Monday, August 29, 2011

Come Summer

Al Barkle
with the Dave R. Band

Come Summer

Frantic Records


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Yo Yo

Mr. M.B.

Yo Yo

Elmore Records
West Point Mississippi

This is Mack Banks.

In the wake of Elvis Presley’s breakthrough in 1955, Banks “got on that style” and “went from hard-core country to rock’n’roll.” At Houston, Mississippi, radio station WCPC (620 AM), he made tape recordings of two songs, “Be Boppin’ Daddy” and “You’re So Dumb”, which became local hits. With assistance from WCPC’s owner Robin Mathis, Banks recorded the songs in 1956 as a single under the name Mack Banks & His Drifting Troubadours for the Houston-based Fame label.
Note : Houston, Mississippi, that is.

Mack Banks founded Mack’s Western Supper Club in Crawford in 1967. Banks himself performed at the Supper Club every weekend from 1967 until July 1994, when the club burned down. The club featured chicken wire in front of the stage to protect the band from flying bottles, and beginning in the ‘80s it became a popular destination for students from Mississippi State. By this time Banks had stopped performing with a band, and appeared solo with his guitar performing his own irreverent comedy songs.

More about Mack Banks HERE (at the Mississippi Arts Commission website)


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sail On

The Rythm Rockers "5"
Charlie and J.J.

Sail On
(Arrg.- Troyce Key)

Chance Records


J.J. Malone first recording.

According to "La Gazette de Greenwood" "JJ Malone, autodidacte au piano, à la guitare et à l'harmonica, a enregistré en 1962 son premier single sur le label Chance Records avec deux titres Does she love me et Sail on, à San José (Ca), en compagnie de Troyce Key (g) et de Charles Banks (b). "

The two others Rythm Rockers are unknown.


Monday, August 22, 2011

My Sweet Thing

Comer Money

My Sweet Thing

Tomahawk Records
4443 Ritch Haven Road
Columbus Georgia


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hey, Miss Lula

Wally Mercer

Hey, Miss Lula

Ring Records

A product of Cactus Records, Inc.
Box 1224 - Nashville, Tenn.



Short-lived label owned by Murray Nash. #1501 was issued on Cactus (Sky Johnson). #1503 on Ring (Red Kirk). All releases from 1957.

From the epilogue of "Trumpet Records: Diamonds on Farish Street" a book by Marc Ryan :

For years after the demise of her Trumpet label, Lillian McMurry maintained an active interest in Globe Music, the publishing company where most tunes issued on Trumpet, as well as many others never isued, reposed.

In 1957, she was instrumental in effecting a contract between blues singer Wally Mercer and R. Murray Nash and Associates in Nashville, arranged for several Globe songs originally recorded by Mercer for Trumpet in 1954 to be rerecorded and released on Nash’s Ring label. These included « Hay ! Miss Lula, » which had potential as a rock ‘n’ roll release. Although at least one Mercer was issued on Ring, very few copies seem to have been circulated, and Nash’s venture was soon defunct. Lillian was never offically notified of the release, nor was she compensated for Globe’s songs or for the session fees which she had fronted for the rerecording of « Hey ! Miss Lula » and « Love Me, don’t Put Me Down. »


Saturday, August 20, 2011


Keith Williams presents the GENTRY V


Valon Records # 714

Pacific Palisades, Calif.


Garage pop. Another single on Valon Records is the Cajun Kings.

The label had several albums issued by Keith Williams' big band.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

I Got Caught In The Washing Machine and I'm Gonna Twist All Night!

This New-York label was (partly?) owned by Joe Kaliff (1912-1992), a famous caricaturist and syndicated Broadway columnist.

Backing John Shur on this record are the Abstracts and the Charmettes (Sharilyn Martin, her sister Radean Martin and Susan Meriwhether).

John Shur and the Charmettes signing the contract with Caricature Records
Standing is Saladin (a.k.a. Tony D'Angelo) another Caricature recording artist


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Penny Jay & Vernon Dee on Forest

Penny Jay & Vernon Dee

You're Stepping Out On Me

That's Tough

Forest Records


The Forest label was likely from Nashville (the label had ten releases or so between 1961 and 1965)

Vernon Dee is almost certainly Vernon Derrick, a longtime member of Jimmy Martin's bluegrass band (1964-1970).

Great pictures of Penny Jay can be found at the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum HERE


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Travelers with Danny Cavedo

The Travelers with Danny Cavedo

Not The Kind / That's All

Chi 108


Chi Records : a subsidiary of Bett-Coe Records, Chicago

Billboard, July 6, 1963

Chicago – A small Mid-western record label named Bett-Coe Music is churning up excitement throughout the territory.

The firm is owned by Bettie M. Colebaugh of nearby Moline. She also owns Bett-Coe Publishing, a BMI affiliate. In fact, she writes the songs, arrange them, signs the artists (all local names), supervises the recording (done at Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville), and runs around to help with her own promotion.

She’s put out two records : « Check That Baby Out, One Time » by Randy Proffitt and the Beachcombers, and « Over, All Over, » by Carolyn Chipman and the Beachcombers. The Jordanaires back both groups.

She’s moved 23,000 copies of the two disks, mostly in the Rock Island-Moline area. One large shopping center in Moline actually ordered 10,000 records following a very successful record hop at which Randy Proffitt and Carolyn Chipman appeared


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Drive-In Date


Drive-In Date

Jolar Records

This Boston label was owned by John J. Sullivan, an entrepreneur that also ran a theatrical & talent agency. The label address was #132 Boylston Street, then #80 on the last two releases.

Jolar Records Discography

Little Jonna Jaye (born 1950) who had four releases on the label is the daughter of John J. Sullivan.

The Gaspar Sisters (Barbara and Arlene) were a singing-dancing act


Monday, August 8, 2011


Dave Drennon


Fifth Wheel


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Get Off My Back

Eddie King - Mae B. Mae

Get Off My Back

Jay-V Records

Produced by Mica Records


Eddie King and his sister Mae Bee Mae

Liner notes for Eddie King´s "The Blues Has Got Me" (Double Trouble lp DT-3017) by Robert Pruter are worth reading.

Read HERE.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Deutsche Rock 'n Roll

Gene Nash

Deutsche Rock 'n Roll

Capitol Records

Produced by Tom Morgan

*** Deutsche Rock ‘n’ Roll –CAPITOL 4215 – A listenable novelty with a rock and roll beat is sung brightly by Gene Nash over a catchy novelty. (Desert Palms-Trinity, BMI) - Billboard June 8, 1959


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Start Movin'

Art Rouse
with Herbie Layne's
Orchestra & Chorus

Start Movin'

Gateway Records

Cover of the Sal Mineo hit in 1957