Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Let's Make Love

Little Buddy

Let's Make Love

NRC 010


James B. McKnight (Little Buddy)  was born in Durham, N.C., in 1943.   This is his first record, probably brought to NRC by John C. Greene, Jr., a Durham, North Carolina radio station manager (WSRC) and record label owner (Joy Records).  Buddy McKnight relocated later to Orlando, Florida and had two singles released by the local Pine Hills Records (1967-1968)

In the mid-sxities, he played organ for the Mighty Dee-Jays, a band formed by Jimmy (Dee) Dudley (see sirshambling). 

He died in 1996.  According to his obit, McKnight moved to Central Florida in 1969. and was a truck driver for a cement company, He was a member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors were : wife, Georgia; son, Corey, Orlando; daughters, April Henson, Orlando, Dee, Ocala; five grandchildren. 

James Benjamin McKnight

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Disc-Jockey Twist

Pat Butler

Disc-Jockey Twist

S. Hodge-W. Harrison
The Y plus X Publ. BMI
Bargain 5005

Bargain Records owner was Steven Hodge, a short, restless West Indian businessman, owner of Atomic Music Company, which installed and repaired jukeboxes around New York City in barbershops, restaurants and candy stores.  He also owned a real estate company called Global Realty at 275 West 125th Street, just below the Apollo, on the second floor.

Co-writer W. Harrison is indeed Wilbert Harrison  the two-hit wonder known for his 1959 chart-topper "Kansas City" and a heartwarming "Let's Work Together" a full decade later.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Joker

Bobby Bunny And The Jackrabbits

The Joker

Zane-Pines-Owens, Jimskip Music Inc.
Arrow Records #714

Composers of this sax instrumental are Herb Zane, Lee Pines and Kelly Owens.   If we believe the short bio printed on the flip side ("Scatty Cat"), Bobby Bunny was a 23 year old Tenor Sax man who hailed from Baton Rouge, La.   Although he started his professional career at the early age of 15, it wasn't until his discharge from U.S.A.F. in 1954 that he began to really swing.  Bobby Bunny and The Jackrabbits first record on any label, and also the last, I think.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings from your Dodge Dealer and Lawrence Welk

This is my pleasure to be the very first to wish you a Merry Christmas, courtesy of The Lennon Sisters,  and your Dodge dealer too.   And also of Lawrence Welk, even  he didn't doing much, except maybe scratching his nose or other parts.

Make Every Day You Drive A Holiday

You'll never know what real enjoyment driving can be until you put a Swept-Wing 58 by Dodge through its paces.  You'll relax in the smooth road-hugging superiority of its exclusive Torsion-Aire suspension.  You'll appreciate the unmatched ease and convenience of famous Dodge Püsh-Button transmissions.  You'll drive with greater confidence and assurance with the added safety of Dodge Total-contact Brakes and the alert responsiveness of Constant-Control Power Sterring.  And there's an extra measure of satisfaction in knowing that this fresh Swept-Wing styling will set the place for years to come.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Rock And Roll Wedding


Bixie Crawford

How Big A Fool

Rock And Roll Wedding

Empire Records 45-102

"Rock And Roll Wedding" was also recorded the same year by Helen Grayco (Vik Records), Ella Mae Morse (Capitol Records) and Sunny Gale (RCA Victor Records). 

Bixie Crawford was born Birdie Marjorie Hairston in 1921 in Guthrie, seat of the Logan County, in north-central Oklahoma just to the north of Oklahoma City.     She attended Fisk and Lincoln Universities, where she majored in music, studying the piano, the alto sax, and the congas. Benny Carter heard her singing at a picnic in a park one day and hired her the next day.
After about a year in Carter's band, she worked in the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra shortly before the leader died in 1947.

She did three months with Count Basie and gigged with Louis Jordan in 1949-1950, then became a schoolteacher in Los Angeles. When Count Basie reestablished his big band in 1951, she was invited to join and remained with him for about three years. 

Bixie Crawford recordings can also be found on Exclusive (with Buddy Banks orchestra, 1946), King (1949), RCA (1951), United (1953), C Note (1956) and Indigo (1960).

In the early sixties, she returned to school teaching.  She was then known as Bixie Crawford Wyatt.  She died in 1988 in Culver Cirty, California.

As Bixie Harris, she recorded "Patience and Fortitude" (a vocal duet with the leader) on 
Benny Carter's January 5, 1946 record date for DeLuxe (which took place in New York City).

