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November 27, 2015

REMEMBERING REG WATKINS  DESCRIPTION:

It’s hard to believe that eight years have passed since the multi-talented singer/songwriter Reg Watkins passed. Although he left a wonderful legacy of music that he recorded in the 1970s & ’80s, it’s sad that most of it remains buried deep in vinyl oblivion and is seldom, if ever, aired on radio.

But Reg is a regular on NewFound Records and today’s episode shines a light on his career and music for a full hour. You’ll hear his nationally charted hits plus more obscure material released on vinyl and cassette tape. And you’ll also hear a few tunes by Reg and his musical colleague from the 1980s, Loretta Cormier.

So be sure to tune in to Remembering Reg Watkins on The NewFound Records Radio Hour and learn more about this talented man and his music.

PLAYLIST:

REG WATKINS: The Irish Washerwoman (Trad.)
The Newfoundland Mummers, snocan  SCN-508, 1976
Produced by Ron Sparling & Reg Watkins. Recorded at Snocan Studios, Ottawa
REG WATKINS: Come On Down To Toronto (Reg Watkins)
45 rpm single, Signal Sound, Edmonton, Alberta, circa 1970
REG WATKINS: Cam Canuck (Reg Watkins)
Reg Watkins is Cam Canuck, SNOCAN SCN-505, 1974
REG WATKINS: From A Manitoulin Mission (Reg Watkins)
Reg Watkins is Cam Canuck, SNOCAN SCN-505, 1974
Produced by Ralph Carlson and Ron Sparling. Recorded at Carlsound Studios, Ottawa.
REG WATKINS: Cape St. Mary’s (Otto Kelland)
‘Newfoundland Mummers’, circa 1975, Snocan SCN 508
REG WATKINS: The Badger Moose (Reg Watkins)
‘A little Oreg-inality’, BLACK GOLD BGC-01, 1978
REG WATKINS: St. Augustine (R. Watkins)
‘A little Oreg-inality’, 1978, BLACK GOLD BGC-01, 1978
Fort Nelson, B.C. Produced by Reg Watkins.
REG WATKINS: Norma & Gladys (Reg Watkins)
‘A Little Oreg-inality’, BLACK GOLD BGC-01, 1978
REG WATKINS: Nothing In the Can (Bill Anderson)
‘Solid Gold Mountain’, Lone Raven LR 711, 1982
Personnel: Paul Fortier, Barry Keane, Pepe Francis, Bob Lucien, Art De Villier, John Arpin, Sam Hersenhoren, Isidor Desser, Sonia Klimasko
Prod: John Arpin & Gary Buck. Eng: David Balan.
REG WATKINS & LORI KRISTIN: Oklahoma Memory (Charlie Beth/Max Reinhart)
45 rpm single, Comstock Records COM 1734-B, 1983
Produced by Patty Parker, Sound Emporium, Nashville
REG WATKINS & LORETTA CORMIER: This One’s For You (Reg Watkins)
‘This One’s For You’, Lone Raven, LR 715, 1985
Personnel: Al Cross, Andrew Affleck, Anthony Panacci, Marthy Shaw, Al Cherney, Mickey Andrews, Wndell Ferguson, Reg Watkins, Wendy Davis, Irene Szymanski, Kerry Knickle
Eng: David Ferri.
REG WATKINS: The Legend Of Lou and Rose (Reg Watkins) (with Intro by Reg)
‘This One’s For You’, Lone Raven, LR 715, 1985
Personnel: Al Cross, Andrew Affleck, Anthony Panacci, Marthy Shaw, Al Cherney, Mickey Andrews, Wndell Ferguson, Reg Watkins, Wendy Davis, Irene Szymanski, Kerry Knickle
Eng: David Ferri.
REG WATKINS & LORETTA CORMIER: Wheels in Motion (Reg Watkins)
23 Songs about our Country, circa 2005, no label CD3001
Originally released on vinyl LP: They’re Only Human You See (Just Like You and Me), 1986, Independent, WRC1-4489.
Produced and Recorded at JSR Studios – Gander.
REG WATKINS: He’ll Have To Go (Joe and Audrey Allison)
‘Reg & Loretta Perform Your Requests’,cassette tape Lone Raven LR4-720,
REG WATKINS: Baked Beans (composer unidentified on tape)
‘Newfie Chugs and Chuckles with Reg Watkins’, cassette tape, 1987
Lone Raven Developments Ltd. ACC-4825, Doyles, NFLD.
REG WATKINS: Turkey In the Straw (Trad.)
The Newfoundland Mummers, snocan  SCN-508, 1976
Produced by Ron Sparling & Reg Watkins. Recorded at Snocan Studios, Ottawa

Brown.

