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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Twenty Years of Norton Records

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Miriam Linna

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Bruce Bennett & Billy Miller

Here are three members of the A Bones, a long-lived Brooklyn-based rock n roll band spearheaded by Billy Miller and Miriam Linna, who also head up the venerable Norton Records. Norton is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and recently had an audio party on the last of the real free-form radio stations, WFMU.

Norton has been putting out quality records ever since I relocated to NYC from my LA-London rotation. I think of the label as the soundtrack to my adult life.

One of the cool series they've released is 7" split singles of current bands covering classic Rolling Stones songs. One of the bands contributing to this is Memphis's Knaughty Knights, featuring one Jack Yarber/Oblivian pictured below with Billy at this year's Ponderosa Stomp, which took place in Memphis.

Billy Miller & Jack O

Over the summer, I got to spend some quality time with the Norton crew in the recording studio while Billy together with Greg Cartwright (The Reigning Sound, Compulsive Gamblers, Oblivians) co-produced an upcoming album by Mary Weiss, lead singer of the 60s girl group, The Shangri La's. Below are photos commemorating the hot fun in the summertime.

MW and RS

Billy Miller, Mary Weiss & Greg Cartwright

Norton Records also bring back to the airwaves the bonafide garage rock sounds of Parma, Ohio's own Alarm Clocks. I'm proud to have been asked to shoot photos for their record sleeves.... ladies and gentlemen, Parma's Newest Hitmakers..... The Alarm Clocks!

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There's simply nothing more satisfying than a browse through the Norton Records why don't you find some satisfaction by visiting their website,

Billy & Me by Windy

Billy Miller, my also half-Greek soul brother, and Miriam Linna...congratulations to you and may you reign supreme for as long as you wanna release records.

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