Saturday, June 29, 2013

Flora C

From Richmond, Indiana

Walton 011 (Rite Pressing)

Year: 1967 or 1968

Walk Away, Walk Away

A Diary Of Dreams

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tommy Tompkins With Lynn Strauff & The String Pickin' Pals

Billboard, August 1955
Lynn Strauff

    Does this material "sustain your interest"?

    After this record was issued, an old vaudeville performer took issue with this artist having the same name as him.  Billboard even printed his complaint in a 1956 issue.  The reality was that the name was misprinted on the label.  This Tommy spelled his name Tomkin, not Tompkins.
    I think steel guitar player Lynn Strauff played at the Flame Cafe in Minneapolis a lot, 'cause I found these two polaroids of him at the home of someone who had lots of Flame Cafe pictures.  The person who took the pictures told me he thought Lynn was from upstate New York. 
    I love that this record belonged to Texas Bill Strength, who was on the radio in the Twin Cities in the 1960's and also owned a record shop ala Ernest Tubb in Minneapolis.  I wonder if BSD stands for Bill Strength Discs?  You can hear part of one of Bill's radio shows here, from 1963.  Scroll down to the bottom/middle of the page.  Very interesting listen, as he mentions Chuck Carson playing that evening at a local bar.  He probably played this record on the air at some point.

Let's Make A Fair Trade was covered by an artist named Bob King in 1956 for RCA-Victor

BSD 350 (RCA custom press)
Year: 1955

Now Or Never

Let's Make A Fair Trade

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Slim Whitman

Slim Whitman 1923-2013

One of the most beautiful voices in country music.  We'll never find another him.  Elvis' first big live performance was opening for Slim at an outdoor show in Memphis.

Imperial LP 9313
Year: 1966

I'll Never Find Another You

1. A Travelin' Man
2. Blueberry Hill
3. I'll Never Find Another You
4. At Mail Call Today
5. No One To Cry To
6. Lorena
7. I Remember You
8. Take It From Me
9. Hopeless
10. I'm Throwing Rice (at the girl I love)
11. Behind The Tear
12. At The End Of The Day

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Bill Bramlet

Stiletto CN 501
Year: ???

A List Of Broken Hearts


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Drifters (Sandy, Bernie, Jon)

Top Gun Country (Cuca J-1566)
Year: ???

Danny Boy 

River Waters 

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jackie Hayes


 This is on Youtube, but I thought someone might want the other side.

Scepter 1242
Year: 1962


Johnny Drive Me Home

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Larry Miller


The linear notes of an LP on ebay read that Larry Miller was a policeman serving the communities of Sacred Heart, Renville and Hector, Minnesota.  Pretty confident it's the same guy, but I've been wrong before.  There was another Larry Miller working in California in the late fifties.

Twin Town 750 (Universal Audio 515-48220)
Year: ??? late sixties or early seventies

Lies Lies Lies

I Hear A Knock

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dorothy Gates & The Rythum Drifters

Vance 7861
Year: 1964

Should I Love You

River Full Of Tears

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Carol & Grady

I could find no images of the duo, unfortunately.  There must be some in an archive somewhere.


Gennett 6094 (also issued on Supertone label for Sears)
Year:  1927

Shanghai Honeymoon

I'm Saving Saturday Night For You

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Shirley & Lloyd Hilleshiem


Pressed by the Columbia plant in Chicago.  Here is a very interesting article about the couple, from a 1953 Iowa newspaper:

Cedar ZTSC-9354/5
Year: 1957

I Can't Go Wrong

Never Again

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