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David M. McKee
London- American 45rpm collector since 1956, got 92% so far. Written two books on the label, 500 pages each - The London-American Legend, Vols. I and II

Email - mckeedavid@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:David M. McKee
Joined:28 Jan 2011
Country:  Spain
Records Added:720
Images Added:4468
Records Edited:2492
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Biography Edits:129
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David M. McKee
1 hour ago
Dale And Grace

A: I'm Leaving It Up To You
B: That's What I Like About You
In the Summer of 1963, 24 -year old Sammy Montalbano from Baton Rouge, Louisiana decided that Don and Dewey’s ‘I’m Leaving It Up To You’, was a prime candidate for re-recording. In 1958, at the age of twenty-one, he had launched the Montel label as an off-shoot of his retailing activities and scored a minor hit with ‘Shirley’ by John Fred & the Playboys. Since then, the Montel label and its subsidiary, Michelle, had turned over steady sales in South Louisianan pop, R&B and country records.
Dale Houston was born in Seminary, a small town in Covington County in southern Mississippi on April 23, 1940. The Houstons moved to nearby Collins, where Dale’s father became a minister. Dale began piano lessons when he was a sixth grader, but the family stopped his training after three months because of financial difficulties. Thereafter, Dale was self-taught and his musical skills were enhanced by playing and singing in church.
At the age of eighteen, Houston recorded ‘Lonely Man’, which reached No. 75 nationally. In 1960, while he was performing in Baton Rouge, record executive Sam Montel caught Houston's act in a local bar. Montel declared Houston "a pretty good writer" and signed him to compose exclusively for his label. Houston then wrote and recorded ‘Lonely Room’, ‘Bird With A Broken Wing’ and ‘That’s What I Like About Us’, none of which were particularly successful.
“Dale Houston was a country piano player – singer from up around Ferriday, Louisiana,” Montalbano recalled. “He was playing in a small honky-tonk where Jerry Lee Lewis got started several years earlier. I went up and introduced myself and told him I had this idea about doing an old tune originally recorded in 1957 by Don & Dewey on Specialty.”
Houston made a trial cut of the song but Montalbano thought it sounded too thin as a solo. Casting around for a musical partner for Houston, Montalbano discovered 19-year old Grace Broussard singing with her brother’s swamp-rock band in her home town of Prairieville, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country.
‘I’m Leaving It Up To You’ was re-recorded as a duet between the two and put out locally on Montel’s Michelle subsidiary as by Dale and Grace. No sooner had promo copies been mailed out than Montalbano received a call from Paul Berlin of radio KNUZ, Houston, informing him that the station’s seven deejays had made it that week’s ‘hit-pick’. Montalbano still had reservations: “I said ‘Wait a minute, Paul, I’m going to change the violins on the record because they’re recorded in B-natural instead of in B-flat – I made a mistake.’ Paul said I was crazy to change anything after seven ‘experts’ had predicted it was gonna be a Number One record. So I took his advice and left the record as it was.”
When ‘I’m Leaving It Up To You’ went No.1 in Houston and Baton Rouge, Montalbano re-pressed it on Montel, subsequently amended to Montel-Michelle so as not to confuse distributors

David M. McKee
1 hour ago
Fats Domino

A1: Blueberry Hill
A2: I Can't Go On
B1: Honey Chile
B2: Don't You Know
Muchisimos gracias to Bill Mann for putting me on to this - my first London Export EP.

David M. McKee
2 hours ago
Fats Domino

A1: Blueberry Hill
A2: I Can't Go On
B1: Honey Chile
B2: Don't You Know
Added better front cover image, back cover and silver label images

David M. McKee
30th Jul 2014
The Everly Brothers

A: Take A Message To Mary
B: Poor Jenny
The alternate take of 'Poor Jenny' first appeared in the UK on the cassette tape version of 'The Fabulous Style of The Everly Brothers' album.

David M. McKee
30th Jul 2014
Jimmy Soul

A: Twistin' Matilda
B: I Can't Hold Out Any Longer
But not everything did get issued, having a contract for a particular record and being allocated master numbers didn't mean automatic issue, thus some records fell by the wayside.

True, Paul. I have a copy of HLD8319 - Billy Vaughn's 'When The Lilac Blooms Again' / 'Autumn Concerto' bearing the matrix numbers MSD1372 and MSD 1374. I also have a demo of MSD 1373 (Angel, Angel) - a track that was discarded.

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Lennie Forrest

A: Money
B: The Parcel
Derby USA45-84519547"1 
The Champs

A: Tequila "76"
B: Tequila "76"
London Turkey7608019767"1 
Joe Turner

Presenting Joe Turner

A1: Love Roller Coaster
A2: World Of Trouble
B1: Corrine Corrina
B2: Morning, Noon And Night
London SwedenRE-E 1111Mar 1958EP1 
Will Kennedy's Dancetime Orchestra

A: The Arthur Murray Waltz
B: To Put Fun In Your Life
Dancetime (US) USA60007"0 
Joe D. Johnson

A: Don't Leave Me Alone
B: Last Letter
Acame USA45-4619637"0 

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