Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Laya Raki, Waxmate Of The Month

Laya Raki (born Brunhilde Marie Alma Herta Jörns on July 27, 1927) is a former dancer and film actress popular in Germany in the 1950s and early 1960s.  She also became an international star for her roles in English films and TV productions.  She married Australian-born actor Ron Randell in a civil ceremony in London in 1957 until his death in 2005.

Her only commitment to music on wax was in 1962 when Dr. Gilbert Obermair reported "Carina Records signed film sex bomb Laya Raki to an exclusive contract. The gal has already waxed her first record in German and in English."   

"Oh, Johnny, hier nicht parken" was recorded during the dancer's stay in Munich in English as well as German.  Considered too pornographic and tasteless the song was banned on German radioSee Andreas Michalke's blog here for some details.  (All songs can be heard on YT)

IMDb lists some 26 movies and TV series in which she played and danced.  Some videos can be seen at Youtube but, by far her most suggestive dance, in my opinion, was in Beat Girl, a 1960 British film about late-fifties youth-rebellion, later released in the United States under the title Wild for Kicks. See here (the dance start at 6:45)

From an article published at the time of the shooting of Crane, a TV series starring Patrick Allen.

"So, OK, I am wearing this blouse for some new shots and I am walking past Patrick Allen, who is playing this great adventurer, Crane. I am walking past and suddenly he say with great shock: 'You cannot possibly wear that blouse! Your bust is showing!' I look at him and I say: "Really? Is perhaps why I am wearing the blouse.' Then he gets angry and he say: 'You are always showing too much the bust. My wife say that she is disgusted.'

"Oh ho, then he can see that I am angry, too, and he start to go back a little. He say: "But this programme, Crane, is not only seen by the adults. I seen by children as well.'

"Well, you know, I look at him then and I say: 'But children are more used to bosoms than anyone else, Patrick. They have grown up with them, you see.'

"Then he is quiet and I wear the blouse and I wear no bra and it all looks very nice, very natural because it is what Halima would wear.

Monday, October 30, 2017


L. E. Richards And The Girls
D. Lee, Warmat BMI

Universe 45-550

This quite obscure Ohio label, pressed by King Records in 1962, had only two releases, three if we count the second issue of this one which came on a black label.  "Joreen (She's Something Else)" was given a second chance with the release of Universe 501 by Cody Black & The Celestials as the flip of "The Camel Walk" 

What the two releases had in common was they were composed and produced by Dicky Lee, a pseudonym for one Warren Hambrick.   I've found several songs penned by Warren Hambrick between 1961 and 1963, but none seems to have been recorded:

Sweet Papa Sticky;
Let's Do "The Big End"
Baby Is It True? 
Turn Him Loose, Wine

Don't Mean Nothin", Ain't No Big Thing; (Don't Mean Nothing),
Everybody Likes To Twist;
Many Regrets;
You're Too Fine; 
That Kind Of Blues;
What Did I Do?  
Pretty Crazy,
 Daddy Yum Yum; 
The Eyes Of The Beholder; 

Universe discography

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Riders In The Sky

Lee Savage
Buddy Cole Orchestra

Riders In The Sky

Merri 101

This is, I'm quite sure, a pseudonym for Lee Denson, who had already recorded the old Stan Jones classic the previous year for the obscure Twin label.  "Teenage World" the top side of this single also written by Lee Denson, a song which Merri Records also issued on Merri 205 as by Lee Denson b/w Who Tickled The Sphynx

Not included in the various discographies found on the net or in Hydra Records' "The South's Gonna Rise Again" a Lee Denson compilation on CD from Germany released in 2001

Lee Denson bio

Friday, October 20, 2017

Lee "The Big Masher" Lilly

Lee "The Big Masher" Lilly

Spooky Movies / Big Masher
Alcor 014

Lee Lilly born Leland Lando Lilly (1938-2011) better known as Ross Hagen.

