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.


the Sensational Clefftones

Here Am I / So Many Years I Lived In Sin


Johnny Butchko Orch

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


the Generals

Take It Easy / Lazy Latin


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

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



the Offbeats

Red Ants / Talking Crickets

2007Eddie Vallus Polka BandSherry Ann Polka / Kiberly Ann Waltz

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)


Ronnie Lee Combo

Thingamajig / High Stakes


Johnny and the Uncalled Four

Shortin' Bread / Day Dream

No #

the Vikings

I Need Your Lovin' / Such A Love



the Counts

Night of Misery / If I Look Back

Oct '65


the Capers

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

Dec '65


the Capers

Iced Tea / No Peace of Mind

Dec '65

No #

the Fortels

She / Merry Go Round

Dec '65


Gary Kennedy with the Mahoning Valley Boys

Pretty Carol / Mountain Of Love

Feb '66


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


April '67

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


the Nomadz

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

Jul '67


the Kare Takers

Have You Seen My Baby? / My Jane

Oct '67

United Audio starts below


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


Madam Mary Elizabeth Austin

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

Jan ‘68


the Es Shades

Anyday, Anywhere / Without My Love

Jan '68


the Daze Endz

What Can I Do? / Knock On Wood

Jan '68


the Shaddows

Together Again / Stormy Weather

Feb '68


the Crump Brothers

On the Right Road Now / I'm Willing

May '68


the Blues Inc.

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

Aug '68


the Dimensions

Hey Little Woman / Summertime

Aug '68


Seward's Ice Box

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

Aug '68


East Farmington Faith Singers

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

Aug '68


the Shy Tones

Dody / Summer's Gone

Nov '68



Gismo / Autumn Fog

Nov '68


the Glass Harp

Where Did My World Come From / She Told Me

March '69


the Insights

That's All / Love is a Game

March '69


the Sound Barrier

Greasy Heart / I Can't Explain (PS)

Apr '69


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

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

the Back Pages play - uncredited on label

May '69


Mickey Kalis and the Bakersfield Blues Band

2:10 To Yuma / Got No Time

Aug '69


Gary Kennedy and the Mahoning Valley Boys

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

March '70


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


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

Why Was America Born? / Still Waters Run Deep

May '71


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


Guy Thomas

I Should Be A Rainbow / Sunshine


Grecian Lads



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



Gospel Flames of Warren, OH

I Love the Lord / Never Grow Old



Left End

Sunshine Girl / Someday (I Will See)


(Apollo) PP1008

Gary Kennedy and the Mahoning Valley Boys

Sing Me Back Home / White Lightnin'


(FBC) PP1009

the Braddock Hills FBC Chorale

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

1971 (R-29713/4)



Let Me Out (LP)

(Unity) PP1016

Gospel Flames of Warren, OH

Dear Jesus / Climbing Up To Heaven


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


Veseli Tamburitzans featuring Rose Husnick

More Of Veseli (LP)



Chris Michael Group

The Soldier / Carousel




Paper Winged Dreams (LP)


(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


Fred Koeberle

Goodbye My Love / I'm Just a Dreamer

(Myth) PP1031


Stormy Night / Till You Return For Me

July ‘73

(EROS) PP1032


PH.D. Or Speculations / Bring Back The Seasons

July '73, Issued with PS



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

Aug ‘73


Alias Funk and Soul (vocals - Shades of Soul)

Bells / Well Good

Aug '73


New Affair

Rama-Lama Ding Dong / Someone, Somewhere

Oct '73

(Faux Pas) PP1039Faux PasS/T (LP)Dec '73
PP1044Mike ReedI Believe In Music (LP)
PP1045ModernairesOne Way Onlu (LP)
PP1047Bob Turcola OrchestraStrike Up The Polka Band (LP)
PP1048Maddie's Polish Princes' Of Warren, OhioMatch Maker's Polka / Zosia Polka

(Big Men) PP1053


Ladies On Liberty Street / Ukiah (PS)


the Todd

Mystifying Me / Be My Lover Tonight (PS)

PP1058J.P. GoistFunky School / Take A Walk
(The Family of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel) PP1066Father Joseph IatiSabbath Prayer ; Immacolata / Beautiful Angel

