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Champagne Shing-A-Ling - Highland Records

West Coast Highland Records, owned by Sid Talmedge was based at 2580 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006. The label distributed by West Pico Merchandising and was a subsidiary of Malynn Enterprises.

By no means a soul based label but amongst its releases are some classic dance floor favourites, Larry Atkins, The Penetrations, Soul Patrol, Bobby Montgomery, Mike And The Censations and the daddy of them all Kell Osborne and his pounding Law Against A Heartbreaker.

We cannot be sure if all these records were released by the same company, for one the numbering system is all over the place although there are definite connections between some of the numbering systems, neither is it consecutive. There was definitely a series of re-issues certainly some distributed by Oldies Music of Hollywood. Others were repressed with a different label colour, as in the case of Rosie & Originals and Luckey Davis.

Mike and The Censations are the only groupartist who can claim any longevity with the label releasing 5 discs, Al Casey with 3 and Rosie and the Originals with 2 are the only other acts who actually put out more than one record. The rest were one off releases for the label. As Arthur Wright said “Like many independents around that time the label found it more cost effective to lease masters on different artists and just deal with the producers of those masters. It gave rise to the term production deal which was great for independent producers who also dealt with a number of record companies”. Rosie and the Originals massive number 5 hit “Angel Baby” probably single handedly financed the label throughout the early period in the labels history.

