Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Without Your Precious Love

Norman Kara
with Henry Jones Band

Without Your Precious Love
Sanders-Karajulles, Tulane Pub. BMI

Cimota Records

One of the first songs published in 1959 by Tulane Music Publishing recently incorporated by Tony Conino who started in 1961 a new distributorship  in New Orleans called Central Records Distributing Company, the appointed distributor for the southern market for the Nashboro, Excello, Concert-Disc, Lute, Conversaphone, Joy, Stand, Frolic Dodge, Hollywood, Playtime, 90th Floor, Smart, Lucky Four, and Ivory labels.

Monday, July 6, 2020

It's Like a Snow Globe When You Shake Your Head

Daniel Boucher - Le vent soufflait mes pellicules
Devang Patel & Sunidhi Chauhan  - Dandruff song    
Jeanne Hayes - Somebody Else's Dandruff            
Sam Adams - Oh Dandruff Dan                        
The Toilet Bowl Cleaners  - A Song About Dandruff
(It's Like a Snow Globe When You Shake Your Head)

dandruff (first and last volume?)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Pal Mal Rock

Velvet Voice 58 (EP, 1958) : Pal Mal Rock -Mal-3D's Starring Arnie Ginsburg in his first (and last) singing appearance / Arnie's Theme - 3D's / Ginger - Wayne Parker / Bonnie - Dal-Tones

Arnie W. "Woo-Woo" Ginsburg (1926-2020)

American Top 40 radio DJ known by his nickname, "Woo Woo" Ginsburg. Active from the 1950s through 1980s, popular for his zany on-air personality and use of sound-effects. Worked primarily in and around Boston, Massachusetts at stations WBOS, WMEX, WRKO and WBZ, among others; he was a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Johnny B. Goode

Frank Salinas
with the Johnny Rushing Orch.

Johnny B. Goode / Witch Doctor

Moonglow 5083x45 [Belgium]

Johnny B. Goode

Two "hit of the day" covers by the unknown Frank Salinas backed by the equally unknown Johnny Rushing orchestra. Same track of Johnny B. Goode also issued on Tops Records as by Steve Todd while Witch Doctor has been issued in France as by the Allegrettes on the Pacific label. I wouldn't be at all surprised that the Witch Doctor track also came on Tops Records as by Ross Barbour

The history of Moonglow Records goes back to the 1950s in Belgium, although most know Moonglow as a 1960s Los Angeles-based label. Albert van Hoogten was owner of Ronnex Records in Belgium, and sent his brother, Rene Jan van Hoogten, to the United States in the mid-1950s to set up a label here. The first version of Moonglow Records was run out of Woodside, New York.



Addenda (2 July 2020) : obviously something more powerful than me and you has his hand on the file sharing thing.  OpenDrive and Mediafire don't allow any direct download for these two Frank Salinas files. So, Amazon has the right to sell something they probably don't own?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020


Real George
His Krazy Kats

Vocal George Whitley

G. Whitley-H. Glover

Glover Records
500 North Lea
Roswell, New Mexico

Another Roswell mystery. This one has its origins late 1958 in the Roswell's Historic District at a house which was built in 1900. "This home mixes Southwest Vernacular features, i.e. flat roof, stuccoed exterior, with the horizontal lines of Prairie Style".  See pic below.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Treponema Tango

Natural marvel or painting masterpiece ?
No, treponema pallidum...

Sam Adams

Treponema pallidum is a difficult-to-eradicate pathogen and responsible for the sexually-transmitted disease, syphilis, also known as The Great Pretender..  The English and Italians called it the French Disease or the French Pox (morbus gallicus); the French; called it the Neapolitan sickness; Russians referred to it as the Polish sickness; Poles called it the German sickness; Flemings, Dutch, Portuguese and North Africans called it the Spanish or Castilian sickness; and the Japanese called it the Canton Rash or the Chinese Ulcer.

