This girl with long blonde hair falling all over her shoulders.   She's standing In back of my Juke box with a watering can in one hand and... it really looks like Eve in her bunch of plants. Terrific. "I think I'm so darn clever, so I wrote the script for the record. I said to myself, 'Molly, this is just pure dynamite.' "There is a plant music record out but it's just pure classical. You know, Bach, Beethoven. I don't have it    My plants have to be versatile. "If an add rock freak comes in and buys one of my plants, what happens when he takes it home if that plant has grown upon Bach? Disaster, right?" Beside*, her theory goes, if you get close enough to talk to your plants you're close enough to see if they need water or they have bugs

The girl standing In back of the Juke box with a watering can in one hand
(cover detail)

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Masonic Allstars on Soy

The Masonic Allstars
Washington, D.C.

40713 -  Save My Soul
40714 - Stand Up

Produced by James E. Smith
Rec. at Alpha Audio Richmond, Va

Soy Records
Gospel Music Inc. 836 Cameron,
St. Petersburg Va. 23803

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Zotz 101

side 1
Nancy Broom
19113 - Forever And A Day

side 2
Tony Vaughan (Vocalist)
19114 - You Just Lost Me
(Written by The Vaughans)

Zotz 101

A "White Church Custom"
 Lee Roy Abernathy
Canton, Georgia 404-479-3423

Tony Vaughn, now a member of The Local Legends, has played in several popular Atlanta Bands through the years and throughout the southeast. F******K

Norman Burns (Sterling 524)

Norman Burns And Singers

27287 -  Friendship
Virginia Wiech And Lew Tobin

27288 - Is It Wrong
Isaac Mandel And Lew Tobin

Arranger Art Kempel

Sterling 524


Herbie Barnes on Elvitrue

Herbie Barnes
Norwood Vann - accompanist

CP-2335 – Couldn't It Be That I'm In Love
CP-2336 - The Lady With The Jet Black Hair

 Elvitrue Recordings E-59918

The Lady With The Jet Black Hair words and music © Herbie Barnes, Kenneth Spencer & James Hadley, October 7, 1959

Monday, July 11, 2016

King Rubyduby & his Buggadillies

King Rubyduby & his Buggadillies

20709 – Mmmm-yes!

20710 – Rubyduby rag

Charoy 001
Charoy Music Publishing and Recording

Oakland, Maryland

Blues instrumental obscurity.  Both sides penned by G. Smith and J. Scherb. 

According to wikipedia, Oakland is a town in the west-central part of Garrett County, Maryland. The town has a population of 1,925 according to the 2010 United States Census. Surely someone from a so little town must known something about this so remarkably named band !

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tino and the Revlons on Mark

Tino & the Revlons
CP-4421- Black Burma-mudas and Knee Socks
CP-4422 - Story Of Our Love

Both wr. R. Demart & B. Rezey
Kama Music Publ. (BMI)

Mark 154


First record of this Upstate New York combo led by Ray De Martino (Tino), real name Raymond Joseph de Martino. Tino & the Revlons are better known for their mid-sixties days in Detroit, Michigan and their Dearborn recordings.

Tino was murdered in Jamaica in January 1983. Some local thugs were mugging his wife, Tino stepped in to defend her but was then stabbed to death.

Note :  Rite numbers are in dead wax only and not on label

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Roger Sisters on Excellent

The Roger Sisters

Recitation : Steve Taylor
CP-1152 - Jealous Hate
S. Taylor
Mooney & Lee Music, BMI

The Roger Sisters
CP-1153 - My Misery
Taylor, Colvin, Roger Sisters
Mooney & Lee Music, BMI

Excellent 310

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hit Parade Clandestino


record no. 502

CP-4645 -   Lamento A La Cuba Herida
CP-4646 - Conga Del Miliciano

Two anti-Castro songs in spanish, presumably recorded in Florida.  Pressing is from December 1960

Air 5027 (song-poem EP)

Cara Stewart with Orchestra
 (Walter Greenlaw-Gladys Meaux) /
 I'm So Blue
 (Walter Greenlaw-Winnefred Anderson)

Sonny Marshall with Orchestra
I'll Always Love You
 (Tom Marabella)
You Want To Cry
(Charles J. Suttle)
Here, the four tracks in a zipped file

Gary Powell - Wings Of A Dove

Gary Powell
"Wings Of A Dove"

Side one (15969)
God Is Standing By / I Had A Talk With God / I Shady Green Pastures / In The Sweet By And By / Down By The River / We Shall Be Changed

Side two (15970)
Wings Of A Dove / Sweet Jesus / Jesus Be A Fence / I'll Go On With Jesus / Heartaches / I Can't Stop Loving You

Tabernacle Records #21
P.O. Box 1961
Daytona Beach, Fla.



