Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Slim Jim (3rd post)

Soma 1044
Year: 1955 or 1956

Two Shif'less Skonks

Ring Of Gold (en liten julen ring)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Johnny Long

Stopp 4001 (Kay Bank 3656)
Year: 1963

At Least A Thousand Times

That's That

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Bobby Barnett

Bobby Barnett page at Rocky52

Sims 159
Year: 1963

Workin' Man

Worst Of Luck

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jimmie Crane


Merlene 5957
Year: 1961

I'll Be At Your Wedding

I'm Honky Tonking Now

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Chris Val And The Western Playboys


Valiant (RCA Custom Pressing)
Year: 1965

Hearts Don't Come By The Dozen

Those Lines On Your Face

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Steve La Rue And His Saddle Mountain Boys

Side A was included in the compilation Rock and Roll Country Style

Another from this label, plus a discography:

Harmad 103
Year: 1955

New Style Of Lovin'

Your Heartless Heart

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Eddy Miller

Another post from this label:

Star 9149
Year:  unknown

You Stayed At Home

My Love Alone

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Johnny & Duane (2nd post)

I sat down with Red Johnson last week at his home in Champlin, Minnesota.  Red was co-owner of the Hep label.  He gave me a lot of information about the Midwest country music scene in the 50s and 60s, as well as a stack of 45s and one 78, which I will post soon.  In a follow-up email about this record he wrote:

  Duane Bristlin" Carter is the same person He changed the spelling to Duwayne I think, Johnny Lee is me at the time I was working with Danny Lee "Danielson" on steel guitar and we thought we would go by The Lee Brothers such as The Wilburn Bros and The Louvin Bros (who were popular at that time) and did for awhile but when the association ended and I picked up the stage name Red Johnson and still use it today.
  This recording was made about 1958 and was recorded above a store on university ave in St Paul by a recording Co from Rochester, I don't recall his name, but he set up and put the control board in the bathroom for more sound isolation.
  Musicians on this session were as I remember Dick Gatzke on Steel & Mandolin Art Monson Lead Guitar, and most likely Bob Kolhoff on doghouse bass, and Eddie Adams played fiddle, with Woody Sorenson on Piano. Danny Lee played guitar as well. This was a Fred Stevenkin (owner of North Star records) session but it wound up on HEP instead of North Star, I don't remember any details, but there were 4 songs recorded at that session being: Your Past with Duane Carter, Change with Red Johnson, Can You (A Julie Zappa song) Red & Duane and Dreaming.
  I think about 1000 were pressed and I don't know of any more although there might have been. The numbering was different than the later HEP records, these were before I became a partner but when I joined HEP as an owner the numbering changed  ans began with Bud Auge and my Birthdates 1929 for Bud Auge and 1932 for Red Johnson thence starting with 2932. 

Thanks for asking, 
Red Johnson

Thank you Red!

Hep 2002
Year: 1958


Your Past

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A 2nd email from Red:

That's a nice post. The address on these recordings is Fred Stevekin's address, I don't know what Fred and Bud Auge agreed on but I know HEP was born about that time. HEP was a takeoff on a saying at that time which was "Get Hep" or get with it, Others maybe can help me fill in some of the blanks on the history of HEP and I for one would welcome any memories someone may have and want to share. I did not buy HEP from anyone I adopted it and helped it financially all I could,And In 1965 I think, after "There's a Grand Ol Opry Show Playing Somewhere" We went to Nashville and recorded "Hidden Feelings" which became a hit as well and on the strength of that record we Incorporated, and recorded several people at that time. Other songs on the Nashville session were "Big Brave Me, Anything But Me & I'd Rain All Over You" Good songs in their own right.

Red Johnson

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Harvey Urness

I haven't posted much country music from the Studio City label, because they focused mostly on pop and garage bands.  Was surprised to find this country 45.  Side A was issued on the compiliation "Minnesota Rock-A-Billy Rock 3"

Harvey's cousin Dennis Urness recorded a 45 for the Dove label in 1968.

Studio City 1018
Year: 1964
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: Kay Bank 4375

Never Been Blue

Send Me A Rose Of Red

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Pete Hunter

Pete Hunter @

MGM K12326
Year: 1955

I'm So Tired (of going home all by myself)

You Ain't Got No Right

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

History of Gaity Records 1956-1964

A very interesting article on the Gaity label from Minneapolis.  The accompanying interview is very much worth a listen.  David Hersk is the Alan Lomax of Minnesota.  Thank you Tom Campbell for this wonderful addition to our music history.

Bobby Brown

Don't know anything about this artist.  Both sides of the record have a strange squeeky sound in the first grooves, that I wasn't able to remove.  I think it's due to the metal in the disc.

Year: ???

You're Tempting Me

How Do You Say It's Over (title ???)

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Coley Harwell II

We all have our flip side, and sometimes feel like a reject record.

Robbins 2003
Year: 1965
Label location: Nashville, Tennessee
Pressed by: Sound of Nashville

Flip Side Of Me

Betty Jane

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Country Jan's

Oh so Lutheran!  This one goes out to all my friends and family in South Dakota.  Most of my family comes from the region just northwest of Yankton, in a small town called Tyndall.  I spent a lot of time there running through the fields as a kid, and scared up a few pheasants.

Jomar 1083
Year: 1978

Daydreams About Night Things

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Marv Hathaway and the E-Z-Notes

Couldn't find much info about Marv Hathaway.  Red Johnson tells me there were 3 Hathaway brothers who all played music back in he 50s.  He says they were from the Elk River area.  I am wondering if this is the very first Twin Town record?  Thanks to Doug at the Record Collector's Co-Op in Minneapolis for the 45 label scans.

Kay Bank 83 (Twin Town 1001)
Year: 1955 (??)

Wild Roses
 Broken Hearted Stranger

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Jack Barlow

Jack's first record.

Dollie 3371
Year: 1960

Walk With Me Baby

Where There's A Will There's A Way

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lora Adams

Popularity 691
Year: unknown

Another World
 What You Didn't Do

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Williams Brothers

I am back in Minnesota, after a 5-month internship in D.C.  I've got about 20 new records to post over the next few weeks.  It feels good to be able to transfer stuff again.

Del-Mar 1014 (RCA Custom Pressing)
Year: 1964

Good By Country Boy

We'll Love Again

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