Day 25 brings out the Fury of the Brave Bulls. Fury shares a similar back cover look with yesterday’s Paris LP though here Hobco Arts receives “cover assembly” credit. Impressive scotch tape job holding together front & back covers. That was necessary because even back in the Culver City days, Crown didn’t use the standard way of putting together LP covers by folding over an edge of one oversized cover & gluing it to the other side. Instead, two square pieces of thin cardboard (the covers) were held together at the edges simply by the cover art printed on thin paper, folded & glued to both sides. The savings here seem minimal but I guess the pennies added up. Nearly every Bihari LP in the collection has split covers, reducing the LPs to vinyl sandwiches between two thin sheets of square cardboard.
On Day 24 we visited Paris at night with Pierre Legendre & the Paris Intern’l Orchestra. Like most of Bihari’s orchestra leaders, the only credit we can find for Legendre is this LP so we can’t answer basic questions about most of these orchestrated LPs such as were these orchestras real? Did Jules record them or just license the cuts? For $1.49 the buyer also gets general liner notes but no credits or specifics about the recording.
Day 23 unearthed a red Red Callender LP from Bihari’s classic jazz era. It’s really a reissued Modern LP with scratched out Modern LP numbers in the vinyl near the label, replaced by Crown #’s–this means Bihari didn’t bother remastering the LP or making new stampers for the reissue. Uncredited Claxton photos, liner notes plus a tune on side two titled Bihari! What more could you want?
Day 22 displayed a Fazzio portrait of Lonnie Barron with additional music by Casey Clark & Evelyn Harlene. We uncover secrets of Fazzio in the documentary such as how these covers were painted. All the material on this LP was licensed by Bihari. The Clark & Harlene rockabilly cuts are more of the Sage & Sand recordings from the small Hollywood label. Lonnie Barron was a clean-living and popular DJ/country singer in Michigan who apparently never set foot in California. He was making good money and doing everything right in 1957 when he was found shot through the head in his house, about to leave for a show. After much investigation, a rival country singer was charged with manslaughter, admitting that he confronted Barron after his wife admitted an affair with him. A good bio of Barron appears on the Hillbilly-Music site with more specifics about his death here: http://www.hillbilly-music.com/artists/story/index.php?id=13487