Friday, 5 February 2016

Buddy Johnson Special!

Be Bop Wino continues its look at big big band rhythm 'n' blues with re-ups of 3 Buddy Johnson LPs. 

First up is the Silver Star Swing Series compilation of Decca sides recorded by Buddy in the 1940s and early 50s.


Side 1
1 - South Main
2 - Fine Brown Frame
3 - Opus Two
4 - Walk 'em
5 - You'll Get Them Blues
6 - Hey, Sweet Potato
7 - Far Cry
8 - Serves Me Right

Side 2
1 - Li'l Dog
2 - You Can't Tell Who's Lovin' Who
3 - Down Yonder
4 - Shake 'em Up
5 - Dr Jive Jives
6 - I'm Gonna Jump In The River
7 - Baby You're Always On My Mind
8 - Shufflin' And Rollin'

Download link:

Original post (well worth reading!) from 9th October 2009 is here:

In 1953 Buddy moved to the Mercury label and I've re-upped two Mercury LPs which were originally released in the 1950s. One of them, "Rock 'N Roll," was donated in its 1950s form by a kindly saxophonist, and the other, "Walkin'," is a 1980s re-release on Official. Buddy's band was perhaps the longest surviving of the big swing bands, playing through the swing and r&b years and on into the rock 'n' roll era, so here's the Mercury LP "Rock 'N Roll", with additional artwork from the 1980s re-release on Official:


1 - I Don't Want Nobody
2 - Doot Doot Dow
3 - Bring It Home To Me
4 - You Got It Made
5 - A Pretty Girl
6 - Any Day Now

Side 2
1 - It's Obdacious
2 - Crazy 'Bout A Saxophone
3 - Upside Your Head
4 - Ain't But One
5 - A-12
6 - I'm Just Your Fool

Download link:

Original post from 26th September 2009 is here:

This post is well worth checking out for insights from our anonymous sax playing donor plus other commentators, and my take on the role of Buddy's band in the early rock 'n' roll era.

On the 27th September 2009 I posted an Official re-release of another Buddy Johnson LP on Mercury, "Walkin'."


Side 1
1 - Rockin' Time
2 - They Don't Want Me To Rock No More
3 - There's No One Like You
4 - Rock On!
5 - Ain't Cha Got Me (Where You Want Me)
6 - Buddy's Boogie

Side 2
1 - Oh! Baby Don't You Know
2 - You'd Better Believe Me
3 - You're Everything My Heart Desires
4 - So Good
5 - Bitter Sweet
6 - Gone Walkin'

New download link:

Original post from 27th September 2009 is here:

Once again, please read the wise words, especially if you're just discovering Buddy Johnson.

In the original posts I recommended 2 CDs for purchasing:

"Walk 'Em: The Decca Sessions" (Ace CDCHD 623) is still available. A superb collection which is one of my all time favourite Ace CDs and you can't get any higher praise than that!

For the Mercury sides I recommended a Rev-Ola compilation, "Gotta Go Upside Your Head" (CR Band 6) which at that time was an easily available mid-price CD. A search through Amazon and a few other sites has revealed that it is now a rarity and dealers are asking big bucks for it. If you come across a reasonably priced copy, snap it up. Otherwise, there is a 28 track CD on Hoodoo Records called "Rock On! The 1956-62 Recordings" or there is a 2CD compilation on Jasmine Records called "Rock On! The 100th Anniversary Collection - Twenty Years of Blues, Boogie and Ballads 1941-1961" which may be worth investigating.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra - Ridin' On The L&N

Side 1
1 - Ridin' On The L&N
2 - The Pencil Broke
3 - Doublin' With Dublin
4 - Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
5 - Royal Family
6 - There Will Never Be Another You
7 - I've Been A Fool (Thinking You Cared)
8 - Hawk's Nest
9 - The Man I Love

Side 2
1 - Adam Blew His Hat
2 - Cherokee
3 - Wee Albert
4 - Moonglow
5 - Everybody's Somebody's Fool
6 - Tempo's Birthday
7 - Lavender Coffin
8 - Sky Blue
9 - I'll Remember April

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More big band swing with quite a few small group tracks in the mix this time round. This LP is much more of a mixed bag than the uniformly excellent "Leapin' With Lionel." There's a smattering of sentimental ballads and formulaic instrumental workouts, but there are definitely quite a few gems in among the mediocre tracks. "Ridin' On The L&N", "The Pencil Broke", "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus", "Adam Blew His Hat", "Wee Albert" and "Lavender Coffin" are all outstanding in my opinion.