Ross Hagen with tiger on Daktari

Raised in Arizona and Oregon, Ross Hagen headed to Hollywood in 1962 on a lark after working as a stand-in on Route 66.  A couple of months later he was convinced to record this single which was issued on Alcor Records, a new label just founded by Everest Records. 
They said, "Oh man, you should do a record."  So I dit it and I lived off it for about a year.  I don't known if you've ever see what it's like to be a teenage idol for fifteen seconds of fame.  You walk out on this stage and people are screaming.  They screamed like a bunch of vampires.  The hours are horrible.  It wasn't the kind of lifetsyle that I liked.  I like to get up early and listen to the birds.  So I kind of let the music thing drift away.  I wasn't that interested in pursuing a career.
And then of course being from a hillbilly family, the first time they see you on TV, Granny Puss called up and said, "Hon, now that you're a millionaire and a TV star, can you get me some teeth?"  I said, "Granny, I'd love to get you some teeth, but it costs more to join a union than I made on my first job!"
Hagen quickly found work on popular TV westerns like The Virginian and The Wild Wild West, as well as a regular role on Daktari during the 1968-1969 season.  In four decades as an independant actor, director, producer and writer, Hagen has weathered the ups and downs of the film industry during a prolific and diverse career.

☛ "Hollywood Hellcat : Ross Hagen", chapter of "Wild Beyond Belief!: Interviews with Exploitation Filmmakers of the 1960s"
☛ Imdb bio

Both songs can be heard on YouTube.  Or download both tracks here (mp3)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Walking After Midnight

Calvin Coolidge

Walking After Midnight

Hidin' Out

4 Star CC-15
Promotional Record

This is the kind of recording you can do. Here's the recipe ::
1/ Take the two originals "Walking After Midnight" and "Hidin' Out" by Patsy Cline
2/ With Audacity (a very nice freeware) or any other sound editor, modify the speed from 45 rpm to 33 rpm
3/ That's it, a new artist is born, Calvin Coolidge. Simple, no?

Ellis Nassour has the details. From his book "From Honky Tonk Angel" :
    The record was a practical joke cooked up by Bill McCall, head of 4 Star Records.
    Suddenly, with the incredible sales of "Walkin' After Midnight," there was a cover recording, as often happened with a major hit. Disc jockeys everywhere were inundated with Calvin Coolidge's rendition and received calls from the label's irate promotion director wanting to know why they weren't programming it.

    "This is a hot record," he'd say, "the first male version." The deejays responded that the record was terrible. "Oh, you think so, huh?" he replied. A typical answer was, "It's nothing like Patsy Cline's record." The promotion man would counter, "That goes to show how much you know. Take that record and speed it up and we'll see about that!"

    The prankster was none other than Bill McCall, who slowed Patsy's version to 33 1/3 rpm, then pressed a 45 rpm single.
Using Audacity, I've created in a similar manner a cover of Walking by Lil' Hillary, 8 y. old, the latest teenage sensation.

The two Calvin Coolidge tracks and the two other versions of Walking converted from the "Calvin Coolidge" recording (Patsy Cline & Lil' Hillary) can be found in this archived file

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Keeno Boogie

The Keenos

Keeno Boogie

Lark LS-4513

The Keenos : Russel Hicks, Ted Embry; Douglas Beckelhimer, and Charles Chambers formerly called the King Teens from West Virginia, they were playing at the "Showboat," a hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., and with the exception of Ted Embry, were attending school at Las Vegas High School, when this record was issued.

The West Virginia boys have played at several convention centers, appearing with Johnny Horton, who released the song, "Battle of New Orleans," which stayed in number one place throughout the nation for many weeks. Tfrey also appeared with the young singer, Bob Lewman.  [ed. Bob Luman?]

