Tenison Stephens

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Tenison Stephens | Inside Jazz | tc482

Bay area and Hawaii jazz musician Tenison Stephens is best known for his work with Phil Upchurch, but little is known of this gentleman, who recorded for other labels including Back Beat.

Can anyone provide any further information about this artist, please?

http://www.insidejazz.com/2016/05/09/tennyson-stephens/

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Tony Gregory

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Tony Gregory | Jamaica Observer | tc563

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Tony Gregory LP cover | RCA | tc564

We think Tony Gregory, who had material issued on GRT Chess in 1965, is the Jamaican singer Tony Gregory, who has toured extensively around the world and after singing with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires in the 1960s became a session singer and solo singer in the US before moving to Europe in the early 1970s, where he met his wife. He is now celebrating more than 50 years in the music business and is still active.

If anyone has other or additional information, please get in touch.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tony-Gregory—50-years-of-making-beautiful-music

Lee Eldred

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A Lee Eldred Mercury label LP Cover | Copyright control | tc465

No biographical details are available for Lee Eldred. Looking at the LP cover available and at the track listing, and listening to some of the lyrics, it is thought that Lee Eldred was an act targeted at the 1970s gay market and Lee may have been a trans or drag performer. Does anyone have any further information, please?

Bad Smoke

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The Fabulous Counts | Copyright control | tc443

“Bad Smoke” was another name for a band known as the Counts or the Fabulous Counts, depending on which label they appeared; they hailed from Detroit and were primarily known as a backing group working with Richard “Popcorn” Wylie.

Known members of the band were Mose Davis, Leroy Emmanuel, Demo Cates, Jim White, Raoul Keith Mangrum, Jimmy Jackson and Jimmy Brown, but the exact lineup on the session released on Chess is unknown at the current time. The band split up in 1976 but has recently reformed.

Ray Stevens

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Ray Stevens in 2014 | Billboard | tc440

Singer, songwriter and record producer Harold Ray Ragsdale (Ray Stevens) was born on January 24, 1939. He is remembered for his songs “Everything is beautiful” and his comedy records “Bridget the Midget” and “The streak”. He has spent his entire working life in the music industry, and has received many awards.

“The streak” was released in the US on the Janus/Barnaby label, and in the UK on the Chess label on Chess 6146201 in May 1974.