Here's the lowdown, track by track:

"Royal Family" - recorded by The Lionel Hampton Octet, 2nd March 1942. Not released as a single.

"Doublin' With Dublin" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Septet, 21st May 1945. Released on 1969 LP "Steppin' Out."

"Ridin' On The L&N" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Quartet on  30th January 1946. "Ridin' On The L&N" released February 1947 on Decca 23839 with "Hamp's Walkin' Boogie."

Billboard November 9th 1946
"Tempo's Birthday" and "Adam Blew His Hat" were recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra on September 9th, 1946. "Tempo's Birthday" was released on Decca 23696 with "The Pencil Broke", November 1946. "Adam Blew His Hat" b/w "Reminiscing Mood" was released on Decca 24015 in August 1947.

"The Pencil Broke" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, September 17th, 1946. Released on Decca 23696 b/w "Tempo's Birthday", November 1946.

"Hawk's Nest" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, 10th November 1947. Released on Decca 24505 b/w "Goldwyn Stomp" October 1948.

"Cherokee" recorded by The Lionel Hampton Sextet, 14th November, 1947. Released on Decca 24430 b/w "Re-Bop And "Be-Bop" in May 1948. Part of 4 disc album "New Movements In Re-Bop."

"Wee Albert" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, 28th January, 1949. Released on Decca 24699 b/w "Beulah's Sister's Boogie", August 1949.

"Moonglow" recorded by Lionel Hampton Quartet, 28th April 1949. Not released as a single.

"Lavender Coffin" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, 10th May, 1949. Released on Decca 24652, b/w "The Hucklebuck", May 1949. "Hampton's version of this highly original novelty really jumps sanctified" says Billboard review, 25th June 1949. Listen to "Lavender Coffin":

"Sky Blue" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, 29th December, 1949. Not released as a single.

"I've Been A Fool (Thinking You Cared)" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra  with vocal by Little Jimmy Scott, 5th January, 1950. Released on Decca 24864 b/w "I Almost Lost Mind", January 1950.  "Young Jimmy Scott gets off a haunting, note-bending vocal in his piercing, high-pitched voice" says Billboard on 18th February 1950. They were being very kind.

"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra with vocal by Irma Currey, 25th January 1950. Released on Decca 27176 in October 1950, b/w "September In The Rain" by Gil Bernal.

"There Will Never Be Another You" recorded by Lionel Hampton And His Quintet, 26th January, 1950. Released on Decca 27198, b/w "Where Or When",  in September 1950. "Mood jazz disking of this revival spots large chunks of Hamp's vibes in subdued garb. There's a neat slice of Doug Duke's Hammond organ work sandwiched in as well." Billboard, 30th September 1950.

"I'll Remember April" and "The Man I Love" recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Sextet, 14th September, 1950. "The Man I Love" released on Decca 27373; "I'll Remember April" released on Decca 27875. Both discs were part of a 4 disc album "Moonglow" by the Lionel Hampton Sextet, released in March 1951. This album was available in 3 formats - as a set of 4 78 rpm discs; as a set of 4 45 rpm records; and as a 10-inch LP.

"Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" was recorded by Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra on October 27th, 1950. Released on Decca 27325 b/w "Merry Christmas Baby" in November 1950. Both sides sung by Sonny Parker. Said Billboard (2nd December 1950): "Parker chants the ditty registered last year by Mabel Scott. Unimpressive job." Actually I quite like it!

