Sunday, August 12, 2018

My Guy On Nine

Becky Cooper
Her only record?

My Guy On Nine


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love

Freddie Dino

Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love

One-off label out of Philadelphia.  Penned by Artie Singer and Jon Sheldon (actually a  pseudonym for Kal Mann), the song was also recorded by Dee Dee Sharp for Cameo Records in 1963  with lyrics credited to Kal Mann and music to Dave Appell, © Kalmann Music, Inc.; 22 July 1963

I assume that this version came just before the one on Cameo.  Similar lines in the label design are found on Philadelphia labels released in 1962/1963 (Lash Records and Taba Records for instance).

I've found only one mention on record of a Freddie Dino who composed in 1965 one side of a Dino & His Fabulous Jerrels single on a Rochester, New York label named "Star Artists" (later, Capitol Star Artist)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Just A Little More Time


Born in 1930 in Greensboro, North Carolina. His dad was a tailor and part-time musician. Robbie Robinson played saxophone in the early 50s for the Johnny Otis band and had since a long career in the music industry as both vocalist and musician. His credits include many musical groups, including Blinkey Allen band, The Dominoes, The Flares/Flairs and the Ink Spots. Robbie has worked as a backup singer for several other popular groups, including The Platters. He also appeared in two movies : “Rock All Night” with The Platters, and “Pillow Talk”, with Rock Hudson and Doris Day

One session for Jim Foulds Productions and his Flair label (not the Modern subsidiary) in 1962 provided two records,  this one and the other with his older brother, Robin, credited to the Robinson Brothers.

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Rejects on Kay Pay Records

Instrumental band formed by Gary Hanson while he was a student at Fall River High School in McArthur, California, not too far from Chico, California where Kay Pay Records were located.
The Rejects :
Cleave Jones, Guitar
Mike Tingley, Bass
Neil Mitchell, Guitar
Gary Hanson, Drums

Another disc on the MitcHans label issued in 1970 shows about the same line-up with Mike Tingley replaced by Harold Hansen on bass.

Kay Pay 002

From 1964

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Tiger Shoes

The Century-Five

Red Tiger Shoes

From 1960 on the tiny Belmont label out of Hollywood, possibly owned by Steve Riggio.

Monday, July 9, 2018

It Was Elvis

Rolf Petry

It Was Elvis

American Voices 15

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin‘)

Reconsider Baby

I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin‘)

Tommy Hammond (1932-2014)

Kool (1961) Tommy Hammond & The Rockin' Rebels
1011-45 Let's Forget We Ever Met / Please Be Mine – 06-61 (rev. July 3)

Alamo (1962)
6101 Reconsider Baby / I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin‘) – 02-62

Golden Eagle (1966)
GE-204 The Girl I Love / Devil On My Shoulder – 66

Paradise (1967)
5000 Ride This Train / Begging To You - 67

Monument (1967)
45-1039 It's Happening All Over The World / Love, Hate – 26-10-67

Hickory (1968)
45-K-1504 Hello Baby / Skippin' Through My Heart – 04-68
45-K-1526 Back to The Couch I Go / If You Don't Love Me – 02-69

Teardrop (1969)
3241 I’ll Never Let You Go, Little Darling / The Blues Stepped In - 69
3251 Half of A Picture / Don't Let Me Get Lonely - 70

Hawk (1976)
103 Port In The Storm / Ginger’s Breade Man - 76

Friday, July 6, 2018


Virginia Niquette
Safe 230

Zeke Strong-Ann Lacoste,
Melodic Music
Arr & Dir By Zeke Strong
Produced By Ray Niquette

Song previously recorded by Ann Lacoste on Zeke Strong's Progress Records.

Saxophonist, arranger and producer for small Los Angeles labels,  Ezekiel "Zeke" Strong, despite numerous arranged and produced recordings, is still largely unknown.  Born in early 20s in Oklahoma, he died in 2003. Not much is known about the man.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Day And Night

Day And Night

Mike & The Hi-Fi's

Middle C Records
211 Piedmont Street, San Antonio, Texas

This group was led by Swingin’ Mike “Keys” Martinez who recorded “Sugar Baby” (Great Records #702) which was popular in San Antonio among the car clubs. He led the Hi-Fi’s a little later after this recording. 

