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Band Box Discography A through K Artists

Keyboard 703 - The Wonderland Singers - ShineValerie 2003 - Fast Brothers - Shadows on the WallRustique 711 - Sims, Lee & Ronnie Steele Trio - Indian Tears RBand Box 237 - Larson, Tony - Bear Hug R

SPICY 500 (2)Farr, Little Joey - Band Box 286 B Band Box 300 - Kae, Ronny - Warsaw Conerto Band Box 253 K - Orlie & Saints - King Kong

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(Visit the Band Box Artists Page L through Z)

Bobby Allen

Band Box 317 -1962 – “Good Night Twist” b/w “Jim Dandy” (release not verified)

I think this is probably our Bobby Allen – many years later somewhere

Tom Allen & the Saints

Little is known of Tom Allen – who recorded three singles on Band Box. I have asked Dave Barhite and Joe Holenbek – both original members of The Saints if it was their band who is credited on this single. Neither one remembers a Tom Allen and both are certain they did not record with him. Additionally they are not familiar with the two cuts on his Band Box release 249 “Never” b/w “Lone, Lonely One”. The cuts are definitely rhythm and blues all the way. His “Lone, Lonely One” has a doo-wopish ballad feel complete with female chorus back-up.

Band Box 249 – 1959

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Band Box 314 – 1962 – “Everybody’s Doing The Twist” b/w Please Wait For Me” – Release not verified

Band Box 315 – 1962 – “Stormy Weather” b/w “Until I Met You” – Release not verified

Listen to “Lone, Lonely One” on YouTube:

The Alpine Polkadots

I know next to nothing about this Polka band. They were most likely Denver based. I came across this Band Box LP on a mere chance. I decided to head up one later summer day to Idaho Springs to look through a couple of shops on the main drag. There were a couple of antique stores and a rather large thrift store. No luck at either place. While walking down the main drag I came upon a very small pawn shop. I entered immediately thinking that this was a mistake. But at the far end of the room was a box of long plays. I began sorting through them and came upon a CLW label – another polka band. I realized they were all polka recordings. For some reason when I came across the LP below – I decided to pull it clear of it’s cover. There were absolutely no label markings on the cover and the back cover was completely blank. Glad I did. There before me was Band Box LP 1017 – an LP that I don’t believe had been identified up to that time.

Here the Alpine Polka Dots performing in Golden, Colorado in 2009

Band Box LP 1017 – “A Tribute To Paul Weingardt”

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Stanley Anderson & The Sundowners Band

BAND BOX STANLEY ANDERSON

Yet another Band Box country and western act. Here is a great video collage of the late Stanley Anderson

And here is Stanley performing “Down in the River to Pray”

Band Box 257 – 1960

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Gar Bacon

Gar was a rockabilly act who recorded one single on Band Box – “Ghost of Love” b/w “Gift of Time”. He may not have been from the Denver area – also recording on several other labels including Okeh, Baton and Dale. Gar passed away in 1986. He was a true rock-a-billy cat!

Here is Gar Bacon performing “Pucker Up” in 1957

Band Box 291 – “The Gift of Time” b/w “The Ghost of Love – 1962

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BAND BOX 291 (1) BAND BOX 291 (2)

Dick Bailey

Dick Bailey appeared in Denver lounge clubs in the early 1960’s and had this one single on Band Box.  His release is the only Band Box extended play I am aware of.

Band Box 350 – 1964

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Band Box 350 - Bailey, Dick - At the Hammond EP 1 Band Box 350 - Bailey, Dick - At the Hammond EP 2

The Balladiers

Nothing is known of this Band Box recording act who released one single on the label.  “Lonesome Traveler” was recorded by Lonnie Donegan but not released as a single.

Band Box 1961 – “Lonesome Traveler” b/w Don’t Hurry Worry Me”

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Little Banana Boy

The Little Banana Boy lived in the early 1950’s residing, as far as is known, for a time in Longmont, Colorado and then apparently living in Greeley.  Little else is known about him or his Band Box session.

Band Box 244 – “Naughty Prayers” b/w “Howdy Doody Mr. Dindin” – 1958
(This is a duplicate Band Box Catalog number – same as a single by the Echoes – That record has not surfaced and so this may be the only tracks released on Band Box 244)

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Leigh Baron

Leigh Baron was a Chicago pianist who moved to the Denver area.  He appeared at the Sheraton Hotel Chicago regularly and after his move to Denver – opened a dining establishment “Little Bohemia” where he and associates would entertain.  He released a Band Box LP (catalog #1001).  Leigh also recorded one side of Band Box single “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.  The flip side of Band Box 346 was recorded by Carlin Lark – another lounge-type artist.  The song was taken from his Band Box LP.

The liner notes indicate that he was somewhat reknown in the Chicago area prior to coming and living in Denver – where he owned the “Little Bohemia” restaurant and nightclub. A 1999 Denver Post obituary reported:
“Band leader Leigh Barron, whose trio performed show tunes on KOA radio, broadcasting from the Park Lane Hotel until its demolition, died in February. Barron was also known as the man who gave folk singer Judy Collins her first professional engagement at his Little Bohemia Supper Club on West 38th Avenue.” 

And so there is his lifetime summed up in a tidy little paragraph.  Reference is made to Judy Collins, who traveled to Denver in 1939 with her family.  Later she would attend and graduate from East High School off Colfax Ave.

Band Box LP 1001 -1964

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Band Box 346 – 1964

Band Box 346 - Barron, Leigh - You'll Never Walk Alone

Other Colorado Local Recordings:

LP – Omega 1001 – “The Best Of Leigh Barron”
LP – Omega 1002 – “Leigh Barron and Doris Merritt On Stage”
Leigh also recorded on the Ascent Label which was Hollywood based

Grant Beckett

Band Box Test Pressing

BAND BOX NO NUM BECKETT TEST (1) BAND BOX NO NUM BECKETT TEST (2)

Cindy Bertram & Her Band

This came in from Lisa at the North of Pueblo Blog site:

“Found this LP on a dig in Colorado last spring. Standard issue vanity pressing with no year noted, and no markings whatsoever (but pressed on groovy blue vinyl!).  I really didn’t need yet another Colorado polka record, but then I flipped over the album, and saw this pasted picture. I totally want to hang out with these people.  Back of the album is autographed by Cindy (on accordion), keyboardist Rachel Bertram, Tom Schell on trumpet, and on dulcimer, Paul C. Strickline.

Quick Internet search finds that Cindy attended Adams City High, in Commerce City (the same school that hatched the surf-rockers, The Shelltones), and graduated in 1971 (NOTE:  Commerce City was home to the prolific Infal label).  In 1968 Cindy and her band released an EP on the Band Box label (Band Box 386: “Forever and Ever”/”Shpitzkoph” and “Somewhere My Love”/“Gary’s Polka”).  Label on the disc shows “Record #2.” The album above indicates “Volume 1.”   Newspaper archive searches show that Cindy and her band were active through 1974, performing at the Blue Willows Lounge (formerly the Dutchman Inn), in Greeley.”

Visit the North Of Pueblo Blog to view the entire Post.

Band Box 386 – 1968 (Extended Play)

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Bill & Joyce

Band Box 312 – 1962 – “Conscience” b/w “When The Band Begins to Play” – Release on Band Box not verified

Valerie 2001 – “Conscience” b/w “When the Band Begins to Play” – 1962

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The Blue Rhythms

The Blue Rhythms recorded six singles for Band Box – two of which have not ever surfaced as far as I know.  Visit the Blue Rhythms Biography page which includes an interview with Marvin Ross.

Band Box - Blue Rhythms

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Band Box 224 – 1959

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An autographed sleeve compliments of  “Doc” Krieger – Colorado Hall of Fame

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Band Box 224 – Tree Top b/w Consideration – 1959

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Band Box 234 – I’ll Step Aside b/w Old Lonesome Times – 1959

BAND BOX 234 (1) BAND BOX 234 (2)

Band Box 242 – That’s the Way of Love – b/w How Much – 1959

BAND BOX 242 - CHANDLER & BLUE RHYTHMS - WAY OF LOVE BAND BOX 242 - CHANDLER & BLUE RHYTHMS - HOW MUCH

Band Box 243 – Ebony b/w The Roll – 1959

Blue Rhythms - Band Box 243 - 60s B Blue Rhythms - Band Box 243 - 60s A

Band Box 298 – 1962 – “Buona Note” b/w Echoes of Your Love” Release not verified

Band Box (Unreleased) – Marvin Ross & The Saints – “Trixie” b/w “Interchange” – 1958

Watch and listen to “Tree Top” on You Tube:
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Bob and Shirley & The Valiants

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Bob and Shirley were a married couple from Denver – the Christys – They released two singles on Band Box – one backed by The Valiants (shown above) and another with The Saints.

