Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lovesick Blues

Marvin Short

Lovesick Blues

Little Dixie Records


From Keota, Oklahoma, the youngest of four, Marvin was raised on a steady diet of country and rock ‘n’ roll music. His dad worked for a US Army munitions plant that was a 6-hour drive away, but performed on nights and weekends with his Country/Western band, Ken Short and the Drifters.My Daddy made sure to call it Country AND Western,” Marvin said. As Marvin’s singing talent became more obvious, his dad put Marvin on the stage and let him front the band more and more.

By the time Marvin was 10 years old, his dad got him gigs on morning TV shows in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and introduced him to the recording studio where he cut his first track on a record. At the age of 12, he won several honors including “Under 16 Male Vocalist Award” and the “Under 16 Male Instrumentalist” from the Oklahoma Opry Association.

As a teenager, Marvin hit the road with Johnny Long, playing Country/Western music throughout the region. Then he played in Top-40 Country bands at nightclubs and on the Louisiana Hayride, a country music show broadcast from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Making Branson, Missouri his home since 1991, Marvin Short is still performing.  Since 2013, he performs hits of the ‘50s ‘60s and ‘70s in his show ‘Rock N Roll Dreams’ at Encore Theater Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek Outlet Mall, located at 6615 Hwy. 179, Sedona.

You’ve never seen hair like Marvin’s.
Long and pulled up into a very, very high pompadour.
On any show day, he uses a whole can of hairspray to keep it up that way

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let me entertain you

Modern Music Center
413 N Parkerson
Crowley, LA 70526

This was the location of J D Miller's recording studio, where all the great swamp blues music from the likes of Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Lazy Lester and Katie Webster were produced.

The Entertainers (Jenny Lee and Joe) were there in the mid-seventies, recording a cover of Pistol Packin' Mama.  According to some local legend, the song was actually issued on the local Pelican Records label.  Needless to say, unless some family member leave me a comment, Jenny Lee and Joe will stay in the dark for the eternity...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Great Red Rat

The Pery Mates
The Great Red Rat

Ca-Jo 210

I haven't be able to find much info about this record or the artist(s).  The singer and songwriter full name is John G. Croff who later recorded an album in the Edgewood Studios (Washington, D.C.) in 1966 on the same Ca-Jo label : "A Fallen Star / Ballad of America The Revolution" (Ca-Jo 211)

On that album he was backed by Al's Dynamics, probably the same band who had a single on Ideal Records in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Oops! There She Goes

Eugene Darrow

Oops! There She Goes

20th Fox 290

A weird little number penned (and also possibly produced) by Art & Toni Mineo.

Attilio "Art"  Mineo (1918-2010) was born in Brooklyn ,from a Sicilian family, he grew up in his parents’ boardinghouse for fellow immigrants.  His mother gave him a love for Italian opera, but the young Mineo turned to jazz and became a top-notch musician, playing with Buddy Raye and arranging for the U.S. Army Band in the 1930s.

 During World War II, Mineo was posted to Fort Lewis, where he met his future wife, Toni, also a musician. He stayed in Tacoma and became the jazz pianist, bassist and arranger for the New Yorker club on Sixth Avenue, now gone but then the top place to go.

 “Art was … wonderful, very tolerant of us young guys,” said Bill Ramsay, a former saxophonist for Mineo’s band, in a News Tribune interview. “One guy would actually fall asleep on his chair. Art would just say, ‘Let him sleep.’ He was very patient.”

Through the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, Mineo played in town and toured, arranging for greats such as Paul Whitehead, collaborating with Skitch Henderson on a commission for Jackie Kennedy and writing the music for the Bubbleator at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

Of Eugene Darrow, nothing is known and this was probably his sole recording.  Was he also from Tacoma?

Toni and Attilio Mineo
Further readings:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Missing While Surfin'

Tommy Dee
Little Bill Music BMI

Sims 260


Tommy Dee, American DJ and country music producer and promoter, born Thomas M. Donaldson in Vicker, Virginia, died in 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee, around the age of 69-74. His birthday is variously stated as 7 July 1937, 15 July 1936, 1934 or 1933.
While his birth date is not certain, one thing is sure, he was not much a singer, but rather a narrator, specializing in tributes to dead people, preferably the one who made the page one of your newspapers  :

  • Three Stars (Crest Records, 1959)  : Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens plane crash
  •  Halfway To Hell (Pike 5906, 1961) : Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas in another plane crash
  • An Open Letter (To Caroline and John-John) (Three Star, 1963) : John F. Kennedy
  •  Roger, Ed And Gus (America's Astronaut Heroes (Starday 802, 1967) :  Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee killed during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida.
Although Tommy Dee never considered himself a singer, he appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Band­stand” three times and toured with Cochran and Conway ‘Twitty; accompaniment was often  provided by Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps and sometimes by (mysterious Columbia Recording artists) the Big Beats.    Said Dee, “My record was in the true sense of the word, a novelty record.   I was in the right place at,the right time.   Everything fell in place."