(Ollie) PP1068

the Trick

Free As A Bird / Ninety Nine Pounds

PP1070the Joe Fedorchak OrchestraPolkas and Waltzes
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (LP)
PP1071Laurence Dixie, Mary Ann Paris, and Francisco Paris, JrBrothers Please Listen To The Lord / Jesus You're The One For MeJune 1975 - Label says "The good words from the Church of God in Christ, Youngstown Ohio"

(T.O.L.) PP1074

Taste Of Love

Love Meditation / Cindy


(Parthenon) PP1078


King Pin / From The Start



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


(Fat Funk) PP1105the Grayson BrothersLovin' My Baby / Before Our World Fell Through
PP1110Joe Fedorchak OrchestraSqueezer's Polka / Orphan WaltzOct 1976
PP1111Frankie Spetich and His OrchestraLet's Go Polka / Peter's WaltzNov 1976
PP1115Frankie Spetich and His OrchestraFor The Record - Just For You (LP)
PP1117L. J. FortierMagic In My Hands / I Send You All Of My Love AlwaysMarch 1977
(Dyna) PP1121the DynasonicsPolish Graffiti (LP)
PP1127RaytonesMountaineer's Farewell / Should Have Stayed SingleMay 1977
PP1132ArtistFor The First Time / Every Lady Does ItJuly 1977


Arrie Mae Morton Trio

Muddy Water / Land Of Dreams

Aug 1977


Arrie Mae Morton Trio

I Can't Believe / Misty

Aug 1977

PP1140EvangelettesHe's So Real (LP)Dec 1977
PP1141Frankie Spetich and His OrchestraFestival Time at Lakeside (LP)Dec 22, 1977
(Neck Reckords) PP1143PagansSix And Change / Six And ChangeDec 1977, same master on both sides


Ron Corey and the Destinations

Christmas Tribute To Elvis – Blue Christmas / Lonesome Weekend

Dec 30, 1977

PP1149the John Tasz OrchestraPolka Ricky / Pissburgh PolkaMarch 18, 1978



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

March 1978

(C.A.S.) PP1153Christian All StarsThe All Stars' Prayer / He's Coming BackMay 1978 - 359 S. Van Buren Ave, Barberton
PP1154Gene SommersBaby I Love You / You're My Favorite ThingMay 1978
PP1160Ron Corey with the DestinationsWe Miss Her Tonight / That's Alright MamaSept 1978
PP1161StarburstIn Harmony / You'll Never Want To Leave MeSept 1978
(Sangelo) 1164T.J. ChurchI Waited Too Long / Gone Are The DaysOct 1978
PP1166Youngstown State UniversityOne Step Closer (LP)Feb 1979 - 1978 YSU Football highlights
PP1170Bee Honey and Waltzing Meat // .... and ManagerSupermud / Raku'in JewFeb 20, 1979 Rich Lipscher- guitar, Mark Styduhar- Violin
PP1171Del-FisThe Good Times (LP)March 20, 1979
PP1174Spiritual-LitesTrials And Tribulations / Higher In JesusMay 22, 1979
PP1176Free & Easy BandFree & Easy / Kiss You All OverJune 1979
PP1180PoobahSteamroller (LP)
PP1181Larry and TeriRoll Over Beethovan (sic) / Ode To Billy JoeMay 1979
PP1184Kim McCraeLike Some Child's Game / I'm Feeling It Too
(JP Productions) PP1189Jimmy PolPirates Power Song / Pirates Power SongAug 2, 1979 Stereo/mono versions
PP1195Joe Fedorchak OrchestraFedorchak "By Request" LP
PP1197Pure GoldNashville On My Mind / Heartache Number OneOct 29, 1979
(Grayson Productions) PP1198Steve GraysonLovin' My Baby / Before Our World Fell ThroughRe-release? of Grayson Brothers (PP1105)
PP1207ZukeLines / Take Off The MaskBand from Burgettstown, PA
PP1208SpiritPut Your Hands Together (LP)
(Memory) PP 1217Joe Beno and OrchestraPolkas! Joe Beno! And A Little More (LP)April 1980
PP1219MessengerI Shied / HypnotizeJune 1980, picture sleeve

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