Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Tommy Haines Band
Grinnell's Music was founded in Ann Arbor in 1879 by Ira L. Grinnell. It grew into the world’s largest piano distributor by the mid-1950s. Jack Wainger of WKC inc bought the company in 1955 and opened up Grinnell's stores elsewhere. It went chapter 11 in 1968 and again in 1977. It was liquidated in 1981 and it's original store is now an apartment building. You can read more about Grinnell's here.
Since this disc dates to 11950 we know this disc originated at the original Grinnell's Music at 1515 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. It's possible it was even recorded there. There is a contemporary Tommy Haines band that plays rock music, clearly not the same group. I wish it were. It's possible that there is some connection but nothing I'm aware of.