SPOTLIGHT ON THE TETRA LABEL
Includes Audio For The First Fourteen Songs Released On The Tetra Label
(Photos, Clippings, And Label Scans Restored By Tony Fournier)
"Angel Face"/"Kiss Me Quickly"
by The Neons
on Tetra 4444
released in 1956
"Angel Face"/"Kiss Me Quickly"
Above: The Neons, who in this later photo of them, are (L-R) Jeff Pearl (second tenor), Ronald Derin (baritone), Norman Isacoff (bass), and Frank Vignari (first tenor). The personnel on "Angel Face" are Pearl, Vignari, John Devero, and Pat Fatibene. For their second release on Tetra, they added Nick Bernini.
Above: Tetra Records advertisement from September 1956.
Above: Photo of Bill Flagg [Boston Globe, restored by Tony Fournier].
LISTEN to "Go Cat, Go" or the flip-side
LISTEN to "Guitar Rock" or the flip-side
Above Left: Column from The Billboard dated 8/25/56.
LISTEN to "Good Morning, Captain" or the flip-side
Jody (Joe D.) Gibson
Above Left: Column from The Billboard dated 12/1/56.
Above: Review from The Cash Box dated 4/6/57.
At Left: Clipping from The Cash Box dated 3/30/57.
Directly Above: 78 rpm label image for Tetra 4450. Note that the 45-rpm label
Above: Label image for Tetra 4447. Composers shown as "Bruce-Tipton".
The next release, Tetra 4447, in December 1956, is by The Playboys, "So Good" and "One Question". Per Disco-File, this was a black, male group from Hartford, Connecticut. Also noted in Disco-file, these sides were originally recorded with the artist listed as "The Shades". It was their only record.
THE CASH BOX, January 1957:
...Monte Bruce, Tetra Records, enthusiastic about the showing of "Guitar Rock" by Bill Flagg and "So Good" by the Playboys. Bruce just concluded a deal to release his Tetra label through London in Canada...
BOTH ABOVE SONGS played in sequence.
TETRA RECORDS DISCOGRAPHY
The Tetra label did quite well for just eight releases and an existence of less than one year!
Bill Flagg And His Rockabillies
Joe D. Gibson
Good Buddy And His Rockin' Band [Buddy Lucas]
Angel Face/Kiss Me Quickly
Go Cat, Go/A Good Woman's Leavin'
Evening Shadows Falling (I Think Of You)/I've Got Plenty Of Love
So Good/One Question
Guitar Rock/I'm So Lonely
Road To Romance/My Chickadee
Good Morning, Captain/21 Years (It Takes A Worried Man)
Rockin' With The Duke/The Kent's Rock [Instrumentals]
LISTEN to this week's selections on THE TETRA LABEL (Windows Media Player):
1. Angel Face - The Neons - Tetra 4444 - 1956 (Audio Restoration By Dave Saviet)
2. Kiss Me Quickly - The Neons - Tetra 4444 - 1956 (Audio Restoration By Dave Saviet)
3. Go Cat, Go - Bill Flagg - Tetra 4445 - 1956
4. A Good Woman's Leavin' - Bill Flagg - Tetra 4445 - 1956
5. Evening Shadows Falling - The Seniors - Tetra 4446 - 1956
6. I've Got Plenty Of Love - The Seniors - Tetra 4446 - 1956
5. So Good - The Playboys - Tetra 4447 - 1956
8. One Question - The Playboys - Tetra 4447 - 1956
9. Guitar Rock - The Neons - Tetra 4444 - 1956
10. I'm So Lonely - Bill Flagg And His Rockabillies - Tetra 4448 - 1956
11 Road To Romance - The Neons - Tetra 4449 - 1957
12 My Chickadee - The Neons - Tetra 4449 - 1957
13. Good Morning, Captain - Joe D. Gibson - Tetra 4450 - 1957
14. 21 Years (It Takes A Worried Man) - Joe D. Gibson - Tetra 4450 - 1957
15. Doin' My Time - Bill Flagg - M-G-M 12637 - 1958 (From Tetra Master)
16. I Will Always Love You - Bill Flagg (With Vocal Group) - M-G-M 12637 - 1958 (From Tetra Master)
ALL SIXTEEN ABOVE SONGS played in sequence.
ALL FOURTEEN SONGS ON TETRA LABEL played in sequence.
[To download audio files, right-click on link and then select "Save (Link) Target As..."]
PREVIOUS RECORDS OF THE WEEK!
Back to Main Page
Last Update: April 3, 2021