Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bertha Breadsacker?

Bertha-BB, SingSnap member

* Bertha-BB
The Great Pretender

* Bertha Breadsacker
No Money Down

A little big mystery for you today.

1/ "The Great Pretender" has been found on http://www.singsnap.com a karaoke website (Register for free access to singing and recording thousands of karaoke songs, millions of recordings to listen to and entertainment that lasts a life time...)
The singer is Bertha-BB (that's her picture (?) on top of this post.  Her  real name is Bertha Breadsacker. Bertha is 76 years old (in 2009, I assume), is located in Louisiana / USA and has been a SingSnap member since September 9, 2009.

Her other karaoke songs can be found here

2/ "No Money Down", the Chuck Berry song, has been played on WFMU radio three times and credited to Bertha Breadsacker on Wholewheat Records.    I've not been able to find any evidence of  the existence of this record.  The singer sounds younger that Bertha BB and the recording, older

Are they real? Are both a joke?  Or only one is a joke? Then which one?  Your info or even just your opinion — as always — welcomed!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cajun Baby

Ferne's Blackjacks
Vocal : Ferne Johnson

Cajun Baby

Tyme 9-435

Cover by a Polk County, Wisconsin band of the Hank Williams, Jr. song (MGM Records)

Ferne Johnson

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Zelda, Oh, Zelda

In 1962, KSO [Des Moines, Iowa] air personality and program director Dick Vance recorded a 45 RPM record entitled "Sharon oh Sharon" (Sor-Va Records). The song was promoted on KSO and charted locally in December 1962

Shortly after, Good Guy Doug MacKinnon from another DesMoines radio, KIOA, recorded a takeoff on "Sharon Oh Sharon" as Leroy Breadsacker. Adam Jones wrote the lyrics.  Pressed by King Records in 1963 on the Foodlady label, the record was sold for $1.00 each. The proceeds went to a charity.

A-side is the vocal side (part 2), B-side (same title)  is an instrumental (part 3). There is indeed no part 1.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ready To Go Steady


With Elmer Plotnik
Orchestra Directed By G. Clifford Prout

Ready To Go Steady
Bruce Spencer, Abel Music BMI

S.I. N.A. 709
Society For Indecency To Naked Animals
507 Fifth Avenue, New York

The Toalson sisters, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Toalson of Aldrich Missouri were already a singing trio at an early age. In 1955, while members of the Aldrich 4-H Club, they took first place in the Polk County 4-H Talent Night at Southwest Baptist College. They sang “Two Hearts.” The girls were accompanied at the piano by their mother. 

Thanks to The Bolivar Free Press (December 24, 1959), we also known their first names :
The Toalson Sisters Trio of Aldrich have just recently made a record that is making a hit wherever it is played over radio stations in the United States. The three talented sisters, Pauletta, 18, Carolyn, 16, and Kay, 14, are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Toalson. The record, “Mau, Mau, Mambo” and “Ready to go Steady” were reviewed by the national record magazine Cashbox as being “very good.”
The Toalson sisters are featured in a homemade video from 1997 here and Kay, the youngest sister now Kay Wheeler, is singing "Stupid cupid" here

Bruce Spencer and Elmer Plotnik are just two of the multiple aliases of jazz drummer (and famous hoaxer) Alan Abel.  The Society For Indecency To Naked Animals was one of his numerous hoaxes and is perhaps the most well known.

According to Alan Abel :
A hoax, yes, but I did not initially create it as such. What I
perpetrated was a living social satire, an allegory cloaked with
the absurd purpose of putting panties on pets, half slips on
cows, and Bermuda shorts on horses. Thus, while SINA
succeeded in becoming an often discussed subject around the
house and in the office, its true intention failed because
hardly anyone, to my knowledge, recognized it as satire.
Almost everyone thought that SINA was seriously concerned
with the horrendous task of covering up animals.
 G. Clifford Prout, one of Alan Abel's friends, was the pseudonym of Buck Henry

But how three young girls from Missouri found themselves recorded by a New-Yorker joker is anybody's guess...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Reka Records

Reka Records

This is a re-up.  Original post here

294 Jimmy Lamberth : Rockin' And Reelin' 
295 Jo Haynes : So Long
296 Sonny Deckelman :  After You're Gone
297 Billy Childs : Call Me Shorty 
298 Hank Hankins : Blues Stay Away From Me / My Old Kentucky Home Rock [instr.] (60)

401 Kenny Owen : Come Back Baby / Wrong Line (64)

Baby, Cut It Out

The Floaters

Baby, Cut It Out

Audio Recording AR-122

According to http://pnwbands.com/floaters.html, the Floaters were Bill Arnold, guitar, Bob McDermid, trumpet, Duffy Nightengale, keyboards, Ronnie Pierce, saxophone  and Arthur "Ben" Wise, drums.   There is no mention of a female vocalist heard on "Baby, Cut It Out". Who is she ?

