Saturday, April 21, 2018

Our Honeymoon

The 4 Bees

GEMS 3/4
Lacytown, Georgetown
British Guiana
US pressing?

Lead singer on this record is probably Gloria Beaton, wife of Norman Beaton.

During the 1950s Lacytown was one of the most musically creative spaces in the Guiana colony; Al Seales was one of entrepreneurs who ran their business in a single block in the Lacytown bordered by Robb Street, Wellington Street, Regent Street and King Street.  Also located in that block was Freedom House, the headquarters of the Peoples' Progressive Party [..] and "Point".  "Point" was at the corner of King and Regent Street and was the venue where independant musicians were hired by bandleaders for temporary assignments

Al Seales started his working life as a sailor on the Demerara River and was given a quatro by an Amerindian man. From the quatro he graduated to the banjo and joined the Washboard Orchestra in the 1920s.

As he acquired seniority and became a leader in the band, he took up the saxophone. His tutor was Gun Fernandez. Seales’ love for music was multidimensional. One of his first entrepreneurial ventures was a beer garden that featured a record player and a collection of contemporary jazz and pop records “which he got from old friends who were still working on ships coming from North America and Europe.”

This feature attracted a loyal clientele who constantly offered to buy the record player and the records. Seales, the entrepreneur who never drank or smoked, saw a business opportunity and a way to get out of selling alcohol. He opened General Electrical Musical Supplies (GEMS) at 40 Robb Street. After a few years, he purchased the property, which has remained in the Seales family since. Over the years the business grew from selling records and musical instruments to include a recording studio. Seales never established a pressing plant, so, his recordings were pressed by Melodisc in the United Kingdom.

Norman Beaton (1934 -1994), born in Georgetown, Guyana (then British Guiana), the son of a postmaster who became the country's chief postmaster, went to public school and teacher-training college before teaching there, rising to the post of deputy headmaster at a school in Demerara. At the same time, he followed his love of calypso music by forming the Four Bees vocal group and making 20 singles. The group toured Surinam and French Guyana with the revue Caribbean Cavalcade and Beaton himself was named Calypso Champion of Guyana.   Leaving Guyana for London in 1960, he landed a job as a teacher in Liverpool, becoming the first black teacher to be employed by the Liverpool Education Authority.

Further reading:
Musical Life in Guyana: History and Politics of Controlling Creativity, by Vibert C. Cambridge

Thursday, April 19, 2018


"Rolls" Royce and The Wheels


Constellation Records #133

Musician/drummer Royce McAfee toured with Johnny Carroll and the Spinners in the 50s and 60s, for Warner Bros. and Capitol Records. He led The Unique Three and the Royce McAfee Combo in the 60s and 70s. He owned Royce McAfee Music and was publisher and producer on his ARA Record label. 

Rolls Royce & The Wheels were sessions players in Dallas Texas mostly doing commercials and jingles for radio.  They were also the band to back Mary Smith..aka Lady Wilde (born Mary Murray, March 1942 in Liverpool, England). on "Poor Kid" (ARA, 1965).

Royce met Judy Glenn at high school in Ft. Worth, TX. and they later married in Childress, Texas in 1959, 1959. Royce McAfee, born in Oklahoma in 1941, passed away at his home in Kaufman Co., Texas on January 6, 2015.

Judy McAfee, Royce's wife, is the composer of the song featured here and also probably the female heard on the record.


