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Around the World with Apple Records – Pt 1

May 17, 2022
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Apple Records 45 Picture Sleeves International

Angola – Argentina – Australia 45/Single Sleeves

Here is a collection of Beatles and Apple Records artists and the picture sleeves which were released worldwide. England’s EMI retained copyrights to most the material after the formation of Apple Corps.

Angola Apple

Argentina Apple

Australia Apple

Little Green Apples….

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Apple Records evolved out of a bigger plan – a plan by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein in an attempt to lessen the impact of severe taxation on the Fab Four.

Epstein: 1934-1967

In 1967, after the death of Epstein, the group knew the idea needed to come to fruition.

Their idea would include a business plan would come in the form of Apple Retail, Apple Films, Apple Publishing, Apple Electronics and Apple Records all under the umbrella of “Apple Corps Ltd”.

The first realization would come with the release of the motion picture “Magical Mystery Tour” in ’67.

Apple Films

EMI in England, and Capitol in the U.S. took on distribution duties and rights to the recordings. Lennon, Harrison and McCartney each served as ‘talent scouts’ of sorts, bringing musicians to the studio, composing songs and taking a hand in production duties.

Apple Records had a interesting beginning with the very first release “Apple 1” coming in the way of a promotion with crooner Frank Sinatra singing a tribute to Ringo’s wife Maureen on Starr’s 21st birthday to the tune of “The Lady is a Tramp” changing the words to “Maureen is a Champ”. Reportedly one copy of this record was pressed!

Old Blue Eyes and Apple No. 1

Sinatra was chosen for this honor based on Maureen being a big Sinatra fan.

Maureen Starr – “A Champ”

By 1969, Lennon realized the boys needed help and he, along with George and Ringo contracted with Allen Klein. McCartney wanted his father in-law, Lee Eastman, but was overruled.

(Klein had begun his music management journey with Sam Cooke – His foray into the British Invasion came when he signed on to represent England’s Mickie Most.)

Allen Klein: 1931-2009

At that point, Paul backed off providing much creative input, Klein closed down several segments of Apple Corps and let many artists go.

Klein & Apple Company Sans Harrison (‘Thumbs Down” McCartney?)

And as we know, in the long run, it would be the Beatles’ own solo releases that would carry the day. Klein’s contract was up in 1973 and Neil Aspinall took the helm all the way to 2007.

Neil Aspinall: 1941-2008

(In 1977 Klein would be convicted of income tax evasion.)

Apple would survive primarily as a ‘reissue’ label with the deep and rich vault of Beatles recordings. When Aspinall retired his place was taken by Jeff Jones from Sony. He ushered the Apple catalog into the streaming/download era via “iTunes” where it lives on today!

Apple recorded an amazing array of musicians both obscure and famed – Most only found their way onto an Apple acetate as illustrated at the end of the discography.

Following is the non-Fab Four release Discography (Singles)

The artists who managed to realize some success for Apple included Mary Hopkin, Badfinger, and Billy Preston. Capitol Records placed their promotional might behind the Apple releases with prominent trade ads in the major magazines at least for the first several releases.

Apple 1800 – Released August 26th, 1968 – Did Not Chart – John Foster & Sons Ltd. Black Dyke Mills Band

The John Foster & Sons Ltd. Black Dyke Mills Band had been around since the 1800’s in England.  They would release these two sides composed by Lennon/McCartney and later work with Paul on his “Back to the Egg” LP.

Apple 1800 - Foster - 8-68
Apple 1800 - Foster - 8-68 B

Apple 1801 – “Those Were The Days” Released August 28th, 1968 – Charted September 28th, 1968 – 14 Weeks – Peaks #2 – 3 Weeks b/w Turn, Turn, Turn – Mary Hopkin

Mary was from Pontardawe, Wales – She also recorded as “Mary Visconti” and with groups “Hobbyhorse”, “Oasis” and “Sundance”

Mary was brought to the attention of Paul McCartney by model Twiggy.  Postcard was the first of three LP’s released on the Apple label.

Apple 1801 - Hopkin - 8-68
Apple 1801 - Hopkin - 8-68 B

Apple 1802 – Released August 26th, 1968 – Charted September 28th, 1968 – as two sided hit: “Sour Milk Sea” 2 Weeks – Peaks #117 b/w “The Eagle Laughs at You” – 3 Weeks – Peaks #125 – Jackie Lomax

Lomax was born John Richard Lomax in Wallasey, England

Lomax was an original Beat group band member having performed with the “Mersey Lads” and the “Undertakers” – both of Liverpool.  Fronted the “Lomax Alliance” & the “Lomax All-Stars” – was with “Badger”, “Heavy Jelly”.

Brian Epstein took Lomax on and after Brian’s death – Apple Records continued his contract where he would release this LP along with four Apple singles.  This single was reissued in 1971 – Born 1944 – Died 2013

Apple 1802 - Lomax - Aug 68
Apple 1802 - Lomax - Aug 68 B

Apple 1803 – “Maybe Tomorrow” Released January 19th, 1969 – Charted – February 15th, 1969 – 6 Weeks – Peaks #67 b/w “Daddy’s A Millionaire” – The Iveys

The Iveys were the precursor for “Badfinger”.  Original members of the Iveys included Ron Griffiths and David Jenkins who would not continue as Badfinger.  The grouped signed with Apple in 1968 at the bequest of Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon fame, and were one of the more successful non-Beatle acts on the label.

Apple 1803 - Iveys - 01-69
Apple 1803 - Iveys - 01-69 B

Apple 1804 – “Road to Nowhere” Promo Released February, 1969 – Commercial Released March 3rd, 1969 – Did Not Chart – Trash

Trash (also known as “White Trash”) evolved from a group called “The Pathfinders” out of Scotland.  They signed with Apple in 1969 and released two singles. This single was reissued by Apple in 1971.

Apple - DJ4671-72 - Trash - 03-69
Apple - DJ4671-72 - Trash - 03-69 B
Apple - DJ4671-72 - Trash - 03-69
Apple - DJ4671-72 - Trash - 03-69 B

Apple 4675 DJ Single Sided Record – Released March, 1969 – Did Not Chart – Modern Jazz Quartet & James Taylor

This is a two track single sided release with a Modern Jazz Quartet and James Taylor track.

The Quartet first formed in 1952 and continued with several members until 1997

Apple - DJ4675 - MJQ - 03-69
Apple - DJ4675 - MJQ - 03-69 BLNK

Apple 1805 – “Carolina In My Mind” b/w “Taking It In” – Released February, 1969 – Withdrawn from Market – James Taylor

This James Taylor 45 was erroneously titled on the A side.  It was withdrawn and replaced by the following release with a new B side in March of 1969.

Taylor was born James Vernon Taylor in 1948 In Boston, Massachusetts – While residing in New York and performing in Greenwich Village, he on occasion performed along with Denver Colorado’s “Lothar and the Hand People”. It would be Peter Asher who would put Taylor in touch with the Beatles – namely Paul and George and thus Apple. Asher would produce this single and Harrison and McCartney would play on the sessions.

Apple 1805 - Taylor - 03-69
Apple 1805 - Taylor - 03-69 B

Apple 1805 – “Carolina On My Mind” Released March 17th, 1969 – Charted April 12th, 1969 – 2 Weeks – Peaks #118 b/w “Something’s Wrong” – James Taylor

Apple 1805C DJ - Taylor - 03-69
Apple 1805C DJ - Taylor - 03-69 B
Apple 1805C - Taylor - 03-69
Apple 1805C - Taylor - 03-69 B

Apple 1806 – “Goodbye” Released April 7th, 1969 – Charted April 19th, 1969 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #13 b/w “Sparrow” – Mary Hopkin

Apple 1806 - Hopkin - 04-69 PSB
Apple 1806 - Hopkin - 04-69
Apple 1806 - Hopkin - 04-69 B

Brute Force – “King of Fuh” b/w “Nobody Knows” (did not chart) – May, 1969

Stephen Friedland

Listing this one due to the particularities surrounding it. Brute Force was American Stephen Friedland who had been a guitarist for the Tokens in the U.S.

He was brought to the attention of George Harrison who liked the song “King of Fuh” and Apple had him record it. But EMI in England was having none of it feeling that it was “vulgar”. So Apple produced a few copies in-house thinking they would eventually ship copies out to records stores and such – but it didn’t happen and so a collectible was born.

The record has gone for far more than $4,000 at auction!

Harrison Letter to Stephen

Apple 1807 – “New Day” – Released June 2nd, 1969 – Charted June 28th, 1969 – 2 Weeks – Peaks #135 b/w “Thumbin’ A Ride” – Jackie Lomax

Apple 1807 - Lomax - 06-69 A
Apple 1807 - Lomax - 06-69 B

Apple 1808 – “That’s the Way God Planned It” -Released July 14th, 1969 – Charted August 2nd, 1969 – 6 Weeks – Peaks #62 – b/w “What About You?” – Billy Preston

This Billy Preston single would chart again in July of 1972 after he had signed with A&M records.

Apple 1808 - Preston - 07-69 - PS A
Apple 1808 - Preston - 07-69 - PS B
Apple 1808 - Preston - 07-69 - A
Apple 1808 - Preston - 07-69 - B

Apple 1810 – “Hare Krishna Mantra” Released August 22nd, 1969 – Did Not Chart b/w “Prayer to the Spiritual Masters” – The Radha Krishna Temple

The Radha Krsna Temple was a George Harrison project.  They were headquartered in London and with support from Harrison.

Apple 1810 - Radha - 08-69 - A
Apple 1810 - Radha - 08-69 - B

Apple 1811 – “Golden Slumbers” Released March 17th, 1969 – Charted November 15th, 1969 – 1 Week – Peaks #112 b/w “Carry That Weight” – Trash

Apple 1811 - Trash - 09-69 - A
Apple 1811 - Trash - 09-69 - B

Apple 1812 – “Give Peace a Chance” b/w “Living Without Tomorrow” – Released October 17th, 1969 – Did Not Chart – Hot Chocolate

Band from London, England – They formed in 1968 starting off as “Hot Chocolate Band”

This British group sought permission to record “Give Peace a Chance” penned by John Lennon.  To their surprise they were signed by Apple Records.  Later – after departing Apple, they would hit the top 10 in the U.S. on three occasions with “Emma” (#8), “You Sexy Thing” (#3) and “Every 1’s a Winner” (#6).

Apple 1812 - Hot Chocolate - 10-69 - A
Apple 1812 - Hot Chocolate - 10-69 - B

Apple 1814 – “Everything’s Alright” b/w “I Want To Thank You” – Released October 4th, 1969 – Did Not Chart – Billy Preston

Preston was born William Everett Preston in Houston, Texas but grew up in Los Angeles – Preston was in very good favor with the Beatles and joined them for their final recordings and rooftop concert

He played with Jerry Cole, John Mayall & Friends, as well as with Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band among others. – 1946-2006

Apple 1814 - Preston - 10-69 - A
Apple 1814 - Preston - 10-69 - B

Apple 1815 – “Come and Get It” Released  January 12th, 1970 – Charted February 7th, 1970 – 15 Weeks – Peaks #7 b/w “Rock Of All Ages” – Badfinger

Two members sadly took their own lives – Pete Ham and Tom Evans

Apple 1815 - Badfinger - 01-70 - A
Apple 1815 - Badfinger - 01-70 - B

Apple 1816 – “Temma Harbour”- Released January 29th, 1970 – Charted February 21st, 1970 – 8 Weeks – Peaks #39 b/w “Lontano Dagli Occhi” – Mary Hopkin

Apple 1816 - Hopkin - PS 01-70 - A
Apple 1816 - Hopkin - PS 01-70 - B
Apple 1816 - Hopkin - 01-70 - A
Apple 1816 - Hopkin - 01-70 - B

Apple 1817 – “All That I’ve Got (I’m Gonna Give It To You” – Released February 16th, 1970 – Charted March 21s, 1970 – 2 Weeks – Peaks #2 b/w “As I Get Older” – Billy Preston

Apple 1817 - Preston - 02-70 - PS - 02-70 - A
Apple 1817 - Preston - 02-70 - PS - 02-70 - B
Apple 1817 - Preston - 02-70 - 02-70 - A
Apple 1817 - Preston - 02-70 - 02-70 - B

Apple 1819 – “How The Web Was Woven” b/w “(I) Fall Inside Your Eyes” – did not chart – March 9th, 1970

Apple 1819 - Lomax - PS - 03-70 - A
Apple 1819 - Lomax - PS - 03-70 - B
Apple 1819 - Lomax - 03-70 - A
Apple 1819 - Lomax - 03-70 - B

Apple 1820 – “Ain’t That Cute” b/w “Vaya Con Dios” – Released March 9th – 1970 – Did Not Chart – Doris Troy

Doris Troy of “Just One Look” fame in 1963 – a number 10 recording – was often a back-up vocalist on many British acts cuts and was brought into the Apple fold by George Harrison.

Doris Elaine Higginsen of “Just One Look” fame – She was born in Harlem, New York – She was a membr of “Jay and Dee” and also “The Soul Sisters” – 1937-2004

Apple 1820 - Troy - 03-70 - A
Apple 1820 - Troy - 03-70 - B

Apple 1821 – “Govinda” b/w “Govinda Ja Ja” Released March 24th, 1970 – Did Not Chart – Radha Krishna Temple (London)

Another George Harrison project – not as much fun to listen and chant along with as the “Hare Krishna Mantra”.

Apple 1821 - Radha - PS - 03-70 - A
Apple 1821 - Radha - PS - 03-70 - B
Apple - DJ5013-14 - Radha - 03-70 - A
Apple - DJ5013-14 - Radha - 03-70 - B
Apple - DJ5067-68 - Radha - 03-70 - A
Apple - DJ5067-68 - Radha - 03-70 - B

Apple 1822 – “No Matter What” – Released October 12th, 1970 – Charted October 31st, 1970 – 12 Weeks – Peaks #8 b/w “Carry On Until Tomorrow” – Badfinger

Apple 1822 - Badfinger - 10-70 - A
Apple 1822 - Badfinger - 10-70 - B

Apple 1823 – “Que Sera Sera” – Released June 15th, 1970 – Charted July 11th, 1970 – 5 Weeks – Peaks #77 – b/w “Fields Of St. Etienne” – Mary Hopkin

Apple 1823 - Hopkins - 06-70 A
Apple 1823 - Hopkins - 06-70 B

Apple 1824 – “Jacob’s Ladder” b/w “Get Back” – Released September 21st, 1970 – Did Not Chart – Doris Troy

Apple 1824 - Troy - 09-70 - A
Apple 1824 - Troy - 09-70 - B

Apple 1825 – “Think About Your Children” b/w “Heritage” – Released October 18th, 1970 – Charted November 21st, 1970 – 4 Weeks – Peaks #87

Apple 1825 - Hopkin - 10-70 - PS A
Apple 1825 - Hopkin - 10-70 - PS B
Apple 1825 - Hopkin - 10-70 - A
Apple 1825 - Hopkin - 10-70 - B

Apple 1826 – “My Sweet Lord” – Released December 3rd, 1970 – Charted February 13th, 1971 – 3 Weeks – Peaks #90 b/w “Little Girl” – Billy Preston

Apple 1826 - Preston - 12-70 - A
Apple 1826 - Preston - 12-70 - B

Apple 1800 – “Yellow Submarine” b/w “Thingumybob” – Released January, 1971 as Reissue – Did Not Chart – John Foster & Songs Ltd. Black Dyke Mills Band

This single formerly released in 1968 was reissued by Apple this time featuring “Yellow Submarine” on the A Side.  Makes sense but still no luck! Paul McCartney composed the song sans Lennon.

Apple 1800 - Foster 01-71 - A
Apple 1800 - Foster 01-71 - B

Apple 1832 – “Try Some Buy Some” – Released April 19th, 1971 – Charted May 8th, 1971 – 4 Weeks – Peaks #77 b/w “Tandoori Chicken – Ronnie Spector

Naturally when Phil Spector joined Apple for a time producing John Lennon material, he would bring over his wife Ronnie (Ronettes) to take a shot at reviving her career. George composed the A side for this release.

Apple 1832 - Specter - 04-71 - PS - B
Apple 1832 - Specter - 04-71 - PS - A
Apple 1832 - Specter - 04-71 - A
Apple 1832 - Specter - 04-71 - B

Apple Promo 6241 “Sour Milk Sea” b/w “(I) Fall Inside Your Eyes” – Released June, 1971 and Apple 1834 – Released June 21st, 1971 – Did Not Chart – Jackie Lomax

This was yet another effort to promote the Harrison composition by Lomax – this time with a different B side.  The record with “The Eagle Laughs At Y0u” was previously released in August of 1968 when both sides dented the charts.

