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.


Sound Clips and Order Information


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!


Sound Clips and Order Information


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. 


Sound Clips and Order Information


If you are interested in purchasing one of these 45s from Parker’s Records please write down the Artist and Song Title while listening to the sound clips to make for an easy checkout experience. You can make purchases using our secure form.


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