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Friday 16 June 2017

Original Rhythm 'N Blues (re-up)

Side A:
01. The Bo-Do Rock - Earl Bostic
02. Lavender Coffin - Joe Thomas
03. Typhoon - Cootie Williams
04. Serenade To Twins - Johnny Sparrow
05. Shuffle Express - Eddie Wilcox
06. Blow Mr Low - Joe Williams
07. Charmaine - Burnie Peacock
08. Just Fall In Love - Dan Grissom

Side B:
01. Dungaree Hop - Plas Johnson
02. Honkin' - Jimmy Jackson All Stars
03. Goodnight, Irene - Mighty Man Maxwell
04. Gin And Coconut Milk - Wilburt Harrison
05. Aviator Papa - Lolly Pop Jones And Ethel Morris
06. Rain - Oscar McLollie
07. Pachuco Bop - Mad Mel Sebastian
08. Cherry - Clarence Palmer & The Jive Bombers

Download from here:

Original post (October 4th 2009) is here:

Re-upped by request. I provided some additional info on each track in the original post, so here is an updated version of that info:

1. The Bo-Do Rock - Earl Bostic
recorded in Los Angeles, April 19, 1956 for King Records. Released on King 4930 in June 1956, credited to Earl Bostic and Bill Doggett.

2. Lavender Coffin - Joe Thomas
recorded for King Records, Linden NJ, May 21, 1949  and released on King 4296 in June 1949. Joe Thomas spent 15 years as tenor sax player and vocalist with the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Started his own small band and recorded for King 1949 – 1951.

3. Typhoon - Cootie Williams
recorded for Mercury, December 1947 and released on Mercury 8083 in May 1948. Cootie Williams was for many years trumpeter in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In the early 1940s he formed his own big band which had Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson”, Sam “The Man” Taylor and Bud Powell in the line up. By the time this side was recorded all of these musicians had left and the band had slimmed down to 9 or 10 pieces. The following year Willis Jackson joined and the band had a hit with the two-parter which gave Jackson his nickname – “Gator Tail”.

4. Serenade To Twins - Johnny Sparrow
recorded for National Records in NYC in March 1950 and released on National 9121 in October 1950. Tenor sax man Johnny Sparrow played in Jay McShann’s band (alongside Paul Quinichette) then in Louis Armstrong’s big band. He replaced Johnny Griffin in Lionel Hampton’s band, playing alongside Morris Lane. In 1949 he left the Hampton outfit to form his own small band known as “Johnny Sparrow and his Bows and Arrows”. He recorded some sides for Melford, including the hit “Sparrow’s Flight”, then signed for National in 1950 and moved on to Gotham in 1952.

5. Shuffle Express - Eddie Wilcox
recorded for Derby Records, New York, June 1951 and released on Derby 766 in August 1951. Another alumnus of the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, pianist Eddie Wilcox led small bands which recorded for New York based labels Abbey and Victor in 1949-50. In 1951 he signed for Derby Records, acting as an arranger, producer, A&R man and band leader for the label. “Shuffle Express” was originally released as the B-side of Betty McLaurin’s “The Masquerade Is Over”. On this session the band included tenor sax men Freddie Mitchell and Lucky Thompson.

6. Blow Mr Low - Joe Williams
recorded in Chicago, September 1953 with the Red Saunders band. Released on Savoy 1165 in July 1955. Joe Williams was a blues shouter who had spells with the Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton bands and is best remembered for his tenure in the Count Basie band in the 1950s. His biggest hit was “Every Day I Have The Blues.”

7. Charmaine - Burnie Peacock
recorded for King in New York, November 1951, and released on King 4506 in December 1951. Burnie Peacock was a clarinet and alto sax player who played in the big bands of Lucky Millinder, Jimmie Lunceford, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, all in the space of three years from 1945 - 48. He stood in for Earl Bostic when the latter was recovering from a car crash.

