Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blacksheep, Black Sheep, have you any info...

Hey all! I'm going through a mountain of Cash Box magazines, from the 1960s, and I found this advertisement for a band called Blacksheep. To my surprise, I discovered that the drummer is from Southern Colorado!


According to the ad: Dean Pedersen (also known as Aaron Fire) The Blacksheep's drummer, hails from Canyon City (sp) Colorado. Eighteen-year-old Dean started playing jazz drums in 1963. He writes poetry, does clay sculpture, and is currently writing a book in his spare time.


 Well how about that?

Blacksheep (The Black Sheep on the records) also included guitarist Michael Mongeon (from Canada), bass player Buddy McCabe (from California), vocalist Mark Harman (from California), and lead guitarist Joe Masterson (from New York). The band put out "It's My Mind" / "Arthur" (Columbia 43666) in 1966, and a year later released "Feeling Down" / "Suzanne" (Columbia 43974). I can't seem to find any reference to any other vinyl releases, after that. Their sound is described as "catchy garage pop."

Apparently there was another band, called Black Sheep (out of New York), which appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Several years later, former Foreigner lead vocalist, Lou Gramm, also was in a band called Black Sheep (not related to these two other bands).

If anyone has any information on Mr. Pedersen, from Canon City, CO, please drop me a line!

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Chevelles

What a crazy week this has been! I scored the Pueblo music poster cache of my lifetime, but noticed a group I wasn't familiar with - The Chevelles. I had heard of the 4 Chevelles, from Denver, but didn't know anything about a group, with a similar name, from Pueblo.

 The Chevelles
Top: Fabian Chacon (bass), Dave Vega (guitar)
Bottom: Joey Rodriguez (keyboards), Dave Trujillo (drums)

Then I get this email from Jess LeFebre, a member of the Pueblo-based Uptown Jam Band.

"Our guitarist was in the Chevelles... Dave Vega."


So Jess forwards Dave's contact info, and we are off to solve the mystery of the Chevelles.

When and how was the band created?

We were all students at Central High. This was 1965. The Chevelles were already established, and they needed to replace their guitarist (Nick Sineros). I was 16-years old, and just getting started playing guitar. I guess I played well enough to play in the band.

 The Chevelles
Left to right: Dave Vega, Dave Trujillo, Joey Rodriguez, and Fabian Chacon

Where did you play?

Joey's father was our manager. We were booked all over town - the CYO Club, Arcadia, Pinnachio's, Brass Horn, Latin Village.

Did you ever record a single?

We never recorded a single. We played strictly covers - oldies, soul.

There was a group in Denver called the 4 Chevelles. Had you ever heard of them, or ever met them?

Never heard of the 4 Chevelles.

How long was the band together?

We broke up in 1969.

What did you do, after the band broke up?

I played with various groups, including the Fabulous Fremonts, after the Chevelles. I replaced Tony Garcia on guitar, after they recorded "Watermelon Man." I was also in the Rudy Gutierrez Orchestra, and Abraxas (with Carlos Crull, who was also in The Crew). We did shows with Chicago and Tower of Power (with Abraxas). I also played with the Steel City Band, but I quit before they recorded their single. I worked at CF&I for a year, then a chrome shop for 26 years, but I've always played in bands.

What happened to the other members of the Chevelles?

Fabian passed away. Last I heard, Dave was in Denver. and Joey lives in Pueblo.

Currently, Dave Vega is keeping busy playing with both the Uptown Jam Band, and Bad Habits. You can also see him in action, on his YouTube channel.

Uptown Jam Band (Dave Vega is second from right)

And with that...three posts in one week - I think I'm going to take a break, for a bit (whew!)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pueblo music - in posters (PART TWO)

The Great Pueblo Music Poster Find continues! Today, I give you posters from two of the city's most popular nightclubs - The Krazy Kat and the Hi-Fi:

 Concert poster for Sunny & The Sunliners, performing at the Hi-Fi Club, Nov. 10-11, 1964
("For the first time in Pueblo, Colorado")

Concert poster for The Sir Douglas Quintet, appearing at the Hi-Fi Club, Friday, July 14, 1967. He was apparently so popular, he appeared two days later, at the Krazy Kat (below).

