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Hi folks, I have 2 nice sides on a label called 'Dynamics", but cant remember seeing many others on this label or Design... I see 'Dynamic' Records out of Texas, obviously not the same. Then I found 3 tracks by The Superlatives, that have blk and Blue labels, and slightly different label design, but same Detroit address, and separate release numbers...

Interesting label, dont see to much more out there, can anybody help with the missing info, maybe tell us what the TY-56957 relates to on my scans below? and I'll pip it over to Dave Rimmer for his web site once its reasonably complete...

So here's what I have:

Dynamics Records (Detroit - Michigan) - Discography
DYNA - M.A.P Productions / Labney Music

Maxine Jenkins - Sounds so strange / Black of face / (Dynamics 11242)

The Superlatives - Forget About Tomorrow / Do What You Want to Do / (D-1011-A/B)

The Superlatives - Won't You Please (Be My Baby) / Don,t Ever Leave Me (D 1012 A/B)

The Eldees - Don't be Afraid to Love / You Broke My Happy Heart (D-1013-A/B)

The Dynosonics -  Soul Bug  / You Got It / (D-1014-A/B)

Ace Jones & Blue Jays  Way down yonder / A letter to mother (D-1015-A/B)

Superlatives - Lonely in a Crowd / I Don't Know How (to say I love You) Don't Walk Away / (D-1016-A/B)
(later issued on Westbound W 144A/B)

The Superlatives - Don't Let True Love Die / She's My Wonder Woman (D-1017-A/B)

Johnny Adams  ‎– I'm Grateful / Going To The City (D-1101-A/B)
(Later issued on 'Gone' Records (G-15147) a division of Roulette Records.

 

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The-Superlatives---Dont-let-true-Love-die

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Mal

Dynamics 1015 is Ace Jones & Blue Jays  Way down yonder/A letter to mother

Dynamics 1016 is Superlatives  Lonely in a crowd/Don't walk away ... later issued on Westbound

Dynamics 11242 is Maxine Jenkins  Sounds so strange/Black of face ... not sure if this is the same Dynamic label

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1 hour ago, Dazz said:

Mal

Dynamics 1015 is Ace Jones & Blue Jays  Way down yonder/A letter to mother

Dynamics 1016 is Superlatives  Lonely in a crowd/Don't walk away ... later issued on Westbound

Dynamics 11242 is Maxine Jenkins  Sounds so strange/Black of face ... not sure if this is the same Dynamic label

amended, cheers Dazz...

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The TY5-56957 is the phone number. In the 60's and backwards, the instead of saying the phone number is 895-6957 

the operator would say something like "Tyson5-6957". Not sure when the phone company stopped doing this. Not sure

why they did this in the first place either.

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4 minutes ago, the yank said:

The TY5-56957 is the phone number. In the 60's and backwards, the instead of saying the phone number is 895-6957 

the operator would say something like "Tyson5-6957". Not sure when the phone company stopped doing this. Not sure

why they did this in the first place either.

I seem to remember it being around the beginning of the 1970s when they abandoned the "exchanges", and went to the 3-digit "forenumber'.  Before that, there were various different exchanges using the same 2 letters in the same area code.

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Though they were no longer in real use, the two-letter exchanges were still familiar to anyone living in Detroit at least through the seventies. TY was for Tyler, the name of the street my mother grew up on. There was a well-known local TV commercial when I was a kid ca. 1974 for a home-improvement company where the jingle instructed viewers to "call Tyler-8-7100 for a home-improvement date." My own exchange was UN, for University District, as I lived near the University of Detroit. BEechwood, the famous one in the song, didn't actually exist.

 

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26 minutes ago, chalky said:

The Maxine Jenkins appears to be same label or related, has the same Labney Publishing on the label.

ok, that ties this one in, given the look, release  number, and sound of this track, would folk agree this is an early effort before A.Abney / Labney got his label launched proper?

Anybody guess who A.Abney might be?

Cheers Chalky

 

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the flip of D1012 is "Don,t ever leave me " and is a girl lead lovely mid-tempo tune...........its on You tube...this is a nice 45 both sides...the label design on mine is same as the black and silver 1011

Edited by platters 81

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Updated, Nice track, my favorite is 'Won't You Please Be My Baby' which I guess is a bit more in the Northern Mid tempo vein... all good though.. here's the Johnny Adams first and second release...

 

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We had a long, detailed thread on this label on Soulful Detroit Forum years ago.  Detroit producer/record masterer, Ron Murphy, told us that the owner of Dynamics Records was  Arthur Abney.  He must have been the "Art" in Tru-Art Productions.  The Maxine Jenkins was certainly from that same label.  But, by sound (from memory from several years ago), I wasn't sure if it was before or AFTER the 1000 series.   The label ran from late 1967 or early 1968 through 1970 or so.

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Cheers Robb, I'll check out that thread on SDF...

so the label was short lived, and I guess as always with these small labels they are set up for a single group or singer, I guess the Superlatives in this case...

 

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7 hours ago, Kris Holmes said:

i always wondered how the Johnny Adams/Eddie Bo 45 ended up on this label.

