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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Fabor (CA) 1st Series F'abor (CA) 2nd series Fabor 4000 Series






Thanks to Wimakeler for sending this in.

Fabor (Ca) Later as F'Abor

6636 Hollywood BLVD. Hollywood 28, Calif
2609 W. Olive St. Burbank, Calif
Box 38. Malibu Calif

Owner : Fabor Robinson


FABOR ROBISON

on Label Fabor (CA) 1st Series F'abor (CA) 2nd Series

Born 3 November 1911, Beebe, Arkansas
Died September 1986, Minden, Louisiana

Fabor Robison was an influential (and controversial) independent record owner and talent scout in the 1950s. He played a crucial role in developing the early careers of Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton, the Browns, Mitchell Torok, Floyd Cramer, and others. After a tour in the army in World War II, where he had been a cook, Robison settled in California. There he worked for a time as a talent agent, with Johnny Horton and Les Anderson as his main clients. Robison started Abbott Records in 1951 (with funding from Sid Abbott, proprietor of Abbott Drugs), with the express purpose of recording Horton. The first ten releases on Abbott all featured Johnny Horton. Robison was unhappy with 4-Star's distribution of these records, so he considered peddling Horton's contract to a major label and Horton was signed to Mercury in mid-1952.
Robison also began working as a song hunter for American Music, travelling the country to find new talent and songs. He soon discovered a hotbed of young talent in Shreveport, Louisiana, home of the KWKH Louisiana Hayride. Not only did he find some of his best singers, but he also used the studios of KWKH and some of its staff musicians to make his records. These regular studio men included a young Floyd Cramer, steel guitarist Jimmy Day, and fiddlers Big Red and Little Red Hayes. Abbott released two # 1 country hits in 1953: "Mexican Joe" by Jim Reeves and "Caribbean" by Mitchell Torok.
The money was starting to pour in and Robison thought another label would be a wise investment. In October 1953, after having purchased full control of Abbott Records, Robison launched the Fabor label, on which he recorded important sides by the Browns and Ginny Wright. He soon expanded his recording activities to include his own studio in Southern California, where he used West Coast instrumental greats such as Speedy West and Roy Lanham. Like most independent record owners, Robison ultimately saw most of his biggest finds move onto major labels. The Radio label was started in 1958 to handle the pop and rock & roll that now overshadowed country music. Some of Robison's Abbott and Fabor artists such as Bonnie Guitar, Ned Miller, Billy Barton and Johnny Russell appeared on the label, but mostly it was young hopefuls. While Robison had no hits with these youngsters, it showed his keen eye for talent as Bobby Lee Trammell, Dickie Podolor (as Ritchie Allen), Bonnie Guitar and Robert Luke Harshman (as Bobby Hart) would have long and significant careers in the 
music industry.In 1959, Robison sold his music publishing and some masters to Jamie/Guyden Records. One correction (to my Mitchell Torok BTBWY piece of last week) is in order here : the version of Torok's "Caribbean" that made the pop charts in 1959 on Guyden was not a re-recording, but an alternate take from the 1953 Abbott sessions. Robison restarted Fabor in 1962 and scored a giant hit with Ned Miller's 1957 recording of "From A Jack To A King".Then he sold all of Miller's catalog and his contract to Capitol in 1964. He produced Miller again in the late 1960s and then went to Brazil. ("When everything went sour, Robison would disappear for a while" writes Colin Escott in his Bear Family book on Johnny Horton.) In the 1970s or 1980s, he sold off whatever was left (together with some masters he had previously sold elsewhere) to the Shelby Singleton Corporation.

Fabor Records Volume 1 1953-1956

01 - Jim Reeves & Ginny Wright - I Love You - 1953 Fabor 101
02 - Tom Beardon - Dance Gypsy Dance - 1953 Fabor 103 (Tagged wrong = Fabor 103)
03 - Billy Dee - Drinking Tequila - 1954 Fabor 104
04 - Shirley Bates - Carlos Ybarra - 1954 Fabor 106
05 - Shirley Bates - Eu-Cal-Y-P-Tus Tree - 1954 Fabor 106
06 - Jim Edward Brown - Rio De Janeiro - 1954 Fabor 107
07 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - Looking Back To See - 1954 Fabor 107
08 - Ginny Wright - Indian Moon - 1954 Fabor 110
09 - Ginny Wright - Your Eyes Feasted Upon Her - 1954 Fabor 110
10 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - Itsy Witsy Bitsy Me - 1954 Fabor 112
11 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - Why Am I Falling - 1954 Fabor 112
12 - Ginny Wright & Tom Tall - Are You Mine - 1954 Fabor 117
13 - Ginny Wright & Tom Tall - I've Got Somebody New - 1954 Fabor 117
14 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - Draggin' Main Street - 1955 Fabor 118
15 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - Here Today And Gone Tomorrow - 1955 Fabor 118 (Tagged wrong = Fabor 126)
16 - Vonnie Fritchie - Sugar Booger Avenue - 1954 Fabor 119
17 - Dusty Rose - The Birds And The Bees - 1955 Fabor 120
18 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - Do Memories Haunt You - 1955 Fabor 122
19 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - Jungle Magic - 1955 Fabor 122
20 - Lonnie Coleman & Jesse Robertson - Oh Honey - 1955 Fabor 124
21 - Tom Tall - Remembering You - 1955 Fabor 125
22 - Jim Edward Brown & Maxine Brown - You Thought I Thought - 1955 Fabor 126
23 - Dusty Rose - My Little King - 1955 Fabor 128
24 - The Abbott Singers - The Grass Is Green - 1955 Fabor 129
25 - The Abbott Singers - Lookin' On - 1955 Fabor 129
26 - Tom Tall & The Creel Sisters - Hot Rod Is Her Name - 1956 Fabor 132
27 - Ginny Wright - Where Were You - 1955 Fabor 133
28 - Ginny Wright - Whirlwind - 1955 Fabor 133 (1956)
29 - Dusty Rose - Hula Rock - 1956 Fabor 134