Bixie Crawford, 1953

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hip Happy Hippy

Ray Flowers  & Louise Taylor
Arnold Patton band

  'Hip Happy Hippy"
B. Branscum, Bluevale Mu. BMI

M.C.M. TK-12-034
Ron Darlin, Pro.  M C M Studio
46792 Patnik
Mt. Clemens Mich.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Wendinger Brothers

Introducing the WENDINGER brothers... PETER is 25 and PAUL 23.  Each has his own farm by St. George, Mn., which is a little community between New Ulm and Gibbon, Mn.  They're active in running 400 acres of land and their livestock includes a herd of dairy cows and a beef herd.  Also, they raise and finish their own pigs and have on hand at least 500 hogs at all times.

The new Dodge van was added in May of 1974 and they travel to play mostly in a radius of 150 miles from New Ulm, but occasionally they go to North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The WENDIGERS are especially known for playing at polka events throughout the upper midwest.  In 1974 alone they played at 15 polkas fests including the big one at the Gibbon Ballroom.  Everyone knows them for playing together with their two concertinas.  Both have a Hengel "C" and a Hengel "B flat" concertina.

This 4th album is intended to give listening enjoyment to concertina lovers and also to people who like the full band sound.  The first two albums were concertina solos and the third record was like this one with the concertina plus trumpets.

PETER and PAUL have found many friends in their years of playing and have played professionally since January of 1964.  

Footnote : Recorded at Cherrywood Studios, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wow! Wow! Wow!/ (Wish You'd Belong To Me)

George Young

Chord 45-1301
Chord Music Corp. , N.Y.

Billboard 7 Oct 1957 :
Wow! Wow! Wow! ................73
Rhythm side with a novelty-lyric chanted by group. Some action
possible. (Cherio, BMI)  
You Know I Wanna Love You.........69
Blues chanted by vocal group.  Lead singer gets a good sound,
and instrumentation provides a chaotic effect which may mean
something. (Cherio, BMI)

George Young was born in Detroit in 1936. While attending Cass Tech High School in the early 1950's, Young began to sing and play guitar professionally. At 18 he appeared with Bobby Darin. During his Army years, Young was stationed in Freiburg, Germany, where he became friends and jammed with Elvis Presley, another soldier/musician. Detroit-based entertainer and bandleader,he worked with TV personality Soupy Sales, and also hosted TV music shows on CKLW-TV (Windsor, ON) and WKBD-TV (Detroit).  This Chord release is his first record.  He also recorded for Fortune, Mercury and on his own Pacesetter label.

Jerry Graller (co-writer of both sides) was a long time friend of George Young, and encouraged George to start his own band (George Young and the Youngsters) Jerry became the first keyboard player in the group, which had its first gig at the Wayne Show Bar on Michigan Avenue in Wayne, now Charlie's Too.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

(We Love) TV and Radio


(We Love) TV and Radio

I'll Go On Waiting

TNT Records 600
An Edward Green Production
A.D.T. and Tam Jay Music BMI

Undocumented RnB female vocalist, Metrojean had at least another record on New Sound in 1963 (Mama Let Me Do It My Way / Two Strangers).  You can listen to "Mama" on YT here

A.D.T. Enterprises
was incorporated in 1956 in New York City by Warren Troob, an attorney and a good friend of D.J. Alan Freed.  .  TNT, its subsidiary label was perhaps (partly?) operated by Teddy Troob, son of Warren Troob.

TNT Records discography (1963 or later)
A product of A.D.T. Enterprises, Inc.  NYC 10019
101 The Rubbies
Wobble With Me Baby / Zing! Went The Strings

113 Shonnie
(Summer is the) Time For Love / Sunset

520 Ernie Barry And Marie Elena (64)
Name Game (Italian Style) / Sweet Bella Bambina
600 Metrojean
(We Love) TV and Radio / I'll Go On Waiting

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hey Little Girl

Johnny Dane
and the Impala Singers

Hey Little Girl

Vision Records

Late 1958

Perhaps produced by Tommy "Madman" Jones who owned the Josette Publishing company. Or perhaps by Bill Sheppard (owner of the copyright according to the December 1958 registration) ?

Anyway, whoever produced the record, it was certainly a local hit as it was issued at least three times under the Vision logo and leased to Vee Jay Records.

Johnny/Johnnie Dane discography (1957-1959)

Stepheny 03/04 (1957) and 1801 (1958)
Johnny Dane And The Discorders : Why Did You Leave Me? / Shootin' High
     B Side Wr Donald L. De Lucia

Vision V-620/M117 (1958)
Johnny Dane And The Impala Singers :Joany/Hey Little Girl

Vee-Jay 312 (1959)
Johnny Dane.: Joany/Hey Little Girl

Cha Cha 703 (late '59)
Johnnie Dane :  Give Me A Chance (J. Dane, D. De Lucia)   / Prize Of A Fool (N. Kaehn-R. Binnie)

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Cara Stewart
with Combo


Kenneth Roberts, Roy Schroeder
Cedarlane Music, BMI

Top Fifty Records TF-151

Quote from Phil Milstein  :
Although his studio featured one of the classiest, most distinctive and most accomplished signature sounds in all of song-poemdom, the name of Lee Hudson is little-known today because he never had a label to call his own, instead placing the productions of his eponymous, Southern California-based studio with existing labels or for use as private demos. What attention the studio did receive was further diffused by Hudson's emphasis of the name of his lead singer, Cara Stewart, on labels and in ads, keeping his own name that much further in the background.

