Chateau Dietrich

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Vinyl Attic - The Artie Kornfeld Tree - A Time to Remember (1970)



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The vinyl sounds good. The music is a lot of fun.  A little country/rocky in feel.  Artie has a much richer history than just this record, however.  Below is some very cool info about Mr. Kornfeld.

Info stolen from here:




Arthur Lawrence "Artie" Kornfeld (born 9 September 1942, Brooklyn, New York) is an American musician, record producer and music executive. He is best known as the music promoter for the Woodstock Festival held in 1969.

History

Kornfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942. He is the son of a New York City policeman and his wife (Irving & Shirley). Brought up in the early 50s inLevittown, New York, Kornfeld's family constantly moved and he attended six different schools.
Kornfeld got his first guitar in 1956 and later performed with Dion and the Belmonts and The Skyliners singing backup. Kornfeld would further his music career by attending Adelphi College and American University where he met Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas.
Kornfeld became the vice president of Capitol Records in his early 20s, making him the youngest to hold the position. By 1966, Kornfeld had written over 75 Billboard charted songs and participated in over 150 albums. He was introduced to Mike Lang by Abbey Rader. Lang was to serve as the manager for Abbey Rader's band at the time, The Train. In 1969, Kornfeld left Capitol records to co-create The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, with Mike Lang.

The Changin' Times

Kornfeld along with Steve Duboff teamed as the Pop/Folk group the Changin' Times. They wrote and recorded "The Pied Piper" in 1965, a song that was a hit forCrispian St. Peters and were on tour with Sonny and Cher during the 1965 "I Got You Babe" tour. Kornfeld was also the co-writer of "Dead Man's Curve" by Jan and Dean and was the co-writer and producer of the 1967 hit by the Cowsills "The Rain, The Park & Other Things".

Woodstock

Kornfeld and Michael Lang became best friends in 1968 and Lang eventually moved in with Artie and his wife Linda. Kornfeld, Lang, Joel Rosenman, and John P. Roberts through Woodstock Ventures made the 1969 music festival a possibility.
Kornfeld played a big role in helping save the Woodstock site from being built upon when the Max Yasgur farm was sold.  Kornfeld was also responsible for putting the Academy Award winning Warner Bros. documentary together. Much of the historical documentation of Woodstock is supplied by the acts featured in the film and it was Kornfeld who had to convince all of them to appear. He is in the movie frequently because backstage he was solely in charge of getting the performers to sign what were basically blank contracts prior to going on stage. He also hired the award winning director Michael Wadleigh to shoot the film




My Vinyl Attic - Ethel Waters - The Favorite Songs of (1954)



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 Considering the age of this record, it sounds terrific.  There's some distortions but not a ton.  The tunes are mostly very enjoyable.  The Crucifixion is a bit much but then again, that's not really my cup of tea at the best of times.

01 paper moon.mp3
02 Happiness is a Thing Called Joe.mp3
03 Can't Help Lovin' That Man.mp3
04 Summertime.mp3
05 St. Louis Blues.mp3
06 Suppertime.mp3
07 travelin'.mp3
08 a hundred years fromtoday.mp3
09 a hundred years from now.mp3
10 the crucifixion.mp3
11 Little Black Boy.mp3

My Vinyl Attic - Perth Country Conspiracy - Rumour II (1973)



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The sound on this album is great.  Especially good since I don't even have the cover.  I have no idea where I got it.  Probably off Ebay. It's recorded live and in mono, for some reason. I have not divided up several tracks because they bleed into one another. 


Info and track listing from this great site:


    The Perth County Conspiracy's Rumour ll album, one of the first "homemade" independent Canadian vinyl releases in 1973, has been reissued. Originally pressed from tapes recorded live in Ottawa, Sudbury and Winnipeg, it features songwriters Cedric Smith, Richard Keelan and Bob Burchill with Michael Butler (bass), David Balser (percussion) and Judy Crocker (piano and flute) in a melange of political, spritual, and vaudevillian chaos. You may remember it as the plain white album with the mimeographed sheets stuck inside! This bit of audio time travel will definitely resonate with anyone who saw the band, and intrigue those who missed it. Rumour has it (so to speak) that there is more material likely to see the light of day from the Conspiracy archives.
    "SIDE ONE"
    1. Tune Up   0:23
    2. Sad Stories (Burchill)   3:52
    3. The System   0:18
    4. Educational Rag (Smith)   2:20
    5. Election Results   0:28
    6. Wiser Heads (Keelan)   4:48
    7. Wild Mushrooms  (Keelan)   1:32
    8. A Field Trip   0:26
    9. Hooray for the Farmer
             (Acorn/Smith)   3:01
    10. Kingdoms (Burchill)   3:06

