Sunday, April 27, 2014

Slim Jim (6th post)

Slim Jim (r) and the Vagabond Kid (l), courtesy Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Many recording artists from Minnesota show up on the FM label, both as 78rpm and 45rpm.  Bruce Swedien, who was a pioneering recording engineer, opened a studio in an old movie theater in Minneapolis.  He was so good at his job, that he was lured to Chicago by big business record execs.  So he sold his business to Vernon Bank (I think in 1954, but am not sure), who changed the name to Kay Bank, after his wife Kay.  Vern Bank partnered with the Heilicher Brothers to build their own pressing plant in North Minneapolis.  But prior to all those events, recordings were issued on the FM label.  Many of the first records Soma issued were re-issues of titles first sold on the FM label.  I am still uncovering discs I hadn't know about, many of them by members of the KSTP Sunset Valley Barn Dance.  I have a few others to share, so stay tuned.

FM 487 & 443
Year: 195?
Label location: Los Angeles, Ca
Pressed by: ?

I Don't Give A Hoot

Clam Digger's Sweetheart

All Pooped Out

Peeking Through The Keyhole

Soma 1014 (FM 314 & 316)
Year: 1955
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: FM Recording Co.

Nikolina - English

Nikolina - Norwegian

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