Tuesday, 15 October 2013

STARDAY RECORDS 704

FUZZY WHITENER with Jerry Dykes and his band
Mar 58
704A - Why Do I Love You   (Starrite BMI)
(Whitener)
704B - Sugar Buggar   (Starrite BMI)
(Whitener)
STARDAY 704

Source: Terry Gordon






Saturday, 12 October 2013

PEACH RECORDS 703

LEWIS PRUITT and the True Lads
Mar 58  (BMI Clearance on 5th May 1958)
CP-1460 - I'm In A Daze   (Golden State)
(Bobby Dood)
CP-1461 - Pretty baby   (Giolden State)
(Lewis Pruitt)
PEACH 703
Box 111, Jefferson, GA

After the last few records reviewed on this site, I'd like to say there is not much disputing that this record IS a Starday Custom and fits in with the listing. Rite numbers are earlier that the Cowtowns or Beverly. Trouble is, Peach started a numbering series about this time in a rather sloppy manner - a couple of 500 series years apart for example, so perhaps we shouldn't take it for granted :-)
"Pretty Baby" is a good rocker. 

This is Neil Scott's version of a mint record. In fact, as he "downgrades" his records sometimes, the rumour that this was a mint copy until he put the sanding machine on it has yet to be proven. Though, to mimic our scummy UK journalists - "I've said it so it must be true."

Source: Neil Scott






Wednesday, 9 October 2013

TRAILS RECORDS 702

BILLY SAGE

A - Untie These Chains

B - Everybody's Crazy About Me

TRAILS RECORDS 702

Described as a "Fun, lightweight little hillbilly-bopper/western swing four piece. Not rockabilly, but in the ballpark. On one of Starday's boutique labels."

Anybody got a copy of this? I'd like to see it to see if it's a Starday Custom.

 

COWTOWN RECORDS ep 702

GENE RAY
May 58
CP-1557 - Oklahoma Waltz
               A Picture Of You
CP-1558 - Indigo Blue
              Learning The Mambo
COWTOWN ep 702
Po Box 192, Avery, TX   (John Stephenson)

This was pressed even further away than Beverly 701. I can't seem to locate my label shots for this but I seem to remember both sides were at least mostly Starrite BMI. More of a continuation of Cowtown Records than anything else, Starday could have still been paid to press this (and again sending it to Rite). 

You think this is confusing - wait until I get to Brite Star!

Monday, 7 October 2013

BEVERLY RECORDS 702

THE KOOL TOPPERS
Apr / May 1958
CP-1535 - Is That Exactly What You wanta Do   (Golden State Songs)
(Unknown)
CP-1536 - Cause I Love You So   (Golden State Songs)
(Unknown)
BEVERLY 702
Kinson, NC

Like Cowtown 701, there's a general opinion that this fits as part of the Starday Custom series. However, this was pressed even later that Cowtown 701 - this came after Big State 718, which leaves some the believe this isn't really a true custom, rather a follow up for Beverly 701 (Anyone got info on this?)

Personally, despite it being pressed a couple of months out of sequence, it doesn't mean it isn't one. But I'm willing to be persuaded either way. Both sides published by Golden State which is a good sign.

I did have label shots for both sides, but it was from a bootleg. I've used Michel Proosts label shot from his blog "That's All Rite Mama" as (I'm hoping) this is a shot of a real copy. (Well, at least it looks more real than the boot does.) The boot 45 came with a picture sleeve -  I don't know if the original did.

Source: Michel Proost



Saturday, 20 July 2013

STARDAY RECORDS 701

LOU WALKER
Apr 58 
45-701-A - Little Bitty Man
(Walker)   (Starrite BMI)
45-701-B - Cause I'm Losing You
(Walker)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY 701

Source: Terry Gordon




Monday, 15 July 2013

COWTOWN RECORDS ep 701

JOHN STEPHENSON and the Texans
Apr /May 58
CP-1494 - Was I Borned To Lose     (Starrite BMI)
(J W Stephenson / Mary M Miller)
               Sweeter Day By Day     (Starrite BMI)
(Mary M Miller)
CP-1495 - The Truth Hurts
               I Was Warned.
COWTOWN 701
Po Box 192, Avery, TX   (John Stephenson)

