Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Big Butter And Egg Man

Butter Ball Paige

B. Paige, J. Jacobs, J.P. Copsey
Charayjim Music BMI
Rose 109
produced in Nashville by Ray Petersen

Late sixties

Hubert McBride Paige 

Hubert McBride Paige is the birth name of Tommy "Butterball" Paige who was a Nashville steel guitar musician, song writer and lead guitar player in the Ernest Tubb Band, until he was fired by the band leader in 1949.  He recorded for Bullet Records in the early fifties and was doing some platter talk  in various towns (Miami, WBAL, Baltimore, WNAO. Raleigh, N. C, where he opened up the  "Tobacco Barn Drive-In Grill," named after his DJ program.

In 1968, he was named A&R director for the tiny Rose Records and manager of the affiliated publishing company, CharayJim Music. located at 801 17th Avenue South, Nashville, which also was the address of Sims Records. 

One Ray Petersen produced these Rose releases.and might have been the label owner.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Miss Gloria Smyth
The Princess Of Song
Saxie Dowell, Joy ASCAP

April 1959

"Playmates" is a popular song ostensibly written by Saxie Dowell. The main theme was note-for-note plagiarized from the 1904 intermezzo "Iola" by Charles L. Johnson, for which Johnson sued, settling out of court for an undisclosed sum. [Wikipedia]
The tiny Sierra Records was located at the same address in Hollywood on Sierra Bonita as the address of her manager, Robert Leonard, who may have owned the label.

After another single recorded for Sierra, Gloria Smyth was heard by Richard Bock, president of World-Pacific Records at Jack Denison's supper club in Los Angeles who signed her to a recording contract. A dozen of songs were recorded by World Pacific, and issued on an album titled "Like Soul!".

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Inspired Clint Walker


“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Clint Walker LP cover : with thanks to rocketfrommars

Saturday, July 19, 2014

French Fried Potatoes and Ketchup

Doris Drew
with Jack Fascinato Orchestra

A. Trace, B. Trace, J. Fascinato
Pyramid Music Co. ASCAP

KaHill Recording Co. Des Plaines, Ill.

The Kahill Recording Company made its debut in May 1955 at 732 Center Street, Des Plaines, Illinois.  The diskery was headed by Bettye Kummerle, who had been a song writer for many years

San Antonio-born Doris Drew was one of the most widely heard voices heard on U.S. TV and radio in the 1950s. In addition, she etched many dozens of tracks for major labels (MGM and Mercury), but most of singles had a short shelf life and then faded into oblivion.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Wish You Were Mine

Deloris Ealy

.A. Johnson - D. Ealy
Telldell Music

Velvet Records 101
Los Angeles, Calif.
Late sixties ?

Most of the releases on Velvet Records are from Deloris Ealy, who was managed by Aaron Johnson, head of Velvet Productions in L.A.   It seems that the label was reactivated in the late seventies for several releases by The Kenyattas backing Arlene Bell or other artists.  

At that time, Deloris Ealy was with Big Vick Productions (Victor Green in Oakland, Calif.) for at least one release "Deloris Is Back With Jerome And His Band / Don't Be Afraid" (Big Vick Hammond #401).

Telldell Music is the publisher, a name usually associated with Detroit music and Odell Bailey, but Dennis Talley (Stag Distributors Records) was perhaps also involved with the publishing company. ?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Felton Jarvis does John Lee Hooker

Felton Jarvis


Thunder International Records
"Always A Big Sound"

Columbia, Mississippi
June 1960

Two John Lee Hooker covers
Born Charles Felton in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934.  
 In the late 1950s, Bill Lowery (head of NRC) hired Felton away from an addressograph company, and Felton printed sleeves for 45s and promotional materials for NRC.  Felton hung around the studios in his spare time, where Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed and Joe South were backing the NRC Records artists, and became a recording engineer
In 1959 and 1960 he tried his hand at recording.  His first session was produced by Ray Stevens (Viva Records) and he cut two records for Zeno Goss' Thunder/Thunder Int'l.Records.

Best known for his work as producer, (notably for Elvis Presley, from 1966 to 1977),  Felton died of a stroke in 1981, four years after Elvis' death.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bagdad Daddy

The Beats

Bagdad Daddy
Anthony S. Magnano-F.L. Divito
Sounds Music ASCAP
Design DSR-827
(Pickwick Sales Corp. Brooklyn, N.Y.)
late '58

Magnano penned several songs for The Playmates (Roulette Records) : Barefoot Girl and Sing Bahama Mama among others.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Wheel Of Love

The Wig Twisters

A-Ron 1001

November 1957

Formerly The Mellow Tones, a touring gospel quartet, presumably led by Robert Little.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Flint Rock

Jimmy Heap And The Melody Masters
Featuring Kenny Frazier, Guitarist
K. Frazier, Mel-Mat Music BMI
Fame 511

Fame Records and Mel-Mat Music were owned by Jimmy Heap and located in Taylor, Texas.

Ken Frazier played guitar with Jonny Gimble's Texas Swing Band before joining Jimmy Heap's Melody Masters. 