Members: Mike "Keys" Martinez, Roy Cantú (bass), Luis Cantú (guitar), Henry Hernandez
(drums), Abel Hernandez, Joe Gonzalez (sax), Robert Gonzalez (sax),  Bobby Villa (guitar)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Boom Boom Boom

Boom Boom Boom


Cover of John Lee Hooker by uncredited band on the last disc of the fifth set in the Discoteen series issued by the mighty Chicago's Seeburg Corporation in 1965.
DiscoTeen, which released 5 sets of 10 discs with a red label, culled
all the recent hits from the Discotheque Series and added a lot more,
with only occasional slow songs. Mixed in with the instrumental versions
of hits were 1-3 originals on each album (as was the case for the other
series, also), usually quite competent and danceable instrumentals.

The music itself included no hit versions, but the musicians were quite
competent and the sound quality was excellent. The artists were not
identified, so we have called the various artists the same name Seeburg
used for their generic music in the past, The Seeburg Spotlite Band.
Actually, according to those around Seeburg at the time, bands such as
David Carroll and Boots Randolph and their orchestras were hired to
record these tunes, and recordings were done in first-rate studios such
as Universal Studios in Chicago (Seeburg's home city) and Nashville's
top studios. All the recordings were well-separated true stereo.
 Info taken from the excellent Both Sides Now website HERE


Monday, July 2, 2018


Bobby Oliver and his band

Second single of the artist on Lucky Four, a Chicago label owned by Lennie Lacour.  According to
Doowop: The Chicago Scene (Robert Pruter), Bobby Oliver was a white performer  :
[Another] notable act of Lacour was a white rhythm and blues performer by the name of Bobby Oliver.  He had some success with "Where Do Dreams Go" on WGES but not on any white outlet.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Susanne Haines, Waxmate of the Month

Susanne Haines was a stripper and former Miss Nude Universe. "Nothing else seemed exciting at the time," she confessed. "I couldn't imagine anything else." Then Susanne, Register found the Lord and her life was transformed. . . . She was Susanne Haines in those days when "I thought I was free, but I wasn't. I really didn't know God." "I became an atheist when I was attending Sacramento State College. Before that I was a mormon," she said in an interview in Jacksonville, Fla. The next phase of her life, she recalled, just happened. When she was a college senior and married she decided she wanted to get away from her husband. "So when I saw an ad in the paper for a go-go waitress I quit college and began making $72.50 a week in a beer bar. Then I learned to strip-tease." In time she was making a salary of $450 a week as a ' stripper and this figure jumped to $1,000 a week when she danced as Miss Nude Universe after being named to the title in 1971 at a pageant in San Bernardino, Calif. Susanne was arrested some 25 times for indecent exposure, "But I didn't think I was doing anything wrong." Then in Oklahoma City she was arrested for grand larceny; a charge that haunted her afterwards. To this day she refuses to discuss it. "Although I never went to court, I knew that arrest would follow me through life," she said.

On June 30, 1977, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the 1971 Miss Nude Universe will spend Saturday dressed and with her Bible at the nation's only government-operated nude beach.

"As Jesus walked among the sinners, I want to walk among the nudes to describe for them the better way of life that I have found," said Susanne Haines Register, a former nightclub stripper. Mrs. Register also is to conduct a weekend tent revival in the suburb of El Cajon. Meanwhile, the City Council on Wednesday decided to put the question of whether nude sunbathing will continue at Black's Beach before the voters in September. In recent weeks, the council has been under increasing pressure to reverse its three-year-old experiment in allowing the 900-foot strip of cliff-enclosed sand to be used as "swimsuit optional" area. Protests concerning the beach have been loud from residents of the $250,000 homes in La Jolla Farms, which overlooks Black's Beach, although some of the residents say they are more upset about parking problems created by the more than 30,000 people who use the beach on weekends than nudity. Robert Jacobs, chairman of the Nude Beaches Committee, told the council he was "distressed that a small group of totalitarian moralists" forced the council into its 5-3 vote to call the election. "We'll continue to fight in the council chambers. We'll continue to fight in the courts. And we'll fight on the beaches," said Jacobs, whose group seeks expansion of swimsuit optional beaches. He said if necessary, nude bathers would test the ability of the city to enforce clothing edicts by inviting mass arrests.

