Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teenage Vamp



Jeri Lynn Fraser

Written by Al Siegel

From the LP "Two Tickets To Paris"
Roulette Records R 25182
1962

Her career was guided by Al Siegel who has similarly served Ethel Merman, Dolores Gray and Frances Langford among others.
Jeri Lynne Fraser began performing at age of six in a local talent show at the Bolton, CT Town Hall.  She sang Oh Johnny.  Jeri Lynne performed in many local events in Connecticut and the surrounding communities.  At 11 years old Jeri Lynne was a 3-time winner in the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour, a nationally televised program.  This qualified Jeri Lynne to perform in Madison Square Garden.  At 12, Jeri signed her first recording contract with Big Top Records and at 13 signed with Columbia Records.  During this time, Jeri Lynne performed with many notable artists including Sophie Tucker, Frankie Avalon, Gene Pitney, Johnny Tillitson, Brian Hyland, Buzz Clifford, Freddie Cannon, Curtis Lee, Tommy Boyce, and Tony Orlando.

    Jeri Lynne was the female lead in the 1962 “twist” movie entitled Two Tickets to Paris with Joey Dee.
More info here 





Jeri and her Boys at the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour
singing All Shook Up 
(September 20, 1958)


Jeri Lynne Fraser discography
Big Top 3015 : If / Now I'm Of Age  (As By Jeri Lynn)
Columbia 41790 : Poor Begonia / Catch Me
Columbia 42032 : Give My Your Arm, Papa / Lessons In Love
Columbia 42234 : Poor Joe / Take T Easy Baby
ABC Paramount 10395 :  Hush, Harvey, Hush / You Spolied Me
ABC Paramount 10438:  Movie Queen / Are You A Guy With A Line

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Roll On Big Mama




This video was posted on YouTube by Gary Robinson on May 3, 2012 who wrote : Country singer George Self from Nacogdoches, Texas singing his 1956 release "Roll On Big Mama" (actually 1957, not 1956).

George Self died shortly after  in June 2012. 

George W. Self, 89, of Cushing, Texas, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He was born October 2, 1922, to Tommie E. and Amanda Gage Self in Cushing, Texas. He made a career of serving in the U.S. Navy and was a lifetime member of the VFW. He survived the sinking of the U.S.S. North Hampton at Guadalcanal. He was also a member of Landmark Baptist Church. -


Friday, August 21, 2015

Long Tall Sally


Lincoln Rand
with The Reveliers


Adona AD-1444
(1961)


This is the first record of this Hammond, Indiana native whose real name is Robert Dolan.   Dolan founded the short-lived Guild Craft Studios in 1964 and studied philosophy at St. Meinrad Seminary College.   In his seven years of monastery and seminary, Dolan got involved in recruitment films for the priesthood and convent. He starred in a slick film — as a rock singer — but people became more interested in him as a rock singer than as a priest.   In 1972, he got the music bug again. “I simply went and started a single act and by October of 1972 the Celery' Road Show blossomed."


Father Bob Dolan (1965) 




Bob Dolan as Elvis (1977)



 
 
Adona Records
East Chicago, Indiana
Owners Frank Dudek, Robert Billen
Years active : 1960-1962


1441 Bob Bilen 
1442 Little Satan and the Easy Rocks
1443
1444 Lincoln Rand
1445 The Jades
1446 Dick DeWayne Combo  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

No Need For Crying


Ricki Pal
with Adam Ross Orchestra

No Need For Crying

w & m Joe Lubin, Irvin J. Roth a.k.a. Adam Ross, & Ricki Pal (1958-10-23)
Arwin MM-115-45
1958

Ricki Pal, "23-year-old nitery thrush" was signed to a three-year contract by Marty Melcher, head of Arwin Records (and also the abusive husband of movie star Doris Day).  
 
The flipside, Just Outside of Love, saw some action on WIVY, Jacksonville, Florida in November 1958.   Ricki Pal was on American Bandstand on 30 December 1958.  This is seemingly her only record. 

