Here we are going to focus strictly on the two singles the original brothers released in 1959 and 1960 on Mid West Records.
Melvin and Ralph Beck from Colchester, Illinois began playing music at a very young age. Along with their father Cecil and other relatives, the boys started out by performing on Sunday afternoons in their hometown.
Other than Ralph and Melvin, additional band members from this era have not been identified. Although, at least one advertisement from 1961 mentions the group being joined by "Swinging" Tommy Rogers on the sax. A few years later, according to ads, live shows featured Tom Powers on the saxophone.
Both of the group's early singles were part of the Starday Custom Series. There is no information as to where the recordings were made but it is likely that the brothers had them done locally and send them off to Starday Records. In exchange for all the publishing rights and few hundred dollars, Starday would press a few hundred copies for the Beck Brothers to sell or give away as promotion.
While Starday's custom pressed records generally featured country and rockabilly music, the Beck Brothers' singles do not fit nicely into either category.
The label name, Mid West Records, was likely chosen by the Beck Brothers. Their hometown was misspelled as Colechester on the label of their first single.
Ralph Beck passed away in 2018. He had been a member of the Beck Brothers Band for 70 years.
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