Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rock and Rhythm Boogie

J.C. Arline

Friendly Records


James C. Arline taught piano in Phoenix in the ’50s and ’60s, according to a listener who called in a couple of years ago to Bob Corritore’s weekly Sunday KJZZ radio show, “Those Lowdown Blues”.

All other releases on the Friendly label are gospel, mainly by The Gospel Light Singers, a group directed by Madam Sophie Reed, who had a previous release on Dootone Records of Los Angeles (1956).

Not related to the Elvitrue label, despite some sources says so.  Elvitrue Records was a vanity/custom recording operation,  odd somehow and not far from a scam in my opinion.  That was certainly not the case of Friendly Records.

 Curiously enough, the same Friendly logo design has been used by Ray Bell And The Dixie Rhythm Ramblers in 1960 on their Starday custom release out of Milan, Tennessee.  

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Bishop Sophie Brinson Reed Davis departed this life on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at the residence of her sister, Ms. Dorothy Williams who had been her caregiver for the past year. Bishop Davis was born on Dec. 6, 1919 in Montgomery County, Georgia to the late Rev. Daniel J. Brinson and Mrs. Bessie Beamon Brinson.

She began her journey with God at an early age. Long before she became a minister, she traveled around the country with the group she organized: The Gospel Lights and sang on programs with many groups and singers that had become famous over the years in the music field.   She was trained and ordained in the CME Church in Moultrie.  In the 1960s, she was the Founder and Pastor of The Hope of Salvation Holiness Gospel Temple Church, Inc. of Moultrie.  The church was later moved to Douglas.  From the 1950s until the last year of her life, when her health began to fail, Bishop Davis had written the words and music for more than 2,000 songs. She wrote "I Need You Lord, Yes I Do," (copyrighted in 1950, published by Jerico Music Co.). Continued with "One More River to Cross" and "Some Christians Talk Too Much." She attended public schools in Coffee County, Ga. (Douglas), Colquitt County, Ga. (Moultrie) and Paine College in Augusta, Ga.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Just A Line (To Say I Love You)

Nick Quesado - Don Canton - Lella Dove,
Volkwein Bros ASCAP

X-Power Records
Box 192 Millville, Pa.


"Go Get The Shotgun Grand'pa  ", the flip, is available on several compilations and on YouTube.  Nick Quesado (aka Nick Smith) wrote "The Canadian Twist", as sung by Sammy Ambrose.   From around the same time and also from the same box in Millville (population .991 in 2000), Nick Smith produced the Vi-Counts on the Donick (Don-Ick?) label.  See Take Me To Your Leader.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Sertified Sound

Tee Pee Records


 It's the Buddy Holly song on a subsidiary of Target Records. Produced by Alan Posniak, formerly with the Phaetons and Golden Catalinas, and the driving force behind Target and Tee Pee records.

Alan Posnak was the second youngest of eight children, Mr. Posniak, or "Butch" as his family called him, fell in love with rock music as he was growing up in Appleton. After high school, he sang in a band called the Golden Catalinas, whose members dressed in gold costumes and dyed their hair gold as they toured throughout the Midwest.

Mr. Posniak had a recording studio in Appleton where he helped Wisconsin bands such as Soup and Love Society get signed to major record labels.

He died in 2000 at age 58 after many years of illnesses, starting with a brain tumor in 1972.

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Swivel

Robin Carole

(Abbott-Ledo, Cortile Music BMI)

With Charles Massey
Orch. and Chorus

A Celebrity Production

Vivid 1200

( New-York City, 196x)

Unlisted brand new dance

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Xmas Gift

Ellen Marty

Marty Records #102 (45)

Quite obscure and odd.  "X-Mas Gift" isn't on her "Mixing and Making" LP ( picture above from a recent Tefteller auction : MB $300 ), an album arranged and conducted by Joe Leahy. According to Tefteller, Hal Blaine plays on it.

Ellen Marty is also a prolific songwriter.and owns Lycklig Music Pub.  ( last address : 1216 Cole Avenue Hollywood )

She had records issued on her own Marty label and on Rain Coat Records.  Her songs were recorded by herself or by a group named Buttons on Rain Coat.