A Ken Frazier video from 2011 is on YouTube here

Monday, June 9, 2014

At My Front Door

Jack Stevens & The Toppers
The Freddy Laine Orchestra 

TOPS 45-R269-49


A Brief History of TOPS Records, 1947 to 1960

In the Spring of 1947, Carl Doshay and his long time buddy, Sam Dickerman, left New York for Los Angeles to seek new careers. Carl had just sold his interest in a successful wholesale watch repair company, and wanted to resettle in the golden land of California. He was married with two young children, leaving his family in New York until he had resettled. Sam Dickerman was a cutter in the garment trade, and was seeking bigger opportunities.

In Los Angeles, the pair decided to start a new enterprise; selling used records to the public through grocery markets, drug stores, five and dime stores, etc. They purchased their records from juke box operators at from 5 to 10 cents apiece, then resold them to the public at 29 cents apiece, leaving a handsome margin for Tops, as well as the merchants. All the records were sold on a "guaranteed sale" basis, meaning the storekeeper would only pay for those records actually sold. This method of doing business was originated by Tops and remained their "modus operandi" for all the coming years. In later years, all the major record companies adopted this sales practice to compete.

Tops Music Enterprises prospered, buying and selling millions of records from Coast to Coast, to National and Regional retailers, such as Woolworth, Thrifty Drugs, Sprouse Reitz, etc. A second warehouse was set up in New York under the guidance of Sam Dickerman to accommodate and facilitate the ever increasing business.

Sometime during the early fifties, it occurred to Doshay, with their enormous distribution facilities, to start their own record label, Tops. Naturally, it would be price oriented to compete with the Major record labels — Columbia, Decca, RCA, and Capitol. And since they had no famous singers of their own, they would do "knock offs" of the big hits of the day. Also, the Major companies would usually have a "hit" on one side of the shellac 78 RPM records of the day, and a "B" side, with a less desirable song, on the other. Tops took advantage of this, promoting their product as "two hits" on every record, and for only 39 cents to 49 cents, as opposed to the 79 cents for the Major labels.

The new TOPS records took off like gangbusters, and soon this phase of their business had become the major source of the company's income. Doshay was spending many nights at a small recording studio in Long Beach, supervising the non-union bands and the sound-alike singers for sessions that lasted well into the wee hours, to keep up with the constant flow of new "hits" to reach the market. Tops sold off their remaining used record business to a competitor, who had evolved after their success, and concentrated on creating a National presence for their Tops label.

The operation soon became completely vertical; Tops opened their own pressing plants to manufacture the records, first one on Figueroa, then later, the largest such plant at the time, on Normandie, in Los Angeles. They printed their own record labels; made their shellac (and later, vinyl) at another plant in Gardena. In later years, Tops made their own jackets for albums at the Normandie plant; adding an art department to design covers for their albums. It was now an integrated operation, enabling Tops to manufacture and sell records at their low prices.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vic Lundin (La Ronda Records)

Vic Lundin

La Ronda Records
P.O. BOX 1875
Beverly Hills, Calif.

Come Wait For Me (Vic Lundin, Adnor Music BMI)

Combaya (D. Burnette-J.Osborn, Doral Music BMI)


Victor Lundin, a frequent tough guy in films and on television who played Friday in the 1964 sci-fi cult classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 
In Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Byron Haskin’s adaptation of the Daniel Defoe novel, Lundin stars as Friday, an alien slave who is found and eventually rescued by marooned Commander Draper.

A trained opera singer in high school who went on to graduate from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Lundin portrayed Machine Gun Kelly in Ma Barker’s Killer Brood (1960). He also had roles in Robert Wise’s Two for the Seesaw (1962), Island of Love (1963), Promises … Promises! (1963), George Stevens’ The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and Beau Geste (1966).
He died in 2013.

 Victor Lundin (1930-2013)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Let Him Go, Go, Go

Lorry Lee and Della

Lorrayne Testerman
Bonnie Dee Mus. Pub. Co.
Mecca Records

Label active at least since the early fifties and owned by Bud Sloan

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Steady Date

Ralph Sanford

Glenn-Sanford, Riviera Music BMI

Riviera Records

Label owned by Foy Willing.

Ralph Sanford first recorded for King Records of Cincinnati.  He was then a 16 or 17-year old performer on the "Country Roadshow" in Fort Worth and on the Dallas "Shinding".  He replaced Ronnie Dawson in The Levee Singers in the sixties. That's all about what I'm able to find about Ralph Stanford.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

You're The Girl For Me

Tiny Morrie
Hurricane (no number)
His first record. Real name Morrie Sanchez.   His mother, Bennie L. Sanchez (d. 2011),  was the guiding force and the matriarch of this musical family that includes Morrie's older brother Al Hurricane (b. 1936) and  Baby Gaby.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Walk The Bebop Walk

Ernie Felice
With Shorty Rogers and his Orchestra
(David Holt, Allied Music Corp., ASCAP)

RCA Victor 47-7606
October 1959
Producer Dick Peirce