Ork released Television’s debut single “Little Johnny Jewel” followed by records from Richard Hell, The Marbles and Mick Farren, among others. An Ork Record release was always a thrilling event for me. You never knew what direction the label would move and that was part of what made it such an exciting and ultimately ground-breaking label. With Ork seeking out new bands and Ball keeping the machinery of the business running, Ork Records was a ticket to New York’s underground musical amusement park.
Via Vintage Vinyl News, word from Robin Crutchfield, an important figure in the No Wave scene and a member of one of Ball’s ‘signees,’ DNA:
I just received word from Andy Schwartz, old editor of New York Rocker, who received word from writer Roy Trakin, that Charles Ball died of a heart attack last night in St. Petersberg, Fla. I am passing the word along. It’s too bad Charles didn’t receive his proper due in his lifetime. His contributions to the DYI culture are massive in importance.—Robin