Friday, May 13, 2016

Marti Williamson on RCM

Marti Williamson
(M. Williamson, Bill Martin Music)

41234 - The Eagle's Flight
(M. Williamson, Bill Martin Music)

Arr. Paul Martin

RCM Inc.


 Marti Willliamson (1927-2009)

Born Martine Gaynor in Tell City, Indiana. Marti was an accomplished musician, singer, song writer and storyteller. She also was the owner of “The Gathering Place, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.


Above  - The Gathering Place : Musician and storyteller Marti Williamson performs on the hammered and Kentucky mountain dulcimers, autoharps, guitar and other instruments. Dulcimer is Kentucky's typical instrument.


The Gathering Place sports a rough wood exterior. Far left, candles illuminate a checkering harp and old-fashioned doll on a mantlepiece. The woman at the wood stove wears lacey black stockings and high button shoes. She clangs the burner tops expertly, stoking the fire with a combination of wood and coal. "There's an art to keeping a fire going in a stove like this. My mother worked at it," she says. A plume of steam rises from a tin coffee pot and the smell of fresh rolls fills the air as she takes a pan from the warming oven. Marti Williamson could be next door where things are a bit more up to date, but there are times when she likes to go back to the old ways. 

. "I grew up pretty primitive, much more than this," she says, the sweep of her arm taking in the wind-up Victrola. the collection of old-fashioned cloth dolls, the turn-of-the-century clothing and the down-home musical instruments arranged artfully in the room. "We carried in water and wood, carried out ashes We didn't have electricity." Even now. when she is entertaining folks in this room. Williamson prefers candles in wrought-iron holders to more modern forms of light. She likes to keep things as simple as possible in her "play house." She likes hanging on to the way things used to be, and she likes sharing those old ways with other people. "I think it's so important for us to keep in touch with our roots," she says, opening a 50-year-old refrigerator, a small device with legs.

Williamson has definitely kept in touch with hers. From the folk songs she sings while plucking the strings of a harp to the 19th-century dresses she wears, she reflects the era of her beginnings. It was her interest in collecting antique items and her love for performing that prompted Williamson to open The Gathering Place beside her home on U.S. 127 in Har-rodsburg two years ago. A rustic building paneled in barn wood, The Gathering Place is filled with photographs, clothing, books, kitchen implements, dishes, dolls, quilts, baskets and instruments from the past.

"Sometimes I come here in the evening and just sit," says Williamson. More often, though, she comes to the little one-room building to entertain visitors who come, usually in groups, to see and learn about the building's contents and hear Williamson play and sing. Stepping inside the heavy poplar door with its huge wooden hinges is like stepping back in time. Williamson and her husband, Forrest, who is superintendent of Harrodsburg schools, have given the place a rustic, old-fashioned look. He built the door, laid the poplar floors and paneled the room with barn wood she collected. "When I'd see barn wood, I'd just stop the car. Sometimes they'd say, 'Just take it,'" says Williamson, laughing. Her husband also constructed some benches with the wood, and those come in handy when a large group crowds into The Gathering Place.

Williamson caters mainly to groups who make arrangements ahead of time. She doesn't keep the place open all the time since she is kept busy running a motel and performing for various organizations in the area. Though she performs free of charge in Harrodsburg, she does charge a fee for groups. Those who visit her place are treated to a concert of folk music, hymns and original compositions by Williamson, who plays a variety of instruments: Irish harp, Dauphine harp, hammered dulcimer, Kentucky mountain dulcimer, autoharp and guitar. Williamson attributes her musical abilities to her father, 86-year-old Virgil Gaynor, who lives near Owensboro, where Williamson grew up on a farm. "Daddy always sang the sad old country songs," she says. Williamson learned to play the harmonica at age 5. She remembers performing while standing on top of a table in the one-room school she attended. Her repertoire and abilities grew with the years, not as a result of any training, but simply as an outgrowth of her love for music. "I always say I play by feeling." When she isn't playing her own music at The Gathering Place, Williamson might wind up one of her two Victrolas and listen to a foxtrot or perhaps a more recent record such as "The Wabash Cannonball" by Roy Acuff. At such times, her mind drifts back to those childhood days and she relives them again and again. Story and photos by Sallie Bright (From November 14, 1986 THE ADVOCATE MESSENGER WEEKEND SECTION)


