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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Big Bamboo - Hiltonaires

Wings Of A Dove
Big Bamboo
Hiltonaires
Hilary Record Corp. - New York, N.Y.
ILP 1041

From the back cover: The Jamaica Hilton Hotel lives up to its reputation as one of the finest hotels in the Hilton tradition. The Hilton presents the finest in Island calypso music with their swinging calypso group known as the "Hiltonaires". The excitement of calypso or mento or ska danced on Jamaica's sun-bleached sands to music played by this very talented group is a must for every visitor to Jamaica's glamourous Northcoast Resort area.

Spanish And American Balads - Juan Claudio

Welcome To My World (Juan)
It's Not Unusual and Help Yourself (Claudio)
Spanish And American Balads
Juan / Claudio
Macchu Records

From the back cover: Juan - Showman, guitarist, singer, that loves his audiences and takes songs from different countries for his repertoire so he can please everyone that he plays for and now in this album. Claudio - A contemporary composer and arranger, singer, guitarist, singing his compositions hits with his arrangements and now in this album.


Little Bit Of Everything - Pennsylvania Polka Kats

Sometimes I Talk In My Sleep
Little Bit Of Everything
Pennsylvania Polka Kats
Lemans Records - Belle Mead, N.J.
LPC-74
1980

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Amanda

Day Tripper
Amanda
Dunwich Records S668
1967

This isn't a completely obscure recording and Amanda Ambrose apparently made at least three records although it is hard to tell from online searches. She may also have made several appearances on the Johnny Carson Show in the early 70s.

Record live at Mother Blues, Chicago.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Shade Of Blue - Enjoyment In Entertainment

Brings Tears
I Wish You Love/Who Can I Turn To
Shade Of Blue - Enjoyment In Entertainment
Shirley Rogers & Tony Albert
Danceland Records - Hays, Kansas
DLS-501

From the back cover: The Tony Albert Show is one of the Top show groups that appears in my night club. I predict they will soon be the top show group in the country. – Gayle Leister, Owner and Manager, Red Pussycat. Salina, Kansas

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

All By Myself - Stu Self

My Way
Bridge Over Trouble Water
All By Myself
Stu Self
Cyberteknics Studio, Dayton, Ohio
552N9

Apparently Stu gigged at the lounge of the Quality Inn, Covington, KY. The building still exists, but is now owned by Radisson. The building is a terrific piece of space age architecture. A rotating restaurant can be found on the top floor. Self would have likely played in a lounge that was located in the extension off the tower, which can be seen lower right. The building was topped, when owned by Quality, by a fantastic space age "Sputnik" sign. The period look of the building was trashed when Radisson replaced the sign. I always wanted to bitch about that sign and now, thanks to Stu Self who played down the street from my home, I've had the chance to do so.

Carmen D'Oro - I Aim To Please

Something
Carmen D'Oro & Los Dorados
I Aim To Please (Deseo Complacer)
Qui Records

From the back cover: Carmen credits her first success to the Rhumba King himself, Xavier Cugat, who picked her from 150 girls. Carmen worked and learned show business with Cugat, and leaving the band she was starred in one of the many shows produced by Monte Proser. It was Monte who changed her name to CARNEN D'ORO (gold Carmen).

In recent years CARMEN has played such lounges as The Sands, The Stardust and The Sahara in Las Vegas, as well as Harvey's and Cal Neva at Lake Tahoe and many times back in all the major hotels in Puerto Rico.

Even as this album is being pressed, CARMEN and her group are entertaining our troops in Viet Nam for the fourth time.

Presenting Diana Dawn

Fever
Presenting Diana Dawn
1967

From the back cover: You know her name... (Diana Dawn... say it a couple of time)... You've seen her astonishingly good looks... (you may look at her picture a while longer, if you like)... And if you're interested in Fresh New Talent for 1967... Diana Dawn is the Girl You've Been Waiting To Hear. And Now You Can! ...on a free 12 inch LP album, recorded live at the Capitol Cabana Motor Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina. This is not a "studio engineered" session, but an actual unaltered recording of one of of Diana's shows. You'll hear Diana Dawn as realistically and refreshingly as if you were stageside at the Capitol Cabana.

Computerized Synthesized Organized - Rudy Rosa

Michelle
Spiders And Snakes
You Only Live Twice
Computerized Synthesized Organized
Rudy Rosa With His Custom X66 Hammon
R&R Productions, Vienna, Virginia and Mangate, Florida
411219

From the back cover: Both musically and electronically oriented, Rudy Rosa began his career at the age of six, giving him to date, over 24 years in the music field. Rudy designs, builds and services his equipment, and also recorded the master of this album, using his wife Sue, as chief engineer.

It is also interesting to note that Rudy cannot read a note of music, and never had a lesson on the organ. His father taught him to play the accordion by ear. Also the organ complex you see and hear on this album is one of a kind, and the sounds you hear can only be described in the same way. "Totally Unique." The Organ console basically is a Hammond X-66 used in companionship with an Arp synthesizer, along with a mass of other knobs and dials that gives it the appearance of a 747 cockpit. The only difference in this case, there is only one pilot, and also it will never get off the ground. However musically, it has risen high in the music world, and this can be witnessed by the crowds that flock to see Rudy perform at Manny's Surf And Turf Supper Club located in Fairfax, Virginia on the outskirts of the nations capitol, Washington, D.C.