Lovelane Music Group

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Boo-Ga-Loo Music Publishing BMI
Mystical Music Publishing BMI
Mister Sam Music Publishing ASCAP

Lovelane Music Publishing was founded in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan by Motor City native Sammy Kaplan. Kaplan aspired to capture the essence of Detroit R&B, blues, and funk. His father Morris Kaplan founded Danceland Records in the late 1940's. Lovelane Music's initial artist and writer roster included John Lee Hooker, Candy Johnson, Tony Blues Lewis, Tommy J. Jefferson, Rose Nelson, Morris Kaplan, Jerry O, Mitch Ryder, The Sea Shells, The Soulmates, Tom & Jerry O, Roy Cohen, Tom Moers, Barbara Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Gerald Alston, Joe Farrell, and Richard "Popcorn" Wylie. In addition, the famous Funk Brothers (James Jamison, Bennie Benjamin, Robert White, Eddie Bongo Brown, and Jack Ashford) were a part of the recording process on all Lovelane Music demos and records. From this foundation, emerged the great sound of the Boogaloo. Sammy has also made a recent foray into Hip Hop by signing writers and artists from Victor Newman to Nick Speed and into jazz, as he publishes compositions by John Fumo and Kenny Hirsch. Most importantly, as Sammy will attest to, Lovelane Music Publishing represents a commitment to the sound of Detroit and Los Angeles.

Lovelane Music Group has since specialized in Publishing, Licensing Online, Advertising, Internet/FM Radio, and Film/Television placement, Since moving to Los Angeles, California, Sammy has been able to have his catalog featured in films such as "Remember The Titans" (Denzel Washington), "The Bachelor" (Chris O'Donnell), "Bones" (Snoop Dogg), "Resurrecting The Champ" (Samuel L. Jackson), and "Yards" (James Caan, Faye Dunaway) Browns Requiem, Thick As Thieves, Bitter Sweet, Keep The Faith Baby, Yards, Her Minor Thing, Semi-Pro(DVD), Urban Roots, The Wayshower, Blaze You Out, Sous La Niege(Under The Snow), and On The Road.

-Jerry O and The Funk Brothers on Boo-Ga-Loo Records

From 1965-1970, an independent Detroit label, Boo-Ga-Loo Records was producing a series of upbeat singles while achieving varying levels of success. The labels biggest break came in 1967. After emerging as a local smash hit, Jerry O's "Karate Boo-Ga-Loo impacted Billboard's pop and R&B charts and sold nearly a half million copies in the U.S. Boo-Ga-Loo would go on to release progressively funkier R&B singles, while providing an outlet for local talent. When Detroit impresario Sammy Kaplan started Boo-Ga-Loo Records, his intention was to capture a moment not to create a historical document. Ultimately he accomplished both. Fifteen years earlier his father Morry Kaplan had operated a small independent label, Danceland Records, and released some of the earliest known recordings of blues legend John Lee Hooker. Sammy followed in his father's footsteps by launching Boo-Ga-Loo Records in 1965 and during the next 5 years his label would document the dynamic mood of Detroit's music scene. From the beginning , Jerry O was Boo-Ga-Loo's flagship artist. Born in October 1939 in St.Louis, Jerry Jerome Murray worked several years as a Chicago D.J. and promoter before moving to Detroit in the early 1960's. Upon arrival, he put together a band and began making music, often working as a duo with Robert "Tommy Dark" Tharp. Billed as Tom and Jerry O, they recorded a 1965 single "Boo-Ga-Loo" on the ABC Paramount imprint before joining Sammy Kaplan's new label the following year. A party-like mood would prevail during most Boo-Ga-Loo recording dates especially when Jerry O reigned over the proceedings. The sessions were typically held at either Terra Sherma or United Studios, two of Detroit's recording hot spots. In addition to musicians and engineers, the studio was usually well stocked with two of Jerry O's staples...Scotch Whiskey and attractive young women.

