Patrick Van Griethuysen
Dutch record collector and music fan Patrick Van Griethuysen posted his recollections in the Dutch language about Stanley Floyd Kilarr, who was a producer for Rare-Art's Records, composer, promotor of country & western music, educator, veteran, journalist and a record collector. Today a summary of these two contributions with photos he made during his visit to Stanley Kilarr in Klamath Falls (Or) USA.
Cover of one of the records released by Rare-Art's Records (Patrick Van Griethuysen collection)
I became introduced to country & western music as a teenager thanks to a program on Dutch radio hosted by Gerard De Vries. He invited listeners to send him their requests and even invited them to come to the studio to become part of the broadcast. So I took my old Deus-chevaux, although very cold in winter, to drive to Hilversum, where the radio studios were located ...... In 1967 I found a holiday job in a bookshop in London, Foyles Bookstores and a room near Portobello Road.
Stanley's house in Klamath Falls (Or) USA ( photo courtesy: Patrick Van Griethuysen)
I first came into contact with Stan in 1967 while I was working in that bookstore in London, a 18 years old boy that wanted to learn the English language. In the evenings I used to join live concerts by English and American singers and bands, most of them were over the hill, in so-called Country & Western clubs and pubs. In one of those clubs. I picked up an American magazine about old time Western music. This music fascinated me, as I never had heard that kind of Hillbilly music dating back to the 1920's and 1930's.
Stanley (left) and Patrick inside Stanley's house in Klamath Falls (Or) (1983) ( photo courtesy: Patrick Van Griethuysen)
In one of those magazines I found an advertisement of a man in Klamath Falls (Or) USA, who offered four albums, he had produced himself for his own record label "Rare Art's" records. My English was not that good in those day's but I wrote him a letter, in which I told him, that I was interested to get those four LP albums. A few weeks later a letter arrived written in a scribbled handwriting, but we were able to decipher it .....
Reverse of a cover of one of the records released by Rare-Art's Records (Patrick Van Griethuysen collection)
Some some months later a package arrived with the four albums and a lot of original photos and information about the songs and the performers on those records. In the years to follow I promoted Stan's albums in a few Dutch magazines and was able to assist him in selling at least 20 sets of his albums. We had a lively correspondence for years about music, old time artists and singers. Unfortunately due to removals and a divorce all his letters got lost.
Stanley Kilarr with a great Edison phonograph and a gramophone from his collection ( Patrick Van Griethuysen archive)
In 1982 I became interested in my pedigree and I discovered that some of my ancestors did immigrated to ...... Klamath Falls (Or) of all places! What a coincidence! We planned to visit our relatives in the States and in the summer of 1983 we traveled to Klamath Falls (Or). We had some nice days with our newly discovered family, but also a meeting with Uncle Sax, as his relatives nick named Stanley. He lived in a old wooden house, packed with boxes and piles of records .........
Leaflet for Stanley Kilarr's Rar(e)-Art's Records ( Patrick van Griethuysen archive)
I took some photos and we talked about his music and about his collection. Although his house was packed from the floor up to the attic, he could faultness find the records I wanted to see or hear ...... He had asked a local newspaper for an interview with Stan and myself and, back home again, he sent me the article with photograph, which had been published in the local newspaper.
A great-nice of Stanley sent me, thanks to the publication in this Keep (it) Swinging blog a fragment of a home-video she made years ago. It shows Stanley presenting his albums.
Although the technical quality of this film could be better, this home-video gives a great portrait of this remarkable man.
Stanley and Patrick ( photo courtesy: Patrick Van Griethuysen)
A few months ago I took Stan's records out of my collection and played them. Great music. He was not only a nice person and a record collector, but also a composer, as most of the tracks on the albums were composed by him! I still cherish these records and the photos we made as a reminder of this great man, Stanley Kilarr
Stanley Floyd Kilarr passed away January 1995, 79 years old.
Patrick Van Griethuysen
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Dutch record collector and music fan Patrick Van Griethuysen posted his recollections in the Dutch language about Stanley Floyd Kilarr, who was a record producer for Rare-Arts Records, composer, promotor of country & western music, educator, veteran, journalist and a record collector. Today a summary in English from these two contributions with photos he made during his 1982 visit to Stanley Kilarr in Klamath Falls (Or) - USA.
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