From the Land of Band Box Records

Vinyl Alive & Well In Colorado

May 19, 2019

Resurgence of Front Range Record Stores

Fort Collins, Colorado

Two new record stores have emerged in Fort Collins, Colorado to compete with the “Bizarre Bazaar” and “Rock N’ Robbins” which are both situated on College Avenue near the CSU Campus.

All Sales Vinyl….

…. owned by Doug Gaddy is open for business – also located on College Avenue but further to the North situated in the heart of the old town district – a great location.

All Sales Vinyl is located at 120 S. College Avenue – phone: 303-955-1519 – cell: 303-803-8349

Intersect Records….

Is located far to the southwest sector of Fort Collins – Situated inside Intersect Brewery – the facility doubles as a boutique like vinyl outlet.

2160 West Drake Road #A1 – 970-682-2041 – Web Site

Speaking of the Bizarre Bazaar…

I stopped by there and had a nice time going through their outside “honor system” bargain books and records – just a quarter each!  And if it is after hours – you can place your quarters in an envelope and drop it in the mail slot.

Also their 45’s (1,000’s of them) are now priced right.

The Bargain Rack

Longmont, Colorado

Two record outlets have relocated in Longmont – one coming in from Boulder, Colorado and the other departing downtown Longmont settling further to the west.

Absolute Vinyl…..

Is back – good news for record hounds – with a great inventory as was the case in Boulder before they closed shop there – and still offering quality stereo components.

Absolute has taken a nice spot on Longmont’s primary drive – 319 Main Street – 303-955-1519 – Facebook Page

Recycled Records….

Is now out on Hover Street with a much larger store – all of the LP’s arranged very nicely – with hundreds of quality collector LP’s displayed along the walls.  Recycled also offers up a nice line of stereo components.

Estes Park, Colorado

Sgt. Pepper’s Music and Video

Not a new store but one I had previously not listed – I always stop by when in beautiful Estes Park – They feature many new collectible type items – many Fab Four in nature – and then all the way to the back entrance of the store is their used LP racks.

Found more than a couple for my own collection through the years.  Worth a visit.

160 East Elkhorn Avenue – 970-586-7624 – Facebook Page

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Here is the Link to my “Rocky Mountain Vinyl Stores” Page

Get in touch should you have knowledge of another Colorado record store missing from the site.

Louise Duncan

Had a nice surprise this week picking up a copy of Denver’s Louise Duncan – a jazz pianist from back in the day.

Louise was a close friend of symphony bassist and jazz player Charlie Burrell who migrated to Denver from Detroit at a young age and who became very entrenched in the Five Points neighborhood music scene.

Here is an excerpt from an earlier Post pertaining to Louise:

“Charlie formed a close friendship with the extraordinary piano player Louise Duncan, who did not usually perform or play in Five Points.  Her usual venue was a long-gone Lakewood, Colorado spot named “The Aviation Club”.

The location was just off Pierce Street and Colfax.  I was able to frequent the Aviation from time-to-time since my future wife’s family had a membership (this WAS NOT a country club in the vein of Cherry Hills, Denver Country Club and so on – but a comfortable place for the “little people”.  The club included a nice olympic-size pool along with a very tiny little par three golf course – probably no more than four or five holes – and finally a quaint little restaurant where Louise chose to play for a considerable length of time.

She was also booked into downtown Denver’s elite restaurant, “Strombergs” (owner Al Stromberg) in what would come to be called “Larimer Square”.  Burrell would make her acquaintance at Stromberg’s where he would dine often after a Denver Symphony performance.  He helped her obtain a considerable boost in performing fees which established their friendship.

Burrell recalls, “I got a lot of my real broad experience in terms of being a good bass player playing with her, because she wouldn’t play in the traditional keys like B-flat, E-flat and A-flat.  She’d play the blues in F-Sharp or B-Natural.  And I had to follow her, you know, it was a challenge!”

The LP I located was recorded at Stromberg’s in Downtown Denver.