"The sessions began around 11 in the morning," notes Kaplan, "and Jerry O would come in looking really crisp. His suit, shirt, and tie would be neatly pressed. By 3 o'clock in the afternoon the party would be in full swing. Jerry O's sleeves would be rolled up, his jacket and tie would be off and the man would be working up a serious sweat. Things would just be getting started and the session could go on for hours. It was more like a giant party and you couldn't help but get caught up in the mood." -Sammy Kaplan

The hit single that Jerry O and Sammy Kaplan created "Karate-Boo-Ga-Loo" (which can be heard here... is the song for which he is best remembered. The song sold over 400,000 copies during a 9 week chart run, culminating September 16, 1967 when it peeked at #16 on Billboards national R&B chart and #51 on the Pop chart.


With the release of the Danceland Years featuring music which has been unavailable for almost half a century the legacy of Danceland Records has finally been revealed. The long dormant, nearly forgotten label founded in 1948 by Morris Kaplan today provides an aural snapshot of a specific time and place where momentous events were occurring on the outer fringes of American popular culture.

"Latest local entrant in the independent label field is the Danceland Record Company, headed by Morry R. Kaplan of the Kaplan Music Sales, record distributors. First release is a double by the Candy Johnson orchestra, Stampin and Ebony Jump, released nationally this week. The company will specialize in the race field."
- Billboard, November 13, 1948

Candy Johnson

As the first songs released on Danceland Records, Candy Johnson's Stampin and Ebony Jump not only heralded the labels creation in November, 1948; the double-sided 78 rpm single marked the labels first regional hit, crossing-over and attracting large numbers of both white and black record buyers in the midwest. Johnson was in his early 30s and had been living in Detroit for years by the time he met Kaplan in the late 1940s. The good-natured saxophonists three piece band had established a strong reputation in the Paradise Valley scene. Joined by pianist Stubby Jackson, Johnson & Co. cut tracks for Danceland during two recording sessions in September/October 1948. The sessions took place in the living room of Kaplans home Candy Johnsons four tracks on Danceland Years capture the rollicking sax-based instrumental sound that made him Dancelands best selling artist. The Stampin success story epitomizes the freewheeling nature of the record industry in the late 1940s, when a single could be pressed and on store shelves within a mere three weeks after the original recording session! In those days things were a lot different, Kaplan admits. You could walk in on a jockey in the studio and hed play the record. Apparently, the strategy worked: achieving hit status in Detroit and Chicago, Stampin eventually sold 60,000 copies, an impressive showing for a small, local independent label, but one which Danceland was unable to match during its next three years of existence.

John Lee Hooker

The five tracks by John Lee Hooker represent the most stunning of Danceland Years long-hidden gems. As the earliest known recordings of Hookers music, they provide a vivid document of his developing style (a style which of course eventually inspired generations of musicians, including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin, to name a very few). Kaplan had known Hooker for several years before approaching him in early 1949 to record a few sides. Hooker whose numerous recording pseudonyms are almost as legendary as his music chose Little Pork Chops for the Danceland recording sessions, which took place on location at either the Royal Blue or Blue Heaven, over a period of approximately one week in February or March of 1949. In the years following his Danceland recordings, Hooker would help reshape the landscape of popular music. But in 1949, at the beginning of his legendary career, Hookers genius went largely unrecognized. To most people, he was just another guitarist playing low down blues. His stark, boogie woogie blues sides for Danceland notched very modest sales success less than 10,000 copies only a fraction of the sales levels attained by Dancelands Candy Johnson.

Rose Nelson

“Take Me Back Daddy” by Rose Nelson is being featured in a new film “A Million Colours” The track features Candy Johnson on Tenor Baritone Saxiphone and Stubby Jackson on Piano recorded at the Danceland Ballroom in 1949.