Apple - DJ6240-41 Lomax - 06-71 - A
Apple - DJ6240-41 Lomax - 06-71 - B

Apple 1835 – “God Save Us” b/w”Released July 7th, 1971 – Did Not Chart – Bill Elliot And Elastic Oz Band

Elliot
Elastic Oz Band aka “The Plastic Ono Band”

The story behind this release is convoluted and complex.  John Lennon and Yoko Ono became in a controversy surround Oz Magazine in 1970 and participated in a protest on behalf of the publication by composing “God Save Oz” which was subsequently changed to “God Save Us”.  Bill Elliot, who was from a U.K. band called Half-Breed did the lead on the song (taking the place of John’s original vocal) and he would later become part of the duo “Splinter” a duo who recorded on Dark Horse Records.

Many members passed through the “Plastic Ono Band” but the true musicians were Klaus Vorman, Ringo at times, Billy Preston, Alan White and Keith Moon.

Plastic Ono Band
Apple 1835 - Elliot - 07-71 - PS A
Apple 1835 - Elliot - 07-71 - PS B
Apple 1835 - Elliot - 07-71 - DJA

Apple 1838 – “Joi Bangla/Oh Bhaugowan” b/w “Raga Mishra Jhinjhoti” – Released August 9th, 1971 – Did Not Chart – Ravi Shankar & Chorus

Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury born in Benares, British Rai – 1920-2012

Apple 1838 - Shankar - 08-71 - PS A
Apple 1838 - Shankar - 08-71 - PS B
Apple 1838 - Shankar - 08-71 - A
Apple 1838 - Shankar - 08-71 - B

Apple 1841 – “Day After Day” – Released November 10th, 1971 – Charted December 4th, 1971 – 14 Weeks – Peaks #4 b/w “Money” – Badfinger

This was Badfinger’s 4th charting single on Apple.  They would enjoy one more “Baby Blue”.

Apple 1841 - Badfinger - 11-71 - A
Apple 1841 - Badfinger - 11-71 - B

Apple 1843 – “Water, Paper & Clay” – Released December 1st, 1971 – Charted January 1st, 1972 – 1 Week – Peaks #113 b/w “Streets of London” – Mary Hopkin

Apple 1843 - Hopkin - 12-71 - A
Apple 1843 - Hopkin - 12-71 - B

Apple 1844 – “Baby Blue” – Released March 6th, 1972 – Charted March 25th, 1972 – 10 Weeks – Peaks #14 b/w “Flying” – Badfinger

Apple 1844 - Badfinger - 03-72 - PS A
Apple 1844 - Badfinger - 03-72 - DJ A
Apple 1844 - Badfinger - 03-72 - DJ B
Apple 1844 - Badfinger - 03-72 - A
Apple 1843 - Hopkin - 12-71 - B

Apple 1845 -“Sweet Music” b/w “Song of Songs” – Released March 6th, 1972 – Did Not Chart – Lon & Derrek Van Eaton

These New Jersey-based brothers caught the ear of both John Lennon and George Harrison and were invited by George to record for Apple. They were both members of “Jacob’s Creek”.

Later, Lon Van Eaton would make his way to Denver, Colorado and establish his music production company, “Imagine A Better World”.

Brother Derreck would join Lon in Denver with the purpose of creating “a company dedicated to creating conscious change through media” and credited the Beatles’ humanitarian message as an inspiration for the concept.”

Apple 1845 - Van Eaton - 03-72 - PS A
Apple 1845 - Van Eaton - 03-72 - PS B
Apple 1845 - Van Eaton - 03-72 - A
Apple 1845 - Van Eaton - 03-72 - B

Apple Promotional 6948 – “F is Not a Dirty Word” b/w “The Ballad of New York City/John Lennon Yoko Ono” -Released April 20th, 1972 – Did Not Chart – David Peel & The Lower East Side

David Peel: 1942-2017

Peel was a John Lennon “rediscovery” while living in Greenwich Village in New York.  John produced one LP which was subsequently banned in many markets and this single.

Apple - DJ6498-99 - Peel - 04-72 - A
Apple - DJ6545-46 - 06-72 - A

Apple 1850 – “We’re On Our Way” – Released May 3rd, 1974 -Charted June 3rd, 1972 – 8 Weeks – Peaks #44 b/w “Supersoul” – Chris Hodge

Was also known as “The Sunshine Kid” – He and Ringo shared an interest in UFOs and Ringo brought him to Apple – The British singer’s song “We’re On Our Way” was a UFO theme composition.

Apple 1850 - Hodge - 05-72 - PS A
Apple 1850 - Hodge - 05-72 - PS B
Apple 1850 - Hodge - 05-72 - A
Apple 1850 - Hodge - 05-72 - B

Apple 1808 – “That’s The Way God Planned It” – Reissue – Released June 26th, 1972 – Charted July 8th, 1972 – 10 Weeks – Peaks #85 b/w “What About You?” – Billy Preston

This was the second time this single charted for Billy Preston the other being on Apple 1808 in August of 1969.

Apple 1808 - Preston - 06-72 - A RE
Apple 1808 - Preston - 06-72 - B RE

Apple 1852 – “Saturday Nite Special” b/w “Valse De Soleil Coucher (Sundown Waltz) -Released September 26th, 1972 – Did Not Chart – The Sundown Playboys

These guys were from Louisiana first formed in 1945 – They played Cajun music and found their way onto the Apple roster simply by sending a letter of request to the U.K. label.  Ringo would be the one to bring them on board.

Apple 1852 - Sundown - 09-72 - A
Apple 1852 - Sundown - 09-72 - B

Apple 1854 – “Liberation Special” b/w “Madness” -Released November 13th, 1972 – Did Not Chart – Elephant’s Memory

Elephant’s memory was a New York based band.  They had charted earlier in 1969 with their release of “Elephant’s Memory” on the Buddah label – reaching the far end of the Billboard Charts – #200 for 2 weeks.  They came to the attention of John and Yoko while in New York – and recorded with the duo on the “Some Time In New York City” LP.  For a time, they were billed at the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band.

The single was released again in December with a different “B” side.

Apple 1854 - PS - Elephants - 11-72 - A
Apple 1854 - PS - Elephants - 11-72 - B

Apple 1854 – “Liberation Special” b/w “Power Boogie” -Released December 4th, 1972 – Did Not Chart – Elephant’s Memory

Apple 1855 – “Knock Knock Who’s There” – Charted #92 Hot 100 – December, 1972 b/w “International” – Mary Hopkin

Apple 1855 - Hopkin - 11-72 - A
Apple 1855 - Hopkin - 11-72 - B

Apple 1858 – “Goodbye Sweet Lorraine” b/w “Contact Love” – Released January 22nd, 1973 – Did Not Chart – Chris Hodge

Apple 1858 - Hodge - 01-73 - A
Apple 1858 - Hodge - 01-73 - B

Apple 1864 – “Apple of My Eye” b/w “Blind Owl” – Released December 17th, 1973 – Did Not Chart – Badfinger

Apple 1864 - Badfinger - 12-73 - DJ A
Apple 1864 - Badfinger - 12-73 - B

Following is the non-Fab Four release Discography (Long Plays)

Apple 3351 – “Postcard” – Released March 3rd, 1969 – Charted March 29, 1969 – 20 Weeks – Peaks #28 – Mary Hopkin

Mary was brought to the attention of Paul McCartney by model Twiggy.  Postcard was the first of three LP’s released on the Apple label.

Apple 3351 - Hopkin LP F

Apple 3352 – “James Taylor” – Released February 17th, 1969 – Charted October 3rd, 1970 – 28 Weeks – Peaks #68 – James Taylor

Apple 3352 - Taylor LP F

Apple 3353 – “Under the Jasmine Tree” – Released February, 1969 – Did Not Chart – The Modern Jazz Quartet

Apple 3353 - Modern Jazz LP F

Apple 7 (UK Only unreleased) – Delaney and Bonnie – “The Original Delaney and Bonnie” – May, 1969 – Delaney and Bonnie

This LP was not issued by Apple because the duo had contracted already with Elektra Records. Copies of this UK LP have sold for more than $3,700! There is no known UK cover.

Apple 3354 – “Is This What You Want?” – Released May 19th, 1969 – Charted June 21st, 1969 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #145 – Jackie Lomax

Apple 3354 - Lomax LP F

Apple 3355 – “Maybe Tomorrow” – July, 1969 (unreleased) – July, 1969 – The Iveys

The Iveys formed in 1964 out of Wales – They recorded an LP in 1968 as “The Dandy” and were known briefly as “The Pleasure Garden” – They would become “Badfinger” debuting on Apple but not released due to contract conflict with Elektra Records – No cover exists for this LP.

Apple 3359 – “That’s The Way Good Planned It” Released September 19th, 1969 – (did not chart) – Billy Preston

(LP did chart in 1972 on 2nd release)

Apple 3359 - Preston LP F V

Apple 3360 – “MJQ Space” – Released November 10th, 1969 – (did not chart) – The Modern Jazz Quartet

Apple 3360 - Modern Jazz LP F

Apple 3387 – “Magic Christian Music” – Released February 16th, 1970 – Charted March 28th, 1970 – 17 Weeks – Peaks #55 – Badfinger

Apple 3364 - Badfinger LP F

Apple 3367 – “No Dice” – Released November 9th, 1970 – Charted November 28th, 1970 – 15 Weeks – Peaks #28 – Badfinger

Apple 3367 - Badfinger LP F

Apple 3369 – “The Whale” – Released November 9th, 1970 – Did Not Chart – John Tavener

John Tavener: 1944-2013

John Tavener came to the attention of Apple records via his brother while working on Ringo Starr’s home in England. He was a noted British composer – The Queen of England knighted him in 2000

Apple 3369 - Travenor LP F

Apple 3370 – “Encouraging Words” – Released November 9th, 1970 – Did Not Chart – Billy Preston

Apple 3370 - Preston LP F

Apple 3371 – “Doris Troy” – Released November 9th, 1970 – Did Not Chart – Doris Troy

Apple 3371 - Troy LP F

Apple (Acetate No Number UK pressing) – “Mayfield’s Mule” – 1970

(very rare acetate)

Apple 3376 – ” The Radha Krsna Temple” – Released May 21st, 1971 – (did not chart) – The Radha Krishna Temple”

Apple 3376 - Krishna LP F

Apple 3377 – “Come Together” – Released September 17th, 1971 – Did Not Chart – Soundtrack

Apple 3377 - ST F

Apple 3381 – “Ocean Song” – Released November 3rd, 1971 – Did Not Chart – Mary Hopkin

Apple 3381 - Hopkin LP F

Apple 3384 – “Raga” – Released December 7th, 1971 – Did Not Chart – Soundtrack

Apple 3387 – “Straight Up” Released December 13th, 1971 – Charted December 25th, 1971 – 32 Weeks – Peaks #31 – Badfinger

Apple 3387 - Badfinger F

Apple felt compelled to place a front sticker on some copies in order to display the LP title “Straight Up”.

Apple 3387 - Badfinger F w sticker

Apple 3388 – “Topo” – Released December 7th, 1971 – Did Not Chart – Soundtrack

Apple 3388 - El Topo F

Apple 3389 – “Elephant’s Memory” Released September 18th, 1972 – Did Not Chart – Elephant’s Memory

Apple 3389 - Elephants Memory LP F

Apple 3359 – “That’s the Way God Planned It” – Released September 19th, 1969 – Charted June 10th, 1972 – 12 Weeks – Peaks #127 – Billy Preston

This LP was first released in 1969 and did not chart (close up cover) – Billy Preston met the Beatles early in their career (1962) while performing with Little Richard in England.  Later he would appear with the group on the Let It Be LP – and would shortly thereafter be signed to Apple Records

Apple 3359 - Preston LP F

Apple 3390 – “Brothers” – Released September 22nd, 1972 – Did Not Chart – Lon & Derreck Van Eaton

Apple 3390 - Van Eaton Bros LP F

Apple 3391 – “The Pope Smokes Dope” – Released April 17th, 1972 – Charted May 27th, 1973 – 3 Weeks – Peaks #191 – David Peel and the Lower East Side

Apple 3391 - Peel LP F

Apple 3395 – ” Those Were The Days” – Released September 25th, 1975 – Did Not Chart – Mary Hopkin

Apple 3395 - Hopkin LP F

Apple 3396 – “In Concert” – Released January 22nd, 1973 – Did Not Chart – Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan

Apple 3396 - Shankar LP F

Apple 3400 – “Phil Spector’s Christmas Album” – Released December 11th, 1972 – Did Not Chart – Various Artists

Apple 3400 - Spector LP F

Apple 3411 – “Ass” – Released November 26th, 1973 -Charted December 15th, 1973 – 8 Weeks – Peaks #122 – Badfinger

Apple 3411 - Badfinger LP F

Apple 28 – (UK release) – “The Best of Badfinger” – May, 1995 – May, 1995

Getting Psyched in Texas!

May 13, 2022
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International Artists Records

Lelan Rogers: Texas Record Man

Small International Artists Records was formed in 1965 down in Houston, Texas with Lelan Rogers serving as an operative and producer. The label was headed up by a corporation of businessmen. Lelan had a brother would go on to do very well for himself, Kenny Rogers.

Leland Rogers

Ahead of International, Lelan founded Lynn and then Sabra records in Texas and also Lenox, Silver Fox and the House of Fox. At International Rogers was the primary producer for the psychedelic bands.

One of two primary International Records’ signings was the “13th Floor Elevators” who would migrate to San Francisco and become a major influence on the burgeoning ‘San Francisco sound’. Based on the reception and moderate success of the Elevators, Rogers, no doubt, turned his attention more and more to the bands.

Later on, in 1968, Rogers would sing “The Bubble Puppy” who would give him his highest chart success.

The Bubble Puppy from San Antonio, Texas

The label is noted for its psychedelic garage bands but Leland also drew heavily on country musicians.

International Records would close its doors in 1971 but then, seven years later, Rogers would revive the label and then release material from the vaults – highly sought after tracks.

Baby Brother Kenneth Ray Donald Rogers with his First Edition

In 2008, British reissue specialist label Charly, acquired the International catalog. Lelan would record a few tracks of his own which would show up on later CD albums.

Lelan Rogers passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on July 22nd, 2002 at the age of 74.

Singles Discography – Lelan Rogers Related

In 1969, Lelan Rogers would release three singles on the “Country Road” label in a move to focus on country music . It was a brief side trip. A few examples of his other labels are included here.

David Moore – “Please Accept My Love” b/w “Crazy Dream” – 1960

David Alfa Moore – “Crazy Dream” co-penned by Mickey Gilley –

David Moore

Leland Rogers and Friends – “Hold It” Parts 1 and 2 – 1960

Backing band is the Mickey Gilley band and the vocal segment is Eddie Kilroy who is David Alfa Moore

Mickey Leroy Gilley 1936-2022

Mickey Gilley – “Everything Turned To Love” b/w “Your Selfish Pride” – August, 1960

Mickey Gilley passed away on May 7th, 2022 just before this Post was put together

Bobby Doss – “Don’t Say Good-Bye b/w “I’ve Got You (Where I Want You): – 1961

Bobby Gene Doss

Mickey Gilley – “Turn Around (I’ll Be Following You)” b/w “My Baby’s Been Cheatin’ Again” – January, 1961

The Epics – “Girl By the Wayside” b/w “Ho-Hum Deedle Dum” – 1961

Sunny and the Sunglows – “Just A Moment” b/w “Uptown” – January, 1961

From San Antonio, Texas – Sunny Ozuna leader – later of “Talk To Me” fame

Sunny

Mickey Gilley – “Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Peepin’ and Hidin’)” b/w “(It’s the) End of the Line” – January, 1961

The Epics – “The Magic Kiss” b/w “(I’m Gonna Pay You Back With) The Very Same Coin” – 1961

Johnny Guidry with Jeannie and the Clowns – “A Torch I’ll Carry” b/w “The Place” – March, 1961

Mickey Gilley – “My Babe” b/w “Lonely, Lonely Nights” – March, 1961

The Epics – “Last Night I Dreamed” b/w “Most of All” – 1961

Also recorded as “Jeannie and the Epics – One time member was Buddy Williams

The Epics – “Last Night I Dreamed” b/w “The Magic Kiss” – 1961

C.L. and the Pictures – “I’m Asking Forgiveness” b/w “Let’s Take A Ride” – August, 1961

This is C.L. Weldon and the Pictures

Mickey Gilley – “I Need Your Love” b/w “Valley of Tears” – September, 1961

Louis (Blues Boy) Jones – “I’ll Be Your Fool” b/w “Someway, Somewhere” – 1961

Louis Prince “Blue Boy” Jones, Jr. from Galveston, Texas – Fronted the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Band” – 1931-1984

Cecil and Ann – “Through the Night” b/w “You Wrote This Letter” – 1962

Louis (Blues Boy) Jones – “Come On Home” b/w “I Cried” – 1962

Esther Phillips – “Release Me” – #1 R&B – #8 Hot 100 b/w “Don’t Feel Rained On” – October, 1962

Probably Leland’s biggest success on his various label associations – Esther Mae Jones from Galveston, Texas – Fronted “The Blue Notes” – 1935-1984

The Medallions – “Why Do You Look At Me” b/w “You Are Irresistible” – October, 1962

