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Monday, 24 September 2018

Big Jay McNeely


I've just read the news that Big Jay McNeely passed away on September 16th 2018. This really is the end of an era. It was Big Jay's recording of "The Goof" (on a volume of "Old King Gold") which was my introduction to genuine blasting, honking, screeching sax-driven R&B. Over the years I acquired more Big Jay sounds - the Pathe Marconi release of his Imperial sides on "Deacon Rides Again," his Savoy recordings on the double LP set "Honkers and Screamers," two compilations of tracks from various labels on Saxophonograph, and a 1980s issue of "Big "J" In 3-D" which had 12 of his Federal sides.

Most of these LPs have been posted on Be Bop Wino over the years. Some links have expired, so here it all is again so that you can blast 'em out while raising a glass (while perhaps reflecting on the transcience of everything) to the memory of the King of the Honkers, Big Jay McNeely.



Wild Wig - a homemade compilation of his Savoy sides, taken from the "Honkers And Screamers" Double LP. Big Jay's first solo recordings from 1948.






Deacon Rides Again - Pathe Marconi reissue of sides recorded for Imperial in 1950 - 51.




Big "J" In 3-D - Reissue on Sing of sides recorded for Federal in 1952 - 54.

Road House Boogie - Saxophonograph compilation of sides recorded for Exclusive (1949), Aladdin (1950) and Federal (1952).



The Best Of Big Jay McNeely - career spanning Saxophonograph compilation, from his early recordings with Johnny Otis (1947) to his biggest hit "There Is Something On Your Mind" in 1958.




Matt The Cat's tribute to Big Jay on his "Juke In The Back" show is here - Juke In The Back # 438 

The show includes Matt's interviews with Big Jay as well as a selection of his best tracks.

Ted Carroll's tribute to Big Jay can be read on the Ace Records Website.

Ace Records issued recordings made by Big Jay in the UK in 1983 and therefore helped to revive his career after he had fallen into decades long obscurity.

Cecil J. McNeely, April 29th, 1927 - September 16th, 2018

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Rock'n Roll Dance Party Volume One























Side One:
01. Come Back Baby - Harvey Davis
02. They Just Rock 'n' Rolling - V. & B.B.
03. Am I The Man - Bobby Lester
04. Washed Up - George Cromwell
05. You Know Baby - The Meloaires
06. Believe It Or Not - Donnie Elbert
07. Feelin' Alright - Larry Dale
08. If It's The Last Thing I Do - Frankie Marshall

Side Two:
01. Downtown Twist - Bob Carter
02. Rock 'n' Roll Jungle - Joe Benson
03. A Fool In Love - Marie Adams
04. You're The One - Sticks Herman
05. Yeah Baby - Stella Johnson
06. Five, Ten, Fifteen Hours - Chris Tyler
07. Crazy Beat - Dr. Horse
08. I Was A Fool For Leaving - Vicky Nelson






Thanks to Billy K who bought the LP on eBay and then ripped it and scanned the artwork, we can now all enjoy Volume One of the Rock'n Roll Dance Party series. And what a stonkingly great volume it is! As usual I've had a dig around the internet (mainly 45cat.com) to find the original release info on these wild, wild tracks. One track has got me beat - "You're The One" by Sticks Herman. I presume this is the same Sticks Herman who had releases on Goldband and its subsidiary Tic Toc. A few of his tracks can be found on YouTube, but "You're The One" sounds quite different from those efforts. If anyone has any info, please pass it on.

Billy K's rip is of excellent quality and is at a higher volume than I usually use, so be prepared for a loud listening experience. In the info section below I've included a couple of links to 45cat.com where there is additional information on the artists on the recordings. The info section features the titles and artists as billed on the original releases on single, so there is some variation when compared with the LP track list.

Groovetastic Track Info:

01. Come Back Baby - Harvey Davis - Cindy C-3011 - October 1958

02. They Just Rocking and Rolling - V. & B.B. - J & S Records - August 1958

03. Am I The Man - Bobby Lester - Checker 921 - April 1959

04. Washed Up - George Cromwell - Brunswick 9-55131 - May 1959

05. You Know Baby - The Meloaires - Nasco 45-6019 - September 1958

06. Believe It Or Not - Donnie Elbert - DeLuxe 45-6143 - July 1957

07. Feelin' All Right - Larry Dale - Herald H-463 - October 1955

08. If It's The Last Thing I Do - Frankie Marshall - Atco 45-6061 - January 1956

09. Downtown Twist - Bob Carter - Den Records 45-11229 - May 1962

10. Rock And Roll Jungle - Joe Benson - DeLuxe 45-6146 - ? 1957

11. A Fool In Love - Marie Adams (Johnny Otis and His Orchestra) - Capitol F4108 - December 1958

12. You're The One - Sticks Herman - nope, got me beat

13. Yeah Baby - Stella Johnson - KRC 304-45 - 1958

14. Five, Ten, Fifteen Hours - Chris Tyler - Kim 101 - March 1960

15. Crazy Beat - Al (Dr. Horse) Pittman w The Musical Jockeys - Clown 3008 - September 1962

16. I Was A Fool For Leaving - Vicky Nelson featuring Sam Taylor on saxophone - Vik 4X-0273 - April 1957

With many thanks to Billy K.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Rock'n Roll Dance Party Volume 3
































































