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Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg

GUEST,Guest - Lin 30 Apr 10 - 05:34 PM
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Subject: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Guest - Lin
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 05:34 PM

Does anyone remember a folk singer from the 1960's called, June Bugg?
I have one LP and it may be the only record she ever made.
I cannot seem to find anything about her and if she did record any other records? What became of her? She had a really nice voice and of course an unusual name. Don't know if that was her real name or not but that is the name on the folk album from around the mid-60's.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: DebC
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 07:08 PM

I do I do I do!!!!! I have wondered about her for years as it was through her that I first heard all the usual folk songs: All My Trials, Blow The Candle Out, etc.

I must have been about 4 or 5 years old when my Mom brought that LP home and I wore the thing out listening to it.

I have mentioned her in another thread http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=75122#1834698 and no one seems to know what ever happened to her.

Glad you brought her up, Lin.

Debra Cowan


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Guest - Lin
Date: 01 May 10 - 01:14 AM

Debra:

Glad to hear from someone who knew of June Bugg. Do you still have the album? I have mine somewhere.....not sure where as I have some records in boxes in a storage unit. You'd think with a name like June Bugg, you would have heard something more about her but I could never find any information. Did your mother bring home a lot of folk records when you were little? Many obscure ones like June Bugg?

Lin


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Joeboy
Date: 31 Dec 11 - 10:24 PM

She sounded so like Joan Baez I always wondered if someone hadn't just ripped off some Baez tracks and repackaged them with a made up name.

Pretty odd in this day of the inet for a performer to have left absolutely no trail beyond the album itself. And then, the initials are the same.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Jan 12 - 07:00 AM

Google as somw downloads from her Album


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: maeve
Date: 01 Jan 12 - 07:24 AM

And eBay has some of her albums for sale.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: DebC
Date: 01 Jan 12 - 05:56 PM

And June Bugg re-surfaces. Thanks for the head's up on the LPs, Maeve. I may just spend the $5 and buy one, if only for nostalgia's sake.

Deb


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Guest - Lin
Date: 02 Oct 12 - 01:03 AM

I posted a thread a few years ago asking about June Bugg, an Ameican folk singer who had one LP out in the 60's. Read through all the other posted messages after I posted my message, so just thought I would bring it up again as it has been a few years now. Still interested to find out if anyone at this time has heard anything else
about this folk singer? I do have the one LP as I mentioned in first thread. Thank you. She had lovely voice!


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Bettynh
Date: 02 Oct 12 - 07:53 PM

Available as a mp3 download from Amazon


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Warwick Slade
Date: 03 Oct 12 - 10:56 AM

Joeboy may have a point. A June Bug is a beetle and the LP came out just as the Beatles hit America. I love a conspiracy theory.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,David 2002
Date: 29 Oct 13 - 12:36 PM

There is currently a young artist named Jake Bugg whose parents were musicians. Although the name of the mother isn't mentioned, that could be his mother. Just a thought.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 02 Nov 13 - 08:42 PM

It would be nice to have some biographical information
for the many performers who appeared during the folk scare.

I've found nothing about June Bugg, other than a mention in
BILLBOARD Nov 16, 1963 indicating she had signed an exclusive
contract with GEORGE ALPERT, president of MOUNT VERNON MUSIC.

The Guitarist on her album, and it's various incarnations,
is "Howard David." There is a Howard David who is listed as
co author with Ronny Lee of "Mofr Folk Strums for Guitar" published
by SAM FOX Publishing. It included a   7" instructional disc.
Anyone know if it is the same person? Still around?? perhaps he would have information about June Bugg.....

The album was released on the PALACE label, which was
a subsiiary of Buckingham Records address given as 500 Fifth Avenue.,
which may indicate it was part of RECORD HUNTER Store and/or Remington/Continental Records.

George Alpert was also associated with BUCKINGHAM.

