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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

VEGA LP # 8


“SONGS OF THE PURPLE SAGE”
WILL GRAVES AND HIS RHYTHM RANGERS
VEGA LP VR 8


10” LP Issued with paper picture sleeve

VR 8.A
Please Come Home (1)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
Guess I’m Better Off Without You Now (2)
(Terry Fell) (No Publisher Noted)
I’m Paying With A Broken Heart (3)
(Bill Sturevant) (No Publisher Noted)

VR 8.B
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (4)
(Scott Wiseman) (No Publisher Noted)
You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often (5)
(Jenny Lou Carson) (No Publisher Noted)
Iron Horse (6)
(Johnson – Waters) (No Publisher Noted)

Label scan / details / sound files courtesy of BACM



SOURCE OF MATERIAL - COLUMBINE RECORDS
Manufactured By Karl Zomar Inc. Denver. Colorado



COLUMBINE 104
WILL GRAVES AND HIS RHYTHM RANGERS
Guess I’m Better Off Without You (104.A)
(Terry Fell) (No Publisher Noted)
When The World Has Turned You Down (104.B)
(Ernest Tubb) (No Publisher Noted)

COLUMBINE 106
WILL GRAVES AND HIS RHYTHM RANGERS
Featuring Bill Broadway “King Of The Silver Strings”
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (106.A)
(Scott Wiseman) (No Publisher Noted)
I’m Paying With A Broken Heart (106.B)
(Bill Sturevant) (No Publisher Noted)

COLUMBINE 108
WILL GRAVES AND HIS RHYTHM RANGERS
Iron Horse (108.A)
(Johnson – Waters) (No Publisher Noted)
You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often (108.B)
(Jenny Lou Carson) (No Publisher Noted)

Unknown Source
“Please Come Home”
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

WHIRLING DISC RECORDS


Printed sleeve courtesy of Ronald Keppner


Dallas. Texas

WHIRLING DISC 1000
DON Mc CORD & HIS SEVEN CHORDS
These Shoes Are Killing Me (Vocal – Paul Blunt) (WD-H 1000.A)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
Can’t Live Without You (Vocal – Paul Blunt) (WD-H 1000.B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)

Monday, 27 September 2010

TOPS RECORDS


Hollywood. California (?)

This is presumably the forerunner of the more common maroon, black or red TOPS label, which issued an large quantity of cover versions on 45’s / Ep’s / 78’s in the fifties. I would imagine that there are many other releases with this blue label design, but few ever turn up.

TOPS 103
JACK (TEX) WILLIAMS AND THE HIRED HANDS
Life Get’s Tee-Jus (103.A) (deadwax Top 111)
(Carson Robinson) (No Publisher Noted)
JOHNNY HENDERSONAND THE HIRED-HANDS
I Love You So Much It Hurts (103.B) (deadwax Top 110)
(Floyd Tillman) (No Publisher Noted)




TOPS 209
JOE BEAN AND HIS WESTERN SERENADERS
I Turned And Slowly Walked Away (Vocal – Curt Dunn) (209.A)
(Red Sortner) (No Publisher Noted)
There’s Not A Thing (Vocal – Curt Dunn) (209.B)
(Dilly Hughes) [sic] (No Publisher Noted)

TOPS 209 is a Research Craft Pressing.


Sunday, 26 September 2010

VITACOUSTIC RECORDS (5000 Series)


Chicago. Illinois

VITACOUSTIC 5000
RILEY SHEPARD AND HIS WILD WEST COWBOYS
Slap Her Down Ag’in (5000.A) (V-10001)
()
Judy (You're My Angel) (5000.B) (V-10002)
()

VITACOUSTIC 5001
RILEY SHEPARD AND HIS WILD WEST PLAYBOYS
Forty Miles At Sea (5001.A) (V-10003)
(Shorty Long – Duke Jule) (No Publisher Noted)
What Else Can I Do (But Love You) (5001.B) (V-10004)
(Milton Leeds – Billy Hayes) (No Publisher Noted)


Friday, 24 September 2010

STAFF RECORDS (Oklahoma)


Oklahoma City. Oklahoma

STAFF 4705 / 322
MERL LINDSAY AND HIS OKLAHOMA NIGHT RIDERS
Turner Turnpike (Instrumental) (4705.A / 322.A) (deadwax 4705.A)
(M. Lindsay) (Sooner Music Inc. BMI)
I Live For You (Vocal – Merl Lindsay) (4705.B / 322.A) (deadwax 4705.B) (M. Lindsay) (Sooner Music Inc. BMI)




Note: Both sides of the record have 322.A on label. STAFF 4705 / 322 is Research Craft Pressing.


