Friday, April 30, 2010

Townsmen Gotta Get Movin Columbia 45

Friday night R&B soul with the Townsmen on Columbia. I found some references that identify Lewis Lymon, the brother of Frankie Lymon of the Teenagers as a member of the Townsmen on this 45. That's about all I know about them.

Townsmen- Gotta Get Movin

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blue Beats Born In Chicago

Thursday night garage with the Blue Beats. Again Columbia records knocked one out of the park. According to the "Fuzz Acid and Flowers Revisited" (an essential guide to American Garage Psych, and Hippie Rock book), the Blue Beats were from Connecticut. They put out 2 Killer 45's on Columbia and I have both. "Born In Chicago" was the 2nd. I like the first one a little better but this one was ready so I am sharing. I picked this up from a friend last year who is not into garage. I had been looking for it for years and found it in a box of records he had for me. The box also had the International Submarine Band Columbia 45 in it, which I was also looking for, back to back finds....oh what a day...oh what a day!

Blue Beats - Born In Chicago

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Garnet Mimms 2 sided Soul

I'm always happy to see Wednesday soul night roll around. I mean, the last night we dipped into soul was Friday night and I've got to get my fix. Actually I've been listening to the mash of stuff I have all week long (don't you love setting the windows player to play never know what you will get....of course, having Garnet Mimms one minute and the Dead Boys the next does flip flop you around a bit!)

Garnet was one of those fellows that had a dynamic voice, recorded some amazing stuff then seemed to disappear. He never really became a big star. He recorded some in the 70's then left the business, probably around the time he became a born again Christian and began ministering to lost souls in prison. In 2008 he released a gospel album. I was happy to see a youtube video of one of tonight's offerings. I was disappointed there was no video of him singing "Cry Baby", the song he is most known for. This is a 45 that I picked up in the last couple of months. Topped out at #30 on the Billboard charts in 1966 I believe.

Garnet Mimms- I'll Take Good Care Of You

Garnet Mimms- Prove It To Me

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ragnation Diberal Higgins early 70s hippie music

Here's a strange one from 1971. I bought a box of 45's last year and 2 copies were in it. Played the first side and did not care for it. Turned it over and this strange gem came out my speakers. There is something appealing about this song with lyrics like "Now dear Old Dad don't you get so mad, your little country lad aint all that bad I aint smokin no grass and or takin trips on the LSD." I have found no references to this group. 

Ragnation- Diberal Higgins

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Astronauts 1960's Boulder Colorado Surf

Well I was not sure if this post would happen. Was having a bit of network card problems and lucked my way into a fix. Anyway, here is a pick up from last week. I have quite a bit of 45's from the Astronauts, who were a Boulder Colorado surf band. I used to have quite a bit of their lp's but unfortunately got rid of them when I moved to NC. This was their only US picture sleeve.

Astronauts - Hot Doggin

Astronauts - Every One But Me

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bobby Bloom - We're All Goin Home

Gospel night with Bobby Bloom. I believe he was best known for the song "Montego Bay" Found a video for that. He co wrote many bubblegum classics such as Mony Mony. He was shot in killed in 1974 at the age of 28.

Bobby Bloom - We're All Goin Home

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wild Thing Old Lady 1969 Elektra

I had orientation for graduate school today so I did not have much time to work on this. Graduate school starts in mid May so I expect that my entries will be short from now on due to reading and studying and writing papers. But I plan on still uploading a song a day as it will be a nice diversion. Also for my sanity!

I've had this 45 for awhile but recently upgraded to a copy that had the picture sleeve. This is a funky little 45 from 1969 or so. I kinda like it even if the lyrics are cave man and not politically correct. But check out the hair/whigs on these dudes...far out man!

Wild Thing - Old Lady

Friday, April 23, 2010

Soul night- Don't forget the ladies: Madeline Wilson Dial L For Lonely

Friday night soul is for the ladies. I seem to have neglected female singers in my uploads so to rectify this oversight I'm sharing a wonderful 45 I've had for several years.  A very wonderful 45!

