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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!).

One of the first CLW recordings

Monte Dale on CLW – early 1960s

5393 West 25th Ave in Edgewater, Colorado – Site of CLW Records

This building resides a few structures away from where the CLW studios stood

Along 25th Avenue in Edgewater

“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.

Note the signage for the all-time favorite KIMN Boss Jock

CLW Records Discography – 45’s

CLW 2002 – Buten La Rita – “The Deputy” b/w “Tonette” – 1966

CLW 2002 LA RITA C

CLW 2002 - BUTEN LA RITA - DEPUTY CLW 2002 - BUTEN LA RITA - TONETTE

CLW 6569 – Monte Dale

CLW 6569 - Dale, Monte - She's Not That Kind of Girl CLW 6569 - Dale, Monte - The Sole's of My Shoes

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 - Minor, Blackie - Gentleman Jim ReevesCLW 6572 - Minor, Blackie - One of a Different Kind

CLW 6572 – Jack Lyons

CLW 6572 - LYONS JACK - ADD A CLW 6572 - LYONS JACK - ADD B

CLW 6573- Blackie Minor

CLW 6573 - Minor, Blackie - In Memory of Gentlemen Jim Reeves CLW 6573 - Minor, Blackie - One of a Different Kind
CLW 6575 – Monte Dale

CLW 6575 - Dale, Monte - Blue as the Skies R CLW 6575 - Dale, Monte - I'll Still Meet You There R
CLW 6576 – Floyd Sisters

CLW 6576 - FLOYD SISTERS - ADD PS

CLW 6576 - FLOYD SISTERS - ARE YOU MISSING ME CLW 6576 - FLOYD SISTERS - IT'S MY SIN

CLW 6576 – Archie Liseo & Chinaways

Another redundant CLW catalog number

CLW 6576 - Liseo, Archie & Cinaways - Homebrew RCLW 6576 - LISEO ARCHIE - ADD B
CLW 6577 – Dave Spangler

Another duplicate catalog number

CLW 6577 - SPANGLER DAVE - ADD A CLW 6577 - SPANGLER DAVE - ADD B
CLW 6577 – Blackie Minor

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:

Soft Lips (Which was written for my Grandmother, Peggy) – Selfishness in Man – Have Thine Own Way, Lord – Precious Memories – Lamb of God, I Come – Gather at the River – Come Home – Where Could I Go – I Love to Tell the Story – Finale
45 – CLW 6577 – Walk Away b/w Wedding Band – (two different versions of picture sleeve)

CLW 6577 - Minor, Blackie - Walk Away PS

CLW 6577 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd Sisters - Walk Away CLW 6577 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd Sisters - Wedding Band


CLW 6578 – Little Ellis and His L 7’s –  (duplicate cat. #)

CLW 6578 - LITTLE ELSIE - REPLACE A CLW 6578 - LITTLE ELSIE - REPLACE B
CLW 6578 – Donna Harris – (duplicate cat. #)

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 6578 - Harris, Donna - Please Mr. D.J CLW 6578 - Harris, Donna - Time to Hurt Again
CLW 6581 – Blackie Minor & Floyd Sisters – (duplicate catalog number)

CLW 6581 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd Sisters - You're Gone Again PS

CLW 6581 - Minor, Blackie - I Wouldn't Change You If I Could CLW 6581 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd Sisters - You're Gone Again

CLW 6582 – Larry Green (duplicate catalog no.)

CLW 6582 - GREEN LARRY - ADD PS

CLW 6582 - GREEN LARRY - ADD A CLW 6582 - GREEN LARRY - ADD B

CLW 6583 – Doug Mc Lain

CLW 6583 - DOUG MCLAIN A

CLW 6583 - McLain, Doug - FeelCLW 6583 - McLain, Doug - before you

CLW 6584 – Jim Stewart

CLW 6584 - STEWART JIM - ADD A CLW 6584 - STEWART JIM - ADD B

CLW 6593 – Gene Harrell – “Patricia Gunn A Go Go” b/w “Cashing In” – Spring 1966

Visit my CLW Gene Harrell Page

CLW 6593 - HARRELL GENE PS

CLW 6593 - Harrell, Gene - Cashing In CLW 6593 - Harrell, Gene - Patricia Gun

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

CLW 6595 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd, Pat - Golden Haired Angel PS

CLW 6595 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd, Pat - Golden Haired Angel CLW 6595 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd, Pat - Sealed with a Kiss

CLW 6596 – Mickey Gress And His Happy Hunsmen – “La Golondrina” b/w “Snow Man”

CLW 6596 - GRESS MICKEY - A REPLACE CLW 6596 - GRESS MICKEY - B ADD
CLW 6597 – Chasers

Group Members:

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 6597 - CHASERS - I'M SURE CLW 6597 - CHASERS - YOU CAN'T BUY LOVE
CLW 6601 – Pat Floyd

CLW 6601 - Floyd, Pat - The Keys in the Mailbox DJ CLW 6601 - Floyd, Pat - The Next Sound You Hear DJ

CLW 6602 – Jack King

CLW 6602 - KING JACK - ADD A CLW 6602 - KING JACK - ADD B

CLW 6603 – Bo Ratliff

CLW 6603 - Ratliff, Bo - I Don't Care CLW 6603 - Ratliff, Bo - Three Little Words

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)

DALLAS JIMMY

CLW 6607 - Dallas, Jimmy & Valley Trio - Look At Me CLW 6607 - Dallas, Jimmy & Valley Trio - Nobody But You

