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Top Spin Records

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Based in Castleblayney, Monaghan, Ireland.
. The Top Spin label was launched in 1974 by Tony Loughman, publisher of Entertainment News and manager of Top Rank Promotions, probably as an offshoot of Top Rank Promotions. Top Rank was established in 1963 and by the 1970s was the biggest management company in the country music business in Ireland, managing people like Big Tom, Susan McCann, Philomena Begley, etc. Top Rank also owned a chain of ballrooms and other venues across the country and a recording studio situated in Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan. Most of the artists on the label were signed to Top Rank Promotions management company, most notably Philomena Begley. Top Rank also brought country stars from America to perform in Ireland: Porter Wagoner, Charlie Pride, Hank Locklin, Johnny Cash, etc. Some of these artists also recorded for Top Spin.
Confusingly, Top Spin sometimes refers to itself as just Spin Records, e.g. it often lists it's address on the back of album covers as "Spin Records Ltd, Castleblayney, Monaghan, Ireland". This should not be confused with the Belfast label Spin Records.



SINGLES

TSS-000 Series TSS 50 TSS 51 Philomena Begley - Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus / Amigos Guitar [1974] TSS 52 Paddy King & The Everglades - Field of Yellow Daisies / Is Goodbye That Easy To Say [1974] TSS 52 Big Valley - United We Stand [1974] unconfirmed TSS 53 Shelley & Gerry (& Big Valley) - United We Stand / Better Move It On Home [1975] TSS 54 Pat Morris & The Paddy Cole Band - Mother Was Her Name / Long Tall Glasses [1975] (diecut PS) TSS 55 TSS 56 TSS 57 Philomena Begley - Blanket On The Ground / You Never Were Mine [1975] TSS 58 Shelly & The Big Valley - Da Doo Run Run / Angel Eyes [1975] TSS 59? Colm Hughes & The Paddy Cole Superstars - Saturday Night / Cosy Choice TSS 60 Philomena Begley - Once Around The Dance Floor / It's A Long Way From Heaven [1976] TSS 61 Anne, Shelley & The Marines - I Want To Lose You In Me / Everything I Own TSS 62 TSS 63 TSS 64 TSS 65 The Hollywood Stars - Delta Dawn / Let It Shine [1976] TSS 66 TSS 67 Susan McCann & The Storytellers - Feelin' Single, Seeing Double / Where Is My Nora [1977] TSS 68 The Superstars featuring Paddy Cole - Burbon Street Parade / Paddy Cole's Superstars - Daybreak [1977] TSS 69 Mary Lou - That's What Love Is Made Of / The Cliffs of Dooneen TSS 70 Susan McCann & The Storytellers - Big Tom Is Still The King / Piroque Joe [4/1977] TSS 71 Ian Corrigan & Country Style - Time On My Hands / Falling In Love Again TSS 72 Connie & The Downtown Express - You Can't Reach Me / Before You Go [1977] TSS 73 Connie Lee & the Prarie (sic) Ramblers featuring Lal Lee - Apples Won't Grow in Colorado / Sunshine Saturday [1977] TSS 74 Philomena Begley & Her Ramblin' Men - For The First Time In A Long Time / I Want To Hold You In My Dreams Tonight [1977] TSS 75 TSS 76 TSS 77 TSS 78 TSS 79 TSS 80 Susan McCann - White Christmas / Santa And The Kids [1977] TSS 81 Ian Corrigan & Country Style - I Need Someone To Hold Me When I Cry / Shackles and Chains TSS 82 Eileen King & Country Flavour - Wishful Thinking / The Violet and the Rose TSS 83 TSS 84 Philomena Begley - The Umbrella Song / Big Wheel Cannonball [1978] TSS 85 Hank Locklin - The Upper Room / Another Look At Mama TSS 86 Duggie Jane & Goldrush - Ain't That A Shame / Close The Door Lightly When You Go [1978] TSS 87 Colm Hughes & The Paddy Cole Superstars - Lazy Love / Heartaches & Heartaches TSS 88 Susan McCann - Hi Fi To Cry By / More Precious Than Ever TSS 89 Philomena Begley - What's Wrong With The Way That We're Doing It Now / Our Hearts Have Crossed the Finish Line [1978] (PS) TSS 90 TSS 91 TSS 92 TSS 93 TSS 94 TSS 95 TSS 96 TSS 97 TSS 98 TSS 99 TSS 100 Shelly - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain [1979] TSS 101 The Swinging Marines - I'll Share My World With You / Mean Girl // Back Home Again / Slowly TSS 102 Hank Locklin - Country Hall of Fame [1979] TSS 103 Apaches - My Name Is Joe / Wooden Heart TSS 104 TSS 105 TSS 106 Susan McCann - Seeing Is Believing / Lie To Linda [10/1979] TSS 107 TSS 108 TSS 109 TSS 110 TSS 111 Philomena Begley - Blue Jean Country Queen / One Drink Is One Too Many [1980] (PS) TSS 112 Susan McCann - Someone Is Looking For Someone Like You / Once A Day [2/1980] (PS) TSS 113 Patrice - Still I Love Him / Don't Come Home A- Drinking [1980] (PS) Patrice was Gloria Smith's sister TSS 114 Colm Hughes (Paddy Cole Superstars) - Baby Make Love / Heartache & Heartaches [1980] TSS 115 TSS 116 Philomena Begley - Tra-Le-La-Le-La-La-Triangle / Everything I've Always Wanted [1980] TSS 117 TSS 118 TSS 119 TSS 120 TSS 121 TSS 122 TSS 123 Two's Company - If I Could Only Make You Care / Write Yourself A Love Song [1981] TSS 124 TSS 125 Ian & Rosaleen with Style - Boney Fingers / Save The Last Dance [1981] (PS) TSS 126 Susan McCann - Are There Any Goodbyes Left In The Good Old USA / River Road [1981] TSS 127 TSS 128 TSS 129 Philomena Begley - The Buck Dance / Darlin' It's Yours [1981] TSS 130? Paddy Cole - Stay A Little Longer / Louisanna Man [1980] (PS) TSS 131 TSS 132 TSS 133 TSS 134 TSS 135 TSS 136 TSS 137 TSS 138 TSS 139 TSS 140 TSS 141 TSS 142 TSS 143 TSS 144 TSS 145 TSS 146 TSS 147 TSS 148 TSS 149 TSS 150 Susan McCann - Rockabilly Can Rock [5/1982] TSS 151 Philomena Begley - Crying My Heart Out Over You / You Can't Make Love By Yourself [1982] TSS 152 Susan Mccann - Romeo / Blue Ribbon Beer Drinking Song [1982] TSS 153 TSS 154 Hugo Duncan- The Stone Outside Dan Murphy's Door / As Close As I Get To Loving You TSS 155 Philomena Begley - Cottage On The Hill / Heaven's Just A Sin Away [1982] TSS 156 TSS 157 Susan McCann - While I Was Making Love To You / Down To My Last Broken Heart TSS 158 Philomena Begley - Whiskey Drinkin You / Seeing You With Her TSS 159 : TSS 175 Patrice Mcneill & Tulsa Jesus On The Radio / Keeping Up Appearances : TSS 601 Philomena Begley - Jose Cuerva / All My Cloudy Days Are Gone [1983] (PS) The sleeves mistakenly claims the A-side was the "Eurovision Gold Star Award 1983 Winner". In fact it was the European Gold Star Award winner, the country+western equivalent of the Eurovision. TSS ?? Susan McCann - Santa and the Kids [1977] TSS ?? Susan McCann - When I Was Making Love To You [10/1982] TSS ?? Susan McCann - When The Sun Says Goodbye to the Mountain [3/1983]

