Single on Festival by Leo and Doug De Kroo, originally from Perth but based in Sydney from 1960, a duo “in the manner of the Everly Brothers” (Ian McFarlane). The De Kroos were often on the top Australian TV pop shows (Bandstand, Six O’Clock Rock) in the first half of the 60s, and Scarlet was their big national hit.
Reference: Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop (1999), p.160
Thanks to Terry Stacey for suggestion and version alerts (2009).
From a February 1964 Capitol session, unreleased at the time but anthologised in the 90s, for example on Bear Family’s 9-CD box Train Kept A Rollin’ – Memphis to Hollywood: The Complete Recordings 1955-1964.
Johnny Burnette: Singer from Memphis (1934-1964) who formed the rockabilly Johnny Burnette Rock’n’Roll Trio in the wake of Elvis’s success recording with a trio at Sun Records.
Johnny Burnette and his brother Dorsey (1932-1979), also a member of the Trio, later wrote songs at Imperial Records, notably for Ricky Nelson (see Gypsy Woman).
At Liberty Records Johnny recorded a number of solo pop hits in the early 60s with producer ‘Snuff’ Garrett, including Dreamin, Little Boy Sad and You’re Sixteen. At the same time, Dorsey established a solo career ([There Was A] Tall Oak Tree, Big Rock Candy Mountain).
Johnny Burnette’s son Rocky had a hit in 1980 with Tired Of Toein’ The Line.
References: 1. Session details at the Johnny & Dorsey Burnette Discography site, now defunct and not archived. 2. Phil Hardy & Dave Laing, Encyclopedia of Rock Vol. 1: The Age Of Rock’n’Roll, (1975).
Further reading: The Burnette House website covered the musical careers of all the Burnettes. It is now defunct but can be accessed via the archived version at Internet Archive.
Thanks to Peter Letheby for correction.
Single on Era, #3067.
Singer-songwriter Keith Colley was from Washington State. He wrote and recorded with several labels throughout the 60s before moving into the business side of the industry. His songs have been recorded by some distinguished artists, but he is best remembered for his Spanish-language Enamorado (1963, re-recorded 1967), a hit in some US regions in 1963.
See also Shame, Shame, Keith Colley’s original recording of his composition that was later recorded in Australia by Flying Circus.
Further reading: Keith Colley bio by Steve Leggett at All Music Guide.
Single on Era #3196, also released on Festival FK-2313. The writer of the B-side is credited as Barry Stuart, another pseudonym of Era records co-owner Herb Newman, credited as Steven Howard for the A-side,
The Brothers LeGard were Australian country artists The Legarde Twins, Tom and Ted, known as The Yodelling Stockmen. Originally rodeo performers, they first recorded in the early 50s for the Australian labels Rodeo and Regal-Zonophone. From 1957 until 1963 they worked in Hollywood and Nashville and released records on Liberty, Dot and Bel Canto. They appeared on Australian TV, recorded for Columbia, and brought US country acts to Australia before returning to the US in 1965. For an idea of the length and breadth of their career see their biography at All Music (they even appeared as twin androids in Star Trek).
The other side of Scarlet, Night Bloomin’ Jasmin, was also a Herb Newman composition, as was the LeGards’ second Era Single The Land Where Animals Are People.
Brothers LeGard singles discography at Era, 1968:
And Her Name Is Scarlet / Night Bloomin’ Jasmin #3196
The Land Where Animals Are People / Coo-Ee Call #3199
Coo-Ee Call was a LeGarde original. Songs about the cooee call are not unheard of in Australia: see, for example, this old Aussie song.
• Is or Was? Some discographies have the title as And Her Name Was
Scarlet. The registered title has is: USCO #EU0000696657, 24 November 1961; ASCAP work #310045439.
• Scarlet or Scarlett? USCO shows Scarlet but ASCAP has Scarlett. The versions listed on this page all have Scarlet.
• The brackets in the title appear only in the De Kroo Brothers and Keith Colley versions. They are omitted at ASCAP and in discographies (possibly a database convention) but they appear at USCO.
Single on Era, #3027, B-side of Jailer Jailer.
Singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Bob Wilson was from Pleasant Hill, California, about 20 miles from Oakland, full name Robert Douglas Wilson (b. c.1940). He was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but moved to California as a youngster.