Concert poster for The Blue Things, appearing at the Hi-Fi Club Wed. June 30, 1965. The Blue Things were a psych band, based out of Hays, Kansas. They were active from 1964-1968. Recorded for Ruff Records, in Amarillo, and RCA.

 Promotional poster for December's Children and the OD's, appearing at the Krazy Kat (no year). Note the poster is soliciting new names for the club. December's Children were out of Cleveland. No clue on the ODs. Can't find a thing on them. Was told they might be a psych group out of the midwest.


Concert poster for the Charming Checkmates (no year), at the Krazy Kat. I'm wondering if this is the same group, which recorded under the Checkmates - if only for the Ruff Records mention at the top. Maybe someone can help solve the mystery. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Pueblo music - in posters (PART ONE)

Hey all! Holy cats have I a post for you, today!  So, I get a call from a fellow record collector, who tells me that he has discovered a cache of music posters, many from Colorado. Of course, he knows who to call, to unload them (grin).

He did not prepare me for what I saw, and now possess. Shocked is an understatement. How these incredible rare items survived, is beyond me.

Now, on to the show and tell (in order of poster printing):

Poster for the Pueblo group, The Fabulous Fremonts (no year). "Watermelon Man" was released in 1964, so it's assumed this poster was part of that promotional effort by the Band Box subsidiary label, Valerie (note the typo of "lable"). The Fabulous Fremonts were made up of lead singer, bass and table steel guitar-player, Irene Chavez, Henry Garcia (lead guitar), saxophonist Vic Macheto, and John Rivera on drums. Vic Macheto and John Rivera would later leave the band with Rivera being replaced by John Trujillo.

Dick Clark's The Go-Go Show (Sunday, March 28, 1965), held at Memorial Auditorium, Colorado Springs. A national act bill of Shirley Ellis, Jewel Akens (typo of "Aken"), Bobby Freeman, Brian Hyland, The Executives. Plus, Pueblo's own Patti Jo and the Teardrops. A Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph story, hyping the concert (published March 20), states "Special guest stars will be Patti Jo and the Teardrops, the Pueblo group which brought down the house at the last music spectacular at the Auditorium last month."


 Promotional poster for The Chandells (1965)

Arkansas Valley Fair Dance (Friday, August 20, 1965) Featuring the Chandells. Event was held in Rocky Ford, CO.

YMA School of Music Christmas Variety Show (Sunday, December 12, 1965), held at the Pueblo South High School Auditorium. Featuring The Trolls.

The Battle of the Bands (Saturday, March 26, 1966) , held at the Broadmoor International Center, in Colorado Springs. The competing bands are: representing Colorado Springs, the Villagers; from Denver, the Travelers; from Boulder, Vanguard V, and from Pueblo, the Teardrops. Patti Jo had left the band, that year.

The Pepsi Action Show (Friday, June 3, 1966): Large poster  of a show held at the CO State Fairgrounds, featuring Patti Jo and the Teardrops, the Chandells, The Torquays, and the Henchmen, all from Pueblo. The bill also included area acts from Walsenburg (The NGs), Security (The Comets), from Manitou Springs (The Countdowns), and Denver (The Outriggers). Beautiful piece of memorabilia. Patti Jo left the Teardrops, in 1966. I noted the separate "star" on the list of performers, so I can only assume this show was held after she officially left the band, and went solo.

The Summer Swing-Ding (Saturday, June 11, 1966). Held at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium. Pueblo bands included The Trolls, and Patti Jo (minus the Teardrops). Plus area acts The Chasers, Seeds, Villagers, Comets, and Countdowns. Note that popular KDZA DJ Steve Scott is the emcee of the event.

Teardrops promotional poster 
(no date) 


Promotional poster for the Chevelles appearing at the Pueblo Hi-Fi Club (Sunday, March 12, 1967). 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Attention obscure Colorado music geeks! Guess who is back on the radio?

