Eluthera was Artie Kornfeld's label, listed on the first album as "A Division of Kornfeld, Lang
Adventures," and the second as "A Flower of Kornfeld Adventures." Eleuthera is an island in the
Bahamas and Artie had just returned from vacationing there. He had such a nice time that he named the
label after the island and Bert Sommer wrote and recorded a song about it on the label's first album. It
referred to Eleuthera as an "island across the bay where the sun always shines and there's nobody there
to bother us."
Sommer was a singer/songwriter (he wrote all the tunes on his album) who had also acted in the Broadway musical Hair (as "Woof"), and had a small part in the movie Ironweed. The tune "We're All Playing in the Same Band" [Eleuthera 470] made the national top-50 in 1970. On the album, it is noted that the song is inspired by an Artie Ripp-ism. Ripp, of course, was the owner of Buddah Records, who distributed Eleuthera.
Sommer recorded for Capitol in the late 1960s and again in the late 1970s. He died in 1990.
The other artist on the label was Buzzy Linhart, a singer/guitarist from Cleveland who had been in the Greenwich Village music scene for years without much commercial success. He had been around when Kama Sutra Productions was formed by Ripp and others in 1964, and was one of the artists on the Buddah/Kama Sutra labels for years. Perhaps thinking that a new label might help the commercial success, he recorded for Eleuthera in 1971, along with three other musicians as the group "Music," but it proved no tonic. He returned to Buddah for his subsequent recordings, as the Eleuthera label folded in 1971 and the Linhart album was reissued that same year on Buddah as part of a two-LP set (bundled with an album he had recorded for Philips Records previously).
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