Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Oldies - The Way It Used To Be by Billy And The Kids

Here's a nice Teener ballad from a completely unknown group. They were probably from East Los Angeles. The song was written by Steve Gold, who was probably a member of the group. Steve co-produced this with someone with the last name Colburt. If you know anything at all about this Billy And The Kids group, please let me know.

These guys should not be confused with the garage rock group out of Wenatchee, Washington who recorded on the Julian label around 1965-1966. That's a totally different group. There was also a group out of New York called Billy And The Kid who recorded on Decca in 1966, also a different group.

Needless to say, this is a pretty expensive record! Here comes Billy And The Kids doing a song called The Way It Used To Be on Lute 6016 from 1961.

MusicMaster Oldies plays everything! It's a mix of Rock and Roll, Pop, Teener Ballads, Country, DooWop, Soul, R&B, Northern Soul, Belgian Popcorn, Electronic, Folk, Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Surf Instrumentals, Jazz, Lounge, Novelty, Big Band, Be Bop, Swing, Psychedelic, Funk, Polka, Celtic, African, Christmas, Cajun, Blues, Classical, Middle Eastern, Gospel, Children's Music, Reggae, Motown, Crooners from the 20's, Bluegrass, Spoken Word, Broadway Show, TV and Movie Soundtracks, Dixieland, Beat, and more. All on the same station? Yeah! If you listen for a while, you WILL hear something very interesting that you've never heard before.

Got any requests? Tomorrow I think we'll explore some very rare and expensive Northern Soul. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Oldies - Until by The Premiers

Here's a vocal group from Austin, Texas. Not much is known about these guys. It was issued on Echo 6013 possibly in 1960. Echo was a "vanity" label, meaning that anyone could pay to have records pressed up from their own tapes. It was operated by Ray Poole out of his Austin Custom Recording Studios. If you find a copy of this record in really good condition, it might sell for around $1000 or so to collectors.

Listen to Until by The Premiers:

When you listen to MusicMaster Oldies, you'll hear thousands of "new oldies" like this one. Mixed with them you'll also hear every record that ever hit the charts in America from 1955 through 1973, along with the top charting records from England, Germany, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. There are 60's songs from other places too, such as Japan, China, and several different countries in South America, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and even Africa. You'll even hear some very special music from as far back as 1911, either original versions of 50's and 60's hits, or the biggest selling records of all time. It's a mix of every style of music too, from Rock to Pop, Country, Rhythm and Blues, and much more. I know you'll hear more Novelty records than you can find anywhere else (because for some of them I own the only copy known to exist!) Please give it a listen and, if you like it, tell all your friends!

Every time I hear this song by the Premiers it hauntingly reminds me of a much different tune from the 1990's by a Milwaukee group, The Bodeans, called Still The Night. The similar part is the chant that is sung by the audience. It's always fun to see these guys perform live! I think I first saw them at Summerfest. If you get a chance to attend Summerfest in Milwaukee, I highly recommend it. Lots of music and fun.

OK, wait, I've got one more! You'll hear that same "Wha-ooh" chant in this song too. Here's Why Did You Do This by Sheri Drake With The Vernonaires on Hilltop 1877 from 1962:

Got any requests?

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Oldies - Open Up Your Door by Richard And The Young Lions

This song only made it up to #99 on the Billboard Top 100. It did slightly better on Cashbox, reaching a peak of #70. It was issued on Philips 40381 and hit the national charts in September 1966. I'm from Cleveland, which is one of the regions where this song got a lot of airplay. In fact, it made it up to the top of the charts in both Cleveland and Salt Lake City. It also got a lot of airplay in Seattle, Detroit, and Vancouver.

The group is from Newark, New Jersey. They were originally called The Emeralds, then the Original Kounts, and finally became Richard And The Young Lions after they were "discovered" by Larry Brown and Bob Crewe Productions.

The band features Richard Tepp on vocals and tambourine, Bob Freedman on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Marc Lees on lead guitar and backing vocals, Norm Cohen on drums, Ricky Rackin on guitar and bass, and Jarry Raff on piano. Sadly, lead singer Richard Tepp passed away in 2004 from leukemia. This wasn't their only record, but it was the only one that got on the charts, making them a "One-Hit Wonder" group.

One interesting aspect of this track is that the drummer, Norm Cohen, is using an African hair drum. That's the instrument you hear making the really loud "thumps" in this song! It was also the first song to ever use a "fuzz box" on Ricky Rackin's bass guitar!

I'm sure a lot of you have heard this song before. But for those of you who haven't, you're in for a real treat! It's state-of-the-art rock from the 1960's. So open your doors and windows, crank the volume up to eleven, then sit back and enjoy Open Up Your Door by Richard And The Young Lions.

You can hear this song and thousands more great oldies on MusicMaster Oldies. If you have any requests, either for a particular song, artist, or style, please let me know!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Oldies - I Cannot Stop You by Cherry Slush

This song appears on several compilation CDs so there's a good chance you've already heard it. But, just in case you haven't discovered it yet, it's my New Oldie for today.

This was issued in 1968 on USA 895. These guys were from Sagniaw, Michigan, and mentored by Dick Wagner, a key player in the Michigan rock scene. He wasn't a member of Cherry Slush, but he's responsible for the excellent guitar hooks and harmonies on this track. He also wrote this song and produced this record.

Please enjoy I Cannot Stop You by Cherry Slush!

Of course, you can hear this song on MusicMaster Oldies, along with thousands of other great tunes. Live365 is also available on your TiVo and ROKU players, or you can find the Live365 App for your smartphone.

If you'd like me to feature a particular artist, song, or type of music, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Oldies - Subject Of My Thoughts by Sandy Coast

I've neglected this blog far too long. Let me try to make amends by posting a song a day for as long as I can. This is only possible if I keep the information about the song very brief. If you'd like to provide addition information, please do so by leaving a comment. Thanks!

I'll start off with this gem from Voorburg, Holland. This was issued on Delta 1158 in 1966. The Sandy Coast started in 1961 as the Sandy Coast Skiffle Group. They became the Sandy Coast Five, Sand Coast Rockers, and then just Sandy Coast. The core of the group was Hans Vermeulen and his brother Jan. Other members through the years included Onno Bevoort, Will Morkus, Charles Kersbergen, Marianne Nobles, and Henk Smitskamp (who later ended up working with Shocking Blue. Hans and his brother Jan formed a new group called Rainbow Train after Sandy Coast disbanded in 1974.

I hope you like this one as much as I do! You'll hear this song on MusicMaster Oldies, along with a whole bunch of other great music from the 1960's and 1970's from all around the world!