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Where Yellow Turns To Gold!
in the great music city of Cleveland, Ohio

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Welcome Discerning Music Fans!

To the World Wide Web home of Banana Records! Banana Records released its first record in 1982 - long before the debut of that entity known as the internet - but here we are!

Banana Records traces its history in Cleveland to as far back as 1973, when it emerged as a concept in the heads of a few music heads plying the scene in those long ago times. Please feel free to explore these pages. You'll find a concise history of Banana on the about page, you can explore the Banana stable of artists, and purchase their material. You can also check out Mab Zab Music publishing, which continues to be operational and can handle your music publishing needs. (Protect that intellectual property, folks!) And of course, there is the Banana Store, where you can buy select titles from archived and current Banana artists.

Thanks for visiting, and send us email with any questions/additions/subtractions.

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Breaking News from Banana Records

Butterfield 8 New Release Now Available for Pre-Order

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“Luckiest Guy In The World”

Banana Records is pleased to announce that the new release by Butterfield 8, “Luckiest Guy In The World” is now available to pre-order.  The 10-song compact disc is the first release by Butterfield 8 since the 1990 offering “Euclid Ave”.  The official release date is December 7, 2021.  Pre-orders will ship immediately upon receipt from the manufacturer.  The total price, including shipping and handling, is $12 per disc.  If you would like an autographed copy, please note that in the text of your order.  Don’t forget to include your full mailing address.

The following payment methods are preferred:

If you don’t have access to either of these payment methods, simply email Jim Butterfield at: and we will make sure we take care of you.

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'With Friends Like These' Now Available
In CD Format, All Streaming Services

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With Friends Like These,” the first solo record by Cleveland area musician Paul Nickels, is now available through all streaming services and for purchase as a CD.

Click Here to Order Your Copy Now from the Banana Store.

 “Friends” is a sprawling, 20-song collection recorded by Nickels in his own studio and featuring the original work of Nickels and six other Cleveland songwriters, including Dan Cook and the late Terry Hartman of legendary 70s/80s Cleveland band The Backdoor Men, in which Nickels served as drummer. The tunes range from Cook’s ironic, blues based “Inner Peace” to Hartman’s psychedelic masterpiece “Pavlov’s Cat,” and includes songs by Nickels, Richard Altieri, Mark Bluhm, Dave Borucki, Jim Butterfield, John Castrigano, and Bill Rouse.

Paul Nickels has played drums for a variety of Greater Cleveland bands over the past decades, including The Backdoor Men, Inner Ring Conspiracy, The Clifton Beat, and most recently The Old Brown Shoe Revue. While drums have always been his primary instrument, he is an enthusiastic if mediocre guitar player and also contributed acoustic and electric guitars and even some bass to the project. He is the proprietor of Handsome Studio in Bay Village, where the album was recorded and where he has produced and recorded albums and EPs for a number of other Cleveland artists.

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Jim Butterfield at Handsome Studio laying down some tracks.

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