Yes, it's interesting that these master leases from across the country got in the hands of small indie labels in another city.  It's always about connections between people.  One might wonder how it came to be that our little Airwave Records distributed Montab Records, but no surprise that we distributed Freddie Gorman's Rene Records, as he was an Airwave artist and songwriter, and worked on productions other than his own.  Don't forget that almost all African-Americans in the "Rust Belt" cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Dayton, Youngstown, Toledo, Columbus, Detroit, Erie, Buffalo, Pittwsburgh, etc, had frequent, direct contact with relatives and friends still located in The South.  Abney must have known some of Eddy Bo's and Johnny Adams' people or contacts in New Orleans.

 

9 hours ago, Mal C said:

Cheers Robb, I'll check out that thread on SDF...

so the label was short lived, and I guess as always with these small labels they are set up for a single group or singer, I guess the Superlatives in this case...

 

The Superlatives were the only artists on that label that I heard of gigging outside Detroit.  They were certainly the "mainstay" of the label.  But Dynamics had almost 10 releases, so, I wouldn't say it was set up just for that group, like Drew for The Precisions.  Abney had seen how successful Golden World was copying Motown.  He (like so many other tiny indie label founders in Detroit in the 1960s) actually thought he could make some money producing and selling records, writing and publishing songs, and managing singing acts.  I actually heard of The Eldees, too.

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Hi Marvin, I started this thread a few years back, as you can see your fathers label was also discussed on another soul related forum...

We are obviously fans of the music, and as you can guess facts about smaller labels get lost over time, what more can you tell us about your father and your families involvement in the music business? 

Malcolm 

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On ‎18‎/‎04‎/‎2016 at 09:15, Mal C said:

ok, that ties this one in, given the look, release  number, and sound of this track, would folk agree this is an early effort before A.Abney / Labney got his label launched proper?

Anybody guess who A.Abney might be?

Cheers Chalky

 

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Butler L Abney

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9 hours ago, RobbK said:

So, was The Maxine Jenkins record before Dynamics' 1000 series, or after it? 

So, "A. Abney" was Armond Abney, Butler's other son.

Your something else Rob, so much respect 

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1015 Ace Jones is brutally good uptempo r'n'b, super tough one too, old Finewine spin, JM auctioned a copy, I have one tucked away, too obscure to be popular

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Hello all, sorry  it's been  so long checking back but this is Marvin Abney, the son of Butler Abney . may he rest in peace of the record label Dynamics. Any questions you can relay them to me... My email is Marvo626@sbcglobal.net I also was wondering where did you get copies of all of them records from

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14 hours ago, Marvin said:

Hello all, sorry  it's been  so long checking back but this is Marvin Abney, the son of Butler Abney . may he rest in peace of the record label Dynamics. Any questions you can relay them to me... My email is Marvo626@sbcglobal.net I also was wondering where did you get copies of all of them records from

Hi Marvin. In the early to mid '60's in the UK out of the coffee bars and nightclubs grew a group of young people who called themselves, and were referred to as 'Mods'. The music of choice was, especially in the North of England (but not exclusively), Soul music. As there was such a wealth of Soul music put out in the US during the '60's it has carried it through to this day.

 

Because so many of the releases gained little or no attention they were quite hard to find. So our 'own' scene was created where we would hire places to stage events to play these records. Especially all nighters staged for between 8 to 12 hours where the music was up tempo for the large part. The rarity of the records gave them somewhat of a longer shelf life but the love of the music is where the real hook is.

 

This lead to certain enterprising young chaps from the UK making trips to the States to buy up these records and dig even further into record companies back catalogues and warehouses, record stores and flea markets across the States were combed trough for anything of interest, so there is now a huge inventory of Soul music original platters now residing in this country and indeed around the World as love of the music including the unfamiliar has spread. Europe and Japan also have some renowned collectors and collections. 

 

Indeed one member on here for certain runs one of the best reissue labels in the World and I think there's others involved in reissuing music. Not only reissuing but gaining access to the master tapes and issuing for the first time a wealth of music that would never have seen light of day. So pretty serious about the music.

 

So that's a short potted history to counter your surprise at the ownership of some of the singles and the sites knowledge about Soul music, hope it helps, Dave.

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On ‎18‎/‎04‎/‎2016 at 15:28, platters 81 said:

1012 is quite a hard 45 these days..........i wonder who the girl vocal is on the b side?

Ronnie Goodson possibly ??

 

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Some of us were buying those obscure Soul records in The USA, around the time they were released, and are still collecting today.  I bought most of Dynamics 1011-1017 in Detroit record store bargain bins soon (within 3-6 months) after they were released.

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I've managed to track down promotional copies of 1012-1016. Do promotional copies of 1011 or 1017 exist? Also, if anyone has cleaner copies of 1015 or 1016 for sale feel free to get in touch.

Edit: Wow. I didn't mean to make the scans that large - sorry.

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On 2018-03-21 at 06:39, Marvin said:

Hello all, sorry  it's been  so long checking back but this is Marvin Abney, the son of Butler Abney . may he rest in peace of the record label Dynamics. Any questions you can relay them to me... My email is Marvo626@sbcglobal.net I also was wondering where did you get copies of all of them records from

Hi Marvin,

I sent you another personal message to your message box on this forum.  Please check it out.  It answers a couple of your questions.

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