1001 Al Casey
(Got The) Teenage Blues
Adventures Of Frankenstein 1059

1002 Al Casey
(Got The) Teenage Blues
Give’n Up 1159

1003 Pat Mowry
Come What May
Shadows Of The Shrine 1958

1004 Al Casey
The Stinger (instrumental)
Night Beat (instrumental) 1159

1010 Bobby Hughes
Berlin Bounce Part 1
Part 2 1960

1011 Rosie And The Originals
Angel Baby
Give Me Love 1960

1014 Ronnie And The Premiers
Cha Cha
Sharon 1961

1015 Sandra And The Highlanders
What’s Left
Written In The Stars 1961

1016 Millie Patterson
I Love An Angel
Last Tears On Me

1018 Ray Marten
Now That You’re Gone
Broken Heart 1961

1019 Billy Duke & The Dukes
Pledging My Love
Crazy Pete 1961

1020 Wil-Sones
Let Me Help You
Come On, Mama 1961

1024 Johnny Manjelli
Five Foot Two
Five Foot Two (Eyes Of Blue) 1961

1025 Rosie And The Originals
Angel From Above
Why Did You Leave Me 1961

1026 Rumblers
Stomping Time 1962

1030 Troy Cory
Mighty Ocean
Teeny Weeny Wiggle 1962

1031 Dee Jays
Bongo Beach Party
Mr. Bongo Man 1962

1032 Rosie And The Originals
Lonely Blue Nights
We’ll Have A Chance 1962

1034 Carol Slade
I Saw You
I Wanna Know Right Now 1962

1035 Grunion Hunters
Four Eyed, Tongue Tied, Swimmin’
Surfer Swimmin’Surfer Biter 1963

1050 Don And Dewey
Don’t Ever Leave Me
Heart Attack 1964

1051 Little Winfrey Slauson
Charlie’s Blues 1963

1052 Larry Bright
Should I
Twinkle-Lee 1964

1100 Bobby Day
Little Turtle Dove
Saving My Life For You 1964

1150 Frankie Anthony
You Were Mine
The Wonders Of Love 1964

1151 Johnny Guitar Watson
Wait A Minute Baby
Oh So Fine

1152 Ray Agee
Mr. Clean
Keep Smiling 1964

1160 Sonny
I’ll Change
Try It Out On Me 1965

1161 Ed Lee
Country Boy Part 1
Part 2 1966

1166 Tommy Cooper
No Arms Can Ever Hold You
Sweet Words Of Love 1966

1167 The Huntingtons
Is There A Way
You Lose, I Win 1966

1168 Willie Riley
Groovin’ With Willie (instrumental)
Shoehole (instrumental) 1966

1169 Angelenos
(Down In) East LA
Lori 1966

1170 The Runaways
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Please Do 0567

1171 Thee Counts Someday
I’m Gonna Get You
So Far Away 1966

1172 Chris May
Hey Baby
So Far Away 1966

1173 The In-Be-Tween (Early Slade)
Girl Child I’m An Evil Witchman 1966

1175 Mike And The Sensations
Victim Of Circumstance Part 1
Part 2 1966

1177 The Two Shades of Soul
Thief Of Love
A Little Bit Of Soul 1966

1179 Doug Brooks
What Do You Do
Boys Will Be Boys 1967

1180 Chris May
I’m Livin’ Good? 1967

1181 Mike And The Censations
Don’t Mess With Me
There Is Nothing I Can Do About It 1967

1182 Kell Osbourne A Law Against A Heartbreaker Trouble, Trouble, Baby 1967

1183 Penetrations Sweet Sweet Baby Champagne (Shing-A-Ling) 1967

1184 Deddie Williams And The Unwritten Law
Love Seems So Hard To Find
Ask Me 1167

1185 Insects
Girl That Sits There
Then You Came My Way 1967

1186 Mike & Censations
I Need Your Lovin’
Be Mine Forever 1967

1187 Kenny Nolan
Save It For Me
Ever See Somebody Needin’ Lovin’ 1967

1188 Alan Gary
Good Lovin’ Woman
At The Love In 1968

1189 Mike & Censations
Don’t Sell Your Soul
Baby What’re You Gonna Do 1968

1190 Harry Hellings And The Radials
Tale Of A Crystal Ship
Wake Up Sweet Mary 1167

1192 Ray Agee
Mister Clean
Keep Smiling 1968

1193 Larry Atkins
Ain’t That Love Enough
Lighten Up 1968

1194 The Hinge
I’ll Pretend
Now Let Me Love You 1968

1195 Little Incidents The Thing Walk On 1968

1196 King Soloman
The Natural Look
No Woman’s No Stranger 1969

1197 Bobby Denton
That’s The Way I Want It To Be
Nothing Can Take The Place Of Your Love 1969

1198 Genuine Family Parts
Fall On Me Rain 1969

1199 Griz Green
Ginger Ale And AppleJack
Grandpa’s Searsucker Suit 1969

1201 Luckey Davis (Yellow label 1st Press)
It’s Not Where You Start
Instrumental 1969

1201 Jim Gamble
When You Move You Lose
Moving On (Instrumental) 1969

1201 Luckey Davis (2nd press orange label)
It’s Not Where You Start
Instrumental 1980

1202 King Solomon
The Miracle Worker
The Moon Walk 1969

1202 Frank Lucas
You Got Me High Part 1
You Got Me High Part 2 1980

1203 Mike And The Censations
Baby,What’re Gonna Do
I Need Your Lonin 1969

1203 Wes Black
I’ll Always Be In Love With You
I Feel Good Feeling Good 1980

1204 The Bounders
They Call The Wind, Mariah 1970

1205 4 Sale
Baby, Please Don’t Tease
Try To Remember

1206 Joe & The Fantastics
Chicken Chicken
Darlin’ Darlin’ 1970

1208 Explosions
Animated Heart
Face To Face 1970

1301 Frank Lucas
Your Love Got Me High Part 1
Your Love Got Me High Part 2

1401 Frank Lucas
Your Love Got Me High Part 1
Ding Dong

2000 Ernie Fields
In The Mood
Christopher Columbus

2001 B. Bumble & Stingers
Bumble Boogie
School Day Blues 1961

2002 The Whizz Kids
Sweet Honey
Big Teaser

2004 Bobby Day
Rockin’ Robin
So Long Baby

2006 Oscar McLollie and Jeanette Baker
Hey Girl Hey Boy
Let Me Know Let Me Know 1976

2505 Virtues
Bye, Bye Blues
Happy Guitar 1960 (unsure if this is same label?)

300 Precisions
Eight Reasons Why (I Love You)
Mama Told me 1962

4000 War Babies
Jeanie’s Pub
Love Is Love 1969

44 Sherwood Fleming
Good Woman
Holdin’ On

77 Soul Patrol
Need Of Love
Save Your Love

78 Bobby Montgomery
Make Me Yours
Seek And You Shall Find

CW-10 Possum
Chula Vista
The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati

MX-09 Rose & The Arrangement
My House Up The Tree
Sunshine Through My Window Pane

Mike And The Censations

The following is taken from the liner notes to the 1996 released Luv N Haight label re-issue of Michael Kirklands “Hang on in there” album from the late 70’s.