Wilson released three singles on Era, all in 1960, followed by a handful of other singles on minor labels after his Era contract ran out. He took up a lifelong career as a high school teacher, but kept up the guitar seriously in his spare time, practising, performing, and occasionally recording.
After retiring from full-time teaching, Bob Wilson remained active into the 2010s. See, for example, his performance with the Bob Wilson Ensemble Featuring Stuart Yasaki at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (c.2015).
According to the Oakland Tribune (31 January 1960) Bob Wilson was backed on his first single by two students from Pleasant Hill High, Loren Council (who was still at high school) and Len Adams. Both sides were written by Wilson and Adams.
Wilson, Council and Adams had been in the Pleasant Hill High School Big Band, and were all featured as soloists in the Band’s debut concert, reviewed by the Oakland Tribune on 1 March 1959. Loren Council is credited on sax on one of a series of LPs self-released by the school’s Jazz Band (1961). Pleasant Hill High closed in 1980.
And Her Name Is Scarlet, on Wilson’s third single, was written by Era founder and owner Herb Newman who had written Gogie Grant’s Wayward Wind (1956, #1 USA) YouTube, an Era single released in the year after the label’s formation.
This single shows Newman’s pseudonym B. (Barry) Stuart, but other releases, for example by The De Kroo Brothers and by Keith Colley, have another pseudonym, Steven Howard.
In 1968 Bob Wilson appeared on John Fahey’s Takoma label when folk artist Janet Smith released her album Vol I,The Unicorn and Other Songs Both Old and New With Musical Assistance From Bob Wilson YouTube.
Thank you to Andy Gallagher, a major source for discographical and biographical information for this page.
Bob Wilson singles on Era, 1960:
• Two Little Birds (Wilson-Adams) / Imogen (Wilson-Adams) #3013
• I Went To Your Wedding / Tale Of A Donkey #3023
• Jailer, Jailer / And Her Name Is Scarlet #3027
The A-side Jailer Jailer is a Jesse Hodges composition. Scarlet almost went unrecorded when Jesse’s arrangement of Unchained Melody was seriously considered as an alternative, but in the end Scarlet won out. [BW via AG]
At some stage Wilson also recorded on the U.N.O. label, owned by his then manager Tony Uno.
Bob Wilson singles on U.N.O, early 1960s:
• Black Rose1 (Wilson-Henry Beezley)/ Wedding Bells #500 2
• Big Ben (Wilson)3 / Roxann (Wilson) #599 (1963)
• Talking Atom4 (arr. Wilson, prod. Tony Uno)/ The Sinking Of The Reuben James5 #500* (1965)
1. Black Rose copyrighted Oct 26, 1961 as The Black Rose.
2. The Black Rose and Talking Atom singles have a duplicated serial number, #500. Note also Golden Gate #500 below.
3. Big Ben copyrighted May 2, 1963.
4. Talking Atom: The writer credit to Irving Partlo is mangled. This is clearly the Irving Bibo – Vern Partlow song recorded by Pete Seeger, also known as Old Man Atom or Atomic Talking Blues.
5. The Sinking Of The Reuben James: much-recorded Woodie Guthrie song.
There was a further, undated single on an obscure label, Golden Gate. The label seems to be associated with U.N.O. (above):
“Bobby Wilson” single on Golden Gate:
• I Shouldn’t (Wilson-Lynn Lee) / The Sinking Of The Reuben James #500*
Other singles with Bob Wilson contributing as writer or
• The Four-Stars – Blue Dawn (Wilson) / The Frog (Len Adams): Wilson on guitar with his band and studio musicians. Era #3021 (1960)
• The Moments – Play It Again (Steven Howard, pseud. of Herb Newman) / Blues At Sandy Cove (Wilson), both sides are instrumentals. Bamboo (subsidiary of Era) #512 (1961)
• The Moments – In The Phonograph Booth (Steven Howard) / Blues At Sandy Cove (Wilson): this is the same track as on Bamboo #512 but with party crowd noise dubbed in with a hip voice intoning, “Blues at Sandy Cove” throughout [AG]. Era #3128 (1964)
• Bob Wilson also recorded Blues At Sandy Cove for Era, unreleased.
