Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Girl Sue

The Thunderbolts, high school students from the Carroll-Kemper High School (Iowa) recorded an album (acetate) at the Sears Recording Studios in Omaha, Nebraska.

Only two songs from this album were released : 'My Girl Sue' and 'I Wanna See You Again' as a 45 single for The Fabulous Thunderbolts (Poverty 1072, '65)).

They were inducted in the Iowa Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

This groups first job was at the Carroll grade school, their only problem was they had no name. When they were about to take the stage, a bolt of lightning struck close to the school and the Thunderbolts were born.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Doctor Rock

Doctor Rock……………............................………….77
RCA VICTOR 7275 –The Wild Bees, a new girls’ group,
handle this wacky novelty with spirit as they sing
about a dancing cha-cha-ing medico. Listenable
wax that with exposure has a chance. (World, ASCAP)

(Billboard, June 3, 1958)


Putti Putti

Jay Epae, real name Nicholas Epae, was a Maori pop vocalist from Manaia, Taranaki. Born in New Zealand and left for the USA in 1957. His first break-through was the recording of 'Putti Putti' [on Mercury Records, 1960] which sold over a quarter of a million copies in Scandinavia alone. Read more HERE

Monday, October 25, 2010


★★★ Choo-Choo –RCA VICTOR 7839 – An interesting blues with novelty touches. The group hands it a distrinctive reading against good guitar support. (Bradshaw, BMI) (2 :15)

Billboard January 16, 1961

Male vocal group recorded in Los Angeles. The main interest here is the solo of guitar, courtesy of Howard Roberts.

Epiphone Deluxe with a DeArmond pickup----This is the first professional level guitar owned by Howard Roberts. The picture is said to show Howard Roberts (at 19) and Pete Jolly (at 16) playing at a Local 586 Musicians Union party at the Mecca Lounge in Phoenix.

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Professor Michael Evans, Department of Statistics, University of Toronto, maintain a website devoted on Howard Roberts HERE.

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P.S. : You can't imagine how happy I am today. I've just discovered :

- how to insert star(s) in my blog (for a look-a-like Billboard clipping, for instance)
- AND the guitar playing of Howard Roberts

Beautiful day!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rock n' Roll Fever

On Town Records, a Baltimore, Maryland label owned by Jack Gale



Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gwen Davis on Lu

Seven Lonely Days

Lost Love


Pretty, Pretty, Baby

Unknown singer

Pretty, Pretty, Baby


This is the same song as written by Danny Wolfe and recorded by Gene Vincent


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Buddy Wymore : Surf-Mad

Buddy Wymore
The Knaves



Another version of the traditional "Crawdad Song"
backed by a rather boring instrumental (in my opinion)

out of Midway City, California


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jim Dale and the Comancheroes



Surf instrumental b/w Hot Rod vocal. Unknown Teen label unrelated to any others labels of the same name. Band is likely from Kansas.

Columbia custom pressed in Nashville (ZTSB).


Monday, October 18, 2010

Baseball Card Lover


Baseball Card Lover

Rhino Records
Issued in 1977.

MUSICIANS: Don Buchannan, Alan Hill, Mike Lawson, Steve Komen, and Randy Domingue
Background vocals by The New Dildettes.


Friday, October 15, 2010

The Wrong Door

Jackson Bros. Orch.

The Wrong Door


On Arrow Records, a California label owned by Harry Okun

"Crazy Don" Jackson - "Bill" Jackson - "Jack" Jackson
(Arrow 1003, picture sleeve)


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Santa Bring Me a Puppy Dog


New York – Record companies who expected to beat the gun this year to bring out the first Christmas record can wait until next year.

Billboard’s reviewing staff was a little surprised to find a record this week titled « Santa Bring Me a Puppy Dog. » Song is by Sherry Crane on the Trumpet label.

One panel member said, « Even with the air conditioning going full blast, it’s kind of hard to take this record seriously. » Meanwhille, outside the thermometer hovered around 92 degrees.

Billboard, July 11, 1964

Five years earlier, Sherrry Crane then 11-year old, had a release on Sun Records. According to The Good, the Bad, and the Funky blog, "The worst song I own is probably "Winnie The Parakeet". It's the A-side of an obscure Sun Records single, sung by an 11-year old named Sherry Crane. It was released in 1959. It's terrible."


Monday, October 11, 2010

Denise Regan setting up a Christmas standard for years to come!

A 10 year old Chicago born actress/vocalist debuts as a professional singer with this record of HOLE IN THE STOCKING b/w DATE WITH SANTA CLAUS.

Denise’s face should be familiar to the millions of TV and motion picture fans from her many appaearances in these entertainment medias. Also, her more than 100 TV and radio commercials make her like an old family friend. Otherwise, Denise has done little else in her young life than attend Parochial School ! !

Denise a discovery of Doris Gilbert, President of Dee Gee Records, who chanced to hear his moppet star sing during the filming of a motion picture in Hollywood. She immediately signed her to a long term contract.

Famed musician Pete Rugulo arranged and conducted the two songs. He predicts this young personality will rise to the heights of stardom – and her HOLE IN THE STOCKING will become a Christmas standard for years to come ! !

Should we really thank Miss Doris Gilbert for her "discovery"? I don't think so, that's why I've included - for your convenience - only a sample of each side ...


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Les Vautours (The Vultures)


French group, early sixties, vocalist is Vic Laurens. "Vautours" is an original. "Ne Me Dis Pas Non" is a cover in french of "I Want You With Me" penned by W. Harris and sung by Elvis Presley, but only better.


Why Do Me That Way

Solomon Burke

Why Do Me That Way

Apollo Records, 1956


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lucky Is the beer beer-drinkers drink!

Blues singer Jimmy Whiterspoon (1920-1997) singing the goodness of the
Lucky beer, a product of General Brewing Co.

LuckyIs the beer beer-drinkers drink!

From 1964


Friday, October 8, 2010

Carolina Rock

Vocal - Bob Watts
Bill Hall and his Carolina Drifters

Carolina Records
"Music From The South"

Carolina Rock


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Be-Bop Santa Claus

Earney Vandagriff recorded for Flair, Specialty, Starday and Rural Rhythm between 1953 and 1957.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Best remembered for the smash "She Wears My Ring," singer Solomon King was born Allen Levy in Lexington, KY, in 1931. An imposing figure at 6'8", Levy first worked under the stage name Randy Leeds. He was the first white singer to open for jazz legend Billie Holiday... Read more HERE

My Oh My
(YouTube link)

Randy Leeds, a.k.a Solomon King