Monday, 13 December 2010

NS563 Norma Jenkins & The Dolls [1966] - The Airplane Song [Malteste MLT 107]

b/w: A Lover's Stand (official A side)
Format: 45
Label: Maltese
Cat No: MLT 107
Year: 1966
Value: $835
Originals are styrene not vinly and marked in dead wax with: ZTSC121035.   Bootlegs look pink not red.

Norma Jenkins had two releases in 1966 on Maltese with The Dolls 'This Is Our Day' / 'What's Next' MLT 100 followed up with 'A Lover's Stand' / 'The Airplane Song' MLT 107.  

Maltese was owned by Bud Grandhoff and was based in New Jersey. Norma Jenkins was used to demo many of the Kerr-Barnes NY songs including the Motown version of 'Try Love (One More Time)', (recorded by The Sparkels on Old Town) which is unreleased. George Kerr co-wrote Edwin Starr's 'I Have Faith In You' but put his wife's name on the credit due to some contractual situation (note the publishing company is Maltese Music).  He wrote 'The Airplane Song' as a direct result of a bad flight.  According to soulfulkindamusic discography, The Airplane Song was also released on MLT 108 by The Young Men perhaps this was a demo version or a later withdrawn version ?  'This Is Our Day' by The Dolls was co-written by Alice Ossman. 

She went on to record a 45 for Carnival followed by a release with Troy Keyes on ABC in 1967.  In 1973 she had 3 45s released on Jean, Kerr (another George Kerr label) and Alithia and released a duet with J. Ray on Alithia.  She joined Desert Moon in 1976 and cut 2 45s and an album 'Patience Is A Virtue'.  The first release on Desert Moon is her only showing in the U.S. R&B charts peaking at 92 in Feb 1976 with Gimme Some (Of Your Love) / It's All Over Now. The second Desert Moon 45 6401 was a cover version of 'Love Jones' with 'Can You Imagine That' on flip which got plays at Blackpool Mecca as a new release.  My favourite cuts from the album include 'It's All Over Now' and 'I Did It For Real' included as You Tube clips below.

Norma Jenkins [1967] - Me Myself And I [Carnival CAR 528]

Norma Jenkins & Troy Keyes [1967] - A Good Love Gone Bad [ABC 11116]

Norma Jenkins [196?] - Try love (One More Time) [Unreleased Motown]

Norma Jenkins [1973] - Puzzle Man (Figure It Out If You Can) [Jean JR 730 A]

Norma Jenkins [1976] - It's All Over Now [Desert Moon DMS 6400 B]

Norma Jenkins [1976] - I Did It For Real [Desert Moon LP]

Norma Jenkins [1976] - Can You Imagine That [Desert Moon DMS 6401 B]

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