Paul New

Los Angeles, California

Recorded with Sonobeat in 1968
No commercial releases on Sonobeat Records

When Sonobeat co-founder Bill Josey Sr. hears vocalist and pianist Paul New (Brandon Paul R. New) and his pop combo perform in 1968 at the Club Seville at the Sheraton Crest Inn on Austin's Town Lake, he immediately arranges a recording session through Club Seville manager Don Dean. Don had worked for Paul's father at the Ambassador Hotel, home of the world famous Coconut Grove night club, in Los Angeles in the '50s, where Paul grew up among luminary Hollywood film and recording stars such as Harry Belefonte, Harry James, and Eddie Fisher. Paul cuts his musical teeth performing in the Los Angeles area and on Catalina Island, just off Los Angeles coast (you know, "26 miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me...", the Four Preps 1958 hit). By '68, Don is promoting Paul's pop-jazz combo at the Club Seville as Paul tours the southwestern U.S.

The Sonobeat sessions with Paul are recorded in early March 1968 at the Club Seville and produce three completed tracks: a cover of Don Ho's Hawaiian hit All That's Left Is the Lemon Tree, an original instrumental inspired by the Southern California beachside resort that Paul frequented as a child called Balboa, and Johnson City Rag, also an original as well as a parody of the pop standard Johnson Rag. At the time Paul writes Johnson City Rag, Johnson City, about 50 miles west of Austin, is home to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's sprawling ranch.

The recording session is engineered by Rim Kelley (Bill Josey Jr.) on Sonobeat's Ampex 350 and 354 tape decks. Lemon Tree and Balboa are selected for release as Sonobeat stereo 45 RPM single PV-s114/I-s114. Bill sends the master tape to record pressing plant Sidney J. Wakefield & Company in Phoenix, Arizona, where the lacquer masters are cut, plates manufactured, and a dozen vinyl test pressing copies made and delivered to Sonobeat. But the single is never commercially released for reasons now unrecalled. There is no other information about the sessions nor the names of Paul's bandmates in the Sonobeat archives.

Throughout his long career, Paul has been a musical "jack of all trades", playing guitar, trumpet, vibes, banjo, trombone, ukulele, mandolin, and keyboards, but he's on record saying keyboards are his favorite. Today, in his 70s, Paul lives in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and performs more than a dozen gigs a month.

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Paul New personnel

Paul New: piano, vibes, and vocals
Uncredited musician: bass
Uncredited musician: drums
Uncredited musician: sax

Unreleased Sonobeat recordings

All That's Left Is the Lemon Tree
Balboa
Johnson City Rag

Produced by Bill Josey Sr.
Engineered by Rim Kelley
Instrumental tracks recorded at the Club Seville at the Sheraton Crest Inn, Austin, Texas, on March 7, 1968
Vocal overdubs recorded at the Club Seville on March 8, 1968
Recording equipment: ElectroVoice 665 microphones, ElectroVoice Slimair 636 microphones, Sony ECM22 electret condenser microphones, Ampex 350 and 354 tape decks, custom 10-channel portable stereo mixer, Ampex 681 tape stock
There are no copies of the test pressing in circulation, but for the record, in the dead wax:
   All That's Left Is the Lemon Tree: PV-S114A and SJW-10908
   Balboa: I-S114B and SJW-10908
   "SJW" in the matrix number identifies Sidney J. Wakefield & Company as the lacquer mastering and pressing plant
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The master tape of the three songs recorded by Paul New in 1968