3 Delicious 45s for Thanksgiving

by Administrator 23. November 2022 10:36

What’s better than a delicious Thanksgiving meal? Great 45s. Fill your belly and soul with these 45s from legendary artists and groups like Julius Cobb, Chandeliers and Center Stage. This might be our best list of 45s yet, providing you with some revolutionary and innovative sounds from the 60s. Check it out and be sure to listen to the audio samples - you’ll be glad you did.

 

Julius Cobb: The Wind, The Sun & Me / Oh Baby, I Want You Back Home


Label: Bethlehem 3024. Released 1962.

Label Owner: Gus Wildi

Label Address: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY. (1961-1970).

A Side: The Wind, The Sun & Me

B Side: Oh Baby, I Want You Back Home

 

Growing up near the mountains in Greenville, SC, Julius Cobb spent time in the Army before seeing success in his music career. In fact, Cobb wrote his first song “The Wind, The Sun and Me” while overseas in the army during 1956. I’d say that makes this 45 pretty special! Cobb played with legendary artists like Diana Ross, Sam Cook & Smokey Robinson over the years.

 

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Chandeliers: Double Love / It’s A Good Thought


Label: Loadstone 1601. Released 1964.

Label Owner: Walter Curry Stone.

Label Address: 163 Orizabo Ave, San Fransisco, CA. (1962-1979)

A Side: Orphan Boy

B Side: Everything About You

 

Chandeliers is no stranger to Parker’s Records and is one of our favorite artists from the 60s. This is a unique sounding 45, blending inspiration and sounds from a number of genres. The 45 takes you on a bit of a journey touching vibes of soul, funk, bebop and even reggae! If you can move after your Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to get your boogie on with this 45 from Chandeliers.

 

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Center Stage: I Hear the Music / Everyday Is A Fantasy


Label: Marc 7845

Label Owner: Barry G. Despenza. Chicago, IL.

A Side: I Hear the Music

B Side: Everyday Is A Fantasy

 

Center Stage provided a revolutionary sound to the 60s, incorporating syncopated rhythms and melodies using electric piano, vocals and bass lines that will surely grab your attention. “I Hear the Music” is one heck of a song and one we highly recommend you grab while you still can! Interestingly, Center Stage also went under the name The Traits. Powerhouse members included William Ledbetter, Willian Kirk Davis, Kenny Rydell, Gregory McEastland and Ronald Christian.

 

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No Tricks, Just Three 45 Treats

by Administrator 28. October 2022 12:41

No tricks here, just treats. 3 fantastic 45s recorded in the 60s from the Enchanters, Carl Edwards and Duke Ekud. There’s a good mixture of male/female vocals, horn sections and a variety of drum grooves spread throughout these 45s. Plus, some history from our hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.


Enchanters: You Were Meant to Be My Baby / God Bless the Girl and Me


Label: Loma 2035. Released in 1965.

Label Owner: Mike Maitland, Bob Krasner. 

Label Address: 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA (1964-1968).

A Side: You Were Meant to Be My Baby

B Side: God Bless the Girl and Me

 

The Enchanters were originally lead by vocalist Garnet Mimms until 1964. This 45 is likely recorded by bandmates after Mimms’ departure including Sam Bell, Zola Pearnell, Charles Boyer and William Gilmore. The group recorded 4 singles on the Loma label as well as tracks for Warner Bros. and Turfside Records. If you like feel good soul, you’ll surely like this 45.

 

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Carl Edwards: Come On Into My Dreams (And Let Me Love You) / Gettin’ A Groove


Label: Diamond 234 (Promo Copy). Released 1967.

Label Owner: Phil Kahl

Label Address: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY (1961-1970)

A Side: Come On Into My Dreams (And Let Me Love You)

B Side: Gettin’ A Groove

 

Carl Edwards may not be known by many, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t worth checking out. If there was one word to describe this 45 it would be FUN. Big horns, call and response vocals, dancing drum grooves and more. It almost sounds like the 45 was recorded at a big party, especially the B side.

 

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Duke Ekud: Please Believe Me / You know I Love You


Label: Spec 11553. Released in 1964.

Label Owner: Rite Pressing - Cincinnati, Ohio. (1957-1964)

A Side: Please Believe Me

B Side: You Know I Love You

 

Duke Ekud sounds exactly what I always envisioned the 60s sounding like. Whether you want to take a little step back in time or relive your time in the 60s, check this 45 out. This is a special one to Parker’s Records as the 45 was pressed right here in our hometown of Cincinnati. Not many people know this, but Cincinnati actually has quite an abundance of musical history from Rite Pressing to Kings Records and more.

