Sunday, September 29, 2019

Three Cherries


Arnie & Chisé Trio

Three Cherries

 T. Hoshino, H. Hamaguchi (Shinko Music)




This is Arnie Derksen and Chisé Suzuki, his Japanese wife.  According to Fort launderdale News night club editor Pat Brown "Chise's English seems to be getting more fractured with each return engagement."
Arnie Derksen was on the country music scene in the late 1950s. His roots go back to Northern Canada.  He started his musical journey in Winnipeg where was featured at the "Rancho Don Carlos", one of the largest night spots in middle Canada at that time. He had four singles released by Decca in the USA in 1958-1959. See 45cat


Chisé Suzuki

Friday, September 27, 2019

Shake His Hand



Peanut Faircloth
with The Log Cabin Boys



Shake His Hand
(Religious adaptation of "Shake A Hand")

1954


Charlie Raiford “Peanut” Faircloth Sr,
1927-2010

Born in Mitchell Country, Georgia, Charlie Faircloth had childhood polio which stunted his growth at 4’8.” This led to his nickname, “Peanut.”

He began his radio career at WNEX in Macon in 1946. While there, he also performed in a trio with future Hall of Fame members Boudleaux & Felice Bryant. His 1948-49 WNEX radio program, The Hoedown Party, was carried nationally via the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Country superstar Ernest Tubb heard him, brought him to Nashville and took him to Decca Records. Faircloth made his initial disc impact with a cover of Moon Mullican’s “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone” in 1950. Other Decca singles included “Mississippi River Blues” and “Coffee, Cigarettes and Tears.”

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Vote For Me For President My Name Is Buddy Max


Buddy Max
The Singing Roller Skating Cowboy


Vote For Me For President My Name Is Buddy Max

Cowboy Junction
Hwy, 44 West, Lecanto, Florida 32661









Besides being a flea market manager, skating rink proprietor and recording artist, Buddy Max is an actor. In one corner of his land, he built a small amphitheater where, from 1969 to 1974, Buddy and his wife Freda portrayed Adam and Eve. Their son, Johnny, was cast as the Cherub who chased them from the Garden of Eden. They all wore flesh-colored leotards.

"I pulled a string -- you couldn't see the string -- and the rib came up," said Buddy, whose real name is Boris Max Pastuch. "It was actually a religious play, see."


Billboard Spotlight, September 27, 1997


Thursday, September 26, 2019

I Ain't Changin'


Jamie Marlowe





Florida, from 1970 (or early 1971).   A Product of Hyperbolic/Hit Records International located at 548 NE 42nd St., Ft. Lauderdale.  Not listed in this discography
 






Sunday, September 22, 2019

Nature Boy


Tony Randall

Nature Boy




From his first album (on Imperial Records), issued back when he was a supporting actor in film comedies and sitcoms. Later best known for talk and game show appearances.  

“Nature Boy” penned by eden ahbez belongs to no category and perhaps should not be described at all. Randall claims to have no memory of recording it.

Recorded in August 1959 in New York City under the superivion of Henri Rene; arranged & conducted by Bernard Green (of the Mr. Peeper's Show). Issued early 1960.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Teen Age Bop


O-Shoo-Bla-D  (Teen Age Bop)



Susan Cabot worked by day as illustrator of children's books in New York when she was spotted one evening by Max Arnow, casting director for Columbia Pictures at Manhattan’s Village Barn where she supplemented her income by working as a singer.

"Teen Age Bop" is from "Carnival Rock", a Roger Corman movie from 1957.
Susan Cabot is second only to Beverly Garland when it comes to Roger Corman's leading exploitation queens.  Cabot graced many Corman quickies in the '50s including such cheapie favorites as The Sage of The Viking Women and their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957).  War of the Satellites (1958), and the title role in The Wasp Woman (1959). Other memorable Cabot-Corman films include Sorority Girl (1957) and Machine-Gun Kelly (1958) [source: Fangoria]



Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Candy Kisses


Leishia Brodie




Candy Kisses

Dale Records DA-101
Texas, 1966

Monday, September 16, 2019

O Dio Mio


Mona Robbins

O Dio Mio

Hoffman-Manning, Topper ASCAP



1960 cover of Annette (Buena Vista Records)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Daun Pulus Keser Bojong


Ijah Hadijah
West Java (Indonesia)



Daun Pulus Keser Bojong





Monday, August 19, 2019

Tell Me Whad't I Say


Roger Rudy And The Pyramid



Tell Me Whad't I Say


Travelin' Band


According to Gary Myers
Roger Rudy of Wisconsin placed his records on jukeboxes and sold them at his mostly weekend gigs, usually within a 100-mile radius of home. Rudy started the band in 1968 and kept it going for 25 years. The Pyramids played live from the Empire Cafe in Chippewa Falls on WAXX radio in 1969, and from the Long Branch Bar in Black River Falls in 1972-73. Rudy first played piano and accordion as a child and, while living in Sacramento, CA in 1961, he played in his brother’s band there. Rudy left the music business in 1993 and opened the Bay Street Coin Shop in Chippewa Falls.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Scatterbrain


