Filed under: Boddie, Lowlands, Syl Johnson, Tragar | Tags: Miller Life, Miller Lite, Miller Time
So you’re telling me there’s a bodega, that plays nothing but Numero Group songs, and it’s staffed by Kenny Power’s Mexican baseball coach from Season 2 of Eastbound & Down? In the fictional world created by the Miller Brewing Company, this is precisely the case.
“Silver Man,” set to “Hole In Your Soul” by A.C. Jones & Soulettes (Boddie)
“Last-Minute Gift” set to “Love Of The Morning” by Circle (Lowlands)
“Twins” set to “Trying To Get To You” by Syl Johnson (Complete Mythology)
“Silver Man 2” set to “Hole In Your Sole” by A.C. Jones & Soulettes (Boddie)
“One-Tripper” set to “Messing Around” by Bobby Owens & The Diplomats (Tragar)
P.S. As a North Carolina native, I must say that the Cheerwine cameo seems to blatant to be a coincidence. Anybody?
The Numero Group considers themselves very lucky to have contributed several songs to the sonic landscape of Mad Men. And for the sake of historical accuracy, the songs were often upstaged by grand-slam singles from the Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Turtles, et al—just like in the good old days. Even at TuneFind, a website dedicated to identifying songs in television and cinema, users gathered in the comments field to determine what unidentified track is being played, quietly, in a peripheral scene—a diner, a brothel. Time and time again, those song originated here on Marshall Boulevard. But we’re quite content with our role in Mad Men, and are perpetually thankful that special people—music supervisors and viewers alike—continue to discover the great songs that populate our dense catalog. So if you’re planning a Man Men binge, look out for these Numero tunes, scattered about the show’s 7-season run.
S2, E2 “Flight 1” – George McGregor, “Temptation Is Hard To Fight” (Twinight)
Notes: Starts towards the scene where Peggy is making out in the hallway.
S2, E2 “Flight 1” – Edd Henry, “Crooked Woman” (Big Mack)
S2, E9 – Helene Smith, “Pot Can’t Talk About The Kettle” (Outskirts Of Deep City)
S5, E5 – Harvey & The Phenomenals “Darlene” (Boddie)
Notes: Playing in the background when the guys are in the brothel
S6, E4 – Stormy, “The Devastator” (Twinight)
S6, E4 – The Grand Prixx, “I See Her Pretty Face” (Big Mack)
S6, E10 – Cave Dwellers, “You Know Why” (Run Around 2×7″)
S6, E10 – Pretty, “Electric Hand” (Mustache In Your Face 2×7″)
Notes: At the pool when Don had been rescued from drowning by Roger.
S6, E11 – Little Alice, “Why Oh Why” (4J, Unissued)
Notes: Pete, Peggy and that partner guy are sitting at a bar
S7, E14 – Bobby Welch, “Benshaw Glenn” (Lowlands)
Filed under: Boddie
The documentary short Behind the Sign briefly details the career of Earl Phillips, owner of U-Need-A-Sign Company of Cleveland, Ohio. At 1 minute 49 seconds you’ll notice the cover image for Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio—boasting one of the thousands of signs Phillips has painted since opening for business in 1960. If you are in Cleveland and you need a sign, why wouldn’t you go to 3838 East 131st Street and get you one of these nice hand-painted masterpieces? As they say at Earl’s, “A business with no sign is a sign of no business.”
Way Out Records is just months from induction into the Eccentric Soul hall of fame. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been in especially close contact with our Forrest City allies, in search of 11th-hour odds and ends to complete this 3LP/2CD undertaking. Hunter/Gatherer, knowledgable collector, certified public accountant, and all-around good guy Cameron Kowall has been sending us mind-bending impressions from an endless stream of Cleveland Call and Post back issues that thread together numerous Cleveland titles from our back catalog. Below are a few highlights. The last clipping mention’s Lou Ragland’s debut, “Party at Lester’s,” a tribute to Way Out founder, Lester Johnson. With Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label we pay tribute to all of the men and women of this prolific imprint. With this blog entry we pay tribute to Cameron Kowall! Keep up the good work, Cameron!
Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label touches down June 24th, 2014.
Yesterday, the Numero Group lost a friend in Bill Spoon. The Numero faithful will remember Bill Spoon from Pressed at Boddie. A native of Alabama, Bill Spoon’s musical career took him first to Cleveland, then Memphis, then several decades in California, before settling most recently in Atlanta. I’d spoke with Bill a few weeks ago in preparation for Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label, where Bill had minted his first singles with the Soul Notes for the Cleveland indie in the late ’60s. We spoke of a shared fondness for the mountains of North Carolina, specifically Cherokee, where Bill and his wife trekked every few months. Bill had just been released from the hospital after a lengthy stay, but appeared to be on the mend. This news came as shock.
One experiences an assortment of feelings when one of their client/collaborators passes: gratitude for having been associated with the dearly departed, and a duty to press forward and share their music with all those willing to listen. Nestled among those feelings is a reminder that we’re all getting older, and that we must be diligent in our musical outreach, research, and reconnaissance. Our hearts go out to Bill’s friends and family.
Fortunately we have a vehicle in which to circulate some of Spoon’s early recordings. Way Out Records was a quirky little operation in East Cleveland, funded with the financial drippings of number runners, boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, and frequented by some of the region’s most notorious soul men. “Lester Johnson decided he’d call it Way Out because it was such an extreme idea—an unlikely success story,” explained label president Bill Branch of his one-time business partner Lester Johnson. In 2014, we will see to it that all of the in-sounds from Way Out get the acknowledgment they deserve.
Filed under: Los Nombres
For every Numero release, there is a cast of characters that we stay in regular contact with, even years after an album has come and gone from the New Arrivals bin. While our newborn compilations are consistently coddled and pampered, we love all of our children equally. When Los Nombres were featured on Cleveland Public Radio a few weeks back for National Hispanic Heritage Month, the group’s founder and #1 fan Diego Martinez was unable to join us in the studio due to health issues. Ever enthusiastic, Diego called to congratulate us on a job well done, not an hour after we ended transmission.
When Grammy nominations fail to materialize into Grammy statuettes, or when your relatives stare blankly as you tell them, for the third Thanksgiving in a row, exactly what you do for a living, messages like this serve as their own tiny trophies, letting you know that your work is impacting the lives of good people.
Los Nombres is available on CD and LP, and contains 10 of the most dynamic Latin soul songs ever committed to tape: the deepest ballads, the highest instrumentals, poppy dancers, and sentimental romancers. In the words of Diego Martinez, “short and beautiful—to the point!”
Filed under: Los Nombres
A few years ago, the Numero Group released a powder keg of recordings by Lorain, Ohio’s Latino septet of note, Los Nombres. As part of their National Hispanic Heritage Month programming, Cleveland’s NPR affiliate WCPN (90.3-FM) will be hosting Los Nombres guitarist Pepe Rivera and our own Jon Kirby to discuss this energetic ensemble. The 10 songs compiled for Asterisk’s 9th and final release have always held a special place in our heart, and Numero is happy to revisit this remarkable, if not underrated, compilation (available here).
The Sound of Applause with Dee Perry will touch down on the FM dial today at 2pm (EST) and stream live at WCPN.org. The show will be archived later in the afternoon, which now that it is the future, we can tell you lives right here for download or listen.