Clint Miller – “Drummer Boy of Shiloh” b/w “Forget-Me-Nots” – December, 1962

Isaac Clinton Miller from Ferguson, North Carolina – after rock-a-billy career served in politics in Virginia and was a judge – His version of “Bertha Lou” reached number 79 on nation’s charts

Demetrius – “Hold Back Tomorrow” b/w “Your Tender Touch” – December, 1962

Demetrius (middle) with Leland Rogers (left) and Bob Gans

The Cliff Parman Orchestra & Chorus – “Leah” b/w “Rumors” – January, 1963

Little Esther Phillips – “I Really Don’t Want To Know” #61 Hot 100 b/w “Am I That Easy To Forget” – #112 Bubbling Under – January, 1963

Jimmy Wick – “Send For Me” b/w “It’s All Over Now” – February, 1963

The Genies – “Shoo Fly Pie” b/w “I’m Going Home” – February, 1963

A southern U.S. female group

Sir Joe & The Maidens – “Jivin’ Jean” b/w “Pen Pal” – March, 1963

Sir Joe Quarterman – Headed up “The Knights” in Washington DC, his hometown, and he led the “Free Soul”

Little Esther Phillips & Big Al Downing – “You Never Miss Your Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)” b/w “If You Want It (I’ve Got It)” – March, 1963

Alexander Downing – Was a member of the “Poe Cats” – born in Lenapah, Oklahoma – 1940-2005

Margo Treadwell – “Three’s A Crowd” b/w “I Can’t Keep Myself From Loving You” – April, 1963

Lee Maye – “Half Way (Out of Love With You)” b/w “I Can’t Please You” – April, 1963

Member of the Crowns and a major league baseball player with Milwaukee Braves

Bonnie Greer – “When Tommy Needs Me” b/w I’m Nobody’s Baby” – May, 1963

Bobby Rio – “Don Diddly” b/w “I Got You” – May, 1963

Jean DuShon – “It Won’t Stop Hurtin’ Me” b/w “Look the Other Way” – July, 1963

Anna Jean Harris from Detroit, Michigan she began her singing career at age 15 – 1935-2019

Jimmy Roselli – “Mala Femmina” b/w “Her Eyes Shone Like Diamonds” – July, 1963

Michael John Roselli from Hoboken, New Jersey – 1925-2011

Fran Lori – “I’m Gonna Study Jimmy” b/w “Better To Have Loved and Lost You” – July, 1963

The Jones Boys – “Honky” b/w The Jones Boys featuring Bongo Pete – “Beatlemania” – 1964

“Bongo Pete” was Pete Eckford from the group “Freak Power”

“Freak Power” with “Bongo Pete”

Billy Patt Quintett – “Passion (An Act of Love)” b/w “Desafinado” – 1965

David and Jonathan – “A World of Dreams” b/w “Stagger Lee” – 1965

Sources say this is “Gib Guilbeau” and Wayne Moore – Gib was Fred August Guilbeau from Sunset Louisiana 1937-2016

I think “Jonathan” could be John English III (see below)

Gib Guilbeau

The Emperor’s – “And Then” b/w “I Want My Woman” – May, 1965

From Long Beach, California – the played on the same bill as the Rolling Stones, Peter and Gordon, the Righteous Brothers and others

John English III & the Heathens – “I Need You Near” b/w “Some People” – May, 1965

Band from southern, California – They performed with the “Crossfires” who became the “Turtles”.

“I Need You Near” is cited as being one the rarest and most sought after mid 1960s garage band releases,

John English III was Jonathan Harvan English who was also a member of “The Preachers” out of Los Angeles. He was from Kensington, England

Heathens
John English III
Heathens Around 1966 After Departure of English (from “garage hangover)

The Coastliners – “Alright” b/w Wonderful You” – October, 1965

From Houston, Texas – they would become “The U.S. Males” in 1968 recording one single on the tiny Britania label.

Tom Harvey – “It Happens” b/w “If You Loved Me” – February, 1966

From Florida – started out with a country swing band “The Kingstrings” and recorded as “Hardluck Harvey”

Johnny Williams – “Honey Child” b/w “Another Love” – 1966

Another country musician – Williams would eventually perform as a regular in Mickey Gilley’s night club

Frankie Lee – “Another Love” b/w “I Love the Go-Go Girls” – February, 1966

Not much known about this musician – Apparently did record on 4 other small labels

Kathy Clarke – “My Summer Prayer” b/w “Little Girl Called Sad” – March, 1966

Tom Harvey – “So Ah In Ah Love” b/w “My Love Is Here” – May, 1966

The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – #55 Hot 100 b/w “Tried To Hide” – May, 1966

Legendary Austin, Texas band one of the first to refer to their style as “psychedelic” – The band was busted for drugs in the late 1960’s with member Stacy Sutherland going to jail and Roky Erickson pleading insanity which landed him in a state hospital for 3 years putting an end to the Elevators.

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Sterling Damon – “Rejected” b/w “My Last Letter” – May, 1966

From Houston, Texas he also recorded as “Mel Douglas” or “Melvin Douglas Gilmore” – He fronted a band called the “Nu-Notes” in the early 1960s

The Disciples of Shaftesbury – “My Cup Is Full” b/w “Times Gone By” – September, 1966

Thursdays’ Children – “Air Conditioned Man” b/w “Dominoes” – October, 1966

Band from Houston, Texas – Member Charlie Helpinstill formed his own band “Helpinstill” with brother Dyanne in 1980

The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – “Reverbaration” – #129 Bubbling Under b/w “Fire Engine” – October, 1966

Frankie and Johnny – “Sweet Thang” b/w Times Gone By” – December, 1966

Also recorded as “Scott and Kay”

The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – “I’ve Got Levitation” b/w “Before You Accuse Me” – February, 1967

The Chayns – “Live With the Moon” b/w “Night Time” – February, 1967

Also recorded as Paul Allen & the Baroques – They were from San Antonio, Texas

The Thursdays Children – “Help, Murder, Police”b/w “You Can Forget About That”- 1967

Billy Wade McKnight – “Trouble’s Commin’ On” b/w I Need Your Lovin'” – 1967

Fronted the group Billy McKnight & the Plus 4 – They were out of Tyler, Texas

Frankie & Johnny – “Right String, Baby (But the Wrong Yo Yo)” b/w “Present of the Past” (as by “Scott and Kay”)

The Chayns – “There’s Something Wrong In This Place” b/w “See It Thru” – July, 1967

Lost and Found – “Forever Lasting Plastic Words” b/w “Everybody’s Here” – 1967

Houston, Texas band – Also recorded as “The Misfits”

Thirteenth Floor Elevators – “She Lives (In A Time of Her Own)” b/w “Baby Blue” – November, 1967

Thirteenth Floor Elevators – “Slip Inside This House” b/w “Splash 1” – January, 1968

Beauregard – “Popcorn Popper” b/w “Mama Never Taught Me How To Jelly Roll” – 1968

The Rubayyat – “If I Were A Carpenter” b/w Ever, Ever Land” – 1968

Psychedelic Texas band with Al Acosta on vocals and Billy Hallmark on guitar – Acosta was formerly with the “Stoics” – The band was also known as “Electric Rubayyat”

Dan Galindo from the Elevators would join this band.

Acosta and the Stoics in 1967

Lost and Found – “When Will You Come Through” b/w “Professor Black” – May, 1968

13th Floor Elevators – “May the Circle Remain Unbroken” b/w “I’m Gonna Love You Too” – June, 1968

Lightnin’ Hopkins – “Mr. Charlie” b/w “Baby Child” – 1968

Sam Hopkins from Centerville, Texas – 1912-1982

The Bubble Puppy – “Hot Smoke & Sasafrass” – #14 Hot 100 b/w “Lonely” – November, 1968

Endle St. Cloud In the Rain – “Tell Me One More Time What’s Happening To Our World” b/w “Quest For Beauty” – December, 1968

Two members were Alan Melinger who was with the Texas garage band “The Iguanas” in 1966 and David Potter who was with “The East Side Kids”

Laura Greene & Johnny McKinnis – “Pledging My Love” b/w “Soul Symphony” – February, 1968

From Cleveland, Ohio – She appeared in the motion picture “For Love of Ivy” in 1968 along with Sidney Poitier

Thirteenth Floor Elevators – “Livin’ On” b/w “Scarlet and Gold” – January, 1969

Baby Al and the Caps – “Grab Your Partner (And Do Your Own Thing)” b/w “Laugh Now Boy – 1969

Willie Hobbs – “Yes, My Goodness, Yes” b/w “The Game of Love” – 1969

From Doerun, Georgia – born in 1944

The Pat Rebillot Exchange – “Oh Happy Day” b/w “Blue Sunday Smile”

An American keyboard player – with the Dave Tofani Quartet, The Family of Mann and others

The Family of Mann

South – “Barefoot In the Woods” b/w “A Girl Like You” – 1969

Donald L. Hill and Fred B. Burch were members. Hill was a songwriter composing for Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson, Bobby Gentry, Johnny Adams & others. Burch was also a songwriter

Fred Burch

Reuben Bell – “Action Speaks Louder Than Words” b/w “Too Late” – July, 1969

From Shreveport, Louisiana – In 1967 recorded with the “Casanovas” – He composed songs recorded by Bobby “Blue” Bland – 1945-2004

Sonny Hall – “The Battle of the Moon” b/w “Poor Planet Earth” – 1969

Sonny was Morris Hall – He fronted the “Ozark Boys” and the Sonny Hall Trio

The Shayds – “Search the Sun” b/w “Bring Your Love” – May, 1969

One known member was Stu Bailey

The Bubble Puppy – “Beginning” – #128 Bubbling Under on Billboard – #119 Cash Box and #81 Record World b/w “If I Had A Reason” – May, 1969

The Moonlighters – “Mainline” b/w “Was It Worth It?” – July, 1969

Jill Norris – “No, Not Really” b/w “A Letter To Dad” – July, 1969

Eddy Giles – “So Deep In Love” b/w “That’s How Strong My Love Is” – July, 1969

Elbert W. Giles – from Minnesota but transplanted to Louisiana in the 50s – A member of “Eddie Giles and the Numbers” – 1938-2019

The South Street Soul Guitars – “Poppin’ Popcorn” b/w “Soul Fire” – July, 1969

The Bunch Twins – “No Good Son of a Gun” b/w Darling, I’m Sorry” – August, 1969

Brothers Irmin and Thurmin Bunch

Robert Parker – “You See Me” b/w “You Shakin’ Things Up” – August, 1969

Born in Mobile, Alabama – known for his hit “Barefootin’ – Recorded with Huey “Piano” Smith, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe and many more – 1930-2020

Gloria Taylor – “You Got To Pay the Price” – #9 R&B – #49 Hot 100 b/w “Loving You and Being Loved By You” – September, 1969

Gloria Ann Taylor from Dehue, West Virginia – This song was nominated for a Grammy – 1944-2017

The Brightlights – “Motor City Funk” Parts 1 and 2 – 1969

The Bubble Puppy – “Thinkin’ About Thinkin'” b/w “Days Of Our Time” – October, 1969

Billy Shears and the All Americans – “Brother Paul” b/w “Message to Seymour” – November, 1969

Betty Lavette – “He Made A Woman Out of Me’ – #25 R&B – December, 1969

Betty Jo Haskins from Muskegon, Michigan – Fronted the “LaVettes” and recorded as “B.J. Harris”

Shayde – “A Profitable Dream” b/w “Third Number” – 1969

George Perkins & the Silver Stars – “Cryin’ In the Streets” Parts 1 and 2 – January, 1970

From Denham Springs, Louisiana – was a member of the Silver Stars – 1942-2013

Gloria Taylor – “Grounded” Parts 1 and 2 – #43 R&B – February, 1970

Rosalind Madison – “Fancy” b/w “Use What You Got” – February, 1970

Betty Lavette – “Do Your Duty” – #38 b/w “Love’s Made A Fool Out of Me” – February, 1970

Marilyn Haywood – “Mama’s Baby (Ain’t A Baby No More)” b/w Think About It” – May, 1970

Bubble Puppy – “What Do You See” b/w “Hurry Sundown” – May, 1970

Hank Ballard – “Love Made A Fool Of Me” b/w “Sunday Morning Coming Down” – June, 1970

Born John Henry Kendricks in Detroit, Michigan – Hank was the older brother of Supreme Florence Ballard – 1927-2003

Endle – “She Wears It Like A Badge” b/w “Laughter” – May, 1970

Arnim-Hamilton – “Pepperman” b/w “Walkin’ Midnight Coffee Break” – June, 1970

Ginger Valley – “Country Life” b/w “Ginger” – June, 1970

Bobby Donato of “Penny Arkade” & “The Bad Seeds” is a member

Maceo and All the King’s Men – “Got To Get’cha” b/w “(I Remember) Mr. Banks” – October, 1970

Dr. William Truly, Jr. – “(The Two Wars Of) Old Black Joe” b/w ‘King Is Not Dead” – December, 1970

Roy Roberts Experience – “You Move Me” Parts 1 and 2 – 1971

With Billy Crenshaw, Roy Roberts and Vaughn Freeman – Roberts was from Livingston, Tennessee – He played guitar for Solomon Burke

Billy Cox and Annetta Brooks – “Slip Around” b/w “Make Me Do Right” by Brooks – 1971

Sam and Bill – “Come On and Show Me” b/w “Rainbow Week” – 1971

Sam Gary and Bill Johnson from Newark, New Jersey – Johnson fronted the group “The Four Steps”

“Little” Johnny Blair – “Momma’s Gone” b/w “Easier To Say Than To Do” – 1971

Charles Hodges

Keyboard & String Ensemble – “Alpine Winter” b/w “Dedicated To Ora Mae” – 1971

The Identities/Indentities – “When Love Slips Away” b/w “Hey Brother” – 1971

Curley Moore and the Kool Ones – “Shelley’s Rubber Band” b/w “Funky, Yeah” – 1971

Reportedly this is actually Eddie Bocage – Curly was born June Moore in New Orleans – He was a member of “Huey and Curley” and also “The Clowns” with Huey Piano Smith – He was born in 1943 and died in 1985

Curley Moore

Eddy was born Edwin Joseph Bocage in New Orleans, Louisiana – He backed many musicians and recorded on more than 40 record labels

Edwin Bocage

The Soul Lifters – “Hot Funky, and Sweaty” b/w “Brothers and Sisters” – 1971

Again, this is likely “Eddie Bo”

At this point, International Artists Records pretty much went in the direction of country or country-folk keeping it ‘in the family’ with a son of Lelan as well as members of the First Edition.

Dann Rogers – “Looks Like Love Again” b/w “Lucy” -September, 1979

Danny Wayne Rogers was a country singer and nephew of Kenny Rogers – Most likely he was Lelan’s son.

Kin Vasse – “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” – Charted Country both Cash Box & Billboard b/w “Sometimes Love Is Better When It’s Gone” – September, 1979

Charles Kindred Vassy – Was a member of the Back Porch Majority and also Kenny Rogers and the First Edition – From Carollton, Georgia – 1943-1994

Kin Vassy – “Makes Me Wonder If I Ever Said Goodbye” b/w Fort Worth Featherbed” – February, 1980

Dann Rogers – “China” b/w “I Got the Fever” – March, 1980

Terry Williams – “Blame It On the Night” b/w “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” – May, 1980

Terry was born in Hollywood, California in 1947 and was a member of Kenny Rogers and the First Edition – She also with “The Williams Sisters”, “K. Wallis B and the Dark Shades of Night”

Kin Vassy – “There’s Nobody Like You” b/w “Nite Out”

Long Play Discography – Lelan Rogers Related

LP – Lenox – Little Esther Phillips – “Release Me” – January, 1963

LP – The 13th Floor Elevators – “Thirteenth Floor Elevators” – December, 1966

The Red Crayola with the Familiar Ugly – “The Parable of Arable Land” – 1967

Thirteenth Floor Elevators – “Easter Everywhere” – November, 1967

Lost and Found – “Everybody’s Here” – 1968

13th Floor Elevators – “Elevators Live!” – August, 1968

The Golden Dawn – “Power Plant” – 1968

Austin, Texas band

LP – House of the Fox – Hillow Hammet – “Hillow Hammet’s Hammer” – 1969

Members included Chuck Bennett formerly of “Link Wray and His Ray Men” and “The Fender Benders” – He was born Charles Wayne Avery 1943-2009 – Another member was Jack Register who joined the group
“Snail” in the late 1970s

Endle St. Cloud (In the Rain)” – 1969

13th Floor Elevators – “Bull Of the Woods” – 1969

The Bubble Puppy – “A Gathering of Promises” – April, 1969

Dann Rogers – “Hearts Under Fire” – 1978

LP – Various Artists – “Epitaph for a Legend” – 1980

With The Chaynes, The Patterns, The Chapparals, Thursday’s Children, The Electric Rubayyat, Sonny Hall, Red Crayola, The Emperors, Lost and Found, Dave Allen, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Roky Erickson, Spades, 13th Floor Elevators,

CD LP – “Ichiban One-Liners” – 2010

(with “Hold It Part 1” by Lelan Rogers & Friends)

CD LP – Fantastic Voyage – “Snazzy Sugar: The Pure Essence of Rock & Roll From West Texas and Beyond” – 2012 (UK)

(with “Hold It Part 1” by Lelan Rogers & Friends)

LP – Sin City Records – “Sin City Jukebox Volume 2 The Double Barrell Edition” – 2014

(with “Hold It Part 1” by Lelan Rogers & Friends)

The View from the Tower!