Now - conundrum time. Is this a Starday Custom pressing and does it fit in with this listing? Well, after every London Record Fair at Great Portland Street, the weary collectors, sellers and dodgy geezers with notebooks and plastic carrier bags full of beaten up 45's (sounds a lot like me, except for the carrier bag), get together in the local pub / bar / watering hole and talk rubbish for an hour of two, usually about records. (It's a bit like fishing stories - the "One That Got Away" and "I Used To Own That But Not Anymore"). Anyhooo, as most of the contributors of this listing seem to drink together, especially on the rare occasion Phil Tricker blows the dust off of his wallet, flits away the moths and gets the beers in, the talk usually steers towards Starday Customs. (Don't often see Ian Saddler in there, but he's usually behind his stall counting his money).

The general consensus is:- (cue trumpets or drums) that it was probably sent to Starday for pressing and Starday farmed off the duties to Rite in Cincinnati. The Rite numbers are a little ahead of March 1958, but Rite wouldn't despatch until payment was received. (This was pressed after the Starday Custom 712 - Jesse Stevens). So in theory it is one. But others stammer and yell that, as there is already a bonefide 701 (Lou Walker on Starday), then it's probably not part of this series and simply a Starday / Rite pressed follow up to Cowtown 700. Whatever, I've included it anyway. It's covered with Starrite Publishing and it almost fits datewise. You know it's not like DNA sequencing - there's probably not a true "order" of things except the fact that the listing is numerical. Feel free to leave your comments and I'll add them to this page - unless of course it's simply to tell me it isn't one without some kind of explanation.

John Stephenson and his Cowtown label was sometimes part of the "Song Poem" legacy. 

Source: Udo Frank / Dan DeClark




Sunday, 14 July 2013

STARDAY RECORDS 700

TEX TURNER
58
700-A - Why Not Honey
700-B - (Unknown)
STARDAY 700

One of the many mysteries regarding Starday Customs is this one. In 30 years I have never seen this record, heard it or even know anybody who has a copy. BUT ...... a Spanish collector, who's opinion I tend to value, says he has heard this record back in the 70s or 80's and it does indeed (obviously) exist. He described it as a "little like Truitt Forse" which is high praise indeed!

I have also seen this listed as having Lou Walker on the flip side - both sides of the Starday 701 release. No idea where this comes from either. 

Perhaps anybody else can fill in any blanks on this record? 

14 Jul 2013 - Update.

To correct my last statement, the collector I mentioned had NOT heard or seen this record. Apparently, a french collector heard this track at Don Pierces' office and that it was on a (possible) acetate and probably unissued. To confound matters, when asked about the record years later, he denied he'd ever heard it, despite actually sending a letter to another collector to announce what he'd just heard at Dons. Time can play tricks on us all I guess. (I can't remember who I am most mornings). A collector even hired a private detective in the 70's to try and find a Tex Turner but drew a blank. (I have omitted the names of the collectors as they have not given me permission to use their names in this.)

Another note I found which I had written back in the 80's was that Tex Turner was a pseudonym for another artist and may have appeared on a Dixie ep. Where I got that snippet from is anybody's guess as I never wrote down my sources until the 90's (and by then it was too late to remember some of them).

 I love a mystery - as long as I can have the answers at the end!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

COWTOWN RECORDS 700

HARRY PEPPEL and his Shenandoah Valley Rangers
(Side A by Tommy Donohue)  (Side B by Dick Dorn)
Mar 58
CP-1444 - One Night's Love  (Starrite BMI)
              Oh My Aching Head   (Stephenson Music)
CP-1445 - Thermostat baby   (Starrite BMI)
              Old Fashioned Waltz   (Starrite BMI)
COWTOWN 700
Po Box 1694, Ft Worth, TX  (JW Stephenson)

Another Rite pressed Starday Custom. JW Stephenson owned Cowtown Records which dabbled in Song/Poems and self-financed record releases on the label, as well as taking a punt on a few with his own money. Cowtown issued some fine music here and there. Label based around Avery, TX, although here Fort Worth is mentioned as the address. The Dick Dorn sides are especially nice on this EP.
Harry Peppel is a mystery to me - although I am informed his name appears on a few more records dotted around the US, but I have no details at present. (He does appear on an earlier Cowtown release in this series.)