 

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3 Female Vocalist 45s from New York Labels

by Administrator 13. September 2022 15:29

Like most of our monthly 45 picks, we have a theme. This month, we are focused on female vocals produced by labels out of New York, NY. As always, this list won’t disappoint so be sure to listen to the free audio samples of the following 45s. 

 

Loveables: Just Beyond My Fingertips / Anyman


 

Label: Toot 604 (Promo). Released 1967.

Label Address: 1760 Broadway, New York, NY (1967-1968)

A Side: Just Beyond My Fingertips

B Side: Anyman

 

Loveables comprised of 3 talented young ladies previously in the Jive Five including Barbara and Shirley Sullivan and Kim Lewis. Like many artists from their time, they grew up singing in Church prior to giving the big leagues a chance. The group was set out to do big things and had all the potential in the world, but the Loveables only saw moderate success during their career. This 45 showcases one of their more successful hits “Just Beyond My Fingertips”.

 

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(Miss) Jackie Moore: Loser Again / Who Told You


Label: Wand 11204 (Promo).

Label Owner: Florence Greenberg

Label Address: 1674 Broadway, New York, NY. 1650 Broadway, New York, NY. 254 West 54th, New York, NY. (1959-1976)

A Side: Loser Again

B Side: Who Told You

 

This 45 from Jackie Moore showcases her earlier tracks from the Wand label before she later moved on to Atlantic and Columbia Records. Moore is best known for her Billboard Hot 100 song “Precious, Precious” which reached #30 in 1971. She also had a number of other successful hits on Billboards like the UK Singles Chart and the US Pop Chart throughout her career. Needless to say, Jackie Moore was a talented female vocalist with many achievements during her lifetime.

 

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Live Experience: Connection / Bed Time Story


 

Label: E&B 365. Released 1979.

Label Address: 2112 2nd Ave, New York, NY.

A Side: Connection

B Side: Bed Time Story

 

You won’t find much information about Live Experience when browsing the web, which only makes this 45 all the more special. In fact, there is only one other 45 from the E&B label by Live Experience called Disco Joints Pt 1 & 2. As you’ll hear, “Connection” and “Bed Time Story” are two very different tracks given their tempos and feels, but there’s definitely a psychedelic vibe heard from both. Check it out!

 

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Funky Drums 45s for a Hot Summer

by Administrator 19. August 2022 13:16

Do you like funky drums? Then you are going to love this HOT August list of 45s. It’s not time to cool down yet, summer isn’t over. Get these funky jams today at parkersrc.com before they’re gone! Stacy Lane, Sammy Lee, and Lady Fox coming through!

 

Stacy Lane: African Twist / “same” (Promo)


Label: Excello 2293. Released 1968.

Label Owner: Ernest L. Young

Label Address: 177 Third Ave, Nashville, TN. 1011 Woodland St, Nashville, TN. (1952-1974)

A Side: African Twist

B Side: “Same” (Promo)

 

Man, it’s hard to not think James Brown when listening to “African Twist”. Please, do yourself a favor and give the free sample a listen below. Forget coffee in the morning, I’m putting on Stacy Lane! You wouldn’t think such a funky track was recorded in Nashville, but maybe that’s what makes it so special. 

 

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Sammy Lee: It Hurts Me / Nursery Rhymes


Label: Rampart 653 (promo copy). Released 1966.

Label Owner: Eddie Davis, Meyers Benton & Evers Corporation.

Label Address: 5004 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA. (1961-1978)

A Side: It Hurts Me

B Side: Nursery Rhymes

 

The first sound you’ll notice on this 45 is the drum groove. It’s a great straight 4/4 beat but there’s a shuffle going on beneath it that really gives this track its unique feel. There’s also an awesome call and response between Sammy Lee and the female harmonies throughout its entirety to help take “It Hurts Me” to new levels.

 

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Lady Fox w/ The Foxettes: How Are You / It Must Be Love


Label: Donel-El 118. Released 1963.

Label Owner: C. Percy (Don) White.

Label Address: 2020 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA. (1961-1963)

A Side: How Are You

B Side: It Must Be Love

 

Ready to change things up? How about nothing better than a little Lady Fox & The Foxettes. The group included Betty Fox, Yvonne Bushnell and Liz Grant. The group didn’t see much success during their career and quickly disbanded, meaning there aren’t many of these 45s floating around! Get your hands on one today at Parkers.

