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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

3 Shades Of The Blues

Side A:
01. Train Done Gone - Eddie Kirkland
02. You Know I Love You - Eddie Kirkland
03. Blood On Your Hands - Eddie Kirkland
04. Love You Til The Day I Die - Eddie Kirkland
05. So Pretty Baby - Eddie Kirkland & The Falcons
06. I Tried - Eddie Kirkland & The Falcons
07. I Am So Tired (Oh Baby Please) - Eddie Kirkland & The Falcons
08. Backbone - Eddie Kirkland
Side B:
01. Live My Life All Over - Mr. Bo
02. Until The Day I Die - Mr. Bo
03. Hard Times Once More - Mr. Bo
04. The Train - Mr. Bo
05. Your Love Is Real - Ohio Untouchables
06. I'm Tired - Ohio Untouchables
07. Forgive Me Darling - Ohio Untouchables
08. Hot Stuff - Ohio Untouchables

Many thanks to Charlie B. for contributing this LP. You can't beat that Detroit clanging, banging blues racket and this LP is a prime example. It really is all killer, no filler and constitutes one of the best blues / R&B LPs I've ever heard.

Originally recorded for the small Lu Pine label, these sides were compiled by Relic in the 1970s for issue on this LP using the original "Lu Pine" label logo. The Eddie Kirkland sides were recorded between 1959 and 1961 but the whole session remained unissued until this album plus one tie-in single. Prior to this session Eddie had recorded a single for Detroit label Fortune and had previously had a few sides issued on RPM, Cobra and King. In 1962 Eddie recorded for Tru-Sound, a subsidiary of Prestige. You can find out more about that session in this post:

Mr Bo (Louis Bo Collins) sounds awfully like B.B. King which is hardly surprising as both musicians hailed from Indianola, Mississippi. His four tracks on this compilation were recorded in 1959 / 1960, with only "I'm Leaving This Town" being issued on a single on another small Detroit label, Northern (see below).

The Ohio Untouchables were an instrumental group started by and led by guitarist Robert Ward. They backed vocal group The Falcons and blues singer Benny McCain on singles on Lu Pine and had a couple of releases of their own on the label with Robert Ward taking the vocals. See below for details. Their tracks on this LP are good roughhouse late R&B / early soul, making for a strong ending to an outstanding album.

Some original issue information:

Lu Pine L110 also L-1010 - Ohio Untouchables - Forgive Me Darling / Love Is Amazing - released in 1962.

Lu Pine L-116/7 - Ohio Untouchables - I'm Tired / Up Town - released in 1964.

Northern 3731 - Mr. Bo - I'm Leaving This Town  / Times Hard (aka Hard Times Once More) - issued in January 1960. Northern was a small Detroit label owned by Johnnie Mae Matthews, one of the first black women to own a record label. She also owned the Audrey, Bon, and Reel labels. Mr. Bo had a single (Heartaches And Troubles / Calipso Blues) issued on the Reel label in 1962.

Lu Pine 801 - Eddie Kirkland - Train Done Gone / I Tried - issued by Relic as a tie-in with this LP in the 1970s. 

Stick around as the Be Bop Wino Autumn Blues Tour USA continues!

Thank you once more to Charlie B for this great album.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

New York Rhythm'N Blues

Side A:
01. Let's Have A Ball - The Wheels
02. Your Evil Thoughts - Lee Roy Little
03. Rip And Run - Bob Gaddy
04. Got To Go Back Again - The Four Barons
05. I Don't Want No Other Woman - Billy Hoke
06. Hurry Baby, Please Come Home - Lee Roy Little
07. It Ain't Right - Charles Walker

Side B:
01. Aw Shucks Baby - Little Red Walter
02. Possum Belly Overalls - June Bateman
03. I'm A Good Man But A Poor Man - Lee Roy Little
04. Standing On The Corner - Danny Brown
05. Please Forgive Me - Wilbert Harrison
06. Lemon Squeezer - The Four Barons
07. Cryin' And Wonderin' - Billy Hoke

I took a chance on this one the other month in a second hand record shop over in Glasgow's West End and boy was I well rewarded. It's a mix of R&B sides recorded for mostly small New York labels between 1950 and 1965. A sort of R&B version of "Desperate Rock and Roll" if you will. Subtle it ain't, but if your R&B tastes run to bawlin' and squallin', farting saxophones and clanking guitar, then this is the collection for you. Crack open a few beers, turn up the volume to eleven, and let 'er rip, booze, I mean blues, fans.

