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Saturday, September 23, 2017

THE EASTSIDE SOUND RECORD LABEL


Although music formats have changed over the past four decades, vinyl records especially 45 RPM have maintained their popularity and remain the staple of hardcore collectors.

Due to limited pressings, regional only release, lack of promotion or unpopularity many 45 RPM records have become hard to find, some downright impossible.

There are records on my want list that I have looked for for years but have been unable to find or even find a scan of the 45 or a listing where the record has been bought or auctioned.

Though I will keep looking for these records until my last breath, I decided to take matters into my own hands and have some of the songs custom made.  For me spinning the disc on a turntable is better than listening to it on a CD player.

I decided to label these pressings as white label promos on the Eastside Sound Record label. They are nor originals but they are one of a kind.


LITTLE D & THE BELAIRES - "ARE YOU MY GIRL" (EASTSIDE SOUND 101-A)


In 1962 David & Ruben Robles from La Puente, California recorded this haunting doo wop tune "Are You My Girl" Originally released on the Raft label.





THE RUNABOUTS - "BY THE TIME I GET TO TEXAS" (EASTSIDE SOUND 101-B)


Unreleased as a 45 RPM single, this song is only available on the album, EASTSIDE REVUE on the Rampart label. It was recorded circa 1968 by The Runabouts from Los Angeles, California. The track is a parody of Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix"





THE STORYTELLERS - "ROSIE" (EASTSIDE SOUND 102-A)


The Storytellers of "You Played Me A Fool" fame hailed from San Gabriel, California. In 2007 they recorded "Rosie" a tribute to Rosie Hamlin. Don't know if it was every pressed as a 45 RPM but it was played on Steve Propes "45'S Show" in 2007.





THE BLAZERS - "SOMEBODY PLEASE" (EASTSIDE SOUND 102-B)

In 1997 Big Manny Gonzalez & his band The Blazers recorded a cover version of The Vanguards classic "Somebody Please" The East LA band, The Blazers released the song in 1997 on their "Just For You" CD. Not available in the 45 RPM format.





THE ROYAL CHESSMEN - "YOU MUST BELIEVE ME" (EASTSIDE SOUND 103-A)

The Royal Chessmen hailed from El Monte, California. In 1966 they recorded a cover of the Impressions "You Must Believe Me" as the A side of their Custom Fidelity 45 RPM single. Little did they know that the B side "Beggin' You" would become an Eastside classic.

The 45 RPM single on it's original Custom Fidelity label is impossible to find. "Beggin You" has been booted on the Riot and Angie labels but "You Must Believe Me" has not.







THE MONTEREYS - "DARLIN' (I LOVE YOU SO) (EASTSIDE SOUND 103-B)


The Montereys hailed from Bakersfield, California and in 1962 they recorded "Darlin' (I Love You So) for the Trans American label. This record is so rare that the only copy I have known to exist was once owned by rare doo wop collector, Dave Antrell.






NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!! SOLY FOR HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES & TO BE A GUIDE FOR RECORD COLLECTORS!!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

EASTSIDE LEGEND CHICK CARLTON PASSES AWAY



SPECIAL THANKS TO MONICA BROWN DOYLE, CHICK'S ELDEST DAUGHTER FOR THE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION.

Carlton R Brown
AKA: Chick Carlton
Born: 1937 in Kansas
Passed Away March, 13 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada from cancer
His parents Carl Brown (deceased) Lillian Ransom (deceased) , one brother Russell brown (deceased) Russell has a daughter Cailin Brown

He leaves behind three daughters:
Monica Doyle Brown age 56 and Michelle Brown Rodriguez age 49 from wife Nancy Rios Brown (divorced)
Ashley Blasque age 27 her mother is Roberta Blasque (deceased) never married to Chick.

Chic was married in 1958 to Nancy Rios in Los Angeles.
2nd wife Janice Schmidt (divorced)
3rd wife Yvonne Richardson (divorced)
4th long time partner for the last 27 years, Harriette Vickers.

