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(Date Posted:04/22/2013 06:36)

I have a question that is bugging me.  While transcribing some of my lesser LPs to digital I started running into some by Mark 56 records.
I know little about them other than they are from California.   But I am finding a lot of stuff out on the Web by George Garabedian and Mark 56.  The music I am finding for Christmas is all Tijuana sound,  and it appears to be multiple releases with different commercial ties (like Phillips 66).  The Christmas LPs  all seem to have the main title of Tijuana Christmas.

Then I find  non Christmas Tijuana sound stuff with lots of commercial ties like Pepsi, Taco Bell, Der Weinerschnitzel, Culligan even Colonel Sanders.

So do we have any kind of story/history on Mark 56 records and what they were all about?

I know this Tijuana sound stuff I mention above is only one part of their catalog but happens to be easy to search for.  Also the Tijuana stuff all has very similar graphics and characters on the Jacket.
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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/22/2013 17:38)


Mark 56 Records was a small record company
located in Anaheim, California. It was founded by Marcus W. Garabedian (aka George Garabedian). The label's forte was comedy, soundtracks and vintage radio broadcasts. The company's most famous 45-rpm single was the Southern California regional hit, Mr. Grillon (a spoof of Sheriff Matt Dillon and TV's Gunsmoke).

As for Christmas LPs, besides Tijuana Christmas (Volumes 1 and 2, from 1968 and 1969 respectively), the biggest Christmas success the company had was in 1975 when George Garabedian produced the first and only Christmas album ever done by the great Helen O'Connell: Christmas With Helen O'Connell. The album resides in the 3rd Tier of my
Top 300 (album #284). It was later reissued on the Singcord label with the same title but different artwork. The original 1975 Mark 56 Records release is posted below.





And since I am discussing Helen O'Connell here, it gives me a great excuse for posting my all-time favorite song by her: it came in the spring of 1939 when she first joined Jimmy Dorsey's band at just 19 years of age -- a whopping 36 years before she recorded her 1975 Christmas album. The song is Rubber Dolly. I just love the way she goes back and forth with the band on this one -- she was just adorable.






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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/23/2013 08:12)

Great song Chip!!!!!  Thanks for posting.

While we are on the subject of *Mark 56 Records, I have a Phillips 66 Christmas release Dickens "A Christmas Carol" & Song.  Catalog # 566, I know it came out after "Tijuana Christmas, but not sure if it came before "Tijuana Christmas Volume 2" since I don't know the catalog # for Volume 2.

I had found a listing from *Mark 56 Records online, but it starts in 1968 and I thought it went to the early 1980's, and now I can't find the website, but the "Tijuana Christmas" records and "A Christmas Carol" weren't listed on the website I saw.  As you mentioned, it was mainly vintage radio broadcasts, but I'm sure the website I was on, didn't have the complete "Discography"  I thought I saved the page, but can't seem to find it now.  But in any case, I would guess that my album is from 1968 or 1969.

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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/23/2013 12:40)


Glad to hear you enjoyed the song, Susan. The 1930s/40s Big Band era was such a great period in American music.

The album Tijuana Christmas, Volume 1 was catalog #546 and it was released in 1968; the album Tijuana Christmas, Volume 2 was catalog #556 and it was released in 1969; and finally, the album Dickens A Christmas Carol & Song was catalog #566 and it was released in 1970.



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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/23/2013 13:59)

Thanks Chip,

Yes, the 1930's and 1940's Big Band era was such a great period in American Music, a lot of great singers, Male and Female came out of that era.  I may not be 100% accurate, but a few that come to mind are Tony Martin who was married to Cyd Charisse.  Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Dennis Day, Sammy Kaye, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Jim and Tommy Dorsey just to name a few.

I'm surprised that my album is newer than the "Tijuana Christmas" albums, being the design of the back of the jacket seemed to be from the early 1960's, but now at least I know that it was from 1970.

I thank you again.
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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/24/2013 01:15)


Susan,

Some of the other notable Big Bands that you didn't mention in your post were Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Kay Kyser, Bob Crosby, Bunny Berigan, Lionel Hampton, Les Brown, Paul Whiteman and Duke Ellington. These bands along with Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Sammy Kaye and, of course, the greatest of them all, Glenn Miller, were the
Kings
of the Big Bands.

