Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm Your Slave

Jeanie Allen

J.Allen, Scope Music, Inc. BMI
Vocal background by The Beavers 
with orchestra conducted by Marvin Montgomery
A Robert Lissauer Production
Arliss 1001
Arliss Records, a division of Scope Music, Inc., N.Y.C.
This is the first record issued on Arliss Records,which was the only label, I think, ever owned by veteran songwriter, publisher and artists manager Robert Lissauer.

Orchestra leader and vocal backing are the same on the second Arliss release (Eddie McDuff) and both, Arliss 1001 and 1002, are probably from the same session (held in Dallas?)

Marvin Montgomery was by the early 1950s to 1962 the musical director of the Big D Jamboree, a weekly radio show syndicated nationally from Dallas that featured well-known and rising stars in country music.

The Beavers : siblings Judy, Rick and Robin joined the Big D Jamboree about 1958. Their repertoire included songs such as "If I Had A Hammer" and the traditional ballad "Barbara Allen".  They backed local artists on several recording sessions, such as Dub Dickerson and Bobby Crown among others.

I've not discovered much info about the singer Jeanie Allen.  Was she from Texas? I don't known.  Anyhow, she has certainly worked closely with Bob Lissauer in New York, first as songwriter and later as his assistant.  
Before recording two singles for the new Mala label in 1959, Jeanie Allen co-authored "Look Out I'm Fallin In Love " with Clint Ballard, Jr., a song recorded by The Morrison Sisters on Decca (1958). Her pen name then was Jean Kieffer.

Jeanie Allen discography
 Mala 402 - Jeanie Allen - I Can't Stand It / Tony - 1959
Mala 403 - Jeanie Allen - I Really Love You / Nobody To Love Me - 1959
Arliss 1001 - I'm Your Slave / It's All Over Now - 1960
Robert Lissauer (1917–2004) Bob Lissauer was born in New York City where he attended the Juilliard School and then worked with Irving Berlin on his musical This Is the Army. From this production "Yanks A Poppin" was developed as a show that could be performed for troops in the field. As a soldier in World War II, Lissauer managed a production unit that traveled across the Pacific Theater.
After the war he managed the song library of Vincent Youmans, the composer of standards like "More Than You Know" and "Tea for Two,'' and worked as a record producer and songwriter. 
In 1955, Bob Lissauer opened two new publishing firms. Mode Music, Inc., is his ASCAP .outlet, while Scope Music, Inc., is his BMI affiliate.

A lifetime of experience led to his writing Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America (first edition, 1991)

Arliss listing (1960-1962)
 1001 Jeanie Allen
1002 Eddie Mcduff
1003 Jimmy Randolph
1004 The Preludes
1006 Lonnie Heard (Original Member Of The Five Dollars/Don Juans On Fortune Records)
1007 Karl Hammel, Jr.
1008 Jay And Dee (early Doris Troy)
1010 Pancho Villa
1012 The Expressions
1013 Joe Bragg
3301 Sam Sacks (LP)

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