Friday, October 20, 2017

Lee "The Big Masher" Lilly



Lee "The Big Masher" Lilly

Spooky Movies / Big Masher
Alcor 014
1962

Lee Lilly born Leland Lando Lilly (1938-2011) better known as Ross Hagen.


Ross Hagen with tiger on Daktari

Raised in Arizona and Oregon, Ross Hagen headed to Hollywood in 1962 on a lark after working as a stand-in on Route 66.  A couple of months later he was convinced to record this single which was issued on Alcor Records, a new label just founded by Everest Records. 
They said, "Oh man, you should do a record."  So I dit it and I lived off it for about a year.  I don't known if you've ever see what it's like to be a teenage idol for fifteen seconds of fame.  You walk out on this stage and people are screaming.  They screamed like a bunch of vampires.  The hours are horrible.  It wasn't the kind of lifetsyle that I liked.  I like to get up early and listen to the birds.  So I kind of let the music thing drift away.  I wasn't that interested in pursuing a career.
And then of course being from a hillbilly family, the first time they see you on TV, Granny Puss called up and said, "Hon, now that you're a millionaire and a TV star, can you get me some teeth?"  I said, "Granny, I'd love to get you some teeth, but it costs more to join a union than I made on my first job!"
Hagen quickly found work on popular TV westerns like The Virginian and The Wild Wild West, as well as a regular role on Daktari during the 1968-1969 season.  In four decades as an independant actor, director, producer and writer, Hagen has weathered the ups and downs of the film industry during a prolific and diverse career.

References
☛ "Hollywood Hellcat : Ross Hagen", chapter of "Wild Beyond Belief!: Interviews with Exploitation Filmmakers of the 1960s"
☛ Imdb bio

Listening
Both songs can be heard on YouTube.  Or download both tracks here (mp3)






Monday, October 16, 2017

Walking After Midnight


Calvin Coolidge

Walking After Midnight

Hidin' Out

4 Star CC-15
Promotional Record

This is the kind of recording you can do. Here's the recipe ::
1/ Take the two originals "Walking After Midnight" and "Hidin' Out" by Patsy Cline
2/ With Audacity (a very nice freeware) or any other sound editor, modify the speed from 45 rpm to 33 rpm
3/ That's it, a new artist is born, Calvin Coolidge. Simple, no?

Ellis Nassour has the details. From his book "From Honky Tonk Angel" :
    The record was a practical joke cooked up by Bill McCall, head of 4 Star Records.
    Suddenly, with the incredible sales of "Walkin' After Midnight," there was a cover recording, as often happened with a major hit. Disc jockeys everywhere were inundated with Calvin Coolidge's rendition and received calls from the label's irate promotion director wanting to know why they weren't programming it.

    "This is a hot record," he'd say, "the first male version." The deejays responded that the record was terrible. "Oh, you think so, huh?" he replied. A typical answer was, "It's nothing like Patsy Cline's record." The promotion man would counter, "That goes to show how much you know. Take that record and speed it up and we'll see about that!"

    The prankster was none other than Bill McCall, who slowed Patsy's version to 33 1/3 rpm, then pressed a 45 rpm single.
Using Audacity, I've created in a similar manner a cover of Walking by Lil' Hillary, 8 y. old, the latest teenage sensation.

The two Calvin Coolidge tracks and the two other versions of Walking converted from the "Calvin Coolidge" recording (Patsy Cline & Lil' Hillary) can be found in this archived file







Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Keeno Boogie



The Keenos

Keeno Boogie

Lark LS-4513
1959


The Keenos : Russel Hicks, Ted Embry; Douglas Beckelhimer, and Charles Chambers formerly called the King Teens from West Virginia, they were playing at the "Showboat," a hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., and with the exception of Ted Embry, were attending school at Las Vegas High School, when this record was issued.

The West Virginia boys have played at several convention centers, appearing with Johnny Horton, who released the song, "Battle of New Orleans," which stayed in number one place throughout the nation for many weeks. Tfrey also appeared with the young singer, Bob Lewman.  [ed. Bob Luman?]

