Thursday, May 27, 2021

Inka Dinka Doo

Ginny Tiu

(from LP Era Records 101 "All this And Ginny Tiu", 1959)

Inka Dinka Doo

Ginny Tiu was discovered in Hong Kong playing the piano in her father's hotel by BenStahl, an American artist. She was introduced to the American public by Don McNeill on his popular network radio show, "The Breakfast Club". She subsequently made two appearances on the Ed Sullivan show and Life Magazine gave her a two page spread in their April 27, 1959 issue. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Rompin' Stompin'


Grady Lewis
Pinnacle #8788
date : unknown precisely

Rompin' Stompin'

Later remake of his very scarce platter on Star Records. (hear at YT here)

Grady Lionel Lewis (1933-2003)

Accomplished saxophonist, champion fiddler, professional educator, singer, expert on school law, high school principal, Grady Lewis had the opportunity to become a full time professional musician many times (he has been offered a job with Faron Young, Bill Monroe, Cedarwood Publishing Company to name a few), but he chose to remain an educator.

Grady Lewis had his own televsion show, The Grady Lewis Show, on WFMY-TV in Greensboro for a while in the late sixties.

Grady Lewis, of 329 Shoals Road, Pinnacle, then retired from the Surry County school system, passed away July 13, 2003, at his home.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Scratch My Back

David Fathead Newman - Scratch My Back
From the Prestige album "Scratch My Back", 1979

It is good every now and then to try something new.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tutti Frutti


Lidia Moroles

 Tutti Frutti

From the catalog number, we can perhaps guess a recording or release date in 1978. No info. The A-side (Rock'n Roll Music) is not as good.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Linda Carrol with The Young Men

 Linda Carrol With The Young Men
Camelot J-113  (1964)

Camelot Record Co.
Sound Studio
Lynnwood, Washington

I Wanna Go Home

Love Is A Strange Thing

 Both wr. Rainer Rey and produced by Jim Sims

On Camelot Records for detailed information see "THE LEGEND of CAMELOT RECORDS" by Peter Blecha


Thursday, May 13, 2021




Big Bob - Your Line Was Busy                                
Bill Browning - Answer Your Telephone                                     
Bill Woods - Phone Me Baby                                                
Chuck Goddard - I Didn't Answer The Phone                                 
Claudine Clark - The Telephone Game                                       
Connie Francis - Telephone Lover                                          
Darrell Glenn - Hang Up That Telephone                                    
Dimples Jackson - Ring A Ling                                             
Don Edwards & The Dukes (vcl Marco King) - Answer Your Telephone          
Don Waynick & Th Green Bullets - Telephone Boogie                         
Eddie Moore - Phone Chick                                                 
Ernie Tucker And His Operators - Telephone Me Some Lovin-                 
Floyd Dixon - Telephone Blues                                             
Irving Fuller & The Chorvettes - Buzz Me On The Telephone                 
Johnny Guitar Watson & Jeannie Barnes - Telephone Boogie                  
Johnny Skiles - If Your Telephone Rings                                   
Lesley Gore - Don't Call Me, I'll Call You                                
Little Brenda Lee - Bigelow 6-200                                         
Mark Dinning - Dial AL 1-4883                                             
Meri Wilson - Telephone Man                                               
Mike Russo - I Found Her Telephone Number Written On The Boy's Bathroom   
Pee Wee Crayton - The Telephone Is Ringing                                
Peggy Lee -  Don't Give Me A Ring On The Telephone                        
Ray Jones and The Starbrites - Phone Book                                 
Rose Murphy - Busy Line                                                   
Sally Marcum - Blue Telephone                                             
Shorty Holloway - Telephone Blues                                         
Spirit Of Memphis Quartet - Atomic Telephone                              
The Andrews Sisters - The Telephone Song                                  
The Four Tophatters - 45 Men In A Telephone Booth                         
The Keytones - 45 Men In A Telephone Booth                                
Tommy Sands - Ring My Phone                                               
Tommy Strange and The Features - Telephone Sweetheart                     
Werly Fairburn - Telephone Baby                                           
Yvonne Lime -Ting-A-Ling Telephone                                        

Bring back the old rotary phone, …just put your finger in…

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A late afternoon little quiz


Tell me who :

1 - 小野 洋子 , a conceptual artist, of some fame
2 - Ri Sol-ju exalting her husband's accomplishments, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
3 - Pretty Mari Hoshizawa, a Japanese porn actress (fom one of her best performance)
4 - Mrs. Lai Ziang celebrating the birth of  her twelfth baby (Guinness World Records)

