I picked up three new Band Box releases in the past few weeks – all illustrated below. I just heard from a site visitor that they had just seen Lee Chandler performing recently and that he is in good form. Country singer Sandi Scott recorded a “Country Johnny Mathis” (yes another Johnny Mathis) on this Band Box 384 release “Big Old Heart”. Country Johnny released the song in 1958 on the Little Darlin’ label. And Band Box 281 is by Jimmy DeKnight and His Knights of Rhythm. Recall that DeKnight is the probable composer of the song that started it all “Rock Around the Clock”.
You can read Lee Chandler’s bio along with his Blue Rhythms here.
I located the two Lenny Baylinson LP’s this week at a local ARC. First time I had seen the “Monaco” label – a reference to the label’s local Denver street address. Most likely Monaco was a vanity undertaking by Lenny. Baylinson was born in Philadelphia and worked his way to the Denver area attending Denver University right after World War II. Before that he worked in the Chicago area. In Denver he performed first at Fitzsimons’ Army Hospital – performing for the war injured while still a GI and then later at Denver’s famed Brown Palace. He finally landed a gig with Baldwin Organ Company and thus these LP’s and at least one more.
I saw the Lawmen perform twice – once about 20 years ago in downtown Denver during a Valentine’s Day dance and a second time at my daughter’s high school – Hinkley in Aurora, Colorado – where they performed with the Hinkley student orchestra – Very memorable and pleasing.