 From the Sam Adams obit
Samuel T. Adams, Jr. (1928-2016) - Sam Adams, "The Prince of Parody," announces that he has completed his 88-year gig on planet Earth, and is available for other engagements. Sam, also known as "Sonny" Adams, was a fixture on the New Orleans entertainment scene from the 1940s until fairly recently. He was a modern minstrel, miraculously managing to earn a living over this period not only as an incomparable pianist and clarinetist, but also as a humorist, puppeteer, and TV "Bozo the Clown".  (...)  Funeral and celebration arrangements are a bit confused at this time, which is the way Sam would have like it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I'm A Witch

Terry Joy

I'm A Witch

Song penned by Don Hunt a.k.a. Donald Henry Stinson released in 1959 reviewed by Cash Box in October 1959. That's all about I can say.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Bo Diddley

Maureen Tucker
Bo Diddley

This is Maureen “Moe” Tucker, the Velvet Underground’s drummer doing Bo Diddley, first track from her "Playin’ Possum" album (recorded, mixed and mastered in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981)

After the Velvets broke up, Maureen moved to Texas and got a job at Wal-Mart, and raised her large family. She finally went back to music in 1981, when she recorded her first album in her living room (“between diaper changes”, she says) over a period of six months, overdubbing every instrument.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

3000 Tons Of Iowan Women

Marguerite Ashlock
ASHLOCK, Marguerite - Iowa Nutritionist of Newspaper and TV.  Has recorded "Let's Talk About Weight" in the late fifties, a record sampled by rchecka under the title "3000 Tons Of Iowan Women"

“Lesser artists borrow... great artists steal.”
                                                          - Igor Stravinsky

Friday, June 19, 2020

What Made You Blue

The Fugitives

What Made You Blue
(Mickey Russell, Richard Donlavey; Tips Music BMI)

Shoestring Records 108

Shoestring Records managed by country music promoter and booker Jim Gemmill and presided by Steve Richardson Jr., a Richmond, Virginia local businessman (running Bill’s Barbecue, Inc., a family business).

The Fugitives had also an album on the Justice label : "On the Run".

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Long Necked Goose

According to a comment from 2017 published by dbaugh1805 at 45cat/com, "Frank Clark (Clarko) was a DJ in the East back then. He lives in California now and has a streaming oldies Internet radio program on Rockhouse Radio.".  His only recording?

This Trumpet label was owned by New York born Harry Gorlin (1902-1995) who also was Vice-President and executive in charge of the "new" National Recording Corporation (NA-R-CO) in Atlanta, after the bankrupt of Bill Lowery's NRC company in April 1961. The company would re-emerge from bankruptcy in 1962, under the ownership of Frederick Storey (president of the Storey theaters of Georgia), but Lowery had left the company (he came back later).

For a list of masters produced by Harry Gorlin in 1962-1963, see HG master numbers

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Doyle Nelson Trio

(Dallas Frazier)

Jay Records
4908 East Shore (Road) Memphis

Produced by J.W. Brown, who was Jerry Lee Lewis’ bass player and father of his child bride.

A Stonewall, Arkansas native, Doyle Nelson learned his craft playing alongside of many of the stars of Memphis, Ace Cannon, Bill Black, Gene Simmons, Bobby Woods and Sam the Sham.  As a session musician, Nelson played keyboards at Hi, American and Sonic studios in Memphis, and worked with musicians like Reggie Young, Bobby Woods and Wayne Jackson. In the late 70s, he moved to Los Angeles for a year, headlining at venues throughout the Southern California area, including the world famous Palomino Club.
Doyle Nelson (1920-2015)
Doyle Clitus Nelson, 94, of Morehouse, died March 9, 2015, at the VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. Born November 30, 1920, in Hartman, Ark., to the late Elzie and Georgia Thomas Nelson, he served in the US Navy and was employed by Music City Manufacturing. He was a musician, and played guitar for Roy Acuff at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. He was a member of the Nashville Musician Association AFM Local 257. He also was a member of the Canalou Assembly of God Church. On December 17, 1947, in Piggott, Ark., he married Janet Tharp, who survives of the home.