This just in...

I'm going to be back on the radio, this Friday, playing a sampling of esoteric selections from the deep, dark depths of my rescued Colorado vinyl stash.

If you missed it - here's the link to the show (starts at 55:20). Enjoy!

Monday, March 26, 2018

KDZA 1963: Pueblo rock 'n roll radio, 55 years ago


March 23, 1963: The Beatles release the Please Please Me LP, and the number one song in Pueblo was "End of the World," by Skeeter Davis. Pueblo record buyers headed to the Crown Discount Center, on W. Fourth Street, to pick up the latest Top 40 singles (and the newest Elvis LP for $1.99)... and KDZA radio was the #1 station in town. Yeah, Pueblo was boppin' 55 years ago, this week.

An acquisition of several KDZA Pueblo radio "Hit Parade" lists recently came into my possession, this week - almost exactly 55 years ago from when they first saw the light of day.  How cool is that?


February 22, 1963
#1 song: "Walk Like a Man" - Four Seasons
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: Days of Wine & Roses - Pat Boone 

 March 10, 1963
#1 song: "Ruby Baby" - Dion
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Bobby Vee
Plus The Crown Discount Center offered the Elvis single "One Broken Heart For Sale" for $.79


March 17, 1963
#1 song: "Ruby Baby" - Dion
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: Album #16 - Kingston Trio

March 24, 1963
#1 song: "End of the World" - Skeeter Davis
KDZA Album Pick of the Week: Blood, Sweat & Tears - Johnny Cash
Plus The Crown Discount Center offered the Elvis LP Girls! Girls! Girls! for $1.99

Sadly, none of these earlier hit lists show any disc jockeys, but Dee B. Crouch is listed as station manager. According to a 2003 story, written by Dwight Hunter, in the Pueblo Lore (the Pueblo County Historical Society magazine): In 1947, Crouch led a group who formed the Pueblo Radio Company and put Pueblo’s third radio station, KDZA-AM, on the air. That station survives today as KKPC. 

Curious about the other "Lively 123" (AM 1230) hits of February-March, 1963? Take a look (click picture below to see all):


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Louis J. Kapel

Just when I think nothing can surprise me, whilst digging for obscure southern Colorado music, along comes Louis J. Kapel.

My dear friend Joel Scherzer clued me in to this Pueblo singer, when he found a total of four 10" 45 rpm recordings, which he offered up to me. I filed these away, until a recent databasing project provided me the opportunity to finally listen to these additions.

First off, this guy is like nothing you have ever heard, coming out of the Steel City. His smooth, 1950s pop-meets-lounge style vocals are spot-on Rat Pack. The test-pressing recordings show an address, south of the state fairgrounds, and various dates from 1959-1961. Not a lot to go on, but a quick search on the National Copyright Database shows a Louis John Kapel was active during those years, along with co-writing credit to daughter, Terry Sue Kapel.

The 50s popper "Little You Care" credits Kapel, along with Pete Scerra and Ralph Martell, as co-writers of the song. Later copyright entries show "Don't Rush into Love" (1962), "Without Your Love" (1964), "Wolf Feeling" (1964), "Blue Love" (1965), and "If You Love Someone," (1967). Scerra also penned songs for The Ambassadors ("Rocombo") and Jim Dooley ("Fortunato"), Russ Raymond ("Playing the Role"), and Peter Chello ("The Gun That's Faster Than Me").

"Adorable You" credits Steve Lewis and Ernie Susser, as co-writers. Susser would later pen songs for Bonnie and the Denims ("Time Will Tell") and Cowboys N' Indians ("Jack in the Box"). "Never to End, But to Begin," which was co-written by his daughter, Terry Sue, features an uncredited female vocalist. I'll put money on it, that it's Terry Sue.

The final recording appears to have been made in 1961, at the Ace Recording Studios, in Boston, MA (as noted on label).


