Friday, July 25, 2014

Right On For The Hulk

Jim Matthews M.D.
"The Singing Surgeon"

The Music Emporium

1978 or 1979
Jim Matthews is obviously an Elvis fan
("Down Home" cover, LP)

Dr. James C. Matthews, Jr., a general surgeon, has practiced with Rush Medical Group in Meridian, Mississippi for 40 years

Dr. James C. Matthews, Jr., a native of Silas, AL received his medical degree from the Medical College of Alabama, now known as the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency training at Lloyd Noland Hospital in Birmingham, AL.  Dr. Matthews is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the Southeastern Surgical Conference.   

Dr. Matthews and his wife Peggy are the parents of 6 children and 21 grandchildren.  Dr. Matthews and his family are also musically talented and have performed at many local and regional events.  

Dr. Matthews is affectionately known as Meridian’s “Singing Surgeon.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Big Butter And Egg Man

Butter Ball Paige

B. Paige, J. Jacobs, J.P. Copsey
Charayjim Music BMI
Rose 109
produced in Nashville by Ray Petersen

Late sixties

Hubert McBride Paige 

Hubert McBride Paige is the birth name of Tommy "Butterball" Paige who was a Nashville steel guitar musician, song writer and lead guitar player in the Ernest Tubb Band, until he was fired by the band leader in 1949.  He recorded for Bullet Records in the early fifties and was doing some platter talk  in various towns (Miami, WBAL, Baltimore, WNAO. Raleigh, N. C, where he opened up the  "Tobacco Barn Drive-In Grill," named after his DJ program.

In 1968, he was named A&R director for the tiny Rose Records and manager of the affiliated publishing company, CharayJim Music. located at 801 17th Avenue South, Nashville, which also was the address of Sims Records. 

One Ray Petersen produced these Rose releases.and might have been the label owner.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Miss Gloria Smyth
The Princess Of Song
Saxie Dowell, Joy ASCAP

April 1959

"Playmates" is a popular song ostensibly written by Saxie Dowell. The main theme was note-for-note plagiarized from the 1904 intermezzo "Iola" by Charles L. Johnson, for which Johnson sued, settling out of court for an undisclosed sum. [Wikipedia]
The tiny Sierra Records was located at the same address in Hollywood on Sierra Bonita as the address of her manager, Robert Leonard, who may have owned the label.

After another single recorded for Sierra, Gloria Smyth was heard by Richard Bock, president of World-Pacific Records at Jack Denison's supper club in Los Angeles who signed her to a recording contract. A dozen of songs were recorded by World Pacific, and issued on an album titled "Like Soul!".

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Inspired Clint Walker


“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Clint Walker LP cover : with thanks to rocketfrommars

Saturday, July 19, 2014

French Fried Potatoes and Ketchup

Doris Drew
with Jack Fascinato Orchestra

A. Trace, B. Trace, J. Fascinato
Pyramid Music Co. ASCAP

KaHill Recording Co. Des Plaines, Ill.

The Kahill Recording Company made its debut in May 1955 at 732 Center Street, Des Plaines, Illinois.  The diskery was headed by Bettye Kummerle, who had been a song writer for many years

San Antonio-born Doris Drew was one of the most widely heard voices heard on U.S. TV and radio in the 1950s. In addition, she etched many dozens of tracks for major labels (MGM and Mercury), but most of singles had a short shelf life and then faded into oblivion.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Wish You Were Mine

Deloris Ealy

.A. Johnson - D. Ealy
Telldell Music

Velvet Records 101
Los Angeles, Calif.
Late sixties ?

Most of the releases on Velvet Records are from Deloris Ealy, who was managed by Aaron Johnson, head of Velvet Productions in L.A.   It seems that the label was reactivated in the late seventies for several releases by The Kenyattas backing Arlene Bell or other artists.  

At that time, Deloris Ealy was with Big Vick Productions (Victor Green in Oakland, Calif.) for at least one release "Deloris Is Back With Jerome And His Band / Don't Be Afraid" (Big Vick Hammond #401).

Telldell Music is the publisher, a name usually associated with Detroit music and Odell Bailey, but Dennis Talley (Stag Distributors Records) was perhaps also involved with the publishing company. ?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Felton Jarvis does John Lee Hooker

Felton Jarvis


Thunder International Records
"Always A Big Sound"

Columbia, Mississippi
June 1960

Two John Lee Hooker covers
Born Charles Felton in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934.  
 In the late 1950s, Bill Lowery (head of NRC) hired Felton away from an addressograph company, and Felton printed sleeves for 45s and promotional materials for NRC.  Felton hung around the studios in his spare time, where Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed and Joe South were backing the NRC Records artists, and became a recording engineer
In 1959 and 1960 he tried his hand at recording.  His first session was produced by Ray Stevens (Viva Records) and he cut two records for Zeno Goss' Thunder/Thunder Int'l.Records.

Best known for his work as producer, (notably for Elvis Presley, from 1966 to 1977),  Felton died of a stroke in 1981, four years after Elvis' death.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bagdad Daddy

The Beats

Bagdad Daddy
Anthony S. Magnano-F.L. Divito
Sounds Music ASCAP
Design DSR-827
(Pickwick Sales Corp. Brooklyn, N.Y.)
late '58

Magnano penned several songs for The Playmates (Roulette Records) : Barefoot Girl and Sing Bahama Mama among others.