More big band grooves coming soon, swingsters!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Lucky Millinder Special!

Side 1
1 - Apollo Jump
2 - Ride, Red, Ride
3 - That's All!
4 - Shipyard Social Function
5 - Hurry, Hurry!
6 - Shout, Sister, Shout!
7 - Mason Flyer
8 - Slide, Mr Trombone
9 - There's Good Blues Tonight

Side 2
1 - Let Me Off Uptown
2 - Rock Me
3 - Little John Special
4 - Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well
5 - Trouble In Mind
6 - Big Fat Mama
7 - Rock Daniel
8 - All The Time
9 - I Want A Tall Skinny Papa

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Side 1
1 - Ram-Bunk-Shush
2 - Oh Babe!
3 - Please Open Your Heart
4 - Silent George
5 - I'm Waiting Just For You
6 - No One Else Could Be
7 - It's Been A Long, Long Time
8 - Please Be Careful

Side 2
1 - Loaded With Love
2 - When I Gave You My Love
3 - Heavy Sugar
4 - Old Spice
5 - I'm Here Love
6 - It's A Sad, Sad Feeling
7 - Ow!
8 - Goody Good Love

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Two more re-ups for you fans of swing and big band R&B. I've added new cover and label scans to the "Ram-Bunk-Shush" collection. This time you get the complete front cover, unlike my previous effort.

Lucius "Lucky" Millinder could neither read music nor play an instrument, yet he led one of the best of the big blues bands, invariably packed with superb musicians and vocalists. His band was one of the most enduring, making its recording debut for Decca in 1941 and outlasting most of the competition by having a final recording session (for King) as late as 1955.

"Apollo Jump" features 18 sides recorded for Decca between 1941 and 1945. The band line up for the first session (June 1941) includes Bill Doggett on piano, Panama Francis on drums, Trevor Bacon (guitar and vocals) and the great gospel singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The good sister's tracks are very much highlights of this set, along with the Wynonie Harris sides. "Trouble In Mind", "Rock Daniel", "Shout, Sister, Shout!", "Rock Me", "That's All!" and "I Want A Tall Skinny Papa" are a blast, although how Lucky persuaded Sister Rosetta to record the raunchy "Tall Skinny Papa" is beyond me.

Trevor Bacon filled the male vocal slot and his light singing voice suits "Slide, Mr. Trombone", "Let Me Off Uptown" and "Big Fat Mama." Bacon left the band in 1944 along with Lucky's alto sax player Tab Smith to form a new small jump band. His replacement was the sensational Wynonie Harris whose powerhouse blues shouting couldn't have been a greater contrast in style. His stay was short, less than nine months, and he only recorded two sides with Millinder in May 1944: "Hurry, Hurry!" and the massive hit "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well?"

Listen to "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well":

By the end of 1944 Harris had left the band and settled in Los Angeles. His vocal duties were taken up by sax player Bullmoose Jackson who would go on to find great success as a solo, firstly being backed by players from the Millinder band and then going on to form his own group.

Other personnel to note on "Apollo Jump" are: Dizzy Gillespie who plays on the instrumental flag wavers from July 1942, "Mason Flyer" and "Little John Special"; alto sax man Preston Love and tenor sax star Sam "The Man" Taylor.

Lucky Millinder's last Decca session was in October 1947. The band recorded for RCA and its Vik subsidiary from January to November 1949. Personnel included saxophonist / vocalist Big John Greer, female vocalist Annisteen Allen and saxmen Ike Quebec and Paul Quinichette. The biggest hit for the band at this time was "D Natural Blues" which used the same riff as Charlie Parker's "Now's The Time" and Paul William's "The Hucklebuck."

The "Ram-Bunk-Shush" LP brings us to Lucky's King sides. In February 1950 the Lucky Millinder Orchestra started recording for King. There were regular sessions through 1950 and 1951 up to the middle of 1952. After a gap of nearly three years the band recorded one last session for King in March 1955. The four tracks from that session are the last four tracks on this LP.

