Sunday, August 4, 2019


Louise Tobin
with Orchestra conducted by Peanuts Hucko

Avant Garde #104


Louise Tobin has previously recorded this song in 1939 with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in September 1939.  You can listen to the 1939 version here

After a long hiatus spent raising her two boys, Tobin accepted an invitation from jazz critic and publisher George Simon to sing at the 1962 Newport Jazz Festival, where she met her future husband, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko.  They both recorded for the Vanguard Music's subsidiary Avant Garde Records, one of the "great unsung Christian psych" labels active between the years 1966 and 1972.


Mary Louise Tobin (born November 11, 1918) appeared with Benny Goodman, Bobby Hackett, Will Bradley, and Jack Jenney. Tobin introduced I Didn't Know What Time It Was with Benny Goodman’s band in 1939. Her biggest hit with Goodman was There'll Be Some Changes Made, which was number two on the Hit Parade in 1941 for 15 weeks. Tobin was the first wife of trumpeter and bandleader Harry James.

Swing-era singer Louise Tobin celebrated her 100th birthday party early, in Octobre 2018.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Church Bells Ring

Sterling Harrison

The Church Bells Ring


The King of The Wobble

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Another Cup of Your Sugar

Another Cup of Your Sugar

Barry Tiffin is probably best known for "Candy Bars for Elvis", a recitation number; here he is on hiw own Sugar Records, out of Nashville, produced by Troy Shondell in 1970.

Thanks to Doug Firebaugh, who had an album produced by Barry Tiffin, I can bring to light some details about the man : 
The underbelly of Music City harbors countless hustlers and hucksters parlaying real or imagined music industry connections into “services” offered for a price to dreamers with a few bucks to squander. Often a grey area between sincere and scam, Barry Tiffin had just such a racket, but his father’s illness brought him home to Roanoke. A classified ad placed in a 1975 High Point, North Carolina newspaper reveals the angle: “For an appointment and additional information concerning the Professional Music Services of Tiffin Music Enterprises International, of Nashville, Tenn., please contact our office suite at the Ramada Inn in Roanoke, VA.”

Twenty-year-old Doug Firebaugh was referred through a mutual friend to Tiffin, but he entered the arrangement with eyes open. “We had an attorney involved in this,” recalled Firebaugh. Money was paid to have Tiffin to produce an album and contact record labels on the artist’s behalf. Three solid days in Roanoke’s K.A. studio resulted in an unadorned document of Firebaugh’s autodidactic style of songwriting. Firebaugh plays both piano and guitar throughout, with the only addition being an unnamed Nashville pedal steel player who drove six hours for the session before turning around going home. The clip-art cover of the resultant LP positions Tiffin’s Sugar Records imprint far more prominently than the artist’s name.
Also, an article from The Bee from Danville, Virginia (July 3, 1975) related:
Supervisors in Botetourt County may have succeeded in silencing a bigger-than-Woodstock rock concert planned for this historic Western Virginia community in September. the promoter had claimed the Sept. 19-21 weekend concert would draw 800,000 spectators and gross $20 million. Promoter Barry Tiffin said Wednesday he has all but given up on going through with promoting the three-day rock performance which he believes would have outdrawn the now famous Woodstock concert. Tiffin made the statement in the wake of an emergency ordinance quietly adopted by the board of supervisors May 21. He said the ordinance makes Refugees Get Senior the concert an impossibility. Tiffin, who promoted a concert at the Roanoke Civic Center last week, said he worked on plans for the Botetourt County rock festival for 18 months.
But Board Chairman Harold Wilhelm said Tiffin never approached him about the concert, and that he has never seen the promoter. He said the emergency ordinance was not directed at Tiffin's proposed concert; that the supervisors had been working on an ordinance regulatning outdoor musicals for some time

Not surprisingly, Barry Tiffin is one the Candidates For Immortality listed by Irwin Chusid in his book "Songs In The Key Of Z"

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Easter Bunny Song

Baby Pam in the recording studio

In 1953, seven-year-old Baby Pam was already an experienced trouper. Before her debut as a singer with such catchy little items as "My Daddy Gave Me Choo Choo Trains for Christmas and Now He's Having Fun.", she was an accomplished drummer with a troupe of six-year-old musicians called The Rhythm Babies, who entertained Middle Western television audiences over a Chicago station. The Rhythm Babies broke up two years before during a legal wrangle over which tot was the leader of the band.