May 12, 2022
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Tower Records

Where Mainstream, Sidewalk and Uni all gave the rock and roll and psychedelic genres the old college try, the better-backed Tower Record label actually managed to enjoy a respectable degree of chart success.

Tower Records was created just around the time that the Fab Four hit the American shores, which well may have given the executives at the new label cause for pause.

But then again, it was their parent company, Capitol Records, that was leading the ‘Invasion’ in the U.S.

Tower in the Tower

The upstart label took its name from the landmark Capitol building in Hollywood. The thinking at Capitol was to relegate many ‘low profile’ bands and musicians to Tower.

From a rock and roll standpoint, Tower released some collectible gems such as early Pink Floyd and the Chocolate Watch Band.

Mike Curb came over to Tower in 1968 after overseeing his own Sidewalk record label. Tower was most likely what Curb was striving for at Sidewalk.

Off the “Sidewalk” Into the “Tower”

It is not clear who (other than Mike Curb later on) was behind the Tower operation – My guess is that the Capitol Records staffers handled the assignment. One staffer, though, was publicist George Sherlock who handled Ian Whitcomb. Sherlock also worked for a time closely with the Rolling Stones.

KIMN Denver Festival Party: L-R: Jack Sorbi – Gar Todd, Ken Palmer, George Sherlock from Tower, and Ted Atkins
It Wasn’t All Rock & Roll at Tower – December, 1964

Tower had the muscle of Capitol Records behind it and so was able to record an astounding number of artists – very diverse – with several known names passing through the ranks.

Tower had a decent run, continuing on until 1970 when it was finally shut down. Today in the 21st century, Universal Music Group owns the Tower catalog via Capitol Records with the exception of the Pink Floyd recordings which is the property on the band and licensed through other companies in the U.S. and the U.K.

Tower’s Early British Artists – 1964

I always perked up when I came across a Tower long play during my record collecting days. Denver’s own Moonrakers were signed to Tower and cut several singles.

Listing the charting singles and then at least one listing for each of the other artists. I am listing all of the recordings on Tower by Colorado-related bands or musicians. Those include The Moonrakers, Denny Rockwell, The Laughing Wind and Beggar’s Opera Company.

Also listing those releases with picture sleeves and we have collector Fred Hoyt to thank for so many of those great images!

Tower Records Selected 45 RPM Discography

The Sunrays – “Car Party” b/w Outta Gas” – September, 1964

Tower’s debut release likely due to Murry (sometimes “Murray”) Wilson’s association with his sons and Capitol Records – Reportedly former Beach Boy David Marks plays guitar on the record – Seems unlikely because he and Murry were not buddies!

Catch a Wave with Murry!

Tower Records Discography

VISIT THE TOWER RECORDS 45 DISCOGRAPHY PART 1 – 1964 THRU 1966

VISIT THE TOWER RECORDS 45 DISCOGRAPHY PART 2 – 1967 TO END

VISIT THE TOWER RECORDS LONG PLAY DISCOGRAPHY 1964 TO END

VISIT THE TOWER RECORDS SELECT REISSUE DISCOGRAPHY

Ritchie Dean – “Goodbye Girl” b/w “I’d Do Anything” – September, 1964

Warren Schatz – was in “The Chats”, “The Petrified Forest”, “The Warmest Spring” and more

Harry Nilsson – “Sixteen Tons” b/w “I’m Gonna Lose My Mind” – October, 1964

Harry Edward Nilsson III from Brooklyn, New York – 1941-1994

Darlene McCrea – “My Heart’s Not In It” b/w “Don’t Worry Baby” – November, 1964

Ethel Darlene McCrae – original member of the “Cookies” and later joined the “Raelets”

The Rosebuds – “Say You’ll Be Mine” b/w “Mama Said” – November, 1964

Girl group out of Brooklyn, New York

Mary Miller – “Here Comes The Heartaches” b/w “Goodbye Charlie” – November, 1964

Gus Jenkins – “Chittlins” – #113 Bubbling Under – November, 1964

Augusta G. Jenkins from Birmingham, Alabama – fronted his own bands – Tower’s first charting single – 1931-1985

Linda Laine with the Sinners – “Low Grades and High Fever” b/w “After Today” – October, 1964

Veronica Lind birth name

Mike Rabin & The Demons – “Head Over Heels” b/w “I’m Leaving You” – October, 1964

British band

Heinz – “Questions I Can’t Answer” b/w “The Beating Of My Heart” – October, 1964

England’s Heinz Burt – member of the “Wild Boys” and the Tornados – 1942-2000

Kenny Shane – “Earth Shakin’ Baby” b/w “Run To Me” – November, 1964

Rick & Donna – “What Good Is Love” b/w “A.B.C.” – December, 1964

Rick was Rick Jarrad member of the folk group “The Greenwood Country Singers” and a producer for RCA Records

The Champions – “In the Ring” b/w “Three Blocks Away” – December, 1964

Lon Chaney – “Monster Holiday” b/w “Yule-Tide Jerk” – December, 1964

Creighton Tull Chaney – 1906-1973

The Starlets – “You Won’t Even Know Her Name” b/w “Multiply By Three” – December, 1964

Davie Allan & the Arrows – “Apache ’65” – #64 Hot 100 – February, 1965

The Toggery Five – “I’m Gonna Jump” b/w “Bye Bye Bird” – March, 1965

UK Beat group from Manchester – Also known as “Toggery Soul Band”

Ian Whitcomb & Bluesville – “This Sporting Life” – #100 Hot 100 – March, 1965

From Surrey, England

The East River Boys – “High School Letter” b/w “You Can’t Be Happy By Yourself” – March, 1965

Dick Curless – “A Tombstone Every Mile” – #5 Country b/w “Heart Talk” – March, 1965

Country singer Richard William Curless from Fairfield, Maine – 1932-1995

Freddie & the Dreamers – “I’m Telling You Now” – #1 Hot 100 – March, 1965

Freddy Garrity from Crumpsall, Manchester, England – 1936-2006

Tom Jones – “Little Lonely One” – #42 Hot 100 – May, 1965

Sir Thomas John Woodward from Wales

Freddie & the Dreamers – “You Were Made For Me” – #21 Hot 100 – May, 1965

The Beat Merchants – “So Fine” – April, 1965

Ralph Worman, Vic Sendall, Chris Boyle, Gavin Daneski and Geoff Farndell from the UK

Hal Southern with the Frontier Men & Joanie – “I Remember Jim” b/w “Forty-Nine Acres of Water” – May, 1965

Southern is Hal Clark and a member of the “Frontier Men” – Joanie is Joanie Hall

Jim Eanes – “These Memories” b/w “She Took the Bus (and Left The Crying To Me”) – April, 1965

Bluegrass musician Homer Robert Eanes Jr. from Mountain Valley, Virginia – 1923-1995

Shirlee Hunter – “Billy Christian” b/w “Why Do You Hesitate” – April, 1965

From Moneta, Virginia – was a member of the New Dominion Barn Dance when still in high school

Judy Thomas – “I Don’t Know You” b/w “A Little Bit of Happiness” – April, 1965

The Royal Showband Waterford – “Hucklebuck ’65” b/w “I Ran All the Way Home” – April, 1965

Showband from Ireland

Ian Whitcomb & Bluesville – “You Turn Me On (The Turn On Song)” – May, 1965

Dick Curless – “Six Times A Day (The Trains Came Down)” – #12 Country – May, 1965

Earl Royce and the Olympics – “Que Sera, Sera” b/w “I Really Do” – May, 1965

British beat band

Judy Murdock – “Baby Let Me Be Your Baby” b/w “When the Kissin’ Is Over” – May, 1965

Jerry Naylor – “It’s Only Make Believe” b/w “Leave Him and Come To My Arms” – May, 1965

Jerry Naylor Jackson from Chalk Mountain, Texas – Member of the Crickets and duo “Danny & Gwen” – 1939-2019

Pamela Miller – “Arms Full of Love” b/w “You’re So Hard To Hold” – June, 1965

Her father was a producer at Tower Records

Denny Reed – “Sweet Senorita From Santa Fe” b/w “In This Town of Heartbreak” – June, 1965

Dennis Reed from Cahoka, Illinois – Was with “The Puddin’ Heads” and the “Bondsmen” – died 2018

Cindy Cole – “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Ev’ry Day)” b/w He’s Sure the Boy I Love” – June, 1965

Rita Hughes of “Jeannie & the Big Guys”

The Persuasions – “I’ll Go Crazy” b/w “Try Me” – June, 1965

British band

The Sunrays – “I Live For the Sun” – #51 Hot 100 – September,1965

The Sunrays were managed by Beach Boy father Murry Wilson – They were Marty DiViovanni, Byron Case, Vince Hozier, Eddie Medora and Richard Henn

Robert Kingsley – “In and Out” b/w “Dreamin’ of You” – July, 1965

This is British singer Robert Whitcomb the brother of Ian Whitcomb – He also recorded as “Robin Whitcomb”

Joe Leahy – “Life” b/w “Pink Powder Puff” – July, 1965

Joseph J. Leahy from Boston, Massachusetts – fronted his own orchestra – 1916-1974

Diane Leigh – “It Won’t Be A Lonely Summer” b/w “Day After Lonely Day” – July, 1965

Singer from Canada – vocalist with “The Sons of the Shades”

The Tornados – “Early Bird” b/w “Stompin’ Through the Rye” – July, 1965

Frankie Albano – “She’ll Never Know” b/w “Forgetful One” – August, 1965

From California

Bob and Bobby – “Twelve-O-Four” b/w “Baby What You Want Me To Do” – August, 1965

Bob Norberg and Jane Bowman – allegedly involvement with Brian Wilson on this cut – Bowman also recorded as “Jane Canada”

Ian Whitcomb – “N-E-R-V-O-U-S” – #59 Hot 100 – August, 1965

British instrumental band who formed in 1961 and hit it big in the U.S. with number 1 “Telstar”

Sir Walter Raleigh – “Tell Her Tonight” b/w “If You Need Me” – August, 1965

One member was Buffalo Springfield member Dewey Martin – They also recorded as “Sir Duncan & the Yo-Yo’s

The Moon Rakers – “I Was Wrong” b/w “You’ll Come Back” – August, 1965

Denver’s garage band the “Moon Rakers” or “Moonrakers”

Bobby Griggs – “Cotton Picker” b/w “That’s Not What He’s Got On His Mind” – September, 1965

Dick Curless – Tester Raisin’ Man” – #42 Country – September, 1965

Freddie & the Dreamers – “Send a Letter To Me” – #123 Bubbling Under – October, 1965

Just Four Men – “There’s Not One Thing” – October, 1965

Band from Liverpool with Dee Christopholus, Harold Stott, John Kelman, Pete Turner and Lawrence Arends – Later became “Wimple Winch”

The New Salvation Singers Featuring Harry Nilsson – “The Path That Leads To Trouble” b/w “Good Times” – October, 1965

Don’t know who the “Singers” were along with Harry Nilsson

Ketty Lester – “West Coast” b/w “I’ll Be Looking Back” – October, 1965

Revoyda Frierson from Hope, Arkansas

Judy Thomas – “He’s My Hero” b/w “Cry On Cryin’ Eyes” – September, 1965

Rita Da Costa – “You and Nothing More” b/w “Am I Ever Gonna Learn” – September, 1965

Rita Da Costa Turrentine – wife of jazzman Stanley Turrentine – Passed away in 2004

Sound of Seventh Son – “I’ll Be On My Way” b/w “I Told A Lie” – October, 1965

One member was future “Three Dog Night” member Jimmy Greenspoon

The Esquires – “Love’s Made a Fool Of You” b/w “Summertime” – October, 1965

Band from Ottawa, Canada – later became “Canada Goose”

Pat Wayne – “Come Dance With Me” b/w “I Don’t Want To Cry” – November, 1965

Patrick Curley

Kay Adams – “Don’t Talk Trouble To Me” b/w “Honky Tonk Heartache” – November, 1965

Princetta Kay Adams from Knox City, Tennessee

Rocky and His Friends – “You’re Not Wrong” b/w “Riot City” – November, 1965

Also recorded as “Rocky & the Riddlers”, “The City Limits” and “The Imperials”

Mike Jarrett and Gene Herd – “Chute #2” b/w “Devil’s Hand” – November, 1965

The Moon Rakers – “I’m All Right” b/w “Come On Let’s Move” – November, 1965

Tikis and Fabulons – “Take A Lok” b/w “Cherry Pie” – November, 1965

Garage band from Portland, Oregon

Josephine Sunday – “You Won’t Even Know Her Name” b/w Don’t Let Your Mind Rule Your Heart” – November, 1965

Sunday Happner from the Phllippine’s – Recorded with “Sunday and the Menn”

The Standells – “Dirty Water” – #11 Hot 100 – December, 1965

Band from Los Angeles with many passing through the ranks including Gary Leeds, Lowell George, Dick Dodd and Larry Tamblyn to name a few

Shuggy Ray Smith – “Little Tommy’s Letter” b/w “Ruth From Duluth” – December. 1965

Jack Dunham – “Image of a Man Without” b/w “Rebound to Tulsa” – December, 1965

Tom Jones – “Chills and Fever” – #125 Bubbling Under – December, 1965

The Sunrays – “Andrea” – #41 Hot 100 – January, 1966

Dick Curless – “Travelin’ Man” – #44 Country – December, 1965

The Race Marbles – “Like a Dribbling Fram” b/w “Someday” – January, 1966

This was a parody by Canadian Garry Ferrier – spoofing Bob Dylan – Ferrier also formed the “Chummingbirds”

George McCannon III – “Look For the Rainbow” b/w “She Only Makes Me Love You More” – January, 1966

From Winsted, Connecticut – 1941-2015

Mike Curb – “Suzie Darling” b/w “Sunshine” – January, 1966

Denny Rockwell – “The Rain Follows Me” b/w “No Mon-No Fun-Your Son” – January, 1966

One half of the Colorado duo “Denny and Jay” from Greeley

Tony Pastor Jr. – “I’ll Forgive You (But I Won’t Forget)” b/w “Book of Happiness” – January, 1966

Son of band leader Tony Pastor

The Off-Beats – “Mary” b/w “You Tell Me” – January, 1966

Also recorded as “The Chyldren” or “Somebody’s Chyldren”

Joe Leahy – “Arriba” – January, 1966

Joseph L. Leahy – band leader – 1916-1974

David Clayton Thomas – “Out Of the Sunshine” b/w “Take Me Back” – February, 1966

David Henry Thomsett from the UK and raised in Canada – A later member of “Blood Sweat and Tears”

Dale Harris – “The Writing On the Wall” b/w “Night Life” – February, 1966

Mickey Rooney Jr. – “A Bone, A Dog, A Sword and a Shield” b/w “It Certainly Ain’t A Nice Thing” – March, 1966

Son of famed Mickey Rooney – From Birmingham, Alabama – Also recorded with “The Beachcombers”, “The Rooney Brothers” and “Song”

Ron Serling and His Orchestra – “Time” b/w “Two Lovers” – March, 1966

Tommy Collins – “Oh, What A Dream” b/w “Take Me Back To the Good Old Days” – March, 1966

Leonard Raymond Sipes from Bethany, Oklahoma – fronted the “Rhythm Oakies” – 1930-2000

The Blueberry Hill Band – “Spanish Flea” b/w “One Of Those Songs” – March, 1966

The Sunrays – “Still” – #93 Hot 100 – May, 1966

Sir Arthur – “Louie, Louie” b/w “Walk Right In” – March, 1966

This was Ian Whitcomb in disguise playing piano

David Watson – “How Much I Care” b/w Please Won’t You Stay” – March, 1966

John Stewart and Scott Engel – “I Only Came To Dance With You” b/w “Greens” – March, 1966

From southern California – They became ‘England’s’ Walker Brothers – Stewart was also in “The Dalton Brothers” and “The Strangers” with Engel – Scott was in “The Playboys”, “The Fumblers” and the “Ginos”

Aaron McNeil – “Rozana” b/w “Shake a Hand” – March, 1966

The Moon Rakers – “Trip and Fall” b/w “Time and A Place” – March, 1966

Randy Davis – “Dear Mr. President” b/w “Words Of a Child” – March, 1966

Jim Alley – “Fifty A Week” b/w “That’s A Lie” – April, 1966

Fronted the “Alley Cats”

Johnny Deerfield – “Lonely Soldier Boy” b/w “Gift Of Love” – April, 1966

Sam Riddle – Lollipops and Teardrops” b/w “Angela Jones” – May, 1966

Ray Sanders – “My World Is Upside Down” b/w “Graveyard Dance” – May, 1966

Raymond Sanders from Saint Johns, Kentucky – 1935-2019

The Green Beans – “Knock On My Door (Tap on My Window)” b/w “Who Needs You” – May, 1966

Band from Green Bay, Wisconsin – formerly were the “Zakons”

Ray Chafin – “Summer Wind” b/w “Crystal Romance” – May, 1966

Raymond Lee Chafin Jr.

