Saturday, January 21, 2017

Angie Monaco

On White Top Recording (1962-1963)  he was Angie Monaco, on Kable (1963-1964) and Mickay's (196x) he was Mel Anton.  His real name is Angelo Stocchi from Michigan, vocalist with The Checkers (1964-1965) who played locally in Detroit, Michigan in the mid-sixties.  File under "teener", I guess.

1 -Angie and the Monoco's-True Love-White Top        
2 -Angie and the Monoco's-Sad As I Can Be-White Top  
3 -Angie Monaco-Confess-White Top                    
4 -Angie Monaco-Hey Love-A Love-A-White Top          
5 -Angie Monaco-Heart Breaker-White Top              
6 -Mel Anton-Third House Second Block-Kable          
7 -Mel Anton-Don t Treat Me This Way-Mickay's        
8 -Mel Anton-Love Is Born-Mickay's                   

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Cactus Pryor

Sputnik (pt I & II)
C. Pryor, Starrite BMI

Starday 45-340

Richard “Cactus” Pryor, a longtime Austin radio and TV broadcaster, died in 2011 at the age of 88.

He was a longtime fixture on KLBJ-AM and also appeared on Austin TV station KTBC. 

In 2009, Pryor was interviewed by his wife Peggy for KUT’s StoryCorps Memory Project. You can hear that interview here.

“My real purpose of being in radio is I like to make people laugh, make them happy,” Pryor said in the interview. “That was just in my heart.”

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Big Bowl Of Soul

The Huntsmen

Big Bowl Of Soul

Label : PAM (?)

Instrumental original. The flip is "Fever" comped on "Songs The Cramps Taught Us"  (it's on YouTube)
Date is generally given as 1961, but I am not quite sure and would rather say mid-sixties?

The Huntsmen came out of Millikan High School in Long Beach, and were friends with the Emperors and also likely the Royal Knights.  The Huntsmen had two singles on the Pam label in the early ’60s:

Pam 1001/1002: “Send Me Some Lovin'” / “Wishbone”
Pam 1003/1004: “Fever” / “Big Bowl of Soul”

“Wishbone” and “Big Bowl of Soul” are band originals.

Jim Bradshaw – lead guitar and lead vocals
Jerry Christensen – drums
Mick Lorito – rhythm guitar
Bill McKinney
Don Zabish  

Jim Bradshaw had a long career in music after the Huntsmen, including the Disciples of Soul, and stints with Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis, Eddie Vinson, Taj Mahal, Etta James, Junior Wells, and Henry Vestine of Canned Heat.  James Bradshaw, 55, bled to death one Saturday in 2003 after cutting himself while trying to enter his Eugene (Oregon) home through a window.

Acknowledgments :

Monday, December 26, 2016

You Caught Me Off Guard

Joanne Touchstone
You Caught Me Off Guard
Lichterman-Williams, Triumvirate Music BMI

Sound Stage 7 45-2543

Joanne Touchstone recorded three singles for Sound Stage 7, a Monument Records subsidiary, all produced by Bill Justis in 1964-1965.   As Joanne Spain (her birth name) she recorded disco music for Casino/GRT Records in 1976.   She also wrote "Another Neon Night" that was recorded by Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard.

Joanne Spain (1938-2009)
From a Casino Records ad, 1976

Her obit (edited) from The Commercial Appeal, April 8, 2009:

JOANNE SPAIN, 70, of Memphis, Tennessee died on April 6, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Surrounded by friends in life and death, she fought a courageous battle with cancer,

Joanne was born on May 8, 1938, in Jackson, Tennessee to Joseph Thomas and Louise Spain. She graduated from Northside High School in Jackson, Tennessee where she starred on the basketball team. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Lambuth College and her Master's degree from Memphis State University. Joanne's sense of humor was her hallmark. . She was an avid golfer and contributed to the game by serving as president of the Women's Competitions Committee for the Tennessee Golf Association.

Joanne followed in her mother's footsteps and became a teacher. She taught both Vocal Music and English in Memphis City Schools at Colonial Junior High, Messick High School, Whitehaven High School, and East High School.

