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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 Robert 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


Elsewhere On The Blog


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 - 


New download links for Rockin' With Robin -





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

If this is your bag, then check out SURFADELIC for piles of surf, instro, garage, R&B, rockabilly and trash comps. Beware, your mind will never be the same again.

Friday, 27 July 2018

The Coasters - 20 Great Originals























Note: Side 1, Tracks 1 - 3 by The Robins. All other tracks by The Coasters.

Side 1:
01. Riot In Cell Block Number 9
02. Smokey Joe's Cafe
03. Framed
04. Turtle Dovin'
05. Down In Mexico
06. Young Blood
07. Searchin'
08. Idol With The Golden Head
09. Yakety Yak - The Coasters
10. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart


Side 2:
01. The Shadow Knows
02. Charlie Brown
03. Along Came Jones
04. Poison Ivy
05. What About Us
06. I'm A Hog For You Baby
07. Run Red Run
08. Shoppin' For Clothes
09. Little Egypt
10. Bad Blood






The Coasters were not only a major R&B act but also a best selling pop act. They had 6 entries in the top ten of The Billboard Hot 100, and a further 4 in the top forty. Their record sales helped Atlantic maintain its position as the pre-eminent R&B label of the late 1950s / early 1960s and were an important factor in the breakout of R&B into the pop mainstream. Although some of their hits had an air of teen novelty about them, most of their records were in fact works of sly hipness if not downright sleaze, thanks to the inventiveness of songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller, and also to the sax stylings of Gil Bernal and King Curtis ...

At last, an R&B act I can remember hearing on the radio! Four of the Coasters' records broke into the British charts in the late 1950's but I'm too young to remember that. What I do remember is that during the first half of the 1960's two of their hits, "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak" were still being played frequently on the BBC, probably because they were seen as having appeal to children. That informed my later rather dismissive opinion of The Coasters as being merely a novelty group for the kids and, boy, was I wrong.

To be frank, this LP which I bought in the late 1970's didn't do much to change my opinion as it suffers from the problems of many mass market issues of that era. Twenty sides have been crammed on to the record with subsequent loss of sound quality. In addition some kind of electronically re-processed stereo was used on certain later tracks, rendering them pretty much unlistenable, so I've ripped the LP to mono in an attempt to remedy that. My advice is to treat this collection as a sampler and if you find yourself digging the cool sounds of The Coasters invest in one of the many compilations available to buy. Recommendations can be found towards the end of this post.

The tracks on this LP are arranged in chronological order, so we start with three tracks recorded for Los Angeles label Spark Records by The Robins, the group from which The Coasters split in 1955 when label owners, songwriters and producers Leiber and Stoller signed up with Atlantic, taking their Spark masters with them. The origins of The Robins were detailed in this post of their Savoy sides from 1949 - 1950, while this post of their Modern / RPM / Crown sides in the early 1950's takes their story up to the point of the birth of The Coasters.

The go-to site for the story of The Robins up to and beyond the point when The Coasters broke away from the parent group is of course Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks. His article on The Robins is here:


Marv's site doesn't have an article on The Coasters but there is a website devoted entirely to the group "The Coasters Web Site - Those Hoodlum Friends" - which you can find here:


The web site is vast with all kinds of goodies on it. You may lose hours of your life in there. The record session information in the "Fax on the Trax" section below has been gleaned from the hugely detailed recording sessions page of The Coasters Web Site.

The original singles release information is from www.45cat.com. The Coasters singles section is here:



Here's The Fax on those 20 Trax

As mentioned above, the session information comes from the recordings sessions page on The Coasters Web Site. I haven't attempted to use all the information available on these tracks. In particular I have mentioned only a few of the backing musicians and I have omitted the Coasters' own guitar players. My main motive in mentioning a few of the backing musicians was in order to make sure that Gil Bernal received credit for his tenor sax work on The Robins and early Coasters sides which were recorded in Los Angeles. The contribution of King Curtis to the sides recorded in New York is well known, but that of Gil Bernal doesn't get much attention.

The changing Coasters line ups have been inserted into the chronological sequence.

Riot in Cell Block #9, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Framed were recorded by The Robins in 1954 - 1955 for Spark Records in Los Angeles.