More info
Trivia :  I've found an early copyright for a song he wrote in 1952, "Red River Shore" which was probably recorded by Sterling Records, a song poem label owned by Louis (Lew) Tobin, out of Boston, Mass, where he grew up.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bertha Breadsacker?

Bertha-BB, SingSnap member

* Bertha-BB
The Great Pretender

* Bertha Breadsacker
No Money Down

A little big mystery for you today.

1/ "The Great Pretender" has been found on a karaoke website (Register for free access to singing and recording thousands of karaoke songs, millions of recordings to listen to and entertainment that lasts a life time...)
The singer is Bertha-BB (that's her picture (?) on top of this post.  Her  real name is Bertha Breadsacker. Bertha is 76 years old (in 2009, I assume), is located in Louisiana / USA and has been a SingSnap member since September 9, 2009.

Her other karaoke songs can be found here

2/ "No Money Down", the Chuck Berry song, has been played on WFMU radio three times and credited to Bertha Breadsacker on Wholewheat Records.    I've not been able to find any evidence of  the existence of this record.  The singer sounds younger that Bertha BB and the recording, older

Are they real? Are both a joke?  Or only one is a joke? Then which one?  Your info or even just your opinion — as always — welcomed!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cajun Baby

Ferne's Blackjacks
Vocal : Ferne Johnson

Cajun Baby

Tyme 9-435

Cover by a Polk County, Wisconsin band of the Hank Williams, Jr. song (MGM Records)

Ferne Johnson

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Zelda, Oh, Zelda

In 1962, KSO [Des Moines, Iowa] air personality and program director Dick Vance recorded a 45 RPM record entitled "Sharon oh Sharon" (Sor-Va Records). The song was promoted on KSO and charted locally in December 1962

Shortly after, Good Guy Doug MacKinnon from another DesMoines radio, KIOA, recorded a takeoff on "Sharon Oh Sharon" as Leroy Breadsacker. Adam Jones wrote the lyrics.  Pressed by King Records in 1963 on the Foodlady label, the record was sold for $1.00 each. The proceeds went to a charity.

A-side is the vocal side (part 2), B-side (same title)  is an instrumental (part 3). There is indeed no part 1.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ready To Go Steady


With Elmer Plotnik
Orchestra Directed By G. Clifford Prout

Ready To Go Steady
Bruce Spencer, Abel Music BMI

S.I. N.A. 709
Society For Indecency To Naked Animals
507 Fifth Avenue, New York

The Toalson sisters, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Toalson of Aldrich Missouri were already a singing trio at an early age. In 1955, while members of the Aldrich 4-H Club, they took first place in the Polk County 4-H Talent Night at Southwest Baptist College. They sang “Two Hearts.” The girls were accompanied at the piano by their mother. 

Thanks to The Bolivar Free Press (December 24, 1959), we also known their first names :
The Toalson Sisters Trio of Aldrich have just recently made a record that is making a hit wherever it is played over radio stations in the United States. The three talented sisters, Pauletta, 18, Carolyn, 16, and Kay, 14, are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Toalson. The record, “Mau, Mau, Mambo” and “Ready to go Steady” were reviewed by the national record magazine Cashbox as being “very good.”
The Toalson sisters are featured in a homemade video from 1997 here and Kay, the youngest sister now Kay Wheeler, is singing "Stupid cupid" here

Bruce Spencer and Elmer Plotnik are just two of the multiple aliases of jazz drummer (and famous hoaxer) Alan Abel.  The Society For Indecency To Naked Animals was one of his numerous hoaxes and is perhaps the most well known.

