Spartan Records

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Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat ( - on Friday, March 08, 2002 - 05:10 am:

Hi Ian,
Here's what I have for the label, another Carmen Murphy funded enterprise from around 1962.

400 - The Barons - I've Been Hurt Before/Willow Weep For Me

401 - Mike Hanks - When True Love Comes To Be/The Hawk

402 - The Barons - Money Don't Grow On Trees/I Miss You So

403- Freddy Pride - The Runaround/Lover Of Mine

The Mike Hanks 45 was also released on his MAH'S label. I've recently heard UK "northern" clubs are playing the Baron's MDGOT song; I've only heard their I Miss You - which I love to bits. They were formerly called The Peppermints and had releases on the Soul label - long before Berry bought the label name from Ms Murphy.
Any additions/comments on above are most welcome.
Regards, Graham

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ian W ( - on Saturday, March 09, 2002 - 03:15 pm:

Thanks once again Graham!

I've only got the Freddy Pride one listed! I'll update my database accordingly.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Ian W ( - on Saturday, March 09, 2002 - 03:29 pm:

Graham, do you have any info on the GIG label? The only one I have listed is:
GIG GR-201 - Cody Black - It's Our Time To Fall In Love

I can't afford it though. Nice record! Much praise to Mike Hanks.

Where would he have been without financial backing from Carmen though?


Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat ( - on Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 04:43 pm:

From what I've heard Mike Hanks always managed to find someone to finance his projects and I wish I'd had the chance to meet him. He was a real character.
Cody Black told me Gig was another of Mike's labels - but nobody seems to know who was financing him. Pete Hall did for a while, and so did Frank Brown - they both played for the Detroit Lions.

Top of pageBottom of page   By david, glasgow, scotland ( - on Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 06:28 pm:

here's a scan of the flip

Top of pageBottom of page   By Keith Rylatt ( - on Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 06:40 pm:

Hi Graham Do you have an address for Spartan ? and GiG for that matter, or did they all eminate from Mike's Mah's address' ie Bush, McGraw etc?

Thanks in anticipation Keith.

Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat ( - on Monday, March 11, 2002 - 11:53 am:

Spartan is a bit of a mystery at the moment - but I've tracked down one of The Caravelles and will interview him when I go to Detroit in Sept. They recorded a couple of 45s on the Starmaker label; This is another Carmen Murphy - Mike Hanks collaboration, but I think Carmen already had it before Mike got involved (just a guess).
As you know, Mike had different addresses on his early record labels, such as MAH'S. From around 1964 his main place was on McGraw (The Pig Pen). Prior to that he also dealt with Johnnie Mae - in fact I think her address on Blaine is on one of Mike's early 45s. I'll have to check.
The GIG 45 was probably issued from McGraw or East Grand Blvd. - which were the two addresses for D-Town Records.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Flynny ( - on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 12:22 pm:

Spartan contd.

Also worth mentioning that #401 also credited/fetured The Del-Phis on the Sparton release.


Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat ( - on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 03:40 am:

Hi David,
On my MAH'S 45 it has MIKE HANKS & THE DEL FI'S credited for "When True Love Comes To Be"
But only MIKE HANKS on the flip - "The Hawk".

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