The Moonrakers – “Baby Please Don’t Go” b/w “I Don’t Believe” – June, 1966

The Yokohama Ramblers – “Yokohama Nights (Happiness)” b/w “Yokohama Nights (Sadness)” – June, 1966

Eddie Drake – “Completely Destroyed” b/w “Your Cute’s A Showin'” – June, 1966

From Kentucky – Recorded with his wife as “Johnny and Janie”

Jerry Inman – “What A Way To Go” b/w “Now I Lay Me Down” – June, 1966

Lee Maye – “When My Heart Hurts No More” b/w “At the Party” – June, 1966

Arthur Lee Maye played for the Milwaukee Braves – He fronted “Lee Maye and the Crowns”, “The Dreamers” and “The Off-Beats”

Knights of Day – “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” b/w “Why Do You Treat Me So Bad” – June, 1966

The Band Without A Name – “Turn On Your Lovelight” b/w “A Perfect Girl” – July, 1966

Long Beach, California garage band with Dick Dale bass player Ron Eglit

The Danes – “To Make Me a Man” b/w “Lost Love” – July, 1966

Two members were Rick Bandas and W.R. Lynch from Texas both also members of the “Gnats”

The Master Singers – “The Highway Code” b/w “The Rumbletum Song” – July, 1966

British group – all schoolmasters from Abington School recording in a comedy style

Gini Eastwood – “With the World At My Feet” b/w “Everything I Do, I Do With Love” – July, 1966

Gini was a member of the “Hobbits”

Jodie Rowe – “It’s Such A Silly Song” b/w “Hopeless Life” – July, 1966

Ian Whitcomb and Somebody’s Children – “You Won’t See Me” b/w Ian Whitcomb and Bluesville of London – “Please Don’t Leave Me On the Shelf” – July, 1966

Gary Buck – “Stepping Out Of the Picture” b/w “Before You Die” – July, 1966

Country singer Gary Ralph Buck from Canada

Dick Curless – “The Baron” – #63 Country – July, 1966

The Standells – “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White” – #43 Hot 100 – August, 1966

Also recorded as “Ron Hargrave”

Denny Rockwell – “I Wanna Know Now” b/w “Oh My Gosh Oh Me Oh My” – July, 1966

Denny from Greeley, Colorado, passed away

Mae West & Somebody’s Chyldren – “Treat Him Right” b/w “Day Tripper” – July, 1966

Mary Jane West from Brooklyn, New York – 1893-1980

Somebody’s Chyldren

Brothers and Sisters – “I Call Your Name” b/w “And I Know” – July, 1966

P-Nut Butter – “What Am I Doin’ Here With You” b/w “Still In Love With You Baby” – August, 1966

The Laughing Wind – “Don’t Take Very Much To See Tomorrow” b/w “Good To Be Around” – August, 1966

Brothers Danny and Shaun Harris from Colorado were both members along with Michael Jeffrey Lloyd from New York

Danniel Duffey Harris 1947-2012
Shaun Harris

Davie Allan & the Arrows – “Theme From the Wild Angels” – #99 Hot 100 – August, 1966

The Visitors featuring Barbara – “Theme From the Wild Angels” b/w “Is It Them Or Me?” – August, 1966

“Barbara” was Barbara Pittman – one time Sun Records’ recording artist – Sang with the “Sunrays” and “The Thirteenth Committee” – 1938-2005

Kay Adams with the Cliffie Stone Group – “Little Pink Mack” – #30 Country – August, 1966

Mark Shannon with the Cliffie Stone Group – “Mr. D.J.” b/w “I Cried At Your Wedding” – August, 1966

Country artist and group

Richie Allen – “Stranger From Durango” b/w “Nothing Good” – September, 1966

Born in Los Angeles – Richard Allen Podolor in 1936 – In groups “The Ghouls”, “The Hondells”, “The Superstocks”, “The Renegades” and “The Pacific Surfers”

Ian Whitcomb & His Seaside Syncopators – “Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night” – #101 Bubbling Under – September, 1966

Al Perry – “Love Me Like That” b/w “The Good and Bad” – September, 1966

Cast of Thousands – “My Jenny Wears A Mini” b/w “Girl Do What You Gonna Do” – September, 1966

The Staccatos – “Let’s Run Away” b/w “Face To Face” – October, 1966

From Ottawa, Canada – Also recorded as “The Smart Set” and “The Five Man Electrical Band” of “Signs” fame

The Crossfires – “Who’ll Be the One” b/w “Making Love Is Fun” – October, 1966

Garage band from Fredericksburg, Texas – They later became “The Fountain of Youth”

Mary Ford – “One In A Million” b/w “Why Can’t He Be You” – October, 1966

Iris Colleen Summers from El Monte, California – spouse and singing partner of Les Paul – 1924-1977

The Maqueraders – “Family” Parts 1 and 2 – October, 1966

From Dallas, Texas – also recorded as “Lee Jones & The Sounds of Soul”

The Standells – “Why Pick On Me” – #54 Hot 100 – October, 1966

Dana Rollin – “Winchester Cathedral” – #71 Hot 100 – November, 1966

Denny Rockwell – “(Get Off That) Booze and Garlic Bread” b/w “Oh My Gosh Oh Me Oh My-Goodbye” – November, 1966

From Greeley, Colorado – one-half of “Denny and Jay”

Justin Wilson – “My Little Girl” b/w “Lover’s Call” – November, 1966

Justin Elmer Wilson – comedian and chef from Roseland, Louisiana – 1914-2001

The Crusaders – “Little Drummer Boy” b/w “Battle Hymn of the Republic” – November, 1966

Walt Flannery, Mike Joyce, Fred Barnett, Danny Altcholer and Jeff Barnett from Southern California – Also recorded as the “Love Exchange”

Dermot O’Brien and His Clubmen – “Off To Dublin In the Green (The Merry Ploughboy)” b/w “Come Down The Mountain Katie Daly” – November, 1966

Show band from Ireland – Dermot passed away in 2007

The Rebounds – “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” b/w “Since I Fell For You” – November, 1966

Garage band from Columbus, Ohio

Chuck and Ray – “Carla” b/w “Hey Little Cindy” – November, 1966

Davie Allan & the Arrows – “Blue’s Theme” – #37 Hot 100 – December, 1966

Walter Wanderley – “You and I” b/w “What Do You Know About Me” – December, 1966

Walter Jose Wanderley Mendonca from Recife, Brazil – Headed up many bands – 1932-1986

The Little Kids – “Santa Claus Is Stuck In the Chimney” b/w “Tambourine Jingle (Jingle Bells)” – December, 1966

Wayne Gibson – “For No One” b/w “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands” – December, 1966

Edward William Allen – Fronted the “Dynamic Sounds” – They were first known as “The Tornadoes”

Tony Merrick – “Wake Up” b/w It’s For You” – December, 1966

From Scotland fronted the “Tony Merrick Scene” – Later in “Sweet Marriage”

Paul – “Paper Clown” b/w “Patsy” – December, 1966

Paul was Ray Hildebrand of “Paul and Paula fame – born in Joshua, Texas in 1940

Justin Wilson – “Excerpts from the Justin Wilson Comedy Catalog” (special release) – 1966

Band of the Irish Guards – “Michelle” b/w “Can’t Buy Me Love” – 1966 (special release)

Irish band that recorded under scores of names usually with “Irish Guards” in the title

Dick Curless – “All Of Me Belongs To You” – #28 Country – December, 1966

Bob Morris – “Fishin’ On the Mississippi” b/w “A Little Bit Of You” – January, 1967

Born Robert Dean Morris in Hasty, Arkansas – a one-time member of Buck Owens’ “Buckaroos” – Was also with “The Champs”

Linda Ball – “(I’m On The) Last Train To Clarksville” b/w “I Wanna Be Free” – January, 1967

Sarge Clifford – “Misty Roses” b/w “Bitter Wine” – January, 1967

The Standells – “Try It” b/w “Poor Shell of a Man” – January, 1967

Beth Moore – “One More Time Around (For Old Times Sake)” b/w “Conscience I’m Guilty” – January, 1967

Country singer

The Sllednats – “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” b/w “When I Was a Cowboy” – January, 1967

This was the “Standells” (backwards)

Paul and the Pack – “Hidin’ From Myself” – January, 1967 (special release)

Band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin also recorded as “Tommy Hahn and the Mojo Men” and later “The Portraits”

Mad Doctors – “Dr. Goldfoot’s Igloo” – January, 1967 (special release)

Jake Holmes – “You Can’t Get Love” b/w “Think I’m Being Hard” – February, 1967

From San Francisco, California – wrote Dr. Pepper ads and British Airways – was in duo of “Allen & Grier” with Kay Holmes

The Standells – “Riot On Sunset Strip” – #133 Bubbling Under – March, 1967

The Laughing Wind – “The Bells” b/w “John Works Hard” – March, 1967

With Colorado’s Danny and Shaun Harris from Colorado Springs

Jim Single – “I Stole The Flowers (From the Garden)” b/w “All That Glitters Isn’t Gold” – March, 1967

Mac Curtis – “The Ties That Bind” b/w “Stepping Out On You” – March, 1967

Wesley Erwin Curtis Jr. from Fort Worth, Texas – 1939-2013

Trans Atlantic Train – “The Train” b/w “You’re Bringing Me Down” – March, 1967

Band from San Jose, California – Earlier recorded as “The Dutch Masters”

Vince Hill – “Edelweiss” – #119 Bubbling Under – April, 1967

From Conventry, England – a one-time member of the “Raindrops” from England

The Inverts – “Look Out Love” b/w “Lonely Lover” – March, 1967

The E-Types – “Put The Clock Back On the Wall” b/w “4th Street” – March, 1967

Band from Salinas, California – Also recorded as “Charolette Wood”

Annette – “What’s A Girl To Do” b/w “When You Get What You Want” – March, 1967

Annette Joanne Funicello from Utica, New York

Roy Clark – “Orange Blossom Special” b/w “The Great Pretender” – April, 1967

Ron Linwood Clark from Meherrin, Virginia – Fronted the “Wranglers” – 1933-2018

The Pink Floyd – “Arnold Layne” b/w “Candy and A Currant Bun” – April, 1967

Dick Curless – “House of Memories” – #72 Country – May, 1967

The Book of Changes – “I Stole The Goodyear Blimp” b/w “Suddenly I’m Desperately In Love” – May, 1967

Also recorded as “The Vejtables”

The Sunrays – “Loaded With Love” b/w “Time (A Special Thing)” – May, 1967

Davie Allan & The Arrows – “Devil’s Angels” – #97 Hot 100 – July, 1967

Kim Fowley – “Love Is Alive and Well” b/w “Reincarnation” – July, 1967

Kim Vincent Fowley – from Los Angeles – member of “Bunny & Bear”, “The Hollywood Argyles”, “Kim and the Skippers” and “Sand” among others – 1939-2015

L.T. Josie – “Donna’s Gone” b/w “I Gotta Know” – July, 1967

Louis Terence Josie from Medina, California – member of “B Bumble and the Stingers” and “Lou Josie and the Spinners”

Aaron McNeil – “We’ll Sing In the Sunshine” b/w “Man She’s Mine” – July, 1967

Helen Shapiro – “Make Me Belong To You” b/w “The Way of the World” – July, 1967

Helen Kate Shapiro from England – very popular British singer – She also recorded as “Ella Stone” and “Swing Thing” and was a member of the group “Hebron”

Simon Dupree – “Reservations” b/w “You Need A Man” – July, 1967

Derek Victor Shuman from the UK – Scotland – fronted “Simon Dupree and the Big Sound” , “The Moles” and “Gentle Giant”

The Standells – “Can’t Help But Love You” – #78 Hot 100 b/w “Ninety Nine and a Half” – July, 1967

Bill Page – “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” b/w Wah-Wah Doozie” – July, 1967

Vic Mizzy and His Orchestra – “The Caper of the Golden Bulls” b/w “Sad Sam Samba” – July, 1967

Victor Mizzy – born in Brooklyn, New York – 1916-2009

The Rubber Maze – “Mrs. Griffith” b/w “Won’t See Me Down” – July, 1967

Band out of San Francisco, California

The Sidewalk Sounds – “Billy Jack’s Theme” b/w “The Born Loser’s Theme” – July, 1967

This studio band is Davie Allan & the Arrows

Tim Wilde – “Popcorn Double Feature” b/w “Too Many Questions” – July, 1957

Kenny Chandler – “Sleep” b/w “Nickles and Dimes” – July, 1967

Kenny Bolognese – also recorded as “Kenny Beau”

Curtis Blandon – “I Need You” b/w “Young, Dumb” – August, 1967

Curtis Dean Blandon from Birmingham, Alabama – Member of “The Vocaleers”

Pink Floyd – “See Emily Play” – #134 Bubbling Under – August, 1967

They formed in 1965 out of London, England

Beggar’s Opera Company – “Strange True Love” b/w Flashing Sun Things” – August, 1967

Band from Denver, Colorado with Dennis Flannigan (“Outcasts”, “Welshires”, “Moonrakers”) – Bob Webber (“Vaqueros”, “Surfin Classics”, “Moonrakers”, “Chocolate Hair”, “Sugarloaf”) – Bob Macvittie (“Vaqueros”, “Surfin’ Classics”, “Chocolate Hair”, “Sugarloaf”, “Brother Sun”) – Gene Chalk (“Esquires”, “Soul Survivors””

All Colorado bands

Vince Hill – “When the World Is Ready” b/w “When You Go” – August, 1967

Faye Hardin – “Weep Willow Tree” b/w “Only The Strong Can Survive” – August, 1967

Alice Faye Hardin – Also recorded as Faye Morris

Justin Wilson – Tracks from LP “How Y’ All Are” – August, 1967 (special issue)

Dave Gardner – Tracks from LPs “It Don’t Make No Difference” & “It’s All How You Look At It” – August, 1967 (special release)

Also known as “Brother Dave Gardner” – from Tennessee – Know for hit “White Silver Sands” – 1026-1983

Dick Curless – “Big Foot” – #70 Country – September, 1967

The Wall of Sound – “Hang On” b/w “You Had To Have Your Way” – September, 1967

This song was co-written by Buzz Clifford of “Baby Sittin’ Boogie” fame – Members included John A. Bird and Reese Clifford who was “Buzz” birth name Reese Francis Clifford III – John Bird was yet another member of “B Bumble and the Stingers”

Buzz

The Four Larks – “Rain” b/w “Another Chance” – September, 1967

Group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Also recorded as “The Larks” (not the “Jerk” group of the same name)

The Jades Ltd. – “You’re Not There” b/w “Last Chance” – September, 1967

Sam Williams – “Let’s Talk It Over” b/w “Love Shipped Through My Fingers” – September, 1967

Samuel Anthony Williams

The Boston Crabs – “Gin House” b/w “Leave My Woman Alone” – September, 1967

Formed in 1964 at Cambridge University

The Capreez – “Soulsation” b/w “Time” – September, 1967

Also were known as the “Capris”

The Mugwump Establishment – “Mondo Hollywood (City of Dreams)” b/w “Hollywood Freakout” – October, 1967 (special release)

From the motion picture “Mondo Hollywood”

Phil Gary – “Rollin’ Stone” b/w “I Don’t Understand” – October, 1967

From Columbus, Ohio – Fronted the “Rock N Roll Zoo”

The Minimum Daily Requirements – “If You Can Put That In A Bottle” b/w “I’m Grounded” – October, 1967

The Chocolate Watch Band – “Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)” b/w “No Way Out” – October, 1967

Not to be confused with the UK duo of the same name – from San Jose, California

Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers – “The Other Man” b/w “Queen of the Go Go” – October, 1967

Garvin (center) was from Harlem, New York – 1940-2013 – Pete Holman and Clayton Dunn were the other two members

18th Century Concepts – “Happy Together” b/w “Light My Fire” – October, 1967 (special release)

From motion picture “Off On A 20th Century Cycle”

Barry E. Blitzer – “Have a Jewish Christmas” – October, 1967 (special release)

Also with Naomi Lewis, Christine Nelson, Reginald X Carlisle and Benny Rubin

Blitzer

The Pink Cloud – “Midnight Sun” b/w Instrumental version – November, 1967

Carol Lloyd – “Try My Love” b/w “I Can’t Fight It No Longer” – November, 1967

The Gaslight Union – “Every Now and Then” b/w Destiny Cryin'” – November, 1967

A British group which evolved from “Casey Jones & the Governors” – Jim Redford was a member

