Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Tiger Shoes

The Century-Five

Red Tiger Shoes

From 1960 on the tiny Belmont label out of Hollywood, possibly owned by Steve Riggio.

Monday, July 9, 2018

It Was Elvis

Rolf Petry

It Was Elvis

American Voices 15

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin‘)

Reconsider Baby

I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin‘)

Tommy Hammond (1932-2014)

Kool (1961) Tommy Hammond & The Rockin' Rebels
1011-45 Let's Forget We Ever Met / Please Be Mine – 06-61 (rev. July 3)

Alamo (1962)
6101 Reconsider Baby / I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin‘) – 02-62

Golden Eagle (1966)
GE-204 The Girl I Love / Devil On My Shoulder – 66

Paradise (1967)
5000 Ride This Train / Begging To You - 67

Monument (1967)
45-1039 It's Happening All Over The World / Love, Hate – 26-10-67

Hickory (1968)
45-K-1504 Hello Baby / Skippin' Through My Heart – 04-68
45-K-1526 Back to The Couch I Go / If You Don't Love Me – 02-69

Teardrop (1969)
3241 I’ll Never Let You Go, Little Darling / The Blues Stepped In - 69
3251 Half of A Picture / Don't Let Me Get Lonely - 70

Hawk (1976)
103 Port In The Storm / Ginger’s Breade Man - 76

Friday, July 6, 2018


Virginia Niquette
Safe 230

Zeke Strong-Ann Lacoste,
Melodic Music
Arr & Dir By Zeke Strong
Produced By Ray Niquette

Song previously recorded by Ann Lacoste on Zeke Strong's Progress Records.

Saxophonist, arranger and producer for small Los Angeles labels,  Ezekiel "Zeke" Strong, despite numerous arranged and produced recordings, is still largely unknown.  Born in early 20s in Oklahoma, he died in 2003. Not much is known about the man.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Day And Night

Day And Night

Mike & The Hi-Fi's

Middle C Records
211 Piedmont Street, San Antonio, Texas

This group was led by Swingin’ Mike “Keys” Martinez who recorded “Sugar Baby” (Great Records #702) which was popular in San Antonio among the car clubs. He led the Hi-Fi’s a little later after this recording. 

Members: Mike "Keys" Martinez, Roy Cantú (bass), Luis Cantú (guitar), Henry Hernandez
(drums), Abel Hernandez, Joe Gonzalez (sax), Robert Gonzalez (sax),  Bobby Villa (guitar)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Boom Boom Boom

Boom Boom Boom


Cover of John Lee Hooker by uncredited band on the last disc of the fifth set in the Discoteen series issued by the mighty Chicago's Seeburg Corporation in 1965.
DiscoTeen, which released 5 sets of 10 discs with a red label, culled
all the recent hits from the Discotheque Series and added a lot more,
with only occasional slow songs. Mixed in with the instrumental versions
of hits were 1-3 originals on each album (as was the case for the other
series, also), usually quite competent and danceable instrumentals.

The music itself included no hit versions, but the musicians were quite
competent and the sound quality was excellent. The artists were not
identified, so we have called the various artists the same name Seeburg
used for their generic music in the past, The Seeburg Spotlite Band.
Actually, according to those around Seeburg at the time, bands such as
David Carroll and Boots Randolph and their orchestras were hired to
record these tunes, and recordings were done in first-rate studios such
as Universal Studios in Chicago (Seeburg's home city) and Nashville's
top studios. All the recordings were well-separated true stereo.
 Info taken from the excellent Both Sides Now website HERE


Monday, July 2, 2018


Bobby Oliver and his band

Second single of the artist on Lucky Four, a Chicago label owned by Lennie Lacour.  According to
Doowop: The Chicago Scene (Robert Pruter), Bobby Oliver was a white performer  :
[Another] notable act of Lacour was a white rhythm and blues performer by the name of Bobby Oliver.  He had some success with "Where Do Dreams Go" on WGES but not on any white outlet.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Susanne Haines, Waxmate of the Month

