McLean County Discography

Below is a selected discography of music recordings by performers and musicians with connections to Bloomington-Normal and McLean County, Illinois.  At this time the list consists only of phonograph records (no cassette or compact disc releases) produced before 1991.  

While no attempt is made at providing a biography of each artist, occasionally notes are presented about the recording and/or musician.  Band members for groups are listed when known.  School, university and church recordings, with a few exceptions, are not yet included.


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ANGLEN,‌ ‌CLIFF‌ ‌

  • Cliff‌ ‌Anglin‌ ‌–‌ ‌“Atlanta‌ ‌Town‌ ‌Airport”‌ ‌/‌ ‌“Fade‌ ‌Away”,‌ ‌Somerset 104,‌ ‌1975‌ ‌
According‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌Pantagraph‌ ‌article‌ ‌dated‌ ‌Nov.‌ ‌2,‌ ‌1975,‌ ‌Anglen‌ ‌recorded‌ ‌two‌ ‌additional‌ ‌songs‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ session‌ ‌in‌ ‌Nashville.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌unclear‌ ‌whether‌ ‌or‌ ‌not‌ ‌those‌ ‌were‌ ‌ever‌ ‌released.‌  His name was misspelled on the label as Anglin.

BARNHILL,‌ ‌WAYNE‌
  • Wayne‌ ‌Barnhill & The Rhythm Aces‌ ‌–‌ ‌“‌Sing‌ ‌the‌ ‌Blues‌ ‌to‌ ‌Daddy”‌ ‌/‌ ‌"You Always Come Back To Hurting Me"‌,‌ ‌Illini 3103-31,‌ ‌1973
T‌his‌ ‌single‌ ‌is‌ ‌referenced‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌Pantagraph‌ ‌article‌ ‌dated‌ ‌Sept.‌ ‌4,‌ ‌1978.‌  ‌An‌ ‌advertisement‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌live‌ performance‌ ‌from‌ ‌July‌ ‌21,‌ ‌1974‌ ‌mentions‌ ‌“Free‌ ‌Wayne‌ ‌Barnhill‌ ‌Record‌ ‌between‌ ‌7‌ ‌and‌ ‌11‌ ‌to‌ ‌those‌ ‌paying‌ ‌$1.00‌ ‌cover.”‌  See also JIM RICE and the Country Gems.

BERT‌ ‌AND‌ ‌THE‌ ‌STARFIRES‌ ‌
  • Bert‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Starfires‌ ‌–‌ ‌Play‌ ‌Music,‌ ‌Music‌ ‌and‌ ‌More‌ ‌Music,‌ ‌Illini‌ ‌‌IL-1009,‌ ‌n.d.‌ ‌
According‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌album’s‌ ‌liner‌ ‌notes,‌ ‌musicians‌ ‌include:‌ ‌Bert‌ ‌Kuntz,‌ ‌Ed‌ ‌Stults,‌ ‌Roy‌ ‌Gundy‌ ‌and‌ ‌Connie‌ Miller.‌ ‌“For‌ ‌bookings‌ ‌contact:‌ ‌Burt‌ ‌Kuntz,‌ ‌212‌ ‌West‌ ‌Division‌ ‌St.,‌ ‌Bloomington,‌ ‌Illinois‌ ‌61701."

BOGAERT, ROBERT
  • Robert Bogaert – Independent Study, Why Records WHY-1, 1979
Robert Bogaert was also a member of the local band Dallas McGee in the late 1970s.

BOGGUSS, SUZY
  • Suzy Bogguss – Suzy, Old Shack Recording SB-101, 1981
Suzy Bogguss was born in Aledo, IL (Mercer). She attended Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University and performed regularly at the Galery in Normal in the late 1970s. Her debut album was recorded in Dunlap, IL (Peoria) and was self-released. At the time she was living in Peoria, however a Pantagraph article dated Sept 26, 1981 states “her musical home was, is, and forever will be Bloomington-Normal.”

BRADING, SUSIE
  • Susie Brading - "Dream Lover" / "Standing On The Outside", Riddle NR15030, 1983

BRAKE, MARITA
  • Marita Brake – "Joy in the Morning" / "The Other Side of Now", Marita Music #32478, 1977

BROWN, DELMAR
  • Pat Martino – Joyous Lake, Warner Bros. BS 2977, 1976
  • Milt Ward and Virgo Spectrum – Milt Ward and Virgo Spectrum, Twin Quest, 1977
  • Virgilio - Jamin In Venez, Unisphere USR-1000, 1980
  • Mark Sherman - Fulcrum Point, Unisphere USR-1001, 1980
  • Bushrock – State of Mind, R & W 10801, 1985
A Bloomington native that performed with Sting, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Chris Botti, Jaco Pastorious, Bushrock and many others. While a student at Bloomington HS and Illinois State University in the late 1960s and early 1970s he was a member of several local groups: Band X, Crossings and Antelope Freeway.  To listen to some of his music see:  Music of Delmar Brown

CAMPBELL, JOHN
  • Jazz Members Big Band – May Day, Sea Breeze Jazz SB 2014, 1984
  • Jazz Members Big Band – Live At FitzGerald’s, Sea Breeze Jazz SB 2028, 1985
  • Terry Gibbs / Buddy DeFranco – Chicago Fire, Contemporary C-14036, 1987
  • Buddy DeFranco / Terry Gibbs Quartet – Holiday For Swing, Contemporary C-14047, 1988
  • John Campbell – After Hours, Contemporary C-14053, 1989
  • John Campbell – Turning Point, Contemporary C-14061, 1990
As a 16 year old, Campbell played on The Jacoby's Family Album (see below).