Louise Tobin
with Orchestra conducted by Peanuts Hucko

Avant Garde #104
1965/1966



Scatterbrain

Louise Tobin has previously recorded this song in 1939 with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in September 1939.  You can listen to the 1939 version here

After a long hiatus spent raising her two boys, Tobin accepted an invitation from jazz critic and publisher George Simon to sing at the 1962 Newport Jazz Festival, where she met her future husband, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko.  They both recorded for the Vanguard Music's subsidiary Avant Garde Records, one of the "great unsung Christian psych" labels active between the years 1966 and 1972.

 







Mary Louise Tobin (born November 11, 1918) appeared with Benny Goodman, Bobby Hackett, Will Bradley, and Jack Jenney. Tobin introduced I Didn't Know What Time It Was with Benny Goodman’s band in 1939. Her biggest hit with Goodman was There'll Be Some Changes Made, which was number two on the Hit Parade in 1941 for 15 weeks. Tobin was the first wife of trumpeter and bandleader Harry James.

Swing-era singer Louise Tobin celebrated her 100th birthday party early, in Octobre 2018.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Church Bells Ring


Sterling Harrison




The Church Bells Ring


 

The King of The Wobble


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Another Cup of Your Sugar





Another Cup of Your Sugar


Barry Tiffin is probably best known for "Candy Bars for Elvis", a recitation number; here he is on hiw own Sugar Records, out of Nashville, produced by Troy Shondell in 1970.

Thanks to Doug Firebaugh, who had an album produced by Barry Tiffin, I can bring to light some details about the man : 
The underbelly of Music City harbors countless hustlers and hucksters parlaying real or imagined music industry connections into “services” offered for a price to dreamers with a few bucks to squander. Often a grey area between sincere and scam, Barry Tiffin had just such a racket, but his father’s illness brought him home to Roanoke. A classified ad placed in a 1975 High Point, North Carolina newspaper reveals the angle: “For an appointment and additional information concerning the Professional Music Services of Tiffin Music Enterprises International, of Nashville, Tenn., please contact our office suite at the Ramada Inn in Roanoke, VA.”

Twenty-year-old Doug Firebaugh was referred through a mutual friend to Tiffin, but he entered the arrangement with eyes open. “We had an attorney involved in this,” recalled Firebaugh. Money was paid to have Tiffin to produce an album and contact record labels on the artist’s behalf. Three solid days in Roanoke’s K.A. studio resulted in an unadorned document of Firebaugh’s autodidactic style of songwriting. Firebaugh plays both piano and guitar throughout, with the only addition being an unnamed Nashville pedal steel player who drove six hours for the session before turning around going home. The clip-art cover of the resultant LP positions Tiffin’s Sugar Records imprint far more prominently than the artist’s name.
Also, an article from The Bee from Danville, Virginia (July 3, 1975) related:
Supervisors in Botetourt County may have succeeded in silencing a bigger-than-Woodstock rock concert planned for this historic Western Virginia community in September. the promoter had claimed the Sept. 19-21 weekend concert would draw 800,000 spectators and gross $20 million. Promoter Barry Tiffin said Wednesday he has all but given up on going through with promoting the three-day rock performance which he believes would have outdrawn the now famous Woodstock concert. Tiffin made the statement in the wake of an emergency ordinance quietly adopted by the board of supervisors May 21. He said the ordinance makes Refugees Get Senior the concert an impossibility. Tiffin, who promoted a concert at the Roanoke Civic Center last week, said he worked on plans for the Botetourt County rock festival for 18 months.
But Board Chairman Harold Wilhelm said Tiffin never approached him about the concert, and that he has never seen the promoter. He said the emergency ordinance was not directed at Tiffin's proposed concert; that the supervisors had been working on an ordinance regulatning outdoor musicals for some time

Not surprisingly, Barry Tiffin is one the Candidates For Immortality listed by Irwin Chusid in his book "Songs In The Key Of Z"

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Easter Bunny Song





Baby Pam in the recording studio
 (1953)

In 1953, seven-year-old Baby Pam was already an experienced trouper. Before her debut as a singer with such catchy little items as "My Daddy Gave Me Choo Choo Trains for Christmas and Now He's Having Fun.", she was an accomplished drummer with a troupe of six-year-old musicians called The Rhythm Babies, who entertained Middle Western television audiences over a Chicago station. The Rhythm Babies broke up two years before during a legal wrangle over which tot was the leader of the band.