1963 Warner Bros 5397
Royce McAfee Combo Featuring Joe Davis / Royce McAfee Combo
Once There Was Love / Hot Links

1964 Constellation 133
"Rolls" Royce And The Wheels
The Frog / Topless

1965  ARA 640J-1913
"Rolls" Royce And The Wheels
1 - 2 Many / Above And Beyond

1965 ARA S4KM-8318/9
"Rolls" Royce And The Wheels
Afro-Au-Gogo / Ahh Phooey ‎

ARA label 1965-1966 see

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

God Is So Good

Joel Stafford
and The Starlighters

God Is So Good

Joel Records

Statesville Record And Landmark from Statesville, North Carolina, September 20, 1976, page 9
Wheelchair Is Sought WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Joel Stafford, 9-years-old and suffering from a rare bone disorder, has his heart set on an electric wheelchair. "I'm going to buy myself a wheelchair," he vows. "I'm going to take it to school so I can roll myself around." Joel has a congenital condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, which means his system lacks the calcium needed to harden and develop bone tissue.  He has steel rods in his legs, but his arms have not developed enough to permit such bone-replacing surgery. Joel sings regularly at his church, and his parents — Wayne and Linda Stafford — took him to a small recording studio to make a record.  It is called "God is So Good," and has sold about 1,000 copies so far. The electric wheelchair Joel wants could cost as much as $1,500. Joel made the recording in hopes of raising enough money to buy the chair.  Though small and unable to move around well, Joel has a happy face and is undaunted by the dangers confronting him.  He hasn't broken a bone since February, a considerable improvement over the past. Often a simple wrong movement could cause a bone to break. He has received therapy at the Shrine Hospital In Greenville, S. C. He attends school at the Children's Center In Winston-Salem, and enjoys school.
Apparently little Joel had raised enough money to buy the wheelchair. But the wheelchair was stolen shortly after, in 1977.  The Piedmonitor.from September 01, 1978 reported :
Frank Barnes, of Winston maintenance, met one of his special friends, Joel Stafford, at the Children's Center during the solicitors' tours of the Forsyth County United Way agencies. The Company long has had a tradition of giving generously to the United Way. It is a tradition that unquestionably deserves to be maintained. and Frank helped promote Joel's gospel singing records to raise money to replace his wheelchair. Joel and Edwin are two of the many people helped by Piedmont's participation in the annual fund drive.

God is so good?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Christmas Time (Is Near)

Debra Ferrara
Walsh High Choir

Christmas Time (Is Near)

Deblyn D45-718

Do I hear a Beatles influence here?

First release on Deblyn Records by five-year old Debra.  Her father, songwriter Jerry Ferrara, and Joe Fresco launched the label in November 1965 with headquarters at 380 Main, East Orange in New Jersey.

Debra Ferrara had another release on the Lynde label featuring a cover of "These Boots Are Made For Walking"

Debra (Deb) is still performing today, had written material for others, but also released her own pop-rock CD.

Debra Ferrare, then and now

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sitting Here Thinking

Ken Capehart

Sitting Here Thinking

Hart Record 45-966

From St. Clair, Missouri, in the Starday custom series

Ken Capehart (1924-2013)
Kennneth Charles Capehart, known to all as Ken, 89, St. Clair, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013,
Ken was a Christian and longtime member of First Baptist Church, St. Clair.  During his working career, he was a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 1839, St. Louis, where he worked on various projects as a carpenter through the union hall.  He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II..  Ken earned five Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal for his participation in several campaigns in Europe, including Normandy and central Europe. He had a passion for music, playing guitar and singing in his band, Ken Capehart and the Carol County Ramblers.  He even backed up Loretta Lynn when she first started out. Ken also loved to fish.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Little Ishana Man

Eddie Daniels
and his Daniels Nine

Little Ishana Man

Eddie Mae's E-501
2720 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles

Written and produced by Jewel Akens and arranged by Miles Grayson.  

Creole with roots in Louisiana, Eddie Daniels was born in Watts, CA.  During Junior High School, he acquired the nickname, The Ghetto Baby. Eddie started in show biz in 1954 with a singing group called “Vernon Green and the Medallions”. The group had hit records like “Buick 59”, “The Letter”, “Maybe Yes, Maybe No”, and many more.  Eddie also played piano on Bobby Day’s “Rockin’ Robin” and Eugene Church’s “Pretty Girl”, and also played with Bob & Earl of “The Harlem Shuffle”.

Eddie took his first tour with bluesman Floyd Dixon. He recorded his first record, “Whoa Whoa Baby”, with Ebb Records in 1957. In 1958, he started singing with Jewel Akens. They recorded 8 songs together. They had a hit record called “Opportunity” that received good air play on the biggest black radio station at that time, KGFJ  

Having been taken advantage of by both Bumps Blackwell and Jerry Capehart, Daniels concentrated on touring as a vocalist and keyboard player with Bob and Earl during the ’60s. Then, in 1972 he hooked up with the Platters’ original female vocalist Zola Taylor, forming a lifelong kinship with her that lasted until her death in 1986.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

He's A Devil

Lillay Deay

He's A Devil

Timely Records

Late 60s?

Lillay Deay is one of the Candidates for Immortality listed by Irwin Chusid at the end of his book "Songs In The Key of Z, The Curious Universe of Outsider Music.

Lillay Deay (or Lillay Daniels) was born about 1896 in Texas where she still resided in 1940 along with her husband William J. Daniels and two sons, Robert 17 and Dan 13.  That's all about I can find. Timely Records out of Tujunga was her own label active during the late sixties/early seventies.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Snake

Prince Dan Igor Glenn & The Slap Bass Band

The Snake

From the EP Breakfast In The Afternoon
no label

Born and reared in Alabama, Dan "Igor" Glenn began singing gospel music at a young age. By age five, he knew hundreds of hymns and songs by heart.  He moved to Arizona in the early 1960s with a passion for architecture.  After finishing up a residency at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West School he changed course to study music at Arizona State University.  He soon found Crazy Ed's, a jazz hot spot founded by Ed Chilleen, who also started Cave Creek bars the Horny Toad and Satisfied Frog.

