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.