She produced many musical productions while a music teacher at Colonial Junior High School that had students expressing their gratitude for those experiences for years after they had graduated. She touched the lives of many students who have become successful adults because of, not only her skills in teaching, but also the lasting connections that she made. As stated in her teacher evaluation, "Love bounced off the walls in her classroom."

Joanne left her teaching career briefly to pursue her dream as a singer/ songwriter. She produced an album with two hit songs, Walk Softly and Elevator. She also wrote the hit song, Another Neon Night that was recorded by Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard. A loyal University of Memphis fan, she loved her dogs, golf and the beach. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

King Coleman

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
Mills Music Inc. (ASCAP)

Vi-Tose Record Co.
(Tasty Records)

One of his most obscure and rarer, probably from 1963, right before his two Togo Records releases, unless it was right after them ?
Carlton Coleman (1932-2010), compere, singer, disc jockey and preacher. He first recorded with Hal Singer Orchestra (Savoy, 1952).  Many records followed later on Karen (1958), Dade (1959-1960), Symbol (1960), Columbia (1960), Kenco (1961), Dade (1961), Atlantic (1961), Togo (1963), Sylvia (1964), Dade again (1965), Port (1966), Fairmount (1966), King (1967), Big Apple (1967) and Brunswick (1967, as Rev. Carlton Coleman).  He also can be heard throughout the LP "Apollo Saturday Night) (Atco 33-159) a  various artists album  recorded live at the Apollo Theatre in New York, with King Coleman as Master of Ceremonies (1964)

In 1957 R&B station WMBM hired Coleman and gave him a morning show that was the place to break hits locally, according to Miami music mogul Henry Stone, who then ran both Tone Distributors and Dade Records. "I was a Veejay distributor," Stone recalls, "and they gave me a Jerry Butler record, 'For Your Precious Love.' I gave it to King and he must've played it every fifteen minutes. In between spins he announced the number of times he'd played it! That broke the record completely. I'll never forget it."

"He was so aggressive!" says Reid. "King had this voice that just made you pay attention. If he had something to say, he'd say it to your face. You never worried about him calling you a motherfucker behind your back, because he'd say anything to your face. That's why it meant something when he played a song three times in a row."

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Frankie and Johnnie

Caller : Allie Morvent
Music by Eva Nichols and
Her Lone Star Ramblers

Frankie and Johnnie

Go Records 106
Produced by Alport, Inc.
Alexandria, Louisiana


Cue sheet and lyrics

Allie Morvent
was born September 8, 1916 a native of Andrew, Louisiana. He started calling around 1964. He was the featured caller for the European Dancers Winter Jamboree in Mannheim, Germany Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 1968.    Stopped calling around 1994. Wife Minnie Morvent. Six children 3 boys/3 girls - all of which called some Singing Calls at one time. Allie recorded on Go, Bogan, Longhorn and Rockin' A record labels. Allie died in November 2, 2002.   (From

Sunday, December 4, 2016

This Little Piggy

J.C. Wilson

This Little Piggy

Starjo Records 1711
StarJo Music distr.
108 Chicamauga Ave.
Rossville, Georgia


The flip is a country weeper.

J. (Joe) C. Wilson was from Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is about five miles from Rossville, Georgia.
Other artists on the same label : Billy Starr, Aileen Starr and Eulle Simmons.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Let's Dance

Little Becky Cook
With the Mad Lads

Let's Dance

CBM Record Co. 45-504
59 Court St., Newark, N.J.

CBM Records discography

Gene Granville With Delresse, Music By The Intruders
Horror Rockin Dance / Don't You Know 
words & music : Gene Granville &  Harry Jubin, Cape Ann Publishing Co, Nashville, Tenn
Arranger : Cliff Houston
Produced by Harry & Lisa Marlo
CMB Records
79 Willow Street , Carteret, N.J.

