All That's Left Is the Lemon Tree
Los Angeles, California
Records 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 Club Seville at the Sheraton Crest Inn on Austin's Town Lake, he immediately arranges a recording session through Club Seville manager Don Dean. In the 1950s, Don works for Paul's father at the Ambassador Hotel, home of the world famous Coconut Grove night club, in Los Angeles, where Paul grows up among luminary Hollywood film and recording stars such as Harry Belefonte, Harry James, and Eddie Fisher. After graduation from Hollywood High School in 1957, Paul attends a couple of years at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, then completes his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management at St. Louis University in Missouri. In 1961, Paul returns to Los Angeles to cut his musical teeth performing throughout the LA area and on Catalina Island, just off the Los Angeles coast (you know, "26 miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me...", the Four Preps 1958 hit). Because Don Dean knows Paul’s family well, by '68, Don books Paul's pop-jazz combo into Club Seville during the band’s tour of the southwestern U.S.
The Sonobeat sessions with Paul are recorded in early March 1968 at Club Seville and yield 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 frequents 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.
Sonobeat co-founder Rim Kelley engineers the sessions 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 the resort town of Avalon, on Catalina Island, performing more than a dozen gigs a month, and operating, of course, Catalina Records.
Paul New: piano, vibes, and vocals
Uncredited musician: bass
Uncredited musician: drums
Uncredited musician: sax
All That's Left Is the Lemon Tree
Johnson City Rag
Engineered by Rim Kelley
Instrumental tracks recorded at Club Seville at the Sheraton Crest Inn, Austin, Texas, on March 7, 1968
Vocal overdubs recorded at 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 434 and 681 tape stock
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