Casey Jones and Governors

Keith Gordon – “A Teenager’s Answer” b/w instrumental version – November, 1967

Probably not a real teenager answering especially with three co-writers – all known writers

Bill Page – “Sounds Of the Sonic Sixties” – November, 1967 (special release)

Them – “Walking In the Queens Garden” b/w “I Happen To Love You” – December, 1967

This band formed in 1963 and by 1967 Van Morrison was gone – He departed in 1966

Manhattan Strings – “The Manhattan Strings” – 1967 (special promo)

Ian Whitcomb – “Sally Sails the Sky” b/w “Groovy Day” – January, 1968

Des O’Connor with the Mike Sammes Singers – “Careless Hands” b/w “Danny Boy” – January, 1968

Desmond Bernard O’Connor from England – 1932-2020 – The Sammes Singers were also from Great Britain who backed many musicians as session singers over the years. – They also recorded as “3 Girls and 2 Boys”

The Treetops – “Don’t Worry Baby” b/w “I Remember” – January, 1968

Mrs. Dorothy Gorman – “Happy Birthday, Son” b/w instrumental version – January, 1968

Mrs. Gorman writing to her son in Vietnam

Harle McNair – “Stone Me One Time Gently” b/w “Your Love” – January, 1968

Al Rosa – “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” b/w “It’s Never Too Late” – January, 1968

Davey Jones and the Dolphins – “Hell Cats” b/w “The Only Way To Fly” – January, 1968 (special release)

Jones is David John Liska – Also recorded as “David John” and fronted the “Comstock Cowboys” and “Crossroads”

Dick Curless – “Bury the Bottle With Me” – #55 Country b/w Bummin’ On Track E ” – February, 1968

Henson Cargill – “Joe, Jessie and I” b/w “Picking White Cotton” – February, 1968

Country singer Henson Cargill of “Skip-a-Rope” fame – 1941-2007 – Passed away during surgery procedure

Various Artists – “Selections from New April Albums on Tower” – April, 1968 (special release)

Stu Phillips and His Orchestra – “4 O’Clock Tea” b/w “Angels From Hell” – March, 1968 (special release)

From Canada – he composed for TV and motion pictures

Anglo-Saxon – “Ruby” b/w “You Better Leave Me Alone” – March, 1968

Jay D. Martin – “By Yourself” b/w “Hold On To Your Heart” – March, 1968

What Four – “Stop In the Name Of Love” b/w “Asparagus” – March, 1968

The Troys – “Gotta Fit You Into My Life” b/w “Take Care” – April, 1968

Band from Chicago with Mark Gallagher and Michael Been (and others) – Gallagher was a member of the “Archangel” and “The Litter” – Michael Kenneth Been was with “Aorta”, “Lovecraft”, “Pendragon” and the “Call”

Timothy Clover – “Trolley Care Line” b/w “Great World Next Door” – April, 196

Hans Christian – “Never My Love” b/w “All Of the Time” – April, 1968

John Roy Anderson – a member of “Yes” from Great Britain

Tom Kennedy – “The Last Good-Bye” b/w “Phantom 309” – April, 1968

Hosted the TV game shows “Name That Tune” and “You Don’t Say” from Oxnard, California – 1927-2020

Jimmy Caravan and His Trio – “Holiday” b/w “Higher and Higher” – April, 1968

James Howard Schmitt from Santa Ana, California – Member of the “Blues Caravan” and “The Magic Band” – 1941-1990

Orville Couch – “Double Trouble” b/w “Just Another Stranger” – May, 1968

Born Orville George Couch Jr. in Grapevine, Teas – 1935-2002

Dick Curless – “I Ain’t Got Nobody” – #34 Country – May, 1968

Eternity’s Children – “Mrs. Bluebird” – #69 Hot 100 – July, 1968

Group formed in 1965 – Lead singer Linda Lawley

Marion Farmer – “Sophisticated Alabama Soup Bone” Parts 1 and 2 – May, 1968

Marion Edward Famer – R&B musician

Sherry and the Inverts – “I Was Made To Love You” b/w “I’m Lost” – May, 1968

Sherry was Gereline Toomer

Max Frost & the Troopers – “Shape of Things To Come” – #22 Hot 100 – September, 1968

Also performed as “The 13th Power” and “Mom’s Boys”

The Main Attraction – “If I’m Wrong” b/w “I Remember Yesterday” – May, 1968

Member Jeanne Solo was also in duo of “Gene and Jeanne”

Billy Taylor – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” b/w “Sunny” – May, 1968

William Edward Taylor Jr. from Greenville, North Carolina – Played with Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and many more

The Sonnix – “Bring It On Home To Me” b/w “Mary Mary” – May, 1968

The Third Tuesday – “Third Time Under” b/w “Love Is Better Than Ever” – May, 1968

The Passions – “Just Like A Rolling Sea” b/w “Without A Warning” – June, 1968

Band included Eldridge Anthony, Roosevelt Christmas, Doyle Cole and John Coleman

Barbara Brown – “Things Have Gone To Pieces” b/w “There’s A Look On Your Face” – August, 1968

Barbara Jean Brown – Fronted “Barbara and the Browns”

Bill Brandon – “Rainbow Road” b/w “(You’ve Got That) Something Wonderful” – August, 1968

From Huntsville, Alabama

Teddy and the Pandas – “Childhood Friends” b/w “68 Days ‘Til September” – July, 1968

From Beverly, Massachusetts – first called “The Sensations” when they formed in 1963

The Second Time – “Listen To The Music” – August, 1968

Harold and Michael Bishop – They were also “The Street Boys”

The Senators – “Psychedelic Senate” – August, 1968

This is likely “The Second Time”

Roberta Lee – “The Things I Must Do” b/w “Rainbow Round My Face” – August, 1968

Roberta Lee was from Dayton, Ohio and sang with big bands including with Les Brown

Barry Noble – “I’ve Got My Eyes On You” b/w “I’ve Always Wanted Love” – August, 1968

Born in 1943 in the UK – Fronted a band called “The Sapphires”

Various Artists – “Killer’s Three” – August, 1968 (special release)

Eternity’s Children – “Sunshine Among Us” – #117 Bubbling Under – September, 1968

Noel Odom and the Group – “Come On Down To Earth” b/w “Love Too” – September, 1968

Band from Louisiana – Member Bob Fell was with the “Bad Habits” – Ronald F. Di Lulio was with the “Bad Habits” and “The Chessmen”

Cliff Chambers – “Uh Hu Oh Yea” b/w instrumental version – October, 1968

Also recorded as “Willie Headen”and fronted his own orchestra in California

Dick Curless – “All I Need Is You” b/w “Tears Instead of Cheers” – October, 1968

Kay Adams – “Gonna Have a Good Time” b/w “Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday” – October, 1968

Davie Allan and the Arrows – “Sh

ape Of Things To Come” b/w “Wild In the Streets” – October, 1968

Dick Dodd – “Little Sister” b/w “Lonely Weekends” – October, 1968

Joseph Richard Dodd Jr. – Member of “Eddie and the Showmen”, “The Standells” and “The Belairs” – 1945-2013

Sandy Gurley and The San Francisco Bridge – “Handful” b/w “I Got A Man In the ‘Bama Mines” – November, 1968

Sandy was also a member of the “Short Yellow”

Eternity’s Children – “Till I Hear It From You” b/w “I Wanna Be With You” – November, 1968

Max Frost & the Troopers – “Fifty-Two Percent” – #123 Bubbling Under – December, 1968

Cicero Blake – “Here Comes Heartache” b/w “Face The Case” – December, 1968

From Jackson, Mississippi – was in the “Golden Tones” who became “The Kool Gents”

Shades Of Black Lightning – “Got Myself Together” b/w “Soul Love-In” – December, 1968

Changing Colours – “Want You By My Side” b/w “Girl For All Seasons” – December, 1968

The Gretschmen – “Mondo Mod” b/w “Hip Hugger” – 1968 (special release)

Them – “We’ve All Agreed To Help” b/w “Waltz of the Flies” – January, 1969

Mason and Dixon – “World I’m A Man” b/w “Say You’d Like To” – January, 1969

Oscar Youngblood – “The Fool” b/w “While I Can” – January, 1969

The Main Attraction – “Friends” b/w “Jonathan” – January, 1969

Eddie Higgins – “Doll On a Music Box” b/w “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – January, 1969

Edward Haydn Higgins from Cambridge, Massachusetts – fronted many bands – 1932-2009

Pendragon – “Never Gonna Go Back” b/w “Desert of Time” – February, 1969

One member was Michael Been who was also member of Tower label band “The Troys”

Michael Been

Susan Hart – “We’ve Got To Get Something Straight” b/w “When You Get What You Want” – February, 1969

Susan Neidhart from Wenatchee, Washington – Appeared in many motion pictures

Bill Tinker – “Man From Birmingham” b/w “An Everyday Thing” – February, 1969

William Jack Tinker – primarily was a song writer

American Machine – “Snowball” b/w “Sell Your Soul” – February, 1969

There is speculation that American Machine is actually the Ohio Express – “Snowball” was composed by Johnny Cymbal of “Mr. Bass Man” and “Cinnamon” fame recording as “Derek”

Charles Ross III – “A Railroad Trestle In California” b/w “My Happiness Day” – April, 1969

Ross was a member of “Eternity’s Children”

Jerry Howard – “Hey Girl” b/w “Fortuna” – April, 1969

Max Frost and the Troopers – “Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course” b/w “Sittin’ In Circles” – May, 1969

Freddy-Henchi & the Soulsetters – “Folsom Prison” b/w “Popcorn Baby” – May, 1969

Another Denver, Colorado based band – Sometimes referred to as “Freddi” and “Freddi & Henchi”

Mike Curb and the Sidewalk Sounds – “Eight Young Men (Devil’s 8 Theme)” b/w “Let’s Go” – May, 1969

From the motion picture “Devil’s Eight”

The Wrest – “Bet Your Sweet Bippy” b/w “Hatfield Junction” – June, 1969

Band out of Wisconsin

Taurus – “Bless You” b/w “Hey Jane” – July, 1969

“Bless You” was a hit for Tony Orlando early in his career

Them – “Dark Are The Shadows” b/w “Corinna” – July, 1969

Cicero Blake – “Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow” b/w “Bad, But Beautiful Bag” – July, 1969

This release introduced Tower’s new label design

Jan Clavert – “Keep Me From Crying Today” b/w “Things I Must Still Do” – July, 1969

Country singer also recorded as Janice Calvert

Carlo’s Crown Jewel – “Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy” b/w It’s Alright” – August, 1969

This was Carlo Mastrangelo born in New York City – Was a member of “Dion and the Belmonts”, “Carlo and Jimmy”, “Pulse” and “The Belmonts” – 1938-2016

Produced by Ernie Maresca of “Shout, Shout Knock Yourself Out” fame

Linda Lawley – “When the World Turns” b/w “Living Is Easy” – August, 1969

Linda Lee Lawley from Stillwater, Oklahoma – She was a member of “Eternity’s Children”, “The Knickers”, “The Thieves” and “Consenting Adults” – 1949-2007

Tom Markham – “What’s Going On?” b/w “Troubles” – September, 1969

Was a recording engineer and producer

The French Revolution – “Americas” b/w “Shoo-Doo-Be-Doo” – August, 1969

Montreal, Canada band intially called “La Revolution Francaise” and then became “Les Sinners” and then “The Kids”

Noel – “Hey Yesterday Where’s My Mind” b/w “Come On Rain” – August, 1969

Noel Wayne Odom fronted “Noel Odom and the Group”

Pleasure – “Poor Old Organ Grinder” b/w “Don’t Take the Night Away” – October, 1969

Band headed up by William “Billy” Elder

David Lampson – “Who (Qui)” b/w “If We Only Have Love” – October, 1969

The World Column – “So Is the Sun” b/w “It’s Not Right” – October, 1969

Band from Munster, Indiana with Dave Meyer and Joel Kaplan

Billy Strange Orchestra and Berlin Symphony – “De Sade” b/w “Nocturne Permission” – November, 1969

William Everett Strange was born in Long Beach, California – a Wrecking Crew session musician was member of “Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos”, “The Catalinas”, “The Avalanches” and fronted the “Senators” 1930-2012

(mystery artist) “Angel, Angel, Down We Go” b/w “Hey, Hey, Hey, and a Heigh Ho” – December, 1969

Tower Records Long Play Discography

Justin Wilson – “I Gawr-On-Tee – 1965

Various Artists – “I’m Telling You Know” – #86 LP Charts – May, 1965

(no artist listed) “Sing a Song with the Beatles” – April, 1965

The Arrows – “Apache” – April, 1965

Dick Curless – “A Tombstone Every Mile” – May, 1965

Eddie Lund – “Mai Tai Time” – July, 1965

Ian Whitcomb – “You Turn Me On” – #125 LP Charts – July, 1965

Dean Martin – “The Lush Years” – July, 1965

Various Artists – “Three At the Top” – November, 1965

Joe Leahy – “Tabasco and Trumpets” – 1966

The Sunrays – “Andrea” – 1966

Tommy Collins – “Let’s Live A Little” – 1966

Faron Young – “It’s A Great Life” 1966

The Standells – “Dirty Water” – #52 LP Charts – July, 1966

Dick Curless and Kay Adams – “A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel Like You” – 1966

John Stewart and Scott Engel – “I Only Came To Dance With You” – 1966

Mae West – “Way Out West” – #116 LP Charts – July, 1966

Ketty Lester – “When A Woman Loves A Man” – 1966

Goodwin “Goody” Goodload – “Supercamp” – 1966

The Louvin Brothers – “Two Different Worlds” – 1966

Malka and Joso – “Jewish Songs” – 1966

Various Artists – “The Canticle Of the Gift” – 1966

Davie Allan & the Arrows (soundtrack) – “The Wild Angels” – #17 LP Charts – October, 1966

Also the Hands of Time – The Visitors featuring Barbara

Ian Whitcomb – “Ian Whitcomb’s Mod Music Hall” – 1966

The Standells – “Why Pick On Me – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White” – 1966

Band of the Irish Guard – “Marching with the Beatles” – 1966

The Crusaders – “Make A Joyful Noise with Drums and Guitars” – 1966

Various Artists – “Country Opera – The Legend of Johnny Brown” – 1966

Walter Wanderly – “From Rio with Love” – 1966

Dave Gardner – “It Don’t Make No Difference” – 1967

Bill Page – “Sounds of the Sonic Sixties” – 1967

Pamela Miller – “Throw A Little Love My Way” – 1967

Gary Buck – “Gary Buck’s Country Scene” – 1967

Various Artists – “Happy German Drinking Music” – 1967

Various Artists – “Born Losers” Soundtrack – 1967

With the Sidewalk Sounds, Terry Stafford, Summer Saxaphones

Various Artists – “The Caper of the Golden Bulls” Soundtrack – 1967

Various Artists – “Dr. Goldfoot & The Girl Bombs” – 1967

The Standells – “The Hot Ones! – 1967

Sergio Mendes – “In the Brazilian Bag” – 1967

Roy Clark – “Live!” – 1967

The Manhattan Strings – “Play Instrumental Versions of Hits Made Famous By the Monkees” – 1967

Davie Allan & the Arrows Volume II – “The Wild Angels” – #94 LP Charts – April, 1967

Various Artists – “Riot On Sunset Strip” Soundtrack – 1967

With the Standells, the Mugwumps, the Sidewalk Sounds, Debra Travis, The Chocolate Watch Band, The Mom’s Boys, and Drew

Vince Hill – “At The Club” – 1967

The Afro-Latin Soultet – “Wild!” – 1967

Laurindo Almeida – “Acapulco 1922” – 1967

Ian Whitcomb – “Yellow Underground” – 1967

Davie Allan & the Arrows (soundtrack) – “Devil’s Angels” – #165 LP Charts – August, 1967

Also with Jerry and the Portraits

Kim Fowley – “Love Is Alive and Well” – 1967

Jan Howard – “Lonely Country” – 1967

Various Artists – “The Hit Sounds of Music City West” – 1967

Jake Holmes – “The Above Ground Sound” – 1967

Davie Allen and the Arrows – “Blues Theme” – 1967

Various Artists – “Mondo Hollywood” soundtrack – 1967

With the Mugwump Establishment, Mike Clifford, Davie Allan and the Arrows, Thee Riptides, Bobby Jameson, God Pan, Darrell Dee, 18th Century Concepts, Teddy and Darrell

Davie Allan & the Arrows – “Cycl-Delic Sounds” – 1967

Phil Moore III and the Afro Latin Soultet – 1967

Cliffie Stone and the Country Hombres – “Together Again” – 1967

Frankie Laine – “Memory Laine” – 1967

Pink Floyd – “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” – #131 LP Charts – December, 1967