No further info.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Honky Tonk Woman



Patti & The Nite-Lites

Patti, Dave, John & Doug
Patti Haack, vocal

Nite 7218


 
Patti Haack
Real Estate Servicing Coordinator at the United Bank of Iowa
(From The United Difference, UBI Bulletin, December 2014)

If you see her in Ida Grove, Iowa say hello from me, would you ?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dancin' Bill Bo' Jangles


Stepin Fetchit

Ferris 904 
1956


Stepin Fetchit was born Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry.   His bumbling acting style stereotyped African Americans in the early years of cinema.  Though he perpetuated a negative image of African Americans, even the critics agreed he had great comic timing as a stable boy or slave, and he became the first major black film star to become a millionaire.

Perry was born in Key West Florida in 1902. At age 14 he toured the south in minstrel shows and later was a vaudeville singer, dancer and comic. He changed his name to that of a racehorse winning him money in Oklahoma, and eventually made it to Hollywood, where he made dozens of films.

At the height of his fame Perry owned 12 cars and employed a staff of 16 servants. He later squandered his fortune and declared bankruptcy, and by the 1960s was a charity patient at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Perry died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Nov. 19, 1985 in Woodland Hills, California, an extraordinary entertainer who opened doors for black actors that followed, more free to display a limitess range of talent.



Stepin fighting the devil
(Pinkney Roberts' semi-nude exotic dancers "The Pinkettes" in their dressing room)
Young Stepin wanted to be a priest.  He studied for a year in a seminary in New Orleans before coming to Hollywood.  Impurities were troubling Mr. Fetchit.  Temptations had descended along with sudden riches, as they so often do.  Stepin was going to mass each morning to be on condition to wrestle the devil the rest of the day. 






Friday, August 7, 2015

Miss Ann

 
Harold Horn
 
E. Johnson - R. Penniman
Venice Music, BMI
 
Produced by Bobby Wayne

Jerden 750


Harold Horn was rhythm guitarist in the Bobby Wayne band.  Because Harold is an Indian, Bobby Wayne called his band The Warriors.   Harold Horn can be heard here as the vocalist of the Bobby Wayne band singing Long Lean Baby, a song unissued at the time.

Not sure at all about who was the mysterious Enotris Johnson, composer of Miss Ann, Jenny Jenny and Long Tall Sally, all sung by Little Richard and composer of no other songs.  According to some sources, Enotris Johnson adopted a young Richard Penniman, back in Macon, Georgia :
Enotris Johnson and his wife, Ann Johnson, devout white Seventh Day Adventists, adopted and raised a total of a dozen children, both black and white. One of these was Richard Penniman, who took on the stage name of Little Richard in the '50s. The Johnson's ran the Tick Tock Club, where Richard first performed.
For other sources, Enotris was a little girl :
Honey Chile, a popular disc jockey  introduced Robert Blackwell (Little Richard producer in New Orleans) to a young girl named Enotris Johnson who walked from Appaloosa, Mississippi to New Orleans to find Little Richard and sell him an idea for a song, because her aunt was sick and they needed the money to put her in the hospital.
Go figure. Was Enotris Johnson a real person ?  Or perhaps, the songs were not penned by Enotris Johnson but by another person of the same name ?   You can't really count on internet for debunking the false beliefs.  Incidentally, I've read that Yoko Ono is a singer.  And Tutankhamun is my ancestor.

The Enotris Johnson case is discussed here
 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Jazzy Little Mama


Bunny Sigler
(David Reed,  Tinker Music ASCAP)
A Music City Production
Arr. by Dickie Howard

Hi Lo 102
1958

This is the very first record by this Philadelphia soul and r&b artist, " a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a producer, a mentor to others and a man who had rubbed professional shoulders on an equal status with such legendary Philadelphia icons as Bobby Caldwell, Bobby Martin, David White, John Madara, Len Barry, Linda Creed, Cindy Scott and of course The Mighty Three triumvirate of Gamble, Huff and Bell"

It's almost impossible to find reliable information on the Bunny Sigler recording early days and their chronology, even from the usually dependable ones.   The best source of information I've found about the early career of Bunny Sigler in the late fifties is this article from 2013 by Dave Moore found here    (although Hi Lo is spelled Hi Low...)
I've not be able to find much about who was behind this record.  Surely Frank Pingatore was closely associated with its production, but I can't imagine him as a label owner.  Frank Pingatore owned Tinker Music, the publishing company and wrote songs for Steve Gibson and the Red Caps who had the two other known records on this tiny Hi Lo Philadelphia label.  The Music City credited for the production is perhaps the music store and concert venue on 18th Street and Chesnut in Center City opened in 1947 by a drummer named Ellis Tollin and his business partner, William Welsh.