Original Release Details

01. Let's Have A Ball - The Wheels - Premium 405 (B Side of "My Heart's Desire") - April 1956.

02. Your Evil Thoughts - Lee Roy Little - Cee-Jay 578 (b/w "I'm A Good Man But A Poor Man) - May 1960.

03. Rip And Run - Bob Gaddy - Old Town 1050 (B Side of "Woe, Woe Is Me" - April 1958.

04. Got To Go Back Again - The Four Barons - Regent 1026 (b/w "Lemon Squeezer") - December 1950.

05. I Don't Want No Other Woman - Billy Hoke - D. W. 101 (b/w "I Wonder") - 1965.

06. Hurry Baby, Please Come Home - Lee Roy Little - Cee-Jay 579 (b/w "Let Me Go Home, Whiskey") - November 1960.

07. It Ain't Right - Charles Walker - Vest 829 (B Side of "Charles Walker Slop") - 1959.

08. Aw Shucks Baby - Little Red Walter - Le Sage AB 711 (b/w "I'm Mad") - 1960.

09. Possum Belly Overalls - June Bateman with Noble Watts and His Band - Shaw 101 (b/w "Go Away Mr. Blues") - 1965. The release of the same song on Everlast 5033 credited to "Noble Watts and the Possum Bellys featuring June Bateman" is a different recording.

10. I'm A Good Man But A Poor Man - Lee Roy Little - Cee-Jay 578 (b/w "Your Evil Thoughts") - April 1958.

11. Standing On The Corner - Danny Brown - Earth E702 (B Side of "Chewing Gum") - March 1962. See the post T-Bird Party! for the A Side.

12. Please Forgive Me - Wilbert Harrison - Vest 8006 (B Side of "Poison Ivy") - June 1965.

13. Lemon Squeezer - The Four Barons - Regent 1026 (b/w "Got To Go Back Again") - December 1950.

14. Cryin' And Wonderin' - Billy Hoke - D. W. 103 (B Side of "In My Own Special Way") - 1965.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Etta James Argo LP 4013

01. Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home)
02. Guess Again
03. A Lover's Mourn
04. You Can Count On Me
05. If I Can't Have You

Side 2:
01. Something's Got A Hold On Me
02. My Dear
03. Nobody But You
04. Let Me Know
05. Spoonful

Once more it's thanks to Marv for sending in a reconstruction of this March 1962 Etta James LP on Argo. This was the third Etta James LP issued on the Argo label, the first 2 being "At Last!" (Argo LP 4003) issued in November 1960, and "The Second Time Around" (Argo LP 4011) issued in August 1961.

All artwork from

The orchestrated productions of Hampton Hawes predominate on this LP, but there's some raunchy stuff too, especially "Something's Got A Hold On Me" and the two duets with Harvey Fuqua which were originally released on single as by "Etta and Harvey" - "If I Can't Have You" and "Spoonful."

This download is in a lower bitrate than usual (128 kbps) but Etta James' Chess / Argo / Cadet material has remained in print in some form or another, either through the successor companies to Chess or through public domain issue companies, so there is no lack of opportunity to purchase better quality versions of this LP. There are even public domain Etta James vinyl reissues by labels such as Not Now and DOL, but I can't comment on their quality as I have never purchased them.

So all in all a very good album and as usual here's some background info on the tracks. Thanks, Marvin.

Fax On The Trax

LP released in March, 1962 in mono and stereo versions (LP 4013 / LPS 4013).

01. Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home) - Recorded in Chicago on July 14th, 1961. First released on Argo 5409 in January 1962.