Susanne Haines was a stripper and former Miss Nude Universe. "Nothing else seemed exciting at the time," she confessed. "I couldn't imagine anything else." Then Susanne, Register found the Lord and her life was transformed. . . . She was Susanne Haines in those days when "I thought I was free, but I wasn't. I really didn't know God." "I became an atheist when I was attending Sacramento State College. Before that I was a mormon," she said in an interview in Jacksonville, Fla. The next phase of her life, she recalled, just happened. When she was a college senior and married she decided she wanted to get away from her husband. "So when I saw an ad in the paper for a go-go waitress I quit college and began making $72.50 a week in a beer bar. Then I learned to strip-tease." In time she was making a salary of $450 a week as a ' stripper and this figure jumped to $1,000 a week when she danced as Miss Nude Universe after being named to the title in 1971 at a pageant in San Bernardino, Calif. Susanne was arrested some 25 times for indecent exposure, "But I didn't think I was doing anything wrong." Then in Oklahoma City she was arrested for grand larceny; a charge that haunted her afterwards. To this day she refuses to discuss it. "Although I never went to court, I knew that arrest would follow me through life," she said.

On June 30, 1977, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the 1971 Miss Nude Universe will spend Saturday dressed and with her Bible at the nation's only government-operated nude beach.

"As Jesus walked among the sinners, I want to walk among the nudes to describe for them the better way of life that I have found," said Susanne Haines Register, a former nightclub stripper. Mrs. Register also is to conduct a weekend tent revival in the suburb of El Cajon. Meanwhile, the City Council on Wednesday decided to put the question of whether nude sunbathing will continue at Black's Beach before the voters in September. In recent weeks, the council has been under increasing pressure to reverse its three-year-old experiment in allowing the 900-foot strip of cliff-enclosed sand to be used as "swimsuit optional" area. Protests concerning the beach have been loud from residents of the $250,000 homes in La Jolla Farms, which overlooks Black's Beach, although some of the residents say they are more upset about parking problems created by the more than 30,000 people who use the beach on weekends than nudity. Robert Jacobs, chairman of the Nude Beaches Committee, told the council he was "distressed that a small group of totalitarian moralists" forced the council into its 5-3 vote to call the election. "We'll continue to fight in the council chambers. We'll continue to fight in the courts. And we'll fight on the beaches," said Jacobs, whose group seeks expansion of swimsuit optional beaches. He said if necessary, nude bathers would test the ability of the city to enforce clothing edicts by inviting mass arrests.

Her only waxing (spoken word) released on the Shade Tree label in 1976.
How she lived in sin (side 1) and how she found God (side 2)

If you don't want to be offended, do not follow this link

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Vietnam Blues

Vietnam Blues

What better way to finish the month with a nice little depressing song?  Here is one, courtesy of Miss Earnestine Quick (of Arkansas, I assume) on the Jonesboro label Jon-Ark.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Have A Gluey Christmas

Have A Gluey Christmas

Georgie Holiday (r.n. Joseph Giorgio), a comic entertainer, has performed extensively in and around Boston, Massachusetts from the forties to the eighties.  The first mention of him I've found is from 1947 describing the artist as "the fantastically funny GEORGIE HOLIDAY".  Last mention is from 1980 : Sheraton Regency Resort Hotel: Floor show roster includes.singer Gayle Short, comic Georgie Holiday and Frankie Capri (the Italian Sammy Davis Jr ) plus the Jane Leonard Quartet for dancing.

The Date single, first issued for Christmas 1966, was re-issued the following year and reviewed by Cash Box :

Have A Gluey Christmas (3:11) [Razzle Dazzle, BMI-Holiday, Trovato]
Weird sense of humor on the part of a “child” sets up a funny side that
stands a chance of copping novelty honors for this year’s Christmas
sales. High-voiced lead, soft choral backdrop and a quaint ork sound make
for a wild bit of change-of-pace spinning. Flip: “Clarence the Cross-Eyed
Bear” (2:10) [Same credits.]
Cash Box — November 18, 1967
The Date label, a subsidiary of Columbia Records, promoted independently produced recordings as opposed to Columbia's in-house productions. This Date single was one of the earliest Eastern Productions, a firm formed in 1966  by singer & songwriter Teddy Randazzo.

Randazzo Forms Eastern Productions

NEW YORKEastern Productions,
an independent record production firm,
has been formed bv Teddy Randazzo.
The company will headquarter at
1631 Broadway (PL 7-7630). The
new enterprise will focus on and in-
corporate elements of Eastern music
in its disk productions.