Frank J. Pingatore, Jr.
Frank Pingatore of Wilmington, Delaware passed away December 17, 2012 at the age of 82.

The son of the late Frank and Margaret Pingatore, he was the longtime owner of Pingatore Hair Designs. Prior to owning Pingatore Hair Designs, Frank was in the music business for many years. He began playing trumpet at an early age and became an accomplished professional player and had his own orchestra. He studied with Rhinehart for advanced trumpet skills and performed pop, jazz and rhythm & blues.

Frank attended Julliard for Composition and Theory and was a member of the ASCAP (American Society Composers, Authors, & Publishers) since 1955. He wrote many songs at an early age, and was the founder of Tinker Music Publishers. In 1953 Frank was presented a song, "Around the Clock," to revise, arrange, and rehearse with Bill Haley and the Comets. He arranged the union of country with rhythm & blues, wrote a new intro and revised the lyrics giving birth to "Rock Around the Clock"! He worked on many of Bill Haley and the Comets early hits, writing "Two Hound Dogs" and "Happy Baby," as well as writing for the Jodimars.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Johnny B. Goode


Janis Darlene Martin 
(March 27, 1940 – September 3, 2007)


To the best of my knowledge, Janis Martin never recorded this song. 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Onion


Sherry Grooms

Onion

Boudleaux Bryant
Acuff Rose Pub. BMI
Southern Artists Records

Mockingbird 1001
1965

Sherry Ann Grooms, fourteen-year old of West Memphis, Ark. has won a number of local contests in 1964.  She had been encouraged in her singing career by Fred Bevis, a Florence resident and the girl's general manager.  In 1965, she appeared four times on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour and recorded this first record, possibly in Arkansas at Southern Artists Records.

In December 1965, she was the headliner of a variety show at the Florence Coliseum. On the same bill were the Fame Records Studio Band, "Barry" & the Psychos from Memphis, Lendon Smith and the Genteels, Maggie Sue Wimberly, The Travelons, Fred Frawley and band and others

She had further records on ABC (1966-1967), Cotillion (1969), Elektra (1977, with Even Stevens) and Parachute (1978).  Some were minor hits in the country charts.

Fred Bevis, her manager, was the Florence, Alabama resident who had converted an old casket factory at 3614 Jackson Highway (Sheffield, Ala.) into a four-track studio, which he sold in 1969. The new owners named it "Muscle Shoals Sound Studios"


Saturday, July 25, 2015

He's All Mine


Miss Judy Wilson


KaRi Records 101
1962

One of the first production of Foster and Rice.  Both were already recording artists and both had singles issued by Fernwood Records in that year 1962.
 
Foster and Rice crossed paths while working some shows together in 1961 and 1962 on the Missouri nightclub circuit, and as radio disc jockeys at KTCB in Malden, Missouri.  The duo discovered that Rice had a special aptitude for melodies (“His melodies would sing to me,” Foster said), while Foster had a penchant for lyric writing, and together they made for a formidable songwriting team.

The songwriting team of Jerry Foster and Bill Rice have become one of the most successful song writing teams in country music.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Blue Jean Blues


Sharon Strauss


Richard Kleiner-Jane Douglass White
Opportunity Music, ASCAP

Target EXP 503
If it's on TARGET it's a hit
1957


Sharon Strauss, 1962

Sharon Strauss was raised in Oceanside, N.Y., on the south shore of Long Island, though she spent summers with her grandmother in Danby, Vt., in the shadow of the Green Mountains.