Various Artists – “Sunday On the Rhine” – 1967

Nilsson – “Spotlight On Nilsson” – 1967

With the New Salvation Singers

The Chocolate Watch Band – “No Way Out” – 1967

The Standells – “Try It” – 1967

Joe Leahy – “A Taste Of Trumpets, A Touch of Voices” – 1967

Webley Edwards – “Holiday In Hawaii” – 1968

The Big Ben Banjo Band – “Best Of the Oldies” – 1968

Ray Terrace – “Home of Boogaloo” – 1968

Al Rosa – “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” – 1968

Them – “Time Out! Time In! For Them” – 1968

Teddy and the Pandas – “Basic Magnetism” – 1968

The Shades of Black Lightning – “Shades of Black Lightning” – 1968

Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers – “Raw Funky Earth” – 1968

Sandy Gurley – “Sandy Gurley and the San Francisco Bridge” – 1968

Mason and Dixon – “Our Thing” – 1968

Various (soundtrack) – “Wild In the Streets” – #12 LP Charts – July, 1968

Various Artists – “Killers Three” (soundtrack) – 1968

Kay Adams – “Alcohol and Tears” – 1968

Sim Dupree and the Big Sound – “Without Reservations” – 1968

Various Artists – “Waikiki Swings” – 1968

With Don Ho and many others

Them – “Now and Them” – 1968

Timothy Clover – “The Cambridge Concept of Timothy Clover” – 1968

Hank Thompson – “Country Blues” – 1968

Jimmy Caravan – “Look Into the Flower” – 1968

The Chocolate Watch Band – “The Inner Mystique” – 1968

The Love Exchange – “The Love Exchange” – 1968

The Smoke – “”The Smoke” – 1968

The Louvin Brothers – “Country Heart and Soul” – 1968

The Main Attraction – “And Now….” – 1968

Eternity’s Children – “Eternity’s Children” – 1968

Various Artists – “Wild In the Streets” (soundtrack) – 1968

With the 13th Power, the Senators, Jerry Howard, the Second Time and the Gurus

Billy Taylor and His Trio – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” – 1968

Bill Page – “Way Back Now” – 1968

Various Artists – “Angels From Hell” (soundtrack) – 1968

With the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Stu Phillips, Ted Markland and the Lollipop Shoppe

Pink Floyd – “A Saucerful of Secrets” – 1968

Ian Whitcomb – “Sock Me Some Rock” – 1968

Max Frost and the Troopers – “Shape of Things To Come” – 1968

Kaiser Band – “Auf Zum Schutzenfest” – 1968

Dick Dodd – “First Evolution of Dick Dodd” – 1968

Various Artists – “Best of the Soundtracks” – #198 LP Charts – February, 1969

With The Arrows, the Sidewalk Sounds, the 13th Power, the Second Time and the Storybook

Various Artists – “Instant Replay” – 1969

Various Artists – “If He Hollers, Let Him Go!” (soundtrack) – 1969

With Barbara McNair and others

Vijay Raghav Rao – “Flute” – 1969

“Angel Angel Down We Go” (soundtrack) – 1969

Songs written by the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Allan Scott – “When I Needed A Woman” – 1969

Various Artists – “Underground” – 1969

With Pink Floyd, Jake Holmes, Them, Chocolate Watch Band, Kim Fowley

Billy Strange – “De Sade” (soundtrack) – 1969

Scorpion – “Scorpion” – 1969

Robert Jacobs – “Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival” – 1969

Bill Tinker – “Inside Out” – 1969

Eddie Higgins – “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – 1969

Mike and Brian – “Warm On the Inside” – 1969

Mike Curb and the Sidewalk Sounds – “The Devil’s 8” – 1969

Nilsson – “Spotlight On Nilsson” – 1969

Pink Floyd – “More” (soundtrack) – 1969

Out of the Mainstream at ‘Mainstream’

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Jazzman Shad Starts (another) Record Label

Bob Shad formed the Mainstream label back in 1964 first drawing upon tracks from Commodore Records’ vaults. Commodore had been around since 1938 as a Dixieland jazz oriented label.

Shad was born on February 12th, 1920 Abraham Shadrinsky in Beverly Hills, California.

Bob Shad

Shad had cut his teeth as a label executive with “Sittin’ In With” back in 1948 where he recorded blues artists such as Peppermint Harris, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Brownie McGhee and more. Next he formed the Time record label which released many easy listening LP’s, the Shad Records and then Brent!

The Knockouts & The Beau-Marks on Shad Records
Skip and Flip – The Chevrons on Brent Records

Mainstream began life with jazz in mind but began leaning to a more diverse catalog in 1965, often recording blues/R&B singers such as Charles Brown, Ruth Brown and Jimmy Ricks. Things were interesting at Mainstream and became even more interesting beginning in 1966 when the label began signing rock groups starting with “The Unusuals” out of Bellington, Washington.

Garage Band “The Unusuals”

Right Behind them came “Big Brother and the Holding Company” who had brought on a dynamic young vocalist, Janis Joplin.

Janis Lyn Joplin from Port Arthur, Texas

In the mid 1970s, Mainstream turned heavily towards soul musicians and groups.

Bob Shad remained at the helm of Mainstream until 1978 when the label went belly up. Shad’s daughter Tamara revived the label in 1990 five years after Bob’s death. She was joined by former BBC Records’ head Humphrey Walwyn.

Going into the 21st Century, Mia Apatow took control to keep things running – She was Bob Shad’s granddaughter.

Bob Shad passed away on March 13th, 1985, a victim of a heart attack. He was 65.

Mainstream Records Selected Rock and Roll/Pop Discography

Jackie and Gayle – “I Wanna Make You Happy” b/w “Mama’s Good Girl” – 1965

Gayle Caldwell & Jackie Miller both of the “New Christy Minstrels”

The Golden Boys – “Mira, Mira” b/w “I Don’t Want You No More” – 1965

The Patriots – “The Prophet” b/w “I’ll Be There” – 1965

Garage band from Tarzana, California – Also recorded as “Boo Boo & Bunky”

John Barry – “King Rat March” b/w “Just As You Were” – 1965

From the UK – Barry started his carry fronting the “John Barry Seven”

The Devils – “Trouble With Angels” b/w “Rachel Says Goodbye” (Jerry Goldsmith) – 1966

The New Dawn – “If I Can’t Have Your Love” b/w “Loser” – 1966

Tony Supnet – Mike Leonti – Donnie Ordiniza

The Unusuals – “Summer Is Over” b/w “I Could Go On” – 1966

Euphoria – “Hungry Women” b/w “No Me Tomorrow” – 1966

California band

Hayley Mills – “Gypsy Girl” b/w “Younger Than Seventeen” – 1966

The Loved Ones – “Ever Lovin’ Man” b/w “More Than Love” – 1966

Band from Melbourne, Australia

The Wildflower – “Baby Dear” b/w “Wind Dream” – 1966

The Underground – “Satisfy’n Sunday” b/w “Easy”: – 1966

Garage band from Houston, Texas

Fever Tree – “Hey Mister” b/w “I Can Beat Your Drum” – 1966

Big Brother & The Holding Company – “Down On Me” b/w “Call On Me”

The Brandywine Singers – “I’ve Lost My Yo Yo?” – 1966

Fred Corbett – Ric Shaw – Ron Shaw

Georgia Soul Twisters – “You Shot Me (Through the Grease)” b/w “My Love Tonight” – 1967

Lead singer Linda Lyndell from Gainesville, Florida

Candy Shuman – 1967 – “Surrender” b/w “Hard Luck Blues” – 1967

The Fun and Games Commission – “Today Tomorrow” b/w “Someone Must Have Lied (To You)” – 1967

From Houston, Texas also recorded as “The Sixpentz”

Big Brother and the Holding Company – “Big Brother and the Holding Company” – #60 – August, 1967

San Francisco band with Janis Joplin – James Curley – Sam Andrew – Peter Albin and Dave Getz

The Superfine Dandelion – “The Superfine Dandelion” – 1967

Ed Black – Mike McFadden – Rick Anderson and Mike Collins – Also recorded as “The Miles Ends”

Big Brother & The Holding Company – “Down On Me” – #43 b/w “Call On Me” – March, 1967

The Jelly Bean Bandits – “The Jelly Bean Bandits” – 1967

From Newburgh, New York with Billy Donald – Joe Scalfari – Fred Buck – Michael Raab and John Dougherty

Various Artists – “With Love A Pot Of Flowers” – 1967

Psychedelic bands “The Wildflower”, “Euphoria”, “The Other Side”, and “The Harbinger Complex”

Big Brother and the Holding Company – “Coo Coo” – #84 Hot 100 b/w “The Last Time” – January, 1968

Ellie Pop – “Ellie Pop” – 1968

With guitar player Bill Long a member of the “Tidal Waves” and “Bill Long and the Morning Sun”

The Amboy Dukes – “The Amboy Dukes” – #183 – January, 1968

Detroit, Michigan band with Ted Nugent (“The Royal High Boys”) – Bob Lehnet – Gary Hicks – Dick Treat and Gail Uptadale

The Tangerine Zoo – “Outside Looking In” – 1968

From Swansea, Massachusetts – with Donald Smith – Ron Medeiros – Robert Benevides – Wayne Gagnon and Tony Taveira

The Amboy Dukes – “Journey To the Center Of the Mind” – #16 Hot 100 – May, 1968

The Amboy Dukes – “Journey To the Center Of The Mind” – #74 – June, 1968

Stone Circus – “The Stone Circus” – 1968

With David Keeler – Mike Burns – Ronnie Paige – Sonny Haines and Jonathan Caine

The Tiffany Shade – “The Tiffany Shade” – 1968

The Amboy Dukes – “Migration” – December, 1968

From Cleveland, Ohio

The Tangerine Zoo – “Tangerine Zoo” – 1968

The Bohemian Vendetta – “Bohemian Vendetta” – 1968

From Long Island, New York – also recorded as “Faine Jade’s Candlepower”

The Growing Concern – “The Growing Concern” – 1968

The Beau-Marks – “Clap Your Hands b/w “Daddy Said” – 1968

Canadian band from Canada

The Wrongh Black Bag – “Wake Me, Shake Me” b/w “I Don’t Know Why” – 1968

Band from Connecticut

The Scarlett Letter – “Macaroni Mountain” b/w “Outside Woman Blues” – 1968

With John Seanor, Larry Zack and Ron Koss

The Casuals – “Jesamine (A Butterfly Child)” b/w “I’ve Got Something Too” – 1968

This is the “British Casuals”

The Art of Lovin’ – “The Art of Lovin’ – 1968

From Newton, Massachusetts

The Pebbles – “Forty Miles” b/w “Get Around” – 1968

Originally the “Flintstones”

The Yeomen – “The Chains (That Set Me Free)” b/w “We Are the Dreamers” – 1968

Canadian band also known as “Dee and the Quotum”

Cathy Young – “Spoonful” b/w “Circus” – 1969

Canadian singer

The Orient Express – “The Orient Express” – 1969

A European band who migrated to the U.S.

Life and Soul – “Here Comes Yesterday Again” b/w “Dear Paul” – 1969

British band from Manchester, England

Nucleus – “Nucleus” – 1969

From Canada – Also recorded as “The Lords Of London” not to be confused with the Colorado band of the same name

The Last Nikle – “The Last Nikle” – 1969

Lenny and Wally McDaniel brothers from New Orleans

The Last Nikle – “She’s The One” – 1969

The British Casuals – “Hour World” – 1969

The British Casuals were indeed British but migrated to Italy as a base of operation – Some members were also with the band “Climate”.

Los Iberos – “Summertime Girl” – 1969

Band from Spain

Maxx – “200 Years” – 1969

With Ron Artist, Joey Pannesidi, Tom LeBlanc, and Steve Paige

The Amboy Dukes – “The Best Of the Original Amboy Dukes” – 1969

Jeany Reynolds – “Please Don’t Set Me Free” b/w “Down On Me” – 1970

Shirley Jean Reynolds – Sadly took her own life in 1980

The Underground Express – “Where Do I Go From Here” b/w “Where Can I Run” – 1970

A soul group not the same as “The Underground”

The Brother James – “Another Hundred People” – 1970

Lincoln Street Exit – “Drive It” – 1970

From New Mexico – Also known as “Xit” – with Lee Herres – Mac Zuazo – John Burnett – Michael Martin – Paul Chapman – Tom Bee – Siegi Chavez

Lincoln St. Exit – “Soulful Drifter” b/w “Time Has Come Gonna Die” – 1970

December’s Children – “December’s Children” – 1970

December’s Children were from Chesterland, Ohio with Bill Petti, Alice Popovic, Bruce & Craig Balzer and Ron Papaleo

Josefus – “Josefus” – 1970

From Houston, Texas – Also known as “Come”

East River Drive – “Hard Way To Go” b/w “Dirty Woman” – 1970

Lion – “In My Youth” – 1970

Josephus – “Jimmy Jimmy” b/w “Sephus Blues” – 1970

Future Shock – “It’s Too Late” b/w “Riding High” – 1970

Freeport – “Freeport” – 1970

Band out of Cleveland, Ohio – Also recorded as the “Paper Sun”

Lacewing – “Lacewing” – 1971

Band from Kent, Ohio – Evolved from “The Measles” – Dave Andress – Mark Frazier – Mary Sterpka – Bob Webb – Jeff Currey

Lacewing – “Paradox” – 1971

Detroit Iron – “Day Dreaming” b/w “Sunshine” – 1972

The Vogues – “Need You” – 1972

The Vogues of “Five O’Clock World” fame from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania – Also recorded as the “Valaires”

The Delegates – “Convention ’72” – #8 Hot 100 – b/w “Funky Butt” – 1972

Hope Parker – “P.O.W.’s” Of the U.S.A.” b/w “Self” – 1973

Lenny Welch – “Since I Don’t Have You” b/w “Right In The Next Room” – 1973

Leon Welch from Asbury Park, New Jersey

The Chubukos – “Witch Doctor Bump” b/w “House of the Rising Funk” – 1973

The group also recorded for Mainstream as “Afrique” a Los Angeles studio band

Kevin Johnson – “Rock and Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)” b/w “There’s Nothing I’d Rather Do” – 1973

Kevin Stephen Johnson from Queensland, Australia

Linda Perry and the Soul Express – “I Need Someone” – 1973

The Amboy Dukes – “Dr. Slingshot” – 1974

The Electric Ladies – “King Kong” b/w “Nothing Between Us” – 1974

One member was Doris Jones also with “Black Sash”

Freddie Scott – “You’re So Hard To Forget” b/w “My New Lover” – 1974

From Providence, Rhode Island – 1933-2007

The Amboy Dukes – “Journeys and Migrations” – 1974

James Kelly Duhon – “In School” b/w “Heart Breaker (Child Maker)” – 1975

Kelly was a member of “The Ascots” from Texas who recorded in the late 1960s

The Fabulous Determinations – “Don’t You Make Me Blue” b/w “Has Love Been Here Before” – 1975

Little Richard – “Try To Help Your Brother” b/w “Funk Proof” – 1975

Richard Wayne Penniman from Macon, Georgia – 1932-2020

Captain Dax – “Dr. Beezar” b/w “Push” – 1975

Performed under many names including “Bionic Unlimited” and “Krispie and Company” – 1975

Black Blood – “A.I.E. (A Mwana)” _ #63 R&B b/w “Marie Therese” – 1975

The Dramatics – “No Rebate On Love” – #26 R&B b/w “Feel It” – 1975

Although from Detroit, not the same group that recorded on Stax/Volt but did include two members of that group – Had to change their name due to legal entanglements and so they became “The Dramatic Experience”.

