Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
American Music Magazine, Issue 129, April 2012. There is a picture of Tobin and his band on the cover, several pictures and a nice 3 page article inside. The article, written by "Andy Merey", tells the real story about the instrumental, "Ruby Duby Du" on Chief Records, and how and why "Willy Henson" became "Tobin Matthews". Andy also writes about Tobins' singing career and his recordings on USA, Columbia and Warner Bros. records. This is a quarterly magazine and should be on the stands through the month of June, 2012.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Jimmy McHugh, Tobin, and Ron Lane. The girl in the back is Astrid, Ron's friend. The picture was taken at Jimmy's house. This is just one of the many times we got together to play a little music, drink a few beers and have a lot of fun.
The sound quality on this post of "Susan" is a lot better than my earlier post. Hope the fans of my record "Susan" enjoy this clearer version.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Tobin Matthews made a number of significant contributions to rock and roll. Born Willy Henson in Calumet City, Illinois, Matthews interned as a member of the Rhythm Rockers and Jimmy and the Jeepers in the late 1950s before embarking on a six year solo career in 1960 that included stops at USA, Columbia and Warner Brothers Records.
One of the highlights was Matthews' 1963 "Little Waterfront Girl" single (Warner Brothers 5455), which combined the best elements of such recent chart successes as the Essex's Easier Said Than Done (Roulette R-4494) and the Drifters' On Broadway (Atlantic 45-2182). But as was the case with Gibbs, Teensville again opted for the flip side, which in this case is Matthews' uptempo, Mark Dinning/Ed Rambeau-like "Don't Make Faces". In recent months, Tobin has been developing a web site, in which he intends to chronicle the highlights of his remarkable career.