78 Records History, Background Past- Present-Future Mission

Music Store & More

In the 70’s in the South Union, Third Ward, and Sunnyside neighborhoods in Houston, Texas; as kids, you either chose sports, or music as an extracurricular school activity. I’m pretty sure it was like this in many inner city neighborhoods across the country.


Kids from all types of homes and backgrounds would come together with these activities and excel beyond anyone's imagination. To have these platforms of sports and music in school built everlasting bonds among classmates, friends, and even enemies. We could show what we could do beyond the classroom work. The (TOP) Band from Jack Yates was a strong a mighty little band. We use to go there and play music with them before we were even students. Harold Sanders, Michael Polk, Big Greg and others were already there.


With the introduction of the middle schoool conversion from Jr. High; we had kids from Ryan, Cullen, and all over the area that added to (TOP)  Under direction of the late Daphne Chappel, we became Jack Yates Marching Motion Band in 1981. With majorettes, flagettes, boosters, and the band; we hit the “ Superband Category”  For all of us, these experiences laid the foundation still today, that  impact our lives.


All of us. You had to be there to know for real. Ask anybody who was there.

From Cullen Jr High, and later at Jack Yates, it was the music and performing that would captivate and motivate Holley and Bates. We all have something to express from within. From sports, music, art, theatre, choir, etc. The powerhouse of the funk among many other music genres brought these two together with John Broussard( AKA JAB Productions) , Craig Rucker, and Clifton Clark, who were known around Houston at the time initially as “ Garage Band” Until the word got out, they actually had a name. ( Nu Wave) they formed a reputation as the band  “NU Wave” around schools and local talent shows. Rob was with us early on but left to do his own thing as “ L A Rapper.”


Being young musicians Nu Wave had a rough start. Being rushed on and off stage in their debut performance. They had  sound issues, mic issues, and jitters, the performance was not up to expectations. They sounded better even in rehearsal.  They were rejected by most; at the same time,  accepted by many. When I say rejected I mean (BOOOOOO is the right word)  When I say accepted, I mean a few saw the potential and supported them.


Performing hits of the day from The Time, Prince, Cameo, and many other artist; one particular member did not accept the rejection too well. (Holley)


One night on a local Houston Radio Station, there was an airing of the Time Live At The Roxy. Holley took advantage of hearing this and recorded it. Holley later presented the recording to  Broussard and the band. They came up with a whole new show that elevated Nu Wave to great performances, winning talent shows, and earning some respect as a band on the Houston Music scene.


Later as real life and adulthood was fast approaching, members parted ways and Bates joined the military. Holley and other members, Broussard, and Rucker continued with music projects and having some success in the industry.

Holley went on to form rap duo (J & D) who toured with Ice Cube, YoYo, and Chubb Rock. After a period of writing, De Holley decided to go back to what he loves most; singing, recording, creating, performing live music. De Holley kept the music going, continued to write, perform, and stay in the dream, and the plan that He and Chuck made all those years ago. Holley would also write and record his debut project “Emotionally Unavailable”  There was also a major lawsuit involving copyright that is a story on its own and will be posted on this website.


De Holley would always keep up with Chuck over the years. Constantly trying to encourage him to stick with the music, and as Holley would say “finish the game”  De Holley even convinced Chuck B to perform in some live shows around Austin, Texas and in Memphis, Tennessee to perform and promote Holley’s “Emotionally Unavailable” Project.


After many roads to travel on life's journey, and even the  passing of decades , the road has lead us right back to pick up where we left off.


 “It’s time now to finish the game.”


De Holley and Michael Chuck Bates have brought the combined knowledge, skills, passion, and talent back today  in a Joint Venture, that is 78 Records & Film Projects.  

78 Records Music & Film Projects is a branch of MCB & Associates, Inc. 78 Records Music & Film Projects is a music publisher, music production: Operations and management by Michael Bates. Michael Bates, producer, musician, singer, songwriter; with artist, entertainer, singer & songwriter De Holley. Bates and Holley started a musical journey in 1978. The journey is still changing, growing and evolving today. 78 Records is excited to now have 78 Records Music Store & More. An online and offline store offering musical instruments and accessories, audio equipment, and general merchandise.


We pride ourselves on outstanding service, and are very thankful to work in our communities, keeping the excite of music and creativity; as well as sharing our knowledge and experiences with youth and young adults. Our goal and mission Is to spark the musical creativity in our youth, helping them to become better in all areas of their lives; at the same time, making us better in our lives. We appreciate you supporting our music, our personal projects, and buying from our store; 78 Records Music Store and More. Thank You!


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78 Records Music & More

Dedicated to keeping music, art, and creativity alive and well for creative people of all talent levels. We are musicians, music publishers, and a music store providing quality and affordable musical instruments and accessories in the USA. We serve all talent levels. From your very first time, holding an instrument, to when you need  high quality professional instruments, we have what you need, or we have access to getting it.  If you don’t see it on our website, send us an email or call Michael; he will find it for you. 615-481-5110


Along the way; you will also hear music produced by Michael Bates, and DeHolley of 78 Records Music & Film Projects. Still practicing, still playing, still producing, still performing, still creating since 1978.


