Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lover’s Quarrel

Susy Starr

Lover’s Quarrel

S.Starr- J. Douglas, Morgil ASCAP

Produced by Mort Gilbert, Arr. by Joe Hintz

Morgil Records

1674 Broadway, New York, N.Y.


This is a bad record. I can't see why this blog should be doomed to quality records !
This song is available on some Teenage/Girl CD compilations. All spells her first name Suzy. Probably her only record (thanks God!).

Susy label mate's Bobby Reno had at least two releases on the tiny Morgil label. Probably not the New-Orleans artist on Pitassy Records or on the Track label. (but who knows ?).

Label owner Mort Gilbert had a lucky break and a fast start in 1951. He was then 26, a New-York piano student who composed a melody, took it to Decca Records and was assigned a staff lyric-writer. Together, they produced a hit, "Really and Truly in Love." (Larry Fotine Orch. Decca 24583). He wrote songs with Gladys Shelley (1911-2003), lyricist and composer who married Irving Rosenthal, the owner of New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park.

Flip is "One Day". If you think that it just can't get any worse, you are wrong. If I receive enough requests for it, I may add a link.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kansas City

Shewry Stamper and the Virginians

Kansas City
(Lieber -sic- & Stollar -sic again)
Armo Music Corp. BMI

A Pat Montaine production

Page Records


The Page label was already active as early as 1949. Al & Ernie Page owned the company at 203 Maple Avenue, Johnstown, Pa. Red Belcher and the Kentucky Ridgerunners, of WWVA Wheeling W. Va. cut four sides for Page Records that year. The label produced, as it was then written on the 78 rpm labels, "Authenic -sic-Polka & Folk Music".

Reactivated in the early sixties, the label released a dozen of singles and several albums, among which 'The Wonderful Slovak Songs of Christmas' and dulcimer player Patty Looman

Shewry Stamper and the Virginians are offering here a somewhat unusual cover of the classic song penned by Leiber and Stoller.
This record is listed in the Rockin' Country Style website.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Look What You Do To Me

Stick Evans and his Orchestra

"You're The One"

"Look What You Do To Me"

Uncredited vocalist
(perhaps Stick Evans, but I doubt)

Soul Records 100/101
1587 Broadway N.Y. 36, N.Y.

Samie « Sticks » Evans (1923-1994)

Evans was a drummer whose touring and recording career began in 1942 and continued through 1990. He was a skilled practitioner of the entire range of orchestral percussion instruments including timpani and vibraphone. He played drums on hundreds of New-York sessions (Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bill Haley's Comets etc.)

He wrote two instruction books, «Teacher’s Rhythm Guide for Better Musicianship » and « Applied Techniques for the Modern Dance Drummer. »

He composed music for the films « Still A Brother » and « Little Fifi, » and was musical director of productions of « Simply Heavenly » and « You Gotta Begin Somewhere. »

He was also a skilled music teacher who passed along his skills to one and all, high and mighty, big and little. Evans taught junior high school music classes. (Eugene Chadourne)

A Silver Burdett Records (educational) album issued in 1974 has a Sticks Evans track (The Drummer). It's on YouTube HERE


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ring A Ding Dong Dandy

Jo Ann Reynolds

Ring A Ding Dong Dandy

(T. Williamson - M. Williamson)
Heart of the Hills, BMI

Banner Records

Lubbock, Texas


Friday, March 9, 2012

The Way It Goes

Nickey, Lorraine, And Lucy

The Way It Goes
(M. Theodore-A. Kay, High Hopes BMI)

Arr. & Prod. by Mike Theodore

Sound Score Records

Detroit girl group. They attended Mumford High believes their producer, Mike Theodore. Their manager was Ian Gaum.

"Does anyone know where these girls are ?" asked Mike in 2003, in the Soulful Detroit forum.

If their own producer don't known, why should I known better ?


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bony Moronie

Miss Nikki and The No Names

Bony Moronie

Infinity Records

Produced by Bobby Bare


Nikki (Sullivan) was inducted in the Iowa Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. :

Nikki and the No Names originated from Roosevelt - Jefferson High School(s) in Cedar Rapids. Nikki grew up in Cedar Rapids and started in music at Keeney Guitar Studio, where she took lessons on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar for 5 years from age 9 - 14.