The Floaters also recorded a quite rare album on the same label titled "See Blue At The Vault" with the following tracks :  Camel Caper -  Soul - 2nd Avenue Jerk -  Root Beer Float -  I Love You Girl - Mount Up - Bossa Nova Baby -  What Time Is It // I See Blue - Jerk Right - Mediterranean Go Go - Uptown Walk -  Subterranean Go Go - Luigi's Lasagne - Out Of Sight  (Audio Recording ARLS-1216).  Songs on the album were penned by Bob Deimid (McDermid?) or by Al Sweet, who may have been a Floater for a while.

Ronnie Pierce, a musician since the forties, also owned and operated The Vault, a rocking nightclub replete with go-go dancers, sailors and swingers, from 1962 to 1974.   An interview with Ron Pierce can be found here

Audio Recording was the in-house label of the recording studio owned by Kearney Barton

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Jerry De Lon & The Redcoats


MAE 45-1002

The flip is "Cobra" an instrumental by the Redcoats a band based out of New Albany, Indiana

The Redcoats

The picture above was found at indiana45s
The names of the band members are, from left to right: Larry Hawkins – Bass, Jerry Schleicher – Lead vocalist (kneeling), Bill Heinz – Lead Guitar, Dennis Heinz – Rhythm Guitar, Gary Wallbaum – Keyboards (lying on the piano), Brian Strange – Drums. The Redcoats also had two background singers: Leslie Brockmeyer & Kristine Balgeman (not shown).

Jerry De Lon (De Leon?) name is not mentionned.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cha Cha Blues

Tony Rinaldi

Cha Cha Blues

Bart 7-G-16

After this recording for Nick Bartell's Bart label, Tony Rinaldi became in Detroit a member of a group composed of Miami, Florida students :  the Sonny Bloch's Coralairs, named after Coral Gables, Florida, where the University of Miami is located.  

Tony Rinaldi is the uncredited vocalist on Baby Blue Eyes released in 1958 on the Detroit Bee label (produced in Miami) as by the Sonny Bloch's Coralairs. That's the sum of my knowledge of this artist.

The Coralairs, Tony Rinaldi is on left

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Big Eyed Baby

Linc and The Linnettes

Big Eyed Baby

Palette PZ 5112

"Some Day" on the flip is by The Linnettes, an obscure girl group.  From Washington D.C., I'm inclined to think.  Firstly, Duke Leonard, here the songwriter and the producer, managed Barry Darvell and co-wrote with him several songs. Barry Darvell was from Washington.
Secondly, The Saxtons, the band behind Linc & the Linnettes were a D.C. area's club band led by Joe Stanley.  They  backed Big Joe Turner, Sam Cooke, Little Anthony, The Ames Brothers, Lloyd Price, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Jackie Wilson, Dion & the Belmonts, Freddie Cannon, and many, many others on local performances. 

But who are The Linnettes and who is Linc, I've no idea.  Lincoln Chase perhaps? 

Produced by Morty Wax and Duke Leonard

Friday, June 10, 2016

Rock - Rock - Rock

Jimmy Cavello And His House Rockers

Rock, Rock, Rock
The Big Beat
That's The Groovy Thing
Soda Shoppe Rock

      Coral (EP)  

The House Rockers left to right, John LaTocha, Jimmy Cavallo, Chuck Sgroi and Tony Licameli

Jimmy Cavallo born in Syracuse, New York in 1927 is best known for performing with his band in the 1956 movie, Rock, Rock, Rock, by pioneering music DJ Alan Freed. Jimmy and the Houserockers were the first all-white band to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where they celebrated the movie's release.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

This Thing Called Love

Orman Lemonds
And Rhythm Playboys

This Thing Called Love

Under A Moon

Produced by Donald Butts

Harlan 105

Orman Lemonds was born May 6, 1929 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. 

