Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Scavenger

The Outlaws

The Scavenger

Surf instrumental out of Ohio

Picture below and band info from Buckeye Beat website :

A four member group of Akron high school students, they had a Beach Boys/surfer look at least in dress... The Outlaws shared the 1965 Carlton's Battle of the Bands title with the Chambermen.
They were Gary Garcia, Rick Bevan, Pat Lehere, Rick Garan.

Gary Garcia teamed up with former Rogue Jerry Bucker to record "Pac Man Fever" in 1980.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oh Yeah

Sweetie Jones

Oh Yeah

This is the slow side of the first record that Sweetie recorded for Bill Lowery's Fox Records (Atlanta, Georgia)

Picture above : originally a black and white publicity photo that Homer Scarborough colorized using the colors that he remembered from those days, as well as adding the names and years of birth and deaths of the group members.

front Sweetie Jones 1941-2004
back row left to right : Homer Scarborough 1941- (drums), Billy Strom 1940-2005 (piano) Jackie Hobbs 1937-2008 (lead guitar)

More info HERE

Label shot picture credit : Shane Hughes/Rockin' Country Style


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Needles And Pins

The Monarchs

Needles And Pins

(Bono-Nitzsche, Metric BMI)

Roman Records
A division of Northwest Sound Co.
14958 Ardmore, Detroit Michigan


NOTE: link is dead, have another one HERE

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ever Night Lulu

Johnny Appleseed

Ever Night Lulu

Ramco Records


Johnny "Appleseed" Salisbury is one of few individuals who helped set the stage for early ’60 rock in Albuquerque with his Record Party on KOAT-TV, Albuquerque’s answer to American Bandstand who featured local bands on his program. He owned a few teen clubs during the mid-sixties in the same town.

In 1966, Johnny has been national promotion director of Presta Records and Buena Vista Productions and hosted a show on KTAR-TV, Phoenix.

In 1967 he joined Buck Owens’ new station in Phoenix – KTUF – where he was doing a three-hour midday daily show.

"Ever Night Lulu" was his second record for Ramco. " I Hope To Kiss An Alligator" was his first for the label.

His first recorded effort seems to have been the vocal part of the frat rock "Work Out Sally" on Lomas 2133 credited to King Richard & The Knights. the Albuquerque band led by Dick Richard (King Richard).


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Walking In The Rain

Walking In The Rain

wr.Frank Detrano, Abcoa Music ASCAP

Frankie Dee

Abco Records #1002

Arr. by Jerry Markoe

"Walking In The Rain" was first issued on the extremely rare Tee-Jay label (August 1961), out of Baldwin, Long Island, New York. It is not known if the Abco is a re-recording, but it's likely the case, as the Abco and Tee-Jay releases had different flipsides.

Jerry Markoe, the arranger, is the discoverer of astro music which is based on planetary positions and is the founder of astro musical research which produces astrology charts in music.

Born Gerald J. Markoe March 22, 1941, in Brooklyn, NY Jerry has conducted District 12 Orchestra at Lincoln Center, NY, for three years, performed with the New York Philharmonic as well as with the Manhattan School of Music orchestra and chorus. He has led and performed in dance orchestras, including those of Lester Lanin, Meyer Davis, Steven Scott, and the Noblemen as vocalist, guitarist and bassist under the name Jerry Markoe. He has also played in cocktail lounges and piano bars as a one man orchestra.

Frankie Dee (Frankie Detrano or De Trano) has written and produced at least two records issued on the Golden Crest subsidiary Shelley label, out of Huntington Station, Long Island :

Shelley 164 - Baby Sticks & The King Tones : Pigmy/ Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider (1962)
Shelley 185 - Augie Rios : Augie Stay Home / Lullaby (1963)

He is not the Frankie Dee on Future and RCA (real name : Frank DiPaola) . And the Frankie Dee on 20th Fox may well be a third Frankie Dee...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rockin' Rhythm

Billboard, August 5, 1950

Peewee Barnum

Rockin' Rhythm

Imperial Records


This is a young Hidle Brown Barnum, better known as H.B. Barnum.

Producer and arranger H.B. Barnum remains one of the unsung giants of popular music, collaborating with a who's who of acts spanning from Frank Sinatra to Puff Daddy. Born Hidle Brown Barnum in Houston on July 15, 1936, he won a nationwide amateur talent contest at the age of four, resulting in an appearance in the feature film Valley of the Sun Marches On. Within a year he was a regular on the children's television program Broom Stick Buckaroos as well as the radio smash Amos 'n Andy, additionally guest starring on The Jack Benny Show and CBS Playhouse.... Read More HERE

Friday, July 15, 2011

Runnin' Wild

Arv Jenkins

Runnin' Wild

Ramco Records
Phoenix, Arizona


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I can't find any evidence that Arv Jenkins recorded another record. Arv was c&w program director for the Gila radio network and KGLU, Safford, Ariz.

In May 1961 he has switched to the brand-new KATO in that town.

Not much else to say, but at least we have his picture!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Whisper To Me Baby

Bucky Buckler And Windjammers

Instrumental acc. by Al Good

Whisper To Me Baby

Buckler R 1464


Managed by Hollywood agent Bobby Boyd, Bucky Buckler was in Nashville in December 1959, recording at the RCA Victor Studio. "Whisper To Me Baby" was likely recorded at this session. Mention is made in Billboard Magazine (Feb. 3, 1962) that Bucky Buckler is a new artist on the roster of the Tillman Franks Enterprises, Shreveport, La. , at one time the youngest member of the Oklahoma Legislature. (Seminole County, 1957 and 1959 Legislatures).

