Wam / United Audio / Peppermint

Wam (short for Words And Music) records was started in the early 1960s as a spinoff of the huge Dusi Music Center in Youngstown. Dusi partnered with Bill Warner and a WHOT radio DJ to finance the operation, located in a single story wooden building in Youngstown's near south side. Wam was the ultimate in vanity labels, recording everything from garage rock, Polkas, church choirs, and pop. Wam started in 1962 and ran until late 1967, when the name was changed to United Audio. Gary Rhamy was hired (fresh from Ohio University) as an engineer. In 1971, Rhamy bought out Bill Warner, the last remaining original owner, built a new facility on the outskirts of town, and changed the name to Peppermint Productions. Records recorded during the Wam and United Audio eras were always issued with the house labels, but the Peppermint recordings often used custom label names.

Bill Warner kept the rights to the WAM and United Audio name and released records on those labels into the 1980s. Warner’s operation was the United Media group. The majority of these were polka or other ethnic music, with some gospel. We’ve never found a later WAM/UA 45 that’s ‘popular’ music.

There were attempts at cohesive catalog numbering (2000, 5000) but many records were issued that were not in a series. For the Peppermint recordings, a catalog numbering staring at 1000 was used, and is still in use. Unfortunately, all the old studio logs were destroyed and we'll probably never know all the records released, but estimates of 75 or more during the 1960s seems resonable. Wam used several pressing plants including QCA, RCA, and RI. All the United Audio (and most of the Peppermint) records were pressed at QCA.

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the Sensational Clefftones

Here Am I / So Many Years I Lived In Sin

2003

Johnny Butchko Orch

What a Baby Polka, Little Eddie's Waltz / Rose Ann Polka, Patty Ann Polka (PS)

2003

the Generals

Take It Easy / Lazy Latin

2004

Sister Cecelia Stuart (soloist) with Ursuline Sisters (chorus)

Joey the Christmas Choir Boy / I Want Christ Back in Christmas (PS)

9/62

2005

the Offbeats

Red Ants / Talking Crickets

no #

Rip Roberts

By These Things / Young and In Love

no # (RI 1440)

Barney Bean with Sherwood

For Kids For Fun (Pt. 1) / For Kids For Fun (Pt. 2) (PS)

441

Ronnie Lee Combo

Thingamajig / High Stakes

4001

Johnny and the Uncalled Four

Shortin' Bread / Day Dream

No #

the Vikings

I Need Your Lovin' / Such A Love

1965

1006

the Counts

Night of Misery / If I Look Back

Oct '65

5001

the Capers

You'll Never Walk Alone / I'm Walking the Dog

Dec '65

5002

the Capers

Iced Tea / No Peace of Mind

Dec '65

No #

the Fortels

She / Merry Go Round

Dec '65

26601

Gary Kennedy with the Mahoning Valley Boys

Pretty Carol / Mountain Of Love

Feb '66

5948

the Pied Pipers

Hey Joe / Hold On I'm Comin'

late '66

5954Jubilee SpecialsPass Me Not / He's Mine(L-169)

(LP) 5960

the Happy Salvationists

S/T

April '67

5961Zera Crosby and the Newbelievers Gospel SingersWhen He Calls Me / Sit Down Servant(L-174)

5980

the Nomadz

She Ain't Lovin' You No More / Wait Till the Midnight Hour

Jul '67

5970

the Kare Takers

Have You Seen My Baby? / My Jane

Oct '67

United Audio starts below

5073

the Montours

The World Can Pass You By / Going All the Way

Dec '67

No #

the Next Of Kin

A Lovely Song / Mr. Soul

Jan '68

5981

Madam Mary Elizabeth Austin

If It Wasn’t For Jesus / Didn’t He Say

Jan ‘68

5982

the Es Shades

Anyday, Anywhere / Without My Love

Jan '68

5986

the Daze Endz

What Can I Do? / Knock On Wood

Jan '68

5989

the Shaddows

Together Again / Stormy Weather

Feb '68

5993

the Crump Brothers

On the Right Road Now / I'm Willing

May '68

6001

the Blues Inc.

I Can't Live With You / 7 and 7 Is

Aug '68

6003

the Dimensions

Hey Little Woman / Summertime

Aug '68

6003

Seward's Ice Box

Your Head Is Reeling / I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die

Aug '68

6006

East Farmington Faith Singers

Mama's Teaching Angels ; Sometimes A Mountain / Inside the Gate ; There's Been a Change

Aug '68

6008

the Shy Tones

Dody / Summer's Gone

Nov '68

6010

Regis

Gismo / Autumn Fog

Nov '68

6002

the Glass Harp

Where Did My World Come From / She Told Me

March '69

6014

the Insights

That's All / Love is a Game

March '69

6014

the Sound Barrier

Greasy Heart / I Can't Explain (PS)

Apr '69

6015

the Class of '69 Presents...the Groovy Sound of Fitch

(side 1) / (side 2) (PS)

the Back Pages play - uncredited on label

May '69

6003

Mickey Kalis and the Bakersfield Blues Band

2:10 To Yuma / Got No Time

Aug '69

7010

Gary Kennedy and the Mahoning Valley Boys

It's Hurtin' Me / The Day I Told Mary Goodbye (PS)

March '70

1974

Starlette Gospel Singers

Pray On My Child / I’ve Got A Feeling

June ‘70

7052Ram-RodsA Sadder Man Than Me / Here I Go AgainAug  '70

7054 (Soul Beat 1)

the Hustlers 1970

You Can't Hide the Truth (Pt. 1) / You Can't Hide the Truth (Pt. 2)

Sept '70

7064 (LP)

Fred Harris and the N. G.'s

Reach Out and Touch

Feb '71

7067

Melvin Catley with Fred Harris and the N. G.'s

Why Was America Born? / Still Waters Run Deep

May '71

7075

Ginny Baker, the Country Rovers

Columbus Stockade Blues / I Wanna Be  Cowboys Sweetheart

March ’72 (United Media prod.)