Side One:
01. You Know Baby - The Fabulous Swingtones
02. Bernadine - Tiny Morrie
03. Daddy Please Come Home - Eunice & Eddie
04. Josephine - Rudy Ray Moore
05. Scorched - Varetta Dillard
06. Just To Hold My Hand - Paul Perryman
07. Walkin' On My Thin Sole Shoes - Choker Campbell
08. Shake! Shout! & Soul! - Lil' Ray and the Premiers

Side Two:
01. I'm A Man - Mort Shuman
02. Crazy Little Baby - Shirley Gunter
03. Someday, Somewhere - Tommy Brown
04. No Way Out - Joyce Harris
05. (Yeah Baby) It's Because Of You - Nolan Strong
06. Wilhemina - Frankie Ervin
07. Woncha Gone - Tommy Ridgley
08. Soul & Stomp - Lil' Ray and the Premiers






Another missive from the rock 'n' roll demi-monde. This volume of Rock'n Roll Dance Party is heavy on the R&B side although rockabilly bawler Joyce Harris fits right in. We last encountered her going under the name of Sinner Strong on the T-Bird Party comp.

There are quite a few clicks and even some jumps on this LP. I can't make up my mind on the cause - scratched LP or were the original 45s pretty trashed? However the sound quality is quite good in general, although the final track, the frantic "Soul & Stomp", jumps a few times. It gets there in the end, though!

As usual I've nosed around the internet to bring you the original release details on these rockin' platters.

Fax on the Rockin' Trax:

01. You Know Baby - The Fabulous Swingtones - ABC-Paramount 45-9902 - March 1958

02. Bernadine - Tiny Morrie - Hurricane 45-6966 and Dot 45-16847 - both in 1966

03. Daddy Please Come Home - Eunice & Eddie - Star-A-Fire 45-101X - May 1962

04. Josephine - Rudy Ray Moore - Cash 1058 - 1958

05. Scorched - Varetta Dillard - Triumph (NYC) 45-608 - June 1959

06. Just To Hold My Hand - Paul Perryman - Duke 158 - September 1956

07. Walkin' On My Thin Sole Shoes - Choker Campbell - Apt 45-25011 - August 1958, also Everlast 5007 in 1958

08. Shake! Shout! & Soul! - Lil' Ray and the Premiers - Impact 26 - February 1964

09. I'm A Man - Mort Shuman - Decca (UK) 45-F 11184 - November 1959

10. Crazy Little Baby - Shirley Gunter - Tender 511-T-503 - June 1958

11. Someday, Somewhere - Tommy Brown - Imperial X5476 - November 1957

12. No Way Out - Joyce Harris - Domino R-905 - January 1961 and Infinity INX-005 - March 1961

13. (Yeah Baby) It's Because Of You - Nolan Strong - Fortune 556 - February 1964

14. Wilhemina - Frankie Ervin - Contender 1316 - April 1959

15. Woncha Gone - Tommy Ridgley - Herald H-513 - February 1958

16. Soul & Stomp - Lil' Ray and the Premiers - Impact 26 - February 1964

Information from 45cat.com, Discogs.com and WangDangDula.com.

I'm off on a short break to Vienna in a couple of days, so there will be no further posts on Be Bop Wino until the middle of next week at least. There is some good news - my turntable is back in action so more vinyl shall be ripped. And there's a humungous treat from Joan on the way! Keep rockin' kats 'n' kittens.

Update - If you dig Varetta Dillard's "Scorched" on this comp then you may like her "Double Crossing Daddy" compilation on Mr R&B. I've re-upped the album and added a new Mega link to the original post from December 2011.

 


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Illinois Jacquet & Lester Young - Battle Of The Saxes re-up






















Side One:
01. Flying Home - Illinois Jacquet
02. Blow Illinois Blow - Illinois Jacquet
03. Goofin' Off - Illinois Jacquet
04. Illinois Blows The Blues - Illinois Jacquet

Side Two:
01. D.B. Blues - Lester Young
02. Lester Blows Again - Lester Young
03. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Lester Young
04. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid - Lester Young






A requested re-up of a reconstruction of an early Aladdin LP from 1951 which I originally posted back in April 2009. I used some artwork from Joan plus rips from vinyl LPs to reconstruct this 10 inch LP. The original post with more of Joan's artwork on display is here:


The LP consists of sides recorded by Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet in the 1940s for the then new indy label Aladdin, and its immediate predecessor Philo.

The Illinois Jacquet Sides

Flying Home recorded in July 1945 in Los Angeles. Personnel: Russell Jacquet (trumpet); Henry Coker (trombone); Illinois Jacquet (tenor sax); Arthur Dennis (baritone sax); Sir Charles Thompson (piano); Ulysses Livingston (guitar); Billy Hadnott (bass); Johnny Otis (drums). Originally issued as Philo 101.

Blow Illinois Blow and Illinois Blows The Blues recorded on 1st April 1947 in New York. Personnel: Fats Navarro, Joe Newman, Russell Jacquet (trumpets); Jay Jay Johnson (trombone); Jimmy Powell (alto sax); Illinois Jacquet (tenor sax); Leo Parker (baritone sax); Sir Charles Thompson (piano); Freddy Green (guitar); Al Lucas (bass); Shadow Wilson (drums). Both sides originally released on Aladdin 3001.

