Thursday, December 21, 2006

Have a Great (Colgems) Holiday

To all of you who have made this blog so successful during the past nine months, I wish you the best during this holiday season.

Larry Lapka

Friday, December 15, 2006


As promised, here is where to find the entire Sajid Khan album. I had to spread it out, but everything is now available.

Here is where to obtain the tracks:

For the You Send It files, simply paste the address into your browser, click, and follow the instructions.

This is my holiday present to you, the visitors to the Colgems blog, and to all the members of my pertinent Yahoo groups.


Larry Lapka

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Oliver Soundtrack

I have posted the Oliver soundtrack at Theme With No Name http:// and Music Rewind sites.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Meet Colgems Artist Alex Keenan

Alex Keenan recorded two singles for the Colgems label and placed a song on the "Otley" soundtrack.

The Scottish singer (not Welsh, as I had erroneously reported) was living in London when he recorded Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield’s "One Day Of Your Life," which was a huge hit in Hawaii and was later recorded by Andy Williams.

"I was also one of the staff writers for Colgems at the time I was recording for them," he recalled. Jack McGraw was the managing director (U.K.) at that time, and I got a few of my own songs on the album ["Alex Keenan," which was later released on Trim Records (TLP5100)] as well as a couple of numbers written by Richard Kerr who wrote "Mandy" for Barry Manilow."

When "One Day Of Your Life" took off in Hawaii, Keenan said the label wanted him to go to the 50th state to promote the record, "but I would not have been paid any money for the three week trip, so Jack McGraw advised me, as I had just got married, to wait and see how the second release did."

His next release, another Sedaka/Greenfield song called "Your Heart’s Not In Your Love," did not have the impact of the first song, so Keenan never made it to Hawaii, which he lists as "big regret."

Keenan subsequently appeared many times on radio in Europe with a number of different bands, and ATV Music got a singing group together called Rain which he said had some success in the U.K.

He was doing a lot of session singing until his marriage broke up and He left London, moving to West Yorkshire, where he spent 20 years singing as a solo artist in clubs and bars.

As far as his work on the Colgems label, he said, "I have tried for ages myself to find out if there are any royalties sitting somewhere that are due to me."

However, like others who have sought out the Colgems catalog for one reason or another, he has run into numerous brick walls trying to find out.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Next Colgems Post

I can't tell you what the next Colgems LP post will be on on or about December 15, but I will tell you it fits into the holiday theme perfectly.