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Friday, May 20, 2011

Joe Cowan At The Twin Keyboards

A Taste Of Honey
Joe Cowan At The Twin Keyboards
Carellen Records, Inc. - Ormond Beach, Florida
No. 130

Apparently this is Cowan's second album. His first offering was titled Joe Cowan Stylings At The Hammond Organ. I believe Cowan recorded at least four albums. I found several more albums online:  For Your Dancing Pleasure and The Magic Of Music. All of them self-produced and sporting pre-printed stock art covers.

Signed/dated: 1976.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lee Sohn At The Place Pigalle Miami Beach

Somewhere My Love

Lee Sohn At The Place Pigalle Miami Beach
Recorded at Dukoff Studios - Miami, Florida
Ridge Record Corporation LP 1001

Obscure lounge artist who came to the states from Korea in 1960. Also from the back cover we learn that Sohn played The Latin Quarter in New York for 16 weeks, The Palmer House in Chicago and The Cork Club in Houston. He appeared with Harry Belafonte, Danny Thomas, Phyllis Diller and Al Hirt. He sings Yiddish, English, Korean, French, Italian and Hawaiian.

He also made appearance on The Merv Griffin Show.

Love Is A Many Splendors Thing
Impossible Dream
Tiny Bubbles
Island In The Sun
China Night
Luna Rossa
Somewhere, My Love
A Day In The Life Of A Fool
Cuando Caliente El Sol
Yellow Bird
Havah Nagilah

Monday, May 16, 2011

Belly Dance With Themi Kakias And The Continentals

Zinqualla's Routine
Belly Dance With Themi Kakias And The Continentals
The Coronet Recording Co. - Columbus, Ohio
LPS 7060

Excellent private press "Middle Eastern" fare accented with touches of American pop to create almost a psych/jam sound.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lite Frost

My Way
Lite Frost
Lite Frost Records
Counterpart Creative Studio - Cincinnati, Ohio

Para Gozar - Roberto y Catita

Besame Mucho
Para Gozar
Roberto y Catita
Jewel Records - Cincinnati, Ohio

From the back cover: Catita, a native of Cincinnati, became an ardent admirer of Latin music during the year she spent in Mexico. She not only learned the language but managed to capture the Latin mood – the "sabor" of the Latin song. She has performed on local and national television and and has sung with big bands, but the idea of a completely Latin performance remained a dream until she met Roberto.

A long way from his native Caracus , Venezuela, Roberto had his own musical group in Miami for six years. When he came to Cincinnati he brought with him a repertoire of songs from all parts of South America and the Caribbean.

Besame Mucho
Malaguena Salerosa
Lo Mucho Qu Te Quiero
La Bamba
Yellow Bird
Cucando Calienta El Sol
Spanish Harlem
Sabor A Mi
Spanish Eyes

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tony Gorody Sings & Plays The Warwick's Favorites

And I Love You So
Tony Gorody Sings & Plays The Warwick's Favorites
Paris Records
ACA 6542

Budapest born lounge singer, Tony Gorody was engaged from 1973 through 1989 at The Blue Room in at The Warwick Hotel located amid Houston's cultural and Medical Center.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dinner With Bill

Adventures In Paradise
Dinner With Bill
Bill Welker At The Hammond
Mus-I-Col, Inc. Columbus, Ohio

From the back cover: When not "delivering mail" on his "Rural Route", Bill Welker can usually be found at the console of his "HAMMOND 77"!! At the "Holiday Inn" he "plays for pay" but mostly he plays for his own "enjoyment" and that of his friends. Not only do people like to "listen" to his music but they really enjoy "watching" Bill put the organ through its paces, for he truly "loves" his muic and that "love" comes through to the listener and/or observer!! – Bill has entertained at most local and surrounding "eateries" and "night clubs" in the Zanesville (Ohio) area, and presently plays nightly (except for Sundays and Mondays) at the Holiday Inn east of Zanesville. So, for some good food and some very pleasant listening, come have "DINNER WITH BILL"

"Rock on" Bill!

Houston And Dorsey

Ebb Tide
Houston And Dorsey
At The World's Most Famous Beach
Carellen Records - Deland, Florida
Rite Record Productions - Cincinnati, Ohio
Rite matrix numbers 297 - 21372

Houston and Dorsey were primarily a comedy act who released a few records, but thought there was enough interest in their work to press a strictly musical LP.

From the back cover: Houston and Dorsey have been a team for twenty years, and were recording back in 1948, for Continental Records. For the last seven years they have been appearing at Dayton Beach night clubs, meanwhile making two movies (Daytona Beach Weekend, 1965) innumerable appearances on TV and radio. They performed by invitation before presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. – We were interested to see, among the many letters from armed forces personnel in distant parts of the world, one telling that their records were playing aboard the U.S.S. Charles R. Ware, while under fire in the Gulf Of Tonkin!

Houston and Dorsey's style relies heavily on a the "watery guitar" sound developed by Vincent Bell.

Ebb Tide, the last track on the B side, puts that watery guitar sound to work to create a killer lounge track.