Sunday, October 28, 2012

Record #0158: I’ll Wait For You / What Little Girl – FRANKIE AVALON



Chancellor 1026 (original) USA, Sep. 1958
Words and Music by:  Side ARobert Marcucci, Peter De Angelis; Side B – Frankie Avalon, Sal Ponti
Musicians:  Frankie Avalon (vocals) and an orchestra conducted by Peter De Angelis
Recording sessions:  Philadelphia, PA, 1958
Highest chart positions: Side A – US #15; Side B – US #79

This is the single that preceded Avalon’s biggest hit single, “Venus”.

List price:  Very Good + is $7.50, Near Mint $15

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Record #0157: Stood Up / Waitin’ In School – RICKY NELSON



Looks like I have two copies of this record. I made the post here earlier. This is a different pressing, though.



Record #0156: Perfidia / No Trespassing – THE VENTURES




Dolton 28 (original) USA, Oct. 1960
Music by:  Side A – Alberto Dominguez; Side B – Wilson, Bogle, Johnson, Edwards
Musicians:  Bob Bogle (lead guitar on side A, bass on side B), Don Wilson (rhythm guitar), Nokie Edwards (bass on side A, lead guitar on side B), Howie Johnson (drums)
Recording sessions:  Joe Boles’ Recording Studio, Seattle, WA, Sep. 26, 1960
Highest chart positions: US #15, US Cashbox #3, UK #4

In my opinion, the Ventures is one of the three big ones that have emerged from Seattle and its vicinity (the other two are Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana). They have sold over 100 million records and they’ve also developed the instruments & effect devices.

This was the group’s second biggest hit.

List price:  Very Good + is $10, Near Mint $20; picture sleeve is $25 for VG+ and $50 for NM.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Record #0155: Batman Theme / Alone – LINK WRAY AND THE RAYMEN



Swan 4244 (original) USA, 1966
Words & Music by:  Side ANeal Hefti; Side B – Link Wray, M. Cooper
Musicians:  Link Wray (guitars), Doug Wray (drums), Shorty Horton (bass), probably Vernon Wray on keyboards and sound effects
Recording sessions:  Produced by Vernon Wray at Three Track Shack, Accokeek, MD, 1966
Highest chart positions: didn’t hit Top 100

Here’s the grandfather of the power chord and #45 in the 100 greatest guitar players of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine. Link is also widely regarded as an (or THE) early pioneer of heavy rock and punk.
This guy has influenced so many great guitar players and other musicians, including little old me (in the "others"). Luckily I have more of his 45’s to post here later.

List price:  Very Good + is $12.50, Near Mint $25. I would never even think about selling this one.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Record #0154: Keep Your Hands Off My Baby / Where Do I Go – LITTLE EVA



Dimension 1003 (original) USA, Oct. 1962
Words & Music by:  Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Musicians:  Little Eva (vocals), others unknown
Recording sessions:  Produced by Gerry Goffin in New York, NY, in 1962
Highest chart positions: US #12, US R&B #6, UK #30

Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” wasn’t Little Eva’s biggest hit, but it certainly is one of the best songs she ever recorded, if not the best. The song was later covered by many artists including the Beatles (BBC sessions, Jan. 1963), Wayne Fontana, the Trashmen, Helen Shapiro, Skeeter Davis and Kirsty MacColl.

Where Do I Go” was initially released on Eva’s first album “Llllloco-Motion”

List price:  Very Good + is $6, Near Mint $12. If side A is titled “Keep Your Hands Off”, NM is $15.

Record #0153: Ramblin’ Rose / The Good Times – NAT KING COLE



Capitol 4804 (original) USA, Jul. 1962
Words & Music by:  Side A – Joe Sherman, Noel Sherman; Side B – Ron Miller, Lee Porter
Musicians:  Nat King Cole (vocals), René Hall (guitar), Alton Hendrickson (guitar), Billy Strange (guitar), James “Jimmy” Bond (bass), Earl Palmer (drums), Milton Raskin (piano), Frank Carlson (percussion) and strings & chorus conducted by Belford Hendricks
Recording sessions:  Produced by Lee Gillette at Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA, Jun. 19, 1962
Highest chart positions: US #2, US R&B #7, US Adult Contemporary #1, UK #5

Whew, what a bunch of musicians Cole got to play in this one!  Earl Palmer, too! :)
 
There’s just one thing that bugs me here and it’s the chorus on side A  … oh why, oh why? That’s one huge minus for Lee Gillette. Nevertheless, Cole had a huge international hit with this one.

Side B intro sounds like someone was trying to replicate the feel of a certain Ben E. King song. ;)

I have a hunch that I also have the picture sleeve for this somewhere. I never keep the old records inside the picture sleeves because it increases the wear of the sleeve.

List price:  Very Good + is $6, Near Mint $12