PALACE M-757/PST-757 Hootenanny Folk Festival
The Increduble Voice of June Bugg
Howard David, guitar
liner notes: George Alpert
A1   Copper Kettle 2:51   
A2   Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child 2:08   
A3   Lord Lovel 2:16   
A4   All My Trials 3:58   
A5   Blow The Candle Out 2:08                                  -
A6   Kumbaya 2:39
B1   House Of The Rising Sun Blues 2:09                         -   
B2   Darling Corey   1:35
B3   Many Thousands Gone 1:45 [No More Auction Block]
B4   Jesse James 2:37                                           -
B5   Every Night When The Sun Goes In 3:21   
B6   Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You 2:50   

timings taken form mp3 download version availabe
at Amazon and CDUniverse. Track sequence varies.

Her recordings were also released on the following - information
is from record labels and catalog entries - I do not have the recording to verify the accuracy of this information.

PALACE 771 NINA SIMONE
according to 1965 Billboard report on "misrepresentoors" and
suit against Buckingham filed by the NY Assistant Attorney General,
the track PORGY is by June Bugg.
A1 Porgy

PALACE 802 NINA SOMONE The Second Album
A3 House of the Rising Sun
A4 Darling Corey
A5 Many Thousands Gone
B1 Copper Kettle
B2 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
B3 Lord Lovel
B4 All My Trials
B6 Kumbaya
"Sassy" June Bugg & Howard David, guitar

VERNON V-523 In The Summer of His Years - JFK tribute
A1 In The Summer of his Years
A5 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
B2 Soldier Man
B4 Waken from Thy Slumber

DO NOT KNOW WHICH TRACKS by which performer on the following:
PALACE (Continental) M-769 IN THE SUMMER OF HIS YEARS
Hettie London with the Castle Guitars
June Bugg with Howard David, guitar.
A1 In The Summer Of His Years
A2 Many Thousands Gone
A3 Every Night When The Sun Goes In
A4 Darling Corey
A5 I'm Gonna Leave You
B1 Copper Kettle
B2 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
B3 Lord Lovel
B4 All My Trials
B5 Kumbaya


Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Duffy Kimble
Date: 23 Jan 14 - 05:28 PM

As far as I can tell, there is just the one LP by June Bugg, and no other recordings that have been published. I don't get the confusion with Nina Simone, having the folk music tracks credited to her.
This woman couldn't have just vanished into the ether, she probably recorded under a alias.
Somebody out there needs to tell the story.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Elmore
Date: 23 Jan 14 - 08:40 PM

Sounds more like Ronnie Gilbert than Joan Baez to me. Interesting that her initials are JB though.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 24 Jan 14 - 03:21 PM

Does anyone have the IN THE SUMMER OF HIS YEARS album on PALACE label?
Perhaps you can tell us which tracks are by JUNE BUGG (many of the titles appear in her album, and the Vernon album)...

The VERNON JFK Tribute contains 3 titles credited to Bugg which are
NOT on her album.

Any further information?

Has anyone found anything about her accompanist HOWARD DAVID ???

Thanks!
Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Georges Dodds
Date: 26 Feb 15 - 11:48 AM

There's a 'June Bugg' who recently (2014) appeared at a Paris (France) Folk Festival: http://photoliveouestgrosplan.blogspot.ca/2014/06/tres-belle-edition-du-paris-folk.html


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 26 Feb 15 - 02:23 PM

Post by Guest Georges Dodds about a "June Bugg" in Paris France folk festival is not the same person. The one who appeared in the folk festival is June Bug (one "g" in last name and is a very young woman who appears to be in her 20's. Not the same person. June Bugg the American folk singer would probably be in her 70's now.

Thanks just the same - so still looking for June Bugg - American folk singer with one album released in the 1960's.

Has anyone found anything about her accompanist Howard David?


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Nanci
Date: 27 Feb 15 - 01:49 AM

Wow! Surprised to see the posts here about a singer that I didn't think too many people have heard of. I have the LP of June Bugg too. Nice album, very good singer! Somebody must know of her whereabouts - the album is from the 1960's as other guests have mentioned.

I too looked up the June Bug in folk festival in Paris in 2014. That is definitely not June Bugg. The singer in Paris has only one "g" in her name and way too young to be the June Bugg that guests on this thread are looking for. June Bugg (wonder if that was even her real name?) is American and LP came out in the 1960s' My guess too is that June Bugg would be in her 70's.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 27 Feb 15 - 10:16 PM

Does anyone know her accompanist HOWARD DAVID ????

Anyone able to answer any of the questions raised in my
previous post ???