Special Delivery – “I Destroyed Your Love” – #62 R&B – 1975

Formerly “Act 1”

Special Delivery with Terry Huff – “The Lonely One” – #11 R&B – #75 Hot 100 b/w “Instrumental” – 1976

Special Delivery – “That’s When It Hurts” – #91 R&B – b/w “Just Not Enough Love” – 1976

The Dramatic Experience – “Sho ‘Nuff Good Feeling” b/w “Someday Somewhere” – 1975

Recorded first as “The Dramatics”

The Amboy Dukes – “Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes – 1976

Sugar Billy – “Freak and You Shall Find” – 1976

“Sugar Billy” is Willie Garner from Detroit, Michigan

Peter Popper’s Soundapelle – “Basillia Carnaval” b/w “Hava Nagila Carnaval” – 1976

This is Peter Thomas from Germany

Nia Johnson – “You Are the Spice Of My Life” b/w “Plain Out of Luck” – 1976

The Amboy Dukes – “Journey To the Center Of the Mind” – 2007

Mainstream Records Selected Jazz/Blues/R&B Discography

Billie Holiday – “Commodore Jazz Classics” – April, 1964

Eleanor McKay from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1915-1959

Morgana King – “With A Taste Of Honey” – June, 1964

Maria Grazia Morgana Messina DeBerardinis from Pleasantville, New York

John Berberian – “Expressions East” – October, 1964

John J. Berberian from New York City – born 1941

Eddie Heywood – “Begin the Beguine” – 1964

Edward Heywood Jr. from Atlanta, Georgia – 1915-1989

Dottie Clark – “I’m Lost” – 1964

Charles Brown – “Boss of the Blues” – 1964

Charles Tony Russell Brown from Texas City, Texas – 1922-1999

Maynard Ferguson – “Color Him Wild” – 1964

Walter Maynard Ferguson from Montreal, Canada – 1928-2006

Sylvia Copeland – “The August Child” – 1964

From Cleveland, Ohio

Jimmy Raney – “Two Jims and Zoot” – 1964

James Elbert Raney from Louisville, Kentucky – 1927-1995

Frank Wess – “The Award Winner” – 1964

Frank Wellington Wess from Kansas City, Missouri – 1922-2013

Ruth Brown – “Ruth Brown ’65” – 1965

Ruth Alston Brown from Portsmouth, Virginia – 1928-2006

Coleman Hawkins – “Meditations” – 1965

Coleman Randolph Hawkins from St. Joseph, Missouri – 1904-1969

Gene Ludwig Trio – “Organ Out Loud” – 1965

Gene Ludwig, Jerry Byrd and Randy Gelispie

Eddie Condon – “A Legend” – 1965

Albert Edwin Condon from Goodland, Indiana – 1905-1973

Pee Wee Russell – “A Legend” – 1965

Charles Ellsworth Russell from Maplewood, Missouri – 1906-1969

Juggy’s Jazz Band – “Riverboat Jass” – 1965

Leader was Cutty Cutshall (Robert Dewees Cutshall) from Huntington County, Pennsylvania – 1911-1968

Helen Merrill – “The Artistry of Helen Merrill” – 1965

Jelena Ana Milcetic from New York City – Born 1930

Felicia Sanders – “The Songs of Kurt Weill” – 1965

Felice Schwartz from Mount Vernon, New York – 1922-1975

Jeannie Trevor – “Pow! Jeannie Trevor Sings” – 1965

From Harlem was a member of the “St. Louis Jazz Quartet”

Jelly Roll Morton – “Jelly Roll Morton Commodore Jazz Series” – 1965

Ferdinand Joseph Morton LaMothe from New Orleans, Louisiana – 1885-1941

Carmen McRae – “Second To None” – 1965

Carmen Mercedes McCrae from New York City – 1920-1994

The We Three Trio – “The We Three Trio” – 1965

Jazz group with Danny and Myrna Janssen and Wally Keske

Willie “The Lion” Smith – “A Legend” – 1965

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith from Goshen, New York – 1897-1973

Chu Berry – “Sittin’ In” – 1965

Leon Berry from Wheeling, West Virginia – 1908-1941

Dennis Budimir – “The Creeper” – 1965

Dennis Matthew Budimir from Los Angeles, California – Born 1938

Jimmy Ricks – “Vibrations” – 1965

James Thomas Ricks from Adrian, Georgia – Former member of the “Ravens” – 1924-1974

Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer Quintet – “Tonight” – 1965

Robert Brookmeyer from Kansas City, Missouri – 1929-2011 – & Clark Terry from St. Louis, Missouri – 1920-2015

Brookmeyer
Terry

Terry Gibbs – “It’s Time We Met” – 1965

Julius Gubenko from Brooklyn, New York – Born 1924

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee – “Home Town Blues” – 1965

Saunders Terrell from Greensboro, Georgia – 1911-1986 & Walter Brown McGhee from Knoxville, Tennessee – 1915-1996

Emily Yancy – “Yancy” – 1965

Elmer Bernstein – “Baby The Rain Must Fall” – 1965

Irene Kral – “Wonderful Life” – 1965

From Chicago, Illinois – 1932-1978

Stan Turrentine – “Tiger Tail” – 1965

Stanley William Turrentine from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 1934-2000

The Capes and Masks – “Comic Book Heroes” – 1966

Jazzmen Irving Joseph and Shorty Rogers

Shorty Rogers

Bunk Johnson – “A Legend” – 1966

William Geary Johnson from New Orleans, Louisiana – 1889-1949

Mauricio Smith – “Bitter Acid” – 1966

From Colon, Panama – member of the “Joe Cuba Sextet”

Hugo Montenegro – “Mira!” – 1967

From New York City – 1925-1981 – Many passed through the ranks including Al Caiola

Henry Tree – “Electric Holy Man” – 1969

Henry Tree were jazzmen Carmen Castaldl – Charles McLaughlin and Leroy Markish

Ron Frangipane & His Orchestra – “Rated X for Excitement” – 1970

The Phoenix Authority – “Blood, Sweat & Brass” – 1970

Lightnin’ Hopkins – “The Blues” – 1971

Sam Hopkins – Centerville, Texas – 1912-1982

Sarah Vaughan – “A Time In My Life” – 1971

Sarah Lois Vaughan from Newark, New Jersey – 1924-1990

Hadley Caliman – “Hadley Caliman” – 1971

From Idabel, Oklahoma – 1932-2010

Blue Mitchell – “Blue Mitchell” – 1971

Richard Allen Mitchell from Miami, Florida – 1930-1979

Maxine Weldon – “Right On” – 1971

Recorded with the backing of the Jazz Crusaders

Frank Foster – “Loud Minority” – 1972

Frank Benjamin Foster III – from Cincinnati, Ohio – 1928-2011

Buddy Terry – “Pure Dynamite” – 1972

From Newark, New Jersey – 1941-2019

Shelly Manne – “Mannekind” – 1972

Sheldon Manne from New York City – 1920-1984

Sarah Vaughan & Michel Legrand – #173 – 1972

Mainstream Soundtracks Discography

Mainstream jumped into the soundtrack market in the mid 1960s with recordings for many popular films – but no success on the charts – The record buying public usually preferred a musical for a hit soundtrack that was purchase worthy.

The label may have been encouraged by the success of their debut soundtrack “Walk On the Wild Side”.

“Walk On the Wild Side” – #33 LP Charts – 1962

“The Collector” – 1965

“Baby the Rain Must Fall” – 1965

“The Moment of Truth” – 1965

“King Rat” – 1965

“The Heroes of Telemark” – 1965

“A Patch of Blue” – 1965

“The 10th Victim” – 1965

“That Man In Istanbul” – 1965

“The Shop On Main Street” – 1965

“The Detectives and Agents and Great Suspense Motion Picture Themes” – 1966

“The Trouble With Angels” – 1966

“Stagecoach” – 1966

“Harper” -1966

“Walk, Don’t Run” – 1966

“The Blue Max” – 1966

“The Wrong Box” – 1966

“Chapin’s Art Of Comedy” – 1966

“Gypsy Girl” – 1966

Various – “Award Winning Original Motion Picture Sound Tracks and Themes” – 1966

Curb’s Sidewalk!

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Sidewalk Records

Visit my “Mike Curb” Post – founder of Sidewalk Records

Sidewalk Records Founder – Mike Curb

Encouraged by this no doubt – Curb – still only 18 in 1963 – departed college and founded Sidewalk Records which would be the launching label for Davie Allen and the Arrows (first known at “The Arrows”).

Mike Curb was born on December 24th, 1944. Curb led an interesting life. Sidewalk Records seemed sort of “out there” but Mike was a staunch conservative in many of his endeavors and beliefs. But Curb was a very early supporter of gay rights and was opposed to the use of hard drugs.

Mike headed up his own vocal chorus, the “Mike Curb Congregation”. The group charted with “Burning Bridges” in 1970 and backed Sammy Davis Jr., on the number 1 hit “The Candy Man” in 1972.

Mike Curb Congregation

Curb was elected Lieutenant Governor of California in 1978.

The Sidewalk label would showcase an interesting and eclectic collection of what would come to be remember as vintage 1960’s group including the Mugwumps (the Los Angeles group not the Mama Cass version out of New York City) – the Hands of Time – The Riptides – a group out of Florida called The Jesters (there were several “Jesters” groups in the 60’s) and many more.

Bob Summers was heavily invested in Sidewalk as a producer as was guitar player Dave/”Davie” Allan and songwriter/producer Harley Hatcher.

Dave Allan
Bob Summers

Curb focused heavily on sound track LP’s often using Davie Allan and the Arrows. If Sidewalk existed for hit records it was a lonely existence with very few “hits”.

Mike Curb

There were many session musicians fronting his groups. However, Sidewalk was closely associated with Tower Records both subsidiaries of Capitol Records.

In spit of lack of chart action, Curb made a bunch of money when he sold the label and then moved on to run the MGM Records label in 1969.

Parallel with Sidewalk, Curb found his own label “Curb” in 1964. Many artists recorded for Curb including Chet Atkins, The Four Seasons, Roy Orbison, Lou Rawls, The Righteous Brothers and T.G. Sheppard to name just a few.

Sidewalk Records Long Play Discography

The 18th Century Concepts – “In the 20th Century Bag” – January, 1967

Studio session musicians

Various Artists – “Freakout U.S.A.” – March, 1967

Music by “The Aftermath”, “The Hands of Time”, “Mom’s Boys”, “The International Theatre Foundation”, “The Glass Family”, “The Mugwumps”, “Everybody’s Children”, and “The Jesters”

Mom’s Boys (aka “Max Frost and Troopers”)
“The Glass Family”

Sound Track – “Thunder Alley” – March, 1967

With tracks by “The Band Without A Name”, Eddie Beram, Annette, “The Sidewalk Sounds”, and “The Lorraine Singers”

The “Band Without a Name” would become the “American Revolution”

Sound Track – “Teenage Rebellion” – May, 1967

Music by Mike Curb and Bob Summers – Sommers’ sister was Mary Ford of Les Paul and Mary Ford fame!

Casey Kasem – “Astrology For Young Lovers” – June, 1967

Kamal Amin Kasem – DJ from Detroit, Michigan – star of the “American Top Forty” radio program

The Paris Sisters – “Golden Hits Of the Paris Sisters” – November, 1967

Abeth, Priscilla and Sherrell Paris from San Francisco, California

Gypsy Boots and the Nature Boys – “Unpredictable” – August, 1967

Sound Track – “The Trip” – September, 1967

Music by “The Electric Flag” from Chicago, Illinois

Sound Track – “The Glory Stompers” – 1967

With Max Frost and the Troopers – The Sidewalk Sounds – The Arrows – Eddie and the Stompers – Casey Kasem and Davie Allen

Mike Curb – Sound Track – “Mary Jane” – 1967

Included a two tracks by Mike Curb with Mrs. Miller – Singer Mike Clifford (“Close to Kathy”) sings lead on the theme song “Mary Jane”

Mrs. Elva Miller

Harley Hatcher with Davie Allan and the Arrows & Don Epperson – Albert Peckingpaw’s Service – 1967

Fronted “Harley and the Night Riders” and “The Sounds of Harley”

Hatcher
Epperson

Sound Track – “Psych-Out” – April, 1968

Dick Clark produced this motion picture – Starred “The Strawberry Alarm Clock”, “The Storybook”, “The Seeds” and Boulder, Colorado’s “Boenzee Cryque”

Sound Track – “The Wild Racers” – April, 1968

Music by “The Sidewalk Sounds” and “The Arrows”

Sound Track – “Three In the Attic” – December, 1968

With songs by Chad and Jeremy from England

The Smoke – “The Smoke” – 1968

Studio group out of Los Angeles with Michael Lloyd (“West Coast Pop Experimental Band”, “Markley”, “Cotton”, “Boystown”, “The Laughing Wind”, “The Rogues”, “Raw Edge” & others), Stan Ayeroff (“The Snapdaddys” and “Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo”) and Steve Baim

The Arrows – “Cycle-Delic Sounds” – 1968

Many session musicians passed through the Arrows including Steve Bailey, Drew Bennet, Ralph Viot, Jared Hendler, Larry Brown, David Winogrond and Paul Johnson.

Sound Track – “Hell’s Belles” – June, 1969

Music by Les Baxter – Leslie Thompson Baxter from Mexia, Texas

Sidewalk Records 45 Selected Discography

Mike Harris – “Sugar Toots” b/w “Good Guys – 1965

Fronted “The Hi-Tides”

The Mugwumps – “Jug Band Music” b/w “Bald Headed Woman” – July, 1966

Band with John Sebastian, Cass Elliot, Denny Doherty and Zal Yanovsky

Jimmy August – “Cross the River” b/w “As Time Goes On” – August, 1966

Terry Stafford – “When Sin Stops – Love Begins” b/w “Soldier Boy” – September, 1966

Terry LaVerne Stafford from Hollis, Texas

The Hands of Time – “Got To Get You Into My Life” b/w “Midnight Rider” – September, 1966

Sort of wonder if these guys were “The Jesters” who recorded on Sidewalk and gave us a song “The Hands of Time”

The Riptides – “Sally Ann” b/w “April” – November, 1966

Mike Harris – “Everybody Has Their Day” b/w “Dry Bones” – December, 1966

Christopher Dean – “Angel’s Last Trip” b/w “Purgatorio” – December, 1966

The 18th Century Concepts – “If I Were A Carpenter” b/w “Can’t Hurry Love” – 1967

The Sweets – “Gone” b/w “It’s My Fate” – January, 1967

The Jesters – “Leave Me Alone” b/w “Don’t Try To Crawl Back” – 1967

Band out of Naples, Florida with Wally Frederickson Jr – Larry Cope – Johnny Gibbs – Bill Morton – Steve Miller and Riley Brack

Johnny Praye – “Can’t Get Too Much Love” b/w “I Cherish Your Precious Love” – February, 1967

Bobby Lile – “Hard Way To Go” b/w “Time After Time” – March, 1967

Tony and the Vizitors – “Saturday’s Son” b/w “Nite Owl” – May, 1967

Mike Clifford – “Send Her Flowers” b/w “This Time, Time May Be Wrong” – June, 1967

From Los Angeles, California

The Sloopy’s – “Gonna Give You Back Your Ring” b/w “Wait Johnny For Me” – June, 1967

Gypsy Boots – “We’re Havin’ A Love-In” b/w “I Feel So Fine” – June, 1967

Harley Hatcher was the driving force of this studio group

Glass Family – “Teenage Rebellion” Pts 1 and 2 – June, 1967

The Abel Two – “Non Giocare Con L’amour” b/w “I’ll Make It Up To You” – July, 1967

Sunday and the Menn – “Happy Happy Birthday” b/w “You Cheated” – July, 1967

“Sunday” was Josephine Sunday real name Sunday Heppner – She recorded a Ronettes-like single in the mid 1960s

David Kerr – “Little Noise Maker” b/w “Summer Nights” – August, 1967

Kerr was David Kerrshenbaum from Springfield, Missouri – He fronted a group “The Boys Next Door” with Colorado’s Wayne Carson Thompson who composed many songs including the Box Tops’ “The Letter”.

The Unforscene – “Little Toy” b/w “Happiness Is You” – August, 1967

Dan Yard (“The Mods”) and Terry Robotham (“Nancy”)

The 13th Power – “I See A Change Is Gonna Come” b/w “Captain Hassel” – October, 1967

This group was also “Max Frost and the Troopers” and “Mom’s Boys”

The Portraits – “Let’s Tell The World” b/w “A Million To One” – October, 1967

Out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Phil Alagna, Gary Myers, John Rondell and Pat Short – Also recorded as “Paul and the Pack”

The Electric Flag – “Peter’s Trip” b/w “Green and Gold” – November, 1967

Johnny Crawford – “Angelica” b/w “Everybody Has Their Day” – November, 1967

John Ernest Crawford from Los Angeles – Former Mousketeer and star on the “Rifleman”

Don Epperson – “Gonna Have a Good Time” b/w “Please Mrs. Peckingpaw” – December, 1967

Raw Edge – “October Country” – December, 1967

Michael Jeffrey Lloyd headed up this group – Also with “Boystown”, “Markley”, “Rockit”, “The Laughing Wind” and many more.

The Stone Poneys – “So Fine” b/w “Everybody Has Their Own Ideas” – December, 1967

Linda Ronstadt with Bobby Kimmel and Kenny Edwards

Max Frost & the Troopers – “There’s A Party Going On” b/w “The Stompers Ride” by Eddie and the Stompers” – January, 1968

Eddie and the Stompers were likely the same as the Troopers

The Storybook – “Beads Of Innocence” b/w “Psych-Out” – April, 1968

Robbie Curtice – “The Soul Of A Man” b/w “When Diana Paints the Picture” – November, 1968

Rob Ashmore

The Second Time – “Shadows” b/w “Magic Man” – December, 1968

Harold Bishop and Michael Bishop both of “The Street Boys”

Chad Stuart – “Good Morning Sunrise” b/w “Paxton’s Song” – March, 1969

Chuck Cowan – “Hell’s Belles” b/w “Goin’ Home” – June, 1969

A member of the Cowan Brothers with brother Roger and Skip Switzer

Les Baxter and His Orchestra – “Wheels” b/w “Chain Fight” – July, 1969

Peggy Larey – “Welcome Home My Baby” b/w Flesh Features” – July, 1969

Mike Curb – “When Somebody Cares For You” b/w “Dance Little Girl” – July, 1969

Bobby Ray – “Story Book Love” b/w “Time To Be A Woman” – September, 1969