Rune Overman

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Rune Öfwerman | Music Industry of Sweden | tc477

Rune Overman was Axel Ivar Rune Öfwerman, who was born on December 24, 1932, in Stockholm, Sweden, and died on December 13, 2013. His sons Clarence Öfwerman and Staffan Öfwerman are rock musicians. There are two other sons. Mr Öfwerman was a jazz pianist and a co-founder of a record label in Sweden; the recording was licenced for distribution by Chess.

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Milson Luce

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Milson Luce | Copyright control | 17145

Known mainly for his Argo 5260 recording “Don’t Break Your Promise To Me”, which was released in 1956, New Orleans singer Milson Luce was born on 8th March 1934 1934 and died in Lafayette, Louisiana on 3rd May 2012 at age 78.

Many thanks to Marc for locating a photograph and accurate dates for this artiste.

Esmond Edwards

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Esmond Edwards | Copyright control | tc451

Musician, record producer, recording engineer and photographer Esmond Edwards was born in Nassau on October 29, 1927 and died in California on January 20, 2007.

As Wikipedia puts it,

… He studied radiography at the Jersey City Medical Center, and while working there pursued an avid interest in photography and music. Using his years of piano lessons as a background, he began creating jazz compositions in his teen years, and ultimately combined his creativity in music and photography into a very prolific and successful career.

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Coleman Hawkins LP Cover, 1959, photographed by Esmond Edwards | Copyright control/Prestige | tc452

After working for Prestige Records from 1957, he moved to Chess as an A&R man in the early 1960s and began producing jazz, folk and blues records for the Argo/Cadet label.

He received many silver and gold records, and also won a Grammy for his work.

Edwards’ photographic work has been displayed in New York’s Lincoln Center Jazz Archives, around the world, and in The New York Times Magazine and others.

The Campus Singers

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The Campus Singers LP cover | Copyright control | tc450

In 1963 there was a boom in folk music and protest music, and Argo signed two young men from Kalamazoo called The Campus Singers. I have not been able to find any further information about these gentlemen, including their names. Can anyone help, please?