Band Box Bantering…..
I discovered another Band Box long play recently – hiding – of all places – in my Band Box LP collection!
Pat Starr had released a 45 RPM extended play on the Band Box subsidiary label – Keyboard – and released a long play on the Stanal Records label but to my surprise, their snuggling away in my filed Colorado LP’s was a record on the “Tollgate” label. The label artwork looked very familiar and – yes – “Band Box” was printed on the label information. Starr tinkled the keyboards up in the one-time mining/tourist town-now casino town of Central City about 1/2 hour from Denver in the mountains.
The Tollgate structure remains – gutted for slots and such. The Tollgate was located adjacent to another old-time bar – The Gilded Garter – a venue where Judy Collins performed early-on in her career, as well as a few not-so-noteworthy performances for nickles and dimes by the yet undiscovered Bob Dylan during his first foray into the Denver area. Starr’s Keyboard EP is shown below (no known cover) – followed by his “Tollgate” release.
Good Old Billy Murray and Elizabeth Spencer…..
As I announced earlier, will be joining band leaders Glenn Miller and Paul Whiteman entering the Colorado Music Hall of Fame next month. Murray and Spencer are two very early-birds on the U.S. Music Scene. Murray’s recording output is staggering, with more than 100 charting 78 RPM tracks and hundreds and hundreds released. Click on their photos below to visit my new Murray Page (still very much under construction) and the Spencer Page.
Murray recorded on many labels simultaneously but primarily Victor. Spencer’s output was primarily on Victor
I picked up this Beatle item yesterday at an antique mall. It is not rare but I have seldom seen it anywhere. It was released in 1987 by Chameleon Music. It is extracted from the Beatles’ 1964 release – an interview long play. The tracks on this picture disk are shortened to fit a 7-inch format. A November, 1964 promotional release of Vee Jay PRO 202 books at $15,000 in mint condition! Good luck finding that one.
Here are the original 1964 Vee Jay PRO-222 releases which fetch a couple hundred dollars on a good day (this “bracket” label is a bit more scarce than the “oval” logo)
Speaking of the Beatles…..
I nearly finished adding the Beatle Capitol Recording 45 reissues to all of my Beatle pages – Here is the 1962 through 1964 page which is complete.
More Billboard Rock 1970’s Advertisement Art
Have begun to post Billboard Magazine trade ads starting with 1970 and 1971 – Have a ways to go.