In the 3000 pop series, we'd still like to know for sure whether the Four Bits (Chance 3003) were the same as the comedic quartet from South Florida... and we'd like to know who Jack Nelson was (Chance 3004), but we've come a long way. However, Jim O'Neal says that the blues drummer Ray Scott was a different person. Sheridan and Abner were also partners for a time in The Cloister, which they bought in 1960. There is no connection with the silver on red Meteor label operated by Lester Bihari (which, just to confuse matters, would license some Al Smith sides from Chance in 1953). He got his first trumpet as a present for his eighth birthday. (Eerily, despite more than a decade of changes in recording technology, Hutto's guitar sounds exactly the same for Delmark in 1967 as it did for Chance in 1954.) From their LPs, we hear how Marx and Frigo could play an entire ballad at pp or lower, something that must have been called for while they were working with Lucy Reed. While Sheridan recalled most of the entries accurately, he left some items out, did not indicate all releases, and did not provide any recording dates. In fact, matrix 2755-2 from this same session was used on Seymour 97-B. Brown, born June 16, 1904 in Oklahoma, had started his first record company (the short-lived Opera label) in 1947. The aggregation performs an interesting cover of Neil Young's "Ohio," as if to say that they know all is not right with the world. In fact, on November 29 she appeared on the first episode of This Is Music on WGN-TV, and she stayed with the show through the third week of January 1952. By the time the Four Shades of Rhythm recorded for Chance the group had changed pianists again. The MR matrix numbers on each side (these are the originals) came from Modern Recording Studio at 55 West Wacker Drive. (It turned out to be his last for the label.) On their 1952 session, probably made at the RCA Victor studio in Chicago, the BELs backed singer Fran Conway on Demo 1018. Sheridan didn't write down all of the titles, but those that he did mention are all from the late December 1947 sessions. Graduating from East Leyden High School, she joined the USO and tap-danced for troops in the Philippines. Then one that produced a genuine Chance Record curiosity, Chance 3016 is credited on one side to Gerry Teifer (to use the correct spellings). In those days several Jack Nelsons in Chicago interested the trade papers, including one who was prominent in the vending machine business. He also procured the services of an excellent trombonist, who plays muted on both sides. Through November, she was announced as being "held over" (Southtown Economist, November 30, 1955, p. 10), but was not part of the holiday show the next month. Morry Kaplan claimed to have recorded them himself, but other sources give the responsibility to record store owner Elmer Barbee (who originally claimed co-composer credit on "609 Boogie"—besides, 609 was the address of his store, and he appears to be contributing to the shouts on the record). As far as I know, he's still playing in Peoria (as of a year ago).". The sides were by a country singer and guitarist named Dolph Hewitt. It's too bad the BELs didn't get more opportunities of this kind, because they laid down 16 minutes of excellent Swing combo material—and hearing more Ullenberg on violin and De Blaey on acoustic guitar would have been a treat. In 1967 Raynard, a Wisconsin-based company, put out an LP on Jack Teter, consisting of released sides and additional unissued material from the Sharp sessions. Spriggs, using his real name, joined the Kansas City Tomcats (led by guitarist Lucky Enois), a group that toured widely and recorded for Josie in New York City. In those years a black man had a hell of a job trying to get a position as an accountant. Both sides of the Meteor are credited to the Calumet City Boys (abbreviated as "Cal City Boys" in the list Sheridan gave to Chauvard). Salone was a saxophonist who had been active in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan since the early 1930s. Back on the road, Binkley did four days (including a Sunday matinee) with Sarah Vaughan at the Apache Inn in Dayton, Ohio (Dale Stevens, "Sarah Vaugan Opens Here Thursday; Medith Dallas Antioch Standout," Dayton Daily News, June 14, 1954, p. 14). In fact, both racked up big sales on reissues by London Records of material they had recorded for small Chicago operations. As we would expect from an Al Trace session, they had no country ambience at all. "I'll Not Forget" is the expected sentimental ballad; "You'll Need My Help" is a sassy Country and Western number (the Meadowlarks' radio work included some guest appearances on Country shows). Enough copies of the 78 were pressed that some carry the silver on blue label and some carry the new black on beige. In September, London accquired Universal's entire back catalogue (Billboard, September 24, 1949, p. 16). Although New Orleans is generally thought of as more of a jazz and rhythm and blues town -- with its clubs and dance halls filled with professional bands and singers -- the streets of the Crescent City gave birth to a quite different strain of the music. During much of the 1940s Williams played house parties, while first working in the defense industry and then in the Oscar Mayer factory at Division and Sedgwick. The group recorded soul-style R&B as the King Pins for the Federal label from 1960 to 1964 and then did Southern soul as the Kelly Brothers for Sims and Excello up to 1970. Two further sides were done at the same session with one "Wally Wilson" joining the Five Echoes and the Al Smith group. Ads (Green Bay Press-Gazette, June 15, 1953, p. 23; June 19, p. 13) show a quartet with a female bass player—apparently Betty Dupree had joined the group for a while. It invited a lot of confusion with the blues drummer, also active in Chicago, who ended up as "the other Ray Scott.". No mention of Art Sheridan. In 1949, he and James B. Oden (St. Louis Jimmy) opened JOB, which was devoted to recording downhome bluesmen. Around April 1954, the Meadowlarks scored what might have been their biggest musical opportunity, when they were called to appear on a session by accordionist