Category Archives: Nassau County

The Cordials “Tell Me Please”

Cordials Bundy 45 Tell Me Please

The Cordials recorded for the Bundy label of Freeport, New York. They may have been a local group, but Freeport is not far from Brooklyn, so the group could have been from anywhere in the New York metro area.

The Cordials cut a fine version of “Misery”, originally done by the the Dynamics on their 1963 single on Big Top. I prefer the flip, “Tell Me Please”, a moody original with great harmonies, written by Rick Stevens and published by M.C. Music Pub. BMI.

Cordials Bundy 45 MiseryAn article in Cash Box from August 7, 1965 gives an approximate date for the Cordials release and some background on Bundy:

“Bundy-Fonic Expands”

Mickey Carr, top man at The Bundy-Fonic Corp., is in the process of expanding the firm’s activities, and has appointed Bob Spina to veep and Clarence Finnell as A&R boss.

The diskery, with Dee Dee Records as a subsidiary line, will be offering two new releases, the first tagged “Misery” b/w “Tell Me Please” by the Cordials, and another by the Diablos, the titles on which will be announced at a later date. Both disks will be on Bundy Records. The address of the firm is 22 Pine St., Freeport, L.I.

Although Bundy had a 1962 release by Ray Artis, “Dear Liz” / “Wella-Wella” (Bundy BU-222), I haven’t found the Diablos single or anything else on Bundy. There were several record companies called Dee Dee, and I’m not sure if the one mentioned in the Cash Box article actually released anything.

The Cordials is a styrene 45, released on Bundy BU7711, Mickey Carr gets credit for arranging and producing both sides, and Bundy is listed as a subsidiary of Bundy Phonic Ent. Corp.

La Salle and Lauren Records discography

The Shandels La Salle 45 Shades of Blue

Here’s a start at the discography of Carl Edelson’s La Salle and Lauren labels, along with a related single by Eddie T. Burke. The label started with talent from Long Island including the Shandels of Levittown and Wantaugh, and the Taboos.

La Salle L-381 – The Shandels – “Shades Of Blue” / “Fifteen Children” (both by John Melnick & Eric Stern, engineered by Joe Dulberg, Feb. 1967)
La Salle L-382 – The Taboos – “All My Life” / “So Sad”
La Salle L-383 – ?
La Salle L-384 – The Shandels – “Think About You” / “Barnyard Blues”
La Salle L-385 – ?
La Salle L-386 – John Goodman – “First Star” / “Stranger at the Dance”

Ellen and the Shandels La Salle 45 Gypsy

La Salle 25 – Ellen & the Shandels – “Gypsy” / “Try A Little Tenderness” (1969 or 1970, also released as Dry Well on Lauren Records 2515)

La Salle L-371 – The Lemon Sandwich – “Give Me Love” (Eddie Hileman) / “I Must Be Dreaming” (1970)

Tommy Burke Lauren 45 Give Me Love

Lauren L-2513 – Tommy Burke – “Give Me Love” / “I Don’t Want to Be Your Keeper” (both by Tommy Burke for Carldell Music BMI, engineered by Joe Cyr at Variety Sound Studios)
Lauren L-2514 – Johnny Hayes – “Greenback Dollar” / “Blowin’ in the Wind”
Lauren L-2515 – Dry Well – “Gypsy” / “Try A Little Tenderness” (reissue of Ellen & the Shandels 45 above)
Laruen L-2516 – Branded “X” – “Society And Me” (Tommy Burke) / “Tribute to Uncle Sam” (Herner-Auwaerter-Furbich, Carldell BMI, prod. by Tommy Burke at Variety Sound Studios)

I’m not sure if this is the same Lauren label as the ones listed above:
Lauren CO 2930 – The Out of Order – “Lonely Sentry” / “It’s Alright” (prod. by B. Jolie, L. Litchfield, T. Messier, Allegro Sound Studios NY, engineers Bruce Staple and Mike Consi, Ranford Music Co., BMI, distributed by Planet Records out of Providence, RI)

Branded "X" Lauren 45 Society and Me

E.T.B. Records ETB-113 – Eddie T. Burke – “I Must Be Dreaming” / “So Sad” (both by Eddie Hileman for Carldell Music BMI, engineered by Joe Cyr at Variety Sound Studios

Eddie T. Burke ETB 45 So Sad

The Taboos on La Salle Records

The Taboos La Salle 45 So Sad

The Taboos La Salle 45 All My LifeThe Taboos came from Long Island, New York, cutting only one single in 1967 for La Salle Records. I don’t have much info on the band other than song writer names.

“All My Life” has a subdued start, the keyboard and bass making a three chord vamp while the drummer keeps a steady roll of toms going in the background. The chorus is more conventional, but a real surprise comes halfway through the song, when the bass picks up the pace and the lead guitar starts a Jeff Beck-style psychedelic solo. The song was written by Von Ressler and DeBonis.

Brennan and Palazzo wrote “So Sad”, which has a typical ballad format and singing style but it’s still an effective song.

