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Marty Cooper – From Colorado to Hollywood

COOPER - 85 NETHERLANDSJames Martin (“Marty”) Cooper was born in Denver, Colorado – departed for a time as his father took military assignments in several states.  Marty eventually returned to Colorado remaining into his teen years.  Nothing more is known of his time in Colorado.  He arrived in California near Hollywood in 1958 according to some sources.  Wikipedia gives his birth year as 1946 but I am almost certain that this is not correct.  Not long after arriving in California – Morty began to make contact with the music industry, and in short order wrote, recorded and produced songs in many styles – none really defining him as a music man.COOPER TRADE AD

His start was a pair of titles released on the Hollywood label Crest – record 45-1043 “You Bet Your Life” b/w Can’t Walk ‘Em Off” from the Spring of 1958.  I doubt that he was 12 years old at the time.

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Shacklefords – Super Group?

From there on his life in the music industry was intriguing and I would venture never boring.  He worked with Lee Hazelwood, Jack Nitzsche, H.P. Barnum and many others, and put out an continuous stream of records – mostly as a composer but often participating as he did when a member of The Shacklefords, a folk-oriented group which was headed up by Lee Hazelwood and also included Gracia Nitzsche (one-time wife of  “The Lonely Surfer” Jack Nitzsche, and Robert Stone.  Hazelwood took the name from his first wife “Naomi Shackleford”. The group lasted for a couple of long plays and a few Mercury label 45’s. They would resurrect for a short time again in 1966 and 1967 on Capitol and LHI labels.  I have not been able to locate a group photo.

As opposed to attempting to document his adventures in the vinyl world – I would suggest that you start by reading this interesting interview on “Spectropop” and then if still interested – do some additional search – Things do show up – but in the meantime here is a close-to-complete discography of Marty’s compositions combined with several of his production credits.

So many artists like Marty Cooper eked out a career doing whatever they could possibly could to remain in the music scene.  Marty never really hit the “Big Time” but did enjoy a long and what must have been satisfying and fun career.  As he told the interviewer on Spectropop “I just keep writing the songs.”

Marty Cooper – “You Bet Your Little Life” – 1958
(This was Marty’s debut effort in Hollywood – recorded shortly after migrating from Denver, Colorado)

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The Palisades – “The Shrine” b/w Dear Joan” – Released July, 1960
(This is a pretty little song in the vein of The Teddy Bears – female and male group – singers unknown)

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The Marathons – “Peanut Butter” b/w “Talkin’ Trash” – Charted April, 24th, 1961 – #20 – 12 Weeks on Hot 100

(The Marathons are actually a group called The Vibrations – They took the place of The Olympics – who were slated to record this song – but were on a tour at the time – This didn’t set well with Chess Records who had The Vibrations under contract – Chess took action to stop the Arvee release and in turn released it on their own subsidiary label Argo – To counter – Arvee released a second Marathons release shown below – by yet another group of singers going by the name of The Marathons – but none of the members were Vibrations.  If the Olympics had just remained home everything would have worked out fine.

Those Marathons - oops Vibrations

Those Marathons – oops Vibrations

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The Marathons – “Tight Sweater” b/w “C. Percy Mercy of Scotland Yard” – Released July, 1961
(Cooper co-produced both sides with H.P. Barnum)

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The Premiers – “Evening Star” b/w “Last of the Real Smart Guys” – Released 1961

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Del Ray & the Roamers – “La Macarena” – Released June, 1962

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The Greensleeves – “Like Greensleeves” b/w “Horse Opera” – Released June, 1962

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Nestor LaBonte – “Bony Maronie” b/w “Funky Mountain” – Released June, 1962

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El Clod – “Tijuana Border” b/w Pedro’s Piano Roll Twist” – Released July, 1962
(El Clod is Marty Cooper and Friends – One of his many novelty endeavors)

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Sherrell Townsend – “Glass of Tears” b/w “He Thinks I Still Care” – Released September, 1962
(Cooper working here again with Jack Nitzsche)

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The Cinders – “The Cinnamon Cinder (It’s A Very Nice Dance)” b/w “C’mon Wobble” – Released November, 1962
(Picture sleeve is 1965 from The Netherlands)

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Edgar Alan & The Po’ Boys – “Panic Button” b/w “Lenore” – Released November, 1962

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Bernardo Martini & the Crystal Guitar – “Ghost Town” b/w “Silver Dust” – Released January, 1963

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Bobby Day – “Another Country, Another World” b/w “Know It All” – Released – January, 1963
(Bobby Day and Cooper worked together often through Marty’s association with H.P. Barnum)

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Vik E Lee – “The Hollywood Stroll” b/w “A You’re Adorable” – Released April, 1963
(Once again Linda Jones singing from the Blossoms)