Prod: Reg Brown. Mix. Reg Brown & George White
Rec: Driftwood Studios, Corner Brook, NL.
RED ISLAND:  In Pursuit of the Wild Balogna (Jamie Snider)
In Pursuit of the Wild Balogna, 1978, Quay CS-7803
Jamie Snider, Don Walsh, Derek Pelley, Bruce Crummell, Shawn Power, Brian Best
DICK NOLAN: Piece of Bologna (Dick Nolan)
vinyl LP: ‘Dick Nolan’, RCA KXLI-0096, 1975
PERSONNEL: Mel Aucoin, John Bourque, Roddie Lee, Brian Barron, Bob Lucier, Mike Francis, Leroy Anderson
REG WATKINS: Basques Whalers Of Red Bay (Reg Watkins)
‘This One’s For You’, Lone Raven, LR 715, 1985
Personnel: Al Cross, Andrew Affleck, Anthony Panacci, Marthy Shaw, Al Cherney, Mickey Andrews, Wndell Ferguson, Reg Watkins, Wendy Davis, Irene Szymanski, Kerry Knickle
Eng: David Ferri.
THE FLUMMIES: 45 Miles from Goose Bay (Johnny Holder)
‘Songs of Labrador’, WRC1-5985 (cassette tape), 1988
Gary O’Driscoll, Harris Learning, Greg O’Blenis, Richard Dyson, Alton Best, George Shiwak
Recorded, Produced & Engineered by Gary O’Driscoll at Homespun Studios, Goose Bay, Lab
BILLY DINN: Bonavista Bay (Vocal) (Brian Twaites)
‘Bonavista Bay’ BD-1, date?
Vocals, buttton accordion, rhythm guitar, rhythm piano, lead guitar, electric bass, by Billy Dinn. Drums: digital. Prod: Billy Dinn. Arr: Billy Dinn.
Eng: Dave Hall. Rec: Sound Stage, Niagara, Niagara Falls
BUDDY WASISNAME: Going Out the Bay (Wayne Chaulk)
‘Nods ‘n Winks’, Independent, BW-002, 1988
Personnel: Ray Johnson, Kevin Blackmore, Wayne Chaulk
Prod.: Ken Lawton. Eng.: Terry Winsor.
Rec. at St. John’s Arts & Culture Center, & Hotel Newfoundland,
SIMANI: Bay Du Nord Medley (Bud Davidge)
‘Heaven By Sea’,  QUAY CS-8089, 1983
Bud Davidge, Sim Savory, Karen Rees, Tom Doyle, Neil Bishop, Mel Aucoin, Richard Jesso.
Eng: Neil Bishop & Claude Caines. Prod: Simani. Rec: Clode Sound Studios, Stephenville, NL
BILLY DINN: Dinn’s Shoalbay Waltz (Billy Dinn)
‘Buttons In the Wind’,  Independent, CSPS 2372, 1984
Musicians: Billy Dinn, Roy Penney, Rusty Walker, Brian Twaites,Cam Kinglin, Milo Crumb, Dianne Prmroy Stoetzel.
Prod: Roy Penney & Billy Dinn. Arr: Penney, Walker, Dinn.
Rec. & Mix: Rainbow Rec., Niagara Falls
OCTOBER 3: ‘Bringing Up the Rare’ – Newfoundland 45 rpm Singles

Tracks from rare singles by Bert Cuff, Andy Niccols, Lori Kristin, Reg Watkins, The Newfoundland Shindigs, Peter & Jimmy with The Rhythm Knights, The Subliminal Ratz, Sandi Michael, Mary Lou Collins, & more! (Part 2 of 2

OCTOBER 10: Ballads

Songs which tell a story with Omar Blondahl, Derek Pilgrim, Ron Hynes, Lew Murphy, Gord Companion and more.

OCTOBER 17: Arc Records

Many Newfoundlanders chose to record on the Arc label in the 1960s. On the playlist: The Ravens,  Dick Nolan, Harry Hibbs, Gordon Pinsent, John White, Roy Penney, & more.

OCTOBER 24: Bays & Baloney

Today, a few tunes in celebration of National Bologna Day. Plus a trip around the bays with Gary O’Driscoll, Billy Dinn, The Flummies, The Fortune Bay Sons, Minnie White & more.

OCTOBER 31: Spooked!

