Friday, December 13, 2019


Wayne Tursso
and Tim's Galaxies Orch.

Twayne T-100 (PE-802)


Playing For Keeps

Two covers (Larry Williams & Elvis Presley).  "Playing For Keeps" penned by Stan Kesler was first recorded as a demo for Elvis by Barbara Pitman.

Wayne Tursso (1938-2016)

Wayne Charles Tursso was born in St. Paul, MN, on September 18, 1939. He grew up and received his education in South St. Paul, MN, and later attended Brown Institute, in Minneapolis, MN.

From May of 1962 until February of 1965, Wayne served in the US Army. After his discharge, he lived in Minneapolis, Des Moines, IA, and Detroit Lakes, MN, before coming to Fargo, ND. He worked at several radio stations and sold insurance for AAA and Prudential. He worked in sales and circulation for the Fargo Forum, until he retired in 2014.

In 2015, Wayne became a resident of Golden Living Center, Moorhead, MN, where he died on November 2, 2016, at the age of 77.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

I'm Coming Down Mama

Aaron Love
is an Arkansas singer and drummer whose nickname is the Jonesboro Blues Man. He returns yearly to the Blues Fest held in his hometown of Jonesboro, AR, to attend the reunion of Alley Records recording artists. "I'm Coming Down Mama," an Alley Records release, was a local hit for Love.

Some info here

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Mack The Knife

From The Gone Records LP "Willie Restum At The Dream Lounge"

Willie Restum, Allentown's irrepressibly effervescent baritone saxophonist and lounge entertainer died in Los Angeles from a stroke in 2006 . He was 76.

Dressed in his trademark outfit of black Clark desert boots, black socks, Bermuda shorts and loose, loud shirt with kangaroo pouches, the well-known entertainer performed at venues from the Allentown Fair to the Dream Lounge in Miami Beach to the Playboy Club in Hollywood. Mixing stardust standards, Arabic dance numbers and jokes of all stripes, he shared bills with Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett and other stars.

Another interesting version of "Mack The Knife" by the unknown Meg Andre from 1968 on the Al Furth's AlphaPop label.

[The Jeff Gray version has been posted here two years ago]

Friday, November 29, 2019

It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day

It's A Hap-Hap-Happy Day

Roye Dodge [dance] Studios were located at 8 Second St, New York City, owned by Roye Dodge and his wife Jayne. Roye Dodge was a well-known tap dance instructor and choreographer.

R&J Records, the studio label, released a series of records by uncredited artists designed as accompaniment for dance instruction. [See discography at discogs]

Roye and Jayne dancing in 1943

It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day was written by cartoonist Max Fleischer's staff musicians Sammy Timberg, Winston Sharples, and Al Neiberg.  the song was featured in "Gulliver's Travels," Fleischer's animated feature film and sung by the Lilliputian villagers as they made a new suit of clothes to fit their friend and protector, Gulliver.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

When It's Time

Mike Rogers
Nashville Jamband

JOiFU 149

When It's Time
wr. joi dibrango - fu wilson

Oddity from 1975.  Who were Joyce Di Brango and Frank Wilson, sole owners of JOiFU Records, located at 102 Hobart Street, in Utica, N.Y.? I can't find much info about them. 

Joi (Joyce Lauraine DiBrango) was born in 1944.  A 1959 newspaper tells us that she was a member of The Utica Grammar School Girls Basketball League team that wins a city “sports day” tournament  and that she was from Roosevelt School.

Even more mysterious is Fu aka Frank Edward Wilson, born in 1912.

JOiFU Records was active in the seventies and released two "Broadway Musical Show" albums and several singles recorded by 
Mike Rogers, 
Gene Marshall, 
Gene Marshall & The Clicking Flicks, 
Jim Fraser, 
Big Jim Biji (Jim Fraser?) And The Biji Roks, 
Connie Heywey And The Biji Roks
Connie Wayne and the Winchester Beegees.
Text (mixing upper and lower case) found on the back of their second album cover is a complete nonsense :

This is the 2nd Broadway Musical Project by ASCAP writers/publishers and record label owners Joyce Lauraine Dibrango "joi" and Frank Edward Wilson "fu" from Utica New York. They are experienced veteran professional all music artists, Jazrok is their paramount style and Frank's stint with the Utica Civic Orchestra brought the USA National Title to that Group in the 1950's.  

