Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Come Along Santa

Delores Bissette

(Vida Nixon)

Nixon Records

(© 19 February 1962)

Vida Lellon Munden Nixon (1894-1988), North Carolina native, was a composer of songs and hymns for children.  See hymnary.org for a list of some of her songs.

A Kay Bank pressing from 1962

Coming soon to this screen*
  • The Panthers on D&C
  • The US Beatles on DR
  • Tiny Morrie (his first on Hurricane)
  • Jerry Jaye on the Label label
  • Little Brad Williams (awful kid singer, clips only)
  • Bill Eagle on Reeta Pass
  • A little something on Chuck Nix
*unless I'll found out that they had been already blogged, youtubed or butchered elsewhere!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jungle Rock

The Chimes of Freedom

Jungle Rock

Hamilton - Francis - Pytlovany
Robert Barry Music

Label ? (USS 102)
Group from Scotia, a village in Schenectady County, New York,

Members : Darrell Francis on drums, Bill Pytlovany, lead guitar, Paul Hamilton, rhythm guitar, Jeff Austin on bass guitar, Chip Vedder, lead singer and Mari Salato, female vocalist.  (obviously not an all girl band, as some believe)

Probably recorded at Vibra-Sound studios on Crestwood Drive, Schenectady.  Most (if not all) music recorded there was published by Robert Barry Music.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Working Girl

Harriet Savage
Pinnacle Records P-1012
The Bigg Country Talent Agency, Wheeling, W. Va.


Harriet Genevieve Uphold Savage Yanego, 71, Grafton Road, Morgantown, W.Va. passed away July 25, 2003 at home.

Born Jan. 2, 1932 in Confluence, Pennsylvania. She was a former employee of Galis in Pleasant Valley.   She opened the Savage Toll House Restaurant on Route 40 in Addison;  Also a partner in the Appalachian Lake Park in Bruceton Mills, W.Va. where she managed and held singing performances at the park. She enjoyed writing music and wrote several songs.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Granny in a Mini Skirt

Corny Critters

Jesse M. Dyas, Sound Corp. Musc, ASCAP

Produced by Don Lewis

Relco 2096

One of the Caprice Records subsidiaries located at 907 Main Street, Nashville, as were Checkmate and Soundmate.  In a early stage, Caprice Records was closely related to Buzz Cason's Creative Workshop Studios founded in 1970.   Buzz Cason sold his interest in the firm to Charles Pohlman, a Nashville businessman.  Don Lewis presided.

In 1982, Don Lewis was sentenced to six months in prison for wire fraud, and to perform 200 hours of community service in return for his guilty plea of the charge.
The wire fraud stemmed from allegations that Caprice, a custom-contract label, bilked some 450 unknown singers around the country out of approximately $3,000 each in return for record "deals."  Lewis falsely promised in the contracts that the singers would get free auditions, have demos sent to Nashville producers and be provided trips to Nashville for recording (Billboard, 25 September 1982)

Two interesting pages about the song-sharking business, which was I believe quite flourishing in Nashville in the seventies  :

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Can you name these blues godheads ?

Puzzlers from an old issue of 78 Quarterly

 Cartoonist is Anthony Mostrom.
Anthony Mostrom's strips have appeared in Weirdo, No Mag. and Twist.  He was (is?) also the host of an avant-garde/novelty music show in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kiss Kiss Crazy

Janice Smith
"Fats" Johnson Orchestra

Connor-Fotine, True-Blue ASCAP

Balboa 45-004

(also issued on Brunswick 55018)

"Kiss Kiss Crazy" was penned by Tommie Connor and Larry Fotine, who was the owner of Balboa Records in Van Nuys, California.  Fotine also led the orchestra here under the "Fats" Johnson alias.

Larry Fotine
Larry Fotine was born Lawrence Constantine Fotinakis in Camden, New Jersey on April 27, 1911. Around age 14, he started studying piano and then self taught composition, arranging and orchestration. About 1935, he organized a local youth orchestra and played various engagements in the surrounding cities. He later joined the Sammy Kaye Orchestra as an arranger from 1940 to 1945, and from 1945 to 1947 was arranger for the Blue Barron, and Art Mooney Orchestra. By 1948 he organized his own orchestra, and later joined the Lawrence Welk orchestra in 1958. As an arranger he worked with Mr. Welk for two years. Larry Fotine was a member of ASCAP and said to have written and published many songs. He released in 1959 his own 20th Contemporary Classical work for the Balboa label under the alias “Constantine and His Orchestra” with composer credits to Larry Fotine. He also went under an alias name “Beale Street Buskers”. In the late 1980's, he was still active writing music as background music and tunes for a variety of animated cartoon series. Larry passed away of a ruptured aortic aneurysm on November 25, 1990.  
From http://www.discogs.com/artist/880490-Larry-Fotine

Janice Smith cut several 45s on Balboa, the last as late as 1976. A such extended association (twenty years!) with the same label seems to suggest that she was perhaps very close to Larry Fotine.  There was also a country single on Hall Of Fame, a Nashville label : Candy Kisses / Jealous Heart.  But this is perhaps another Janice Smith?  Anyway, I've not found any info on this singer.

