Monday, April 15, 2019

Dick Hull

 Dick Hull Plays the Hammond Organ
Monaco FT 592 (1955)

I'm a sucker for organ music. My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother each had an organ in their homes. I remember hearing three generations of "Laura" throughout my childhood, and I guess the sound just stuck with me (for the record, the closest I ever came to personally playing the organ, was attempting to bang out "Rock Lobster," on mom's living room Hammond).


 I found this album, at the recent spring Denver Record Show, thanks to my buddy Chris. Guess he knew I would probably be the only person in the room who would quickly hand over $3 for a Colorado organ LP (grin). Turns out, it was one of the highlights of the daylong dig.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Packing finds: Theron Bennett and The Dutch Mill Sheet Music Publishing Company


The "Great Move" is underway, with packing commencing, as we prepare to relocate up the road, to the Denver metro.  The process has been daunting, but it has allowed me to rediscover a few Colorado-related music items, in my collection. Example #1 - a piece of sheet music from Theron Bennett, the original proprietor of Denver's Dutch Mill Cafe.


I won't copy and paste the extensive Theron Bennett / Dutch Mill history that's out there, so check out this fantastic synopsis and list of his published works.


"My Love's A Radio" was published in 1924, and appears to be one of the last pieces of sheet music published by Bennett. He died in 1937, at age 57, after a prolonged illness.

When the night is falling and there beams a silv'ry moon
Then comes love enthralling and my love is yours I tune
And far through heaven's blue, my heart sings to you.
My love's a radio
Each night at nine
It's calling soft and low
Your heart to mine
Tis my love light a glow
And tells you true dear
My love's a radio
That's calling you, my you.
Distance lends enchantment, and through it may have its charms
Still to me 'tis sweeter just to hold you in my arms
And so love's song a new, calls each night to you.
My love's a radio
Each night at nine
It's calling soft and low
Your heart to mine
Tis my love light a glow
And tells you true dear
My love's a radio
That's calling you, my you.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Russ Wolfe and the Flying W Wranglers


Got word, late last night, that Russ Wolfe, the co-founder of the Flying W Ranch, passed away, at the age of 94. You can see his amazing biography, along with his obituary, here.

The Flying W Ranch has put out numerous LP and 45rpm souvenirs (and later cassettes and CDs), in its history. Several of the LPs started off with an introduction, by Russ Wolfe.

Russ Wolfe's Introduction
(audio sample taken from Volume 1, below)

As I mentioned above, these chuck wagon musical mementos were plentiful, as one always manages to find one (or more) at a neighborhood garage sale, or local thrift store, around these here parts. Here are the ones I managed to corral (See what I did there? - heheh). Some of the last names are missing, in this story. If you can provide any info, drop me a line. Also, you will obviously see the label numbers and volumes are hard to keep track of, as you will note the inconsistency in the discography.


An Evening at the Flying W Ranch (Vol. 1)
Year unknown (label is marked FW-1000)
Members: Russ Wolfe, Cy Scarborough, Jack Smith, Bob Minser, Babe Humphrey, Chuck Camp, and Laramie Jordan (who was later replaced by Buck Teeter)

Echo Valley
FW-5705 (no year, possibly 1957)
Members are not noted

 
Folk Songs of the Western Frontier
FW-5750 (no year, possibly 1957)
 The back of this LP promotes "Vol. 1" and Echo Valley, but no other LP, which indicates this is (possibly) the third release for the group.
Members (introduced in the recorded intro): Russ Wolfe, Chuck Camp, Babe Humphrey, Bob Minser, Buck Teeter, and Cy Scarborough

The Rostvit Sisters Sing 
FW-5760 (no year, possibly 1957 or 1960)
(Fay, Sharon, Janice and Lora Jean, accompanied by the Flying W Wranglers)

 
An Evening at the Flying W Ranch (Vol. 2)
7961 could indicate "1961" 
Members (introduced in the recorded intro): Jim Blanton, Chuck Camp, George Jackson, Buck Teeter, Cy Scarborough, and Russ Wolfe

An Evening at the Flying W Ranch (Vol. 2)  
 (label is marked FW 1001) 
NOTE: This LP also says "Volume 2". 
Members (shown in order on LP cover): Cy Scarborough, Buck Teeter, George Jackson, Chuck Camp, Jim (J.B.) Blanton, and Russ Wolfe


An Evening at the Famous Flying W 
NOTE: LP uses the same cover photo as Vol. 2, directly above, but the back cover shows a different photo (with the same members as above). The songs are the same as those on the "first" Volume 2.
SR4S-050 (no year) 

Winter Swing
FWWS 140 
(no year, but the subtitle is "Dance Album Volume One") 
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, Rick Martinez, Scott Vaughn, and Denny Peter


The Place Where I Worship
SW-4 (no year listed)
Members names not listed

 
An Evening at the Flying W Ranch (Vol. 3)
Year unknown (label marked LPFW 420) 
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, Babe Humphrey,  
Larry Humphrey,  J.B. Blanton, and Larry Mahan
 
 
An Evening at the Flying W Ranch (Vol. 4)
FWS-1970
Label is marked 1970, and thus starting a new label numbering system, indicating year.
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, Babe Humphrey,  
Larry Humphrey,  J.B. Blanton, and Larry Mahan
 
Cow Country Styles (Vol. 5)
FWR-1973
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, Babe Humphrey, Larry Humphrey, Terry Martin, 
 J.B. Blanton, and Larry Mahan

Centennial Show (Vol. 8)
FWR-1976
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, J.B. Blanton, Babe Humphrey, Larry Humphrey, Denny Peter, and Bill___ 

 
This is Flying W Country (Vol. 9)
FWR-1977
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, J.B. Blanton, Babe Humphrey, Larry Humphrey, Denny Peter, and Scott Vaughn

This is Flying W Country (Vol. 11)  
FWR-1979
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, Vern Thomson,   
Scott Vaughn, Jim Blanton, Denny Peter, and Rick Martinez
This is Flying W Country (Vol. 12)  
FWR-1980
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, VernThomson,  Scott Vaughn, Jim Blanton, Denny Peter, Rick Martinez, and LarryMahan

This is Flying W Country (Vol. 13)
FWR-1982
Members: Russ Wolfe, Sam Nicola, Vern Thomson, Rod Black, Rick Martinez, Gary____, Jim Blanton, and Lewis Mock

On The Trail (Vol. 14)
FWR-1983 
Members: Wes English,  Rod Black, Sam Nicola, Vern Thomson, and Scott Vaughn

Where the West Begins (Vol. 15)
FWR-1985
Members: Dennis Bailey, Wes English, Sam Nicola, Vern Thomson, and Scott Vaughn

Live at the Ranch  
FWR-1987
(back cover doesn't show members)





Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Packing Up the Records...



No, this isn't a "day after April Fools' Day" joke.

After almost four years in my current Colorado zip code, I'll be packing up the records and moving to a new Colorado locale, further north. The reason is all good, but I would be lying if I admitted that I was thrilled to pack up this collection o' mine, after unpacking it all not that long ago.

Since we are trying to get everything ready for the real estate agent to come by, to evaluate the casa for resale, I'm slowly starting to box up the vinyl, and all of the ephemera, now. Which means the radio show, and my blog posts, won't be as regular.

Anyone going to the Denver Record Show, April 14? Drop by and say "hi," and help me clear out some primo prog LPs, and hillbilly ephemera, which I really don't want to pack for the move (grin).