Highlights? There's the October 1950 session with Wynonie Harris which gave us a stonkingly good cover version of "Oh Babe!" Another classic from the same session is everybody's favourite song about a peeping tom / stalker, "Silent George" memorably hollered by Myra Johnson. There are some good band instrumentals in "Ram-Bunk-Shush", "Heavy Sugar", "Old Spice" and "Ow!" The rest of the tracks are mostly pop ballads but they make for pleasant enough listening, especially Annisteen Allen's "I'm Waiting Just For You", her duet with Melvin Moore, "No-One Else Could Be" and the Corky Robbins / Johnny Bosworth rendition of "Loaded With Love."

Listen to "Silent George":

Original "Apollo Jump" (August 2010) post is here:

It includes extensive write up, photos and a recommended purchase. Worth checking out!

Original "Ram-Bunk-Shush" (September 2008) is here:

More big bands coming soon - re-ups and new stuff. We're goin' down swingin'!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

T.J. Fowler - Early Detroit R&B

Re-up as requested by you jumpers and jivers out there, complete with a new front cover scan plus label scans. Sorry, I forgot to do a new back cover so you'll have to get along with the old one.

Download from here:


Side 1
1 - T.J. Boogie
2 - What's The Matter Now
3 - Midnight Clipper (pt 1)
4 - Midnight Clipper (pt 2)
5 - Harmony Grits
6 - Red Hot Blues
7 - Hot Sauce
8 - Blue Lullaby

Side 2
1 - Night Crawler
2 - Fowler's Boogie
3 - Back Biter
4 - Wine Cooler
5 - Camel Walk
6 - Gold Rush
7 - The Queen
8 - Tell Me What's The Matter

Boogie pianist and bandleader T.J. Fowler (and T.J. was his given name) was a stalwart of the post-war Detroit R&B scene who never enjoyed chart success but nevertheless did record a number of very good sides on his own account as well as providing backing for big names like Paul Williams and Varetta Dillard. Born in Georgia in 1910, he was raised in Detroit where he attended the local conservatory of music. His professional music career started when he played piano at a poolroom owned by his father and then he joined a band led by alto sax player Guy Walters. From there he moved to another Detroit band led by Clarence Dorsey where he played alongside Paul Williams.

In 1947 T.J. formed his own jump band which provided the backing for Paul Williams on his big 1948 seller "35-30". T.J.'s own first disc was recorded for local label Paradise - "Sultry Moon" / "Mango Blues" which does not feature on this collection. During 1948 - 49 T.J.had discs released on both National and Sensation. These form the side one of this comp and are mostly rousing boogies and stompers. "Midnight Clipper" is in the style of Sonny Thompson's moody hit "Long Gone" while "Blue Lullaby" is as its title indicates - an attractive mood piece with an outbreak of bluesy piano in the middle section.

The first six tracks of side two are instrumentals recorded for Savoy in 1952-53. They have a punchier sound than the 1940s sides, particularly when blues guitarist Calvin Frasier weighs in. The last two sides of the compilation were recorded in Chicago at the end of 1953 for the States label. "The Queen" is another good instrumental while the vocal side "Tell Me What's The Matter?" rattles along nicely enough. T.J. continued to play live gigs around Detroit  through the 1960s with small groups but gradually his non-musical business interests took up more of his time. He died in Detroit in 1982.

Recommended purchase and the source of the above information is the 25 track Classics Blues & Rhythm Series CD "T.J.Fowler 1948 - 1953." Compiled and annotated by Dave Penny who acknowledges the Jim Gallert book "Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit 1920-60" as a source of information.

Listen to the sensational "Red Hot Blues":

Listen to "Camel Walk":

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra - Leapin' With Lionel

I posted "Leapin' With Lionel" on the very earliest incarnation of Be Bop Wino, but an exploding hard drive, the end of upload sites like rapidshare and megaupload, and the takedown of Be Bop Wino Version 1 caused this fine LP to be absent from the blog for about 7 years. It would be impossible to have a vintage R&B blog without Hamp, so here he is again after a long exile. I've re-ripped the LP and re-scanned the cover and labels, so even if you downloaded the tracks first time round, it would still be worth your while to download the new, improved version.