Here they are performing “Your True Love” which was written by Carl Perkins

Band Box 225 – 1959

Bob & Shirley - Band Box 225 - 60 B Bob & Shirley - Band Box 225 - 60 A

Band Box 225 – 1959

Bob & Shirley - Band Box 225 - 60 BV Bob & Shirley - Band Box 225 - 60 AV

Band Box 282 – 1961

Bob & Shirley & Saints - Band Box 282 - B Bob & Shirley & Saints - Band Box 282 - A

Valiants 60’s Band Bio

Bob and Sylvia (Love)

Bob and Sylvia Love released two singles on the Band Box label as well as the zany comedy LP on the Band Box subsidiary label Spicy titled “Ma and Pa Snort Blaster”.  They did a lot of clowning around but released two straight ahead singles on Band Box – 239 and 240.  Their Spicy 45 is the only known 45 released on that comedy label.  Notice the “Silvia” spelling.

BOB AND SYLVIA BAND BOX A

LP – Spicy 5002 – “Ma & Pa Snort Blaster”

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Band Box 239 – “The Arabian Cowby” b/w “Don’t Touch” – 1959

Band Box 239 - Bob & Sylvia - The Arabian Cowboy Band Box 239 - Bob & Sylvia - Don't Touch

Band Box 240 – “King Size Lies” b/w “Lonely and Longing” – 1959

Band Box 240 - Bob & Sylvia - King Size Lies Band Box 240 - Bob & Sylvia - Lonely and Longing

Band Box  258 – 1961 – “Gillyboat Song” b/w “Old Fashioned Ride” – 1959 Unreleased

Band Box 259 –  1961 – “Streets of Laredo” b/w “Ellen, Ellen” – 1959 Unreleased

45 – Spicy 500 – Castration of The Strawberry Roan b/w The Surrey Song-Blackbird

SPICY 500 (1) SPICY 500 (2)

The Boltz Family Five

Boltz Family

The Boltz family are from Lakewood, Colorado.  They demonstrated their love and mastery of Hawaiian music on their sole Band Box release – and LP  titled “Hawaiian Masterpieces”.  Younger members notified me that the family did indeed record in the Band Box studio on 41st Avenue.

The Boltz Family resided for a time – in the West Denver suburb of Lakewood.  They released this Band Box LP in 1962.  Their three long play recordings can still be obtained today via their active FaceBook page. Read more about the Boltz Family.

LP – Band Box 1007 – Hawaiian Masterpieces

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Band Box LP 1007 - Boltz Family Five - Hawaiian Masterpieces 1Band Box LP 1007 - Boltz Family Five - Hawaiian Masterpieces 2

Boltz Family Profile Page

The Bravados

(See “The Valley Men” & “The Prickly Pair” entries)

Mother Brown

This is a later day Band Box artist or group – don’t know if Mother Brown is a solo act or not.  This act was one of the last to record on Band Box.  Nothing is known of her/their whereabouts.

Band Box 392 – When You Got It Flaunt It b/w Knees Up Mother Brown – 1969

BAND BOX 392 (1) BAND BOX 392 (2)

Burnt Mill Road – Pueblo

Known Group Members:

Joey Rodriguez
Dave Trujillo
Ray Sandoval
Jose “Martin” Ortega (Also with Pueblo groups The Fabulous Fremonts – The Ortega Brothers – The Soulmen – The Gents – The Chevelles – Deceased 2001)
Tony Ortega (Also with The Ortega Brothers)

The Calvary Choristers (Estes Park)

This gospel group released one Band Box LP “The Calvary Choristers” on Band Box 1013.  This is an assemblage of gospel singers who recorded the LP in Estes Park during a Gideon Retreat during the mid 1960’s.  Images by Doc Krieger.

Musicians: Elaine Clark – Mary Ellen Clark – Marian Knott – Albert Knott – Merl Koch

LP – Band Box 1013 – Calvary Choristers

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Cee Cee Carol

Cee Cee released one single on Band Box and also recorded for Denver label owner and composer Morey Bernstein on his Trans-World and Finer Arts label.  She was Denver’s “Brenda Lee”.

Band Box 292 – Crazy Little Old Feeling b/w The Right Guy – 1962

Carol, Cee Cee - Band Box 292 - 62 PS

Carol, Cee Cee - Band Box 292 - 62 B Carol, Cee Cee - Band Box 292 - 62 A

Band Box 292 BLK - Carol, Cee Cee - Crazy Little Old Feeling Band Box 292 BLK - Carol, Cee Cee - Right Guy

Cee Cee Carol 60’s Band Bio

Dean Carr & The Corvettes

Band member Bill Dyker was married for a time to Cee Cee Carol.  The group released one single on the Band Box subsidiary – Valerie.

Here they are performing “I Was a Fool”

45 – Valerie 2002 – “I Was a Fool” b/w “Too Many Tears”

Cee Cee Carol 60’s Band Bio

Sammy Cee & The Penzmen

Sammy Cee along with 9 other Band Box artists – is an inductee in the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.  A “Sam Cee” (shown above) released one side on Bell Records budget label – Could this be the same guy?

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Band Box 229 – Malaguena b/w Dark Eyes – 1959

BAND BOX 229 (1) BAND BOX 229 (2)

Lee Chandler/with the Lew Gaiter Orchestra & Chorus

Lee was the leader for the Blue Rhythms on Band Box

Band Box 250  -Your Cheatin’ Heart b/w Sweet Dreams – 1959

BAND BOX 250 (1) BAND BOX 250 (2)

Unreleased Band Box Tracks

Band Box 306 – 1962 – “Crazy Little Mixed Up Heart” b/w “Echoes Of Your Love” – Release not verified

Chilly Charlie

A rare documentary type release on Band Box “Crisis at Ole’ Miss”.  A rather flippant name for an artist for a serious topic – however the style on this single is a “break-in” imitating the works of Buchanon & Goodman – but falling far short in the clever category.  The single is excruciatingly long!

Listen to Chilly Charlie’s “Crisis at Ole Miss” on YouTube

Band Box 329 – 1963

Chilly Charlie - Band Box - Crisis at Ole Miss

Band Box 329 - Chilly Charlie - Crisis at Ole Miss SD 1 Band Box 329 - Chilly Charlie - Crisis at Ole Miss SD 2

Fred E. Cole & the Northsiders

I like the sound of the Northsiders on the B side of this song!   Listen to “Don’t Be Mad” on YouTube: – Fred Cole is also “Skip Cole”.

Band Box 284 – “Little Boy” b/w “Don’t Be Mad” – 1961

Northsiders - Band Box 284 - BBand Box 284 - Cole, Fred E. & Northsiders - Don't Be Mad

Skip Cole & His Fabulous Hi-Spots

The Fabs recorded Orlie Trujill0 & Saint Dave Barhite’s ‘ “Twist & Freeze” dropping the reference to “U.S.A.”  Fred E Cole is “Skip” Cole”

Listen to “You’re the One” by Skip Cole on YouTube:

Band Box 353 – 1964

Band Box 353 - Cole, Skip & Fabulous Hi-Spts - Twist & FreezeBand Box 353 - Cole, Skip & Fabulous Hi Spots - Who's Gonna Win the Election

Skip Cole 60’s Band Bio

Other Recordings: (45’s)

Skip Cole & His Hi-Spots – Suave 718 – “You’re The One” b/w “Do The Whip” – 1964

Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame
Band Box Inductees

CO Country HOF

Band Box owner Vicky Morosan would be proud of the impressive list of country artists who recorded for her label and found their way into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame!

Sammy Cee – Joe Holenbek (Saints) – Randy King – Dewey Knight – Steve Laneer – Jim McGraw – Embert Mishler – Bob Perry – Ray Sekera (Daleks) – Lee Sims

Dave Conley

Released one single on the Band Box label – Need information relating to this artist.  I do not believe there is a connection between Dave and Band Box artist Walt Conley.