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Mysha
Date: 28 Feb 15 - 08:45 AM

Hi,

Palace 771 is titled: Nina Simone Sings Porgy - With The Village Allstars. (Apparently, that's to be read as "Simone with the Allstars on the same record", not as "Simone with the Allstars on the same song".)

Billboard 11 Sep 1965 has a bit about the drive against 'Misrepresenters', where they mention Nina Simone, June Bugg and Porgy. However, they are writing about "Sings Porgy" and "Second Album" as if there's only one album. Hence, I'm not sure the claims that Simone doesn't sing Porgy and that it's Bugg singing are indeed supposed to be taken together.

Apart from 2 versions of "The incredible voice", Freegal lists her for the albums "Girls with Guitars", "Acoustic Folk Generation Songs" and "Folk Music Masters". I don't think they give access to the covers for more information, though. Still, for someone with the right library card, this might be a way to listen to the songs.

Other than that, Deb mentions having heard her in earlier days, but she already said as much above, some time ago.

Bye,
                                                                Mysha


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 10 Aug 15 - 06:50 PM

ANOTHER album with cuts by June Bugg:

VERNON 522 DOMINIQUE
June Bugg & Brother Pierre with The Singing Nuns
A Lyrical Masterpiece in French and English.

Obviously a attempt to cash-in on the popularity of
the SOEUR SOURIR album.

The liner notes (George Alpert) indicate June Bugg sings the following:
A1 Dominique
A2 The Little Soldier Man
A3 I'll Tend My Sheep
A5 Waken My Fair One From Thy Slumber
A6 Aupres Me Blonde

The remaining songs on the album are not mentioned
in the liner notes.

Brother Pierre is mentioned:
"Brother Pierre is an extremely able pianist and organist,
with wide range and virtuosity. ...His interpretation
coincides so very closely with June's...."

The remaining selections on the album:
A4 The Three Lovely Ladies
B1 Cantate Domino
B2 If The Lord Does Not Build The House (Psalm 26)
B3 Oh God of Lovliness
B4 Jesu Benigne
B5 Ave Maria
B6 O Lord Most Merciful

I have not heard the album, so cannot identify
June Bugg's accompaniment, nor if track A4 is her.
I GUESS that side B is "The Singing Nuns" - also
unverified.

ARE THERE MORE JUNE BUGG performances out there ??
Anyone have any leads to getting some information
about this singer ???

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Brakn
Date: 11 Aug 15 - 04:46 AM

No relation to Jake Bugg.

There was/is a Howard David who wrote guitar tutorials; some under the name of Juan Grecos.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 12:40 AM

I'm still trying to find out if June Bugg (American folk singer from the 1960's) is still around (and apparently no relation to British folk singer Jake Bugg)
There just does not seem to be much information out there as to what ever happened to her and if she ever had more then the one LP (solo)
that was released in the 1960's. I do have the one LP with a close up of her face on the cover.

If anyone has any information as to what happened to her or what area of USA she lived, would be appreciated.

I don't even know if June Bugg was her real name or not.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Brakn
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 05:57 AM

There doesn't seem to be any mention of her anywhere after that album which would make me think that it wasn't her real name or she got married.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: The Sandman
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 06:49 AM

could she have taken religious orders


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 10:34 PM

The Howard David lead is interesting -
In addition to the MORE FOLK STRUMS FOR GUITAR mentioned above,
he edited WORLD CLASSICS FOR THE GUITAR (1965, 1968) Herk Favilla
Publications (I guess this is associated with FAVILLA guitars, now
inactive).
As JUAN De GRECOS he wrote THE FLAMENCO GUITAR (Sam Fox, 1973).
I've also heard from one of his students that he was associated
with GATO NEGRO instrument string manufacturer, and moved to Spain
in 1965.
Anyone with knowledge or connections to any of these companies
might be able to locate Howard David if he is still around.
Anyone have any ideas on how to pursue these paths ????

