Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Colorado music in posters

Hey all! If you saw the latest story over on my other blog, you saw those incredible 1964-1967 Pueblo concert and promotional posters. I'm not done yet... The person I purchased these items from, has a cache of other incredibly rare Colorado (and other) music-related posters. I'm posting them all here.


Canon City - Teen Dance (no year noted). 
Pictures of dancing teens, and Pueblo DJ, Steve Scott.


Clovis, NM - Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs promotional poster

Colorado Springs -  Hullabaloo Scene (no year noted), 3200 N. Nevada. Cool picture of the Hullabaloo dancers. 

Colorado Springs -  Little Richard concert at the City Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 5, 1964. Also shows the 4 T's, Larry Laster, and Malcolm Hayes


Colorado Springs - Peter and Gordon concert poster for Wednesday, July 22, 1964 show at City Auditorium


Colorado Springs - Promotional poster for the Swing'n Star Time show, held at the City Auditorium, Sunday, Feb, 14, 1965. Acts included The Newbeats, Larks, Round Robin, Mickey Lee Lane, the Coasters, and the Executives

Colorado Springs - Concert poster for Glen Campbell (and The Tinkers) appearing at the City Auditorium, Saturday, Oct. 16, 1965.


Colorado Springs - concert poster for Freddy Cannon, appearing at the City Auditorium, Wed. Nov. 24, 1965

 Colorado Springs - concert poster for The Astronauts, appearing at the Summer Swing-Ding, City Auditorium, July 20, 1966

Colorado Springs - concert poster for the Hondells, appearing at the Summer Swing-Ding, Wed. July 27, 1966 


Colorado Springs - concert poster for The Standells, appearing at the Summer Swing-Ding, Wed. Aug. 3, 1966

Colorado Springs - Concert poster for the Young Rascals, appearing at the Summer Swing-Ding, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1966 

Colorado Springs - Concert poster for The Leaves, appearing at the Summer Swing-Ding, Friday, Aug 19, 1966

Colorado Springs - Concert poster for the Everly Brothers, appearing at the Summer Swing-Ding, Sunday, Aug, 28, 1966


Colorado Springs  - Concert poster or Eric Burdon and the Animals, appearing at the City Auditorium (no year noted) 

Colorado Springs - Concert poster for The Music Machine, Dec. 31 (no year noted)

Colorado Springs - Concert poster for three-night show of Jefferson Airplane, at the Broadmoor International Theatre. The Pueblo band, The Trolls were the opening act (not noted, but confirmed by Trolls member, Monty Baker).

Colorado Springs - Promotional poster for "The Beatles: Away With Words" at the Palmer Auditorium. March 8-9, 1968


 Colorado Springs - Concert poster for Battle of the Bands concert, held Sat. Jan, 18, 1969, at the City Auditorium. Bands included Beast, Warm, C.A.A.B, Deep Steam, Grouse, Paxtons Back, and Street Carnival


 Denver - Promotional poster for the Pacesetters


Denver - Promotional picture for Tyler and the Bandits. Band was active between 1965-1967. Revolving door of members: Tyler Plotzke, Steve Adler, James Casewott, Wayne Brown, Greg Reed, Harold Coggan, Jim Stallings, Mike Zitzkin, and Cliff Smith.


Denver - Promotional poster for The Rainy Daze

Denver - Promotional poster for The Moonrakers (also note the mention of The Astronauts and Dave Clark Five - no year noted)

Denver - Promotional poster for The Saints

Denver - Two-color Boenzee Cryque promotional poster

Denver - Led Zeppelin concert poster (March 25, 1970)

Hastings, NE - Spider and the Crabs promotional poster. The band put out an extremely rare garage psych LP (estimated less than 500 were pressed). Band: Bob “Mouse” Meyerhoffer (vocals), Steve “Spider” Einsel (guitar), Warren Gitt (saxophone), Dick Rasmussen (trumpet), Rick Messenger (keyboards), Lindy Gallaher (bass), and Jim McMillin (drums).

Topeka KS - Promotional for The Flare Show. No clue on this item. I understand they were out of Topeka, but can't find any additional info.

Trinidad, CO - Promotional poster for the July 4 (no year) Battle of the Bands show. Bands noted are Love Revolution, Fuzz, and Soul Pak

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Attention obscure Colorado music geeks! Guess who is back on the radio?

This just in...

I'm going to be back on the radio, this Friday, playing a sampling of esoteric selections from the deep, dark depths of my rescued Colorado vinyl stash.

If you missed it - here's the link to the show (starts at 55:20). Enjoy!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

RIP: Kathi DeFrancis


 While attending the Vintage Voltage Expo, today, I heard news that Kathi "Katzi" DeFrancis passed away, on March 15. Kathi was a fantastic Denver femme folk artist, who put out a stunningly beautiful LP, in 1985, Home Before Morning.


In 1973, Kathi was a founding member of The Mother Folkers, a group comprised of a dozen female Denver-area performers. Kathi would leave the group, 20 years later, but it continued on, in her absence.

A Facebook page has been set up, in her memory.

Ironically, while at today's Vintage Voltage show, I found a copy of Kathi's 45 release of "The Magic Song" / "San Antone" just a few minutes before finding out about her death. 

RIP, Kathi.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Safety Through Songs


 I love (and collect) radio public service announcements. The fact that, in 30 or 60 seconds, you can creatively convey an audible message aimed at encouraging or preventing something, has always fascinated me. Maybe it was the decades I spent doing radio, and the level of creativity I often heard on these messages, which made them so enduring to me. Who knows.

So, I'm in a local thrift, when I spot this coloring book and record combo, from the Colorado Association of Realtors. Cool, a Colorado and a PSA score!

