Sunday, June 16, 2019

You Make My Heart Sing Ah!


The Shadows




You Make My Heart Sing Ah!

Fraternity 795
1958


Young Elroy Peace and Paul White


The Shadows
are Elroy Peace and Paul White. One of the most memorable songs of bandleader Ted Lewis  was "Me and My Shadow" with which he frequently closed his act.  Around 1928, he started to use a shadow mimicking his movements during his act.   Several Afro-American played the Shadow.  Elroy Peace and Paul White were two of them in the forties.
    Elroy first got steamed up about show business when he was seven years old. He won second prize imitating Cab Calloway on the West Coast and Elroy, under the tutelage of his aunt, Roxy Williams, took the plunge. He won a spot with a Major Bowes' unit and traveled about the country with the Major. He was a pro for real. Elroy was born in Kansas City, Mo., but his big break came when his family moved to Los Angeles.

    The late movie actor Ben Carter helped draw Ted Lewis' attention to the artistry of young Elroy and all that can be said is that Elroy has been walking in Lewis' shadow for eleven years.
Elroy Peace's first record was probably "Onion Breath Baby" for the Swing Time label in 1953. Followed a duet with Willie Mae Thornton on Peacock,   

After this Fraternity single, he was heard on West Coast labels such as Keen, Romeo, or Helga. In the early sixties, during a tour in Australia & New-Zealand, Elroy recorded at least two singles which were issued on local labels.

Elroy Peace was also a songwriter whose songs were recorded among others by Little "Butchie" Saunders And His Buddies (Herald), Gene La Marr And His Blue Flames (Spry) , The Bow Ribbons (his nieces) & Debra Lewis.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Speedy Gonzales


Solid Jackson

Candix 308






Speedy Gonzales

As "Little Speedy Gonzales" this song has been  performed by The Astronauts in the movie "Wild On The Beach" in 1965.  Film footage of the performance can be seen here

When I posted the flip side "East L.A." here
six years ago, I had no idea who was Solid Jackson.  Today, I'm able to disclose the identity of the man behind the "Solid Jackson" pseudonym : this is Stan Ross, Stanley Ralph Ross, prolific writer, producer and actor in film and TV. Ross was first and foremost a writer. He penned more than 250 TV shows, including many episodes of "Batman," "The Monkees," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.."

Eventually he became an ordained minister who presided over the marriage of Burt Ward ("Robin" on the "Batman" TV series) to his third and present wife.

His real-life nickname, "Ballpoint Baxter," was also the name of a character he played on the "Batman" TV series.

Some interesting bits of bio thanks to the blurb written by Blanche, his mother, found on the back cover of his Del-Fi LP, "My Son The Copy Cat":
My Son Stanley is 27 years old, six foot six, and was born in Coney Island, New York, and you'll like him if you knew him.  He was a very pretty baby but had a lot of allergies.  We still can't figure out why he should be so tall because in my family we're all short. I'm five-five in my stocking feet and the tallest.  His wife, Neila (she should live and be well) is a beautiful girl who feeds my son well enough to make him gain 15 pounds since they god married 5 years ago, although she still has some trouble making blintzes.  Still you can't blame her because with the two children, Andy and Lisa, running around the house chasing the dog, how much time can she put in at the stove?  My friends tell me that the children are good-looking.

Stanley has been making records for a few years under a few different names because he didn't want me to know what he did for a living, so he used to tell me he worked for a advertising agecy.  You perhaps recall "Chaos!" a while ago?  He did it together with Bob Arbogast, a nice Unitarian boy who wrote the songs on this album with Stanley
 According to Mark Evanier and I believe what he says :
Stanley was the pushiest writer I ever knew and he was absolutely shameless about promoting himself. There are a lot of people in Hollywood who are like this but Stanley was the Beethoven of harassing people into giving you work. You said "yes" to Stanley because he made it too much work to say "no."
Stanley Ralph Ross (1935–2000)