And what an LP this is! It's loaded with tracks from the 1940's when Hamp's big band was a major player in the rise of R&B. A look at the players who passed through the sax section is like reading a who's who of wild R&B honkers with a goodly selection of red hot jazzers thrown into the mix: Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Jack McVea, Arnett Cobb, Al Sears, Johnny Griffin, Jackie Kelso, Morris Lane, Johnny Sparrow, Johnny Board, Gene Morris, and Curtis Lowe. Also aboard are Joe Morris, Irving Ashby, Joe Comfort, Charles Mingus, Albert Ammons and Wes Montgomery. If that doesn't float yer boat then I don't know what will.

Full band line ups are detailed at the end of Fred Dellar's sleevenotes. The sides were recorded between May 1942 and December 1949. The selection kicks off with the band's first big hit "Flying Home" which Hamp had written with Benny Goodman (and Charlie Christian?) when he was with Goodman's sextet in 1939. The 1942 version features the famous sax solo by Illinois Jacquet which is often credited with kicking off the trend towards the honking and screeching tenor sax playing which became such an integral part of the R&B of the 1940s and 50s. I tend to go with his maniac performance on "Blues" in the first Jazz At The Philharmonic concert a couple of years later as being the real birth of honk.

There are more big hits in the tracklist including "Hamp's Boogie Woogie", Beulah's Boogie", "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop" and "Rag Mop." See accompanying notes below for what was hot and what was not.

The biggest seller was "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop." For an alternative account of the origins of this number see the post on Big Jim Wynn.  Let's just say that "Be Baba Leba" by Helen Humes had been recorded and hit the charts months before Hamp and Curley Hamner came up with the very similar "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop." Just as an aside Tina Dixon claimed the copyright on "Be Baba Leba" as she had been performing it live before Helen Humes recorded it. In January 1946 Dixon's agent sold the copyright to Charlie Barnet, just as Hamp's "Hey! Ba-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop" came out. I have no idea what Barnet's thoughts were as the Hamp opus eclipsed all other versions. That's showbiz.

Side 1:
1 - Flying Home No 1
2 - Flying Home No 2
3 - Hamp's Boogie-Woogie, No 1
4 - Tempo's Boogie
5 - Beulah's Boogie
6 - Slide, Hamp, Slide
7 - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
8 - Rockin' In Rhythm Parts 1 and 2

Side 2:
1 - Air Mail Special Parts 1 and 2
2 - Cobb's Idea
3 - Hamp's Walkin' Boogie
4 - Red Top
5 - Midnight Sun
6 - Hamp's Boogie-Woogie No 2
7 - Beulah's Sister's Boogie
8 - Rag Mop

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Here are the facts, Jack, on every track!

Side 1
1 - Flying Home No 1 - recorded May 26th 1942. Released on Decca 18394
Number 3 on Billboard's Harlem Hit Parade, May 15th, 1943.

2 - Flying Home No 2 - recorded March 2nd 1944. Released on Decca 23639
Billboard, September 21st 1946: "... band packs a powerhouse into the side, with Alvin (sic) Cobb's tenor sax solo keeping pace with the standard set by Illinois Jacquet in the original cutting. No mistaking the Hampton jump designs here, and spinning is on the terrific side for the jump set."

3 - Hamp's Boogie-Woogie, No 1 - recorded March 2nd 1944. Released on Decca 18613, July 1944.
Number 1 in the Harlem Hit Parade, September 9th, 1944. Louis Jordan's "G.I. Jive" was number 2.

4 - Tempo's Boogie - recorded October 16th 1944. Released on Decca 18910, July 1946.
Billboard tip, August 3rd, 1946 - "With beaucoup vibe work, phono fans will take some to 'Tempo's Boogie.'"

