Thursday, January 27, 2022

WESN Show #69 - January 27, 2022

Studio Spotlight: Golden Voice Recording Co. VOL. 2
ARTISTTRACKLABELYEARTOWN / CITY
AbaddonGotta Have ItGolden Voice1969Pekin
Suburban 9 To 5Capt. KangarooGolden Voice1968Peoria
3's A CrowdKeep On WalkingGolden Voice1968Peoria?
Camaro BrigadeOn The Day You Said Good-Bye- no label -1970Petersburg
Mourning 'OursShakeGolden Voice1968Peoria?
Upson DownsHere Comes My RainbowGolden Voice1968Metamora
Bare WireRun Out Of TimeStereo Village1969Clinton?
Buster BrownsIn The MorningGolden Voice1968Galesburg
Zimmo's ThanatopsisDoes He Love YouGolden Voice1968Morton
Strange BrewThe LonerGolden Voice1969Springfield
The AllianceLet Me Love You While I Canunreleased1969Peoria
Blue IcePeople Get ReadyGolden Voice1969Genoa
East Side BluesTell Everyone That You SeeThunder1967Peoria
Wheezer LockingerGypsy Train- no label -1970Rockford
Gidians BibleLowland BluesAlona's Dream1969Bloomington-Normal
Forest City SoundDismal ShadowsGolden Voice1968Rockford
BushesFunction At The JunctionGrowth1968Galesburg
Peanut Butter ConformityBut It's AlrightGolden Voice1968Bloomington-Normal?
John St. JainneListen To My EyesGolden Voice197?Bloomington-Normal
Forty Second Street Auxiliary ChoirYou Ask WhyThunder1968Peoria
D.J.'sKeep On RunningGolden Voice1969Peoria?
GulliverI'll Be The WindGolden Voice1970Peoria?

Photo of G.V. control room by M.A. Milam

Thursday, January 20, 2022

WESN Show #68 - January 20, 2022

Studio Spotlight: Golden Voice Recording Co. 1966-1971
ARTISTTRACKLABELYEARTOWN / CITY
North Bridge CompanyStrange Land, Strange PeopleGolden Voice1968Peoria
ShagsWhat Am I To DoGolden Voice1967Peoria
Beggars Opera Co.EscapeGolden Voice1968Farmington
Third BoothMysteriesThunder1968Canton
New VicountsHarlem ShuffleGolden Voice1967Bloomington
Back PagesWe'll Go WalkingGolden Voice1967Peoria?
FugitivesShow MeThunder1967Lexington
Inner SanctumTimes Are Getting BetterThunder1968Virden
Changing TimesBig Boss ManThunder1967Bartonville
Raindear ArmyAviatorLedger1967Springfield
CoachmenMaybe Time Will Let Me ForgetLedger1967Peoria
WombatsOne More TimeAlona's Dream1966Metamora
Brillo & The FirebirdsSome Place To HideGolden Voice1969Macomb
HolidaysI'm The One (Who Really Loves You)Thunder1968Springfield
MaximusSomebody To CareGolden Voice1969Bloomington
Heavy GunHigh Class WomanGolden Voice1971Decatur
Stoned CreationIt's Only YouGolden Voice1970Springfield
Bearded ClamPlease Don't Leave Me BlueGolden Voice1970Springfield
Souled OutIn The MorningGolden Voice1969Peoria
Midwest DelegationMr. SoulGolden Voice1970Decatur
Rubber BandBetter DaysGolden Voice1969Springfield
OsgoodEverybody SingGolden Voice1968Macomb
Jam FactoryGive Me The Right (To Love You)Golden Voice1968Peoria

Tonight's show features a collection of 45s recorded at the Golden Voice Recording Co. in South Pekin, Illinois between 1966 and 1971.  Everything heard tonight was released on the legendary studio's house labels - Golden Voice, Thunder or Ledger.

The one exception is "One More Time" by the Wombats.  The track was one of the first things ever recorded in the studio but went unreleased until Alona's Dream put it out in 2015.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

WESN Show #67 - January 13, 2022

ARTISTTRACKLABELYEARTOWN / CITY
BackstreetMountain Of Goldunreleased197?Bloomington / Champaign
FuseAcross The SkiesEpic1970Rockford
SkyfarmerMountain BusHome1973Champaign / Chicago / Boscobel, WI
Devil's KitchenCityLysergic Sound1968Carbondale / San Fransisco, CA
The CloudsGolden EagleNorthland1970Belleville
MotherfoxMorningunreleased1972Charleston
PiscesMotley Mary AnnVincent1969Rockford
SpurTime Is NowGalactic Zoo1972Belleville
ILMO SmokehouseMovement 1 & 13Roulette1970Quincy
REO SpeedwagonSweet Lucilleunreleased1969Champaign-Urbana
Finchley BoysProcess Isunreleased1973Champaign-Urbana
Steve HunterEldorado StreetAtco1977Decatur
The Water Brothers BandHow 'Bout UsSky1975Champaign-Urbana



Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Backstreet - California Dreamin' [unreleased, 1970/71]


Backstreet (previously known as Backstreet Majority) had band members from Bloomington, Pontiac and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  Their cover of "California Dreamin" was recorded sometime between 1969-1972.   Members at the time were likely Michael Day, Harry Washburn, Bobby Carlin and Howard "Leon" Reeder.

For more about Michael Day's life and career:  Michael Day  

Thursday, December 9, 2021

WESN Show #66 - December 9, 2021


ARTISTTRACKLABELYEARTOWN / CITY
Rockin' R'sMean Woman BluesNorton1959Metamora
Arlie MillerYou Tear Me UpBuffalo Bop1959Danville
Fred NethertonMatchboxRural Rhythm1962Sullivan
Jerry Moore & The Drifters FourMy BabyDen Ric1964Rockford
Keith Kallen & The ThuderbirdsHey JoeRoyce1964Oblong
The VanguardsRoll Over Beethoven- no label -1966Mendota
Dean CarterForty DaysBig Beat196?Champaign
Rockin' R'sWhole Lotta Shakin' Goin OnNorton1959Metamora
Lenora CriderOh Lonesome MeCal-Gor, Inc1965Quincy
Art BuchananHi Yo SliverDixie1963Wayne City
The NomaddsLucilleRadex1965Freeport
Bobby LeeEverydayDecca1961Peoria
John MarkTribute To Tobin (Think It Over)Big J1962DePue
ChessmenLucilleRiot-Chous1964Decatur
Patey Bros. (Eddie & Lee)Hey Doll BabyRon-Mar1959Belleville
KookieOoby DoobyMilky Way1965Danville
DeWayne BeaversJohnny Be GoodBonny197?LaSalle Co
The Black Hollow Ramblers and SharonKansas CityBonny197?LaSalle Co
TobiasBlue Suede ShoesMRS1979Clinton
The InmatesCarolReaction1966Bloomington-Normal
The Other SideLawdy Miss ClawdyMotion1969Peoria
Dean CarterJailhouse RockMilky Way1967Danville