From the Land of Band Box Records

Around Colorado – Sum of the Parts Part 3

July 8, 2017

Colorado Vinyl Stores Additions

Spaceman Guitars (and vinyl) Lakewood, Colorado

The discovery of this store was a very pleasant surprise – situated in the same building occupied by long-running “Rockley Music”.  Owner Chris Thomas is a musician (guitarist) and former Rockley employee.  He offers sales, repairs on string instruments, including many amplifiers and turn tables as well as lots of accessories.

Spaceman features many bins full of long plays in great condition and at very reasonable prices (I pulled a bunch from the bins on my visit).

Chris also heads up his own band (for hire).

Spaceman is located at 8555 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, CO – Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-6 – Phone 303-921-1975 – Facebook Page

Montrose Music Montrose, Colorado

Got to visit the Western Slope’s Montrose Music in June this Summer.  This is primarily an instrument store but there are several hundred vinyl LP’s offered at very reasonable prices including a couple of bargain bins.  I was able to pick up three new Colorado music acts on vinyl.

Ken Crombie is the owner establishing the store in 2012, after a career as a music instructor around Colorado most recently in the Ouray School System not far from Montrose.

Montrose Music is located at 7 South Townsend Avenue – Phone 970-249-4599 – Email: montrosemusicstore@gmail.com – Montrose Music Web Site

Southwest Sound – Durango, Colorado

Haven’t been to this store – Quite a few years since I have made it down to Southwest Colorado – Appears to be the only vinyl store remaining in Durango.  Southwest Sound is located at 922 Main Avenue – Durango, CO 81301 – Phone: 970-259-5896.

Crescendo Music – Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Crescendo Music has a modest amount of long play vinyl but every record is in pristine condition.  This retailer apparently also stocks a both at the Lafayette indoor Flea Market – for it is there that I was referred to Crescendo.  The founder is Matthew Alterman who relocated from New Orleans to Colorado.

Crescendo is located at 6760 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge 80033 – Phone 303-444-4428 – Email is Matt@crescendoaudio.net – Web Site

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Visit

Visited the Hall this week via a bike ride up through Bear Creek – First time to view the latest Inductee’s exhibits: Pioneer Musicians –  Glen Miller, Paul Whiteman, Max Morath, Elizabeth Spencer, Billy Murray and youngster pioneer Lannie Garrett.  She recently stepped down as the owner of her Clocktower Cabaret in downtown Denver.

Got a kick out of this photo on Lannie back in 1973 when she was in a group called “Pride”.  Also a great photo of Lannie as her alter ego “Patsy DeCline” an act which has emerged yearly during the big Stock Show in Denver.

Lannie with Pride


Patsy DeCline

Frankie Rino & The Squires?

This in from Shawn Nagy – July, 2017:

“I am the tape vault archivist for Norman Petty Studios of Clovis, NM. We have a tape here of Frankie Rino & The Squires, no titles, no date….almost all of the other reels from the studio have info on them. I am hoping to get in touch with Frankie, as I am sure he would enjoy hearing these recordings as well. Please pass along my contact info to him.”

First time I have heard mention of a group called “The Squires” – Thinking they must have ended up being “The Innovations”.

Jerry Richards – Colorado Springs (July 7th, 2017)

July 7th, 2017

“Hello, I’m the former owner of the collectors records stores in co springs in the early 80s and i have seen many band box records.  The 45s with a zip code were pressed in the early 70s, don’t know if they were legit reissues or not but I had heard they were.  Perhaps Dave Stidman could elaborate on this. Giuseppe’s Twist was recorded for Giuseppe’s cellar in Col Springs, the owner offered me a box of about a hundred of the 45 in the early 80s and I turned them down as I had several copies already and they didn’t sell.  I still have several copies of band box # 103 which I got in a purchase from a western slope juker a year or so ago.

I really enjoyed reading this page and seeing the 45 labels which I had held in my hands so many times.”

Mitch Ryder – Colorado Days

Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels formed in 1964 in – guess where – Detroit, Michigan!  They started as “Billy Lee and the Rivieras” – Early members of the band were William Levise, Jr. (“Mitch”), Earl Elliot, Jim McCarty, Mark Manko, Joseph Kubert, Jim McCallister and Johnny Badanjek.

Mitch Ryder was born in February of 1945 in Hamtramck William S. Levise, Jr. – He has been seen very recently appearing in a TV commercial.  In 1973 Mitch moved to Colorado where he worked in a warehouse.  In addition he worked on a novel, painted and composed poetry.   He did put together a band in Colorado and worked some small venues.  He would eventually return to the State of Michigan returning to the music industry.

Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels – July 1966

Still Fabulous – KIMN

A couple of new editions to the KIMN Survey pages – Nice Road Runner!

KIMN Survey – May 23rd, 1970

KIMN Survey – July 24th, 1971

Kool 105 FM

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