Ace Diamond: Tall Tales of the Gowell Brothers and Their Two Loves – Baseball and Music!
Hi all, Rich Gowell aka Ace Diamond here once again, singing and swinging for the brand new album “Playin’ Baseball” that’s out now! Come on by my website or for the latest in my baseball music!
Well, you recall in our last story about “The Gowell’s”- “Larry,Dick & Bev” (family group) recounting their interesting trip to Rockland,Maine in that big snow storm in 1969! They did get regional hit record from that session with Dick’s song. “The Magic of your Love” in 1969-70 in the Central Maine area. Maybe treading through several feet of snow to record music, wasen”t such a bad idea after all !
We’ re talking a few years later here..”The Gowell”s” as a singing group were not working together at the time for various reasons..*Larry Gowell.. as you remember was playing baseball in the Yankee system and he was busy excelling as a pitcher in AA-West Haven at that time, he was selected “Right-Handed Pitcher of the year,with the West Haven,Ct. Yankee team,which went on to win the Eastern League title for skipper Bobby Cox! “Gowell” went 14-6 that season and had a fantastic year!
Meanwhile..Back home in Auburn,ME.(1972-73) singing under his real name “Rich Gowell” he decided to go back into the studio to record a follow up to “The Gowell’s” successful Recording “The Magic Of Your Love”..
‘Rich” ..later known as “Ace Diamond” was performing as a solo act at this time and Producer :Ed Boucher helped choose some good players for his record. We pulled together some of the best musicians in the Northeast for the gig, several of the players became well known in later years! We cut two songs with a spanish flavor, that we plan to re-release later on this year (2010) on an “Ace Diamond” CD album..The tunes we cut in Lewiston were..”Lovely Mexican Lady” b/w “Pretty Senorita” were recorded at EAB recording studios in Lewiston,ME. With legendary producer:Ed Boucher! These top Notch musicians really put a shine on the two tunes that Rich penned..We had Bobby Eli on Drums, Steve Tabb on keyboards with “Denny Breau” a very talented guitarist..and Denny’s older brother the late great “Lenny (Sonny) Breau” on lead guitar..later in life he became known as one of the very best guitarist of all time! Chet Atkins stated that “Lenny Breau was the best he’d ever seen”!! (Google “Lenny” & check him out!) So, with these incredible musicians you had to have a great session!..and we sure did! That spring we released the record on our own label “Gowell Records” and it got some decent airplay in the region. That next year it was picked up by Twin Record Productions in Florida and was re-released throughout the south..It got some good reviews and airplay from Florida to Texas!
Rich Gowell (Dick) became known as “Ace Diamond” in the early 90’s! He continued singing and writing over the years and released 3-albums/CD’s(Several singles) on his own Label (Allagash Country Records)..The CD’s entitled “Colorado Rockies” .”Elvis,Jerry Lee And Me'” & “Playin’ Baseball”-This hot new Baseball music release is really starting to catch on- Watch for Ace’ s late summer 2010 release of “Pistol Packin’ Mama”! No one else does baseball music like Ace Diamond!
Check out the official website and blog at or