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  • Prisoner Of Love Prisoner Of Love Quick View

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    Prisoner Of Love

    Long Ago
    Temptation
    Till The End Of Time
    Prisoner Of Love
    A Garden In The Rain
    They Say It's Wonderful
    Sonata
    With A Song In My Heart
    Blue Room
    Far Away Places
    Some Enchanted Evening
    If I'm Lucky
    A Bushel And A Peck
    Bali Ha'i
    If
    I Wanna Go Home
    Perry Como
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  • Lost Voice Lost Voice Quick View

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    Lost Voice

    Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).


    Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.

    The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.


    Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.


    Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.


    The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.


    - Linda Seida (All Music Guide)

    LP 1 - Toni:
    1. Can't We Be Friends
    2. I Could Write A Book
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. Singin' In The Rain
    5. Love For Sale
    6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
    7. A Foggy Day
    8. You Don't Know Love Is
    9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
    10. Little Girl Blue
    11. You Took Advantage Of Me
    12. Like Someone In Love


    LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
    1. Lady Lonely
    2. In The Dark Of The Night
    3. He Was A Man
    4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
    5. The Lack Of Love
    6. Blue It Grows
    7. I Love The Blues
    8. You Taught Me How To Cry
    9. The Velvet Hammer
    10. The Other Woman
    11. Nobody Home But The Blues
    12. Busy Blues
    13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
    14. River Weep

    Toni Harper
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  • Texas Oil Patch Songs Texas Oil Patch Songs Quick View

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    Texas Oil Patch Songs

    Pressed On Petro-Blue Colored Vinyl


    Drillin' & Drivin' Rig Ringers!


    Country singer and disc jockey Slim Willet's ode to tool-pushin'! Texas Oil Patch Songs was issued in 1959 by the artist on his own Winston label, and now is an impossibly-rare LP to dig up-and this Modern Harmonic edition is faithful to the original, including all twelve tracks, liner notes, and restored artwork! And on petro-blue vinyl!


    Ahh the "Concept Album" Critics write of Sinatra's In The Wee Small Hours or of groundbreaking 60's rock opera opuses but while the big studios set the scene for rainy night walks or drug-fueled psychedelic trips, a Great Lost Treasure from the Great Texas Oil Fields lay buried deep in the bargain bins of Saint Peters' Holy Blood Of The Christ Thrift Store! For sure, Slim Willet's mighty collection of blue collar, well-digging classics stood little chance to begin with - only a few hundred were pressed - and, well, oil songs never really caught on in the way the similar trucking-songs boom would several years later. Maybe had Slim put this out during the great Gas Station/Truck Stop 8-Track Market of the 70's this could have been a hit album. But, with Slim's passing in 1966, it was never to be.


    Slim Willet (born Winston Lee Moore) was certainly a Big Fish in a Small Pond in the Independent Country Music World of the late 40s & early 50s. He's best known for penning "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes," a hit song for Ray Price, Skeets McDonald and Perry Como, all. Slim worked for many years with Bill McCall at 4-Star, made a stack of records as a singer, started his own Winston label, managed Dean Beard and various other hillbilly and rockabilly artists, but never really hit the big time. His greatest masterpiece, 1959's Texas Oil Patch Songs, was never fully appreciated until now. For all the tool pushers, roughnecks, derrick men & chain hands, THIS is your soundtrack."


    - G-Minus Mark

    1. Rig Moving Man
    2. Toolpusher (on a Rotary Rig)
    3. Oil Patch Girls
    4. El Paso Gas
    5. Off Shore Drillin' Rig
    6. Boom Town Man
    7. Smell That Sweet Perfume
    8. Johnny Don't Drill Any More
    9. Drill Bit Honky Tonk
    10. Morning Tower
    11. Haywire Jones
    12. Roughneck
    Slim Willet
    $24.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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