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As usual I'm running late adding your email messages. Sorry guys! ~Spike
|Hey Guys! For
some reason a few of my emails disappeared before I could
answer them all. If you haven't gotten a message back
from me could you please write again? I recently talked
to Kirk Beasley , son of Hit Record founder Bill Beasley.
You can read his message below. I wish to thank everyone
for the success of this website and for the corrections
and additions and other info you have provided. And a
great big THANK YOU to Paul "The Hit Man"
He's forgotten more than I'll ever know about Hit
Records! You all have made life easier for me and I've
made a lot of friends along the way. ~Spike
Pete Sengler Click Here to see infomation
Hi. You just blew me away with your site. I just bought a bunch of old 45's at a rummage sale, and I'm looking for info about the artists. One of them is an "Alpha Zoe" title on the Hit label. I google Zoe's name, but never expected to find anything. -Tim Donohoe
Im Larry Guidry from the famous Katrina hit New Orleans! LOL! Im 40 years old and bought Hit Records.
HOW? Well in 7th grade I started listening to oldies after watching happy Days and Sha Na Na. Then I started going to Flea markets, thrift shops & the overly priced Gold Mine Records. Youll be surprised how many of Hit singles made it down here. I was a collector and knew very little of the market, but I thought the artist doing the top 100 covers were great. Ive noticed this year that Ive never seen over half the artist on these cd comps were never distributed down in N.O. but maybe since HIT was so cheap, the other manufacturers label might of made down here, but collected dust sitting on the shelf!
On the sad note Ive spotted the notice about the passing away of Connie Sue Landers. Ive only heard of her earlier this year when yes, I started back collecting oldie CDs! My first was Ginny Arnell then after that about 200 more! Phew! Mostly bootlegs and obscurieties. All these people are getting older and its sad! Time.
Well I just wanted to say hello and went nuts over your site!
Wow,this is great!
"ROEL RODRIGUEZ" firstname.lastname@example.org
"Peter Reinert" email@example.com
Howdy again Spike!!
Hi, Great site just an
update # 249 was Sherri York (not Fred)
"arthur ihde" firstname.lastname@example.org
I just came across your site doing a disk search on some old 45s I found, a few of which are Hit Records. I'm glad I found your site, I was going nuts trying to info Herbert Hunter : ). Well anyway, I have record #s 78, 82, 85, 91, 126, 304. Drop me a note if that means anything. Steve
"Paul Urbahns" email@example.com
Spike here they are:
#333 The Fantastics - Lady
Willpower / Bobby Sims - Here Comes The Judge
From "narkspud" @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi. Just bumbled onto your
site via a blogger's
"Kevin Wicker" email@example.com
I remember hearing a Hit
Records version of "Blue Velvet" when I was a
kid, and it knocked me out. It's better than the
original! Since then, I've been a collector. I have
several Hit 45's and LP's that are in mint condition....
Spike, Aloha and Wow! I am
the son of Bill Beasley who founded Hit Records. I
Hi. First off, I just
wanted to tell you that you are the first site
From"Clay Stabler" firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, Great site! This is as complete a list as Ive seen anywhere on this fun label. I used to buy these in the 5&10 when I was a kid, never realizing that they werent the original artists! There are a number of Hit LPs out there as well as Hit artists on Modern Sound and other labels. I have some spotty info that Ive accumulated over the years. Many gaps, but youre welcome to it. All from the 60s as far as I know.
Chords Groovy Is Hit ??
Chords The Now Generation Spar
Jalopy 5 Draggin and Surfin Modern Sound 525 & 536
Various From Britain with Beat Modern Sound 544
I Want to Hold Your Hand, Tobacco Road, Satisfaction, Come On On, Im So Lonely, Sha La La, Five OClock World + others (including Bobby Russell originals)
Jalopy 5 I Love That West Coast Sound Modern Sound 561
Various Current Hits, Vol. 5 Hit HLP-1005
Various Current Hits Vol. 11 Hit HLP-411
Dominique, Since I Fell for You,Wonderful Summer, Be True to Your School, Popsicles and Icicles, Louie Louie,
You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry, There! I've Said It Again, Loddy Lo, Quicksand, Drip Drop, Midnight Mary
Various Current Hits Vol. 27 Hit ??
Various 26 Top Hits Hit ??
