Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland Ohio


From 1958 to 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddie’s industrious Boddie Recording Company issued nearly 300 albums and 45s, recorded 10,000 hours of tape, and remained in operation longer than any other studio, pressing plant, or label group in the history of Cleveland. Long forgotten even by the standards of the chronically overlooked northeastern Ohio music scene, Boddie was a fusion of its owner’s engineering genius and his limited economic means, its DIY recording studio housed in a humble barn, churning night and day to capture the sounds emanating from Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods. The 58 tracks on these three CDs (or 65-track 5LP) represent the best of the Boddies’ in-house Soul Kitchen, Luau, and Bounty labels, which released an unspoiled treasure trove of kitchen-sink eccentric soul, fuzzbox funk, shoestring doo-wop, and haunted, eerily hook-laden spirituals. Enclosed inside is a mountain of office-styled ephemera: two massive booklets brimming with detail on the Boddies and their artists; extensive notes and scores of unpublished photos; a complete detailed discography folio; reproduced fliers; and a Boddie greeting card—all rendered with the handcrafted charm that was the Boddie hallmark. Call it a self-contained secret record industry crammed into one box.

Creations Unlimited Chrystal Illusion
Ricky Hodges Don’t Destroy Our Love
Frankie Pighee & The Soulettes Soul Feeling
The Chantells World Of Soul
Jackie Russell If You Don’t Want Me Let Me Be
Angela Alexander & J.D. Saddler Spoilin’ For A Fight
Inter-Circle The Pusher
Eddie & The Ant Hill Mob I’m A Number Runner
Bo & The Metros Moving On
Inter-Circle The Players
Creations Unlimited Corruption Is The Thing
King James Version He’s Coming
Angela Alexander & J.D. Saddler Don’t Make Me Kill You
The Chantells Why Won’t You Say (What You Want)
Frankie Pighee & The Soulettes If You Don’t Think That I Love
Jackie Russell Don’t Trade Love For Money
Bo & The Metros Buttered Out
Ricky Hodges I Feel It (The Love You Have For Me)
King James Version He’s Forever (Amen)
A.C. Jones & The Atomic Aces Oh Baby (I Love You)
Harvey & The Phenomenals Tell Me About It
The Headlines He’s Looking For A Love
J.C. Akins & The Dukes I’ve Got To Find A Way
Little Anthony & The Modern Detergents Monkey Hips & Yice
A.C. Jones & The Atomic Aces Give Me Your Love
Harvey & The Phenomenals Darlene (Instrumental)
Little Anthony & The Modern Detergents Don't Make Me Blue
Penny North Satisfied
J.C. Akins & The Dukes You Upset My Very Soul
Harvey & The Phenomenals All In Your Eyes
J.C. Akins & The Dukes I Love You
A.C. Jones & The Atomic Aces Hole In Your Soul
Penny North Thought I Had A Good Thing
Harvey & The Phenomenals Darlene (Vocal)
The Headlines Baby
A.C. Jones & The Atomic Aces Give Me Your Love (Instrumental)
The Headlines He’s Looking For A Love (Demo)
Rev. R.L. Hubbard Child Of The King
Brother Bill Wha's Happ’nin
Guiding Lights Lost In Sin
Wings Of Faith Juniors I Can’t Thank Him Enough
Seven Revelators Keep Holding On
The Victory Five Have You Been To The Pool?
Sounds Of Soul Gospel Train
Corinthian Singers Why? (It's A Shame)
The Fantastic Lightning Aires Jesus You Are My Shining Star
The Golden Harmonizers Won’t Be Back No More
The Gospel Hebrews Jesus Is All Over Me
The Gospel Fabulators Read It In The Bible
Spiritual Believers Sweet To Know
The Silver Kings Trouble In The Water
The Cleveland Golden Echoes Used To Live On Broadway
The Royal Kings Look Out For Jesus
Swanee Nightingales I Know The Lord Will Make A Way
The North Wind Of Cleveland, Ohio If I’ve Done Anything Wrong
Gospel Ensemble What You Need
Juanita Ellis Make A Joyful Noise
Unknown That New Girl
Unknown Never Let You Go
Unknown The Look of Love
Mod Squad Sing a Simple Song
Headline Baby (Demo)
Unknown Selfish One
Dolores White Lover’s Paradise
Harvey & the Phenomenals  TGIF Part 1
Addie Pearl Rice  Sara Culture
Inner-City Gospel Party  Summertime
Unknown  I Do Love You
Unknown   Let the Children Play
Jackie Russel  If you Don’t Want Me Let me Be
Unknown  You Cut Up the Clothes
Robert Tyus  Miss You
Unknown  Give You My Love
Jubilee Specials  Sometimes
Addie Pearl Rice  Flowers Are Blooming
Golden Harmonizers  Won’t Be Back No More
Delores White Why Don’t We Understand
Unknown When You’re Gone
Louise Boddie Teen Pair