Goofin' Off  recorded on 10th September 1947 in New York. Personnel: Joe Newman, Russell Jacquet (trumpets); Illinois Jacquet (tenor sax); Leo Parker (baritone sax); Sir Charles Thompson (piano); John Collins (guitar); A1 Lucas (bass); Shadow Wilson (drums). Originally released on Aladdin 3011.

The Lester Young Sides

D.B. Blues and Lester Blows Again recorded on 20th December 1945 in Los Angeles. Personnel: Vic Dickenson (trombone); Lester Young (tenor sax); Dodo Marmarosa (piano); Red Callender (bass); Henry Tucker (drums). Both sides originally released on Aladdin 123.

On The Sunny Side Of The Street and Jumpin' With Symphony Sid recorded in October 1946 in Chicago. Personnel: Lester Young (tenor sax); Argonne Thornton (piano); Fred Lacey (guitar); Rodney Richardson (bass); Lyndell Marshall (drums). Jumpin' With Symphony Sid originally released on Aladdin 162. On The Sunny Side Of The Street released on Aladdin 164.

Below is a short film which frequently appears on YouTube. You can currently find it at  -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88PwJX5gyxU

The film features the contrasting styles of Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet. Directed by Gjon Mili, it is years ahead of its time in look and feel.




The Be Bop Wino summer of rock 'n' roll has come to an unexpected halt as I've broken the stylus on my new turntable! I am currently awaiting the delivery of two new styli, so digitising of vinyl should resume next week! Hang on in there ...

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Rock'n Roll Dance Party Volume 2























Side One:
01. Wild As You Can Be - Mary Ann Fisher
02. Hey, Little Willie - The X-Cellents
03. Hooty Sapperticker - Barbara & The Boys
04. Thunder Bird - Hal Page & The Whalers
05. Show Me How - Veline Hackert
06. One Zippy Zam - Roy Milton
07. Just You & I - Guitar Red
08. Gimmie Some - The Harptones

Side Two:
01. It's Happenin' Baby - Paula Grimes
02. We're Gonna Rock This Joint - The Jackson Brothers Orchestra
03. Rip It Up, Rip It Up - Florian Monday & His Mondos
04. Suggie, Duggie, Boogie Baby - Bobby Parks
05. Come Back Baby - The Vibes
06. Little Rock Special - Pat The Cat & His Kittens
07. My Sunday Baby - The Delta Rhythm Boys
08. Happy Beat - Kents




Rock'n Roll Dance Party Volume Two (Zippy)


Yet more of THIS KIND OF THING. I'm beginning to worry that this blog may well have lost its reputation for good taste, intellectual rigour and meticulous musical scholarship, but let's face it, we're looking at respectability in the rear view mirror here. We delve further into the rock 'n' roll netherworld with another compilation which brings together a selection of the obscurest of tracks. No background information was given on the record sleeve but thanks to the internet and especially to www.45cat.com and www.discogs.com we can now find out some of the details of the original releases of these tracks.

The highlights for me - Hal Page with "Thunder Bird," Roy Milton's rockin' "One Zippy Zam" from the days when his chart topping jump blues records were a fading memory, and the crazy "Hooty Sapperticker." This record works well as a compilation even with the inclusion of the square (ish) "My Sunday Baby" recorded by The Delta Rhythm Boys a couple of decades after they were the coolest of cats.

Volume Three up next, and no, I don't have Volume One before anyone asks.


Real Gone Fax on the Wildest of Trax

01. Wild As You Can Be - Mary Ann Fisher - Fire 1010 - March 1960
Note - this version differs from that released on Fire 1002 in September 1959

02. Hey, Little Willie - The X-Cellents - Smash S-1996 - September 1965

03. Hooty Sapperticker - Barbara & The Boys - #1 Records 0001 - 1958
Re-released on Dot 45-15794 - also in 1958. Story behind disc is here.

04. Thunder Bird - Hal Page & The Whalers - J & S J-1601 - 1957

05. Show Me How - Veline Hackert - Brunswick 9-55151 - October 1959

06. One Zippy Zam - Roy Milton - King 45-4993 - December 1956

07. Just You & I - Guitar Red - Checker 988 - August 1961

08. Gimmie Some - The Harptones featuring Willie Winfield - Andrea 100 - April 1956

09. It's Happenin' Baby - Paula Grimes with Andy Gibson and His Orchestra - Turf T2-2025 - 1958

10. We're Gonna Rock This Joint - The Jackson Brothers Orchestra - RCA Victor 5004 - Oct / Nov 1952

11. Rip It Up, Rip It Up - Florian Monday & His Mondos - Realm BK 007 - August 1964

12. Suggie, Duggie, Boogie Baby - Paul Williams Orchestra, vocal Bobby Parks - Josie 45-806 - November 1956
Note - "Bobby Parks" = Robert Lee Parker, who later recorded as Bobby Parker

13. Come Back, Baby - The Vibes - ABC Paramount 45-9810 - April 1957

14. Little Rock Special - Pat The Cat & His Kittens featuring Vic Fontaine - BSD 1009 - 1956

15. My Sunday Baby - The Delta Rhythm Boys - Signature 12045 - 1960

16. Happy Beat - Kents - Dome 501 - May 1958

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Eddie Kirkland - The Way It Was