02. Guess Again - Recorded in Chicago on July 14th, 1961. First released on this LP.

03. A Lover's Mourn - Recorded in Chicago, March 1961. First released on this LP.

04. You Can Count On Me - Recorded in Chicago in September 1960. First released on this LP.

05. If I Can't Have You - Recorded in Chicago, May 1960. First released on Chess 1760 by Etta & Harvey in July 1960.

06. Something's Got A Hold On Me - Recorded in Chicago in December 1961. First released on Argo 5409 in January 1962.

07. My Dear - Recorded in Chicago, March 1961. First released on this LP.

08. Nobody But You - Recorded in Chicago, September 1960. First released on this LP.

09. Let Me Know - Recorded in Chicago, May 1960. First released on this LP.

10. Spoonful - Recorded in Chicago, September 1960. First released on Chess 1771 by Etta & Harvey in December 1960.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Etta James - Chess Masters

Side 1:
01. I'd Rather Go Blind
02. All I Could Do Was Cry
03. Stop The Wedding
04. Security
05. Tell Mama
06. Something's Got A Hold On Me
07. At Last

Side 2:
01. Only Time Will Tell
02. My Dearest Darling
03. Don't Pick Me For Your Fool
04. I Worry About You
05. The Same Rope
06. Steal Away
07. I Prefer You

In early 1960 Etta James signed for Chess Records of Chicago, a move facilitated by her then boyfriend Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows. This period of Etta's career saw a move away from the rockin' R&B she had recorded for the Bihari brothers' labels in Los Angeles to a more soulful (and pop) sound with a series of ballads and weepers backed by the lush arangements of  Hampton Hawes. The change in her musical fortunes was instant. Having achieved only 2 R&B chart entries with her rocking West Coast sound ("The Wallflower" and "Good Rockin' Daddy"), Etta began a remarkable sequence not only of R&B hits, but also of pop chart entries.

Etta's chart success ran out of steam around 1963 while at the same time heroin addiction dominated her personal life. However in 1967-68 she was back in the R&B and pop charts thanks to a series of sides recorded over 4 sessions at the Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. "Tell Mama," "I'd Rather Go Blind," "Security" and "Steal Away" were all brilliant examples of "southern soul" and make this 14 track compilation an excellent overall listening experience.

The Tracks - Original Issues and Chart Info

All I Could Do Was Cry / Girl Of My Dreams - Argo 5359 in March 1960. #2 R&B; #33 Pop.

My Dearest Darling / Tough Mary - Argo 5368 in August 1960. #5 R&B; #34 Pop.

At Last / I Just Want To Make Love To You - Argo 5380 in December 1960. #2 R&B; #47 Pop.

Something's Got A Hold On Me / Waiting For Charlie To Come Home - Argo 5409 in January 1962. #4 R&B, #37 Pop.

Stop The Wedding / Street Of Tears - Argo 5418 in July 1962. #6 R&B; #34 Pop.

Two Sides (To Every Story) / I Worry 'Bout You - Argo 5452 in September 1963.

Only Time Will Tell / I'm Sorry For You - Cadet 5539 in January 1966.

I Prefer You / I'm So Glad - Cadet 5562 in December 1966. #42 R&B.

It Must Be Your Love / Don't Pick Me For Your Fool - Cadet 5564 in May 1967.

Tell Mama / I'd Rather Go Blind - Cadet 5578 in October 1967. #10 R&B; #23 Pop.

Security / I'm Gonna Take What He's Got - Cadet 5594 in February 1968. #11 R&B; #35 Pop.

The Same Rope and Steal Away first released on Cadet LP 802 - "Tell Mama" in February 1968.

Almost Persuaded / Steal Away - Cadet 5630 in December 1968. #32 R&B; #79 Pop.

We're not quite done with Etta - one more post is in the pipeline!

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Etta James - Good Rockin' Mama

Side 1
01. Dance With Me Henry - Etta James and "The Peaches"
02. Crazy Feeling - Etta James
03. W-O-M-A-N - Etta James
04. I Hope You're Satisfied - Betty And Dupree
05. Strange Things Happening - Etta James

Side 2
01. Good Rockin' Daddy - Etta James
02. Number One - Etta "Miss Peaches"  James
03. Hey! Henry - Etta James
04. I'm A Fool - Etta "Miss Peaches" James
05. That's All - Etta James

Real rockin' 1950s Los Angeles rhythm 'n' blues from precocious chantoozy Jamesetta Hawkins, better known as Etta James. Recorded for the Bihari stable of labels, in this case Modern and Kent, these sides mostly backed by bands led by Maxwell Davis are a whole rompin' and stompin' world away from Etta's Chess sides of the 1960s. The future soul diva is a teenage rocker on this Ace UK ten incher and every track is a gem. Only "The Wallflower" (aka "Dance With Me Henry") and "Good Rockin' Daddy" were big R&B hits but quality shines through the whole album.

"I Hope You're Satisfied" was credited to "Betty And Dupree" who were Etta plus then boyfriend Harvey Fuqua.