Besides his music, Chick had a long career with the city of Pasadena, California before retiring and moving to Las Vegas.

Chick had been a Facebook friend and commentator on my site for the past few years.

More information on Chick's musical career can be found on my post EASTSIDE BANDS 'CHICK CARTON & THE MAJESTICS. LINK HERE:

http://wwwyoufoundthateastsidesoundcom.blogspot.com/2012/06/eastside-bands-chick-carlton-majestics.html

An acomplished writer & recording artist here are some of Chick's 45RPM records:





















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SOLEY FOR HISTORICAL & EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES!!

ROSIE HAMLIN DEAD AT 71



REPOST FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE:
Rosie Hamlin, the lead singer in the San Diego band Rosie and The Originals, died Thursday at the age of 71. She was a teenager when she wrote and sang lead on the Originals’ classic 1961 hit, “Angel Baby.” It was later covered by everyone from John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt and Jenni Rivera to Tiffany, System of a Down and San Diego’s Mrs. Magician.
No cause of death has been given for Hamlin, whose passing was disclosed by her daughter, Deborah, on the Rosie and The Originals website. It is not yet known where the veteran vocalist was at the time of her death.
“Very Saddened to say that my mom Rosalie Hamlin passed away,” her daughter wrote. “She was 71 and passed in her sleep. She didn't perform anymore, and had removed herself from the music scene because of health concerns. She did still paint and tended a very lovely garden. She will be greatly missed by so many. Thank you for all your wishes and time and kind words. It meant a lot to her. God bless.”
Hamlin had been battling fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes widespread muscular skeletal pain, since 2000. A 2004 post on her website offers a detailed account of her fight against fibromyalgia and gives thanks for the assistance she received. The post also references her position as a music teacher for young people at Barrio Station in Logan Heights, near downtown San Diego.

Former Beatle John Lennon was such a fan of Hamlin and of “Angel Baby” that he recorded the song for his 1975 oldies collection, “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” It did not appear on that album, but was added to the expanded 2004 reissue.
Lennon’s brassy take on “Angel Baby” first appeared on his posthumously released 1986 album, “Menlove Ave.” At the start of his version, he offered a dedication: “This here is one of my all-time favorite songs. Send my love to Rosie, wherever she may be.”
Hamlin and Lennon never met in person, as she lamented in a 2001 San Diego Union-Tribune interview.
“He was traveling, I was traveling,” she recalled. “I never got to be on a show with him or meet him. The closest I got to hearing anything from him was on the recording of ‘Angel Baby.’”
Rosalie “Rosie” Méndez Hamlin was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., on July 21, 1945. Her family moved to Alaska then to National City, just south of San Diego.
By the time she was 13 and a student at O’Farrell Junior High, Hamlin was sneaking out to sing with a local country-music band. She told the other members she was 16. While only paid in tips, Hamlin was delighted to be on stage. “I was just happy to sing,” she wrote on her website.
Hamlin was only 14 when she wrote “Angel Baby,” inspired equally by a teenage crush she had at the time and by “Earth Angel,” a heart-wrenching doo-wop hit by The Penguins.
She recorded the song in a converted airline hangar in San Marcos, not long after her uncle’s girlfriend introduced her to the musicians who became The Originals — bassist Tony Gomez and guitarists David Ponci and Noah Tafolla. Drummer Carl Von Goodat and saxophonist Alfred Barrett came on board a short while later.
“We were looking for somebody who might have a recording studio,” Hamlin told the Union-Tribune. “And in those days there really weren't any here in San Diego yet. I (thought) we were going to have to go to Los Angeles.”
However, making a recording and securing a record contract were two very different matters, as Hamlin recounted in the biography on her website.
“We had trouble landing a record deal,” she wrote. “We couldn’t even get an appointment with any of the labels. So we took one of our 45’s to Kresge’s Department Store in San Diego. They had listening booths in their music section where you could preview records before you bought them. We asked the manager to play our record and see if he could sell it in his store.”
A deal with Highland Records followed, although the label insisted that Ponci — as the oldest member of The Originals — receive sole writing credit. Released in 1960, the song rose to No. 5 on the national charts by early 1961. Hamlin would spend years battling to regain authorship credit and the music publishing royalties to her song.
The success of “Angel Baby” led to an “American Bandstand” TV appearance and concert tours with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other stars. Despite the release of at least five other singles in 1961 and 1962, “Angel Baby” would be Hamlin’s sole hit. Several decades later, the song earned her a place of prominence in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “One-Hit Wonder” exhibit in Cleveland. Hamlin was elated.
“I was the first Latina to be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio,” she wrote on her website, “for my song ‘Angel Baby.’”
After her lone hit, Hamlin went on to record an album with Originals’ guitarist Tafolla, to whom she was married for three years. She quit music in the 1960s to raise her son, Joey Tafolla, and daughter, Deborah Cray. A subsequent marriage produced her second son, John Sanders.
But she returned to singing in each subsequent decade, leading varying lineups of The Originals, until her health problems became too severe.
“I just can't stay away,” she told the Union-Tribune of her passion for music. “I love it.”
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

