Sunday, April 20, 2014
Fuzzy & funky slow cookin' country fried sleazy rocker from one time 50's / 60's rockabilly teen idle Troy Shondell. Whew....!
Troy Shondell (born Gary Shelton, May 14, 1940, Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American vocalist, who achieved a modicum of fame and recognition in the early 1960s. He became a transatlantic one-hit wonder, by releasing a single that made the record charts in both the US and the UK. The song, "This Time" (or sometimes billed as "This Time (We're Really Breaking Up)" sold over one million records, earning gold disc status. In a single year, sales were over three million copies.
Shondell was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and educated at Valparaiso and Indiana universities. He wrote his first song at age 14, which was recorded by Little Anthony & The Imperials. Shondell also learned to play five musical instruments. His professional music career started as a teenager. Mercury Records released his first single, "My Hero", from The Chocolate Soldier, which he recorded in 1958 under his real name, Gary Shelton.
He followed the next year with "Kissin' at the Drive-In", a rockabilly song that went on to become a drive-in theater standard. Shondell was on his way, at least in the Midwest. Chicago's Brass Rail, a major nightclub that usually hosted jazz and blues acts, brought him in for its first foray into rock and roll. The successful gig stretched to 16 weeks. In 1959, Mark Records released "The Trance" and "Goodbye Little Darlin'". These sold well in the Midwest and a few other areas, but neither made it into the Top 40 of the national Billboard record chart. The singer cited his father as a major influence, among others. A song Shondell wrote about his father's death in 1960 from a heart attack, "Still Loving You", became a country hit when it was recorded by Bob Luman. Shondell's father's demise caused his career to falter, and he briefly returned to help run the family business.
In April 1961, he recorded "This Time". The record was released during the last week in June on the tiny Gaye label and picked up by the small Los Angeles Goldcrest label, selling ten thousand copies during the first week. Six weeks after being released and played in Chicago, Shondell flew to Los Angeles and signed with Liberty Records. It finally hit the Billboard charts the first week of September, and landed in the Top 10 four weeks later, peaking at number six and staying in the charts for a total of sixteen weeks. The track reached no. 22 in the UK Singles Chart at the end of that year.
"Tears From An Angel" was his follow-up recording, released in March 1962. No further chart action was forthcoming, and Shondell quietly slipped away from the music industry the following year, despite his third single "Na-Ne-No", being produced by Phil Spector. However, in 1963, Tommy Jackson changed the name of his high school band from "Tom and the Tornados" to "The Shondells" in honor of Shondell (one of his musical idols). Jackson became "Tommy James" and international fame followed for the act. Chicago band The Ides of March originally named themselves The Shon-dells, also in tribute to Troy. Shortly before their debut single, "You Wouldn't Listen" was released, the label found out that James had been using the name first, so they were forced to change it. In 1968, Shondell became a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Music in Nashville, Tennessee, and the first recording artist for TRX Records, a branch of Hickory Records, for whom Shondell recorded some gramophone record discs until 1969, when he went into the music publishing field. In October 1969, Shondell was appointed as Assistant Regional Director for ASCAP's Southern Regional Office in Nashville.
In 2001, Shondell still performed at shows and other events. Along with Jimmy Clanton, Ronnie Dove, and Ray Peterson, Shondell was a member of the Masters of Rock 'n' Roll. On October 2, 2007, Shondell traveled to Collins, Mississippi, to deliver a musical tribute to his fallen rock and roll colleague Dale Houston, who, with musical partner Grace Broussard, had reached no. 1 in 1963 with "I'm Leaving It Up to You" as the musical duo Dale & Grace.
Troy Shondell - Head Man
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Occasionally while digging for records you find other cool stuff. I'm not a big book buyer but when i thumbed through this old copy of William Shakespeare i noticed all these neat little drawing inside. It belonged to a Jennings Keffer who was a sophomore @ Middlepoert High School (Virginia ?) in 1922. How could i not buy this? So cool and a really neat little time piece. Jenngings was quite the little doodler and seems like a swell guy buy the doodles of his friends on the back pages of the book. What little info i could find was that he was born in 1906 making him around 16 when he doodled in this book and that he died in 1995. Anyway, as with some of the odd records i find collecting of personal recordings, this is like an archeology dig through time and i felt the need to share it even if it is not music related. I added what little info i could find below. If anyone reading this has anymore info i'd love to find out more about Mr. Keffer. Maybe someday a family member will google his name and find this..... 92 years later your not forgotten Jennings.