Also thought I'd re-cap the JUNE BUGG recordings:
ONE album:
PALACE M/PST-757 HOOTENANNY FOLK FESTIVAL
Additional tracks NOT in Palace 757 in:
VERNON 522 DOMINIQUE
VERNON 523 JFK TRIBUTE
PALACE 769 JFK In The Summer of His Years

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 13 Aug 15 - 06:45 AM

If anyone is interested there is something by her on Spotify


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 13 Aug 15 - 03:14 PM

One of the leads I've been researching has just come to a dead end -
At the time George Alpert signed June Bugg, he also signed Phil Lucas. I hoped Lucas might be located, and have information about
June Bugg - alas, we will never know.
With thanks to Laurie Lee at KCTS in Seattle for pointing me to his
obituary. He had a most interesting life so I've copied it here.

Best wishes, Thomas.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/phil-lucas-films-told-real-stories-of-native-people/


THE SEATTLE TIMES
THE SEATTLE TIMES
| Obituaries

Phil Lucas
Originally published February 7, 2007 at 12:00 am | Updated February 7, 2007 at 7:23 am

By Ashley Bach

On movie and television screens, where Native Americans were often portrayed as primitive warriors or passive sidekicks, Phil Lucas stood tall.

While the Issaquah filmmaker was one of the first American Indians to find national acclaim behind the camera, he wasn't interested in just shattering stereotypes. He showed Native people as they really were — their struggles and successes in a country that is still coming to grips with its history.

Mr. Lucas died Sunday (Feb. 4) after developing complications from heart surgery. At the age of 65, he had written, directed or produced more than 100 films, TV series and documentaries — and touched thousands of lives.

Lucas taught film at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. For the past eight years, he was a film instructor at Bellevue Community College (BCC), where he founded an American Indian Film Festival in 2003, providing a welcome forum for Indian filmmakers.

His students are working around the country. "He was the kind of guy who you wanted to run back to and tell about your success," said Travis Sterner, who runs a film-production company in Bellevue.

Mr. Lucas won an Emmy in 1994 for co-directing "The Native Americans" on TBS, did several projects for PBS and was honored at several film festivals.

One of his most memorable films was "The Honour of All," which tells how the Alkali Lake band of Indians in British Columbia overcame decades of alcohol abuse. Their village was 100 percent alcoholic in the 1960s but was almost entirely sober 20 years later, said Gary Robinson, Lucas' production partner and close friend.

The film "was the most powerful thing you'd ever want to see," Robinson said.

Mr. Lucas was born in Phoenix, and as a young Choctaw he saw signs posted in rural towns reading, "No dogs or Indians allowed." Such early prejudice helped inspire his film career, Robinson said.

"He worked toward racial equality in any way he could." He received a visual-communications degree from Western Washington University and traveled the world before settling in Issaquah. He was a musician in New York, an advertising agent in Honduras and a freelance photographer in Nicaragua, where he lived through the 1972 earthquake that devastated the capital city of Managua.

He's "probably lived his life more than any 90-year-old," said his son, Jessy Lucas, of Issaquah.

With boundless energy, Mr. Lucas juggled his film projects, teaching, family and an active role in the Issaquah chapter of the Baha'i faith. He "was fierce as a father and protector," and helped a long line of friends with advice, shelter and guidance, Robinson said.

Other survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Lucas; sons Josh of Tacoma and Jason of Seattle; and daughters Amra Lucas of Seattle and Sara Lucas of Issaquah. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the BCC Carlson Theatre, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue.

Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567 or abach@seattletimes.com


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Duffy Kimble
Date: 29 Oct 20 - 04:07 PM

There is no useful information about his singer. I think she’s using a pseudonym. We need some investigation to tell this story and find out who she really is and what happened to her.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Oct 20 - 11:36 PM

Betty's link to Amazon mp3 files doesn't work now but I found one listing via Alibris:

Hootenany Folk Festival by June Bugg

Back to Amazon and there is a photo of the album in the listing, where they have 7 used for sale.

Hootenanny Folk Festival: The Incredible Voice of June Bugg

Palace Records #757. Tracks: copper kettle - sometimes I feel like a motherless child - lord lovel - all my trials - blow the candle out - kumbaya - house of the rising sun blues - darling corey - many thousands gone - jesse james - every night when the sun goes in - babe, I'm gonna leave you

Here is the June Bugg information linked around through Amazon.

Here is the Howard David information that Amazon has listed.