THE EASTSIDE BANDS



(left to right- Ray Ballesteros, Jesse Perez, Jacob Padilla, Anthony Baray {front center}, Ray Rosa {back center}, Fred Gonzalez, Andy ?, Rodger Baron Guitierrez)

THEE EMERALDS:




front row, left to right- Anthony Baray, Sammy "Bones" Ramos, Ray Rosa)
(center, left to right- Mike Mercado, Ray Ballesteros, Jesse Perez)
(back row, left to right- Jacob Padilla, Fred Gonzalez, Andy ?)


THEE CELESTIALS:



(left to right- Richard Ramirez, Bob Zurko, Bernie Leal, Chuck Muela, Ray Headrick, and Mike Valdez)
(hidden- Mike Montez, rhythm guitar and Mike Aceves, drums)


THEE ENCHANTERS:



THEE ROYAL CHECKMATES:



left to right- Joe Herrera (keys), Albert Alaman (bass), Eddie Jones (vocals/guitar)
Richard Saenz (rhythm guitar), Ray Rodriguez (drums), Freddy Saenz (vocals)
(c. 1972 Ray Rodriguez would become the drummer for Yaqui.)


THEE ROYAL CHECKMATES (CIRCA 1966):



(front center- Debbie Thomas)
(left to right- Bobby Gonzales, Richard Saenz, Steve Ramirez, Aaron Ballesteros, 
Joe Herrera, Ralph Gandara, Eddie Jones, David Segura, and Eddie Herron)(Aaron Ballesteros would later become Tierra's longtime drummer.)
 


THEE PROGRESSIONS:


from left- Rick DeLeon, Clarence Playa, far right- Sammy "Bones" Ramos)


THEE ROYAL JESTERS:


(front row, left to right- Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia {pre-Cannibal & the Headhunters}, Joe Urzua, Jimmy Horvath, and Robert Martinez)
(back row, left to right- Freddie Ayala, Raul Ceballos, Johnny Diaz, and Fred Gallegos)
(photo courtesy of Raul Ceballos)

THE RHYTHM PLAYBOYS:



(center- Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, pre-Cannibal & the Headhunters)


THE LITTLE HEARTBREAKERS:



THE VELVETONES:




THE VESUVIANS:



(Bobby Hernandez on sax)


THE ETALONS:





THE EXOTICS:




AL & THE NITELITERS:




ART & THE FABULONS:




(top row, left to right- Ernest Martinez, Joey Valenzuela, 
Ernie Valenzuela, and Art Valenzuela)
(front row, left to right- Cesar Reta, Willie Estrada, and Efrain Farias)

THE VILLAGE CALLERS:





THE DELGADO BROTHERS:





