Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Swelling of the Organ and the Coming of the Bride
Very interesting platter called Girlesque featuring Faye Richmonde on Davis records catalog# JD-116. The song titles are risque to say the least but more interestingly is the controversy surrounding the record when it came out in '58.
Billboard magazine on December 22, 1958 had this article published:
'Joe Davis and three other dealers were exonerated of the charge of dealing in obscene records when a jury found them not guilty last week in court here.
Davis and three dealers were charged with handling lewd records last June when police raided some record shops in Queens NY.
At that time one dealer, of the seven charged, pleaded guilty to selling an off color record of an undercover taping made of comic Jerry Lewis at a rehearsal for a TV show.
Davis was charged with manufacturing off color disks specifically two LP's on Davis Records "For Men Only" and "Girlesque". However the jury listened to the records and after being out 12 hours returned with the not guilty verdict.
The three dealers were also cleared of selling lewd disks and the other 3 dealers trial comes up shortly.'
The one & only beloved Zacherle!
John Zacherle (sometimes credited as John Zacherley, born September 26, 1918) is a U.S. television host, radio personality and voice actor known for his long career as a television horror host broadcasting horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his character "Roland/Zacherley," he also did voice work for movies, and recorded the top ten song novelty rock and roll song "Dinner With Drac" in 1958. He also edited two collections of horror stories, Zacherley's Vulture Stew and Zacherley's Midnight Snacks.
This album is on the Parkway label catalog# 7018 and is a rare find today!
Nick Apollo (Forte) (born 14 June 1938) is an American musician and actor best known for his role as Lou Canova in Woody Allen's 1984 film Broadway Danny Rose.
Apollo Forte was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. He married Rosalie Trapasso in 1958 and has seven children and 22 grandchildren. He spends most of his time with his family and fishing. He sings his famous songs and still plays music, and is known to sing sea shanties as well while dancing the jig.
On the Fan Records label, catalog #NA-709-45 and Scungilli Song is the B side!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
A magical collaboration between some artists, including myself under the guidance and supervision of Manic Mark. Mark mixed several of our original pieces together to create this wonderful Art Opera which lasts about 26 minutes and really needs to be listened to in it's entirety to feel the flow of the piece.
The artists who participated in this piece are Manic Mark, Stru Xus, Dave & Dave the Spark, the Hi-Hopes and myself, sideshowTink. What's next? Video, perhaps? Maybe Manic Mark Art Covers for CD's? We'll see.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Oh, yeah! Mr Excitement himself! The epitome of the master lounge singer Jackie has appeared from the Sahara in Las Vegas to Foster's Supper Club in Buffalo NY!
Sid Ascher tells us we are in for a terrific musical treat and he isn't kidding!
"Fabulous is the word for pianist-singer Jackie Jocko who with his aide-de-camp Joe Peters at the drums has wowed enthusiastic audiences from coast to coast. Jackie truly defies description because he never gives the same performance twice. But critics and his multitude of fans agree that he is truly unique and wonderful. The secret of the duo's success is simply this- they give the public what it wants in a tuneful, tasteful, delightful manner."
Pressed on the Strand label. Jackie Jocko is the master!
Ah, Mrs. Miller, that endearing lady who is just way too much fun! She is one of my all time favorites and not just for the novelty factor.
Gary Owens says: "Several years ago I had the pleasure of hearing one of the most interesting voices extant...one that brings to mind the tonal qualities of a Florence Foster Jenkins or a Mrs. B. J. Fangman.
"The voice belongs to Mrs. Elva Miller, a charming lady who lives in the pretty little Hollywood suburb of Claremont, Ca, with her husband Mr. Miller...
"...when you hear the Miller Sound I'm sure you will agree that here is a most interesting new voice for your record collection."
I have chosen Hard Day's Night as a clip as we all love a Beatles cover :-)
Fun oddity on the one & only Word Record label of Waco, Texas. A treasure trove of 28 oddball Christian artists jammed onto one LP with the best cover ever.
Back cover notes state comments on this 'unusual album by Jarrell McCracken, president of Word Records' and those comments include;
"We know you will find this record a very enjoyable one within itself even though some of the selections are not complete. Naturally, one of our primary objectives was to showcase as many different artists, and types of artists as we possibly could.
"We did not include any of our classical talent on this particular record. If enough of our members request it, this could be a future demonstration album."
The song I have chosen to play is side 1 track 4 Yes He Did by the White Sisters, a seriously uplifting tune by some very happy ladies. Enjoy!
Very unusual and fun local Private Press recording by the Choral Group of the Sisters of St Dominic. The back of the record says:
"The Choral Group of the Sisters of St Dominic of Caldwell NJ presented a concert for the benefit of their Sisters' Infirmary, under the direction of Sister M. Alicia, O.P., at the Mosque Theater, Newark NJ on April 5, 1964 to a capacity audience of over 3000 people.
A second presentation was made at Mt. St Dominic Auditorium, Caldwell NJ on April 11, 1964.
By request, this record has been produced for the pleasure of those who were unable to attend either concert. Likewise, the availability may please those who desire a repeat performance in their own homes.
The proceeds from this record will be allocated to the Infirmary Fund which provides for the needs of the old and ill Sisters of St Dominic."
The record was produced and recorded by Foto Disk of Newark NJ and I thank them for pressing this gem. The tune I chose is the first track off the second side. It has an ethereal quality and I love the title.