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Monday, December 26, 2011

Dorothy Rowen Sings Your Favorites

Wipe Out
Twilight Time
Dorothy Rowen Sings Your Favorites
Rite Record Productions - Cincinnati, Ohio
Side 20499 & 20500) - 1967

From the back cover: Since this is my first album, I think it is only fitting to tell you a little about myself, and why I would presume to make an album at this stage of my life. After all, I have been married 23 years to a wonderful man and have raised two children. The reason is simple – I sincerely love to entertain. If just one tune out of all that we have recorded for this album provokes a beautiful memory or somehow makes you feel a little bit happier, then all the work that has gone into making it is well worthwhile.

Born and raised in a small town in Missouri, I learned as a child the complete joy of entertaining through the constant encouragement of my parents. The credit for any success I have had – may have – belongs entirely to them.

The album was recorded "live" at the Springs Motel, Located in Lexington, Kentucky. I began working there over five years ago as a solo performer – that is, playing the piano and singing all the old favorites, and encouraging anyone who felt like it to sing along with me. After a very successful three years – after extensive remodeling of the room – we had need of a dance group. Thus, the "Neptunes" were born – the group you will hear in the background. It consists of Bob Eckler on guitar, Wayne Calbish on drums, and yours truly at the Hammond Organ.

Bob – Lexington's answer to Chet Akins – is by far one of the best guitarists you'll hear anywhere. He can play sweet or low-down and in the next instant, "pick it purty, Leon" as you'll hear, particularly in "Bird Of Paradise" and "Good Old Mountain Dew." He also sings with me on these numbers, and our rendition of "Does Your Heart Beat For Me" is almost a night occurrence. Wayne is also a very versatile and invaluable man to have around in that he, too, sings, but more than that, he has the ability to lending just the right touch on the drums to a small group such as ours. You'll hear him really "turn on" in "Wipe Out" – a rock tune that is bound to set you toes tapping.

Springs Motel

Friday, December 23, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

An Album Of Love With Kay Pine At The Lowrey Organ

An Album Of Love With Kay Pine At The Lowrey Organ
Musical Studios - Columbus Ohio
Dunn Sound Productions 993677

From the back cover: Kay's dream became a reality in 1974 when Kay Pine became a Lowery Staff organist.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Alive And Well At Pizza And Pipes - Tom Hazleton

Theme From 2001
Alive And Well At Pizza And Pipes
Tom Hazleton At The Mighty Wurlitzer
Capn's Pizza Gallery - Redwood City, California

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Middle Of It All

Chokin' Kind
Lord You Gave Me A Mountain
The Middle Of It All
Featuring Working Day Woman
Naroh 40919

Inscription on the jacket: Mr. Carey: To one of the men I've known that I really never forgot. I'd wished I'd have grasped everything you tried to teach me. – Best wishes Denny Roe.

Also signed: Best wishes Mr. Cary, Donna Roe

Friday, December 9, 2011

You Asked For It - Lord Radio And The Bimshire Boys

Love Story
You Asked For It
Lord Radio And The Bimshire Boys
R.E.C. Studios - Barbados

This copy was autographed and dated 1974.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tramping - Dora Hall

Carolina In My Mind
Dora Hall
Cozy Records - PL 1010

Dora Hall is considered the "Queen" of vanity entertainment. Hall was married to Leo Hulseman, the founder of the immensely successful Solo Cup Company. Apparently Leo was happy to finance dozens of record releases for Dora, all of which were given away free of charge with packages of plastic cups and plates during the 1960's.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Without A Paddle - The Back Room Gang

I Want A Big Bread And Egg Man
Without A Paddle
The Back Room Gang
Queen City Recording (QCA) - Cincinnati, Ohio

From the liner notes: The BRG was organized December 12, 1970 in Traverse City and has been playing gigs ever since. Locals and out of towners have been following the band at Dill's Olde Towne Saloon for the last seven (7 – count 'em) years.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Making Their Own Kind Of Music - Pamala Fant And Wes Shannon

Goin' Out Of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Making Their Own Kind Of Music
Pamala Fant And Wes Shannon
Studio D - Florida

Cruise ship lounge act appearing on the Carnival TSS Festivale.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christine Plays It Hot

Christine Plays It Hot
Certi-Craft Company - Studio City, California

From the back cover: The sophisticated audience of the Hickory House in New York City kept her there for as long as she would consent to stay and clamored for more.