Madeline Wilson- Dial L For Lonely

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Doo and The Diddits Moody Thursday Night Garage

I love love love moody garage singles. I don't remember where or when I picked this up but it's great. The lyrics are really sappy (I don't even know your name...but I love you all the same") but the harmonies and guitar sucks me in each time.

Doo and The Diddits- Why Did I Fall In Love

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Marvelows I Do

The J Geils band had a hit with this song a million years ago when I was in high school. I had no clue it was a remake until I found this 45 a few years ago. This version made #37 on the Billboard charts while it hit #24 for the J Geils Band (go figure?). Wow, how I appreciate this original version!

The Marvelows- I Do

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Night Latino Garage Rock: The Locos Guantanamera Rock

This shiny promo was in a box of records that I picked up last year. When I finally got around to listening to it I was pleasantly surprised. A nice latino garage 45 on RCA. I found some pictures and a little article about them via a google search. They came to the states in 1966 for a tour (and shortened their name to the Locos from Los Locos del Ritmo) and for a short period were a house band at the Whiskey A Go Go as an alternate to the Doors. I found some pretty cool clips on youtube as well.

The Locos- Guantanamera Rock

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Night Surf: The FOUR

Monday night surf injected with a little bit of garage on a nice little 45 I've had for a few years. I've found no reference on them other than Barry Wickham's fine Garage reference book which identifies they are from Akron Ohio. I like both sides but I have to give a bigger thumb up for the "b" side "Now Is The Time".

The Four- Now Is The Time

The Four - Lonely Surfer Boy

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Night Gospel: Sons Of Champlin - Jesus Is Coming Parts I & II

Nice pickup from last week. This was limited as a promotional 45 to promote the 1st Capitol LP by the Sons of Champlin. From what I can find was mailed out only if only you requested one.

Sons Of Champlin- Jesus Is Coming Part 1

Sons Of Champlin- Jesus Is Coming Part II

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday Night garage: Clefs Of Lavender Hill

Earlier this week I had a bad day. Today was the opposite. I mean, who could have a bad day on National Record Store day! I set out with my want list and was able to get everything but the Joy Division box set and the Hold Steady LP. I picked up all the Sub Pop goodies, The Flaming Lips LP, the Neil Young reissue 45, the Rolling Stones 45, the Doors 45, the Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 45, the autographed Superchunk picture disc 45, the Pavement greatest hits LP and was able to score a copy of the Wilco 4 LP box set. I was also able to find a few other things like an XTC box set of 45s, a reissue Chris Bell 45 and was given the Bob Dylan Christmas 45 as a freebee. I don't even want to think about how much I spent. For tonight, I am sharing a nice upbeat garage song that I believe was on the Nuggets complilation. I have the original pressing as well as a copy that was later purchased and distributed by Date.

Clefs Of Lavender Hill- Stop! Get A Ticket

Friday, April 16, 2010

North Carolina Blue Eyed Soul: The Embers

Friday Soul brings us some North Carolina blue eyed soul beach music with the Embers, who are pretty much an institution here in this state. I picked this 45 and Picture sleeve on the JCP label up a few months ago. I am sad to say that I had lived in this state almost 10 years before I learned about the JCP label and that is only because I found a 45 in a thrift store. The JCP label was out of Raleigh and put out approximately 68 45's in the early to late 60's and since that 1st one I found I have searched the ends of the earth (well, locally that is) to find copies. I currently have 25 JCP's in my collection. Some have picture sleeves and one is autographed. I will be featuring more JCP's in the future. But for now, enjoy this tasty double morsel and shag baby shag.