STAFF 324
MERL LINDSAY AND HIS OKLAHOMA NIGHT RIDERS
Spanish Eyes (Vocal – Jimmy Young) (324.A)
(M. Lindsay) (Sooner Music Inc. BMI)
Don’t Let Me Go (Vocal – Merl Lindsay) (324.B)
(M. Lindsay) (Sooner Music Inc. BMI)


Thursday, 23 September 2010

VEL-TONE RECORDS


SEQUOIA RECORDING COMPANY

VEL-TONE SQ 106.A / SQ 108.A
HUGH CAMERON AND THE SAGEBRUSH SERENADERS
Journey’s End (SQ 106.A) (deadwax A 6531)
(Cochran – Rosoff) (No Publisher Noted)
Bless Your Heart (Little Girl) (SQ 108.A) (deadwax A 6533)
(Penny – Hensley) (No Publisher Noted)


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

WONDER RECORDS


“If It’s A Hit It’s A Wonder”

WONDER 101.B / 105.A
DARYL AND THE RUSTLERS
Pal O’ Mine (Vocal – Daryl Hutchins) (W.101.B)
(D. Hutchins) (No Publisher Noted)
Fair Weather Gal (Vocal – Daryl Hutchins) (W.105.A)
(D. Hutchins) (No Publisher Noted)




Musicians listed on label; Chick Gandel (Bass / Fiddle); Don Burke (Accordion); Jim Fewell (Guitar).

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

4 STAR OP 131







Label scans and music courtesy of John Burton collection on deposit at BACM

Monday, 20 September 2010

LES ANDERSON - HOLLYRAD


1. QUEEN OF THE SADDLE
Unplayable
2. AFTER SUNDOWN TONIGHT
Hear


Sunday, 19 September 2010

LES ANDERSON / SPADE COOLEY



Was this song commercially recorded by Spade Cooley or Les Anderson?

Saturday, 18 September 2010

HILLCRAFT RECORDS


HILLCRAFT 111
JOHNNY McLEAN AND HIS SMOKY MOUNTAIN PALS
Another Scar (Upon A Broken Heart) (111 H)
(Johnny McLean) (Murob. BMI)
A Convict Dreams (111 HH)
(Robertson – Murray) (Murob. BMI)




HILLCRAFT 1150
TEX DANIELS AND HIS LAZY H RANCH BOYS
When I Put The Ring On Her Finger (Vocal – Tex Daniels) (1150 Z)
(Robertson – Murray - Sugar) (Murob. BMI)
I’m Pretending It’s Only A Dream (Vocal – Freddy Clark) (1150 ZZ)
(Murray – Robertson) (Murob. BMI)

Friday, 17 September 2010

SONG PLUGGER


CINCINNATI. OHIO

SONG PLUGGER 1
JOE ST. CLAIR
It Isn't Worth The Tears (1-A 48)
(Harkness - Grieshop) (No Publisher Noted)
Red Long Fingernails (And A Cigarette) (1-B 48)
(Griesop) (No Publisher Noted)

SONG PLUGGER 1 was reviewed in BILLBOARD on April 3rd 1948. Record was re-released on BULLET 669 credited to Joe St.Clair "The Cowboy Of The Air".




Music, Label Scan, and Label Data courtesy of Ronald Keppner.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

HIGH TIME RECORDS


HIGH TIME HT-117 /HT-118
JOHNNY HENDERSON AND THE TEXAS HIRED HANDS
The Girl That I Love Is An Okie (HT-117)
(Henderson) (No Publisher Noted)
Down Beside The Rio Grande (HT-118)
(Henderson - Williams) (No Publisher Noted)




Note: Notation on label “Copyright 1949”.
"The Girl That I Love Is An Okie" is a re-recording of song first issued on MILTONE Records. BILLBOARD reported (14th May 1949) that Henderson, a DJ at Radio Station KGBS (Harlingen. Texas) had recorded for the new HIGH TIME Label. Later 45 relaeses on label not included here.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

MASTERTONE RECORDS AND TRANSCRIPTIONS



BOX 1060. DES MOINES. IOWA.