"Rocking with Barbara" song 5 explains "Queen Barbara" is the real USA all Music Queen. She is Real. You may see her any day at her executive office desk. Her 1970-1980 The greatest in all time USA history. That gigantic.
 More later, hopefully...

Frank "Fu" Wilson
Broadwady ASCAP

Monday, November 18, 2019

I'll Meet You By The River

The Sheppard Singers

Show-Me 1158

Unlisted Starday Custom release out of Potosi, Missouri. From 1966.  Members included Marjorie Sheppard (1925-1999) and her father Orvil Sheppard.  The Sheppard Singers sang gospel on KYRO Radio Station and also at many churches in the Potosi area.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Voodoo Doll

The Interiors

Worthy W-1008
Leroy Braswell, Jimmy Dockett, Junior Fry, Stanley Greggs, Bernard Newman, and Jay Otis Washington are The Interiors. 

Worthy Records and Worthy Music were located at 550 Fifth Ave., N.Y.C.  Gil (Gilbert) Snapper owned the label. He recorded on his own label as Ashley Beaumont The 18th .

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Way Out West

Mae West

Way Out West
Tower Records 2056

Backing band : Somebody's Children (aka the Chyldren, aka The Off-Beats, aka The Children)
A Dagonet Production (David Mallet)

Derek Taylor* wrote in his book "As Time Goes By" [excerpt]
[...] David Mallet called me one day in Hollywood and asked me if I would like to represent Mae West. I said, oh I don't know, I'm very busy, you know how it is. He said she had made a rock'n'roll record, an album called Way Out West for Tower Records (a Capitol subsidiary which Capitol closed with an axe in the back in 1969), and she was going to need publicity on account of she had not been heard for some years.

David Mallet was then in his early twenties. He was British, living in Hollywood, and working as assistant producer to Jack Good on Shinding!, and [...] he was very enthusiastic and persuasive and it took him all of half a minute to persuade me to change my mind and I promised to work for Miss West.

He warned me there was much to be done. "She is a very fussy old lady," he said, "but you mustn't ever use the word "old" in her presence.  She would be very cross, very cross indeed." [...]

*Derek Taylor was The Beatles’ Press Officer in 1964 and the Apple Press Officer between 1968 and 1970. Between times he represented many acts including The Beach Boys and The Byrds. He continued to work with The Beatles in the 1980s and 1990s,

Shakin' All Over

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Change Your Mind

Change Your Mind

A Man Only Does

This is a second issue, probably from 1964, released on the Beacon's Joe Davis label.  The record was previously issued on Hudco, a label owned by Joe Davis' wife, Bertha Davis.

(Hallique Foster Henry 1919-2006)

Described by a 1944 article as an Harlem beauty, Hallique was known because of her extensive travelling with her husband, Haywood Henry, sax player with Erskine Hawkins orchestra, According to the same article "She operates one of New Yorks's finest fashion marts known as Hallique's Fashion Shoppe and is recognixed as a fashion stylist of rare distinction."

She recorded only sporidically. There was a single for Clock in 1960 and another on Joe Davis in 1966 (See 45cat)

In the late sixties, she operated Que Records, which issued several adult comedy albums, perhaps recycling old Joe Davis masters. See Discogs


Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Legendary Stardust Cowboy

While a student at Lubbock’s Monterey High School in the mid-sixties, Norman Carl Odam, the only son of Utahonna Beauchamp, a clerk at J. C. Penney’s, and Carl Bunyan Odam, an auto mechanic, would stand on the school steps and bang on an old guitar (using only the G7 chord, according to Ely). Often, suited up in his Ledge outfit, he’d tool into fast-food drive-ins in a light blue Chevy Biscayne with “NASA presents the Stardust Cowboy” spray-painted on the side, hop on top of the car, and start his show. The kids would rearrange their cars to face him. Some would cheer him on, others would pelt him with Sweetarts or clumps of dirt, then invariably—before he could demonstrate his skills on the bugle and the washboard—fights would start and he’d have to peel out.  (from Texas Monthly, June 2000)

Monday, November 11, 2019

Five Years

Tony Dodge

Five Years

Marvin Silverman-Hardy Salwitz
Michele Music ASCAP
   Arranged and conducted by Hardy Salwitz

Square Records 45-S101

Tony Dodge, real name Alan Mark David, born in 1928 in New York City. David’s father worked for the New York Press.  Well, not exactly.  Essentially, he was a presser in New York’s Garment Center.  But, when asked what his father did for a living, he always said he was with the New York Press.  Of course, his mother was a housewife, no self-respecting woman worked outside of the home in those days.  The family moved to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in 1935.

