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Pete Nantz

Cincinnati, 1950s-1960s


October 30, 1954 notice

Pete Nantz was a singer from Cincinnati who recorded two records. His given first name was Orville.

His first recording is an excellent rockabilly record from 1956, covering the standard "Flip, Flop, and Fly"  and the original "Juke Box Pearl". The record was released on the Clix label, a one shot label that has no connection to the Clix label from Michigan. The label was distributed by Seleinco. There is only one mention of Seleinco in the local papers, a want ad for a stenographer. The address was 626 Broadway, Suite 519.

"Juke Box Pearl" is credited to Nueslein and Reed, with no first names. Johnny Nueslein, who from newspaper accounts was an entertainment producer and manager, was probably the person in question. 

Other than the ad posted above there is no mention of Pete Nantz performing in the tristate area, or any other place. 

He was back to recording in 1967, recording four country gospel songs with the Travelers Quartet. The record was issued on Jewel. 

He passed away in December, 1967 at the age of 37, leaving behind a wife and three children.

There's not much else we know.

Juke Box Pearl / Flip, Flop and Fly - Clix 3873, 1956
Lost Highway ; Wake Me When It's Over / Taller Than Trees ; I'm His And He's Mine - Jewel 753, 1967