MASTERTONE W-1001
JACK LESTER AND SADDLE SERENADERS
Stealin’ The Blues (Instrumental) (W-1001.A)
(Acuff – Byrd) (Acuff – Rose Pub. BMI)
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN GALS AND SADDLE SERENADERS
Tennessee Polka (Vocal – Trio) (W-1001.B)
(E. King) (Hill & Range Songs Inc. BMI)




MASTERTONE W-1006
JERRY SMITH AND HIS RANCHHOUSE BOYS (sic)
There Was A Time (W-1006.A)
(Bob Flannery) (Jerry Smith Pub. BMI)
Dear God Please Send My Darling Back (W-1006.B)
(J. Smith) (Jerry Smith Pub. BMI)

MASTERTONE W-1009
TOM OWEN’S COWBOYS
Slow Poke (Vocal – Arkansas Jim) (W-1009.A)
(King – Stewart – Price) (Youtzy – Anderson. )
Sea Goin’ Cowboy (Vocal – Chuck Youtzy) (W-1009.B)
(Youtzy – Anderson) (Ridgeway Music Inc. BMI)

MASTERTONE W-1011
JERRY SMITH AND HIS RANCHHOUSE BOYS (sic)
The Longer You Wait (W-1011.A)
(J. Seeley) (Jerry Smith Pub. BMI)
Fading Away (W-1011.B)
(Smokey Smith) (Peer Int. BMI)

MASTERTONE W-1013
ANDY DOLL – 6 Men and 16 Instruments
Woodchoppers Ball (W-1013.A) (F80W 3613)
(Bishop – Herman) (Leeds Music. ASCAP)
Innocense Waltz (sic) (W-1013.B) (F80W 3614)
(V. Vlach) (Vitak – Elsnic. SESAC)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

HOEDOWN RECORDS



HOEDOWN 118
LUCKY LEE AND THE WANDERING COWBOYS
Infatuated Heart (118.A)
(Johnny Haynes) (No Publisher Noted)
Do Unto Others (118.B)
(K. Reese – Bell) (No Publisher Noted)


Monday, 13 September 2010

SHAWNEE RECORDS


Stroudsburg. Pa

SHAWNEE 513
GEORGE COWARD WITH THE POCONO ECHOES
Queen Of The Poconos (513.A)
(Lee Smith) (No Publisher Noted)
Promises (513.B)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)


Sunday, 12 September 2010

BALKAN 8000 Custom Series


BALKAN MUSIC RECORDING STUDIOS. Chicago. Ill:
(8000 / 8002 / 8003)

BALKAN RECORDING STUDIOS. Berwyn. Ill:
(8005)


BALKAN 8000
DENVER DUKE – THE MAN WITH A WOMAN’S VOICE – AND HIS OZARK PIONEER BOYS
When We Meet Up Yonder (Vocal – Denver Duke & Jeffery Null)
(8000.A) (Denver Duke) (BMI)
Lonesome For Mother (Vocal – Denver Duke) (8000.B)
(Denver Duke) (BMI)




BALKAN 8001 (No Information)


BALKAN 8002
DONA MASON accompanied with TENNESSEE STRING BAND (sic)
Waiting And Wondering Why (Vocal – Multiple Vocalizing) (8002.A)
(No Composer Credit) (BMI)
Daddy’s Yodel Song (Vocal) (8002.B)
(Dona Mason) (BMI)




BALKAN 8003
DENVER DUKE AND HIS OZARK PIONEERS
God Took My Precious Darling (Vocal – Denver Duke & Jeffery Null “Men with Women Voices” (sic) (8003.A)
(Duke – Null) (Balkan Music. BMI)
A Million Tears (Vocal – Denver Duke “Man with Woman’s Voice”)
(8003.B) (Duke – Null) (Balkan Music. BMI)