I have to mention that there is another contender for the #700 spot - see next post - but with the Rite information, the dating of this record seems to fit in the listing quite nicely.

Source: Terry Gordon




Wednesday, 5 June 2013

STARDAY RECORDS 699

BILL JOHNSON and the Dabblers
Mar 58   (BMI Clearance on 31st May 1958. )
45-699-A - Lonesome Daddy Blues
(Johnson)   (Starrite BMI)
45-699-B - Umm Boy, You’re My Baby
(Johnson)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 699
(Unknown Location - possibly KY)

Source: Terry Gordon




PLAYBOY RECORDS 698

PLEZ GARY MANN
Mar 58  (Billboard review on 5th May 1958.)
BMI Clearance on  30th April 1958.
CP-1442 - Cheer me Up
(Mann)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1443 - I Want To be True
(Mann)   (Starrite BMI)
PLAYBOY RECORDS 698
Yolyn, WV

Source: Neil Scott




BLUE SKY RECORDS 697

JEANIE CHRISTIE with Earl Durrance and the Blue Sky Boys
Feb 58   (Reviewed on Country Music Round-Up on 22 Sept 58.)
CP-1438 - Flying High
(J Christie / E Durrance)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1439 - Sunshine
(J Christie / E Durrance)   (Starrite BMI)
BLUE SKY RECORDS 697
Box 381, St Cloud, FL
Label owned by Earl Durrance. 

Source: Al Turner




STARDAY RECORDS 696

JOHNNY TOOLEY
Feb 58   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
45-696-A - King Of Dreams
(Bobby Anderson)   (Starrite BMI)
45-696-B - Looking Glass Heart
(Bobby Anderson)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 696
(Artist based in KY)
(Pressed for Bill Anderson, owner of Summit Records, Central City, KY.)

Source: Lars Lundgren




STAR RECORDS 695

DAYTON HARP and his Dixieland Drifters  with Dot Anderson (pno)
Feb 58   (BMI Clearance on 30th April 1958.)
CP-1434 - Man Crazy Woman
(Harp)   (Golden State BMI)
CP-1435 - You’re One In A Million
(Harp)   (Golden State BMI)
STAR RECORDS 695
1148 Oak Hill St, Lakeland, FL.
(Vcls on CP-1434 is by Dayton Harp and Dot Anderson.)

Source: Phillip J Tricker




STARDAY RECORDS 694

TAYLOR PORTER
Feb 58   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
45-694-A - It’s Over Now
(Porter)   (Starrite BMI)
45-694-B - No More Lovin’ You
(Porter)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 694
(Unknown Location)

Source: Lars Lundgren






VALLEY RECORDS 693

DALE ANDERSON
Jan 58   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958)
CP-1411 - You’ll Never Know
(D Anderson / D Thomason)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1412 - Long way To Go
(D Thomason / S Harrington)   (Starrite BMI)
VALLEY RECORDS 693
Radio WCYB, Bristol, VA.

Source: Lars Lundgren





DIXIE RECORDS 692

J C SAWYER / HOWARD BINGHAM and the Rockets
Dec 57   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
CP-1391 - Goin’ Steppin’
(Kenneth Ellis)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1392 - Baby Love
(Howard Bingham)   (Starrite BMI)
DIXIE RECORDS 692
(Unknown Location)
(The date above reflects the possibility that, despite the issue no. of 692, this was pressed  before Mystic 689 and Listen 690 and 691.)

Source: Steve Holloway






LISTEN RECORDS 691

AL SIMS and the Alpine Two
Jan 58
CP-1409 - Eskimo Sweetheart
(Sims)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1410 - Party
(Sims)   (Starrite BMI)
LISTEN RECORDS 691
Box 6601, Roswell, NM.
(CP-1410 is a different take to the version on LISTEN 681.)

Source: Neil Scott




LISTEN RECORDS 690

AL SIMS and the Alpine Two
Jan 58   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
CP-1407 - Your Love Is A Prison
(Sims)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1408 - Little Red Caboose
(Sims)   (Starrite BMI)
LISTEN RECORDS 690
Box 6601, Roswell, NM.

