Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hey Mrs. Jones

Jimmy Forrest : Hey Mrs. Jones (1952)

Compilation includes the original and nine other versions in various styles from 1952 to 1990

Track List

Bill Jennings.mp3                
Girl Trouble.mp3               
Jimmy Forrest.mp3      
Jimmy Witherspoon.mp3           
Long John Hunter.mp3              
Mr. Lee & Frank Andrade Five.mp3  
Ramsey Lewis (1).mp3              
Ramsey Lewis (2).mp3              
The Check Mates.mp3               
Tiny Tony & The Statics.mp3       

Hey Mrs. Jones

The Three Dukes
Sing And Play
Forrest & Reagan, Pamlee Music BMI

Triple A 2505

Cleveland, Ohio young jazz trio "The Three Dukes" were one of the first groups to cover the Jimmy Forrest song recorded in 1952 for United Records. Members of The Three Dukes were Vincent Tancredi (drums), Ronnie Feskanin (piano) and John DiPalma (bass).  The Three Duke's recording of "Hey Mrs. Jones" was pressed for Jack Gale's Triple A Records.  The new release was Triple A's debut in R & B and was considered a "good version of the lively tune now riding high" according to Billboard reviewed somewhere in the Rhythm & Blues section between new records by Edna McGriff (Why, Oh Why on Jubilee Records) and Hadda Brooks (When I Leave the World Behind, Okeh Records) on February 28 1953.  The reviewer also noted that "Coverage platter is rather late and will have a difficult time catching much coin"

The trio broke up soon after.

More versions of the song in my next post

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Ain't You Glad

The Welcome Voices

Ain't You Glad
T.L. Bannister

WIB Records 45-500
Flatwood, Kentucky

Gospel quartet from Ashland, Kentucky.  They recorded at least four other singles on the same label, likely their own label.

No info but T.L. Bannister was likely a member of the quartet.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Oh Boy !

The Grasshoppers

with the Promenade Orch. & Chorus

Oh Boy !

Promenade Hit 24

After a cover of "That'll Be The Day" (Promenade 14), here is again The Grasshoppers covering another Buddy Holly hit.   The versatile Grasshoppers can be found also on other subsidiaries of the Synthetics Plastics Company of Newark, New Jersey, such as Peter Pan (children subsid) and Diplomat (budget albums)

Sing along with the Grasshoppers : The Chipmunk Song

Sing the Beatles hits and other Liverpool sound

Thursday, November 17, 2016

There Ain't Nothing To It

Perkins, Mecel Music BMI

Key 101
Eng. Hank Poole


This is Michael D. Perkins, possibly the same Mike Perkins who was in The Doodlers

The Doodlers began in Longview Texas. They listened to many of the pop vocal groups and jazz ensembles of the day, and aspired to sound similar to them. Thanks to an innovative high school choir director, the Doodlers actually met in choir and then formed their own group. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Let's Have A Party

Joy McCoy

Let's Have A Party

(no label) RSS-4544

I finally found a picture of Joy McCoy here at Discogs where her album is described as "Folk, World, & Country".   I've never been able to find anything on this artist.  On the album cover, in the background behind pretty Joy, it seems to me that it's some snow, so she is probably living near the frontier of Canada and not near the Mexico frontier.  That's all folks ! If you known something please speak up and leave a comment...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Louie Louie

The Moongazers

vocalist Gino Wertz

Louie Louie

Millbrook School
Buck ?  lead guitar - Ron Artinian, drums - Peter Hazzard, rhythm guitar - Charlie Ingersoll, bass guitar

Not the worst cover of this classic garage song.  The Moongazers were a school band from Millbrook School in the New York State, a private school located in Dutchess County, New York, (county seat is Poughkeepsie). Rufus Wainwright attended this school which was later the inspiration for one of his songs.

Pete Hazzard   wrote his first compositions, The Horses' Hooves, and Evening Song, for violin and piano at the age of eight. He played violin studying in New York with Arlie Furman, and was a member of the New York Young People’s Orchestra. He also played guitar, and piano in both orchestras and dance bands throughout his youth. After graduation from Millbrook School and two years of study at Boston University, Mr. Hazzard entered the Berklee College of Music in 1968, receiving his Bachelor of Music in Composition in 1971.

Millbrook School

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Twistin' In Orbit

The Thunderbirds
vocal : The Valvederes

Twistin' In Orbit

Romasa Records
Early sixties

No hint on who were The Thunderbirds or The Valvederes.  Probably from the Maryland/Washington/Virginia area as indicated by the catalog number (RINC 1194). Recordings Incorporated was a very small studio in Baltimore, Maryland recording mainly radio and television commercials, but also some bands (early Ronnie Dove, The Chicanos, Joyce Carr, The Dynamics, Little Hooks, etc.)