Monday, June 15, 2020

No-Brainer - Volume 3

Vanna White presents :
No Brainer Volume 3

   Barnes & Barnes - Party In My Pants / Bill Joy - How Long Are You Staying                  
   Brave Combo with Tiny Tim - Stairway To Heaven  /
George Torrence & The  Dippers - Such a Fool I Was /
John Moran - Squeaky in a Boat                                 
   Les Guitares Du Diable - Twistin' USA  / Millie Small - Come and Hold me tight                          
   Millie Small & Roy Panton - We'll Meet /
Norm Burns & The Five Stars - John F. Kennedy Was Called Away /
Pat Boone - Long Tall Sally /Rod Rogers - Best Behind The Wheel /
Sam Kinison - Sexual Diaries / Thiaz Itch - Mambo XP38C                                                        

Monday, June 8, 2020

Deborah [of The Flying Lizards] sound-alikes

Deborah Evans-Stickland

If there wasn't Deborah, The Flying Lizards would never had a chance of having a hit. Full stop. 

Quite fascinated by her voice and her loveable eccentric personnality, I tried to find similarly voiced artists. I've found five singers who sounds in a way or another, or in some parts, like her. Among these five, there is Little Miss Darlene and her backing band whose recording is surprisingly so close to "Money" that it can be qualified as "anticipatory plagiarism" as defined by François Le Lionnais . Anticipatory plagiarism occurs when someone steals your original idea and publishes it before you.
track listing:
Janice Jones - Big Bad john                 
Lady Nell - Loving Daddy                    
Little Miss Darlene - Huddle Me, Cuddle Me  
Marva Turner -  Cool Operation
Sister Irene O'Connor  - O Brother!         
The Flying Lizards - Money     
Bios of these artists are sketchy or non-existent, with the exception of Sister Irene O'Connor who in 2012, at the age of 84, developped and ran massage therapy for the terminally ill. "massage therapy for the terminally ill", I like that.

And oh I almost forgot to mention that "Money" was recorded in a “cold meat fridge in Brixton, London." I like that too!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

No-Brainer - volume 2

Another compilation of tracks selected by "Random The Music !", a quite elementary and easy to use freeware, but making a mistake it's also easy. It erased unflinchingly some 8.000 files in just one second because I entered the wrong destination for the selected files!

Selections are from a folder named D:\MUSIC\_COLLECTIONS\A Million Dollars-20\ containing 20 volumes of Doo Wop, so you know what to expect! Tracks are as it is, but I removed the needlessly (and silly) "& group" included in the name of artist.

Dino Matthews - 00 - The Girl That I Love       
Gloria Knight - 00 - Lonely Girl                
Pepper & The Shakers - 00 - Need Your Love      
Peter Pete & The Lovers - 00 - A Lonely Island  
The Coins - 00 - Please                         
The Dynamics - 00 - I Guess You Don't Love Me   
The Five Blue Notes - 00 - My Gal Is Gone       
The Invictas - 00 - Lest You Forget             
The Mello-Harps - 00 - I Love Only You          
The Metrotones - 00 - Please Come Back          
The Rhythm Cadets - 00 - Dearest Doryce         
The Shieks - 00 - Come On Back                  
The Townsmen - 00 - I Can't Go                  
The Universals - 00 - A Love Only You Can Give  
The Vals - 00 - The Song Of A Lover             

No-Brainer - volume 2

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

No-Brainer : a random compilation (volume 1)

Compilation randomly assembled by an automated file generator. Title of this compilation created thanks to   I've also tried but I've not been very charmed by "What Zombies Can Teach You About Oldies Music Random Ultimate Lazy".

What kind of music to expect? rockabilly, rocker, hillbilly, r'n'b, blues & so on
What kind of music you'll not find : psych, garage, long hair music, British Invasion, opera & so on

