Thursday, January 16, 2020

WESN Show #39 - Jan. 16, 2020

Belleville, East St. Louis, Granite City (1958-1963)

An entire show dedicated to the the small Metro East record labels of the late 1950's and early 60's.  Stevens Records was owned and operated by Fred and Bill Stevens (father & son) out of their paint store in Granite City.  Their label helped capture the R&B sounds of East St. Louis in 1959 including a young Ike Turner who recorded as "Icky Renrut" because he was still under contract with Memphis' Sun Records at the time.  In Belleville, radio disc jockey Ron "Uncle Buck" Lipe ran Ron-Mar Records from 1958-1959 out of his home at 10 Marlo Drive.   In 1960, Lipe changed the name of his label to Marlo Records where he continued to record artists from both sides of the river.
Icky Renrut (vocal by Jimmy Thomas)Jack RabbitStevens1959
J.C. Gent & The KeynotesBad Gal BluesMarlo1960
Little Cooper & The DriftersMoving SlowStevens1959
Johnny WrightLook At That ChickStevens1959
Icky Renrut (vocal by Jimmy Thomas)In Your Eyes, BabyStevens1959
Little Bobby Foster with the PremiersI Woke Up One MorningStevens 1959
Uncle Buck LiteMr. DucktailRon-Mar1958
Bobby FosterStar AboveStevens1959
Icky Renrut (vocal by Jimmy Thomas)Hey HeyStevens1959
Little Aaron and His BandEast St. LouisMarlo1961
Sammy Grimes BandI Don't Want To Lose Your LoveStevens*1959
Timothy CooperLovin Man (Take 1)Stevens*1959
Johnny WrightGotta Have You For MyselfStevens1959
Chuck WheelerFeelin' Kinda LonesomeMarlo1961
Icky Renrut (vocal by Tommy Hodge)Tell Me WhyStevens*1959
The Tri-GeriansThis Is LoveMarlo1963
The FidelitonesPlayboyMarlo1961
Patey Bros. (Eddie & Lee)Hey Doll BabyRon-Mar1959
Jack and the Jumpin' JacksThumpin' The BluesKay1959
Ron Ricky & The Semi-TonesMy BabeSemi Tone1960
Jim WesterfieldAdditionMarlo1962
* Recorded for Stevens but unissued at the time

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