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"Have You Dug His Scene"

It’s Yaphet Kotto’s Scene, Ya Dig?

Yesterday’s piece about Gary Usher and his work on indie label, Vault, led to a discovery:  veteran stage and screen actor, Yaphet Kotto (Lt. Al Giardello in TV’s Homicide:  Life on the Street), once cut a record for a label, Chisa, that was at one time distributed by Vault. That’s

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"Competition Coupe"

“Competition Coupe”: The Many Faces of Gary Usher

My friend — the gifted record collector, Tom Avazian — found this fairly obscure hot rod album, 1963’s Hot Rod City on the Vault label – for sale on the streets of Washington, DC: “Competition Coupe” by The Customs was one track that particularly tickled my ear: Gary Usher —

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