Her only waxing (spoken word) released on the Shade Tree label in 1976.
How she lived in sin (side 1) and how she found God (side 2)

If you don't want to be offended, do not follow this link

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Vietnam Blues

Vietnam Blues

What better way to finish the month with a nice little depressing song?  Here is one, courtesy of Miss Earnestine Quick (of Arkansas, I assume) on the Jonesboro label Jon-Ark.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Have A Gluey Christmas

Have A Gluey Christmas

Georgie Holiday (r.n. Joseph Giorgio), a comic entertainer, has performed extensively in and around Boston, Massachusetts from the forties to the eighties.  The first mention of him I've found is from 1947 describing the artist as "the fantastically funny GEORGIE HOLIDAY".  Last mention is from 1980 : Sheraton Regency Resort Hotel: Floor show roster includes.singer Gayle Short, comic Georgie Holiday and Frankie Capri (the Italian Sammy Davis Jr ) plus the Jane Leonard Quartet for dancing.

The Date single, first issued for Christmas 1966, was re-issued the following year and reviewed by Cash Box :

Have A Gluey Christmas (3:11) [Razzle Dazzle, BMI-Holiday, Trovato]
Weird sense of humor on the part of a “child” sets up a funny side that
stands a chance of copping novelty honors for this year’s Christmas
sales. High-voiced lead, soft choral backdrop and a quaint ork sound make
for a wild bit of change-of-pace spinning. Flip: “Clarence the Cross-Eyed
Bear” (2:10) [Same credits.]
Cash Box — November 18, 1967
The Date label, a subsidiary of Columbia Records, promoted independently produced recordings as opposed to Columbia's in-house productions. This Date single was one of the earliest Eastern Productions, a firm formed in 1966  by singer & songwriter Teddy Randazzo.

Randazzo Forms Eastern Productions

NEW YORKEastern Productions,
an independent record production firm,
has been formed bv Teddy Randazzo.
The company will headquarter at
1631 Broadway (PL 7-7630). The
new enterprise will focus on and in-
corporate elements of Eastern music
in its disk productions.

Artists signed by Eastern to date
include Jeff Monn & the Third Bardo
and John Power & the Facts of Life.
A disk by the former group is due
for release shortly. Randazzo is ne-
gotiating pacts with several labels.
Producers for Eastern, in addition to
Randazzo, are Victoria Pike and Rusty

Cash Box, 26 November 1966

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Your Love Is My Goal

Your Love Is My Goal

The Top 40

 Tommy Biener
With Wendy & The Schoolgirls
Blackie Schackner and Orchestra

Your Love Is My Goal
T. Biener, Cal Cagno, A. Schackner  Beta Music BMI

The Top 40
Sy Levitan Michel Music ASCAP

Golden Crest label CR-501

Billboard rev. May 19, 1958 :
TOMMY BIENER Golden Crest 501 TOP 40 (Michele, ASCAP) An effective novelty-blues with clever lyrics about a guy's personal fem hit parade. Swingin' backing by a fem group gives the disk a provocative sound. It rates whirls. Flip, "My Love Is Your Goal," is a medium-beater (Beta, BMI).

Born John Thomas Biener in New York (in 1937 or 1938).  John Byner's stand-up comedy career began in New York's Greenwich Village where he worked for a year for Max Gordon at Gordon's jazz club "Village Vanguard". He then went on to open for some of the finest jazz greats of his time and steadily became a favorite New York nightclub fixture. As he rose to the top of his game, he opened or headlined prominent niteries throughout the country included headlining stints at Basin Street East, Copa Cabana, Latin Quarter, The Rainbow Room and at such showrooms as Harrah's, The Sahara, The Sands, Caesar's Palace, The Tropicana and Las Vegas Hilton.

In the 1960's anyone want to get national exposure wanted to be on Ed Sullivan. For John Byner his big break came in 1964 when he was a feature act on the show. The highlight of his act was when he did an impression of Mr. Sullivan introducing Elvis Presley and then did a song as Elvis.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Waxmate of the month : Marva King

Born in Flint, Michigan, USA.  Marva King has been performing with major artists since the age of 13 with the Clarke Sisters and Andre Crouch. Marva was nurtured by a family of entertainers with gospel, classical, and secular music. Her mother, who is a vocal and piano teacher, between touring, nourished and influenced Marva's skills. Marva has taken audiences by storm in her stunning role as "Helen", the lead in the hit musical play "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman", which has been in theatres across the country since January, 2001.

In addition to her vast resume as a session singer—which also includes recordings by Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Khan—she co-wrote The Whispers’ single “Innocent,” which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart and sold more than one million units worldwide. King also wrote the lyrics & melody for ”A piece of Love” on Lionel Richie’s CD “Louder than words.” Over the years, she has performed live with Lenny Kravitz, Seal and William and toured with many affiliated hit makers.

