- Artist: Jenny B
- Format: CD
- Release Date:1/4/2000
Jenny 'B' has performed internationally for European and Asian audiences, and her sexy yet tasteful rendition of 'The Bulge' is a highlight of this album. Other artists include The Superbs, Ronnie Cook and the Jades. A unique label featuring the comedy stylings ofartists famous from radio and television -- including Hudson and Landry, Victor Buono, Jim Backus, Joey Reynolds, Lew Bedell -- mixed with classic R & B acts. Novelty A unique label featuring the comedy stylings of several artists famous from radio and television -- including Hudson and Landry, Victor Buono, Jim Backus, Joey Reynolds, Lew Bedell -- mixed with classic R & B acts like Rita and Tiaras, The Superbs, The Entertainers IV, Starbright, Kenard, The Debonnairs, Ray 'Ace' Acevendo, Fridays Child, The Jades, and Jenny B. Classic entertainment at it's best! WHO THE HELL IS LEW BEDELL? Creator of Dore Records Lew Bedell (the founder of Dore Records) was born in Texas. At the age of four his family moved to Los Angeles, but he found 'em anyway. His Father was a 'heavy' drinker (carrying home a case of Scotch every other night). That's 'heavy,' man! When his Father died he was cremated, according to his wishes. With all that alcohol in him, to this day he is known to all as 'The Enternal Flame.' The only important thing that happened to Lew between the ages of four and fifteen is that he lost his virginity when he was eleven to a thirteen year old girl named Cookie. He felt very important about it because he was the only one she didn't charge for. At sixteen he attended Los Angeles City College. What he remembers there most vividly is playing basketball and winning the customary 'malt' as the best player in the game against Long Beach City College. After two years at L.A.C.C. he matriculated at Santa Barbara State College (although he claims he never matriculated in his life.) He became imbued by the College scene, and in particular in the art curriculum, especially in comedy, after many fellow students told him how humorous he was (one guy). Santa Barbara State College was known for it's' yearly 'Road Runner Review,' a show exhibiting the talents of the current undergraduates. With Doug Mattson, a fellow student his future partner, he put on some very successful campus shows. From this amateur beginning they became the professional act 'Bedell & Mattson.' After completing his education at SBSC he was employed at North American Aviation and landed a job in the important Tooling Department. Within a year he had 500 people working under him. (He worked on the second floor of course). The Bedell & Mattson team started their professional career at 'Joe Dimaggio's' on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Booking for four weeks, they were held over for eight. Then, on to Reno's CalNeva Lodge, booked in for two weeks, but held over for four. Then on to Las Vega' El Corentez Hotel where they were a riot, performing to standing room only crowds. After Las Vegas the team went on to the Stateline Country Club in Lake Tahoe, where they were held over and over and over, for the entire season (twelve weeks...having gone from a starting salary at Dimaggio's of $250 a week to $1750.00 a week at Lake Tahoe (a phenomenal escalation for an act at that time that had been in show business for only six months. The next five years Lew and Doug played some of the major night clubs in the country; The Latin Quarter in New York (owned by Barbara Walters' Father), Jackie Heller's Carousel in Pittsburgh, Boston's Latin Quarter, the Cairo Hotel and the Capitol Theatre in Washington, D.C. and others, before returning to Nevada for twenty weeks a year. At that point in time Bedell was offered his own comedy TV show on KTLA, Hollywood, on which he starred for 39 weeks, at which point WOR-TV, New York, lured him back into the big city for a 5-day week, four month stint with 'The Lew Bedell Show,' a comedy variety show. It was cut short because of a tragic death of a loved one in Los Angeles. As circumstances developed he informed WOR-TV that he could not return at that time. Lew and a cousin, Herb Newman, who had worked at a Hollywood record company decided to start their own record label. Lew said 'How much money do we need?' Herb told him that about $7500.00 would do it. Lew deposited the money and Era Records was born. Newman spent half the investment on a cock-a-mamie recording session (pseudo rock and roll) which went down the drain. (causing massive plumbing expenses). Bedell bumped into an old friend, Jack Morton, the manager of Gagi Grant, a singer just released at Victor Records. Lew had worked with Gagi on several club dates and knew what a great talent she was. He and Herb had been reworking a song called 'Suddenly There's A Valley' that Lew thought would be a great song for Gagi. 'Suddenly' became a hit that was 'covered' by several big-name artists (Joe Stafford, Julius LaRosa, The Andrews Sisters among them) but Gagi's version prevailed. After that successful record came Lew's first #1 record, 'The Wayward Wind' which became over a million seller and was the top record in the country and a huge international hit. And as a Mafia guy once said 'The hits just kept on a-comin.' One out of every nine records was on the music business 'charts:' 'Chanson d'Amour' (#1 on the 'Hit Parade' for five weeks). 'Cinco Rables' by Hit Parade singer Russel Arms, 'The Freeze,' a smash dance craze exposed heavily on Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand' TV show. Bedell and Newman split and Lew formed Dore Records on which he 'hit' with his first release by The Teddy Bears 'To Know Him Is To Love Him' which sold over 1,400,000 records. Following were Jan & Dean's 'Baby Talk' and other Jan & Dean hits. There was Ronnie Height's 'Come Softly To Me,' Dean Hawley's 'Look For A Star,' Billy Joe & The Checkmates' 'Percolator' among other 'chart' records. With the advent of The Beatles and other British groups taking up most of the air time on 'Top 40' stations, Lew went heavily into Rhythm & Blues production where air play was a little easier to get. His first venture was with a Bobby Troup song 'Baby, Baby All The Time' on which he had Gene Page write his first arrangement in the music business. Gene, since then, has become one of the top arrangers in the industry. It became a regional hit, getting to #2 in many major markets. Then came a group with that soft R&B sound, with Lew giving them the name of 'The Whispers' who had two 'platinum' records with 'The Beat Goes On' and 'Rock Steady' on Solar Records. The Entertainers IV group had the #1 R&B record of 'Temptation Walk' in such places as San Francisco, Chicago and Milwaukee. Then in 1971 Bedell went into the comedy field with the discovery of Hudson & Landry for his label. Their first release on Dore Records was 'Ajax Liquor Store,' and was an instant smash, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. It sold heavily and led to the album 'Hanging In There' which went 'Gold' in it's first two months of release. Four more Hudson & Landry LPs followed, three of which went 'Gold.' Lew recorded Academy Award winner Victor Buono on a comedy album 'Heavy,' from which 'Fat Man's Prayer' was taken and became a hit single. That was followed by such fine artists as Jim Backus ('Mr. Magoo'), John Barbour (of TV's 'Real People'), and The Zanies, whose recording of 'The Blob' is still a collector's item. WIth the passing of Victor Buono and Jim Backus, plus the breakup of Hudson & Landry, Bedell decided to revert to his own comedic talents (having had a #2 chart record of 'The Blob' by the Zanies (of which Lew was the main Zanie)). He was imbued by the fact of this recordings 'Los Angeles, Los Angeles' had been #2 on 'The Dr. Dimento Show' for three months, and he decided then and there to start building his own novelty CD, the result of which you have purchased herein. Hope you dig it. -Lew Bedell.
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