And speaking of the legendary Glenn Miller -- my all-time favorite Big Band leader -- this gives me a great excuse to post one of my all-time favorite songs by him, I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo. The clip below is from the 1942 motion picture, Orchestra Wives (which is why you'll see Cesar Romero on piano and Jackie Gleason on bass); however, Glenn and all of the original band members are there including Tex Beneke on saxophone and lead vocals and the delightful Marion Hutton and the Modernaires on backup vocals. This song is a killer diller and along with the songs Chattanooga Choo Choo and In The Mood are the three most famous songs to come out of the Big Band era -- and all three belong to the great Glenn Miller.








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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/24/2013 08:24)

Chip,

I knew of, pretty much, the other Big Band era artists you mentioned, I just didn't want to list a ton of them, and I couldn't think of most of them at the time because I was trying to thing of Cole Porter's "Begin The Beguine", but couldn't get "Rubber Dolly" out of my head and just couldn't remember who else I knew of.

Here is Artie Shaw and His Orchestra's version of this great song from 1938

Getting back to Glenn Miller, isn't he still listed as MIA?  I remember watching "The Glenn Miller Story", (1954) with Jimmy Stewart in the lead role, but also over the years read articles or saw a program on TV and I believe his plane went missing and hasn't been found.  And of course by know, if he did crash and survive, he would be long since deceased.

A couple other favorites of mine by Glenn Miller are "In The Mood" and "Sentimental Journey"  There are others, but too many to list and of course once again we have gotten off-topic.  But that is how it goes sometimes, one thing brings up something else and so on.

I've seen other things online, but you can't believe everything on the Internet as being "Gospel Truth" but there was an article that I saw one time about Glenn Miller not going down in bad weather over The English Channel, but instead he died in Paris in December 1944.  A retired General supposedly came out with the information that "Spies" for Nazi in Eisenhower's Headquarters betrayed Glenn Miller to meet with a member of the Anti-Hitler Forces in Germany to bring an early end to the war.  It also mentioned that l Glenn Miller was found dead in the nude outside a Paris brothel.

I hope this isn't what really happened to the great band leader and that he is MIA somewhere over The English Channel, but I guess we will never know the truth.



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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/24/2013 16:00)


Susan,

The song Sentimental Journey was not recorded by Glenn Miller himself; it was a cover recorded by 'The Glenn Miller Orchestra' after Glenn had died. The song was actually co-written by bandleader Les Brown and it was a #1 hit for him in the spring of 1945. The lead vocal was by Doris Day, who was the band's lead female vocalist at the time.

As for that theory of Glenn's death that you mentioned, it is a contrarian theory that was offered by a German journalist in 1997 and is not universally accepted. The prevailing and generally accepted theory is that Glenn's plane was sadly and accidentally shot down by the RAF over the English Channel.

And yes, In The Mood is indeed a great song and, as I said in my previous post, is not only one of Glenn's "big three" songs that he is most famous for, it is one of the three most famous and iconic songs (along with Chattanooga Choo Choo and I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo) to come out of the Big Band era period. Two others of his best are Tuxedo Junction and another big favorite of mine, A String Of Pearls.





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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/24/2013 19:25)

Chip,

I thought "Sentimental Journey" was recorded by Glenn Miller, and that is why I mentioned "I wasn't 100 % sure", but there were some references online about Glenn Miller doing "Sentimental Journey"  <---Amazon.com MP3 for example is one on many.
Sentimental Journey
This particular listing as well as a few others, didn't mention that it was "The Glenn Miller Orchestra" after his death.

I was aware that Doris Day sang the song with Les Brown and His Band of Renown (As I knew of him), I don't know exactly when he was referred to that way, but again, I was aware that Doris Day did sing "Sentimental Journey" in 1945.  I wasn't aware of where it charted, being I didn't have access to that information.  I didn't search online recently, but sometime ago, I did write down that Doris Day sang "Sentimental Journey" in 1945, and I also remember watching the movie "Sentimental Journey" (1946) a few times over the years, with John Payne and Maureen O'Hara, before being paired along with Edmund Gwenn for "Miracle on 34th. Street" 1947.  I don't remember what network it was on, but I had recorded "Sentimental Journey" on video tape and watched it at least once a week for the summer a long time ago, but it was one of the video tapes that got destroyed when I had the pipe leaking in the old apartment.  I haven't seen it since and it's been over 20 years now.