8. Just Fall In Love - Dan Grissom
recorded for Million, Los Angeles 1955, released on Million 2011 in May 1955. The vocal group on the record is The Ebb Tones. This was the B-side of “Recess in Heaven”. Dan Grissom was a vocalist and alto sax player with the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. He was rather uncharitably nicknamed “Dan Gruesome” by jazz fans who were less than enamoured by his song stylings. From 1945 onwards he made records as a vocalist for various small labels in Los Angeles.

9. Dungaree Hop - Plas Johnson
recorded for the Tampa label in Los Angeles in 1956 and released on Tampa TP-116 in August 1956. Tenor sax man active in R&B and the poppier side of rock and roll in the mid to late 50’s, recording LPs for Capitol and Score. Also active in session work and in the jazz field. That’s his sax work on Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme.” See for much more info on this prolific musician.

10. Honkin' - Jimmy Jackson All Stars
released as RPM 349 in 1952. Evidence from the matrix numbers points towards this recording actually originating from a session by Benny Carter recorded for Modern in 1949 with Ben Webster on tenor sax. Moreover, like “Honkin’”, Carter’s “Cottontail” / “Time Out For The Blues” (released on Modern 858) also has dubbed on crowd noises. If you would like to investigate further then please buy the wonderful Ace (UK) compilation “Let’s Jump! Swingin’ Humdingers From Modern Records” (CD CHD 809). This Billy Vera compiled CD has Benny Carter’s “Cottontail” / “Time Out For The Blues” plus “Deep Purple” which is credited to the Jimmy Jackson All-Stars.

The Jazz West Coast Research blog has a post on the renaming of jazz tracks on the Modern/RPM/Crown labels, including the Benny Carter / Jimmy Jackson tracks. Discographies do list a Jimmy Jackson session in 1952 with musicians such as Billy Hadnott and Devonia Williams taking part,but the master numbers seem to show that the tracks originate from the Carter session of 1949.

11. Goodnight, Irene - Mighty Man Maxwell
recorded for Discovery in Los Angeles on August 9th, 1950. Released on Discovery 524 in September 1950. Billboard announced the recording artist as "Mad Man Maxwell."Discovery was a small jazz label which was taken over by Savoy.

12. Gin And Coconut Milk - Wilburt Harrison
recorded for DeLuxe in Miami, November 1953. B-Side of “Nobody Knows The Trouble” (DeLuxe 6031). Yes, it’s Wilbert Harrison who had the massive hit “Kansas City” for Fury in 1959, and who also recorded “Let’s Stick Together” which was covered by Canned Heat and later by Bryan Ferry.

13. Aviator Papa - Lolly Pop Jones And Ethel Morris
recorded for DeLuxe in New Orleans in 1948. Lollypop Jones “starred” in 3 films in 1946 – two musical shorts, “Chicago After Dark” and “Lucky Gamblers”, and a grade Z all-black horror movie “Midnight Menace” in which he got to sing “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Don’t Sell My Monkey Baby”.

14. Rain - Oscar McLollie
Recorded for Class, Los Angeles, 1953, released on Class 503 in March 1953. Oscar McLollie recorded two singles for Leon Rene’s Class label in 1952/53, his first release being “The Honey Jump”. During 1953 he transferred to Modern Records and recut “The Honey Jump” with his group now called The Honeyjumpers. After a series of good records such as “All That Oil In Texas” and “Lolly Pop”, he recorded briefly for Mercury in 1956. In 1957 he was back recording for Class, including several duets with Jeanette Baker. One of their numbers “Hey Girl - Hey Boy” was covered by Louis Prima and Keely Smith in the film of the same name.

15. Pachuco Bop - Mad Mel Sebastian
recorded for M & S in 1952, probably in Los Angeles. B Side of "Raven Hop." “Mad Mel Sebastian” is a pseudonym for …? Is it Chuck Higgins? Or someone cashing in on Chuck’s “Pachuco Hop”? Does anyone know anything about Mad Mel? A comment on the original post says that he had a disc on the small "R and B" label called "Walkin' On The Ceiling."