Rain Coat Records ( on Raincoat ) was probably owned by Joe Leahy, bandleader, arranger, conductor, record producer and trumpeter, native of Boston, Massachusetts.

Tone-deaf and misinformed Anonymous added her "Bobby Died Today"(lyrics by Sammy Reese)  to a Ken Levine list of "The Worst Songs of All-Time"  :
I would have to say the worst is "Bobby Died Today" by Ellen somebody (I'll have to dig it out) on Raincoat records. It's a bright happy song about death which has the added unintentional bad taste bonus of coming out summer of 1968, right after the assassination of Robert Kennedy.  
Well, anonymous, NO unintentional bad taste from Miss Marty : the song was copyrighted in 1966, two years before the death of Robert Kennedy.

For Raincoat, she also recorded "Billy Back" a song penned by Michael Gordon, leader of The Routers, a studio band produced by Joe Saraceno. ("Let's Go", Warner-Bros)

Finally, if you want a bit more of Ellen Marty, and I'm sure you do, you can hear clips of This Time Of Year & Don't Ask Me on ebay  here (dead link)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Stood Up

Bradley Arthur
with the Four Jacks, chorus
and Herbie Layne's orchestra

Gateway Top Tune

Ricky Nelson cover on a budget label.  The only one other record by Bradley Arthur on Gateway is "The Stroll".

The song was written by Dub Dickerson (1927-1979), a country singer who dabbled in rockabilly and Erma Herrold,  wife of Imperial recording artist, Dennis Herrold.

In an interview quoted by Bill Millar, Dickerson could barely recall the singer. "Dennis and Erma Lee were married and living in Dallas.  They were about the same age as me so I guess they were born around 1927 or 1928.  I knew Dennis did a little picking but I didn't know he did any singing. I collaborated with Erma to write 'Stood Up' and I had a songwriting contract with Imperial.  It looks like the songs I wrote they gave them to Dennis to do.  I'm gonna have to check with BMI. I wasn't aware of him doing my stuff !"

Dennis and Erma Lee divorced in the late 1950s ; they had a son, Johnnie Lynwood Herrold, born in 1953.   Erma Lee died a few years ago.   Her second husband (to whom she was married for nearly 45 years) claims that Dennis always tried to take credit for writing "Stood Up".   There was a period of several years when Erma and her new husband moved a lot that Dennis managed to have BMI and the publisher send him the checks because the companies couldn't keep up with their moves.  But Dennis did record the demo of "Stood Up" that was sent to Lew Chudd, Imperial's owner.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I Wanna Be the Only One

Kipling Taquana Anderson

January 24, 1938 – August 29, 2007

"I Wanna Be the Only One"

"The Home Fires are Brighter After All"


Derrick Records
Columbia, S.C.

Southern soul man Kip Anderson was born January 24, 1941 in Anderson, South Carolina -- the son of a mother who taught music and a father who regularly played guitar at weekend fish-fry parties; from childhood forward he sang and played piano with his church gospel choir. At 13, Anderson was discovered by gospel legend Madame Edna Gallman Cooke, spending several summers playing in her touring group; he intended to follow her lead and pursue a career in spiritual music until he crossed paths with WOIC radio DJ and sometimes R&B singer Charles Derrick, who encouraged him to cross over to secular music instead. Anderson, Derrick, and friend Isaiah Hennie co-wrote the former's 1959 debut single "I Wanna Be the One," issued on the DJ's own Derrick label; when the single emerged as a regional hit, it was licensed for national distribution on Vee Jay but went nowhere, prompting Anderson to move to Savoy for the follow-up, "Oh My Linda," recorded with legendary session guitarist Mickey Baker.    However, when the single's B-side, "Till Your Love Is Mine," appeared with Anderson credited as its sole songwriter, Hennie cried foul, and the dispute resulted in Savoy president Herman Lubinsky terminating the singer's contract.

Allmusic by Jason Ankeny

Note :  Publisher of both songs is Tollie Music, which was affiliated with Vee Jay Records.  Charles Derrick must have had some sort of arrangements with Vee Jay prior to the release of the record on his own label.