The story of how Etta's career started is told on this post of El Enmascarado's shellac rips of her first record which was conceived as an answer record to The Midnighters' "Work With Me Annie" - "The Wallflower" -

 The Tracks

Dance With Me Henry (aka The Wallflower, aka Roll With Me Henry) recorded in Los Angeles, 25th November 1954. Personnel: Etta James and "The Peaches" - Etta James (vocal) with Richard Berry (vocal);  Abbye Mitchell, Jean Mitchell (vocals); Don Johnson (trumpet); Maxwell Davis (tenor sax); Jim Wynn (baritone sax); Devonia Williams (piano); Chuck Norris (guitar); Chuck Hamilton (bass); Leard Bell (drums).

The Wallflower / Hold Me, Squeeze Me by Etta James and "The Peaches" released on Modern 947 in January 1955.

Hey! Henry, Good Rockin' Daddy, Crazy Feeling (aka Do Something Crazy), That's All, W-O-M-A-N were recorded in Los Angeles in 1955. Dates unknown. Personnel: Etta James (vocal) with the Maxwell Davis Orchestra - Maxwell Davis (tenor sax); + 2 other unknown saxes; Devonia Williams (piano); unknown guitar and bass; Leard Bell (drums). Backing vocals - Richard Berry on Hey! Henry; The Dreamers (including Richard Berry and Jesse Belvin) on other tracks except That's All.

Hey! Henry / Be Mine by Etta James released on Modern 957 in May 1955.

Good Rockin' Daddy / Crazy Feeling by Etta James released on Modern 962 in August 1955.

That's All / W-O-M-A-N by Etta James released on Modern 972 in November 1955.

Number One (aka My One And Only), I'm A Fool recorded in Los Angeles, date unknown, personnel (Maxwell Davis Orchestra) perhaps similar to above.

Number One / I'm A Fool by Etta "Miss Peaches" James released on Modern 984 in March 1956.

I Hope You're Satisfied, recorded in Los Angeles in 1958, date unknown. Betty And Dupree (Etta James and Harvey Fuqua) vocals, with unknown band and vocal group.

I Hope You're Satisfied / If It Ain't One Thing by Betty And Dupree released on Kent 318 in February 1959.

Strange Things Happening (aka Strange Things) recording date and personnel unknown. Released on Crown LP 5250 "Twist With Etta James" in 1962.

There's more Etta coming soon on Be Bop Wino - the rockin' station for the hepcat nation!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Joan Selects Volume 25 (Planes, Boats, Trains and Things)

01. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
02. Air Travel - Ray & Bob
03. Buick 59 - The Medallions (Vernon Green)
04. Terraplane Blues - Robert Johnson
05. Freight Train Blues - Lil' Son Jackson
06. Flat Foot Sam - TV Slim & His Heartbreakers
07. Railroad Blues - Cow Cow Davenport
08. Me And My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie
09. Me and My Chauffeur - Memphis Minnie
10. Flat Tire - The Del Vikings
11. Greyhound - Amos Milburn
12. The Panama Limited - Bukka White
13. Mainliner - Esther Phillips
14. Submarine Races - The Visuals
15. B&O Blues - Big Joe Turner
16. Little Side Car - The Larks
17. The Train Kept A Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw
18. Cadillac - Bo Diddley
19. Choo Choo - The Cardinals
20. Midnight Special Train - Joe Turner
21. Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
22. Cadillac Baby - Roy Brown
23. Mister Airplane Man - Howling Wolf
24. Texas & Pacific - Louis Jordan
25. Pink Thunderbird - Gene Vincent
26. Candy Apple Red Impala - Little E and the Mello-Tone Three
27. Cadillac Boogie - Jimmy Liggins
28. Boogie Woogie Choo Choo - Mabel Scott
29. Black and White Thunderbird - The Delicates
30. B & O Blues No. 2 - (take 2) - Blind Willie McTell
31. Bad Motorcycle - The Storey Sisters
32. Flat Foot Sam - Oscar Wills
33. Hot Rod Lincoln - Charlie Ryan and the Livingston Brothers
34. Hot Rod Race - Arkie Shibley
35. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
36. Hot Rod Race - Ramblin' Jimmy Nolan
37. Motorcycle - Tico & The Triumphs
38. Louis' Oldsmobile Song - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
39. Off Shore - The Cardinals
40. Memphis Train - Dick Davis
41. Automobile - Lightnin' Hopkins
42. My Ship - The Hummingbirds
43. I Got A New Car - Big Boy Groves
44. Airplane Blues - Sleepy John Estes
45. Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car - Richard Berry
46. 219 Train - The Moonglows
47. Motor Head Baby - Chuck Higgins and his Mellotones
48. V-8 Baby - Tommy Brown
49. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
50. Hobo Bill's Last Ride - Jimmy Rodgers
51. Hydramatic Woman - Joe Hill Louis
52. Stick Shift - The Duals
53. Pink Cadillac - Sammy Masters
54. Train Whistle Blues - The Montereys
55. Hardtop Race - George Stogner
56. South Bound Train - Big Bill Broonzy
57. Side Car Cycle - Charlie Ryan & The Timberline Riders
58. The Traffic Song - Joe Lutcher
59. Drive Daddy Drive - Little Sylvia (Vanderpool)
60. Woo Woo Train - The Valentines
61. Cadillac Funeral - Peppermint Harris
62. Route 66 - King Cole
63. Roll Hot Rod Roll - Oscar McLollie and Honeyjumpers
64. There Goes That Train - The Trebleaires
65. Drunk Driver's Coming - Richard Brothers
66. V-8 Ford - Willie Love And His Three Aces
67. Too Many Drivers - Smiley Lewis
68. There Goes That Train - Rollie McGill
69. Let's Go For A Ride - The Collegians
70. Corvette - The Corvettes
71. Down The Road - Smiley Lewis
72. $19.50 Bus - The Five Crowns
73. Down The Road - The Cadillacs
74. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest

