THE BIG LAND
(A Russian Teenager)
|Recorded on the first day of Thanksgiving
vacation, November 1964 at Ray Vernon's basement
studio, Accokeek, MD. (Known to guitarist Link Wray
fans as the "Wray Farm." Link had a small white
bungalow nearby called "The Shack." Photos of these
buildings can be seen on the Link Wray website.
Ray Vernon, nee Vernon Wray, is Link's brother.)
Philadelphia's Swan Records was owned by Tony Mammarella,
first producer of Dick Clark's American Bandstand.
"Ivan" came in third on new "Record Races"
at WEEM Radio in D.C. (The Four Seasons and Leslie
Gore were first and second!)
MAY 7, 1965
First Juniata College
|Our second single was recorded in April '65 again
at Ray Vernon's. "What Did She Wear" was written
after Juniata's Homecoming Dance in the Fall of
'64. B side: "Our Summer Love" Steve Herr played
drums. Both singles were with soprano Sue Judy.
LP "Man Against Man" was recorded one night between
8:00 PM and 2:00 AM in the spring of '66 at Vernon's.
John Russell's bass was added later.
Man Against Man/ Soft Summer Nights/ Reach Out/
Sing Ye All Hosanna/ Wild, Wild World/ First of
July/ Ivan. Pat Dove, soprano with the exception
of Sue Judy on Ivan.
Opening night at 'Salut', the new Juniata College Coffee House.
- February 1966
from the Juniata College Bulletin
a quarterly publication of Juniata
College, Huntingdon, PA
NEW CENTURY SINGERS ADD JC
A folk singing group of nien students has become Juniata College's most-sought-after entertainers. The New Century Singers have appeared before all types of audiences with a program of folk, semi-popular, comedy, novelty and social satire in an imaginative, alert and modern approach.
The Singers recently cut their second record under
the Swan label. Their most reent honor came at Waynesboro,
PA, when they won first place in a Hootenany sponsored
by the Waynesboro Rotary Club. They also placed
second in the InterCollegiate Musical competition
at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. More than
85 per cent of the Singers concert is original.
| Summer 1965
NEW CENTURY SINGERS ARE HIT
One of the most impressive receptions ever given a Juniata College entertainment group was displayed May Day-Alumni weekend when the New Century Singers "brought down the house" with their blend of serious folk tunes and comedy acts.
Climaxing an evening of entertainment, "The Singers" bowed to a standing ovation from the student-dominated jammed Oller Hall. Their presentation was one of the most "tremendous" of the many given throughout the year at college, community and school gatherings.
Thus far the Singers have cut two records and look forward to continuing their production in the fall. The only member leaving the group will be Susanne Judy who was graduated in June.