Monday, 27 May 2013

SOMA LP 1233

SOUNDTRACK LP - “Sounds To Make You Shiver”
“A Night In A Haunted House”
61
KB-2671A - Side One
KB-2671B - Side Two
SOMA LP 1233
Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)
(Side one hasn’t a track listing, but side two has a listing of various sound effects. Two pressings with different covers exist.)

Back Cover (Both Issues?)

Second Pressing

First Pressing


Update (2013 May 27th)

Hello All Kay Bank Enthusiasts

I have no idea why, but many of the pages have republished themselves again today. All I did was add "Bookmark Labels" Apologies for any confusion. Oh, and change the colour of the blog slightly.

Hasta Luego,

Malcolm

PS - I found this online .....

AMOS HEILICHER, 90, PASSES AWAY  (4 Aug 2011)


He was considered one of the most powerful people in the music industry, landing on an Esquire magazine list in 1970 with Mick Jagger, Paul Simon and Motown founder Berry Gordy. Amos Heilicher could take a local record such as the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird," the Castaways' "Liar, Liar" or Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road" and make it a national hit.
Heilicher, the godfather of the Minnesota record business, died Sunday of pneumonia at University of Minnesota Hospitals Fairview. He was 90.
"He was working on Wednesday, and that evening he went to the hospital," said his son, Ira Heilicher, a Minneapolis businessman. "His life was to make deals and work and be productive."
Heilicher was powerful because he was involved in so many facets of the music business: an indie record label (Soma, or Amos spelled backwards), distribution of major-label recordings to retail shops, "rackjobbing" (running record departments for dime stores and department stores) and retail (the Musicland and Discount Records chains). At their peak, Heilicher's companies accounted for about 10 percent of all recordings sold in the United States.
"He was larger outside of Minneapolis than he was in Minneapolis," said Owen Husney, a Los Angeles music executive and Prince's first manager. "He was much better known throughout the business. He and his brother [Danny Heilicher] were founding fathers and pioneers of record distribution."
It all started with Heilicher buying five jukeboxes when he was in high school. Mercury Records, which supplied discs for his jukeboxes, asked him to become a regional distributor and later he made deals with RCA, Columbia and other labels. In 1977, the Heilicher brothers sold their record-business interests.
"The whole Minneapolis music scene owes Amos a debt," said Nashville music producer David Rivkin, aka David Z, who had a Midwest hit ("Little Latin Lupe Lu") on Soma with the Chancellors in 1964 and later worked as a promotional rep for Heilicher. "He was a strict businessman. He talked to us every day. He was very encouraging about my involvement with music. He was modest. I had the highest respect for him."
After selling his interests in the music business, Heilicher became more active in real estate. He owned part of the St. Anthony Main retail complex and the now-defunct Circus Pizza. An active philanthropist, he served on the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra and Mount Sinai Hospital, and raised money for various nonprofits. Earlier this year, a school was renamed the Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School. His wife died in 2007, his brother in 2005.
In addition to Ira, Heilicher is survived by a daughter, Elissa, of Golden Valley, four grandchilden and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis.
John Bream

RIFF 1148

VILAS CRAIG and the Kollege Kings
Mar 59
KB-1148A - Spring Fever   (No Publ.)
KB-1148B - My One And Only Love   (No Publ.)
RIFF 1148
Madison, WI

Vilas made quite a few good records through the late 50's and 60's, but this is his first record release. He was born on a farm in Richland Center, Wisconsin on the 21st December 1938. At High School he learnt the coronet and started the Kollege Kings (what a coronet and Rock and Roll music have in common is beyond me at the moment). Although an avid Presley fan, his band had to play country, pop and the occasional polka as Rock and Roll hadn't really broken out in Wisconsin as yet (now I understand the coronet - I think). They recorded this record in April 1959 at Kay Bank on the same day as Robert Valline cut "Suzie Baby" for Soma Records. (Valline changed his name to Bobby Vee soon afterwards!)

Source: Terry Gordon



LINDY 1124

THE T.J.’s
59
KB-1124A - Baby Doll   (RHB Music)
KB-1124B - Broken Hearted Prayer  (RHB Music)
LINDY 1124
233 Main St, LaCrosse, WI   (Lindy Shannon)

Source: Terry Gordon




SOMA 1102

ELMER SCHEID and his Band from New Ulm, MN
59
KB-1120A - Eddie’s Waltz   (No Publ.)
KB-1120B - Faded Rose
SOMA 1102
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)



SOMA 1101

ELMER SCHEID and his Band from New Ulm, MN
59
KB-1119A - Kitzberger Waltz   (No Publ.)
KB-1119B - Barnyard Polka   (No Publ.)
SOMA 1101
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)




SPACE 1116

THE ORBITS
Feb 59
KB-1116A - Queen Bee   (T Lee Publ.)
KB-1116B - Darlin’   (T.P. Music)
SPACE 1116
Minneapolis, MN

The band were from Brainerd, MN. Toured extensively through Minnesota, Iowa and both Dakotas. "Queen Bee" is considered one of the best rockers from Minnesota. After this disc, they recorded for Gaity Records. Tommy Lee was on vocals and Ray Peters was the drummer.