Bob Princeton with the Desperados

This LP comes from 1979 with singer song writer Bob Princeton backed by the Colorado group “The Desperados” featuring Max Hannum (keyboards), Dick Frost lead guitar), David Rodriquez (drums) and Ray Wilinski (bass).  This LP was recorded at Denver’s Maximum Sound Studios.

Son (s) of a Gun!

December 26, 2018

The Sons of The Pioneers Land In Colorado

1984 Colorado Sons of the Pioneers: Dale Morris – Luther Nallie – Dale Warren – Rusty Richards – Roy Lanham

I knew that the Sons of the Pioneers passed through these parts back in the 1980’s – My friend and Colorado Country Hall of Fame Inductee Gene Harrell related to me his meeting up with the group back in the 1980’s meeting them at the Republic Building in Downtown Denver.

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Long Gone Heritage Square – Home of the Lazy B Ranch

He played guitar with the group for a local performance.  Gene did not tell me about them planting some temporary roots in the area -apparently signing on with the “Lazy B Ranch” which was situated in the foot hills just west of Denver in the one-time theme park “Heritage Square”.  The “Lazy B” was a due type attraction and featured their own in-ranch group – “The Lazy B Wranglers” who recorded numerous souvenir type long plays for ranch visitors.

Denver Post Article

The LP illustrated here is Colorado based – a production of Silver Spur Records which was based in the Denver area – in the far western part of Lakewood in Green Mountain – In addition in 1984, when the LP was produced, Silver Spur also doubled as “Sons of the Pioneers International Fan Club” president  Arthur O.E. Parker who, according to the included 16-Page souvenir booklet, was also the group’s manager.  The Green Mountain address is a residential home.

50th Anniversary Publicity Photo Included in LP

The Sons have a long history starting way back in 1933 and with over 40 members passing through the ranks including Leonard Franklin Slye who would go onto to solo fame as Roy Rogers; his cowboy entertainment rival Donnell Clyde “Spade” Cooley; Bob Nolan – a founder who composed Sons’ staples “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and “Cool Water” as well as hundreds of more songs; Robert Ellsworth Patrick Aloysious O’Brady (Pat Brady) – Roy’s goofy jeep driving ranch hand on his television show; and Curtis Wain Gates who would go by the name “Ken Curtis” and move on from the Sons to play the actor “Festus Haggen” on the long-running western TV series “Gunsmoke”.

Pioneer Trio: Spencer, Nolan and Syle (Roy Rogers)

Interesting that the 16-Page Sons’ history makes no mention of member Spade Cooley who was involved in a controversy with Roy Rogers and who was sent to prison for nine years for the murder of his wife.  I suppose that was reason enough to exclude him from the program.

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Pat Brady with Nelly Belle

Ken Curtis as “Festus Haggen” on Gunsmoke

Spade Cooley

Sons Colorado Celebration LP 1982

Gate Fold cover shown and front/back page of Celebration 16-Page booklet – A “Volume 2” was planned and advertised but I don’t believe made it into production.

The first “Sons” group weren’t sons at all.  A trio came together in 1933 in California and they called themselves “The Pioneer Trio”.  Their first public exposure came in 1934 on a California radio station.  The DJ, Harry Hall, introduced the three young lads as “The Sons of the Pioneers” which caused them to wince but continue on performing without saying anything.  That is until the broadcast was complete.  They tore into Harry who apologized but told them that they seemed far too young to be “pioneers” but to him seemed more like “sons”.  The three – Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer and Len Syle (soon to become Roy Rogers), were none too pleased but after rethinking the moniker – decided to take it up and the “Sons of the Pioneers” were born!

New members were soon added – Hugh Farr on fiddle, brother Karl Farr on guitar and the first solid lineup was in place for a time.

The Son’s of the Pioneers have continued on into the new millennium hosting a web site – Their current lineup includes Tommy Nallie, Ken Lattimore, Dusty Rogers, John Fullerton and Paul Elliott.