Sidney Jennings Keffer (1906 - 1995)
Born in West Virginia, USA on 1906 to Inri Hamilton Keffer and Minora Mabel Starling. Sidney Jennings married Frances Mary Daniels. He passed away on 8 Jan 1995 in Franklin, Ohio, USA.
Athens Messenger April 22, 1930
Misses FANALE and Mae VARDEMAN, Olive GERMAN, of the Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music. Glen BAKER, Cincinnati, and Jennings KEFFER,
Dunbar, W. Va., were Easter guests of Miss Frances DANIELS.
Friday, April 18, 2014
I don't know why this band doesn't get more love....? i don't own all the singles but i have a few and the full length lp and everything is really solid. Oh well.... Here is a great organ based garage rocker w/ cool guitar work from 1967 on the Showplace records label. File under; "Almost".....
Here is the Yellow Payges wiki info:
The Yellow Payges were an American rock band, led by singer Dan Hortter, who were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1966. Although their commercial success was limited, they toured widely and recorded ten singles and an LP before splitting up in 1970.
The band was formed by singer Dan Hortter in Los Angeles in April 1966. Hortter had been a member of a Torrance-based surf rock band, the Driftones, who had just split up. At a performance by his friends in another band, the Palace Guard (whose drummer was Emitt Rhodes), at the Hullabaloo club in Hollywood, he joined the group onstage to play harmonica and sing "I'm a Man". His performance so impressed club owner Gary Bookasta that he invited Hortter to bring his own band to support The Newbeats two weeks later. Hortter recruited guitarists John Knox and Larry Tyre, bassist Herby Ratzloff, and drummer Terry Rae (formerly of the Driftones) to play the gig. Rae was then replaced by Dan Gorman, and the group changed its name to become The Yellow Payges.
They began playing regularly at the Hullabaloo, and Bookasta became their manager. There were further personnel changes. Knox and Tyre left and were replaced by Bob Norsoph and Randy Carlisle; and Mike Rummans replaced Ratzloff. When Norsoph and Carlisle themselves left, Rummans moved to guitar and Jim Lanham came in on bass; he was soon replaced in turn by Teddy Rooney, the son of actor Mickey Rooney. In 1967, the group released their debut single, "Never See the Good in Me" on the Showplace label, a subsidiary of Cameo-Parkway Records. Its local success, together with that of follow-up "Jezebel", resulted in the band signing with Uni Records. They released the single "Our Time Is Running Out", and the group toured the US as part of Dick Clark's Happening '67 package tour of 45 cities in 45 days.
Rummans and Rooney left the band in mid-1968, and were replaced by Bill Ham and Bob Barnes, both from Fort Worth, Texas. Rummans formed a new group, Salt and Pepper, with Rick James, Greg Reeves, and others. The Yellow Payges - now comprising Hortter (lead vocals, harmonica), Ham (lead guitar), Barnes (bass) and Gorman (drums) - continued to release singles, and played the Hollywood Bowl as support to Eric Burdon and the Animals, the Rascals and Tommy James and the Shondells. They also toured for several months as support for The Animals before undertaking a similar role opening for The Beach Boys. Other bands with whom the group shared a stage included Buffalo Springfield, the Doors, Pink Floyd, the Byrds, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane. The Yellow Payges recorded the LP Vol. 1, released by UNI in mid-1969, and issued several singles including one of their best remembered songs, "Vanilla on My Mind", and a remake of "I'm a Man" which narrowly failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100. They also appeared on numerous regional television shows across the US, and on American Bandstand. Donnie Dacus briefly replaced Ham on lead guitar in 1969.
T he group were then hired to appear in a series of commercials for AT&T's Yellow Pages, which, according to writer Jason Ankeny at Allmusic, "effectively destroy[ed] their credibility and their momentum". According to Hortter, "We were put in these hideous yellow satin ruffled shirts with black velvet pants, and did these ridiculous commercials. It pretty much destroyed everything we worked so hard to accomplish." The group broke up in late 1970, during the recording of their second LP.