The Robins - Carl Gardner, Bobby Nunn, Grady Chapman, Terrell Leonard, Billy Richard and Roy Richard. Richard Berry on "Riot In Cell Block #9."

Backing musicians include Gil Bernal (tenor sax) and Barney Kessell (guitar).

"Riot In Cell Block #9" was recorded in the spring of 1954. Released on Spark 103 (b/w "Wrap It Up") in May 1954.

"Framed" was recorded in August 1954. Released on Spark 107 (b/w "Loop De Loop Mambo") in September 1954.

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" was recorded in July (or possibly January 1955). Released on Spark 122 in August 1955 (b/w "Just Like A Fool"). Re-released on Atco 6059 in October 1955.

All subsequent titles recorded by The Coasters.

The Coasters (October 1955 - 1957) - Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Bobby Nunn, Leon Hughes.

Turtle Dovin' and Down In Mexico recorded in Los Angeles on January 11th, 1956. Gil Bernal (tenor sax) and Barney Kessell (guitar) among backing musicians. "Down In Mexico" / "Turtle Dovin'" released on Atco 6064 in February 1957.

Young Blood and Searchin' recorded in Los Angeles in February 1957. Obe "Young" Jessie replaces Billy Hughes on "Searchin'." Backing musicians include Gil Bernal (tenor sax) and Barney Kessell (guitar). "Searchin'" / "Young Blood" released on Atco 6087 in March 1957.

Idol With The Golden Head recorded in Chicago on July 24th, 1957. Released in August 1957 on Atco 6098 as the B-Side of "(When She Wants Good Lovin') My Baby Comes To Me."

The Coasters (1958 - mid-1961) - Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Cornell Gunter, Will "Dub" Jones.

Yakety Yak and Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart recorded in New York on March 17th, 1958. King Curtis on tenor sax. "Yakety Yak" / "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart" released on Atco 6116 in April 1958.

The Shadow Knows recorded in New York on August 8th, 1958. Released on Atco 6126 (b/w "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass") in August 1958.

Charlie Brown recorded in New York on December 11th, 1958. Released on Atco 6132 (b/w "Three Cool Cats") in January 1959.

Along Came Jones recorded in New York on March 26th, 1959. Released on Atco 6141 (b/w "That Is Rock & Roll") in April 1959.

Poison Ivy and What About Us recorded in New York on July 16th, 1959. Backing musicians include Mickey Baker (guitar) and King Curtis (tenor sax). The versions on this LP are alternate takes of the versions originally released on single.

I'm A Hog For You Baby was recorded in New York on August 8th 1958 and re-edited on July 17th, 1959. The version on this LP differs from the single release (titled "I'm A Hog For You") in that it has a different and shorter sax fadeout.

Run Red Run  was recorded in New York on July 23rd, 1959. The version on this LP is a stereo take of the version originally released on single.

The single versions of the above four tracks were released as follows:

Poison Ivy / I'm A Hog For You released on Atco 6146 in August 1959.
Run Red Run / What About Us released on Atco 6153 in November 1959.

Shoppin' For Clothes was recorded in New York on July 29th, 1960. King Curtis on tenor sax. "Shoppin' For Clothes" / "The Snake And The Bookworm" released on Atco 6178 in September 1960. Some pressings retitled "Shoppin' For Clothes" to "Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)" which was the title of the original version of this song which was written by Kent Harris and recorded by him as Boogaloo And His Gallant Crew in 1956 (Crest  45-1030).

Little Egypt was recorded in New York on February 9th, 1961. King Curtis on tenor sax. "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" / "Keep On Rolling" released on Atco 6192 in April 1961.

The Coasters (mid-1961 - 1967) - Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Will "Dub" Jones, Earl "Speedo" Carroll.

Bad Blood was recorded in New York on September 25th, 1961. Backing by The Upsetters. The version on this LP is an alternate take of the version released on single Atco 6210 (b/w "(Ain't That) Just Like Me") in October 1961.


The Coasters on CD

As a top selling pop act as well as a major R&B act, The Coasters' back catalogue has mostly remained in print in some form or another over the years. I have the following two CDs in my collection:

The Very Best Of The Coasters - Rhino / Atlantic. A modest 17 tracks in excellent sound quality. It includes "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass" which received major attention when it was used in a TV advert for Volkswagen Passat in the 1990s.


