Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Handful Of Obscurities

  I was in my man cave passing the time, listening to some records. I came across a few that I hope will bring some enjoyment and also maybe stir conversation about the artist who made these 45's. It's a mixture of Rock, Folk and Country/Western. I would like to start off with the cool twangy song " Baby Remember Me" by Al and the Echoes on the Echo label. It was released in 1966. The band members are listed on the label. The flip is a C/W ballad.
 
   
  The Destinations release a two record's that I know of. Both are on the "D" record label. On this 45 the group recorded this nice Folk sounding ballad "Let Me Down Easy". The other side is an instrumental. Their other record released in May1965 has the moody song " Baby Don't". From the number on the label, the record feature on the blog seems to have been released before the group's May 1965 record. But I'm not for sure.



  Linda Wilson recorded this killer song "La-Dee-Daa" that was released on the Spindle record label . It's a gem! Great beat sound. The flip side is a teen ballad, nothing like "La-Dee-Daa". I read she was possibly from Kansas City, More info is desired.


 Lastly I would like to feature another C/W song by Cliff Clay. It's a trucker song, certainly not what I normally post but I really enjoy the guitar and the beat on "Road Runners". Maybe you will as well.  

13 comments:

  1. Al & The Echoes vocal Al Henderson- This Al Henderson? http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/artist.php?key=hend1000

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  2. a Cliff Clay & The Rainbow Rhythmaires made a nice Hillbilly Bopper on Ruby (OH) 45 - 180 (1956) called Sugar Baby same artist maybe? I for one really enjoy the country based Rockabilly / R'N'R you share. big Thank you.

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  3. Hi Hobo
    The Cliff Clay 45 I found last year. I had never heard of him before so bought it. I think I paid 50 cents for it. I was thinking the song "Road Runners" was another version of the rock song "Road Runner" that the Gants had a hit with. To my surprise it was totally different. I don't know the date of the 45, it sounds like it might came out in the mid 1960's. The vocals sounds like it was an older gentleman. I'm thinking that it is probably not the same Cliff Clay who made "Sugar Baby". The Rocky-52.net website shows that Al and the Echoes released two 45's. One in 1966 and another in 1967, both on the Echo label. After listen to some of the Al Henderson sound bites that you mentioned it possible but again I thinking it was a different artist as well. I'm am glad you enjoyed the songs. I also appreciate you taking the time write me your thoughts about the 45's.

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  4. He Johnny,
    no comment on Al& The Echos and Cliff Clay (sorry I just can't stand C&W) but the Destinations' Let me down easy is a true gem (strangely, it reminds me of the eponymous track on my all-time fave Stranglers LP "the Aural Sculpture"). I also agree on Linda Wilson, fab tune, I had it collected on of one my Girls with a Beat-selections. Huge thx as always my friend!

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  5. Hello Michael
    Funny thing, when browsing thru some of the 45's last week I came across a Stranglers 45 "Always the Sun". I gave it a spin. It has been a long since I heard that one. It brings back a lot good memories. Glad you liked the Destinations 45. If you happen to come across any information about the group that would be great to know. Thanks for your comments.

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  6. hard to com across any info on the Destinations I'm afraid, not even the Bible (TeenBeatMyhem) mentions this gem....

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  7. Thanks Michael, maybe some others might know more about the band. By the way your UC164 and booklet are excellent. Great job.

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  8. sir...you want to "stir" conversation...not stur conversation... ok....? ok ok

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  9. Thank you for pointing out the typo mistake. It was corrected.

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  10. Are you aware that The Destinations record was pressed by Kay Bank? On their other record, it is printed on the label that it was recorded at Arthur Smith Studios in North Carolina. I'd guess this one was also recorded there. Arthur Smith pressed many of his recordings with Kay Bank. I'm adding this one to the KB discography.

    thanks

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  11. Thanks Derik It looks like both 45's by the Destinations were from 1965. They have a similar sound. I was listening to the instrumental flip side of the record that was featured on the blog the other day. It's dominated by the harmonica thru much of the song. When I get the time I will post it.

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  12. Destinations thought to be from somewhere in Virginia. Both 45s are Kaybank pressings - Where To? / Let Me Down Easy (D 5-5062) March 1965 and Baby Don't / Strong Is My Love (D 5-5232) May 1965

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  13. Max,Thank you for the details.

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