Larry Hiller engineered the session at Murlyn Studios. La Salle Records owner Carl Edelson published both songs with his Cardell BMI.

A footnote to the group would come a couple years later, when Eddie T. Burke overdubbed a new lead vocal (inferior in my opinion) over the original recording of “So Sad” and released it on E.T.B Records ETB-113. See the post on La Salle and Lauren records for more on Eddie Burke’s release.

The Buffaloes

Buffaloes GMC 45 She Wants MeConsidering the names on the labels of this 45 and the quality of single, it’s amazing how obscure this group called the Buffaloes seems to be. I knew nothing about the group except for their last names and first initial until Mike Kuzmin contacted me with additional copyright information.

The A-side is the jangly blaster, “She Wants Me”, written by George Schwartzkopf, Jr of Old Bridge, New Jersey. It’s a catchy song and I could imagine it being a hit, but seems to have missed. The flip is a ballad written by Arthur V. Walker of Sea Cliff, NY, on Long Island, “You Told Me Lies”. The copyright name for correspondence or refund is listed as Joel E Shenton (Sheaton?) of Glen Cove, NY. Both songs published by Impression Music, BMI.

The Buffaloes may have had the first release on the GMC label. Gene Moretti founded the label; he had been director of international sales for MGM-Verve in 1964 after starting in the mail room of ABC-Paramount (according to Billboard).

Buffaloes GMC Billboard April 2, 1966
Gene Moretti’s GMC Records announced in Billboard, April 2, 1966
“GMC Records, a Division of Go-Go Music Corp” led me to a notice in the April 22, 1966 issue of Billboard explaining how Gene Moretti would be managing and recording six acts for his new label. The telling line is “Moretti’s approach is to rely exclusively on the copyrights owned by Impression and draw talent primarily from the three million population Long Island area. All six acts, in their teen and early 20’s, are local boys and girls.”

Billboard announced the Gumdrop 2 would have the first issue on GMC, “Getting Over You” / “So I Try”, numbered GM 10001, However, the Buffaloes single, dated to October ’66 in Teen Beat Mayham, is numbered GM 10000. GMC had about fifteen releases in total, featuring a dozen artists including Priscilla Price, Tony Kaye, Johnny D., Doreen Rose, the Miller Sisters, the Islanders, the Spoilers, Frankie ‘Slim’ Summerville, and Frankie Gracie & the Plastics.

Another interesting connection is the studio, listed as Mayfair Studios (8 Track). Clair Krepps had been a recording engineer for Capitol, MGM and Atlantic Records and also did a lot of stereo percussion albums for Audio Fidelity. About the same time Moretti started GMC, Krepps began Mayfair Recording Studios at 701 Seventh Ave in Manhattan. Other clients would include the Velvet Underground, Al Caiola’s Caiola Combo All Strung Out LP on United Artists, Nico, the Chameleon Church, the Ultimate Spinach, the Beacon Street Union, Puff, Galt MacDermot, Ricardo Ray, Jimi Hendrix, the Mothers of Invention, etc.

Thank you to Mike Kuzmin for info on the group.

Buffaloes GMC 45 You Told Me Lies

The Cisum V

The Cisum V - Ultra-Sonic Acetate I'm So GladKevin Longendyke sent me the transfers and scans of this demo acetate by the Cisum V. I have no info on the band, other than it was recorded at Ultra-Sonic Recording Studios at 149 North Franklin Street in Hempstead, NY, on Long Island. Both sides are moody winners, though “I’m So Glad” may have the edge on “You Told Me”.

The Cisum V – I’m So Glad
The Cisum V – You Told Me

Any info the band would be appreciated.

Mike Markesich suggests this is the same group that recorded the single “Medal of Honor” / Mrs. Orange” on Epic 5-10362, both songs by David Brightman and Phil Galdston for Brigand Music ASCAP. The label credits Stu Krane with production.

However that 45 features keyboards, unlike this demo, besides being a much more sophisticated production.

The Epic group Cisum (‘music’ spelled backwards) were Phil Galdston (keyboards, vocals), Dave Brightman (lead guitar, vocals), Rich Bronsky (rhythm guitar, vocals), Gary Mandel (bass, vocals) and John Glowa (drums, percussion).

Engineer & producer Jim Reeves has a website dedicated to his work at Studio 3 on East 57th Street and at CBS Columbia studios on East 52nd Street, including some (very small) photos of the band, about a third of the way down the page. On another page he writes that Cisum recorded an entire LP, Myriad Marvels at Studio3.

The Cisum V - Ultra-Sonic Acetate You Told Me

The Minimum Daily Requirements

I’ve had this 45 for yearsMinimum Daily Requirements Tower 45 I'm Grounded but am only now getting around to covering it. I don’t recall ever reading about the band in any detail.

“I’m Grounded” is a well-known psychedelic classic written by Timmy Phelan (Jitters Music, BMI), but originally it was the b-side to “If You Can Put That In a Bottle” written by Billy Meshel for Meager Music, BMI.

