A Major Find - Cara At 78!
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by Bob Purse
1w ago
I have a real find for everyone today! But before I get to that, a frequent correspondent, who I've mentioned before, Tyler, has made a real find of his own. Everyone first click on this link and read about an odd record on Halmark, which I shared nearly a decade ago. It features a song written by Halmark head dude Ted Rosen on one side, and a rendition of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", listed under the wrong title and no writer credit on the flip side.  The songs were performed by Barry Craig, and I presented it as a real outlier, without any clear understanding of what its backstory mi ..read more
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THE M.S.R. SWINGERS!!!
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by Bob Purse
2w ago
Hello, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Before getting to today's offering, I want to make sure I send all y'all to Sammy Reed's site for something quite interesting and off kilter.  Nearly 14 years ago, in this post, I offered up a Tin Pan Alley single with the singularly unwieldly title "What Do You Say Baby Beautiful Joyce".  What Sammy has found is a 45 on a custom (vanity) label, wherein the same song writer (well, let's assume "Frank Wilson" and "Fu Wilson" are the same person), teamed up with Joi Dibrango (which I'm assuming is someone's name, although it sounds like something a call ..read more
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Frank Manell's Greatest Hit
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by Bob Purse
1M ago
Before I get to this week's record, I want to share that I have updated a posting from two weeks ago, in which I had somehow forgotten to add the label scans. They are there now.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, Frank Manell:  When I first played this record, I knew I wanted to feature it very soon in a post, but I also thought it was one of the many cases where a song-poem company mislabeled the artist on a 45. Because the record shows the performer to be Frank Manell, and I was sure the singer of this song was a woman.  It wasn't until I listened to the flip side that I r ..read more
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Christmas Eve Dream
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by Bob Purse
1M ago
Merry Christmas, Everyone! We're going to have a Bob Storm Christmas this year. And what's more, we have DUELING BOB STORMS.  As discussed in this post from about 16 months ago, intrepid Song-Poem detective Bruce Baryla got to the bottom of the two different sounding voices all attributed to one Bob Storm, on a number of Halmark (and related label) releases. There was a man with a typical baritone voice, perhaps truly named Bob Storm, and there was another man, who tended to go comically over-the-top in his delivery, named Marshall Young, who was also billed as Bob Storm, for unknown rea ..read more
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Re-Writing a Christmas Hit Song
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by Bob Purse
1M ago
Howdy, folks, I haven't posted in almost two weeks, and there's a reason for that. In fact, for those of you who don't read my other blog, I will explain here that I need to acknowledge my most important news of the year. This past Saturday, my wonderful daughter Molly got married to the equally wonderful Sean. Here they are, stepping out into a swarm of bubbles, just after the ceremony:  ~~ I also have a little bit of housekeeping to do. Last time around, I shared a record on Preview by a singer whose name I couldn't find anywhere else in the song-poem world. Sammy Reed has posited, a ..read more
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HE'S GOING TO BUILD A MAN!!!
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by Bob Purse
2M ago
Yo,  Before I get to today's seasonally appropriate offering, I wanted to offer a bit of housekeeping. First, I got a couple of responses to my "possibly missing link" post from last time around. Sammy Reed has identified that the pressing is from 1961, and Snoopy offered up a legitimate release from, perhaps, the same singer (see the comments of that post). I'm not sure that calls into question the provenance of the 45 as a song-poem or song-poem adjacent record or not, but I remain interested in what people think about my conjecture, and I welcome those two pieces of information.  ..read more
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She BEGGED Me!
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by Bob Purse
2M ago
Before I offer up today's record, I want to make sure you have a chance to view this eBay auction. It may not be there for long, so have a look soon. The asking price, if you ask me, is ridiculous, but the item is quite worth perusing.  For here we have Sandy Stanton's own Film City flyer - the document he sent to potential customers, to sell them on the product - and the quality thereof - that he was offering.  Please be sure to note the different price ranges and the various combinations of instruments and styles that he was offering, anywhere from a piano or organ with no vocal ..read more
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Couldn't Get Away
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by Bob Purse
2M ago
It's been many more days than I planned since I last updated the site, and I'll get right to it without a whole lot of words. I've just taken possession of two Rodd Keith preview 45's, both of which have fairly horribly damaged labels, yet each plays quite nicely.  On this record, the clear winner of the two is the very hard to read "I Couldn't Get Away From Love", a mid-tempo lounge-ish number. The words are much, but some nice chords, really nice piano, a cool organ solo, and a winning vocal make up for any deficiencies in other areas. .  Download: Rodd Keith - I Couldn't Get Away ..read more
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Cuckoo for Coco Records
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by Bob Purse
2M ago
Greetings! Before I get to this week's offering, I have a bit of housekeeping.  First, I received the following interesting query from a new visitor to this blog:  Hello Does anyone know where I could get a copy of the Cinema Records & Action Music Compilation of various persons . Who entered the 73 or 74 "American Song writers Compition" It's a 45 rpm with several songs on each side. My copy was destroyed. It includes; "Those happy days that we once knew" written by myself: Merv  I know nothing of this record, but if anyone out there does, please write me, and I'll tr ..read more
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Some Stunningly Bad Lyrics, A Typically Terrible Performance
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by Bob Purse
2M ago
I was surprised to note that I hadn't featured the resolutely awful Noval label in just under four years, and thought I'd probably rectify that.  I think that if you weren't paying close attention to "Our Song", it would just sound like another terrifically terrible Noval musical and vocal performance, with its plodding music and a male singer whose sense of pitch is akin to what a sense of balance is to someone with vertigo.  I, on the other hand, was dialed into the words right away. From the first moment, I got a chuckle out of a song called "Our Song", which starts with the phra ..read more
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