Art Davis - Hawaiian Boogie                                                 
Billie Morgan - Treatin' Me The Way You Do                                  
Boots Brown & His Blockbusters - Cerveza                                    
Camille Howard - Money Blues                                                
Downtowners - My Wife Ain't Lazy                                            
Frankie Avalon - Young Love                                                 
Gigi Parker & The Four Seasons - Lonely Girl Blue                           
Glen and Vivian Watson - Just Keep On Going                                 
Glenn Reeves - Johnny On The Spot                                           
Gogi Grant - The Wayward Wind                                               
Guitar Walk - Piano Red                                                     
Jack Earls - When I Dream                                                   
Jack Huddle - Midnight Monsters Hop                                         
Junior Boyer - Jenny Jenny                                                  
Lenora Crider With Toby, Dick, Ellis & Al Harvey & The Possoms - Oh Lonesome Me.mp3  
Leon Mach - You Hurt Me So                                                  
Little Brenda Lee - Bigelow 6-200                                           
Lloyd Price - Mailman Blues                                                 
Mickey Gilley - Whole Lot Of Twistin' Goin' On                              
Ocie Stockard - Cow Town Boogie                                             
Pee Wee King - Hoot Scoot                                                   
Ronnie Price & The Velvets - Look At Me                                     
Scatman Crothers - My Dearest One                                           
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Bite It                                             
Spade Cooley - Three-Way Boogie                                             
The Hollywood Saxons - I'm Your Man                                         
The Sherrys - Pop Pop Pop-Pie                                               
The Storey Sisters - Bad Motorcycle                                         
The Uniques - Rock 'n Rudolph                                               
Bonus (?) (untagged track from a comp titled "Play It Cool", don't know which one...)
Unknown - Unknown                                                           

Thursday, May 21, 2020

She Rides

CoBurt Music (acetate)

Unknown singer demoing a song penned by Suzanne Jordan and Sharon Sheeley in 1970. The song was recorded the same year by Annette Ferra on the Quad label. CoBurt Music and CoBurt Records were owned by Pierre Cosette and Burt Sugarman.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Baby Your A Jive Cat

Sheila Wilkerson
Baby Your A Jive Cat

rft records 3012

produced by Rik Tinory

Flip has been posted here (link updated)

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Papa - Un - Mao - Mao

Papa - Un - Mao - Mao
Ecuavox 1051 (1965)

José Francisco Parra del Pino, known by his stage name Pepe Parra, (1945-2019) was an Ecuadorian singer, businessman, and television presenter.  He was a member of the musical group Los Dragones, with whom he won the Huancavilca trophy, for the most popular musical group in the country. He was also part of the television program, La discoteca del 10, where he was a presenter during the seventies.

During his musical career he recorded more than 20 discs at 45 rpm and five long-playing LPs.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Castaway Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio (July 1963)

Raw and greasy. This record was reviewed in 2010 by The Hound on his blog. As I completely agree with him and lazy as I am, I have no need to write some silly lines myself. Here is what he wrote:
It's Conway Twitty and his band Recorded Live At The Castaway Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio, 1963, and with thumpin' versions of Money, Elmore James' Shake Your Money Maker, Ain't Goin' Home, a killer reading of Is A Bluebird Blue that is way better than the string laden studio take, as well as many Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley tunes, we see that Twitty's 1963 set list was pretty much the same as that of the Rolling Stones who were just learning to tune their guitars across the pond, and whose U.S. arrival on the heels of the Beatles a couple of years later would end Twitty's career in rock'n'roll.
What I like about this album is that it's a rare recording of rock'n'roll as it was heard in night clubs that served booze, not teenage package shows full of screaming kids. I can just see the crowd-- bikers, blue collar workers, beehive hair-do's and capri slacks on the women. Twitty knew how to play for these folks, they like their music raw and greasy, and that's just how Twitty played it for them.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight / Sid King & The Five Strings
BCD 15535

The photography on the cover is another example of the hard work for which Bear Family Records is most renowned. From scratch, a view of some countryside, they were able to produce a beautiful cover thanks to some photo editing work.  
The 6 pictures below are showing the different stages of the editing :

1. final picture
2. Sid plus brother Billy*
3. Sid name on car added
4. Sid King added
5. car added (a Ford Station Wagon?)
6. nobody here **

*(2) this photo (probably provided by Sid) is one of the illustrations featured in this article. That's how the history is documented today.
**(6) It seems that the picture background was taken near Vollersode, Germany (Bear Family headquarters). That kind of grass is typical from that area.

Anyway, the baby bear is HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

Don Thompson
Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

Gregdon GS-5010
Recorded at Reflection Sound Studios, Charlotte, N.C.

"Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" is a song written by Joey Levine and Ritchie Cordell and recorded by Crazy Elephant. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Presumably Gregdon were Don Thompson's own label, the Greg being quite probably Greg Caruso (1947-2019). The UR master number would indicate a 1978 pressing?

