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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3 More 45s for January 2022

by Administrator 25. January 2022 10:51

That’s right folks, we have not 1, but 2 lists of 45s to kick things off in 2022. There’s no special themes either, just a good variety of some of our favorite 60s and 70s artists. Some of which you might even recognize from a band called The Temptations! 


Willie White & The Bleu Matts: Everybody Dance / Can It Be You

 

 

Label: Odessa 306. Released 1963.

Label Owner: 1330 West North Ave, Milwaukee, WI. 3933 N. Teutonia, Milwaukee, WI (1962-1969).

A Side: Everybody Dance

B Side: Can It Be You

 

If you haven’t heard of the one of a kind Willie White, you are in for a treat. White’s energy in “Everybody Dance” is hard to forget and resembles songs like “Twist and Shout” with its swinging groove, powerful vocals and strong horns section. Listening to this 45 will surely take you back to the 60s dancing in your favorite club. 

 

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Sandy Waddy: Everything Is Everything / Secret Love (Island)

 

Label: Sound of Soul 1003. Released 1967.  

Label Owner: E.M. Gray (1967). Only 3 artist released on this label

A Side: Everything Is Everything

B Side: Secret Love (Island)

 

With only 3 artists released on the Sound of Soul label, this 45 from Sandy Waddy is a real gem! The intro to “Everything Is Everything” is hard to forget as the track switches between different singers and vocal ranges. Which vocal is Sandy Waddy? Listen to find out!

 

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Otis Williams and the Charms: Gotta Ge Myself Together / I Fall to Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

Label: Okeh 7235 (Promo). Released 1965.

Label Owner: Otta Heiman. 1473 Barnhem Ave, Bridgeport, CT. 799 Seventh Ave, New York, NY (1951-1970).

A Side: Gotta Get Myself Together

B Side: I Fall to Pieces

 

Otis Williams, aka “Big Daddy”, needs very little introduction as one of the original founders of a little band called The Temptations. It’s always refreshing to see artists release music under their own name, giving us a different taste of what they are capable of. This 45 by Williams brings an almost country like sound to his historically soulful sound. A must have for any 45 enthusiast or fan of The Temptations.

 

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Female 45s from the 1970s

by Administrator 17. January 2022 13:46

Female funk and soul artists are making a footprint in today’s music industry and we wanted to celebrate this with some of our favorite female soul artists  from the 70s including Spanky Wilson and Jean Wells. 


Spanky Wilson: Shake Your Head / Home


 

Label: Eastbound 627 (Promo). Released 1974.

Label Owner: Dearborn, MI (1973-1974).

A Side: Shake Your Head

B Side: Home

 

Born in Philadelphia, Spanky Wilson is well worth the listen! “Shake Your Head” has that classic 70s funk and soul sound we all love. Groovy bass lines, pocket drumming, and of course Wilson’s fantastic vocals. Flip the 45 over to slow things down and be captivated by Spanky’s vocal range.

 

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Jean Wells: He Ain’t Doing Bad / Somebody’s Been Lovin’ You

 

 

Label: Canyon 39. Released 1970. 

Label Location: Hollywood, CA (1969-1970).

A Side: He Ain’t Doing Bad

B Side: Somebody’s Been Lovin’ You

 

As promised, we have another awesome 45 from female artist, Jean Wells. Wells grew up in West Palm Beach, FL before finding her way to Philadelphia. She returned to Florida and back to Philadelphia a number of times during her career as she struggled to find fame. She was finally recognized by musician and businessman Clyde Otis, launching her into a successful music career. 

 

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Donald Woods: Close to You / Disco Party

 

 

Label: Blue Hound 274313. Released 1978.

Label Location: Chicago, IL

A Side: Close to You

B Side: Disco Party

 

We are ending this post with a groovin’ 45 from Donald Woods. “Close to You” is the quintessential R’n’B song infused with soulful lead and background vocals, a shuffling drum groove and everything else you can possibly want from a song derived from this era. Check it out below!

 

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End 2021 with These 45s

by Administrator 30. December 2021 13:01

That’s a wrap folks! We are so grateful for all of our customers and readers - so thank you from the team at Parker’s Records. 2021 has had its challenges, but we are excited for what the future holds. To end the year, we have a few 45s for you. Ever heard of a song called “Mustang Sally”? Well to start things off, we have a 45 from the Godfather of this iconic song, Mack Rice. 


