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Rokk


On March 2, 1964, Tollie Records-a subsidiary of Vee-Jay-issued its first single: The Beatles' "Twist And Shout" b/w "There's A Place." While Vee-Jay was cleaning up, James Dockery was just ending his Marine Corps tour and relocating to Los Angeles. His performances on the club scene with the Fabulous Four led to an encounter with Arthur Monday. In 1968, they incorporated True Productions and its subsidiary Soul Craft Records. In the mid-'70s, they pulled La Marco Nesbit and Denny Lash from Soul Craft's La Marco International to form Rokk. The sextet spent 1976 tracking a full album at various Southern California studios, by which point Vee-Jay comptroller Betty Chiapetta had taken over the bankrupt concern. A 45 appeared on their Tollie imprint at the end of 1976. Shortly thereafter, Dawson wrote to Dockery asking him to step down as manager, and disagreement over the letter ultimately broke up the rest of the band.


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