 

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Travel East to West with This List of 45s from the 1960s

by Administrator 14. July 2022 13:13

We are taking you from East to West with this month’s list of 45s available on Parkersrc.com. The 45s below were recorded by labels in Tennessee, Ohio and California ensuring there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. If you are a fan of Marvin Gaye or The Beach Boy’s we think you’ll especially enjoy this list of handpicked 45s from the late 1960s. 


 

Soul Ambassadors: I’ve Got the Feeling / Just Like She Said She Would


 

Label: Sound Stage 7 - 2614. Released 1968.

Label Owner: Fred Foster and John Richbourg

Label Address: 530 Main St, Hendersonville, TV (1963-1979)

A Side: I’ve Got the Feeling

B Side: Just Like She Said She Would

 

This 45 from Soul Ambassador’s is the perfect blend of Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. Soulful vocals, feel good vibes and wonderful musical composition went into this record. The 45 comes off of the Sound Stage 7 label run by Fred Foster in Nashville, TN during the 60s and 70s.

 

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Sensations: Lonely World / Gotta Find Myself Another girl


 

Label: Way Out 1000. Released 1968.

Label Owner: Jim Brown & Lester Johnson

Label Address: 1966 East 55th St, Cleveland Ohio

A Side: Lonely World

B Side: Gotta Find Myself Another Girl

 

The Sensations hailed from Philadelphia, PA, but were signed by a number of notable labels during their career throughout the states including Chess Records, Atco Records and Way Out. Lonely World has some great production work on the track with an eery piano sounding introduction that quickly escalates to a powerful build up. Check it out!

 

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Sweet Souls: Your Baby / I Want To Make It With You


 

Label: RPR 112. Released 1969.

Label Address: 6404 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA & 1717 North Highland, Ave, Hollywood, CA (1969)

A Side: Your Baby

B Side: I Want to Make It with You

 

We are heading West with this 45 from the Sweet Souls recorded in Hollywood, CA. If this 45 doesn’t make you feel California beach vibes, I don’t know what does. The A side, “Your Baby”, is clearly influenced by the surfer rock era and will likely remind you of The Beach Boys. This is the perfect 45 for a relaxing sunny day.

 

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Funky Jams in June

by Administrator 21. June 2022 15:32

Nothing says summer like some good funky jams and that’s what we have for you this month. The theme of June 2022 here at Parker’s Records is female vocals and funky intros from the 70s and 80s. Enjoy our list of 45s from Love, Devotion and Happiness, Live Experience and Lady Margaret & The Stovall Sisters.

 

Love, Devotion and Happiness: Joy Sweet Joy / Yesterday’s Fool


 

Label: P.E.U. (Released in the 1970’s)

A Side: Joy Sweet Joy

B Side: Yesterday’s Fool

 

This 45 from Love, Devotion and Happiness captures perhaps one of the best song intros few people know about! “Joy Sweet Joy” begins with a lovely intro composed of a beautiful blend of sounds from an organ, funk guitar, bass line and hi hat and then jumps into an awesome female lead vocal performance. You won’t be disappointed with this one!

 

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Live Experience: Connection / Bed Time Story


 

Few things are more soothing than a slow and soulful female vocal performance. The pipes on the vocalist behind Live Experience is one you won’t forget and worth checking out. Side B, “Connection”, picks things up with an impressive instrumental intro before the vocals kick in. This song could’ve just been an instrumental track, but the vocals help take it to the next level. The band behind Live Experience is no joke and shows some true musicianship on this 45.

 

Label: E&B 365 (Released in the 1970’s)

Label Address: 2112 2nd Ave, New York City, NY

A Side: Connection

B Side: Bed Time Story

 

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Lady Margaret & The Stovall Sisters: If It Is Let It Be / Running The Wrong Way

 

Label: Gemini 7583. Released 1982.

Label Address: Oakland, CA 94605.

A Side: If It Is Let It Be

B Side: Running the Wrong Way

 

If you like funky, this 45 from Lady Margaret & The Stovall Sisters is for you. The intro on the A side of this 45 has the 80s written all over it with its slapping bass, piano and synthesizers to get you moving before the vocals kick in. Be sure to check it out yourself using the link below and order it from Parker’s Records before it’s too late!