What Is The Secret Of Your Success? - Mr R&B RBD 102. A CD version of an LP issued on Jonas Bernholm's Mr R&B label. Published in 1980, this collection has 16 of the lesser known Coasters tracks. Also includes "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass." I wonder if this is where some advertising exec came across the track and pitched it to Volkswagen?

There's a lot of choice if you want to get a Coasters CD these days. Looks like this one might be the one in which to invest your hard earned cash:

A double CD on the Acrobat label. 56 tracks, including 12 Robins tracks from the Spark label. I've ordered a copy and will report back when I've listened to it.

Edit - The 2CD Coasters set has arrived. It has a 24 page booklet which includes full recording details of the tracks, sourced from the Coasters website I acknowledged earlier in this post. There is also an extensive essay by Paul Watts tracing the history of The Coasters from the foundation of The Robins in 1945. So 10/10 for presentation in this PD collection.

Disc One is especially good with its inclusion of the 12 Robins sides recorded for Spark. I listened to the whole of this disc in one session and it didn't pall at all! I must confess that when I started listening to Disc Two the following day, the going got tougher. There are still plenty of good sides on this disc, but perhaps the Coasters were getting a bit formulaic going into the early 1960s, or perhaps I'd just listened to too many tracks by the same group.

So all in all I can recommend this mid price collection. 56 tracks in all, including two LP only tracks. Presentation is excellent, sound quality is good but perhaps some of the tracks lack a bit of "life" as this is a PD compilation. Overall rating - 7.5/10.
 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

T-Bird Party!























Side 1:
01. The Last Of The Big Time Spenders Part 1 - Winehead Willie & Sweet Lucy Brown
02. The Last Of The Big Time Spenders Part 2 - Winehead Willie & Sweet Lucy Brown
03. Bongo Boo Boo - Sneeze & Breeze
04. On The Run - Satch Arnold
05. Sassy - Frantic Johnny Rogers
06. The Chase - Davey Jones
07. Teenage Jump - T. Valentine
08. Night Out - John J. Moses

Side 2:
01. Sweet Sweet Love - J.C. Davis
02. Little Ann - Johnny Knight
03. Punkanilla - The Quarter Notes
04. I'm Not Mixed Up Anymore - Betty James
05. Du De Squat - Little Luther
06. Don't Knock It - Sinner Strong
07. Chewin' Gum - Danny Brown
08. The Kangaroo - Charles Sheffield
09. 'Cile Turner - Crap Shootin' Sinner






You can see the shop labels on the front cover of this LP. "Missing Records" of Glasgow is still with us and they are currently situated in Argyle Street under the Heilanman's Umbrella. That's the Central Station Bridge, if you are either geographically or chronologically challenged. They've been in various premises around that area over the years, sometimes expanding to more than one shop, then contracting again, and somehow hanging on in there in their present day location.

Back in the 1990's they had a shop in Wellington Street and although the age of the CD was well and truly upon us they kept racks of vinyl going and among the big 12 inchers were strange and wonderful-looking compilations of R&B, rock 'n' roll and rockabilly with inviting titles like "Savage Kick," "Desperate Rock'N Roll," "Dangerous Doo Wop," "Stompin'," "Lookey Dookey" and so on. And that's without mentioning the "Las Vegas Grind" and "Sin Alley" series which at least had a recognisable record company logo on them - Crypt Records.

Around that time I was introduced to "Kicks" magazine whose message of "save the real rock 'n' roll" seemed to be embodied in those mysterious (but rather expensive) comps. Eventually I plucked up the courage to buy a few just when the shop was selling them off on the cheap as CDs appeared to have won the final victory over vinyl.

So here is possibly my favourite - T-Bird Party! "A swangin' slew of greasy R&B" says the cover. What does that even mean? Like most of these kinds of comps there is absolutely no information on the seemingly random selection of mostly unknown artists. However the internet now allows us all to dig deeper and find out a little more about what the heck is on this disc.

As in life, things aren't always what they at first seem to be, but the hidden truth is usually much more interesting. So read on, and discover that this greasy R&B comp contains sides by Duane Eddy (with The Sharps), a future Elvis soundalike, a wild female rockabilly singer, B. Brown ripping himself off, and a sixty-four year old white Virginia blueblooded lady who sounds like she should have been hollerin' gospel tunes and saving souls in a travelling tent show in the 1920s.