Great googa mooga! Joan comes up with a mega compilation on the theme of getting yourself from A to B and back again by train, plane, ship, motorcycle, bus, automobile or even taking part in a hillbilly hot rod race. Mixing '50s doo wop, pre-World War II blues, R&B shouters, rockabilly, boogie woogie, jump blues, real country, and rock'n'roll, Volume 25 is a wild ride. Joan has also provided a folder of label shots plus track details as listed below.

This is a bigger than usual download - 284.1 MB, but as connoisseurs of fine wine say - "it demands attention." Perhaps the best "Joan Selects" to date?

The Tracks:

01 Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats - "Rocket 88" - Released On: Chess 1458 Release date: March 1951

02 Ray & Bob - "Air Travel" - Released On: Ledo 45-302 Release date: June 1962

03 The Medallions - "Buick 59" - Released On: Dootone 347-A-45 Release date: June 1954

04 Robert Johnson - "Terraplane Blues" - Released On: Vocalion 03416 Release date: November 23, 1936

05 Lil Son Jackson - "Freight Train Blues" - Released On: Imperial 45-5229 Release date: 1953

06 TV Slim - "Flat Foot Sam" - Released On: Clif 103 / Checker 870 Release date: 1957

07 Cow Cow Davenport -  "Railroad Blues" - Released On: Decca 7462 B Release date: April 1938

08 Memphis Minnie - "Me And My Chauffeur Blues" - Released On: Okeh 06288 Release date:  May 1941

09 Memphis Minnie - "Me And My Chauffeur" - Released On: Checker 771 Release date: July 1952

10 The Del Vikings - "Flat Tire" - Released On: Mercury 71390X45 Release date: December 1958

11 Amos Milburn - "Greyhound" - Released On: Aladdin 45-3150 Release date: 1952

12 Bukka White - "The Panama Limited" - Released On: Victor BVE-59996 Release date: 5/26/1930

13 Esther Phillips  - "Mainliner" - Released On: Federal 45-12100 Release date: September 1952

14 The Visuals - "Submarine Races" - Released On: Poplar 115 Release date: November 1962

15 Big Joe Turner - "B&O Blues" - Released On: Down Beat 152 Release date: May 1949

16 The Larks - "Little Side Car" - Released On: Apollo 429-45 Release date: August 1951

17 Tiny Bradshaw - "The Train Kept A Rollin'" - Released On: King 45-4497-AA Release date: July 1951

18 Bo Diddley - "Cadillac" - Released On: Checker LP 2977 "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger" Release date: 1961

