This is the first in a series of three 7" singles that Dick Jensen recorded for Loma Records in 1965-1966. Active during the 1964-1968 period, Loma was a Los Angeles based subsidiary of Warner Brothers for Soul, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, etc. Attempting to cash in on the success of labels like Motown and Stax, it focused on releasing 45 RPM records aimed at the younger generations.
Credited to "Dick Jensen and The Imports" and bearing catalogue number 2021, "Tom Dooley / Since I Fell For You" was released in November 1965 in a Warner Bros. company sleeve; apparently this was available only as a promotional item. Although I'm not 100% sure about this, I never saw a copy for sale clearly advertised as a proper release and having the "official" Loma yellow labels instead of the promo white labels.
Side A offers "Tom Dooley", which, although credited to Russ Regan (...I'm not sure if he's the same guy, but probably yes...), is a R&B stomp take on an old North Carolina folk song best known in the version brought to success by The Kingston Trio in 1958.
Side B features "Since I Fell For You", a Blues ballad written by Buddy Johnson in 1945 which has become a Jazz and Pop standard. On this song it seems that Jensen's input is limited to a few vocalisms only...
Here's the track list for this 7" single:
01. Tom Dooley (2:40)
02. Since I Fell For You (2:38)
Both tracks were remastered from vinyl in November 2011 and are available in FLAC lossless format or high-quality 320 Kbps MP3 files, both formats include scans of the original item in PDF format. Please have a look at the comments for the download links.
More information about Loma Records and Dick Jensen is available here:
I'm currently compiling a Dick Jensen biography, the first part of this work-in-progress covers the period 1942-1972 and is available here.
I'm also trying to compile a Dick Jensen exhaustive discography, my work-in-progress is available here.
Last but not least, I'm also trying to build a collection of Dick Jensen pictures and memorabilia, my work-in-progress is available here.
All my posts dedicated to Dick Jensen on this blog are available here.
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