Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Angelo's Angels, Tonica Sound Studio & Bonny Records

Tonica Sound Studio was owned and operated by Tony Angello and family in the garage of their home in Tonica, Illinois from 1971 to 1985.  Prior to being studio owners both Tony and his wife Sharon Angello were musicians that performed and recorded as Angelo's Angels.  In the early 1960's they released five singles on four different labels:

  • Angelo's Angels - "Which One Is To Blame" / "Heartaches"  Fredlo 6102, 1961
  • Angelo's Angels - "New Dog" / "Dirty Shirt"  New Breed 0001, 1963
  • Angelo's Angels - "Mach 9" / Dirty Shirt"  Tabb S-3231, 1964
  • Angelo's Angels - "Spring Cleaning" / "Tomorrow"  Ermine E-55, 1964
  • Angelo's Angels - "I Don't Believe It" / "Shimmy Jimmy"  Ermine E-59, 1964

At some point in the late 1960's or early 1970's, the Angello's reissued two of the group's earlier sides on their own label, Bonny (named after their daughter).  Sharon Angello then released a solo single on Bonny that was recorded at Golden Voice Recording Co. in South Pekin, Illinois. Soon afterward Tony built a modest recording studio in his garage and from that point on Bonny became the house label for Tonica Sound.

The early recordings at T.S.S. were engineered by Tony.   Later on, recording duties were primarily done by his son, Bob Angello, a talented musician in his own right.    Over the course of fifteen years the studio grew in size and sophistication, producing dozens of records with nearly all of them performed by local musicians from the Illinois Valley area.   While most of the music to come out of T.S.S. was in the country music genre, there were examples of rock, gospel, folk, funk and even polka.

The Tonica Sound Studio and Bonny Records discography has moved to its own page:

The May 2nd show of Downstate Sounds (#23) will feature music recorded at Tonica Sound and released on the Bonny label.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

WESN Show #22 - Apr 25, 2019

Concert Series: Illinois State University Springfest '78 & '94

No audio archive of this week's show however the Grateful Dead concert at Horton Fieldhouse can be streamed in full below.  Audio for the entire Uncle Tupelo concert can easily be found on youtube.

The songs that were played on this week's show are highlighted in each setlist below.

UNCLE TUPELO - On the Quad 4/21/1994
  • Grindstone
  • Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
  • Watch Me Fall
  • Sandusky
  • New Madrid
  • Slate
  • Atomic Power
  • High Water
  • Acuff-Rose
  • True to Life
  • We've Been Had
  • Give Back the Key to My Heart
  • Willin'

GRATEFUL DEAD - Horton Fieldhouse 4/24/1978

  • Promised Land
  • Ramble on Rose
  • Me and My Uncle
  • Big River
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Cassidy
  • Brown Eyed Women
  • Passenger
  • It Must Have Been the Roses
  • The Music Never Stopped
  • Scarlet Begonias
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Good Lovin'
  • Terrapin Station
  • Drums / Space
  • Not Fade Away
  • Black Peter
  • Around and Around
  • Werewolves of London

All clippings from the Vidette, the campus newspaper of Illinois State University.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

WESN Show #21 - Apr 18, 2019

Heavy Jams & Psychedelic Blues: 1968-1972

Finchley BoysOutcastGolden Throat1968Champaign-Urbana
MaximusA Better MindGolden Voice1969Bloomington
Brillo & The FirebirdsSome Place To HideGolden Voice1969Macomb
Forest City SoundI Can't SeeGolden Voice1968Rockford
AbaddonBlues TomorrowGolden Voice1969Pekin
Bearded ClamPlease Don't Leave Me BlueGolden Voice1970Springfield
FarmSunshine In My WindowCrusade1971Mt. Vernon / Sparta
Midwest DelegationMr. SoulGolden Voice1970Decatur
Ilmo SmokehousePine Needle BedRoulette1970Quincy
Blue IceToo Many AnswersGolden Voice1969Genoa
Gidians BibleLove Is The AnswerGolden Voice1970Bloomington-Normal
Buster BrownsLovin' TrainGolden Voice1968Galesburg
IceFive Card DrawBonny1972Streator
Rubber BandBetter DaysGolden Voice1969Springfield
Mad John FeverBreath & ThunderCentury1971Champaign-Urbana
Souled OutIn The MorningGolden Voice1969Peoria
Heavy GunHigh Class WomanGolden Voice1971Decatur



