Friday, December 19, 2014

Let's Waddle

Don Covay -  The Popeye Waddle  (Cameo)
The Tangiers - Doin' the Waddle (AJ)
Sherry Ravon - Waddle Loo (Million)
The Slades - The Waddle (Domino)
Don Barber And The Dukes - The Waddle (Thunderbird)
The Bracelets - Waddle, Waddle (Congress)
The Earls - Let's Waddle (Old Town)
The Spartans - Can You Waddle? (Web)

Let's Waddle

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mama - Come Save Your Child

Maureen Cannon

Mama - Come Save Your Child
Lincoln Chase, Robert Mellin, Inc. BMI

Orchestra directed by Milton DeLugg
Jubilee 45-5272

Born in Chicago in 1924, Maureen Cannon appeared in short films and on stage, playing and singing in musical productions (she was Rosie, an aspiring singer in Up In Central Park, 1945-1946).  She sang on the Goodyear Revue television program from 1949 to 1952.

In September 1952, Derby Records released a couple of tunes featuring Maureen Cannon and the Striders: "Did I Speak Out Of Turn"/"Yes Lord."
DERBY 809 — Maureen Cannon turns in a bright performance as she bows on the Derby label with a swingy rendition of the Willard Robison gospel- styled oldie, backed in fair style by the chorus and ork.
Maureen Cannon made her first Chicago public appearance in her hometown in Augut 1954 with her singing, "fresh from TV and Broadway."

Not much information can be found about her career after 1958, date of release of her second Jubilee single.
She was on tour in England (1960) and Brazil (1961).
 In 1965 she was hired to replace the ailing actress (Sylvia Posedel) in Gypsy, a musical (probably in Portland, Oregon?) and according to one account "She reopened the show after only a few days of rehearsal"
Maureen Cannon  died in New York in 2003


Maureen Cannon And The Striders
1952 — Derby 809  Yes, Lord/Did I Speak Out Of Turn
Maureen Cannon /Orch. directed By Milton DeLugg
1957 — Jubilee 5272 : Mama - Come Save Your Child / Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh 
Maureen Cannon, musical director Billy Rock
1958 — Jubilee 5314.I Double Dare You / I'm Never Satisfied

Monday, December 15, 2014

Who Is It This Time?

Ethel Ennis

Spiral Records #1234
 1971 or early 1972?

Ethel Llewellyn Ennis (born November 28, 1932, in Baltimore, Maryland) began performing on the piano in high school, but her natural vocal abilities soon eclipsed those as a pianist. Embarking on a solo career, she recorded a number of sides for Atlantic Records before the Lp debut, 1955's Lullabies for Losers was released by Jubilee Records. In 1957, Ennis moved to the Capitol Records label for a two-album contract, and A Change of Scenery was released. Soon after the 1958 follow-up Lp Have You Forgotten, Ennis took a six-year hiatus from recording during which she toured Europe with Benny Goodman. [Wikipedia]

This is one of few singles she recorded in New York for Gladys Shelley's Spiral Records in the early seventies.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Jailhouse Rock

Eli Whitney

One of the many budget labels operated by the Synthetics Plastics Company (or SPC) of Newark, New Jersey 
Eli Whitney, whoever he really is,  wasn't the most prolific name used on the label.  I've found only four titles performed by this pseudonymous artist, whose name was obviously devised to cover the Elvis Presley hits of the day.

The three others are Wear My Ring (58),  I Got Stung (58) and I Need Your Love Tonight (59).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm Your Slave

Jeanie Allen

J.Allen, Scope Music, Inc. BMI
Vocal background by The Beavers 
with orchestra conducted by Marvin Montgomery
A Robert Lissauer Production
Arliss 1001
Arliss Records, a division of Scope Music, Inc., N.Y.C.
This is the first record issued on Arliss Records,which was the only label, I think, ever owned by veteran songwriter, publisher and artists manager Robert Lissauer.

Orchestra leader and vocal backing are the same on the second Arliss release (Eddie McDuff) and both, Arliss 1001 and 1002, are probably from the same session (held in Dallas?)

Marvin Montgomery was by the early 1950s to 1962 the musical director of the Big D Jamboree, a weekly radio show syndicated nationally from Dallas that featured well-known and rising stars in country music.

The Beavers : siblings Judy, Rick and Robin joined the Big D Jamboree about 1958. Their repertoire included songs such as "If I Had A Hammer" and the traditional ballad "Barbara Allen".  They backed local artists on several recording sessions, such as Dub Dickerson and Bobby Crown among others.

