BATEMAN, GIL

Homebase: Seattle, WA.
Stats: 1942-2016
Misc Notes: Gil Bateman was born in Seattle on October 27, 1942. His family originally lived in the Roosevelt neighborhood area, but when his grandfather returned from serving in WWII they all moved out to Three Tree Point in Burien. His father, Arthur Bateman, was a Garfield graduate and an attorney who also played a mean swing piano. Gil sang in school groups in the Highline school district, and was a life-long guitarist. He also took vocal lessons from a prominent local teacher who specialized in operatic training. While attending Menlo College in Palo Alto in 1961 he joined a band. Then during Spring Break he decided to visit back home, and to fill his guitar position, he brought in a lead guitar player to cover for him – a fellow named Jerry that he’d met playing in a local bookstore. Returning from Seattle the band told him: “Gil, you can still be in the band, but Jerry’s our new lead.” The band became the Warlocks, and then the Grateful Dead, and that dude was Jerry Garcia.

After flunking out of college, he returned to Seattle where on October 1, 1965 he performed at Pat O’Day’s Folk-Rock & All Cause Protest Music Festival at the Seattle Center alongside folkies Barry McGuire, P.F. Sloan, Glen Campbell, the Grass Roots Singers, and Spokane’s own Gas Company. Even though O'Day's cynical goal was, in part at least, to mock the many sincere and earnest folkie protesters of those times, the FBI took the event rather more seriously and names were taken and reports filed. [See image below.] That same year Bateman played Conrad Birdie in the Seattle Opera’s Bye Bye Birdie and he also began performing as a solo act at Victor Rosellini’s Four-10 restaurant and The Door nightclub. In addition he started producing various sessions at Audio Recorders with sound engineer, Kearney Barton, and along the way cut a few of his own recordings – including “Wicked Love,” “Daddy Walked In Darkness,” and “How To Do It” – that were issued by Jerry Dennon’s Jerden, Panorama, and Piccadilly labels between 1965 and ’67. Bateman then worked for Dennon as a promotions man and began producing sessions for the labels, receiving production credit on over a dozen 45s released by Dennon -- including the Bards' "Never Too Much Love," the Live Five's "Hunose," and the Sonics’ “Maintaining My Cool” from 1967. Along the way he married, had kids and decided to get into music biz management. In 1968 he was hired as the Regional Director of Promotion for the West Coast for a big-time label, Elektra Records, and from 1969-‘72 served s their National Director of Promotion. In subsequent years he worked similar positions for Tumbleweed Records (1973), Crested Butte Records (1974), and Shelter Records (1974). When Dennon launched his new labels -- Great Northwest Music Company, First American, and Music is Medicine – Bateman was brought aboard to do A&R work, marketing, and/or promotions (1977-’80), and finally from 1982-85 he served as General Manager of West Coast Operations for Windham Hill. Gil Bateman passed away on November 1, 2016. [Thanks to Bateman's daughter, Dayna for providing much of this information!]

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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[HEAR IT HERE] "Wicked Love"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blYhSyvBeEk

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A-SIDE COMPOSER:Gil Bateman
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B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
B-SIDE COMPOSER:Huddie Ledbetter - John Lomax
B-SIDE PUBLISHER:

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Some discs reportedly issued with reversed labels

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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[HEAR IT HERE] "Daddy Walked....."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=037L2ldfNSU

KNOWN LABEL  VARIATIONS:
2PA.) A - B promotional disc. White label background. Greenish JERDEN JERDEN JERDEN JERDE slanted above spindle hole, Black numerals and lettering. PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE

Distributed by ABC Paramount, Inc. Made In U.S.A.

2RA.) A - B retail disc. Teal blue label background. Greenish JERDEN JERDEN JERDEN  JERDEN in slanted white box above spindle hole.

Distributed by ABC Paramount, Inc. Made In U.S.A.

"Daddy Walked In Darkness" Album Reissues:
1.) 2000. Side One, Track #7 on compilation lp Knock You Flat "The Northwest Battle Of The Bands Volume 2 (Beat Rocket Records BR 129)

A-SIDE MATRIX:
2PA) 45  - JD - 175 (etched wax); AMP JD - 175 (label)
2RA.) JD - 175 (wax); 45 - JD - 165 (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
2PA.) None
2RA.)^59821 (ca. December, 1965)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Axton
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Davon Music (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX:
2PA.)  45 - JD - 176 (etched wax); AMP JD - 176 (label)
2RA.) JD - 176 (wax); 45 - JD - 176 (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
2PA.) None
2RA..) ^59821 - X (ca. December, 1965)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Chip Taylor - Ted Daryl
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)

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FORMAT: disc
SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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[HEAR IT HERE] "Wicked Love"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blYhSyvBeEk

Dist. by JERDEN MUSIC, INC.

A-SIDE MATRIX: JD - 249 (wax): 45 - PIC - JD - 249 (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^63018 (Aug. - Sept. 1966)
A-SIDE COMPOSER:Gil Bateman
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music Co. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: JD - 250 (wax);  45 - PIC - JD - 250  (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^63018 - X (Aug. - Sept. 1966)
B-SIDE COMPOSER:Gil Bateman
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music Co. (BMI)

MISC NOTES:

LOCATION:
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FORMAT: disc
SIZE:7"
SPEED:45 rpm
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Known Label Designs:
1.) A - A promotional disc. White label with black numerals and lettering including words PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE

2.) A - B retail disc. Red label with black numerals and lettering.

A-SIDE MATRIX: Pic - 31 (wax); 45 - PIC - 31 (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^68805 (Nov., 1967)
A-SIDE COMPOSER:
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Maclean (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX: JD - 249 (wax); 45 - PIC - JD - 249 (label)
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE: ^63018 (ca. Sept., 1966)
B-SIDE COMPOSER:
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Burdette Music (BMI)

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