Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Birmingham Record Show August 16 & 17!

The South's Largest Show featuring records and CDs of every genre, every decade!  Presented by the Birmingham Record Collectors.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crazy Date Crazy Teens Auction Norton Records Benefit

SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT FOR NORTON RECORDS (VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY)
Hurricane Sandy left many victims in its wake. The Norton Records’ warehouse in Brooklyn was flooded, and most of their stock was destroyed, or severely damaged, as was described on the Nortonville blog in this Huffington Post article.


SILENT AUCTION FOR SIGNED DAVE REYNOLDS PHOTO AND SIGNED NORTON "CRAZY DATE" 45 OPEN TO BIDS WORLDWIDE FROM 12PM CST DECEMBER 11 to 12 PM CST DECEMBER 18.

FINAL WINNING BID is $235.  Congratulations to the winner, thank you to everyone who participated!!
 
To bid email with the following: your name, bid amount, email address and mailing address, (see bottom of the page for full terms).

Dave Reynolds photo by Susan Reynolds
Dave penned the cult classic rock n' roll song, “Crazy Date” with his sister. The original 45 is insanely rare, recorded at the Scott Recording Laboratory near the Tuscaloosa Airport in 1959.

As they have done for so much other great but hard to find music over their 26 year history, Norton Records reissued “Crazy Date” and helped to get the song into record collections of fans all over the world. Their existing stock of these 45s was damaged, and the sleeves destroyed.


Dave and Susan Reynolds have generously made this possible as a benefit for Norton Records. The photo of Dave is included to verify that he did indeed sign the photo and record.

Dave does not normally do signings, and no future ones are planned, so this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help Norton Records, and receive a priceless, autographed photo of Dave Reynolds and the Crazy Teens AND autographed copy of the Norton "Crazy Date" 45.

 The 8 1/2 x 11 inch photo is a genuine silver gelatin reprint of high resolution scans of photos from Dave Reynolds' personal collection, signed by him. The 45 is a Norton Records split single with "Crazy Date" by the Crazy Teens on one side and "The Walk" by the Volk Brothers on the other side. The record is in near mint condition with minor sleeve scuffing and the sleeve has slight shelf wear.
 
Click on the photos below to enlarge them.



 By bidding in this auction you are agreeing to the following terms:
  1. Bidding opens Tuesday, December 11 at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time. The auction ends on Tuesday, December 18 at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time. No bids will be considered after 12:00 PM December 18. Winning bidder will be notified no later than December 19, the package will be mailed as soon as possible after payment has been received.
  2. To bid email with the following: your name, bid amount, email address and mailing address.
  3. Minimum bid is $25
  4. Bidding is not incremental – meaning the amount you bid is the amount you will pay if you are the highest bidder.
  5. You are welcome to bid as many times as you want until the auction end time at 12PM CST on Tuesday December 18th.
  6. High bid will be posted as close to 12 PM each day as possible, so check this page for updates.
  7. This page may be updated or revised during the auction period.
  8. Winning bid and shipping charges must be paid in US Dollars via Paypal.
  9. Shipping charges will be added to the winning bid as follows:
    • USA Winner adds $5.90 for USPS Priority shipping, $5.75 First-Class International to Canada and $11.60 First-Class International everywhere else. ITALIAN BIDDERS: Shipping to Italy requires Express Mail for $40.00. Shipping to Italy is EMS-only for $40.00.
    • INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: If the package is valued at $50.00 or more, or if you are in any country in Africa/China/Southeast Asia, the package must be sent First-Class International ($11.60) AND registered for an additional $11.99. If the package is valued at $100.00 or more, then it must be shipped Express Mail for $40.00. Shipping to Italy is EMS only.
    • Please be advised that full value will be declared on all customs forms - to declare a lower value or declare a package as a "gift" as this is illegal with severe penalties. Customers are responsible for any taxes or tariffs levied upon their purchase by their local customs office and are not included in the shipping charge.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO NORTON RECORDS
Special thanks to Lars Espensen, George Hadjidakas, Dave and Susan Reynolds and Lori Watts.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Phil Cay and the Blue Notes

A native of Jacksonville, FL. Phil Cay began his recording career with Phil Cay and the Blue Notes in Birmingham in the late 1950's.

Above: Ray McStevension, Phil Cay, Dale Dunkin, Johny Bowman, Jimmie Davidson.  According to Phil, this was the original Phil Cay and the Blue Notes, photo taken at the American Legion, Lakeshore Blvd. This photo was taken in 1958 and it was the first gig they played.  They were discovered there by Henry Hartzog of Hart Records. They recorded over 15 records from 1958 to 1965.

The first record by Phil Cay and the Blue Notes was "Meet Me in the Barnyard", on Hart.  This fun rocker featured Vince Oliver on sax and an ending of canned farm animal sounds.

Above, Vince Oliver playing with the Blue Notes.  These days, Vince Oliver can usually be found at his barbershop in Birmingham (http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Hippodrome_Barber_Shop_)

Here's "Meet Me at the Barnyard", recorded 1958 and 59, released on Hart.


"Take My Everything" released 1959 on Hart


More information on Phil Cay is here: http://alabamamusicoffice.com/artists-a-z/c/2759-cay-phil-

Thursday, August 9, 2012

BRC Record Show August 18-19, 2012


It's time to get ready for this year's Birmingham Record Collectors (BRC) Record Show at The Cedars Club, 310 Green Springs Avenue South, in Birmingham.

The show is the largest in the Southeast and will host 90 vendors from the US and Europe will be offering CDs, vinyl in every format and music memorabilia from a range of genres and periods.   It will run 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday.   There will be plenty of sweet deals on great music to be had, and refreshments will be available.  Admission is $3 and parking is free.

The 1960s garage band The Ramblers and drummer and founder of booking agency Southeast Attractions, Bunky Anderson will be inducted into the BRC Hall of Fame.

Invite your friends on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/139784592826961/


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Here's a great Kickstarter project by Alabamian Jason Worley.  It's a vinyl compilation featuring some of the most primitive Garage Rock & Roll, the wildest reverb drenched Surf riffs, and the fastest frantic Punk songs coming out of Alabama right now!

These bands are keeping the flame of the venerable musical traditions of the blues, old time and rock and roll.

He's going to press as many records as you make possible, and give those not pre-sold to the bands. Free. So they can sell them. For 100% profit. That's right. Your money is going directly to provide killer bands with killer merch. Merch they can sell to put gas in their tank. Merch they can use to book shows. Merch that will raise awareness as far as these comps travel!

For a little as $5 donation you can vote for a band you think should be included in the compilation.  Check out the project page for the complete dope.