Hollywood Argyles // Larry Verne

White Doo Wop  b/w  Teen (Novelty songs)

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Coffeyville, Kansas, USA

Started in 1960


Discography  Hollywood Argyles

Hollywood Argyles

Birth name, Larry Wayne Stevens  aka Gary S. Paxton - Hollywood Argyles Years active 1959-2016

 Not. (Gary S. Paxton part of  Skip & Flip)

The Hollywood Argyles were an American musical ensemble, assembled for studio recordings by the producer and songwriter Kim Fowley and his friend and fellow musician Gary S. Paxton. They had a US number one hit record, "Alley Oop" (Lute Records 5905), in 1960.

"Alley Oop"

According to Paxton—who, at the time, was half of Skip & Flip —"Alley Oop" was written by Dallas Frazier as a country tune:

"As for the name, Kim Fowley and I were living in a $15-a-week room in Hollywood. ... Since I was still under contract (to Brent Records) as 'Flip,' I couldn't put my name on 'Alley Oop.' Seeing that the studio was on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Argyle Street, I decided on Hollywood Argyles. Other than myself, there were no actual Hollywood Argyles. Everyone else on the track was either a friend or a studio musician who I paid $25 apiece for the session. When 'Alley Oop' suddenly took off and people wanted to book us for concerts, there was no such group.   The "Alley Oop" session was produced by Fowley, who recalled that "all the participants were hopelessly drunk on cider by the time they recorded the song." According to some reports, the lead vocalist on the track "Alley Oop" is Norm Davis, although the voice on the record has been identified as a match with other recordings sung by Paxton from the same era, such as "Spookie Movies.   According to Paxton, the group consisted of Ronnie Silico on drums, Gaynel Hodge on piano, Harper Cosby on bass, and Sandy Nelson (of "Teen Beat" fame) playing percussion on tambourine and a garbage can. Nelson also provided background screams in the song. The background singers included Dallas Frazier, Buddy Mize, Scott Turner, and a woman named Diane.

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Original release LUTE L-5905 (US) 05/1960 ; This release, re-issue on Eric 298 [1986]

Alley-Oop - 1960  b/w   Mr. Custer - 1960

Alley-Oop - 1960

Larry Verne

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Born Feb. 8, 1936; Died Oct. 8, 2013 (aged 77), Sylmar, California


Discography Larry Verne

Birth name, Larry Vern Erickson aka Larry Verne

Years active 1960-1963

Larry Vern Erickson (February 8, 1936 – October 8, 2013) was an American novelty song vocalist.


Verne recorded two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart hit singles in 1960, "Mister Livingston" (No. 75) and "Mr. Custer" (No. 1, and No. 9 R&B). "Mr. Custer" was written by Fred Darian, Al De Lory, and Joe Van Winkle. The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc. In the UK, "Mr. Custer" was successfully covered by Charlie Drake. "Mr. Custer" was featured on an album of novelty songs recorded by Verne called Mister Larry Verne, which was released that same year. After growing tired of the music industry, Verne quit to become a successful builder of Hollywood film sets, which he did for 35 years before retiring.

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Original release ERA 3024 (US) 1960 ; This release, re-issue on Eric 298 [1986]

Alley-Oop - 1960   b/w   Mr. Custer - 1960

Mr. Custer - 1960


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