In 1953, the trend of recording young and very young artists has been noted generally with sympathy by various magazines and music trade papers.  A little less moved by the junior performances, a columnist from New York wrote:
They sing (if that is the word) not to other children but to adults. Not since the days of Shirley Temple, Bobby Breen and Baby Rose Marie have tiny tots and teenagers commanded such an impressive part of America's craze-ridden, fad-conscious entertainment industry. 
On television, radio and records they are lisping and sighing, screeching and crying their way through such musical gems as "Too Old for Toys, Too Young for Boys," "My Daddy is in Korea and Mommy Cries All Day," "Three and Four is Eight," and "God Bless Us All."

The youngsters   Jimmy Boyd, 14, "Brucie" Weil, six, Gayla Peevey, eight, Baby Pam, seven, Charlie Applewaite, 13, and several implausibly named little dears, Molly Bee, six, Texas Sunshine Ruby, nine, Sonny Boy, five, Nelly Honey, of Missouri, seven, and Kansas Pete, who is alleged to be three   now fill the airwaves from New York to San Francisco with their piping renditions of the latest of Tin Pan Alley's vocal nightmares. 
The most curious aspect of all this is that people are prepared to pay enormous sums for what many consider to be sheer punishment.
More potential punishment for your pleasure here

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rock 'n Roll Baby

Eddie Murray had a dance school for kids in New York since at least the thirties, at 116 W. 65th. and moving later upstairs from the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

Alan Lorber in "Benny Allen Was A Star", a work of historical fiction largely autobiographical, has this description of Benny Allen in his way to the Old Town Records office hearing the "Dancing-Kids" tapping their way to fame :
Hy Weiss's building, 1697 Broadway, on the corner of 53rd Street and 7th Avenue, is the sleaze-class of the three main music business buildings. (1619, 1650 & 1697 Broadway).

The tenants of 1697 are mostly cheap booking agents, cheap publishers, overnight record labels, and Hy Weiss' Old Town Records.  The building also house the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Ed Sulliwan Show comes from, and from where the latter-day David Letterman Show is broadcast.

The building entry is next to the theater entrance on Broadway through a small corridor of filthy orange-marble walls. Press 11 in the self-service elevator and the doors reopen two minutes later.

Step out onto a dimly lit hallway where faded checkered linoleum floor tiles come loose with every step. Pass a dance studio with "Dancing-Kids" hand-painted on the frosted-glass door where from inside one hears little star-struck feet tapping their way to fame.

Pass a booking agent's open doorway and see bright-eyed young, hopeful singers, comedians and dancers, sitting on metal folding chairs, waiting for weekend work.

 In addition to dance teaching, Eddie Murray was a singer recording his self-penned songs which were issued on his own E-M imprint.  Eddie also had his own radio show on WHBI, a Newark station. For a few hundred dollars, just about anyone could buy their way on the air at WHBI.  Thanks to one station's listener, we have one of his show preserved on cassette.  See the whole story here
It was 3am and I was driving home to Brooklyn from Manhattan when I stumbled onto WHBI. I would often stop by there in the late hours because there were several leased access specialty shows that I found interesting. There was a Doo Wop radio show hosted by a concert promoter and a great reggae show (that was actually sampled on the Clash’s “Sandinista” album). The first thing I heard when I settled on the station was some weird kind of old style country music with an older sounding announcer speaking in an accent that sounded like it was from another planet. I was immediately intrigued and for the next half hour was completely transfixed by this radio show which was hosted by someone by the name of Don Val. He was playing (and constantly talking over) the music of someone by the name of Eddie Murray. The odd thing is that it was pretty obvious that Don and Eddie were one in the same. I’m thinking, this guy is a genius! He’s playing his own music but he’s pretending he’s a DJ playing all of these great songs. The fact that the music was some of the absolute worst music I have ever heard only made the show even more fascinating.

That's not quite the end of the "Rock 'n Roll Baby" story, as Eddie Murray managed to convince Joey Castle to record "Rock 'n Roll Baby" which was issued on E-M 100.   Joey Castle,  a rockabilly singer, had singles on RCA, Headline & Thanks! between 1958 and 1963 before moving to the Catskills region entertaining the crowds in the night clubs circuit, doing impressions of Boris Karloff, Humphrey Bogart and Johnny Cash among others.