Band Box 338 – 1963

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Walt Conley

Walt was one of the first to record on Band Box.  He was a pure folk and blues singer and continued to perform in the Denver area until is retirement.  He was a friend of  Denver folk singer Juldy Collins and also Band Box artist and local media personality Dick Dedrick.  Walt passed away in 2006.

Walt Conley - Early Days

Walt Conley – Early Days

45 – Band Box 222 – “The Colorado Story” b/w “Colorado Queen of the West” – 1959

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Band Box 222 - Conley, Walt - Colorado Story Band Box 222 - Conley, Walt - Colorado Queen of the West

45 – Band Box 223 – “Passin’ Thru” b/w Worried Man Blues” – 1959

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LP – Premier 6101 – Passin’ Through – 1959

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LP – Studio City 502 – Listen What He’s Sayin’

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Walt Conley Profile Page

Countess Edee

The Countess had a single release single on Band Box.  I obtained my copy of the record from a European.

Band Box 267 – “Once in a Lifetime” b/w “Will You” – 1961

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Band Box 267 DJ - Countess Edee - Once in a Lifetime

Sonny Covington & The Original Valiants

Sonny was also a member of Band Box act The Mastertones with Milt Watson.

Band Box 228 – 1959

Band Box 228 - Covington, Sonny - Hey Hey Hey Hey Band Box 228 - Covington, Sonny - We Two

The Crazy Crickets

They had one 45 release on Band Box.

Update on the Crazy Crickets: March, 2017

The New York Band on Denver’s Band Box Label

I have never been successful in efforts to identify the members of the Band Box recording group “The Crazy Crickets” who released one single on the Denver label in 1962.  But thanks to a reader that has changed.  On March 17th of this year Marc Coulavin wrote:

“I’ve tried to get in touch with one of the members of the Crazy Crickets.

From what I’ve found out so far, the band seems to have been from Rochester, NY.  Judging by the songwriting credits, the members appear to have been Carl Foti (guitar), Wesley “Wes” Huff, Terrance “Terro” O’Donnell, and Richard “Dick” Kasper.  The credits are not on the record, but I found them in an old book I have from Canadian BMI called “Yes, There is Canadian Music,” which lists both songs from the 45, with writer’s credits.

Foti went on to form a group called The Gallant Men, with one of his brothers, then later on Gunther’s Bus.  Dick Kasper went on to cut a 45 in a country vein for Fine Records, confirming the Rochester connection.  So not Canadian, as I had thought at one point (in spite of being listed in the BMI book), and not from Colorado, I would venture to say.  How they got released on Band Box is a mystery for now.”

The Gallant Men recording is shown below.  Interestingly a second version was released with “Lost Romance” being credited to “The Untimates” which must be the same group I assume.

Marc’s reference to the Canadian resource matches up with the fact that “The Crazy Crickets” released their two Band Box tracks initially on the Canadian Barry record label “B-3040X” in 1961.

I suspect that Band Box owner Vicky Morosan most likely acquired the two tracks via her East Coast dealings with co-composer of “Rock Around the Clock” Jimmy DeKnight (James Myers).  DeKnight not only contributed to tracks for Band Box in the Fall of 1961 “Whistlin’ Willie” and “Rock-A-Billy” (not the Guy Mitchell hit), but provided access for Band Box as well to a several other artists who he personally represented through publishing rights including rock-a-billy artist Little Gracie, Artie Picozzi, Nicky Love, Buddy Kain, Gar Bacon who was a New Jersey native, Sue Leban, Dean Hayden, Steve Gibson and the Red Caps, Terry Sawyer, Bobby Latin and Joe Valino.

All of these releases on Band Box came about in the early 1960’s.  Later Vicky seems to have secured local Colorado talent for most of the releases going forward.

Back to the Crickets. Marc reports:

“The Dick Kasper record I found information about is this:

http://www.finerecordingstudio.com/FineDiscog.html
DICK KASPER – so you’re tossin’ me out babe! / i’m closing this door
In FI-11M67103 – male country singer with organ garage band style backing
500 copies ordered November 10th, 1967″

Broderick and Eddie Fontaine

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Eddie Fontaine

The composer on the Gallant Men recording, Dick Broderick, is the most likely same fellow who wrote a track for recording artist and one-hit wonder Eddie Fontaine (another New Jersey native), “The Years Before” on Decca 9-30108 in 1956.

Ironically, Fontaine played a minor role in the TV series titled “The Gallant Men”, (1962) then later landing a part on Television’s hugely successful “Happy Days” playing the part of the Fonz’s father!  The group which evolved from the Crazy Crickets, “The Gallant Men” also came about the same year as the TV Series, 1962.  Hummm??

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Listen to “Honey Walk” on YouTube:

Band Box 290 – “Honey Walk” b/w Expressway” – 1962

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Daddy Ed

We have not been able to identify the person known as “Daddy Ed” one of the earliest artists to record on the Band Box label.  Lisa Wheeler conducted an exhaustive research effort on her Blog “North of Pueblo”.  

But we do know that he did record for Band Box – and beyond the two tracks listed below – also recorded a series of “Daddy Ed’s Original Kiddy Stories” including “The Black Pony”, “The Trick Fish”, “Whip, the Cow Pony”, “Oliver, the Owl”, “Calvin the ‘Coon” and “Paul the Possum”

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Dave & The Saints

(See listing under The Saints)

Ronnie Davis

A one-shot Band Box artist – recording on the label in late 1962.

Band Box 320 – 1962

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Gayle Day & The Jim Trumbo Trio

Gayle Day appears on Band Box LP with the Trio including Jim Trumbo piano, Jerry Kearley drums, and Bill Schneider string bass.  Dolores Osborn accompanies the group on organ.  Day performs vocals. Images by Doc Krieger

LP – Band Box 1014 – Gayle Day Sings

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Jimmy De Knight & The Knights of Rhythm

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Jimmy is the composer of the anthem “Rock Around The Clock” a song that was recorded by more than 500 artists and that sold over 200 million copies according to one Meyers’ interview (in another he estimates 100 million)  which would easily make it the biggest hit song of all time if those statistics are valid.  But according to Wikipedia realistic estimates are probably 30 million on the high end.  His birth name was James Myers.  He released one single in Denver on Band Box label in 1961 (shown below).    This single was undoubtedly recorded in Philadelphia and somehow picked up by Band Box owner Vicky Morosan.  The first release of “Rock Around The Clock” was released in 1954 by Sonny Dae & His Knights, but this was an entirely different group than De Knight’s own band ensemble.   Jimmy penned other Band Box releases for Little Gracie and Bobby Latin, indicating he and Band Box owner Vicky Morosan must have maintained contact via a recording agreement of some kind.  Vicky was quite prone to traveling far and near to promote her music business as best as she could manage with limited resources.

His “Knights of Rhythm” were more than a rock combo – often featuring as many as 20 musicians during performances depending on how many were readily available in any given venue.  James was a drummer/leader of the group but abandoned the drum kit after WW II and concentrated more on the business end of music starting up Cowboy Records (all 78 rpm) and establishing “Meyers Music” out of New York City.  Long after the initial success of Rock Around the Clock De Knight continued to plug away with his various music interests – giving them up for a time due to health issues but returning eventually and starting up “James E. Meyers Enterprises” as his re-entry into the business focusing on country music and some gospel – releasing his artists on CD’s.

First Cowboy Release - 1946

First Cowboy Release – 1946

I have learned much more about James Meyers – He had heavy involvement with Bill Haley and The Comets.  He labored long and hard to get east coast DJ’s to listen to and play “Rock Around The Clock” traveling far and wide handing out samples.  It took more than a year for it to finally break big – due to it’s inclusion in “Blackboard Jungle”.

DeKnight Tracks – Other than “Clock”

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DEKNIGHT 03 DEKNIGHT 04

DEKNIGHT 05 DEKNIGHT 06

Here is a great interview with Meyers on the “Rock-a-Billy Legends” web site.