The Embers - In My Lonely Room

The Embers - Good Good Lovin

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thursday Night Popsike: Matthew Moore

A unHappy tax day to all! But I do have good news kiddies, my new turntable cartridge arrived today so I will be back in business this weekend. I've got a bunch of new stuff to listen to and hopefully will have time to tape some. But for now, I present you with a fantastic 45 from Matthew Moore (written by David Gates later of BREAD fame). Matthew was involved in some exciting music in the 60s and his version of Codyne on a 1965 White Whale 45 is a brilliant classic (I have a nice promo copy in my collection). According to the April 16, 1966 Billboard magazine, this wonderful single was purchased by Capitol records for release. He released a few Capitol 45's in late 66 or 67 then later was involved in an interesting band called THE MOON with David Marks who was an early member of the Beach Boys. The MOON put out 2 lp's on the Imperial label. I have a couple of 45's from them. I have included a youtube video of the Pirate.

Matthew Moore- Face In The Crowd

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Soul Wednesday. Eddie Lovette It's Got To Be Tonight

Soul Wednesday. I picked this one up last summer. I know absolutely nothing about Eddie. But I like the song.

Eddie Lovette- It's Got To Be Tonight

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Rockers: Eddie Hodges New Orleans

Here is a great little rocker for Tuesday night. I have had this one in my collection for some time this is a recent upgrade in condition. It is a remake of the Gary US Bonds song and this version barely missed the top 40. I've read that Eddie became disillusioned with Hollywood and obtained a B.S in Psychology and an M.S in counseling...good for him!

Eddie Hodges- New Orleans

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Surf.. Revels Church Key

Classic surf 45 from the Revels for the song Church Key. I had a crappy day and wish I was on the beach drinking beer and looking at the babes...unless my wife is reading this! But was a VERY crappy day!

Revels- Church Key

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Night Gospel Brush Arbor Old Time Religion

Promo 45 from Christian country band Brush Arbor from 1973. I had never heard of them before until I picked this up a few weeks ago. I don't know much about this band other than they are still together. Found a few cool videos on youtube including Johnny Cash introducing them on his show.

Brush Arbor- Brush Arbor Meeting/I'll Fly Away/ Old Time Religion
(I had to remove the song...the sound was terrible. This was the last 45 I recorded last week. I have ordered a new needle and will re record when it comes in.....but in the meantime, enjoy the video below...same songs. No need to fear about other posts. I have a bunch ready)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday Garage: Mouse & The Traps Requiem For Sarah

Mouse & The Traps were a cool Texas band that were successful locally but really did not make it on a national level. But they are now appreciated. This was their last Fraternity 45. I picked this up in a March 2010 find. I found a video of them live in March of this year playing one of their better known songs. Sound quality is poor but quite honestly there is something interesting in late 60 or 70 year old men rocking out to their old song!

Mouse & The Traps - Requiem For Sarah

Mouse & The Traps - Look At The Sun

Friday, April 09, 2010

Soul Friday: Luther Ingram & The G-Men Foxy Devil & I Spy (For The FBI)

Soul Friday with a nice little 45 from 1966 that I picked up a few weeks ago. Luther is best known for the song "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right". This was one of his first 45's and did not hit the charts. Contains a cool version of the Jamo Thomas classic "I Spy (For The FBI). Luther died in 2007 .

Luther Ingram & The G-Men- Foxy Devil

Luther Ingram & The G-Men- I Spy (For The FBI)

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Illusions I Know & Take My Heart 60s Columbia Records Garage

Columbia records put out some great 45s in the 60s that are not easy to locate. Here is one by the Illusions that has some great garage organ and pounding drums. This was a 45 I had been trying to find for quite awhile and I picked it up at an amazing garage sale in Durham, NC last year. My friend Jason and I were going to Danville, VA to a record store and saw an ad on Craiglist so we stopped by on our way out of town. This guy was moving and had tons of 60's garage 45s he was selling at extremely reasonable prices. I ended up not only spending a bunch of $ that day with my friend Jason, but I called the guy up and went back later in the week.

