Wednesday, March 25, 2020

If It Wasn't For The Kids - Volume 6

On cover: Father Trailhoff

I'm greatly indebted to Father Trailhoff whose baton has educated
so many children in the past. His hand never trembled
when it came to calling back the rules to all these little bastards.


Keith Green - A Go-Go Getter (Decca, 1965)                                   
Little Jeannie - My Little Dog Has Gone To the Moon For Christmas (Spann)    
Little Leon Payne - History Of Love (Daco, 1962)                             
Little Miss Darlene - Daddy-O                                                
Little Sammy Swinger - Hot Pastrami w Mashed Potatoes (Essar)                
Little Suzie - Young Love (Burbank)                                          
Lucky Peterson - 1,2,3,4 (1971)                                              
Phillis & Jeffrey Carlyle - Santa Claus Looks Like My Daddy (Esquire, 1953)  
Reggie Pitassy - Easter Bunny Bring My Daddy Home (Pitassy & White Cliffs)         
Ronnie Reno - Lasses (Reno)                                                  
The Singing Crowes -  Grumbles Medley (His LP)                               
Toni Harper - Candy Store Blues  (Columbia, 1948)                            

Keith Green 
Born in 1953, Keith Green took to music at a young age, as he "began with the ukulele at three, the guitar at five, and the piano at seven". Green played the role of Kurt von Trapp in The Sound of Music starring Janet Blair in the opening production at the Valley Music Theater, in Los Angeles when he was 10.  Green and his father Harvey signed a five-year contract with Decca Records in February 1965, with Harvey as business manager, having written 40 original songs already. The first song released on disc was A Go-Go Getter in May 1965, produced by Gary Usher, which he had composed and published before signing with Decca. He became the youngest person ever to sign with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) upon publication of this song at age 11.

Little Jeannie
Daughter of Dr. David Shapiro, a physician, poet and lyricist from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  "My Little Dog Has Gone To the Moon For Christmas" was released just before Christmas 1958 by the little Spann label, out of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1958.

Little Leon Payne
Albert Leon Payne, son of Dusty Payne, who had recorded two collectible rockabilly singles in 1956-1957.  Little Leon started recording when he was 9 or 10, toured, played for years and.retired from music around 2000.   Little Leon had further records on Radco, Genini and Ben Hur

Little Miss Darlene 
Little Miss Darlene was the daughter of Esther Casteel, a three-quarter Sioux Indian .  She performed  in the early fifties on many programs from Los Angeles to Portland and recorded for the Western Ranch Music Record label which was owned by her mother.  She was known then as Baby Darlene.  "Daddy-O" was issued on the Star-light label (a Rite custom press) in 1959. I will  not refrain from posting the flip (Huddle Me, Cuddle Me) which has a remarkable ressemblance to "Money" by The Flying Lizards.(!?!)

Little Sammy Swinger Nothing about the kid. Research will go on. As the officials often say "no track is left out", meaning "we are in the most complete fog".  "Hot Pastrami w/ Mashed Potatoes" was issued on the obscure Essar, a Midwest label, possibly from Michigan owned by one S.R. Gardiner.

Little Suzie
"Young Love", the Ric Cartey well known song from 1956 was issued on Renco & also on the  Warner-Bros distributed-Burbank label. A George Motola production & also possibly Russ Regan.
Who is Little Suzie?

Lucky Peterson
Born in Buffalo, New York in 1964, the son of James Peterson, a blues guitarist and owner of “The Governor’s Inn”, a popular roadhouse club in the city and regular stop for some of the most famous bluesmen of the day. At the age of 3 Little Lucky Peterson gave his first concert and,was hanging around the club learning from and starting to play with the numerous artists that passed through. One of the top artists of the day – Willie Dixon, who recognized his talent and produced Little Lucky Peterson’s first record in 1971.  " 1,2,3,4 " was issued on Today (a subsidiary of Peception Ventures) and on Yambo Records.

Phillis & Jeffrey Carlyle
Phillis and Jeffrey, her seven years younger brother, were the children of Russ Carlyle, a well-known band leader in the Big Band era.  Phillis (or Phyllis), born in Cleveland, moved to Chicago and started a talent agency for commercials, handling models for catalogues and print ads and actors for voice-over work. After 10 years she sold her agency, A-Plus, and moved to Los Angeles. "Santa Claus Looks Like My Daddy" was on the Esquire label in 1953.

Reggie Pitassy 
The son of Jody Pitassy, who ran the small Pitassy label in New Orleans. From 1964, " Easter Bunny Bring My Daddy Home " was available on Pitassy Records and also on White Cliffs.

Ronnie Reno

Son of Don Reno, banjo pioneer and one-half of the Hall of Fame duo Reno & Smiley. In 1955, seven-year-old “Little Ronnie Reno” climbed atop a milk carton, stretched up to the mic, and performed for his first national audience on “The Old Dominion Barndance.”    He earned a reputation as a fine utility player and picked up additional work with groups like the Louvin Brothers, or whoever needed him. With the desire to spread his own wings, Reno joined the famed Osborne Brothers and provided part of the trademark trio harmony during the height of their commercial success. In 1971, they were awarded the coveted CMA Vocal Group of the Year. "Lasses" was on the King custom pressed Reno label, at an unkown date (mid to late fifties)

The Singing Crowes 
Not to be confused with Singing Crowes from Lansing, Michigan. These Crowes were the seven children of pastor and Mrs. Glen Crowe, from Dorchester, Ontario.  On Grumbles Medley, you will hear successively the solos of Brenda, Lois and Jonathan.  This is from an album issued on the His label (""Making music in His name" located in Thamesford, Ontario. From circa 1967.

Toni Harper
Born in 1937, Los Angeles, California, Toni Harper learned dance under Maceo Anderson. Harper was cast by the choreographer Nick Castle in Christmas Follies, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 1945. She later went on to perform on stage with Herb Jeffries and Cab Calloway. Harper recorded "Candy Store Blues" which became a platinum record, appeared twice on Toast of the Town (later The Ed Sullivan Show) in 1949, and made her third and final appearance on the show in 1950.
After success as a child singer, Harper recorded her first album, Toni, for Verve Records in 1955, with the Oscar Peterson trio. She made two further albums, arranged by Marty Paich, Lady Lonely (1959) and Night Mood (1960) for RCA Victor. Harper toured Japan with Cannonball Adderley in 1963 and appeared in the film How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) before retiring from performing at the age of 29 in 1966.

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