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"Helena Marker, Where Are You?"

Click to play sample - Is You Ever Seen a One Eyed Woman Cry Click to play sample - Makin Love Is Good For You

This webpage is in memory of the late Tommy Bankhead and also Helena Marker who brought Tommy Bankhead into Premier Film & Recording in 1982-3 to capture him and his band with the few dollars her late father had left her before she disappeared off the face of the Earth, or possibly Brooklyn. As executive producer of Hot Dam Productions, she called me to ask if I could record him and to meet her and Tommy at Miss B's Lounge on Vandeventer. Chemistry good, gin straight up, date scheduled for Premier's sound stage. Tommy and the Blues Eldorados lay down 80% of the tracks in one take. We finish on time, in budget. Consumate professionals. To my knowledge, no one is still alive except Tommy's son, who I met at his home a few weeks later while delivering records. And hopefully Ms. Marker, wherever she is. Maybe if we find the money we can release the "Live From The Soundstage" sessions (some 45's still in stock) . Although Premier is gone, several songs still wait on the 2" master. Helena, where are you?

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So far (2016) only a 45 ("Making Love Is Good For You" and "Is You Ever Seen A One-Eyed Woman Cry?") has been released from these recording sessions, the original monaural pressing and a second pressing in stereo [Prem. 7-19220] leaving 5 titles unreleased.

Credits on the sessions: The Blues Eldorados featured Joe Inloe, sax, Durius Montgomery, bass, Ben Wells, drums. Recording engineer, Chris Rathert with line producer John Harrison, mastering engineer (mono) Art Wolff at Premier on Westrex lathe with an 80 watt Westrex amp. Hand pressed on Premier's steam book press by Warren. Stereo version mastered at Technisonic Studios, St. Louis, machine pressing, Midwest. Thanks to Jim Schmidt for his encouragement throughout.

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