Daily Discovery - Aphrodisiac b/w same by Billy Joe & The Tokes - Latin Soul Instrumental 45 on Dore Records #884
A chill, seldom seen, almost instrumental with East Los Angeles flavor.
Daily Discovery - Hey Y'all b/w Grandpa's Farm by Debbie & Poochee - R&B Soul 45 on Amanda Records #101
I'm in total work mode, put a 45 on the turntable, record it, take it off, next! I get to Debbie & Poochee on Amanda, a small label from Los Angeles. Looks interesting enough, I've had it for a while. I even remember playing it years ago. Eh, whatever, it's two kids singing, so it's placed in a box and put it in storage. Even though it's years later, and my listening ears have evolved, I still only half listen. I don't expect much and am only vaguely interested as I continue to do research on other records. I hear two sweet young voices sing,
"Hey Y'all" in unison, "We got a story to tell, the biggest story since the atom bomb fell".
WHAT!? Did I just hear that right? My ears perk up, all work has stopped, and I'm definitely now all in with my listening.
"Everywhere you go you see a big fight, they say they're fighting for the human right".
"Hurry up, nobody wants to wait, it's already 100 years too late. These folks been waiting for a long long time, I do believe their going to lose their mind".
"Let's do the thing the way it ought to be, what's good for you is good enough for me, so stop this carrying on we got to do this thing up right".
"Hey Y'all, this ain't no big problem. What y'all gonna do, huh!?"
"Hey Y'all, what y'all gonna do?"
"Hey Y'all, what you gonna do about me?"
"Hey Y'all what you gonna do about us?"
Human rights is something everyone deserves. When they are not given, even children can see the injustice! To hear such young voices making the point, now that is a powerful message. I was so touched by the words, that I had to share. I love music that has a message. Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - I'd Like To See More Of You b/w Give It To Me by THE MOB - Northern Soul 45 on Colossus Records #134
What a pleasant surprise! Killer Mid tempo Northern Soul. I always thought this was a Psychedelic or Garage record. I was right about that, but only about one side of this early 70's tune. I was blown away by how sweet the flip was. I dig the JR. Walker style sax break in the middle too. If you don't know it here is your chance. If you do know it, you have probably enjoyed this since the day you found it. Either way, cheers!
Daily Discovery - L.A. County Jail b/w That's When It Hits You (The Hardest Of All) by Duane Franks Odd Country 45 on Shazam Records #101
Shazam is right! There really is a song about everything. Odd Los Angeles Country rocker with a Garage beat, plus a twangy country guitar. I'm not sure what year this song was released although it looks like a mid to late 60's pressing. I am practically speechless! Enjoy!
Daily Find - Cool It Baby b/w My Lover by B.B. Carter - Northern Soul 45 on Kris Records #107
Drums, horns, bass along with an amazing girl group on back up vocals. The star of the record is B.B. Carter. She takes charge with strong lead vocals, she's obviously a strong woman who lets it be known that she wants to be set free relationship that no longer works for her. This is one of my favorite Los Angeles, Northern Soul tunes, and doesn't seem to be very well known. A very underrated dancer in my opinion. What do you think?
A Mel Alexander label and production.
Daily Find - Maybe We b/w Maybe We (instrumental) by Tyrone Mack w/ Randy & Ray Modern Soul 45 on Express Records #2354
Sweet, sweet, sweet Modern Soul cut out of New York. Damn this is sweet! I wouldn't consider myself a big Modern Soul fan, I usually stick to 60's and early 70's Soul but I can play this over and over. The mid tempo groove, the lead singer along with the group harmony is perfect! It reminds me of the style that Mayer Hawthorne is going for. At risk of sounding like an old fart, THIS IS MUSIC! Haha! Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Night Owl by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Surf Lp on Deltone Records #1001
Did I just hear what I thought I heard? Oh man! Night Owl by Dick Dale? Night Owl is one of my favorite Los Angeles Doowop tunes ever. It was written and originally performed by another L.A. musical legend, Tony Allen. This version is done by the "King of Surf Guitar" himself, although in the liner notes he was known as "King Of The Stomp". I'm loving this version. Long live the King, of surf that is.
Side One - Surf Beat, Sloop John B, Take It Off, Night Owl, Fanny Mae, Misirlou Twist
Side Two - Peppermint Man, Surfing Drums, Shake N' Stomp, Lovey Dovey, Death Of A Gremmie, Let's Go Trippin'
Daily Discovery - Peekaboo b/w Out House by EDDIE BRIDGES and His LOWRIDERS R&B Soul 45 on Romark Records #109
Peekaboo is a kids game, isn't it? Here is a weird twist on this tough to find Los Angeles Soul label. "Peekaboo Peekaboo, I got my eyes on you. Come here baby. Peekaboo Peekaboo, looking dead at you". A little while later in the song Eddie sings, "All I can say my oh my, I guess I'm just a natural born peeping Tom, so Peekaboo Peekaboo". My first thought was stalker! When I listened closer he is talking about checking out girls as they are passing him by. No big deal, by these standards we are all peeping toms.