Ghosts, gremlins and witches to set the mood for All Hallow’s Eve. Spooky tunes by Paul Bradbury, Bonnie Lou Nolan, Lew Murphy, Rawlins Cross, Anne-Marie Murray, and more!

June 27:First aired on JUNE 21: SUMMER IN OUR SONG
(Program 54)STOMPIN’ TOM CONNORS: Roving All Over the Land (T. C. Connors)
Stompin’ Tom, A Proud Canadian, Capitol S2-80007, circa 1990
www.stompintom.comTHE RISING SONS: Walking In the Sunshine (Roger Miller)
The Rising Sons, 1972, Audat 477-9012.
Personnel: Pete Bursey, Jim Rooney, Russ Marshall
Producer: Grant Kennedy.  Recorded at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, N.S.  Engineer: Al FeeneyTHE SANDERLINGS: Loving You Is Just Like Walking In Sunshine (Neil Merrit)
The Sanderlings, 1971, Summus SUS 50000
Beth Harrington, Denise & Tommy Harrington, Leslie Lake, Chris & Andy Hutton, Mike Doyle.
Orchestra conducted by Jim Pirie

LITTLE JOHN CAMERON: Sunshine & Flowers (Eric Andersen)
Sit Down Mr. Music Man, circa 1971, Cynda CNS 1005

LEW MURPHY: Hills of Glenshee (Andrew Sharpe)
Ballads of Land & Sea, 1989, With the Ralph Walker Band & Dr. Eric Abbott on organ

ALAN MILLS: Concerning One Summer In Bonay I Spent (author unknown)
We’ll Rant & We’ll Roar, 1958, Folkways Records FW 8771

THE FORTUNE BAY SONS: Mayflowers (The Fortune Bay Sons)
The Fortune Bay Sons, 1981, QUAY CS-8057.
Personnel: James Vallis, Cyril Brown, Gerald Stoodley, Winston Keeping, Neil Bishop, Mel Aucoin, Tommy Doyle.
Prod: Fortune Bay Sons; Eng: Neil Bishop & Claude Caines.
Rec: Clode Sound, Stephenville

SIMANI: The Loveliest Day In June (Bud Davidge)
Favourites, Independent  02 08706, 2008
Originally released on the album ‘Somethings I Cherish’, 1991, SDCD 5159 SWC Productions

EDDIE COFFEY & HIS COFFEY MATE: The Gallant Forty Twa
Live At the Newfoundlander, 1978, Country Records, CS-6020.
Personnel: Eddie Coffey, Dusty Bulmer.
Recorded live at The Newfoundlander by Doug McClement, Comfort Sound
www.eddiecoffey.ca

ED McCURDY: When the Caplin Come In (Trad.)
Homeward Bound, date?, Canadian Cavalcade CCC 55-4608 (cassette tape)

DICK NOLAN: Come Where We’re At (Dick Nolan)
Newfoundland Songbook Vol. 2, 2008, Unidisc, 2008, AGEK-2572
Originally released on vinyl LP, I’se the B’y What Catches Da Fish, 1966, Arc AS 694
www.dicknolan.com

DICK NOLAN: Me and Brother Bill (Dick Nolan/Ellis Coles)
The Best of Dick Nolan (CD), 2006, SONY BMG, 82876-78296-2
Originally released on vinyl LP, Happy Newfoundlanders, RCA Camden KCC1-0012, Toronto, 1973
www.dicknolan.com

THE SONS OF ERIN: Nora (Sean O’Casey)
The Town I Love So Well, 1975, Erinsons Records ERN1100S.
Personnel: Chris Hennessy, Ralph O’Brien, Robert O’Donovan.
Musicians: Grant Kennedy, Len MacDonald, Len Brennan.
Prod: Sons of Erin. Eng: Grant Kennedy.  Arr: O’Brien, Hennessy, O’Donovan

RED ISLAND: Sweet July (Jamie Snider)
In Pursuit of the Wild Bologna, 1978, Quay CS-7803
Jamie Snider, Don Walsh, Derek Pelley, Bruce Crummell, Shawn Power, Brian Best
Prod: Red Island & Neil Bishop. Eng: Neil Bishop. Rec: Clode Sound Productions.

