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)