Bobby and Danny Delgado, 2nd and far right, had been  members of The Exotics
and Eddie Delgado, 2nd from right, had been a member of Thee Ambertones)


THE PROPHETS:



(back row, left to right-  Bill Reyes,  Bobby Hernandez (Romancers),  Tom Fuentes, Gil Mendiaz)  (front row, left to right- Dave Parsley, John Deluna (later of El Chicano), unidentified)
(Photo courtesy of William "Bill" Reyes)



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

EASTSIDE BANDS - THE ROYAL CHESSMEN



Band Members:

David Luna (vocals)
Joe Luna (drums)
Gilbert Zabala (lead guitar)
John Albert (rhythm guitar)
Raul Davalina (bass guitar)

The Royal Chessmen hailed from El Monte, California and in 1966 recorded the Eastside classic "Beggin' You"

"Beggin You" was intended to be the B-Side of the record with "You Must Believe Me" as the A-Side.
The songs were recorded and released on the Custom Fidelity label, a private press company that produced records on contract for artists. The band literally sold the records out of the trunks of their cars which makes them very rare and collectable in today's market.

You Must Believe Me"/"Beggin' You" (Custom Fidelity CF-742, 1966)






You May Listen To The Royal Chessmen "You Must Believe Me" Here:










You May Listen To The Royal Chessmen "Beggin' You" Here:






Because of it's popularity "Beggin' You" has been successfully bootlegged on the Riot label (Riot R-001-A) & on the Angie label.





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The Custom Fidelity 45 RPM is currently on my want list.





              The Royal Chessmen at Nick's Taste Of Texas, West Covina


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Monday, February 8, 2016

VINYL CLASSICS - THE SALESIAN HIGH SCHOOL ROCK & ROLL SHOWS

Bishop Mora Salesian High School is a Catholic high scool built in 1958 and located in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles, California.

In 1964, the school's band director, W.A, Taggert began producing concerts at East Los Angeles City College. The auditorium held approximately 2500 seats.

The Salesian High School Rock & Roll Show albums are little known outside of collectors of Los Angeles R&B music and lovers of the Eastside Sound.

Five albums were recorded and released on the Century Custom Recording Service label in 1964 and 1965. The albums were initially sold at the school book store for $3.25 and if you can find them now sell for hundreds of dollars.

Considering that the price of a Beatles concert ticket was $5.00 at the time, the $1.25 ticket price for the first show was certainly a bargain. The Beatles played for 30 minutes and the Salesian shows ran from 3 to 3 1/2 hours. For later shows admission price was $2.00.

Volume 1 (Century Custom 19070) Recorded April 19. 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side One:

Bobbie & The Esquires - You'll Lose A Good Thing
John Gamboa Sextet - Down At The Chicken Shack
John Gamboa Sextet - Moody's Mood For Love
Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors - Night Train
Thee Midniters - Chinese Checkers
Thee Midniters - For Your Love

Side Two:

The Vesuvians - The Fugitive
The Vesuvians - Hand Clapping
Blue Satins - Summertime
Blue Satins - Love Lights
Blue Satins - My First Love
The Salesian Mustand Swing Band - Theme For Rock & Roll

Producer: W.A.Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R.Ruiz

It is said that these were the first recordings of Thee Midniters; a cover version of Booker T & The MG's "Chinese Checkers" and a cover of Ed Townsend's "For Your Love"

Sal Padilla & The Leggeriors recorded one single for the Goliath label "Flame Of Love" and "Justine" in1963.

The Blue Satins recorded one single for the Scarlet label "You Don't Know Me" and "My Wife Can't Cook" in 1963.


