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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ron McKee And The Western Skies

Ron McKee And The Western Skies
A+R Record Manufacturing Corporation

From the back cover: Ron McKee was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1952. His family moved to Clarendon, Texas in the same year. He started to school in Stinnett, Texas and began his music in the 4th grade orchestra. He moved back to Clarenden to attend the Jr. College there. He also attended West Texas State at Canyon, Texas. How he is well traveled and an experience musician and ready to take his place among the best.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Velvet Country - The Velvets

Got A Little Bit Of Heaven
Just Because
Velvet Country
The Velvets
Vel Records - San Antonio, Texas
V 1002

There are more gems on the LP. Sorry that the audio is rough.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Music Side Of Ford & Angel

Space Odesey (2001 Space Odyssey)
The Music Side Of Ford & Angel
Baldwin Sound Productions, Inc. - Mechanicsburg, PA - CS 7803

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bob Braun's Lonely, Lonely Town

Bless Them All
Bob Braun's Lonely, Lonely Town
Arranged by Cliff Lash - Prod. by Lewis Chitty
Wrayco Records

From the back cover: But I must confess it wasn't until quite recently that I began to take Bob seriously as a vocalist. Until that time, he was merely an immensely popular television personality who also just happened to sing an occasional tune.

Then a funny thing happened on the way to press one night. Bob had arrived in Columbus to headline the new Scot's Inn – and for this writer's money ushered in a completely new facet to his already impressive career.

I sat and listened and (being as candid as I can be) wondered. The guy had finally and actually become a singer. A real singer.

– Ron Pataky, Theater Editor, Columbus Citizen Journal, May 21, 1972

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Moods Of Love

Bridge Over Trouble Waters
Blue Bayou
The Moods Of Love
Jewel Recording Studio - Cincinnati, Ohio
JRC 753

From the back cover: Since playing at The Red River Restaurant, located on Route 125-Amelia, Ohio, we have met these talented friends and we have enjoyed putting this album together of pop tunes for you. We hope you enjoy these selections.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Madeira Brass Volume 1

James Bond Theme
The Madeira Brass Volume 1
Jewel(?) 8483

Home made jacket with missing rear sheet which may have featured some information on the group.

Most likely, Madeira refers to a Greater Cincinnati, Ohio suburb.

X-Plorations - The Torrent-Alexander Duo

Moon Of Manakoora
The Torrent-Alexander Duo
Featuring the Hammond X-66
Do-Re-Mi Records 33233-S

Shay Torrent was a ballpark organist for The Chicago White Socks and (from the back cover): Shay serves as official organist at Anaheim Stadium, Home of the California Angels. He and Axel Alexander met in Chicago and toured together according to the jacket notes.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hail We Americans

Iowa Corn W. V. A. Coal
Robert Richie
Writer And Producer Presents
Hail We Americans
Featuring Roy Dee
Pyasaw Music Studio, Lincoln Orange, California

Held Over!!! The Quintet With The Sweetest Sound In Town

Me And Mrs. Jones
Held Over!!! The Quintet With The Sweetest Sound In Town
Brians Recording Studios - Tyler, TX
Century Records RHBP-310

From the back cover: If you show up at one of the top night spots in East Texas and see The Quintet on the marquee, check out the people who come to see them. You'll see businessmen and their wives, teenagers with long hair, doctors, goat-roapers, lawyers, stag guys, little ole ladies, stag chicks, rich people, stag chicks, poor people, and, oh yeah, stag chicks.

John And Wynn Live At The Casa Nova

Ebb Tide
Wynn And John " Live" At The Casa Nova
Casa Nova Records, Ypsilanti, MI

Vickie Britton ...Alive!

Dancing Machine
Vicki Britton ...Alive!
Vicki Britton Records

That cover art is a keeper! And just in time for Halloween!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Cruising With Bill Bailey

My Way
Cruising With Bill Bailey
Art Records Manufacturing Company - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - CLP505

From the back cover: Carleton "Bill" Bailey was born to sing. Although he never received formal training. In 1960, he was employed by an advertising agency and stayed with them for the next nine years until the urge to travel, especially sea travel, became so strong that he left a promising career in advertising to take a job as a bar waiter on the M/S Starward, while working, Bill would sing and, one day, entertainer Johann Sandquist heard him singing "Yesterday" and called him over and asked him to sing it again while he backed him with his guitar. Bill complied and Sandquist spoke to the cruise director who put Bill in the next native show, where he became an instant success.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sweet Dreams - Betty Long

Cry, Cry, Cry
Sweet Dreams
Betty Long
Justice Recording Co. - Winston-Salem, North Carolina - J-LP-113
Synder Album Co. - Winston-Salem, North Carolina

From the back cover: Betty Long, a young miss of only 15 years, is destined to be heard around this country for a long time. She has talent (witness this recording), initiative (she would rather sing than anything she can think of), and as sweet a personality as any one would ever want to encounter.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Note To The President - Randy Wallace

Note To The President
Note To The President
Randy Wallace
JRC (Jewel) - Cincinnati, Ohio - 83024

Although the name of the president the song title refers to is not mentioned on the jacket, Reagan became president in 1981 following Jimmy Carter. Note To The President was written by Wallace.

Generally I don't need to worry much about blogging local private press. Most artists are long gone from the scene and there is rarely a mention of them online. However, surprise, the song Note To The President is available by digital/purchase download. But apparently Wallace re-recorded the song for a later album titled Bringer of Light which can purchased online/download.

From the back cover: I believe in a bright future for our country as "... one nation, under God...", and as long as our Constitution continues to guarantee freedom of speech, I will ever declare it!

Even though the album is a curious hybrid between lounge and gospel I decided to post the LP here rather than my gospel blog. Even the gospel numbers are a bit lounge-like.

The mailing address for Wallace, from the back cover, is an Independence, Kentucky address. An address located about 3 miles from my house. Finding local records like this is what makes the collecting hobby exciting.

I refrain from posting samples if I find that the artist is still working. Maybe Randy will find this post and give me permission to post the original version of Note To The President?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Popular Bells Of Stone Mountain - Herbie Koch

Never On A Sunday
Popular Bells Of Stone Mountain
Herbie Koch, Official Carillonneur, State Of Georgia

From the back cover: One of the most popular attractions at Historic Stone Mountain is the Schulmerich-designed "Carillon Americana". The carillon was given to the Park by the Coca-Cola Company after its exhibition at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. Since the installation of the 610-bell instrument, 122 new bell tones have been added, making it the world's largest carillon.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Introducing The Andy Moder Quintet

By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Introducing The Andy Moder Quintet
Rite Record Productions and Manufacturing - Cincinnati, Ohio
1969 - #24763/24764

From the back cover: America's newest most exciting sound of the day. Their recording of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" introduces their unique sound and fresh approach to a ballad. In this album they not only have a feel for jazz, but they are tempered with simplicity and good taste.

The Quintet entertains in Cincinnati, and surrounding area for many festival occasions.