CARTER, BOBBY
  • Bobby Carter – “Before We Part and Go” / “If You’re Gonna Shake It”, Cardell 1001, 1960
  • Bobby Carter and the Spotlites – “Destiny I Love You” / “Run Run Run”, Cardell 2354, 1961

CLARK, MICHAEL
  • Michael Clark – “Sweet Louise” / “Busted Down In Houston”, Capitol 4275, 1976
  • Michael Clark – Free As A Breeze, Capitol ST-11680, 1977
  • Michael Clark – “Come A Little Bit Closer” / “Drinkin’ Man’s Blues”, Capitol 4474, 1977
  • Michael Clark – “Wings Meant To Fly” / “Silver Saddle, Faded Rose”, Capitol 4560, 1978
  • Michael Clark – “Wings Meant To Fly” / “Best Times Of My Life”, Capitol 4646, 1978
  • Michael Clark – “Dancin’ Shoes” / Sweet Surrender”, Capitol 4670, 1978
  • Michael Clark – “It Must Be Love” / Love Is On The Line”, Capitol 4758, 1979
  • Michael Clark – Save the Night, Capitol ST-11982, 1979
Bloomington native Michael James "Bruce" Clark has written over 400 songs, most notably he co-authored "Slow Hand" which was a hit for the Pointer Sisters in 1981.  While attending Bloomington HS, Clark formed his own five-piece band, “The Adventures.”

COBBLESTONES
  • Cobblestones – “It Happens Every Time” / “I’ll Hide My Head In The Sand”, Den-Lay SS9421, n.d.
  • Cobblestones – “It Happens Every Time” / “I’ll Hide My Head In The Sand”, Mobie 3424, 1967
  • Cobblestones – “Flower People” / “Down With It”, Mobie 3425, 1967
Originally known as the Redcoats.  Members included:  Jim Pearson (guitar/vocals), Ken McElroy (organ), Bob Lehmann (bass), Larry Jacobs (drums), Kevin Stearns, Carroll Sigler and Cory Lathbury.  Jim Jacobs, brother to Larry, was also a member before joining the Navy in 1965.  A later lineup of the group, which included Bob Mareing and Harry Washburn, recorded a few tunes at Golden Voice Recording Co. in the first half of 1968 but those recordings are assumed lost.   A possible title of one side was "The Golden Ring."

COUSIN EMMY
  • Cousin Emmy & Her Kinfolk – “Ruby” / “ The Broken Hearted One You Left Alone”, Decca 23583, 1946
  • Cousin Emmy – “Come All You Virginia Gals”/“Pretty Little Miss Out In The Garden”, Decca 24213, 1947
  • Cousin Emmy – “I Wish I Was In Bowling Green” / “Johnny Booker”, Decca 24214, 1947
  • Cousin Emmy – “I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again” / “Lonesome Road Blues”, Decca 24215, 1947
  • Cousin Emmy – “Free Little Bird” / “Lost John”, Decca 24216, 1947
  • Cousin Emmy and Her Kinfolk, Kentucky Mountain Ballads Vol. 1, Brunswick (UK) 0E9258, 1967
  • Cousin Emmy and Her Kinfolk, Kentucky Mountain Ballads Vol. 2, Brunswick (UK) 0E9259, 1967
  • Cousin Emmy with The New Lost City Ramblers, S/T, Folkways FTS 31015, 1968
For more on Cousin Emmy and her connection to Bloomington:  Cousin Emmy

CREATIVE ARTS ENSEMBLE
  • Creative Arts Ensemble - Newborn, Illinois State University 780923, 1978
  • Creative Arts Ensemble - "Don't Give Your Love Away" / "Caveman Lover", Creative Arts CAS 0010, 1984
Illinois State University's Creative Arts Ensemble, formerly known as the Black Arts Performers, was led by ISU professor Frank Suggs.  According to a 1979 Pantagraph article, "the Creative Arts Ensemble was organized in 1970 to provide a pop / jazz ensemble in ISU's music department.  By 1973, the group expanded to include instrumentalists, composers-arrangers, dramatists, audio and lighting technicians and creative writers.  The group has performed in schools, at workshops, and in nightclubs in the Midwest.  Last year it produced a commercial album, 'Newborn.'" 

CUNNINGHAM, SHIRLEY
  • Pastor Shirley Cunningham – Someone to Care, Crusade Enterprises LP 1799, n.d.
The Sheep Fold church.