Artists signed by Eastern to date
include Jeff Monn & the Third Bardo
and John Power & the Facts of Life.
A disk by the former group is due
for release shortly. Randazzo is ne-
gotiating pacts with several labels.
Producers for Eastern, in addition to
Randazzo, are Victoria Pike and Rusty

Cash Box, 26 November 1966

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Your Love Is My Goal

Your Love Is My Goal

The Top 40

 Tommy Biener
With Wendy & The Schoolgirls
Blackie Schackner and Orchestra

Your Love Is My Goal
T. Biener, Cal Cagno, A. Schackner  Beta Music BMI

The Top 40
Sy Levitan Michel Music ASCAP

Golden Crest label CR-501

Billboard rev. May 19, 1958 :
TOMMY BIENER Golden Crest 501 TOP 40 (Michele, ASCAP) An effective novelty-blues with clever lyrics about a guy's personal fem hit parade. Swingin' backing by a fem group gives the disk a provocative sound. It rates whirls. Flip, "My Love Is Your Goal," is a medium-beater (Beta, BMI).

Born John Thomas Biener in New York (in 1937 or 1938).  John Byner's stand-up comedy career began in New York's Greenwich Village where he worked for a year for Max Gordon at Gordon's jazz club "Village Vanguard". He then went on to open for some of the finest jazz greats of his time and steadily became a favorite New York nightclub fixture. As he rose to the top of his game, he opened or headlined prominent niteries throughout the country included headlining stints at Basin Street East, Copa Cabana, Latin Quarter, The Rainbow Room and at such showrooms as Harrah's, The Sahara, The Sands, Caesar's Palace, The Tropicana and Las Vegas Hilton.

In the 1960's anyone want to get national exposure wanted to be on Ed Sullivan. For John Byner his big break came in 1964 when he was a feature act on the show. The highlight of his act was when he did an impression of Mr. Sullivan introducing Elvis Presley and then did a song as Elvis.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Waxmate of the month : Marva King

Born in Flint, Michigan, USA.  Marva King has been performing with major artists since the age of 13 with the Clarke Sisters and Andre Crouch. Marva was nurtured by a family of entertainers with gospel, classical, and secular music. Her mother, who is a vocal and piano teacher, between touring, nourished and influenced Marva's skills. Marva has taken audiences by storm in her stunning role as "Helen", the lead in the hit musical play "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman", which has been in theatres across the country since January, 2001.

In addition to her vast resume as a session singer—which also includes recordings by Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Khan—she co-wrote The Whispers’ single “Innocent,” which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart and sold more than one million units worldwide. King also wrote the lyrics & melody for ”A piece of Love” on Lionel Richie’s CD “Louder than words.” Over the years, she has performed live with Lenny Kravitz, Seal and William and toured with many affiliated hit makers.

King’s mesmerizing delivery inspired Larry Flick to write in Billboard, “Marva King is a supreme diva, and her name will go down in history as one of the best.” In 1997, Prince took her on the road, under his wing, and made her a member of his group, New Power Generation (NPG)—a stint that included recording on his New Power Soul album. In 2007, she reunited with Prince for another series of arena and intimate venue concerts, which included the record breaking “21 Nights Concerts” at the 02 Arena in the UK, as well as recording on his Lotus Flower recording in 2009; she also made several appearances in his bestselling coffee table book “21 Nights.” King managed 15 shows of her own in between the Prince dates. “Those two years were intense,” she says. “I was exhausted the entire time, yet it was so exciting. I learned a lot about performing from Prince.”
Other career highlights include Stevie Wonder hiring King as an eager teen; performing on “Natural Wonder,” a double album recorded live in Osaka and Tel Aviv in the mid 90’s.

Marva King official website

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oh, She's The One

Mike O'Berry

Soo Records No. 0011

199 E. Blvd. S.
Pontiac, Mich.


I've found nothing on this one.  No other Soo record. No other Mike O'Berry recording. Michael O'Berry copyrighted this song in 1960. This Perry Music Co., affiliated with ASCAP, is unrelated to Perry Music Co (affiliated with BMI) out of Vidalia, Georgia. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

God Made A Way

God Made A Way

The Songsters Quartet from Charleston, West Virginia, on their own label pressed by King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Date is 1960