Loyd E. Roberson. “Kennedy and Johnson.”
Abilene: Pratt Publishing, 1960.
Music Division, Library of Congress
Jean Stansbury (see previous post) sang the title song, "Kennedy Johnson," at the fund-raising campaign for Vice President and Mrs. Johnson in 1960. Written by Abilean Loyd E. Roberson, the song was published by Pratt Pub. Co. [release, if any, unkown]
For the opening, Pratt will give away 100 make-up compacts to women as long as they last [ed.: the make-up compacts, not the women] and hair dressing or shaving lotion to 100 men as long as they last*. A three-speed Columbia turntable will be given at a drawing at which anyone may register. Free drinks will be given everyone.
Pratt proposes to tape record and have printed sheet music of interested artists and send them, direct to other well-known singing stars, asking if they wish to record the songs.
The Abilene Reporter, September 2, 1960
A native of Little Rock or Arkadelphia, Arkansas (born in 1914) and a resident of Texas since the age of six months, Pratt attended public school in Ranger and also attended Abilene Christian College for two years. He worked for various companies (Boyer International Laboratories, Dennetics Inc.) since 1936 before establishing his advertising agency and recording studio in Abilene, which lasted only two years . It seems that he moved on quickly to other interests and in January 1962, he filed with County Democratic Chairman as a candidate for the Texas Legislature. Later on, according to his obit which mentions only his religious involvment, Jabe was a minister at many churches across the Northeast and the Western United States He died in 2010.
The studio recording engineer was W.D. (Bill) Wilson, who also worked as tool and die maker and production engineer for Winters Manufacturing Co. At his home, Bill made and repaired stringed instruments. He also cuted and polished all types of stones and made the machines to do it with. "I've been accused of getting a bigger kick out of making the. tools to make things, than from the product," said Bill.
The following discography is for Beacon Studios recordings and/or songs published by Pratt Publishing Co.
BLUEBONNET1234 North 5th Street, Abilene
Probably the Beacon studios in-house label.
Holding Hands / I Stopped, I Turned Around mx L8OW-1948/9
Bill Whittley acc. by Jimmie Phillips and his Country Boys
Why Did You Leave Me / I'm A Rich Man mx L80W-7453
Darrell Wayne and the Lone Star Drifters
Dark Haired Stranger / No Desire mx M8OW-8323
Cindy Blain with Darrell Wayne and the Lone Star Drifters
I Want To Cry/ So Many Times I've Wondered mx M8OW-8325
STARTIMENashville address or Abilene (Rudy Owens)
Thump-I-Ty Bump-I-Ty Oh! / Fourteen Hundred Tear Drops mx LO8W-3317/8
Jean Stansbury with P.L. Busby and his Western Play Boys
You Can't Stay Single (And Be Married To Me) / Make Up Your Mind LO8W-3334/5
Dale Glasson Trio with J.D. Goen and his Western boys
You Waited To Long / Memory Waltz. mx MO8W-3200
Rudy Owen with the Ravens (Buenger Dickson, Jack Smith, Joe Collins)
Pretty Linda / The Cry of the Raven mx M80W-3287/8
see Rockin' Country Style, http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/label.php?key=2879
Walter (Geo) Brown With The Art Clyde Combo
You On My Mind / You’re Why I Sing The Blues mx M80W-3484/x
Marty Clifford With The Permian Play Boys (Milton Clevenger, Clint Kniffen, Bill Norton)
As The World Turns/ Darling Please Tell Me mx M80W-8117/8
unknown titles (1960)
20-year-old New Mexico singer, has been awarded a five-year recording contract with Starlime Records of Nashville, Tenn. Miss Flowers, who is also a song writer, was aided in negotiating the contract by Pratt Publishing Co. of Abilene.
ROYALTY802 Lillius Street, Abilene, Texas
Danny Snow With Trio And Combo
Forever / Sally mx L8OW-1727/8
see Rockin' Country Style http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/artist.php?key=snow0700
P.O. Box 156, Culpeper, Virginia
Owned by Robert L. Butler who was at the time an airman at Dyess Air Force Base.
He soon moved to Columbus, Ohio where the label had most of its output.
The four singles listed below were likely recorded in Abilene in 1961 and issued in 1962.
For a full listing of the label see http://www.buckeyebeat.com/shenandoah.html
Bobby Butler And His Country Caravan
A Short Romance / The Harm They're Doing (Pratt Pub. Co.) (Billboard, 18 August 1962)
Shenandoah Ride / Country Caravan' (Green Pine Music Pub.)
Meet Mr. Calahan / Walking My Baby Back Home
Sunny Lee and Little Mike
Goodbye Kisses / Queen of the Back Street Bars