Discography

58 Imperial 5543 The Ross Brothers
58 Imperial 5544 The Huskies
59 ATP 1001/Liberty  Arbogast And Ross
60 World Pacific 813 Stan Ross
60 Candix 308  Solid Jackson
62 Reprise 20119 Stan Ross
62 Warner-bros 5305 Tyrone A'Saurus And His Cro-Magnons
63 Del-Fi 4200 Stan Ross
63 Del-Fi 1233 LP "My son the copy cat" Stan Ross

Note: This Stan Ross shouldn't be confused with Stan Ross, the sound engineer or Stan Ross, the actor

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Foxy








Lada Edmund was born Lada Michele Perkins in 1947.  Later known as Lada Edmund, Jr., she was originally cast in the Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" with Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera in 1960. Later she was a featured dancer on "Hullabaloo" on NBC in 1965, as the "Hullabaloo A-Go-Go Girl in the cage."   She had records on Coral, Roulette & Decca (1962-1967)

After Hullabaloo, she appeared in a small budgeted movie filmed in New York entitled, "Out Of It." She would have second billing in the film with the third billing going to a then unknown-actor from Yonkers, New York named Jon Voight. His next film would be his breakout film, "Midnight Cowboy." Lada, seeing that she would have difficulty breaking in films, became a Hollywood stunt person and driver and became the highest paid female in that industry. She was one of the first female stunt people to establish a career in the field. 


Friday, June 7, 2019

Boo Bah Bah


The LP (16 tracks)

One Man Band
Bob Vido




Boo Bah Bah




Robert Zaprian Vidoloff,
1915 - 1995


Robert Zaprian Vidoloff, or "Bob Vido" as he called himself, was actor, comedian, writer, philosopher, musician, artist, engineer and all around one of the most intriguing persons ever to live. 
He claims to have worked for Disney as an animator and all the major aerospace firms as an engineer.
 
He, his three siblings and his parents Zaprian & Anna Vidoloff immigrated to the United States from Bulgaria on June 1st, 1921.

Bob Vido sings and plays sax, tumpet, piano, clarinet, organ and accordian...etc... By the use of recorded tapes, Bob Vido accompanies himself on voice, organ and drum and sings a double voice, trumpet, sax, clarinet solos...

Some listeners have compared Bob Vido to Sun Ra, although Vido seems to come from a planet farther out even than Ra.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

New Girl In Town


Wes Reynolds





The flip of "Tossin' & Turnin'", his last single for the Bismark label in 1964




Born in the Los Angeles suburb of Southgate, Reynolds returned with his parents to their native Oklahoma when he was 6, growing up in Oklahoma City. By his mid-teens, he'd made the acquaintance of Gene Sullivan, the "Gene" in Wiley and Gene, a famous country-music duet whose hits included "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again." Sullivan had settled in Oklahoma City, where he opened a recording studio that would become legendary.

"He'd made his fame by that time, and he had people like Jimmy Dean recording his songs," recalled Reynolds. "He took me under his wing, and by the time I was 16 or 17 years old, I had started playing sessions there.

"A guy named Bill Burden owned Rose Records, out of Stillwater, and at that time everybody was talking about how someday they were going to put a man on the moon. They had this big talent contest, and put me in it, and I didn't know it was rigged. I had no idea I was going to win. But they were looking for someone to market."

After he won, he signed a management contract with Burden. Promising to make him a star, Burden pulled the youngster aside and told him, "Now, I want you to go home and write a song called 'Trip to the Moon.'"

Even though he hadn't done much songwriting, Reynolds went home and did as he was asked. He was surprised when the subsequent record hit the national charts and began climbing. He was also surprised, albeit less pleasantly, to find the song carried Burden's name as sole writer.

