Thursday, January 31, 2019

Super Bowl Game of Love

I'm indifferent about the "big game," on Sunday. So here's a little esoteric, football-themed, Colorado country twanger, by Chris Taylor.

More on this record HERE.

Yet another year of the Broncos "rebuilding," means I can do something else with my time. I mean, the commercials are already available for viewing, days before we have to wait for them to appear during the game (the Stella Artois Big Lebowski / Sex in the City ad is my early favorite).

Don't get me started on the halftime show. Short of resurrecting Prince, or a surprise Led Zeppelin reunion, I've been unimpressed with the mid-game entertainment, since the stunning five years of Super Bowl halftime perfection, ten years ago:

2009 - Bruce Springsteen
2008 - Tom Petty
2007 - Prince
2006 - The Rolling Stones
2005 - Paul McCartney

OK, Lady Gaga, in 2017 was the exception of halftime show drought.

Well... if I have to choose - Go Rams!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tolbert R. Ingram Publishing, Denver

Hey all! So, I'm diggin' at the big Colorado Springs city-wide garage sale event, last weekend, and I spot this fantastic Denver-published sheet music, "In Colorado Where the Wild Flowers Grow"... and then I found another... and another. I noticed the name Tolbert R. Ingram on all of them, so I thought I better further investigate.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Souvenir Funeral Records of Hofmann Mortuary, Denver want to relive the funeral of your dearly departed? The folks at Hofmann Mortuary, Denver got ya covered, with a 78rpm recording of the service!

Yes folks, this Colorado-related record find actually had me gaping like a Rocky Mountain trout, when I spotted it.

Apparently Hofmann provided the families of the deceased with a souvenir of the funeral. No clue how many of these recordings exist. I did a pretty exhaustive search, to find out if other funeral homes also did this, and could find no other.

According to the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, Hofmann Mortuary was originally located at 301 Broadway (1906), then later relocated to 601 Broadway (1921). It stayed in business, until 1964, when the property was demolished, to make way for office buildings.

Founder Caspar Hofmann passed away in 1957.

Sadly, there are no photos of the original business. According to another site, the building had "a pitched roof, with light and medium dark blond brick. On the front was a Hofmann sign, with clock in the center of 'Hofmann (clock) Mortuary'. The was neon lit in soft neon colors, the clock also had a swing pendulum."

Sunday, January 20, 2019

RARE FIND AND FOR SALE - Phil Head (Trolls and Frantics) 1999 CD Release

Very excited to announce that a very limited number of Phil Head's original 1999 CD, Phil's Diner, are available for sale!

Phil located a total of 50 sealed copies of Phil's Diner, and is allowing me to sell them, via Elk Bugles.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of this rarely seen CD, I'm offering them at $20 /each, plus $5 media mail and shipping materials (USA).  

Phil was best known as the drummer of the Pueblo band, The Trolls, and the Montana psych rock group, The Frantics.

This release features Phil Head - guitar and all percussion arrangements, H. Anthony Ward - guitar, Bill Griffin - bass, David Day (formerly of The Frantics and Whitehorse) - slide guitar, bass and keyboards, along with Mimi Mapes McCloy (John Cougar Mellencamp and various commercial jingles), and Heidi Blythe Bjorn - backing vocals.

PLUS a CD insert booklet with song lyrics and rare pictures of Phil, and his early bands, The Cobras, The Trolls, The Frantics, and Freeway Flyer!

Genre: Good-time, hard-edge rock, with a hint of southern vibes - good stuff!

Song samples (1:00): 

It's All Good
In The Middle of the Night
Can't Find My Shoe
Route 365
Honey Oh My My
Heart Attack
Hoochie Koochie Girl
Lady Luck
Area 51

Monday, January 14, 2019

Gringo Sleeze Band

So I'm going through this mountain of old Colorado Springs newspapers, when I spot this story, in a 1972 Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. The band's name was one I hadn't seen before, in my research, nor could I find any additional information on the group.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Elk Bugles Radio Show - Pueblo


Every Thursday from 4:00 -5:00 pm (MT) Elk Bugles is the Colorado music show featuring the little-known vinyl of the state. Tune in every week to hear unknown and unheard Colorado vinyl records, from the 1930s to the 1980s – the records missing from the state’s music history books.

Monday, January 7, 2019

From the Archives of Pueblo's La Cucaracha

San Juan
La Cucaracha - May 3, 1976

Band Members: Larry Montoya, Martin "Marto" Garcia, Bobby Montoya, and Frank Arvina

Larry Montoya was a former member of The Sting Reys, the Sunny Ozuna Orchestra, and the Rudy Guiterrez Orchestra. Martin Garcia played with the Rudy Guiterrez Orchestra (where he met Bobby and Larry Montoya, who aren't related). Frank Arvina was a former member of The Imperials.

I recently obtained a few old issues (1976-1980) of La Cucaracha, the local Pueblo newspaper, which served the Hispanic population of the city. Fantastic archival pictures of a handful of local bands, of the day. Check it out:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tiptoe Through the Tulips - The Colorado Springs connection

Nothing should surprise you, when it comes to my never-ending search for esoteric Colorado music history, but this little tidbit surprised even me.