Daily Discovery - Fine Girl b/w Never Let Me Go by Ree Flores & The Duprell's - Chicano Northern Soul / Doowop 45 on Chelan Records #556
Tough to find!
Daily Discovery - Penny Nickel Dime Quarter (On A Teenage Date) b/w How Long by Bob Crewe - Teen Rocker 45 on Spotlight Records #393
Orchestra directed by Johnny Byrd
I read somewhere that this tune was released in 1956. If that's true, this teen rocker was released before he produced the nationwide Doowop hit "Silhouettes" by the Rays, which was released in 1957. I'm not sure if this was Bob's first release but this swingin' little tune definitely has a "hit" feel to me. Listening to "Penny" leaves me without any doubt why he would soon be on his way to have major influence in Rock & Roll history with records that are still being played on commercial radio today. Enjoy!
Daily Discovery - Be Fair b/w I'm Without A Girlfriend by Gallahads - Doowop 45 on Delfi Records #4148
"A blind boy and his girl were crossing the street one day, and I shuddered as I past them, when heard him say, Be Fair", with lyrics like that, immediately my 13 year old ears were piqued. I listened to this song over, and over, and over, and over. I used to put myself in the narrators shoes, then in the shoes of the "blind boy". My feelings were all over the place! I heard the pain in the blind boy's voice, I felt his pain. Had this happened to me before? No, but these lyrics and the story took me to a place, had me feel his pain, and had me asking, what would I do if I were in the blind boy's shoes? After listening to the heart tugging "Be Fair", I would flip the record over and hear the haunting, melodic crying before the painful "Oh I'm so all alone and blue". Moans of pain and sorrow never sounded so sweet. "I'm without a girlfriend since you put me down, all my friends are laughing all over town". What do these songs make you feel?
Los Angeles Doowop at it's finest. The Gallahads "Lonely Guy", was one of the first records that I was introduced to 20+ years ago. Shortly after falling in love with that classic ballad, I was introduced to "I'm Without A Girl Friend" (written by Charles Wright) and the flip side, "Be Fair" (co written by Charles Wright w/ C. Williams). Three ridiculously amazing songs! I didn't know that Charles Wright, (of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band) was the lead singer of this Vocal Group that I have loved for over 20 years. Who knows how long this information would have escaped me if it wasn't for my two favorite long time Los Angeles DJ's, Steve Propes (formerly of KLON and currently of WPMD) and Bill Gardner (formerly of KPCC and currently of KPFK) didn't talk about this fact last weekend on The Steve Propes 45's Show. I am extremely grateful to know these two amazing people for many reasons, mostly for their sharing spirits.
Daily Discovery - Stormy Weather b/w Whole Lot Of Lovin' To Do (Click Clack Oop!) by Catalinas - Northern Soul 45 on Million Records #77
Yellow vinyl always makes a record look pretty but it doesn't always equal a pretty song. This is definitely not the case with this record. A killer uptempo beat and throw in some awesome group vocals and you get yourself a sought after gem out of Los Angeles. The only thing stormy about this tune is how fast it will get people storming onto the dance floor. The beat and vocals grab you so hard and fast you almost forget that the song is about a break up. It's got me dancin' in my chair as I type and I'm sure it will do the same for you when you sit and listen.
Daily Discovery - Love Of My Life b/w Tell Me by Ron Roman - Frank Zappa R&R 45 on Daani Records #101
A piece of Frank Zappa history! It's even signed by Ron Roman. This is the toughest of all the Frank Zappa records from the legendary Studio Z in Rancho Cucamonga, California. It was recorded in 1963. Frank Zappa later released the song with one of the groups he produced, Ruben & The Jets. The Ruben & The Jets version was the way I learned of this song almost 20 years before I knew anything about the Ron Roman Record. Frank and his buddies were influenced by Doowop and it really shows up on this record and in many more of Zappa's future recording projects, like with the Mothers of Invention.
Daily Discovery - Wazoo b/w Shuffle Stroll by Jimmy Coe & The Cohorts - Tittyshaker Rockabilly Instrumental 45 on Note Records #10013
This Indianapolis, Indiana gem has recently been picked up, polished and officially been branded a Tittyshaker. I have had this in my collection for about 10 years. I bought it along with the Doowop classic "I'm So Young" by the Students on the same label. Two rare Note records for the price of one. It's about time rockers like these are getting the respect they deserve. Good stuff!
Daily Discovery - Lillie Mae b/w Now You Tell Me by The Cupids - Los Angeles Doowop 45 on Aladdin Records #3404
The scene, an ex-lover spills his heart wrenching loss to a sweet singing operator. It all starts with a phone call...."Bureau of Missing Persons. This is Miss Laura Lee. Always at your service, we must have identity. Height? Please" sings the operator. "Five foot Four" sings the worried lover. "Age?" "Twenty years and a day". "Weight?" "One twenty two". "Name?" "Lillie Mae" says the heartbroken lover. This is another record I had not heard in years. I used to play it over and over just to hear the pain in the main singers voice. Am I wrong for finding beauty in pain? Or does that just make me human?
Daily Discovery - The Skate b/w Come Back Baby by THE LARKS - Northern Soul 45 on Money Records #127
The Larks (aka The Meadowlarks) are a classic Los Angeles Soul group led by Don Julian. He is my favorite Los Angeles soul singer and I could have chosen any song to showcase him, he is that good! Amazing singer from the 50's and even was a part of music into the 90's when he collaborated with Too Short on his album Shorty The Pimp, which sampled Don Julian's song of the same title. An influential singer/writer/producer from his early days until his death in the late 1990's. I was lucky enough to speak to him on a call in show put on by the Doo Wop Society in the late 80's. I felt privileged and honored to speak to this Doowop, R&B, Soul, Funk legend before his passing.
Daily Discovery - Tootsie Roll by The Peewee's aka Peewees - Doowop 45 on Josie aka Jozie #838. Flip side is "Blue Jean Cinderella". Released in 1958
My 8 year old niece chose this one. Candy, candy, candy! Hope your holidays are as sweet as this tune.
Daily Discovery - Dollar Signs by Lanz Miles & Group - Doowop 45 on Smile Records #111. The flip side is "That Fly Belongs To Me" which is a R&B, out of this world space tune. Gold diggers beware! The cash register sound that goes off in your head is going to STOP! Lanz can see through your gold diggin' ways and he is going to put you on notice.