Monday, July 1, 2013

Solve the Mystery - Margie Bortles

For some reason the name Margie Bortles rings a bell with me, but for the life of me I don't know how.  Maybe she rings a bell with someone else out there...

I did time doing news on Pueblo's KIDN country radio, back in 1980, and it's possible that's where I know the name from.  Local groups and singers would come in and drop off their singles for airplay, so who knows.  My brain only holds so much information nowadays (grin).

This is the first record I've come across on a Pueblo West record label (DJM OV 22).  Unfortunately the label doesn't note a year, or any other clue, on the runoff. The only other name is Bob Sordon, who is listed as the songwriter for "Mississippi Woman."  Margie is accompanied by the similarly named Sordon Sound band. 

Haven't a clue what DJM stands for (not to be confused with Elton John's early label, of course).

The flipside of the single is a cover of the Wanda Jackson hit, "Silver Threads and Golden Needles."

Was able to find Kama Music Publishing, in a 1973 Billboard, as a project of Larry Coryell.  Whether this is the same Larry Coryell as the jazz guitarist, who knows.

As always, drop me a line if you know anything.


  1. Don't known about Margie, but Sordon is certainly Bobby LeRoy "Bob" Sorden, whose obituary can be found here :

    Kama Music was owned by veteran Utica (Upstate New-York) music man Stanley Markowski, who owned also a pressing plant.

    The "OV" prefix is often found on its custom pressings, though generally on regional labels and not so far from Utica.

  2. Thanks Bob--love your blog!
    Interesting on the spelling of Sordon/Sorden, no wonder I had trouble!

  3. Margie Bortles is from Delta, Co. and now lives in Rangely, CO. She did a solo singing act on the western slope for many years. The backup band was from Montrose, CO where Bob Sorden had a club. Margie re-married and her name now is Price. Her husband, Bern, has passed and worked at The Delt County Independant newspaper for years.