The Golden World Story
A Tragedy Behind Ric-Tic?

label scan courtesy of Ian Walsh

For their second release, Ed and JoAnne created a new label and publishing division in Ric-Tic. 

This may have been borne out of tragedy however.

JoAnne had a son to Johnny Brattton, circa 1950. He was christened Derek Truman Bratton.

Tragically Derek died, age 12, in an accident in January 1962, which was around the time of their first release on Golden World.

When I initially asked JoAnne to recall people and dates from the era, she replied "it's so difficult to recall anything really, because for me, time stopped when Derek died."

To JoAnne, Derek was known affectionately as Ric, and frequently as Ric-Tic.

It is possible therefore, that for Golden World's second release they created a new label as a memorial to JoAnne's son.



Notes by David Meikle

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