Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Western Extended Play 48/49

Western Extended Play HB-48 & HB-49
Year:  1957 (?)
Label location: New Jersey
Pressed by:  Synthetic Plastics Company (?)

I Beg Of You

The Story of My Life

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cactus Slim

"The first cast member selected for the Barn Dance was Herbert Woodrow Wilson.  Known as Cactus Slim, he headlined the opening Sunset Valley broadcast.  Rail-thin, quiet and humble, Cactus Slim played string bass in the band and performed single vocals such as Little Red Wagon, accompanying himself on guitar.  Until his death late in the show's run, Cactus Slim was a mainstay of the cast." - (excerpt from the book "David Stone In Sunset Valley", copyright 1983 by Gerarld Barfuss)

I am not sure if there was more than one artist going by the name Cactus Slim.  Searches come up with another (or the same?) Cactus Slim, as The Lonesome Serenader.

other issues by Cactus Slim on the FM label, which I don't have yet:
FM 348 - My Little Red Wagon / I Walk Alone
FM 385 - Cowboy Polka / Barbara Polka

FM 435
Year: 195?
Label location: Los Angeles, Ca
Pressed by: FM

It's Wrong

Last Letter

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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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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lula Bell Si

Hamilton 1025 (HR-148/149)
Year: 1953
Label location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Pressed by: Columbia

Kentuckiana Waltz

Cast A Spell On Me

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Doris Hamilton

King 5768
Year: 1963
Label location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Pressed by: King

I'm Wondering Darling

Lover's Moon

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Larry Nolen (2nd post)

Starday 259
Year: 1956
Label location:  Nashville, Tn
Pressed by:  Royal Plastics / King (?)

Golden Tomorrow

I Wonder

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sky Johnson

Cactus 1501
Year: 1957
Label location: Nashville, Tn
Pressed by: RCA

If My Love Had Wings

A Wound Time Can't Erase

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jack Perkins Trio with Marci

Year: 1965
Label location: ?
Pressed by: Kay Bank

It's Sorta Silly

Recipe For Love

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marvin Lee

Marvin Lee was on a radio show called Cornbelt Country Style in 1964, which aired Saturday mornings on WHOW, Clinton, Ill.

A notice for a 2012 t.v. show:
"The special guest Oct. 6 will be Marvin Lee, 79, from rural St. Joseph. Lee, whose last name is Flessner, had his own TV show from 1968 to 1975 on WCIA Channel 3 and for a decade did a show on Sunday nights at the Champaign County Fair."

Thanks to Bobthescareddataminer for the info.

Midwest 4003
Year: ? (1964 best guess)
Label location: Illinois?
Pressed by: King Custom Pressings

No One To Blame

Just A Lonely Girl

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Farmer Brown's Jackass

Here's another version of the same skit:

Year: ?

Farmer Brown's Jackass Part 1

Farmer Brown's Jackass Part 2

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Liberty Four

Bangar 00637
Year: 1964
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Gonna Build Me A Castle


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Western Extended Play batch

Here is a collection of 5 records (four 45s and one 78rpm)  from the Extended Play Record-O-Mail label.  30 tracks in all, some better than others in sound quality.

I'm A One Woman Man

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Country Lads

Fredlo 6220
Year: 1962
Label location: Davenport, Iowa
Pressed by: ?

Have You Ever Been In Love Before

Don't Hurt Him Like You Hurt Me

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Songs About Woodwinds

Looks like there were three in this series: woodwinds, brass, strings.

Golden Records S81
Year: 1953

Antoinette The Clarinet

Bobo The Oboe

Knute The Flute

Muldoon The Bassoon

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