ALBUMS



TSLP-000 Series TSLP 071 Philomena Begley - Meet The Queen of Country Music [1974] TSLP 072 TSLP 073 TSLP 074 Shelly and Gerry - Just Two People [1975] TSLP 075 TSLP 076 Philomena Begley - Introduces Her Rambling Men TSLP 077 Hugo Duncan - Sings [1975] TSLP 078 Pat Ely - Pat Ely Sings TSLP 079 Sean McGuire - Man Of Achievement [1975] folk, Irish fiddle TSLP 080 TSLP 081 TSLP 082 Philomena Begley & Her Ramblin' Men - Blanket On the Ground [1975] TSLP 083 Anchors Away with Anne & the Swinging Marines [1975] TSLP 084 TSLP 085 TSLP 086 Philomena Begley and the Ramblin' Men - Queen of the Silver Dollar [1976] TSLP 087 Introducing Anne, Shelly & The Marines [1976] as advertised on television TSLP 088 TSLP 089 Sharon - Sharon In Song TSLP 090 Philomena Begley - Irish Country Queen [1976] TSLP 091 Paddy Cole - The Best of Paddy Cole's Superstars TSLP 092 Susan McCann - Sings Country LP [1977] TSLP 093 TSLP 094 Susan McCann - Papa's Wagon LP [1977] TSLP 095 TSLP 096 TSLP 097 TSLP 098 Philomena Begley - Truckin' Queen [1977] TSLP 099 TSLP 100 Eileen King And The Country Flavour - Country Gifts TSLP 101 The Lochsiders - s/t (Kevin Loughlin introduces John Gordon and Mairead McCann) TSLP 102 Hank Locklin - Country Hall Of Fame [1979] TSLP 103 TSLP 104 Brian Coll - Countrified [1978] TSLP 105 TSLP 106 TSLP 107 TSLP 108 TSLP 109 TSLP 110 Philomena Begley - Nashville Country TSLP 111 Brian Coll - Tennessee Country [1979] TSLP 112 Hank Locklin - All Kinds of Everything [1980] TSLP 113 Philomena Begley - Fireside Country [1979] TSLP 114 Susan Mc Cann - Santa And The Kids [1978] red vinyl TSLP 115 Ian Corrigan - Let Me Stay Awhile [1978] TSLP 116 TSLP 117 John Glenn & The Wranglers - Alone With You [1978] TSLP 118 Susan McCann - Down River Road LP [1979] TSLP 119 TSLP 120 Tex Withers - Feelin' Country [1979] TSLP 121 TSLP 122 Susan McCann - Good N' Country LP [1979] TSLP 123 TSLP 124 TSLP 125 v/a - Cream of Country Vol.1 TSLP 126 v/a - Cream of Country Vol.2 : TSLP 140 v/a - Country Party [1983] TSLP ??? Shelley & Big Valley - Just Two People LP [1974] TSLP ??? Susan McCann - Santa And The Kids LP [1978] TSLP ??? Joe McShane (feat. Margaret Reed and Neville Patterson) - Joe McShane Sings Country [1979] SSLP-500 Series SSLP 501 Susan McCann - Susan McCann In Nashville LP [1980] SSLP 502 Philomena Begley - Philomena's Country LP [1980] SSLP 503 Susan McCann - Storybook Country LP [1980] SSLP 504 Patrice - Nashville Memories LP SSLP 505 Two's Company - The Nashville Sound of Two's Company LP SSLP 506 SSLP 507 Susan McCann - Sincerely Yours [1981] : Top Spin/Fortune Records co-Releases: FAME LP 1 Susan McCann - Chart Hits LP [1983] Top Spin/Release Records co-Releases: SMLP 001 Ray Lynam & Philomena Begley - The Best Of Ray & Phil thanks to John Lynch for his help


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