 

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Three 45s and A Bit of History

by Administrator 19. May 2022 15:50

 

We don’t have anything too out of the ordinary for you this month, just three 45s you are bound to love. Our artists of the month include A.B. White, Billy Watkins, and Danny White. Enjoy reading this month’s post and learning a little bit of history about each of our artists. As always, leave us a comment and be sure to use the provided links to listen to the 45s online!

 

A.B. White: Check Yourself / Don’t Love Him Like You Love Me


 

Label: T&L 601.

Label Owner: Tommy Brown and Liz Lands.

Label Address: 26 Pine St. Atlanta, GA. 253 MErritts Ave, Atlanta, GA. 1380 Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL. (1966-1967)

A Side: Check Yourself

B Side: Don’t Love Him Like You Love Me

 

If you close your eyes and listen, what do you see? I imagine me driving in my imaginary 60s mustang, cruising down an old dirt road with the windows down. You won’t find much information online about A.B. White, but the music is the only thing that matters here at Parker’s Records anyway. Check out the 45 using the link below and order it today!

 

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Billy Watkins: Maybe Tomorrow (I’ll Find Time to Cry) / Waiting for the Robert E. Lee


 

 

 

Label: Dan Mar 100. Released 1970s.

Label Owner: Hollywood, CA

A Side: Maybe Tomorrow (I’ll Find Time to Cry)

B Side: Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

 

Bartha L. Watkins, known as Billy Watkins, had an impressive music career. He was most popularly known as being a member of The Zion Travelers before investing in his solo career. Later in life, Billy became a minister and started his own Freedom of Spirit Church in Southern Los Angeles.

 

Listening to this 45, it is of no surprise Watkins was influenced by gospel, soul and christian music.

 

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Danny White: Never Tell Your Friend / Make Her Mine


 

Label: Frisco 106. Released in 1963.

Label Owners: Connie La Rocca and Hal Atkins

Label Address: 1140 North Claiborne, New Orleans, LA. (1962-1963)

A Side: Never Tell Your Friend

B Side: Make Her Mine

 

Joseph Daniel White, known as Danny White, was born in one of the greatest music cities in the US - New Orleans. Between school and church, Danny was constantly surrounded by music and influenced at an early age. At the start of his career, Danny spent time in the Marines which ultimately led him to performing on stage and in clubs during his time in service. He formed Danny White and the Cavaliers and pursued his solo career among other musical endeavors.

 

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3 Hot 45s to Prepare for Summer

by Administrator 29. April 2022 14:25

The weather is warming up so we are taking things south to Miami, FL with our first 45 on this post from female vocalist, Paulette Reaves. You are going to be really impressed by this one. Following Reaves are two more powerful 45s with last names also starting with “R” by Jimmy Robins and Ann Robinson. Don’t skip over this list!

 

Paulette Reaves: Queen of the Midnight Hours / It’s In Me


Label: Pip 1001. Released 1979.

Label Address: 495 SE 10th Ct, Hialeah, FL 33010.

A Side: Queen of the Midnight Hours

B Side: It’s In Me

 

“Queen of the Midnight Hours” from Paulette Reaves is hotter than anything I’ve heard in a long time! She really had something special going on during the 1970s and her backing band is worth checking out too. The mix on this 45 is remarkable, just listen to those drums and harmonies!

 

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Jimmy Robins: Repossessing My Love / For Goodness Sake


Label: Ala 1173. Released 1972.

Label Address: Ala Enterprises. 4218 W Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 1972-1980.

A Side: Repossessing My Love

B Side: For Goodness Sake

 

You are going to be blown away by the power behind Robins’ voice. We are convinced it could be heard from miles away without any amplification. It really is one of the most soothing sounds you’ll hear in a long time! Just wait for it to kick in on the side B ballad “For Goodness Sake”. 

 

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Ann Robinson: Little Miss Lonely / All for Johnny “B"


Label: Virtue 2516. Released 1970

Label Owner: Frank Virtue

Label Address: 280 S 52nd, Philadelphia, PA. 1970-1973.

A Side: Can You Handle It

B Side: Hear That River

 

The party isn’t stopping yet. Enjoy the warm, soothing sound of the lovely Ann Robinson with this 45 from 1970 hailing out of Philly. All we can say is, Johnny B must’ve been a lucky man to be surrounded by such a remarkable voice like Ann Robinson’s.