In 1953, the trend of recording young and very young artists has been noted generally with sympathy by various magazines and music trade papers.  A little less moved by the junior performances, a columnist from New York wrote:
They sing (if that is the word) not to other children but to adults. Not since the days of Shirley Temple, Bobby Breen and Baby Rose Marie have tiny tots and teenagers commanded such an impressive part of America's craze-ridden, fad-conscious entertainment industry. 
On television, radio and records they are lisping and sighing, screeching and crying their way through such musical gems as "Too Old for Toys, Too Young for Boys," "My Daddy is in Korea and Mommy Cries All Day," "Three and Four is Eight," and "God Bless Us All."

The youngsters   Jimmy Boyd, 14, "Brucie" Weil, six, Gayla Peevey, eight, Baby Pam, seven, Charlie Applewaite, 13, and several implausibly named little dears, Molly Bee, six, Texas Sunshine Ruby, nine, Sonny Boy, five, Nelly Honey, of Missouri, seven, and Kansas Pete, who is alleged to be three   now fill the airwaves from New York to San Francisco with their piping renditions of the latest of Tin Pan Alley's vocal nightmares. 
The most curious aspect of all this is that people are prepared to pay enormous sums for what many consider to be sheer punishment.
More potential punishment for your pleasure here

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rock 'n Roll Baby






Eddie Murray had a dance school for kids in New York since at least the thirties, at 116 W. 65th. and moving later upstairs from the Ed Sullivan Theatre.



Alan Lorber in "Benny Allen Was A Star", a work of historical fiction largely autobiographical, has this description of Benny Allen in his way to the Old Town Records office hearing the "Dancing-Kids" tapping their way to fame :
Hy Weiss's building, 1697 Broadway, on the corner of 53rd Street and 7th Avenue, is the sleaze-class of the three main music business buildings. (1619, 1650 & 1697 Broadway).

The tenants of 1697 are mostly cheap booking agents, cheap publishers, overnight record labels, and Hy Weiss' Old Town Records.  The building also house the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Ed Sulliwan Show comes from, and from where the latter-day David Letterman Show is broadcast.

The building entry is next to the theater entrance on Broadway through a small corridor of filthy orange-marble walls. Press 11 in the self-service elevator and the doors reopen two minutes later.

Step out onto a dimly lit hallway where faded checkered linoleum floor tiles come loose with every step. Pass a dance studio with "Dancing-Kids" hand-painted on the frosted-glass door where from inside one hears little star-struck feet tapping their way to fame.

Pass a booking agent's open doorway and see bright-eyed young, hopeful singers, comedians and dancers, sitting on metal folding chairs, waiting for weekend work.

 In addition to dance teaching, Eddie Murray was a singer recording his self-penned songs which were issued on his own E-M imprint.  Eddie also had his own radio show on WHBI, a Newark station. For a few hundred dollars, just about anyone could buy their way on the air at WHBI.  Thanks to one station's listener, we have one of his show preserved on cassette.  See the whole story here
It was 3am and I was driving home to Brooklyn from Manhattan when I stumbled onto WHBI. I would often stop by there in the late hours because there were several leased access specialty shows that I found interesting. There was a Doo Wop radio show hosted by a concert promoter and a great reggae show (that was actually sampled on the Clash’s “Sandinista” album). The first thing I heard when I settled on the station was some weird kind of old style country music with an older sounding announcer speaking in an accent that sounded like it was from another planet. I was immediately intrigued and for the next half hour was completely transfixed by this radio show which was hosted by someone by the name of Don Val. He was playing (and constantly talking over) the music of someone by the name of Eddie Murray. The odd thing is that it was pretty obvious that Don and Eddie were one in the same. I’m thinking, this guy is a genius! He’s playing his own music but he’s pretending he’s a DJ playing all of these great songs. The fact that the music was some of the absolute worst music I have ever heard only made the show even more fascinating.

That's not quite the end of the "Rock 'n Roll Baby" story, as Eddie Murray managed to convince Joey Castle to record "Rock 'n Roll Baby" which was issued on E-M 100.   Joey Castle,  a rockabilly singer, had singles on RCA, Headline & Thanks! between 1958 and 1963 before moving to the Catskills region entertaining the crowds in the night clubs circuit, doing impressions of Boris Karloff, Humphrey Bogart and Johnny Cash among others.

 Discography
4063     Tonight The Stars Are Out / You Made Me Feel This Way 
4058     Montreal, Canada Blues  / Stepping High Dance
539       Rock 'n Roll Baby / When You Don't Care A Thing About Me
1222x    Baby Blues / For Love Is The Thing
1223      The Christmas Tree /  To Be Loved Is Beautiful
3090      Can't Buy My Heart  / My New York