DAY, MICHAEL
  • Michael Day - unreleased solo album, Columbia KC 32555, 1973
  • Michael Day - "Let This Good Man Be" (PlayBack promo compilation), Columbia AS-61, 1973
  • Champaign - How 'Bout Us, Columbia JC 37008, 1981
  • Champaign - Modern Heart, Columbia FC 38284, 1983
  • Champaign - Woman In Flames, Columbia FC 39395, 1984
  • Champaign - Champaign IV, Malaco MAL 7461, 1989
For more details about Day's life and music:  Michael Day

DAY, MYRT
  • Myrt Day - "On The Outside Looking In" / "To You From Me", Farmer City Music Hall 780415, 1978

DIATRIBE
  • DiaTribe - DiaTribe, Joe JO 0002, 1988
Members included Skot Wilson, Glenn Hoffman, Todd Allen, Timothy Thomas

DOWELL, JOE
  • Joe Dowell – Wooden Heart, Smash Records MGS 27000, 1961
  • Joe Dowell – "Wooden Heart" / "Little Bo Peep", Smash Records S-1708, 1961
  • Joe Dowell – "The Bridge Of Love" / "Just Love Me", Smash Records S-1717, 1961
  • Joe Dowell – "A Kiss For Christmas (O Tannenbaum)" / "(I Wonder) Who's Spending Christmas With You" Smash Records S-1728, 1961
  • Joe Dowell – "The Thorn On The Rose" / "The Sound Of Sadness", Smash Records S-1730, 1962
  • Joe Dowell – "Little Red Rented Rowboat" / "The One I Left For You", Smash Records S-1759, 1962
  • Joe Dowell – "Poor Little Cupid" / "No Secrets", Smash Records S-1786, 1962
  • Joe Dowell – Sings the German American Hits, Smash Records MGS 27011, 1962
  • Joe Dowell – "Bringa-Branga-Brought" / "Our School Days", Smash Records S-1799, 1963
  • Joe Dowell – "Bobby Blue Loves Linda Lou" / "My Darling Wears White Today", Smash S-1816, 1963
  • Joe Dowell – Sings Folk Songs, DMR RR4M-5063-5064, 1963
  • Joe Dowell – "If I Could Find Out What Is Wrong" / "Indian Summer Days", Monument 45-952, 1966
  • Joe Dowell – "Christmas In Ann Arbor" / "Patapan", Journey, 1972
  • Joe Dowell – "Those Darn Inflation Blues" / "Jesus In The Midst Of My Day", Journey JD 413, 1973
  • Joe Dowell – "Two Hearts" / "Two Hearts" (Promo), Journey Records JD 414, 1973
  • Joe Dowell – Ballads of the 1973 NRECA (Westinghouse Power Systems), 1973
  • Joseph Dowell – W. D. Boyce Council Presents Songs Of The Spirit Of 76 Camporee EP, Boy Scouts of America NR 7609, 1976
  • Joe Dowell – "Homeward On The Wind" / "The Symphony Of Dawn", Journey Records 1238, 1985
  • Joe Dowell – Joe Dowell Sings For Second Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. of Cleveland  EP, n.d.
  • Joe Dowell – Joe Dowell Sings For Ann Arbor Federal Savings EP, n.d.
  • Joe Dowell – Joe Dowell Sings For C.R.O.P., (no label) 29056, n.d.
  • Joe Dowell – "New Nails" / "New Nails" (Promo), Journey Records, n.d.
  • Joe Dowell – "The Vision" / "The Vision", Journey Records JO 8504, n.d.

DURBIN, FRANK
  • Frank Durbin - "Take A Good Look (When She Looks At Me)" / You've Hurt Me For The Last Time", Kris 102, 1969
  • Frank Durbin - "A Drink Of Courage" / "Big Deal", Merryman 500, n.d.
  • Frank Durbin - "Someone Laughed, Someone Cried" / Serving My Jesus Everyday", Merryman 501, n.d.
  • Frank Durbin - Originals - Swingin' Country, Merryman, n.d.

EDWARDS, DEANNA
  • Deanna Kimball - "Take Me Home" / "Last Night I Cried (In Another Man's Arms)", Hummingbird H-1723, 1968
  • Deanna and the Here & Now Singers - "Isolation" / "Attic Of My Mind", Mobie 3436, 1968 
  • Deanna Edwards – Peacebird, TeleKETICS FCC 7705, 1974
  • Deanna Edwards – A Song Is a Gentle Thing, TeleKETICS 9154, 1976
  • Deanna Edwards - Music, Laughter & Tears, Sounds Of Hope DE-78, 1978
  • Deanna Edwards - Two Little Shoes, Rock Canyon Music, 1980
  • Deanna Edwards - Remember Me, Rock Canyon Music, 1984

FEASLEY, JEFFERY & JERRY
  • The Feasley Brothers – "A Thousand Miles Of Memories" / "Podunk", Dimension D1912, 1974

FUGITIVES
  • The Fugitives – "Under My Thumb" / "Show Me", Thunder 834G-0201, 1967
From Lexington, Illinois: Steve Benedict (bass), Bill Mossholder (drums), D.S. Poshard (vocals), Charles Stevenson (guitar) and Frank Stewart (guitar). 

FUGITIVES (2)
  • The Fugitives – "Mona Lisa" / "Write Me A Letter", Golden Voice GV7-03, n.d.