A Korean War Veteran, Alan David was with the United Service Organization and an entertainer in New York, City & Suburban Night Clubs.  Joined the Dr. Scholl Company in 1954.

Owner of Square Records was Marvin Silverman.

Artists on the Square label (1960-1962) : Joanne Carter, Bobby Reno, Bobby Lance, Dave Zaval, Johnny Crear, Alfred Rage, Renee Matthews, The Axcents, Matt Cord and Lee Randy

Saturday, November 9, 2019

I Wanna Hold Your Hair

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)

Warner Bros. 5420   
March 1964

Larry Orenstein, probably the man behind The Bagels (did he also sing?) wrote both songs, which were published by Leeway Music (ASCAP) owned by his old friend Hal Levy.

Larry Orenstein [1918-2006]
A jazz trumpeter and singer, played trumpet for the Paul Whiteman and Orchestra (as "Larry Neill"), then performing solely as a vocalist with the orchestra of bandleader Shep Fields. In addition to his work with other bands, such as that of Ray Noble, he kept busy as a sideman for radio variety shows.

In 1955 he was hired on to The Donald O'Connor Show (1954) as a songwriter, and later wrote songs for (and had a small part in) an episode of I Love Lucy (1951) called "Lucy Goes to Scotland". In 1956 he was hired by Sidney Miller, with whom he had worked on "The Donald O'Connor Show", to write songs for The Mickey Mouse Club (1955), for which Miller was a director. In addition to writing music, Orenstein also came up with storylines for several episodes. He left the show at the end of the season. He freelanced as a songwriter for television (he wrote the theme song for Bachelor Father (1957) and stage. In the 1970s he started his own advertising agency, and among his clients were among others Sony, Pioneer and McDonalds.

He died of pneumonia on February 22, 2006, in Sherman Oaks, California.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Blow Top Blues

Donna Drake

Blow Top Blues

From the album "Donna Sings Dinah" featuring the Wynton Kelly Trio (Alma Records, 1968), Redd Foxx introduces Miss Donna Drake.

Info from the LP's back cover:
Since the Queen's passing, Redd Foxx has seen and heard dozens of new voices and faces in the many clubs he works, but none that compared to the great Dinah Washington, that is, until he heard Donna Drake.  Since that first listen, Redd has been determined to let the World hear her too.  That determination led to the making of [the] album
Donna Drake was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and come to Detroit at age 3.  The oldest child of four children, she attended Detroit's Northern High chool where she first sang with the school choir and participated in variety show with such school chums as Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd and Barry Harris. After winning a Windsor, Ontario, talent contest, she received a contract for a television show. (...) She worked for a while with the late great Charlie Parker till the time of his death.  After that, a tour of the East and Midwest and parts of Canada, and then a supporting singer for such stars as Gloria Lynn, Betty Carter, Brook Benton and Joe Williams.  Donna's meeting with Redd Foxx took place while he was appearing at Detroit's Charade Club.  Backing Donna is the Wynton Kelly Trio, the same group who for so many years backed Dinah Washington.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mama, Forgive Your Truckin' Man

Mama, Forgive Your Truckin' Man

From Manchester, Pennsylvania, here is Edna Mae Henning (born in 1941) on her own Henning Surprise label. According to waxidermy, she wrote over 10,000 songs. 

Discography (all on Henning Surprise, late 70s and 80s)

VMRFP-1164   (1978)
Mama, Forgive Your Truckin' Man    
Humming A Country Song    
Tune In Your C.B.
If You See My Baby

HSR 345
He Left Me
Give Me Time To Cry

HSR 001
I Can't Get Over You    
You're The Reason

NRF-45-289 (PS)   1980
It's Love, Love, Love    
Walking And Talking Over You

Please Mr. Dee-Jay
Getting The Blues Over You

Someday Darling    
Your Baby Wait's At Home

NRF-45-101 (PS)
Doggone It You Slipped And Gone    
Me And My Piano    
I'm Gonna Play This Ole Piano (No. 2)    
Come Back And Try Me One More Time