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Hem Label, And The Cashmeres

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I'm sure that both the group & label have been discussed here numerous times. That being said, I had a few thoughts, and wondered what you all could add to it.

 

1- The label name. I've not yet been told exactly why "HEM" was choosen, but I have a running theory. Herb Cohen was involved with many a label connection between DC and Atlantic/Atlantic distribution, which HEM had. Herco was his publishing, so he was clearly involved with this release. He was also personnel manager at Quality Music (later Waxies Maxies), operating as right hand to owner Max Silverman. Then in 1963, Max made Herb partner, with another new partner added as well.....Gene Levy. (Quality Music was the DC locale where the Ertegun brothers discovered the music that would become the basis for founding Atlantic Records in NYC.) All this is pretty cut and dry. So then, why not theorize that HEM could have stood for "Herb Cohen, Eugene Levy, Max Silverman. Sound likely? This been discussed here before?

 

2- A wierd coincidence. We know that the DC area Cashmeres released records on HEM, Hubba Hubba, and Ninandy, based on the tie to Eddie Jefferson. We already established the tie to Atlantic and NYC. Ok, so there is a very rare label called Frandy that released a few groups, including the earliest record by Herb Feemster (Peaches and Herb). The labels for the Frandy's are the exact same orange stock as the HEM. The Frandy's have Atlantic distribution out of NYC, just like the HEMs. The Herb Feemster cut was also Herb Cohen related, with Herco publishing, (and Eddie Singleton + Raynoma Gordy involvement). Herb F. often discussed how he worked at Quality Music at the time. So here's the wierd part. The other Frandy is by the "Ernie Kelley Combo", and the other Cashmeres from Detroit (right?) featured Ernie Kelley. So maybe I'm offbase here, but is this just a wierd coincidence?

 

3- Anyone able to add any deeper history of the group, or the HEM label in general? (other than just the discography featuring the following:

1000 The Cashmeres - Show Stopper / Don't Let the Door Hit You In The Back
1001 Lawrence and the Arabians - Ooh Baby / Coincidence
1002 Lawrence and the Arabians - Money / I'll try Harder
1003 The Epsilons - It's All Right / Mind In A Bind

 

Thanks!

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