Oh, and I almost forgot - James Brown's sax player is in there too but I didn't include anything about that in the notes below, so you'll have to find out for yourselves. Happy listening, rock 'n' roll fans.















The Trax - Some Fax

01. The Last Of The Big Time Spenders Part 1 - Winehead Willie & Sweet Lucy Brown
02. The Last Of The Big Time Spenders Part 2 - Winehead Willie & Sweet Lucy Brown

The Bigtime Spender Part I / The Bigtime Spender Part II - Bill (Winehead Willie) Murray And George (Sweet Lucy) Copeland - Anna 1121. Released in September 1960.

03. Bongo Boo Boo - Sneeze & Breeze

Love Me - Marvin Fields / Bongo Boo Boo - Sneeze and Breeze - Jam 122. Date unknown. "Sneeze and Breeze" is a pseudonym for Marvin Fields (on the A side of the disc) whose real name was Marvin Benefield. He also recorded as an Elvis sound alike under the name Vince Everett.

04. On The Run - Satch Arnold

On The Run / That Song - Satch Arnold - "Louis" Records 6802. Released in 1963.

05. Sassy - Frantic Johnny Rogers

Sassy / Ramrod - "Frantic" Johnny Rogers - Cindy C-3010. Released in 1958. "Frantic" Johnny Rogers is probably Duane Eddy and the vocal group is probably The Sharps.

06. The Chase - Davey Jones

I Was Blind / The Chase - Davey Jones - Glades 605. Released in 1960.
 
07. Teenage Jump - T. Valentine

Little Lu-Lu Frog / Teenage Jump - T. Valentine - Bea & Baby 110. Released in 1960.

08. Night Out - John J. Moses

Fickle Women / Night Out - John J. Moses - Black Magic 45-61271. Released in 1961.

09. Sweet Sweet Love - J.C. Davis

Sweet Sweet Love / The Monkey - J.C. Davis - Chess 1858. Released in June 1963.

10. Little Ann - Johnny Knight

Little Ann / At Naden's Ebony Door - Jimmie "Playboy" Knight - Phynk Records 1753. Release date unknown. "Little Ann" also has vocal credited to Henry "Mojo" Thompson.

11. Punkanilla - The Quarter Notes

The Interview / Punkanilla - The Quarter Notes - RCA Victor 47-7327. Released in August 1958.

12. I'm Not Mixed Up Anymore - Betty James

I'm Not Mixed Up Anymore / Henry Lee - Betty James - Chess 1837. Released in October 1962.

13. Du De Squat - Little Luther

Du Dee Squat / Steppin' High - Little Luther - Criss-Cross 110. Released in November 1961. Re-released on Dot 45-16325 in January 1962.

14. Don't Knock It - Sinner Strong

Don't Knock It / Nobody But Me - Sinner Strong - Serock SR 2003. Released in 1963. "Sinner Strong" is rockabilly singer Joyce Harris.

15. Chewin' Gum - Danny Brown

Chewing Gum / Standing On The Corner - Danny Brown And His Band - Earth E 702. Released in March 1962. Danny Brown is probably B. Brown of B. Brown And His Rockin' McVouts who had a version of "Chewing Gum" out on Everlast Records.

16. The Kangaroo - Charles Sheffield

 I Would Be A Sinner / The Kangaroo - Charles Sheffield - Excello 45-2205. Released in October 1961.

17. 'Cile Turner - Crap Shootin' Sinner

Crap Shootin' Sinner / The Golden Rule - 'Cile Turner - Colonial  45-7004. Released in November 1959. Lucile Barrow Turner (1895 - 1979) was a native of Virginia. A white woman from an affluent background, she championed and performed Black American music for over 50 years.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

The Untouchable Sound Of Bill Black's Combo























Side 1:
01. White Silver Sands
02. Movin'
03. Smokie - Part 2
04. Monkey-Shine
05. Don't Be Cruel
06. Little Queenie
07. Josephine
08. Willie

Side 2:
01. Turn On Your Love Light
02. Memphis, Tennessee
03. Hearts Of Stone
04. Twist-Her
05. Honky Train
06. Little Jasper
07. Do It - Rat Now
08. So What






As bass player in Elvis, Scotty and Bill, Bill Black sits for evermore at the top table in rock and roll Valhalla. What we have here is a boffo compilation of instrumental sides recorded by the group he formed in 1959 after splitting with Elvis - Bill Black's Combo.

