Featured - John Towles
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Born: July 18, 1928 Hanceville, AL
Lived in Sheffield, AL
Country, Pop Producer, Promoter Capitol Records
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Bio: Promoter, Producer of Pop, Jazz, and C&W Recordings
A veteran of 28 years in the Recording Industry, John Towles was employed with Coral Records/Decca Records, Capitol Records and major distributors in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
He was instrumental in helping to establish the recording careers of Andy Griffith, “What It Was, Was Football” in 1954, Les Paul & Mary Ford, “Vaya Con Dios,” 1954, Roger Williams, “Autumn Leaves,” 1956, and The Tams, “A Little More Soul,” album, ABC Records, 1968.
In 1960, he formed Jumbo Records. Their first album, “Laugh With Professor Backwards” was a national hit after Professor Backwards’ appearances on Ed Sullivan, Jack Parr, and Johnny Carson TV shows.
Mr. Towles retired from the Recording Industry in 1981, and was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2008 as an Achiever.
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John Towles' career in the Recording Industry began in 1953. He was with Coral Records Distributing Company, and working in sales and promotions. Coral was a subsidiary of Decca Records in Atlanta, GA.
In 1954, John was offered a similar position with a major company, Capitol Records in Los Angeles, CA. This was his first chance to work directly with their artists while based in Nashville, Tenn. It was a wonderful experience but would be followed by an even better opportunity in 1958 when he joined Dixie Dist. Co.,the largest independent record distributor in the southeast, and based in Atlanta, GA; this company represented over 200 different recording companies.
The job gave him a chance to be involved directly with the owners, their artists, sales, and promotions. In 1960, John started producing records along with a business partner, Sam Wilhoit, for their recording company, "Jumbo Labels." He was allowed the freedom to start this while continuing his employment with Dixie Distributing Company.
By late 1961, they had signed and recorded their first artist. The record was with a comedian nationally known by the name of "Professor Backwards." He had appeared many times on television shows such as: Ed Sullivan, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, and Johnny Carson. He was also an established headliner at "The Sands" and "Flamingo" Hotels in Las Vegas.
The record business was going through a lot of changes by 1967. John decided to move to Charlotte, NC, and joined F & F Enterprises which was also a very large record distributor. His job would be the same as it was with the Atlanta company. This would be his last job in the record industry lasting twenty-eight wonderful years and coming to a close in 1981 when he retired.
Amazon: What It Was, Was Football and Vaya Con Dios and Autumn Leaves (Re-Recorded In Stereo) and The Tams "A Little More Soul" 33/1/3 Rpm Vinyl Lp, Stereo, Shrink Wrap, ABC/S-627, recorded at Master Sound Studios, Atlanta, Ga. and Laugh with Professor Backwards LP