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  • 03/08/13--06:03: Impala Records

  • My road map of the various Impala labels
    (and Google is my co-pilot)

    Nine Impala and one Impalla

    Such explosion of Impala labels in the late fifties and in the sixities is probably explained by the success of the Chevrolet model, with the possible exception of the Mable Weathers Agency's Impala subsidiary who were apparently the only one to think marvel of nature rather thanfuture bucket of bolts :

    The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size automobile built by the Chevrolet division of General Motors introduced for the 1958 model year. Deriving its name from the southern African antelope, Chevrolet's most expensive passenger model through 1965 had become the best-selling automobile in the United States, competing against the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Plymouth Fury when full-size models dominated the market. [Wikipedia]

     Los Angeles, Calif
    Owner : Mable Weathers
    Tornado Pub. Co. BMI

    Orlando, Florida
    RCA press

    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Owner : George Bodner
    Donnator Music, BMI

    reactivated in 1966
    2915 C Street Philadelphia, PA
    Owner Franny Williamson
    Ethel Mae Music, BMI
    Center Music, ASCAP

    Label founded in 1958
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Main artist (and owner) : Oscar Martinez

    Chicago, Ill.
    Artist (and owner?) : Carl Bonafede
    Sheldon press

    Chicago mid-sixties
    Chkaren Music BMI
    RCA press

    Realtone Recordings
    Blacksburg, S.C.
    Rite press

    Asheville, N.C. ?
    Curtis Watkins  and Balsom Mountain Boys
    Kay Bank press

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  • 03/10/13--00:02: Rare picture sleeve?

  • From the personal collection of Quentin Tarantino
    used, slightly abused

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  • 03/11/13--11:04: Rock Away My Blues

  • Tommy Brown

    Imperial Records

    Recorded in August 1957, in New Orleans, with accompaniment by Lee Allen, Red Tyler, Paul Gayten, Justin Adams, Frank Fields and Charles 'Hungry' Williams.  

    Born Thomas Brown, 27 May 1931, Atlanta, Georgia

    R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, comedian. Tommy Brown has been active in the music business for some 60 years, yet it is quite possible that you've never heard of him.

    Tommy Brown, in the late 1940's and early 50's, was the feature vocalist for the Griffin Brothers. He recorded with them for the Dot label out of Gallatin, Tenn., then went solo on the Savoy label, and later recorded for King, United, Imperial, and with Groove as Little Tommy Brown. He was a major influence in late-40's Atlanta for the constellation of rising stars it had at the time, such as a young James Brown, Billy Wright, and Little Richard.

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  • 03/23/13--13:47: Jailhouse Rock
    Sammy Hawker
    And The Hawker Bros. / Virginia Ramblers 
     Crescent-City Sound Studios Incorporated
    1230 Gatewood Ave., Greensboro, N.C.


    Band probably from Danville, Virginia.    Crescent-City Sound was founded in 1968.  Walt Copeland was the manager and the chief engineer.

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  • 03/24/13--11:18: Charlena

  • The K-Otics

    (Bobby Grant, Sea-Cap Music BMI)

    Sea-Cap Records

    Label picture from popsike : copy signed by band members : Ray Goss,  Marvin Taylor,  Kim Venable,  Ed Sanford,  Bob Brown.   From Alabama.   Songwriting erroneously credited to Bobby Grant.  Second release of the song by the K-Otics on Rick has the correct credit.

    Manuel "Manny" Chavez and Sonny Chaney played since 1955 in the Los Angeles Chicano and R & B band The Jaguars and heard a very young Robert Rodriguez, who sang it to his 12-year-old neighbor Sharleena Romero.   The Jaguars tried for about a year without success, to interest a record company.    Only Cliff Goldsmith , manager of the Sevilles, recognized the potential of the piece and scheduled a session in the end of 1960 in a Hollywood studio. The record was issued on JC Records.
    For a list of the various bands who covered "Charlena", see Wkipedia HERE (translated from German).