(GENERAL ELECTRIC)
  • General Electric - GE Control Country EP, no label GV 7-16, n.d.
General Purpose Control Products Department, Bloomington, Illinois.

GIDIANS BIBLE
  • Gidians Bible – "The Dream" / "Love Is the Answer", Golden Voice 834G-2377, 1970
Band members included David Campbell, Dave Eden, Doug Floyd, Greg Volz ant Terry Stevenson.

GRIDLEY BROTHERS
  • The Gridley Brothers – I’ll Have a New Life, Crusade Enterprises LP 279-01, 1978
Recorded at Ringger Ranch Recording.  Rt. 1, Secor, IL 61771.

GORDONS
  • The Gordons - Southern Illinois Bluegrass, Crusade Enterprises LP 798, 1976
  • The Gordons - Covered Bridge, Crusade Enterprises LP S896, 1977
Gary and Roberta Gordon were from Sparta, IL (Randolph).  The Covered Bridge LP features three musicians from Bloomington-Normal:  Gordon Wilfong (banjo), Tom Paterson (bass) and Charlie Rice (fiddle, guitar and mandolin).  Wilfong also played on Southern Illinois Bluegrass.

IMPETIGO
  • Impetigo - Ultimo Mondo Cannibale, Wild Rags WRR-020, 1990
  • Impetigo - Buio Omega EP, Whisper In Darkness 03, 1990
Band members included Dan Malin, Mark Sawickis, Scott Bross, Stevo Dobbins

IDEALS
  • The Ideals – The Ideals of Barbershopping, United Sound USR 3815, 1971

INNSIDERS
  • The Innsiders – Little Things, Baca MW 655, 1966

IRVIN, TIMOTHY P.
  • Timothy P. & Rural Routh Three – "Jesus Scared the Hippy Out of Me" / "Cloudy in Kansas", Golden Voice GV7-26, 1974
  • Timothy P. & Rural Route Three – Timothy P. & Rural Route Three, (no label) USR 7544, 1975
  • Timothy P. & Rural Route Three – Utah Moon, Mail Box Records TP-7545, 1976
  • Timothy P. & Rural Route Three – Hot On The Trail, Mail Box Records 7546, 1981
For Irvin, see also the Shattertones and Maximus. 

JACOBS, HOWARD
  • The Howard Jacobs Five (vocal by Billy Valentine) - "Toot Toot Tootsie" / "When Did You Leave Heaven?", no label GV-45-501, n.d. 

JACOBYS
  • The Jacobys – From the Holiday Inn, Century Records 40042, 1971
  • The Jacobys – The Jacobi Family Album (Album no.2), Century Records 41082, 1972

KEEN, BILL
  • Bill Keen & The Tradewinds - "Don't Call Me" / "Summer In The Lowlands", Lesley AL-1922, 1961
Bill Keen's real name was Bill Ostema (from Urbana, IL).  He was a student at ISNU at the time of the recording.  Other members of the Tradewinds included:  Jerry King, Don Abbott, Jerry Griner and Neal Kennedy.

KINSER, BRENT
  • Bluegrass Related - Family Album, LEMCO 770331, 1977

(KIRK, JIM)
  • Jim Kirk - "Rhythm Of The Cities" / "Rhythm Of The Cities", WBNQ
Jim Kirk was not a local artist.  "Rhythm Of The Cities" was a theme song / jingle produced for WBNQ, a local radio station.  Kirk produced similar jingles for radio stations / corporations all across the country.

LAWSON, MIKE & KEVIN
  • The Lawson Brothers – S/T, Sandy Records SR 9009, n.d.

LEE, KEVIN
  • Kevin Lee & Heartbeat – “Tonight” / “White Rolls-Royce”, Rogers Park RP-1604, 1982

LEFARY, GARY
  • Gary Lefary - I Love You Lord, Pinebrook Records PB 1440, 1979
  • Gary Lefary - Glimpses of a Rainbow, Sounds Fantastic, 1981

LeGARY, MICHAEL
  • Michael LeGary - "As The Night Goes" / "Ballad Of Doug Collins". Pick SS-26061-01, 1973
  • Michael LeGary - "Chasing A Legend In Atlanta" / "Down In Oklahoma", Pick SS-27358-01, n.d.
LeGary (real name Cheffer) was a graduate student at Illinois State University at the time. "The Ballad of Doug Collins" was performed with two other ISU students: John Campbell on bass and David Ivnik on drums.