How to Kiss
"Kissing comes by instinct, and yet it is an art which few understand properly.  A lover should not hold his bride by the ears in kissing her, as appears to have been customary at Scotch weddings of the last century. A more graceful way, and quite as effective in preventing the bride from "getting away." is to put your right arm around her neck, your fingers under her chin, raise the chin, then gently but firmly press your lips on hers.  After a few repetitions, she will find out it doesn't hurt, and become as gentle as a lamb."
In the same volume the author condemns the use of rouge by women.

From Henry T. Finck "Romantic Love and Personal Beauty" (1902), quoted by David L. Cohn "The Good Old Days", Simon and Schuster, 1940

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jim Dandy

Anita Louise

L. Chase, Raleigh BMI

Hickory 1335

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Eddie Gaines on Tri-Tone

Eddie Gaines

E.Friedlander, Marionette Music BMI

Riccitelli-Todris, Samovar Music ASCAP

Tri-Tone TT-3000/1

Believed to be the same Eddie Gaines from White Plains, Kentucky who recorded "Be-Bop Battlin' Ball" for Summit Records.  Eddie had since turned into religion and didn’t want to hear about Devil’s music, according to boppin.org.  This release was also issued on the 20th Fox label in 1961.

The Tri-Tone Record company had very few releases between 1952 and 1960 : The Magichords (1952), Don Bari, Eddy Tone (both in 1955) are the only other known artists on the label which was located in New-York and then in Yonkers, N.Y.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hey Mr. Heartache

Larry Nolen And The Bandits

 Hey Mr. Heartache

    Metro Politan Music Co.

Radio Records Inc.
427 Gettysburg San Antonio, TX

Also issued on Renner Records in 1961.

In 1946, when he was barely 13 years old, Larry Nolen began his professional music career. He was asked to play rhythm guitar with The Mountain Rhythm Band which featured Boy and Gene, the Jacoby Brothers. Smiley Whitley, leader of one of the most famous western swing bands in Texas, recognized a star on the rise and invited Larry to play with his band, Smiley Whitley and the Texans. They performed most Saturday nights at Bandera’s famous Cabaret Dancehall and also hosted a radio show at San Antonio’s KONO / KMAC radio station five days a week. Larry delivered his first solo radio performance one day when he was the only band member who was able to travel to the station during a severe ice storm in San Antonio.     http://www.songridersstudio.com/larry-nolen.html

Larry Nolen discography

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Emanuel Lelie on Madinina

Emanuel Lelie
Arr. and cond. by Sammy Fields
Charles Trenet
C. LeTang - E. L'Elie
Enregistre a la Guadeloupe

Madinina 1001
Billboard, 25 April 1960
Madinina ("Island of Flowers") is one of the first name of the Martinique, which is, like Guadeloupe, an overseas region of France.  

Billboard had all wrong when this record was described as sung in Spanish.  One side is sung in Creole and the other in French.

"I Wish You Love" is the popular song penned and recorded by french singer Charles Trenet in 1942.  See Wikipedia for lyrics translation.

Que reste-t-il de nos amours ?

Ce soir le vent qui frappe à ma porte
Me parle des amours mortes
Devant le feu qui s'éteint
Ce soir c'est une chanson d'automne
Dans la maison qui frissonne
Et je pense aux jours lointains

Que reste-t-il de nos amours
Que reste-t-il de ces beaux jours
Une photo, vieille photo
De ma jeunesse
Que reste-t-il des billets doux
Des mois d'avril, des rendez-vous
Un souvenir qui me poursuit
Sans cesse

Bonheur fané, cheveux au vent
Baisers volés, rêves mouvants
Que reste-t-il de tout cela

Un petit village, un vieux clocher
Un paysage si bien caché
Et dans un nuage le cher visage
De mon passé

Les mots les mots tendres qu'on murmure
Les caresses les plus pures
Les serments au fond des bois
Les fleurs qu'on retrouve dans un livre
Dont le parfum vous enivre
Se sont envolés pourquoi?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Famous Quotes Illustrated

Found HERE
Credit : Jenny Zhang

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I Want A Dog For Christmas

Vocal by Jeanne Tanzy
The Esquire Band

 I Want A Dog For Christmas

Lenora Carpenter, Lindsay McPhail, Walt Michels & Clate Hazelwood
 Lindsay McPhail Music Pub. Co. 
Indian Lake ASCAP, N.Y. 1965

Lindwood Records #101

A second version by Jeanne Tanzy was later issued on Lindwood 105.  Hear this 2nd version at The Lord of The Boot Sale blog HERE

The Billy Mayo Quintet (vcls: George Kent and Wed Howard) recorded the song as early as 1947 for the Texas' Lone Star Records (it's on YouTube HERE)

The Lindwood release has an additional composer credit in the person of Clate Hazelwood, who may have been, with Lindsay McPhail, owner of the Lindwood Records (LIN=Lindsay, WOOD=Hazelwood ?).  Address ot the label (from Lindwood #105) was 649 Mellsway, Medford, Mass.

