TINO AND THE REVLONS - 'Lazy Mary Memphis'/'I'm Coming Home' (Dearborn Records D-530) September 1965
This combo had been releasing singles since the early 60s but none of them are 'Flower Bomb Songs' worthy, I've checked out some early recordings on YouTube and they mostly sound like Buddy Holly and that just ain't my scene.
My interest in them obviously lies with their Dearborn Records releases with 'I'm Coming Home' maybe the pick of the bunch. The A-Side 'Lazy Mary Memphis' is forgettable, I haven't even bothered to re-master it to the digital format. According to what I've read online, this side was a decent size hit in New York, so much so that it's believed that the group relocated from Michigan to NY.
Far superior is the garage style rocker on the flip. I wonder if this side ever got played during the 60s? Probably not, as the radio stations were all a little square back in '65 and only played top sides. 'I'm Coming Home' is a fast organ and guitar mover that really swings.
Tino and the Revlons proved popular enough for Dearborn Records to release an album which by all accounts is a decent effort of originals and cover versions. I've not heard anything from it but maybe it deserves a re-issue. Probably one of the few remaining 60s albums not to get the re-issue treatment.
According to the albums liners Tino and the Revlons consisted of:
Hoot Gibson (drums)
Johnny Caoloa (lead guitar)
so who played the bass guitar?
During my research I found out that Tino was murdered in Jamaica in January 1983. Some local thugs were mugging his wife, Tino stepped in to defend her but was then stabbed to death. I found an online newspaper report which I've added with this entry.
|cover of 'By Request' album on Dearborn Records. I found this scan on Jadedtom's flikr page|
|Cashbox advert for first Dearborn single 'Little Girl, Little Girl'|