The Illusions- I Know

The Illusions- Take My Heart

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Wednesday Blue Eyed Soul Bob Brady and the Con Chords

Blue Eyed Soul Wednesday with Bob Brady and the Con Chords. The Brady Bunch dad hits the soul circuit...(just kidding). Great little soul song from a Baltimore group that released 6 45's from 1966-1969. Picked this up in the last six months.

Bob Brady and the Con Chords- More More More Of Your Love

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Fairchilds 1960s A&M Popsike

Tuesday night bubblegum popsike. This is a nice catchy A&M 45 from 1967 or 68 that I picked up in the last year. Another non hit wonder that there is little information on. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists were great last night. Wish I had some pictures to post but my cell phone took crappy pictures. Note to time bring your damn camera!

Fairchilds- Let Her Run

Fairchilds - Thinkin About You

Monday, April 05, 2010

Hondells You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda

Monday surf, sand and squealing pavement features The Hondells. They had a hit with Little Honda, a song written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. They recorded "Sea Cruise" (which missed the Billboard charts but did "bubble" under at #131) and I am featuring the "B" side which I like called "You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda". I've included a little youtube clip for Little Honda- lip singing at its finest. Posting this early as my wife and I are going to a concert tonight...Ted Leo and the Pharmacists---Yippie!

The Hondells - You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Duckbutter - Gospel Trip Medley Obscure 1971 45

Sunday Night Gospel with a January 2010 find. This obscure 1971 promo 45 on the Paramount label appears to be the lone Duckbutter release.

Duckbutter- Gospel Trip Medley: Gospel Ship, We Need A Lot More Jesus, Let The Church Roll On

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Randy And The Radiants Garage 45 Sun Records

I think music would be different today if it was not for Sam Phillips. He was responsible for discovering/recording Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Howlin Wolf, Carl Perkins. He is also widely known to have recorded what is considered the first Rock and Roll song from Jackie Bernston and his Delta Cats (Rocket 88 which includes a young Ike Turner who also plays guitar on the release) in 1951. I think what sets Sam Phillips apart is the fact he was a civil rights pioneer as he lived in a time of racism and segregation but he opened his doors to everyone. He loved R&B and wanted to share "black" music with white people. I think people like Sam Phillips helped direct this country to where we are today. But we still have a long way to go. So to thank Sam, my Saturday Night addition is another find from last week. Sun records continued on until 1968 and I present you a 1964 release.- Sun 395. Randy and the Radiant's would put out one more record on Sun, and Sun Records would only release 12 more singles before Sam Philips would sell the label. And as a bonus, I've included a youtube video of the Jackie Bernston and his Delta Cats Rocket 88. Bop along you cats.

Randy and the Radiant's - Peek A Boo

Randy and the Radiant's - Mountain High

Friday, April 02, 2010

Garrett Scott & Johnny Hammond Working On A Groovy Thing

Another nice snag from last week and then I've added a bonus for you listeners. I picked up the Garrett Scott with 3 other 45's that probably will get into my blog spotlight. But for now, enjoy Garrett and his 1970 version of the Neil Sedaka classic. Patti Drew and the 5th Dimension's had hits with this song in 68 and 69 respectively. But personally, I like this version better. I was singing this nonstop this weekend much to the aural displeasure to my wife. I've also included an instrumental version by Johnny Hammond that I've had for years.

Garrett Scott- Working on A Groovy Thing

Johnny Hammond - Working On A Groovy Thing

Thursday, April 01, 2010

The April Fools - Things Go Better With You

What better band to feature on April Fool's day other than a band called The April Fools. They put one more 45 out that I am aware of on the Monument label. This MGM 45 features a couple of catchy tunes. Picked up both copies featured below years ago. I have this affinity for promotional single and sometimes can't help picking up a duplicate "promo" copy to go with my regular stock release.

The April Fools - Things Go Better With You

The April Fools- You Won't Be There