Source : Beckley Post-Herald The Raleigh Register from Beckley, West Virginia · October 25, 1959, page 7

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

St. Olaf Blues

Vocals Peter Nelson,
piano  Jeff Cook,
harmonica Peder Gaalaas

St. Olaf Blues

CPO 205L

Likely from Northfield, Minnesota where Peter Nelson is still making music with The Zillionaires, while Peter Gaalaas, now an orthodontist in Grand Rapids, Minnesota is now a multi-instrumentalist playing the Hammerhead® NiTi Tie-back Pliers, the Hu-Friedy Orthodontic Slim Collection and Bird Beak with Cutter, Hu-Friedy.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Maila Nurmi, Waxmate of the month

“I remember the first time [Orson Welles] saw me in a boudoir,
in a negligee, he said in that wondrous voice of his,
‘Magnificent Carcass.’ ‘MAGNIFICENT CARCASS?’
I thought to myself. Whatever, I didn’t see that one coming.”

Born: Maila Elizabeth Syrjaniemi on December 11, 1922 in Petsamo, Finland
Died: January 10, 2008 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Actress and  horror show hostess, Maila Nurmi appeared in Ed Wood's Plan Nine From Outer Space.   She created her Vampira character -- reminiscent of Charles Addams' spooky New Yorker cartoons -- to host horror movie broadcasts on KABC TV in Los Angeles in 1954.  With darkly mascaraed eyes and blood-red lipstick, Nurmi appeared each week in her revealing black dress and slinky fishnets to introduce such films as "Revenge of the Zombies" and "Devil Bat's Daughter."

"The Vampira Show" was canceled after about a year. Vampira disappeared. But she thrived in the cultural underground. 
By the 1960s, Nurmi supported herself as a tile contractor. Stories, patently untrue, circulated of roles in pornographic films. She became a figure of local legend in West Hollywood, part of a cast of peculiar characters who’d once been famous and now were not.

Maila Nurmi hung out with the punk/metal band the Misfits in the 80s at places like West Hollywood Vinyl Fetish. She also worked on a book she never finished, a memoir of underside of a 50s Hollywood that stayed up late nights at Googies Restaurant, popped pills, and lived off the warm glow of stardom it stalked.
In 1987, she recorded two seven-inch singles on Living Eye records with the band Satan's Cheerleaders. The singles, entitled "I Am Damned" and "Genocide Utopia," were both released on colored vinyl.

She died, alone, in 2008.

Vampira and Satan's Cheerleaders

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thanks Pat!

Pat Boone Presents

10 Golden Hits

Billy Adams and the Pedal Pushers  - Daisy Belle (KoKo, 1962)                                        
Bobby O'Brown  - Hometown Music (Gateway, 1965)                            
Diana Cole - The Yodelin' Blues (Josie, 1956)                             
Hitmakers - Cool School (Original 1, 1959)                                
Johnny and Ted - Naughty Little Lulu (Vee Jay, 1959)                  
Mohammad Ba Sarish - Since I Met You Baby (Gateway Parade Of Hits, 1956)  
Roy Kildaire  - What About It (Blue Beat) (UK, 1964))                      
Spo-De-Odee - Crashing The Party (Verus, 1960)                        
The DeMires - The Spider ( Lunar, 1959)                               
The Keystoner's - T.V. Gal (Riff, 1957)     

From the back cover :
"Some old RnB non-hits I didn't covered at the time of their releases.  Some are well known (?), some are not.  Specially compiled for my friend Bob for his DeadWax blog.  Sorry, I don't have the time to write some liner notes, next time perhaps..."   Truly yours, Pat

Thanks Pat!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I'll Tell It

Calvin Wills

I'll Tell It

Just One More Chance

[Gray Ant 107]

A Vernon Wray production, no doubt.  Of Calvin Wills, nothing is known. Possibly recorded in Washington, D.C. or at Vernon's studio in Accokeek, Maryland.

A short list of Vernon Wray productions from 1965-1967 
(RCA masters) (Label) (Artist)
SK4M 1829 Bella 1000 - Bob Rubino   
SK4M 1830
SK4M 8479 Vermillion 107-  The Sting Rays
S4KM 84??
SK4M 0973 Gray Ant - Calvin Wills
SK4M 0974

T4KM-7477 Gray Ant  - The Hard Times
T4KM 9689 Gray Ant  -  The Dead Beats
T4KM 96??

