Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Find Of The Week

The red light goes on with only 1,700+ hits on google. No biographical information whatsoever - the only thing that comes up is that "Red Ridin' Hood" was comped on Teen Scene Vol. 5 and M Records is a small Fort Wayne, Indiana label that emerged from the M Erald and Emerald labels. According to this source, it was owned by Webb Foley. So what is up with the man whose name sounds like a shampoo, probably on purpose? Could it be Mr. Foley himself?

Yer Cool:

Red Ridin' Hood:

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Find Of The Week

While the A-side is nothing to write home about, the flip grooves along with razor-sharp lyrics.  
Pat O'Day - Two Timing Eyes

The sparse information that is available tells us that Pat O'Day was a jazz singer that despite fine vocal abilities, was most known for an album cover of the cheesecake variety:
(picture courtesy of lpcoverlover)

This record has been sold repeatedly for several hundred bucks. Yes, when your lover has gone, you may have at least some records to sell...Nonetheless, most biographical information comes from the liner notes of said LP.

Pat O'Day had her first national hit with "Dear John Letter" on MGM, which charted #17 in August 1953. Further on she worked with labels such as Chess and Seville. 
Any info on this 45 is highly appreciated. The Boylston label looks like it is private from the Boston area. This makes sense because one source mentions that she is from Revere, MA.
Internet research on Pat O'Day is complicated due to her namesake, the "other" Pat O'Day.

The research on Bill Leavitt, the arranger of this tune has been more fruitful. Read his bio here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The adventure has started...

Auctions are being uploaded at this minute. After we learned that new Ebay sellers are entitled to only 10 items per months, we got a bit queasy...

But everything went well after the bank account was verified. The last two weeks were spent with figuring out GarageSale - which seems to be a sophisticated tool for what we are doing.

The adventure actually started in July 2011, when a considerable stack'o recs (sic!) was acquired for a little bit more than a song.  The full stock of Roundup Records, a record store and jukebox service from Sikeston, MO, had been relocated to a Brooklyn warehouse after its closure in 1993. Imagine an atomic war that ends with Michael Jackson playing Super Bowl XXVI, Prince's name change to Symbol and Kurt Cobain still being alive. 
After hours of pulling random 45s out of hundreds of boxes - while being fed tacos and beer by the two very kind sellers, it took another month to take a decision and finally, shipping date was in August 2011.

It took until May 2012 before the process of sorting, listening, grading and researching could be started. We've never seen so many Garth Brooks 45s in our lives! Naturally, with the origin of the 45 collection being in the midwest and most 45 used for jukeboxes, a good 20% are country and the majority is mainstream rock and pop from the 80s. But this is not the portion we are interested in and not the part that is covered in this blog.

No, it is the unsung heroes, the unclassifiable oddities, the (Ebay lingo) RARE, the eclectic and the unexpected that we (and you) are interested in. In the next months, we will cover some of our finds and of course, inform about current and upcoming sales.

Be it Running BareJim Nesbitt's nudist take on the Big Bopper classic, new genres such as Country Popcorn, raving Bo Diddley style instros like The Everpresent Fullness' Doin' A Number or historical artifacts like one of Sylvia Robinson's first singles - we will make it available.