Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tumba Conga Cha

Vincent Romano & Miss L.L.

Tumba Conga Cha
(Louise Lewis)

Skyway Records
Hollywood, California

Produced by Louise Lewis
Arr. and cond. by René Hall


The Skyway label was started in 1954. According to Rockin' Country Style, Skyway Records was owned by Herb Shucher. Possibly. Anyway, after 1960, it seems that Miss L.L. (Louise Lewis) was the main force moving this odd Hollywood label.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Walking Baby Boogie


Walking Baby Boogie

(Butler, Ensley Music)

Pepper Drive
Tallahassee Fla.

At last, thanks to the label picture, this record is located AND dated (1962, RCA matrix code).

So, Polly-Anne was a Tallahassee Lassie! Flip is Snowbells Over The Mountain Top (by Bertha Butler).


You You You

Glen Campbell With The Glen-Aires

You You You

Ceneco Records



Glenn Campbell second record on the Ceneco label owned by Coy Zeigler.

Glenn, at the time (1958), was in Albuquerque playing in his uncle Dick Bills band, singing in the Chersterfield Club.


Monday, May 23, 2011


Larry Kirby
Background Vocal : The Markees


Apollo 526

Recorded by Gary Walker in Nashville and leased to Apollo Records


Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Panting Panther

The Panting Panther
a.k.a. “Eddie Weldon,” “Mr. D.J. USA,” the “Panting Panther,” and the “Shooting Star of North America”

Cooler Weather

Marly Records

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The very tiny obscure Marly label was from the West Coast. I know only two other releases on the label : Gerry Maplewood (1960) and Rue Barclay.

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Regarding The Panting Panther, the following information is from a PowerPoint document found HERE


o Clair E. Weldon—a.k.a. “Eddie Weldon,” “Mr. D.J. USA,” the “Panting Panther,” and the “Shooting Star of North America”—recorded and broadcasted under his various performance monikers throughout the 1950s and 1960s

o Under the moniker “Panting Panther” on a song titled “Cooler Weather,” Weldon became one of the first popular musicians to cross what then was known as the “color line,” singing with the backing of an African-American blues combo

o Today he continues to work in entertainment, largely under the name “Eddie Weldon”

o A recording firm, having heard nothing of the “Panting Panther” in decades, re-released “Cooler Weather” on an anthology CD with liner notes describing the artists as intellectually inferior “white trash”—and with a somewhat bizarre cover photograph

o Having made no effort to consult Weldon either prior to or after the re-release, they mistakenly assumed the “Panther” to have panted his last

o (Lawsuit, anyone?)


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Whole Lotta Shakin'

Picture credit : Rockin' Country Style/Udo Frank

Rick Covey And The Missouri City Troubadours

Whole Lotta Shakin'


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Like It Like That

Layton Redell Zbornik, Jr
I Like It Like That

A Gor-Dell production
Acc. Al Stith's Corvairs

Parade CR-6929
A division of Carrousel prod - Cincinnati, Ohio


RCA custom pressing RK5M-6929

A cover of the Chris Kenner hit.

Is this really Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Martin who recorded on Fredlo and R (1958-1960)?


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Practical Joker

The Blue Jays

Practical Joker

Roulette 4169

Kenny Martin, one of the songwriter, seems to have worked exclusively for Stan Feldman and Ed Portnoy, who owned the tiny New-York Ivy label.

Ivy Records produced a number of masters - not released on their label - but leased to bigger labels such as ABC-Paramount subsidiary Apt Records (The Stereophonics, The Cavaliers, Bobby Baron, The Forevers), Gone subsidiary Mark-X (The Rhythm Aces), Petite (The Flints), Roulette (The Ivies) etc.

It's quite likely that the Blue Jays' Roulette sides were cut as well by Ivy Records.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Nine Pound Hammer

Carroll Arnold - Nine Pound Hammer
Munited Records
A Music-United Production

Cover of Merle Travis classic tune. From 1964.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Santa is Rockin' & Rollin'

Lola Records 101
1347 W. Thompson Place - San Antonio – Texas

A - Bob Granato and the Nocturnes
I Just Want Your Kiss For Christmas
(Lola V. Gilmore, TNT Music)

B - Bill Parker and his Orchestra
Santa is Rockin' & Rollin'
(Lola V. Gilmore)

Santa is Rockin' & Rollin'

Listed in Rockin' Country Style . But the label has an incorrect address. Also Bill Parker is actually not the artist found on the "I Just Want" side.

Regarding the date of the record, Bob Solly states in Record Collector (UK, December 2002 issue) that :

"You’d be coughing up the wrong Christmas conifer if you thought this track was cut in 1955.

Although there are no clues to the release date on the label, the number scratched into the run-off groove (TSS Y650930A) traces the mastering to Jeff Smith’s Texas Sound Studio, San Antonio, on 30th September, 1965. This dating code, usually found on later Texas Sound Studio recordings made for labels like Sarg and Wildcat, is missing on the Bob Granato side (…) a daft, echo-clad, sentimental ballad backed by a tinselly xylophone – presumably meaning that it was cut elsewhere »
Final remark, this Bill Parker is obviously NOT the Bill Parker on Goldband, who was a black Louisiana drummer and bandleader.