LOU, BONNIE
  • Bonnie Lou – “Seven Lonely Days” / “Just Out of Reach”, King 1192, 1953
  • Bonnie Lou – “Dancin’ With Someone” / “ Scrap of Paper”, King 1213, 1953
  • Bonnie Lou – “Tennessee Wig Walk” / “Hand-Me-Down Heart”, King 1237, 1953
  • Bonnie Lou – “Pa-Paya Mama” / “Since You Said Goodbye”, King 1272, 1953
  • Bonnie Lou – “No Heart At All” / “The Texas Polka”, King 1279, 1953
  • Bonnie Lou – “Don't Stop Kissing Me Goodnight” / “The Welcome Mat”, King 1318, 1954
  • Bonnie Lou – “Huckleberry Pie” / “No One”, King 1341, 1954
  • Bonnie Lou – “Wait For Me, Darling” / “Blue Tennessee Rain”, King 1365, 1954
  • Bonnie Lou – “Two Step-Side Step” / “Please Don't Laugh When I Cry”, King 1373, 1954
  • Bonnie Lou – “Tennessee Mambo” / “Train Whistle Blues”, King 1414, 1954
  • Bonnie Lou – “Tweedlee Dee” / “The Finger of Suspicion”, King 1436, 1955
  • Bonnie Lou – “A Rusty Old Halo” / “Danger! Heartbreak Ahead”, King 1445, 1955
  • Bonnie Lou – “Drop Me A Line “ /  “Old Faithful and True Love”, King 1476, 1955
  • Bonnie Lou – “Dancing In My Socks” / “Daddy-O”, King 4835, 1955
  • Bonnie Lou – “Daddy-O” / “Miss The Love (That I’ve Been Dreaming Of”, King 4864, 1956
  • Bonnie Lou – “Miss The Love (That I've Been Dreaming Of)” / “Barnyard Hop”, King 1506, 1956
  • Bonnie Lou – “Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt” / “Little Miss Bobby Sox”, King 4895, 1956
  • Bonnie Lou – “Bo Weevil” / “Chaperon”, King 4900, 1956
  • Bonnie Lou – “Lonesome Lover” / “I Turn To You”, King 4919, 1956
  • Bonnie Lou – “One Track Love” / “No Rock 'N Roll Tonight”, King 4948, 1956
  • Bonnie Lou – “I Want You” / “Easy Love, Easy Kisses”, King 5009, 1957
  • Bonnie Lou – “Kit ‘N Kaboodle” / “Takes Two”, King 5033, 1957
  • Bonnie Lou – “Teen Age Wedding” / “Runnin' Away”, King 5063, 1957
  • Bonnie Lou – “I'm Available” / “Waiting In Vain”, King 5094, 1957
  • Bonnie (Lou) and Rusty – “La Dee Dah” / “Let The School Bell Ring Ding-A-Ling”, King 5110, 1958
  • Bonnie Lou – Bonny Lou Sings!, King Records 595, 1958
  • Bonnie Lou – “No One Ever Lost More” / “Have You Ever Been Lonely?”, Fraternity F-808, 1958
  • Bonnie Lou – “Friction Heat” / “I Give My Love To You”, Fraternity F-812, 1958
  • Bonnie Lou – “Twenty Four Hours Of Loneliness” / “Be Tender”, Todd 1073, 1962
  • Bonnie Lou – Raining Down Happiness, Wrayco Records, WSLP-217, 1971
  • Bonnie Lou – “This Is For You” / “Tender Side Of Me”, Wrayco WM 206, 1971
  • Bonnie Lou – “There's Been More Sun Than Rain” / “One Last Memory”, Wrayco WM 208, 1972

MAXIMUS
  • Maximus - "A Better Mind" / "Someone to Care", Golden Voice GV 7-01, n.d.
Address on label:  803 W. Mill, Bloomington, Ill.  Members included Jack and Jeris Ross (see ROSS for more info).  According to a 1975 Pantagraph article, Timothy P. Irvin (see IRVIN) was a member of the group for six months in 1969.

MEISS, JERRY
  • Meiss, Jerry and Rick Ringger – “Happy Heinold Hog" / "A Shoulder To Cry On", Golden Voice, n.d.
  • Meiss, Jerry - Ask Me If I Blame Me, Josh Records LP 200-18, 1972
  • Meiss, Jerry - Greetings and Farewell, Gentle Records LP 200-44, n.d.
  • Meiss, Jerry - "Happy Heinold Hog" / "Wanted To Be", Heinold, 1974
  • Stroller & Meiss - "Goodbye Gridley High" / "Gridley (My Home Town)", Redskin, n.d.

MIND EXTINGUISHERS
  • Mind Extinguishers – “I Saw Elvis At Burger King” / “Ghost of Elvis”, Flying Monkey 0001, 1988

MOUNCE, JERRY
  • Rich Mounce – “Let My Heartache Mend” / “You Gave Me A Mountain”, Illini 3103-17, n.d.
  • Rich Mounce & Special Blend – "Texas Music" / "She's Enjoyed As Much of Me As She Can Stand" Willow Wind Records WWR0504 / WWR0505, n.d.
  • Rich Mounce – Rich Mounce Country, Music Records 780545, 1978

MULLEN, JEAN
  • Jean Mullen - Green Bean Jean, (no label) KM 3633, 1978
Known as Jeannie Pohlman while living in Bloomington.  Attended ISU and briefly sang for Head East in the early 70s.  While singing in town at the Brittany, she was "discovered" by McLean Stevenson who on the spot offered her a chance to sing on the Tonight Show the next time he guest hosted.  True to his word, Jean made her network TV debut in January 1975 and soon after moved to California.  Tragically, she died in a car accident in August of 1978 at the age of 26.  Her album was released posthumously.

