Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Trends~ The Beard RCA # 47-7733

The Beard

Great vinyl! I can't find a single bit of information on the Trends except, the record label (which is RCA Victor catalog #47-7733) says 'Hugo & Luigi Producers'.

These two cousins were a well know record producing team out of New York, first coming to attention in the mid 50's with singles released on the Mercury label. They produced the likes of Perry Como, Elvis and Sam Cooke.

Hugo & Luigi were also one time co-owners of the Roulette label. They were still producing onto the '70's with the Stylistics.

No info in the Billboard book about the Trends or this song to be found.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Duals~ Stick Shift Sue # 1010

Stick Shift

Awesome Hot Rod tune by instrumental duo the Duals. Again, not much out there that I could find on these guys but I LOVE the song.

This tune hit the charts in September of 1961, peaked at the 25 spot and spent 11 weeks there.

Sorry about the styrene hiss. It's a rough copy but will have to do until I can locate a better one!

The Marketts~ Out of Limits WB #5391

Out of Limits

Great little instrumental that has been a fave of mine for a long time!

The Marketts line up constantly changed, being made up of LA session musicians. Produced by Joe Saraceno, the Marketts are best known for their surf music but Saraceno took the band in whatever direction he thought would catch the buying public's ear.

This tune was originally titled Outer Limits based on the TV show but Rod Serling sued the Marketts for using the related four note theme without his permission. The title was changed to Out of Limits. It reached #3 on the Billboard charts in 1961.

The Marketts continued until 1977 but their last hit was in 1966.

First Nashville Jesus Band~ He is Coming Soon MGM # 14484

He is Coming

Ok, this one is for Manic Mark. This was a surprising little Instrumental. Really no indication that it is a Christian band by hearing just the song. These weird little private pressings by Christian bands are rarely fun, upbeat instrumentals and what's the point? They can't get the hellfire message across without scary lyrics so I was very surprised by this little dittie.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered the infamous Pat Boone was affiliated with this band. I can't find much else about them other than that. Was this his little side project or was this a full blown operation? I have no idea but the tune is fun, none-the-less.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Johnny Fortune~ Dragster on Park Ave 89114


Wicked Hot Rod record, one of my very favorites!

Johnny Fortune was born in Ohio moving to California in 1959 to work as a session musician in LA in '60 & '61. It is purported that he played on Sam Cooke's Chain Gang, although this has been disputed.

He was called the World's Greatest Guitarist by Sammy Hagar. Dragster was released in 1963.

His album Soul Surfer had his 10 year old brother playing drums on the title tune.

A classic of Hot Rod Surf Guitar originally released as Park Avenue 130 this copy is catalog #89114. Johnny Fortune went to the Big Kahuna in the sky in 2006 but his legendary music lives on.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Duane Eddy~ Moovin & Groovin London 20317

Moovin' & Groovin'

The one & only Duane Eddy here doing a fave of mine Moovin & Groovin on the London Label catalog #20317.

Duane's very first released album, in 1959, remained on the charts for 82 weeks. Some may not know that in the 60's Duane launched an acting career! He appeared in the films A Thunder of Drums, The Wild Westerners, Kona Coast and The Savage Seven. He also made two appearances on TV's Have Gun- Will Travel.

In 1986 he recorded with Art of Noise remaking Peter Gunn winning him a Grammy for that year. The release of Peter Gunn gave Duane the distinction of being the only instrumental artist to have had top hits in four different decades.

In 1994 Duane Eddy was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Rebel Rouser, that same year was used in the film Forrest Gump.

Duane's guitar of choice was Gretsch's Chet Atkins 6120.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Tune Rockers~ Green Mosquito UA 139

Green Mosquito

AH! the Tune Rockers! I love this tune. Another great early band that I can't seem to find any info on except that they were out of the Buffalo area. They released this gem in 1958 and it debuted in August of that year on the Billboard charts spending 10 weeks there.

This is on United Artists label catalog # 139.

Just got a fabulous email from a member of the Tune Rockers and here is what he said:

"Hi I just saw your posting of our record The Green Mosquito and seeing that you had no info on the group I thought I would contact you and provide a little more info for you. You were correct in stating that the group was out of the Buffalo, NY area. My name is Johnny Cappello and played sax on the record. Other members are Tim Nolan, bass player, now residing in Georgia, Gene Strong, lead guitar, still in the Buffalo area, Vinnie Mancini, drums location unknown and Freddie Patten, rythym guitar who passed on years ago. The mosquito sound was created by sliding an old radio tube down the string of Gene's guitar. The record was a hit for us and we toured all over the country promoting it. We appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in 1958 and there was a video of the show which to this date has vanished. I was also the lead singer in a group called the Graduates and had a hit record called the Ballad of a Girl and Boy. Then we release What Good is Graduation. I stayed in the business until about 1980 and decided it was time to hang up my rock n roll shoes Moved to Phoenix AZ and am still here. Hope this info was helpful. Keep Rock Alive! Thanks, Johnny Cappello"

THANK YOU, Johnny, for the info AND the awesome music! Johnny also provided the above photo of the Tune Rockers and that is Johnny in the middle!

Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith~ Guitar Boogie MGM #K66

Guitar Boogie

Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith was the link between Western Swing of the '40's and the rockabilly of the '50's.

He also had a religion television program, 'the Arthur Smith Show' from 1951 to 1982 which became the first syndicated country music show.

This tune, "guitar boogie", has often been called the first Rock & Roll song. Originally released on Oct 23, 1948 it sold nearly 3 million copies and reached #25 on the Billboard charts.

Dickie Goodman~ Martian Melody Mark-X 8009

Martian Melody

The one and only Dickie Goodman is considered one of the earliest proponents of sampling in music. He created some of the most well known 'break-in' records of all time from a career spanning the years 1956 thru 1986.

His earliest break-in, The Flying Saucer, caused Goodman to be sued for copyright infringement but the lawsuits were settled out of court as his creations were considered 'parodies'.

The B-sides of Goodman's fab break-ins were often instrumental numbers and this one, Martian Melody, is one of those B-sides.

Our beloved Dickie Goodman died in 1989 from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Goodman had his own label, Luniverse Records, but this record is on the Mark-X label catalog #8009.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Frogmen~ Underwater Candix Promo #309


A California Surf Band from Bakersfield, the original incarnation of this band was the Royal Impalas.

In a brief blog Dennis, one of the original guitarists, said most band members are still around with the exception of the sax player who was killed in Vietnam and the bassist who passed away last year.

This record was released in 1961 on the Candix label as catalog #314 but this Promo copy was numbered 309-1.

The tune Underwater debuted on the Billboard Charts in April of '61 and spent 8 weeks there! A really fabulous surf/hot rod tune. A fave of mine!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Five Finks~ Crying Guitar Bertram Int'l 226

Crying Guitar

Very interesting little record that I adore! However, I can't find anything about the Five Finks anywhere! If anyone knows anything about them please share some info with me!

The label is Bertram International and it is catalog #226. Nothing is listed in the Goldmine Price Guide to 45rpm Records or the Billboard book. Apparently the record never charted.

Wonderful, obscure guitar instrumental! Enjoy!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Busters~ Bust Out Arlen 735

Bust Out

This fabulous Guitar Instrumental is on the Arlen of Philadelphia label. The Busters are normally mentioned as one hit wonders and I can find little info on them.

It appears they were from Massachusetts and this single Bust Out was released in August of 1963 spending 10 weeks on the Billboard charts. Earlier incarnations of the band were the Sapphires and first recorded as the Northern Lights cutting the tune Typhoid which had a Bust Out feel to it.

The Northern Lights (later the Busters) were ahead of their time in that they played and wrote their OWN material which didn't become standard procedure for many bands of the era until the Beatles came along.

Harry Finfer (partners with Dick Clark in Arlen and Jamie records) Eventually re-recorded Typhoid as Bust Out on his Arlen label renaming the group on the master the Buster's simply "because it fit".

Northern Lights had already disbanded by the time the record was released but 2 original members, Jack Baker and Fran Parda, scrambled to assemble a touring band and went on the road extensively through the Summer of 1964.

Baron Daemon & the Vampires~ Ghost Guitars

Ghost Guitars

What could be better than Guitar Instrumentals with a Horror theme? That's what you get with this super rare 45 on WNYS-TV Records.

Baron Daemon was a Horror Movie Host from 1962 to 1967 in the Syracuse, NY area. In 1963 he recorded the hottest selling local single of all time with Transylvania Twist. Ghost Guitars is the flip of that record.

The Baron originally hosted late-night horror films on Friday and Saturday nights. But parents soon called complaining that they couldn't get their kids to go to bed until they’d seen the Baron. It was then that the station added a late-afternoon kids show~ Baron and his Buddies~ five days a week.

This record was given to me for Christmas by my boyfriend who actually found it at a local Estate Sale. Recently, a copy of this record turned up in the Tefteller's Rare Record Auction with an opening minimum bid of 150.00

The Waikikis~ Hawaii Tattoo Kapp KJB-30

Hawaii Tattoo

Good Morning! I have decided to start this music blog with a bunch of 45rpms from one of my favorite genres, Guitar Instrumentals. Being a huge fan of Tiki Culture I decided to start with this little Tiki Lounge piece by the Waikikis.

What's interesting here is the tune opens with Taps. Rather odd when you consider how upbeat the tune actually is. Another interesting feature is that the Waikiki's were actually Belgian. Tiki music from Belgium? The tune was recorded in 1961 and was a hit in Europe before it was released in the states in December of 1964 and it spent 9 weeks on the Billboard charts.

In 2004 the Waikikis' song Hawaiian March was used for the
Prince Paul's Bubble Party track on the SpongeBob SquarePants film soundtrack!!