As we all know Texas was home to many very good garage bands in the 1960's. Some of these groups like the 13 Floor Elevators and Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs went on to achieve national success. Most others though, faded away into obscurity. Over the years numerous compilation albums have tried to remember these groups and to show how talented they were. Today on the Blog I would like to highlight one of those obscure groups called The Gorillamen out of Houston, Texas. The band released a couple of really nice 45 singles on the Whiz record label in the Mid- 1960's. Let me know what you think.
Little is known about Brandy. I read that the group might be from Buffalo, New York. The label shows that the record was released in 1974. "Tell Her I Love You" and "Life Is" are outstanding. If someone might have information about the band it would be appreciated.
In June 1966 The Gremlins released this really nice 45. The Group is thought to be from the Springfield, Virginia area. Both songs on the record were written by Mark Buckingham. "California Sounds" has a catchy Jan and Dean or the Beach Boys surf sound. "Tale For The Sea" is a dreamy lament ballad. Nice record!
Friday and the Weekends were from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In late 1967 the group released their only 45. Other groups such as The Invasion and The Young Savages also released 45's on the Dynamic Sound label.
In 1966 the Renegades released their one and only record. It was a good one. Randy Lowden wrote both songs on the 45. As you can see from the label scans, Rich Records was located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Back in the 1960's several local artists released 45's on the Rich label. It is believed that the Renegades were from Oklahoma City area. If anyone can provide more info about the band would be great.
Lord Beverley Moss and the Moss Men consisted of Bob Timmers (Lead Guitar/Bass), Gary Laabs (Guitar), Vic Wendt (Keyboards /Bass), Tom Gebheim (Drums) and Lord Beverley Moss (Vocals). In Gary Meyers book "Do You Hear That Beat" the story goes that the Moss Men were looking for a lead singer. The British sound was big so the group placed a advertisement in England's "New Music News" for a singer. Lord Beverley Moss was chosen and came to the United States to sing lead vocals with the Moss Men. The group recorded only one 45. It was released on the Appleton, Wisconsin's Target record label in January 1967. Their song "Please Please What's The Matter" is great and was included on the compilation album "Highs of Mid Sixties" Volume 10. The Moss Men also did a nice cover of the Who's "The Kids Are Alright" on the B side.
The Students released two records. Rodger Ward- 1966 and Gold Brik -1967. Their song "I Couldn't Help Falling" is featured on both 45's. With that said they have a totally different sound. I prefer the Rodger Ward version of the song much better. I also enjoy "Indiana Calling" on the flipside of the Rodger Ward 45 as well.
Another obscure record on the blog today, The Sound System on the Worldwide label. In Mike Markesich's "Teen Beat Mayhem" his research says the group was from Illinois. I'm guessing the 45 was released in 1967 or 1968. Both songs on the record are decent but I like "You Don't Know" on side one the best.
Hello to all. I was digging around in some boxes of 45's and found a few that might stir conversation and bring some enjoyment to you. If you have any information about the groups featured please share.
After the break up of the Bad Seeds in 1966, the group's lead vocal and rhythm guitarist Mike Taylor went on to released two records on the J-Beck label. "I'm Nobody's Man" is from his first solo record in early 1967.
The Scavengers were from the Lexington, Kentucky area . In the summer of 1966 the group released their only 45. Top Dog records was located in Louisville, Kentucky. Other notable groups like The Mersey Beats USA and the Rugby's also released 45's on the Top Dog record label. Both sides of the record have that cool mid 1960's sound. If you look closely there is a typo error on the "It's Only So Long" label. It's is misspelled If's.
There were several bands that called themselves the Minutemen in the 1960's. The Minutemen featured today were from Arlington, Virginia. The A side of the record "Why Do I Cry" is well known and has been included on various compilation albums. I would like to highlight the lesser known song on the B side "One Last Kiss". It is a really nice teen ballad.
Here's a nice 45 from 1972 by a group called the Islanders.This is not the same group that recorded a string of instrumental hits in 1959 -1960. Both songs on the record were penned by Ron Baynum. The A side "Time" has a slight Grass Roots "Let's Live For Today" sound. It's very good but strangely it never charted.
The Morticians were from the state New Mexico. The band members were Keith Elliott , Zachary Head, Tom Dodge and John Huchmaia. The group released two records in the Mid-1960's. The 45 featured today was the Morticians first release in November 1965. In my opinion the group did one of the best covers of Bill Medley's "Little Latin Lupe Lu" in the 1960's. On the flipside the band followed this up with the exceptional teen lament ballad "Little Darlin". As you can see from the label this was an original song written by the Morticians. If anyone can provide a photo of the group this would be great.