VOLUME 2 (Century Custom 21995) Recorded October 18, 1964











TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

Art & The Nite Liters - Tuff Talk
The Velvetones - Tenderly
Ronnie & The Casuals - 20.75
The Rhythm Playboys - This Is My Prayer
The Rhythm Playboys - One Degree North
Thee Midniters with Lil'l Willie G, vocalist - And I Love Her
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - So Far Away

Side 2:

Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - I Need Someone
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G, vocalist - Darling Forever
Thee Midniters with Li'l Willie G vocalist - Sad Girl
The Blue Satins - Help Yourself
The Blue Satins - Oh-Pu-Pi-Do (featuring The Sisters Trio)
The Blue Satins - The Bounce

Notes by George L. Pineda

Volume 2 is the most common volume (easiest to find) probably because more copies were sold due to the appearance and popularity of Thee Midniters featuring Li'l Willie G on vocals.At this show Thee Midniters also performed "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (not included on this album) Thee Midniters were supposed to back Cannibal & The Headhunters who were know locally for their version of the Chris Kenner penned tune. Cannibal & The Headhunters were stuck in Fresno with bad weather so Thee Midniters had the starring spot and performed their own version. This prompted W.A. Taggert to take Thee Midniters recording to Ruth Contes of Chattahoochee Record in Hollywood. The single "Land Of A Thousand Dances" (parts 1&2) would be released in November, 1964 on Chattahoochee 666.

The album also includes a track by Ronnie & The Casuals who would go on to be called Ronnie & The Pomona Casuals (see my post under EASTSIDE BANDS) and The Blue Satins "Oh-Pu-Pi-Do" featuring The Sisters Trio. The Sisters would record the track as "Ooh Poo Pa Doo" for Del-Fi backed by Ronnie & The Casuals.


VOLUME 3 (Century Custom 20069) Recorded May 16,1965














TRACK LIST:

Side 1:

The Goofy Six Plus One - I Need Someone
The Relations - I Do Love You
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Sad Girl
Mickey Aversa & The Invaders - Darling Forever
The Etalons - Out Of Sight
The Little Heartbreakers - Cradle Rock
The Enchanters - Try Me
The Parlay Brothers - Uncle Sam's Man

Side 2:

The Emeralds - Wooly Bully
The Precisions - I Been Trying
The Counts - Girl Of My Dreams
Clarence Playa - I Wake Up Crying
The Velvetones - Gloria
The Progressions - Twine Time
Li'l Ray - Ooh Baby Baby
The Ambertones - Ebb Tide

Producer: W.A. Taggart
Director: Gilbert Pineda
Photographer: R. Ruiz

My favorite Salesian High Rock & Roll album for a couple of reasons. One, my cousin Mickey Aversa & his band, The Invaders performed at this show & are on this album. Two, several other acts on this album went on to have recording careers including Little Ray Jimenez & The Progressions (including Clarence Playa), The Heartbreakers, The Parlay Brothers, The Counts and The Ambertones. You can find more information on these bands by checking out my posts under EASTSIDE LEGENDS and EASTSIDE BANDS.









VOLUME 4 (Century Custom) Recorded October 10, 1965






TRACK LIST:

The Vandells - Get Down With It
The Entertainers - Double OO Soul
The Fabulons - I'll Go Crazy
The Four J's - My Girl Sloopy
The Executives - High Heel Sneakers
The Relations - Heat Wave
The Impalas - Treat Her Right
The V.I.P's - David's Mood
Frankie Valens - Gee Whiz
The Emeralds - So Far Away
The Enchantments - Try Me
The Etalons - Ask Me Why
The Noblemen - To Be Loved
The Ambertones - I Need Someone
The Ambertones - My Prayer
The Four By Fours - Roll Over Beethoven





The scans and track list were provided to me by fellow collector Gene Aguilera along with a compact disc of the recording. I can not thank Mr Aguilera enough for his help in my inclusion of this volume on this post.

The Ambertones return on Volume 4. The Noblemen recorded "Soul Shuffle" for the Kay Gee record label in 1964. The Impalas are covered under EASTSIDE BANDS. Also of note are the V.I.P's who would go on to become El Chicano.

There is a fifth volume in this series but it has only a couple of bands and the rest of the album is by the Salesian High School band.

Vinyl copies of volumes 4 and 5 are currently on my want list.

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