16. Cherry - Clarence Palmer & The Jive Bombers
recorded for Savoy (Savoy 1515) in New York in May 1957, released in June 1957. Very similar sound to their 1956 Savoy hit “Bad Boy.” The Jive Bombers were a group whose origins lie back in the 1930s as does “Bad Boy” which descends from Lil Armstrong’s “Brown Gal.” Now that would be worth a post on its own!


Bob Mac said...

Thanks BW. I missed this first time round, so nice to have it now.

Roffe said...

Thank you for all these wonderful rare LPs that you let us download. And also for your extra information, much appreciated. Thanks again!

Bob Mac said...

Interesting that the front cover says 1948-1952. Yet the tracks were recorded from 1947-1957.

boogiewoody said...

Thanks for commenting guys. Bob - in my original post I commented on the fact that this LP appears to have three different titles on its cover, so I'm not surprised that they got the dates wrong! I've always liked this collection as there is some hard to get stuff on it. Glad you appreciate the extra information Roffe. Sometimes I wonder if the effort is worth it, but once I start digging around the internet and my books, I can't stop!

Now does anyone know anything about Mad Mel Sebastian?


B_B said...

. . . he had a disc on the small "R&B" label called "Walkin' On The Ceiling." . . .

R and B . . . (NOT "R&B" . . .)

My mistake, if it was me. . .(?!)

Been searchin' for this one for ages . . .

NOT on discogs!:

IF I recollect correct, the SOLE lyrics were:

"Walkin' on the ceiling, cool feelin' . . "

So long from Coolsville. Literally. It's actually weird, as we've been havin us some WEATHER here in (usually) Sunny So. Cal.(!)

boogiewoody said...

Hi BB - just checked back - it was you! Alas, poor Mad Mel, we hardly knew him. I still don't know anything about him.

Glasgow is at a standstill under a blanket of snow, which is unusual for March.


B.B. said...

Sometimes these things can take years....

And a "lockdown" (!?)...

To "Find"...

Still NO Audio on this rarity, EXCEPT for the "A" side, which has been on a few compilations... And is on YooToob...


Here we go, some Hard Facts (for a change!!??!):

Mad Mel Sebastian "One Salty Dog/Walking On The Ceiling" R and B 1308

NOT on any of the usual suspect discographical sites. ONLY ever found it as it was being auctioned off... in 2018 (!)

R and B label discographies put it at ... 1954.

Right *** smack between *** these two! :

The Jewels With Johnny Torrence "Rosalie" / "Living-From-Day-To-Day" R And B RB-1306, 1954

The Rocking Brothers "Rock It" / "Behind The Sun" R And B RB-1309, 1954

boogiewoody said...

Thanks B.B. So "R and B" it is then on the record label - I've just seen The Rocking Brothers - Rock It and Behind The Sun on YouTube. And Mad Mel's "Salty Dog" is also there and demands to be listened to. Ye gods - Saturday morning in Glasgow under lockdown and chasing the obscurest of small label LA R&B. Great listens , though! YouTube has now come up with "The Grinder" by The Rocking Brothers on Savoy. The people who upload this stuff are heroes one and all.

Keep rockin' safely B.B.!

B.B. said...

It just occurred to me. No, not in a "quarantine nightmare" about "the record that got away"...

I know someone who knows a LOT more about seeking out song snippets and song samples than I do... And, indeed, COMPLETE mp3 files.

The KEYS are: Seek out SELLERS' sites.

This fined of mine, he is a '50s music maniac with a MUCH larger rekkid budget than I will ever have. And go figger, he has a WIFE (not that there's anything wrong with that...). Which , in my experience (limited as it is!) is usually a "factor," or, can, ahem, LIMIT one's ability to.... erm... accumulate tons of tunes...

Anyhow, I will have to tell my pal to keep an eye out for the "Missing Mad Mel"!

(I'd close by saying "everyone stay safe" but I am sick... erm, so TIRED of hearing that that I am about to HIT the next person who says it to me over the HEAD with a SAFE...)

B.B. said...

"This friend of mine..."


"This fined of mine..."

Spell Czech cain't ketch ever'thang...!