A 1947 graduate of Albia High School, he married Fern R. Foster in, 1949. Orman worked for 25 years at John Morrell & Co. and for 17 years for the City of Ottumwa, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Rhythm Playboys band for 34 years along with Mike Miller, Pete Peterson, Ed Muchow and his daughter, Lyla Rose Drey. They appeared for eight years on Sunday evenings on KTVO.  He also led The Stepchildren who backed his friend Jack Paris on his LP  ("My Music, My Friends) on 2 J Records in 1974.

Orman Lemonds died in 2015.

Owner of Harlan Records, located in Inglewood, California, was Harlan E. Butts, an enterprising businessman who was involved in many ventures over his long life.  His obituary has no mention of his interest for the music industry or of his label, which was probably founded under the impulse of his wife Laura E Butts (1923-1994)  who was a songwriter.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Jeeper Creepers

Joey Dade Trio

Gulfstream 1052


Vincent Fiorino, the owner of Gulfstream Records in Hollywood, Florida, was formerly with Paul Whiteman and a score of symphonies and opera companies, was also with CBS in Chicago for fifteen years during which time Downbeat Magazine voted him the fastest tuba in America.   

He'd written several hits including Dinah Shore's 'Blue Canary' and Theresa Brewer's 'Skinny Minnie' as well as Red Foley's 'Red Canary'

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Banjo Rock

Grier Adams
Banjo Rock *

Symbol 902
A division of Sue Records

*For a download link see comment

Despite some twenty singles released, Robert Grier Adams is still a mystery.  He came from Seattle, Washington according to some sources.  Not much more is known about him  He first recorded for the short-lived Pet label, owned by Don Carter and Don Robey (of Duke-Peacock Records). Some records listed below were duet recorded with Betty Lou.

Discography :

58 - Pet 803 : Don't Be Sorry / I Want My Lovin'
59 - Symbol 902 : Banjo Rock / This Feeling 
59 - Symbol 905 : Don't Leave / It Doesn't Matter
60 - Symbol 908 : I Suffered / Little Miss America -
61 - Symbol 911 : What A Mess/Let Me Love You"
61 - Colpix 195 : Here Is One / B: You Oughta Been There
61 - Colpix 604 : Save Those Teardrops /  I Think You Want My Girl
61 - Colpix unissued : Who Knows What Might Have Been
62 - May 113 :  I Had To Tell Somebody Else / Who Knows What Might Have Been
63 - Battle 45914 : Sixteen Years In The Making / Better Days Ahead
64 - Bo-Ad : A New Way To Hurt Me / Be Careful With My Heart
64 - Purdy 102 :  Don't You Feel It /  How Wrong Can You Be
65 - Coed 604 (=Colpix 604)
66 - Old Town 1194 : Bobby & Betty Lou : Soul Stirrer / Sugar
67 - Tra-X 16 : Dr.Truelove /Why Did I Decide To Get Married? 
70 - Home Town 101   Love Ain't Nothing But A Business /  Love Ain't Nothing But A Business [Instrumental]
70 - Home Town 102 : Mr. Preacher Man  / : Heart Attack
70 - Home Town 107 : Go On Back To Georgia / Is It Too Late

Xx - Pilma 887/8  : You Got Next To Me Baby / Home Don't Seem Like Home
Xx - Raftis 114  : He Had A Dream (A Tribute To The Great Man) /    Same
Xx - Big B 777; Soul Stirrer / For You
Xx - Big Bee 778 : Thats The Kind Of Man I,Am  / Soul Stirrer

Monday, March 28, 2016


The Jolly Jax

Tina Records 201
200 W. 57th St., New York City

Newspaper Clip from September 1949
The Jolly Jax were from Baltimore and were a fixture on the club scene
there for quite a few years. Formed in 1949, by the early 60's they were
down to a trio (brothers Herman, Jerry & Carroll Hill). The Jolly Jax were used as a comedy opening act in many of the small concerts and apperances of major stars. They often were used to loosen up the crow before the feature act come on.

According to Charles, of The Tunetoppers, “Our first long standing gig was in east Baltimore at the Clover Club at Fayette and Wolfe Sts. And not only did we pack them in but just across the road was the Club Ambassador which nightly presented the equally popular Jolly Jax,” said Charles.  The Jolly Jax from Turners Station in Baltimore County, which included brothers Herman and Carroll, would for several years be the main competitors in the city to the Tunetoppers and, in fact, would often share the same bill. During that time frame of 1957, the Jolly Jax on stage would all be wearing Mouseketeer ears after their national hit, “Mickey Mouse Rock” (Teenage #1005)
Atfter their Tina release, they had two singles on Airmaster Records, the first, introducing a new dance "The Pony Shuffle"  :
The Jolly Jax, might finally have a winner on their new Airmaster record. "The Pony Shuffle." A dance of the same title has been rivaled by the Jax who won raves after demonstrating it on "The Buddy Deane Show" on WJZ - TV in Baltimore and In New Jersoy. For Pittsburghers the Jax will demonstrate the new steps on 'The Clark Race Show" on KDKA - TV, Saturday, April 13. [newspaper, April 15, 1961]

Also in 1961 also for Airmaster, they recorded a tune in honor of Astronaut Alan Shepard. entitled "Everything's A OK." They sent Shepard copies and he congratulated them personally.