 Illinois State Journal  May 18, 1971
Illinois State Journal  Sep 14, 1970

Thursday, April 11, 2019

WESN Show #20 - Apr 11, 2019

Music of McLean County Pt. 2

Cousin EmmyMilk Cow BluesBear Family1947
Tennessee RamblersHootchie Kootchie KooBluebird1939
Bonnie LouTennessee Wig WalkKing1953
Joe DowellWooden HeartSmash1961
Three TwinsOh Baby DollKa-Hill1955
InnsidersPullin' AwayBaca1966
Michael LeGaryBallad Of Doug CollinsPick1973
- GE Control Country- no label -?
Wayne Barnhill & The Rhythm AcesSing The Blues To DaddyIllini1973
Jerry MeissSpanish PipedreamGentle197?
Timothy P & The Rural Route 3Too Wet To PlowMailbox1976
Frank DurbinYou've Hurt Me For The Last TimeKris1969
Myrt DayOn The Outside Looking InFarmer City Music Hall1978
John St. JainneListen To My EyesGolden Voice1969
Robert BogaertFlightless BirdsWhy?1979
Suzy BoggussThese Eyes Won't See The SameOld Shack1981
Joe Lee NelsonI'm Going To Give You Good Lovin'Pyramid1975
The JacobysRomeo & JulietCentury1971
Creative Arts EnsembleSearchin'Illinois State University1978


( See Show #1 for more Music of McLean County)

Pantagraph May 27, 1973

Pantagraph May 20, 1977
Pantagraph Nov 17, 1957
Pantagraph Sep 4, 1978


Thursday, April 4, 2019

WESN Show #19 - Apr. 4, 2019

Don't Look Back : 1963-1969

The CamarosI Need You No MoreCustom1968Petersburg
KookieYou Took Her LoveMilky Way1965Danville
Al IerardiDureenRofran1966Champaign-Urbana
Angelo's AngelsNew DogNew Breed1963Tonica
The Changing TimesBig Boss ManThunder1967Bartonville
The EsquiresAm I To BlameFeature1966Belvidere
The CoachmenDon't Want To Lose HerLedger1967Peoria
The ImpalasLost BeatRofran1965Champaign-Urbana
The CasualsIt's Gonna Work Out RightNashville1964Decatur
The FugitivesUnder My ThumbThunder1967Lexington
The Warner BrothersI Won't Be The Same Without HerDunwich1966Peoria
The KokaysMy BabyMilam1965Peoria
Marty TaylorYou On My MindRadex1965Woosung
The Other SideI Wanna Be ThereMotion1969Peoria
The GuildThe Sun Shines For YouTwinight1969Mascoutah
The ShagsWhat Am I To DoGolden Voice1967Peoria
Sound Studio OneDon't Look BackRofran1966Champaign-Urbana
The HustlersDon't Let It Get You DownReno1966Peoria
The Back PagesWe'll Go WalkingGolden Voice1967Streator
The RainPeculiar SituationThor1968LaSalle-Peru
Linda FanakosLet's Make It ClearCustom1969Champaign-Urbana
John MarkShe Wants It That WayJester196?Dixon
The Unknown?You Could Help Me Ease The PainCinema International1967Belleville


The Fugitives
The Casuals
The Shags
The Esquires
The Guild
The Unknown
Pantagraph Dec. 15, 1967
Dixon Evening Telegraph Jun. 22, 1968