In its September 12, 1964 issue, Billboard magazine reported:
Tyler Take to go to RFE
Hollywood -- Radio Free Europe will benefit from the donation of artist royalties by Kip Tyler from sales of his Gyro-Disc record of "That Bell of Freedom."
Bill Kennedy, label executive, told Billboard that considerable international interest has already been generated by the record. Tyler's manager, B.W. Garcin had his legal counsel work out the arrangements with Radio Free Europe for the acceptance of the donation of artist royalties.
The next month, Billboard carried a small advertisement for Kip Tyler that included a color photograph with this caption:
KIP TYLER, exciting young international singing sensation, currently hot with “That Bell of Freedom” on Gyro-Disc International. Radio Free Europe has accepted donation of Kip’s artist royalties. Says Kip: ‘I’m humbly grateful that I can help, in small way, the cause of world freedom.”
Although both Kip Tyler and Radio Free Europe enjoyed the small publicity, there is no record of that donation’s amount as the record was not a commercial success.
Who was Kip Tyler?
Kip Tyler was the stage name for Elwood Westerton Smith, who was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 31, 1929. In the 1950s, Kip Tyler was somewhat successful as a “rock-and-roll” singer, who also played the bongo drums, including for his band called “Kip Tyler and the Flips.” He became famous in California in the early 1960s for his live performances, although his records sales were not commercially significant. He also sang on the song track for various Hollywood movies. He joined the new record label Gyro Disc Hollywood in 1964 and recorded “That Bell of Freedom,” among other songs that did not sell nationally. By the end of the 1960s, Kip Tyler, who was never a commercial success, apparently, gave up his recording career. He died on September 23, 1996, in Los Angeles, California.
For more information, a short biography of Kip Tyler can be found here:
“That Bell of Freedom" can be hear on youtube.com at