RoFran Records [Urbana]

RoFran Enterprises was a studio and label owned and operated by Roger Francisco from 1965 to 1973. Francisco was born in Decatur and grew up in Springfield, Illinois.   He was a musician and audio engineer who had spent some time in Nashville before returning to central Illinois.  Around 1965, Francisco opened a studio in his basement at 5 Rainbow Court in Urbana where he produced radio and television commercials as well as music by local groups. Initial singles were released on the RoFran label.  Later “A Custom Product of RoFran Enterprises” or simply Custom was used on the label.   In 1967, RoFran expanded its operation and moved into a new office space at 115 West Main Street in downtown Urbana. By 1970 the studio had moved to 117 W. Washington in Urbana.  Sometime in 1973, Francisco sold the business to guitarist Al Ierardi who renamed it the Tape Factory. For more details as well as the studio session log see our RoFran Enterprises post.

P-1001The IntrudersDeception / Intrudin'1965
P-1002The RoguesGone To Stay / Wait Till the Summer1965
P-1003Lee RustDid You Ever Kinda Wonder / Scramble1965
P-1004Lee RustMystery House / Come on Back1965
P-1005Lee RustTry, Try to Leave / I’m Spoken For1965
P-1006Lee RustShe’s Gone Tonight / World Made of Romance1965
R-1010The Prodigies aka Sound Studio OneKysmyph (KIS-MIF) / Don’t Look Back1966
P-1012The ImpalasKristina / Lost Beat1966
ER-1013The Prodigies aka Sound Studio OneI Want To Do It / What’d I Say1966
P-1014The QuarternotesMy Baby Left Me / You And I (Are In Love)1966
R-1015The ProdigiesRudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Sleigh Ride1966
P-1018The Lindsey TripletsTomorrow’s Another Day / Terry1966
P-1019Al IerardiDrifter / Dureen1967
836R-2005Sound Studio OneNever Tell / Never Marry (A Woman Who Is Taller Than You)1968
836R-2006Cecil Bridgewater EnsembleGently / Who Do I Know?1968

Custom 45s of RoFran Enterprises

P-1020The CliquesSo Hard / Ballad of a Destitute Man1967Custom
P-1021The KeepersWhy Have You Changed / Tiny Teardrops1967Custom
P-1022Count Demon and His Four Members(I Got To) Work With It / C-C Rider1967Star
1024The Dearly BelovedCindy1967Custom
1026Puppet, Dingbat & OdieTrancontinental Balloon Ride / Julie1967Psychedelic
1027The Gaypoppers
1028The RavinsAndy / I Had A Feeling1967Syndicate
1029Dan Howie
836R-1030The Shades of BlueNot The Way Love Should Be / You Must Believe Me1967Shades
1031Holy ZyrnesGlory's Comin' / I Love You, Jesus1967Custom
1033Frances C. Busch
1034The CamarosI Need You No More / Just For The Love Of A Man1968Custom
1035Howie Thayer and his Psycho-Electric HappeningMovin' Groovin' Fairy Tale / If Death Don't Get You (Then The Government Will)1968Psychedelic Sounds
1038David Weaver
1042K. Sandra WymanUntil It's Time For You To Go / Where Does It Lead1968Folksound
1044Howie Thayer and his Psycho-Electric HappeningBazap! / Side 21968Psychedelic Sounds
1045Soul BrothersTwinkle Twinkle / Miss Delores Funk1968Soul
836R-4054Dick Ronk & The RevenuersLet Me Kill The Bottle, Bartender / It's A Thing Called Love That's Got Me Down1968Opossum
1046Golden Star SingersAnyway You Bless Me / What A Friend We Have In JesusGolden
1047Linda FanakosCandyland Town / Let's Make It Clear1969no label
1048Leroy Knox and the GaypoppersThe Mistakes I Made / Here I Am1969Soul Sounds
35921Marvin Lee & The MidwesternsI've Made My Mind Up (To Leave You Today) / Until My Dreams Come TrueCentury
39479Ray Austin & The LonersGarbage Man / Lonely, Lonely ManCentury
39550Al IerardiYou're Not The Girl (I'm Looking For But You're The Girl I Found) / That Damn Ol' Hillbilly TuneCentury
40284Mud BrothersAll The People / She's My WomanLaugh
40853Memphis UndergroundMake It With You / My Good ThangCentury
Hazel WoodUs (U.S.) / Today [Jane Thrasher, vocalist]Century
40990Mad John FeverBreath & Thunder / One World Lost To AnotherCentury


1011Joe and MarkJoe and Mark1966RoFran
1025Jim JanisSings Four - The Hard Easy Way1967no label
2605The Spoils Of WarS/T1969no label
608James CuomoCuomo's Record1970Depot


Coming Soon
This discography is a work in progress. Last updated on 11/14/23

YouTube playlist: RoFran Records

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