Label picture and audio : this current e-bay sale
RCM, Winchester, Kentucky label discography

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Velma Cross on Fine Art

Velma Cross, vocal

piano : Etta Jean Brazil
guitar : Leroy Collins

CP-3277 - He's A Terrible Blow
CP-3278 - Darling, I'm Hoping

Fine Art 214

Velma Cross
And Her High Steppers

James Cohen, Piano
Count Monty, Sax
Leo Johnson, Drums

CP-5481 -I'll Be Oh So Good
CP-5482 - He's My Daddy

Fine Art 222

Velma Cross was born in 1915, it is believed, in South Bend, Indiana.   No further records as Velma Cross are known.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cowboy Slim And The Clem Brothers

Cowboy Slim And The Clem Brothers

24877 - Huntsville Walls
24878 - Land Of The Living

GRS Recordings CW-101
Springfield, Missouri
Bi-Lu Enterprises


Allen G. Clem (Cowboy Slim) and brothers on a label owned by Lu Ann Wolfe (1923-2008) and Rev. Billy Wolfe (1924-1991).
The reverend and his wife also operated K.C.O.D. Broadcasting Corp.. Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dennis Hunt and his Hunters

Dennis Hunt and  his Hunters

CP-2285 ~ A Story Untold
Hunt-Bonner Cedarwood Pub. BMI  45-DH11

CP-2286 ~ So Long, So Lonely, So Blue
Charles Pogue, Cedarwood Pub. BMI  45-DH12

Say Record Co. 11/12

The Hunters

It was a November night at The Gardens in Wichita, Kansas in 1959 that Eddie Cochran played his last one-nighter before leaving the U.S. on his final personal appearance tour.  "Somethin' Else" made it up to number three on KSIR, the local radio station.  Dennis Hunt, the local teen d.j. and rocker was a real Cochran fan.  He always sang Eddie's songs at the Saturday night sock hops and, as expected, he was the host on this night of the Eddie Cochran Show. Hunt, singing in a very Elvis-like style, entertained for approximately an hour before The Hollywood Swingers took over. 

Dennis Hunt moved to KIRL (St. Charles, Missouri) a station owned by Mary Pickford "The Biograph Girl" and her husband Buddy Rogers.  In 1965, he emceed at KLAS-TV (Las Vegas, Nevada). 

The Say single was his only release, but Mac Records from Belgium released "Rock My Baby / Dragon Fly", two unissued tracks in 1999.  Drummer Fred Bonner still plays jazz in Wichita.  He did a single in the 60s with "Buggy" Bumper and His Bad Blues Band featuring "Baby" : "Bumpy Blues" (Vantage Records #714)

Dennis Hunt, KIRL (1961)

Dan Greer on S. & W.

Dan Greer

14969 ~ Swing'n Place [SW-711]
Dan Greer, Sandra Music, BMI

14970 ~ Old Beale Street  [SW-712]
Dan Greer, Sandra Music, BMI

S & W Records 207

First record of this singer, writer and producer.  Probably recorded at Fernwood Studios (Ronald Wallace, owner)

Dan Greer was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, he moved to Memphis with his mother in the early 50s and lived close to the thriving musical scene on Beale Street. The talent he mixed with – William Bell, Maurice White, Louis Williams of the Ovations, Percy and Spencer Wiggins and many others – were part of the generation that underpinned the golden era of Memphis soul.

Dan returned to Holly Springs to attend art college, where he learned the techniques that have sustained him for the past five decades as a talented designer.  When he came back to Memphis he got into the music business.  After hanging out at Stax and Fernwood, he ended up working at Goldwax, alongside new songwriting partner George Jackson. The pair had their songs recorded by all the label’s biggest stars – James Carr, the Ovations and Spencer Wiggins – as well as releasing their own 45 under the name George & Greer. Their partnership fell apart when George was poached by Rick Hall to work exclusively at Fame.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Margie Hampton on Rite-Way

Margie Hampton
25091 - Dear Mom And Dad
25092 - Big Black Eye

Rite-Way Records
    Hampton Records Blue Springs, Mississippi
Woods Studio, Ripley, Miss.