Side 1:
01. Down On My Knees
02. Don't Take My Heart
03. Daddy Please Don't Cry
04. Have Mercy On Me
05. Saturday Night Stomp
06. I'm Gonna Forget You

Side 2:
01. I Tried
02. Man Of Stone
03. I'm Going To Keep Loving You
04. Train Done Gone
05. Something's Wrong In My Life
06. Baby You Know It's True






This 1983 Red Lightnin' LP is a reissue of the 1962 Tru-Sound LP "It's The Blues Man!" Tru-Sound was a subsidiary of Prestige so perhaps unusually for a Detroit bluesman of the time, Eddie's LP was recorded in true stereo in a first class studio. The backing band was led by King Curtis and included the great R&B guitarist Billy Butler (of Bill Doggett Combo fame). Eddie's style had developed in Detroit as a member of John Lee Hooker's band with which he recorded for Chess and Modern in the early 1950s.

 True-Sound 15010

Eddie had singles under his own name issued on RPM, King, Cobra and Fortune during the '50s, all in a basic electric blues style, so the coming together of Eddie with the King Curtis led outfit could have led to a clash of styles, but the results proved to be very good indeed.

Recording Details

I Tried; Man Of Stone; Train Done Gone; I'm Going To Keep Loving You; Something's Gone Wrong In My Life; Baby You Know It's True - recorded in Englefield, New Jersey, December 8th, 1961.

Personnel: Eddie Kirkland (vocal, harmonica, guitar) with - King Curtis, Oliver Nelson (tenor saxes); Herman Foster (piano); Billy Butler (guitar); Jimmy Lewis (bass guitar); Ray Lucas (drums).

Saturday Night Stomp; I'm Gonna Forget You; Down On My Knees; Don't Take My Heart; Daddy Please Don't Cry; Have Mercy On Me - recorded in Englefield, New Jersey, March 9th, 1962.

Personnel: as above but George Stubbs replaces Herman Foster on piano. Elise Shoulder second vocal on "Daddy Please Don't Cry."

Hines Farm Blues Club, Toledo, Ohio

The above photo is from the book "I'll Take You There ... an oral and photographic history of the Hines Farm Blues Club" by Matthew A. Donahue, Jive Bomb Press, 1999.

For much more info and the complete 1950s and 1960s Eddie Kirkland output see Gerard Herzhaft's blog Blue Eye here -


The links are now dead, alas, but perhaps if we all ask nicely, Uncle Gerard may be able to provide new links.

Update - there are now 2 links in the comments on Gerard's Eddie Kirkland post.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Savage Kick Volume Ten























Side One:
01. Buggin' Baby - George Young
02. Walking Down Hill - Otis Hinton
03. The Grind - Stomp Gordon
04. She's Sumpin' Else - Dennis Binder
05. Mother Fuyer - Dirty Red
06. Do The Dive - Sugar And Sweet
07. Ivy League Clean - El Capris
08. Church Members Ball - Tabby Thomas

Side Two:
01. Blow Little Willie - Little Walkin' Willie
02. Johnny Rhythm - The Fairlanes
03. Strange Things Happening In The Dark - Joe "Mr G" August
04. Twistin' Beat - Phil Flowers
05. Woke Up This Morning - Chase Canfil
06. Rockin' Satellite - E. "Tiny" Watkins
07. You Got Me Goin' - The Sultans
08. Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um - Jimmy Shaw


 

Savage Kick Volume Ten (Zippy)


I really have no explanation for this kind of thing. My sole LP from the "Savage Kick" series which you could find in the browsers of the more louche record shops many moons ago. There they were, right beside "Stompin'!" and "Desperate Rock 'n' Roll" and other comps of rare singles by artists you had often never heard of. The early volumes on the Savage Kick label were titled "Black Rock 'n' Roll" which is a fair enough description of the contents. Later, some of the Savage Kick collections appeared on CD, with 30 tracks on each disc. A lot of the tracks also turned up in a rough-as-a-badger's-arse double boxset (30 CDs in all) called "Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock 'n' Roll" on The International Music label.

Expect haphazard selection, variable sound quality and no background info. Guess that's why people bought these things in the first place. Oh yeah and the artwork defies description, as you can see.

A plea - can anyone tell me anything about tenor sax maniac Little Walkin' Willie, apart from the fact that 6 of his tracks appeared on the Official CD "Little Walkin' Willie Meets Jesse Allen"? Any further info would be most gratefully received.

