Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kinsey's Book

Frank Wilson
The 4 Horsemen and the Wild Azeleas

Fenway 45-2000

To conduct the groundbreaking sexology research, Kinsey and his colleagues interviewed more than 18,000 men and women. Their questions touched upon subjects like sadomasochism, extramarital relations, frequency of masturbation, and number of partners of the same or opposite sex. Once all the data had been gathered, Kinsey was able to break down sexual trends by age, socioeconomic status, and religion to assemble a portrait of human sexuality. The study demonstrated that some practices (like homosexuality, for example) that were considered socially unacceptable were actually quite common. Alfred Kinsey became a household name following the release of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), two books that are together known as the Kinsey Reports.

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Despite his success (or perhaps because of it), Kinsey attracted more than his fair share of angry critics during the 1950s. Scandalized conservatives claimed he was supporting a communist agenda by eroding sexual morality and family values in America. The controversy surrounding his name hasn’t let up since Kinsey’s death in 1956. One area of research in particular, his findings on sexual behaviors in children, remains the subject of intense scrutiny today. He gathered the information used in these sections from interviews conducted with a serial child rapist. The man agreed to speak with Kinsey under the condition that he wouldn’t be turned in for his crimes. In a possible move to protect his subject’s identity, Kinsey credited his data on children to many sources instead of just one, undermining the integrity of his work in the eyes of many scientists.
Billboard article, 17 October 1953

Good old Phil Milstein has gathered in session 418 six Kinsey songs including one from Jamaica (Lord Lebby, Kalypso Records)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Pain Set To Music

Pain Set To Music


Original release before the ABC-Paramount release in February 1962.  On the flip side is Last Blast Of The Blasted Bugler.  Both tracks on the original are notably longer (and currently unavailable on YT or anywhere on the net)

According to Fred at 45cat:
This release coincides with the release of the movie, SERGEANTS 3, which is the only movie to feature the entire Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop). The movie was released February 10, 1962.

The premise of the movie was basically an updated re-write of the 1939 classic, GUNGA DIN. The 1939 movie (released February 17, 1939) was about 3 British Sergeants (played by Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) sent on a mission to defeat a Thugee uprising that took place in 19th Century British-India. Sam Jaffe played the title character, loosely based on the Rudyard Kipling poem.

In the 1962 movie, Sinatra, Martin, and Lawford were the three Calvary Seargents involved in a similar situation, only this one taking place in the 1870's American West. Sammy Davis Jr. played the trumpeter this time around who meets the same fate as Jaffe did in the original.

While the extent of the recording far outlives either movie showing of the situation, it more befits a later movie tribute played by Peter Sellers in the opening shot of THE PARTY, released April 4, 1968.

The SERGEANTS 3 connection is solidified by the review of this record in Billboard on February 24, 1962, and even moreso by a similar spoof recorded on MR. PEACOCK Records by Lord Didd, "Gunga Didn't" being reviewed in that very same issue. It was revealed in that same issue (or later) that Lord Didd was in fact NY DJ (at the time), Pete Meyers, otherwise known as "Mad Daddy".
For reasons that have been lost to history, Frank Sinatra rerecorded The Last Blast Of The Blasted Bugler on June 10, 1966, adding his own voice to the brief introductory narration and using the sound effects from the 1962 single.  Was Sinatra considering some sort of dramatic or sopken-word series for Reprise?  The track has only been issued on two very rare semiprivate, collectors-only CDs, Frankly Different and Sinatra Unreleased [*]

Philip Cammarata, the producer, has been art director for True Police Cases, Startling Detective and other (pulp) magazines and has published five books of photographs with humorous (?) captions.

