Rock and Roll the way it was meant to be. In this mammoth mix (sorry, audio CD burners, you ain’t gonna fit THIS ‘un on a disc) Joan takes us on a whirlwind tour of drunken hillbilly piano pounders (and Jerry Lee too), would-be Elvises, Elvis himself, George Jones going under the name of Thumper Jones, hot rodders, instro rockers, and that rarest of rock ‘n’ roll artifacts – a genuinely wonderful Boyd Bennett record. There’s also what is possibly my second favourite Carl Perkins record, “Movie Magg”, which is pure Hicksville heaven. My all time favourite Carl Perkins disc is “Dixie Fried” which is a charming tale of drunken razor wielding shenanigans in an after hours joint. But it ain’t here, so any of you hep cats who don’t already have it can look elsewhere.
What listening to this stack of 45s reminds me of is the much missed “Kicks” magazine, especially the bit where they invited a bunch of discerning contributors to play and review their own stacks o’wax. Of course the records were so obscure that I’d never heard of 90% of them but the writing was so vivid and enthusiastic that somehow it didn’t matter that I had no idea what the records actually sounded like.
Well this comp is a definite Kicks type selection with all that that entails. I’m listening to it again right now and discovering yet more delights. Fr’instance “Nelda Jane” is a sweaty, leering hymn of lust about a “teenage cutie”. Thing is it sounds like it’s being sung by a middle aged guy, which is rather unsettling, but kind of funny too.
So downloaders, I recommend that you dig out an old copy of Kicks (only seven editions were ever issued, the last being in 1992), settle back for a nostalgic read, and give Joan’s vinyl rips a listen. If you don’t have Kicks, then the nearest online equivalent I can think of is the Hound’s blog. Just print out a bunch of his articles and you’ve got yourself a fine substitute.
Joan, thanks not only for the sounds, but also for the thirty or so label shots.
01 - The Fendermen - Mule Skinner Blues - Cuca J-1003-A / Soma 1137
02 - Bobby Brant - Piano Nellie - East West 45-EW124
03 - Charlie Feathers - Tongue-Tied Jill - Meteor 5032
04 - The Johnny Burnette Trio - Honey Hush - Coral 9-61719
05 - Sonee West - Rock-Ola Ruby - Nor-Va-Jac 1956
06 - Elvis Presley - My Baby Left Me - RCA Victor 45-6540
07 - Buddy Sharpe and the Shakers - Linda Lee - Fee Bee 230
08 - Dickie Lee - Good Lovin' - Sun 280
09 - Carl Perkins - Movie Magg - Flip 501
10 - The Cyclones - Nelda Jane - Cyclone T-100
11 - Buddy Holly - Rock Around With Ollie Vee - Coral 62390
12 - The Jet Tones - Jet Tone Boogie - Chess 1723
13 - Jerry Lee Lewis - Milkshake Mademoislle - Sun
14 - Dale Hawkins - La-Do-Dada - Checker 900
15 - The Collegiates - Stay True Baby - Tampa 45-T 131
16 - Little E and the Mello-Tone Three - Candy Apple Red Impala - Falco F302-A F302-A F302-A
17 - Chan Romero - The Hippy Hippy Shake - Del Fi 4126
18 - The Delicates - Black and White Thunderbird - UNART UR 2017
19 - Bobby and the Orbits - Felicia - Seeco 45-6067
20 - Dale Ward - Iggy Joe - Star 229
21 - Johnny Restivo - The Shape I'm In - RCA Victor 47-7559
22 - Jerry Byrne - Lights Out - Specialty 635
23 - Wanda Jackson - Let's Have A Party - Capitol 4397
24 - Ben Hewitt - You Break Me Up - Mercury 71413x45
25 - Ivan - Real Wild Child - Coral 65607
26 - Ersel Hickey - You Never Can Tell - Epic 5-9298
27 - Charlie Ryan - Hot Rod Lincoln - 4-Star 1733x45
28 - Eddie Quinteros - Come Dance With Me - Brent 7009
29 - Gus Backus - My Chick's Fine - Carlton 471
30 - Warren Smith - Ubangi Stomp - Sun 250
31 - Thumper Jones - Rock It - Starday 240
32 - Marvin Rainwater - Baby Don't Go - MGM 12609
33 - Billy Barrix - Cool Off Baby - Chess 1662
34 - Bobby Sisco - Go Go Go - Chess 1650
35 - George Hamilton 4 - If You Don't Know - ABC Paramount 45 - 9765
36 - Boyd Bennett - Move - King 45--5115
37 - Benny Banta - Cry Little Girlie - VIV 101-A
38 - Erle Hall - Thats When Love Began - Nasco 45-6024
39 - The Rondels - Back Beat Number 1 - Amy 825
40 – The Corvettes – Pick Up
Issued around 1959/1960, this was the last in the King Records Battle of the Blues series of blues shouter retrospective compilations.
The Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson tracks date from May/June 1950 and July 1952. The Wynonie Harris tracks date from December 1948 (“Grandma Plays the Numbers” which features Frank Culley on alto sax and Hal Singer on tenor sax), May 1952 (“Rock Mr Blues”) and November 1952 (“Bring it Back”, recorded with the Sonny Thompson band). Roy Brown’s tracks were recorded in December 1952, December 1953 and May 1954. Full session information is included in the download.
1. Big Mouth Gal / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 2. Bring It Back / Wynonie Harris 3. If You Don't Think I'm Sinking / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 4. Trouble At Midnight / Roy Brown 5. Peas And Rice / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 6. Rock Mr Blues / Wynonie Harris 7. Lonesome Train / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 8. Old Age Boogie / Roy Brown 9. Bald Headed Blues / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 10. Grandma Plays The Numbers / Wynonie Harris 11. Good Bread Alley / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 12. Queen Of Diamonds / Roy Brown
As the festive season approaches, posts here on Bebopwino tend to get on the intermittent side. Kind of like the opposite of Big Rock Candy Mountain where Christmas brings on a whole lotta wild, wacky and brilliant posts. But thanks to Joan, all Bebopwinos can enjoy a Rhythm ‘n’ Bluesy Doo Wop Christmas with 32 seasonal vintage vinyl rips. So download, take a break from the Christmas shopping, pour yourself a glass of something (12 year old malt should do the trick) and let these discs transport you back to the 1950s, when Christmas was Christmas. Thanks again, Joan!
Ripped from vinyl at 128 kbps (mostly). Password = greaseyspoon
01 - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - The Melodeers
02 - Jingle Jangle - The Penguins
03 - White Christmas - The Drifters
04 - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Harmony Grits
05 - You're My Christmas Present - The Skyliners
06 - Can This Be Christmas - The Falcons
07 - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Cadillacs
08 - It's Christmas Time - The Five Keys
09 - Rockin' Santa Claus - The Martels
10 - It's Christmas Once Again - Frankie Lymon
11 - Merry Christmas To My Heart - The Sheps
12 - Merry Merry Christmas Baby - The Tune Weavers
13 - Merry Twist-Mas - The Marcels
14 - Merry Christmas Darling (And A Happy New Year) - The Uniques
15 - Mambo, Santa, Mambo - The Enchanters
16 - Mr. Santa's Boogie - The Marshalls
17 - Just A Lonely Christmas - The Moonglows
18 - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
19 - (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas - The Orioles
20 - A Christmas Long Ago (Jingle Jingle) - The Echelons
21 - Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
22 - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - The Orioles
23 - White Christmas - The Ravens
24 - After New Year's Eve - The Heartbeats
25 - Every Heart Is Home At Christmas - The Five Keys
26 - Happy Holiday - The Shells
27 - Christmas Is Coming At Last - The Rhythm Kings
28 - Rockin' & Rollin' With Santa Claus - The Hepsters
29 - Christmas Letter - La Fets and Kitty
30 - Have A Merry Christmas - The Robins
31 - Love For Christmas - The Ebonaires
32 - Merry Christmas - The Cameos
The third LP in King’s “Battle of the Blues” series was released in 1960. This time it’s the turn of Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and Jimmy Witherspoon to fight it out. The featured tracks were originally recorded and released between 1949 and 1953 as detailed beneath the track list. Thanks to Joan for this series of LPs.