U4KM 4979 Vector 211 -  Mister's Virtue    
U4KM 4980
UK4M 2375 Vermillion 1951 - Jimmy Eller And His Little People  
UK4M 23??

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I See The Water

Patricia Oberhaus

I See The Water

Oberhaus DV-001

Patricia Oberhaus was a Berkeley artist and avant-garde filmmaker known for her erotic drawings and illustrations that appeared in counterculture books  and underground newspapers of the period

Patricia Oberhaus had 3 children (two daughters, Robin and Sue and one son,) and one long-term partner and step-father to her girls of 14 years, Peter Neufeld.  She was an “unusual character”.

Her art speaks for itself. She was bold in her assessment of American culture, as in her article and accompanying drawing about Beatlemania which captured the liberation of women’s sensuality in real time, published in the Barb 9/10/65. The original was purchased for $5,000 by a Mr. Daniel A. Kildare for $5,000 shortly afterward. 

Despite some early financial success, Patricia seems to have died without any resources and hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of artwork are unaccounted for. If still in existence, they would likely be found in the Humboldt area, where she lived until her death in the early 90’s.

Patricia Oberhaus, “Artist Tells of Virgin Rites
at Beatle Bacchanal,”
Berkeley Barb, Vol. 1, No. 5, September 10, 1965

Friday, September 22, 2017

Little David

Pentecostal Travelers

Little David

N.J.P. 45-34

From Covington, Kentucky.  The Pentecostal Travelers comprised guitarist Pete Nantz, better known for his rockabilly platter on the Clix label (see Rockin' Country Style)  and possibly James Walter Penny. Other members are unknown

Pete Nantz first (?) recorded in 1955 with Luke Thompson and Jesse Kidd on Excellent Records (he is the credited vocalist on the "You Promised My Heart" side).   After his Clix recordings in 1956, he became a Pentecostal preacher.  Backed by The Travelers Quartet, he released at least two sacred EPs on the Jewel Records imprint in 1967, just before his untimely death.

Orville (Pete) Nantz died in December 1967 at General Hospital, Cincinnati.  He was 37 yr. old.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sorry 'Bout That

Curly McIntyre
and the Cimarron Cowboys

Sorry 'Bout That
Henderson Publishing Co. ASCAP

HAP Music Productions, Inc.
Box 5044 San Angelo Texas 76901



Floyd P. McIntyre is his name.  He recorded two singles in 1968 (probably in Nashville), one for Stop Records with "Sorry 'Bout That" (backed by a different flip) and another for Plantation Records.

This Hap label is rather obscure and the usual sources of information about Texas music are of no help.
Four singles on this San Angelo label are listed here and obviously a dozen of singles still missing

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Let It Rock

Ronnie McFarlin
and the Javamen
Let It Rock

Slim Slo Slider SSS 230

Late 60s/early 70s

Hollywood-based country rocker Ron McFarlin came from Michigan where was first based this Slim Slo Slider label which was perhaps his own label as further releases by Ron on the label had an address in Hollywood, Calif.

He released three albums on the Round Robin label and  a number of singles for a number of labels (Corby, Sequoia, K-Ark, Solar, Mystic) including one single in Nashville for Stargem Records proudly "dedicated to the unknown singer and songwriter" as printed on the label

Friday, September 8, 2017

Johnny B. Goode

Stacy Lynn Ries
(10 yrs. old)

Johnny B. Goode

Nu-Sound Records 81N-447

Born in 1970, Stacy Lynn Ries is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ries of Fort Wavne, Indiana.  The youngster began appearing on television at age 3 and recording records at age 4. when she also began appearing with her own band.   She has appeared twice at the Indiana State Fair, and in 1976 she performed before President Gerald R. Ford at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Indiana.   She also sang on her own weekly radio program. Stacy has appeared with such well-known singers as Ernest Tubbs. Faron Young. Justin Tubb. Loretta Lynn and Rex Allen Jr.   Her records include. "The Kindergarten Class Convoy." Be My Valentine" and "The Easter Bunny Hops Along." and several others.