Much of her professional career has been spent in private clubs in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Downtown Club, The Astronaut Restaurant, The Relay House – beautiful private club overlooking the bright lights of the city – are just a few fortunate enough to have headlined Christine – and her "hot" keyboard.

She is in constant demand for conventions and is usually booked solid. Convention calls have taken her to Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi or just about any state you can mention

...The Astronaut Restaurant!!! I wonder what that place looked like?

The Queen Requests Command Performance - Pete Eveland

Put Your Hand In The Hand Of The Man From Galilee
The Queen Requests Command Performance
Pete Eveland
Film Associates, Inc. - Dayton, Ohio

From the back cover: A native of Wilmington, Ohio, Pete has been playing the organ professionally since age eleven. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. Personal engagements have included Organist for the Cincinnati Bengals at Riverfront Stadium and guest artist for Hallmark Productions of Hollywood, California. He is the youngest member and only organist with the "Louisiana Jazz Club All Stars."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Caribbean 1978 - The Entertainers

Theme From Rocky
Theme From S.W.A.T.
Caribbean 1978
The Entertainers
AEA 1199

From the back cover: Brilliant sound and exciting dancing highlight one of the country's best stage shows with special appearances of the ENTERTAINERS'. "Darth Vadar", "Chewbacca", "ROCKY", "Ludwig Von Beethoven" and other. For four years, these young people from Southern California have captivated audiences from New York to Hawaii. Now in 1978 the ENTERTAINERS will feature Dixieland, rock, nostalgia, musical themes from TV and movies, and comedy, in New Orleans, Miami and while cruising the Caribbean.

Where Do I Begin To Tell A Story - Billy ThunderKloud And The Chieftones

My Way
Love Story
Billy ThunderKloud And The Chieftones
Where Do I Begin To Tell A Story
Superior Records
S 2010

Top Of The Flame - The James Cohen Trio

Top Of The Flame
The James Cohen Trio
Orbit Records - Curtis, Detroit

From the back cover: In the fall of 1969 Jim, Frank and Mac took their places in the Oriental atmosphere of the Top of the Flame, atop the modern Michigan Consolidated Gas Company Building in downtown Detroit, sharing top billing with one of the city's best views of the riverfront and neighboring Canada.

At first glance, the boys might seem out of place among the pagoda motif, kimona-clad waitresses, the Chinese and Siamese antiques. But their subtle jazz stylings add just the right touch to match the tasty East-meets-West menu.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Helen And Billy Scott - Songs You've Requested

The Ego Of My Mind
Helen And Billy Scott
Songs You've Requested
Chance " The Cincinnati Sound"
Queen City Album - Cincinnati, Ohio

The Scotts, made appearances on Hayride (TV series) and Jamboree USA (radio show).

It also appears that the Scotts recorded at least two more albums, both on Jewel (another local Cincinnati, Ohio record company).

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.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Snow Bird
A Mikco Production
Counterpart Creative Studios
Queen City Album - Cincinnati, Ohio

Dora Hall Sings Pop Country

King Of The Road
Dora Hall Sings Pop Country
Cozy Records, Chicago, IL

The songs were arranged & conducted by H. B. Barnum, Stu Phillips and Jimmy Haskell.

Dora Hall has been deemed the "Queen" of vanity entertainment. Hall was married to Leo Hulseman, the founder of the immensely successful Solo Cup Company. Apparently Leo was happy to finance dozens of record releases for Dora, all of which were given away free of charge with packages of plastic cups and plates during the 1960's. This information comes from a website dedicated to Hall:

From the back cover: Her versatility is recognized by her outstanding renditions of both Rock and Roll and Pop-Country music. Dora Hall is an exponent of today's young sound. Her warm understanding of today's youth is reflected in her songs.