The initial line up which featured on the group's biggest hits was - Bill Black (electric bass), Reggie Young (lead guitar), Martin Wills (tenor sax), Joe Lewis Hall (piano) and Jerry Arnold (drums). Their brand of danceable beat heavy music was an instant hit with "Smokie Parts 1 and 2" reaching number 17 in the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1959 and topping the R&B chart in January 1960. The run of chart success continued through 1960 into 1961 with "White Silver Sands" being their biggest hit at number 9 in the Hot 100 and number 1 in the R&B chart.

Their last top 20 hit was "Hearts Of Stone" in February 1961, but their records continued to enter the top 40 and then the lower reaches of the Hot 100 for several years - see the details below in the Trax Fax section. Unfortunately poor health caused Bill to retire from touring and concentrate on a recording studio he opened in Memphis.

The Combo carried on touring with a changing line up (sans Bill) which included Ace Cannon, Carl McAvoy and Chips Moman at various times and at the request of The Beatles featured as the opening act of the Fab Four's US tour of 1964. Bill sadly passed away in October 1965 while undergoing surgery for a brain tumor.

Bill Black's Combo continued to tour and record after Bill's death. There is one example of their later work on this compilation, an excellent version of Bobby Bland's "Turn On Your Love Light."

Their music wasn't well known in the UK, with only two of their records brushing the lower reaches of the charts over here in late 1960, so this LP came as a pleasant surprise when I bought it back in the 1980's. There is a touch of slightly cheesy organ on a few tracks, but in the main it's excellent toe-tapping stuff with "Twist-Her" being a standout for me. It's an absolutely essential choice for your next Big Boss Twist Party, groovers!

Bill Black's Combo was a big influence on fellow Memphis groups The Mar-Keys and Booker T and the MGs, so if you're a fan of their sounds, then you'll love this LP.

There's a marvellous YouTube clip of the group in action in the film "Teenage Millionaire" in 1961. They come across as super-cool -  



 Teenage Millionaire

A good short article on the group is here -



Trax Trax Trax - The Fax Fax Fax

Smokie - Part 1 / Smokie - Part 2 - released on Hi 45-2018 in October 1959 - #17 in the Billboard Hot 100, December 1959. #1 in the Billboard Hot R&B Sides, January 1960.

White Silver Sands / The Wheel - released on Hi 45-2021 in February 1960 - #9 in the Billboard Hot 100, March, 1960. #1 in the Billboard Hot R&B Sides, May 1960. #50 in the UK charts in September 1960.

Josephine / Dry Bones - released on Hi 45-2022 in May 1960 - #18 in the Billboard Hot 100, July 1960.

Don't Be Cruel / Rollin' - released on Hi 45-2026 in August 1960 - #11 in the Billboard Hot 100, October 1960. #9 in the Billboard Hot R&B Sides, October, 1960. #32 in the UK charts in November 1960.

Blue Tango / Willie - released on Hi 45-2027 in November 1960 - #16 in the Billboard Hot 100, December 1960.

Hearts Of Stone / Royal Blue - released on Hi 45-2028 in February 1961 - #20 in the Billboard Hot 100, March, 1961.

Movin' / Honky Train - released on Hi 45-2038 in August 1961 - #41 in the Billboard Hot 100, October, 1961.

Twist-Her / My Girl Josephine - released on Hi 45-2042 in November 1961 - #26 in the Billboard Hot 100, January, 1962

So What / Blues For The Red Boy - released on Hi 45-2055 in July 1962 - # 78 in the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1962.

Do It - Rat Now / Little Jasper - released on Hi 45-2064 in March 1963 - #51 in the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1963.

Monkey-Shine / Long Gone - released on Hi 45-2069 in August 1963 - #47 in the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1963.

Memphis Tennessee and Little Queenie - released on Hi LP HL 12017 "Bill Black's Combo Plays Tunes By Chuck Berry" in June 1964.

Little Queenie / Boo-Ray - released on Hi 45-2079 in August 1964 - #73 in the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1964.

Turn On Your Love Light / Ribbon Of Darkness - released on Hi 45-2145 in May 1968 - #83 in the Billboard Hot 100, July, 1968.