The record was released on Tower 372 in October of 1967. The band came from Wantaugh, Long Island but other than that I don’t know anything about the group, nor have I seen a photo of them.

I don’t believe there’s a connection to a release by the Minimum Daily Requirement (singular) on Mercury, “Free the People” / “I Do Believe the Sun Will Shine”.

Minimum Daily Requirements Tower 45 If You Can Put That In A Bottle

Yesterday’s Children

Yesterday's Children, Showcase 45, Wanna Be With YouYesterday’s Children, one of many groups by that name. Released in September, 1966, “Wanna Be With You” / “Feelings” was this particular group’s only 45, both sides written by Don Krantz.

“Wanna Be With You” was the top side. It starts off cooly as can be and builds, but the chorus comes as something of a letdown after the tension in the verses.

For me, it’s “Feelings” that has the magic. The bass floods the opening and I’m immediately hooked. The patented garage rhythm and Farfisa organ kick in and the background chorus repeats what, as far as I can make out, is the phrase “sure enough!” over and over through the verse.

There’s a great moment before the chorus as the bass (plugged directly into the board but still so well recorded and mastered) slides down the neck. You couldn’t ask for a better scream at the end of the chorus. The guitar break is nicely by the book – four bars of bluesy soloing and four bars of just one note picked in sixteenths until the emphatic return to the rhythm.

My feelings inside are [of?] this day and age
And society.
Those people walking around down there they say
“Alright now, who are you?
You walk around looking like a girl wearing boots up high and pigtails”.
What’d I say?

Who are you?
You tell me what I should do,
You got your feelings,
But mine are true – whaah!

My feelings inside are this day and age
And society
Those people walking around down there they say
“Alright now, who are you?”
They tell you how to dress, how to wear your hair,
Not giving you the chance to think for yourself.
What’d I say?

Who are you?
You tell me what I should do,
You got your feelings,
But mine are true – whaah!

The Showcase label was part of Pickwick International based out of Long Island City in Queens. This 45 was produced by Ronnie Eden and Joe Simmons, with publishing by Impeccable Music and Barmour Music. Joe Simmons had a long career dating back to the late ’50s as both singer, song writer and producer, with many releases in one of those roles on Josie, Diamond and other labels. He had one other co-production with Ronnie Eden: The Ground Floor People “Walking on Eggs” / “It’s All Right Now”, (on Parfait 101, from 1966).

Exactly where Yesterday’s Children came from and who was in the band was something of a mystery until recently. I’d read them listed as being from Valhalla in Westchester County, but the only basis for that was the fact that Don Krantz also was in a hard-rock group called Valhalla. In actual fact they came from Rockville Centre in Nassau County, Long Island.

I reached Don Howard Krantz who answered some of my questions about the band:

Q. Who else was in Yesterday’s Children besides yourself?

Bob Huling – vocals
Don Howard Krantz – guitar
Rich D’Benideto
Dave Natis – keyboard
Joe Delio – bass
Fred Davenport – drums

Q. So was Yesterday’s Children your band between the Vibratones and Valhalla? Did you have other bands before Valhalla?

I had many bands thru the years (I won’t list them because we didn’t last long). The Vibratones included Mike “Eppy” Epstein (my oldest friend) who went on to own Never When (store) and was the owner & manager of My Father’s Place, famous club in Roslyn, Long Island. Eppy & I grew up together, his book is coming out in the fall. Yesterdays Children lineup was brand new.

Q. Did the band last long?

Probably three years…with various band members.

Q. How did you get the Pickwick contract?

Ronnie Eden heard me play at a club & approached me, we talk’d & he offered me a recording contract / management and I (being the only song writer) went with it. Remember I was only 17 yrs old at the time. Started playing guitar at 9 yrs. I will never forget the drive into New York City in the back seat of Ronnie’s car…but that’s another story.

Q. Do you remember any specifics about the recording session?

After the 45 was released i told the bass player (best friend at the time) to leave the band. We were all changing musically & he couldn’t. The sessions were tuff as I recall, get’n the bass right, & if you listen real close to “Wanna Be With You” the bass hits a wrong note.

The president of Pickwick was in the sound booth with the whole family….wife & kids….& I thought that was killing the moment/feel. I think I ask’d to have the light turned down so have a live club feel.

I have three or four Yesterday’s Children tunes that were rough demos done by me & Bobby Huling. I may add some other parts, mix down & upload on YouTube …. but that’s way in the future.

Bob Huling & I (best friends) went on to start Euphoria with Mark Mangold later to become Valhalla. Mark went on to play with many bands & co-wrote with Michael Bolton for Cher. For a long time I was teaching guitar & producing some & doing the unplugged thing on acoustic guitar. The Don Howard Band – Poet’s Road came next & was mixed & mastered by Jack Douglas who won a grammy for John Lennon’s last album. The DHBand is now “Poets Road” and we work on a new album in 11/12.

I’ve seen photos of the Vibratones from 1963 and Valhalla from 1967 on, but none featuring Yesterday’s Children. If anyone has any please contact me at chas_kit@hotmail.com.