Rockabilly, a blend of Country and Rhythm & Blues, is a collectible category of music that is full of valuable records. Here are two examples. In 1957 Bo-Kay records issued the single “Rock N Bones” by Elroy Dietzel. An original copy can get you $600.00. Beware of counterfeits. In 1955 Flip records released “I’ve Been Deceived” by Charlie Feathers. It’s worth up to $1,000.00. All known counterfeit records are listed and described in the Mighty John Record Appraisal Guide on CD in Microsoft Word. It’s available in the left hand column.
One-time members of the Byrds, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman went on to form the Flying Burrito Brothers. Their music was a blending of Country, Folk, Rock, and Soul. Their first album, which made Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, was called “The Gilded Palace Of Sin.” Although not a commercial success, it influenced Country stars like Vince Gill and Alan Jackson. Released on A & M records in 1969 a copy can get you $400.00 today.
Tollie records is probably best known as the label that released the Beatles 45s “Love Me Do” and “Twist And Shout” in 1964. That same year they released the single “I’d Think It Over” by Sam Fletcher. The record is worth up to $450.00 today. But Tollie, trying to associate anything released on their label with the Beatles, issued a picture sleeve with copies sent to radio stations. And because the picture sleeve mentions the Beatles it can get you $250.00 by itself.
“You Belong to Me” was not only one of the biggest hits for the Duprees but one of the biggest of 1962 and is worth up to $50.00. The song was first recorded in the early 50s by Sue Thompson of “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)” fame and then by Patti Page. The most popular version before the Duprees made it their own was by Jo Stafford in 1952. In 1962 Coed records released the “You Belong to Me” album by the Duprees. A copy can get you $200.00 today.
Among those who are not all that well known but have what could be called a cult following is Wild Man Fischer. Discovered by Frank Zappa, Fischer had been committed to a mental institution when he was 16 for attacking his mother with a knife. By his mid-20s he had become an underground favorite with concert goers. In 1969 Zappa’s record company, Bizarre, released the album “An Evening with Wild Man Fischer.” A copy can get you $400.00 today.
Phil Spector produced a lot of great acts such as the Ronettes with lead singer Veronica Bennett (later Ronnie Spector after marrying Phil). Their biggest hit “Be My Baby” is a true Rock N Roll classic, which can now sell for $50.00. It even inspired Beach Boy Brian Wilson to write his hit “Don’t Worry Baby.” The album “Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes,” released on Philles records in 1964, is worth up to $600.00 today.
Lee Fields is sometimes referred to as “Little J.B.” as in Little James Brown. His name is not as well-known as that of the Godfather of Soul but to his die-hard Funk fans he’s just as popular and with a staying power that more well-known stars don’t have. In 1979 Angle records released the album “Let’s Talk It Over” by Lee Fields. A copy can get you as much as $600.00 today.
If you’re a record company and want to conjure up another Elvis, you couldn’t do better than what Chancellor records did with Fabian. Who cares if he’s not a great singer? Just give him one name and the looks of Elvis and the result will be a teen idol. It worked. Fabian was one of the most popular and successful of the teen idols of the day. His biggest hit “Tiger” can now sell for $50.00 with its picture sleeve. In 1962 Chancellor records released the album “16 Fabulous Hits” by Fabian. A copy can get you $125.00 today.
Jackie Wilson was Gospel polished and a true Rock N Roll great who influenced superstars from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson. While singing the lyric “My heart is crying” from one of his classics, “Lonely Teardrops,” at a Dick Clark Revue in 1975 he collapsed and never recovered. At first the audience and fellow performers thought that when he fell it was just part of the act. But the act was over for Jackie Wilson. The original 45 from 1958 can now sell for $50.00. The “Lonely Teardrops” album, released on Brunswick records in 1959, is worth up to $125.00 today.
Stevie Wonder has been a force in music since the early 60s when he was known as “Little” Stevie Wonder. At the age of 12 he had his first in a long list of hits. With Marvin Gaye on drums and Little Stevie on bongos and playing the harmonica, “Fingertips” went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Released on Tamla records in 1963, the single with its picture sleeve, is worth up to $125.00 today.