D-Sides, Orphans, and Oddities

My time at Record Theater in Buffalo, NY. Artists re-record their biggest hits years later.

September 27, 2021

Born in North Carolina, Ray Denson started to dance professionally in 1951, taking on the professional name of Billy Lamont. His singing career started in 1956.

"(Zap! Pow!) Do the Batman" was recorded for Atlantic in January 1966 with Gate Wesley and his band, one of the first Batman records. "Communications Is Where It's At, Parts 1 & 2" was credited to Billy the Baron & His Smokin Challangers (sic), released in 1976.  Probably Lamont's final release was the 12-inch maxi-single "The Man With the Master Plan"/"The Cowboy" (credited to Billy Lamont & the Unn Band), issued in 1980. 

Billy Lamont died on June 3, 2012, aged 82. 

Billy The Baron & His Smokin Challengers - Communications Is Where It's At (1975)

Billy Baron and the Umm Band - The Man With The Master Plan (1980) 

Gate Wesley & Band - (Zap! Pow!) Do The Batman (1966) Billy LaMont on lead vocals

Freddie Cannon - She’s A Mean Rebel Rouser (1983) On Amherst Records! Notice the label reads, "From The LP 'Rock Attack'" which never came out. Oh, Lenny...I played this side because the credited writer Frederick A. Picariello is Freddie Cannon's real name. He wrote this. Old rocker to the bone. In his discography, his name is spelled "Freddy" AND "Freddie". 

Side 2 of the 1966 Musicor Label All-Star (?) Album "The Gene Pitney Show"!

Gene Pitney - There's No Living 

The Critters - I'm Gonna Give

The Bitter End Singers - I'm On The Run 

Teddy and the Pandas - (Bye, Bye) Out The Window

Steve Rossi - My Alphabet of Tears 

Marie Knight - Cry Me A River 


Selections from the 1973 album, "Carnival", by The Les Humphries Singers.


Something I Saw 




Me - Scare Us (2012)


The first try was so successful, we need to do it again. 

Percy Faith - A Summer Place '76 (Original release in 1959) In 1960, the original Percy Faith version (from the movie of the same name) reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks, a record at that time. 

Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula '69 (1956) Produced by Kim Fowley, the remake eliminates the swing in favor of a straight 4/4. The original reached #7. 

Charlie Daniels Band - Uneasy Rider 88' (1973) The original reached #9. Charlie Daniels had played on records by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and co-wrote the Elvis song, "It Hurts Me." And apparently, he felt the need to retro-fit his big hit to denounce gays instead of hippies. His biggest hit was "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

Bobby Hebb - Sunny '76 (1966) 

The Residents - Santa Dog '78 (1972)

The Moonglows - Sincerely '72 (1954) 

Sœur Sourire (The Singing Nun) - Dominique '82 (1963) Belgian singer (born Jeannine Deckers) in 1933. Later she became a nun (Sister Luc-Gabrielle) and recorded 'Dominique' in 1963. The song was an international hit and even reached #1 on the Billboard chart after it was released in the USA with the artist name 'The Singing Nun'. The Singing Nun also achieved the remarkable feat — the first in American chart history — of a simultaneous No. 1 single and No. 1 album, both of which sold over a million copies.

She committed suicide on March 31, 1985. Deckers and her companion Annie Berchet were found dead in a flat at Waure near Brussels. Both had taken an overdose of barbiturates. The tragedy happened after the Belgian authorities demanded the tax from the monies earned during her fleeting 15 minutes of fame. The convent took a large share of the royalties from her success, as did her record company.

This apparently left the former nun in such a state of depression that she took her own life. In a joint suicide note, Deckers wrote: “We are going together to meet God our Father. He alone can save us from this financial disaster.”

I told you. Religion ruins everything. 

Michael Rabon & The Five Americans - I See The Light '69 (1965) John Durrill was the keyboardist and wrote "Dark Lady" for Cher

Louis Jordan - Caledonia '56 (1945) 

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over '65 (1960)

Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed '80 (1968)

Andre Williams - Bacon Fat '86 (1956)




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