Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tony Lee and His Quintette

Tony Lee and His Quintette

Poppin' Off

Fortune Records
Detroit, Michigan

Two instrumentals.

Tony Lee, probably the sax player here, is not Tony Lee on King or Tony Lee on Mercury.
There was also a Tony Lee on Darryl (no info).

I can't find any info on Tony Lee, or any trace of other recordings?


Lil-Tee Records


"Big T"
Tony Val

A - You're Moving Me

B - I Love You Too Much
(Bobby Stevenson, Eden Music BMI)

Arranged and conducted by George Butcher

I Love You Too Much

Jimmy Calvert

A - Stolen Love
(James Mills, Youman ASCAP)

B - I Wanna Go Home Again

Arranged and conducted by Joe B??

★ ★ ★

In response to Richard Sibelo who posted Lil-Tee 1003 in his blog "On The Record".

Lil-Tee 1001 has also a Clyde Otis connection, as Eden Music was one of the publising companies owned by him.

The double slanting dash present in the name of the label is typical of a certain New-York record label printing company whose such use was systematic when a dash was present in the name of the label (around 1959-1960). For instance :

February 1959, Cleff-Tone
New-York label

Cee-Jay 577


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Running Wild

Don Jarrells

Running Wild
(C. Rogers, Moss-Rose BMI)

Tonka Records
1226 West Gray
Houston Texas


Monday, June 27, 2011

Good Poppin Daddy

Gloria Ramsey
Sound Dealers Orchestra

Good Poppin Daddy

(Mountain City, BMI)

Hap Records
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Billboard ad, May 16, 1960

One of the first records on the Hap label, but not in the main 1000 series. She was, I believe, the only black artist on the label. Ted Bryant was her manager.

"Ted Bryant was the first black radio personality at WDXB after accepting a dare by then radio program manager Walter Stamper."

"He wasn’t only a radio announcer. He produced and promoted concerts and dances that brought major performers like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles to the city. He also ran Ted Bryant Printing for more than 60 years. The print shop was one of the earliest and longest operated black-owned businesses in the city."

He died Nov. 17, 2004.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hip Kitty To Bopper

picture credit : Udo Frank/RCS

June August

Hip Kitty To Bopper

Groovie Records

Answer to The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace"
Jack Hammer wrote it


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Walkin' Cane

Larry Edwards And
Dude Ranch Boys

Walkin' Cane

Karl Records

1958 or 1959?

Larry Edwards

Born March 26, 1931. Parents William and Minnie (Bernice) Edwards. Birthplace - Delaware, Ohio. Moved to Marion, Ohio at age of four. Started singing at four and a half. First song - "Old Shep" - sang at school functions and family gatherings. I learned to play guitar in my teens.

My first professional job was in a bar, at age fifteen, which meant one of my parents had to be with me at all times. Joined U.S. Navy in 1951- spent four years as a Naval Aviation Metalsmith, attaining the rank of Second Class Petty Officer in November, 1955, shortly before leaving the service.

After returning to Marion, I formed a band, "The Dude Ranch Boys" which consisted of my brother Chilly, who played steel guitar, and a distant cousin, Jack Kerwood, who played fiddle. A few months later we added bass to our group, played by my older brother, Foryst, who used the name "Rosebud" on stage. We played for various amateur shows, radio gigs for the fair, and at dances..

In the spring of 1959, I took a tape of one of our performances to an audition for the Ohio Jamboree, which had recently started under the management of Clay Eager. He was a former member of the Midwestern Hayride, and then a D.J. on WMNI Radio in Columbus, Ohio. We became regulars on the show. I cut my first record soon after, a song called "World of Make Believe" (included in my 2007 Album "Greatest Hits"). We then moved to a similar show in Marion, Ohio called the Marion County Jamboree.... MORE HERE


Karl Records Discography

Larry Edwards Discography


Terrific Records

The Sweethearts

"Just Got The Feeling (Can't Sit Down)

T.Stewart-W.H. Miller
Miller Songkraft Music BMI

Terrific Records 151
be specific...demand terrific

Billboard, February 9, 1959

Victor Tests ‘Terrific’ Label With Odd Results

NEW YORK – RCA Victor quietly tested a new record label, Terrific Records, last month, and thereby hangs a tale. The tale involves the new label, its first release, an offer to buy the master, a cover record, an unhappy publisher, and a lot of excitement.

