Friday, August 31, 2018

Don't Let Him

Roger Lewis and The Moondawgs

The Moon Dawgs made an instant splash on the Maine music scene when they became one of four bands to share the stage at the very first Pal Hop dance in 1964. Their popularity led to bigger venues as opening acts for the Dave Clark Five, the Kingsmen, Freddie and the Dreamers, and the Searchers. Except for a few brief interruptions, the Dawgs have remained together over 50 years playing for legions of die-hard fans at benefit dances, concerts and festivals. Almost from the beginning, the band has featured Roger Michaud (lead singer and keyboards), Dave Brissette (guitar), Bob Poulin (bass), and Bob Roy (drums). Two later additions to the band include Roger Renaud (saxophone) and Marty Lang (guitar). The Moon Dawgs were on the edge of stardom when producer Van Trevor accompanied lead singer Roger Michaud to New York to record two songs as Roger Lewis & the Moon Dawgs. Studio musicians and backup singers filled in for the rest of the band. A 45 rpm single featuring "Don't Let Him" and "Harriet" was released simultaneously on the Karate label, a subsidiary of the national record company Audio Fidelity, and the PAL label which was a local pressing coordinated by Lewiston's Police Athletic League that ran the Pal Hop dances. The Moon Dawgs quickly launched a tour before enthusiastic crowds in the Canadian Maritime Provinces and Nova Scotia where their record was receiving major airplay. During the tour they met a young fan backstage named Anne Murray who went on to become a superstar. In October, 1965 "Don't Let Him" peaked at #2 on the WLOB-AM "Big 30 Survey" in Portland, Maine and immediately became the focus of an advertising campaign in Billboard Magazine with the optimistic slogan, "As Maine goes, so goes the nation!" Later, the Moon Dawgs made one more attempt on the PAL label with Van Trevor producing the songs "Wild About You" and "Pretty Little Ramblin' Rose." The band continued to play on and off throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, performing for various charities and special events. And now, well into the 21st century, the Moon Dawgs continue to howl. Meanwhile, Michaud recently released his own solo album on CD, "American Stories" which includes the title song of the documentary "Pal Hop Days."

Info above come from PalHopDays here

Don't Let Him

Billboard ad, 16 Ocotober 1965
 note: The Moondawgs are not credited on the Karate release

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Danny Boy

Sylvia Summers
Monroe Record Co.

Danny Boy

Possibly from Muskegon, Michigan on a label owned by Jesse Monroe Duke? Date unknown (late sixties?)

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Parachute Jump

Joanne Engel

“First you fly up into the stratosphere, then you step off into the atmosphere, for the biggest thrill of your life is here, when you jump-jump the Parachute Jump.” Malcolm Hall wrote the song to commemorate the 1961 World Parachute Jumping Championships in Orange, Massachusetts.

Joanne Engel discography

Recording session with Jack Hansen

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Mr. Blues

A five-foot blond bombshell from East Orange, N.J., Mundy Lee recorded this song in 1961 for Embassy Records, a Newark, New Jersey label. Her record, arranged and conducted by Bucky Harris and written by Paul Dino, was leased the following year to Seg-Way Records. The following years Mundy Lee toured with U.S.O's Music Makers Organization in Iceland (1963) and Japan (1964)...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Koffee Shop Rock

Mickey Michaels and The Forrestals

1958: The Forrestals were all servicemen of the U.S. Navy. Led by the drummer, Quartermaster Doug Fowlkes, the band was formed while these seven men served aboard the CVA-59, better known as USS Forrestal, America’s first angled-deck carrier built as such, commissioned in 1955 and named for the secretary of defense.

They had a deal with Felsted Records through Bill Davis (Sheriff Tex Davis) in Norfolk, Virginia. Davis, who had a radio show at WCMS, and  is credited with helping Gene Vincent write "Be-Bop-A-Lula," and to shop the song to labels.

Leaving the USS Forrestal, the band embarked on the USS Independence. Following the smoke of the boat they were on,  you will be able to find them recording from now on as The Aire-Dales or Airdales (airedale: naval slang for any member of the aviation community, officer or enlisted). on Viva Records (Florida) and then in Italy (Vis Radio Records) and then on Barclay Records (France), Rocker Roberts (Rocky Roberts), being now their vocalist.

The Airdales (Vis Radio sleeve)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

My Guy On Nine

Becky Cooper
Her only record?

My Guy On Nine


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love

Freddie Dino

Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love

One-off label out of Philadelphia.  Penned by Artie Singer and Jon Sheldon (actually a  pseudonym for Kal Mann), the song was also recorded by Dee Dee Sharp for Cameo Records in 1963  with lyrics credited to Kal Mann and music to Dave Appell, © Kalmann Music, Inc.; 22 July 1963

I assume that this version came just before the one on Cameo.  Similar lines in the label design are found on Philadelphia labels released in 1962/1963 (Lash Records and Taba Records for instance).

I've found only one mention on record of a Freddie Dino who composed in 1965 one side of a Dino & His Fabulous Jerrels single on a Rochester, New York label named "Star Artists" (later, Capitol Star Artist)

Friday, August 10, 2018