Bucky lost his mother in 1988 in unfortunate circumstances :

Ex-legislator Held in Slaying

SHAWNEE, Dec. 3, 1988 - A former state legislator remains in the Pottawatomie County jail after admitting he killed his 85-year-old mother, Sheriff Paul Abel said.

James M. " Bucky " Buckler, 58, was jailed on a murder complaint Wednesday after he walked into the sheriff's office and confessed to the killing of Verta M. Buckler , Abel said.
Bucky admitted strangling his mother after enduring "a lifetime of abuse". As he choked his mother to death, Bucky cried out, "Will it never end?", testified the sheriff's deputy.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Good Rollin'

Joe Usury and his Band
Jimmy Gresham

Good Rollin'

Boogie Records #102

Year unknown. Possibly late fifties.

Obscure record. Band leader Joe Usury is completely unknown, perhaps a pseudonym?. Jimmy Gresham is better known. He is featured in the excellent Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven website HERE, but the rocking blues "Good Rollin'" is not listed. "Love and Devotion", the flipside of this Boogie record is listed by Sir Shambling on Right Groove, a mid-sixties release. Possibly a different version as the song is in two-parts on the Right Groove label.

The only other release on the Boogie label seems to be Little Arthur Mathews : Now you Got To Go / Let's Do The Slop (Boogie #101).

Little Arthur Mathews, singer/comedian and long-time member with the Johnny Otis show, was a good blues singer and cut "I'm Gonna Whale On You" with the Johnny Otis Band for Federal in 1955. In 1956 he cut the rocking "Hot Diggety Dog" as "Bad Bad Bulldog" for Dig 117. He worked as Dope in the comedy duo Mope and Dope. Later he worked with Skillet of Skillet and Leroy Fame.

That's all I know, I swear.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Birthday Cake

Fran Mounce
with Bill Mounce and
His Bluenotes

Birthday Cake

Rock Records
RCA custom pressing : H8OW-2301

Pic credit :
eBay auction HERE (three days left)

Pic from back cover of White Label LP 8932

"Not suitable for radio" mention suppressed from the first copy above, while the second copy has the RCA custom matrix erased...

Western swing practitioner, Bill Mounce, from Waco Texas, formed a studio band, Sons of the South, in '41 to record on Bluebird. Combo featured ace steel guitarist Bob Dunn and Jerry Irby as vocalist on some songs. He was one time member of the Texas Playboys. And also a booking agent :

Waco drummer and music entrepreneur Bill Mounce, formerly of the Texas Playboys, picked up the slack and developed what Bob Murrell described as « a stable of local musicians. » Mounce became the principal booking agent in Waco, organizing bands to fit every kind of job. Bob was one of the many qualified musicians who enjoyed steady work with Mounce. [The jazz of the Southwest: an oral history of western swing, Jean Ann Boyd, book]

I've found several Bill Mounce ads in the classified (Musicians) section of Billboard, from 1950 to 1960, with four different addresses. Bill was looking for job :

'50 May — Jackson, Tennessee (mention : Western swing drummer, with Bob Wills two years)
'52 June —Rosedale Inn, Greeley, Colorado
'52 September to August '53 — Humboldt, Tennessee
'57 May to February '60 — Waco, Texas (available, little band with a big sound)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tweedle Dee

Vicki Young

Tweedle Dee

Capitol Records #3008

Recorded November 22, 1954

During her eight year career at Capitol Records, Young cut 56 sides, including such titles as "Honey Love," "Pink Shampoo," "Tweedle Dee," "Ricochet" and "Riot in Cell Block No. 9." Vicki Young made the best-selling pop charts twice, with "I Love You So Much" (b/w "Let Me Hear You Say It," Capitol 2478) which charted in June 1953, and her cover of The Drifters' R&B tune "Honey Love" (b/w a cover of The Robins' R&B tune "Riot In Cell Block No. 9," Capitol 2865) in October 1954.

Biography and discography


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Graduations Almost Here

Coley Harwell II

Graduations Almost Here

Robbins Records


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Marty Robbins performed and recorded several songs by longtime songwriter Coleman Harwell, most notably "Thanks but No Thanks" in 1964.

Harwell is the nephew of former Nashville Tennessean newspaper editor Coleman Harwell.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vince Everett on Laurel Records

Laurel Records - record label founded by Vince Everett and Peggy Van Alden. He got 51 percent, she got 40 percent, and their lawyer, Mr. Shore, got 9 percent. Three different picture sleeves were printed, but no actual record was ever issued on the label.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Great Balls Of Fire

Hal Willis

Great Balls Of Fire

Top Hit Tunes

Waldorf Record Corp., Harrison N.J.

★ ★ ★

According to Hall Willis' own website, this cover of the Jerry Lee Lewis hit was recorded in Nashville in December of 1957.

Hal is backed by Chet Atkins, Grady Martin, Bobby Moore, Marvin Hughes at the piano, Buddy Harman & the Jordanaires! (The Nashville A-team!).


Friday, July 1, 2011


Bobby Angel


(Bob Roberts, Rahm BMI)

Rhum Records