    "SIDE TWO"
    11. Comin' Around the Bend (Keelan)   4:08
    12. Pastures of Plenty (Guthrie)
    /  I Shout Love (Acorn / Smith) 
           /  Martyrs (Acorn)   7:36
    13. Live to Die (Keelan)   3:17
    14. Earthbound (Burchill)    5:24

    Originally released 1973.
    Recorded live in Ottawa, 
    Sudbury and Winnipeg.

    David Jeremy Balser - percussion
    Bob Burchill - guitar, vocal
    Michael J. Butler - electric bass
    Judy Crocker - piano, flute
    Richard Keelan - guitar, mandolin, vocal
    Cedric Smith - guitar, vocal
    Dorit, Penny and Jesse, too.
    Live sound by David Hopper, Stoneage Sound

My Vinyl Attic - Svend Asmussen and his Dancing Strings - The Fiddling Viking (1959)



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The vinyl on this sounds really good.  The music is really enjoyable.  Svend plays it perfectly.  Lively and bouncy.  Highly recommended.

01 Tabu.mp3
02 The Continental.mp3
03 Passing By.mp3
04 Passing By.mp3
05 In Hamburg the Nights are Long.mp3
06 Can You Whistle, Johanna.mp3
07 When Day is Done.mp3
08 The Danish Rhapsody.mp3
09 The Woodpecker Song.mp3
10 Sing, Nightingale, Sing.mp3
11 Beautiful Friend.mp3
12 Mackey-Boogie.mp3

This great info is stolen from this wonderful site:

 Svend Asmussen is the last of the great swing violinists who emerged during the '30s. The "Fiddling Viking" turns 94 on Feb. 28th, splitting time between his native Denmark and Sarasota, Florida. Recently the violinist performed at the Second Annual Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party and released new CDs, one a compilation on Storyville (Rhythm Is Our Business) of his '50s Danish quintet recordings and the other made just last year for Arbors, Makin´ Whoopee...and Music!. There is also a DVD on Shanachie (The Extraordinary Life and Music Of A Jazz Legend) that features an extensive interview with him and numerous performances from film and television. 

Asmussen's father exposed him to gypsy music. "I began piano lessons at five while an older brother took violin. A music teacher suggested that my hands were made for the violin, so I switched instruments and was a quick study. At 16 I discovered jazz violinist Joe Venuti and emulated his style through records." He was playing professionally at 17 and made his recording debut as a leader just two years later. "My career choice was validated when an art professor told me that I was making more by playing jazz than he was running his art school." 

A number of American artists toured Denmark during the '30s. "I loved the Mills Brothers. I heard Louis Armstrong seven times and shared the bill with Fats Waller for two concerts. He stood backstage holding bottles of liquor and milk, by the end of my show both were empty. When he joined us, he drowned us out, even though he played piano without amplification." Asmussen became fond of Stuff Smith. "Stuff was an inspiration, I played many shows with him." Asmussen also played with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. When World War II began, performing opportunities went underground. Swept up by the Gestapo in 1943, Asmussen was imprisoned for a time in Copenhagen and Berlin before being released. 

After the war, the violinist returned to playing and recording. In the early '50s he led a popular quintet and wanted to take it to America, but his sidemen objected to separating from their families for months and they soon disbanded. Asmussen then teamed with singer Alice Babs and guitarist Ulrik Neumann to form the Swe-Danes. "The group lasted three years and was my closest thing to international recognition. We were popular in Scandinavia and toured the US." Unlike some jazz artists, Asmussen has long thought of himself as an entertainer. "I played revues for 20 years. A typical audience consists of ten percent jazz fans, I have to reach the remainder as well." So shows included novelty numbers and comedy as well as jazz. 