Looks like there may have been a Current Hits series of LPs at some point. If the numbering is reliable, there would be 27 or more Hit LPs! The Volume 5 LP is for sale here:
Heres some Hit/Spar/Modern Sound info from a Jeff Lemlich post on Bomplist in 2000:
Good luck and keep up the good work,
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Clay is working on a discography of the Seeburg label 45s, another group of "cover artists" out of Chicago, and would welcome any input. I'm working on a number of things, but mostly on the Kingsmen discography and a list of all "Louie Louie" covers on 7" vinyl. My Kingsmen discography is on their site here: www.louielouie.org . My LL 7" cover list (and much more) is on this site: www.louielouie.net ~ Clay
Hi Spike,Site looks great!Does anyone from your group know anything about I. Kadez who recorded Louie Louie on Hit 95? As far as I know, it is the only thing he ever did. Odd name, too! Maybe a pseudonym for someone Thanks, Clay
|From "Nancy" email@example.com
Found your webpage and would like to communicate with someone knowledgeable regarding old 45s and albums in my possession. I have quite a few 45s, including Hub Kapp and the Wheels 'Work, Work' and Jimmy, Joe & Betty's 'Puff,' as well as a large collection of albums. If you are interested, please email and I will respond. Be happy to send you a complete list of what I have. Thanks. Nancy
John Gerald Gannatti johnnygNV@webtv.net
Hi Spike ~ I love this site that I found on HIT RECORDS - I used to buy them as a child at the local 7-eleven store for 39¢ (!!) and became fascinated by them. When I reached my twenties I became a recording artist doing such flop singles as "Got to Know" (Raw Cream Records) and "I'm Crazy" (Palladium Records) and even had a recording contract with Golden Fleece Records till they went Bankrupt - LoL - I mostly did commercial singing voices and eventually moved out to Vegas where I still sing once in a while. But I wanted to tell you I always loved the HIT LABEL - will write again soon.
Best to You
From "Stu Shea" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hey. What a fantastic site! I love Hit Records and pick them up whenever I see them. I have info that you might be interested in on two HIT 45s.HIT 328 is "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by the Jalopy Five (7264) backed with Kathy Shannon singing "Think" (7267).Also, HIT 331 is "Mrs. Robinson" by the Chords (7263) , b/w "Time for Livin'" by TheClassmates (7266).Take care.Stu Shea ~
Hey, Hit #244
(Daydream/19th Nervous Breakdown) is actually by the
McCalls (Daydream) and the "Cords" (yes,
spelled that way) (19th Nervous Breakdown).
|From "Ken Burroughs
~ Rockin Bee" email@example.com
Hi Guys, Boy is it a relief to find out I was not the only kid in the sixties to buy "Hit" records at my local five and dime or the "Brokerage" clothing store in southern Illinois. I know for the first few years if "Hit" records, they were LP's with 12 tracks on them in the racks next to the 45's, but about the time the "Modern Sound" stuff started coming out, the "Hit" lp's seemed to go away. Maybe I'm wrong cause after the memory goes, you forget what goes next. I do have a few (50 or 60) of the "Hit" 45's, I have put several on CD. I do a radio show here in Tucson, AZ on KXCI-FM, 91.3 ( www.kxci.org ) every Tuesday night from 10pm to midnight, called "Rock Around The World" with the "Rockin' Bee" and I have played stuff by The Jalopy Five, just to be doing something different. BTW I understand, The Jalopy Five was basically Ronnie and the Daytonas. I would love to hear from like minded "Hit-Heads", By the way did you know of the "Top Pop Hits" series that came out after "Hit" finished? I have attached a scan of T-2 (Proud Mary by Steve Miller and Dizzy by Bobby Sims). Later and remember "Music Is Fun For Everyone!" Great site!! Ken Burroughs/Rockin' Bee
Hi Spike, Some info for you all, I've come across on "Hit" records in the past few weeks. As I said before, "Hit" had lp's in the early sixties, that would have one whole month's worth of hits, (six 45's), but I don't know just how long these lasted. Then good old Bill (Beasley) decided to just put out "Modern Sound" lp's. Some of the MS stuff would have both sides of two of the current "Hit" 45, with six filler tunes, usually older stuff. These are the Modern Sound lp's that will just have the songs listed on the front, no graphics or photos. He also started issuing Modern Sound lp's as theme lp's, "I Love That West Coast Sound" by the "Jalopy Five", "Draggin' and Surfin", "I Love That English Sound", and "From Britain With Beat". These would all have 10 songs, with a liberal dose of the "Hit" originals, that sometimes did not really go with the theme. Lot's of the c&w was also showing up on Modern Sound lp's at this time also. A little later over on Spar, (Bill's "legit" label), a series of the later "Hit" 45's were showing up on a series called "Now Generation". "Now Generation" lp's used a series of photo's with a young Jimmy Buffet and other Nashville "Artist's" on the covers. The same group of "Artist's" are also used on Spar's "Nashville Sound"(?) series of then current country tunes. The formula was almost the same as the MS lp's, six or less current hits, with six older and even the "Hit" originals being used as filler. By the way a good place to find and buy "Hit", "Spar" and "MS" vinyl is musicstack.com. Just do a label search for the label and then check them out. Some dealers list "Modern Sound" as "Compatible". I'll try to fill in some of your missing later numbers when I dig out my 45's, until then remember: "Music Is Fun For Everyone" Rockin' Bee
Hi Spike, Here is some info on some of the gaps in your Hit list: Maybe just a typo, but Hit 275 is Floyd Tiller-Winchester Cathedral/New Orleans Band-Born Free
Hit 316 Johnny Royce & Robby Bart-I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight/The Classmates-Going Out Of My Head Can't Take My Eyes Off You (love "Royce&Bart", for Boyce&Hart).