1. Person To Person 2. I'm Weak But I'm Willing 3. Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red 4. Queen Bee 5. Featherbed Mama 6. I Trusted You Baby 7. No Good Woman 8. Ashes On My Pillow
Side 2 – Jimmy Witherspoon:
9. The Last Mile 10. 24 Sad Hours 11. Blues In Trouble 12. Sad Life 13. Don't Tell Me How 14. Foolish Prayer 15. Highway To Happiness 16. I Done Told You
Eddie Vinson tracks recorded for King 1949 – 1952. Tracks 3 and 8 recorded August 10th 1949 with band featuring Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Tracks 2, 5 and 7 recorded August 30th 1949 with similar lineup. Track 6 recorded May 1950. Track 4 recorded May 22nd 1950 with band featuring Buddy Tate. Track 1 recorded July 7th 1952 with band featuring Charlie Rouse.
Jimmy Witherspoon tracks recorded for Federal. 1952 – 1953. Tracks 11 and 14 recorded June 30th 1952 with band led by Maxwell Davis. Track 13 recorded September 30th 1952 with band led by Maxwell Davis. Track 9 recorded June 4th 1953 with Big Jim Wynn’s band. Tracks 10 and 12 recorded October 5th 1953 with band featuring Devonia Williams and vocal accompaniment by The Lamplighters. Tracks 15 and 16 recorded December 7th 1953 with unknown accompaniment.
The doowop series to end them all is back with a selection of rare vinyl and shellac from Joan’s collection. This time the theme is as the title says - rarities. I’m no expert on rare records, so it’s over to Joan for info on some of these long lost treasures:
The Cliff Butler cut gives no credit to the group, but he customarily sang lead for the Doves. I assume then that the group underpinning "Jealous Hearted Woman" would also be the Doves.
"Cant Help Loving That Girl Of Mine" on Ronni 1000 is rated by collectors as extremely rare and the occasional copy that surfaces, can command prices in excess of $1000, when in top condition.
The Enchanters who perform "True Love Gone" on Coral records were another of the 1950's gospel groups that made the shift to R&B. As gospel singers they were known as the Hollowell Brothers.
"The Story Blues" by the Four Buddies and "Rainbow of Love" By The Cherokees are both 78 rpm dubs from my original 78 collection.
"Magic Mirror" by the Empires on the legendary Harlem Label features Johnny Ace Junior on lead vocals.
Thanks yet again to Joan, not only for these rare sounds but also for a folder of 16 label shots, some of which are displayed below.
Ripped from vinyl and shellac at 128 kbps. Password = greaseyspoon
01 - The Evergreens - Guitar Player - Chart 605 02 - The Tru-Tones - Magic - Chart 634 03 - The Avalons - Heart's Desire - Unart 2007 04 - The Five Winds - Do You Love Me - Middletone 008 05 - The Castelles - My Girl Awaits Me - Grand 101 06 - Cliff Butler and the Doves - Jealous Hearted Woman - States S-148 07 - The Ebony Moods - Grand, Nice, Swell - Theron 108 08 - The Belltones - Oof Goof - Hull 721 09 - The Five Dollars - Doctor Baby - Fortune 821 10 - The Hollywood Bluejays- I Had A Love - Recorded In Hollywood 396 11 - The Keystoners - Sleep and Dream - Riff 202 12 - The Peacocks - I Want You To Know - Noble 711 13 - The Hideaways - Can't Help Loving That Girl Of Mine - Ronni 1000 14 - Tony Allen and the Chimes - Chop Chop - Specialty 574 15 - The Enchanters - True Love Gone - Coral 61756 16 - The Seniors - Evening Shadows Falling (I Think Of You) - Tetra 4446 17 - The Four Buddies - Story Blues - Savoy 845 18 - The Four Arcs - It Won't Be Very Long - Boulevard 102 19 - The Medallions - Laki - Lani - Essex 901 20 - The Concords - Candlelight - Harlem 2328 21 - The Bel-Larks - A Million And One Dreams - Ransom 5001 22 - The Twilighters - It's True - Specialty 548 23 - The Champions - Mexico Bound - Chart 611 24 - The Thunderbirds - Pledging My Love - Deluxe 6075 25 - The Empires - Magic Mirror - Harlem 2333 26 - The Smoothtones - Bring Back Your Love (To Me) - Jem 412 27 - The Lyrics - Every Night - Rhythm 127 28 - The Cherokees - The Rainbow Of Love - Grand 106 29 - The Question Marks - Another Soldier Gone - Swing Time 346 30 - The Sparrows - Two Hearts Together - Val-Ue 101
With this compilation of mainly mid 1940s sides by alto sax player Tab Smith we continue our exploration of early jump groups that started with the Buddy Banks post. Tab Smith’s music career started in the 1920s with territory bands in the Carolinas and Midwest and really took off when he joined the Lucky Millinder led Mills Blue Rhythm band in 1936.