Released in 1981, the association promoted safety tips to the kiddies with a coloring book and 7" 33rpm record of 10  tunes, complete with a coloring page for each tip (plus sheet music and lyrics).

"Each year, many Coloradoans of all ages are injured or killed in preventable accidents, and many more are victims of crime." Geeze, if that doesn't put the fear of God in the kiddos, what will? Nothing a catchy little number can't resolve.

The "Safety Through Songs" public service campaign was endorsed by Governor Richard Lamm, who penned the "Open Letter to Parents" on the inside (along with the state's Commissioner of Education and the Director of the Division of Highway Safety).

Credits show music and lyrics by California-based Janice Lipis Prall, who also went on to produce a similar PSA campaign, "Sing No to Drugs."

Friday, February 16, 2018

More Life: From Ideas to Empires!

Just when I thought I had uncovered every vinyl genre, produced in Colorado, along comes this seven-record, self development set (packaged in a handsome brown vinyl case), promising me "More Life."

Ironically, I discovered "More Life" at an estate sale. That noted, who wouldn't want to bust open this case to find out its secrets?

More Life was produced in 1970, by Growth Unlimited, whose location was listed in a W. Fillmore Street strip mall (home now to a tattoo parlor, insurance company, and vape shop). The set lists one Winston Parker, as president.

Each single offers tips on how the listener can be more successful in work ("... guarantee a secure future and retirement, if you never earn more than $5,000 per year") and life ("Your life is what your thoughts make it"). The set was recorded at KCMS studios, in Manitou Springs, and narrated by Lee Weeks.

Is it just me, or does this sound much, much earlier than 1970?

Grow Unlimited boasts a bit of moxie, regarding its credentials ("...years of research from the most trusted laboratory in the world - the Laboratory of Practical Experience"), but who am I to judge "years of research?"

Winston Parker left Colorado, and moved south, several years ago - presumably to follow his own advice, to enjoy more life.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Western Heralds Quartette

I admit, I have an affinity for obscure Colorado religious records. While most collectors shun the genre, I have become a safe haven for any and all.  And why not? I mean, church-goer, or not, some of these recordings are pretty damn, er I mean, darn good.

Take for instance the on-point harmonies of the Western Heralds Quartette. What? You have never heard of the Western Heralds Quartette? Let's remedy that, right now.

The members of the group got together, while students at the Western Bible Institute, in Denver. The school, founded in 1948, was later merged with Rockmont College, to become Colorado Christian College. Now you are caught up on that part of our story...

In 1956, the Institute decided to diversify its classroom attendance, and launched a foreign exchange missionary program. Students, from different parts of the world, were offered scholarships to attend the school. This instantly changed the look of the campus, with students of different nationalities bringing their own international flavor to the little Bible college.

Alifereti Yaya arrived from Fiji. Victor Griffith and Wilfred Hunte came from Barbados - and all three brought with them a love of not only the holy word, but also the holy song. They soon teamed up with Larry Morehead - who came all the way from...Denver - and began singing four-part harmonies in the dorms.

Somehow the group caught the ear of higher-ups at the school, who thought their talents could serve as a promotional opportunity. In 1961 they headed to the recording studio.


Released on the custom Whitney Records label, the Western Heralds Quartette is accompanied by Marie Shuler on organ and Phil Shuler on bass, while Larry Morehead handles guitar.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

The other Ray Charles

Hey all!

Sorry I haven't posted in a spell. Got busy with one thing, or another. No excuses. Can't guarantee I will be a regular blogger, but will certainly try to be better. Thank you for all of the e-mails, asking about my status on here. Makes one feel pretty damn good.

Actually, part of the reason I haven't been posting, is due to the fact that I have contracted a case of collecting madness (grin). You wouldn't believe the number of esoteric Colorado records I have unearthed - like this fantastic instrumental LP, from Colorado Springs keyboardist, Ray Charles, otherwise known as "Mr. Music."

Pike's Peak Records Proudly Present "Mr. Music" Ray Charles
LP 1920 (1971)

Can't find a thing on this musician. Zilch, zero, nada. As always, dear reader, if you can't assist, please drop me a line. Apparently there was, believe it or not, another "Mr. Music," in Colorado Springs, the clarinetist Ed Nuccio.

2016 obituary for Mr. Nuccio:
Professional clarinetist Ed Nuccio was famous for nurturing children, teens and adults in their pursuit of music, so much so that he earned the moniker "Mr. Music."The longtime band director, educator and founder of New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs died April 12 from cancer. He was 80 years old. Nuccio arrived in Colorado Springs in 1958 to play with the Air Force Academy Band where he earned an Airman of the Year award in 1959. He performed with Arthur Fiedler, longtime conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and in bands for Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dean Martin and others who played in concert at The Broadmoor.

Released, in 1971, on the Pike's Peak (apostrophe noted) label, this disc isn't on the same Pikes Peak label, of which Pueblo polka duo Frankie and Connie Bregar appear. Again, any help would be great.

Damn fine instrumental album, with lots of spacey keyboards - really diggin' that cover of "Caravan" (audio below).

Side One:
Sweet Georgia Brown
Alley Cat
St. Louis Blues
San Antonio Rose
Tennessee Waltz

Side Two
Steel Guitar Rag
Ramblin' Rose
Caravan (listen to sample)
Satin Doll
Down Yonder

No acknowledgements or credits for the other musicians on this disc (who the heck is that fantastic guitarist?). Liner notes on the back:

From the majestic snowcapped rockies has emerged a fresh sound - the sound of Mr. Music, Ray Charles, who has appeared in person and thrilled audiences at most of the smart, plush nightclubs from coast to coast! The Hammond organ, always a lush, pleasing sound, seems to take on a new depth and dimension under the talented fingers of Mr. Music.