Source : Beckley Post-Herald The Raleigh Register from Beckley, West Virginia · October 25, 1959, page 7




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

St. Olaf Blues


Vocals Peter Nelson,
piano  Jeff Cook,
harmonica Peder Gaalaas

St. Olaf Blues

CPO 205L


Likely from Northfield, Minnesota where Peter Nelson is still making music with The Zillionaires, while Peter Gaalaas, now an orthodontist in Grand Rapids, Minnesota is now a multi-instrumentalist playing the Hammerhead® NiTi Tie-back Pliers, the Hu-Friedy Orthodontic Slim Collection and Bird Beak with Cutter, Hu-Friedy.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Maila Nurmi, Waxmate of the month


“I remember the first time [Orson Welles] saw me in a boudoir,
in a negligee, he said in that wondrous voice of his,
‘Magnificent Carcass.’ ‘MAGNIFICENT CARCASS?’
I thought to myself. Whatever, I didn’t see that one coming.”

Born: Maila Elizabeth Syrjaniemi on December 11, 1922 in Petsamo, Finland
Died: January 10, 2008 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Actress and  horror show hostess, Maila Nurmi appeared in Ed Wood's Plan Nine From Outer Space.   She created her Vampira character -- reminiscent of Charles Addams' spooky New Yorker cartoons -- to host horror movie broadcasts on KABC TV in Los Angeles in 1954.  With darkly mascaraed eyes and blood-red lipstick, Nurmi appeared each week in her revealing black dress and slinky fishnets to introduce such films as "Revenge of the Zombies" and "Devil Bat's Daughter."

"The Vampira Show" was canceled after about a year. Vampira disappeared. But she thrived in the cultural underground. 
By the 1960s, Nurmi supported herself as a tile contractor. Stories, patently untrue, circulated of roles in pornographic films. She became a figure of local legend in West Hollywood, part of a cast of peculiar characters who’d once been famous and now were not.

Maila Nurmi hung out with the punk/metal band the Misfits in the 80s at places like West Hollywood Vinyl Fetish. She also worked on a book she never finished, a memoir of underside of a 50s Hollywood that stayed up late nights at Googies Restaurant, popped pills, and lived off the warm glow of stardom it stalked.
In 1987, she recorded two seven-inch singles on Living Eye records with the band Satan's Cheerleaders. The singles, entitled "I Am Damned" and "Genocide Utopia," were both released on colored vinyl.

She died, alone, in 2008.


Vampira and Satan's Cheerleaders





Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thanks Pat!




Pat Boone Presents

10 Golden Hits


Billy Adams and the Pedal Pushers  - Daisy Belle (KoKo, 1962)                                        
Bobby O'Brown  - Hometown Music (Gateway, 1965)                            
Diana Cole - The Yodelin' Blues (Josie, 1956)                             
Hitmakers - Cool School (Original 1, 1959)                                
Johnny and Ted - Naughty Little Lulu (Vee Jay, 1959)                  
Mohammad Ba Sarish - Since I Met You Baby (Gateway Parade Of Hits, 1956)  
Roy Kildaire  - What About It (Blue Beat) (UK, 1964))                      
Spo-De-Odee - Crashing The Party (Verus, 1960)                        
The DeMires - The Spider ( Lunar, 1959)                               
The Keystoner's - T.V. Gal (Riff, 1957)     

From the back cover :
"Some old RnB non-hits I didn't covered at the time of their releases.  Some are well known (?), some are not.  Specially compiled for my friend Bob for his DeadWax blog.  Sorry, I don't have the time to write some liner notes, next time perhaps..."   Truly yours, Pat


Thanks Pat!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I'll Tell It


Calvin Wills

I'll Tell It

Just One More Chance

[Gray Ant 107]
1965

A Vernon Wray production, no doubt.  Of Calvin Wills, nothing is known. Possibly recorded in Washington, D.C. or at Vernon's studio in Accokeek, Maryland.