Tony Blues Lewis

Candy Johnson introduced Morris Kaplan to Tony Blues Lewis soon after Danceland had released the John Lee Hooker singles in early 1949. Following Johnson's introduction, Kaplan was tremendously impressed with Lewis' vocals and harmonica playing so much so that he released four sides with Lewis, recording him in the family's basement recreation room of their home at 15794 Steele Street. The recording dates took place in spring 1949, with the singles released shortly thereafter. Like Hooker's guitar blues, Lewis' stripped-down style attracted little attention when his two singles hit the street. Nevertheless, Lewis' four tracks on Danceland Years provide an intriguing example of the evolving blues sound in postwar Detroit.

Victor Newman

Lovelane Music Group is proud to present The Music Of Victor Newman and The L.A Divas. This 8 track project has never been released for distribution until now digitally via The Orchard. It was originally recorded around 2005 and features songwriter/producer/artist Victor Newman who hails from Akron, Ohio with vocalist Heather Godell and MC Nikki Monroe.

Just to give everyone a little background about Victor Newman, he has been in the music industry since the mid 80s and started out as a DJ who was apart of the KidsWorld Tour with the Fat Boys and Run-DMC back in 1984. While continuing to show his deft skills on the turntables, around 1993, Victor transitioned to producing under the tutelage of industry veterans Norman Whitfield Sr. (Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Rare Earth) and David Cochrane (Lionel Richie, The Commodores, and Paula Abdul). Through them, Victor was able to work with a variety of acts from the Four Tops to Daisy Sanchez and expanded his expertise by producing in multiple genres from Pop to Latin. By early 2000, Victor ventured into radio by producing DJ Spinderellas (Salt & Pepa) morning show on one of L.A.s most renowed radio stations 92.3 The Beat and scored a Nike commercial that aired during the 2003 NBA finals. Presently, he is the C.E.O. of Win Win Global and is part of Win Wins feature act Radio Traffic which has been touring the country and working with artists like Snoop Dogg and David Ruffin Jr. You can check out Radio Traffic on YouTube and ReverbNation.

From start to finish, as you listen to this record, you will be taken on a ride as if you were cruising in your car on La Cienaga Boulevard or the Sunset Strip. Victors production is lively, diverse, and precise. Heathers vocals are solid, and Nikkis rhymes are fresh to def. One of the standout tracks from this release is Hot where Victor and Nikki go back and forth showing everybody what they are made of. Heather shines on the energetic track Like Woh which is sure to set off any party. Other heaters include the opening track Power Moves, Whatcha Know About It and Lovin What You Do To Me.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, and Rhapsody. If you want to feel good and get a taste of L.A., Victor & The Divas will do the trick!!

John Fumo
Originally conceived as 90 second works for Film and Television, this music beckoned to be lengthened into full versions. Many of the tracks were improvised with Kelly Fumo on Piano or Guitar and John Fumo on Trumpet. Composing this way has always been a passion of Fumo's and doing it with Kelly was a dream come true. All ten tracks were recorded at "The Most Comfortable Place in the Universe " studios in Los Angeles, CA between 2000-2002. Kelly Fumo-Keys, Guitar, Accordion, Percussion, Vocals, Loops. John Fumo-Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keys, Bass, Flute, Loops.

Another Tear Must Fall by The Sea Shells
Sous La Niege (Under The Snow):(2012)

I'm Gonna Catch Me A Freight Train by Tony Blues Lewis
Blaze You Out :(2012)

Wayne County Ramblin' Blues by John Lee Hooker
On The Road:(2012)

Take Me Back Daddy by Rose Nelson
A Million Colours:(2011)

Robins Horn by Candy Johnson
The Wayshower:(2011)

Popcorn Boo-Ga-Loo by Jerry O
Urban Roots:(2011)

"Sock-In-Soul" by The Soulmates

"Broken Hearted Me" by The Martiniques
Resurrecting The Champ:(2007)

"Karate Boo-Ga-Loo" by Jerry-O
Her Minor Thing: (2005)