 

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Three 45s from the 60s Produced in NYC

by Administrator 20. April 2022 14:02

April is apparently the month of New York because we’ve got three 45s hailing from NYC that are absolutely on fire! This month’s roster includes Bobby Moore and the Formosts, Clyde McPhatter and Bobby Milano. Read until the end for an interesting snippet about one of our featured artists. 


 

Bobby Moore and the Formosts: Girl You Do Something to Me / It Was a Lie


Label: Red Bird 10-071. Released 1966.

Label Owner: George Goldner, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller. New York, NY. (1964-1967, 1983).

A Side: Girl You Do Something to Me

B Side: It Was A Lie

 

You won’t find much information about Bobby Moore and the Formosts while searching on the web, but that’s why we’ve brought you the only thing you need right here at Parker’s records - the 45 itself! This 45 has an upbeat track on side A and a slower ballad on side B. You have to assume it is more than pure coincidence “It Was A Lie” is on side B, as the tune is likely about a love that seemed so strong, but turned out differently. Check it out below.

 

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Clyde McPhatter: Baby You’ve Got It / Baby I Could Be So Good At Lovin’ You

Label: Dream 85039. Released 1969. 521-539 West 25th St, New York, NY. (1967-1970)

A Side: Baby You’ve Got It

B Side: Baby I Could Be So Good At

 

McPhatter is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s often considered one of the most influential rhythm and blues singers, having performed with groups like The Drifters and Billy Ward and his Dominoes. “Baby You’ve Got It” will have you intrigued from the first hit with its infectious tom fill and McPhatter’s voice will have you entertained the entire tune.


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Bobby Milano: Out of this World / Without Your Love


Label: Talmu 310. Released 1967 New York, NY (1966-1968).

A Side: Baby You’ve Got It

B Side: Baby I Could Be So Good At Lovin’ You

 

Born in Buffalo, NY Bobby Milano’s real name was actually Charles J. Caci. Milano was a singer, producer, and actor during his career before passing of liver cancer in 2006. Although not incredibly famous, Milano had quite the entertainment career. He was signed by Capital Records, sold a number of top selling records, was friend with Frank Sinatra, and starred in a number of films. Unfortunately, in 1967 Milano was sentenced to prison for mob activity. You can read the full story here.

 

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3 45s to Warm Up Your February 2022

by Administrator 16. February 2022 14:23

February is always an exciting month with Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, and Spring just around the corner. To add to the excitement, we’ve compiled a list of some truly fantastic soul and love records from the 60s and 70s including Jato Vondel, Variations, and Visions. 

 

Jato Vondel: Having A Good Time / These Happy Days


 

Label: Gregory 5550. Released in 1973

Label Address: 9945 Marshall Ave, Norfolk, VA. 5542 Deepdel Dr, Norfolk, VA. (1967-1973)

A Side: Having A Good Time

B Side: These Happy Days

 

This 45 from Jato Vondel is unique in that it hails form Virginia. Many of the records from the 60s and 70s were coming out of popular cities like New York, Detroit, LA and Chicago which makes this Vondel 45 a unique one. Listening to it, you wouldn’t think Virginia, but that’s what makes it all the more special! Check it out below.

 

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Variations: A Shot of Love / Tra La La La La (Instr.)

 

Label: Amy 11006. Released in 1968.

Label Owner: Al Massler, Ami Melville. Subsequently purchased Larry Utall, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Label Address: 63 Fifth Ave, New York, NY. 1650 Broadway, New York, NY. (1960-1969)

A Side: A Shot of Love

B Side: Tra La La La La (Instr.)

 

We are excited to share this 45 from Variations. If you are looking for an upbeat, swinging track, “A Shot of Love” is for you. This song really captures everything you could ever want from a tune. Packed with soulful vocals, piano, shuffling drums, horns, and great harmony vocals. This one won’t last long so check it out using the link below!

 

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Visions: Secret World (of Tears) / Swingin’ Wedding

Label: Big Top 3119. Released in 1961.

Label Owner: Jean Aberach, Julian Aberach, Johnny Bienstock, Hill & Range Music Co.

A Side: Secret World (of Tears)

B Side: Swingin’ Wedding

 

If you follow our monthly posts, you’ll recognize that this isn’t the first record we’ve shared from the Big Top label. Big Top records was a US owned label created by Johnny Bienstock and Hill & Range music which produced many popular artists such as Johnny and the Hurricanes, Sammy Turner and Visions - to name a few. 

 

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