Following the break up of the Feathers (see my previous post) Teddy Neeley and Pepper Martin continued working with Odessa promoter Herbert Graham, helping him launch his Summer Star music company. Which, as far as I can tell, lasted exactly two releases. With flip side song credits going to Buzz Cason I assume Teddy was working in California at this point. “Comin’ Home”, by Pepper and Neeley, is a crazy good big beat rocker. One of my favorite records with an Odessa address. Zola 101 was followed by a name change to the Sonics and a second record on Zola with a Beatles vibe. Teddy’s Capitol records contract followed, which is where I started a few days back. And ol’ Teddy rejoined his buddy Pepper in FOXX back here in Odessa after a stint in “Hair”. Then he became Jesus. For a movie musical. Swipe left to dig. #teddyneeley#recordsmakesounds#45rpms#texasmusic#texasrecords#musicofodessatx
Oceanic Jazz et Denis Petro - Pulmoserum (JD 109, Duli Disc, 19??)
On a trip with a friend to my old teenage stomping ground 2 or 3 years back I stumbled across a new record shop situated a bit off the beaten track and the moment I flicked through the racks I knew I would drain my bank account! I’ve been back a few times since and on one of those excursions I came across a bunch of Caribbean 7s and this immediately stood out. I think I’m about due another visit...
I posted about Texas boy Teddy Neeley‘s take on “Magic Touch” yesterday. His first recordings were done a few years prior. The Feathers were a combo put together in Abilene, Tx by the Poynor Brothers and Pepper Martin in 1963. The group headed west to Hobbs, NM and took up a long residence at the Bel Air Lounge (slide 3). One of the original Feathers got the boot and in came drum playing, singing, styling Teddy Neeley (slide 4). The group eventually headed north to Petty’s place, but that didn’t work out so the group made a line to Odessa,Tx and took a meeting with Herb Graham (later famous for the Graham Brothers nightclub / entertainment empire) who cut two tracks on the Feathers for his new Summer Star management company. Promises of a big Nevada gig backing Sue Thompson never panned out and the Poynors split town. Graham eventually placed the Feathers masters with Major Bill who got a release for the group on Veep Records. And what a record... one side about, umm, onions. And the other a song about a boy’s bestest pal... a life size dummy. Yep... dummy. Teddy and the remaining Feathers later recorded a record as the Teddy Neely Four for Graham. And then Teddy was off for Cali and a Capitol contract -as mentioned in my previous post. Pepper Martin hung around and eventually started a band called FOXX, again managed by Graham. Teddy came back to Texas and joined the group. Larry Poynor went on to Albuquerque. I’ll get to that later. Tomorrow... the Teddy Neely Four’s pounder “I’m Coming Home.” Swipe left to dig. #teddyneeley#VEEPRecords#TexasMusic#MajorBill#hobbsnm#45rpms#recordsmakesounds
#xtc single no. 5: No art credit on this one, but if the song’s anti-nuke message wasn’t obvious enough, the attached series of postcards featuring bombed-out cities certainly clarified things! This World Over b/w Blue Overall (1984). The A-side was from The Big Express, a bright shiny affair produced by David Lord. Both songs were by Andy Partridge and the B-side was a very solid - and exuberant - outtake. #vinyl#vinylgram#vinylclub#vinyllove#vinylgeek#thisispop#singles#45rpms#45rpmclub @showtime