I believe I have a recording of Doris Day singing "Sentimental Journey" on one of my Old time Radio Reel-to-Reel tapes.  I remember looking at some of the contents that were printed on recipe sized cards and stuck in the box with the tape and it listed all the songs or programs that were on that particular tape.

I also have a CD of "Sentimental Journey- Capitol's Great Ladies of Song, Vol. 2"Capitol Records D170336 from 1992,  but Dinah Shore is singing "Sentimental Journey"   There are some great ladies and songs on this CD, and I would love to see what Volume 1 has but right now funds aren't available, though the CD is available on Amazon.com also.  The picture below is from my own scan, but is obviously the same picture in the Amazon link.


As for the contrarian theory about Glenn Miller, I did mention that  I hoped this wasn't true and also that I know that you can't take everything you see in the Internet as being "Gospel Truth"  This theory aside, I don't believe they ever recovered Glenn Millers body or the other people on the plane.

I have mentioned this before, that my knowledge isn't any where near as plentiful as yours and therefore, I an prone to inaccuracies , though unintentional, and I am glad that you are able to set things straight.

I don't have access to all the resources you do, and I believe that I've mentioned before that when I started to really collect records, that I only cared about getting the albums, I wasn't aware about reissues and so on, and also about the producers, album designers etc.

But I would say I am slightly above average in my knowledge, albeit some of it was with your assistance when something isn't accurate, and I am grateful when you correct me, so that others will also have the correct knowledge.




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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/25/2013 01:30)


No need to have posted that artwork, Susan, as I am well aware of what's out there.
That CD that you referenced in your post was released in 2008 and is a hybrid of original material recorded by Glenn Miller himself, as well as later material recorded by the 'Glenn Miller Orchestra' after his death.

As you know by now, with this type of music (Big Band and Easy Listening) you cannot always trust what you are getting is by the original artist. In addition to many of the old Big Bands, this is also the kind of thing that has sadly been going on for years with the orchestras of Percy Faith and Mantovani: recordings that are made by orchestras after their deaths, but still bear their names and are led by entirely different conductors. Unfortunately, postings on YouTube are also contributing to all of the confusion out there. In fact, there is currently a posting on YouTube of Sentimental Journey that says it was recorded by Glenn Miller in 1943! (
Click here.) The fact is that the song wasn't even written and published until late 1944 -- a time, I might add, that Glenn Miller was on active duty in the U.S. military and would soon perish in the December 15, 1944 plane crash. So it was virtually impossible for him to have recorded this song himself. And in addition to all that, when Les Brown co-wrote the song in late 1944 it was for his own band and lead female singer, Doris Day. The recording of the song that was done in Glenn Miller's name was done by the surviving band that continued on in his name after his death.

As for that ludicrous theory by that German journalist regarding Glenn's death, it's such a shame because it does nothing but besmirch his reputation and legacy. And to answer your question, no, they sadly never recovered Glenn's body or the wreckage of the plane after the crash.


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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/25/2013 09:07)

Thanks again Chip,

I am my own worst enemy, as I have said before "that you can't trust everything you find on the Internet, but use it more as a general reference"

I had posted the image from Amazon of Glenn Miller as that is what was there for the MP3 of "Sentimental Journey"  I wasn't aware that it was artwork from a CD.  I didn't look that far into Amazon, I had just searched for the song "Sentimental Journey" and it showed the artwork for the MP3 that you could buy and download.

Regarding the song, I knew Les Brown co-wrote the song, but I'm not sure whom he wrote it with, I did know that Doris Day was the bands' lead singer.  I guess I sub-consciously omit certain things that should be elaborated on, but it isn't intentionally, and you also mentioned in the post previous to mine that Les Brown was the co-writer and that Doris Day was the band's lead singer.