A previous record on Gregdon (#5008) is by the Don Thompson Trio (recorded in South Carolina at Skyline Recording Studio, West Columbia). 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Wrench Dance

wr. Tommy Fulzenloger
Airspace Publishing Co. BMI

DeadWax go further to inform you and answers the questions you have the right to ask yourself :

Who are they?
The “Bue Cotts” are Kerry Chastain, lead guitar; Ronnie Brown, rhythm guitar and vocalist; Tom Fulzenloger, organ; Mike Shelley, bass guitar; and Neal McGaugh, drums. 
Bue-Cotts, what does it mean?
The unusual name of the band was the idea of Kerry, although none of the boys seem to know exactly what it means. 
What is The Wrench?
“The Wrench,” Tom said, is a new dance which combines the Mashed Potato, Twist and Jerk. As the song says, “Baby do the Wrench” by moving your arms like the Jerk, hips like the Twist and feet like the Mashed Potato. It can be done, “if you’re coordinated,” according to Tom’s sister.

Source : Bue Cotts Singers Wax First Disc, Wichita Beacon, April 30, 1965, by Fran Kentling

Saturday, May 9, 2020

The Wolf Hop

The Anderson Sisters
Wilma Jean - Ruby Lee
With Leon Houston And The Cumberland Mountain Boys
Devora Brown, Trianon Publications BMI
  Fortune 202


 Song copyrighted by Dorothy S. Brown in February 1950

This is a re-up. Previously posted in 2015.

Friday, May 8, 2020

If It Wasn't For the Kids (Volume 9)

Cathy Sharpe North Pole Rock (Global, 1960) 
Ginny Tiu - Inka Dinka Doo (Era, 1959) 
Lawrence Welk's Little Band Featuring Brian, Cubby, Janet and The Lennon Sisters (Coral, 1958)
Li'l Smokey Miller - Cotton Patch (Black Gold, 1966)
Little Mike and The Heralders Quartet - This World Is Not My Home (Sound LP, 1969) 
Matt & Robyn Rolf - I'm Little But I'm Loud (Tambor LP, 1982) 
Michael and Tobias (Switzerland, 1960) 
Ranel Bogdanov -  Hit the Road Jack (Russia, 2014) 
Ronnie Reno - Somebody Left Another Youngin' At Our House (Reno) 
Sunshine Ruby - Too Young To Tango (RCA, 1953).
The Bantams - Susie Q (Warner-Bros, 1966) 
The Cowboy Church Sunday School featuring Little Miss Enry - A Handful of Sunshine  (Decca, 1955) 


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Armpit # 6

Screamin' Jay Hawkins
(Red Top 126, 1959)

Credit : Ethbaal —  CC BY-SA 3.0

Hear Me Talking

Jay Drennan

Hear Me Talking

Veeda 45-1001

Jay or Jaybird Drennan was born December 9, 1928, Jerry William Drennan grew up as the son of a sharecropper on peanut farms in Texas and New Mexico. He worked at radio stations in markets in those states including Tucumcari, Clovis, Hereford, Perryton, and Lubbock before moving on to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Turlock, California and Akron, Ohio.

During Jaybird's 27 years as morning drive air personality for WSLR in Akron, Ohio, he pioneered Country radio in Ohio and paved the way for successful Country stations in Akron and Cleveland. He has been called the best known and best loved personality the market has ever seen.

Jay Drennan passed away on December 10, 2006 from a blood clot that formed after surgery for a broken ankle.

