The Sunday Funnies “Sunny Covington Avenue” / “It Won’t Happen to You” on Skoop
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by Chris Bishop
2w ago
Photo card included with some copies of the Sunday Funnies 45 on Skoop. From left: John Rice, Luke Pride, Gary MacShara and Tom Sheffer. The Sunday Funnies 45 on Skoop 1070 has two excellent original songs, “Sunny Covington Avenue” an uptempo rocker, and “It Won’t Happen to You”. The labels list Gary McShara (actually Gary MacShara) as the song writer on the labels, with publishing by Buna Music. I don’t own a copy of the 45, unfortunately. A photo card included with some copies of the record has a photo that predates Pat Berry joining the group, and has the name of manager Wayne Watters cross ..read more
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Dave and the Squires “The Girl of My Dreams” on Radex
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by Chris Bishop
3M ago
Dave and the Squires cut this moody original song “The Girl of My Dreams” in late 1965, released on Radex R65121. The flip is a slow version of “Ferry Cross the Merscy” [sic]. I know nothing about the group except one member’s name, Dave Lamoreux who wrote the A-side and sang lead on both sides. Radex Recording Studio was in business in Freeport, Illinois into the 1980s. Its most notable production may be the Nomadds who cut an album there, Nomads Originals Plus. Owner Dexter Witt passed away in January 2023 ..read more
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The Cannons “Day to Day” on Night Owl
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by Chris Bishop
4M ago
The Cannons came from Madison, Wisconsin, releasing singles in 1966 and 1967. Members were: Lee Larsen – lead vocals Mike Keilhofer – lead guitar Peter Loeb – sax and rhythm guitar Jim Perkins – bass Mike Turk – drums Gary E. Myers’ book Do You Hear That Beat has Jerry Cratzenberg on bass. Their first single was “Sweet Georgia Brown” / “Lonesome” on Fan Jr. 5504, produced by Skip Nelson. In January 1967 they made their masterpiece, “Day to Day”, backed with “‘Love,’ Little Girl”. No writing credits are listed for either song on the Night Owl 45, or for “Lonesome” on the earlier Fan, Jr 45, but ..read more
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The Varments with Bill Truett “Love Is a One Time Thing” on Varment
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by Chris Bishop
4M ago
The Varments cut two good original songs “Love Is a One Time Thing” / “I Want to Salute You Girl” for their only 45 on Varment JW 101/102. Bill Truett was the song writer and, given the prominent credit on the label, probably the lead vocalist. The other members are only listed by first names: John, Dave and Dennis. There’s no identifying info on the label as to location. The dead wax simply repeats the JW 101/JW 102 code, with no other marks. I’m not sure what the JW refers to. The B-side title is misprinted with Saulte instead of Salute. Any further info on the Varments would be appreciated ..read more
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Caravan of Sound “Walking High” on Victory Productions
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by Chris Bishop
5M ago
The Caravan of Sound made this cool instrumental 45 in 1969. “Walking High” starts out with the “Dirty Water” riff then turns into something the Bobby Fuller Four could have cut. It’s backed with the milder “Happy Caravan”. Both tracks are credited to R. Hudson, probably the very skilled lead guitarist on both sides. Released on Victory Productions K 2179 in 1969, I have no idea where the group came from. There was a Caravan of Sound playing in New Hampshire and Maine in 1969-1970s, but they played country music. From the sound of the record, I expect this Caravan of Sound was a California gro ..read more
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The Heard from Haverhill, MA
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by Chris Bishop
5M ago
The Heard, from left: Charles Buzzell, Jr., Robert Fountaine, Michael J. Moustafa, and Eric McFadden The Heard came from Haverhill MA but I don’t believe they ever recorded. Dennis Villanucci, bassist with another local group, the Royals, sent me the photo and card seen here. Members included: Mike Moustafa – lead guitar Chuck Buzzell – rhythm guitar and bass Eric McFadden – organ Bob Fontaine – drums Dennis tells me Eric McFadden is still performing today ..read more
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The Modulation Corporation “What to Do” on Atom
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by Chris Bishop
6M ago
The Modulation Corporation made one 45 on Atom 1001 in November, 1967: the tough garage song “What to Do” b/w the bluesy “Worms”, both written by Francis W. Wilson II, and cut at Texas Sound Studios in San Antonio. I don’t know the names of other members in the group. Francis Wilson seems to have been known as Billy Wilson. Covering the wedding of Jane Ellent Grant and William Eilers Jr. in Luling, TX, the Shiner Gazette on December 7, 1967 mentioned “An orchestra, Billy Wilson and the Modulation Corporation, provided music during the reception.” The Modulation Corporation seem to have been t ..read more
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Gossip “No One’s Standing in Your Way” / “Whispering Wind”
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by Chris Bishop
7M ago
Gossip made this one great two-sided 45 “No One’s Standing in Your Way” / “Whispering Wind” in October, 1968, released on Gossip Records ARA 102268. The only name on the label is Monte Gagg, a senior at Scotsdale High School according to a April 5, 1969 Arizona Republic news item about a production of Our Town at the school. The female vocalist is supposed to be Carolyn Thompson who had an album as Carrie Thompson on Rolling Bay Records in 1980, and three CDs as Carri Coltrane in the 1990s. The band’s playing and vocals are very accomplished, heavy on “No One’s Standing in Your Way”, and with ..read more
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Sportin’ Life “I Can Feel It (Servant to the Sky)” on Riba Records
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by Chris Bishop
7M ago
Sportin’ Life cut a great psychedelic 45 in the summer of 1968, “I Can Feel It (Servant to the Sky)” released on Riba Records R-1004/R-1003. I don’t know if Sportin’ Life was an actual group or a studio gathering. From writing credits on “I Can Feel It” members included Ronald Weissman, Michael Swerdlow, John Homenick, and possibly Richard Babeuf, who produced the record. Babeuf also wrote the ostensible A-side, “I Can’t Wait Till Tomorrow)” and registered both songs with Kenyon Publications. Babeuf owned Riba Records, with an address of 65 W. Merrick, Valley Stream, NY. Riba only had one othe ..read more
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The Tikis “We’re on the Move” on Sara and the Talismen on Rampro
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by Chris Bishop
8M ago
The Tikis and the Talismen had bassist and song writer Bill Schereck in common. Both bands formed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, first the Tikis in the spring of 1965, then the Talismen in the fall of 1966. The Tikis included Hugh Pearl on lead guitar, Bill Schereck on bass, Dale Dechstein (or is it Dale Chiusano?) on rhythm guitar and Bob Brethorst on drums. They cut their great “We’re on the Move” / “Rick-O-Shay” at Cuca in Sauk City in April, 1966, released on Sara J-6641. Bill Schereck wrote “We’re on the Move” (misspelled Scherek on the label), and Hugh Pearl wrote the deft i ..read more
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