Monday, November 21, 2011

The Sharpees - Do The 45

This record is pretty beat and i wouldn't have even bought it if not for the picture that was stuck in the sleeve. I found this @ the local flea market and bought it because of that pic. I mean, the song is great ( a cool little soul dance number from 1963) but the record condition leaves a bit to be desired. I've talked about it before but it always sorta bums me out when i find stuff like this while digging for records. People will clean out houses and take the entire contents to the flea market and try and sell whatever they can and it bums me out that stuff like pictures and personal family items that no one in the family wants just end up in a pile of junk with strangers rooting through it... Anyway try and enjoy the tune even with the snap crackle and pops and dig on that family photo and hope that one day your stuff doesn't end up in a flea market because no one in your family cares enough....

The Sharpees - Do The 45

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sonny Spencer - Oh Boy - Gillee

Sonny Spencer- Gilee/ Oh Boy - Memo (17984) from 1959. Sonny Spencer had many hits singing with The Rainbows. (Rainbows featuring Sonny Spencer)

Sonny Spencer - Oh Boy

Sonny Spencer - Gillee

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Robert & Johnny - We Belong Together - Walking In The Rain

Robert & Johnny were an American doo-wop duo from The Bronx.

The duo's full names were Robert Carr and Johnny Mitchell; they released about a dozen singles for Old Town Records in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Two of them charted; "We Belong Together", which hit #12 on the U.S. Black Singles chart and #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, and "I Believe In You", which hit #93 on the Hot 100 later that year. They wrote most of their own songs, and were distinguished by their vocal style, which Richie Unterberger has described as "one smoky, one nasal".

"We Belong Together" was a 1958 American rhythm and blues hit by Robert & Johnny. It was written by Johnny Mitchell, Robert Carr, and Sam Weiss. It reached #12 on the R&B charts and #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song was later recorded by several others. The Fleetwoods released a version on their 1959 album, Mr. Blue.
A rendition by Ritchie Valens was released in 1959 on the Del-Fi record label and can be found on several of his albums. It's also featured in a scene from the 1987 hit film about Valens, La Bamba.
The Belmonts released a remake on the Laurie label, Laurie 3080, in 1961, after they had split with Dion. It was not a hit, but was later reissued on a collector's label because of its musical value.
In 1961, Jimmy Velvit recorded it in the Dallas, Texas area. (see "Rockin' With Velvit" CD Seduction Records SCD-102, 2000) It attracted a lot of attention and air-play and became the #1 song on the Dallas radio station, KLIF, for a period of six weeks.
A different singer using the name Jimmy Velvet had a #75 hit with the song on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.
Peaches & Herb included the song on their album, Let's Fall In Love.

Robert & Johnny - We Belong Together

Robert & Johnny - Walking In The Rain

Monday, November 14, 2011

Carol Jarvis - Rebel

He's different, yes, different
From others I know
They call him a rebel
But I love him so

He's got ways about him
I don't understand
And yet he's no rebel
When he takes my hand

My friends say I'm foolish
That he's not my kind
But his tender kisses
Have made up my mind

He's different, so different
I'll have to agree
But though he's a rebel
He's just right for me

My friends say I'm foolish
That he's not my kind
But his tender kisses
Have made up my mind

He's different, so different
I'll have to agree
But though he's a rebel
He's just right for me


Carol Jarvis - Rebel

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Heartbeats - I Found A Job - Down On My Knees

In February 1958, the Heartbeats recorded "Down On My Knees" and "I Found A Job" (one of the many answers to the Silhouettes' "Get A Job"). With high hopes that "I Found A Job" would crack the Pop charts...

The Heartbeats - I Found A Job

The Heartbeats - Down On My Knees

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Cruisers - If I Knew - Miss Fine

Like lots of old good records when you find them out in the wild they are usually pretty beat up. This is because they were played over and over again. I can see this gem being played at some house party in Philly (where i found this and where the cruisers were from) and picked up and played again and again while drinks were drank, drugs were drugged and dancin' and carrying on ensued, hence they wear and tear. I notice this same pattern on lots of old Rolling Stones records compared to Beatles records of the same time. This is because Stones fans of the day were a rowdier brand of hooligan while Beatles fans were mostly young girls.... Anyway, If i Knew is the A side here but the $$$ is Miss Fine IMHO....