Not that he could be blamed, for Cara Stewart possessed the finest female voice in the entire song-poem field. Supported by Hudson's light guitar comping and a "5 piece ork" simulated on a Chamberlin, her sultry mezzo-soprano would have leveled cities-full of men, had any of them besides the respective songwriters ever heard her sing.   Stewart's torchy blues-pop style invokes comparisons to Julie London and Marilyn Monroe, only with a better instrument -- at least better vocal instrument -- at her disposal.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rockin' Rhythm

Bernie Roberts and his Orchestra
Vocal by Blondie

Rockin' Rhythm
B. Roberts-J.Meyer

Pageant Records 710
Juneau, Wisconsin

The Bernie Roberts Orchestra began in 1944 and their recording career began in 1949 when they hit it very big with their first recording of the Jolly Musicians Polka.

At the age of 15, Bernie started playing the accordion and soon was playing for house parties, birthday parties, and for anyone who would listen. At 19, he joined a four piece band from Beaver Dam called Shorty and the Rhythm Ramblers. After World War II started, two members of the band were drafted and the band broke up. For two years he played for other bands in the area, getting valuable experience. Then at age 22, Bernie and a bass playing friend, Norbert Neis, decided to start a new band with a new sound. The result was the Bernie Roberts Orchestra.   Two of his brothers and two of his sisters joined the band. In 1949, the band released its first recording with the Pfau Recording Company in Milwaukee; in 1952 with the Decca Recording Company; and two years later, Bernie became a member of the American Society of Composers,

On Oct. 31, 1999, Bernie and the band were elected to the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame. From 1972 to 1999, he was a harness horse trainer, owner and driver, racing at tracks in the Midwest, Colorado and California.   Bernie passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 in Anaheim, Calif.  

(Source of info : forum)

Blondie Roberts played first trumpet on all the recordings
of his brother besides being the featured vocalist

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Walking After Midnight

Sally Massey And The Rhythm Pals

Don Hecht and Alan Block, 4 Star Sales Co.

Vogue S-8159-AA

"A very late cover of the hit tune by Patsy Cline.  A nice job by Miss Massey, but it arrives much too late"  Billboard 6 May 1957

In January 1957, Cline performed the song on an episode of the CBS television program, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. It garnered a strong response from viewers and was therefore rush-released as a single February 11, 1957. "Walkin' After Midnight" became Cline's first major hit single, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard country music chart and No. 12 on its pop chart.

Born in 1922, Sally Massey in her younger days used to sing on local radio stations with her sister Alice .  Sally then played guitar in the Rem Wall Band before recording for her own Sa-Ma label. She had at least two 45s on the Otsego, Michigan Vogue label in 1956 and 1957. There was also a much later single on Sims Records in 1964.

She was once married to Gilbert Jennings, a fiddler and singer.  She died at an unknown date.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sunny Side Of The Street

Ricky Dee

Sunny Side Of The Street

Jimmy McHugh-Dorothy Fields
Shapiro & Bernstein Music BMI

Trio-Tex Records 104

Div. of G-B Recordings
Line & Phila. Rd., Easton, Penna.
G-B De Case Production
Produced by Bob Seawood

Backed by a cover of "A Thousand Miles Away" (The Heartbeats, 1957).   "Sunny Side" is also a cover.  Composed in 1930, the song was a hit for Frankie Laine in 1950.  (see Wikipedia)

Certainly related to Ricky Dee and The Embers (on Newtown Records). Same producers? Same band?  But the true identity of the vocalist remain unknown.  Curiously enough THE RICKY DEE AND EMBERS was incorporated - a rare fact at the time? - as a company on 12/17/1962 by Richard Wise, 426 Clinton Terrace, Easton, Pa.  Since there is no mention of The Embers here, should we assume that this record was done at an earlier date ?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Let's Have A Party

Susy Rose

Let's Have A Party

Sur-Speed Records

Susy Rose was seven year-old at the time of her first record (this one).  Her picture above is from the cover of a later album from the mid-seventies.  She also recorded for Rosette, Starr and Rome Records.  Originally from Prospect, Ohio, she is possibly now Sue Michael of  Worthington, Ohio.