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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.