Leon Sash. Junco Partner (traditional, pre-1952; recorded by Louis Jordan, Dr. John and others) Just a Closer Walk With Thee (first recorded by a jazz band - 1941) Kansas City Stomps (Jelly Roll Morton, 1923) Keyhole Blues (Wesley 'Kid'. So Martin picked up Lee Monti and the Tu-Tones, a group that had been dropped by Aristocrat and then by Universal, but whose records on both labels had moved well for him. Most likely Al and company also backed R&B singer "Chubby" Newsom (she was not chubby, her last name was regularly misspelled as "Newsome," and her band was often billed as Chubby and Her Hip Shakers). However, Jim O'Neal met the drumming Ray Scott and does not think he and Spriggs were the same person. The Quintette would also back Lowe on "Santa Claus Rides a Strawberry Roan," one side of Mercury 70265 (November 1953). Issued on Sabre 105 under the Echoes' name were "So Lonesome," which features Sims on lead but has Taylor coming in as second lead, and "Broke," featuring Sims as the sole lead. Quite likely it was rescued from DiVito's Tower session (but not being sure when and where it was cut—we haven't heard Tower 1508—we've placed it alongside his April 1953 tracks). Though Chance would use the Kolax band again, this was their only doowop session. It could be that was the plan, but Porter ended up in the Air Force. Shower, unfortunately, never made another commercial recording session; he retired from playing the Chicago area clubs in 1964. Art Hoyle (who was also from Gary, Indiana) played trumpet. Apparently the revocation went into effect toward the end of July. by | Oct 22, 2020 | Uncategorized | Oct 22, 2020 | Uncategorized The first four sides from this session were later dealt to Vee-Jay, which assigned new master numbers (55-366 through 55-369) and entered them into its Master Book in November 1955. In March 1950, his pressing operation expanded by absorbing the remnants of Egmont Sonderling's Master Records (see our Old Swing-Master page). The organ playing on "Junco Partner" is hipper. This was plain-looking, but serviceable, and Sheridan kept it until November 1952 (through Chance 1121). Sagle was to become a famous arranger and producer, discovering Carole King and conducting for Clyde McPhatter and Neil Sedaka. So we know how her sides escaped being listed in Art Sheridan's notes to Marcel Chauvard; they were sold outright to BBS Records of Philadelphia for $5,000 (we won't try to estimate how much of that came back to Sheridan). The labels have darkened and, in some cases, decayed around the edges. The Moonglows' fifth and final Chance release, "219 Train" b/w "My Gal" came out in October 1954, as the company was about to close and the Moonglows were looking for a new label. Meanwhile, we are pretty sure that the Red Surrey who recorded for Chance is the same Red Surrey who was once married to Jean Dinning (1924-2011). The year that started on East 67th ended with Robert Montgomery Presents on New Year's Eve. After gigging around with some other bands in the Midwest, Porter was brought to the label by Gary deejay Jesse Coopwood. For another year, he broadcast the show from WLW in Cincinnati. Elaine Rodgers Jackson died on March 4, 2012, at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, Ilinois; she was 85. When she recorded with Sagle, Lucy Reed was working two nights a week at the Lei Aloha, where she had moved at some point in 1953, with Dick Marx at the piano and Johnny Frigo on bass. Ranging up to 5 minutes in length, the sides were just semi-professionally recorded and never commercially issued, but they give today's listeners the only comprehensive view of the group's repertoire. Sellers died on March 27, 1999, in New York. Bill Putnam, the decidedly non-blues-oriented proprietor of Universal Recording, got cut in on the composer credits. When the bar's owner could no longer afford a quartet, the other musicians returned to Chicago and Binkley stayed. We know of 68 new recordings for Chance in 1952, plus the two it got from Demo. The matrix numbers preceded by an asterisk were provided to Marcel Chauvard by Art Sheridan. The complaint and the investigation took a while. Because Chance made a late move to 45 rpm, nearly all of the company's 45s would appear with later label designs. To keep costs down, they put its office in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 1950 he made a session for Tower, leading to two releases in the final quarter of 1951 (see above; DiVito shared the vocal chores with Elaine Rodgers). These two sides came out on Old Swing-Master 13, also in March 1949. So far as we know only the two released sides were made that day. He subsequently had to downsize. Just 1106, which eluded rediscovery till 2008, missed being listed in those days. From 1955 through 1957, he regularly worked as the MC at Roberts Show Lounge (6622 South Parkway); his comments to a Chicago Defender writer, about how hard it was getting to find a good shake dancer, are priceless. About Bertha herself, we know hardly anything. Especially that last verse: I loved seeing that Randy Newman link in the original post colored as a visited link over here. (This might have been DiVito's Tower 1508, "Diggin' for Old Black Coal" b/w "Take My Heart," which was listed as a new release in Billboard on September 1, 1951, p. 33). Candoli moved to Los Angeles in 1954 and spent the rest of his career there. Said he, "Jesse Coopwood was a deejay at WWCA in Gary. In 1948, he enrolled in the Midwestern College of Music, where he stayed for a year. Reed joined the Chance red-label series when she cut a session with veteran Chicago bandleader Al Trace. The review in Billboard (March 27, 1954, p. 30) had also described the Chance release. For whatever reason, Sheridan chose not release the two sides they did. Conte Candoli died in Los Angeles on December 14, 2001. The notes to Marx's Omega LP (recorded in Los Angeles) mention a factor that prevented him from becoming a bigger name—his aversion to road tours. Two singles ensued. Jimmy Binkley died at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, on January 26, 2015. At 15, she won a talent contest. 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