King’s mesmerizing delivery inspired Larry Flick to write in Billboard, “Marva King is a supreme diva, and her name will go down in history as one of the best.” In 1997, Prince took her on the road, under his wing, and made her a member of his group, New Power Generation (NPG)—a stint that included recording on his New Power Soul album. In 2007, she reunited with Prince for another series of arena and intimate venue concerts, which included the record breaking “21 Nights Concerts” at the 02 Arena in the UK, as well as recording on his Lotus Flower recording in 2009; she also made several appearances in his bestselling coffee table book “21 Nights.” King managed 15 shows of her own in between the Prince dates. “Those two years were intense,” she says. “I was exhausted the entire time, yet it was so exciting. I learned a lot about performing from Prince.”
Other career highlights include Stevie Wonder hiring King as an eager teen; performing on “Natural Wonder,” a double album recorded live in Osaka and Tel Aviv in the mid 90’s.

Marva King official website

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Oh, She's The One

Mike O'Berry

Soo Records No. 0011

199 E. Blvd. S.
Pontiac, Mich.


I've found nothing on this one.  No other Soo record. No other Mike O'Berry recording. Michael O'Berry copyrighted this song in 1960. This Perry Music Co., affiliated with ASCAP, is unrelated to Perry Music Co (affiliated with BMI) out of Vidalia, Georgia. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

God Made A Way

God Made A Way

The Songsters Quartet from Charleston, West Virginia, on their own label pressed by King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Date is 1960

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Little Kitten

Colpix CP 153
His first record before his better known on Gone Records  — a cover of Rock Around The Clock (as Franny Boye) — on  also issued in 1960.

Real name : Frank Ciliberti from Media, Pennsylvannia.

Francis Ciliberti, 17-year-old Penncrest High School junior, appeared twice on American Bandstand as a dancer when kids and dance to the tunes Dick Clark played.  When he recorded "Rock Around the Clock,"   Frank mentioned to Dick Clark that he didn't want to get in trouble because he had a record of his own.  Clark then invited him to perform his song.   Clark said thanks for letting him know about the record, then he said  'have your manager get in touch with me so you can appear on the show.'" [ed. you all know what that means...]

"Little Kitten" was written by his manager Charles D. Poole,of Woodlyn, formerly leader of the Channels combo and Ted Fedena of Marcus Hook.

Dick Clark will always have a special meaning to Frank's family.  According to his son :
Every year, it was a fact that my family would watch Dick Clark count down a new year on Dick Clark's "New Year's Rockin' Eve." Even my son started getting interested in the show because a lot of his favorites were performing.

Watching Clark push forward after a stroke was both heartbreaking and inspiring. He wasn't going to let this obstacle stop him from doing what he loved. I also would watch Dick Clark with my grandmother during the 1970s when he hosted the $25,000 Pyramid.
Clark, forever known as "America's oldest teenager," had also a rep of a greedy exploiter of pop culture, an insatiable money-grubber with countless business ventures who produced and often hosted game shows, lowbrow bloopers shows and awards ceremonies,  according to Ben Fong-Torres who interviewed him when they met in 1964 in Malibu.
I asked why he had to get his hands into everything. Clark smiled at this naive, long-haired inquisitor from San Francisco. "The problem with you," he said, "is that you're a liberal, and I'm a f--ing whore."
Of course, he was effing right.  

Dick Clark: 'You're a Liberal and I'm a F---ing Whore,' the TV Icon Once Told a Famed Rock Music Editor 
The Hollywood Reporter

Monday, May 14, 2018



In our series "The Great Unknowns" here is a recent (2015?) re-issue (by Bear Family, I believe) of a mysterious old recording.   Nothing is known about the original release, believed to be from the Middle East, possibly Iraq?

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mustang Sally

Gene Dozier & The Brotherhood

Minit 32031

Unusual cover of the Mack Rice song by Gene Dozier & The Brotherhood, which were Ike Turner's band in 1966/1967, with Gene Dozier on keyboards

Ugene Lloyd Dozier (who also wrote and recorded under the name Billy Jackson) got his start in Philadelphia working at Cameo records. By the mid-60’s he had relocated to Detroit where he had wanted to work for Motown, but ended up working briefly at the Golden World label writing for Theresa Lindsey (‘Daddy-O’) and Pat Lewis (‘Let’s Get Together’) under the Jackson name. He soon found his way to the West Coast, where he signed with the Minit label and began recording as Gene Dozier & The Brotherhood. The Brotherhood sound was mostly instrumental, marked by a funky rhythm section backed by a full horn section, with Dozier composing, arranging and playing keyboards

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Vladimir and The Grave Diggers

Vladimir Twist

Drac Walk

 Mel Par 45-1006
October 1962

Review from Kicks Magazine #6
 Inscription on the Billy Miller's copy reads
"when you hear this 'abortion' don't tell
anyone you know me!"