Hi to everyone. I purchased this Miami Florida acetate last year. I would appreciate any information about the group who might have recorded it. I did not find any numbers or markings in the dead wax. One side has the song "How Can I Tell Her", the flipside is blank.
Indianapolis, Indiana Lamp records release mostly soul artist from the late 1960's into the early part of the 1970's. Some of these are very highly desired by collectors. With that said I would like to highlight a group called the Orange Wedge who were one of the few Rock artist who release a 45 on the Lamp label. I think it came out in 1971. Both songs have a nice jangle sound and were written by David Capps. The vocals are unique in that the lyrics are spoken making it very unusual.
Lets go back to 1964 for the next 45 on the blog. Bill Roberts and the Accents recorded the very nice ballad "I Walked Away From Love". The song "Bye Bye Love" is on the other side. It's a medley of several hit songs that was popular back in the day.
Happy first day of 2020 and the beginning of a new decade. I hope many blessings and happiness will come your way in the new year. It's hard to believe that the Artyfacts in Wax blog has been around for over 9 years. My, how the time has flown by. Again the purpose of this blog is a humble attempt to honor and remember those who recorded these lesser known vinyls. All comments are welcomed. To start the new year off I would like to highlight a obscure 45 from 1966 by a group called the Kings. LRAC records was located in Houston, Texas. The group's "Kickin' It Around" has nice garage beat while "This Is My Dream" is a slower teen ballad.
I thought I would highlight this 45 by Vic Cook. I've had it in my collection for several years and would like to learn more about him. He does a good classical guitar instrumental cover of Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena". "What Will Happen To Me?" on the other side of the record is an extremely depressing lament of a lost love. The label reads "Where there is new sound, there is Adventure". Let me know what you think of the record.
The Nu-Trons release their one and only record in 1965. I'm unsure were the band was from. The Spot Record Corporation was located in Johnson City, Tennessee so I'm assuming the group was from this area of the United States. The group's "I Told You So" has a cool moody garage sound. I like "From Now On" on the flipside as well.
There were a bunch of groups in the 1960's that called themselves the Fugitives. Mike Markesich documents in his book "TeenBeat Mayhem" that the Fugitives featured today were from Warren, Pennsylvania. The record was released in 1965. I like the British sounding vocals on both songs especially "I miss you girl" which is outstanding.
Here's a nice 45 that I found a couple years ago by a group called Richardson-Daves and Tumbling Dice. The label shows that the group was from Providence, Kentucky. I decided to post the record on the blog to spur conversation and hopefully learn more about the band. Both songs on the record " Keep Me In Your Eyes" and "Anna"are very good.
Very little is known about the Iconoclasts. My best guess is the record might be from the 1963-1964 timeframe. The only letters/numbers in the dead wax are LM-4231. These are the same numbers that are on the record label. On side one the group recorded the song called "I Fell For You Baby (And Skinned My Knee)". It has a catchy beat. I notice that there are a few parts in the song that have unintelligible lyrics. This makes you wonder what was he trying to say. I guess this only adds to the uniqueness and mystery of the song. Side two "City Woman" is completely different. It has a calmer folk sound similar to that of the Kingston Trio. If anyone might have information about the band it would be appreciated.
I really like this record by Billy and the Kids. It was released in 1969. I posted the B side "Won't You Love Me Please" on the blog way back in 2011. Its great, the group was very talented. While organizing my man cave recently I came across the 45 again and gave it a spin. I had forgotten how enjoyable "Only You" on the A side was so I decide to post it on the blog as well. Only You
The Cross Tie Walkers released this record in 1970. Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) was one of the most popular groups in the world at this time. As you can tell the Cross Tie Walkers "Days I Recollect" was heavy influenced by CCR. Strangely the flip side "Girl We Got A While Yet" has a pop sound, totally different.
In 1964 Cameo-Parkway
started the Wyncote record label. Unfortunately the label did not have the same quality as that of Cameo-Parkway. Record jackets were
inexpensively made and there was no inner paper
sleeve for the albums. The albums were also pressed poorly. This resulted in the vinyl having pops and other background noise when played. A group called
the Liverpools released two decent albums on Wyncote Records in 1964, “Beatlemania”
and “The Hit Sounds From England”. Both albums featured mostly British invasion or
Mersey sounding songs that was popular at the time. As far as I know the group never released a 45 single.
Additional information on the Wyncote Record label can foundhere.