If that doesn't make you want to shake up a martini, while sucking on a Pall Mall, I don't know what will. Further digging finds that Louis was stationed in Abilene, TX, at Camp Barkeley, and is mentioned in a 1941 local newspaper story on a new bandstand being built, by him, and "Pvt. Mark Predovich, Leadville, CO."

Louis J. Kapel died in 1995. His wife Mary, passed away in 1999. His daughter, Terry Sue, passed away in 2017. All are buried in Roselawn Cemetery.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Back on campus...

Earlier this month, I found myself back on the campus of my alma mater. It was one of those surreal moments, which brought back a flood of memories (which seem to get fuzzier as one ages). Being the record collector that I am, it also got me wondering if my old school put out any vinyl recordings.

I had written about one, several years back, but the recent trip back on campus renewed my interest in this project.

First off, I attended the University of Southern Colorado, which went through three name changes (Southern Colorado Junior College, Pueblo Junior College, and Southern Colorado State College) before it got to good ol' USC. It's now known as Colorado State University-Pueblo. Hopefully that name will stick.

It was during the Southern Colorado State College years (1963-1975), which resulted in a couple (that I know of) vinyl recordings. These were formal affairs, my guess to appeal to middle-aged donors, or to put the minds of moms and dads at ease, that their children were really being studious.

Under the direction of Ralph Levy, the 1967-68 performance of the college concert band consisted of works by Haydn, Tschaikowsky, Holst, Nelhýbel, and Roncal.

The following year, the group performed selections by Bach, Wagner, Kabelebsky, Norman Dello Joio, and William Francis McBeth. With respect to the student musicians on these albums, one has to wonder if, given the era of which they were recorded, they were hoping to let loose on "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." My mind tends to digress on these matters.

Of course, if anyone finds any other LPs from my old school, I would love to post them.

Ralph Levy passed away in 2007, and is buried in Walsenburg. His obituary shared that his motto in life was "Love music, practice diligently." 

Friday, January 5, 2018

D. Chief Eagle's Winter Count

When you think of music originating from Pueblo, Colorado, Native American operas don't usually come to mind. So imagine my surprise when I noticed a Pueblo address on the back of Chief Eagle's Wintercount LP.

According to the back of the album, Chief Eagle was born in 1925, in South Dakota. He was orphaned as a child, and raised by the elders of his Rosebud Sioux tribe. How he ended up in Pueblo took some digging.

I quickly discovered that Chief Eagle is actually one Dallas Jerome Bordeaux. He moved to Pueblo after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. In a 1955 feature story in The Pueblo Chieftain, Bordeaux was described as a "former professional boxer who lost only three of 25 professional fights." He worked at CF&I and was also a cake decorator, and author, penning the book Winter Count - chronicling the Sioux version that General Custer committed suicide at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, in 1876. Bordeaux also was a native dancer who organized powwows in Pueblo and at the Colorado State Fair. He appeared in the movie, "A Man Called Horse." Bordeaux died July 22, 1980, following a heart attack, at the age of 54. 

As for the album? No year on the recording, but I can only guess that it came out shortly after his book was published (1967). 

The vinyl features both male and female vocalists - Mary Therese Karlinger and C.W. Ruetten. Ruetten served as a priest, at Holy Family Parish.  Mary Therese Karlinger was born in 1949, in Nebraska. She began singing in pre-school, and appeared on the Slovenian Radio Hour and sang with the Abbey Glee Club, in Canon City. According to an Internet search, she was also the winner of the "Stars of Tomorrow" talent show. 

 "Going Home" as performed by Mary Therese Karlinger
D. Chief Eagle's Winter Count 
Twy-Mar Studios 2239

Background music is credited to R. Corty (who was a teacher at Corwin Jr. High School), Gary Stout, and Chief Eagle.

Twy-Mar Studios is listed as a P.O. box in Pueblo, on the back of the album. Another search finds that it was owned by Don and Twyla Martin - the same Twyla Martin who was also part of the Twy Mar Trio, which also included Earl Brewster and Bob Gifford. The group recorded one single, "Listen to Your Heart" (Twy Mar 2251)