(Flush) 7068

Blue Amber

Good Morning Tuesday / We Got Love

May '71

7111

Guy Thomas

I Should Be A Rainbow / Sunshine

PP1002

Grecian Lads

(LP)

PP1003

Old Friends and New Acquaintences

Whiskey Man / Wanting To Be Free (PS)

R-28761/2 (11-8-71)

(Quiggly) PP1004

Erving Forbush

The Train / Sally Funky Monday

R-29003/4

PP1005

Gospel Flames of Warren, OH

I Love the Lord / Never Grow Old

R-29001/2

PP1007

Left End

Sunshine Girl / Someday (I Will See)

R-29539/40

(Apollo) PP1008

Gary Kennedy and the Mahoning Valley Boys

Sing Me Back Home / White Lightnin'

1971

(FBC) PP1009

the Braddock Hills FBC Chorale

I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say / Wade In The Water

1971 (R-29713/4)

PP1015

Poobah

Let Me Out (LP)

(Unity) PP1016

Gospel Flames of Warren, OH

Dear Jesus / Climbing Up To Heaven

R-30741/2

(Stevens Enterprised) PP1018Frederick Stevend and the Stevens SingersSpeak To Me Lord (LP)R-30999/1000

PP1019

Veseli Tamburitzans featuring Rose Husnick

More Of Veseli (LP)

R-31003/4

PP1021

Chris Michael Group

The Soldier / Carousel

R-31007/8

PP1022

Brimstone

Paper Winged Dreams (LP)

1973

(Dapper) PP1025

No artist (Credited as Rangle)

Get Out Of Bed / Visions of Mind

PP1026George Westermeyer III & the Tyme MachineIt's So Nice To Be With You (LP)R-31191/2

PP1028

Fred Koeberle

Goodbye My Love / I'm Just a Dreamer

(Myth) PP1031

Myth

Stormy Night / Till You Return For Me

July ‘73

(EROS) PP1032

Phantasies

PH.D. Or Speculations / Bring Back The Seasons

July '73, Issued with PS

PP1034

Dieter

Berlin, Berlin / My Love Has Gone (Noch Immer Alein)

Aug ‘73

PP1035

Alias Funk and Soul (vocals - Shades of Soul)

Bells / Well Good

Aug '73

PP1036

New Affair

Rama-Lama Ding Dong / Someone, Somewhere

Oct '73

(Faux Pas) PP1039Faux PasS/T (LP)Dec '73
PP1047Bob Turcola OrchestraStrike Up The Polka Band (LP)
PP1048Maddie's Polish Princes' Of Warren, OhioMatch Maker's Polka / Zosia Polka

(Big Men) PP1053

Menagerie

Ladies On Liberty Street / Ukiah (PS)

PP1057

the Todd

Mystifying Me / Be My Lover Tonight (PS)

(Ollie) PP1068

the Trick

Free As A Bird / Ninety Nine Pounds

(T.O.L.) PP1074

Taste Of Love

Love Meditation / Cindy

1975

(Parthenon) PP1078

Icarus

King Pin / From The Start

1975

PP1079

Kerry B. Malcolm

Didn’t He / Little Girl

Sept ‘75

PP1080the New Hope Bapist Combined ChoirsI Thank You Lord / In My HeartSept '75
(Sunrise)PP1085no artist listed - songwriters Darryl Hogan and Michael SedmakAskin' Me Why / Tryin' To Be LovedNov. '75
PP1094Matt Schafer and His OrchestraMy Pop's Polka / Mr. Joe Trolli's Polka

(PAP Productions) PP1103

Nothin' From Nothin'

Love Music / Never Had It So Good

1976

PP1110Joe Fedorchak OrchestraSqueezer's Polka / Orphan WaltzOct 1976
PP1111Frankie Spetich and His OrchestraLet's Go Polka / Peter's WaltzNov 1976
PP1127RaytonesMountaineer's Farewell / Should Have Stayed SingleMay 1977

PP1134

Arrie Mae Morton Trio

Muddy Water / Land Of Dreams

Aug 1977

PP1135

Arrie Mae Morton Trio

I Can't Believe / Misty

Aug 1977

PP1144

Ron Corey and the Destinations

Christmas Tribute To Elvis – Blue Christmas / Lonesome Weekend

Dec 30, 1977

PP1150

Dreamz

You're A Special Girl / The Flame In My Eyes

March 1978

From #5073 (Montours) label is United Audio. The duplicate label numbers are not misprints - records listed in order of QCA date code