TITLE: Wizard Oil
ARTIST: Jack Norton (as “Paul Dandy”)
RELEASE DATE: 4 June 1999
CREDITS: Produced and written by Jack and Kitty. Paul Dandy: vocal, guitar, ukulele, washboard, comb, jug. John Gill: soprano sax, trombone, tenor banjo, drums, coconuts. Vince Giordano: tenor banjo, piano, string bass, bass sax, tuba, goofus, bones. Ralph Norton: cornet, bass sax. Jim Price: violin. Joe Savage: lap steel. Dan Lichty: castanets, harmony vocals. Track 14 – Kim Brown and the Capitol City District Choir, soloists: Kitty Norton, Kim Brown, Regina Davis, Gerrad Reeves. Rev. Henry Brown: message. Herb Johnson: piano. Rik Sterling: Hammond C-3 organ. Recorded by Dan Lichty at Hennepin Studios (Minneapolis, MN). Mixed at Logic Studios (Golden Valley, MN). Arrangements by Jack Norton. Musical Direction by Vince Giordano. Horn Arrangements by John Gill.
NOTES: Jack used the “Paul Dandy” pseudonym for about a year, and this was later re-issued under the name “Jack Norton”.
- Mr. Norton’s Vaudeville
- 1925 Charleston
- Jerry The Junker
- The Ghost Of The St. Louis Blues
- Brother Bill
- In A Little Hula Heaven
- Lazy Moon
- Minnie The Mermaid
- He’s In The Jailhouse Now
- The Gypsy
- Crazy Words, Crazy Tune
- I Ain’t Got Nobody
- Old Man Sunshine (Little Boy Bluebird)
- Take My Hand, Precious Lord
A few rare photos from the 1999 recording sessions.
A limited edition soda (called “Wizard Oil”) was released in 2000 to help promote this album. Jack partnered with the Spring Grove Soda Company (Spring Grove, MN) to manufacture the product. Although no photos of the bottles exist today, below is the original design sketches by Jack, and the logo used for the bottle.
A limited edition washboard was released in 2004 to help promote the album. Jack partnered with the Columbus Washboard Company (Columbus, OH) to manufacture the product. Here is the original design by Jack, and photos of one of the washboards made.
Artwork for the 1999 edition…
Artwork for the 2006 edition…