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Post by Heidler » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:33 am

As we continue...


Added: ( " DETROIT-T-Ende " )

THE DETROIT SOUND RECORDING COMPANY ( Aka: " Detroit Sound " )
1960s Label ( 1967 )
Owner: Irving Steiner
12730 East Warren
Detroit

Note: Already listed under " D "


Please note:
Again, my apologies if it seems like I'm ' hogging ' the forums section.
Due to time constraints, I am listing another letter-heading ( " U " ) for the Detroit-based ( and some Michigan ) labels as I want to complete this project before my departure to see the some more of the world ( and I don't even have to join the Navy! )

Good thing I didn't pick " Chicago "...We'd still be here in 2016!

Thank you...




UHURU
1980s Label ( 1982 )

Note: The ADC Band was the only act on this imprint



USD
1960s Label
( Refer also to: Mah's )


U.S.S.
1960s Label
5840 Second Sttreet
Detroit

Note: The Antoinettes recorded for this imprint ( also for KAREN Records )


ULTIMATE*
1960s Label ( 1969 )
* Not affiliated with any other like-named labels ( including the next one on this list )


ULTIMATE 1999
1970s Label ( 1978 )

Note: A unit by the name of Ultimate Ovation was the only act on this label



ULTRA CITY ( aka ULTRA-CITY )
1970s Label ( 1970 )
Owner: Walter 'Choker ' Campbell
( Refer also to: Candy Apple - Moonville USA - and Tri-City )

Note: One of the nine acts on this imprint was... "The Black Eyed Peas " ( No, not the current band of the same name! )

THIS " Black Eyed Peas " included three-ex members of The DEl(l) Vikings!
Yes, Corinthian ' Kripp ' ( or ' Kripps ' because Dot Records had added the S ) Johnson*, Ritzy Lee, and Billy Woodruff had all been group-members at one time or another.
(* Johnson had also been in other groups, such as Jerry Sheely and The Versatiles ( Star # 220 ) with Johnson leading the group ( Versatiles )

He was one of the original founders of The Del(l) Vikings and co-wrote some of their hits ( Fee Bee, Luniverse, and Dot )
Johnson was NOT with the group on Mercury, as they had split into two groups with Johnson leading one, and Donald ' Gus ' Backus* leading the other.
(* Interviewed in Munich, Germany - 1988 )

The other ( original ) " Black Eyed Peas " member was John Byas




UNICORN*
1980s Label ( 1986 )
* Not affiliated with any other like-named labels


UNIQUE*
1980s Label ( 1983 )


UNITED TEMPLE (C.O.G.I. )
1980s Gospel Label ( 1984 )
18219 Meyers Road
Detroit


UNIVERSAL*
1960s Label ( 1964 )
* Not affiliated with any other like-named labels, including the media giant - Universal

Note: Two acts were on this Detroit-based imprint: The Fiats and Little Girl Blue


UNIVERSAL SOUND
1960s Label
Owned by Sound Inc.


UNIVERSAL TRIUMPH DOMINION OF GOD
( Refer also to: Dominion* )
* Not affiliated with any other like-named labels



Next: " DETROIT V "..... and time permitting:


" Almost All Of Them Abandoned Him " ( for sure )


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Post by wurlitzer1450 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:54 pm

in the early 1980s a friend promoted a "oldies" concert in col springs and i picked up Ritzy Lee of the Del Vikings from the airport. i remember he had a flashy diamond ? chain hanging around his neck with the word "RITZY" spelled out in diamonds. again i don't know if they were real, i'm not a jewelry person. another interesting person i met at that time who was a member of the del vikings [in the early 80s] was a fellow named jerry who i knew was not an original del viking. when i asked him what group hes was in he replied "Del Knights". i quickly told him i have your record "Compensation". he laughed and said he thought the only person who had bought his record was his mother. i wish i had documented these things like you did Heidler.
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Post by Heidler » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:14 pm

wurlitzer1450...

Once again, an OUTSTANDING story from you!