1962.  On V-Tone, they recorded "There Is Something on Your Mind", issued as a two-part single on V-Tone 233. The song is a familiar one, done earlier by Big Jay McNeely and Bobby Marchan, and later by King Curtis, all of whom charted with it. The Jolly Jax version never charted, although it wasn't a bad version, except for one glaring detail. The spoken passage in Part 2, obviously meant as a joke, was, even by the standards of 1960 [edit: 1962], clearly over the line, describing in graphic detail someone murdering his girlfriend. The spoken part begins: "Mayhap you discover, that you have a contemptible girl, who is egotistical, antidisestablished and ridiculous, and refuses to abide by the laws of your abode. Go down to the pawn shop, steal a gun, a switchblade knife, and the little baby brother, the razor blade. Come back and introduce her to United States steel company....Cut her long, deep......"   From there, we'll leave it to your imagination.   [1]

Carroll Hill said. ."We consider this ridiculously funny. If anything. There was no Intention on our part of being offensive. It's the beat record we've ever had. Naturally we were disappointed when It was banned after getting off to such good start. "Mack the Knife" Is worst  than our recording. It suggests much more violence than ours, and It wasn't banned." [Jolly Jax Record Banned, The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · April 7, 1962]

Tragedy hit them In August 1963 when Herman Hill, leader of the trio, died while learning to fly.  "He was scared to even travel in an airplane as late as 1961.  Yet, he died while learning to fly. I guess it was just his time" said "philosophically" his widow, Ernestine Hill.   According to his brother Carroll, Herman took an interest in flying when an employee at the club where they have been playing for eight weeks, invited them to go for a flight.  "when we were playing in Bermuda, Herman hated the idea of flying, but after he went up with our pilot-friend he began to like it and decided to learn to fly".

Replacing Herman for awhile were Hump Jones, a popular keyboardist and comic.  Hump Jones' can be heard on Further On Up The Road (Monticello Records)..

After a few soul singles on Ru-Jac, Landa (as The Jolly Jacks) and Cookin' and they backed Lynn Martini on Soulville, their last waxing, as far as I known.  But then the thrill was gone, I guess

With mouseketeer ears, 1957

The Jolly Jax  / Jolly Jacks discography

56/10 — Teenager 1003   I’m Bad / Walk On
Herman Hill & The Jolly Jax
57/04 — Teenager 1005   Mickey Mouse Rock / Walk On
59/12 — Tina 201/202    Love / Honeymoonin'
61/03 — Airmaster 601   Pony Shuffle / Things Are Tough

61/04 — Airmaster 602   Everything Is A-Okay / Tweedle Dee And Tweedle Dum
61/12 — Dasher 501      Ugly Face / This Day
62/03 — V-Tone 233      There's Something On On Your Mind     Part.1 / Part.2

64/02  — Ru-Jac 09      The Money Cha Cha / Meadow Of Love   Vcl Judd Watkins
64/— — Monticello 0012 Further On Up The Road* / The Popp    *Harmon "Hump" Jones, vocal

65/03 — Landa 707       There's Something On Your Mind / Rock The House   Jolly Jacks
66/07 — Cookin' 609     ‘Preciate It  / Tiphe Tina 
69 — — Soulville 1016     I Wish / Now   
Lynn Martini & The Jolly Jax
Sound Plus   
I Don't Need Your Love / Let Them Talk       Acetate (Philadelphia's Sound Plus Studios)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Satellite Baby


Exact facts regarding Skip Stanley, his biography, and the recording of "Satellite Baby" are not easy to come by.  According to one source "He was working nightclubs in Toledo, Ohio as a stand-up comedian when he wrote and recorded the song in 1956 at the age of 28. A couple years later, he returned to California and eventually Los Angeles to work in real estate."

From another source : "While on the road, he wrote a song about the space race between the U.S. and Russia.  When Stanley had a tour stop in New York in 1956, he recorded his song and called it "Satellite Baby."