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The Marty Cooper Clan – “Tequila” b/w Raunchy – Released May, 1963

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The Shacklefords – “A Stranger in Your Town” – Released 1963

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The Shacklefords – “A Stranger in Your Town” b/w “Big River” (written by Johnny Cash and produced by Marty) – Charted May 11th, 1963 – #70 – 6 Weeks on Hot 100

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Jo Jo Wail & The Somethings – “Wailin’ Time” – Released May, 1963
(“Hey, Harmonica Man” was co-written by Marty)

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Bobby Day – “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz” b/w “Pretty Little Girl Next Door” – Released June, 1963

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The Shacklefords – “Our Little Boy” b/w “Golden Bells” – Released July, 1963

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Jack Nitssche – “The Lonely Surfer” – Charted August 10th, 1963 – #39 – 8 Weeks on Hot 100

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Jimmy Dobro – “Everybody Listen To the Dobro” b/w “Swamp Surfer” – Released September, 1963

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Bobby Day – “Jole Blon (Little Darlin’) b/w “Down on My Knees” – Released September, 1963 (Jack Nitzsche producer)

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Vik E. Lee – “Those Wedding Bells” b/w “Gee Whiz” – Released September, 1963
(Vik E. Lee was Gloria Hargis who would also record as Gloria Melbourne and as lead singer for The Victorians.  She would later become Gloria Jones and was a member of the versatile group – The Blossoms)

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Jimmy Dobro – “Swamp Surfer” b/w Everybody Listen to the Dobro” – Released September, 1963
(Dobro is in fact James Burton – composer – singer – who backed Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Dale Hawkins and many others)

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The Shacklefords – “(There Goes) The Big Boss Man” b/w “My Name is Jimmy Brown” – Released November, 1963

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The Victorians – “You’re Invited to a Party” b/w “Monkey Stroll” – Released January, 1965
(Studio group with lead singer Linda Jones from the Blossoms)

Bobby Day – “When I See My Baby Smile” b/w “On The Street Where You Live” – Released February, 1964

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The Victorians – “Happy Birthday Blue” b/w “Oh, What A Night For Love” – Released May, 1964
(Lead singer Linda Jones from the Blossoms)

Little Stevie Wonder – “Hey Harmonica Man” – Charted June, 1964 #5 R&B Charts & #29 on the Hot 100 Charts in The U.S.

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Dudley Dogg, Jr. – “The Christmas Puppy” b/w “Theme for a Christmas Puddy” – Released July, 1964

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Marty Cooper – “Little Play Soldiers” – Released July, 1964

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Duane Eddy – “Guitar Star” – Released October, 1964
(Close association with Lee Hazelwood would only mean he would get involved with Duane Eddy)

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The Kingston Trio – “Little Play Soldiers” – Released in December, 1964
(This was the flip side of “I’m Going Home” a song that barely charted at number 104 – I played both sides of this record when I was attending college at Colorado State University in 1964)

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The Clinger Sisters – “Golly Mom” – December, 1964

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The Lonely Fiddler with the Hillside Ramblers – “Hoedown Hootenanny” b/w Stranger on the Mountain” – Released 1964
(Need Images)

The Victorians – ‘You’re Invited to a Party” b/w “Monkey Stroll” – Released January, 1965

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El Clod – “Tijuana Watusi’ b/w “Gringo” – Released January, 1965
(Marty Cooper and Friends return as El Clod)

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Florence DeVore – “We’re Not Old Enough” b/w “Kiss Me Now” – Released February, 1965

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The Younger Bros. – “The Harmonica Lesson” – Released March, 1965
(Marty must have had some fascination with Harmonicas – having earlier co-composed Stevie Wonder’s hit record)

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Jack Nitzsche – “Senorita from Detroit” b/w “Puero Vallarta” – Released May, 1965

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Charity Shayne – “Ain’t It? Babe” b/w “Then You Try” – Released October, 1965
(Charity was Catherine “Gypsy” Share – who for some time (after this recording) actually became a member of the Manson Family and was herself arrested for burglary)

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Another Manson Girl – Charity Shayne

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The Vejtables – “Mansion of Tears” b/w “The Last Thing On My Mind” – Released November, 1965
(This was Marty’s shot at Psychedelic composing and producing – The group would also record as “The Book of Changes” recording on Tower – where Cooper worked often)

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The Shacklefords – “One” b/w “Five Foot High & Rising” – Released September, 1965

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The Shacklefords – “The Shacklefords” – Released 1966

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The Vanguard Voyagers – “Country Squire” b/w Dixie Blue” – Released December, 1965
(This is Cooper working with singer/composer David Gates of Bread – David sang on these tracks with what was most likely a studio assembly probably including Marty)

