Monday, October 28, 2013

Hallowe'en Spooky Sounds (1962)

This record came out in 1962 and my dad would play it on the hi-fi on Halloween to spook the trick or treaters that came to the door. It's probably one of the earliest examples of a sound effects record made specifically for the holiday. It was put out by Sounds Records out of Glendale, Ca. Here is track number one which is the longest from the 45 and features all the sounds that are on the rest of the disc. Put it in on a continuous loop for your next haunted house.
Happy Halloween!

The Drifters - "Rat Race"

Here is a great B-Side track from 1964 by The Drifters with Rudy Lewis on the lead vocal.
One of many songs penned and produced by the legendary Leiber-Stoller team

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Cadillacs - "Speedo"

The Cadillacs were an American rock and roll and doo-wop group from Harlem, New York; active from 1953 to 1962. The group was noted for their 1955 hit "Speedoo", which was lead singer, Earl Caroll's nickname. The song was released on Josie Records, which was a subsidiary of Jubilee Records in New York and was active from 1954 through to 1971

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sidney Maiden - "Hand Me Down Baby"

Here's a blues harp stomper that is from a split 45 that has THIS on the other side.
Born in Mansfield, LA in 1923, singer and harmonica blower Sidney Maiden made his mark on the blues with the classic "Eclipse of the Sun." In the '40s, Maiden moved to California where he first met guitarist K.C. Douglas. They bonded immediately since they both had a purist attitude towards rural blues and didn't compromise that style of playing once they left the south. They played clubs on the West Coast, and recorded "Eclipse of the Sun" in 1948 for the Down Town label run by Bob Geddins. It would be the first and only hit for Maiden.

# rec. 1957 in Los Angeles; Sidney Maiden voc, hca; p; Slim Green, g; Al Simmons, dr