Monday, December 24, 2012

New Oldies - It's A Cry'n Shame by The Gentlemen

My move from San Diego to Dallas is complete. So, as promised, here's a little taste of Texas garage rock for you!

The Gentlemen came from Fort Worth and played all over the Dallas area back in the mid-1960's. They made only one record, this one, which was released on the Vandan label. These records are nearly impossible to find today and could easily fetch $1500 or more in the used vinyl market. But, if you're lucky enough to find a copy on the "Crimson" label, hold out for more money. That hand-written test pressing was probably made first and is crystal clear compared to the Vandan release, which was clearly defective. Don't expect to find one, however. While a few thousand copies of the Vandan pressing were made, the Crimson test pressing is probably one-of-a-kind. Also, let the buyer beware, there are bootleg copies of this single out there. You can spot them fairly easily. The gold top looks more like yellow, and the word "distributors" doesn't hug the edge of the label like it does on the original pressings.

The group featured Mike Kelley on guitar and vocals, Seab Medor on lead guitar and vocals, Tommy Turner on keyboards (Farfisa), Bruce Bland on bass, and Tim Justice on drums. Mike handled the lead vocals on this particular track, which had just been recorded by another Dallas group called The Briks before being covered by The Gentlemen. The group formed in 1964 and cut one test pressing, Beg Borrow And Steal backed with Here I Cannot Stay, before making this record.

You can hear that earlier acetate and get a lot more background information about this band at the Garage Hangover blog, which also includes a rare recording of a rehearsal session for this track!

Here's It's A Cry'n Shame by The Gentlemen on Vandan 8303 from 1966:

And here's the flip side, You Can't Be True:

Now that I'm set up in Dallas, I hope to get back to regular posts here. I've also got some exciting plans for MusicMaster Oldies. With a little luck, you may soon be able to help pick which songs are played. Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Oldies: Dear Love by Angie Kay And The Keys

Sorry again for the long delay between posts. I've been really busy getting ready to move. I'll be leaving San Diego this week for my new home in Dallas. Yes, I know it sounds crazy to leave the perfect weather of California for the hot summers in Dallas. But getting away from the new 13.5% state income tax will soften the pain quite a bit. I can always use the money I'll save to fly to California for a visit now and then. Since this will be my last post from San Diego, I thought I'd feature a home town artist this time.

Angie Kay was born Angela Kathol in San Diego, California in 1943. She grew up in the south suburb of National City and attended Cathedral Catholic Girls High School where she was a member of the Glee Club. Angie lived just around the corner from Rosie Hamlin who sang the hit song Angel Baby as Rosie And The Originals.

This record was released in March 1962 when Angie was just 22 years old. It was one of two records she cut on the Globe label with both singles released simultaneously. This one, on Globe 400, and the other on Globe 401. That second record contains That 'OO' Feeling b/w Cute Little Tomato. I'd love to play those two songs for you, but I can't. That's because I have never seen a copy of that single and I can't find it, or even recordings of those two songs, anywhere. If you just happen to have a copy of this single, or even just a recording of these songs, please let me know!

Here's Dear Love by Angie Kay And The Key on Globe 400 from 1962:

And here's the flip side, Mama May I:

The current whereabouts of Angie is a mystery, although I suspect she's still living in San Diego. If you know how to reach her, please send her a link to this page and let her know that I'd love to hear from her!

I hope to have everything set up to do another post just after Christmas. At that time, I'll feature another "home town" artist, but this time from my new home town of Dallas! Regardless of where you live, the chances of hearing an artist from your home town are extremely good on MusicMaster Oldies. We're playing 1950's and 1960's music from all over the world!