Here is De Knight’s rather tame version of “Rock Around the Clock” on Peak Records (other than the screaming sax).  Peak (below) was yet another of Meyers’ labels based in Philadelphia.  I know of no other releases on this label.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFnAAb8Qao4&w=320&h=240]

Band Box 281 – Rock-a-Billy b/w Whistlin’ Willie – 1961

BAND BOX 281 - DEKNIGHT, JIMMY - ROCK A BILLY BAND BOX 281 - DEKNIGHT, JIMMY - WHISTLIN WILLIE

45 – Peak 105 – Rock Around the Clock b/w Rock Around the Clock Cha Cha – March 1959

Peak 105 - DeKnight, Jimmy & Knights of Rhythm - Rock Around the ClockDENIGHT - JIMMY PEAK B
45 – Apt 25034 – Rock Around the Clock b/w Rock Around the Clock Cha Cha – May 1949

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DENIGHT - JIMMY APT C DENIGHT - JIMMY APT D

Dick Dedrick

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Dick Dedrick’s Band Box LP is a curious release – apparently a little league baseball fundraiser effort with songs composed by Dick and Sue Dedrick.  I stumbled across a copy of the LP in a junk shop – unplayed!  The title is “Animal Tales And Tunes” and it is on Band Box 1018.

Dick Dedrick contacted my with this great update: (He also sent along the photo above)

“I recorded a kiddie album for Band Box in the mid-60s.  Learned some time later that it had been released as a little league fund raiser.  I’m producing spoken-word CD’s today on the Nostalgia Road label.  Check out our Nostalgia Parade at NostalgiaRoad.com.”

Please visit “Nostalgia Road”.  It is a great site where can purchase audio memories via download or CD!  Will be soon posting an entire Band Box Artist page based on my communication with Dick Dedrick.

LP – Band Box 1018 – Animal Tales ‘n Tunes

Band Box LP 1018 CV - Dedrick, Dick - Children's Tales 1 Band Box LP 1018 CV - Dedrick, Dick - Children's Tales 2

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Herman Dinges

A young Dinges (left) with Wendelin Sander and Larry Werth of Kansas

A young Dinges (left) with Wendelin Sander and Larry Werth of Kansas

Herman was a local polka star who has long-performed his music for the Denver audience.  He released many LPs for the polka crowd through the years and one LP on Band Box – 1010 “Beettoppers”.  His Facebook page states that he attended Hays High School in the mid section of Kansas.  He played extensively throughout the mid west States.  Band members included Ray Sanders (trumpet), Kenneth Johnson (trombone), John Karlin (sax), Lauraine Dinges (piano) Hal Peirce (bass), and Severin Pfannenstiel (drums).  I was surprised to learn that Herman lived about three blocks from where I grew up in West Denver.  Visit the Polka/Hop/Dance Page for a full Dinges discography.

Here is Herman playing at a Friend Shorty Flack’s birthday party in September of 2001.

LP – Band 1010 – The Beettoppers

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Herman Dinges Facebook

Chuck Dockery (shown with The Highlighters)

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A one-time Band Box artist in the rock-a-billy vein – He performed in the late 1950’s with the Highlighters which can be heard on “Baby Let’s Dance” on the YouTube link below.

Here is “Rock While We Ride” on New Song Records

And “Rock While We Ride” on New Song 129 – Flip side

Band Box 383 – 1967

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Ico Doro

A total mystery artist on Band Box.  He/She had one release in 1968.

Band Box 390 – 1968

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The Echoes

This group had two releases as a group on Band Box in 1960 and 1961.  They may be the same group who backed Nancy Kae on the Band Box 305 “Don’t Let Our Love” b/w “Popcorn Twist”  but doubtful since it was released several years later.

Band Box 241 “Behind the Bamboo Curtain” b/w “Engagement Waltz”

Band Box 244 – “Goodnight Again” b/w “Stranger to Love”

Euphoria

One of the last bands to record on Band Box – 1969

Band Box 392 – “Somebody Listen” b/w Dedication of Sally & Cher” – 1969

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The Fabulous Cyclones

The Cyclones performing “Cyclone”

Here they are performing a song called “Chili Beans” – A real garage sound – with lead singer Chuck Gallegos

Band Box 231 – Cyclone b/w Texas Cucaracha – 1959

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The Fabulous Fremonts (Pueblo)

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Known Group Members:

Irenez Chavez (later with Pueblo Group “Sugar n’ Spice – now deceased)
Henry Garcia
Vic Macheto
John Rivera
Jose Ortega (Also with The Ortega Brothers – The Soulmen – Burnt Mill Road – The Gents – The Chevelles – now deceased)
John Trujillo

(A 2001 obituary appearing in The Pueblo Chieftan states that Jose “Martin” Ortega was an original member of the Fabulous Fremonts)

The Fablulous Fremonts -- Photo by Doctor Krieger

The Fablulous Fremonts — Photo by Doctor Krieger

The Fabulous Fremonts were from Pueblo, Colorado recording on the Band Box subsidiary Valerie Records.  Their one single was released around 1963.  All of the following information is provided by Colorado record collector and writer Doctor George Krieger:

Doc Krieger

Doc Krieger

The Fabulous Fremonts formed in the early 1960’s and were headed up lead singer and bass guitar player Irene Chavez.  Irene started playing guitar at the age of 7 and would occasionally join her mother as a duet performing on local radio in Pueblo.  Irene – with help from her mother – assembled the Fremonts which included Henry Garcia on lead guitar, Vic Macheto on saxophone and John Rivera on drums.  They took their name from a Las Vegas night club ash tray “The Fremont”.  They usually performed as “The Fabulous Fremonts” but would also go by “The Fremonts”.

Krieger: “In 1961, while attending Central High, Irene entered the GI Forum competition which was a talent and beauty contest.  She won the Pueblo competition, the state of Colorado competition and placed third in the national competition in Las Vegas.”

Vic Macheto and John Rivera both departed the band with Rivera being replaced by drummer John Trujillo.  The Fremonts continued as a trio performing at Pueblo’s Honey Bucket and Tony’s Danceland.

Next came the opportunity to cut a record – Krieger: “Since many of the other (Pueblo) bands were recording songs, the Fremonts asked their manager (Irene’s mother) if they could cut a record.  A session was scheduled with Valerie Records (the Band Box subsidiary) and the band made the long drive north to Denver accompanied by Irene’s soon-to-be-husband, Tano Roybal. 

Irene remembers recording as being a scary experience as each member of the band was isolated behind a screen in a large room.  After recording several songs on tape, “Gee Whiz” and “Watermelon Man” were deemed the best and pressed as a record.  For around $500 the band received the master tape and 300 records.”

“Gee Whiz” received local airplay and did chart #38 on the local charts.  Shortly after this, according to Krieger, Garcia departed the group when he got married and Irene elected to stop performing in order to begin a family.

Fremonts On Valerie - Hard to Find

Fremonts On Valerie – Hard to Find

Later in the 1960’s Irene reformed the band with Henry Garcia once again on guitar but this was a short lived endeavor.  Irene next went into nursing obtaining her degree from SCSC and eventually working in Pueblo nursing homes and then Peakview Hospital.

B Side on a Misconstrued Label

B Side on a Misconstrued Label

In 1980 Irene joined a local group called “Sugar and Spice”.  Krieger: Irene recalled “Music had really changed by then and bass playing had become more complicated.  Disco came in and that ruined it for live musicians since most of the clubs would just play records.  People didn’t go out as much as they did before, either.”

Irene was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and doctors told her she probably had about six months to live.  But she continued on – beating the disease.  Then tragically, Irene was killed in a traffic accident in the mid 1990’s along with her parents.

(Visit Doctor Krieger’s excellent Blog – “Rock and Roll Reviews & Trivia”  or click on graphic)

KRIEGER REVIEWS

The Fabulous Fremonts performing “Gee Whiz” – a really solid teenage sound from 1962 – This was formerly done by Bob and Earl.

45 – Valerie 2003 – “Gee Whiz” b/w  “Watermelon Man”

Little Joey Farr

A raucous rock and roller from the South – somehow she found her way onto the Band Box label – and there is debate about whether or not the release precedes the Kangaroo label based out of Houston.

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Listen to “Big White Cadillac” by Little Joey Farr on YouTube:

Band Box 286 – “Big White Cadillac” b/w Rock and Roll Santa” – 1961

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Little Joey Farr 60’s Band Bio

Other Colorado Local Recordings:

45 – Kangaroo 112 – “Rock and Roll Santa” b/w “Big White Cadillac”

The Fast Brothers

A North Denver rock and roll band – recording for the Valerie label in 1964.