4063     Tonight The Stars Are Out / You Made Me Feel This Way 
4058     Montreal, Canada Blues  / Stepping High Dance
539       Rock 'n Roll Baby / When You Don't Care A Thing About Me
1222x    Baby Blues / For Love Is The Thing
1223      The Christmas Tree /  To Be Loved Is Beautiful
3090      Can't Buy My Heart  / My New York 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them

I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them

Bluesy version of the Marie Knight R&B classic.  Mark El Jackson  wrote the song.

Dori Carrroll made her first television appearance in Bloomington, Indiana.  She toured with Bobby Helms and recorded a duet with him, issued on Kapp Records in 1966 (Kapp #777 - Things I Remember Most).

The only release on this Grand label?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

You Make My Heart Sing Ah!

The Shadows

You Make My Heart Sing Ah!

Fraternity 795

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)


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


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.


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


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

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

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.”
Get it

Monday, April 22, 2019

South Street

Fran Cooper

Twin Hits 5009

South Street

Twin Hits
was operated by Barney Young and Gloria Parker.   Barney was a music publisher, composer, personal manager, lawyer, and song plugger.  Gloria, who was his co-composer, star performer, and fiancee, was a versatile bandleader, contralto, marimbist, and musical glasses virtuoso.  
Covering the hits of the day, the recordings by pseudonymous artists were produced by Ed Chalpin for his PPX Enterprises set-up.
Barney Young died in 1969. Miss Gloria Parker's official website is here

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Please Don't Leave Me

Tommy "Skinny" Ellsworth

"Please Don't Leave Me"
(Antoine Domino, Reeve Music, Inc. BMI)

Baro Record #2627

Tommy Ellsworth, birth name Thomas E. Nazziola, also recorded with his Rockin' Jesters on the Oklahoma, Scot and Romaine labels.  He is also quite possibly Ray Ellsworth singing "Rock And Roll Show" on his own Ellsworth label.

"Rock And Roll Show" has been available on several compilations, but a label to see is still elusive.

Friday, April 5, 2019

I Cried

Baker Knight
& The Knightmares

I Cried

Kit Records, Inc. SO 901
Al Bubis Productions

Thomas Baker Knight, Jr.

Baker Knight's songwriting has overshadowed his long career as a singer of rock 'n' roll, pop and country. Born of Scots ancestry in 1933, Knight grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended high school, spent one year at the University of Alabama (after serving in the US Air Force for three years) and became a technical illustrator after a course at a local art school. He had learned to play guitar in the school orchestra, B.B. King being his first idol. In 1955 Knight formed a rock 'n' roll band, Baker Knight and the Knightmares. Soon they recorded their first single, "Bop Boogie To the Blues"/"Little Heart", for the Nashville-based Kit label, owned by Alan Bubis. A second Kit single, "Bring My Cadillac Back" (1956), sold well enough to be picked up by a major label, Decca, and might even have become a national hit, had it not been banned by many radio stations that saw the disc as a free commercial for Cadillac.
...more reading...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Chew Chew Chew!

Hollygley Records

From Blibber-Blubber (Smack!)
to Dubble Bubble (Thwack!)
Dedicated to all who have chewed it, detonated it,
swallowed it, left it underfoot, parked it under tables
and stored it used in the refrigerator

With thanks to Robert Hendrickson, author The Great American Chewing Gum Book (1976)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Sam Pan Sue

John Osborne and band

Stepping Out To

Sam Pan Sue
Every sign on this "High-Fi  / C & W /Made in Detroit" record says "song-poem record" :

–  the label : previously active in 1963-1965, the Lectron issued at least four records, all pressed by Rite Records in Cincinnati (Cara Stewart, The Cones, Mary Kaye)
–  Margie Bish,  songwriter of both sides, had few songs issued on the Preview label
–  Active Music (ASCAP) was the publishing wing of Jack Curry's Air label, operating from 3170 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida

But the otherwise unknown John Osborne doesn't sound to me quite like a song-poem singer ?

Archer Record Pressing from 1968.  

