"The greatest and most elusive legend of
modern subterranean rhythm n' blues!" - Nick Tosches
T. VALENTINE WILL BE LIVE IN CHICAGO on JUNE 7th, 2013 for a
NORTON RECORDS BENEFIT!
(For more info Click the picture above!)
EVERY DAY IS VALENTINE'S DAY AT NORTON RECORDS!
It can be for you too! Just play any platter of your favorite Val! Don't have any? Check out his records below!
T. VALENTINE - HELLO, LUCILLE, ARE YOU A LESBIAN? LP (280)
(Norton 280) Finally, the complete long lost works of elusive cult hero T. Valentine, whose playful rant "Hello Lucille Are You A Lesbian" on his own Val label catapulted him into infamy overnight! But long before his hit, T. Valentine was recording his own renegade brand of off-kilter Chicago R&B/soul bag raunch ranging from his flame hot 1960 stunner "Teenage Jump" to the social commentary of "Massius Ray" and the big town upset of "Black Power". Enter the uniquely sensational world of this enigmatic legend, who continues to entertain and astound. T. Valentine tells is like it is, from the hip and with a beat. Superb packaging, massive killer notes by top writer/Valentine enthusiast Nick Tosches!
Teenage Jump / Little Lu-Lu Frog / Betty Sue / Do The Do / Massius Ray / Betty Sue / Black Power Part One / Black Power Part Two / Hello Lucille Are You A Lesbian? / Betty Sue / I Want You To Have My Baby / Wake Up Wake Up Black Man / Shake Your Funky A-s-s / The Vampire Radio Spot
T. VALENTINE WITH DADDY LONG LEGS – THE VAMPIRE LP (387)
(Norton 387) The Hello Lucille Are You A Lesbian king is back from parts unknown with a frantic new album that defies all description! Featuring Norton newest sensations Daddy Long Legs on rumblin' R&B instrumentation, the legendary Chicago soul screamer delivers the insanest, rawest collection of evil ass twisted genre-manglin' blues EVER! Crossover, MY FOOT! Dig The Vampire, Shake Your Funky A-S-S, The Death Of Betty Sue, Gravediggers, Cell Phone and mo'! Be sure to pick up a souvenir cell phone and autographed limited edition posters at the Norton merch shop! THE VAMPIRE is also available on CD for camping trips and automotive use.
Young Girls, Young Girls / Bald Headed Benny / Shake Your Funky A-S-S / Cell Phone / Why You Leave Me / You So Fine / Please Don’t Freeze / I Want You To Have My Baby /The Vampire / The Death Of Betty Sue / Gravediggers
T. VALENTINE - HELLO LUCILLE ARE YOU ALESBIAN? / LITTLE LU-LU FROG (094)
(45-094) Enter the astonishing world of T. Valentine via this seven incher which pairs his saucy hit sensation with a lost 1960 Chicago killer! Fully converted, you will then require the full length majesty of Norton LP or CD 280!
Buy the 7-inch here!
T. VALENTINE - NOVELTY PHONE
Promotional novelty sipper phone which doubles for "Cell Phone" and also "Hello, Lucille". Black plastic water bottle in the shape of an old school cordless telephone. Very limited.
Buy your T. Valentine Cell phone Here!
T. VALENTINE - FRIARS CLUB POSTER
May 2012 Friars Club, NYC Glorious poster for T Valentine's fabulous show with Daddy Long Legs at the revered Friars Club. Design: Pat Broderick. (12x 18 hard stock, mails flat) Only 100 made. These are last remining copies and they are autographed!
Buy it Here!
READ MORE ABOUT T. VALENTINE:
Thurmon Valentine was born in West Helena, Arkansas in 1932. Inspired by Sonny Boy Williamson's "King Biscuit Time" show on KKFA, Thurmon moved to Chicago in 1950 to make music and become a performer. From 1957 to 1959 he created and performed a live show called "The Vampire" in clubs with three female co-stars out of his love for "old vampire pictures, Lugosi and all those guys." He met up with Detroit Junior of the Cadillac Baby Show Lounge at 4708 Dearborn Street in Chicago. Detroit Junior had a small record company called Bea & Baby and released T. Valentine's first hot singles around 1960. Soon afterwards T. Valentine started his own label VAL Records in 1962. From there he released his own singles "Do the Do" and "Betty Sue," and both of his versions of "Black Power," as well as recordings from other artists. After divorcing his wife Lucille he decided to get back at her by recording the song "Lucille Are You A Lesbian," inspired by Josie Cotton's "Johnny Are You Queer." Val Records pressed 200 copies. It has become a rare and sought out 45. Most likely Lucille never heard it, but the song has become a cult favorite among lesbians.
Trivia: The phone number he uses in the song when he calls Lucille was the number for his label, VAL Records. This song is on the "Romancin' Side" of Volume 3 of THE BIG ITCH, a collection of strange rockabilly songs.
- from his Myspace page.
MORE T. VALENTINE LINKS!