Fabor Vol1 HERE



Fabor Records Volume 2 1955-1958

01 - Ruckus Tyler - Rollin And A Rockin - 1956 Fabor 135
02 - Ruckus Tyler - Rock Town Rock - 1956 Fabor 135
03 - Bolean Barry - Long Sideburns - 1956 Fabor 137
04 - Dusty Rose - Yummy Yummy Yum - 1956 Fabor 138
05 - Tall & Ruckus Tyler - Don't You Know - 1956 Fabor 139
06 - Bill Bradley - Drunkards Diary - 1957 Fabor 141
07 - Bill Bradley - World Of Fallen Dreams - 1957 Fabor 141
08 - Ned Miller - Old Mother Nature & Old Father Time - 1957 Fabor 143
09 - Ned Miller - Roll O'Rollin' Stone - 1957 Fabor 143
10 - Delores Sharp & The Sky Boys - Sintoo - 1955 Fabor 4004 (1956)
11 - Larry Evans - Crazy 'Bout My Baby - 1955 Fabor 4008 (1956)
12 - Larry Evans - Junco Returns - 1955 Fabor 4009 (1956)
13 - The Abbott Sisters - We're Gonna Bop - 1955 Fabor 4003
14 - Thurl Ravenscroft & The Sky Boys - Mad Baby Mad - 1955 Fabor 4005
15 - Thurl Ravenscroft & The Sky Boys - Never Doubt My Love - 1955 Fabor 4005
16 - Larry Evans - Henpecked - 1956 Fabor 4008
17 - Larry Evans - What About Me - 1956 Fabor 4009
18 - Bonnie Guitar - If you See My Love Dancing - 1956 Fabor 4013
19 - Bonnie Guitar & Lee Gotch - Clinging Vine - 1956 Fabor 4017
20 - Bonnie Guitar - Big Mike - 1957 Fabor 4018
21 - Bonnie Guitar - Dark Moon - 1957 Fabor 4018
22 - Bobby Lee Trammell - I Sure Do Love You Baby - 1958 Fabor 4038
23 - Bobby Lee Trammell - Shirley Lee - 1958 Fabor 4038
24 - Norma & Linda - I Cried My Heart Out - 1958 Fabor 4039
25 - Norma & Linda - Stop! Right Here Where You Are - 1958 Fabor 4039
26 - Don Durant - Seal Rock - 1958 Fabor 4040

Fabor Vol. 2 HERE



Fabor Records Volume 3 1963-1964

01 - Ned Miller - From A Jack To A King - 1963 Fabor 114 (1st press (1957) 2nd issue (1962)
02 - Ned Miller - Parade Of Broken Hearts - 1963 Fabor 114
03 - Wade Ray - Burning Desire - 1963 Fabor 115
04 - Wade Ray - Two Red Red Lips - 1963 Fabor 115
05 - Ned Miller - One Among the Many - 1963 Fabor 116
06 - Fabor's Latin Beats - Diggie Diggie Doo - 1963 Fabor 119
07 - Ned Miller - Another Fool Like Me - 1963 Fabor 121
08 - Ned Miller - Magic Moon - 1963 Fabor 121
09 - Jim & Joe - Bimbo - 1963 Fabor 124
10 - Jim & Joe - Fireball Mail - 1963 Fabor 124
11 - Ned Miller - You Belong To My Heart - 1963 Fabor FLP 1001
12 - Ned Miller - Big Love - 1964 Fabor 125
13 - Ned Miller - Sunday Morning Tears - 1964 Fabor 125
14 - Bobby Lee Trammell - Uh Oh - 1964 Fabor 127
15 - Bobby Lee Trammell - You Mostest Girl - 1964 Fabor 127
16 - Ned Miller - Invisible Tears - 1964 Fabor 128
17 - Ned Miller - Old Restless Ocean - 1964 Fabor 128
18 - Diane Leigh - Little Boy Lost - 1964 Fabor 129
19 - Diane Leigh - Let Love Do The Talking - 1964 Fabor 129