BALKAN 8004 (No Information)


BALKAN 8005
LON COLLINS – NEELD COUNTS AND THE COMANCHE COWBOYS
You Let Me Down (8005.A)
(L. Collins) (Janie Music Co. BMI)
Little More Of Your Love (8005.B)
(Patzer - Collins – Counts) (Janie Music Co. BMI)




Many thanks to Ronald Keppner for the music and information from BALKAN 8002 and BALKAN 8003.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

SPEEKS RECORDS


SPEEKS 1001
RED SPEEKS
Won’t The Angels Miss You (Sp 10)
(Red Speeks) (No Publisher Noted)
Don’t Feel Sorry For Me (Sp 11)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)


Friday, 10 September 2010

AUTOGRAPH RECORDS (Ohio)



This AUTOGRAPH label was a subsidiary of the Marietta, Ohio based DIXIE label. The records were pressed by Associated Distributors, hence the AD prefixes, and distributed by the company too. BILLBOARD identified Buddy Starcher as both the A&R man, and the label owner. Although BILLBOARD noted the release (or impending release) of AUTOGRAPH 2003 in July 1947, it is not clear if AUTOGRAPH 2003 and 2004 were actually issued, as both records came out on the DIXIE label (115 and 116 respectively) .

AUTOGRAPH 2001
THE RANCH HANDS – HIL, HAL & BUCK
The Cross-Eyed Cowboy With The Low I.Q. (AD 1626)
(Etzi – Bressler) (No Publisher Noted)
Sweet Cactus Sue (AD 1629)
(Robbin White) (No Publisher Noted)

Note: AUTOGRAPH 2001 has notation on label “Arrangement by Nick Etzi”




AUTOGRAPH 2002
THE RANCH HANDS – HIL, HAL & BUCK
Wind Lullaby (AD 1627)
(Etzi – Bressler - Duffy) (No Publisher Noted)
Beef On The Hoof (AD 1628)
(Etzi – Bressler) (No Publisher Noted)

AUTOGRAPH 2002 BILLBOARD July 19th 1947
Note: AUTOGRAPH 2002 has notation on label “Arrangement by Nick Etzi”




AUTOGRAPH 2003
DOLPH HEWITT AND ALLSTAR ROUNDUP
I Love You As You Are
()
Peg ‘O My Heart
()

AUTOGRAPH 2003 BILLBOARD July 5th 1947

AUTOGRAPH 2004
DOLPH HEWITT AND ALLSTAR ROUNDUP
Sally’s Gone To Santa Fe (AD 1551)
(Blanchard) (No Publisher Noted)
I’m Mad About You (AD 1552)
(Starcher) (No Publisher Noted)

Thursday, 9 September 2010

PINE RECORDS


PINE 1011
SHORTY CROSS AND HIS ARIZONA RIDERS
Near You (Vocal – Mack Sullivan) (1011.A) (deadwax 1011)
(Wills – Duncan) (No Publisher Noted)
Oakie Boogie (Vocal – Mack Sullivan) (1011.B) (deadwax 1016)
(Jack Guthrie) (No Publisher Noted)




PINE 1012
SHORTY CROSS AND HIS ARIZONA RIDERS
Rain, Rain, Polka (Instrumental – acc. solo Sam Melchionne)
(1012.A) (deadwax 1013) (V. Zembruski) (No Publisher Noted)
A Gypsy Told Me (Vocal – Mack Sullivan) (1012.A) (deadwax 1015)
(Copas – Hazelwood) (No Publisher Noted)

Note: “A Gypsy Told Me” was also issued on ANCHOR A-7 (Reverse by Jimmie Dale). ANCHOR A-7 dates from around August 1952.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

URBAN RECORDS


Hollywood. California

URBAN 111
JERRY DOOLEY WITH ART WEST AND HIS SUNSET RIDERS
I Seem To See My Louisiana (111.A) (URC 332)
(O’Neil – Rinehart) (No Publisher Noted)
JILL TURNER WITH ART WEST AND HIS SUNSET RIDERS
I’m Goin’ Down The Mountain (111.B) (URC 331)
(J. Alan Rinehart) (No Publisher Noted)