I realize that the bands continued after with a new conductor after their leader had passed away, and I had picked up a Christmas LP by Montovani on the "Holiday" label, and had thought that it was an album I didn't have.  I know you know the album I am describing "Christmas Magic" (1980), but if I am correct, it isn't a compilation or reissue of "Original" versions of the songs by Montovani and His Orchestra, but the orchestra doing the album and using his name to make people think it was a new Christmas album.  Most of these albums using the famous orchestra leaders names, don't even contain the original members as in the case of Glenn Miller, the would most likely be all deceased now or to old an frail to play.

I wasn't paying attention to the year on the YouTube video by Glenn Miller because as I mentioned I still had "Rubber Dolly" going through my head.

I agree that that theory of Glenn Miller by that German journalist is a shame. It it basically slanders Glenn's family name and his great legacy.  But we all know even after war, that there is propaganda that comes out and misinformation, to try and stir up controversy.

Thank you for clarifying that they never did recover Glenn Miller's body.

I probably should have left this entire subject alone. but at least we have some "Correct" information from you now.  And I've mentioned I know I may not be 100% accurate being I don't have as much resources and knowledge as you.  I only have what I have picked up over the years including information from you, which has helped me immensely many many times for which I thank you again.



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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/25/2013 11:39)

Thanks Chip and Susan for all the comments and info,  the responses to me original question have been coming at a regular enough pace that I decided to hang back and wait for them to run out of gas.

Thanks for all the info on Mark 56.

Chip I did read one other theory on Glenn Miller.    It still involved "friendly fire"   in this case,   a bombing operation was returning from an operation where they did not get to drop their bombs because of weather or something.    Since the bombers were carry incendiary bombs they were instructed to drop them in the channel before landing,    This was some 100,000 bombs.    The theory  the path of the bombers and path of Glenn Miller plane that one of the dumped bombs hit Glenn Millers plane as a fluke accident.   Again another theory that many think is credible but without substantiation . 
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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/25/2013 12:21)

Steve,

That too was something I read as to how Glenn Miller died, but I don't know if there is any validity to it.  I didn't want to mention it myself, but there are a lot of ideas out there on the Internet and again, it can't be trusted as being completely correct.

I feel bad about the inaccuracies that I had posted, but some of it came from the Internet, and some from my own personal information I've gathered over the years before the Internet.  Most notable, about Doris Day being the lead singer for Les Brown and that she sang "Sentimental Journey" in 1945, but I wasn't aware of it charting because as I mentioned, when I got into collecting records in my teens, I was only interested in getting the albums and didn't know about reissues and so on.

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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/25/2013 15:15)


Susan,

Les Brown co-wrote the music for Sentimental Journey with his staff arranger/composer Ben Homer; and the lyrics were written by Ben's longtime collaborator and friend Buddy Green.

As for that 1980 Holiday Records Christmas Magic LP, it consists of material recorded by the later 'Mantovani Orchestra' after Monty had died.
Of the ten songs on the album, 5 are re-recorded versions of songs Monty had previously done on his two authentic London Records Christmas albums; and 5 are new Christmas songs that he never recorded during his career.





Steve,

Yes, that theory of Glenn Miller's death is very plausible.


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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/25/2013 17:54)

Thanks Chip,

I had found "Christmas Magic" in a box of records I received for free, and I knew that Mistletoe Records often reissued previously released albums, but also released some on their own.  But then I saw several of them on eBay at different times and the seller/s were trying to say that it was Mantovani and His Orchestra and people were buying them under the impression that it was conducted by Mantovani.  So the are being mislead.
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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/29/2013 20:01)

Hi Chip!
I was just reading you and Susan's comments about the big bands. Nice to see and hear there are people still listening.Being born at the end of the year of 1948 my Dad and Mom played all those 78s.This what is  called B.E.P.,Before Elvis Presley.I grew up with every kind music.I can still hear
the original surface noise in my mind when I play the modern LPs of these recordings.Speaking Glenn Miller I heard another version of what happened.The pilot got lost and wandered into the return bomber area where returning bombers dropped their ordience before landing.They got bombed by falling bombs.
Keep on playing, Scott
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RE:Mark 56 Records and the Tijuana Sound
(Date Posted:04/29/2013 23:48)


Nice to see you file your first post, Scott.


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