Yellow Payges - Jezebel
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sax rocker with a guitar break from the squares on the Bristol records label. This is sort of a doo-wop rocker and a bit of a garage/surf rocker. Maybe caught in between? The year i found on the web is 1959. I don't know.... I got nothing. I've been sick and tired and i'm bored so i pulled this out while cataloging some records and decided to download. Maybe someone has some info? If not enjoy anyway.
The Squares - Davey's Drag
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Funky & fuzzy wah wah and talk box jam from 1971. Right up my alley. Not rare or anything just a great tune i dig a bunch... I'm sure a million people have heard it but if you haven't dig in, it's groovy baby. I'm not extremely well versed in Young Holt Unlimited's catalog so if anyone has more recommendations along these lines feel free to let me know what to search out. They have a pretty vast catalog.... I've said this before and i'll say this again, i do NOT claim to be an expert on music ( i know a few things... ) and i do this blog for fun and for me to search out info on records i come across and have collected. I'm not trying to post rare or unheard gems because I'm a bottom feeder when it comes to collecting really... And almost everything is out there already. I just like music and collecting records is fun and helps keep me out of trouble.... I do appreciate the few people that swing by every so often and leave comments. Please do so more often!
That being said, here's the wiki lowdown on Young Holt Unlimited:
Young-Holt Unlimited (also known as Young-Holt Trio), were an U.S. soul and jazz instrumental musical ensemble from Chicago, Illinois.
Drummer Isaac "Red" Holt and bassist Eldee Young, formerly members of Ramsey Lewis' jazz trio, formed a new outfit called the Young-Holt Trio with pianist Don Walker in 1966. They met with modest success, including the minor hit with "Wack-Wack", which charted at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1968, the group renamed itself Young-Holt Unlimited, and replaced Walker with Ken Chaney. Under their new name, the group scored a number three Hot 100 hit with "Soulful Strut," the backing instrumental track from Barbara Acklin's "Am I the Same Girl." "Soulful Strut" sold a million copies with the gold record awarded by the RIAA in January 1969, less than 3 months after the track's release. Unfortunately, follow-up releases failed to match "Soulful Strut"'s commercial success, and the group had disbanded by 1974, with Young and Holt continuing to play in Chicago small bands.
Young died of a heart attack on February 12, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 71.
Holt was believed still to be active as of early July 2011
Young Holt Unlimited - Wah Wah Man
Monday, March 31, 2014
Been having some shit luck around here lately. Spent all day yesterday dealing with a flooded basement where we lost a lot of stuff; records, tapes, 8-tracks, reel to reels, magazines, fanzines, flyers, some electronics, etc..... spent the morning mopping up and throwing stuff out.... Ugh. Anyway, i needed to take a break so i decided to throw a track up on the blog and here it is. A guitar rocker from heavy blues based psych band Moloch called "Cocaine Katy" on the Booger Records label from 1972. I guess the Moloch album is fairly rare (I don't own it) but i have no idea how rare this thing is or if it even is rare. But it's a cool tune with plenty of jamming ax action. Enjoy, I'm going to go take a nap....
Here is the low-down on Moloch:
Moloch emerged from the fertile music scene in Memphis, Tennessee in 1969. Led by guitarist Lee Baker (who had played with the Memphis Blazers throughout the decade, toured with the Mar-Keys and is often called ‘the greatest guitarist you’ve never heard of’), they gigged alongside the MC5 and the Stooges and were offered the opportunity to make an album for local Stax subsidiary Enterprise in 1970. Recorded at the legendary Ardent studios with local producer Don Nix (a collaborator with Lonnie Mack, Furry Lewis, Freddy King, Albert King, Delaney & Bonnie, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers and others, and often credited as a key architect of the ‘Memphis Sound’), they laid down a rich stew of 12-bar blues peppered with fiery guitar, fat organ and taut drumming. Though the bulk of the songs were penned by Nix (including the original version of Goin' Down, later to become a blues standard covered by Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Deep Purple, Pearl Jam and others), the sound is unmistakably theirs, and betrays the influence of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Blue Cheer as well as blues musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sleepy John Estes and Bukka White (all of whom Baker had played with at the legendary Memphis Country Blues Festivals of the late 60s).