My Only Sons’ LP – Purchased in 1960

As popular as the Sons were, they only placed one single on the Billboard Pop song charts – that being the 1949 hit “Room Full of Roses” which made it to number 26.  They placed 13 songs on the Country Charts – 12 from 1945 through 1949 and then one last hit in 1980 “Ride Concrete Cowboy, Ride” which again featured Roy Rogers on lead vocals for a brief reunion.  The peaked at number 80.

None of their many long plays ever reached the charts – but collectively sold in the millions of copies.  Below are two classics both from 1934 and 1941 – both penned by the talented composer Son – Bob Nolan.  These two classics were recorded by many famed artists through the years.

Following is a pictorial sampling of the Sons of the Pioneers lineups: (NOTE: Lloyd Perryman was the longest running Son with 41 consecutive years)

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King of the Sons: Lloyd Perryman

1937 Sons: Lloyd Perryman – Karl Farr – Pat Brady – Bob Nolan – Hugh Farr

1949 Sons: Hugh Farr – Ken Curtis (“Festus”) – Karl Farr – Bob Nolan – Shug Fisher – Lloyd Perryman

1960 Sons: Tommy Doss – Dale Warren – Pat Brady – Karl Farr – Lloyd Perryman

1974 Sons: Rusty Richards – Lloyd Perryman – Dale Warren – Roy Lanham

1977 Sons: Rusty Richards – Dale Warren – Rome Johnson – Billy Liebert – Roy Lanham


Bomb Away!

November 27, 2018

KIMN’s Bomb of the Week

From May 4th of 1959 up into the Spring of 1960 KIMN jocks or somebody – selected a “stinker” to feature weekly.  A few of the stinkers went onto chart both on KIMN and nationally.

Especially successful on KIMN was Homer and Jethro’s “Battle of Kookamonga” going all the way to number 2 on KIMN and number 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – their only appearance on the national singles chart.

May 4th, 1959 – The Class – Chubby Checker (Peaked at Number 18)

Chubby doing his best musician imitations – His 1st recording for Parkway

May 11th, 1959 – Zimba Lula – The Rays

The “Silhouettes” Rays – That song was first released on this XYZ label – XYZ continued to release additional songs by the Rays after their 1957 smash for three more years!

May 18th, 1959 – Back, Shack, Track – Big Jay McNeely

West coast label “Swingin'” Records had an impressive stable – but few hits – with Marvin Philips of “Marvin and Johnny” fame, Little Johnny Taylor and Floyd Dixon, Rochelle and the Candles and Sonny Knight

May 25th, 1959 – Mope Itty Mope – The Boss Tones

June 1st, 1959 – The Enchanted Farm – The Forbidden Five

Composer Bobby Hammack also offered up the gems “Brazilian Hobo” and “Vienna Bongo”!  Hammack was Texas born and found his way to Los Angeles where he composed television scores for many programs including Red Skelton, Glen Campbell and Ed Sullivan.

June 8th, 1959 – Geronimo – The Renegades

Well, not surprisingly – The Renegades were yet another Hollywood studio musician assembly with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, Nick Venet, Sandy Nelson and Richard Podolor.  Nick Venet was responsible for signing the Beach Boys to the Capitol Records label – Entire blog posts could be devoted to Venet.

Richard Podolor was the driving producing force behind Three Dog Night – a group which also had ties to the Beach Boys via member Danny Hutton working with Brian Wilson – The

June 22nd, 1959 – Gila Monster – Joe Johnson

June 29th, 1959 – Two Weeks With Pay – George Young and the Rockin’ Bocs

In later years Young was a sax player for the TV program “Saturday Night Live”

July 13th, 1959 – Fly Carpet Fly – Will Jordan

July 20th, 1959 – The Mummy – Bob McFadden and Dor (Peaks No. 1)

McFadden was the force behind TV cartoon shows such as “Milton the Monster” and “The Thundercats” and others – He was also a featured voice character on the hugely popular long play “The First Family” by Vaughn Meader in 1962.