The Terrific record was recorded by Eddie Heller, then at Victor, now a free-lance a&r man at M.G.M. It featured a duo called the Sweethearts, with Teacho Wiltshire and his combo backing the pair. The tune was called « I’ve Just Got The Feelin and I Can’t Sit Down ». The tune was and is published by Wiltshire and Bill Miller’s firm, Songcraft Music. Victor releasing the disking on the Terrific label (the first and only release so far) and turned it over Chips Distributing in Philadelphia to get it started.

The record got played around Philadelphia, altho few people, besides the distributor, knew it was an RCA Victor label release. Joe Carlton, of Carlton Records, was tipped on the potentialities of the disk, and he called Wiltshire and Miller and offered to buy the record at a sum reputed to be $5,000. They referred him to Victor. Carlton upped his offer, it is reported, but Victor refused to sell the Terrific master.

Carlton, never one to be blocked off from a potential hit, decided that if he couldn’t buy the record, he’d cover the record. And cover it he did, with a record released last week mith Marie Knight and Rex Gavan [sic]. Howewer, the title of the tune on this waxing is « I Can’t Sit Down » and it’s published by Sheldon Music. The latter is of the opinion that the tune was originally a P.D. piece of material, and the Carlton version is slightly different than the Terrific version. Wiltshire and Miller, however, are very upset about the Carlton record, specifically about a cover record with a different publisher. Whether there will be more records on Terrific is not known at this time.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Two Party Line

Day & Knight
(Frankie Day & Bobby Knight)

Two Party Line

Josie 877


A song that Deborah Chessler wrote in 1948 for The Orioles (she was also their manager). The song was recorded for Jubilee Records, but never issued.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rattlesnake Daddy

Wayne Downing
Jimmy Bryant Band

Rattlesnake Daddy
(Marvin Taylor, Lois BMI)
Produced by Bobby Bare

Big J Records 164
Distr. by Highland Records, Los Angeles, Calif.

1962 or 1963?

All releases on the Big J label have a Jimmy Bryant involvment; it's quite possible that it was his own label (in association with BobbyBare?), but it's just a speculation.

Big J listing
162 Jimmy Bryant
163 George Tracy & Jimmy Bryant
164 Wayne Downing
165 Cindy Carson
166 Max Sylvester And the Moonlighters
167 Gambler Bros (Bob And Jack)
"Rattlesnake Daddy" has been much recorded. Most of post-war releases' songwriting is credited to Marvin Taylor (a member of Boots Woodall's Radio Wranglers, who recorded it on King Records in 1947).

YouTube links to some other versions of the song :

Homer Callahan (1934)

Blind Boy Fuller (1935)

Boots Woodall (1947)

Hawkshaw Hawkins (1951)

« Chick » Morris (1957)

Billy Carlisle & The Carlisles (1959)

Ernie Ford And The Everly Brothers (1961)

Hugh Busby And The Shady Valley Boys (1962)

Joe D. Johnson (1963)

Jimmy Swan (1965)


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Grainger Hunt on Kelley Records

Grainger Hunt

Kelley Records
Box 5494 Midland, Texas

Back In The U.S.A

Stop Leading Me On

Produced by Sonley Roush and Ron Newdoll
An ASKEL Sound

-> Likely recorded in San Angelo at Ron Newdoll's studio on 14 Tyler Ave., called Accurate Sound

Grainger Hunt (left) and Peyton Starr (lead guitarist of The Believers)

Grainger Hunt was the vocalist of The Believers, band from Alpine (Texas). They had records on Le Cam and Josie. More info and pictures HERE


Friday, June 17, 2011

A She Girl Looking For A He Man

Norma Douglas
with Ray Ellis Orchestra

"A She Girl Looking For A He Man"

[Norman Gimbel - Clyde Otis]
(Edwin H. Morris, ASCAP)

RKO Unique Records


Norma Douglas
had her first single released on Guyden Records in 1953, which was also the first record issued by this Philadelphia label.