Hit 318 The Fantastics-Green Tambourine/Kathy Shannon & Steve Miller-Some Velvet Morning
Hit 321 Jalopy Five-Simon Says/The Fantastics-Valleri
Hit 341 Steve Miller-Light My Fire/Chords-Hush
I don't really know how many of the "Top Pop Hits" there were, because at about this time (early 70's) I took a seven year vacation in Korea, courtesy of the USAF. One thing I do recall about the "Hit" records was that if you did not buy the current six 45's it was hard to find them later. I guess the store's must have sent them back. I did find a bunch in a local discount store back in Illinois in the late sixties, (ten for a dollar). Hope this helps, "Music is fun for everyone"!! Rockin' Bee
Greetings, great site on Hit Records, have a few 45's with original paper sleeves, any idea when they went from $.39 to $.49, Also Country and Western lp's on Modern Sound C & W Award Winners MS 524 C & W MS 1029 Track listing available if you need it Thanks , Ed Bangs
|Ken Clee author of "The Directory of
American 45 RPM Records". WAXNTOYS@aol.com
Additions: #304 Leonard, Less & Louise I Dig Rock & Roll Music/Fantastics Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie #322 Steve Miller Little Green Apples/Leroy Jones Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay Courtesy of "The Directory of American 45 RPM Records" Best, Ken Clee Author Stak-O-Wax http://hometown.aol.com/waxntoys/main/directory_info.htm
From Steve Perry firstname.lastname@example.org
|email@example.com What a bonanza! Since I was a kid
I have found much fun in spinning
Hit 45s..Beatles covers being my faves..Now I have a catalogue. Thanks.
How about a cd series of all the Hit 45s? Now, that's too hot for Time
Life Warner to touch. And who for the infomercial? Dickie Goodman?
Herbert Hunter? I look forward to many hours reading your website.
Maybe I should rename my current band the Jalopy 5, as the name, highly revered, has fallen into
|Here's something I've always
wondered: Where did the Hit Records band
name "The Chellows" come from? My two guesses are: (a) it's a
combination of "chap" and "fellow," and (b) it's borrowed from Anthony
Burgess's novel "A Clockwork Orange." Either true? Neither true? Thanx.
ACJ (Paul Urbahns knows me)
Al Quaglieri firstname.lastname@example.org
some possible corrections:
|"Sandy Adams" email@example.com Hi. I have an old 45 on Hit Records titled
Doodles" I want to hold your hand. I thought it
sounded identical to Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Guess this is someone copying them uh? I would
appreciate any info. My sincere thanks, Sandy Adams
Thanks so much for the response.
Absolutely...Please post the info out
I finally tracked it down. Those two odd numbered Hits are not bootlegs from Europe as I originally guessed, but rather Canadian releases. For a brief time in late 1963 and early 1964 ARC Records of Canada was issuing Hit sound-a-likes on LPs under the name "Hit Parade by The Shadows" I was not aware they were also pressing singles, but found a guy who sold me one that he purchased new at a Woolworth's store in Canada. The singles were probably pressed by ARC also, and all of the ones I have found info on are in the 200 series numbers, so they probably used a different numbering series so they could tell them from the US pressings from Nashville. The Canadian releases found at this point are all mono, including the albums.
Please change the narrative on the web site to indicate the two odd (200 series numbers)are Canadian releases.