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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Zig Dillon story

I don't have much info on him. Any help appreciated.

Allen "Zig" Dillon was born on January 1, 1923. During his career, he never became a major artist and only played around Kansas City, Missouri. His first record appeared in the summer of 1960 on the local R label featuring "On Down the Line" b/w "The Years Teach As Much". There's also an alternate take from "On Down the Line", which was first issued on the Collector CD "Automatic Bop, Volume 1" in 1997. Dillon recorded a follow-up, "Bird Song Boogie" backed by "Beetle Bug" sometimes in the 1960s, still on the R label. When R folded, Dillon disappeared from the scene.


Unknown said...

there were thousands of "on down the line" in the old sun warehouse in KC mo along with the conny and the bellhops record, i often wonder if the record label ["R"] had anything to do with the owners of the place, the davidsons, i believe they were brothers. --wurlitzer1450

Mellow said...

Bill and Leroy Davidson not only owned the warehouse but also operated a recording studio as well as the Choice and R labels. The Davidsons recorded many of the local Kansas City artists during the 1950s and early 1960s.