Vladimir, aka Ronald Klugman, aka Ron Barry

Born in Newark, N.J., Ronald Klugman was a son of Fani (Pickar) Klugman of Springfield, N.J., and Samuel Klugman. Actor Jack Klugman was his uncle.   A 1966 graduate of Emerson College, Boston (B.S. in Speech Broadcasting), he was a radio personality, under the name Ron Barry, with WEST and WEEX, Easton, and WBAX, Wilkes-Barre.  As big a fan Ron was of Dark Shadows, he was an even bigger fan of Laurel and Hardy, and as an adult got to know and befriend Stan Laurel.
Ron Barry has been collecting Elvis Presley records since 1956. "Being born and raised in New Jersey," said Barry, "we never heard the original Sun records, because their distribution was limited to the South. So Elvis had already made the five Sun records before I heard about him. But once I saw him on the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey "Stage Show," I knew he was going to be a big star." It was then that Ron started building his file of Presley discs. 

In 1961 when Barry was working as a production assistant for WPIX-11 TV New York, he asked his boss for Stan Laurel's address in hope of acquiring an autographed picture. After a few weeks the photo came, and, to Barry's surprise, a personal letter from the famed comedian.

That first letter developed into a four-year pen pal relationship between young Barry and the aging Laurel. "Very few carried on pen pal relationships with Stan," Barry said, adding that he received the last letter just two weeks before Laurel's death. "He wrote me every two weeks whether I did or not."

Later, while at W.E.S.T. in Easton,Pa. as the story goes, Ron was home sick one day and turned on the t.v. where he saw an episode of Dark Shadows. He became so enamored with the show that he eventually would make several trips down to the NYC studios to visit with and get to know the actors, as well as watch tapings of the show.  Over a 2-3 year period he interviewed many of the actors on his radio show, either in person in the Easton studio, or over the phone.  Using members of his radio show production crew, Ron created a parody version of Dark Shadows entitled 'Dumb Shadows'.

As far as I know the Mel-Par single was his only record.  But young Ronnie certainly wrote other songs.  One of these was sent to Stan Laurel in 1962.  In a letter addressed to Richard [Sloan] dated Nov. 28th, 1962, the actor wrote :
 No, I've never talked on the phone with Ronnie Klugman, but have heard him on tape a couple of times, he sounds a normal nice chap then suddenly lapses into that 'Horror' character mentality - I imagine he 'Hugs' the character too (a la that picture!!) Am enclosing you a tape of his latest idea for a record he sent me, I think its titled 'The Lumbago Limbo" or something - he requested my opinion - I of course am not familiar with this type of Opera - told him I was strictly a "Siatica Shuffle" man with a touch of 'Hi Nonny Nonny'.!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I'm A Little Piglet

I'm A Little Piglet

Angela Records No. IP-127

Angela Vella Ghelarducci, who graduated from The Juilliard School, composed children's music for dance studios, some of which can still be purchased. 

As children in the 1920s, Angela, Jane and Louise Vella regularly traveled by train to New York City with their mother Margaret, who wanted them to acquire an appreciation of dance by taking lessons and seeing world-class performances.

The Vella sisters were quick studies. By 1937, they were running a studio in the dining room of their Canonsburg [Pennsylvania] home. Their reputations grew and the Vellas expanded their lessons to 13 sites through the region. The fourth generation of students is now taking lessons in a Vella studio.
Among the early hoofers in their studios: Canonsburg boys by name of Perry Como and Bobby Vinton, who clearly learned all the right moves.

The singer is probably not Angela herself, but rather an uncredited vocalist, as it's almost always the case on dance records on labels such as Danro Records, a quite prolific imprint, who released several Angela Ghelarducci compositions.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Waxmate Of The Month : Apollonia Kotero

Apollonia Kotero (born Patricia Kotero; August 2, 1959) is an American actress, singer, former model and talent manager.  She is best known for co-starring in Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain and for having been the lead singer in the girl group Apollonia 6.