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From the Land of Band Box Records

Colorado Music – Some More This and That

September 5, 2015
craigr244

Bob Lind on Band Box

Some time back I was in contact with Colorado musician and former Band Box recording artist Duncan Tuck. In our exchange of emails he told me that he was pretty sure that Bob Lind had recorded at the Band Box studios. I contacted Lind through his spokesman and was told that Band Box was a sore subject for Bob but that if I explored further on-line I would quickly learn why. The stories I picked up referenced a collection of tracks recorded at Band Box and then tucked away – and then eventually being apparently sold to Verve-Folkways records after “The Elusive Butterfly” hit on World Pacific records for Lind – rising all the way to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts in early 1966. Bob would chart two more times on the Hot 100. World Pacific would also release two LP’s in 1966.

Verve-Folkways followed close behind with “The Elusive Bob Lind” also in 1966 and this did not set well with the artist and doesn’t to this day.

My visit to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame placed solid evidence in my hands as shown here – a Band Box test pressing LP with some of those Verve-Folkways tracks! There must have been more than 12 tracks recorded at Band Box as several on the side displayed at the CMHOF are not included on “The Elusive Bob Line”. And so Bob Lind officially joins the roster of Band Box artists but a little mystery remains (what is on side 2?)

BAND BOX ACETATE - LIND BOB 2BAND BOX ACETATE - LIND BOB

Here are the scans for the Verve-Folkways release crediting “Band Box Music” on 9 of the 11 tracks. Three of the tracks above appeared to not make it onto the Verve-Folkways release indicating that Lind recorded more than 12 tracks total for Band Box.  “The Summer Was Too Long”  may actually be “Cool Summer” – not sure.  None of the Verve-Folkways releases ever charted nationally.

The Unauthorized Bob Lind Release?

The Unauthorized Bob Lind Release?

LIND BOB - VERVE FOLKWAYS LP A LIND BOB - VERVE FOLKWAYS LP B

In addition, two Verve-Folkways 45’s were released with all four tracks being taken from the Band Box catalog.

LIND BOB - VERV FOLKWAYS 5018 DJ ALIND BOB - VERV FOLKWAYS 5018 DJ B

bob-lind-black-night-verve-folkways 66 bob-lind-white-snow-verve-folkways 66

Colorado Artist Consolidation

Just completed a complete consolidation of the Colorado artists listed on this site into a more straight forward alphabetical listing – Eventually will probably expand these 8 pages into 16 for faster page loading – but here are the new links:

Colorado Musician Index: A Thru Carmichael

Colorado Musician Index: Carpetbaggers Thru Eddy & Centuries

Colorado Musician Index: Eddie Y Eldon thru Randy Handley

Colorado Musicians Index: Hardrock Gunter thru Doug Lenard & Private Stock

Colorado Musician Index: Adolph Lesser thru Johnny Neill

Colorado Musician Index: Bonnie Nelson Thru Alan Russell & The Overland Express

Colorado Musician Index: Gianni Russo Thru The Tune Twisters

Colorado Musician Index: Bob Turner Thru Z

Stites Park in Wheat Ridge Colorado

Took this photo on a recent bike ride through old Wheat Ridge.  The park has been recently renamed from “Hank” Stites Park to “Stites Park” named for the Wheat Ridge family of note that includes late 1950’s era rock and roll singer Gary Stites.  Recently a Stites ran for office in Wheat Ridge (unsuccessfully) – I believe it was Mike Stites.

STITES PARK (1)

STITES PARK (2)

STITES PARK (3)

Band Box 78 RPM Record

A few years ago the late Broomfield, Colorado record collector Rick Price told me that he had once attended an estate sale in the Denver area and came upon a stack of Band Box 78 RPM records.  Someone purchased the stack and Rick said that was the only time he had seen a Band Box 78 RPM.  A week ago I picked up this Band Box 78 – Catalog #220 – the first and only one I have seen.

BAND BOX 220 70 - PEALE & GRAVES (1)

BAND BOX 220 70 - PEALE & GRAVES (2) BAND BOX 220 70 - PEALE & GRAVES (3)

The tracks were also released on 45 rpm.

BAND BOX 220 - GRAVES WILL A BAND BOX 220 - GRAVES WILL B

Jody Reynolds – Denver Native

I learned this week that singer Jody Reynolds was born in Denver, Colorado in December of 1932.  He moved away at the age of 7 to Oklahoma.  His premiere moment came with his release of “Endless Sleep” in 1958 a Top 10 single charting at number 5.  Reynolds would compose several other songs but none finding any significant fame.  “Fire of Love” was his only other charting record.  Reynolds passed away in 2008 at the age of 75,

REYNOLDS JODY - 1958 A REYNOLDS JODY - 1958 B

Whiteman and Miller Discographies

I have created pages for both Glenn Miller and Paul Whiteman listing as many of their records as I could track down.

GLENN MILLER DISCOGRAPHY

PAUL WHITEMAN DISCOGRAPHY

 

2 Comments

  1. Hi, Craig,

    Just a couple of comments:

    Whoever Pete Spargo (producer) and Pat Williams (arr/cond.) were, they did an abominable job trying to cover Bob Lind’s acoustic-guitar-only accompaniment with a sound that tried to approximate his successes on World Pacific. I don’t know if anyone at Band Box – or who – got those songs out of there, but it did Lind’s career no service whatsoever. As a radio station Music Director, I listened to at least some of all the tracks on the album; it was an exercise in both anger and frustration. The arranging was sloppy – as though the orchestra couldn’t hear the track it was playing along to and frequently losing the beat – and it was a naked attempt to cash in on Lind’s success. In its most benign possibility, Lind might have sent demos to MGM is an attempt to get a recording contract; when it hit big on WP, someone found the demos and slapped on the overdub. In a less generous light, perhaps money was exchanged, which Lind was not in on. As I recall, in that era, MGM was desperate for some kind of rock credibility – they were watching other labels being revered for signing and supporting credible artists, but they kept faltering with “far from ready for prime time” bands like the Boss Town Sound hype, one of the most notorious misfires of the ’60s.This release was simply more fuel for that misfire.

    I never knew Jody Reynolds a Denverite. While I think “Endless Sleep” is a timeless, another track deserves attention that it never got. Reynolds partnered with Bobbie Gentry in 1963 for “Requiem For Love” (Titan 1736). Global Dog, which is usually correct, gives the release date as 1963, although in the YouTube posting someone says it didn’t come out until October 1967, when Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” hit. Perhaps it was reissued, as Global Dog shows a late Titan issue in 1967. I’ve never seen the label, but a commenter said the credit read “Jody & Bobbie,” and another commenter noted: “You can see where Nancy and Lee got their inspiration from.” Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfEw6-YSxR0

    By the way, there’s a faithful cover of “Endless Sleep” by Marty Stuart here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h68kq6zr1WY Perhaps “Requiem for Love” could get a reading from him and his wife, Connie Smith (unless, of course, Bobbie Gentry is still alive and in good voice). Just imagining….

    Finally, I didn’t know that Gary Stites was from Colorado. “Lonely for You” is unjustly forgotten, probably eclipsed by Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe.” According to Wikipedia, Stites is still alive.

  2. PS – There’s more about Gary Stites than Wikipedia imparts, but not much: http://www.rockabilly.nl/references/messages/gary_stites.htm

    Also, Wikipedia says that Bobbie Gentry is still alive, but has been retired from the music business for decades. She’s living in Los Angeles.

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