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, recordings 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 and even polka (see discography below).

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

Non-Bonny Releases (recorded at Tonica Sound Studio)

  • Sweetwater - "One Night Girl" / "Illinois Born and Raised" (no label)
  • Junction - "I Think We're Alone Now" / "Lucille" / "That's Alright Momma" / This Magic Moment" (no label)
  • Jim Selquist Backroads Of My Mind (no label)
  • Judy Dagraedt Sonshine (Sonshine Records)
  • Wagon Wheels Wagon Wheel Opry Old & New #2 (Wagon Wheel Records)
This discography is a work in progress. Last updated on 5/5/19.

1 comment:

  1. Remember when dad used to play ... base fiddle I think. Was great as kids listening to jam sessions

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