45 – Valerie 2003 – “Shadows On the Wall” b/w I Loved You So Much I Let You Go”

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Sab Florence E. (Espinoza)

Sab Florence had a single 45 release on Band Box in 1968.  This from a Blogger: “Why Must It Be” is one of my faves of all time, with its half mumbled, half groaned vocals, mixed with the strange “Sirenes”-like female backing vocals. If you are into the very weird, but somehow listenable, score yourself a copy, if you can locate one.”

Band Box 389 – “Why Must It Be” b/w I Need Love” – 1968

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Ray Ford and The Echo Valley Boys

A polka-band release on Band Box from 1963.  This one shows up quite often on EBay.  This group may have resided in the Detroit, Michigan area.  I don’t know if this image is of Ray Ford or not but accompanies “Wash Machine Boogie” on YouTube.

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Band Box 337 – 1961

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The Four Chevelles

The Four Chevelles were a rhythm and blues group recording briefly on Band Box in 1964 with two releases.  I have not been able to track down any biographical information on the group.  Their releases on Band Box were evidently penned by Chuck Thomas – who recorded solo as well on Band Box (see separate entry).  On at least one release, his lead voice seems very evident with The Four Chevelles.  I believe the Delft recording is also a Denver-based label.  I show two different versions of the Band Box label for this release – “Band Box Publishing” and “Valjean Music”.  The “Band Box Pub” version is most likely a reissue but legitimate.

There is a chance that this group came from the Pittsburgh area where the song gained a lot of air play.

Listen to The Four Chevelles singing “Darling Forever” & “This is Our Wedding Day” on YouTube:

Band Box 317 – 1962

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Band Box 358 – I Can’t Believe b/w I Know – 1964

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Four Chevelles 60’s Band Bio

45 – Delft 6408 – This Is Our Wedding Day b/w Forever

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The Four Gigolos/Gigolos (Don May & The Four Gigolos)

This group was fronted by Don May – a member of Denver’s Valiants and included drummer Larry Higgins from Freddie and The Hitch-Hikers, The Daleks and other groups.  In addition to Don May – there were actually only three other Gigolos.  They released three singles on Band Box.  Releases 317 and 318 are scarce and to my knowledge – copies have not surfaced.

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The Four M’s (Martinez Brothers)

The Martinez Brothers recorded at both the Band Box studio in North Denver and Infal Records located in Commerce City around 1968.

Band Box 388 – Don’t Cry for A Boy b/w First Day Of Your Life

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45 – Infal 160 – “Create A Disturbance” b/w “Near Me” – 1968

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Leo Frazier

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(I located this photo on the back of an LP entitled “The Shorter AME Church & The Washington Park United Church of Christ Present “The Seven Last Words of Christ” – on John Law Records from 1972 – On the LP Leo is featured as “Tenor Solist” – Now this might not be the Band Box artist but I suspect that it is.)

This from a contributor on Leo Frazier (November 2013):
“Leo does not remember the location that he recorded the single at. He also does not have any recollection of Vicky Morossan (Band Box owner).  He did not record anything else with Band Box or with other studios.  His history after coming to Denver from New Orleans in 1961 is as a music teacher/choir director in public and catholic schools and with the archdiocese of Denver since about 1961.  He still sings at funerals and other functions occasionally for various catholic parishes in Denver.  I think he cut the Band Box record at the request of George Morrison Sr., who was the author of the songs on the 45.”

NOTE: George Morrison Sr., was also involved on the above mentioned recording with the two Denver churches.

Leo had one Band Box release as noted – in about 1961 or 1962 – a gospel release.

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Freddie & The Hitch-Hikers

Their big  contribution to record collection was the garage single “Sinners” which collectors drool over.  Freddie was Freddie Aldridge (deceased).  The band was very active appearing at many Denver local venues.  They had one release on Band Box in 1961.  Their is another Hitchhiker group listed on Band Box release 360 – backing R and B singer Chuck Thomas, but apparently no relation to this group.  The group pioneered the use of the theramin instrument on “Sinner Man” – a record which was cut in 1960.

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Hitch Hiker drummer Larry Higgins recalls that Freddie was not present for the Chuck Thomas recording session and the back-up band was erroneously identified as “Johnny and the Hitch-Hikers”. The group formed in the late 1950’s and recorded on Denver’s Band Box Records. A nice band biography is presented on the Denver Blog – The Denver Eye. Their recording of “Sinners” is quite sought after and can be heard on You Tube – The Band appeared at least on one occasion billed as Freddie Day & The Hitch-Hikers. Freddie came to Colorado from the Midwest. Larry went to high school at Mullen High in Denver.

The group has a claim-to-fame being the first rock group to employ the Theremin instrument – which can be heard on “Sinners” which was recorded in late 1960.  Drummer Larry Higgins recalled that Denver teenager Wayne Thompson (real name Wayne Head) would work for about six months with the Hitchhikers.  Wayne was the son of Shorty & Sue Thompson who recorded in Denver and lived in the Arvada area probably up until the mid 1960’s when they moved to Nebraska.  Wayne would go on to become a composer of hit records for Elvis, The Box Tops, Eddy Arnold, Willie Nelson and more.  Read my Thompson Family story here.

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Group Members:

Larry Higgins – drums (Don May & Gigolos – Daleks – Valiants – Saints – Pete Tracy Trio)
Freddie Alridge – guitar/vocals – deceased
Bobby Miller – guitar
Jerry Spiva – bass Bobby Leo – sax

Fred Underwood – guitar – brief stint
Wayne “Carson” Thompson – guitar – brief stint (deceased)  See the Thompson Family page

45 – Band Box 251 – Sinners/Mop Flop – 1961

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45 – Band Box 360 – Why Baby/Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide – 1965

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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gqSLERc1GE&w=320&h=240]

Reva Gardner

LP – Keyboard 7002 – The Versatile Reva Gardner

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Reva Gardner was a Denver organist who released one LP on the Band Box subsidiary label Keyboard (#7002).  Located this LP on the same day at the same place where I picked up the Dick Dedrick Band Box LP.  Her LP credits her with many touring, nightclub, supper club, television and banquet appearances.

Dick Gentile (and the Craters)

Dick Gentile released one single on the Band Box subsidiary label Valerie in 1962.  Gentile also composed the Band Box single “Surfside Twist Part 1” for Jim Perry & The Hesitations.  Interestingly, Gentile’s Valerie single carries a catalog number more in keeping with the Band Box numbering system (316) – the only known instance of this occurring.  Apparently Dick Gentile would later join the national group The Melting Pot.

Valerie 316 – “Try Me” b/w ” Meanest Little Woman” – Mid 1960’s

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The Gibbons Family

An obscure country gospel group – recording in 1960 on Band Box.  Group featured Mabel Gibbons on piano and Barbara Howard on steel guitar

45 – Band Box 225 – “That Old Country Church” b/w What Is the Need to Worry?”

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Steve Gibson & The Red Caps

This is another one of those nationally recorded groups who found their way onto Band Box for a single release back in 1962.  The group formed in 1939 and enjoyed a long run.  As to their possible connection to Denver – this from a Post on the web:

“Arthur Davey, an original Red Cap who rejoined the group early in 1953, tires of life on the road and goes to his hometown of Denver, Colorado, and leads his own trio at local clubs.”  This trio may have possibly used the Red Cap name on Band Box.  Solo singer Damita Jo was briefly a member of The Red Caps in the 1950’s.  Here is a comprehensive Red Cap bio at Marv Goldberg’s site. He sites the Band Box release as being “the last original” Steve Gibson and The Red Caps recording.  Davey – may have been on this single – and was a renown saxophone player.  He is pictured above with the group in the 1940’s – far upper right of photo.

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Watch Steve Gibson & the Red Caps perform “Cow Cow Boogie” from 1952 on YouTube:

45 -Band Box 325 – “No More” b/w Peppermint Baby”

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William Louis Ginsburg

LP – Band Box – This and That Musical Program – 1968

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This LP is quite likely a one off vanity pressing in LP format.  The seller does not have a cover for the pressing and most likely it never had one especially with the typed label sticker.  When I first saw this listed it caught my attention in two ways – first being a Band Box pressing which I had never seen before and second – the artist – “Wm. L. (Louis) Ginsburg D.D.S”.

I jokingly asked my wife if she had any dentists on the Ginsburg side of her family and she responded “Yes, uncle Will was a dentist.  He was our family dentist.”  So next I checked with our family historian – Rick in Washington State and he confirmed that uncle Bill’s full name was indeed William L. Ginsburg.