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  • 03/26/13--04:45: They Don't Know
  • The K-Otics
    Photo credit : The Hey Baby Days
    Note : picture above : probably not the K-Otics line-up on Sea-Cap
    Here's the full discography for this Montgomery, Alabama band:

    Sea-Cap 1000 — Charlena/They Don't Know —  Aug. 65
    Fortune 1000 — Double Shot/I'm Leaving Here  — Mar. 66
    Bang 521 —Double Shot/I'm Leaving Here   —Apr. 66
    Rick 10276 —  Charlena /Ooh-Wee   — Nov. 66

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  • 03/26/13--09:34: Mama Loochie

  • The Knight Kaps

    Label :  Ricky 211


    A cover of the Lee Diamond song.    For another version sung by Dennis Smith,  see Mama Loochie

    The Knight Kaps, popular local band, gained a claim to fame when they were featured for 24 successive weeks during the Twist rage at the Holiday House in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

    Following the Holiday House run, the Knight Kaps joined Canonsburg's Four Coins for two weeks at the Thunderbird in Las Vegas and then returned home for a successful stay at the Peppermint Lounge West in Brentwood.

    The Knight Kaps, who also performed at the Trocadero Motor Lodge, the VFW in Charleroi and Patti's in Monongahela,  included Johnny Savo, Joe Kennedy, Jimmy Magnetta, Glenn Brady and Jim Merchant.

    Jimmy Magnetta and John Savo
    Tri-State Area's most Exciting and Dynamic Duo
    still performing in 1972

    This is the first issue on the Ricky label.   Tim Tormey,  Pittsburgh record distributor, concert promoter, manager and booking agent, established the label in early 1962.  Few singles were issued (Johnny Jack, Cecil Barber...).  

    The label also issued a series of  Pittsburgh  "oldies favorites" — as soon as 1962 ! — albums titled Porky Chedwick presents His All Time Favorite Dusty Discs.

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  • 03/27/13--08:35: Getaway

    Terry and the Macs

    (Ben Weisman - Al Weisman, Pamasons BMI) 
    arr. and directed by Ben Weisman

    6022 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y.


    Terry and the Macs were  Terry Griffin [Terry] and John, Jim, and Bill MacGillivray.[The Macs]   

    • Regular performers on The Big Revue on CBC ,  a Toronto television show  (1952-1953)
    • Vocal background on one of the first Beverly Lea records (Cadillac Records, New-York, 1954).  
    • Recorded for Sparton Records, 1956  (also on ABC Records in the USA).

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  • 03/29/13--08:38: Judy Tracy on Young

  • Judy Tracy

    Lonesome Boy / Come On Baby Let's Dance
    Wayne Cunningham (Composer) 
    Young Records
    3953 Lees Ave., Long Beach 8, Calif. 
    Judy Tracy is a graduate of the  Woodrow Wilson High School, 1961-1965. No further trace of Tracy.

    Certainly young and frail,  this Long Beach label released at least two other singles :

    • Little Davey and his Charms (David Luzitano a.k.a. Davey London) and his all-girl band)
    • The Kordels

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  • 04/14/13--07:13: Crying In The Chapel
  • Little Richard

    Atlantic Records

    This is for Lee who searched and searched. 

    This Little Richard version was a minor hit in Hartford, Connecticut in March/April 1963.

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  • 04/15/13--09:58: Teen Age Queen

  • J.J. Barnes

    Mickay's Records


    James Jay Barnes was born on 30th November 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. He is known as J.J.Barnes and has released over 25 singles including his big hit ‘Baby Please Come Back Home’. He is a respected singer and songwriter on the northern soul scene.

    J.J.Barnes began his musical career in gospel. He sang with his sister, Ortheia Barnes, in The Halo Gospel Singers....

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  • 04/16/13--13:18: A Ring Around A Chain
    The Cruisers

     Loyce Whiteman-Marti Barris
    Meadowlark Music ASCAP

    Arr & Cond Danny Gould

    Era Records

    Songwriter Loyce Whiteman was vocalist with Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra.  You can listen to her duet with Bing Crosby (his first duet with a female singer), singing "Ho-Hum" HERE on YouTube.  In 1931, Loyce married  Harry Barris, a songwriter, musician, and actor, who worked a lot with Bing Crosby.  (they divorced in 1946)  They had only one child, Frances Maurine, also known as Marti.
    Marti Barris  (1938-1995)  recorded pop songs in the late 50s and 1960s but never had a big hit.  She was a guest on several variety shows in the late 50s. She appeared on "The Bob Crosby Show," "American Bandstand," "Music on Ice" and "The Lawrence Welk Show" as well as being a regular cast member of "Howdy Doody" playing the character "Peppi Mint."

    Who were the Cruisers, I don't known.  Two singles by The Cruisers were issued, the following year,  on the newly formed Doré Records, but it's a different group comprising LA session men (?).  'Rendezvous 22'  (Doré 500) was purchased from Wayne Shanklin. 

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  • 04/17/13--04:11: Semi-Automatic Bop (?!)