So Glad You're Mine

Sharon Tandy

From her album "Sharon Loves You Know Who?" released in 1962 on Gallotone Records in South Africa.
I was born Sharon Finkelstein in Johannesburg in 1943. I came from an eccentric family. I was totally unspoiled. But I was a very naughty and rebellious child, because of my upbrigning.  My first love was Elvis I remember going to see Jailhouse Rock thirteen times, I used to pull my hair out and get really excited. It did seem like we were detached from the rest of the world, so we grabbed what we could. I also loved Little Richard and do to this day. [from the Big Beat CD booklet, notes edited]
Sharon cut a dozen singles between 1962-1964 - all for the Continental and Gallo labels, before moving to England in 1964 at the suggestion of Frank Fenter, head of Atlantic Records in UK, whom she later married.

For more info, you can read the extensive sleeve notes of her CD album published by Big Beat Records HERE

Sharon Tandy passed away on 22 March 2015, aged 71, London, United Kingdom.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Busy Line

Billy Williams Quartet
MGM Records K11117


 Busy Line


Bio/discography can be found here

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Summer Time News


The Shags
Concert Recordings, Minneapolis

Summer Time News

Louis Louis

The Shags played their first gig in the spring of 1965 at Ye Olde Pizza in New Ulm. The band made $10.  "More than enough to fill a car's gas tank twice," said founding member Bruce Melzer.

Melzer started The Shags while still attending New Ulm High School, joining forces with guitarist Tom Ginkel, drummer John Ginkel and rhythm guitarist Jack Volinkaty — who later wrote "Satin Sheets," Jean Pruett picked up the song in 1973 and made it a No. 1 country hit in the 1970s.  In addition, “Satin Sheets” has been recorded by a number of other famous artists including Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Barbara Fairchild and, most recently, Martina McBride

The Shags cut this record at Concert Studio in the Twin Cities. Their admittedly low-budget production included misspellings on both song titles — "Louis Louis" (instead of Louie Louie") and "Summertime News" (instead of "Summertime Blues").

The name “Shags” came from a superstitious ghost roaming around a Minnesota River road.     

Friday, May 7, 2021

Twangin Machine


The Accidentals
Beau Monde Records 1933

Tetlon Publishing (BMI)

Twangin Machine


Presumably The Accidentals were Norm Heinz, Don Macken, Bob Chuatal, Larry Barrickman, Paul Lewis & Phil Blommendahl who composed both sides of the record. This Beau Monde label, out of Los Angeles, isn't to be confused with the earlier namesake one located in Van Nuys, Calif.

I'm almost certain that Ulyess Lee Tett (yes Ulyess, more on him later hopefully) owned the label and Tetlon Publishing as well.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


The Big Boomer
music by Wugi's


Caval 101

Who : Ernie Carsele (see below)
Where :  Ellwood City, Pennsylvania *
When : 1968
Why : ? (I don't known)

*The Wikipedia article fails to include Ernie Carsele among the notable people from Ellwood City. On the other hand, Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. has not be forgotten, he a Vietnam War hero who posthumously received the Medal of Honor after 40-year lag period. I wonder if that did something to him up there.

Ernest Carsele 1909-1975


From New Castle News , October 23, 1968, Page 21 :

ELLWOOD CITY - Tiny Tim has nothing over the Big Boomer. Ernie, "The Big Boomer" Carsele, has cut his first 45 r.p.m. record on the Caval label, Boomer, as he is affectionately called by his friends, chose two old standards for his first effort. The sides are "Sunny" and "Five Foot Two." Boomer's record was released recently and should be available in local record stores in the near future. The background music for Boomer's recording is by the Wugi's featuring Tony Carozza on accordian. Boomer is now appearing with the Wugi 's at Lou's Tavern. Boomer is a fairly recent discovery, He began his singing career about a year ago. By day he is employed by the U.S. Steel Ellwood Works and by night he is slowly breaking into the world of local entertainment.

Those who have seen Boomer enjoy his low throaty rendition of "Sunny," but his fans go almost hysterical when he tosses nut ,"Blue Hawaii" in effortless fashion. When Boomer sings "Blue Hawaii", and most of his songs for that matter, he wears a Panama hat with a "lei" around his neck. The Boomer is not one of those singers who need a multitude of gesticulations to perform their numbers.. His manner is rather denominations. Most of its quiet and sedate and not without power. Sometimes he is almost speaking when he sings.

Boomer's reputation is somehwat like his singing personality - quiet, but, slowly gathering momentum.

I cannot recommend highly enough the YT channel operated by Mark Lee Allen where I found this little jewel.