NAKED HIPPY
  • Naked Hippy - Naked Hippy, Smile or Die! SDR-289, 1989
Members included: Jeff Wilson, Dan Malin, Barry Stepe, Shayson Clay

NATURALS
  • The Naturals - Especially For You, Golden Voice, 1977

NELSON, JOE LEE
  • Joe Lee Nelson - “I’m Gonna Give You Good Lovin’” / “Why Baby Did You Go”, Pyramid PY30, 1975

NEVONNE MELODY MAKERS
  • Nevonne Melody Makers - With Praise To The Lord, Crusade Enterprises LP S 1634, n.d.

NEW VICOUNTS  see VICOUNTS

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
  • No Doubt About It - "Young Boys" / "Tellin' All The Girls", Doubtless DR-000, 1984
Band members included Patrice Kuni, Jeff Shoemaker, Steve LaVoie, Ron Gilbert, Joe January.  The group was known as Main Squeeze before relocating to Denver, CO.  Kuni and Shoemaker were former Bloomington-Normal residents.

PASSION KILLER
  • Passion Killer - "Teenage Bored" // Karen Schoning - "Misty Waters", Yamabiko Shicho 09720, 1983

PATERSON, TOM
  • Sunnyland Slim - "Got A Thing Going On" / "See My Lawyer", Airway 4743, 1974
  • Bonny Lee - "Standing On The Corner" / "Sad And Evil Woman, Airway 4744, 1974
  • Byther Smith - "Money Tree" / "So Unhappy", Be Be 101, 1974
  • The Gordons, Covered Bridge, Crusade Enterprises LP S896, 1977
  • Jim Rice - "Gypsy Woman" / "You Know How Talk Gets Around", Gem NR14087, n.d.
  • Jim Rice & The Country Gems - Jim Rice and the Country Gems, no label, n.d.

PEANUT BUTTER CONFORMITY
  • Peanut Butter Conformity -"But Its All Right" / "Let The Good Times Roll", Golden Voice 834G-5472, 1968

PETERSEN, TERRY
  • Terry Petersen - "You Got Your Kicks Out of Losing Me" / "Love Ain't Worth A Dime Unless It's Free" Illini 4022-25, 1974
  • Terry Petersen & The Midnight Special, The Midnight Special, Music 7075N2, 1977
For more on Terry Petersen and his recording studio(s) and record labels, see Music, MRS & T.P. Records

PIERSON, AL
  • Al Pierson - Al Pierson's Big Band USA, Al Pierson's Big Band USA AP112476, 1976
  • Al Pierson - Ballroom 77, Al Pierson's Big Band USA AP12177, 1977
  • Al Pierson - Harvest Of Favorite Dance Music, Al Pierson's Big Band USA AP 92978, 1978
  • Al Pierson - Just Horsin' Round, Al Pierson's Big Band USA AP-4678, 1979
  • Al Pierson - Ballroom Magic, Al Pierson's Big Band USA AP-41679 , 1979
  • Al Pierson - Dance In The Old Fashioned Way, Al Pierson's Big Band USA AP-41779, 1979
  • Al Pierson - Al Pierson Country, Capriole C-3882, 1982
  • Al Pierson - Eloquence, Capriole C-92082, 1982
  • Al Pierson - Could I Have This Dance?, Capriole C-92182, 1982
Real name was Al Pizzamiglio.

POHLMAN, JEANNIE  see MULLEN, JEAN

POULSEN, BOB
  • Bob Poulsen - Two Hours Wasn't Enough, Crusade Enterprises LPS 843, 1976

RICE, JIM
  • Jim Rice - "Gypsy Woman" / "You Know How Talk Gets Around", Gem NR14087, n.d.
  • Jim Rice & The Country Gems - Jim Rice and the Country Gems, no label, n.d.
Members of the Country Gems included Wayne Barnhill (guitar, vocals), Tom Paterson (bass, vocals), Brian Fitch (steel guitar) and Bob "Bo" Bobell (drums).  Backing vocals also by Susan Brading and Jo Ann Ballinger.