19 The Cardinals "Choo Choo" - Released On: Atlantic 45-1090 Release date: April 1956

20 Joe Turner - "Midnight Special Train" - Released On: Atlantic 45-1122 Release date: December 1956

21 Frankie Ford - "Sea Cruise" - Released On: Ace 554 Release date: December 1958

22 Roy Brown - "Cadillac Baby" - Released On: Deluxe 3308-A Release date: September 1950
23 Howling Wolf - "Mister Airplane Man" - Released On: Chess 1735 Release date: July 1959

24 Louis Jordan - "Texas & Pacific" - Released On: Decca 23810 A Release date: January 26 1947

25 Gene Vincent - "Pink Thunderbird" - Released On: Capitol LP T811 "Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps Release date: March 1957

26 Little E and the Mello-Tone Three - "Candy Apple Red Impala" - Released On: Falco F-302 Release date: 1961

27 Jimmy Liggins - "Cadillac Boogie" - Released On: Specialty SP 521 A Release date: 1948

28 Mabel Scott - "Boogie Woogie Choo Choo" - Released On: Coral 65063 Release date: September 1951

29 The Delicates - "Black and White Thunderbird" - Released On: Unart UP 2017 Release date: June 1959

30 Blind Willie McTell - "B & O Blues No. 2 - (take 2)" - Released On: Vocalion 02568-A Release date: 21 September 1933

31 The Storey Sisters - "Bad Motorcycle" - Released On: Peak 5001 (as The Twinkles) / Cameo C-126-A Release date: January 1958

32 Oscar Wills - "Flat Foot Sam" - Released On: Argo 5277 Release date: August 1957

33 Charlie Ryan with the Livingston Brothers - "Hot Rod Lincoln" - Originally Released On: Souvenir SOUV-101-A Release date: May 1955

34 Arkie Shibley - "Hot Rod Race" - Released On: Gilt-Edge 45-MD-101 / Mt Dew 45-MD-101 Release date: November 1950

35 Chuck Berry - "Maybelline" - Released on: Chess 1604 Release Date: July 1955

36 Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan - "Hot Rod Race" - Released On: Capitol F1322  Release date: December 1950

37 Tico & The Triumphs - "Motorcycle" - Released On: Amy 835 / Madison 169 Release date: December 1961

38 Louis Jordan - "Louis' Oldsmobile Song" - Released On: Decca Records Release date: 1944

39 The Cardinals - "Off Shore" - Released On: Atlantic 45-1090 Release date: April 1956

40 Dick Davis - "Memphis Train" - Released On: Miracle M-107 Release date: January 1947

41 Lightning Hopkins - "Automobile" - Released On: Gold Star 666-A Release date: 1949

42 The Hummingbirds - "My Ship" - Released On: Cannon 45-4600-V Release date: February 1962

43 Big Boy Groves - "I Got A New Car" - Released On: Spark 45x114 Release date: 1954

44 Sleepy John Estes - "Airplane Blues" - Released On: Decca 7354 A Release date: September 1937

45 Richard Berry - "Oh! Oh! Get Out Of The Car" - Released On: Flair 45-1054 Release date: February 1955

46 The Moonglows - "219 Train" - Released On: Chance CH-1161 Release date: 1954

47 Chuck Higgins & his Mellotones - "Motor Head Baby" - Released On: Combo 45-12-B Release date: 1952

48 Tommy Brown - "V-8 Baby" - Released On: Savoy 813-A Release date: 1951
49 Little Juniors Blue Flames - "Mystery Train" - Released On: Sun 192 Release date: November 1, 1953

50 Jimmy Rodgers - "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" - Released On: Victor 22421-A Release date: August 1930

51 Joe Hill Louis - "Hydramatic Woman" - Released On: Big Town 45-H-401 Release date: May 1953

52 The Duals - "Stick Shift" - Released On: Star Revue 1031 Release Date: June 1961

53 Sammy Masters - "Pink Cadillac" - Released On: 4-Star 1695-45 Release date: April 1956

54 The Montereys - "Train Whistle Blues" - Released On: Nestor N15 B Release date: June 1956

55 George Stogner - "Hardtop Race" - Released On: Rockin' 522 Release date: November 1953

56 Big Bill Broonzy - "South Bound Train" - Released On: Mercury 70039-45 Release date: December 1952

57 Charlie Ryan & The Timberline Riders - "Side Car Cycle" - Released On 4-Star 1745x45 Release Date: 1960

58 Joe Lutcher - "The Traffic Song" - Released On: Specialty SP 304 A Release date: 1948

59 Little Sylvia - "Drive Daddy Drive" - Released On: Jubilee 45-5093 Release date: 1952

60 The Valentines - "Woo Woo Train" - Released On: Rama RR-196 Release date: April 1956
61 Peppermint Harris - "Cadillac Funeral" - Released On: Cash 1003A Release date: March 1955