Photo from Who F*arted This Time?, a Phil Cammarata (hilarious?) book
Are you still there? If so, please find below a link to a zip of both original tracks

Friday, January 25, 2019


Roger Rigney

 Mashburn-Carter, Bucheanna Publishing Co

Regency 159
produced by Jay-Cher Enterprises
Regency Records is a record label founded by Georgia record producer and TV/Radio syndicator Johnny Carter and North Georgia disc jockey Lamar Gravitt in 1965. Regency Records was originally a part of the C-R-Co (Cherokeeland Recording Company), based in Calhoun, Georgia near the 19th century national capital of the Cherokee Indians. The label operated as a part of Jay Enterprises when Carter moved to Tennessee in 1966, and became a part of Cherokee Album Corporation when Carter returned to Georgia in 1968.[Wikipedia]

Friday, January 18, 2019

All Alone Blues

Red And Carolyn
(Red Hilburn & Carolyn Harrison)
TNT 9004

Old Rendezvous

All Alone Blues

William "Red Hilburn

Hilburn grew up around the country music scene in Texas. He played with Willie Nelson before Nelson was well-known. He even interviewed Elvis Presley on the radio.

Hilburn laughs about a time when Willie Nelson was asking him for a job. At the time, around 1954, Hilburn was working as a disc jockey at a radio station in Pleasanton. Hilburn spoke to one of his superiors and said, "He's a great guitar player, but he doesn't sing too well."

"Willie was the kind of person that never forgot his friends. He was just easy going, didn't get upset if you made a mistake," Hilburn said. "He was a kind and generous person, and he loved farmers."

Hilburn grew up on a farm between Pleasanton and Floresville. "My dad never liked me to play," Hilburn said. "He thought it was a waste. He wanted me to be a farmer."  But Hilburn's mother encouraged his music, giving him a harmonica when he was 4. "I learned to play it by the time I was 5 years old," Hilburn said. "And when I was 8 years old, I talked my mom into getting me a guitar." "

Hilburn is a self-taught musician. His family could not afford music lessons; so he did whatever he could to learn. At 15, he obtained a fiddle from a friend through a trade. When he graduated from high school, he insisted on getting a guitar for his graduation present.

Hilburn enjoyed his first success when he was 18. The local movie theaters in and around the Pleasanton area were organizing talent contests. Hilburn said he won the contest for eight weeks in a row. "KBOP outside of Pleasanton heard about me. The advertiser on the air wanted me to come out and audition. I was 18 years old, playing guitar and all the girls was looking. Right away I got me a spot on the station."

Hilburn went on the radio with his own show. Shortly afterward, Hilburn got his chance to make regular appearances on television. It seemed he was on his way. But when I turned 21, Uncle Sam decided he needed my services," Hilburn said.  It was 1952 during the Korean War. Hilburn was called to Germany with the special services unit. He spent two years performing at clubs for noncommissioned officers.  When he came back from Korea, he went back to the radio station and worked as a disc jockey.

Since then, he has watched many musicians come and go. He has organized many bands, and seen many fall apart. One of his biggest successes was during the period when he played at a well-known local hang-out, the Breezeway Club. He performed there from 1971 to 1976 and again from 1978 to 1979. He also played at Johnny Lee's Club in Pasadena.

Hilburn worked as a quality assurance manager for Taft Broadcasting at NASA, which broadcasts activities such as shuttle launches.
Red and Carolyn had another record on TNT, backing Red River Dave on a James Dean tribute EP (TNT 1/2, special release, 1956) and Red alone next recorded for the Warrior label (#502 : The Rambling Blues / Three Words, 1957). An unissued Warrior track, Pretty Pat, featured a young Doug Sahm.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

I'm Gonna Buy Me a Dog

I'm Gonna Buy Me a Dog
The Astronauts, RCA unissued, 1965

Recorded at the RCA Studio B in Hollywood on June 7, 1965.

The Astronauts were the first Boulder, Colorado band to make the national charts with "Baja" in 1963 and remained successful for several years, especially in Japan. They have been described as being, along the Trashmen, the premier landlocked Midwestern surf group of the '60s.   For most of their career, the band members were Rich Fifield, Jon "Storm" Patterson, Bob Demmon, Dennis Lindsey, and Jim Gallagher.

Boyce & Hart's "I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog" was first recorded by The Gamma Goochee for Colpix Records. The backing track to the Gamma Goochee's version is the same track as the Astronauts version on RCA.  Both feature Bobby Hart on percussion and Tommy Boyce on piano with The Astronauts as the core of the band.  Shortly thereafter Boyce and Hart redid "Gonna Buy Me A Dog" with The Monkees (perhaps using the same track?).