Little Walkin' Willie


Fax on the Trax

01. Buggin' Baby - George Young - Fortune 524 - 1957.

02. Walking Down Hill - Otis Hinton - Timely 1003 - 1954.

03. The Grind - Stomp Gordon - Chess 1601 - 1955.

04. She's Sumpin' Else - Dennis Binder And His Rhythm And Blues All Stars - Cottonwood 101 - 1959.

05. Mother Fuyer - Dirty Red - Aladdin 194 - 1947.

06. Do The Dive - Sugar And Sweet - S.S.J. S200 - date unknown.

07. Ivy League Clean - El Capris - Paris 525 - 1958.

08. Church Members Ball - Tabby Thomas - Delta 416 - 1958.

09. Blow Little Willie - Little Walkin' Willie - Jaguar 3012 - 1955.

10. Johnny Rhythm - The Fairlanes - Lucky Seven 102 - 1959.

11. Strange Things Happening In The Dark - Joe "Mr G" August - Flip 1001 - 1955.

12. Twistin' Beat - Phil Flowers with The T.N.T. Tribble Combo - Domino 500 - 1962.

13. Woke Up This Morning - Chase Canfil - Dart 110 - 1959.

14. Rockin' Satellite - E. "Tiny" Watkins - Sandy 1009 - date unknown.

15. You Got Me Goin' - The Sultans - Tilt 782 - 1961.

16. Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um - Jimmy Shaw - Concept C-1001 - 1959; reissued on Imperial X5603 in 1959.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Alvin "Red" Tyler And The Gyros - Rockin' & Rollin'























Side One:
01. Classy Lassie
02. Hey Hey Baby Come Home - Albert Scott
03. Double Whammy
04. Can't Let You Go I Love You So - Albert Scott
05. Tonking
06. Lonely For You
07. Happy Sax

Side Two:
01. Snake Eyes
02. Dippy
03. Doing The Rock And Roll - Calvin Spears
04. Peanut Vendor
05. Drag Race
06. Long Ride
07. Walk On





If you've been paying attention during our recent New Orleans series of posts AND if you've therefore been reading the "Fax On The Trax" sections in each post, you'll have noticed one name that turns up on many recordings, that of Alvin "Red" Tyler who featured as baritone saxophonist (and occasionally tenor saxman) on sides by (among others) Little Richard and Fats Domino.

So in late 1959 / early 1960 Johnny Vincent, head of Ace Records asked Alvin to record an instrumental LP which was released as Ace 1006 with the title "Rockin' And Rollin' With Red Tyler And The Gyros." This UK Ace issue is substantially the same album, with one track being omitted, "Junk Village." However three vocal recordings featuring Alvin as backing musician were added - two sides by Albert Scott and one by Calvin Spears.

In 1962 "Rockin' and Rollin'" was reissued on Ace 1021 as a twist album - "Twistin' With Mr. Sax." The cover was almost identical as were the tracks, all of which had been renamed by having the word "twist" added to their original titles. Gotta love that unashamed exploitation.

So let's dig a little deeper. Firstly, the vocal tracks. Albert Scott was a singer / guitarist who had two singles issued on Johnny Vincent labels. "I'm So Glad You're Mine" / "I Feel So Good" was issued on Ace 533 in August 1957. Neither of these sides had Red Tyler, but of more interest to us is Vin 1005 "Hey Hey Baby Come Home" / "Can't Let You Go I Love You So" which was issued in 1958 and which provides the Albert Scott sides on this collection. Personnel on the tracks - Albert Scott (vocal, guitar) with Lee Allen and Alvin "Red" Tyler (saxes); probably James Booker (piano); Roland Cook (bass); Charles Smith (drums).

Calvin Spears had one release on Vin - Vin 1020 "Doing The Rock and Roll" / "Come On Home" released in December 1959. Personnel: Calvin Spears (vocal) with Melvin Lastie (trumpet); Lee Allen (tenor sax); Alvin "Red" Tyler (baritone sax); James Booker (piano); Roy Montrell (guitar); Frank Fields (bass); June Gardner (drums).

The Alvin "Red" Tyler tracks. In February 1959 "Snake Eyes" / "Walk On" was issued on Ace 556, credited to Alvin "Red" Tyler. Possible personnel - Lee Allen (tenor sax); Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor sax, baritone sax); Allen Toussaint (piano); "Mac" Rebennack (guitar); Frank Fields (bass); Charles "Hungry" Williams (drums). Probably recorded in late 1958.

In December 1959 "Happy Sax" / "Junk Village" was released on Ace 576, credited to Red Tyler And The Gyros. Recorded on August 10th, 1959 in New Orleans. Probable personnel - Melvin Lastie (trumpet); Alvin "Red" Tyler and Lee Allen (tenor and baritone saxes); James "Little" Booker (piano, organ); Roy Montrell (guitar); Frank Fields (bass); Albert "June" Gardner (drums). It is possible that Allen Toussaint is the pianist on both tracks and that James Booker played organ on "Junk Village."

Some time in late 1959 or early 1960 Alvin Tyler recorded the remaining tracks on this LP (and also on the original Ace 1006 issue). In an interview with Jeff Hanusch for the Westside CD "Simply 'Red'" he said that the musicians on these tracks (which were probably recorded in one, or two sessions at the most) were as follows - Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor, baritone sax); Justin Adams (guitar); Allen Toussaint (piano); Frank Fields (bass); June Gardner (drums). Tracks recorded - Tonking, Classy Lassie, Lonely For You, Double Whammy, Dippy, Drag Race, Long Ride, Peanut Vendor, and the unreleased "Hey Mama."

The album was mostly a bit of a knock off and sometimes has that feel, but it does kind of grow on you. "Peanut Vendor" is especially good.