Asmussen continued to cross paths with touring American artists. "Duke Ellington and I played adjacent theaters. I was invited to an after-hours party where he played piano. I joined him for ten minutes and he said, 'Man, you play a helluva lotta fiddle!' I shared a concert with Benny Goodman's small group in the spring of 1950; he had Dick Hyman, Roy Eldridge, Toots Thielemans and Zoot Sims. After Benny returned home, he called to ask who arranged my records. When I told him I did, he invited me to join him, but I was making a good income and had kids in school." 

Following the breakup of the Swe-Danes, Asmussen revived his '50s quintet and appeared on records by John Lewis and Duke Ellington (on viola, with Grappelli and Ray Nance on violins). He shared co-billing with Grappelli on a 1965 LP, Two of a Kind (Storyville). After Stuff Smith died in 1967, Asmussen composed and recorded the tribute "My Black Brother" while also appearing with Nance and Ponty at the Monterey Jazz Festival. The following decade, Asmussen made albums with Lionel Hampton and Toots Thielemans and also returned to classical music, working with clarinetist Putte Wickman and pianist Ivan Renliden. In the early '80s, He made June Night for Doctor Jazz, featuring Milt Hinton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Derek Smith and Oliver Jackson. Since then he has made CDs for several labels, frequently with guitarist Jacob Fischer. 

Asmussen suffered some setbacks a few years ago. "My wife died in 2000 and I had a bout with ill health. I lost interest in music for a time." After meeting Ellen Bick, an author and literary critic whom he soon married, Asmussen regained his desire to play. "I now practice every day and develop my technical skills. I'm also delighted by the great artists who live near me in Florida, including pianists Dick Hyman, Kenny Drew, Jr., whom I consider close to Art Tatum, Larry Camp and Richard Drexler [who played on Asmussen's latest CD]." Asmussen is obviously enjoying life as the dean of jazz violinists, intent on swinging his way past his hundredth birthday.
 


My Vinyl Attic - The Back Porch Majority - The Willy Nilly Wonder of Illusion (1967)



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 This vinyl sounds great.  No pops and click and no distortion.  This album rises above your average folkie offering.  There's a liveliness and sense of humor that puts it over the top.  Enjoyable stuff. 

01 camp street hooligans.mp3
02 second-hand man.mp3
03 meet me down in the bath house, honey.mp3
04 richard cory.mp3
05 in the ocean of time.mp3
06 this little light of mine.mp3
07 slippery sal and dirty dan, the oyster man.mp3
08 jack the ripper.mp3
09 goodtime joe.mp3
10 southtown usa.mp3

 This great info stolen from here:

The Back Porch Majority was one of several large folk music ensembles that were popular during the first half of the 1960's. Along with the Serendipity Singers, they were considered rivals and imitators of the New Christy Minstrels, but they had a closer relationship to the latter group than any of their rivals, as they were founded by the same man, (Randy Sparks). In 1963, Randy Sparks decided to give up performing with the New Christy Minstrels, the folk ensemble that he'd founded two years earlier. His exit, and the decision to move group-member Barry McGuire to center-stage as his replacement as "leader" of the Christys on stage, caused singer Dolan Ellis to quit the 10-man group. After briefly trying out Doug Brookins for the spot, Sparks latched onto Gene Clark, a member of a group called the Surf Riders, and put him into the Christys. As compensation for breaking up the Surf Riders, Sparks and his manager, Jack Daley, agreed to put the other two members of Clark's old group, Jimmy Glover and Mike Crumm, into a new group that eventually came to be called The Back Porch Majority.
Sparks' idea was to get The Back Porch Majority (visualized as a sextet or septet, slightly smaller than the Christys' 10-person line-up) off the ground as a performing unit and get them as much exposure as possible, but also to use them as a source for new members of the New Christy Minstrels; they would, in effect, be the minor league "farm team" for the Christys. The Back Porch Majority did better than Sparks could have hoped for, despite the fact that they entered the field of "big band" folk music somewhat late -- they were chosen to entertain at the White House in 1965, and were signed by Columbia Records to the latter company's Epic label, where they ultimately released five LPs, including a live album recorded at Sparks'
club, Ledbetters. They also appeared on installments of the network music showcase hullabaloo, and were guests on other variety shows as well. Among the earliest alumni of The Back Porch Majority to make the jump to the Christys was Paul Potash, a former Greenwich Village folkie who'd moved to California, originally as a partner with Art Podell(who'd been a member of the Christys since 1962) -- Podell joined in 1964, replacing [roviLink="MN"]Gene
Clark[/roviLink]. The Back Porch Majority continued making records thru 1967 before breaking up, but their most successful member, apart from Clark, was probably singer-guitarist Kin Vassy, who appeared on records by artists as different as Frank Zappa (Apostrophe), Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Lionel Ritchie, and sang on the USA For Africa: We Are The World album.