I did a Google image search on the album cover and came up with this result:

Google Search image title "June Bugg Vinyl"


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 30 Oct 20 - 11:36 PM

To Stilly River Sage,

I just read through your post about June Bugg recordings.
I do have the one LP of June Bugg but didn't know about the other two LP'S that she appears on.


I tried to enlarge the picture of the LP, "In the Summer of this year,
Tribute to John F. Kennedy to see the songs she sings but even though I could enlarge the image a bit on my Tablet, it was still too blurry to read what the songs are. So if you are able to read the songs on your device, could you please post again as to what songs she sings on this album?

Also, do you know what songs she sings on the "Dominque, A lyrical
Masterpiece in French & English" LP?
Are the songs that she sings in French or English?

Thank you,
Lin


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Oct 20 - 01:22 AM

I'll tackle that detective work tomorrow if someone else hasn't beaten me to it by then. I'm glad that entry was helpful.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 31 Oct 20 - 02:47 AM

Thank you Stilly River Sage.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 01 Nov 20 - 10:16 PM

Lin, have you read my posts ??

Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: leeneia
Date: 01 Nov 20 - 11:44 PM

You can hear June Bugg on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXZt3BvplSw&list=PLPDuMl6eYoAzH1Qtd40m7tV10F90ehly0

She doesn't sound like Joan Baez.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Hank Davis
Date: 15 Nov 20 - 02:34 PM

I just stumbled upon this thread today. It looks like several of you have been searching for June Bug for quite a few years. I can take some of the mystery out of this. June Bug was an alias. She was married to George Alpert, who owned all of the labels she recorded for, such as Palace and MVM. George was a fascinating guy. I recorded several albums for him back in the sixties and learned a lot about the record business just by being around him. He was a master of creative, if not always honest, packaging. That confusing substitution of June and Nina Simone is one example. Another is June recording a multi-tracked cover album as the “ choir of nuns” in order to capitalize on a big hit of the day called Dominique. June was no more a nun than I was. With the exception of Folk Art records, which I cut two albums for, every one of these companies that George owned were what used to be called “budget LP” companies. The albums sold for $0.99 so nobody was real picky about them if they weren't quite what you expected. It was all sort of a game to George and he had lots of fun doing it. I'm sure June (I don't remember her real name) had fun playing along with him, as did I.
         I hope this helps.
Hank Davis


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Nov 20 - 02:55 PM

if she was married to george alpert her married name was june alpert.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Hank Davis
Date: 15 Nov 20 - 04:12 PM

Yes, that would be correct if her first name were actually June. But there is no guarantee of that. The entire name “ June Bugg” was probably an alias. I probably met her in the office one day but I honestly have no recollection of what her real first name was.

Junebugs or June bugs are a prolific and well-known beetle found in the southern and south-eastern United States. Chances are if she was using "bug" as the last name that "June" wasn't real either.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 15 Nov 20 - 09:30 PM

Hello Hank,

Do you by chance know of any of musicians who worked with her on the album? I have the one solo album she recorded but would love to find other songs she recorded on other albums.
It would be great to be ableto contact her, even if through someone who knows her. I just loved her voice! I thought she was very, very talented!


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: The Sandman
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 03:10 AM

there must be a record of alperts marriage where did he have his studios and where did he live there must have been a census


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Hank Davis
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 11:02 AM

The only thing I can tell you about the Alpert’s marriage is that they had a Bedlington Terrier named Misty. George occasionally wrote liner notes for albums & signed them “ Misty Bedlington.” I remember the first time he did that, he couldn't wait to tell me the next time I came into the office. I believe they lived in Mount Vernon, New York, in Westchester County. I know that's where his office was. In fact if it matters I could probably dig out the street address and telephone number, even after all these years.
         If you're serious about looking up records of their marriage, I can tell you that I met George in 1963 and he seemed “old” to me. That probably meant he was in his forties :-) So maybe they got married 10 years before that. You can do the math.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: The Sandman
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 12:11 PM

Hank ,that has been very helpful, thanks


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: DebC
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 12:33 PM

Wow. Thank you, Hank. She was the FIRST folk singer I heard and she made quite an impression. I might have been 4 or 5 at the time and I suspect that the 99 cents price was what convinced my Mom to purchase this album. Eventually, I learned every song on that album and this was before I started playing guitar. I always wondered what happened to her. When anyone asks me who was my first inspiration for folk singing I always tell them June Bugg.

