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boss records detroit

as a collector i picked up what i thought was the three releases

johnny dixon - where are you

jeen and him - you aint gonna get a chance

reggie alexander - its better


all on the super sonic sound label

45s arranged by herbie williams, jack ashford, john allen, lorraine chandler, joe hunter, etc


just hoping lorraine could  add some history / insight

I take it boss 101 is jean carter ?


This is one obscure label

I see the label later in the 60s, but I dont feel its got anything to do with original pied piper productions

why boss records? three magnificent 45s !

and why just three releases ?
 

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This might help.

 

Boss

 

There are at least seven labels called Boss that released records in the Sixties, all from different cities, so here are the listings for the seven I’m aware of: 

 

Boss (Philadelphia)

401 — The Boss-Tones — Mope-Itty Mope / Wings Of An Angel
402 — Ace Jones - Why Did You Leave Me / Oh Marie
403 — The Deb-Teens — Darling / Drip Drop
404 - The Manhattons - Far East Rock / ?
501 — The Bosstones — Mope-Itty Mope / Wings Of An Angel

502 — The Celebrities — You Didn't Tell The Truth / Good Night
503 — The Celebrities — I Chose You Baby / Inst.

 

Boss (Chicago)

2002 - Denny Jordon - You'll Be Lonely / ? - ?
2113 - Ric & Ray & The Bossmen - One Look / Till The Day I Die
2117 — The Duvals — Cotton / What I Am
2118 — ?
2119 — ?
2120 — The Squires — Girls / It’s Time

2121 - Sam Chatmon & The Sparks featuring Gwinny Witherspoon - Nobody But Me / I Don't Care - ?
2122 — The Rannels — Blue Island / Boom Baby
2123 — ?
2124 — Little Bobby Neely — Bad Undertaking / Part Of A Fool
2125 — Perk Lee — The Docks / Peanut Butter Sandwiches 

 

Boss (Los Angeles)

101 — Hank Turgeon — I’ve Got To Hand It To You / Yours My Love
102 — Spider Ray & The Velveteens — While We Dance / It’s Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)
 

Boss (Detroit)

101 — Jeen & Him — You Ain't Gonna Get A Chance / The Party's Over
102 — Reggie Alexander — My Confession (To You) / It's Better

103 — Johnny Dixon & Super Sonic Strings — Where Are You / Inst.
103 — Joe L — It's Love Baby / Maria's Blues

 

Boss (Louisville)

6501 - The Kan Dells - Cry Girl / Cloudburst - 1965
9912 - The Chateaus — I’m The One / The Bells Of Remmy - 1965
9913 - ?
9914 -?
9915 - New Lime - It's Your Turn To Cry / Only You - 1965
9916 - The Trendells -
Sha-La-Lah-La / Sweets For My Sweet -1965
9916 - Paul Wolfe - A Long Long Time / Raindrops In The Snow - 1965
9917 - Soul Inc - Who Do You Love / 727 - 1965
9918 - Soul Inc - (In The) Midnight Hour / The Leaves Of Grass - 1966

9919 - The Trendells — Love / It's So Right - 1966
9920 - Soul Inc - Stronger Than Dirt / 60 Miles High - 1967
9921 - The Tren-Dells — That’s My Desire / Let's Go Steady For The Summer - 1967 


 

Boss (New York)

1301 - Billy Nichols - Whip Your Body (Whip It Whip It Whip It) / Same

 

Boss (San Francisco)

001 - Continental Four - Walking On A Cloud / Please Be My Girlfriend
002 - Rovin' Flames - I Can't / I'm Afraid To Go Home
003 - The Ravens - Reaching For The Sun / The Things We Did Today
004 - The Berkley Five - The Things We Did Today / You're Gonna Cry
005 - ?
006 - ?
007 - ?
008 - Journey Men - She's Sorry / Short And Sweet
009 - Purple Underground - On Broadway / Rain Come Down
010 - Purple Underground - Count Back / Soon
0041 - Jo Jo Petite - Joey / You Make Me Come Alive

 

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Isn't it interesting that Dennis Edwards was lead singer in a group that made a record on a Philadelphia label named Boss, and yet he was a Detroit artist, and there was later an unrelated Detroit label named Boss?  Was he originally from Philadelphia?

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Boss (Philadelphia)

401 — The Boss-Tones — Mope-Itty Mope / Wings Of An Angel

402 — Ace Jones - Why Did You Leave Me / Oh Marie

403 — The Deb-Teens — Darling / Drip Drop

404 - The Manhattons - Far East Rock / ?

501 — The Bosstones — Mope-Itty Mope / Wings Of An Angel

502 — The Celebrities — You Didn't Tell The Truth / Good Night

503 — The Celebrities — I Chose You Baby / Inst.

 

The Celebrities "I Choose You Baby" clearly states Detroit on the label and look at the credits too on that and on "You Didn't Tell The Truth". - Detroit names.

 

They also sound like Detroit recordings.

 

What is the evidence that says these were Philadelphia releases?  :g: 

 

Cheers

 

Richard

 

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The Celebrities "I Choose You Baby" clearly states Detroit on the label and look at the credits too on that and on "You Didn't Tell The Truth". - Detroit names.

 

They also sound like Detroit recordings.

 

What is the evidence that says these were Philadelphia releases?  :g: 

 

Cheers

 

Richard

 

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Of Course!  How could I have forgotten that Frank Brown, Joe Hunter and Mike Terry were involved in that recording, and that the red pressing had "Detroit michigan"written on the label?  It's only that the yellow pressing DOESN'T have "Detroit"on the label, and also looks very similar in design to the Philly label's font and layout, and also the incredible coincidence that both labels (Philly label's 2nd run only) started from 500.  But, anyone knowing the time periods of both labels would know that they couldn't have run concurrently.  The Philly label's #503 was issued several years before The Celebrities' Detroit release.

 

Another item of interest is that there appears to be only a thin connection of The Celebreties' Detroit Boss Records with the Pied Piper Detroit Boss, in that both labels used Joe Hunter and Mike Terry in their recordings.  But, Frank Brown seems to be the money man/executive production man in The Celebrities', and The Pied Piper people were clearly the source of the later Boss issues.  Perhaps Joe Hunter and Mike Terry are links from one label to another, but I'd like to know why these two, seemingly little-related labels had the same name only 1-2 years apart. 

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Guest gaz thomas

thanks for that guys,

 

the celebrities - Boss503 - is a fantastic and rare 45 is it not.

 

but Its not the pied piper super sonic sound boss label is it ?

 

I see the Joe Hunter credit on the celebrities 45

 

but no sign of Herbie Williams,Johnny Allen, Lorraine Chandler or Jack Ashford.

 

Also the Joe L 45 listed in the detriot boss list is a totally different label aswel isnt it, with no

 

connection at all to pied piper?

 

So I take it there is only Boss super sonic sound production 101,102,and 103 - just the 3 releases

 

Anyone one know of any other releases on that inprint ?

 

Thanks again Guys

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