Uncle Will was born in New York in May of 1895 and moved to Denver where he was married to Sylvia Shapiro.  They had two sons Leland and Jordan.  Leland has passed away and nothing is known of Jordan.  William practiced in Denver and his office was located in the old Republic Building downtown.  He passed away in April of 1982 and is buried with his wife in the Jewish Cemetery in West Denver near The Mills Shopping Center.

Family members including Rick and my wife had no idea that uncle Will had musical talents!  Now I am pleased to learn that I have officially entered into the Band Box family via my marriage to a Ginsburg relative!

The seller of this record has no knowledge of Uncle Will – and stated they picked up the record in a Loveland, Colorado estate sale.

Giuseppe’s Fabulous Delrays

Another “fabulous” group from Band Box. They released one single in 1962.

Band Box 294 – 1962

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Alfonso Antonio Gonzales y Su Orchestra

Band Box 100 – Nieves De Enero b/w Tierra Sin Nombre – Year of Release not known

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Vangie Gonzalez with the Gonzalez Brother’s Orchestra

Another very scarce Band Box group.

Band Box 102 – “Corazon Herido” b/w “Carita De Palo” – 1966

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Band Box 370 – “That Same Old Love” b/w Negra Surumata” – 1966

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Bill Goodwin

Bill Goodwin was a Colorado country music performer and composer.  He fronted his own country groups – the Western Ramblers and the Country Tunesmen and cut four singles on the Band Box label and recorded nationally on labels such as Vee Jay and Starday.  The Pueblo City Limits music Blog site documents Bill Goodwin’s career. Bill also penned songs for and with Band Box country artist Warren Robbe.  Band Box artist Dick Dedrick reports that Bill Goodwin (a personal friend) also worked as a Nashville agent for country recording stars Bill Anderson, Leroy Van Dyke, Roy Drusky, Jon Conlee and Donna Fargo.

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Listen to Bill Goodwin perform “Shoes of a Fool” on YouTube:

45 – Band Box 287 – “Revenuer Man” b/w “Too Many Heartaches” – 1962

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45 – Band Box 293 – “Pardon My Tears” b/w “Those Same Old Heartaches” – 1962

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45 – Band Box 309 – “Heartaches” b/w “Don’t Take My World Away” – 1962

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45 – Band Box 323 – 1962 – “You Did This To Me’ b/w “Making It Easy On My Heart” (Release not verified)

Unreleased Band Box Tracks

“Shoes of a Fool”, “Glass on the Table”, “Talking to the Walls”, “Window of Your Love”, “It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'”, “Running After You”, “A Memory, A Rose, and a Broken Heart”, “Break My Heart Gently”

45 – Mystic 679 – So Wrong b/w I’ll Stand In Line – 1957

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45 – Mystic 689 – Angel In Disguise b/w It Don’t Cost a Dime to Dream – 1958

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45 – Vee Jay 501 – Shoes of a Fool b/w It Keeps Right On a Hurting – 1964

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45 – Vee Jay 564 – The Stand In b/w I Won’t Wait Up Tonight – 1964

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45 – MTA 133 – Darlings 1-2-3 & Me b/w I’m The Most Successful Failure – 1967

Eddie Hammond

Band Box – 45 – “Butch Cassidy” b/w “Nate Campion” (Unreleased)

Dean Hayden

Singer Dean Hayden released one Band Box single in 1962

Band Box 301 – 1962

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Arlan Howard

Howard is listed on the Band Box catalog as having released catalog number 308.  None of the Band Box collectors I know have a copy of this record.

Band Box 308 – 1962 – “I Dreamed” b/w “Bus From Prison” – Release not verified

The Ray Hudson Quartet

A lounge music combo – they released one single on Band Box in 1960 – two sided instrumental – jazzy and smooth.Da

Listen to their “Sayonara Cha Cha” on YouTube.

Band Box 245 – 1960

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The Hummingbirds (with Ed Whatley)

(Also See entry for Ed Whatley)

Band Box 232 – See You In My Dreams b/w Teenage Wedding – 1959

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Band Box Unreleased Tracks

“Bingo”, “No Love”

The Ink Spots

The assemblage of Ink Spots who passed through the Band Box studios was most likely led by George Holmes.  The only connection I have obtained relating to the Ink Spots and Band Box is a comment from Freddie & The Hitch-Hikers’ drummer Larry Higgins who recalls the group (Ink Spots) performing for a time somewhere in Denver in the time period in question (early 1960’s).  Read my entire profile page for more information on The Ink Spots.  They released one long play on Band Box (shown above) and no singles.

Ink Spots Profile Page

Band Box LP 1002 – “Yesterday and Today”

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Dave Jackson (Westcliffe)

Dave Jackson was a little known Band Box artist releasing an LP on the subsidiary label Valerie “Morning Town Ride” Valerie 7000 in the late 1960’s.  Pueblo City Limits does have a Blog Post on Dave Jackson.  Jackson was on the faculty of Custer County High School.  His LP is the only known long play released on the Valerie label.

LP – Valerie  7000 – Morning Town Ride

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Jimmie James

Another Band Box artists lost for the ages.  He jumped on the trend in 1967 with his composition of “Too Many Mini Skirts.

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Bob Jamison

Band Box 345 – 1964 – “Is That The Reason Why” b/w “I’ll Leave the Front Door Open

Argust “Hank” Jarman

Hank Jarman was a country artist with one 45 release in 1965 on Band Box.  Hank recorded enough tracks for a complete long play and may have been slated to have released Band Box LP 1003 in 1965.  Reader Alia Rodriques has researched Jarman and as a result Hank may have resided in Colorado Springs for a time.  His parents most likely were Newton Alvin Jarman and Mary Edith Hopkins, both born in Missouri, later living in Colorado Springs.  Newton died in 1966 and Mary Edith in 1977.

Argust was born in 1905 and thus recorded at Band Box at a rather late age of 60 years.  Alia discovered three Band Box long play acetates in June of 2016 in her now resident town of Tustin, California.  One is dated 1967 – and labeled as a birthday gift to his mother.

Band Box 361 – 1965

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Buster Jenkins

Buster was a long-time Denver area media personality, artist and record producer.  He was closely associated with Jim Ward’s Wheat Ridge, Colorado based CLW Record Label – producing many of the acts.  He was a disk jockey on country music station KLAK.  His Band Box LP – catalog # 1008 is very hard to find these days.  In the mid 1970’s Buster started up his own music label “High Country” records.  Two local artists recording on that label included Jerry Street and Band Box artist Dewey Knight.  Buster passed away in 2006.  Here is more interesting information about Buster Jenkins on The Hillbilly Researcher Blog site.

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LP – Band Box 1008 – “Rocky Mountain Jamboree”

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Jessie & The Juveniles

This is an obscure rhythm and blues group from Denver.  I located a metal acetate with a discarded Band Box label adhered.  This was most likely a one-off effort (vanity pressing) recorded at the Band Box studio.  There are undoubtedly countless vanity releases which never found their way into the Band Box catalog.  Both sides are raw but fun!

Band Box Acetate – Year unknown but estimated to be 1963

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Jo Ann & Avel

This 1963 recording contains one side “Snowflakes” which was penned in part by “D. Barhite” which is no doubt Dave Barhite – leader and guitarist for the Band Box group The Saints.  The artists are Jo Ann and Avel Lucero.

Band Box 331 – Snowflakes b/w Suddenly – 1963

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Larry Johnson & The Dakota Territory

This is another Denver country band recording on Valerie Records – a Band Box subsidiary

Valerie 2004 – “I Never Loved a Prettier Girl Than You” b/w “Do Your Own Thing” – Year Unknown

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Rachel Jordan

She released “Crack-Up With Rachel Jordan” yet another bawdy adult humor LP release on the Spicy label

LP – Spicy 5003 – Laugh It Up With Crack Up Fun for Grown Ups

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Ronny Kae (Ronny Kay) (The Saints)

Ronny was Band Box’s most celebrated artist locally in the Denver market.  He released singles under this name – as well as Ronny Kay and Ronnie Kaye which may be attributed to labeling errors.  His birth name was Ronny Kleitman.  His drum oriented singles abound and are collectible.