  • Pic on cover : Reesa Marchetti (of Reesa and the Rooters)

     36 lo-fi tracks, mostly uncomped!  A tribute to Cees Klop!
    Without the participation of Yoko Ono (thanks Yoko!)
    Some were previously here on Dead Wax, some weren't.


    Al's 1503 -Link Davis - Johnny B. Goode
    Arroya- The Cat - Syncopated Rock
    Bedford -Don Miller And Carolyn Day - Telephone Baby
    Bell 118- Jay Stevens- Tiger
    Bray - Jackasses- Sugaree
    Breeze- Sharlet Sexton - Since My Baby Put Me Down
    Byeric - Art Erikson- Baby I Don't Care 1&2
    Cadillac 163 Millionaires -Shimmy, Shimmy, Shimmy (Do The Coca Minny)
    Canton 1786-The Phantoms- Birdland Pt I
    Claudra 110 -Walter (Arlie) Bittle - Teen Age Blues
    Clef 1107 Bob Cathey - Johnny B. Goode
    Cue 1053 The Moore Twins (Larry & Garry)- All Thru The Night
    Day-Z-Bel 711-Jimmy Crawford - Blabbermouth
    Dot 15784-Johnny King- Rock-Meeting
    Garrett 4001_Chuck Howard - Johnny Be Good
    Gateway 1236-Bradley Arthur- Stood Up
    Gold Master -The Rocks- Love City
    Gold Master -The Rocks- Terri
    Gold Standard 292-Jimmy Hydrick- Trip To The Moon
    Horizon 1002_Johnny Redd _Tell Me Why
    JFJ - The Creations- Girl Of My Best Friend
    Kudo 665 Barbara Tennant- Rock Baby Rock
    Madison 101 Jimmy McBride- Rockin' Guitar
    Maynor- Venus- Walkin-And-Talkin
    Nork-The Trophies- Somethin' Else
    Orbit 4889 -Tommy Love- Half Past Midnight
    Pathe 1001-Glory Kennedy And Her 3 Electric Guitars- Dixie's Land
    Reesa And The Rooters- Nervous Breakdown
    Ridgeway 113_Niki Stevens_ The_Bop
    Rogo-Ralph Miranda & Deltoros - Don't Leave Me Now
    Rose- We're Not Sisters - Oh Baby, Whoa Baby_
    Scottie 1326_Spider Webb_ ()-A-Doodle-Doo
    Twin Star1011  Mike_Mitchell- Mike's Riff
    Vanco- Jim Mackelberg  - Baby Sittin  Blues
    Wing 2002 The Allen Sisters -Cha Cha Hop

    RockLector 005

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  • 04/19/13--13:27: Mae West Walk

  •  Rick Ronson

    Mae West Walk 
    (Why Don't You Come Up And See Me Sometime)

    Marc Paull, Raincrest Publishers 

    Sean Records

    Sean Records issued a second record (w/picture sleeve) on Rick Ronson coupling a Bob Gallo production, "Bouquet Of Roses", originally recorded by Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plow Boys in 1947 and  "Look My Way", from the prolific pen of Jerry Fuller.
    "Look My Way" can be found on Teenage Time, Vol. 8 (CD Classics 720) and on YouTube.


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  • 04/20/13--05:25: Send Me Baby

  • Ralph Jay

    Send Me Baby
    Jay, Forshay BMI

    Orch. & Chorus Directed By Ray Ellis

    Royal Roost Records

     Label owner, Jack Hooke, born Jacob Horowitz,, who managed some of the biggest names in jazz, rock 'n' roll and Latin music during 51 years in entertainment, died in 1999.   He was 83.  

    Trained, like his four older brothers, as a tool-and-die maker, he decided in the late 1940's that he couldn't stand that line of work.    He and a partner bought Royal Roost Records, a tiny jazz label that recorded the likes of Stan Getz, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.    Mr. Hooke became a plugger, traveling to radio stations around the country to promote Royal Roost's records.

    In 1952 he and a friend, the pop music plugger Juggy Gayles, paid a call to WJW in Cleveland where a young D.J., Alan Freed, was playing the latest rhythm 'n' blues for a loyal following of black listeners and a growing number of white fans. Freed and Mr. Hooke hit it off immediately, and soon Mr. Hook became the D.J.'s manager.

