Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Leroy Meekins

I've switched my download links to Mediafire, because Zippyshare links don't last more than a couple months.  The Zippyshare embedded player is also unreliable, so let's try Picosong for a while.  The site doesn't provide an embedded player, but I'm sure you don't mind it opening a new tab to play the song.  We'll see how long Picosong links last.  Opinions?  Suggestions?

Kardo 12003
Year: 1964 or 1965
Label location: Odenton, MD
Pressed by: Precision Records Pressing

This Poor Broken Heart
Big Iron Train

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Carl Belew

4 Star AP-44
Year: 1960
Label location: Pasadena, California
Pressed by: 4star 

The End Of Time

My Baby's Not Here (In Town Tonight)

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pastor's Fireside

This disc is in poor condition, but luckily our friend Svein was able to clean it up so it's listenable. 

Rev. Arthur Terminiello does a nice reading here.  I was disappointed to learn he was an anti-Semite, and got in trouble because of it.  The case against him was even brought to the US Supreme Court.  But picking up this record, it's to me just a man reading about Christmas.  He was born and raised in Massachusetts, which explains his accent.

He was assistant pastor at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Pensacola.

Side 2 is a vocal medley of Christmas carols, sung by Frank Terminiello, which might be a cousin or brother, accompanied by Robert Love on the organ.

The Pastor's Fireside HO-8H-0624/5
Year: ? (1950s)
Label location: Pensacola, Florida
Pressed by: ?

The Story of the Birthday Of Jesus

Vocal medley

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Red Johnson / Bud Auge

  This song was recorded on the same session as my Capitol record of "There's A Grand Ol' Opry Show Playing Somewhere". The song written by Howard Pine was brought to me by Bud Auge and I loved it. It played on radio for many years and was a popular Christmas record. The original was issued on Hep, but was also used for advertising business around the country. The business would print their name on it and give it out for Christmas to their clients.
  The other side "Memoirs of a Christmas Tree" Bud Auge wrote a poem to "Oh Christmas Tree" from a tree's point of view, and he recited it. The accordion or chord-o-vox was played by the late Joe Tishmack and the steel guitar was Dick Mileski, bass was Bob Kolhoff, drums Wes Vaughn, guitar Lowell LaBerge, and myself on rhythm guitar. We all recorded Christmas in Heaven, Railroaded & There's a Grand Ol Opry Show Playing Somewhere on the same day, produced by John Voit.
  I haven't heard from Howard in quite some time.  He had the rights to the vintage Slim Jim and The Vagabond Kid recordings and we spent many days in my studio restoring the tapes to CDs and I think we did 35 or more at that time. The coating was peeling off the tapes as they were 50 years old but I thought they came out really well.
  Maybe some of your readers can fill in the blanks on Howard Pine..
This pic was taken at the Chicago airport on one of our many trips to Nashville, by Arlene Stewart, a fan and writer for a local paper in the area.  She met us on a layover at the Airport for coffee.
  This may be garbled but I wrote it as I remember it.

Hep 2934
Year: 1964
Label location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Christmas In Heaven

Memoirs Of A Christmas Tree

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Okie Jones And The Sunset Starliters

Majestic 10-1358
Year: 1958
Label location: Fort Worth, Texas
Pressed by: Southern Plastics

I Borrowed From Peter (To Pay Paul)

Kiss Away

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ginger Dawn

Lee 1001
Year: 1958
Label location: Memphis, TN
Pressed by: Sheldon (?)

Rocking With Santa


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tennessee Happy Boys / Bob Green's Dance Orchestra

Jewel 5066
Year: 1927
Label location: New York, NY
Pressed by: Scranton Record Co.

Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling? (v - Larry Holton)

When I Tumble In To My Humble Inn

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Carl Tilton with Harry Webb and the Sunflowers

I don't own this one.  Images and audio assembled from ebay.

Stardale 0701 / 0702
Year: 1957
Label location: Morris, Oklahoma
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Bearcat Mama (vocal - Dale Davis)

Little Cabin

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dick Robertson

Thanks to Svein (again) for the cleaning.

Brunswick 4720
Year: 1930
Label location: Chicago, Il.
Pressed by: ? (Canada issue)

St. James Infirmary Blues

When It's Springtime In The Rockies

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Whitey Carson

Country Sound Roundup June 1954
Billboard 1944 Music Yearbook
Manor 8005
Year: 1946
Label location: Newark, NJ
Pressed by: ?

I Can't Tell That Lie To My Heart

What Good Is The Man With The Stick

Regis 2003
Year: 1947
Label location: Newark, NJ
Pressed by: ?

