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Tony Rounce

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  • Birthday 11/02/1953

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  1. A little common courtesy in getting back to me would not have gone amiss...
  2. Fred Briggs please if it is still available...
  3. Red and white Jetstreams are stock copies. This'll be coming out on a Kent CD very soon, in 'from mastertape' quality. For those who don't know, 'Prince Charles' is actually Charles Sheffield. At least, that's what it says on the tape box.
  4. Given that two of the four founding 'Village Soul' DJs - Gary Thomas and myself - were not asked if we'd like to participate in this event, I think it's stretching it a bit to say the 'the original Norfolk Village Saturday night residents are back together again...' Nevertheless it would be uncharitable of me to wish you all anything other than a smashing night.
  5. Lonnie Youngblood's 'Sweet Sweet Tootie' on Turbo is also a version of this rhythm (although, like the Willie and West, it's on a recut of the Hesitations, rather than the original rhythm)
  6. I've got a US Epic Demo of 'Wanted' by them, if you're thinking of starting to collect Dooleys rarities... ...actually 'Wanted' isn't a bad record as Abba rip-offs go...
  7. "...they were from Yorkshire... "
  8. Hi - Would anyone have for sale (or know where I can find a copy to buy of) Benny Spellman's 'It Must Be Love'/'Spirit Of Loneliness' on Alon 9027? It's not his money tune on Alon so theoretically it shouldn't be hard to find, I guess. Although I can't find one, so maybe it's harder than I think... Anyway, please PM me if you have one for sale yourself, or can point me in the direction of one for sale... Cheers - TONY
  9. I don't have a complete list of Okeh's, Den. There are loads of 1920s Jazz 78s that came out on Columbia and Parlophone, some of which also came out on UK Columbia 45s in the early 50s - I have a couple of Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven 45s in my own collection and there's also a Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four 45 which has two Okeh tracks. Presume you know about the super rare Chuck Willis EP on Fontana, consisting of four Okeh tracks? Les at Kingbee has one for sale in the shop, if you're feeling like a pools winner... BTW Johnnie Ray had one other Okeh 78 prior to Cry - "Whiskey And Gin"/"Tell The Lady I Said Goodbye" (Okeh 6809). He recorded it in Detroit with accompaniment from Maurice King and his Wolverines. Released in the USA in 1951 it was belatedly issued here on a Columbia 78 (DB 3263) and 45 (SCM 5041) in June 1953, not too long before US Columbia shifted its distribution from EMI to Phillips.
  10. 'Peanuts' was 78 only on Philips, Den. I would imagine that Philips/Fontana were still pretty cautious about what they pressed on 45 for commercial sale when they first made the transition. There were ceratinly still a few 78-only releases on Philips itself after they started issuing 45s commercially.. Maybe they thought 'Dumplins' would have a better chance of chart success if they made it available in both formats. It was released here when it was still current in the US (unlike SJH) and it was competing with a lot of cover versions from both the US and here, all of which would have been available as 78s and 45s. The JK series is interesting and, as Gene says, has quite a few big pop hits of the era in its run that were not issued commercially on 45. Nearest it got to an R&B record was Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray's excellent revival of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight's 'Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air)' which, I'm pleased to say, I have a copy of...
  11. Per Pete, SJH is 78 only on Fontana, Den. Philips/Fontana were the last UK company to start manufacturing 45s for anything other than jukeboxes and a few of the early Fontana's were 78 only. I guess Dumplins made it to 45 because it was a hit in the states at about the same time as it was issued here. 'Spell' was, of course, a couple of years old by the time it came out on Fontana and that might have been a reason why there was no 45... Of course, another Okeh release that came out here on 78 only (this time on Phillips) was 'Peanuts' by Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers...
  12. Bernie Binnick founded Swan and was involved in the label's operation right up to its demise, I believe. He rowed Dick Clark and his 'American Bandstand' producer Tony Mammarella in for a piece of the label at its incorporation - just as the people at Cameo-Parkway and several other important 50s Philly labels did - in exchange for what might politely be termed 'prominent product positioning' on 'Bandstand'. Dick Clark gave up his interest in Swan (and all the other labels he had a 'interest' in) at the insitence of his emplolers ABC TV after the Paypla commiission of 1959 and 1960 had somehow managed to find him innocent of any wrongdoing (yeah, right...) Far as I know, whatever some former Swan acts may have claimed to the contrary 'my very good friend' John Beecher owns the whole Swan catalogue, and its subsidiary Lawn - apart from the obvious things that were licensed in (e.g. the Beatles and several other things that Swan got from EMI) and all of Freddy Cannon's masters, which Freddy got back several years ago and possibly even before John bought the rights to the catalogue. He's very meticulous with his licensing, and won't license something out unless he has contractual paperwork confirning his absolute ownership... I know that some producers of certain Swan Records have claimed in the past that Swan's bankruptcy nullified its ownership of certain masters, but I doubt if too many claims stand up to close scrutiny other than JB's.
  13. The precursor of all these (and probably more soulful than some mentioned so far) would probably have to be RPM's Teen Queens, of 'Eddie My Love' fame.

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