5 - Beulah's Boogie - recorded May 21st 1945. Released on Decca 18719
Billboard November 8th 1945: "unlike most originals this Hampton by Hampton is really swell stuff. It's something to write home about in ledger black ink. Beulah and Hampton are both okay, even in conservative spots." Number 2 on Billboard's Most Played Juke Box Race Records chart, December 22nd, 1945. Joe Liggins' "The Honeydripper" was number 1. Number 3 on February 9th, 1946. Louis Jordan's "Buzz Me" was number 1.

6 - Slide, Hamp, Slide
7 - Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - tracks 6 and 7 recorded December 1st 1945. Both issued on Decca 18754, January 1946. "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop" became a huge seller, reaching number 9 in the pop charts and dominating the race charts for over half a year. Billboard review of "Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop" on February 9th, 1946:
"Chalk this one up as no.1 played (best seller) race disk right now, and it should also prove big with Hamp's fans in any kind of nabe in retail sales, or any location. Tune, penned by Hamp and Curly Hamner, is a jive natch, and the Hampton band, plus a vocal by the maestro, sell it right up to the hilt. You'll be hearing plenty of cats yelling 'Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop.'"

8 - Rockin' In Rhythm Parts 1 and 2 - recorded January 29th, 1946. Released on Decca 24415, April 1948. Billboard review, May 8th 1948: "Hamp takes the Ellington oldie over the coals for two sides, with Part 1 stacking up as the juke bet with its Hamp and wild sax solos, raucous band and heavy handed rhythm."

Side 2
1 - Air Mail Special Parts 1 and 2 - recorded January 31st, 1946. Released on Decca 18880, June 1946. Billboard, June 29th, 1946: "It's a field day for the hot horns in the Hampton household. But instead of re-bopy, it's a speed jam special for Benny Goodman's familiar 'Air Mail Special' stomper. Instrumental stars play it hot and heavy for both sides with the maestro's own vibe hammerings stealing the solo spotlight. The B-side, with beaucoup vibes and hot tenoring, provides more steam for the phono spin."

2 - Cobb's Idea - recorded January 31st, 1946. Unissued on Decca. Arnett Cobb recorded a different version with a small group for Apollo Records on May 13th, 1947, which was released on Apollo 772, September 1947.

3 - Hamp's Walkin' Boogie - recorded September 17th, 1946. Released on Decca 23839, along with "Ridin' On The L & N" and released February 1947.

4 - Red Top - recorded November 7th, 1947. Released on Decca 24281 in January 1948. Billboard, 17th January 1948:"Tastiest, cleanest Hamp instrumental in some time. Good riff, solos, cleffing." B-side was "Giddy-Up."

5 - Midnight Sun - recorded November 10th, 1947. Released on Decca 24429  and also as part of the May 1948 Decca album "New Movements In Be-Bop" which consisted of 4 Hampton 78 rpm singles.

6 - Hamp's Boogie-Woogie No 2 - recorded January 28th, 1949. Released on Decca 24607 with "New Central Avenue Breakdown" on other side.

7 - Beulah's Sister's Boogie - recorded January 28th, 1949. Released on Decca 24699 in August 1949. Other side was "Wee Albert." Both sides feature Albert Ammons on piano.

8 - Rag Mop - recorded December 29, 1949. Released on Decca 24855 in January 1950. Other side was "For You My Love." Billboard February 15th, 1950 - disc is number 12 in the best selling Rhythm and Blues chart and number 5 in most juke box plays for R&B records. On May 20th disk is still in juke box chart at number 4.

Recommended purchase:

Properbox 12 - "The Lionel Hampton Story". A 4 CD set covering his small group sides recorded for Victor 1937 - 1940 (CD1) plus 3 CDs covering the Decca big band sides from 1942 - 1949. Includes terrific booklet by Joop Visser. Might be getting hard to get, so hurry, hurry!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Calvin Boze Special!