Original tracklist for Ace 1006 was -

Side 1:
1. Junk Village
2. Tonking
3. Classy Lassie
4. Lonely For You
5. Double Whammy
6. Snake Eyes

Side 2:
1. Happy Sax
2. Dippy
3. Drag Race
4. Long Ride
5. Peanut Vendor
6. Walk On

Included in the download is a folder of "Easter Eggs" which may be of some assistance to those who like to reconstitute original 1950s / 1960s LPs!

CD to look out for - Westside WESM 529 - "Simply Red." This has all the tracks from the original LP plus a few alternates. Issued shortly after Alvin passed away, so his interview with Jeff Hannusch is of special interest.


John Broven's sleevenotes on the LP (from an earlier interview with Alvin) are also very interesting.

Monday, 6 August 2018

The Hollywood Flames - The John Dolphin Sessions























Side A:
01. Clickety Clack I'm Leaving - The Hollywood Flames
02. Let's Talk It Over - The Hollywood Flames
03. Fare Thee Well - The Hollywood Flames
04. I Know - The Hollywood Flames
05. Wagon Wheels - The Original Turks
06. One Night With A Fool - The Hollywood Flames
07. Oooh-La-La - The Hollywood Flames
08. Peggy - The Hollywood Flames
09. Young Girl - The Hollywood Four Flames
10. The Glory Of Love - The Hollywood Four Flames

Side B:
01. Hey Now - The Voices
02. Ride Helen Ride - The Hollywood Flames
03. It Can't Be True - The Turks
04. Santa Claus Baby - The Voices
05. Emily - The Turks
06. Why - The Voices
07. The Truth Hurts - Bobby (Baby Face) Byrd And The Birds
08. I've Been Accused - The Turks
09. I'm A Fool - The Turks
10. My Love Grows Stronger - The Voices






It's one of those posts that you dread trying to write. A convoluted tale of a vocal group with shifting personnel, various group names and a phenomenal amount of label hopping around the diskeries of Los Angeles. Luckily we have sleeve notes by Jim Dawson, and an article by Marv Goldberg which you can find here:


... but I think we'll concentrate mainly on the sides they recorded for the various John Dolphin labels.

The Hollywood Flames, or The Flames, or Hollywood's Four Flames, or The Four Flames, to give them the names they recorded under between 1950 and 1953 for a multiplicity of LA labels, were basically mainly about leads Bobby Byrd (who later had success as Bobby Day) and David Ford. Formed in 1949, the group won talent contests at The Barrelhouse - Johnny Otis's club, and had their first record issued on Selective in January 1950 ( as The Flames). Two more Selective releases followed, then in short order came discs on Unique, Fidelity and Specialty before their first releases for a John Dolphin label, "I'll Always Be A Fool" / "She's Got Something" and "Young Girl" / "Baby Please" on Recorded In Hollywood, both released in August 1952.

"Young Girl" was hastily re-released a month later, this time backed with a version of "Glory Of Love" as Dolphin attempted to cash in (in vain) on the success of The Five Key's smash hit. By the end of '52 they were on Aladdin and its 7-11 subsidiary (they had a release under the name "The Jets") where they stayed through 1953. At the end of that year and the beginning of 1954 they had a couple of releases on Jack Lauderdale's Swing Time label but in March 1954 they were back with John Dolphin.

By this time the group had acquired another formidable vocal talent in Gaynel Hodge. David Ford and Bobby Byrd took the leads respectively on "One Night With A Fool" / "Ride Helen Ride" on Lucky 001, the first release of their second spell with Dolphin in March 1954. Their next release, in July 1954, "Peggy" / "Oooh-La-La" (Lucky 006) featured Gaynel Hodge on lead vocal on "Peggy" and Bobby Byrd and David Ford leading on "Oooh-La-La." The disc generated enough sales to earn it a re-release on Decca in October 1954.

In September 1954 there were two Hollywood Flames discs released on John Dolphin labels. "Let's Talk It Over" / "I Know" on Lucky 009 (these were originally Swing Time masters) with David Ford and Gaynel Hodge on lead respectively. In the same month there was another Dolphin release, this time on Money - "Fare Thee Well" / "Clickety Clack I'm Leaving" (Money 202) with David Ford and David Ford / Bobby Byrd on respective leads.

Decca also re-released "Let's Talk It Over" / "I Know" in January 1955.

Now things get complicated with a slew of John Dolphin releases in 1955 - 1956 by The Voices and The Turks. The Voices were a vehicle for Bobby Byrd with a shifting lineup usually featuring duets either with himself (double tracked, natch) or with Earl Nelson. The Turks were a group led by Gaynel Hodge, but just to complicate matters, a couple of Turks releases were actually Hollywood Flames recordings. Marv Goldberg has a separate article on The Turks here:

http://www.uncamarvy.com/Turks/turks.html

According to Marv Goldberg, "Emily" released in February 1955 on Money 211 as by The Turks is in fact a Hollywood Flames recording with Gaynel Hodge on lead. However, "I'm A Fool" / "I've Been Accused" released on Money 215 in February 1956 are genuine Turks recordings. The third and last Turks release on a Dolphin label was "It Can't Be True" / "Wagon Wheels" in July 1956 on Cash 1052. "Wagon Wheels" was credited to "The Original Turks" but was actually a Hollywood Flames recording with a lead vocal by Bobby Byrd.

