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From the Land of Band Box Records

Motown was exhaustive in their pursuit of diversity. In this area I present some of those interesting endeavors:

Chisa

Motown’s involvement with the Chisa label was brief – distributing for a time between September, 1969 and September, 1971. Prior to that Chisa distributed independently beginning in late 1966. The label was started up by Hugh Masekela who released singles on the label during the Motown distribution era. Buddah Records took over the distribution for a short time. As far as I know, none of the Chisa singles ever found their way onto any national charts. I did find a few local market charting records by Arthur Adams and The Jazz Crusaders but that is about it.

Stu Gardner – September, 1969 – b/w “It’s A Family Thang” by Monk Montgomery
Was released with same catalog number:
Stu Gardner – “It’s A Family Thang” b/w “Home on The Range”

CHISA 8001 - 9-69 A DJ

Monk Montgomery – September, 1969

CHISA 8002 - 9-69 A CHISA 8002 - 9-69 B

Arthur Adams – October, 1969

CHISA 8003 - 10-69 A CHISA 8003 - 10-69 B

The Anonymous Children Of Today – November, 1969 b/w “Love and Peace”

CHISA 8004 - 11-69 DJ A

Dorothy, Oma, & Zelpha – May, 1969 – b/w “Henry Blake”

CHISA 005 - 10-67 DJ

The Five Smooth Stones – November, 1969 – b/w “Love Unto Me”

CHISA 8006 - 11-69 DJ A

Stu Gardner, February, 1970

CHISA 8007 - 2-70 A CHISA 8007 - 2-70 B

Hugh Masekela – September, 1970 – b/w “Make Me a Potent”

CHISA 8009 9-70 - A (1)

The Jazz Crusaders – September, 1970

CHISA 8010 - 9-70 A CHISA 8010 - 9-70 B

Arthur Adams – February, 1971

CHISA 8011 - 2-71 A CHISA 8011 - 2-71 B

Letta – February, 1971

CHISA 8012 - 2-71 - A (1) CHISA 8012 - 2-71 - A (2)

The Crusaders, June, 1971

CHISA 8013 - 6-71 - A CHISA 8013 - 6-71 - B

Mel-o-dy

As the Mel-o-dy venture supports, Berry Gordy Jr., was game for attempting just about anything. This from the web site (Motown Experts) “Seabear Studios” (Visit Web Site): “Mel-o-dy was a Motown subsidiary that was started in 1962. The early releases were soul oriented but later records on the label were country. The label was discontinued in 1965.”

Lamont Dozier was a member of the famed Motown composer team – Holland-Dozier-Holland. Country singer Howard had one lone single chart on the Billboard Hot Country Song Charts in 1973 “Last Will And Testimony (Of a Drinking Man”). Gene Henslee released two singles on a bogus “Coors” label in the 1970’s – Mel-o-dy 110 – “Shambles” b/w Beautiful Women”. Bruce Channel never appeared on the Country Charts but his “Hey Baby” did make it to number 2 and the R&B charts (#1 on the Billboard Hot 100) – in 1962. Dorsey Burnette’s earlier pop hits did not appear on the Country Charts but he did manage 15 Country charters from 1972 until 1979 – the year in which he died of a heart attack. His biggest country hit was his first “In The Spring (The Roses Always Turn Red)” – #21 in May of 1972.

Non-released sides are not listed. Images are needed for some listings.

The Creations – Mel-o-dy 101 – “This Is Our Night Out” b/w “You’re My Inspiration” – July, 1962

MELODY 101 A

Lamont Dozier – Mel-o-dy 102 – “Dearest One” b/w “Fortune Teller Tell Me” – June, 1962

MELODY 102 a

The Vells – October, 1962

MELODY 103 - 10-62 A MELODY 103 - 10-62 B

The Pirates – September, 1962

MELODY 105 - 9-62 A MELODY 105 - 9-62 B

Jack Haney & Nikiter Armstrong – March, 1963

MELODY 107 - 3-63 A MELODY 107 - 3-63 B

Howard Crockett – December, 1963

MELODY 109 - 12-63 A MELODY 109 - 12-63 B

Gene Henslee – January, 64

MELODY 110 A

Howard Crockett – Mel-o-dy 111 – “Bringing In the Gold” b/w “I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving” – March, 1964

Bruce Channel, – March, 1964

MELODY 112 - 3-64 A MELODY 112 - 3-64 B

Dorsey Brunette – March, 1964 – (from Dorsey Burnette Trio – brother Johnny Burnette – Dorsey hits “Tall Oak Tree” and “Hey Little One”)

MELODY 113 - 5-64 A MELODY 113 - 5-64 B

Bruce Channel – July, 1964

MELODY 114 - 7-64 A MELODY 114 - 7-64 B

Howard Crockett – May, 1964

MELODY 115 - 8-64 A MELODY 115 - 8-64 B

Dorsey Burnette – June, 1964

MELODY 116 - 6-64 A MELODY 116 - 6-64 B

Dee Mullins – January, 1965 (Dee Mullins landed on the Hot Country Charts a total of five times – none with Mel-o-dy. His biggest hit was “Texas Tea” #51 in 1968)

MELODY 117 - 1-65 - A MELODY 117 - 1-65 - B

Dorsey Burnette – November, 1964

MELODY 118 - 11-64 A MELODY 118 - 11-64 B

Howard Crockett – December, 1964

MELODY 119 - 12-64 A MELODY 119 - 12-64 B

The Hillsiders – March, 1965

MELODY 120 - 3-65 A MELODY 120 - 3-65 B

Howard Crockett – April, 1965 (the final Mel-o-dy release)

MELODY 121 - 4-65 - A MELODY 121 - 4-65 - B

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