 

Mack Rice: The Whip / Feel’s Good


 

Label: Lu-Pine 125 (Promo). Released 1964.

Label Owner: Robert West. 2930 West Boston Rd, Detroit, MI. 1011 East Mail St, Owosso, MI. 10131 Kercheval Ave. 4466 Detroit, MI. (1960-1980’s).

A Side: The Whip

B Side: Feel’s Good

 

Growing up in both Mississippi and Detroit, Rice was bound to be a legendary singer. Referred by many as Sir Mack Rice, you likely know his name from the iconic song “Mustang Sally” in which he wrote in 1965 and is still popularly played today. If you’d like to dig deeper into Rice’s repertoire check out the 45 link we have listed below.

 

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Royal Kings: Let’s Do the Tighten Up / You Keep Me Hangin’ On


 

Label: Big Lik 1602. Released 1970s

A Side: Let’s Do the Tighten Up

B Side: You Keep Me Hangin’ On

 

This 45 from Royal Kings comes packed with music influences from R’n’B, soul, rock, funk and more - what’s not to like? There’s even some ripping harmonica playing throughout the A side. You might have a hard time finding more information about this small band from the 70s, but you can start by checking out their 45 available right here on Parkersrc.com. 

 

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Ada Ray: Give Our Love A Chance / I No Longer Believe in Miracles

 

Label: Zell’s 252. Released 1962.

Label Owner: Zekma (Zell) Sanders.

Label Address: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY. 657 Sayre St, Montgomery, AL. (1962-1970)

A Side: Give Our Love A Chance

B Side: I No Longer Believe in Miracles

 

We are finishing off the year with a unique 45 from female singer Ada Ray. If you like raw, edgy and vocals with a little bit of imperfection, Ada Ray is the artist for you. 

 

It’s been another successful year here at Parker’s Records and we’d love to hear from you. So tell us, what was your favorite 45 of 2021?

 

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45s for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

by Administrator 23. November 2021 15:56

Looking for an extra thanksgiving dish to serve your family? How about a fine platter of some of the finest Motown 45s coming out of the 1960s. Our list of November 45s is guaranteed to fill your belly up and keep your soul warm as we head into 2022. You might recognize a few of our artists this month including Brenda Holloway, Ty Hunter and Charles Hodges. Check it out!

 

Brenda Holloway: Together ’Til the End of Time / Sad Song

 

 

Label: Tamla 54125 (Promo). Released 1965.

Label Owner: Beery Gordy Jr. 1719 Gladstone St, Detroit, MI. West Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI. 2547 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI. 6464 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA. 1959-1981.

A Side: Together ’Til the End of Time

B Side: Sad Song

 

Brenda Holloway is a Motown singer and songwriter born in California. Her discography is quite expansive and she even opened up for a little band called The Beatles during the 60s. “Together ’Til the End of Time” showcases Holloway’s vocal range and smooth falsetto which can be heard at the beginning of the tune. 

 

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Ty Hunter: Orphan Boy / Everything About You




 

Label: Anna 1114 (Promo). Released 1960.

Label Owner: Roquel Davis (AKA Billy Davis), Tyran Carlo and Gwendolyn Gordy. 5139 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI. 1959-1961.

A Side: Orphan Boy

B Side: Everything About You

 

Ty (Tyrone) Hunter was born in Detroit and had an impressive career performing solo, with an Invictus Records group called Glass House, and the Motown group The Originals. The A side of this 45 “Orphan Boy” is supported by a train-like drum rhythm and repetitive flute melody heard throughout the track. 

 

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Charles Hodges: I’ll Never Go to the Party Again / Is This the Beginning of the End


 

Label: Philips 40171. Released 1964. Universal Music Group. 45 released 1962-1970.

A Side: I’ll Never Go to the Party Again

B Side: Is This the Beginning of the End

 

You might have said the words “I’ll Never Go to the Party Again” yourself after a long night out. If that’s the case, the A side of this 45 from Charles Hodges is for you! To end this month’s list, we are slowing things down with a soulful tune called “Is This the Beginning of the End”. Hodges vocals couldn’t sound better on this track and his backing band plays with outstanding dynamics. Listen to both tracks using the link below!

 

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