Born September 17, 1903, E. Clayton Hazelwood ended his formal education in the fifth grade.  After a long illness and much therapy, he settled into an introspective and sedentary way of life.  Despite his handicap, he was determined to achieve success in this chosen fields of endeavor, his published poetry and articles became known.  By 1934 he was writing for a chain of New York papers.  Directing radio programs for children in Syracuse, Boston and New York City followed shortly after.  By 1938 he had authored three books of poetry and had written the lycics for many recorded songs.

Part of his radio program on WSYR in Syracuse, N.Y. was devoted to an Uncle Clate's Club for children ages 5 to 13.  His aim was to teach children, particulary crippled children, how to handle their problems, and he would take time on each program to answer their questions.

From Syracuse he went to Boston with radio programs for two furniture chains and managed the University Theatre at Harvard Square across from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he continued to write lyrics for numerous recorded songs but never neglected the poetry that he considered his first interest.

Lindsay McPhail 

Matthew Lindsay McPhail, Jr (1895-1965) was a composer and pianist.  His only major song, “San” (subtitled “Oriental Fox-Trot,” was first recorded in 1921 and has been since interpreted by dozen of artists (see discogs.com).    Lindsay McPhail was once married to Addie McPhail, a former Hollywood actress who became the third and last wife of scandal-plagued silent-film comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.

 Jeanne Tanzy

Born Jeanne Tanzillo, she is the daughter of FiFi Tanzy, a New York City talent agent.  Jeanne was a child actress on Broadway and worked in TV, films and radio.  More recently, she has been a personal manager for many years having represented actors and several musical groups including the 'Backstreet Boys'. More info HERE  (Note : Jan Tanzy on Columbia Records is her older sister).

Monday, March 24, 2014

Let The Good Times Roll

Little Joe And The Latinaires

Valmon 022
Austin, Texas
October, 1963

Little Joe (Hernandez) would play his first musical performance in Cameron, Texas in 1955 for $5.00 at a high school Sock Hop.  He was so excited, he realized that picking guitars beat cotton picking and he could actually get paid for it.

In 1958,Joe would make his recording debut as a guitarist for Terro Records in Corpus Christi, Texas, an instrumental single "Safari part 1 and 2" which was composed by all members of the Latinaires.

In the 60's, Joe would sign with Texas based independent record companies, starting with his 1st record deal, Corona Records in San Antonio, next Valmon records in Austin and later El Zarape Records in Dallas.  Joe ventured into his own independent label"Buena Suerte Records" for spanish recordings and "Good Luck Records" for his english records.  Also to follow would be Leona Records, a label also owned by Joe and a distribution deal with Freddy Records in Corpus Christi,Texas which would keep Joe independent through the 70's and 80's.

Further reading :
Little Joe is living history, by Naughty Mickie

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Valley Of Despair

Ned Costner

 Nickel 501

"Valley of Despair", penned by James N. Low and Art Wolpert, was published by Red River Songs, a company owned by Johnny Bond, a popular and prolific country recording artist. 
Ned Costner had previously recorded for Hamilton Records a song  (probably better known by Jean Shepard, Capitol Records, 1959), called "Jeopardy", which is available on a Buffalo Bop compilation.  No further info.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Don't Let Me Go

Jimmy Haggett
Morris - Pitts- Haggett
Arva Music BMI
Vaden Records #116


The top side "Today's Reality" can be heard here.
Haggett (right) with John Mays (left)
Dee jays contest day at KBOA (apparently Mays was the winner)

Jimmy Haggett, country and rockabilly singer hailed from Illinois.  He played with several bands before forming the Ozark Mountain Boys.  He also worked as a disc jockey for KBOA in Kenneth, Missouri, and WWYN and KLCN in Arkansas.  Haggett cut records on several labels, including Sun Records (1956), Meteor (57), Caprock, Vaden (1959) and K-Ark (1960).
More info about Jimmy Haggett is found at the excellent 706 Union Avenue Sessions website powered by John Klompenhouwer.

Jackie and Arlen Vaden

Vaden Records, based in Trumann (Poinsett County), started as a mail-order company featuring gospel music. It soon grew into a regional studio that released music by such blues and early rock and roll artists as Bobby Brown, Teddy Riedell, Larry Donn, and many others who went on to regional and national fame. 

In the early 1950s, husband and wife Arlen and Jackie Vaden of Trumann were singing gospel music all over northeastern Arkansas in a group called the Southern Gospel Singers. They also started singing on local radio stations in Osceola (Mississippi County) and Blytheville (Mississippi County) and soon branched out to stations in other states, such as XREF in Del Rio, Texas, and XEG Radio in Fort Worth, Texas; XREF and XEG broadcast out of Mexico and were much more powerful than U.S. stations. The Vadens taped their shows in Trumann each week and mailed them to radio stations. On the shows, they would offer records of their music for sale, as well as those of other gospel singers featured on the show. The mail-order company that became Vaden Records was a big business for the post office in Trumann, receiving orders every day.

With the advent of rock and roll, Arlen Vaden decided to branch out and release some other types of music.