I've not discovered much info about the singer Jeanie Allen.  Was she from Texas? I don't known.  Anyhow, she has certainly worked closely with Bob Lissauer in New York, first as songwriter and later as his assistant.  
Before recording two singles for the new Mala label in 1959, Jeanie Allen co-authored "Look Out I'm Fallin In Love " with Clint Ballard, Jr., a song recorded by The Morrison Sisters on Decca (1958). Her pen name then was Jean Kieffer.

Jeanie Allen discography
 Mala 402 - Jeanie Allen - I Can't Stand It / Tony - 1959
Mala 403 - Jeanie Allen - I Really Love You / Nobody To Love Me - 1959
Arliss 1001 - I'm Your Slave / It's All Over Now - 1960
Robert Lissauer (1917–2004) Bob Lissauer was born in New York City where he attended the Juilliard School and then worked with Irving Berlin on his musical This Is the Army. From this production "Yanks A Poppin" was developed as a show that could be performed for troops in the field. As a soldier in World War II, Lissauer managed a production unit that traveled across the Pacific Theater.
After the war he managed the song library of Vincent Youmans, the composer of standards like "More Than You Know" and "Tea for Two,'' and worked as a record producer and songwriter. 
In 1955, Bob Lissauer opened two new publishing firms. Mode Music, Inc., is his ASCAP .outlet, while Scope Music, Inc., is his BMI affiliate.

A lifetime of experience led to his writing Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America (first edition, 1991)

Arliss listing (1960-1962)
 1001 Jeanie Allen
1002 Eddie Mcduff
1003 Jimmy Randolph
1004 The Preludes
1006 Lonnie Heard (Original Member Of The Five Dollars/Don Juans On Fortune Records)
1007 Karl Hammel, Jr.
1008 Jay And Dee (early Doris Troy)
1010 Pancho Villa
1012 The Expressions
1013 Joe Bragg
3301 Sam Sacks (LP)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Scratchin' On My Screen

Feelin' Joyous

(new link)

Ric Cartey-Larry Handley
Lowery Music

El Rico 069 1/2

A reworking of the song recorded four years earlier by Ric Cartey on NRC.  Feelin' Joyous is quite possibly Ric Cartey himself.  The song, written by Cartey, was loosely based on the old country blues "Diggin' My Potatoes".  The P.O Box on label is the address of the Lowery Music Company. 

Carole Joyner and Ric Cartey

Ric Cartey will be remembered as the co-writer of "Young Love". Few songs have charted in so many different versions. Alongside the chart-topping renditions of Sonny James and Tab Hunter, there were hit versions by The Crew Cuts (# 17, 1957), Lesley Gore (# 50, 1966), Connie Smith & Nat Stuckey (# 20 country, 1969), Donny Osmond (# 25, 1973) and Ray Stevens (# 93, 1976).

Ric Cartey was a protégé of the Atlanta-based music publisher and record producer Bill Lowery, who launched the Stars label in 1956 with Cartey (and his group the Jiv-A-Tones) as his principal artist. Ric's debut single, "Ooh-Ee", was reviewed in the C&W section of Billboard (November 24, 1956) and scored a 90, a rating rarely given. "A unique listening experience", wrote the reviewer. Hidden on the backside of this rockabilly number was a ballad in a completely different style, "Young Love", which Cartey had written together with his girl friend, Carole Joyner.   

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chick Chick

Little Bob and his electric uke

B&L 2
Seattle, Washington

This is Robert Hrvatin (1932-1973).  He resided in Burien (Washington State) at the time of his death.
His previous record on the same label, "Rock That Uke", is listed at the Rockin' Country Style website here 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Besame Mucho

Sherri Malinou

Vassar 326


Was issued with a picture sleeve. The new "Spillane Dame" is presented on the back of the sleeve by her future husband, the crime novelist Mickey Spillane
Great things can happen by accident.  When Sherri Malinou posed for the back cover photo of my latest book THE GIRL HUNTERS,  I discovered not only a beautiful model, but one of the greatest voices I ever heard.  Now, on top of recordind single records and albums for Vassar Records, she'll be featured in my Mike Hammer motion pictures produced by Fellane Productions.

Although just entering her twenties, Sherri's dancing career goes back to age five and the vaudeville stage.  She sang and danced her way into the Bell Telephone Hour, the Ray Bolger Broadway hit ALL AMERICAN, the award-winning off-Broadway show Riverwind and the Oldsmobile Show.

A throroughly trained and talented singer, Sherri Malinou's voice has an incredible range and calibre.  She can inspire musicians and listeners alike.  Arranger, Lew Douglas sweeps her into new dimensions of song and sound destined to thrill music lovers of all ages.
Note : she was not featured in "The Girl Hunters" movie and I can't find evidence of further recordings by Selma (Sherri) Malinou.