The Ronny Kae LP, Band Box 1006 – is entitled “Swinging Drums” a single released in 1963.  The album however does not include that cut.  It does, however include songs such as “Bonfire Part 1″ and Warsaw Concerto” both of which were released on 45′s prior to the release of “Swinging Drums”- both sometime in 1962.  Oddly, both of those singles were recorded with Ronny spelling his last name “Kaye”.  On the LP, he has resumed the spelling “Kae” – the spelling he used on his earliest recording for Band Box.  Ronny’s actual name is Ronny Kleitman.  Read more about Ronny Kae.

Listen to Ronny Kae On YouTube:

– Lots more sound clips on YouTube as well

LP – Band Box 1006 – “Swinging Drums”

Band Box 1006 LP - Kae, Ronny - Swinging DrumsBand Box LP 1006 - Kae, Ronny B

Kae - Band Box LPL 1006 - Kae, Ronny - SD 1 (1) Kae - Band Box LPL 1006 - Kae, Ronny - SD 1 (2)

Band Box 201 – “Boom Boom” b/w “Caravan” – 1962

Band Box 201 - Kae, Ronny - Boom Boom Band Box 201 - Kae, Ronny - Caravan

Band Box 289 – “Twistin’ Bon Fire” b/w 1962 “Tangerine”

BAND BOX 289

Band Box 289 - Kay, Ronny - Bonfire Part 1 Band Box 289 - Kay, Ronny - Tangerine

Band Box 300 – “Twistin’ Rumble” b/w “Warsaw Concerto” – 1962

Band Box 300 - Kae, Ronny - Twistin Rumble Band Box 300 - Kae, Ronny - Warsaw Conerto

Band Box 336 – “A Flight for Drums” b/w “Swinging Drums” – 1963

Band Box 336 - Kae, Ronny - A Flight for Drums Band Box 336 - Kae, Ronny - Swinging Drums

Band Box 339 – “Drums Fell Off a Cliff” b/w “Let There Be Drums” – 1963

Band Box 339 - Kae, Ronnie - Drums Fell Off a Cliff Band Box 339 - Kae, Ronnie - Let There Be Drums

Band Box – 362 – “Swinging Drums” b/w “The Lurch” – 1965

Band Box 362 - Kae, Ronny & Saints - Swimming Drums Band Box 362 - Kae, Ronny & Saints - The Lurch

Band Box 380 – “Drum City” b/w “Taste of Honey” – 1967

This is the third Band Box 45 carrying the 380 catalog number

BAND BOX 380 V (1) BAND BOX 380 V (2)

45 – Leo 506 – Band Box Custom – “Swinging Drums” b/w “A Flight For Drums”

LEO 506 - Kae, Ronny - Swinging DrumsLEO 506 - Kae, Ronny - A FLIGHT FOR DRUMS

45 – Band Box (Unreleased) – “Broadside” b/w “What The World Needs Now Is More Drums”

45 – Honey 10521 – Drums Are Back b/w Nostalgia

KAE R - HONEY 10521 A KAE R - HONEY 10521 B

45 – Honey 11778 – Wipe Out b/w Harry Play Those Drums

KAE R - HONEY 11778 A KAE R - HONEY 11778 B

Autographed Copy

45 – Scene 1487 – The King Is Dead (both sides)

KAE R SCENE 1

Buddy Kain

Buddy is yet another country artist who paraded through Band Box with two 45’s released by the label – in 1961 and 1962.

Band Box  285 – Don’t Laugh at the Clown b/w The Dream is Ended – 1961

Band Box 285 - Kain, Buddy - Don't Laugh at the KlownBand Box 285 - Kain, Buddy - The Dream Has Ended

Band Box 324 – Sempre To Amo b/w Masquerade Heart

Bobbi Kaye

Bobbi Kaye – a country artist –  is no relation to Ronny Kae – even with his various last name spellings – this according to Saints guitarist Dave Barhite who knew Ronny well.  Her two sides on Band Box were both written and produced by Denver country artist and local radio personality Buster Jenkins who released an LP on Band Box and recorded on other Denver area labels.

Band Box 379 – Please Don’t Let Me Want Him b/w Ruby’s Stool – 1967

Band Box 379 - Kaye, Bobbi - Please Don't Let Me Want Him Band Box 379 - Kaye, Bobbi - Ruby's Stool

45 – Beacon 148 (UK) – It Don’t Take a Fool b/w Between Each Tear

KAYE BOBBIE BEACON UK A KAYE BOBBIE BEACON UK B

Nancy Kaye & The Echoes

This singer was backed by The Echoes – and they most likely were not the same Echoes recording early on Band Box.  Her one release was recorded in 1962.  She is not related to singer Ronny Kae no matter how he spells it.

Band Box 305 –  Popcorn Twist b/w Don’t Let Our Love – 1962

Nancy KayeBand Box 305 - Kaye, Nancy & Echoes - Don't Let Our Love

The Reverend Kellog

45 – Keyboard Extended Play 704 – Songs of Faith – 1966

Ernie Kemm

KEMM ERNIE

Ernie Kemm was an “easy listening” Denver artist who has the distinction of releasing the only known 10-inch recording on the Band Box label which is depicted below.  He also released one single in 1966.  The local Blog site, “Pueblo City Limits” provided this 2010 biography for Ernie Kemm.

This from the Victoria Cruises web site where Kemm was employed:

“Ernie Kemm has worked nearly three decades on the Yangtze River. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of New Mexico. He came to China to work for Lindblad Travel in 1985, as a pianist/entertainer and assistant to the cruise director, spending three years on the Kunlun, Chairman Mao’s state ship, and two years (1987-1989) on the Bashan. He continued working on the Bashan for Abercrombie & Kent until 1993, and joined Victoria Cruises in its inaugural year (1994). In his previous career in the entertainment field, he was a ragtime pianist, composer, and opened the nightclub “The Back Door”, in Denver, Colorado, where Judy Collins played her first professional engagement. His nightclub act with Al Fike, “The Modern Minstrel Man”, played some of the top rooms across the country from Florida to Las Vegas. Solo engagements at several clubs in New York included twelve years at Mrs. J’s Sacred Cow. Engagements at sea included Celebrity Cruises, Sitmar, Royal Caribbean, and Cunard (Countess, Princess and the QE 2). He studied at H.B. Studios and with Broadway and tv star Charles Nelson Reilly, and Tony Award-winning composer Albert Hague among others. He was winner of Colorado’s Bicentennial Song Contest (“Here’s To Colorado”), and was recipient of the “Confetti” award for best performance in Charles Nelson Reilly’s off-Broadway production “Confetti”.”

45 – Band Box 369 – Larimer Square b/w Here Kitty Kitty

Band Box 369 - Kemm, Ernie - Larimare Square Band Box 369 - Kemm, Ernie - Here Kitty Kitty

10 Inch LP – Band Box 1011 – Hello Denver

Band Box 1011 - Kemm, Ernie - Hello Denver 2 Band Box 1011 - Kemm, Ernie - Hello Denver

Other Colorado Local Recordings:

45 – Spur 6343 – “The Narrow Gauge Line” written by Kemm – released with picture sleeve
45 – Spur “The Trail They Call the Navajo” b/w “Songs of the Navajos”

Dick Kinard

Kinard was a young organist who resided in Florida – It is not known where he recorded this Band Box LP.  The front jacket cover is not at all typical of Band Box art.

LP – Band Box 1009 – The Most Organ

BAND BOX LP 1009 - KINARD DICK (1) BAND BOX LP 1009 - KINARD DICK (2)

BAND BOX LP 1009 - KINARD DICK (3) BAND BOX LP 1009 - KINARD DICK (4)

Randy King

Country singer Randy King was born in Louisiana and worked his way to the Denver area.  He released numerous cuts for the Band Box label – five in all over a time spread of 1961 through 1966.  Blog site “North of Pueblo” documents Randy King’s Colorado (and beyond) career as a country artist.  Randy King is an inductee into The Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame – one of 10 Band Box artists to be inducted.

Randy would form The Country All Stars which included Band Box artist Bob Perry, Ross Smith, Jimmy Cooper and Wade Boger.  Perry, Smith and Boger are also all inductees into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.  Wade Boger was a Denver native and formerly with Pahashka & The Pacesetters.  He then formed a group called “Wild Country” and they performed at Aurora’s 4 Seasons Nightclub.