He sang with the New Christy Minstrels as they toured the world and composed and arranged for many well-known artists. In addition to being an entertainer, he also publishes cartoons with a music theme.

Though “retired” he still books himself and his “Jazz Cowboys” anywhere from cruise ships to state fairs. He finds time to host a weekly American Folk Music Gathering at The Beatitudes in Phoenix where he and his wife Barbara live.

The Snake

"The Snake" is a song written by Oscar Brown in 1963. The lyrics tell a story inspired by Aesop's fable of The Farmer and the Viper.  (Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC)

Oscar Brown Jr. (1926-2005) was an American singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist, and actor. He ran unsuccessfully for office in both the Illinois state legislature and the U.S. Congress. Brown wrote numerous songs (only 125 have been published), 12 albums, and more than a dozen musical plays.

The song tells the story of a kind and tender woman who finds a frozen snake on the ground on her way to work one morning. The snake begs the woman to take it home and take care of it. She obliges and takes the snake to her home and puts it by the fireplace with a silk blanket, some honey, and some milk. When she gets home from work later that evening, she finds that the snake is now warm and revived. Feeling happy for the snake's recovery, she picks it up and gives it a tight hug and kisses it on the head. However, the snake is actually vicious and gives the woman a bite, fatally poisoning her. She asks the snake why it bit her even though she took it in and cared for it, to which it responds: "Shut up silly woman! You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in!"

The song gained renewed attention during the campaign for the 2016 United States Presidential election. Republican candidate Donald Trump read its lyrics at several campaign rallies to illustrate his position on the Syrian refugee crisis, claiming that the decision to allow people claiming refugee status to enter the United States would "come back to bite us", as happened to the woman who took in the snake in the song.  The daughters of songwriter Brown – whose work has been characterized as "a celebration of black culture and a repudiation of racism"  – have asked Trump to stop using their late father's song, saying: "He’s perversely using 'The Snake' to demonize immigrants" and that Brown "never had anything against immigrants."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Here I Am Again

Vanita Lynn

Here I Am Again
P. Thompson - C. Thompson
Toltec Music BMI

Sound Tex 670209

The Sound-Tex label was a subsidiary of the Texas Sound Studios in San Antonio.  Other in-house labels were Anthem, Horn of Plenty and Peace.

Located at 506 W. Hildebrand Ave., the studios were formed by Jeff Smith, a local Hi-Fi equipment dealer.(his Texas-TV shop was there in the early fifties).

Wired For Sound has posted six year ago an interesting (and recommended) article on the Harlem label which contains some info about Jeff Smith:
With only one or two exceptions, everything on Harlem, Hour, and related labels was recorded at Jeff Smith’s Texas Sound Studios, located on Hildebrand Avenue on the city’s North Side. Anyone who has spent more than five minutes collecting Texas labels is familiar with the “TSS” designation, etched into the run-off grooves of countless singles from the late 1950s until the early 1970s. But who was Jeff Smith?

“Jeff was like an old-style Chamber of Commerce guy,” Carr says. “You do business with him, he’ll go out and promote you. Jeff would take stuff out to the stations. And of course, if it was a Jeff custom pressed job, he’d get ‘em out there early in the day. Jeff was probably the most accommodating engineer I’ve ever met. (But) he had no knowledge of the music. And he was a little bit cautious with running the meters. I’m sure rock and roll killed him (from an aural standpoint). He got a little confused with the electric bass for awhile, particularly with the early stuff on Harlem. You can hear it on “Oh Please Love Me.’ It did knock the needles off the jukeboxes.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Terry Richards


Rebel Records

Another unknown artist and record on this small ㅡ  but quite collectable ㅡ  Rebel label out of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, owned by Bill Cooley.

McGibony, one of the songwriter), is Richard McGibony, born in Chattanooga, TN, 1934. After his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1957, he returned to work on the railroad and started pursueing his music.  After working with professionals such as Jack Bookout and Carol Smith, he started his first band called the Off Beats. Through Carol Smith he submitted his songs to Cliffie Stone, V-P of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA. In 1959 Esquerita recorded three of his songs.    Johnny Cash recorded his  "Monteagle Mountain" and his music was also used in the movie "Layin' Track" that Johnny Cash starred in.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Willard Chamberlain


Citation Records
Early sixties

Willard Chamberlain (Saxophone) played in one of Johnny Winter first band : Johnny Macaroni and the Jammers.  Probably Edgar Winter on piano here.

This Citation label is out of Beaumont, Texas and unrelated to any other labels of similar names.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Popcorn Baby

Artie Picasso

Hanover 4536

Popcorn Baby was copyrighted in May 1959 by Norman "Red" Benson (words) and Leonard Levy (music). For some reason (payola?), the song on label is credited to one F. Botwin.

