CLW Records – Edgewater, Colorado
CLW Records was the brainchild of owner, writer, producer Jim Ward. The CLW studio was first located on Knox Court and later on 5393 West 25th Avenue in the West Denver-adjacent community of Edgewater. Jim Ward was married to Pat Floyd of the Floyd Sisters – a CLW act. And according to Band Box artist and local entertainment celebrity Dick Dedrick the label was named after Ward’s daughter Crystal L. Ward. Ward moved around a bit according to various addresses printed on the label – and then in the 1970’s Ward apparently moved out of the State of Colorado and into Texas. Dedrick also recalls that the Edgewater recording location was in the back of a beauty parlor.
I visited the former location recently on an early morning bike ride – and found the building had long-ago been scraped – and as near as I can tell – replaced by the Edgewater landmark eating establishment – The Edgewater Inn (mmmm! Pizza supreme!).
June 7th, 1968 – Cash Box
June 4th, 1966 – Cash Box
Blackie Minor – Billboard International 1966
One of the first CLW recordings
This building resides a few structures away from where the CLW studios stood
“Fabulous KIMN” Radio – Edgewater landmark – is now long gone. The “Denver Tiger” ruled Denver’s rock and roll airwaves for well over 30 years before moving and then finally closing down.
CLW Records Discography – 45’s
CLW 2002 – Buten La Rita – “The Deputy” b/w “Tonette” – 1966
CLW 6569 – Monte Dale
CLW 6572 – Blackie Minor
This CLW 45 was released with two different catalog numbers – one of which CLW 6572 was redundant with the Jackie Lyons release
CLW 6572 – Jack Lyons
CLW 6573- Blackie Minor
CLW 6576 – Archie Liseo & Chinaways
Another redundant CLW catalog number
Another duplicate catalog number
Blackie Minor and the Floyd Sisters recorded for Jim Ward’s CLW label in Edgewater. Blackie also recorded as a solo act as did Pat Floyd who was Jim’s wife. See the CLW Record Label Discography Page
This from Blackie’s grandson George Hendricks: “He (Blackie) died in 1974, before I was born. I know where he is “buried”, alongside his wife, Peggy, and my father, Dennis. I am trying to learn more about him, as well. I also have some recordings of his son, my father, who was a drummer for a band called Little Smoke, back in the 70’s. Most notable member of Little Smoke was Lynn Morris, who made it big in the Blue Grass world. I would love to find more of those recordings, too, but I have a feeling they will be even harder to come by.”
CLW recording artist – guitar player Gene Harrell backed Blackie on many of his CLW recordings. See the Gene Harrell page.
George listed the following additional tracks which were cut by Blackie:
I met Donna’s former husband – Kenny Brent – a Denver & Colorado rockabilly artist who performed with and personally knew many local and national country artists. I am now in touch with Kenny and his very nice wife Julie Brent and will be loading up with additional information on Donna and other artists. Donna recorded one single for Jim Ward’s local CLW label and then was signed by national label ABC where she was produced by another local and famed country artist – Buster Jenkins. She released the two ABC singles listed below. Also see Donna’s listing on the CLW Records page.
Donna cut her first record at the age of 16!
(Also see the Donna Harris entry on my 1950’s/1960’s pages – click here)
CLW 6582 – Larry Green (duplicate catalog no.)
CLW 6583 – Doug Mc Lain
CLW 6584 – Jim Stewart
CLW 6593 – Gene Harrell – “Patricia Gunn A Go Go” b/w “Cashing In” – Spring 1966
CLW 6594 – Doug McLain – “Heartaches for Company” (B side unknown) – Spring 1966
CLW 6595 – Blackie Minor & Pat Floyd – “Golden Haired Angel” b/w Sealed with a Kiss” – Spring 1966
Variation Font (very slight)
CLW 6596 – Mickey Gress And His Happy Hunsmen – “La Golondrina” b/w “Snow Man”
Richard Frase – drums
Dave Myers – vocals
John Rivera – guitar (The Chosen Few)
Troy Valdez – bass (The Chosen Few)
The Chasers also recorded on the local Round & Round and Top Ten labels
CLW 6602 – Jack King
CLW 6603 – Bo Ratliff
CLW 6607 – Jimmy Dallas & the Valley Trio
Born on July 26th, 1927 and died September 28th, 2004 – Jimmy records on many labels including Decca, Westport, Tribune, Lee Mac, Sho-Me and Kansa. He was backed on his lone CLW session by guitarist and CLW artist Gene Harrell.
(Photo from Hillbilly-music.com)
CLW 6608 – Pat Floyd
Around this time Jim Ward moved the CLW operation out of the State of Colorado first to Nashville and later to Fort Worth, Texas
CLW 715 – Bo Ratliff – “Piece of Paper” b/w “Going Back to Denver
CLW 7016 – Bo Ratliff – “Dim Cafe” b/w “Do Your Thing”
CLW 7578 – Julie McLain
CLW 7582 – Ronnie Tilson
CLW Long Play Albums
LP – CLW 2005 – Blackie Minor and the Floyd Sisters – “Hymns”
Carl Zeller – CLW 2006 – “The Fabulous Carl Zeller Jr.”
LP – CLW (Number Not Known) – Savvy – “Get On Down the Road” – 1977
Group members included:
Brian Urquhart (bass) – Rick Miller (drums) – James Pullen (guitar) – Rich Mauch (guitar) – Gary Kissinger (guitar) – Brad Trumball (keyboards)
Also: Betty McManus (sax) – Larry Patton (trumpet)
Another Jim Ward Label out of Edgewater, Colorado
45 – Newland 4005 – “Take Your Memory” b/w “Fortune Riches and Fame”
45 – Newland 4001 – How Can You Tell True Love b/w I’m Leaving You Tomorrow
45 – Newland 4003 – Broken Dreams b/w A Bad Debt
45 – Newland 4004
The Night Beats
The Night Beats – Newland 4005
A late 1960’s group who recorded on Jim Ward’s CLW Records in Edgewater, Colorado, before he uprooted the operation and moved to The South.
This was another sister label to CLW – also a Jim Ward endeavor.
Summit 2001 – Butch La Rita – “Unhappy” b/w “Saga of the South Platt River”
This artist is most likely Buten La Rita from the CLW label above or at least a relative.