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The Out Crowd – “Get Yourself Together Part 2” b/w “Get Yourself Together Part 3” – Released January, 1966

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The Shacklefords – “That Old Freight Train” b/w “Ain’t It?, Babe” – Released January, 1966

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The Shacklefords – “First Street Blues” b/w The Bi-Plane – Released April, 1966

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The Vanguards – “A Stranger in Your Town” – Released February, 1966
(Need images)

The Yokohama Ramblers – “Yokohama Nights of Happiness” b/w Yokohama Nights of Sadness” – Released June, 1966
(The Ramblers were an actual group from Japan)

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The Visitors – “Is Is Them or Me” – Released August, 1966
(Don’t know anything about this group)

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The Shacklefords – “Muddy Muddy River” b/w Everything I Touch Turns to Tears” – Released August, 1966

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Bryan Hyland – “Run, Run, Look & See” – October, 1966 – Charted #25

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The Inconceivables – “Hamburger Patti” b/w Patti’s Theme” – Released October, 1966
(Need Images)

Marty Cooper featuring The Big Town Kazoos – “Mr. Kazoo Man” b/w Dearborn, Michigan” – Released February, 1967

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Hearts and Flowers – “The View From Ward 3” – Released April, 1967
(The picture sleeve is 1967 from The Netherlands – Hearts and Flowers were L.A. based and the lineup included future Eagle Bernie Leadon)

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Joey Paige – “The Great Airport Mystery” b/w “Just a Boy In Love” – Released April, 1967

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The Shacklefords – “California Sunshine Girl” b/w Instrumental Version “California Sunshine Girl” – Charted June 3rd, 1967 – #115 – 1 Week on Hot 100

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The United Fruit Company – “Ain’t It Babe?” b/w “Yes, We Have No Bananas” – Released May, 1967

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

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Jennifer – “Sunny Day Blue” – Released August, 1967
(Jennifer is Jennifer Warren and later Jennifer Warnes of “Up Where We Belong” fame duo with Joe Cocker and “Right Time of the Night” as a solo)

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United Fruit Co. – “On the Good Ship Lollipop” b/w “Sunshine Street” – Released September, 1967

The Four Blazers – “Peanut Butter” – Released 1967

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Fargo – “Sunny Day Blue” b/w – “Robins, Robins” – Released April, 1968
(Cooper produced both sides)

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The Shacklefords – “It’s My Time” b/w “One More Time Billy Brown” – Released May, 1968

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Jennifer Warren – “I Am Waiting” b/w “The Leaves” – Released October, 1968
(Both sides produced by Marty Cooper)

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The Royal Guardsmen – “Biplane Evermore” – Released 1968

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Trevor Chance – “Cowboy’s and Daddies” – Released February, 1969

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Jennifer – “Let the Sunshine In” b/w “Easy To Be Hard” – Released November, 1969
(Both sides produced by Marty Cooper)

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Brooks Anderson – “Tribes” – Released March, 1971

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The Kimberlys – “Sunny Day Blue” – Released May, 1971

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Marty Cooper – “A Minute of Your Time” – 1972

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Marty Cooper – “I Wrote a Song” b/w Another Day, Another Year” – Released September, 1972
(Barnaby Records was an Andy Williams endeavor)

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Marty Cooper – “The Indiana Girl” b/w Mama Was a Cowgirl” – Released March, 1973

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Marty Cooper – “Cowboys and Daddies” – Released July, 1973

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Donna Fargo – “You Can’t Be A Beacon If Your Light Don’t Shine” – Charted June 8th, 1974 – #1 Country Charts – #57 Hot 100

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Dennis Weaver – “Hubbardville Store” b/w “Prairie Dog Blues” – Released May, 1975

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Sammy Davis, Jr. – “I Heard a Song” – Released April, 1976

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Marty Cooper – “Like a Gypsy” – Released April, 1977
(Cooper worked closely with Mike Curb for a time and recorded /produced for his label)

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Dennis Weaver – “Calhoun” b/w “Hubbardville Store” – Released April, 1977

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Andy Williams – “If You Were a Singer” – Released in November, 1979

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Marty Cooper – “American Farming Man” b/w American Farming Man” – Released 1970’s – Promo Issue Mono and Stereo
(A commercial release for Asgrow Seed Company)

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Marty Cooper – “A Little Big Country – A Little Bit Rock N’ Roll” – Released 1980
(Became a theme song for Donny and Marie on their Television Show)

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Marty Cooper – “Sometimes Cowgirls Get The Blues” b/w “Ten Dollar Room” – Released 1981

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The Kaisers – “Peanut Butter” – Released in 1996
(Extended play is 1996 from the U.K.)

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