When the band broke up in 1938 Tab Smith went on to record with (among others) Red Allan, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday and Count Basie. In 1942 Tab joined the Lucky Millinder Orchestra and left in early 1944 to form his own small group which usually consisted of ex Millinder sidemen. Tab’s group followed the R&B route rather than that of bebop. His swing and jump dominated sound was released on a succession of labels including King, Gotham, Hub, Regis, Manor, Atlantic and Premium. In 1951 he recorded for the United label of Chicago with whom he stayed until 1957. His first release for the label, “Because of You” was a massive hit and set the pattern for most of his subsequent releases – an echo drenched ballad on the A side and a jump number on the B side.
This 1984 Mr R&B LP concentrates on Tab’s 1944 – 45 output when his sound was still heavily influenced by big band swing. There are good vocal performances, especially from ex Lucky Millinder vocalist Trevor Bacon. “Echo Blues”, recorded for Atlantic in 1949, is a forerunner of the sound that would sell so well for United. Only the last two tracks on this collection are from the United era.
1. I Don't Want To Play In The Kitchen (v – Roebie Kirk) 2. Tab Steps Out 3. All Night Long (v- Trevor Bacon) 4. Roebie's Blues (v – Roebie Kirk) 5. Riffin' The Bass 6. Granny Dodging At The Savoy 7. You Lovely You (v- Trevor Bacon) 8. Rosa Lee (v- Trevor Bacon) 9. On The Sunny Side Of The Street 10. Fat Mouth Blues (v- Betty Mays) 11. Darling, You're All I Need (v – Tab Smith) 12. Jumpin' At The Track 13. Morning Blues (v – Jack Galbreath) 14. Echo Blues
15. Feel Like I Wanna Die (v- Ray King) 16. Boogie Joogie
Thanks to Joan for these vinyl rips of the second in the “Battle of the Blues” series of LPs released by King. This particular collection was released in 1959 and once again the battle is between two of the greatest R&B vocalists of all time – Wynonie Harris and Roy Brown. Whereas the first volume featured rockin’ rhythm and blues, the second volume is a compilation of mean and moody slow blues tracks. Might I make so bold as to suggest that Roy Brown is the winner here? Download and decide for yourselves, blues fans!
Thanks to Joan for this 1958 King LP. I know, most of you have got these tracks already and in fact many of them have probably been on the blog in earlier posts. Well, this album is so brilliant that I’m gonna post it anyway. And newbies, if you haven’t heard these guys already or if you’re not familiar with REAL R&B, then start right here. In the late 50s and into the early 60s, King released a short series of “Battle of the Blues” LPs featuring old (late 40s, early 50s) tracks by Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and Jimmy Witherspoon.
This album, the first in the series, is an awesome collection of blistering rhythm ‘n’ blues from the real golden age of R&B. Every track is a stormer. Not only do you get to hear two of the greatest vocalists of R&B or any other form of popular music, you also get to hear some superb backing from the finest jump blues/jazz musicians around. The tenor saxes shriek and wail, the drums pound and the double bass walks the boogie. Download, turn up the volume to max and gross out your neighbours with these righteous riffs.
Ripped from vinyl. Download is in mp3 at 192 kbps.
1. Boogie At Midnight / Roy Brown 2. Big Town / Roy Brown 3. Bar Room Blues / Roy Brown 4. Love Don't Love Nobody / Roy Brown 5. Miss Fanny Brown / Roy Brown 6. Lolly Pop Mama / Roy Brown 7. I've Got The Last Laugh Now / Roy Brown 8. Bloodshot Eyes / Wynonie Harris 9. Good Rockin' Tonight / Wynonie Harris 10. Loving Machine / Wynonie Harris 11. Shake That Thing / Wynonie Harris 12. I Feel That Old Age Coming On / Wynonie Harris 13. All She Wants To Do Is Rock / Wynonie Harris 14. Good Morning Judge / Wynonie Harris
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