A short list of Vernon Wray productions from 1965-1967 
 
(RCA masters) (Label) (Artist)
1965
SK4M 1829 Bella 1000 - Bob Rubino   
SK4M 1830
SK4M 8479 Vermillion 107-  The Sting Rays
S4KM 84??
SK4M 0973 Gray Ant - Calvin Wills
SK4M 0974

1966
T4KM-7477 Gray Ant  - The Hard Times
T4KM-7478 
T4KM 9689 Gray Ant  -  The Dead Beats
T4KM 96??

1967
U4KM 4979 Vector 211 -  Mister's Virtue    
U4KM 4980
UK4M 2375 Vermillion 1951 - Jimmy Eller And His Little People  
UK4M 23??


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I See The Water


Patricia Oberhaus

I See The Water

Oberhaus DV-001


Patricia Oberhaus was a Berkeley artist and avant-garde filmmaker known for her erotic drawings and illustrations that appeared in counterculture books  and underground newspapers of the period

Patricia Oberhaus had 3 children (two daughters, Robin and Sue and one son,) and one long-term partner and step-father to her girls of 14 years, Peter Neufeld.  She was an “unusual character”.

Her art speaks for itself. She was bold in her assessment of American culture, as in her article and accompanying drawing about Beatlemania which captured the liberation of women’s sensuality in real time, published in the Barb 9/10/65. The original was purchased for $5,000 by a Mr. Daniel A. Kildare for $5,000 shortly afterward. 

Despite some early financial success, Patricia seems to have died without any resources and hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of artwork are unaccounted for. If still in existence, they would likely be found in the Humboldt area, where she lived until her death in the early 90’s.

Patricia Oberhaus, “Artist Tells of Virgin Rites
at Beatle Bacchanal,”
Berkeley Barb, Vol. 1, No. 5, September 10, 1965
Detail

Friday, September 22, 2017

Little David


Pentecostal Travelers

Little David

N.J.P. 45-34
1964

From Covington, Kentucky.  The Pentecostal Travelers comprised guitarist Pete Nantz, better known for his rockabilly platter on the Clix label (see Rockin' Country Style)  and possibly James Walter Penny. Other members are unknown

Pete Nantz first (?) recorded in 1955 with Luke Thompson and Jesse Kidd on Excellent Records (he is the credited vocalist on the "You Promised My Heart" side).   After his Clix recordings in 1956, he became a Pentecostal preacher.  Backed by The Travelers Quartet, he released at least two sacred EPs on the Jewel Records imprint in 1967, just before his untimely death.

Orville (Pete) Nantz died in December 1967 at General Hospital, Cincinnati.  He was 37 yr. old.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sorry 'Bout That


Curly McIntyre
and the Cimarron Cowboys

Sorry 'Bout That
Henderson Publishing Co. ASCAP

HAP Music Productions, Inc.
Box 5044 San Angelo Texas 76901

HP-653-105A

1966

Floyd P. McIntyre is his name.  He recorded two singles in 1968 (probably in Nashville), one for Stop Records with "Sorry 'Bout That" (backed by a different flip) and another for Plantation Records.

This Hap label is rather obscure and the usual sources of information about Texas music are of no help.
Four singles on this San Angelo label are listed here and obviously a dozen of singles still missing


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Let It Rock


Ronnie McFarlin
and the Javamen
Let It Rock

Slim Slo Slider SSS 230

Late 60s/early 70s



Hollywood-based country rocker Ron McFarlin came from Michigan where was first based this Slim Slo Slider label which was perhaps his own label as further releases by Ron on the label had an address in Hollywood, Calif.

He released three albums on the Round Robin label and  a number of singles for a number of labels (Corby, Sequoia, K-Ark, Solar, Mystic) including one single in Nashville for Stargem Records proudly "dedicated to the unknown singer and songwriter" as printed on the label

Friday, September 8, 2017

Johnny B. Goode


Stacy Lynn Ries
(10 yrs. old)

Johnny B. Goode

Nu-Sound Records 81N-447
1981



Born in 1970, Stacy Lynn Ries is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ries of Fort Wavne, Indiana.  The youngster began appearing on television at age 3 and recording records at age 4. when she also began appearing with her own band.   She has appeared twice at the Indiana State Fair, and in 1976 she performed before President Gerald R. Ford at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Indiana.   She also sang on her own weekly radio program. Stacy has appeared with such well-known singers as Ernest Tubbs. Faron Young. Justin Tubb. Loretta Lynn and Rex Allen Jr.   Her records include. "The Kindergarten Class Convoy." Be My Valentine" and "The Easter Bunny Hops Along." and several others.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Zabethe Wilde (China Doll Dickerson)






Elizabeth Dickerson, Waxmate of the Month (not yet known as Zabethe Wilde)
Capitol Records (1961)


Betty "China Doll" Dickerson, who possessed a rare knack for interpreting the blues with her body,  introduced a sparkling new brand of eurythmics to night-club audiences. 