62 Nat King Cole - "Route 66" - Released On: Capitol 256 Release date: 1946

63 Oscar McLollie - "Roll Hot Rod Roll" - Released On: Modern 45x970   Release date: October 1955

64 The Trebleaires - "There Goes That Train" - Released On: Nestor N16-A Release date: 1955

65 Richard Brothers - "Drunk Driver's Coming" - Released On: Strate 8 1500 Release date: 1959

66 Willie Love and His Three Aces - "V-8 Ford" - Released On:Trumpet No 175 Release date: December 1, 1951

67 Smiley Lewis - "Too Many Drivers" - Released On: Imperial X5316 Release date: October 1954

68 Rollie McGill - "There Goes That Train" - Released On: Piney 104 / Mercury 70582-X45 Release date: 1954

69 The Collegians - "Let's Go For A Ride" - Released On: X-Tra 108-A Release Date: 1957

70 The Corvettes - "Corvette" - Released On Corvette C-1000 Release Date: July 1058

71 Smiley Lewis - "Down The Road" - Released On: Imperial 45-5268 Release date: January 1954

72 The Five Crowns - "$19.50 Bus" - Released On Rainbow 45-154 Release Date: 1952

73 The Cadillacs - "Down The Road" - Released On Josie 45-778 Release Date: 1955

74 Jimmy Forrest - "Night Train" - Released On: United 110 Release date: March 1952

Thanks for all your hard work in putting this latest volume together, Joan!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Champion Jack Dupree Sings The Blues

Side One:
01. Me And My Mule
02. The Blues Got Me Rockin'
03. That's My Pa
04. Tongue Tied Blues
05. Sharp Harp
06. Blues For Everybody
07. Camille
08. Walkin' Upside Your Head

Side Two:
01. Harelip Blues
02. Big Leg Emma's
03. Two Below Zero
04. Silent Partner
05. Mail Order Woman
06. Stumbling Block
07. Failing Health Blues
08. She Cooks Me Cabbage

Thanks to contributor Marv for sending in this reconstructed 1961 King compilation of Champion Jack Dupree sides. The tracks were recorded for King during 1953 - 1955. By the time this LP was issued Jack had quit the USA for residence in Europe where he enjoyed a long recording and concert career up until his death in 1992.

Jack was born in New Orleans in 1910, raised in an orphanage, and taught blues piano by Drive 'Em Down, thus connecting him to the early days of New Orleans blues. He was also a boxer hence the "Champion" nickname. At the beginning of the 1940s he was working his way north as a professional musician. He recorded a series of sides for Okeh in Chicago in 1940-41, in a trio setting accompanied by guitar and bass. War service in the US Navy interrupted his music career but on his return he moved to New York City where he recorded for a variety of labels between 1945 and 1958.

As his label hopping was pretty constant and probably without any regard to niceties such as contracts, he recorded under a variety of pseudonyms as well as his own moniker. He was "Willie Jordan And His Swinging Five" for Alert in 1948, "Blind Boy Johnson & His Rhythms" on Lenox reissues of some 1948 sides he recorded for Continental, "Meat Head Johnson And His Blues Hounds" on Apex and Gotham in 1950, "Brother Blues And The Back Room Boys" on Abbey also in 1950, "Duke Bayou And His Mystic Six" on Apollo at the end of 1950, and "Big Tom Collins" for King in 1951.

He did in fact also record as Champion Jack Dupree for Joe Davis in 1945, Solo in 1946, on some of the Apollo sessions in 1949 and 1951, and also for Red Robin in 1952. His music was raucous, unbridled blues frequently accompanied by Brownie McGhee on guitar, a variety of bassists, occasionally a drummer, and sometimes even a tenor sax man such as Jesse Powell, Al King or Big Chief Ellis.

This Krazy Kat CD from 1992 has a 22 track selection of Jack's wild and wooly post was output from 1945-1953:

It contains some outstanding rough house rockers such as "Shim Sham Shimmy" and "Shake Baby Shake."

