Monday, September 21, 2015

If I Could Buy You For What You're Worth

Leona Payne
with Charlotte & The Kentucky Boys

Julie Paxton, Sunray Music, BMI

Sunray  400---- produced by Bill Williams
Dist. By Howard & Son P.O. Box 138 Chesapeake, VA

1967 (or 1968?)

Leona Payne was, like Charlotte Duzan, the backing band leader, from West Michigan and had least two other singles on the Rascal label.  She may have been also associated with Wayne Moore, a recording artist and label owner (Wa-Mo Records) from Sparta, Michigan. 

Sunray Records was probably owned by one Ouida Smith who penned the two sides of the Western Airs (Sunray #200) which featured Dick Shu, probably the earliest single recorded by country artist Dick Shuey.  The said Dick Shuey who, according to Billboard, has joined Sunray Records as national promotion manager in June 1968.

The distributor (Howard & Son Sales) was actually located in Dallas, Texas and owned by Howard Bennich, Sr., associated by Danrite Records

Sunray Records discography
200 — The Western-Aires And Dick Shu : Picking Up The Pieces  / You Cheated On Me  (1966)
300 — Ron Manning : Why Should We Be Strangers / I'm The One (1967, 2nd issue to Stop 107 (1966)
400 — Leona Payne : If I Could Buy You For What You're Worth / Why Won't Time Stand Still
600 — Leona Payne : Two Cigarettes and a Ashtray /  The Kissin' I've Been Mission' (1968)
N.B. #200 & 300  pressed in Cincinnati (200, King Records custom pressing) and 300 (Rite Records)

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