CLW 6608 – Pat Floyd

CLW 6608 - Floyd, Pat - Dream World CLW 6608 - Floyd, Pat - I Haven't Got the Heart
CLW 7011 – Bo Ratliff – “Give Them Guns” b/w “First Bouquet”

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 7011 - Ratliff, Bo - Give Them Guns R
CLW 7013 – Dr. J. E. Jenkins

CLW 7013 - Jenkins, Dr. J.E. - Back Track Bound CLW 7013 - Jenkins, Dr. J.E. - It's Raining Outside

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 6597 - RATLIFF BO - DIM CAFE
CLW 7028 – Tyrone Kelly

CLW 7028 - Kelly, Tyrone - Bride Dressed in Black CLW 7028 - Kelly, Tyrone - You're More Beautiful

CLW 7578 – Julie McLain

CLW 7578 - MCLAIN JULIE - ADD - A (1) CLW 7578 - MCLAIN JULIE - ADD - A (2)

CLW 7578 - MCLAIN JULIE - ADD - A (3)

CLW 7582 – Ronnie Tilson

CLW 7582 - Tilson, Ronnie - Love Vibrations R CLW 7582 - Tilson, Ronnie - You Keep on Talking
CLW 7585 – Tumblin’ Creek

CLW 7585 - Tumblin Creek - ABC's of Love R CLW 7585 - Tumblin Creek - Hanging On R

CLW Long Play Albums

LP – CLW 2005 – Blackie Minor and the Floyd Sisters –  “Hymns”

CLW LP - 2005 A (1) CLW LP - 2005 A (2)

Minor, Blackie - CLW 2005 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd Sisters - 14 Favorite Hymns (3) Minor, Blackie - CLW 2005 - Minor, Blackie & Floyd Sisters - 14 Favorite Hymns (4)

Carl Zeller – CLW 2006 – “The Fabulous Carl Zeller Jr.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

CLW 2006 - Zeller, Carl - LP Side 2 CLW 2006 - Zeller, Carl - LP Side 1

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)

CLW LP SAVVAY

Newland Records

Another Jim Ward Label out of Edgewater, Colorado

Rita Craig

45 – Newland 4005 – “Take Your Memory” b/w “Fortune Riches and Fame”

Hal Franks

45 – Newland 4001 – How Can You Tell True Love b/w I’m Leaving You Tomorrow

FRANKS HAL - 1960'S 01 AFRANKS HAL - 1960'S 01 B

Newland 4001 - Franks, Hal - How can Newland 4001 - Franks, Hal - leaving

Jim Kirk

45 – Newland 4003 – Broken Dreams b/w A Bad Debt

Newland 4003 PS - Kirk, Jim - Broken Dreams

NEWLAND 45 4003 - KIRK, JIM - BNEWLAND 45 4003 - KIRK, JIM - C

Jimmy Key

45 – Newland  4004

NEWLAND - KEY JIMMY - PS B NEWLAND - KEY JIMMY - PS A

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.

Newland 4005 PS - Night Beats - Night Beat

Summit Records

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.

SUMMIT 2001 - LA RITA BUTCH - PS A SUMMIT 2001 - LA RITA BUTCH - PS B

SUMMIT 2001 - LA RITA BUTCH C SUMMIT 2001 - LA RITA BUTCH D

12 Comments

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  2. My father has the 45 of Wedding Band by Blackie Minor and the Floyd Sisters. I use to sing it with him in our kitchen when I was like 7 or 8. Wish I could find it somewhere to listen to it. Beautiful Song.

  3. I am Blackie Minor’s grandson…Dennis’ youngest. I was named after him. 🙂 I would love to get a hold of his old recordings. Any advice on how I can do that?

    • I do own six of your grandfather’s 45’s (12 songs) and his “Hymns” long play with the Floyd Sisters – I could record these digitally for you if that works – In return would love to learn more about anything you know about his career – life – his association with Jim Ward at CLW records – and always interested in photo scans for the site. Let me know if this works.

      Best – Craig

  4. Back in the late 60’s my band Fuzz recorded a demo tape at a studio in Edgewater, near Sloans Lake … don’t remember the name of it, but could very well have been CLW records. We didn’t do any country music at all, but I don’t know that would have been a factor in just getting a demo reel done. Can anyone tell me if that kind of recording was done there? If so … long shot … could any archival recording still exist. I have no recording of Fuzz to this day and would love to find some version of the recording. My ears perked up when I read the story involving CLW records and Jim Ward. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • While CLW Records did feature almost exclusively country acts but one big exception was The Chasers from Pueblo who were rock and roll all the way – Another rock group who recorded there and were released on Jim Ward’s Newland label were The Night Beats. Nothing is known of the whereabouts of CLW owner Jim Ward – We do know he moved everything to Nashville and continued to release records on the CLW label and then later from Fort Worth, Texas. We know of no relatives in the Denver area. We heard rumors that he settled finally in the South – I believe maybe in Tennessee somewhere where he vanished.

  5. Thanks so much for the reply … Looks like it’s a lost trail at this point. Maybe I’ll get lucky and someone will come forward with some recording … Not too likely, I guess. Thanks again!

    • Will keep my ears open – If you or someone you know (other band members) have any other photos from back in the day I would love to have scans to add to the Fuzz listing.

      Best – Craig

  6. Just stumbled across your discography of CLW Records while looking up a Christmas 45 I ripped. CLW 7012 is by The Hoosers, a-side is Mom, b-side is Why Is Santa Late For Christmas. If you’re still collecting, I can scan the labels for you, just say the word!

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