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Issue #084 - February 29, 2020.
In the January issue I talked about an upcoming page dedicated to the Jackie Wilson Story. Some added research is needed but the story is nearing completion. Jackie Wilson had a very complicated life along with one of the best singing voices of his time or any other.
A couple of unique 45rpm records I came across that I do wish I had in my collection. The price of each of these originals is a reason there are still many vinyl collectors around the world.
A "Duke of Earl" classic LP I did not know existed with so few pressings. And the lady who found my "Duke of Earl" page a few years back informed me her dad was president of the Record Company that released that record, along with the records of two history making groups.
Record collectors tend to be somewhat picky when they purchase records, especially on eBay. However, the LP record is not just entertainment. Album cover art is sometimes worth more than the record inside.
In this February issue you will see an invitation to the "Bull Riding Hall Of Fame," scheduled for May 16, 2020. One of the inductees will be Lecile Harris, former Bull rider and Rodeo Clown. He died two weeks ago after a performance in Mississippi. I feature his image in one of my cowboy videos. You can visit the link after his article below. I wanted to pay my respects to this legendary cowboy....and rodeo clown.
While the tears on my make-up melts my painted smile into a frown
The crowd thinks I'm a dandy I'm Bandy the rodeo clown.
Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran are among the giants in the history of Rock N Roll. Both would die young, well before their time; Holly in a plane crash and Cochran in a car accident. Any and all of their records are collectible. In 1956, Crest Records released “Skinny Jim” by Eddie Cochran. In 1957, Coral Records issued the single “Words of Love” by Buddy Holly. Each one can get you $800.00 today. Source; money music.
It has been five years this month that I received a nice email from, Michele Marotta, informing me that she was the daughter of the late Randy Wood, an executive and later President of Vee-Jay Records in the early 1960s.
Randy Wood joined Vee-Jay Records in 1960, working as a sales manager on the west coast. After his friend Frankie Valli played him a demo of "Sherry" by the Four Seasons, he signed the band to Vee-Jay, leading to great success for the group and the record company.
Randy was also involved in the releases of the first Beatles records in the United States, and was with Vee-Jay when this "Duke of Earl" Stereo LP was released in 1961.
Vee-Jay had significant success with pop/rock and roll acts, such as the Four Seasons (their first non-black act) and the Beatles. Vee-Jay acquired the rights to some of the early recordings by the Beatles through a licensing deal with EMI, as the American affiliate Capitol Records was initially uninterested in the group.
LP-1040/SR-1040 - Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler (1961) (3-62, #69)
The original stereo issue of this album (pictured above) has a great deal of collector interest, since there weren't many pressed. It was an excellent pressing, and it has not been reissued in stereo on vinyl. Several CDs have contained the stereo version of "Duke of Earl," but these have been from records, and not very clean ones at that.
There have been many reissues and bootlegs which have the stereo banner on top, but with a mono album inside. A February, 2020, listing with Discogs.com revealed one (1) such stereo album for sale at $322.00 and 22 Mono albums for sale ranging in price from $8.00 to $125.00.
The original stereo pressing has "XCSV-82329-1C" mechanically stamped in the trailout wax of side one, and the matrix number corrected to "82339" by hand. Duke Of Earl track listings.
Duke of Earl (S)/Stand By Me (S)/Festival Of Love (S)/Daddy's Home (S)/I Wake Up Crying (S)/Turn On Your Love Light (S)//Nite Owl (S)/I'll Follow You (S)/Big Lie (S)/Kissin' In The Kitchen (S)/So Many Ways (S)/Lonely Island (S) - Source; Vee-Jay Album Discography. Read the "Duke of Earl" story and watch the "Duke" sing the song live! Read more...
One of the things you always hear vinyl enthusiasts talk about is the album cover artwork - that it actually is, or can become art. Remember the CD, the music form that mostly look like office supplies. Compared to the Vinyl Album cover, the CD has a lot of faults and though it seemed convenient and portable it was a catastrophe design-wise.
Early photo transfers of artwork from the original LP was shrunk to less than a quarter of its size. Easy to see why the vinyl LP is a better choice. There are LP record covers that feature amazing photography, illustrations or paintings. I own many and enjoy my album cover wall art featuring 50s, 60s & 70s favorites. Of course, Album Cover Art is not limited to any one particular decade.
With new albums being produced on vinyl it’s clear that this is an area that plenty of people, both artists and their audience, still care about. However, it's the original albums (50 plus years old) that I select and place on walls as "Framed Album Cover Art." A popular newsletter I wrote two years ago this month gives details of some "Man Cave" ideas which includes some of my favorite ladies on vinyl. Read more... (opens in new window)
My friend Bill Putnam, founding member and President of the Bull Riding Hall of Fame, contacted me earlier this month to announce the Bull Riding Hall of Fame 6th annual class of 2020 Induction ceremonies and reunion. For reservations and hotel booking, click here or the Bull rider. (opens in new window)
On a sad note Legendary rodeo clown, Lecile Harris has died. He is scheduled to be inducted into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame on May 16th. Harris started out as a bullrider but switched to comedy after being injured at age 52.
A legendary rodeo clown who spent decades performing, died in his sleep on February 12, 2020, after the final performance of the 55th Annual Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show in Mississippi. Lecile Harris was 83. Harris can be seen in the popular "Bandy The Rodeo Clown" video featured on this site, and sung by Moe Bandy. Read more... (opens in new window)
Starting on March 3rd, 2020, the Country Doo-Wop show will air from 1pm to 3pm Pacific time, Monday thru Saturday.
Listen to my favorite Country Doo-Wop show Monday thru Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, all times Pacific.
DJ Ned Ward turns music into memories playing yesterday's Country Favorites and the Classic Hits of the 50's and 60's Doo Wop style on the new and exciting KNCP Newberry Mix 107.3 FM.
You won't be disappointed.
The Jackie Wilson Story will be finished and released in March, 2020. Lots of unfinished details and some added research needed. An exciting life with a very sad ending.
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I just read your article on Duke of Earl/Vee Jay Records. My father was Randy Wood, President of Vee Jay at the time. I'm doing some research on the company and am learning how influential Vee Jay was in shaping the future of music. Nice to see your web page.
February 15, 2015
Vee-Jay records were responsible for some great music in the 50s and 60s and "Duke of Earl" was one of their mega hits. However, Gene Chandler almost prevented this from happening until Vee-Jay stepped in and offered him a choice. Read more ...
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