Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Neon 101857
Year: ???

All Through Eternity

I'll Do Anything You Say

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Curly O'Brien and the Top Hands

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Curly O'Brien 1926-1990
      Born Philip Nathan Boyce on January 4, 1926, in Milo Maine. He was the second of five sons to William A & Madeline M Boyce.  He began his career at the early age of 15, when he became a member of the Ernie Lindell Band. At first he was billed as “Phil Boyd”, then later Mr. Lindell came up with the name “Curly O’Brien”, which has remained all these years.     
     Uncle Sam called him for his tour of duty during WWII, he served overseas, and returned home after his discharge. He once again took up his Guitar, this time, he was joined by a younger brother, Bob. Together they formed his first band, called “The Top Hands”, and hit the road.
     Their first experience with television was on CHSJ in St John, N. B., Canada, this is where he met his long time friend and then Steel Guitar player, “Art Marr”. They traveled throughout Maine and Vermont, sometimes doing double shows with his other stage buddies, the late Hal Lone Pine, Betty Cody, Dick Curless and many others. They spent a short time on the Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree, but finally, Curly decided that Maine was definitely his “stompin’ grounds,” so they returned home.
     In 1954, once again on their own soil, Curly was offered his own Radio Show on WLBZ. He got a break in television at WLBZ Channel 2, doing half-hour spots in different time segments and in 1955, was offered a two hour, morning show from 7-9 am, 6 days a week, and still keeping up with personal appearances.
     In September of 1965, he made the change over to a newly formed WEMT channel 7, which has since changed it’s call letters to WVII. And after tying different time spots, they found that Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm was the ideal time.
     When Cable TV was introduced into the Nova Scotia, Canada area, the mail response was overwhelming.
     In September of 1979, Curly celebrated his 24th year on TV and he had hopes to complete his 25th year before considering retiring.
     Curly O’Brien was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame on April 29, 1979.
     Curly left us on December 28, 1990

Spur 1264

Easy To Love (easy to hold, easy to kiss)

I Love My Little Yo-Yo

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chuck Bowers

From 78rpm.  Also issued on 45rpm.
Chuck Bowers bio (doesn't mention recordings)
Chuck Bowers @

Choice 841
Year: 1956

Pinball Boogie

Wand'ring Shoes

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Orin Shaw

Winona, Mn is a nice little river town, with a small state college and a factory that makes the finest canoes around.

Gramophone AG670-001
Year: ??? >1957

Cattle Call

Gonna Find Me A Bluebird

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Chuck Carson (7th post)

Chuck Carson postcard from the KSTP Sunset Valley Barn Dance

From an old radio station collection.  This is probably the final posting of Chuck Carson, as I don't know of any more records he made in Minnesota.  He apparently moved to California in the 1960s to work for the Fender Stratocaster company.  His daughter told me he was injured while driving on a mountain road and got caught in a landslide, and died not long after (in 1969) of respiratory complications from the accident.

A true Minnesota original.

Soma 1061
Year: 1957

The Little Stinker

Walking With A Broken Heart

Sunday, October 21, 2012

George McGinnis

Klub 3114
Year: 1964

Why Should I Pretend

Your Eyes Can't Lie

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Judi Maki

Lightin' 010
Year: 1965

Heart Cry Out

How Many Times

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chuck Sims

Trend 30
Year: 1957

Life Isn't Long Enough
Little Pigeon
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Owen McCarty

Kanwic was based out of Wichita, Kansas

Kanwic HFRC-145
Year: ??? (1968?)

If I Was King

Key To My Heart

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Another 45 by the same artist:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jesse Lee Turner

GNP Crescendo 184
Year: 1962

All You Gotta Do (is ask me to)

The Voice Changing Song

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Don Bach

Don Bach, W. R Crigler (his manager) and Jerry Byers
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Don was from Des Moines, Iowa.

Warwick 632
Year: 1961


Early In The Morning

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Curley Day

The b-side has already been posted on youtube, but I thought I'd include it here for those who don't know how to save audio from youtube files.

Is this an unwanted song?

Day 2002


Mom, I'm Coming Home

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Chuck Carson (6th Post)

Circle Dot 1008
Year: 1960

When Love Grows Old

A Dog's Prayer

Friday, October 5, 2012

Junior Cisson & The Tunesters

Klub label @
Klub label @ RCS

Klub 3113
Year: 1964

Free Kisses

You're Stepping On My Heart

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kaye Whittle

Museum 16
Year:  1969

When I Laugh

Give Me A Call

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