Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rock Ur Baby

Ted Forrest Quintet

Rock Ur Baby
 Kay Shubert, Norman Joyce, Oceanic Pub.

Norman 102
Delancey Street, Phila

Ted Forrest, once a sideman with Charlie Barnett, has performed since at least the mid-forties.  Rita Konstance and Jean Harrison were among the female vocalists with his band.   He was still performing in 1964, when a local newspaper wrote about " the zany musical antics of Ted Forrest and his society revue in the Imperial room of the Thruway Motor Inn in Albany.  "
His bookings in 1956 were handled by the Jolly Joyce Agency, whose main artists were then Bill Haley, Alan Freed (for motion pictures and TV) and Steve Gibson and his Red Caps.

The short lived Norman label was probably owned by Norman M. Jacobs (aka Norman Joyce), son of Jolly Joyce :
Mr. Jacobs came from a theatrical family.  His mother's ancestors were cantors in Russia, and his father performed in vaudeville acts until the late 1920s, when he founded Jolly Joyce Theatrical Agency Ltd.

At age 13, Mr. Jacobs began helping out at the business owned by his father, who was known professionally as "Jolly Joyce." He would stop in after school every day, and by the time he graduated from Olney High School in 1949, Mr. Jacobs was working full time - and overtime.

With his father, Mr. Jacobs booked dozens of top acts of the 1950s, and the agency became the exclusive agent and manager for groups including the Comets and Boxtops.  

The only other release on Norman that I know of is Nan Williams' " Giddy-up Giddy-Up".    There is also a mention in 1956 of The Rocking Horses (another Jolly Joyce act) Two Girls & 3 Boys  Kings And Queens Of Rock 'N' Roll", but an actual release has yet to be confirmed.

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