Music has not only been a fun and enriching experience for us here at 78records Music & More, it has been a savior. In our opinion, children grow and learn differently. Some traditional schools won’t work for some kids. We know this first hand from experience. Had it not been for the music programs in schools, and all of those activities related to arts and creativity, we would not have made it through, or experienced to growth and fulfillment  that music brings at any age.


 Music should not be considered an extracurricular activity, but an overall part of a child’s education, and an important part of adulthood as well. The majority of great music and talent won’t be heard on main stream sources. I would even go far enough to say, some of what I hear on main stream radio is… well not as good as music that I have heard from a small group on the streets of New Orleans, or this can be any corner anywhere in the world where music is allowed to be expressed for that matter.


“ Many hit songs are the same 4 chords, but you don’t even need to know 4 chords to create a good song. You can do it with 3! You can be perfect and professional at your 3 chord level. Just start where you are and keep building on what you learn each day. In music, you will find the journey never ending. When you learn something new, you realize how much you don’t know.” Michael Bates

We fully agree with a blog posting from Art and Music Center.


According to a blog post from artandmusiccenter.com 


1. Music Boosts Young Brains

Immersing children in music can help boost their brain power. Music stimulates the parts of the brain associated with academic achievement, such as reading and math, and emotional development. Instead of viewing music as an extracurricular activity, consider it an overall part of your child’s education.  



2. Art Improves Academic Achievement

Students involved in the arts have tremendous academic benefits compared to students without exposure to the arts. Art inspires kids to excel in and out of the classroom. It helps students stay in school, increases motivation, improves attitudes and attendance, and improves academic performance.


According to Americans for the Arts, a student involved in the arts is:


4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.


4x more likely to participate in a math or science fair.


3x more likely to win an award for school attendance.


3x more likely to be elected to class office.


Lower income or socioeconomic students experience even greater benefits from the arts. Low income students highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate compared to their peers with no arts education, and have a 5x lower dropout rate.



3. Music Can Improve Memory

Want your kids to remember their homework assignments, where they put their shoes, or to brush their teeth before bed? Music might help. Research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve memory. Exposing children to music in early development helps them learn word sounds and meanings, and dancing helps build motor skills. Even adults can experience memory benefits from just listening to music.



4. Music and Art Enhance Creativity

This may sound like an obvious benefit, but the effects of enhanced creativity will extend to many aspects of your child’s life. Children develop innovation skills when they’re encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art and playing music. Those skills can open doors later in life; 72% of employers say that creativity is the #1 skill they look for when hiring.



5. Music Improves Social Skills

It’s not always team sports that teach important social skills; playing an instrument can help, too. Music groups and ensembles can help kids develop important life skills such as teamwork, developing leadership skills, discipline, and how to relate to others.



6. Art and Music Improves Language and Reading Skills

Children’s brains develop faster with music, particularly in areas associated with language acquisition and reading skills, according to a 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute.


For young children, making arts provides opportunities for language development. Toddlers learn words for colors and shapes as they create art. If you want to encourage language learning, communication, and reading in your kids, art and music are essential.



7. Art and Music Enhance Critical Thinking Skills

The creativity involved in art education strengthens critical thinking skills for kids. Visually learning through drawing, sculpting, and painting develops visual-spatial skills. This teaches kids how to interpret and use visual information.


As for music, a study of 3-4 year olds learning to play piano scored significantly higher on spatial-temporal reasoning tests compared to those with no music instruction. Spatial-temporal reasoning is a precursor to logical thinking, abstract thinking, and problem solving needed for the brain to function in mathematics, engineering, and physics.



8. Art and Music Build Confidence

As kids develop skills in art and music, and improve those skills through repetition and practice, they build confidence in themselves. Studies have shown that when children participate in arts activities with peers and provide criticism and praise to one another, the feedback they give to each other builds self respect.



9. Art and Music Creates Cultural and Personal Connections

Immersion in art and music can foster a sense of cultural awareness in kids. As students interpret visual imagery from artists and learn about art history, it helps them understand the concept of cultural diversity. Seeing a different culture explored through a visual medium such as sculptures or paintings helps kids process information differently than reading about it in a text book.


Learning about musical history and exploring different types of music can help kids connect with different cultures. Art and music help people feel more connected to one another, as well.



10. Art and Music Instills Discipline

Dedicating themselves to art and music teaches kids important concepts of discipline. While some kids may show a natural talent in one area or another, the truth is that ongoing commitment and practice is required to improve. By committing to stick with lessons and practicing outside of classrooms and lessons, kids learn discipline skills that will benefit them in many aspects of life.


Immersing children in the arts and music, at home, through lessons, at school and in the community, provides undeniable benefits that will help them throughout their lives.




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MCB & Associates, Inc.
78 Records Music & Film Projects
P. O. Box 3752
Cordova, TN 38088
Phone: (615)481-5110

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