In fact, Skip Stanley recorded the song twice.  The first (1956) version [perhaps recorded in New York] was issued on Spotlight Records, a corporation which had probable links with the Detroit's Flame Show Bar owned by Morris Wasserman.   Al Green, talent agent who booked the artists performing at the Flame, and his protégé, a young Nat Tarnopol, who once worked at the Union Tire company and used to hang out at the Flame Show Bar had certainly an interest in Spotlight Records.

The release of the 2nd version were annonced in Billboard Magazine in 1957 (in the November 27 issue) :
Satellite Record Co., a new label , headed by Skip Stanley with offices at 44 West 88th Street"  has released its first pressing "Satellite Baby" and "Planets"   Skip Stanley, A night club and TV comic, has worked the Casa Seville at Hempstead, Long Island, Cafe-of-Tomorrow, in Chicago, Lake Club in Springfield, Ill.  Larry's Potter Supper Club in Hollywood.  Ralph Stein, formerly a&r man for Flair-X Records, did the arranging on the first Satellite release, and will continue in that capacity.
First release on Satellite? Not quite, earlier in the year "Planets" had already been issued on his own Satellite label [SX-91] backed with "Manganese Blues".  Anyway, Skip Stanley went to radio stations around New York City to get them to play his record.  But Hoffman couldn't land a record deal, and spent $3,000 on trying to get the song pushed.

An unknown singer by the name of Bobby Darin wanted to record his song, "Satellite Baby," which he had written because of the space race between Russia and the U.S., but Skip Stanley was by then so embittered by broken promises of celebrity and wealth that he turned Darin's offer down, to his eternal regret.

Stanley Jerry Hoffman (born in 1929)  first called himself for stage purposes Stanley Hoffman, then Lee Hoffman, then Skip Stanley, and then Stan Hoffman yet again and more recently began calling himself Kwayzar "the oldest rap singer"

He started his career in showbiz when he was 4 :
When he was four, he tried to break into acting. It was 1932, he auditioned for a role in the The Little Rascals. Hoffman's mom was bed-ridden with tuberculosis, so a family friend drove Stanley to the audition.

The director made Stanley's guardian leave the room, which made him panic. He said they began to ask him basic questions -- like where he was from, his name -- and he just froze. The studio called him back for another interview, but the same thing happened. He didn't say a word. He still thinks of that moment, and says; "What would have happened to me in that career if I just talked?"
He had enlisted in the Navy during WWII, and during the time Mao Tse Tung was driving Chiang Kai-shek out of mainland China, Hoffman was stationed in Shanghai and saw dead bodies of G.I.s floating in the Whangpoo River, which was a tributary of the Yangtze.

Upon his discharge from the Navy, Hoffman continued to pursue his dream of "making it big" in showbiz. "I wanted to be a comedian in the movies," he says.   His determination to be an actor was so strong that his mother moved the family into an apartment that was close enough for him to attend Hollywood High School.  He spent two-and-a-half years in drama school on the G.I. bill.

He would team up with one of his school buddies and form a stand-up comedy team — Wallace and Lee (he dropped the first part of Stanley).  

Later, after the failure of his recording artist career, and while in one of the most precarious period in his life, he had to turn to selling real estate to make a living. Fortunately, he was good at it. He finally starting making money -- before losing $375,000 in the stock market.

More recently, the name change to Kwayzar was prompted by his discovery of rap, which nudged Hoffman in a new direction. He says he was influenced by Ice Cube and Eminem.

He has gone into writing and producing rap videos fulltime now, which he uploads on YouTube (YouTube.com/kwayzar11). His cybermusic (also available in CD) bears such titles as the afore-mentioned "Satellite Baby," "Brave New World "(a nod to Aldous Huxley), "Cyberspace," "Chat Room," "Tech Support," and "Clone."

Latin and scientific phrases that alternate with salty language learned during naval days can be heard in his uptempo music videos. Two of his latest are "The Vote of a Lifetime," a rap in support of Obama, and "I Can Still Do It," which is a metaphor, he says, for young as well as old people not giving up, not quitting on that dream.

At this point, he says, "Writing and producing rap videos keeps me busy, keeps me active, and keeps me well, while I hope to be an inspiration especially to older people that they, too, can and should still lead productive, and thus meaningful, lives. The whole thing has become a labor of love."

Still practicing a bit of self-promotion, Kwayzar wants his sobriquet henceforth to be "The world's only senior cyber-rapper Caucasian."