My Vinyl Attic - The King Sisters - Imagination (1958)



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The vinyl on this sounds great.  No distortion and great harmonies.  Every once in awhile I get in the mood for this kind of stuff.  Very happy how this record turned out.

 01 Deep Purple.mp3
02 What's New.mp3
03 That Old Feeling.mp3
04 Early Autumn.mp3
05 take the 'a' train.mp3
06 You're My Thrill.mp3
07 Imagination.mp3
08 Four Brothers.mp3
09 Don't Take Your Love From Me.mp3
10 Sweet and Low.mp3
11 The Thrill Was New.mp3
12 Easy To Love.mp3

 This great info stolen from this wonderful site.


The King Sisters' Biography

On Their Own
The King Sisters began working as a separate act, appeared regularly on the radio program The Ozzie And Harriet Show , and continued to record for RCA/Bluebird. Thirteen of their records were in the top 30 between 1941 and 1945, with "It's Love, Love, Love" charting for 11 weeks in 1944 and peaking at number 4 in April of that year. They also had sizable hits with "I'll Get By", "The Hut-Sut Song", "San Fernando Valley" and "Candy". Donna King reflects, " We never really had any big, big hit records, but there were some moderate-sized hits. The problem was, we never had very good management and that really held us back. Also, we were too smart, we thought we knew everything. I mean, we had our own ideas about how our career should go, and I think that also stood in our way. If we had been able to put ourselves in someone else's hands, who had a real career plan, I think we would have been a lot more successful."
The King Sisters landed a seven-year contract with MGM in Hollywood, and appeared in pictures for other studios, as well. Like a lot of the other successful vocal groups of the forties, the King Sisters made their share of mostly forgettable B-pictures with titles likeCross Your Fingers (1941), Sing Your Worries Away (RKO - 1942) - Starring June Haver, Buddy Ebsen and Bert Lahr, Larceny With Music (1943 - Universal) - Starring Allan Jones and Kitty Carlisle), Follow The Band (1943), Meet The People (1944), Cuban Pete (1945) Starring Desi Arnaz, and On Stage Everybody (1945) with Jack Oakie and Julie London. Occasionally one of these still turns up on the late, late show.
"Our contract with MGM fell through because our manager at the time was Billy Burton, who was also Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey's manager," remembers Yvonne King. "He got into a big fight with MGM about some problem he was having with Tommy and Jimmy's MGM contract, and he ruined our own movie contract by telling them, 'and besides that, the King Sisters don't like their deal either!' Of course, we were shocked and obviously very disappointed! But we were so young and naive that we just went along with it, and that was that."
During the summer of 1944, they were the resident vocal group on Kay Kyser's radio program while their husbands completed their tour of duties with the armed services. Like other stars of the day, the King Sisters did their part for the war effort and toured countless military bases, and appeared on wartime radio programs created especially for the servicemen, such as G.I. Journal and Mailcall. In 1946, their contract with RCA Bluebird ended and the Kings signed briefly with Mercury Records. At the war's end when Rey re-formed his band, Luise King was by her husband's side, playing harp in his new organization, while youngest sister Marilyn temporarily filled in to complete the King Sister's foursome, which remained a separate act. Marilyn had pinch-hit with the King Sisters' act off and on since she was 12 years old. Whenever Donna, Yvonne, Alyce or Luise was sick or busy delivering babies, little sister Marilyn was ready and more than eager to fill in.