A school friend and her began playing guitars together about the time "Bye-Bye Love" and the Everly Bros. started. She traded her double neck Fender steel for the electric Fender. Then they began playing Everly Bros. music in local private clubs. She toured with the concert choir and studied Music Appreciation the last 3 years of high schooland picked up a few tips on playing lead from local musicians in the area, and from listening to the 45's.

She taught guitar at Hiltbrunner's music for a short time and worked at Hiltbrunner's in sales, after high school, which was where she was working when contacted by sax man, Don Poe from Charles City to go on the road. He had been contacted by an agent in Minneapolis and was putting together a road group to tour.

Eventually Nikki Sullivan-Zimmerman settled in California where she worked with Li'L Bit Country, then Nite Life for several years and finally the County Hoedowners.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jump and Shout

Billy and the Fabulous Echoes

Jump and Shout
(Adkins, Ford; Lyn Lou BMI)

Clearpool Records
P.O. Box 27027

Clearpool Records was probably named after a popular Memphis fifties spot. (In those days, most Memphis restaurant kitchens closed at 10 p.m., so going "out to Clearpool to grab a bite" became very popular with the late-night crowds. The Garavelli family had built the entertainment complex, which included the circular Clearpool swimming pool.)

Dennis Turner, then vocalist of Bill Black Combo, had a single on the label as had Marlon Grisham of Ain't That A Dilly fame. The label was likely owned by Bill Black. [Lyn-Lou was his publising company]

Billy and the Fabulous Echoes had another record, "Road Runner" [original release unknown] compiled on the Collector CD 4486, and also compiled on Collector CD 4521 as by Billy Adkinson.

On Billy [Adkins.] or Billy Adkinson or on the Fabulous Echoes, I can't find any information.

Today, the Memphis postal box correspond to "Project Single Moms Worldwide, Inc."


Friday, March 2, 2012

The Spades on Rebel

The Spades

Jim Dandy, vocal by Sara Lee

Hey Hey, vocal by Jerry Bradford

Rebel Records
A Bill Cooley Enterprise

South Pittsburg, Tennesee

Fetched $US 990 at a recent auction, a real bargain for this outstanding and quite rare two-sider.

Jerry W. Bradford (1944-2009)

Born Feb. 11, 1944, in Athens, Tenn. Jerry W. Bradford, a resident of Carrollton, Ohio, for more than 20 years, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Bowerston Pointe Care and Rehabilitation Center in Bowerston, Ohio. He was of the Baptist faith and employed as an electrician for many years. He enjoyed fishing and was the drummer and lead singer in a band called The Spades in the late 1950s, later known as The Dolphins. They played in Athens, Cleveland, Atlanta and Texas. A native and former resident of Athens, he also lived in Sweetwater and Niota. He was the son of Pauline Hafley Bradford of Niota and the late Paul Bradford.
Source: The Monroe County Advocate (Sept. 1, 2009)

Bill Cooley (1931-2010)

Bill Cooley had a distinguished, but brief, military career in which he wrote propaganda for the United Nations in Korea with the poet Rod McKuen and country music artists Country Boy Eddy.

After the [Korea] war he returned to South Pittsburg and became a disc jockey at radio station WAPO (Chattanooga). Soon after he moved to Nashville and enrolled at the Middle Tennessee State University. After a decent stay at the MTSU, during which time he sang in gospel quartets, sang solos on Wally Fowler concerts at the Ryman and on other southern stages.

During his years in Nashville he had his own rock' n roll band.He started Rebel Records in 1956 and recorded a very young Brenda Lee and Archie Campbell of Hee Haw fame.

Few questions remains :

Is this the only Spades record ?
Who is Sara Lee ?
What about the Bill Cooley r'n'r band ?
And, above all, what about the Brenda Lee record (on Rebel Records, I assume)?

The last assertion is quite surprising, but possibly true, even I can't find no evidence of such recording on the Rebel label (its listing has many gaps). Unissued songs, perhaps, before Brenda Lee was signed to Decca Records in 1956 ? Or released as by an alias ?

Audio files from "Real Black Rhythm", SLCD 1156 (a black rockers compilation!).
Label picture : restored image (my work)