Self-penned country bopper from 1969
Big Black Eye (1:44 clip only)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ronnie King on Luanda

Ronnie King
12773 - A Lone Browns In Laramie

Robbin Young & Ronnie King
12774 - They Don't Know

written by Ronnie King
Telldell Music, BMI
Prod. by R. Weaver & O. Bailey

Luanda 25

Ronnie King organized The Windsors doo wop singing group while still a student at Washington high School in Washington, PA. The Windsors headed to New York and cut two sides for Wig Wag Records: "Carol Ann" b/w "Keep Me From Crying." at Regent Sound Studios.   Later, Ronnie moved on and formed a rock-pop group called Ronnie King & The Passions who recorded several sides for Scotty and Gateway.

This Luanda single is scarce according to Ronnie King, only 200 records are believed to have been pressed.  Tapes were sent by the producers to the pressing plant at the same time as their equally obscure Kantelles single on the Trynorr label.


1958 Wig-Wag 103 - The Windsors : Carol Ann / Keep Me From Crying
1964 Luanda 25 : Ronnie King : A Lone Browns In Laramie / They Don't Know
1966 Scotty 822  -  Ronnie King And The Passions : I've Found Love / Quite Like You, Babe
1967 Gateway 786 - Ronnie King And The Passions  : Girl Break Away / I'll Never Be Free

Source : label shot is from this ebay auction (has audio clips of both sides)
Acknowledgment : Ron King

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Airs of Harmony (Key Records)

The Airs of Harmony
Lead J.B. Wells

14875 – When I Was A Sinner
14876 - Searching For My Mother

Key Records
Raebet's Productions

The Airs Of Harmony, a male group that included William Seldon, J. T. Pearson, Roy Ozier, C. Edwards, J.B. Wells and others. In 1959 they had a session for Gotham but nothing was released. In 1961 they tried again, this time for the Choice label from Newark, NJ. A single was released and two more tracks appeared on Choice LP 504.

Members of this group formed the Michigan Nightingales in 1972

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Personals

The Personals

14635 - Dance All Night
14636 - To Be One

Personal 1001

16363 - Don't Say You Love Me
16364 -  To-Morrow
Personal no #
Hills Sound Service, Worcester, Mass.

A four man rock and roll band from the central Massachusetts area. Group members Mike Gribauskas and John Barton. "Dance All Night" was heard locally on radio stations WORC-AM and WAAB-AM.

Label shots : The Basement Walls
Audio file : YouTube (Rusty Potts)

The Polkasonics

The Sounds Of  The Polkasonics
Ever Recording Co. Ever ES-1200

Side one  [31375]
Yes, Sir, She's My Baby Polka. Vocal - V. Kudra - J. Krakowski
Jigsaw Polka. - Instr.
Early Morning Oberek. Vocal E. Kudra
Mountaineer's Polka. Vocal E. Kudra
Lovesick Polka. Vocal E. & V. Kudra
Fiddler's Polka.  Instr.

Side two   [31376]
Mountaineer's Farewell Polka. Vocal  V. Kudra
Teriyaki Polka. Instr
Stay Single Oberek. Vocal E. Kudra
Where Were You, Johnny Polka.  Vocal J. Krakowski
Play Gypsy Waltz.   Vocal E &  V. Kudra
White Table Polka. Vocal E. Kudra

Ernie Kudra - Accordion, Concertina, Vocals
Vickie Kudra - Bells, Tamburine, Vocals
Jerry Krakowski - Drums, Vocals
Jim Kunc - Trumpet, Trombone
Bob Slavik - Clarinet, Saxophone
Bob Owen, Bass


Vickie and Ernie Kudra

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Juanita Stewart Miles (Tieway Records)

Juanita Stewart Miles

Accompanied By The Joy Singers of Detroit

Tieway 847
Side A — 33393
1. Give Me Wings (Trad., Arr. J. Miles)
2. Have You Tried Jesus 
3. How Big Od Is
4. I Saw The World Shining A Hope For Me

Side B  —33394
1. Lord Make Perfect And Whole
2. God Is Everywhere
3. O Lord You Consider Me
4. I Got That Feeling

Joy Singers
Mildred Hoard - 1st soprano
Delsi Adams - 2nd soprano
Barnetta Norwood - 1st alto
Charles Tompkins - Tenor
Frank White - organist
Milton Pullen - piano
Bass & tambourine - Dave Hamilton

Produced by Dave Hamilton & Juanita S. Miles
La Frieda Miles - Album cover
Engineer Dave Hamilton

All songs written by Juanita S. Miles and published by Tieway Music, BMI  with the exception of "Give Me Wings"
Mrs. Miles started singing at an early age of ten. She studied music at the Robert Nolan School of Music and the Art Center School of Music at an early age in Detroit, Michigan.

Juanita Stewart Miles