• Paul Shelesky & His Musical Zombies – Rutabaga Boogie (Shelesky) / Sweet Sue. Wilson on guitar both sides, vocal duet & harmonies Side A. On Rutabaga (a subsidiary label of Old Homestead Records, Brighton, Michigan) #101 (1970s?)
Bob Wilson album appearances:
• Janet Smith – Vol I,The Unicorn and Other Songs Both Old and New With Musical Assistance From Bob Wilson, Takoma A1027 (1968)
• Papa John Creach – Papa John Creach, Grunt FTR-1003 (1971)
• Rick Shubb, Bob Wilson & Markie Shubb – Shubb, Wilson & Shubb …Live , Pacifica PV43787 (1976)
• Rick Shubb & Bob Wilson – The Bodega Sessions (1999) Still available to buy at chappo.com.
• I doubt that a Bob Wilson single on Decca listed under this Bob Wilson at Discogs is by the same Bob Wilson. 45cat’s listing of the single, for example, is under another Bob Wilson, connected with San Remo Golden Strings.
Oakland Tribune, October 1960
BLIND YOUTH HAS A MUSICAL VISION
By John Sheehan
Bob Wilson is a psychology major at College of Pacific who just might be able to teach his profs on a point or two. ¶ He has overcome total blindness, an affliction since birth, to become an honor student, a varsity athlete, music composer and recording soloist. ¶ Twenty-year-old Bob Wilson has just finished cutting his latest [single on] Era Records… “And Her Name is Scarlet”. ¶ It’s a rich baritone that comes through on the new recording; rich enough, some think in Hollywood, to one day make Bob a headliner, and rich. ¶ Talent as a lead guitarist shows well, too. ¶ Flip side of the record is titled “Jailer, Jailer”. ¶ Now a sophomore at College of Pacific, Bob was senior class vice president at Pleasant Hill High School; a member of its varsity wrestling team besides distinguishing himself scholastically as a “seal bearer” of the California Scholarship Federation.
This page includes original biographical and discographical content. If you use it, please credit me or this website. ©Lyn Nuttall 2019.
References: 1. BMI repertoire search. 2. ASCAP repertoire search. 3. US Copyright Office: works by Herb Newman. 4. Era discography at GlobalDog. 5. Oakland Tribune, scanned back issues at NewspaperArchive.com. 6. Bob Wilson profile at Shubb.com. 7. For a more recent appearance by Bob Wilson, see the Bob Wilson Ensemble Featuring Stuart Yasaki at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
See also Bob Wilson (singer) at Wikipedia. I wrote it, so it mirrors this page a fair bit, though there are some extra details and a decent list of references.
Multiple Bob Wilsons: This is not (1) King-Fraternity recording artist and songwriter Bob Wilson, aka Bob Temple or (2) Detroit soul pianist Bob Wilson. For a .pdf page that sorts out these three Bob Wilsons, click here. [Thanks to Red Kelly at The ‘B’ Side for clarification on one of the Bob Wilsons.]
Single on Polydor by Gus Backus, American singer long resident in Germany, here forming a duet with Austrian tenor Hans Sojer, better known by his stage name Tino Albertini. The German title means But you are not like the others.
The Polydor single acknowledges And Her Name Is Scarlet as its source, and credits the writers as "Stuart" – a pseudonym of original composer Herb Newman – and "Jules Verard", a pseudonym of German lyricist Gisela Zimber.
Gus Backus had been in The Del-Vikings, formed by airmen based in Pittsburgh whom he joined not long after their first and biggest hit Come Go With Me (1957, #4 USA). After serving at an Air Force base in Wiesbaden, Backus stayed on in Germany and pursued a successful career as a solo singer.
Listen at YouTube: Gus Backus – Aber du bist nicht so wie die Andern sind. I'm guessing that this is the Ramonas track, reissued on a Gus Backus anthology Die Singles 1961-64. I haven't found evidence of a single released under Backus's name.
References: 1. Discussion at the
Rock'n'roll-Schallplatten forum (2008-2017, in German) which uncovers the identities of Die Ramonas and solves the mysteries of the writer credits. Vielen
Dank meine Herren!
2. Del Vikings history by Marv Goldberg. 3. On Hans Sojer-Tino Albertini, see discussions at memoryradio (2015) and at Rock'n'Roll-Schallplatten forum (2007-2008).