The " Jerry " ( Del Knights ) you may be thinking of was JERRY ABEL ( who sang bass, but at times was involved with lead duties )

There are several parts in my book on Georgie Goldner ( rn: Jacob Goldman ) and the others mentioned in the following EXCERPTS:

" One group, The Orientals, were recommended to Richard Barrett through Philadelphia dee jay and label owner Kae Williams * and lead singer Eddie Edgehill "

" Richard Barrett was working for George Goldner and they both hated the group name "
" They did a session for Georgie, but he only gave them some dubs to see what might happen "

" Georgie asked the guys if they could come up with another name, and one of them suggested " Knights Of The Round Table "
" It was Georgie who suggested a name change, so they came up with " Del-Knights "

" Soon after, the group auditioned for another man, Barry Golder who co-owned the CASINO label ( with Douglas " Jocko " Henderson )

The group, now known as The Del-Knights recorded six tracks for Golder, but he seemed only interested in releasing two, and did so with a deal through United Artists "

The record " Compensation " b/w " Everything " was released on subsidiary label UNART in late 1958 ( Unart # 2008 )

" After some personnel changes, the group continued to record, usually for smaller labels ( Sheryl { Ad Lib Pop-Line } and Bronko ) but also returning to Philadelphia and the Bob Marcucci - Peter De Angeles owned CHANCELOR label in 1961 " ( # 1071 )

Their un-released records were finally issued by Reco-Art ( the Philadelphia recording / mastering / and ( some ) pressing facility )

Please note: Since this was written, Eddie Edgehill has passed away

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* Kae " The Jet Pilot " Williams ( radio WHAT and WDAS ) was involved with many Philadelphia-based acts and recording projects, but his most famous, and biggest sellers was The Silhouettes with their huge number one hit " Get A Job " which was first released on Williams' JUNIOR label ( # 391 ) then sold to Al Silver ( $ 2,500 ) at Herald-Ember and was the released on EMBER ( # 1029 ) going all the way !

Thanks for the great story wurlitzer1450!

I know what you mean about meeting somebody who thought they " only sold two copies " ( and one was to their mom )

Hope you remember more when you get out here ( looking at July )


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Post by wurlitzer1450 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:05 am

the del knights record--

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you all know how i hate messy labels and this is one of the worst, looks like someone taped over it and then ripped it off. someday i may find a better one. i need to play the flip side of this before i file it away again, it's likely a good R&B ballad.
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Post by Heidler » Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:17 pm

Hello wurlitzer1450.

Thanks for sharing this copy with us.
Good example you posted of The Del Knights record ( at least you HAVE a copy in your collection! )


It seems a lot of the Black-label UNART issues have had label ' scars ' of varying degrees.

A long time ago ( 1972, I bought a box of records from a shop in Venice ( California )
Even then, it went by the name of " Collectors Heaven " ( " Haven " on the receipt )

Before that, in 1959, I bought an original, new ( Red-label ) copy of " You're So Fine " as by The Falcons ( Unart # 2013 ) and everything was fine.

A few years later, also included in this box ( as mentioned above ) one of the records was a Black-label copy of the issue ( # 2013 )

It was the B-side ( " Goddess Of Angeles " ) was really " tore-up " and I know it had likely come off of a juke box, I really didn't know why the label would have been in that condition, other than maybe it had been ' stacked ' with other sleeve-less records.
( Unlike records at Western Amusement ( stacked on pool tables by the hundreds ) most all of the records in the Venice shop were sleeved )

Anyway, THAT copy now rests at the bottom of the Pacific, approximately 50 or 60 yards ( or more ) off Santa Monica Beach.

Imagine, maybe one day, it'll wash back ( possibly with those ' cemented ' Unart labels still intact! )

I can almost hear it now...somebody telling somebody else:
" Look what I found on the beach today"....( and then most likely )...
" Who in hell are The Falcons? "

For the most-part, with a few exceptions, I stopped " polluting" the Pacific Ocean in the 1970s.


Surf's Up!


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