Star Revue was formed in 1961 after founder Ron Barrett,
Sr. had made records with H. B. Barnum, Richard Berry and Don
Julian in the late 1950’s.
After the success Ron experienced singing with the Meadowlarks,
a West Coast group who had a big hit "Heaven and Paradise,"
"Always and Always," just to name a few on the Dootone
record label, he didn't turn his back on the music business.
Ron talked with HB Barnum about starting a production company.
He set out with one hundred dollars, which wasn’t enough.
HB advised him he would need about $10,000 to $15,000 to start.
He realized he would need investors. He spoke to his bosses
at Christian Lettner, the roofing company he worked for at
the time. After several meetings, it was agreed that if Ron
could demonstrate that he could make money, Christian Lettner
would invest in his dream.
He went down and registered Star Revue as a sole proprietor.
Star Revue’s first office was in Hollywood, California.
HB Barnum rented him a room in his office. . Because
Star Revue was a new company, it didn’t have many contacts.
HB Barnum was busy with various acts. When someone would come
to him with a musical idea, he would refer them to Star Revue.
This was the case with the group The Duals.
The Duals were two young men. A lead guitar player whose name
was Henry Bellinger and a rhythm guitar player, Johnny Lageman.
They had a fresh clean sound. The Duals would become Star
Revue’s first clients. Their first single was entitled
Stick Shift which became a local hit, playing on every radio
station’s play list.