GORDON QUINTON: Sunward (Gordon Quinton)
Seawinds, 1988, Woodnight Records WNMR-001.
Personnel: Gordon Quinton – Acoustic guitar.
Recorded & mixed at Echo Music & Recording Co., St. John’s.
Eng: Thomas Ronan. Prod: Gordon Quinton

FEBRUARY 28: Favourite NL 45s (Part Two

On the playlist for Part Two: Jim Payne & Kelly Russell, Larry Harvey, The Newfoundland Shindigs, Sandi Michael, Eddi Kenny,  Lloyd Bartlett, and more!
DESCRIPTION
For the next two episodes, just for fun, NewFound Records digs out a bunch of 45 rpm singles from its Newfoundland & Labrador archives. Many of these recordings were not released on any other format. They are long out of print… very rare. And there’s loads of great music that deserves to be heard. So tune in for a unique listening experience.
On the playlist for PART TWO: Mary Barry, Larry Harvey, Sandi Michael, Jerry Eli, The Shindigs, Reg Watkins & Lori Kristin, and more!
PLAYLIST
MARGO ST. JOHN: Death on the Ice (Cassie & Christine Brown)
45 rpm single, Quay CS-8073, 1982
Vocals: Margo St. John; Don Boland: piano, acoustic & electric guitar, synthesizer.
Prod.: St. John Music, Arr: Don Boland. Eng: Neil Bishop & Claude Caines.
MARY BARRY: Moonlight Café (Mary Barry)
45 rpm single, LOST ISLAND RECORDS LOS-1022-A., 1989
Prod: Glen Meisner. Eng: Karl Falkenham.
SANDI MICHAEL: Quiet Fire (R. Thornberry)
45 rpm single, Sundance Records SDR-73-2. Side 1, 1973
A Hutton-Thornberry Production.
MORAL SUPPORT: Strange Day For Dancing (Sandro Durante & Richard Cranford)
45 rpm single, TGO Records, TGS-1011-B, 1984
Prod: Sandro Durante & Richard Cranford; Exec. Prod: John Morin; Eng: Phil Fages; Mixed: Dixon Van Winkle
EDDIE EASTMAN & CARROLL BAKER: Too Hot To Sleep Tonight (Johnson Beatty)
45 rpm EP, Tembo TRS-0002, 1983
EDDI KENNY: Devil Not An Angel (Adeline Benz/Artie Maclaren)
45 rpm single, AML Records AML0001X (Side 1), 1987
Prod: Artie Maclaren. Eng: Alan Rempel.  Recorded at Bullfrog Studios, Vancouver
THE NEWFIES: Empty Net Codfish Blues (Roy A. Payne)
45 rpm vinyl single b/w ‘Island of Dreams’, BOOT BTX379
LORRAINE CONWAY: Another State (Roe McCaw)
45 rpm single, PROSPECT RECORDS PR-009-A, 1991
Prod: Ron Demmans; Exec. Prod.: Ross Allen
Recorded in Nashville
REG WATKINS & LORI KRISTIN: Oklahoma Memory (Charlie Beth/Max Reinhart)
45 rpm vinyl single, Comstock Records COM 1704-A.
Produced by Patty Parker, Sound Emporium, Nashville
JERRY ELI: Going Backward (D. Devaney)
45 rpm single MARATHON PA 1057, Side A, circa 1972
LARRY HARVEY: High Wind (Harvey–Norris)
45 rpm single, KING 5036, Dee Jay Specia, circa 1956.
KEVIN ROWSELL: Old Shep (Red Foley, Arthur Willis)
45 rpm single, Newfoundlander Records NRS-451, 1979
NEWFOUNDLAND SHINDIGS: Why, Oh Why (Charles Martin)
45 rpm single, Star ST-18, Side B, 1967
Probable Personnel: Roddy Leprieur, Gerry Formanger, Charles Martin, Ronnie Alexander, Harry Cormier
JIM PAYNE & KELLY RUSSELL: Annie Annie/Daniels Harbour Breakdown (Trad. Arr. Payne & Russell)
45 rpm single, Pigeon Inlet Productions PIP 735, 1981
Wayne Tucker
Producer/Host
The NewFound Records Radio Hour
NOVEMBER 29: Square Dance
Time to dust off your dosados… time to swing your partner, to promenade. It’s time to square dance!
I can remember trying to learn to Square Dance at school many decades ago during gym classes. I didn’t know it at the time, but those dances have a long history in Newfoundland & Labrador. And since November 29 is Square Dance Day, NFR will spin a few numbers appropriate to the occasion.
Providing the music: Rufus Guinchard, Frank Maher, Freeman Walters, June Baikie & Kelly Russell, & others.
We’ll round out the show with a complete change of pace. You’ll hear obscurities from Paul Bradbury, Freddy McKenna, and Potbelly!
Wayne Tucker
Producer/Host

The NewFound Records Radio Hour