Fabor Vol.3 HERE


Fabor Records Volume 4 1964-1966

01 - Yvonne Vaughn aka Donna Fargo - I'm Sorry For Hurting You - 1964 Fabor 132
02 - Yvonne Vaughn aka Donna Fargo - How Can They Know - 1964 Fabor 132
03 - Jon Rollins - How Could You - 1964 Fabor 133
04 - Jon Rollins - I Got Wheels - 1964 Fabor 133
05 - Bonnie Guitar - Long Live The King - 1964 Fabor 134
06 - Curtis Leach - Highway Man - 1964 Fabor 135
07 - Curtis Leach - Oklahoma, Home Of My Heart - 1964 Fabor 135
08 - Ned Miller - Dusty Guitar - 1965 Fabor 137
09 - Ned Miller - Do What You Do Do Well - 1965 Fabor 137
10 - Ned Miller - Lights In The Street - 1965 Fabor 139
11 - Don & Jerry & The Fugitives - I Can't Quit - 1965 Fabor 140
12 - Don & Jerry & The Fugitives - In The Cover Of Night - 1965 Fabor 140
13 - Delna Lee & The Fugitives - Big Man - 1965 Fabor 141
14 - Delna Lee & The Fugitives - One Year Today - 1965 Fabor 141
15 - Johnny Jackson - Magic Of Love - 1965 Fabor 142
16 - Johnny Jackson - Gone Away Party - 1965 Fabor 142
17 - The Blanches - For Pete's Sake Pete - 1965 Fabor 143
18 - Freddy Hampton - Press Me A Rose - 1965 Fabor 145
19 - Freddy Hampton - Read Them On A Rainy Day - 1965 Fabor 145
20 - Shirley Bates - Crimpton, Krompton, Canary Bridge - 1966 Fabor 146
21 - Johnny Russell - Making Plans - 1966 Fabor 147

Fabor Vol.4 HERE



Big Thanks here are the extras I have found to add to Wimakeler finds

1st Series Label as plain Fabor

Fabor (CA) 45 - 101 : Ginny Wright With Louisiana Hayride Band - I Want You Yes (You Want Me No) (1953)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 105 : Ginny Wright Hayride Band With Louisiana - My Chihuahua Dog (1954)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 105 : Ginny Wright With Louisiana Hayride Band - I Saw E'Sau (Kissing Mary Lou) (1954)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 114 : Ginny Wright - How To Get Married (1954)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 114 : Ginny Wright - Turn Around My Darling (1954)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 115 : Tom Tall - I Want To Walk With You (1954)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 119 : Vonnie Fritchie - There I Stood (To Throw Old Shoes & Rice) (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 120 : Dusty Rose - It Makes Me So Mad (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 121 : Ginny Wright & Tom Tall - Boom Boom Boomerang (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 123 : Tom Tall - Goldie Jo Malone (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 123 : Tom Tall - Underway (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 126 : Jim Edwards & Maxine Brown With Bonnie - Here Today & Gone Tomorrow (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 127 : Ginny Wright & Tom Tall - Come With Me (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 128 : Dusty Rose - She's Wearing Shorts (1955)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 138 : Dusty Rose With Fabor Robison String Music Band - Rockin' Maraccas (1956)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 139 : Tom Tall Ruckus Tyler With Fabor Robison String Music Band - If You Know What I Know (1956)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 144 : Wally Lewis - My Scrap Book (1957)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 144 : Wally Lewis - Red Light (1957)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 150 : Kirk Patrick - Castaway Heart (1958)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 150 : Kirk Patrick - Fall In Love (1958)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 207 : Jimmie Maddin & The Party Makers - Mashin' Grapes (1961)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 207 : Jimmie Maddin & The Party Makers - This Dance Is Mine (1961)

Fabor (CA) 45 - 187 : Myrna Lorrie - Moon Shy (1956)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 187 : Myrna Lorrie - Tears Amid the Laughter (1956)

4000 series

Fabor (CA) 45 - 4009 : Larry Evans - Junco Returns (1956)
Fabor (CA) 45 - 4010 : Fabor Robison & His String Band - Stop The Clock Rock (1956)

2nd Series Label as F'abor with a ' between F & A letter on label

F'abor (CA) 45 - 124 : Jim & Joe - Daisy Mae (1963) (2nd Press Only)
F'abor (CA) 45 - 138 : Bonnie Guitar - Leave The Weeping To The Willow Tree (1964)
F'abor (CA) 45 - 138 : Bonnie Guitar - Ra-Ta-Ta-Ta-Ta (& I Don't Love You Anymore) (1964)
F'abor (CA) 45 - 348 : Tony Treece & The Country Generation - Goldie Jo Malone
F'abor (CA) 45 - 348 : Tony Treece & The Country Generation - Mr. Bartender (I'm Living Again)
F'abor (CA) 45 - 359  : Ray Melton - Chicamauga Mountain (1973)

  Even More Fabor / F'abor (CA) HERE


As ever any corrections, additions, welcome!






1 comment:

  1. According to Mike Leadbitter et al "Blues Records 1943-1970"
    there is a Fabor 4001
    Larry Evans - Patricia / I'll Follow You
    Larry Evans aka James Wayne / Wee Willie Wayne

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