Deb Cowan


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Hank Davis
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 01:35 PM

That's absolutely lovely, Deb. I'm sure that “June,” if she's still among us, would get a big kick out of hearing that. George, too, would enjoy knowing that his creative merchandising actually had an impact on impressionable listeners at the time.
I think that some of George's exploits would make fascinating reading today and a glimpse into an era of the record business that existed 60 years ago. I'd be happy to write up such an article if I had any idea of where to publish it.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 08:56 PM

Hello Hank Davis,
Thanks - your information may produce some results!!!

Billboard early 1960's carried advert:
OPPORTUNITY POP QUAL.I-
fied Salesmen. Handle outstanding line
of promotional budget LPs. Good salary
plus commission, expenses, bonus ar*
ranscmcnts, etc. Write or call George
Alpert. Buckingham Records. 630 9th
Ave.. N. Y. JU 2-0670.

Cheers, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 09:46 PM

Hank: You could help me settle an old Discogs mystery. Does/did "your" George Alpert look anything like this guy:

Photo caption:
“GRAND G+W TOUR – Cash Box president and published George Alpert (r.) paid a visit to the Gulf * Western world headquarters building which houses Famous Music Corp. Pubbery's president Bill Gallagher gave
Alpert a tour of the corporations offices.”
[Cash Box, 20 June 1970, p.24 ]

Caption:
“George Albert (1 of 1)
The Sylvers visiting the Los Angeles offices of Cashbox music trade magazine (Foster Sylvers, George Albert - President and publisher of Cashbox Magazine, Angie Sylvers)”
[IMDB: George Albert]

The same fellow (methinks) appears under Discogs' "Albert George" profile (Bonnevilles, Harmonaires &c) as well which (methinks2) is just plain wrong. The Mount Vernon George also has credits under both Alpert and Albert.

"B" is correct for the Cash Box George but probably not for the references to the Apollo Records accountant linked to him. Fun times huh?


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 09:50 PM

Display advert:

“Contact Sam Kline or Norm Wieland
MVM International, Inc.
120 East Sanford Blvd.
Mount Vernon, N.Y.
914-MO 4-9233”
[Billboard, 24 Aug 1963, p.18]

Also: One of the many record labels showed: 33 Sanford Blvd.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 10:09 PM

Trivia: June Bugg labelmate artist 'Rusty Evans' was the one-and-only Polish-Russian-American psychedelic country folk rocker & graphic artist Marcus Uzilevsky.

Artist-musician Marcus Uzilevsky, aka Rusty Evans, dies at 78 (2015)


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: GUEST,Hank Davis
Date: 17 Nov 20 - 12:39 PM

To Phil: “My” George is not the guy in the 1970 Cashbox photo. That was easy.   
    I also noticed looking into this a little further, that when George packaged some of June's tracks with the two by Nina Simone, he nicknamed June “Sassy.” June had no such nickname. That was simply a marketing ploy to get you to confuse her with Sarah Vaughan, whose nickname was indeed Sassy. it was just one more subliminal cue to lure in the unsuspecting buyer.
        I also noticed that there was overlap between tracks on the original folk album issued under June's name and the Nina Simone album. George’s thinking, and he was entirely correct, is that there was unlikely to be overlap between those two markets.


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Subject: RE: Folk singer from the 1960's - June Bugg
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 18 Nov 20 - 07:46 PM

Hi Hank Davis,
Which albums did you record ? Folk Art ??
Do ou know anything about Howard David who accompanied June Bugg -
curious same initials HD....

Just found this post - anyone know how to reach Alpert's son/daughter ??
http://scratchyattic.blogspot.com/2015/02/sonny-osborne-as-stanley-alpine_12.html
Stanley Alpine pseudonym for Sonny Osborne recordings....

Unknown said...
The Stanley Alpine mystery is solved. My father was George Alpert and his the Palace and Buckingham labels were his. They were budget albums. Stanley Alpein was a childhood nickname and my dad used it as kind of a joke. We can all rest now...

April 21, 2020 at 9:13 PM


Thomas.


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