ROBERTS, MARTY
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Sugar Blues” / [Jimmie Revard: “All Dolled Up”], Bluebird B-8062-B, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Trumpet Talking Blues” / [Bill Boyd: “My Baby Loves Me, I Know”], Bluebird B-8081, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “There’s A Beautiful Home” / “The Hills Of Home”, Bluebird B-8176, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “I’ll Keep On Loving You” / “Don’t Put A Tax On The Beautiful Girls”, Bluebird B-8253, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “There’s A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder” / “Over The Santa Fe Trail”, Bluebird B-8268, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Tonight You Belong To Me” / “Carry Me Back To Carolina”, Bluebird B-8283, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Four Or Five Times” / “Hootchie Kootchie Koo”, Bluebird B-8298, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Out On The Lone Prairie” / “Steel Guitar Blues”, Bluebird B-8315, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Washboard Man” / “Doug Ain’t Doin’ The Jitterbug”, Bluebird B-8334, 1939
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “I Like It That Way / “Coquette”, Bluebird B-8417, 1940
  • Tennessee Ramblers – I’ll Never Let You Cry / Hard Hearted Love, Bluebird B-8427, 1940
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “I’d Love To Be A Cowboy” / “I Don’t Know Why I Should Cry Over You”, Bluebird B-8481, 1940
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “All My Natural Life” / “Neath Hawaiian Palms”, Bluebird B-8516, 1940
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Grab Your Saddle Horn And Blow” / “Blue Eyed Baby”, Bluebird B-8571, 1940
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Won’t You Sometimes Dream Of Me” / “Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall”, Bluebird B-8678, 1941
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Come Swing With Me” / “Steel Guitar Swing”, Bluebird B-8742, 1941
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “I’m Through Wishing On The Stars” / “The Beach At Waikiki”, Bluebird B-8765, 1941
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “You Certainly Said It” / “You’re Always On My Mind”, Bluebird B-8894, 1942
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “I Love Hawaii” / “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep”, Bluebird B-8941, 1942
  • Tennessee Ramblers – “Why Sould I Be Blue” / “New Red River Valley”, Bluebird B-8984, 1942
  • Marty Roberts and Golden West Four – "The Handwriting On My Heart" / "I'm Broken Hearted", Hart-Van HV-16010, 1950
  • Marty Roberts – "Let's Give Santa Claus A Christmas" / "A Father's Christmas Decision", Dome 1025, 1950
  • Marty Roberts – "This Is Where I Came In" / "My Last Battle", Dome 1057, 1952
  • Marty Roberts – "Love Makes A New Fool Every Day"  / "Call of the Wild", Coral 9-64151, 1953
  • Marty Roberts – "You Fool, You Fool" / "A Gambler's Love" Coral 9-64162, 1953
  • Marty Roberts – "St. Louis Blues" / "Brand New Love Affair" Coral 9-64179, 1954
  • Marty Roberts – "Big Black Horses" / "Ought To Be A Law Against You" Coral 9-61422, 1955
  • Marty Roberts and the Nightriders – "Love Letter"  / "Twenty One Carpenters", Arc 8002, 1956
  • Marty Roberts and His Nightriders – "Baby" / "Your Feet's Too Big", Arc 8003, 1956
Born Martin Schopp in Chenoa, IL.  He was known as Tex Martin while in the Tennessee Ramblers.  In the 1960s, Roberts returned to the area and hosted Marty's Dance Party.

ROSS, JACK & JERIS
  • Maximus - "A Better Mind" / "Someone to Care", Golden Voice GV 7-01, n.d.
  • Woof - "This Is All I'll Say" / "Gotta Get Home To You", House Of The Fox HOF-7, 1971
  • Jeris Ross - "Brand New Key" / "Baby's Thinking Leaving", Cartwheel A-206, 1972
  • Jeris Ross - "Old Fashioned Love Song" / "I Gotta Go To Memphis", Cartwheel A-214, 1972
  • Jeris Ross - "The Midnight Cowboy" / "I Wonder How The Folks Are (Back In Kansas)", Candy C-1038, 1973
  • Jeris Ross - "Moontan" / "People Just Like You", ABC 11397, 1973
  • Jeris Ross - "Everything You've Always Wanted To Know" / "I Know The Feeling", ABC 11436, 1974
  • Jeris Ross - "I Can Feel Love" / "Come To Me", ABC 12004, 1974
  • Jeris Ross - "Chapel Of Love" / "Funny How The Bad Times Fade Away", ABC 12038, 1974
  • Jeris Ross - "Pictures On Paper" / "Won't You Meet Me At The Church", ABC 12064, 1975
  • Jeris Ross - Jeris Ross, ABC DOSD-2046, 1975
  • Jeris Ross - "I'd Rather Be Picked Up Here (Than Put Down At Home)" / "Sing A Love Song To Your Baby", ABC Dot 17573, 1975
  • Jeris Ross - "All The Cryin' In The World" / "Just Like Your Daddy", ABC Dot 17615, 1976
  • Jeris Ross - "You Don't Need A Cadillac" / "Burning Love From Both Ends", ABC Dot 17632, 1976
  • Jeris Ross - "I Think I'll Say Goodbye" / "Rock Me", Gazelle IRDA 431, 1977
  • Jeris Ross - "Little Bit More" / "Ease Me To The Ground", Door Knob DK-9-108, 1979
  • Jeris Ross - "You Win Again" / "Rock Me", Door Knob DK80-117, 1980
Jack Ross, a Bloomington-Normal native, and Jeris Ross, a former ISU student from East Alton, were married in 1971.  After Woof, the couple moved to Nashville.  Jack became a session bass player while Jeris focused on her solo career as a country singer.

RUST, LEE
  • Lee Rust - “Scramble” / “Do You Ever Kinda Wonder?”, Rofran 1003
  • Lee Rust - “Mystery House” / “Come on Back”, Rofran 1004
  • Lee Rust - “Try, Try to Leave” / “I’m Spoken For”, Rofran 1005
  • Lee Rust - “She’s Gone Tonight” / “World Made of Romance”, Rofran 1006
  • Lee Rust - "Nobody Will Know" / "These Are My Days", In Hoc NR 401, n.d.