Born the youngest of seven children in upstate New York, this farmer's daughter started tackling the piano at age 4 after an older sister's practice session.

The family quickly signed her up for lessons in her tiny hometown near Buffalo. "After 10 lessons, the piano teacher called and said she could not do any more for me," says [Norma], who graduated to another teacher.

"Most teachers put you in 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.' I went right into Bach and Beethoven." At not quite 16, she enrolled at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. There, she was approached by an adman looking to fill a 15-minute TV show in Rochester.

"The other kids were in this very classical box. I always had the feeling I wanted to do other things," says Norma, who can belt out both boogie-woogie and pop tunes with the best of them.

She did the show, "A Girl, a Boy and a Piano," for a couple of years, then headed for New York City.

During her 20s, she performed in a couple of Broadway musicals, toured with Fred Waring's orchestra, appeared with Arthur Godfrey on radio and television, snared star billing at the Waldorf-Astoria's Empire Room and recorded an album, "The Dynamic Miss Douglas," [RKO Unique].

Read more HERE


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Peek-A-Boo Mary Lou

Ricky Ricardo

Peek-A-Boo Mary Lou

Wye Records 5-1011


Wye Records, owned by former Sun Records rockabilly artists Wayne Cogswell (a/k/a Wayne Powers) and Ray Harris, has the distinction of being the only Rhode Island-based record company to score a national hit. This was accomplished with the label’s very first single, the instrumental “Night Theme’ by The Mark II...

"The Wye Records Story" can be found at "The Rhode Island Popular Music Archive"


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Little Miss Heartbreak

Dennis Turner

Little Miss Heartbreak

(Bass-Boyer, Lyn-Lou BMI)

Louis Records 6800


Monday, June 13, 2011

Memo To Maxie

Rock Romano
L.Smith & the Van Tels

Memo To Maxie

Maxie's Band
(Van Tels only)

A division of Fletcher Smith Sound Service


Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Girl In Her Teens

Wendy Boy Blevins

A Girl In Her Teens

Imperial 5516

Recorded in Cleveland by Lou Josie


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Little Bitty Mama

Don Abercrombie

Little Bitty Mama
Existential Music BMI

Carneal Records
Conover N .C.

Engineer : Harry Deal

From CD Collector CLCD4527, Rockin' With A Boppin' Feel, Vol. 2

Recorded at Galaxie III productions & Recording Studio P.O. Box 176, Taylorsville, N.C.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

That'll Be The Day

Donnie and the Del Chords
with the Neons

That'll Be The Day

Buddy Holly song from the Taurus LP
produced by Mike Serby



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Blue Moon of Kentucky

Pete Tippitt and K-I Boys

Blue Moon of Kentucky

Tippi 1362-45-299

King Records custom pressing from 1967


Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Car and Keys

Butch Lester

The Car and Keys
(Buddy Starcher, Mystarama BMI)

BES 89

Produced by Buddy Starcher
Charleston, W. Va.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Has Anybody Seen My Kitty?

Sonny Hines

Has Anybody Seen My Kitty?

Seeburg 5021 (Rhythm & Blues series)


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spank Your Feet

Unidentified vocalist

CAM Records
"Choreography And Music"

The vocalist on this record is not identified. The dancers on cover are Jimmy Williams, a senior at Hollywood High, and Barbara Kennedy who attended Dorsey High. Both were 17.

Bobby Davis, who owned a Hollywood area dance school, put out several records of original music for tap dancers on his CAM label. The records were accompanied by photo booklets in which students of his school demonstrated tap moves step-by-step.

The most collectable on the CAM label is perhaps Rex Middleton ‘s Hi-Fi’s "I Know This Love is Real" b/w "Wow".