Gatlin & Magid wrote the tune and RMCo. Music published it.  The flip is an instrumental titled Tomahawk of lesser interest.

These Thunderbirds ?
Band card found here
According to Baltimore Sounds, there was a band named The Thunderbirds, active between 1962 and 1964.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Power Of A Prayer

Teena Magin
and The Bystanders
The Power Of A Prayer
 Joe Lubin - Hal Roberts
Denn Mus. Co.
Demon FF-1502

Here you have the full Teena Magin discography, one song, just one song, on the new Demon Records, formed by Joe Greene, veteran songwriter and arranger, most recently with Liberty Records.
This is a Joe Lubin production from 1956 which was actually first issued on his own Debb Records.

The flip is credited to Ray Johnson and The Bystanders.

According to Bruce Eder:
Joe Lubin was one of the very few traditional songwriters to find a lucrative career in rock & roll, even as he continued to write for vocalists such as Doris Day. His career ran from the 1940s through the '70s, and into publishing as well as songwriting, across several genres, and also bridged two continents. He was born Joseph Lubinsky in London's East End, in the middle of a World War I air raid, and showed an interest in music and singing from an early age, which led him into songwriting. He joined the Royal Air Force after the outbreak of the Second World War, but an injury returned him to civilian life in 1941, and he spent most of the war as an air raid warden. One night during a bombing raid, he found himself on Denmark Street in London, a center of the music business, and met Noel Gay, the composer/publisher -- amid falling German bombs -- who signed him to a contract soon after. He saw some initial success with "I'm Sending My Blessings," recorded by Vera Lynn, and Anne Shelton's rendition of "Till Stars Forget to Shine" (both 1944). His 1948 composition, "The Shoemaker's Serenade," was recorded by a young Petula Clark as well as the Five Smith Brothers and the Radio Revellers.   ..more info...
But who is/was Teena Magin ?  Did she recorded just this song ?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bye Bye Baby (Good-By)

Sin-A-Way #300

The tiny Sin-A-Way label was started in Everett, Washington.   Later releases had a Seattle address.

Other Sin-A-Way releases includes :
301 The Bumps
302 The Revenuers
305 The Right Angle

Danny Holliday
Little Queenie
Chuck Berry cover on Nolta Records, a subsidiary to Seafair Records. The label was named as an acronym for a business concept the owners had for a talent brokerage firm: Northern Lights Talent Associates. Mid-sixties.

Daniel Prescott Thygesen

Danny Holiday was born Daniel Prescott Thygesen in March 23, 1943 in Everett, Washington. Dan began his career sweeping floors at KRKO at 8. Disc jockey at KPUG (Bellingham), KOL (Seattle), KBSG (Seattle) and KZOK (Seattle), where he hosted “The Rock N Roll Time Machine.” and worked for several years doing promotion for Columbia Records.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Oh Yeah Maybe Baby

Janice Lynn
If I Could Tell You
Oh Yeah Maybe Baby

Ran Bo Records
RCA custom pressing, 1966
Producer : Larry Lathwell
Another obscurity, probably from Ohio (?), that's my guess, only based on the fact that Larry Lathwell has two of his songs recorded by Lee Rand on Destiny Records, a Lorain, Ohio label in 1967.

If I Could Tell You, was written by Idabelle Firestone, wife of the industrialist Harvey Firestone. An accomplished songwriter, she composed "If I Could Tell You" as the opening theme for the radio, and later television, music program The Voice of Firestone. The show was sponsored by her husband's company, Firestone Tires.  "If I Could Tell You" became very popular and was recorded many times. It is most identified with the singers Richard Crooks and Eleanor Steber, who served as frequent hosts on the Firestone program in the 1940s and 1950s, respectively. [Wikipedia]

Oh Yeah Maybe Baby
was the B-side to the Crystals 1961 US debut single composed by Spector and Hunter. (Philles 100, 1961)

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Little Puppet

Connie Caddell

The Little Puppet

Dee Moeller, Tree Pub. Co. BMI
Cuca J-1277
Girl group sound. This would be her only recording ?  Flip side, That's When , can be heard on YT
Both sides written by Dee Moeller.

Singer/songwriter Dee Moeller has penned more than 300 songs, including "Slow Moving Outlaw" recorded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.  [Her picture can be found here]


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Rock N' Roll Blues

Diana & Pat
Rock N' Roll Blues
Diane Ryan, Desert Palms Pub. Co. (BMI)

Gay Records 627


Diana (Diane) and Pat Ryan on a label owned by Carl Hightower, a teacher in special education department of Phoenix Union who wanted to get into the record business.

Gay Records
820 E-F Avenue Glendale, Arizona
Owner : Carl Hightower
621 Carl Hightower
623 Hawk Gollihue
624 Al Marion
625 Hawk Gollihue
626 Joe Nichols
627 Diana and Pat
628 Les Chimes
629 LA Chords