Sonny Bono



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Songwriter, record producer, singer, session musician and politician Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono was born on February 16, 1935 and died on January 5, 1998. He came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny and Cher.

He was mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992, and congressman for California’s 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998 – he was influential in improving copyright laws and the United States Federal Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the term of copyright by 20 years, is now commonly known as the Sonny Bono Act.

Sonny Bono is of interest to Sue UK readers for his production of “Soul Motion” by his long time friends Don and Dewey, which was released on Sue WI 4032.

Sonny Bono obituary, The Independent

Created 4 September 2016


Larry Fallon


Larry Fallon’s real name is thought to have been Lawrence Freaso. Born in 1925, Mr Fallon died on June 2, 2005. He was a composer, arranger and record producer. He is of interest for his production of The Jaybirds’ Somebody help me which was issued on Sue WI 4013, and he was also involved in recording “Incense” by The Anglos which was not originally issued on UK Sue but did find its way on to the “This is Sue” sampler LP.

Created 30 August 2016


Gary S. Paxton



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Record producer Gary Sanford Paxton was born Larry Wayne Stevens on May 18, 1939 and died on July 17, 2016 from complications of heart surgery and liver disease, aged 77.

He was a successful record producer, recording artist, and songwriter. Paxton came to notice as a member of Skip & Flip and The Hollywood Argyles is famed for being producer of “Alley Oop” for The Hollywood Argyles in 1960 and “Monster Mash” for Bobby “Boris” Pickett in 1962.

One of his last compositions was entitled When I Die, Just Bury Me at Wal-Mart (So My Wife Will Come Visit Me).

Sue fans know him as the producer of “Like long hair” for Paul Revere and The Raiders, which was also a pop hit in the US, and was released on UK Sue WI 343.

“Sho know a lot about love” by The Hollywood Argyles was released on the UK Sue LP ILP 933 “The Sue Story Vol. 2”.

Daily Telegraph Obituary


EP “Sue Instrumentals”


ENS 6 Front

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ENS 6 Back

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Sue EP ENS 6 Various Artists – Sue Instrumentals was issued by Ensign records in 1983.

Track listing: Jimmy McGriff – I’ve got a woman parts 1 and 2 | The Megatons – Shimmy Shimmy Walk Part 1 | The Duals – Stick Shift | Jimmy McGriff – All about my girl


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Record created 12 December 2015


The Duals – Stick shift


“Stick shift” by The Duals, an instrumental track recorded in 1961, found its way on to Sue UK EP ENS 6 “Sue Instrumentals” issued by Ensign in 1983. Actually a “hot rod” instrumental, the recording was first released on the Star Revue label before being picked up by American Sue. It was the first instrumental hot rod track to become a hit. The track features on a London American label LP HAC 8239 “The Sue Story Vol. 1” which is different to the Sue Story LPs issued by UK Sue, and which was issued in 1965.

The Duals were Henry Bellinger (lead guitar) and Johnny Lageman (rhythm guitar). The label Star Revue had been set up by Ron Barrett, a veteran of 1950s doo-wop and rock and roll groups.

Billboard No. 25, October 1961.

Updated 16 September 2016