My parents purchased that record and it drove me nuts after two or three plays.

July 29th, 1959 – Jamie Made a Monster – The Fabulous Five

August 10th, 1959 – I Fell Out Of Love With Love – Simon Crum

I’ve posted previously about this guy – none other than Ferlin Husky!

August 24th, 1959 – Not So Quiet Village – Orlando

A dig a Martin Denny’s hit

August 31st, 1959 – The Battle of Kookamonga – Homer & Jethro (Peaks No. 2)

Corn Pone duo Homer and Jethro made one appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 – and this was it – coming in at number 14 – They were Kenneth Bruns and Henry Haynes.

September 7th, 1959 – Coming ‘Round the Mountain – Johnny Two Voice

This was R&B singer Johnnie Morisette

September 20th, 1959 – The People Hater – Jerry & Brad

As though eating people were not enough….

September 27th, 1959 – Look Out For The Clothesline – Bob Calloway & The Chicks

October 11th, 1959 – Tennessee Waltz – Bobby Comstock (Peaks No. 27)

Rocker Bobby Comstock didn’t think this was a novelty or a “bomb” as it peaked at number 52 on the Hot 100 nationally

October 25th, 1959 – Psycho Serenade – Big Jay McNeeley

The KIMN jocks bestow Big Jay with his second KIMN Bomb of the week!

October 28th, 1959 – She’s A Housewife, That’s All – Jerry Woodard

Jerry wouldn’t get away with this one today –

November 4th, 1959 – Where Did I Goof? – Elroy “Shadow” Peace

November 11th, 1959 – I Was A Teenage Reindeer – Jim Backus

Magoo you’ve done it again!

November 18th, 1959 – Georgia Slop – Jimmy McCracklin

November 25th, 1959 – Blabber Mouth – The Rookies

Can’t even locate a copy of this one… a true “bomb”

December 9th, 1959 – Chubby Checker – Whole Lot of Laughin’

Chubby’s follow-up to “The Class” – this one flopped – Chubby would soon turn his attention to twisting

December 16th, 1959 – A Perfect Day – Smitty and the Afterbeats

December 23rd, 1959 – Bingo – Bob McFadden

Bobby Bombs again!

December 30th, 1959 – The Old Boat – Eden Ahbez

Real name George Alexander Aberle – An influencer in the early hippie movement in California  – He left his mark composing a smash hit for Nat King Cole “The Nature Boy” in 1948 hitting number 1 in the nation for eight consecutive weeks – truly ahead of his time

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January 6th, 1960 – Dear Little Boy Of Mine – Steve Evans

Steve was from Great Britain and later worked with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant  – He was in a group called Spacemen 3 in 1982

January 13th, 1960 – You Crack Me Up – Charlie Baker

January 20th,, 1960 – What A Dolly – Red Berry & The Bel Raves

January 27th, 1960 – A Pair of Dice – Blink Rotinjail

This one is a tuffy to find on the “Ditto” label

February 3rd, 1960 – The Countryside – Jim Henson

The Muppet Master’s early effort pre-muppets

February 10th, 1960 – Foo Man Choo – The Revels

The KIMN Jocks were out of bands on this one

February 17th, 1960 – Were Wolf – The Frantics

Same with this rocker by Seattle’s Frantics

February 24th, 1960 – Ooh Poo Pah Doo – Jessie Hill (Peaks No. 34)

I think Lee the Weather Girl at KIMN must have been selecting these – This one’s legit – number 22 Billboard

March 9th, 1960 – Baby Talk – Mike & Lulu

Not a Jan and Dean parody

March 16th, 1960 – Tia Juana Ball – Bob Markley

March 25th, 1960 – Down In The Alley – Nappy Brown and the Gibraltars

This was the final “KIMN Bomb Of The Week”

April 20th, 1960 – The South Shall Rise Again – Dor & The Confederates

Yikes – gentle poet Rod McKuen penned this one