1955 also saw a spate of releases on Cash by Bobby Byrd's The Voices, starting with "Why" / "Two Things I Love" (Cash 1011) in May. "Hey Now" / "My Loves Grows Stronger" (Cash 1014) came out in August. "I Want To Be Ready " / "It Takes Two To Make A Home" (Cash 1015) was reviewed in Billboard on 31st December 1955, although Cash 1016, "Santa Claus Boogie" / "Santa Claus Baby" had already been issued in November.

All of which leaves just one track from this LP, a Voices track, "The Truth Hurts" released as by Bobby (Baby Face) Byrd and The Birds in April 1956 on Cash 1031, b/w "Let's Live Together as One."

In 1957 The Hollywood Flames (Bobby Byrd, David Ford, Earl Nelson and Curlee Dinkins) signed up with Class, and a couple of name changes ensued as Bobby Byrd became Bobby Day, and The Hollywood Flames became The Satellites. They had a hit with "Little Bitty Pretty One" which was unfortunately outsold by a cover version by Thurston Harris. In the meantime the group recorded for Ebb as The Hollywood Flames. They had a hit with the Bobby Day composition "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz" and then Bobby left to concentrate on his own career, although Bobby and The Flames (as The Satellites or incognito) would still record together on Class.

Also in 1957-58, Bobby Day and Earl Nelson issued singles on Class as "Bob and Earl," a duo that kept going after Bobby Day left and was replaced by Bob Mark II - Bob Relf. Bob Relf and Earl Nelson had the hit "Harlem Shuffle" in 1963.

In 1958 Bobby had a huge hit with "Rock-In Robin" and The Flames were the uncredited backing group. Although they didn't have the level of success achieved by Bobby, The Hollywood Flames (led by Earl Nelson, although David Ford was still with them) did record a couple of great rock and roll sides for Ebb - "Frankenstein's Den" and the absolute classic "Strollin' On The Beach."

The Flames kept recording for Ebb until 1959 and then started a period of label hopping and personnel changes (with the last original member being David Ford) before finally breaking up in 1967.

The Fax on the Trax - Original Release Information

01. Clickety Clack I'm Leaving - The Hollywood Flames - Money 202, September 1954
02. Let's Talk It Over - The Hollywood Flames - Lucky 009, September 1954
03. Fare Thee Well - The Hollywood Flames - Money 202, September 1954
04. I Know - The Hollywood Flames - Lucky 009, September 1954
05. Wagon Wheels - The Original Turks - Cash 1042, July 1956
06. One Night With A Fool - The Hollywood Flames - Lucky 001, March 1954
07. Oooh-La-La - The Hollywood Flames - Lucky 006, July 1954
08. Peggy - The Hollywood Flames - Lucky 006, July 1954
09. Young Girl - The Hollywood Four Flames - RIH 165, August 1952; RIH 165, September 1952
10. The Glory Of Love - The Hollywood Four Flames - RIH 165, September 1952
11. Hey Now - The Voices - Cash 1014, August 1955
12. Ride Helen Ride - The Hollywood Flames - Lucky 001, March 1954
13. It Can't Be True - The Turks - Cash 1042, July 1956
14. Santa Claus Baby - The Voices - Cash 1016, November 1955
15. Emily - The Turks - Money 211, February, 1955
16. Why - The Voices - Cash 1011, May 1955
17. The Truth Hurts - Bobby (Baby Face) Byrd And The Birds - Cash 1031, April 1956
18. I've Been Accused - The Turks - Money 215, February 1956
19. I'm A Fool - The Turks - Money 215, February 1956
20. My Love Grows Stronger - The Voices - Cash 1014, August 1955


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Bobby Day LP "Rockin' With Robin" issued on Class in 1958. Reconstituted with rips and label scans from Joan. Original post now augmented with covers from 45worlds.com. Originally posted in May 2008. The post is here - 


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Recommended Purchase -

Ace CDCHD 420 - The Hollywood Flames

A 28 track collection from Specialty which includes early 1950s issues on Specialty and Fidelity plus the late 1950s releases on Ebb. A must for any fan of the West Coast vocal group sound. Liner notes by Billy Vera. Great R&B and rock 'n' roll.
 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Desperate Rock'N Roll Volume Ten



Side One:
01. This Little Heart - Dennis Smith
02. You Drive Me Out Of My Mind - Buddy Larrisson
03. Run Rose - Billy Miranda
04. Lovinest Lovin' - Dub Dickerson
05. Mule Skinner Blues - Rocky Jones
06. Lovin' Honey - Gene Morris
07. Ruby Baby - Cody Brennon
08. My Baby Is Gone - Chuck Royal
09. Cuttin' Out - "Sandman" Howard
10. Little Miss Mary - Vilas Craig

Side Two:
01. She's Mine - Chuck Mills
02. I'm Nobody's Fool - Piano Red & Bertha Colbert
03. Gotta Girl - Jimmy Ford
04. My Boy, Sleepy Pete - The Tempo-Tones
05. New Hound Dog - Frank Motley
06. Love Letter - Del Swade
07. Silly Lilly - Les Tasher
08. Gonna Take My Guitar - Bobby Hodge
09. I Wanna Know - The Isley Brothers
10. Stompen' Rock - Tony March




Desperate Rock'N Roll (Zippy)


From the rock 'n' roll underground, from the forgotten netherworld of spaced out hillbillies, two-chord Elvis wannabees and R&B bawlers 'n' squallers, comes another of those mysterious compilations (see T-Bird Party!) seemingly put together from someone's box of obscure, or at least semi obscure, scratched ole 45's. It's sort of a vinyl equivalent of those columns in "Kicks" magazine where one or more Kicksters would sling a pile of platters on to the turntable and describe what they were hearing in a breathlessly rollicking, stream of consciousness hepcat word whirl, all backed up with a deep knowledge of the most obscure tiny record labels from the utmost back of beyond.