Source: Terry Gordon




MYSTIC RECORDS 689

BILL GOODWIN
Jan 58    (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
CP-1405 - Angel In Disguise
(Gene Hopkins / Earl Brewster / Bill White)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1406 - It Don’t Cost A Dime To Dream
(Gene Hopkins / Bill Goodwin)   (Starrite BMI)
MYSTIC RECORDS 689
Cannon City, CO

Source: Lars Lundgren




STARDAY RECORDS 688

BOB and CINDY DEAN
Jan 58   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958)
688-A - Long Time Gone
(Dean)   (Starrite BMI)
688-B - Gone For Another
(John Hammer / Joan Dassau)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 688
(Unknown Location)

Sopurce: Phillip J Tricker / John Burton




FARRALL RECORDS 687

JIMMIE DALE
Dec 57   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1957.)
CP-1383 - Man Made Moon
(Murrell Farmer / Thomas Allen)   (Starrite BMI)
CP-1384 - For A Day
(Murrell Farmer / Thomas Allen)   (Starrite BMI)
FARRALL RECORDS 687
1834 Nelligan Ave, Louisville 3, KY.

Source: Lars Lundgren




STARDAY RECORDS 686

LLOYD McCULLOUGH
Dec 57   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
45-686-A - Half My Fault
(McCullough / Bond)   (Starrite BMI)
45-686-B - What Can I Tell Them
(Bond / McCullough)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 686
(Unknown Location - possibly Nashville, TN)

Source: Terry Gordon




STARDAY RECORDS 685

GENE SCARBOROUGH
Dec 57   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
45-685-A - Wanted
(Scorbrough)   (Starrite BMI)
45-685-B - Lonesome For Someone
(Scarbrough)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 685
(Unknown Location)

Source: Phillip J Tricker




STARDAY RECORDS 684

MAY HAWKS
Dec 57  (Billboard review on 27th January 1958.)
45-684-A - Talk A Little Louder
(May Hawks / Les Thomas)   (Starrite BMI)
45-684-B - Forever And A Day
(May Hawks / Les Thomas)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 684
(Unknown Location)

Source: Lars Lundgren




STARDAY RECORDS 683

KELLY BROTHERS (Abner and Newt)
Nov 57   (BMI Clearance on 31st March 1958.)
45-683-A - Flying Saucers
(A Kelly / N Kelly)   (Starrite BMI)
45-683-B - Hero
(A Kelly / N Kelly)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 683
(Unknown Location)

Source: Neil Scott




UNKNOWN LABEL 682

(UNKNOWN ARTIST)
Nov 57
45-682-A - (No info)
(No info)   (No info)
45-682-B - (No info)
(No info)   (No info)
UNKNOWN RECORD LABEL 682
(Unknown Location)




LISTEN RECORDS 681

AL SIMS and the Alpine Two
Nov 57  (BMI Clearance on 31st January 1958.)
45-681-A - Party
(Sims)   (Starrite BMI)
45-681-B - Girl Without A Heart
(Sims)   (Starrite BMI)
LISTEN RECORDS 681
Box 6601, Roswell, NM.

Source: Terry Gordon





CEDAR RECORDS 680

SLIM FOSTER and his Cedar Valley Boys
Nov 57
45-680-A - (No info)
(No info)   (No info)
45-680-B - Singin’ Guitar
(Slim Foster)   (Starrite BMI)
CEDAR RECORDS 680
(Unknown Location)

Source: Michel Proost / Ebay



MYSTIC RECORDS 679

BILL GOODWIN
Nov 57   (BMI Clearance on 31st January 1958.)
45-679-A - So Wrong
(Gene Hopkins / Shorty Sasser)   (Starrite BMI)
45-679-B - I’ll Stand In Line
(Gene Hopkins / Earl Brewster)   (Starrite BMI) 
MYSTIC RECORDS 679
804 Main St, Canon City, CO.

Source: Lars Lundgren




STARDAY RECORDS 678

SINGING WILLIS FAMILY
Nov 57
45-678-A - He’ll Answer You
(Red Smith)   (Starrite BMI)
45-678-B - I Need The Lord
(Bob Wills)   (Starrite BMI)
STARDAY RECORDS 678

Source: Lars Lundgren