Saturday, May 31, 2014

Edna Brown

Edna Brown, a singer who spiced her act with a joke between songs
until the jokes took over and the songs became an afterthought, died
of lung cancer Saturday at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren.

She was 83 and lived in Madison Heights.

Her jokes were edgy, risque, even raw, but she never used four-letter

"I give them the material, but they've got to draw the dirty pictures
in their minds," she told the Free Press in 2001.

Word of her act spread, and in 1966, fan dancer Sally Rand asked Ms.
Brown to tour with her.

When the gig ended 10 years later, Ms. Brown returned to Michigan. She
took any job she could get.

"I played in Moose lodges and the Eagles and the Elks," she said.

She also worked in supper clubs, sometimes with big stars.

Then in 1991, she was crowned Ms. Senior Michigan, and a whole new
world opened to her: entertaining seniors.

She became the opening act for the Senior Show at the Macomb Center
for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township. She did it for 12 years.
She also performed at the Windsor Senior Jubilations Show.

Her last appearance was at a restaurant in Oakland County.

"It was last year at Christmas," her friend Dennis Salley said
Tuesday. He met Ms. Brown when he was 14 and had the same vocal coach
she did. He became the son she never had, and they occasionally
performed together.

Ms. Brown was born Downriver and adopted when she was 4 months old.
She never knew who her birth parents were.

She grew up in Lincoln Park, and when she was at St. Patrick High
School in Wyandotte, she got a part in a school play. But her
ultraconservative mother didn't approve, and she was out of show biz
for the next 15 years.

After high school, she got a job working the line at the McCord Gasket
Co., now part of Federal-Mogul. In her early 30s, she started
moonlighting in local clubs, then quit to entertain full-time. She
never married and never had children.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at the Hopcroft Funeral Home,
31145 John R Road, Madison Heights. Burial will be private.
Rueal RA-1002
Year: 1963
Label location: Detroit, Michigan
Pressed by: Sound of Nashville

How 'Bout That

Whole Lotta' Lovin'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

David Price (3rd post)

Doke 109
Year: 1964
Label location: Nashville, TN
Pressed by: Southern Plastics

Between The Jukebox And The Phone

Could It Be

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Slim Whitman

Imperial 8208
Year: 1953

North Wind

Darlin' Don't Cry

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Perk Williams

Pretty confident this is a Bob Tanner production, with a plus and minus sign after the record number. I'm guessing the matrix is the date January 22, 1963.

Twirl 103
Year: 1963
Label location: Taylor, Texas
Pressed by:  Texas Sound Studio TSS 630122


Why The Blues Are Blue

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Bobby Rogers Trio

"Ole, that music you play, it sounds so square
Those polkas and schottisches ain't gonna get you nowhere"

The Bobby Rogers Trio consisted of Bobby Corbin, Roger Lotson (spelling ?) and Don (Duke) Larson, (who had a single on Bangar - Heartbreakin' Special)

Cardinal 0078
Year: 1966
Label location: Iowa
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Hang On Susie

Why Do You Love Me

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Marv Blihovde

Lindy 1113 is an oddity in the fact that it functions as Soma 1113 in the Soma discography.  No other Soma disc that I know of has a Soma number without being on the Soma label.  It would be interesting to know more about the business behind this strange mixing of labels.

I wish I knew more about Marv and what happened to him.  Would love to meet him if he's still alive.

Kay Bee 6001
Year: 1960
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Been Away Too Long

You're My Everything

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Ed Freeman & Rosalind Smith

Billboard, March 6th, 1965
ebay image of a 7'' EP

Previous Ed Freeman post:

Gold Standard 131
Year: 1965
Label location: Nashville, Tennessee
Pressed by: Columbia custom ZTSB-100705

Secret Love Affairs

Bartender Bring Two Glasses

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Trashmen ; Tony Jones & Nancy Montgomery

Very unusual split coupling here.  Now I just need to find Walter Brennan's cover of Surfin' Bird to go with it.

Metrobeat 4448
Year: 1967
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Green, Green Backs Back Home

Address Enclosed

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kirk Hansard

Columbia 4-43039
Year: 1964

If The Rains Don't Come

My Old Home Town

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Boots Barns

As you can imagine, a google search of this artist's name was fruitless.

Smoke 105
Year: 1959 (best guess)
Label location: Mobile, Alabama
Pressed by: ? (dead wax: PEP)

I Try


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Robby Lynn And The Teens

Sunderland (Cuca J-1086)
Year: 1962
Label location: Sauk City, Wisconsin
Pressed by: ?

Angel You Sent Me

She'll Never Be Back

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Curt Curtis (2nd post)

The building on the right of the picture sleeve is the Kahler Grand Hotel.  It was built to service clients of the Mayo Clinic.  There are rooms at the top floor that only foreign heads of state can afford.

Lynn Recording Studio was owned and operated by a guy named Ron Lynn.  I don't know if he's still alive.  Someone told me he had the studio in his basement.  He also did recordings for the Welhaven label, which was the house label of the Welhaven Music Store

Lynn 21868
Year: 1968
Label location: Rochester, Mn
Pressed by: Queen City 80295 (dead wax: QCA 323 -M)

Rochester, Minnesota

Smoke Along The Tracks

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Doug Franklin

See 918
Year: ?
Label location: ?
Pressed by: ?

Talk To Your Heart

Sugar Puss

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Buddy Jack

Barry K. John lists Arlen 1001 as being from 1963, with a question mark next to the listing meaning he wasn't sure.  This sounds earlier to my ears.  I'd guess 50's.  He also mistakenly listed the label as being the same as Arlen from Pennsylvania, which it is not.

Arlen 1003, 1009, 1010
Year: ?
Label location: Culver City, California
Pressed by: ?

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ralph Haines (aka Rodman Lewis)

Hope you all in the Northern hemisphere are enjoying spring.  It's been a long winter.

Banner 6526
Year: 1929

In Springtime

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Bob Bird

Studio City SC 1054
Year: 1966
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Oh How It Hurts

I'd Still Want You


Star ST9143
Year: ?
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: IRC

I Had It Made

Warm Hearted Glow

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Scrappy Lambert with Sam Lanin's Arcadians

A previous owner of this record ruined the first grooves of  "The Song Is Ended" by putting the wrong needle (or a dull needle?) on the record.  So I had to cut out the first 30 seconds.

Pathe 36718
Year: 1927

The Song Is Ended

Sweetheart Memories

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