Friday, July 23, 2010
Someone just emailed to let me know that I "certainly have a good eye for talented new artists!" And today's talented new artists are Raymond Paige and Andre Kostelanetz, both ripped from 1934 Victor label 78s--these should hit the streets any time now. Until then, I have advance copies.
Both were ripped by me (and MAGIX) from discs in my 78 collection, and I'm telling you, these guys are going to have long and busy recording careers, especially Andre. That is my prediction. (Note: The Revenge with Music file combines two 12"-inch selections into one. Hence, the 9:29 playing time.)
To the sides: Raymond Paige and Andre K., 1934.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR--Raymond Paige and His Orch., voc.: Three Rhythm Kings, 1934.
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON--Same, minus vocal refrain.
REVENGE WITH MUSIC (Dietz-Schwartz)--Andre Kostelanetz Presents, 1934.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
If I've learned nothing else from collecting cheap-label cover versions of hits, it's that buying the same version over and over is unavoidable. For instance, when I saw Dim Dim the Lights (see above) on eBay, I was pretty excited--a new cover version of the big hit Bill Haley hit! What a find. A version of this classic on Music Masters (which was related to Ace-Hi).
However, it has turned out to be the Gateway Top Tune label version, the one credited to "Bob La Mont." I'm not sure how Bob La Mont become Lee Evans (or vice versa), but there you have it. Meanwhile, the Hit Parader version of Baby Sittin' Boogie (which I featured in Part 1 of this series) subsequently turned up on Promenade.
If that wasn't enough, I just discovered some Hit Parader and Song Hits versions on the Hurrah! Pops label. When it comes to cheap-label covers, it's little help looking at label name or label credit, because those only tell you so much. As in, very little.
I do know that the Favorite label (see above) was related to Bell and that it used the same artists and titles, only not in the same combination. Thus, we have Bell artist Edna McGriff singing Sh-Boom, which was recorded for Bell by Barry Frank. There's a decent amount of Google information on R&B singer McGriff, though it requires a number of stops.
Save for the McGriff side and the Lee Evans/Bob La Mont track, today's selections are pretty sloppily done. But at least the Hurrah! Pops version of Help Me Rhonda isn't edited down like the one on Hit Parader. Just how many of these are repeats, I don't know, because I've lost track.
To the life-completing covers: Life-completing covers, Part 4.zip
JOHNNY B. GOODE--Steve Todd (Tops)
WE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (Hurrah! Pops)
HANG ON SLOOPY (Same)
SH-BOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM)--Edna McGriff and the Tomcats (Favorite 21000; 1954)
DIM DIM THE LIGHTS--Lee Evans and the Melodians (Music Masters 2023)
SATISFACTION (Hurrah! Pops)
I'M HENRY THE EIGHTH I AM (Same)
YOU TURN ME ON (Same)
I LIKE IT LIKE THAT (Same)
IT AIN'T ME BABE (Same)
(All fake versions of actual big hits)