|Bill Barton also recorded |
as "Laurel London" for Gulf Reef.
Barton was born on November 21, 1929, as John Grimes and died on October 8, 2011. He was a veteran singer and songwriter by 1961, having recorded for such labels as King, Abbott, and many others. He was married to Wanda Wayne for some time and a cousin of Russell Sims', owner of Sims Records. He was the composer of "A Dear John Letter," a country hit for Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard in 1953. Barton lived in Nashville for a while but settled down in Florida in the 1960s after recording for Sims.
It turns out that no info survived on Les Geeting.
Apart from a musical point of view, there were some interesting discs on the Gulf Reef label. Carlyn Johnson was accompanied by Bill Woods' Orchestra. Was this Bill Woods from Bakersfield, California? "Why Do I Love You," which she recoded for Gulf Reef, sounds like a Nashville production, though. Benny Martin also recorded for the label as well as Ernest Stoneman's group, the Stonemans.
|Billboard February 17, 1962, review of|
Benny Martin's Gulf Reef single.
1001: Billy Boy Barton - Monkey Business / Blue Lover (1961)
1002: Johnny Wildcard - Say It Again / Rock and Roll Yodel (1962)
1003: Billy Barnoski & Bill Woods - So Called Friend / 12 O'Clock Polka
1004: Carlyn Johnson & Billy Barton - Two Kids in Love / Carlyn Johnson & Bill Woods Orch. - Why Do I Love You (1962)
1005: Benny Martin - The Man Next Door / Thinking About Love
1006: Curley Henson - Wichita Nell / Ten Steps Apart (1962)
1007: Laurel London - Don't Knock the Rock / My Conscience and I (1962)
1008: Blondie Brooks - Please Pardon My Past / We'll Make Out Together (1962)
1009: Grant Turner with the Stonemans - My Greatest Friend / Guilty
1010: The Stonemans - Sadness / White Lightning (1962)
1015: Danny Miller with the Stonemans - Silver City / The Million Dollar Fiddle