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?)
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.
In addition, two Verve-Folkways 45’s were released with all four tracks being taken from the Band Box catalog.
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:
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.
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.
The tracks were also released on 45 rpm.
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,
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.