The Cruisers from Philadelphia, PA never had a significant record. Patterning themselves after the Harptones, group leader Gene Williams, Randy Hamilton, Paul Long, and McKinley Anthony began recording on V-Tone Records. The deal resulted in two single releases in 1960: "Miss Fine" b/w "If I Knew," and "Don't Tease Me" b/w "Crying Over You;" the latter got pegged for mass distribution two years later by Guyden Records only to die a second time. Five years passed before their next deal in 1967 with Gamble Records, who were charting with the Intruders' records. "I Need You So" b/w "Take A Chance," reeked with sentiment but despite its charm didn't sell, and the Cruisers languished for nearly three years before their final release. Bunny Sigler brought the Cruisers' doo-wop skills out the closet with "Picture Us" b/w "Mink and Sable Mable," but Gamble Records only seem able to get hits on Sonny & the Intruders; while others including Ruth McFadden, the Jaggerz, the Futures, the Butlers, and the Epsilons always came up empty. Sigler later cut a solo version of "Picture Us" on Philadelphia International Records, and the Cruisers went on with their lives.

The Cruisers - If I Knew

The Cruisers - Miss Fine

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Valiants (Bumps Blackwell Band) - Good Golly Miss Molly

"Good Golly Miss Molly" is a hit rock 'n' roll song first recorded in 1958 by the American musician Little Richard. The song, a 12-bar blues, was written by John Marascalco and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. Although it was first recorded by Little Richard, Blackwell produced another version by The Valiants, who imitated Little Richard, but sang the song even faster. Although the Valiants' version was released first, Little Richard had the hit. Like all his early hits, it quickly became a rock 'n' roll standard and has subsequently been covered by hundreds of artists. The song is ranked #94 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Valiants (Bumps Blackwell Band) - Good Golly Miss Molly

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Buchanan Brothers - Medicine Man (Part I & Part II)

Bubble gum psych rock from 1969....

Buchanan Brothers = Terry Cashman & Gene Pistilli: Cashman and Pistilli also had a #22 hit single (#15 in Canada) "Medicine Man", under the name The Buchanan Brothers. Their song "Son of a Lovin' Man" hit #50 in Canada. Cashman and West jointly produced Jim Croce's recordings in the early 1970s. In 1975 they launched Lifesong Records, which would have hits including "Shannon" by Henry Gross and "Ariel" by Dean Friedman.

Buchanan Brothers - Medicine Man (Part I)

Buchanan Brothers - Medicine Man (Part II)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dick Lee - Have Guitar Will Travel

Pretty cool Rockabilly tune from 1959. Bid on one HERE; Starting bid .99 cents. (I am no way affiliated with that auction)

Dick Lee - Have Guitar Will Travel

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Foob and the Grasshoppers - New Wave Nursing Home - Hey! Cave Man

Not sure what to make of this... Some goofy (punk) rock.... New Wave Nursing Home is trying to be punky but they can't even help but throw a straight rock breakdown in the end along the lines of something The Rubber City Rebels would do. So it has a more rock feel then punk even w/ the sorta snotty vocals. Hey! Cave Man is even sorta funky w/ some real guitar chops which leaves me to believe these guys were real rockers just goofing around but i couldn't find anything out to make a positive I.D. Anyone know anything about them?

Foob and the Grasshoppers - New Wave Nursing Home

Foob and the Grasshoppers - Hey! Cave Man

Monday, November 7, 2011

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg - Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus - Jane B

I don't know how to speak French and I've only been to France a few times so i have no idea what is being said or sung here, but by golly Jane Birkin was hot as hell back in the day. Now as a singer, I'm not so sure....

I'll send this one out to THE HOUND because i know of his fondness for the beautiful and naked Jane Birkin.

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg- Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus

Jane Birkin- Jane B

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Billy Harner - Homicide Dresser

I'm going out tonight to see Scratch Acid. And in a completely non-related topic here is Billy Harner, a Blue-Eyed Soul singer born in Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A. He is also known as 'The Human Perkulator'. I just bought this for a quater. It is from 1967. Dig!

Billy Harner - Homicide Dresser