Source: Terry Gordon



TENE 1000

CARL CHERRY
58/59   (BB = 3 Aug 59)
KB-1023A - Baby Doll   (No Publ.)
KB-1023B - The Itch   (No Publ.)
TENE 1000
1512 Douglas, Omaha, NE

Source: Terry Gordon



SOMA 1041

TONY GRISE and his Orchestra
55
KB-145ABlue Stardust
KB-145B - I’m Just A Rover  (No Publ.)
SOMA 1041


119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)






KAY BANK 1/2

THE MINNEAPOLIS CHORALAIRES
54
KBK-1 - Set Down Servant ; Soon Ah Will Be Done  (No Publ.)
KBK-2 - Loch Lomond   (No Publ.)
KAY BANK 1/2
Minneapolis, MN

The earliest Kay Bank pressing found so far. Ramona Gerhard on piano and features Janet Mantzke and Ted Shirley.



SOMA LP 1202

RAMONA GERHARD - “Christmas In Hi-Fi With ....”
56
KB-316A - Silent Night
                O Tannenbaum
                We Three Kings
                Deck The Halls With Holly
                Ave Maria
                Christmas Song
                Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
KB-316B -  Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
                Jolly Old St. Nicholas
                God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
                We Wish You A Merry Christmas
                White Christmas
                Sleigh Ride
                Noel Noel
SOMA LP 1202
29 Glenwood, Minneapolis, MN  (Amos Heilicher)

Two different covers. Unsure which one came first.










SOMA 1089

HAL FRITZ and his Playboys
58
KB-603A - Three Bad Habits   (RHB Publ.)
KB-603B - Going Out On You   (RHB Publ.)
SOMA 1089
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)
(Artist real name is Hal Hauskins)









SOMA 1087

FEZZ FRITSCHE
57/58
KB-591A - Hilse Dem Dar Hjemme   (No Publ.)
KB-591B - Unita Polka   (No Publ.)
SOMA 1087
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)





SOMA 1082

DICK FORD
Nov 57
KB-569A - Mary Ellen   (No Publ.)
KB-569B - Lawdy, Lawdy, Miss Clawdy   (No Publ.)
SOMA 1082
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)

Source: Pascal Perrault




SOMA 1071

FAMOUS LASHAWAYS and the Tumbleweed Trio
57
KB-455A – Little Miss Mischief   (RHB Publ.)
KB-455B – Forget Me Nots   (Hill and Range)
SOMA 1071
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)






SOMA 1068

CHESNEY BROS.
57
KB-448A - Green Meadow Polka   (Vitak-Elsnik)
KB-448B - Gardenville Waltz   (RHB Publ.)
SOMA 1068
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)






SOMA 1066

THE JOLLY LUMBERJACKS
57
KB-443A - Hunter’s Waltz   (RHB Publ.)
KB-443B - Ed’s Schottische   (RHB Publ.)
SOMA 1066
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)





SOMA 1065

ART FITCH and his Polka Dots  feat the Trumpeting Trumpeters
57
KB-430A - Wedding Of The Winds   (Willis Music)
KB-430B - Twin Trumpet Polka   (No Publ.)
SOMA 1065
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)




SOMA 1061

CHUCK CARSON with the Melody Ramblers
57
KB-415A - The Little Stinker   (RHB Publ.)
KB-415B - Walking With A Broken Heart   (RHB Publ.)
SOMA 1061
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)





SOMA LP 100

DOC EVANS and his Dixieland Band - "Dixieland Concert at the Walker Center"
57
KB-412A - (No Info)
KB-412B - St Louis Blues
               Maryland, My Maryland
               Muskrat Ramble
               My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
               South Rampart Street Parade
SOMA LP 100
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)

Source: Doc Evans.Com

He returned to Minnesota in 1952 where, with his new national reputation, he had little difficulty finding work. Doc was in demand for club engagements, his band toured the Upper Midwest under the auspices of the University of Minnesota Concert and Lecture Series and he opened his own jazz club, The Rampart Street Club. He also had a TV series called “This Is Dixieland” with a band that included pianist Knocky Parker.
For ten consecutive years he played concerts to sold-out crowds at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. To him it made little difference where he played—at the Walker or sitting with his band on the sidewalk outside a university bookstore. “Jazz doesn’t know where it is,” Doc said once, “and it doesn’t care.”
Friends tell of the charities Doc quietly played for to raise money. Of the handicapped kids he entertained one-on-one. Of the elderly people he comforted, for free, with “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” But one friend added gently, “Doc doesn’t deserve any credit for that kind of stuff, he loved to play for anybody.”



SOMA 1058 and 1059

FEZZ FRITSCHE and his Goosetown Band
57
KB-410A - Parade Polka   (RHB Publ.)
KB-410B - Gretchen Laendler   (RHB Publ.)
SOMA 1058
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)

FEZZ FRITSCHE and his Goosetown Band
57
KB-411A - Pepper Pot Polka   (RHB Publ.)
KB-411B - Elissa Waltz   (RHB Publ.)
SOMA 1059
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)
(Band from New Ulm, MN - The Polka Capital Of The World.)



Three of Minnesota's most famous band leaders performing together for a grand opening of a music store in New Ulm, Minnesota. Left to right - "The King of the Hoolerie" Elmer Scheid, Fezz Victor Fritsche of The Goosetown Band, and "The Bard of The Bass Horn" Harold Loeffelmacher of the Six Fat Dutchmen.








SOMA 1056 and 1057

ROMAN REZAC ORCHESTRA
57
KB-403A – Summertime Polka (RHB Publ.)
KB-403B – Friendship Waltz (RHB Publ.)
SOMA 1056
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)

ROMAN REZAC ORCHESTRA
57
KB-404A – Good Morning Polka   (Vitak/Elsnic)
KB-404B – (No Details)
SOMA 1057
119 North 9th St, Minneapolis, MN   (Amos Heilicher)

Roman was from Longsdale, MN, born in 1917 and passed away in 2010. Was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall Of Fame in 2005., plus the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 1995.