Monday, October 30, 2017


L. E. Richards And The Girls
D. Lee, Warmat BMI

Universe 45-550

This quite obscure Ohio label, pressed by King Records in 1962, had only two releases, three if we count the second issue of this one which came on a black label.  "Joreen (She's Something Else)" was given a second chance with the release of Universe 501 by Cody Black & The Celestials as the flip of "The Camel Walk" 

What the two releases had in common was they were composed and produced by Dicky Lee, a pseudonym for one Warren Hambrick.   I've found several songs penned by Warren Hambrick between 1961 and 1963, but none seems to have been recorded:

Sweet Papa Sticky;
Let's Do "The Big End"
Baby Is It True? 
Turn Him Loose, Wine

Don't Mean Nothin", Ain't No Big Thing; (Don't Mean Nothing),
Everybody Likes To Twist;
Many Regrets;
You're Too Fine; 
That Kind Of Blues;
What Did I Do?  
Pretty Crazy,
 Daddy Yum Yum; 
The Eyes Of The Beholder; 

Universe discography

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Riders In The Sky

Lee Savage
Buddy Cole Orchestra

Riders In The Sky

Merri 101

This is, I'm quite sure, a pseudonym for Lee Denson, who had already recorded the old Stan Jones classic the previous year for the obscure Twin label.  "Teenage World" the top side of this single also written by Lee Denson, a song which Merri Records also issued on Merri 205 as by Lee Denson b/w Who Tickled The Sphynx

Not included in the various discographies found on the net or in Hydra Records' "The South's Gonna Rise Again" a Lee Denson compilation on CD from Germany released in 2001

Lee Denson bio

Friday, October 20, 2017

Lee "The Big Masher" Lilly

Lee "The Big Masher" Lilly

Spooky Movies / Big Masher
Alcor 014

Lee Lilly born Leland Lando Lilly (1938-2011) better known as Ross Hagen.

Ross Hagen with tiger on Daktari

Raised in Arizona and Oregon, Ross Hagen headed to Hollywood in 1962 on a lark after working as a stand-in on Route 66.  A couple of months later he was convinced to record this single which was issued on Alcor Records, a new label just founded by Everest Records. 
They said, "Oh man, you should do a record."  So I dit it and I lived off it for about a year.  I don't known if you've ever see what it's like to be a teenage idol for fifteen seconds of fame.  You walk out on this stage and people are screaming.  They screamed like a bunch of vampires.  The hours are horrible.  It wasn't the kind of lifetsyle that I liked.  I like to get up early and listen to the birds.  So I kind of let the music thing drift away.  I wasn't that interested in pursuing a career.
And then of course being from a hillbilly family, the first time they see you on TV, Granny Puss called up and said, "Hon, now that you're a millionaire and a TV star, can you get me some teeth?"  I said, "Granny, I'd love to get you some teeth, but it costs more to join a union than I made on my first job!"
Hagen quickly found work on popular TV westerns like The Virginian and The Wild Wild West, as well as a regular role on Daktari during the 1968-1969 season.  In four decades as an independant actor, director, producer and writer, Hagen has weathered the ups and downs of the film industry during a prolific and diverse career.

☛ "Hollywood Hellcat : Ross Hagen", chapter of "Wild Beyond Belief!: Interviews with Exploitation Filmmakers of the 1960s"
☛ Imdb bio

Both songs can be heard on YouTube.  Or download both tracks here (mp3)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Walking After Midnight

Calvin Coolidge

Walking After Midnight

Hidin' Out

4 Star CC-15
Promotional Record

This is the kind of recording you can do. Here's the recipe ::
1/ Take the two originals "Walking After Midnight" and "Hidin' Out" by Patsy Cline
2/ With Audacity (a very nice freeware) or any other sound editor, modify the speed from 45 rpm to 33 rpm
3/ That's it, a new artist is born, Calvin Coolidge. Simple, no?