Norman (Red) Benson was master of ceremonies in mid-1950's for NBC-TV's Name That Tune and joined WPEN (Philadelphia)  in 1956.  Leonard (Len) Levy was the head of Hanover Records. Artie Picasso (a pseudonym perhaps) is unknown, possibly from Philadelphia , .  His lone record anyway under this moniker.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Colleen Lovett, Waxmate of the Month

(from her Laff album, 1979)

Texas-born Colleen Lovett  was known as one of the Lovett Sisters, a singing duo with her sister Charlotte.
When we were very young teenagers, we began singing on the W.F.A.A. Sat. Night Shindig radio and T.V. shows, and later on the W.R.R. Big 'D' Jamboree in Dallas. It was during this time period that we were signed by a major record label, Imperial Records. 
In 1957, Colleen married bandleader Teddy Phillips, 22 years her senior.

In 1984, Colleen, now Dr. Colleen Phillips, Ph.D., Diet Nutritionist, founded Diet Doctors Medical Mgmt, a successful medical weight loss center in Canoga Park, CA.  In 2003, Colleen and Char once again hit the recording studios as the Lovett Sisters and released their double album "Wheels of Time".

Lovett Sisters

54 Imperial 45-8228Time Out For Love / No More Teardrops
54 Imperial 45-8233 Until I Lost You / I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire
54 Imperial 4X8262 Sometime, Somewhere / Behind My Back - 54
54 Imperial 4X8272 Bacon And Eggs / Little Dirty Face
55 Imperial X8286 Come Home To Me / Mexican Polka
57 Todd 1001 Won't Cha Squeeze Me? / Dear Daddy

Colleen Lovett (except when noted)


58 Coral 62024 Colleen And Her Schoolmates
Mairzy Dotes / My Heart Is On A Merry-Go-Round

58 Brunswick 55099
Out For The Day / Blue Moon

59 Brunswick 55127
Goodnight Sweetheart / I'd've Baked A Cake

59 Stepheny 1836
Wishin' / Cla-Wence

62 Carlton 583 Cindy Rella And Her Stepsisters
He Don't Love Me Anymore / I Want Him To Come Back Home

63 Newport 1452 Colleen Lovett With Teddy Phillips Sextet
Teenage Blues / For The Birds

63 IRC 7919
Scubie-Dubie Scuba Diver / ?

64 Drum Boy 112
Bring Me A Beatle For Christmas / Cla-Wence

66 Dot 16832
Freckle-Faced Soldier / Go-Go Girl

66 Mira 226 Colleen And Teddy
Beachnut / Lonesome Blues

69 or later  P&L
Galveston / Omaha


61 Teddy Phillips Quintet, Featuring Colleen Lovett                            
Five Men + 1 Girl   (Carlton 12131)

65 Teddy Phillips Orchestra, Featuring Colleen Lovett
Music You Want To Hear  (Drum Boy 1002)

68 Teddy Phillips /Colleen Lovett & Their Mexicali Brass
Tijuana Sounds (P&L 10357)

74 Colleen Lovett
Birds With Broken Wings (Era 605)

79 Colleen Lovett
Good Grief, It’s... Candy  (Laff A137)

More info here and here

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lunar Flip

Joann Thomas

Lunar Flip (vocal)

Lunar Flip (instrumental)

American Voices Records 1

Recorded in Nashville and
produced by Ray Pennington

Joann Thomas and Gus, her husband

Singing duet Gus and Joann Thomas have been for many years, direct from the WWVA Original Jamboree in Wheeling. before coming to WWSM (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) where Joann has a show twice a week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

 Dawn Owens
 And The Rhythm Kings

Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

In the 1950s, Fred Rumfelt and some friends formed a band called the Rhythm Kings. Soon, the Rhythm Kings were playing gigs throughout the region. They performed on television shows in Charlotte, Asheville and Spartanburg, S.C. Although they started out in bluegrass and traditional country, they soon adapted to the new rock and roll sound.  

Before long, the group recorded two songs in a Nashville, Tenn. studio. They recorded “Billy Boy,” a song written by Rumfelt, and Elliott’s rock and roll instrumental “Boppin’ Guitar.”  The record was issued in June 1960 on Brooke Records.  The lineup included Ed Elliott on lead guitar and Ray Hall on steel guitar. Jim Jones, who had worked with Rumfelt at Marion Manufacturing, sang harmony vocals and also played guitar.

In 1961, Hall left the Rhythm Kings but the group continued making music. The lineup would change some more. Eual Owens and his wife Dawn later joined the group. Eual played drums while Dawn was the lead vocalist.

The band went down to Arthur Smith’s Studios, recording the old Chuck Willis song (Atlantic Records 1179, 1958) backed with "Talk To Me", and has the 45 out on their own Star label pressed at the Kay Bank plant.