China Doll Dickerson changed her name to Zabeth Wilde when she became a singer. She recorded at least two singles for Capitol Records in 1961



1952     

 possesses a rare knack for interpreting the blues with her body




 
 1954

Covers her torse with balloons and lets male customers at ringside pop them . 
When the last ones burst , she runs offstage nude


1958

Zabethe mimicking Elvis




Monday, September 4, 2017

Baby, Don't Do It


Jim Westerfield
with orchestra directed by
Mark Liberstein

Baby, Don't Do It

Addition

Marlo 1526

1962



Jim Westerfield

Jim was born on March 8th, 1935 in East St. Louis, IL. He was the youngest of eight children. He was an accomplished musician and composer.  He loved to share stories of his early days in music, including sharing coffee with Ike and Tina Turner at Technosonic Studios, and meeting his idol, Al Alberts of the Four Aces, in the 1950’s, and continued a close friendship with him until Al’s passing in November 2009.

Jim and his wife Marilyn had been married for over 55 years and turned their passion for history, food, and each other by creating The Westerfield House in 1984.   Visitors from across the country (and around the world) came to enjoy the experience of the bed & breakfast/restaurant until the Westerfields’ retirement in 2002. Also during the Westerfield House’s incredible run,  Jim turned his extensive knowledge of botany into another amazing chapter of his life. He cross pollinated mints and created a “new child of nature” (as Jim so eloquently put it) called Dulcia Citreus, or better known as ‘Hillary’s Sweet Lemon Mint’, which he also held the patent on. (The mint was delivered to then First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1993 and planted in the White House garden.) At the time of Jim’s passing, he had created over 60 unique culinary mints.



Jim Westerfield passed away at home on November 22nd, 2013 with his wife Marilyn at his side.

The Westerfield House was listed in Conde Nast Traveler magazine (4/95) as one of the top 250 restaurants in the US






Saturday, September 2, 2017

Motorcycle Michael



"Motorcycle Michael" has been issued on CD by Cees Klop on his Collector label in 2000 on a double CD titled "50 Early Rockin' Tracks".  The accompanying booklet had a picture on a single on the Mesquite label, a single that never was, as it was another of these fabricated images sometimes found on the Cees Klop's releases' booklets.

The song was issued on "Hollywood On The Pike" (Mesquite Records) an album presenting 13 tracks by various performers and recorded from the bandstand at the Hollywood On the Pike, a Long Beach show club (no dancing) located on West Pike.

Cindy Carson was mainly a Long Beach club performer, vocalist, bassist, and yodler. According to a musician who worked with her " Ol' Cindy had a great set of pipes and played a solid country bass. At one point she was with Capitol Records. We worked together a good bit over the years, mostly private stuff....."

Motorcycle Michel
was a minor hit for Jo Ann Campbell in 1961. 
Peter Udell wrote the lyrics and Gary Geld the music.  Born in 1935 in New Jersey) Gary Geld was a writer and producer for Connie Francis, Brian Hyland, Jackie Wilson, Gene Pitney, and Skeeter Davis.  His main collaborator was Peter Udell. Geld-Udell team's greatest hit was perhaps "Sealed With a Kiss".



Cindy Carson
Motorcycle Michael 
Mesquite Records,   1965


Jo Ann Campbell
Motorcycle Michael 
ABC-Paramount 10200,    1961



P.S. I've just learned today the passing of Mr Klop (See this blog)
Sure, a controversial figure. But how many obscure recordings and artists were saved from the oblivion thanks to him and other music collectors from Europe. He will be forgiven for his [minor] sins. I fondly remember these wonderful albums with so many obscure artists I've never heard before... 

R.I.P. Cees