Sharon Strauss, the daughter of  Mike Strauss, a winter sportswriter at The New York Times,  had appeared on Paul Winchell's TV show and was a junior at Oceanside Junior High School, when she recorded her first 45 for Jubilee Records in 1957.

In 1963, she married George Parker, a member of the family that owned the Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, N.Y..  Her mother-in-law told her: “Remember, you married a hotel.”  And the new Mrs. Parker gave up her ambitions to be an entertainer and instead became a hostess at the famous celebrity hotspot, greeting visitors as the manager of guest relations.

These were the glory days of the Catskills, and Sharon recalls: “It was pre-cruise ship, and this was like a cruise ship on land.  When people came down to dinner, they dressed.”   The dining room held 3,000.   Guests included the Rockefellers, Kennedys, singers, dancers, “and every famous athlete of the day.”

Discography
57    Jubilee 5275 : A Hole In The Fence / Matchin' Kisses
57    Target 503 : Blue Jean Blues / Rattlin' Around
57    Target 504 : (You're The) Purtiest Thing / Over & Over
62    ABC 10349 : Don't Keep Your Friends Away From Me / Don't Let Him Know (The Truth)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Double Bubble


Larry Brinkley
Lee McAlpin-Randy Wilson
Lyn-Lou Music BMI

Magic 3011
1965
Earliest releases on the Magic label had a Memphis address, later releases a Middleton, Tennessee address.  Magic Records was owned by Jimmy Darnell and Lee McAlpin. 
From Jackson, Tennessee Larry Brinkley recorded locally for Jaxon (unissued cuts) and Charlie Roach's Westwood.  See his discography in the Rockin' Country Style website.

When the rockabilly days were over, Larry teamed with Lee McAlpin (who played piano with Carl Perkins' band) and they wrote songs together, notably "The Man in the House", recorded by Loretta Lynn.

This is one of the last (or the last) release on the label, more obscure than the earlier Larry Brinkley offering on the label which was "Right String, But Wrong Yo Yo" (Magic 3004)



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nu, Nu, Nu


The Taylor Maids
Bobby Pring's Orchestra
Romano, Bradford (ASCAP)

Eureka 6752
1954

Eureka, the Gold label, division of Stanley and Livingston, Inc. Hollywood, Calif.

The Taylor Maids, three striking decorative blondes, were sisters who answer to the names of Pat, Beverly and Shirley Taylor.   They began their professional careers singing in army hospitals.    Said one sergeant, "Those girls were so darn pretty they didn't have to sing."     Bob Hope discovered them in 1950 and immediately booked them to accompany him on a Korean tour. Hope was so enthralled by the girls that when he made his TV debut he brought the Taylor Maids to New York. 
After four singles for Capitol Records in 1955-1956, Pat called it quits to devote time to her family.  Beverly and Shirley tried to find a third person to keep the act going, without success, and both wound up getting hired in Florida as airline stewardesses. 
More details can be found here

Sunday, July 12, 2015

School Of Love


Cole Younger
 
J. Gazzaruso, Dixsil Music-Carpino Music

Candix 320
1961

This is John Gazzaruso

"School Of Love" was previously issued on Mercury Records (#71587) as by Johnny Raphael, another Gazzaruso pseudonym.  It's also probably him on the Australian W&G label released as by Johnny Daro (I've not heard this one, but it has to be him).

Johnny Raphael first recorded for Aladdin Records in 1958 (Lonely Road To Nowhere/We're Only Young Once, with Frank Gazzaruso and Orchestra.)


He produced some early P.J. Proby recordings (still known as Jett Powers) at an unknown date (probably in 1959).  Unissued at the time, two of these recordings, "You Got Me Cryin'" backed with "I Need Love", were issued only in 1965 on Johnny Raphael's own Surfside Records

His wife was Rosemary Nibali who was the mother of Tommy Rettig, original star of  "Lassie", the TV series.  (Tommy's father was Elias Rettig)


School of Love 
We're only young once 
Let's rock & roll 
Loving Husband, Father & Grandfather
Johnny Raphael Gazzaruso
1928-1974