Also, during 1944, the sisters fulfilled a life-long dream since their high school days to own their own dress shop. They had always been 'clothes-conscious' and many a night, while sitting on the bandstand with Alvino, they would scrutinize the dresses worn by the girls dancing by. They had designed many of their own stage clothes with the help of their eldest sister, Maxene, a talented seamstress. They opened 'Valley Vogue' in Studio City, California, both to fulfill this long-standing dream, and as an financial investment. The shop was run by a friend who went on regular buying trips to New York City.
Throughout the end of the forties and into the fifties, the King Sisters were regularly featured on numerous local and national television shows of the day both in New York City and Los Angeles. They officially dropped the 'Four' from their name and billed themselves once again as simply 'The King Sisters'. In 1952, Les Paul And Mary Ford had a big hit with Tiger Rag, copying the special lyrics that Luise King had written for the King Sisters's own 1941 recording. But as for their own career, during the early '50s, the King Sisters for the first time, found themselves without a recording contract. Meanwhile, they had been re-vamping their act and had developed a 'new' King Sisters sound. They lowered the keys of their songs, began articulating the words clearer, and featured more unisons. Also, more time was spent selecting sophisticated, classy material. The Sisters had felt a need to 'update' the act, after having shared the bill with the Four Freshmen, a then-new vocal group that was having major success with an extremely jazz-oriented sound.
The Capitol Years
In 1957, Alyce King arranged a meeting between the King Sisters and their old friend, Glen Wallichs, who had been one of the co-founders of Capitol Records. They played him a tape from several CBS radio shows they had done, and he loved their new sound. "Glen said the problem would be that the A&R people at Capitol probably wouldn't bother to give the tape a listen," says Yvonne King, "because they already thought they knew our work and they wouldn't even give us a chance. So what he did was take the tape in to Capitol, and told them that he'd just discovered a new group, and then he played them that tape. Of course, what happened was that the people at Capitol went nuts over the tape and wanted to sign us right up!"
One of the first projects Capitol had for the King Sisters was a 1957 album of Hawaiian songs, 'Aloha', which also featured Alvino Rey on Hawaiian guitar. At the time, there was a renewed interest in Hawaiian and 'exotic' music, and the album still stands up well today. The following year, their Imagination album was nominated for a Grammy©. (By coincidence, Donna King's husband, Jim Conkling, a former Columbia Records and Warner Brothers Records president, had been named as the first chairman for the newly formed National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and was pivotal in the creation of the Grammy© Awards.)
Yvonne recalls, "a review for the Imaginationalbum came out in Esquire Magazine and said that we were an up and coming new group! That really tickled us. Here, we had been around for almost 30 years, and suddenly we were an up and coming new group! We really got a big kick out of that. We had started working with a vocal arranger named Roy Chamberlain, who was a man of extremely good taste. He did all the vocal charts for Meredith Willson, and he worked with us on all of our Capitol records." Their single of 'Imagination' was a substantial-sized hit on the 1958 charts, and they continued to record singles and albums for Capitol until 1960. During this period, the King Sisters slowed down their out-of-town performances to be able to spend time raising their children.
And boy, did they have children! Between the six sisters, 18 kids were born. The King Sisters' two brothers added to the collection with 6 of their own children. During the fifties, Donna and Jim Conkling moved back East, and 'baby sister' Marilyn permanently stepped in to round out the King Sisters' quartet. This is the combination that recorded for Capitol in the late '50s and early '60s.
The King Family
The King Sisters continued to perform in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and some of the top rooms across the country. As a side project during 1964, Marilyn King worked behind the scenes on the film version of The Sound Of Music, supplying the singing voice of one of the nuns, and still receives royalty payments each time the film airs.
Also in early 1964, Yvonne King organized a series of benefits for their church and for their father's alma mater, Brigham Young University, which included not only the King Sisters, but also included the members of their families, which now numbered over 40 people. The audience response to these family concerts was tremendous and each time they performed the show, the audience responded with standing ovations. Yvonne knew they were on to something good, and personally showed a videotape of one of the performances to the head of ABC-TV. He loved it.
"What I had put together later became known as 'The King Family', " says Yvonne, "and in terms of popularity, it was definitely the biggest thing to ever happen to the King Sisters. We'd had so many disappointments in our careers that my sisters never really thought The King Family Show would ever get on the air. But I really believed in it and fortunately, so did ABC."
In August of 1964, the King Family made a special appearance on ABC-TV's Hollywood Palace. Response from the public was extremely favorable, and some 53,000 letters came from fans supporting the program. ABC-TV executives immediately went into a huddle and offered the clan their own Saturday night variety show, which began production in late '64. (Interestingly, according to a 1988 Entertainment Tonight feature story on the King Family, The King Family Show was actually a replacement for canceled sci-fi/fantasy series, The Outer Limits. The show was also one of the first television credits for legendary Hollywood costume designer Bob Mackie.)

