Jim and Edith Young owned JAY Records which was located in Sidney, Ohio. Sidney is in an area of Ohio known as the Miami Valley because the Great Miami River flows through it. I believe that this is where the name Miami Valley Gang came from rather than any Florida connection (Mac McDivitt). My thanks to both Mac, and Bob for pointing out the geographical juxtaposition of Sidney, Ohio, and The Miami River Valley. Having uploaded a couple of sides by Jim and Edith Young I thought I might feature a few more of their recordings, here are a couple of their JAY releases, albeit on one release the label's name was misspelt, JAYE rather than the usual JAY. Their gospel offering here is much better than I remember, certainly far superior to their LORIDA efforts.
I had often
wondered if Jim and Edith Young had any connection with Florida, given that they
were backed by the Miami Valley Gang on their early JAY releases. Of
course just because the name of the backing group suggests a connection with
the Sunshine state, it doesn’t necessary mean the outfit were from Florida,
after all how many bands used a more evocative name to give themselves an air
of Western authenticity? It was a surprise therefore to discover that Jim and
Edith Young did actually record for LORIDA, a Florida based label. As much as I
like Jim and Edith Young, their Gospel material does tend to pall in comparison
to their secular sides and their efforts at the genre on this EP are no
exception. To me the stand out recording on this EP is Mike Sarlo's secular offering "I Know You Lied To Me".
Please Note FORTUNE 204 is in very poor condition and the sound is pretty dire
The Whirlwind Evangelists
were from Bessemer, Alabama.
FORTUNE 204 has KB
numbers in the deadwax - KB 858.A and KB 858.B, there are no Fortune master numbers in the wax. This tends to suggest that the metalwork / stampers had been prepared prior to the FORTUNE release, perhaps the recordings may have
been released earlier on
Back in 2013, Saturday the 5th October to be precise, I posted an acetate by Bill Pentz (aka Bill Pence), now here is the released commercial version, at least the commercial recording of "Too Late To Cry".