Monday, April 1, 2019

Putzie Putz The Octopus

Geene Courtney
MGM 12712

Putzie Putz The Octopus

Geene Courtney, Miss Sausage Queen (1955)

Geene Courtney was born Geene Radko in Pennsylvania in 1921. Model, starlet, entertainer and singer, Geene was also an advertising-oriented beauty queen whose titles included New York Miss Cheesecake of 1951 and Miss Sausage Queen of 1955. 

Geene passed away on July 6, 2000 in a nursing home in Saxonburg, Pa.

Her only record (I think)

Que Dor Eu Sinto [What A Pain I Feel]

From Wikipedia (edited):

Damião Ferreira da Cruz (1935?-2016), better known by his stage name Damião Experiença,was a Brazilian singer-songwriter, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and compulsive hoarder. Considered to be a major name of the Brazilian countercultural scene and one of the country's most famous and prolific outsider musicians, he was praised [and] constantly compared to schizophrenic outsider artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário and musicians Frank Zappa, Moondog, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, Jandek and Father Yod.  His albums, usually sold by him in the streets or even handed out for free when he felt like it, became much-sought collector's items, and his reclusive, eccentric and unpretentious personality has attained him a passionate cult following.

He experienced an unhappy childhood and was constantly mistreated by his parents, which led him to run away from home to Rio de Janeiro when he was between 10 and 13 years old. As a youth he served as a radar operator for the Brazilian Navy; while in the Navy he allegedly fell off a ship's crow's nest, hitting his head on the floor, which could have provoked his erratic mental state.

After his precocious retirement from the Navy in 1963, he went on to live with a prostitute in a stilt house in the vicinity of the bairro of Estácio, became a pimp and was able to produce his records thanks to money obtained via procuring

Damião's musical style is impossible to categorize accurately, since he experiments with numerous genres, more prominently freak folk, psychedelic rock, reggae and experimental rock. His songs have no logical sense at first sight, and mostly of them are sung in a dialect created by him, the "Planet Lamma dialect" (spoken in his eponymous "home planet"), with improvised lyrics.

He usually plays different instruments and sings at the same time. In his earlier releases, Damião used exclusively guitars with different numbers of strings (e.g., his debut Planeta Lamma was played with an one-string guitar), harmonicas, shakers and occasionally marimbas, mixing Portuguese with his own dialect in his lyrics.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

St. James Infirmary

Dean Jones
Joe Leahy Orchestra

St. James Infirmary

88 Brand Records

Dean Carroll Jones (1931-2015)

After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Dean Jones got a job acting in a melodrama at Knott's Berry Farm. He was spotted by veteran composer Vernon Duke, who was planning a musical. The musical project fell through, but Duke enabled Jones an audition with Arthur Freed, the famous producer of MGM feature film musicals such as "Singin' In the Rain." It did not go as planned. "He's an actor, not singer!" Arthur Freed exclaimed.  Still, the studio signed Jones, and in his first credited role, he found himself acting opposite James Cagney in the 1956 drama "These Wilder Years." 

Dean had mostly small roles of a far grittier nature than his later Disney fare. "I played drug addicts, pimps, hard-cased killers, ex-cons and angry young men," he told The Times in 1995.

Beginning with 1965's "That Darn Cat!," Dean became closely identified with Disney family fare. In addition to the "Love Bug" and "The Ugly Dachshund," he was the leading man in "Monekys, Go Home," "The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit," "The Million Dollar Duck," "The Shaggy D.A.," "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" and other Disney feature films.

But in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was leading an off-screen life contrary to his wholesome image. He had numerous affairs and was drinking heavily. "I had thought if I became a star I'd be happy," he said in a 1976 L.A.Times interview. "I had thought if I had a fairly large amount of money I'd be happy. I thought if I had a house on a hill I'd be happy. I thought if I had a Ferrari I'd be happy. One goal after another was accomplished. And with no fulfillment." Jones was able to keep his torment largely separated from his work life. Even the head of the studio was fooled. "I remember having lunch with Walt one day, and he told me, 'Dean, you're a perfect fit for these pictures. You're such a good family man!'" Jone's told the Pantagraph. "I wasn't a good family man," Jones said. "I was showing up at home smelling of perfume that wasn't my wife's.".

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