I'd only recently become personally acquainted with a singer/ songwriter by the name of Joyce Heath. While none of her songs ever Charted (that I know of), I consider her one of the finest in both categories that I've ever heard.
Just this past Saturday, we had a first time in person meeting at a local Mall. One of the many things we talked about was a CD with all of her songs, called Joyce Heath - THE COMPLETE STORY. Given that it was on the DRAGON label, as well as having included a bunch of obscure pictures of her, one might assume that it would have to be legitimate. After all, her husband (Vincent Gagliano) had started the DRAGON label in the middle 1950's.
As it turned out, she was totally unaware of it's roots. Considering that she even wrote many of the songs, you'd think she would get some kind of royalty payment out of it...!
In the course of setting up the meeting, just prior to it, I had run across a series of demo 78 RPM's of songs she'd written and recorded in 1957, with just herself and her guitar. One even included her overdubbing her own vocals multiple times. Then, while waiting for the meeting to happen, I was able to acquire a full 10" studio tape reel of songs she recorded, about a dozen songs altogether, of what she recalled as being a practice tape. The tape had been found by the Seller at a NYC curb along with many others, waiting to be picked up as garbage destined for a land fill somewhere. She even recognized the handwriting on it, that being of her husband. Only one of the songs had ever made it to a record release. Another song was one of the demo songs I had on one of the 78's.
My intention was to give her the tape when we met. And so I did...
: I think that the seller was BLUE when he
: realized his mistake!
: I make many typos (as folks here know)
: though most of them are what I consider
: minor. I even made a couple in my email to
: the Santa Monica Observer but, thankfully,
: they corrected them before quoting my
: My worst typo? Probably listing Classic Four
: lead singer as Denise Yost on the website
: with which I am associated with. It was up
: there that way for six weeks before someone
: noticed my embarrassing goof. (My website
: associate is Denise Ferri so it is
: understandable what I did.)
: Having also interviewed Linda Scott, also
: very much "under the radar screen"
: though I do know where she lives, I can tell
: you that she was also disillusioned about
: the music business, though maybe not for
: exactly the same reasons that Marcie Blane
: was. Bill Buster, who put out a Linda Scott
: compilation on his Eric label, told me that
: he was trying in vain to contact Linda.
: A company called Golden Sandy Records put
: out a 35-track Kathy Linden CD. Neither of
: us know for certain where the company (now
: defunct, I believe) was based. But she told
: me that she never got a dime. That is hardly
: surprising. She told me that there's a
: soundalike version of "her"
: version of "Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye"
: out there (it's on YouTube and on bootleg
: CDs) which is not her! That remains a big
: mystery to me.
: My Dapt recording of "Flip Over
: You" appears on four CDs, in some cases
: along with tracks by "the other"
: Ronnie Allen (who recorded for San Records).
: I never got a penny in royalties but got
: about 15 minutes (or maybe more accurately
: 15 seconds ) of fame from time to time.
: Well, Fred, you get the picture!
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