Friday, May 1, 2020

A Hair Raising Compilation

Track listing

Billy Bank's Chicago Rhythm Kings  - Bald Headed Mama (Vocalion, 1932)
Buddy Sharpe & the Shakers - Bald Headed Baby (Fee Bee, 1958)                               
Christine Lavin & SIX Bitchin' Babes - Bald Headed Men                                      
Danny Ezba - Bald Headed Woman (Jox, 1967)                                                  
Dr. Feelgood - Bald Headed Lena  (Okeh, 1962)                                               
Gingersnaps - Bald Headed Papa (Window, 1958)                                               
Haskell Sadler - Bald Headed Woman (Melodia, 1961)                                          
Jerms - Bald Headed Woman (The Jerms, 1965)                                                 
Lee Diamond & The Upsetters - Bald Head Baby (Vee Jay uniss.,1958)                          
Les Chambers - Bald Headed Daddy (Starday, 1955)                                            
Nathaniel Mayer - I Don't Want No Bald Headed Woman Telling Me What To Do (Norton, unrel.)  
Odetta - Bald Headed Woman (Vanguard, 1959)                                                 
Oneda Harding - Bald Headed Twister (TRC, 1962)                                             
Papa Albert French & Blanche Thomas  - Bald Headed Beulah (Capricorn, 1969)                 
Ronnie Dale  - Bald Headed Lover (Do-Ra-Mi, 1963)                                           
Sot Weed Factor - Bald Headed Woman (Original Sound, 1967)                                  
The Beach Boys - She's Goin' Bald (1967)                                                    
The Mugwumps - Bald Head Woman (Sidewalk, 1966)                                             
The Regents - Bald-Headed Woman (Dot, 1966)                                                 
The Treniers - Bald Head (Okeh, 1954)                                                       
The Young Monkey Men - Bald Headed Woman (Jade, 1966)                                       
Trevor Lambert - Bald-Headed Teacher (Upset, 1973, Jamaica)                                 
Wayne Faust - Bald Guys Are Cool (2005)                                                     

Bald : what people also ask, according to Google

Thursday, April 30, 2020

I'm Gonna Rock My Baby Tonight

W. O. White

This is William Ovilee “W. O.” White.

Mr. White was born in 1904 in Coleman, Texas. Also reared there, he married Thesia Smith in 1925. W. O. White owned and operated White's Music Store in Coleman from 1946 to about 1954. It closed after a fire in the Pool Building where it was located. He moved to Abilene in 1956. He taught piano and guitar at his home for over 30 years.  He died in Abilene in 2004, aged 99. Survivors included his wife, Thesia of Abilene; and one son, Wendell Olivee White of Abilene.

W.O. White operated his own WOW Records and a publishing company named Abilite Music from this home at 2134 Woodard, Abilene.

He previously recorded as Wee Willie and the Mellodiers (WOW 110, 1962). Other records were issued by Wow Records including Blanche Butler (''Boggle Man's palace", 1970) Judy Burleson (1971) and Benny Johnson (of  "Burn Your Bra Baby" fame).

"I'm Gonna Rock My Baby Tonight" (written in 1955) and the 3 other songs on this EP (Honey Baby/My Tomorrows Have Turned To Yesterdays), all penned by W.O. White, can be downloaded HERE 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

My Baby Twist

The Sputniks

My Baby Twist

J. Mitchell, C. Stanton
Clintone Pub. BMI
Pam Mar 602

According to Opal Louis Nations:
The Sputniks were a fine polished singing group out of North Richmond, California who flowered briefly during the late Fifties, then sadly faded into undeserved obscurity like so many groups of the time.  The Sputniks were best known for their infectious jump song “Hey Maryann” which became a regional success.
The Sputniks, led by Curtis Stanton, recorded previously for Class Records and, as The Greats for Ebb Records. Shortly before The Sputniks disbanded they cut "My Baby Twist" at Sierra Sound in Berkeley for the L.A.-based Pam Mar record company.

The tiny Pam Mar imprint issued a further release on The Sputniks. Claude And The Hightones and the duet Vernon & Jewell (Vernon Garret and Jewel Whittaker) had also one single on the label, which was possibly owned by Bradley Taylor, who operated Bay-Tone Records.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Who's Gonna Sing?


Who's Gonna Sing?
(wr. George Smith & Gloria M. Shaver)
Flip is "Man Of The Month" (same composers)

Believe it or not, this is the same label who issued two singles on Don Murphy in 1962-1963, some fifteen years earlier (hint: Nelma Music publisher) :
  • Don Murphy & The Hi-Liters - Mean Mama Blues / Seven High (Cosmopolitan 2264-1)
  • Don Murphy & The Country Rockets - Help Find My Baby / Every Night At Closing Time (Cosmopolitan 2264-3/4).  
Ad from The San Bernardino County Sun, September 1976
In 1976, Mister Smith published the above small ad in the The San Bernardino County Sun. He fairly honestly warned the potential investor that some risk were involved but profit potential could be high. I have no idea as who were the artists with star potential  (himself? his wife?).
First located in West Covina, California, the label by now in 1977 has a Rialto address (258 W. Shamrock).
Trolley is quite possibly George Smith himself who co-wrote, with Gloria Brown, both sides of this single, a much later release, some 15 years after the label's first release.

