Sunday, April 19, 2009

Video: Tobin Matthews - "Susan"

This recording of "Susan", was my first Columbia Records release. It was recorded in New York at Columbia Studios in 1962. The "Susan" session was produced by Al Kasha, arranged and conducted by Alan Lorber. The song was written by J. Gluck & B. Raleigh. This song will always hold a special place in my memory.

Tobin Matthews: Recording "Susan"

Tobin, at the mike, recording "Susan" in Columbia Studios.
One of the background singers discussing their vocal parts with Tobin.

"Teen Hit Parader" - Tobin Matthews

Two page Tobin Matthews spread in "Teen Hit Parader", 1962.

Tobin Matthews and the All-Stars Rockin'

Tobin Matthews and the All-Stars at a rock show in Illinois. Pictured, from left to right, are Don Smith, Jerry Rose, Frankie Gage, Norby King and Tobin Matthews.
Jerry Rose and Don Smith unstrap their guitars to have a nice cold Coca-Cola after the show.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Video: Tobin Matthews - Live Rehearsal "Mojo Workin"

This is an amateur video recording of us rehearsing, for a Willowbrook Ballroom Show, at "Music Lab" in Lansing, Illinois. The song is "Mojo Workout", originally recorded by Larry Bright. The guys in the band are - Ron Lane and Terry King, lead and rhythm guitars - Norby King, drums - Jimmy McHugh, keyboard - Dave Spanier, bass guitar. We always had just as much fun rehearsing as we did playing the actual gig.

Tobin Matthews and The All-Stars

This is a photo taken during a Jim Lounsbury Record Hop. I can't remember the name of the ballroom. Pictured left to right are - Norby King, drums - Frankie Gage, bass guitar - Jerry Rose, rhythm guitar - Tobin Matthews - Don Smith, lead guitar.

Pumpkin Studios

Jimmy McHugh and Tobin listening as engineer dials in recording playback at Pumpkin Studios.

MBC Museum Show

Tobin Matthews and Ron Lane performing at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Video: "Crawfish"

This video was recorded with a one mike video camera, so the sound quality is only fair. It was taped the night of our "30" year band reunion. It had been a long time since we had been together and we had a ball. The main reason I'm posting this song is because when my daughter Carrie was a young girl, it was her favorite song. Out of all the songs I sang, she loved "Crawfish". Carrie, this one's for you.

Pictured left to right are - Frankie (Gajewski) Gage, Whiting, Indiana - Norby King, Calumet City, Illinois and Tobin Matthews.

This picture was taken while I was singing at Willowbrook Ballroom during a special Jim Lounsbury hop. The pretty girls at the front of the stage are, from left to right, Tammy, Tracey and my two daughters Carrie and Holly.