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From the Land of Band Box Records

From Starr to DeHaven and Fame

Penny Starr recorded as a solo country act for Band Box in the mid 1960’s with her first release being Band Box 372 “A Grain of Salt” b/w “A Thing of Pleasure”.  which was probably recorded in late 1966.  The song was one of the few from Band Box to ever land on a national Billboard chart, making onto Billboard’s country charts in January of 1967 where it had a three-week run and peaked at number 69.

Penny was born in 1948 and so she would have been 18 or 19 years of age when she recorded for Band Box.  A few years later, Penny would again land on the country charts, repeatedly but this time as “Penny DeHaven”.  Over a period of 15 years Penny DeHaven charted a total of 15 times with national  labels including Imperial, United Artists, Mercury, Starcrest and Mainstreet.  Her biggest hit was “Land Mark Tavern” with Del Reeves charting at number 20.

Penny was born Charlotte DeHaven in Winchester, Virginia in 1948.  She recorded with Del Reeves and Boxcar Willie and interestingly appeared in a few movies along the way including “Valley of Blood”, “Travelling Light”, and “The Country Music Story”.

While at Band Box, Penny duetted with stable mate Van Trevor – another artist who continued onto some national recognition with eight national C&W chart records.  Their Band Box effort was Band Box 373 “Christmas in the Country” b/w “Holiday Driving – Drive Safely” which also included singer Johnny Dollar.  This release was probably cut at the same session which produced her “A Grain of Salt” recording and Van Trevor’s “When You’ve Lost Your Baby” b/w “Our Side” – as well as both Band Box 374 by Trevor and 375 by Penny “One More Like You” b/w “You’ve Taken All the Woman Out of Me.”

Neither artist would enter the Band Box studios again.  I have learned that Penny Starr, Van Trevor and Johnny Dollar never did record in Denver’s Band Box Studio but that Band Box owner Vicky Morosan signed them onto the label for release purposes. Note that two of the cuts below were penned by Ed Rabbit – “A Thing of Pleasure” as well as “You’ve Taken All the Woman Out of Me”.

Penny DeHaven/Starr passed away from cancer in February,2014.

Singles

(Click on links to view records)

Band Box 372 – “A Grain Of Salt” b/w “A Thing of Pleasure – Charted C&W – January, 1967 – #69

A Band Box acetate pressing:

Band Box 372 TP - Starr, Penny - A Thing of Pleasure

Band Box 372 - Starr, Penny - A Grain of Salt Band Box 372 - Starr, Penny - A Thing of Pleasure
Band Box 373 – “Christmas In the Country” b/w “Holiday Driving – Holiday Safety”

BAND BOX 373 (1) BAND BOX 373 (2)
  (with Van Trevor and Johnny Dollar)
Band Box 375 – “You’ve Taken All the Woman Out of Me” b/w “One More Like You”

Band Box 375 - Starr, Penny - You've Taken the Woman Out of Me Band Box 375 - Starr, Penny - One More Like You

45 – Imperial 66321 – I Am the Woman b/w Loving You Again – 1968

DEHAVEN PENNY - LIBERTY 66321 - RABDEHAVEN PENNY - LIBERTY 66321 - RA

45 – Imperial 66388 – Mama Lou b/w That’s Just the Way I Am – Charted C&W August, 1969 #34

45 – Imperial 66421 – Down in the Boondocks b/w When the Sun Sets in Jackson – Charted C&W November, 1969 – #37

45 – Imperial 66437 – I Feel Fine b/w Stop & Go – Charted C&W – March, 1970 – #59 (Same sided Promo Shown)

DEHAVEN PENNY - IMPERIAL 66437 - DJ A DEHAVEN PENNY - IMPERIAL 66437 - DJ B

45 – United Artists 50669 – Land Mark Tavern (with Del Reeves) – b/w So Sad – Charted C&W May, 1970 – #20

45 – United Artists 50703 – Awful Lotta Lovin’ b/w Tomorrow Never Comes – Charted C&W November, 1970 – #69

45 – United Artists 50742 – The First Love b/w The Price I Had to Pay – Charted C&W January, 1971 – #46

45 – United Artists 50787 – Don’t Change on Me b/w That’s Just the Way I Am – Charted C&W June, 1971 – #42

DEHAVEN PENNY - UA 50787 5-71 A DEHAVEN PENNY - UA 50787 5-71 B

45 – Starcrest Promo 066 – (The Great American) Classic Cowboy – 1976

STARCREST 66 - DEHAVEN PENNY - A STARCREST 66 - DEHAVEN PENNY - B

STARCREST 66 - DEHAVEN PENNY - C STARCREST 66 - DEHAVEN PENNY - D

45 – Elektra 46645 – Promo Bayou Lullaby – 1980

Elektra 46465 - Dehaven, Penny - Bayou Elektra 46465 PSB - Dehaven, Penny - Bayou

Listen to Penny Starr (DeHaven) on YouTube:

 

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