Y'all Come


Patti with Al Clauser & His Oklahoma Outlaws

Patti Page’s tremendous singing talent was discovered early. When the lead singer at local radio station KTUL came down with laryngitis, Patti jumped at the chance, auditioned and won the job. From her freshman year through her graduation in 1945, Patti Page would ride the bus from Daniel Webster High School downtown to KTUL, which was located on the top floors of Tulsa’s National Bank Building, record her show at 3:30 in the afternoon and then hit the downtown Tulsa clubs, such as the Benglair Club and Casa Loma Ballroom, where she would lend her vocals to acts from Al Clauser and His Oklahomans to Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. It was during her years at KTUL that Patti officially changed her name from Clara Ann Flower to Patti Page, a moniker inspired by the Page Milk Company, one of the program’s sponsors. more...

Here is  "Y'all come", a Mercury-Wing sampler album published in 1965.

 1 -Y'all Come
2 - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
3 - Let Me Go Lover
4 - No One To Cry To
5 - A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)
6 - Mom And Dad's Waltz
7 - The Old Spinning Wheel
8 - Mississippi Mud
9 - South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)
10 - Let Me Call You Sweetheart

 What I like about singing is that, for me, it's a substitute for the psychiatrist's couch. I can tell it all in song: pathos, gladness, love, joy, unhappiness. Each song, you're telling a story and acting.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Will the real Gin Gillette please stand up?


"Train To Satanville" by Gin Gillette is a song that had intrigued a lot of people, wondering who she was. There was some speculation about Gin Gillette being actually Robie Lester, owner of the Musikon label, but, as we'll see and hear, it's not the case.

Born Virginia Boyle in 1931 at her father's ranch just outside Gillette, Wyoming. By the time she was nine years old she was riding in rodeos throughout Wyoming and Montana. By now people were stopping to listen to the voice of the little rodeo queen. In 1952 she joined the Special Service Unit of the 7th Army and toured Germany where she met and married in 1955 Kenneth "Thumbs" Carllile (Carlisle), a guitarist from Missouri who performed in the same Special Services division. Together, they appeared later on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri from 1956–57, both as a soloist and with Bill Wimberley's Country Rhythm Boys with whom Virginia recorded on the Morton Levand's Tex label. In the late 50s, Virginia and "Thumbs" performed in Billings, Montana and appeared on KOOK-TV.

For Musikon Records of 3456 Floyd Terrace, Los Angeles, she only recorded two tracks as Gin Gillette in 1961. The conductor listed on the label was Jessie Sales, who at first known as that great Dixieland drummer from Denver, and when in California, he became an essential part of the recording scene for blues and R&B on the West Coast. Sailes has been described by studio bassist Carol Kaye as being a bit more of an outsider on the L.A. studio scene,  Sailes' greatest and most personalized appearance on a rock record would have to be on the single that many fans consider one of the great classic rock hits of all time, "Let's Dance" by Chicano rocker Chris Montez.

 In 1961, her husband Thumbs Carllile met guitarist Les Paul. Impressed by Carllile's skill and his wife's songwriting, Les Paul recorded  the duet at his home studio in Mahwah, New Jersey (Les Paul on bass, Mary Ford on rhythm guitar, and Gene Paul on drums) The record, issued on Epic Records as by Thumbs Carlyle and Ginny O'Boyle, was advertised in a Billboard full page in June 1962 (Les Paul and Mary Ford proudly present their sensational new discoveries)  

Please read this interesting story from 2018 here by Gabriel Owens "Meet Virginia, a Kroger employee with a country music past"

Gin/Ginny/Virginia Carllile/O'Boyle/Gillette discography:

Virginia Carllile -  Where Are You (Tex, 1955)
Virginia Carllile - Tired Of Your Honky-Tonk Love (Tex, 1955)
Gin Gillette - She'll Never Let Him Go (Musikon, 1961)
Gin Gillette - Train To Satanville (Musikon, 1961)
Thumbs Carlyle & Ginny O'Boyle - Indian Girl, Indian Boy (Epic, 1962)
Thumbs Carlyle & Ginny O'Boyle - Now that you're leavin' me (Epic, 1962)

Hear Virginia, Gin & Ginny
(the keyword is satanville)

Ginny in 2018


Saturday, May 1, 2021



Flecker and the Countdowns
Scotty GQP-424



Unlisted early release on the Scotty label, a division of Gateway Recordings of Pittsburgh. Composed and produced by Jack Withum (John F. Withum), who may be Flecker in person. On the flip, Flecker is backed by The Vincentians ("There Shouldn't be Roses").