Mike Kirkland’s recording debut came about because of a bet. At an LA party, where his friends were singing the praises of Berry Gordy and Motown, Kirkland’s brother Robert offered a wager. He said he and his brother Mike could cut a record every bit as good as a Motown disc. This was August and Robert guaranteed he would have the disc out by Christmas. Mike was initially sceptical, but nevertheless they had formed a group (Mike and the Censations), hired a band from Grants Music Centre (The Roger Spots Orchestra) and by Christmas 1965 had recorded and cut a single, “Victim Of Circumstance”, which they initially released on their own Bryan label. That single, which gained radio play and entered the R&B top 50, aroused the interest of several major labels although the band was unwilling to sign away their song fro the measly amounts that were being offered. A second 45 “There’s Nothing I Can Do About It” scored even bigger and Mike and The Censations sined a short lived deal with MCA.*

“We Didn’t realise that we were going to have to do all the work ourselves, unless you were Neil Diamond they wouldn’t even answer the phone”.

Derek Pearson – * the short lived deal with MCA he talks about was the couple of records released on Revue in 1969. Mike later made his money under the name Bo Kirkland whose duets with Ruth Davis made the American charts between 1975 and 1978. Their “You’re Gonna Get Next To Me” was a big hit on the UK charts during 1977.

In Ruben Molina’s “Low Rider Music 1950-75 book, it states that Kirkland’s group at the time of the Highland recordings comprised of Michael Kirkland, Robert Kirkland, their sister, her husband Armand Postell and Michael Trotter. Victim of Circumstance was recorded at Madelon Baker’s Audio Arts Studio. Origianlly released on their own Bryan label, it was re-issued on Sid Talmadge’s Highland Records.

Pete Smith suggests how the In-Betweens (1173) who later became well known UK chart toppers Slade, signed up to this West Coast label….”Nobody has ever said how this came about, However, their manager at the time was Kim Fowley and he was a well known LA eccentric producersongwriter. I would guess he got the single released on Highland as he was their one and only American contact they had, he also produced the record”.

Bill Spoon’s Highland release, 1000 “Love Is On The WayDon’t Play With My Love” is unconnected to the Highland we are discussing. It is from Cleveland, Ohio and later re-released on Hense Forth. More about Bill Spoon and the Soul Notes can be read at John Smith’s excellent website in the soulin section.

The rarest disc on the label is Kell Osborne’s Law Against A Heartbreaker. Just a few promo copies are known to exist, not even Kell has a copy. It took me some months but I finally tracked Kell down and having not heard the record since it was recorded I played it down the phone to him and his reaction was to say, “WOW”. He was gob smacked. A recording was duly sent to him along with most of his releases (Kell’s story will be in the next issue of Shades of Soul). Covered up at Stafford as Jimmy Gresham the record simply pounds along, gaining momentum as it nears the end. It also shares the same backing as Kell’s Loma release “You Can’t Outsmart A Woman”.

Larry Atkins is another release that has given many hours of dancing pleasure to soulies on the UK’s Northern Soul scene, in fact it’s one of the best double siders released. Ain’t That Love Enough and Lighten Up have graced the turntables for many years at venues all over the UK and dare I say the world now, and continue to do so to this day. Also released on Romark (Lighten Up was titled Have Mercy On Me) and it was also covered by Ty Karim.

The Penetrations is another that has gained some turntable action and also commanded a three figure sum.

Highland picked up quite a few local Southern California small label records, to provide them with better distribution. The 2000 series was for releases of “oldies” hits, gathered from the rights to Class Records, Rendezvous Records, and other small ’50s L.A. labels.

I first compiled the Highland label listing for the April 2004 issue of Shades Of Soul (31). Many thanks to Derek Pearson and to Arthur Wright for their help.