Sunday, 22 November 2009

STARDAY RECORDS 559



















STARDAY RECORDS 559
(Artist based around Arlington, VA)
DON OWENS and the Circle "O" Ranch Boys
May 56 (BMI clearance on 18th May 56)
45-559-A - Somethings You Cannot Change
(Owens) (Starrite BMI)
45-559-B - Adios Novia
(Owens) (Starrite BMI)



This Don Owens was a DJ who broadcasted over WARL (Arlington, VA)and he once appeared on a Jimmie Rogers Memorial Show with the likes of Hank Snow and Ernest Tubb. (Billboard lso mentioned that attendance was very good despite the almost torrential rain that poured from the heavens that day. He also appeared before the Pastore Senate Subcommittee in 1958, saying that " ... The strongest condemnation of rock & roll and country music comes from people who have never spent five minutes paying attention to it." (Good for him, although, as a DJ & musical director of Arlington's only country music station, I doubt if he was defending R&R - but still ... kudos to the man for speaking his ind in public.) A further tale from this artists was mentioned in Billboard in Oct 55 which states ... "Don Owens, WARL, Arlington, VA debuted a new ballad recently on one of his shows that was composed by a local detective and his prisoner. The unusual writing team got together when Detective Alvin Fuchsman picked up 24 year old Ted Borrelli of Hoboken, NJ on a vagrancy charge. Upon discovering that the prisoner had with him some 50 odd poems that he had written, the detective put music to a few, tape recorded one of them ("Underneath The Lamp Post") which was later played by Deejay Owens.

Sadly, Don Owens was killed when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car (this was the second, or third time he had fallen asleep at the wheel.) It is said this was due to the long hours as a DJ, and his TV Show.

Musically, Don almost talks his way through the A side instead of singing. It's a nice love song I guess and the band are excellent. Flip side is more of the same really. I could hear Hank Williams singing this song better. (MC / John Burton)



Label Shots courtesy of PJ Tricker.






SULLIVAN RECORDS 558

SULLIVAN RECORDS 558
(No known location)
THE LEWIS FAMILY
Apr 56
558-A - Did You Do What The Lord Said To Do
(No credits) (No publication info)
558-B - Wait a little long please Jesus
(No credits) (No publication info)

Like the previous entry, I know nothing about this disc. (MC)






SULLIVAN RECORDS 557

SULLIVAN RECORDS 557
(No known location)
THE LEWIS FAMILY
Apr 56
557-A - Lights In The Valley
(No credits) (No publication info)
557-B - My Jesus is the one
(No credits) (No publication info)

This and the next disc are yet another in a long line of blanks where info is concerned. The "Lewis Family" were a reasonably successful gospel band, but there may have been two different groups with the same name so I'm not sure which one is which - without hearing them and seeing the discs of course which, after 20 years, I'm still waiting to do. (MC)



H&C RECORDS 556

H and C RECORDS 556
Tulsa, OK
OKLAHOMA MELODY BOYS Vcl by Jearl Ritter
Apr 56 (BMI clearance on 18th May 56)
45-556-A - Wasted
(Goldie Hood) (Starrite BMI)
45-556-B - Your Heart And Mine
(Thelma Conrad / Goldie Hood) (Starrite BMI)
Nothing on this band. Possibly T Texas Tyler’s band that he used on some of his 4-Star recordings. Nothing again on Jearl Ritter or Goldie Hood (who penned both sides.) Both sides of the disc is pleasant hillbilly. MC
Label Shots courtesy of PJ Tricker.