Thanks to Dorothy and Larry Balch.
Additional information used with kind permission from Peter Burg, Pueblo Songwriters and Musicians newsletter, Notes (July-August 2003).
In 1968, Arthur Chester Balch, his wife Dorothy, and their young family packed up their belongings and left their longtime home in West Texas for Pueblo.
The move had to have been difficult. Balch was a big fish in a little pond in West Texas. Known professionally as Ace Ball, he was a popular disc jockey (in Levelland, Lubbock, and Big Spring) and country music performer. For almost two decades previous he was a member of Hank Harral's Palomino Cowhands, recorded for the Dallas-based Star Talent label, a solo artist on the Okeh and Caprock labels, and shared the stage with Elvis Presley and Waylon Jennings.
His elderly parents had previously moved to nearby Cañon City, and family obligations forced him to trade the West Texas arid plains for the Steel City. He took a job with local country radio station KPUB.
Ace Ball Discography:
Star Talent (1948-1950)
760 - Dream Band Boogie / Dilly Dally Doodle (NOTE: Please visit the excellent Lone Star Stomp blog. There you will find the story behind this recording).
764 - When They Raised The UN Flag In South Korea / You've Got A Sweetheart (I've Got Just A Friend)
773 - Red Barn Boogie / Dear Little Oakie Darlin'
18007 – Change of Heart / Home Isn’t Home Anymore
18019 – Homeless Heart / There’ll Be a New Day
18040 – Weeds of Hate / She’s Worth a Million to Me
18047 – One Armed Love / Lost
110 – I’ve Lost Again / High School Wedding Ring (NOTE: Please visit the invaluable Rockin' Country Style site to hear a sample of this song)
Ace-Hi Records (1968-?)<
5464- I Cried at Your Wedding/Girls, Girls, Girls
215 - Homeward on a Hijacked Plane / For Old Times Sake
216 – Pretty is as Pretty Does / Country Boy at College
217 – The Last Rodeo / Little Red Sportscar
218 – I’ll Never Forget / Daddy’s Weakness – Cecilia Sisneros
Pedestal Records (1978-1979)
1381 - Carolers Carolers / The King's Birthday (featuring Little Roy Wiggins)
1615 - Just a Little Time / A Big Hearted ET (Ernest Tubb)
1524 - You Can’t Take The Past Away / Blue Ribbon Girl
2160 - The Role Of a Step Son / There'll be a New Day Tomorrow (featuring Little Roy Wiggins)
LP BJR101 - Ace Colorado Country - Ace Ball Sings Gene Bloomfield and Some of His Own
HR 1016 - "Overnight Sensation"/"Thank You Darlin"
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