Ross Smith came from Utah and moved to Arvada, Colorado.  Jimmy Cooper was an Oklahoma resident who migrated to Colorado in 1960.  He backed recording star Terry Stafford for a time.

Bob Perry was from Kansas.  He played many different instruments.  He worked with major country stars including the legendary George Jones.  Perry is also an inductee into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.

King, Randy

Courtesy of Lisa Wheeler - North of Pueblo

Courtesy of Lisa Wheeler – North of Pueblo

Listen to Randy King perform “Be Boppin’ Baby” and “In The Summer of His Years” on YouTube:

LP – Rival 29233 – “Randy King and the Country All Stars Live” – 1967

KING RANDY (2) KING RANDY (1)

KING RANDY - RIVAL - RA KING RANDY - RIVAL - RB

45 – Band Box 271 – I Can’t Stop Loving You b/w The Last Show – 1961

Band Box 271 - King, Randy & Country Rhythm Boys - I Can't Stop Loving You Band Box 271 - King, Randy & Country Rhythm Boys - The Last Show

BAND BOX 271 (1) BAND BOX 271 (2)

45 – Band Box 340 The Legend of Little Orphan Joe b/w Merry Christmas – 1963

Band Box 340 - King, Randy - Legend of Little Orphan Joe Band Box 340 - King, Randy - Merry Christmas

45 – Band Box 348 – A Day of Infamy b/w In the Summer of His Years – 1964

Band Box 348 - King, Randy - In the Summer of His Years PS

Band Box 348 - King, Randy - A Day of Infamy Band Box 348 - King, Randy - In the Summer of His Years

45 – Band Box 368 – I Don’t Want To Be With Me b/w I Hope My Conscience Doesn’t Show – 1965

Band Box 368 - King, Randy - I Don't Want to Be With Me Band Box 368 - King, Randy - I Hope My Conscience Doesn't Show

Band Box 368 C - King, Randy - I Don't Want To Be With Me Band Box 368 C - King, Randy - I Hope My Conscience Doesn't Show

45 – Cheyenne – “Guitar Picker’s Lament” b/w “That’s Tarzan”

45 – Enterprise 104 – “Fool The World” b/w “Hearts Entwined”

Enterprise 104 - King, Randy - Fool the World Enterprise 104 - King, Randy - Hearts Entwined

45 – TNT 9009 – Whispering Wind b/w Be Bopping Baby

TNT 9009 - KING RANDY 57 - A TNT 9009 - KING RANDY 57 - B

45 – Rival 3167 – “Don’t Wait For Me” b/w “The Nashville Special” – 1967

King, Randy - Rival - DON'T WAIT King, Randy - Rival - Nashville Special
45 – Rival 3168 – “Memphis” b/w “The Prisoner’s Dream – 1967

45 – Rival 6171 – “To Save My Heart” b/w “When Your Memory Comes Up” – 1971

RIVAL 6161 - KING RANDY SAVE MY HEARTRIVAL 6161 - KING RANDY MEMORY

45 – Radco 101 –  “Can You Be Sure” b/w “In Your Arms Again” (this probably is a vanity label by King)

Radco 101 - King, Randy - SURE Radco 101 - King, Randy - In Your Arms Again

45 – Lo Cowpokes 1002 – Tennessee Polka b/w Fame & Fortune

LO COWPOKES - KING RANDY 1002 A LO COWPOKES - KING RANDY 1002 B

Dewey Knight

Dewey is another Band Box inductee into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame who did record one single on Band Box in 1968.  Dewey (real name) was born on a farm outside of Little Rock, Arkansas.  LP liner notes indicate Dewey came into contact with Band Box and national recording artist – Bill Goodwin to get his start.  He too worked his way to Denver – performing at the Four Season’s Night Club which was a country stronghold in the 1960’s and into the 1970’s before converting into a rock ‘n roll oldies venue before burning to the ground.  He also performed regularly at Denver’s Country & Western Club.

Band Box - Knight, Dewey

Listen to “We Can’t Afford to Win”, and “A Mind Of Your Own”,  on YouTube:

45 – Band Box 378 – A Mind of Your Own b/w We Can’t Afford to Win

Band Box 378 - Knight, Dewey - A Mind of Your OwnBand Box 378 - Knight, Dewey - We Can't Afford to Win

LP – Knight Record Company  – Velvet Street

KNIGHT DEWEY 02KNIGHT DEWEY - KNIGHT CO RAM (4)

KNIGHT DEWEY - KNIGHT CO RAM (5) KNIGHT DEWEY - KNIGHT CO RAM (6)

LP – JEMKL 100 – Shiny Long Limousine

KNIGHT DEWEY 01KNIGHT DEWEY - JEMKL 100 - RAM (3)

KNIGHT DEWEY - JEMKL 100 - RAM (6) KNIGHT DEWEY - JEMKL 100 - RAM (7)

Promotional Photo Inserts

KNIGHT DEWEY - JEMKL 100 - RAM (4) KNIGHT DEWEY - JEMKL 100 - RAM (5)

Other Colorado Local Recordings:

45 – High Country 68001 – “Haulin’ My Last Load” b/w “How’s She Forgetting Me”
45 – JEMKL 3288 – “Shiny Long Limousine” b/w “Indecent”

4 Comments

  1. Hello, I was in Band Box Studio on a Saturday morning with my father sometime in late 1966 or 1967. We’d gone there to investigate recording my neighborhood band that started in the fall of 1966 in Littleton. The band went through several names, The Innersounds, Spox Creation, and Amos. The members were Dave McDonald on guitar, Doug Heath on Bass, Phil “Flip” Carter on Drums and myself, Kenny Vaughan on guitar. We all sang. The thing that I most remember about the brief visit was a very cool, well dressed gentleman that looked like a cross between Ronnie Kae and Eddie Cochran came in, sporting a nice top coat, cool relaxed pompadour, nice suit, carrying a guitar case that could have been a Gretch 6120 style, and also carrying an Echoplex. He spoke with the engineer about what he was going to record. Years later, I worked with Dewey Knight and Sammy Cee at the Club Corner. I’ve enjoyed reading all of your info, and I remember a good deal of the names mentioned. Great work! I’m still in the music biz. I live in Nashville and record there regularly. I am a member of Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives. We released our latest album, Way Out West, on March 10th. Keep up the great work!

    • Kenny – Great Stuff! Your journey into the Band Box studio is classic stuff and now I have all of your former area bands to add to my roster. So you recall seeing/meeting Vickey Morosan the owner by any chance? Did you catch the name of the Gretch 6102 wielding guitar player? Do you happen to know whatever happened to Sammy Cee? I’ll put in a local pitch for The Fab Superlatives’s latest release!

  2. I don’t think that we talked to the guitar player. I’ve never been able to figure out who he was. He looked like a star from the early 60s. I vaguely remember my Dad talking with the lady who ran the place, but mostly I remember that there was a guy who seemed to be an engineer conversing with the guitarist, and I remember the Ampex tape machine and the tube power amplifier that powered the monitor speakers. I wish that we had recorded there!

  3. I believe that Sammy Cee passed quite awhile ago. I knew a lot of the people that you’ve mentioned. I played at Club Corner, The Caravan West, and Ollie’s Roundup a lot in the very early 80s. I also played out at The Four Seasons before it became an oldies place. I saw Buck Owens there in 1968. I went to a ton of rock n roll shows from 1966 through 1976. Lovin Spoonful, Stones, both Cream Shows, all 3 Hendrix shows, many Dead shows, Doors, Big Brother, Howlin Wolf, Little Feet, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Allman Bros, The Who, Procol Harum, many Zappa shows, King Crimson, Ramones, The Nerves, ZZ Top, Joe Cocker & The Grease Band w/ Free and Ten Years After at Roller City(!), Deep Purple in Greely, Junior Wells & Buddy Guy in Boulder, saw the Astronauts at Euclid Jr High(!), Moonrakers, The Galaxies, Crystal Palace Guard, Holden Caufield, many Zephyr shows, John Mayal, The Jefferson Airplane, The Animals, lots of small jazz shows, life was good in Denver! I had a band called the Jonny III from 1976-1979 that played around Denver, Boulder, Chicago, the Midwest and NYC a lot. We played mostly songs that we wrote, and the audience was mostly the Alt Punk and alternative crowd. We had a fairly loyal following. I moved to Nashville in 1987.

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