According to Alan Abel :
A hoax, yes, but I did not initially create it as such. What I
perpetrated was a living social satire, an allegory cloaked with
the absurd purpose of putting panties on pets, half slips on
cows, and Bermuda shorts on horses. Thus, while SINA
succeeded in becoming an often discussed subject around the
house and in the office, its true intention failed because
hardly anyone, to my knowledge, recognized it as satire.
Almost everyone thought that SINA was seriously concerned
with the horrendous task of covering up animals.
 G. Clifford Prout, one of Alan Abel's friends, was the pseudonym of Buck Henry

But how three young girls from Missouri found themselves recorded by a New-Yorker joker is anybody's guess...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Reka Records

Reka Records

This is a re-up.  Original post here

294 Jimmy Lamberth : Rockin' And Reelin' 
295 Jo Haynes : So Long
296 Sonny Deckelman :  After You're Gone
297 Billy Childs : Call Me Shorty 
298 Hank Hankins : Blues Stay Away From Me / My Old Kentucky Home Rock [instr.] (60)

401 Kenny Owen : Come Back Baby / Wrong Line (64)

Baby, Cut It Out

The Floaters

Baby, Cut It Out

Audio Recording AR-122

According to, the Floaters were Bill Arnold, guitar, Bob McDermid, trumpet, Duffy Nightengale, keyboards, Ronnie Pierce, saxophone  and Arthur "Ben" Wise, drums.   There is no mention of a female vocalist heard on "Baby, Cut It Out". Who is she ?

The Floaters also recorded a quite rare album on the same label titled "See Blue At The Vault" with the following tracks :  Camel Caper -  Soul - 2nd Avenue Jerk -  Root Beer Float -  I Love You Girl - Mount Up - Bossa Nova Baby -  What Time Is It // I See Blue - Jerk Right - Mediterranean Go Go - Uptown Walk -  Subterranean Go Go - Luigi's Lasagne - Out Of Sight  (Audio Recording ARLS-1216).  Songs on the album were penned by Bob Deimid (McDermid?) or by Al Sweet, who may have been a Floater for a while.

Ronnie Pierce, a musician since the forties, also owned and operated The Vault, a rocking nightclub replete with go-go dancers, sailors and swingers, from 1962 to 1974.   An interview with Ron Pierce can be found here

Audio Recording was the in-house label of the recording studio owned by Kearney Barton

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Jerry De Lon & The Redcoats


MAE 45-1002

The flip is "Cobra" an instrumental by the Redcoats a band based out of New Albany, Indiana

The Redcoats

The picture above was found at indiana45s
The names of the band members are, from left to right: Larry Hawkins – Bass, Jerry Schleicher – Lead vocalist (kneeling), Bill Heinz – Lead Guitar, Dennis Heinz – Rhythm Guitar, Gary Wallbaum – Keyboards (lying on the piano), Brian Strange – Drums. The Redcoats also had two background singers: Leslie Brockmeyer & Kristine Balgeman (not shown).

Jerry De Lon (De Leon?) name is not mentionned.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cha Cha Blues

Tony Rinaldi

Cha Cha Blues

Bart 7-G-16

After this recording for Nick Bartell's Bart label, Tony Rinaldi became in Detroit a member of a group composed of Miami, Florida students :  the Sonny Bloch's Coralairs, named after Coral Gables, Florida, where the University of Miami is located.  

Tony Rinaldi is the uncredited vocalist on Baby Blue Eyes released in 1958 on the Detroit Bee label (produced in Miami) as by the Sonny Bloch's Coralairs. That's the sum of my knowledge of this artist.

The Coralairs, Tony Rinaldi is on left

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Big Eyed Baby

Linc and The Linnettes

Big Eyed Baby

Palette PZ 5112

"Some Day" on the flip is by The Linnettes, an obscure girl group.  From Washington D.C., I'm inclined to think.  Firstly, Duke Leonard, here the songwriter and the producer, managed Barry Darvell and co-wrote with him several songs. Barry Darvell was from Washington.
Secondly, The Saxtons, the band behind Linc & the Linnettes were a D.C. area's club band led by Joe Stanley.  They  backed Big Joe Turner, Sam Cooke, Little Anthony, The Ames Brothers, Lloyd Price, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Jackie Wilson, Dion & the Belmonts, Freddie Cannon, and many, many others on local performances. 

But who are The Linnettes and who is Linc, I've no idea.  Lincoln Chase perhaps? 

Produced by Morty Wax and Duke Leonard

Friday, June 10, 2016

Rock - Rock - Rock

Jimmy Cavello And His House Rockers

Rock, Rock, Rock
The Big Beat
That's The Groovy Thing
Soda Shoppe Rock

      Coral (EP)  

The House Rockers left to right, John LaTocha, Jimmy Cavallo, Chuck Sgroi and Tony Licameli

Jimmy Cavallo born in Syracuse, New York in 1927 is best known for performing with his band in the 1956 movie, Rock, Rock, Rock, by pioneering music DJ Alan Freed. Jimmy and the Houserockers were the first all-white band to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where they celebrated the movie's release.