ST. JAINNE, JOHN
  • John St. Jainne - “Listen To My Eyes” / “Like You Sometimes Do”, Golden Voice EK-727, n.d.
Real name is John Briggs.  Prior to this single, Briggs was a member of the Wombats whose 1966-67 recordings were released in 2015 by Alona's Dream Records.

SCHONING, KAREN
  • Passion Killer - "Teenage Bored" // Karen Schoning - "Misty Waters", Yamabiko Shicho 09720, 1983

SHATTERTONES
  • The Shattertones – "You're No Good" / "Try Me", Broken Records S-5075, 1967
The group went through several lineups over the years.  Members of the group included Dave Gaston (vocals), Tim Irvin (guitar), Richard Macy (bass), Butch Ekstam (drums), Don Isted (guitar), Kim Marriner (keyboards), Tom Becker (organist), Bob "Huey" Landry (guitar), Dave Striegel (drums), Jack Ross (bass) and Dale Yeakel (drums).

SINGING Y'ERS
  • Singing Y’ers - A Singing Y’er Scrapbook, Crusade Enterprises LP S 835, 1977

SOMETHING BROTHERS
  • The Something Bros. - You, Me & the Circus (Promo), de Bourbon Projects DBP-001, 1989
Band members include Scott Lee Wilson, Edwin Pierce, Tommy O'Donnell, John Ganser and Ryan Nelson.

SOULED AMERICAN
  • Souled American - Fe, Rough Trade US 48, 1988
  • Souled American - Flubber, Rough Trade US 67, 1989
  • Souled American - Around The Horn, Rough Trade US 75, 1990
Band members included Chris Grigoroff, Joe Adducci, Jamey Barnard and Scott Tuma.

STREID, KEITH
  • Keith Streid – It Wasn’t Meant to Be, Bonny T.S.S. 12ALP, 1974

THAT HOPE
  • That Hope - Eight Dollar Hat, Karen 1001, 1985
  • That Hope - Beating The Dumb Guy, FOT 001, 1987
Band members included Dean Carlson, Edwin Pierce, Scott Lucas and George Carlson.

THREE TWINS
  • Three Twins Trio - "Expression In Your Eyes" / "In A Little Gypsy Tearoom", MC 1003, 1953
  • Three Twins - "Oh, Baby Doll" / "I Want A Shoulder To Cry On", Kahill KA-1001, 1955
  • Three Twins - "You'll Do It Someday" / "The Willow Weeps", Kahill KA-1004, 1955
  • Three Twins - "All My Dreams / "His", Banana BA-512, 1958
  • Three Twins - The 2 Sides of the 3 Twins, Aircap ASP 1000, n.d.
  • Three Twins - Three Twins In Two Moods, Kahill KH-100-6, n.d.
  • Three Twins - A Collection of Songs, Break MO8P-4475, n.d.
Members included Bill Bigger, Al Douglas, Art Iwan, Syl Legner, Ed Campbell.

TOBIAS
  • Tobias - "Fifth Set" / "Blue Suede Shoes", MRS 790706, 1979
Members included Terry Koshinski, Bob Koshinski, Bob Rice, John Bryant, Joann Waldrop and Gail Hill.

TRADEWINDS see KEEN, BILL

UPTOWN RULERS
  • Uptown Rulers - Twelve Inches, 12!, Red Scare RSR 12, 1982
  • Uptown Rulers - Speak Up EP, Red Scare RSR 13, 1984
Band members included Ken Callahan, Bobby Colton, Mark Hilton, Michael Goodrich and Chris Grigoroff.  See also SOULED AMERICAN for Goodrich and Grigoroff.

VALENTINE, BILLY
  • Billy Valentine - Dance Time with Billy Valentine, Music 770838, n.d.
  • The Howard Jacobs Five (vocal by Billy Valentine) - "Toot Toot Tootsie" / "When Did You Leave Heaven?", no label GV-45-501, n.d.

VICOUNTS
  • The New Vicounts - "Your Kind Of Lovin" / "Harlem Shuffle", Golden Voice 834G-3481, 1967
Members of the group included Robert Buford, Jeffry Lynn, Bob "Huey" Landry and Pam (?).

WAR LORDS
  • The War Lords - "Real Fine Lady" / "I've Got It Bad", Thor 810T-0759, 1966
Members included Robert Popelka, John Schoenhofen, Tom Jacobs, Willie Vrba and Gary Jacobs.

WARTTS, ANDREW
  • Andrew Wartts & The Gospel Storytellers, There Is A God Somewhere, Champ 1962, 1982
WOOF
  • Woof - "This Is All I'll Say" / "Gotta Get Home To You", House Of The Fox HOF-7, 1971
See also ROSS, JACK & JERIS

Various Artists / Compilations Albums
  • Passed Normal, FOT #1, 1986
  • Young's Music Vol. 1, Music 7042N8, n.d.
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Last updated 4/28/2021

This discography is very much a work in progress.  If you or someone you know from McLean County made a record before 1991, please get in touch.  We'd love to add the info to this list.  

Special thanks goes to Bill Kemp at the McLean County Museum of History, John Anderson at Reverberation Vinyl and Jeff, Rob and Jim at North Street Records.  

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