The Kings formed their own production company called KingFam Productions, which was run by Yvonne King and her husband, announcer Del Courtney. The King Family Show debuted in January of '65 as a winter replacement series, and ran until January of '66. The variety show had something to appeal to all ages, and while it was sometimes dismissed by critics, the public loved it. "It was a lot of hard work," Yvonne King remembered, "but oh, we had such great times doing it." After more than 30 years of performing, the King Sisters were finally publicly acknowledged for their talent and showmanship, and got to show off their talented family, as well. In a way, the shows were a full circle return to the family orchestra that the King Sisters themselves had been a part of as children.
The powers that were at ABC never had to look very far for talent, with 37-41 members in the family, (depending on who was in town), ranging in ages from 3 to 76, and included the King Sisters' husbands, children and parents. They also continued to appear on other show, including The Hollywood Palace. During one of their 1965 Hollywood Palace appearances, William King Driggs suffered a stroke while on the air with his family. Always the trouper, he never missed a beat, and it wasn't until the cameras stopped rolling that he collapsed. In his dressing room, he individually called each member in from his large family to say goodbye. He died a short time later, in the ambulance en route to the hospital.
Several King Family albums were released on the Warner Bros. label during the run of the show. When ABC dropped the show in late '65, due to low Neilsen ratings, more than 200,000 letters of protest poured into the network. Reportedly, at that time, it was the largest amount of mail received concerning any canceled program in the history of television. Photographs appeared in the press of The King Family surrounded by sacks and sacks of the supporting mail. Officials at ABC were caught totally off guard, and were left amazed and somewhat embarrassed by the huge response. The program had an intensely loyal following that even the powerful Neilsen ratings couldn't detect. A series of one-hour specials followed, and in March of 1969, the series was briefly revived.
The show featured the sisters' children, 'The King Cousins', who had previously sung on the soundtrack of the film, Bye Bye Birdie. One of the cousins, Alyce King's son, Lex De Azevedo, became a successful record producer in the 60's, and among others, he discovered and produced Mrs.. Miller, a singer so bad, she became a hit. In the 70's, he was a musical director on The Sonny And Cher Show, and in the 80's he worked with Michael Jackson as a musical director. He more recently has composed the music for the animated feature, The Swan Princess and has made a name for himself as a conductor and writer of religious musicals. One of Alyce's other sons, Cam Clarke, is now one of Los Angeles' top voice-over announcers in radio and television, and provides voices for current Saturday morning cartoons.
In 1969, four of the girls from the 'Cousins' formed their own group called 'The Four King Cousins' and recorded an album of their own for Capitol in a contemporary pop vein. They also appeared regularly on The Jonathan Winters Show and John Davidson's Music Hall Show, among other variety shows. One of the girls, Yvonne King's daughter Tina Cole, joined the cast of My Three Sons in 1967 as 'Katie', the girlfriend and later, wife of Don Grady's character, 'Robbie'. (The two also shared a romance in real life as well, but Cole ended up marrying the son of cast member, Beverly Garland.)
At the center of The King Family Show, featured prominently, were the King Sisters themselves. Their performances brought a polish and solid professionalism to the series that more than 30 years of show business experience had earned them. The show provided wholesome, family entertainment that although ridiculed by some, was a relief to many from the social and political turmoils of the '60s. The show also made the King Family a household name, and long after the show was off the air, the name 'The King Family' would frequently turn up in one of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show monologues.
Winding Down
When asked why she thought that the King Sisters's sound of the '40s and '50s never really caught on with the public the same way that other 'sister' vocal groups did, Donna King shares her views:
"I think our harmonies were probably a little too complex for the average listener. The musicians who heard us, I think were impressed with us. But our harmonies were voiced like a horn section. I think the public could understand the simpler, three-part groups like the Andrews Sisters and the McGuire Sisters a little easier.
"Also, we had lots of opportunities to make major career moves that definitely would've made the King Sisters more successful, but we always followed our hearts and did what we thought was right for our families. Some of these other groups who were more successful, haven't spoken to each other in years, have sued each other and have had all sorts of problems. I wouldn't trade what we have now for anything in the world, which is all our family who support and really care about each other."
Yvonne King adds, "We were always very hip in our tastes. We were more like musicians than singers and we loved good material. I think a lot of the novelty material that we were handed really held us back. We really should have been in a 'jazz' category, but we were forced to do a lot of the novelty stuff. And part of that novelty sound was Alvino's guitar. We loved Alvino so much and we loved the band, too, but I feel that his electric guitar turned people off. We really didn't have the right audience."The King Family, in various combinations, continued their both their television specials and live concerts until the mid-seventies. Eventually, the travel logistics of transporting 30-40 family members by bus around the country, finally led to an end to the King Family concerts. (The most commonly found King Family LP is undoubtably their Christmas album, which has been re-packaged an astounding eight times on various labels.)
After the King Family stopped performing, the King Sisters themselves, kept as busy as they wanted, performing with Alvino Rey at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm , state fairs, trade shows and on package tours across the states with other swing era stars until the mid-1980's. They were one of the featured entertainers at Ronald Reagan's 1985 Presidential Inauguration Ball. Even in their later performing years, the King Sisters projected plenty of personality and a youthful enthusiasm that audiences loved.
Marilyn still enjoys performing, but Vonnie retired from show business some time ago. All three remaining sisters keep active in music and spend much of their time organizing musical functions at their churches and their grandchildren's schools. Their careers have spanned over 60 years. Alvino Rey and Luise King Rey celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1997, the same year that Luise died after a protracted bout with cancer on August 4th, 1997. Alyce King (Clarke) passed away on August 23, 1996, following a long history of repiratory problems. Donna King (Conkling) lived in Sacramento for many years, until the death of her husband Jim Conlking, (who passed away on April 12, 1998).
Alvino Rey lived to be 95 years old, and he passed away on Feb. 24th, 2004. Donna King Conkling passed away on June 16th, 2007. Oldest sister Maxine DriggsThomas died on May 13, 2009 in Corona, CA at the age of 97. Yvonne "Vonnie" Burch King passed away on December 13th, 2009. The last remaining King Sister, Marilyn King died in Los Angeles, CA on August 7th, 2013.
Currently, modern day vocal groups like the Manhattan Transfer are unabashed King Sisters fans, and out of admiration faithfully perform their arrangements in their concerts. In the spring of '95, Capitol Records released a fine CD, as part of their 'Spotlight On...' series, highlighting The King Sister's work for the label. Since then, many other King Sisters' CDs have come out, including some from British labels.