The album was a triumph, but failed to sell, prompting the band to split in 1971. The following year, Baker assembled another version of Moloch (featuring bassist Michael Jones, later to play with Talking Heads) and released a one-off 45 on a tiny local label called Booger. This featured even more vicious guitar than the LP, but was doomed to obscurity from the start. Baker went on to play with fellow local hero Alex Chilton (whose Big Star were to suffer a similar fate to Moloch on another Stax subsidiary, Ardent), contributing guitar to his legendary Third / Sister Lovers LP and the Like Flies On Sherbet album later in the decade. Baker also formed Mudboy & the Neutrons with friends Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge and Jimmy Crosthwait (dubbed ‘the great band that nobody can find’ by Bob Dylan), and collaborated extensively with pioneering blues guitarist Furry Lewis. He was still prominent on the Memphis music scene when he was senselessly murdered in September 1996, and it is to be hoped that this reissue will bring his astonishing guitar player to a wider audience.
PS. i've added the flip per anon request. here ya go!
Moloch - Cocaine Katy
Moloch - The Terrorizing Of Miss Nancy Jane
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I'm in the music business. Future looking' doubtful... Music business, bound to be my downfall..... Runnin' out of money.... Crazy going hungry....
I need a sandwich....
One time Mother of Invention tells it like it is...
Jeff Simmons - I'm In The Music Business
Monday, March 24, 2014
Very weird this one. I can't find anything about "The Norman Brothers" at all. It's heavy on ukulele and piano. Song 2 on this side is titled "Fused On Tips, Ca't Slip Off" but it's obviously a cover of Monday Monday by the Momas And Popas. Song 4 is called "Number 3 In The Green Book" but it's a version of "Please don't talk about me when I'm gone". I did not record song 1 "I Enjoy Being A Girl" because it skips very badly. The other side starts with "Steam Boat Mickey" but it's about The Robert E Lee.... Song 2 on this side "The Little Bird Who Lost His Way Flying South For The Winter" is a version of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and is actually pretty cool. Some of the others don't sound familiar to me but i would assume they are all covers??? I know i've heard number 4 on this side but can't place it.... Maybe Elvis???? Number 5 is a ragtime version of Old Time Religion but called "Box 5, Del Rio Texas". It makes no sense to me.... can someone explain this weirdness to me? The only thing i know for sure about this record is that it was cut with HOT STYLUS! Help?!?
The Norman Brothers - Jaggers Recording Studio Acetate
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Some pre ELO psych rock from 1969 from The Move. Just found this recently on the cheap. It's a nice little pop psych nugget. Nothing really rare but a good tune. Actually sounds a bit earlier than 1969. If you don't know the history of the move check out the The Move WIKI link. It's quite extensive. Now back to my coffee....
The Move - Yellow Rainbow
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I don't know the year on this but it's some soulful doo-wop so i'm guessing late in the game. Maybe 1963/64, but that is just a guess.... (while writing this i found out they formed in 1963 so my hunch was just about spot on) What little i could find out about the group was that they were of "Hispanic extraction".... The White Doo-Wop Collector has a nice little write up on the group.
The Young Ones - No, No Don't Make Me Cry
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Some funky latin rock from Giants on the LA Records label. It's from 1980 and sounds a bit like older Santana. Pretty cool w/ a vibes solo and some fuzzy guitar.
Giants - Fried Neckbones And Home Fries
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Rollin' & Rockin' R&B number from Jimmy Sweeney (AKA Jimmy Bell) on the Buckley Records label from 1962.
Jimmy Sweeney - What'cha Gonna Do About Me
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Cool rockin' R&B instrumental from 1961 on the Glow-Hill Records label. Don't know shit about old D.D. (Foots) Ford but a quick search of the nets sees this 45 getting lots of action. I got nothing else..... Oh yeah, I've combined the sides for your listening pleasure, because, well, we all need all the bounce we can get.
D.D. (Foots) Ford - D.D.'s Bounce Part One & Part Two
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
A cool little pop punk nugget on the great Headache Records from New Jersey. I do believe that The Wussies were from CT. I usually like my punk/hardcore a little more "hard" but for some reason i really like this band and record.
