Tag Archives: Modern Records

THE STORY OF MARY LOVE SOUL SURVIVOR.

The Story Of Mary Love Soul Survivor. From the day that Mary Love was born, she had to overcome obstacle after obstacle.  What Mary had to overcome during a truly traumatic childhood, would’ve broken most people. Not Mary Love though.  She was made of much stronger stuff, and valiantly made her way through a turbulent childhood. By the age …

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MARY LOVE-LAY THIS BURDEN DOWN-VINYL.

Mary Love-Lay This Burden Down-Vinyl. Label: Kent. For many born into poverty, music, sport and education offer an escape from the ghettos and what’s often referred to in songs as: “the poor side of town.” It’s often been romanticized by lyricists in the past, but there’s nothing romantic about what many people have to endure …

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JEANETTE JONES-DREAMS ALL COME TRUE.

Jeanette Jones-Dreams All Come True. Label: Playback Records. The history of soul music is littered with artists who could’ve and should’ve gone on to greater things, but for whatever reason, commercial success and critical acclaim passed them by. That, sadly, was the case with Jeanette Jones. She had talent in abundance, and a voice that …

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MARY LOVE SOUL SURVIVOR.

MARY LOVE SOUL SURVIVOR. From the day that Mary Love was born, she had to overcome obstacle after obstacle.  What Mary had to overcome during a truly traumatic childhood, would’ve broken most people. Not Mary Love though.  She was made of much stronger stuff, and valiantly made her way through a turbulent childhood. By the age of seventeen, …

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UNLOCK THE LOCK-THE KENT RECORDS STORY VOLUME 1 1958-1962.

UNLOCK THE LOCK-THE KENT RECORDS STORY VOLUME 1 1958-1962.  In 1944, Jules Bihari, a Hollywood based musical entrepreneur, founded Modern Music with his brothers Saul, Joe and Lester. Little did anyone realise, that within a few years the nascent Modern Music would become one of the most successful independent labels. Commercial success visited Modern Music …

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YOUNG JESSIE-HIT, GIT AND SPLIT.

YOUNG JESSIE-HIT, GIT AND SPLIT.  Texas has a rich musical history. That’s been the case for over a hundred years. Country legends Gene Aubry,  Boxcar Willie and George Jones were from Texas. So were blues men Albert Collins, Freddie King and T-Bone Walker. Then there’s Buddy Holly, jazz drummer Buddy Miles, Janis Joplin, Sly Stone, …

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SPEAK EASY THE RPM RECORDS STORY VOLUME 2 1954-1957.

SPEAK EASY THE RPM RECORDS STORY VOLUME 2 1954-1957. RPM Records was founded by Hollywood based, musical entrepreneur, Jules Bihari, in 1949. This was the second subsidiary of Modern Records, which Jules had founded with his brothers Saul, Joe and Lester in 1944. A year later, Modern Records enjoyed its first hit single. This came …

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NO MORE DOGGIN’ THE RPM STORY VOLUME 1 1950-53.

NO MORE DOGGIN’ THE RPM STORY VOLUME 1 1950-53. Jules Bihari, a Hollywood based musical entrepreneur, founded Modern Music with his brothers Saul, Joe and Lester in 1944. Little did anyone realise, that within a few years the nascent Modern Music would become one of the most successful independent labels. Modern Music made its name …

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PEE WEE CRAYTON-TEXAS BLUES JUMPIN’ IN LOS ANGELES.

PEE WEE CRAYTON-TEXAS BLUES JUMPIN’ IN LOS ANGELES. Musically, Pee Wee Crayton was a late developer. He only started playing the guitar seriously in 1935, when he was twenty-one. That just so happened to coincide with Pee Wee Crayton moving to Los Angeles.  He’d moved to Los Angeles from Rockdale, Texas. That had been home …

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WARDELL GRAY-WAY OUT WARDELL.

WARDELL GRAY-WAY OUT WARDELL. During Wardell Gray’s tragically short career, he proved to be one of jazz’s innovators. His career lasted just fifteen years. It began in the swing era and encompassed the bebop era. Then, just when Wardell Grey looked like fulfilling his undoubted potential, tragedy struck on May 25th 1955.  Towards the end …

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MARY LOVE-LAY THIS BURDEN DOWN-THE BEST OF MARY LOVE.

MARY LOVE-LAY THIS BURDEN DOWN: THE BEST OF MARY LOVE. The story of Mary Love’s life reads like a film script. From the day Mary was born, she had to overcome obstacle after obstacle. This she did. What Mary had to overcome during a traumatic childhood, would’ve broken most people. Not Mary. She was made …

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DUST MY RHYTHM AND BLUES-THE FLAIR RECORDS R&B STORY 1953-1955.

DUST MY RHYTHM AND BLUES-THE FLAIR RECORDS R&B STORY 1953-1955. Despite only being around for just three years, Flair Records released some of the best R&B and blues of that period. Formed in 1953, Flair Records became the second subsidiary of Modern Records. RPM was Modern Records’ first subsidiary, Flair Records the second. It was …

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BEATING THE PETRILLO BAN-THE LATE DECEMBER 1947 MODERN SESSIONS.

BEATING THE PETRILLO BAN-THE LATE DECEMBER 1947 MODERN SESSIONS. It was in 1927 when the Automatic Music Instrument Company invented the first multi-selection jukebox. For owners of juke joints and bars, the jukebox was a boon.  Not only did it attract customers, wanting to hear and dance to the latest music, but It was much …

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