Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bob London and the Bobbies (GEE - BEE)

Featured on the blog this month is a obscure record by a group called Bob London and the Bobbies. The matrix numbers on the record shows that the 45 was released in 1966. The group was talented, both songs are very good with nice vocals."Times in my life" is exceptional with it's jangle folk garage rock sound. It certainly had the potential to become a hit. So far I have not found any information of where the band might have hailed from. It is a mystery. I'm hoping that someone might have information/ knowledge about the group that would help to better remember them.
                                                          Bob London and the Bobbies - Times in my Life

                                                    Bob London and the Bobbies - Don't know where to start

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bill Poe (Dean)

I was reading various stories recently about the Vietnam war and the people who fought in that conflict. When I was growing up in the 1960's the war was on the TV most every night. It was on everyone's mind. My friend Joe served and was severely injured in 1968. Although missing half a leg from those injuries he has rode motorcycles for years. Last year Joe took a long road trip on his motorcycle to encourage and support other disabled Veterans. He is an amazing person. I say all this because it leads to the latest record posted on the blog. In 1967 Bill Poe from Martinsville, Indiana wrote and recorded the song "Twenty Brave Men". The song was released on the Dean record label. It is a powerful and haunting ballad about war.To say the Vietnam War had an impact on the music scene in the 1960's would be an understatement. I hope you enjoy the record.
                                                                           Bill Poe- Twenty Brave Men

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Staff (Tennalaga)

Tennalaga records released different genres of music in the late 1960's. Some of these records are highly sought out by collectors such as The Expressions and The Peabody Hermitage. Nothing like that today but I would like to feature a band called The Staff. It came out in 1968. The groups "outside interference" has a cool folk rock sound.
                                                                    The Staff - Outside Interference

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Alan and the Weekenders (Mohawk)

 I like the old timey rock and roll beat on this 45 by Alan and the Weekenders. The writer for both songs is Alan Naclerio. The matrix number looks like the record was released in 1965.
                                                              Alan and the Weekenders - Don't cry no more

                                                                   Alan and the Weekenders - Party Invitation

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A couple of 45's

Hello to all, I was hoping someone might have information on a couple of records. The first of these is a 45 that was released in 1967 by The Spyres with Mike Prewitt on the Vix label. The group does a very good version of "Baby let me take you home".  The flip has an original song that was written by Mike Prewitt called "Looking for a place". The second record is by Joe and Jeff. It has a crude folk/rock sound. The numbers on the A.P.T 10 label are also etched in the dead wax. I hope this will help to determine the year the 45 was released. I appreciate those who follow the blog and are able to provide feed back on some of these lesser known records. Thank you.

                                                                     The Spyres - Baby Let Me Take You Home
                                                     Joe and Jeff - I want to love you                                                  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Count V (BOB-KE)

Here is a good one by the Count V. This is not the San Jose, California's Count Five who had the hit "Psychotic Reaction" in 1966. These guys had a very different sound. More Mersey. The song writer of "Don't be afraid" is not listed on the label. It is thought by some of the experts that the Count V hailed from the southern Michigan area. The 45 was released on the Bob-Ke record label which was located in Wayne, Michigan. From the matrix numbers the Count V's record was released in 1966 as well. I'm sure this would have been a source of confusion back in day with both 45's being at the local record shop in the same year.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Night Raiders (Occidental)

The Night Raiders consisted of Vandy Holloway , Junior Mann , Roger Mann ,Gaylon Adams and Tommy Ellenbury. They were from Alabama and performed mostly in the southeastern area of the United States. The above photo of the group is from 1968. The band recorded two original songs that was released on Occidental records. As you can see from the labels the name of the group is different on each side. More info is needed to know why that is.  I'm guessing it was for the band member (Gaylon Adams and Roger Mann) who was the lead vocals on the particular song that was recorded. Not that it matters, both songs are good.

                                                          Gaylon Adams and the Night Raiders-While I Can

                                                           Roger Mann and the Night Raiders-This Time Again

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Losers (Teen)

Very little is known about the Losers except for this 45 the group released in 1966. Teen Records was located in Mount Healthy, Ohio which is in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. The record label shows the writers of both songs was Don Skidmore, Bill Derossett and Jerry Yount. I am assuming they were the band members. I don't think neither song has appeared on any compilation album. I'm sure one day that will happen. Both songs was well done by the group.
                                                                           The Losers - Open Up Your Eyes

                                                                                       The Losers - I Told Her

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bob and Randy (Shawn)

Hi everyone. Happy New Year. I wish all the best. For myself last year was a good year spending time with my Grandson. I hope this year will be like wise. Alright, lets dig into a good 45 from Bob and Randy on the Shawn label. From the matrix numbers (Delta Triangle Symbol 67195) in the dead wax it looks like it was pressed at the Monarch record facility in the summer of 1967. The 45 has a psych/pop, maybe a slight Turtles sound. My favorite is side one "Gonna learn something new" but both songs have a catchy beat. If anyone can provide more details about the record that would be great.  

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bill Piatt (Majestic)

Hello to all. I was hoping someone might have information about this 45 by Bill Piatt on the Majestic label. Both songs have a mid 1960's sound. As you can see from the label scans Majestic Records was located in Leachville, Arkansas. There are no numbers in the dead wax except for the numbers that can be seen on the labels. Any information would be appreciated. I like his faster, more rock version of  "Taste of Honey". The flip side "If You Really Love Me" has a pop, frat vibe. Nice record.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Holidays

Hi everyone. Happy Holidays. I came across a couple interesting blogs that is worth mentioning. The first is the Golden Voice Recording Company. It has background/history of the groups who recorded at the Golden Voice Recording Studio in the 1960's. A couple of highlights for me is the history of The Camaros and the Wombats. Another cool blog is Rip It Up Rhode Island which features bands from the Rhode Island area. Both have very good information. I have featured some records that I like. I hope you will find these 45's as enjoyable as I do and that it might stir conversation about the artist who made them.






Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Butterflies (RAB)

Hi everybody. In 1966 a group called The Butterflies released this 45 on the RAB record label. Not much else is known about the band. As far as I know it was their only record. Any information would be great. The female lead singer lets it rip with tuff vocals on both songs. "I'll Still Love You Anyway" has the cool garage sound, while on flip side the band does a strong version of the Animals "House of the Rising Sun".

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mike McKenzie and the Embers (Crash)

Hello to all and happy new year. To start 2014 off I would like to feature a record by Mike Mckenzie and the Embers on Crash records. "My Summer Star" is a gem. It's a moody garage song with a nice beat. The band does a decent cover of "I Want to Do It" for the flip. The record label has a slight tear were the year of the copyright is. Its look like 1965, the numbers etched in the dead wax are SJW 8476 which is a Wakefield pressing number. Malcolm Chapman has a really cool website about all the different pressing facility's .  It shows the record was pressed in 1966. I would also like to thank Mike Markesich for giving me some tips about how to locate the numbers etched in the dead wax. Anyway if anyone has information about the band I would appreciate your comments.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Five More ( Moxie)

Tucson, Arizona Moxie Records released several garage 45's in the 1960's. The Intruders was the most well known of those garage groups. Another Tucson band the Five More managed to released a record of their own in 1965. "She Cares" was comped on Wyld Sydes.

Gary Arthur (Debby)

Gary Arthur recorded this two sided gem that was released on Debby Records out of  Chicago. He does a really good version of the Charlie Rich song "Lonely Weekends" and an equally superb teen ballad "The Little Things" that he wrote himself. I would appreciate more information about his recording career.