The Wussies - New Age
Monday, February 24, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
can't keep 'em barefoot and pregnant forever...
"Fuzzy" Owen - Arkie's Got Her Shoes On
edit: added the flip even though it plays pretty beat because a drunken hobo asked for it. sorry about the noise.
"Fuzzy" Owen - Beware Of A Stranger
Sunday, February 2, 2014
i got up pretty hungover today and started my morning off with some coffee and records. i sat down at the computer and put this mix together. no big deal.
dig in if you'd like and take a guess at the tracks... lates.
The Devils Music Super Bowl Sunday Blues Based B's Mix
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
mega sick super jazz guitar freakout! the fuzz @ 40 seconds is a mind blaster! Actually wished it had gone on way longer... i almost didn't pick this up because the Home Boy label made me think it was going to be bad rap... how wrong i was.
Sputnik - Spy Vs. Spy
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Great boogie woogie piano tune with a killer guitar solo. I do not know what year this is from...
Albert Ammons (September 23, 1907 – December 2, 1949) was an American pianist and player of boogie-woogie, a bluesy jazz style popular from the late 1930s into the mid-1940s.
Born Albert C. Ammons in Chicago, Illinois, his parents were pianists, and he had learned to play by the age of ten. He also played percussion in the drum and bugle corps as a teenager and was soon performing with bands on the Chicago club scene. After World War I he became interested in the blues, learning by listening to Chicago pianists Hersal Thomas and the brothers Alonzo and Jimmy Yancey.
In the early to mid-1920s Ammons worked as a cab driver for the Silver Taxicab Company. In 1924 he met a fellow taxi driver who also played piano, Meade Lux Lewis. Soon the two players began working as a team, performing at club parties. Ammons started his own band at the Club DeLisa in 1934 and remained at the club for the next two years. During that time he played with a five piece unit that included Guy Kelly, Dalbert Bright, Jimmy Hoskins, and Israel Crosby. Ammons also recorded as Albert Ammons's Rhythm Kings for Decca Records in 1936. The Rhythm Kings' version of "Swanee River Boogie" sold a million copies.
Ammons moved from Chicago to New York, where he teamed up with another pianist, Pete Johnson. The two performed regularly at the Café Society, occasionally joined by Lewis, and performed with other jazz musicians such as Benny Goodman and Harry James.
In 1938 Ammons appeared at Carnegie Hall with Johnson and Lewis at From Spirituals to Swing, an event that helped launch the boogie-woogie craze. Two weeks later, record producer Alfred Lion, who had attended John H. Hammond's From Spirituals to Swing concert on December 23, 1938, which had introduced Ammons and Lewis, started Blue Note Records, recording nine Ammons solos including "The Blues" and "Boogie Woogie Stomp", eight by Lewis and a pair of duets in a one-day session in a rented studio.
In 1941, Ammons' boogie music was accompanied by drawn-on-film animation in the short film Boogie-Doodle by Norman McLaren. Ammons played himself in the movie Boogie-Woogie Dream (1944), with Lena Horne and Johnson. As a sideman with Sippie Wallace in the 1940s Ammons recorded a session with his son, the tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons. Although the boogie-woogie fad began to die down in 1945, Ammons had no difficulty securing work. He continued to tour as a solo artist and between 1946 and 1949 recorded his last sides for Mercury Records, with bassist Israel Crosby.
During the last few years of his life Ammons played mainly in Chicago's Beehive Club and the Tailspin Club and a few days before he died he played at Mama Yancey's parlor. In 1949 he played at President Harry S. Truman's inauguration. Albert Ammons died on December 2, 1949 in Chicago and was interred at the Lincoln Cemetery, at Kedzie Avenue in Blue Island, Worth Township, Cook County, Illinois.
Ammons has had wide influence on countless pianists, such as Dave Alexander, Dr. John, Hadda Brooks, Johnnie Johnson, Ray Bryant, Erroll Garner, Katie Webster, Axel Zwingenberger, and the German pianist Joerg Hegemann. The last honoured Ammons, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ammons's birth in 2007, with his album A Tribute To Albert Ammons.
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Albert Ammons - Shufflin' The Boogie