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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Red Hot & Blue














































Side 1:
01. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
02. Red Hot And Blue - Dewey Phillips
03. Red Hot - Billy The Kid Emerson
04. Gee, I Wish - Billy Love
05. Baby Please Don't Go - Guitar Red
06. Love My Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames
07. Bop With Me Baby - Rosco Gordon
08. The Hucklebuck - Earl Hooker
09. Strange Kinda Feeling - Tiny Kennedy

Side 2:
01. Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas
02. Ain't That Right - Eddie Snow
03. It Ain't Gonna Be That Way - Pat Hare
04. Oh Red - Howlin' Wolf
05. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames
06. Doctor Ross' Boogie - Doctor Ross
07. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Perkins
08. Blues Disease - Tiny Kennedy

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A 1983 Charly compilation of blues sides recorded at Sam Phillip's studio at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Some of these sides were released on Sam's own label, Sun. Others were released on Chess (Jackie Brenston, Howlin' Wolf) and Trumpet (Tiny Kennedy) and many remained unreleased for decades. See the Facts on the Tracks below for more details.

The "hook" for this LP lies with the figure of wild man Memphis deejay Dewey Phillips, whose "Red Hot And Blue" show on WHBQ is credited with turning on the white youth of Memphis to rhythm and blues. He also helped to break the early Elvis records on Sun. Track 2 is a brief sample of the man a-hootin' and a-hollerin' over the rock 'n' roll airwaves.


Above: "Dewey and Elvis: The Life And Times Of A Rock 'n' Roll Deejay" by Louis Cantor, Illinois University Press, 2005. The Dewey Phillips story - a tale of hubris and nemesis, the rise and the downfall of one of rock 'n' roll's great characters. An all too human tragedy. At least his old pal Elvis turned up for the funeral.


Above: My beat-up copy of Robert Gordon's "It Came From Memphis". It has a chapter on Dewey - "Tell 'Em Phillips Sentcha." There's also a chapter titled "The World's Most Perfectly Formed Midget Wrestler."

The facts on the tracks, Jack. All the way from Memphis.

01. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on March 5th 1951. Personnel:
Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats: Jackie Brenston (vocal, baritone sax); Raymond Hill (tenor sax); Ike Turner (piano); Willie Kizart (guitar); Jesse Knight (bass); Willie Sims (drums). Released on Chess 1458 in April 1951.

02. Red Hot And Blue - Dewey Phillips - airshot, unknown date.

03. Red Hot - Billy "The Kid" Emerson - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on May 31st 1955. Personnel: Billy "The Kid" Emerson (vocal); Moses Reed, Jewell Briscoe (tenor saxes); Billy "Red" Love (piano); Calvin Newborn (guitar); Kenneth Banks (bass) Phineas Newborn Sr. (drums); Released on Sun 219 in June 1955.

04. Gee, I Wish - Billy Love - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on January 19th 1954. Personnel - Billy "Red" Love (vocal, piano); Harvey Simmons, Jewell Briscoe, Lucian Coleman (saxes); Charles McGowan (guitar); Kenneth Banks (bass) Houston Stokes (drums). "Gee, I Wish" was unreleased in the 1950s as were the rest of the tracks recorded at this session. Billy "Red" Love Memphis recordings were released on Chess in 1951 and 1952.

05. Baby Please Don't Go - Guitar Red - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on unknown date circa 1953 or 1954. Personnel - Guitar Red (vocal, guitar)  A.C. Reed (tenor sax); Dennis Binder (piano) Robert Prindell (drums). Unreleased.

06. Love My Baby - Little Junior's Blue Flames - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in September / October 1953. Personnel: Little Junior Parker (vocal); unknown (alto sax); Raymond Hill, James Wheeler (tenor saxes); William Johnson (piano); Floyd Murphy, Pat Hare (guitars); Kenneth Banks (bass); possibly Houston Stokes (drums). Released on Sun 192 (b/w "Mystery Train") in December 1953.

