RONNIE MICHAELS – ’All Night Long’ / ’I’m Stickin’ With You’ (Mala 495) late 1964
Last Summer I bought this obscurity by Ronnie Michaels on Amy Records. I knew nothing about the record or the artist and sent some feelers out for information. Imagine my surprise when some months later Jerome Mykietyn (Ronnie Michaels) got in touch via email. ’All Night Long’ has a hard edged beat sound where Michaels sings like a rock’n’roller but it’s most definitely got an eye on the new beat sound emanating from Britain during the mid 60s.
I asked Jerome some questions about this early recording and he obliged accordingly.
”My name is Jerome Mykietyn and my first record was ”I’m Sticking With You” b/w ”All Night Long”, released in 1964 under the name of Ronnie Michaels while I was in college. Ron Dante (of ”The Archies”) was instrumental in getting me on the label. ”All Night Long” was actually the ”B” side and was a demo of my song I did with my high school rock band.
At the same time, I had a song called ”Rumble In The Night” recorded by Mike Minor, who starred in the TV show ”Petticoat Junction”. The recordings were produced by Stan Shulman, who owned Dunes Records. The backing singers on ’I’m Sticking With You’ were Ron Dante and some of The Tokens. As for the ”B” side, ”All Night Long” was done by Jerry Dodd (another pseudonym) and The Demons, my high school rock band, and was recorded in a small studio (Hertz) in Newark, NJ. Our band was based in Wayne, NJ.
That group broke up when we graduated High School.
Afterwards, I recorded for Laurie Records with my band The Yellow Brick Road. I was with the label for six years and had 15 releases (many of which were my own compositions), but unfortunately, no major hits. Consequently, I had some independent releases and the last was my own label where I produced my first full blues album, ”sing it, white boy!” by The Reclamators. It is still being played around the world and I’m happy to be getting sales.
I was thrilled to see that there are serious collectors of vinyl 45s and that I am included. I’m currently working on a country album and should have a release later on this year. If you get a chance, you can see me and The Reclamators on YouTube”.