From the Land of Band Box Records

From Starr to DeHaven and Fame

Image result for penny dehavenPenny 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 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 returning to her birth name “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 on May 17th, 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 recording for  Band Box, Penny did one duet with label 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 record on Band Box Records 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.

From an E Bay Posting:

“Country entertainer Penny DeHaven was born May 17, 1948, in Winchester, VA. DeHaven is known as a dynamic and vivacious country singer, and was the first female country artist to tour combat zones in Vietnam.

She sang and performed on local shows as a child, but moved to WWVA’s Wheeling Jamboree during the mid-’60s after high school. Using the stage name Penny Starr, she became a favorite and recorded “A Grain of Salt” for the Band Box label in late 1966. The single placed modestly the following year, and after spending two years in Wheeling, she moved to Nashville to sign with Imperial in 1969. Two of her recordings hit the Country Top 40 that year: “Mama Lou” and “Down in the Boondocks.”

After a change of labels to United Artists, Penny DeHaven’s biggest hit came later that year when “Land Mark Tavern” hit number 20. Though DeHaven never re-entered the Top 40 again – “The First Love” and “Don’t Change on Me” came closest in 1971 – she continued to record for United Artists and later Mercury, Starcrest and Main Street. She appeared in several films in the early ’80s, and sang “Bayou Lullaby” for the soundtrack to 1982’s Honkytonk Man. DeHaven has also guested on the Grand Ole Opry several times and recorded a duet album with Porter Wagoner.”

Penny in Holyoke, Colorado

Penny appeared in the far northeastern Colorado plains town of Holyoke in the summer of 1976 with Tommy Overstreet depicted in this poster.

Penny Starr Cash Box August 13th, 1966

Penny DeHaven Long Plays

LP – Main Street MS-9310 – “Penny DeHaven” – 1984

Penny DeHaven Singles

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

A Band Box acetate pressing:

First copies listed artist as “Pretty Little Penny Starr” and listed “Thing of Pleasure” as the A Side

“Grain of Salt” charted country and became the “A” side on the white label commercial release

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 66294 – Big City Man b/w Old Faithful – 1968

45 – Imperial 66315 – Kid Games And Nursery Rhymes b/w So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) – with Buddy Cagle – 1968

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


45 Imperial 66367 – I’m Going Home b/w You’re Never Gonna See My Face Again – 1969

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) – 1970


45 – United Artists 66367 – I’m Going Home b/w You’re Never Gonna See My Face Again – -1971

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 – United Artists 50829 – Crying in the Rain b/w Time – (with Del Reeves) – 1972

45 – United Artists 50854 – Another Day Of Loving b/w Mama, Have All The Good Guys Gone? – 1971

45 – United Artists 50894 – Gone b/w It’s As Easy As Singing – 1972

45 – Mercury 73384 – The Lovin’ Of Your Life b/w When You Get Home – 1973

45 – Mercury 73434 – I’ll Be Doggone b/w Love Me To Sleep – 1973

45 – Mercury 73468 – Play With Me b/w Shine On Me – 1974

45 – Mercury 73504 – I’ll Never Stop b/w I Gotta Stand Tall – 1974

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



45 – Starcrest GRT 080 – Hit Parade Of Love (same both sides) – 1976

45 – Elektra 46645 – Promo Bayou Lullaby – 1980

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

45 – Main Street B952 – We Made Memories – 1982 (B Side by Box Car Willie)

45 – Main Street 93015 – Only The Names Have Been Changed b/w Waltz Me Once Again – 1983

45 – Main Street 93019 – Friendly Games Of Hearts b/w Love’s The Answer – 1984

45 – Main Street 93022 – Yes I Do b/w Wild, Wild Heart – 1984

45 – United Artists N-14-46 – Gone b/w It’s As Easy As Singing – 1972 – Portugal

Listen to Penny Starr (DeHaven) on YouTube:


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