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Category: Laurie Records

"Lost"
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Muffetts 45: Purchased by Laurie Records

Thanks to “tymeshifter” at rateyourmusic for providing the back story on a single issued by Counterpart Records whose A and B sides were purchased (I’m shocked) by Laurie Records in 1968: Hurricane WV‘s The Mojos, who begat The Muffetts These guys were previously known as The Mojos from West Virginia. 

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"A Thousand Devils"
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Another 45 Sold to Laurie

Things were starting to really heat up for Counterpart Records in 1967.  “See What’s Right” by The Wyngates was followed by (1) a regional hit, “Hey Conductor” by Mark V (featuring Sonny Flaharty), that got picked up by Philips for national distribution and then (2) another promising 45 – “A

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"1983"
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Not Your Father’s “Purple Haze”

I just stumbled upon another freaky coincidence that is not unlike Germany’s 1966 one-off single by The Dead-Heads — In the year 1968, two artists – The Jimi Hendrix Experience and singer, Robert Ray Whitley – both released original compositions entitled “1983“! “1983” By “beach music composer” Ray Whitley How bizarre

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"The Good Life"
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Ernie Maresca Simply Wants to Live “The Good Life”

I first learned of Ernie Maresca through Chris Barrus‘s curated collection of 209 songs from the year 1962.  Ernie had a big hit that year with “Shout! Shout! Knock Yourself Out!” and somehow I got the mistaken impression that Ernie was kind of a minor figure in pop music.  But

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