But he didn't have a lot of time to think about that. He and his band the House Rockers headed out on the road in support of the disc, appearing on the same bill with such heavyweights as Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis and playing other venues on their own, where handbills advertising the shows would be dropped from planes.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

All My Love



Phil Sampson


 :
All My Love


Mid-sixties recording.  Phil (Philip H.) Sampson had records in the late fifties on Bea & Baby and Ebony, two Chicago imprints.

The Lo-Lace label was related to Viscojon Records which was operated in Los Angeles by J. W. Spriggs.  Viscojon had branches in St. Louis & also in Chicago (managed by Nathan 'Nate' Griffin), so perhaps this Phil Sampson was also recorded there?


Sunday, June 2, 2019

My Dog Loves Your Dog


Little Murph & his All Stars





My Dog Loves Your Dog



Little Murph Walks


Cleveland, Ohio recordings
first sliced under other banner according to an article published by Billboard ('Bought Masters' Building As Big Factor in Industry, Billboard Jan. 13, 1957 issue) were bought by Epic Records.  Both sides written by Harmon Jones.

"My Dog Likes Your Dog" has been covered by The Cupids (Decca), Homer & Jethro (RCA) and The Diamonds (Mercury).  On each of these covers, the song is as well credited to the mysterious Victor Loyd Bevel and this is his only song appearing in the BMI online database.

Harmon Jones, if he wasn't Little Murph himself, is probably the vocalist on the top side. Harmon, as "Hump" Jones, Harmon "Hump" Jones or Hamp Jones had further releases on Vision and East West. Also, he was the credited vocalist of The Jolly Jax on their Monticello release.



Hamp Jones picture
From an East West Records ad
Billboard, 13 Jan. 1958



Friday, May 31, 2019

The Best Part Of Me



Marsha Lyn

Alibi Records




Marsha Lyn






 

Recorded at the Valtron Studios in Helena, Montana,
owned & operated by Les Liedle (picture above)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

My Father The Pop Singer


Sam Chalpin


Sam Chalpin had mostly sung at lodge meetings and was a cantor at his synagogue. Ed Chalpin, his son and head of the PPX Record Production Company, decided that if Mrs. Miller gained some fame for her series of shrill and off-key renditions of popular songs, then why not make a similar record with his father -" and Ed would make sure that his father worked for nothing. Existing tracks, a studio he owned and a free singer - investment zero!" 

After Sam Chalpin had finished recording the ten tunes of this Atco disc, Ed Chalpin had contacted Ahmet Ertegun [head of Atlantic Records], to whom he stated that his father, who was sixty-five years of age, had made his first recordings.  The tunes were issued on the Atlantic Records' Atco subsidiary in 1966.

Sam Chalpin died in 1969.


Satisfaction



Mike Rashkow
, the recording engineer, has told the story of these recordings at
Spectropop.com :

Excerpts:

Sam could not read English very well, maybe not at all. If he could read, then he couldn't see. If he was taught the lyrics, he'd forget them. The melody and meter? He had two chances of getting in the vicinity of either one - slim and none. Slim done took the train. Supposedly, he'd learn the song, then Ed would bring him in and we put the head phones on him. I think we actually had to tie them on him - he didn't like it. We'd start trying to overdub him by a): feeding him the old vocal in the cans; b): not feeding him the old vocal in the cans; c): letting him listen over and over again to the line or two he was going to yelp at, and d): Ed standing next to him waving his arms and threatening him with violence.

I swear on my children's lives that Ed made his father cry at least once, maybe more, during these sessions. It was terrible for me to watch, and possibly criminal to be involved in. Today, Ed would be arrested for Elder Abuse, and I would be the one who dropped the dime on him.