My Vinyl Attic - Atkinson, Danko and Ford with Brockie and Hilton (1972) (canada)



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 The vinyl on this one sounds great.  This was put out just before some of these guys became Bearfoot.  This is a good, good album.

01 take me home.mp3
02 how can i prove it.mp3
03 quiet on the river.mp3
04 sweet harmony.mp3
05 Mark Twain.mp3
06 I used to love her madly .mp3
07 right on.mp3
08 life goes to fast.mp3
09 only a soldier.mp3
10 holy, holy, holy.mp3


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 Jim Atkinson (guitar) 
Terry Danko (bass)
Dwayne Ford (keyboard)
Hugh Brockie (guitar)
Brian Hilton (drums) 

Hugh Brockie (guitar) and Dwayne Ford (piano), from Edmonton, were originally part of Ronnie Hawkins' Rock And Roll Revival And Travelling Medicine Show. One night while playing the upstairs lounge of the Graham Bell Hotel in Brantford, Ontario Hawkins spotted two other hotshot musicians in the group Tin Pan Alley downstairs - Terry Danko (brother of The Band's Rick Danko) and Jim Atkinson - and a new band was born. 

Hawkins, like he had done with so many versions of The Hawks like The Band and Crowbar before them, taught the guys the ropes about professional showmanship and playing abilities. And like The Hawks, this group of musicians decided that Hawkins' straight-ahead rock and roll was creatively stifling so they left to form Atkinson, Danko, and Ford (with the addendum of 'Brockie & Hilton'). The act soon signed to Columbia Records and their 1972 debut LP spawned the single "Right On". 

Drummer Hilton would leave to join David Foster's band Skylark and they added Mal Turner but felt their moniker sounded more like a law firm than a musical group and changed it to Bearfoot - a group that continued recording well into the mid-70s on Columbia/CBS. 

Terry Danko has continued on with a solo career; Hugh Brockie is a teacher in Toronto and Jim Atkinson is retired but still plays around the Simcoe, Ontario area with the Atkinson Brothers.