George Smith's wife, Alice M. Smith, wrote both sides of the first Don Murphy release. One of her composition, "Highway Of Life", was recorded by Marc Shaw for the song-poem Sterling label. She also had her own release on the label,  "Mister Nothin'", according to a list of records list for sale. Alice Smith was born Alice Marie Spurgin in Nebraska in 1934 to Roy L. Spurgin and his first wife, Nelma Naomi Dougherty, both of Nebraska. She died in 1986 in Riverside. According to her obituary, "she has been a housewife for 34 years."

Gloria Brown, aka Gloria Shaver, died in 1984. She had her own early morning radio show on KATE in her hometown of Albert Lea, Minn., at the age of 16. Back then she was known as "Little Gloria Brown."  The farmers who listened to their radios in their barns while her show was on would tell her "my cows gave more milk since you started yodeling to them," said Shaver. Shaver also sang on KGLO and at rodeos. For many years she was in a country band called Gloria and the Twilighters that also included her second husband, Mason City native Merle Shaver. (Her first husband, Byron Carr of Albert Lea, was killed during World War II).

The known Cosmopolitan six sides are included in this zipped file

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Bye Bye Blackbird

Wanda Schafer - Bye Bye Blackbird

From "An Evening With Wanda", from The Garden of Eden (1972)

Indiana supper club songstress. Some info from the album back cover can be found here
If you like what you hear, her full album can be downloaded from

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

If It Wasn't For The Kids (Volume 8)

  —  You don't like Engelbert Humperdinck anymore?
— Not anymore, right now I prefer Hasil Adkins...


8-Year Old Carol Kay - A Good Man is Hard to Find (Recorded In Hollywood, 1953)  
Barry Gordon - Rock Around Mother Goose (MGM, 1956)                              
Brenda Lee - Doodlebug Rag (Decca, 1956)                                         
Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (MGM, 1972)                      
Little Barbara - Mom, I Want a Dolly Just Like You (Coral, 1953)                 
Little Betty Pruett - I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You (Arlee, 1967)        
Mathilde (Gersby Rasmussen) - Hulubulu (Harlekin, Danemark, 1988)                
Reggie Pitassy - I'm Gonna Color My Eggs All Blue (Pitassy, 1964)                
Ricky Vera - How Can Santa Come To Puerto Rico (Coral, 1953)                     
Terry Davidson & The Barracudas - Hurray For Hazel (Hillside LP, 1966)           
The Musical Harts of Detroit - Surely I Will Lord (GMR, LP)                      
The Schulman Kids (Bob, Ilene, Jimmie) - V' Jinja (Renner, 1959)        


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Cleveland Crochet And All The Sugar Bees

Cleveland Crochet, American fiddler, bandleader and the founder of The Hillbilly Ramblers, born 30 January 1919 in Hathaway, Louisiana; died November 2011.

Artist Biography by Craig Harris
The fiddle player and bandleader of The Hillbilly Ramblers, a Cajun band whose 1961 song, "Sugar Bee," became the first Cajun song to reach the "Billboard Hot 100", Cleveland Crochet has never been financially compensated for the tune. "I didn't get anything out of it," Crochet said by telephone from his home in Iowa, Louisiana. "Eddie Schuler (owner of the Gold Band record label) stole the copyright." The son of a Cajun musician, Crochet built his first fiddle out of a cigar box at the age of twelve. Although he continued to earn his living as an iron worker, until his retirement in 1970, Crochet became a regular at Cajun dances throughout eastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Together with the Hillbilly Ramblers, which he formed in the 1950s, Crochet played every Saturday night at the Shamrock and Moulin Rouge dance clubs in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Since his retirement, Crochet has limited his playing to informal jam sessions.

The above Billboard bio published on Feb., 6 1961
gives Jennings, Louisiana as his birthplace and 1929
as the year of birth.