Little Becky Cook And The Rag Mops, Music By The Intruders

The Itchy Scratch / God Bless This Moment ‎

Arranger : Cliff Houston
Produced by Harry & Lisa Marlo

no cat. number
The Abstrack Sound
Your Gona Break My Heart / Judge Him If You Can
Publisher : Rambed Publ. Co., BMI
Arr. and produced by Catena & Monetti

Possibly the same CBM label (unconfirmed) :
Tommy O'Tan 
Blue Moon / Sunset Rock

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hey Mrs. Jones

Jimmy Forrest : Hey Mrs. Jones (1952)

Compilation includes the original and nine other versions in various styles from 1952 to 1990

Track List

Bill Jennings.mp3                
Girl Trouble.mp3               
Jimmy Forrest.mp3      
Jimmy Witherspoon.mp3           
Long John Hunter.mp3              
Mr. Lee & Frank Andrade Five.mp3  
Ramsey Lewis (1).mp3              
Ramsey Lewis (2).mp3              
The Check Mates.mp3               
Tiny Tony & The Statics.mp3       

Hey Mrs. Jones

The Three Dukes
Sing And Play
Forrest & Reagan, Pamlee Music BMI

Triple A 2505

Cleveland, Ohio young jazz trio "The Three Dukes" were one of the first groups to cover the Jimmy Forrest song recorded in 1952 for United Records. Members of The Three Dukes were Vincent Tancredi (drums), Ronnie Feskanin (piano) and John DiPalma (bass).  The Three Duke's recording of "Hey Mrs. Jones" was pressed for Jack Gale's Triple A Records.  The new release was Triple A's debut in R & B and was considered a "good version of the lively tune now riding high" according to Billboard reviewed somewhere in the Rhythm & Blues section between new records by Edna McGriff (Why, Oh Why on Jubilee Records) and Hadda Brooks (When I Leave the World Behind, Okeh Records) on February 28 1953.  The reviewer also noted that "Coverage platter is rather late and will have a difficult time catching much coin"

The trio broke up soon after.

More versions of the song in my next post

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Ain't You Glad

The Welcome Voices

Ain't You Glad
T.L. Bannister

WIB Records 45-500
Flatwood, Kentucky

Gospel quartet from Ashland, Kentucky.  They recorded at least four other singles on the same label, likely their own label.

No info but T.L. Bannister was likely a member of the quartet.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Oh Boy !

The Grasshoppers

with the Promenade Orch. & Chorus

Oh Boy !

Promenade Hit 24

After a cover of "That'll Be The Day" (Promenade 14), here is again The Grasshoppers covering another Buddy Holly hit.   The versatile Grasshoppers can be found also on other subsidiaries of the Synthetics Plastics Company of Newark, New Jersey, such as Peter Pan (children subsid) and Diplomat (budget albums)

Sing along with the Grasshoppers : The Chipmunk Song

Sing the Beatles hits and other Liverpool sound

Thursday, November 17, 2016

There Ain't Nothing To It

Perkins, Mecel Music BMI

Key 101
Eng. Hank Poole


This is Michael D. Perkins, possibly the same Mike Perkins who was in The Doodlers

The Doodlers began in Longview Texas. They listened to many of the pop vocal groups and jazz ensembles of the day, and aspired to sound similar to them. Thanks to an innovative high school choir director, the Doodlers actually met in choir and then formed their own group. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Let's Have A Party

Joy McCoy

Let's Have A Party

(no label) RSS-4544

I finally found a picture of Joy McCoy here at Discogs where her album is described as "Folk, World, & Country".   I've never been able to find anything on this artist.  On the album cover, in the background behind pretty Joy, it seems to me that it's some snow, so she is probably living near the frontier of Canada and not near the Mexico frontier.  That's all folks ! If you known something please speak up and leave a comment...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Louie Louie

The Moongazers

vocalist Gino Wertz

Louie Louie

Millbrook School
Buck ?  lead guitar - Ron Artinian, drums - Peter Hazzard, rhythm guitar - Charlie Ingersoll, bass guitar

Not the worst cover of this classic garage song.  The Moongazers were a school band from Millbrook School in the New York State, a private school located in Dutchess County, New York, (county seat is Poughkeepsie). Rufus Wainwright attended this school which was later the inspiration for one of his songs.

Pete Hazzard   wrote his first compositions, The Horses' Hooves, and Evening Song, for violin and piano at the age of eight. He played violin studying in New York with Arlie Furman, and was a member of the New York Young People’s Orchestra. He also played guitar, and piano in both orchestras and dance bands throughout his youth. After graduation from Millbrook School and two years of study at Boston University, Mr. Hazzard entered the Berklee College of Music in 1968, receiving his Bachelor of Music in Composition in 1971.

Millbrook School