Bob Shad – The Time / Brent / Shad Story

Gary: “I know that Russ and I really like the obscure and often overlooked people and songs in music. Well lets take a ride back to the Fifties and look at a man, who was not really famous, but he was a very talented producer and visionary.

He produced everybody from Charlie Parker to Lou Reed in 1959; he produced the first album by Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring a new singer who’s name was Janis Joplin, Ted Nugent (the Amboy Dukes)… the list goes on, but I know that not many people have heard of him, nor would they know what he did.

Well, this is just a very small window into a man that by today’s standards was not overly successful, but made 4 or 5 of my favourite recordings, Bob Shad. I guess his love of jazz really prompted him to form his own label in 1948, Shad Records.

In 1951 he worked for Mercury Records as Director of Blues and Jazz and supervised sessions with Big Bill Broonzy, Dinah Washington, Buddy Johnson, Junior Wells and so on, but he was not really known outside of the music profession.

Bob would be almost 40 when in 1958 he left Mercury and went into his own business and labels, which would be Shad / Time / Brent (Junior was dropped because someone else already owned the name) and in the 1960s, Mainstream Records.

So this is just a very small look at what he accomplished. His daughter Tamara had a baby sitter named Billy Eckstine and of course being with Mercury Bob recorded, The Platters, The Crew Cuts, Patti Page and so on.

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Bob Shad (February 12, 1920 – March 13, 1985)

Videos for that time period and recordings that just made it into the top 40, but nowhere near the top ten, just do not exist. I own 30 original recordings from those small labels and that time period, those I will share and I hope you enjoy them.

His Labels:

The Time / Brent / Shad Story music compilation

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Some of the Artists:

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The Bell Notes

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The Beau Marks (featuring Ray Hutchinson)

1960 / The Beau-Marks / Clap Your Hands  /
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The Genies

1959 / The Genies / Who’s that Knocking /
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Skip and Flip

1959 / Skip & Flip / It was I /
 
1960 / Skip & Flip / Cherry Pie / Betty Jean

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The Knockouts

1960 / The Knockouts / Darling Lorraine / 

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Here are some of the other songs that Shad produced on those labels that I find interesting!

In 1958 Bob signed a trio of Long Island NY kids called The Shades aka The Jades. Now in that group was a young 16 year old kid named Lewis Allen Reed or, as he would be known when he recorded , Lou Reed.

The Jades with Lou Reed

Here is “The Jades” Lou Reed and a Phil Harris composition in 1958  on the Time label, So Blue.
Then under his own name, Lewis Reed, in 1958 singing Your Love.
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Let’s take a look at a totally unknown recording called “Barracuda” by a bunch of studio guys called “Big Pete and the Minute Men” recorded in 1961.

Now these “Guys” would eventually become a huge part of the L.A. Music Scene and be part of the Wrecking Crew, which was the studio group for about 5 years in L.A. Yes, this group had Leon Russell on keyboards, the great sax player Steve Douglas and of course on guitar, Jerry Cole.

The Wrecking Crew
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I will now look at a Rockabilly artist, Wayne Worley, from Tennessee. When he was 20, Wayne recorded the Sonny Burgess Song “Red Headed Women” in a slightly different fashion for Bob Shad.

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A Latino Rocker, much in the vain of Ritchie Valens, he was the guitarist for Bobby Freeman of “Let’s Dance” fame. In 1960 Bob had him record two songs; one, in my opinion, is very close to “Come On Let’s Go” by Ritchie Valens, but you can be that judge. Both songs got a lot of local air play, but never broke nationally.

Here is Eddie Quinteros in 1960 with “Come Dance With Me” and “Slow Down Sandy

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I could go on for quite a while, but this will be the last of those unknown, or probably not remembered singers and musicians.

1959, Rusty Isabell – A young piano player from Phoenix had a regional hit with a song called “Firewater

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Although Bob Shad was recognized as an outstanding producer of major Blues, Pop, Rock, and R&B recordings, his earlier production career actually began in the Jazz world. This segment is covered by my partner, Russ.

See: Bob Shad – Early Career – Jazz, R&B

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5 responses to “Bob Shad – The Time / Brent / Shad Story

  1. Pingback: Bob Shad – Early Career – Jazz, R&B | Russ & Gary's "The Best Years of Music"

  2. Wow, Peabody! that setting on the Wayback machine landed on lots of unexpected connections for me, including The Jades and all new to me version of ‘Cherry Pie’. Thanks.

  3. Pingback: The Beau – Marks | Russ & Gary's "The Best Years of Music"

  4. THIS GUY RIPPEDOFF ALOT OF HIS ACTS

  5. Great article! You forgot his label he had called Sittin’ In With Records where he put out music by the likes of Lightnin Hopkins http://www.discogs.com/label/168395-Sittin-In-With

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