So you take a bunch of obscuros, and wrap 'em up in a sleeve featuring sleazy artwork from the cover of some 1950's crime novel or pulp magazine, and bang! you've got yourself the alternative alternative. A promise of sex, violence and pounding adults only rock and roll which should be irresistible to thrill seekers everywhere. Or perhaps it awakens lost memories of being hustled past the windows of dirty bookshops in Cowcaddens or maybe the lights of that shop round the corner from Partick Cross subway station packed with imported American comics and paperbacks and it's a dark, wet winter's Saturday afternoon in 1961, but I digress needlessly.

Does it work? Do the sounds live up to the hype? And hype it is, folks. Well yes, by and large it works for me. This assemblage of twangin' geetars, crashing drums, thick country accents, rasping saxes, rhythm 'n booze howling, and general lo-fi hi-jinks is fun! And in the end that's what counts. Suspend all critical faculties and succumb to the spirit of desperate rock 'n' roll!

Be Bop Wino regulars will be pleased by the presence of a track from the 1956 concert in Atlanta which made up one side of the "Piano Red In Concert" LP. "I'm Nobody's Fool" wasn't included in that LP, so here's a chance to catch up with another piece of Red's amiable schtick. And it's a fine track which fairly rocks along. Other R&B highlights on this collection include a frantic number on Derby by very obscure blues shouter Walter "Sandman" Howard, a frantic "Hound Dog" cash-in from Frank Motley, and a not quite so frantic early Isley Brothers rocker.

When this LP came out it was the only way you were going to hear a lot of this stuff unless you had a record collection to die for. The lack of info added to the mystique, but the internet has changed all that. Now you can find out all sorts of info on the background to these tracks. Moreover, you can listen to most of these tracks and countless other obscure 1950's / early 1960's sides on YouTube as a treasure trove of the rarest rock and roll has been uploaded there by enthusiasts. For instance while I was searching around for details on the Tony March side "Stompen Rock" I came across not only the version on Checker which is on this LP, but I also found the original very rare version which was self issued on a small label called Savoy (NOT the R&B / jazz label). The world has indeed changed since "Desperate Rock'N Roll" sleazed its way into the record shop browsers.

Fax on the Desperate Trax

When it comes to all things Rockabilly, Hillbilly Boogie, or general countrified rock 'n' roll, then the web site of choice has to be Rockin' Country Style. This is a massive searchable motherlode of info which served as an extremely handy aid for what follows below, especially as you can search by compilation title and go straight to "Desperate Rock'N Roll Volume 10." Original release details plus label shots of many of the tracks on this LP are there.

Information on the non-rockabilly tracks came from www.45cat.com, www.discogs.com, YouTube and Billboard.

01. This Little Heart - Dennis Smith - Lyndan 500 - date unknown

02. You Drive Me Out Of My Mind - Buddy Larrisson - Jabar 103 - April 1963

03. Run Rose - Billy Miranda - Checker 957 - July 1960

04. Lovinest Lovin' - Dub Dickerson - from the LP "Sad And Lonely - Country Ballads from The Heart" (Sims Records 102) - 1962

05. Mule Skinner Blues - Rocky Jones - Wasp WR 108 - August 1967

06. Lovin Honey - Gene Morris with the Pages - Edmoral 1012-45 - April 1957

07. Ruby Baby - Cody Brennon & the Temptations - Swan S4089 - November 1961

08. My Baby Is Gone - Chuck Royal and The Sharpsters - Bella 45-2210-58 - January 1959

09. Cuttin' Out - Walter "Sandman" Howard - Derby 45-762 - 1951

10. Little Miss Mary - Vilas Craig and the Vi Counts - International Artists J-2120 - September 1960

11. She's Mine - The Monarchs Featuring Chuck Mills - Band Box 221 - January 1959

12. I'm Nobody's Fool - Piano Red with Bertha Colbert - Groove 4G-0145 - April 1956

13. Gotta Girl - Jimmy Ford - Esther 101 - date unknown

14. My Boy, Sleepy Pete - The Tempo Tones - Acme 45-715 - 1957

15. New Hound Dog - Frank Motley (Dual Trumpeter) And His Crew - Big Town BT-116 - October 1954

16. Love Letter - Del Swade - Production ZTSC-63164 - 1960

17. Silly Lilly - Les Tasher And His Rebel Rocks - Canadian International INT-101 - date unknown

18. Gonna Take My Guitar - Bobby Hodge Accompanied By The Rainbow Rangers - Rebel 819 - 1958

19. I Wanna Know (Baby Will You Be Mine) - The Isley Brothers - Gone 5022 - January 1958

20. Stompen Rock - Tony March with Mike Roncone Orchestra - Checker 887 - March 1958

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