     Royal Roost Records

    "That was my thing, it didn't sell twenty copies, but I loved it."   But Hooke's access to Alan Freed inevitably caused the label owner to try his hand at rock & roll.  Starting late in 1955, Roost periodically recorded and released songs by local groups, but despite radio airplay from Freed, the records did not sell in any significant quantity.  "I went into bankruptcy twice, and I was struggling"

    Then in the summer of 1956, Roost released a song called "Priscilla," sung by Brooklyn-born songwriter Eddie Cooley (who had recently written "Fever" for Little Willie John) and three women who called themselves The Dimples.   By the fall "Priscilla" had risen to number twenty-six on Billboard's national "Top 100" chart.  Jack Hooke finally had his rock & roll hit and "paid off all his bills.     From John A. Jackson, "Big Beat Heat", Alan Freed and the early years of rock and roll.

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  • 04/21/13--10:29: Some Day You'll Need Me
    Joe Barber
    Joe Manganice -  Glad Music BMI
    Dash Records

    Houston, Texas.   D Records related (in the same masters series)

    Joe Barber real name is Joseph John Barberine and was born in 1931.  Joseph lived, and still live there hopefully, in Sun City, California,  He is listed as president of Califco Publications, Inc.,  located in Van Nuys, Ca.

    He wrote songs, most notably "I Can't Get Over You" recorded by George Jones and Melba Montgomery (United Artists, 1965). 

    No further info on Joe Barber.

    This Dash label is not related to any other labels of the same name :
    • Huntsville, Ala,—  Slim Lay And Happy Wilson
    • Ft Worth, Tx — Bud & Stan
    • South Greesburg, Pa (Fee Bee sub. with bogus Hollywood address on label)—The People,  Buddy Carle
    • Detroit Mich.— Bunny Paul
    • Chicago, Ill. — Frank York Orch., Nikki North
    • Memphis, Tn (rec. location) — Leon Mitchell And His Kentucky Valley Boys
    • Phoenix, Az —Square Dance label
    • Hollywood, Ca.  — Willie Egan


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    Dora Hall

    Calamo Records

    Produced and recorded in Hollywood ( probably by H.B. Barnum ).   What is the most remarkable about Dora Hall is her perserverence...  She was not good, she was not bad, she was just... boring.

    All about Dora Hall here :
    DORA'S WORLD: The Unofficial DORA HALL Website
    Paying loving tribute to the Queen of Solo Cups -- and of "vanity entertainment"!
    DORA HALL was the undisputed queen of vanity entertainment. Dora's husband was Leo Hulseman, the founder of the immensely successful Solo Cup Company, and a man who was quite happy to delve into Solo's apparently bottomless coffers to finance dozens of record releases by his wife, all of which were given away free of charge with packages of plastic cups and plates during the 1960's. Not content with her "success" in the record business, in the 1970's and 1980's Dora branched out with several full-blown Solo-financed TV specials designed to make her a star--despite the fact that she was an elderly grandmother with limited show business experience.

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  • 04/29/13--09:40: Charlie's Got a Horn

  •  Melvin Morris

    M.Morris, Jim Dandy Music Inc. BMI

    Jim Dandy Records

     Melvin Morris discography

    Snow Cap (1960)
    KB-601/2 — Heartaches Of A Love Untrue / Please Hear These Words

    Jim Dandy (1961)
    JD 1004 — Charlie's Got A Horn  /  Remember You're Mine – (Bb rev. 11 December 1961)

    Starday (1962)
    605 — Spending Nights In Nashville / Still – 10-62

    Guitar Record Company (1962)
    1100 — The Pauper's Dream / Tell Mother That You Love Me   

    •  Melvin Morris picture credit  : from CD "Ice Cold" (Buffalo Bop 55162) 
    • Melvin Morris page at Rockin' Country Style here 
    • Jim Dandy Records discography here

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  • 04/30/13--08:48: Shaggy Dog

  • Roberta Shore

    George-Smith, WDMCo ASCAP

    Disneyland Records

    Roberta Jymme Schourop (born April 7, 1943, Monterey Park, California) was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

    Roberta never took singing lessons, but appears to have inherited her talent from her father, who once played in a western band.  At age ten she sang at a local supermarket opening, and was noticed by Tex Williams.   He suggested shortening her family name to "Shore", and invited her to join his weekly local television show at Knott's Berry Farm.  After eighteen months of live performing, she next joined NBC's daily childrens program, The Pinky Lee Show, at the suggestion of the departing singer, fourteen year-old Molly Bee. . . .

    More about Roberta Shore :

    The Lawrence Welk Show: The Banjo`s Back In Town
    Roberta Shore and Buddy Merrill on banjo (1959)

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