07. Bop With Me Baby - Rosco Gordon - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, possibly on June 9th 1955. Rosco Gordon (vocal, piano) with unknown tenor sax, baritone sax, guitar, bass and drums. Unreleased in the 1950s. A single, Sun 801, "Bop With Me Baby" / "Let's Get High" was released in the early 1980s.

08. The Hucklebuck - Earl Hooker - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on July 15th 1953. Personnel: Earl Hooker (guitar); Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (piano); Edward Lee "Shorty" Irvin or Willie Nix (drums). Possibly with unknown bass player. Unreleased.

09. Strange Kinda Feeling - Tiny Kennedy - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on September 25th 1952. Personnel: Tiny Kennedy (vocal); Bill Fort, Robert Hamp, Richard Sanders (saxes); Ford "Alfordson" Nelson (piano); Calvin Newborn (guitar); Williams Steinberg (bass); Houston Stokes (drums). Released on Trumpet 187 in December 1952.



10. Bear Cat - Rufus Thomas - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, March 8th 1953. Personnel: Rufus "Hound Dog" Thomas Jr. (vocal); Joe Hill Louis (guitar); Tuff Green (bass); Houston Stokes (drums). released on Sun 181 in March 1953.

11. Ain't That Right - Eddie Snow - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on July 19th 1955. Personnel: Eddie Snow (vocal, piano); Benny Moore (alto sax); possibly Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor sax); Floyd Murphy (guitar); Jeff Greyer (drums). Released on Sun 226 in August 1955.

12. It Ain't Gonna Be That Way - Pat Hare - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on May 14th 1954. Personnel: Pat Hare (vocal, guitar); Billy Love (piano); Israel Franklin (drums). Also known as "Bonus Pay." Unreleased.

13. Oh Red - Howlin' Wolf - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on October 7th 1952. Personnel: Howlin' Wolf (vocal, guitar); Walter "Tang" Smith (trombone); Charles Taylor (tenor sax); James Cotton (harmonica); Bill Johnson (piano); Willie Johnson (guitar); unknown (bass); Willie Steele (drums). Released on Chess 1528 in January 1953.


14. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in September / October 1953. Personnel: Little Junior Parker (vocal); unknown (alto sax); Raymond Hill, James Wheeler (tenor saxes); William Johnson (piano); Floyd Murphy, Pat Hare (guitars); Kenneth Banks (bass); possibly Houston Stokes (drums). Released on Sun 192 (b/w "Love My Baby") in December 1953.

15. Doctor Ross' Boogie - Doctor Ross - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in July 1954. Personnel: Doctor Ross (vocal, harmonica, guitar); Tom Troy (guitar); Roosevelt Parker (drums). Unreleased.

16. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Perkins - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on August 10th, 1953. Personnel: Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (vocal, piano); Earl Hooker (guitar); Kenneth Banks (bass); Edward Lee "Sorthy" Irvin (drums). Unreleased.

17. Blues Disease - Tiny Kennedy - recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on September 25th 1952. Personnel: Tiny Kennedy (vocal); Bill Fort, Robert Hamp, Richard Sanders (saxes); Ford "Alfordson" Nelson (piano); Calvin Newborn (guitar); Williams Steinberg (bass); Houston Stokes (drums). Released on Trumpet 188 in August 1953.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, It’s me, Boppin_B, and I’ll give you a well-deserved “comment” on this classic LP. The Tiny Kennedy tracks sound better here than any place else I’ve heard them. This is one of the few CHARLY R&B series and/or Sun “import” LPs of the era that is so great that I’ve bought it more than once. Just in case I wear out the first copy I got at Tower back in the day. . ?!

Cheers from Sunny So. Cal.

- B._B.

boogiewoody said...

Cheers, Boppin' B - thank you very much for commenting. Buying 2 copies of an album? I've only ever done that by accident! I bought the Chess 2LP set of Gene Ammons twice due to a fit of absentmindedness, and I also bought a Tiny Bradshaw double CD twice by accident. Never thought I was going to wear any of my stuff out. This Charly LP is a cracker though!

BW