Ellis Nassour has the details. From his book "From Honky Tonk Angel" :
    The record was a practical joke cooked up by Bill McCall, head of 4 Star Records.
    Suddenly, with the incredible sales of "Walkin' After Midnight," there was a cover recording, as often happened with a major hit. Disc jockeys everywhere were inundated with Calvin Coolidge's rendition and received calls from the label's irate promotion director wanting to know why they weren't programming it.

    "This is a hot record," he'd say, "the first male version." The deejays responded that the record was terrible. "Oh, you think so, huh?" he replied. A typical answer was, "It's nothing like Patsy Cline's record." The promotion man would counter, "That goes to show how much you know. Take that record and speed it up and we'll see about that!"

    The prankster was none other than Bill McCall, who slowed Patsy's version to 33 1/3 rpm, then pressed a 45 rpm single.
Using Audacity, I've created in a similar manner a cover of Walking by Lil' Hillary, 8 y. old, the latest teenage sensation.

The two Calvin Coolidge tracks and the two other versions of Walking converted from the "Calvin Coolidge" recording (Patsy Cline & Lil' Hillary) can be found in this archived file

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Keeno Boogie

The Keenos

Keeno Boogie

Lark LS-4513

The Keenos : Russel Hicks, Ted Embry; Douglas Beckelhimer, and Charles Chambers formerly called the King Teens from West Virginia, they were playing at the "Showboat," a hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., and with the exception of Ted Embry, were attending school at Las Vegas High School, when this record was issued.

The West Virginia boys have played at several convention centers, appearing with Johnny Horton, who released the song, "Battle of New Orleans," which stayed in number one place throughout the nation for many weeks. Tfrey also appeared with the young singer, Bob Lewman.  [ed. Bob Luman?]

Source : Beckley Post-Herald The Raleigh Register from Beckley, West Virginia · October 25, 1959, page 7

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

St. Olaf Blues

Vocals Peter Nelson,
piano  Jeff Cook,
harmonica Peder Gaalaas

St. Olaf Blues

CPO 205L

Likely from Northfield, Minnesota where Peter Nelson is still making music with The Zillionaires, while Peter Gaalaas, now an orthodontist in Grand Rapids, Minnesota is now a multi-instrumentalist playing the Hammerhead® NiTi Tie-back Pliers, the Hu-Friedy Orthodontic Slim Collection and Bird Beak with Cutter, Hu-Friedy.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Maila Nurmi, Waxmate of the month

“I remember the first time [Orson Welles] saw me in a boudoir,
in a negligee, he said in that wondrous voice of his,
‘Magnificent Carcass.’ ‘MAGNIFICENT CARCASS?’
I thought to myself. Whatever, I didn’t see that one coming.”

Born: Maila Elizabeth Syrjaniemi on December 11, 1922 in Petsamo, Finland
Died: January 10, 2008 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Actress and  horror show hostess, Maila Nurmi appeared in Ed Wood's Plan Nine From Outer Space.   She created her Vampira character -- reminiscent of Charles Addams' spooky New Yorker cartoons -- to host horror movie broadcasts on KABC TV in Los Angeles in 1954.  With darkly mascaraed eyes and blood-red lipstick, Nurmi appeared each week in her revealing black dress and slinky fishnets to introduce such films as "Revenge of the Zombies" and "Devil Bat's Daughter."

"The Vampira Show" was canceled after about a year. Vampira disappeared. But she thrived in the cultural underground. 
By the 1960s, Nurmi supported herself as a tile contractor. Stories, patently untrue, circulated of roles in pornographic films. She became a figure of local legend in West Hollywood, part of a cast of peculiar characters who’d once been famous and now were not.

Maila Nurmi hung out with the punk/metal band the Misfits in the 80s at places like West Hollywood Vinyl Fetish. She also worked on a book she never finished, a memoir of underside of a 50s Hollywood that stayed up late nights at Googies Restaurant, popped pills, and lived off the warm glow of stardom it stalked.
In 1987, she recorded two seven-inch singles on Living Eye records with the band Satan's Cheerleaders. The singles, entitled "I Am Damned" and "Genocide Utopia," were both released on colored vinyl.

She died, alone, in 2008.

Vampira and Satan's Cheerleaders