JOYCE SPENCE

Austin, Texas

Records with Sonobeat in 1973
No commercial releases on Sonobeat Records
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The Sonobeat archives hold no information about country singer Joyce Spence beyond the fact that in February 1973 she records four songs at the Sonobeat studios on North Lamar in Austin, Texas. Comparing Joyce's Sonobeat tracks to those of Johnny Lyon and Janet Lynn, we're able to conclude that Johnny's band, the Country Nu-Notes, provides the backing instrumentals for Joyce. Of the four songs, (I've Got) a Head on My Shoulders, Don't Make Me Cry, and Troubled Woman are Joyce's original compositions. The remaining song is both untitled and unattributed.

Sonobeat producer Bill Josey Sr. mixes down a monaural demo tape of I've Got a Head on My Shoulders and Don't Make Me Cry from the half-inch 4-track session masters. In March, he sends a dub of the songs to Ron Bledsoe, Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records in Nashville.

Joyce returns to Sonobeat a month later, in March 1973, to record five additional tracks with Glenn Proctor. This time it's just the two of them, mostly Joyce on vocals and Glenn on guitar. Nothing about these songs is known except the titles and composers, which are marked on the master tape box. Except for Swimming in the Bottle, which is Glenn's composition, these are also Joyce's original songs. Joyce and Glenn record two versions of Swimming In the Bottle. Glenn sings the first version, and Joyce sings the second.

Joyce's February tracks are solidly performed with a great straight-up country band backing her. But they're not in the zeitgeist of the progressive country movement that's taken a grip on Austin and the country music industry in the mid-'70s, so her recordings aren't sold to a major label or released on Sonobeat Records itself.

Joyce Spence personnel

Joyce Spence: vocals
Glenn Proctor: guitar and vocals
Backing band: Country Nu-Notes
   Bob Garrett: drums
   Johnny Lyon: guitar
   Jimmy Placquert: steel guitar
   Mickey Rice: bass
   Phil Tucker: lead guitar

Unreleased Sonobeat recordings

Back Streets of Your City (Joyce accompanied by Glenn Proctor)
California You're Slippin' (Joyce accompanied by Glenn Proctor)
Don't Make me Cry (Joyce accompanied by the Country Nu-Notes)
I've Got a Head on My Shoulders (Joyce accompanied by the Counry Nu-Notes)
Swimming in the Bottle (Glenn Proctor)
Tied Down (Joyce accompanied by Glenn Proctor)
Troubled Woman

Produced and engineered by Bill Josey Sr.
Recorded at the Sonobeat studios, 705 North Lamar, Austin, Texas, in February and March 1973
Recording equipment: ElectroVoice 665 microphones, ElectroVoice Slimair 636 microphones, Sony ECM22 electret condenser microphones, Scully 280 half-inch 4-track tape deck, Stemco half-inch 4-track tape deck, Ampex AG350 and 354 tape decks, custom 16-channel 4-bus mixing console, custom steel plate stereo reverb, Scotch 202 tape stock
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Joyce's finished master tape of I've Got a Head on My Shoulders and Don't Make My Cry that producer Bill Josey sends to his contact at Columbia Records in Nashville
The master tape from the March 1973 Sonobeat sessions with Joyce Spence and Glenn Proctor