Sherri on the book cover
photographied by Mickey Spillane 

Her marriage ended in divorce (and a lawsuit) in 1983.  She found work later with Ruth Webb, a talent agent, as casting agent in her Scandal Agency  : 
Although Ms. Webb chats plenty on the phone, she spends most of her day up in her bedroom, with her 1,500 stuffed raccoons, typing out her memoirs. Ms. Spillane and another agent, Scott Stander, appear to be the real worker bees. Each morning, they plow through a list of available roles, looking for spots for their clients.
Casting agent for pimps, athletes connected to violent crimes and "actors" who are associated with athletes connected to violent crimes, Sherri Spillane.says that her job is really good old-fashioned charity work.

"I help people,"
she said about the scandalous (or as she prefers to call them, "high-profile, controversial") client list she recently developed at the Ruth Webb talent agency here. The first was the figure skater Tonya Harding, who was stripped of her national championship for her role in the attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, last year. [1994)

Since signing Ms. Harding eight months ago, Ms. Spillane has also picked up Sydney Biddle Barrows (who ran a high-end prostitution ring several years ago and wrote "The Mayflower Madam"); Jennifer Young, the roommate to another madam, Heidi Fleiss, whose clothing line she markets; Tammy Faye Bakker; Randal Tamayei, a Judge Lance Ito look-alike, and her personal favorite, Joey Buttafuoco, the auto mechanic whose romantic trysts with a Long Island teen-ager, Amy Fisher, resulted in a bullet wound to the head for his wife, Mary Jo, and, thanks to the agency, a few tickets to the Academy Awards ceremonies.
And just what qualifies Sherri Spillane for this scandalous task?

Well, according to the company's press release: "Sherri's own scandal, dating Sammy Davis Jr., while still married to world famous mystery writer, Mickey Spillane, has given her all the experience she would need dealing with the media blitz that follows every major scandal . . . Sherri recognized an opportunity in an uncharted market and found her niche."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Swingin' Ring

Flora Belle Singer

Star-Star Selections 524

Ed Rudy produced it.

Ed Rudy started in show business as “The Milkman” on 1010 WINS in New York City. He later worked at WMGM and WABC in the city. He did both syndicated and live radio and also worked as a newspaper columnist and a record producer. It was his broadcasting for INS Radio News, Radio Pulsebeat News and UPI Radio that put him in contact with The Beatles in 1964. He traveled with The Beatles on their first American tour. The Beatles tolerate him at best.

Ed Rudy claimed to be the only "reporter" to follow the group for the entire tour, a boast that he parlayed into a weird souvenir album from the period : The Beatles - The American Tour with Ed Rudy.  Cheaply packaged, with rubber-stamped printing on a white cover, this was one of the first Beatles exploitation interview albums, a industry that amazingly continues to thrive.   

Singer, the singer
possibly born in 1937 in Pennsylvania ?
no info

Monday, November 10, 2014

School Bus Blues

Jim Harris
Bobby Albright's Boot Hill Express

Empire Records

Out of Lubbock, Texas from, I guess, the early seventies

Friday, November 7, 2014

He's Gone

Pearl Reaves
with Paul Farano Trio

Pearlsfar 101

Pearl Reaves, a singer originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, moved to Rahway, New Jersey in the late 40s. After winning some local talent shows, she started singing at the Palace Blue Room, owned by bandleader/drummer Paul Farano. She not only sang, but played guitar with the Paul Farano Trio there for two years (and ended up marrying Farano).  She mostly limited her career to singing with her husband's band.

For more info, see The Concords, article by Marv Goldberg here

The Lovely & Incomparable Pearl Reaves
and Paul Farano Trio

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Frog

 The Constellations

 Impel Records
Shelby, NC

Over the course of three decades beginning in the late 1950s, David Lee, this unheralded songwriter, musician, producer, and entrepreneur released fourteen 45s and two LPs on his Impel, Washington Sound, and SCOP labels, run out of his Washington Sound record shop in Shelby, North Carolina.

The Constellations had 3 records on Impel

More on David Lee here

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Please Don't Play On That Guitar

Calvin Cheek

wr. Calvin Cheek, Chuck Huffman

Tally 103
From Bakersfield, California, with Bill Woods on fiddle.

I can't tell you much about Calvin Cheek.   He and Chester "Chuck" Huffman also wrote three songs listed in the BMI database (Sweet Lovin Ways, With Or Without You and Wood Man), so after all this wasn't perhaps his only record.