Down On The Levee

A Happy Rovin' Cowboy

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes 1938 - 2007

This bio was posted on a message board after Ben died in 2007.  He was a member of the International Internet Leather Crafters Guild (IILG)

Ben's bio in his words . . .
I attended Mastbaum Votec. High School in Philadelphia, PA as a youngster and worked in a variety of employment situations through the years. A serious car accident over 35 years ago got me involved in leather work while recuperating. Not only did I get involved, but I fell in love with the art of working in this medium. About 1990 I wanted to try art works that caught my attention to put in this wonderful medium. I found stone reliefs translated into the flexible medium of leather well. When I gave it a try, I not only found it enjoyable, but found it compelling and continued. Many famous artists' works and whatever else caught my eye or imagination and have been tried. It has been my privilege to donate a number of these works to a local school for the blind, where given the dimensional quality of the work, the blind could actually see the picture through touch. After some experimentation a more three dimensional achievement was arrived at and implemented in later works.

I have for many years had a keen interest in leather work, boating, flying, music, painting and, of course, computers.

My most rewarding enjoyment has been in creating or reproducing Art in Leather. Through the years I've experimented with a wide range of paints, including oils, acrylics and some paints and dyes designed for leather and the arts and crafts field. The combination on certain pieces works well. I have some pieces that are thirty years old and hold up well in normal conditions

- Ben Hughes

Jandy 7002
Year: ?
Label location: Pennsylvania (?)
Pressed by: ?

I'd Like To Try

Big Big Favor

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Joe Kingston

Lanrod CW-L 1606
Year: 1964
Label location: Detroit, Michigan
Pressed by: Rite

It Was Only Yesterday

A Long Time Ago

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Danny Kane

I posted this 4 years ago, but back then I wasn't very good at cleaning up audio.  So here's my much-improved re-do.  I also know more about dead wax matrices than I did then, and was able to identify the year, with the help of Malcolm in England.  Still no info on the singer or what NAO might mean.

Songwriter Bobby Nelson Poe:

NAO 8601
Year: Nov or Dec 1957
Label location: Pryor, Oklahoma
Pressed by: Delta/Monarch

Lord Protect My Darling

Sweetheart Of The Rockies

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Clay Hart

Flavor Kist
Year: 1964
Label location:  Chicago, Il
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Michael, Row The Boat Ashore

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Curley Marrow

This one is in pretty bad shape, but I wanted to share it anyway.  Hard to find country singles on 45rpm from 1950.  Most discs were still being issued on shellac at that time.  This was a budget label, dating back to 1939.  Its sister label was Royale Records.  Here's some more info:

Imagine walking into a drugstore in 1950 and being not quite used to the idea of little 7'' records.

There's a near mint copy of this on ebay, but I don't see the point in paying $14 for it just to upgrade.

Curley Marrow had a few earlier releases on this label:
Varsity 257: Quicksilver / Daddy's Little Girl

Varsity 45226
Year: 1950
Label location: Meriden, Conneticut
Pressed by: ?

Tennessee Border No.2

I Almost Lost My Mind

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bob Bruton

Pastor Bob Bruton 

I want to thank Svein for helping me clean up this very scratchy record.  This is the only disc I own that plays at 16 rpm.  46 1/2 minutes of sound on one little 7'' disc.

True Christian 101
Year: 1963
Label location: Hayward, California
Pressed by: ?

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

The Spirit-Filled Life

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rocky Denman

Western Star 1313
Year: Oct 1961
Label location: Houston, Texas
Pressed by: ?


One Sided Heart

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Frankie Marvin (as Walter Dalton)

Pathe Actuelle 32467
Year: 1929

It's Funny When You Feel That Way

Lullaby Yodel

Perfect 12574
Year: 1929 

I Don't Work For A Living

I'm Riding The Blinds On A Train Headed West

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Red Johnson (3rd post)

l-r: Clayton Pickles, Violet "Vi" Tishmack, Joe Tishmack, Red Johnson (photos: Red Johnson)
email from Red:
Derik, I had forgotten how big that recording really sounds it was fun to listen to it again after 40 plus years, I am trying to put together who was on the session. Yes Tony Caire was involved and he played the piano, bass, lead guitar and no doubt the vocals. The backup singers I can't recall who they were, I think they kind of worked the studio when someone needed it. Clayton Pickles was on drums and Joe Tishmack played the Melodica (a keyboard you blow into like a harmonica). Vi Tishmack was involved on keyboard and vocals and I played rhythm guitar. I can't remember the engineers name, but he kind of ran the studio. I'm sure George Garrett was present a lot of the time. The studio was on about Lake & Hennepin in South Mpls. The pressing was done by Rite Records in Cincinnati, Ohio. The year was 1971 when the hot pants craze was going on we thought we'd cash in on it if we could. - Red

Joe Tishmack obit:

Twin Town 10980
Year: 1971
Label location: Minneapolis, Mn
Pressed by: Rite

Right Is Right

Get It On

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