Tag Archives: Modern Records

SMOKEY HOGG-THE TEXAS BLUES OF SMOKEY HOGG.

Smokey Hogg-The Texas Blues Of Smokey Hogg. Label: Ace Records. One of the most prolific bluesmen early twentieth Century was Andrew Hogg, who was born on a farm in Glenfawn, Rusk County, Texas on the ’27th’ of January 1914. Growing up, his father taught him to play guitar. Little did his father know that his …

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IF I HAVE TO WRECK L.A.-KENT AND MODERN RECORDS BLUES INTO THE 60S VOL 2.

If I Have To Wreck L.A.-Kent and Modern Records Blues Into The 60s Vol 2. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. As the sixties dawned, musical tastes were changing and soul music’s popularity had started to grow. By then, new independent labels were  being founded all across America and labels like Stax, Atlantic and Motown became …

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JOHN LEE HOOKER-DOCUMENTING THE SENSATION RECORDINGS 1948-52.

John Lee Hooker-Documenting The Sensation Recordings 1948-52. Label: Ace Records. In 1946, Detroit-based Bernard Besman joined forces with accountant John Kaplan and bought Pan American Record Distributing. Later that year, they also founded Sensation Records which they named after a local nightclub, the Sensation Lounge. The next step was to sign some of the best …

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THE STORY OF MARY LOVE.

The Story Of Mary Love The day that Mary Love  entered a talent contest in a local club was that the day that her life changed forevermore. She sang a cover of Etta James’ Somebody’s Got A Hold On Me and won. This resulted in Mary being hired to sing every Thursday.  She was paid $8 a night and accompanying Mary …

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MARY LOVE-LAY THIS BURDEN DOWN-VINYL.

Mary Love-Lay This Burden Down-Vinyl. Label: Kent. The day that Mary Love  entered a talent contest in a local club was that the day that her life changed. She sang a cover of Etta James’ Somebody’s Got A Hold On Me and won. This resulted in Mary being hired to sing every Thursday.  She was paid $8 a …

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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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THE LIFE AND CAREERS OF MARY LOVE.

The Life and Careers Of Mary Love. The day that Mary Love  entered a talent contest in a local club was that the day that her life changed. She sang a cover of Etta James’ Somebody’s Got A Hold On Me and won. This resulted in Mary being hired to sing every Thursday.  She was paid $8 a …

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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 day that Mary Love  entered a talent contest in a local club was that the day that her life changed. She sang a cover of Etta James’ Somebody’s Got A Hold On Me and won. This resulted in Mary being hired to sing every Thursday.  She was …

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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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