If we did one punch-in on a song we did 100. I did so many punch-ins, trying to get a single chorus done, that when the record was complete I was punch drunk. This is not exaggerated. The poor old man couldn't sing, couldn't read, couldn't remember and, most of the time, didn't have a clue what was going on. I may make it sound funny, but truly it was an awful thing for one person to put another person through, let alone a son to his father.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Look At That Baby





Loose Juice


Look At That Baby


This is Tommy Law alias Thomas Richard Laidlaw of  Baldwin Park, California
 
Two unissued Tommy Law recordings.  "Loose Juice" later issued on Crest Records as "Cool Juice", same backing but with a different vocal track.  Probably recorded in 1957 (?), "Loose Juice" was written by John Mangiagli who later recorded as Johnny Knight and Gamma Goochee Himself, among others pseudonyms.

On the Crest label, the credited backing band is King Richard and The Dukes (actually The Counts).
 
The group were led by 19-year-old King Richard (Dick Macklin) of El Monte, guitar, Lanny Seigel,  17,  sax, from Baldwin Park, Dick McLean, 17, drums, from El' Monte ; Al Wilkins, 17, sax, from Baldwin Park; Johnny Winfield, 17, guitar, from El Monte and Jimmy Starsiak, 19, string 'bass, from Baldwin Park.

Jim Aguirre, during daylight hours an engineering designer at Caltech's jet propulsion laboratory, took over management of the group, and it was him who sold the masters to Crest Records in 1958.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Boston Baby




Boston Baby

Russ Kendall (unissued)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Hey Jude





Hey Jude
The Bermuda Merry-Makers
Edmar Records

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bright Lights Big Cities


Dwight T. Ross




(Jimmy Reed)

Black Foot BF 186

1985
For info on this artist, see Sir Shambling






Thursday, May 2, 2019

Tipsy Topsy Turvey


Lee Scott



Tipsy Topsy Turvey


Song-poem issued on Hollywood's Columbine Records on one of their "The Now Sounds Of Today" albums. The song has been also compiled on Songs in the Key of Z (volume 3).

Columbine Records made hundreds of different albums with this exact same title and cover art. They were never sold in stores. They only pressed 50 or so copies of each, which were only offered for sale to the people who actually had songs on them.  Columbine would also send a few copies to radio stations (as promised in their ads), who would always throw them away unopened.

From Philadelphia, Lee Scott made her initial appearance on records for the Wynne label in 1959 . She has appeared on radio and television in the Philadelphia area, and has also appeared in some of the leading supper clubs throughout the country.  Her musicial talents were not merely confined to vocalizing. She studied piano for many years and gained quite a reputation in her native philadelphia as a popular jazz and concert pianist.

She was also a songwriter herself.  Among the songs she wrote : Six Button Benny (The Nite Riders, Teen and Swan),  By Now (Billy Duke, Sound), Forget Me Not (The Fabulous Dials, D'n'B) and "The Conservative"(The Orlons, Cameo Records in 1962)

Her real name was Dollee Escourt, a name she also used for writing or recording songs.  (there was at least one record issued as by Dollee Escourt on the Malvern label)

Anna Caspelle
, the composer of Tipsy Topsy Turvey, died in 2008 in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Also known as Natalie Leonesio, she copyrighted several songs and stories in the mid-seventies, "The Planet Crazoid Speaks" and "Star Gazer and Vega (The Blue One)",  just to name a few.

Above : Columbine Records ad
From Ebony Magazine, July 1981

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Rose Murphy, "The Chee Chee Girl"

Rose Murphy, "The Chee Chee Girl"

Rose Murphy
1913-1989

Her recording career spans most of the 1940's to 1963 with original releases on AFRS Jubilee, Majestic, Mercury, Victor, Decca, Verve, United Artists, Regina plus one last session cut in 1980 in Nice, France for Black & Blue.  She is best known for her high-pitched singing style, which incorporated scat singing, giggling, and percussive sound effects.

Nicknamed the Chee Chee Girl:
“People asked me to sing a song and I didn't know the lyrics,” said Miss Murphy. “So all of a sudden the “cheechee” sound came to me. I was just kidding around. But people kept saying, “do ‘chee-chee.’ “ It's just part of me. It doesn't mean anything.”
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