Jack's first session for King was in April 1953. One of the tracks he recorded was "Tongue-Tied Blues" which derives its "humour" from a portrayal of a speech defect. There were follow ups along the same lines - "Harelip Blues," "That's My Pa," "Walkin' Upside Your Head," and "Mail Order Woman" all featured vocals making fun of  people with speech defects which in the present day can make for some uncomfortable listening. A shame because some of these tracks have terrific playing by great backing musicians such as guitarist Mickey Baker.

Setting the tasteless tracks aside, there's still good blues here. Watch out for harmonica players Papa Lightfoot and George Smith on "Camille" and "Sharp Harp" respectively. Full recording and release details are below:

Recording details

01. Me And My Mule - Cincinnati, November 8th, 1955
02. The Blues Got Me Rockin' - New York, April 7th, 1953
03. That's My Pa - New York, June 27th, 1955
04. Tongue Tied Blues - New York, April 7th, 1953
05. Sharp Harp - Cincinnati, November 8th, 1955
06. Blues For Everybody - New York, February 15th, 1955
07. Camille - Cincinnati, November 30th, 1953
08. Walkin' Upside Your Head - Cincinnati, November 30th, 1953
09. Harelip Blues - New York, February 15th, 1955
10. Big Leg Emma's - New York, September 15th, 1955
11. Two Below Zero - New York, February 15th, 1955
12. Silent Partner - New York, September 15th, 1955
13. Mail Order Woman - New York, June 29th, 1955
14. Stumbling Block - New York, June 29th, 1955
15. Failing Health Blues - New York, June 29th, 1955
16. She Cooks Me Cabbage - New York, June 27th, 1955

The Blues Got Me Rockin'; Tongue-Tied Blues - recorded in New York, April 7th, 1953. Personnel:Champion Jack Dupree (vocal, piano) with Sidney Grant (tenor sax); Mickey Baker (guitar); Cedric Wallace (bass); John Taylor (drums).

The Blues Got Me Rockin' / Tongue-Tied Blues released on King 4633 in June 1953.

Walkin' Upside Your Head; Camille - recorded in Cincinnati, November 30th, 1953. Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocal, piano) with: Papa Lightfoot (harmonica); Milton Batiste (trumpet); Nat Perrilliat (tenor sax); Edwin Moire (guitar); Charles Connor (drums).

Walkin' Upside Your Head released on King 4695 b/w Hard Feeling, February 1954.
Camille released on King 4706 b/w Rub A Little Boogie, March / April 1954.

Blues For Everybody; Harelip Blues; Two Below Zero - recorded in New York, February 15th, 1955. Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocal, piano) with Sidney Grant (tenor sax); Jerome Darr (guitar); Cedric Wallace (bass); Cornelius Thomas (drums).

Two Below Zero / Blues For Everybody released on King 4779 in March 1955.
Harelip Blues released on King 4797 b/w Let The Doorbell Ring in May 1955.

That's My Pa; She Cooks Me Cabbage - recorded in New York, June 27th, 1955. Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocal, piano) with Willis Jackson (tenor sax); Mickey Baker (guitar); Ivan Rolle (bass); Calvin Shields (drums).

Failing Health Blues; Stumbling Block; Mail Order Woman - recorded in New York, June 29th, 1955. Personnel as June 27th session.

Silent Partner; Big Leg Emma's - recorded in New York, September 15th, 1955. Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocal, piano) with Mickey Baker (guitar); Lloyd Trotman (bass); Cliff Leeman (drums).

Me And My Mule; Sharp Harp - recorded in Cincinnati, November 8th, 1955. Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree (vocal, piano) with George Smith (harmonica); Barney Richmond (bass); Alfred Dreares (drums).

That's My Pa / Stumbling Block released on King 4827 in September 1955.
Silent Partner / She Cooks Me Cabbage released on King 4859 in December 1955.
Failing Health Blues / Me And My Mule released on King 4876 in February 1956.
Big Leg Emma's / Mail Order Woman released on King 4938 in July 1956.
Two Below Zero / Sharp Harp released on Federal 12408 in February 1961.

Above: Charly CD "Blues For Everybody" (1990 and 1997) has 20 of Jack's King sides, including the only one which brushed the charts - "Walkin' The Blues" which also has Mr. Bear aboard.

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 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 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, and

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.