"Papa Chew Do The Boo-Ga-Loo" by JerryO
Keep The Faith Baby:(2002)

"Another Tear Must Fall" by The Sea Shells

"Quiet Home" by The Seashells
Remember The Titans:(2000)

"Papa Chew Do The Boogaloo" by Jerry-O
The Bachelor: (1999)

"Boo-Ga-Loo" by Les Mc Cann
Yards: (1999)

"Lord Have Mercy" by Tony Blues Lewis
"Funky Boo-Ga-Loo" by Jerry-O
Bitter Sweet: (1999)

"I'm Tired" by Tom & Jerry-O
"Popcorn Boo-Ga-Loo" by Jerry-O
Thick As Thieves: (1999)

"Popcorn Boo-Ga-Loo" by Jerry-O
Browns Requiem: (1998)


"Funky Boo-Ga-Loo" by Jerry O

"Soul Sister" by Tom & Jerry O

"Popcorn Boo-Ga-Loo" by Tom & Jerry O
Lose Yourself

"Summer Nights" by Kenny Hirsch
General Hospital

"Talk to Her" by Kenny Hirsch
General Hospital

"O Come All Ye Faithful" by Bruce Malament
General Hospital

"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by Bruce Malament
General Hospital

"Ebony Jump" by Candy Johnson
General Hospital

"Wedding Bells" by Richard Popcorn Wylie
Boston Legal

"Wedding Bells" by Richard Popcorn Wylie

"Wedding Bells" performed by Room for Two
Wedding Bells

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sings" by Bruce Malament
Life Of The Party

"Soul Lover" by Jerry O

"Dance What Cha Wanna'' by Jerry O
Andy Richter Controls The Universe

"Karate Boo-Ga-Loo" by Jerry O
Andy Richter Controls The Universe

"Papa Chew Do the Boo-Ga-Loo" by Jerry O
Andy Richter Controls The Universe

"Joy to the World" by Bruce Malament


Sammy Kaplan

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Lovelane Music Publishing Group Website

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Check below for an interview with the Chancellor of Soul interviewing the legendary Sammy Kaplan on those great years.

We had a spare hour in the studio after recording this weeks Freshly Squeezed radio show, so we took the chance (as requested) to put down a spontaneous one-off jam for RADIO BOOMTOWN…

It was totally a spur of the moment set so we have no track-listing; this is just what we pulled out of the bag in the heat of the moment but we enjoyed it so much, we thought we’d share here too….

More of DJ Nick Hollywood’s FRESHLY SQUEEZED Radio Shows here:

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Listen to the ELECTRO BLUES VOL 1 album sampler here:

Virgin Megastore - Behind the Scenes with Victor Newman (by WeAre815)

A BIG THANK YOU to Brighton’s own Nick Hollywood and Freshly Squeezed Music for playing yet another song from the Lovelane Music Group called “Ebony Jump” by Candy Johnson recorded on Danceland Records in 1949. Many thanks Mate!

New radio show from Mr. Nick Hollywood LIVE from Brighton

DOWN by Victor Newman, available now!

Goodbye Baby (Swing Republic Remix) by John Lee Hooker (by Lovelanemusic)

Track #9 “Goodbye Baby” by John Lee Hooker and Swing Republic published by Lovelane Music BMI….JUST RELEASED….

Victor Newman touring in Europe….His new single “Down” is available on iTunes, Spotify, and all retail stores…

Track #9 “Goodbye Baby” (Swing Republic Remix) by John Lee Hooker and Swing Republic from the Lovelane Music Group and Freshly Squeezed Music…..ELECTRO BLUES.

New radio show from Freshly Squeezed Music and Nick Hollywood…..Always a great listen and a dapper Gentleman.

Victor Newman touring in Dubai right now! If you dig the music, tell a friend! Support Power Music!

Down by Victor Newman (by Lovelanemusic)