Hear "I’m Goin’ Down The Mountain"

URBAN 116
JILL TURNER WITH ART WEST AND HIS SUNSET RIDERS
I Won’t Tell On Her (116.A) (URC 349)
(Sam Hill) (No Publisher Noted)
JILL TURNER - JERRY DOOLEY WITH ART WEST AND HIS SUNSET RIDERS
She’s Mine (116.B) (URC 351)
(Porter – Tableporter) (No Publisher Noted)




URBAN 117
JILL TURNER WITH ART WEST AND HIS SUNSET RIDERS
Yodeling Cow Girl (117.A) (URC 350)
(O’Neill – West) (No Publisher Noted)
JILL TURNER - JERRY DOOLEY WITH ART WEST AND HIS SUNSET RIDERS
You’re Part Of My Heart (117.B) (URC 352)
(O’Neill – West) (No Publisher Noted)


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

RANGE RECORDS (Nevada?)


RANGE 2
THE RANGEMEN
Las Vegas Bound (2A / 1001)
(Smith – Magnus) (No Publisher Noted)
I’m Gonna Saddle The Moon (2B / 1002)
(Smith – Magnus) (No Publisher Noted)



Monday, 6 September 2010

SERENADE RECORDS



SERENADE 900 / 901 (No Information)


SERENADE 902 / 903
“SMILING” MAX HENDERSON AND HIS RANCH HANDS
You Left A Tear In My Eye (Vocal – Warren Wood) (902)
(Warren Wood – Marilou Dawn) (BMI)
From Someone Who Cares (Vocal – Max Henderson) (903)
(Max Henderson) (BMI)



Sunday, 5 September 2010

STANCHEL RECORDS (3028 thru 3030)


Hollywood. California

STANCHEL 3028
ROY KELLY AND THE WESTERNAIRES
Dragen – It – Boogie (3028.A) (SR 556)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
You Grew Tired Of Me (3028.B) (SR 557)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)




STANCHEL 3029
DICK MILLER WITH THE SUN DOWN TROUBADOR (sic)
Door Step Of Love (3029.A) (SR 558)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
You Called Collect (3029.B) (SR 559)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)




STANCHEL 3030
CHUCK MAYFIELD AND WONDER VALLEY COWBOYS
A Little Bit Longer (3030.A) (SR 560)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)
A Fool That just Can’t Win (3030.B) (SR 561)
(No Composer Credit) (No Publisher Noted)




Note: STANCHEL 3028, 3029 and 3030 were also issued on 45rpm.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

KING RECORDS (Hollywood)


Hollywood. California



KING 100
ART WENZEL AND HIS RAGTIME COWBOYS
Rhythm Of The Prairie (100.A) /(KM 1081)
(Dick Hakins – Tom Alfred) (No Publisher Noted)
A Rovin’ Cowboy (100.B) / (KM 1082)
(Art Wenzel) (No Publisher Noted)




KING 101
ART WENZEL AND HIS RAGTIME COWBOYS
Yodeling Polka (101.A) / (KM 1080.RE)
(Art Wenzel) (No Publisher Noted)
Just Lonesome For You (Vocal – Colleen Summers) (101.B)
(KM 1083) (Art Wenzel) (No Publisher Noted)




Both KING 100 and 101 have notation on label “All Records Produced Under Contract with AFM-AFRA”

Note: (Iris) Colleen Summers married and performed with Les Paul as Mary Ford (Thanks to Clive Downes for Summers / Ford information).

Friday, 3 September 2010

Spot The Difference #2


LUKE McDANIEL


"Honey Won't You Please Come Home"
KING 1356


"Honey Won't You Please Come Home"
AUDIO LAB LP AL 1515

Thursday, 2 September 2010

STANDARD RECORDS (Hillbilly Series)


New York

STANDARD S-35003
THE TRAIL RIDERS
DON CALVI – DICK CURLESS (THE TUMBLEWEED KID)
Jelly – Do – Nuts (S-35003.A) (50-103)
(Gil Mills – S. Houston – J. Estella) (No Publisher Noted)
Coast Of Maine (S-35003.B) (50-104)
(Gil Mills – Ron Harry) (No Publisher Noted)