Daily Discovery - A Bird In The Hand b/w Jivin' Jean by DON DOWNING with RODNEY and the BLAZERS - R&B Soul 45 on Chan Records #108
Is it possible this is another Risque R&B Rocker? If it is, it's one of sneakiest double entendre records I have ever heard. In reading the title I thought the song would be a reference to the idiom, which means, it's better to have something certain than something that is not certain. About a minute in comes the guitar break that made me listen to the record in a whole new way. A Bird In The Hand is using the riff originally used in the song "Toy Bell" by The Bees, which is better known as "My Ding A Ling". Now we have something here! As I listened again the lyrics didn't seem risque, in fact the record is good but it seems pretty tame to me. Is a reference to the song "Toy Bell" by guitar riff enough to make it a double entendre record? In my opinion, yes! What do you think?
Daily Discovery - Never Give In b/w I'll Give My Love by Mr. T - Northern Soul 45 on T-Ball Records #1968
He excused himself, "I'll be right back. I want to show you a record that I can't find any information about anywhere". As he walked into the house, my mind started working, what record could it be? Would it be an obscure but known 45? Better yet, would it be a monster tune yet to be discovered? Had we come across a record that had been in obscurity for years, waiting to be brought to the light and brought to the worlds open ears? At least that's the dream of a historian or expert.
I stood at the end of a long driveway protected by the shade of a towering tree, a pine that only allowed a few rays of shifting sunlight to peek through and reach the ground because of the slight wind. Protected by its massive overhanging branches that reached out like a morning stretch, I didn't have to worry about the records warping and twisting in the heat. While I waited I listened to a few records that I pulled from boxes my friend brought out before the mystery record conversation began. Digging through boxes of 45's that I have never seen before is one of my favorite things to do in the world. This time, distracted by the mystery, my heart wasn't in it. I was simply going through the motions that I had made a million times before. Under normal circumstances I would be alert to the tiniest of details. Not this time. My thoughts were floating like the clouds that were above the records, above me and above the tree that was keeping me and the records cool. Just as quickly as the speculation began he walked out, and I was only a few footsteps away from knowing what mystery tune was coming my way. I stood upright, no longer hunched over getting a better listen to the record spinning on my trusty portable turntable. He was walking toward me but it may as well have been floating because my eyes were focused on one thing, the record. I was trying to get a better look, to make out what label it was by looking at the color, the plain typical late 60's or early 70's independent label font, and of course trying to read the words written on the label. He extended his arm toward me, and by instinct I reached out to take the hand off. Finally the record was in my hand, Mr. T on T-Ball!! "Do you know it?" he asked. "Nope, I've never seen it. Do you mind if I play it?" I asked anxiously. "Not at all".
I reached down to carefully place the still mysterious disc on the turntable. I pushed down on the back of the arm of my plastic children's Fisher Price turntable using my middle finger, controlling the placement with my thumb and placed the needle on the record. What came next were the sounds of a groovy piano and guitar, a nice bass line and smooth laid back but powerful vocals that climbed through the air and up to my ears. Not only was it good but I had never heard it before and I found myself getting excited. It was easy to move to and I found my head bobbing to the music and the beat. A Northern Soul sound with a touch of blues. The title "Never Give In" tells a tale of a man on a mission to have his relationship with his girl be back the way it was. Mr. T's heart is on a string and his unnamed girl is in control...for now. The flip side wasn't really was my style so I picked up the platter and started looking for clues to help me find information that could lead to a break in the case. After inspection I unwillingly handed the record back and asked, "Is it for sale?", though I suspected what his response would be. "Not till I find more information. Sorry". There was the Mr. T 45 in front of my nose, and I felt like a rabbit with a carrot tied dangling at the end of a stick just out of reach as I secretly drooled over it. With no information to give him he decided he would keep it. I didn't leave empty handed though, in fact I left with boxes of goodies that I was very pleased with. Except for the piece of paper with my notes, and memory of the record I was walking away from I was left with just as many questions, if not more than before I saw the mystery record. Who are the writers, the producers, the publishers? the pressing plant and most of all who is Mr. T? I did some research and called some friends about the record, and nothing. No leads, only dead ends. No one had ever heard of it. Was it unknown?
Two weeks ago, I found myself at a different friends house looking through 45's in his garage. Having gone through a few boxes of records without finding anything worth playing, I decided to take a step out of the garage for a moment. Ready to resume, I was about to go back to the middle where I had been looking before the break. Instead I stopped to look through the stack of records where my friend puts new finds from time to time. Since I didn't recognizing the top record I was eager to go through the fresh batch of tunes. I picked up the top record and what's the next record I see? Mr. T on T-Ball records!!! This is why I dig! It feels so good to find that elusive want and to share my finds from the crates of Los Angeles. Why the long story? The funny thing is that here it is 5 years after initially learning the record and I'm no closer to an answer than I was the day I first learned about it. The only thing I know to do is to take this opportunity to reach out to you, the community, for help. Does anybody know anything about this record?