Following on from the Roy Milton re-ups here are some more new links to primo West Coast jump blues in the shape of 2 re-upped Calvin Boze LPs. The original Calvin Boze posts prompted email correspondence with friends and family of Calvin and the uncovering of previously unknown information about this accomplished but relatively unknown artist.

The post on the Route 66 LP "Choo Choo's Bringing My Baby Home" contains a whole load of info, anecdotes from Bobby Rivers, recommended purchases, and label scans from Joan K and El Enmascarado. It is, if I may say so myself, R&B heaven!

New download link for "Choo Choo's Bringing My Baby Home":

Password = greaseyspoon

Link to original post (September 2011):


01 - Choo Choo's Bringing My Baby Home
02 - My Friend Told Me
03 - Good Time Sue
04 - Stinkin' From Drinkin'
05 - Slippin' And Slidin'
06 - I Can't Stop Crying
07 - Beale Street On A Saturday Night
08 - Hey Lawdie, Miss Claudie
09 - Have You Ever Had The Blues
10 - Waiting And Drinking
11 - Blow Man Blow
12 - Safronia B
13 - Angel City Blues
14 - Baby You're Tops With Me
15 - I'm Gonna Steam Off The Stamp
16 - Looped
17 - Look Out For Tomorrow Today
18 - Fish-Tail
19 - I've Got News For You

My first post on Calvin Boze was back in June 2008. It featured the Moonshine LP "Havin' A Ball" which may have some dodgy sound quality but is still tremendous fun. I think "tremendous fun" may be the best description of Calvin's music!

New link for "Havin' A Ball":

Password = greaseyspoon

The original post is here:


01 - Safronia B
02 - Angel City Blues
03 - Working With My Baby
04 - Satisfied
05 - Waiting And Drinking
06 - You're Tops With Me
07 - Slippin' And Slidin'
08 - I Can't Stop Crying
09 - I've Got News For You
10 - Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business
11 - Lizzy Lou (parts 1 & 2)
12 - Shamrock
13 - Havin' A Ball (Having A Time)
14 - Looped
15 - I'm Gonna Steam Off The Stamp
16 - Fishtail
17 - Beale Street On A Saturday Night

There was also a streaming audio post on a 78rpm disc sent in by El Enmascarado: "Baby You're Tops With Me" / "Slippin' And Slidin' (Aladdin 3086). Original post, with streaming audio restored, is here:

I also wrote a post on Calvin's best known track "Safronia B" which featured extensive streaming audio which was lost in the divshare meltdown and which I haven't yet replaced. Despite that, the post still has background info which makes it worth reading:

One more time - tremendous fun! Keep jumpin', cats 'n' kittens!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Roy Milton Special!

Happy New Year to all you movers and groovers! There's a brief lull in the festivities so now's the time for the first post of 2016. We kick off the new year with a mixture of some new and previously posted stuff on Roy Milton, one of the most important figures in 1940s / early 50s rhythm and blues.

So let's start with the new - a further collection of Roy's late 1950s tracks. Here you go -

1 - You're Gonna Suffer Baby
2 - Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
3 - Skid Row
4 - Early In The Morning
5 - Bless Your Heart
6 - Best Wishes
7 - R.M. Blues

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Here's the lowdown, strictly on the QT, very hush-hush:

Roy's band line up for his King sessions (October 1956, February and July 1957) was as follows:

Walter Williams (tp); Harvey Braxton (as); Cliff Solomon (ts); Oscar Estelle (bar); Emmanuel Kennebrew (p); Johnny Rogers (g); Lawrence Kato (b); Roy Milton (d,vcl); Mickey Champion (vcl)

"You're Gonna Suffer Baby" was recorded in October 1956 and released in December 1956 as the B Side of "One Zippy Zam" on King 4993. Bruyninckx credits the vocal to Inez Coleman but the contemporary Billboard review says: 'Mickey Champion is the songstress on this side, and she styles a slow, groovy blues to a "T." Easy on the ears.'

"Skid Row" was recorded in February 1957 and "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" was recorded in July 1957. Both sides were released on King 5069 at the end of July 1957. Mickey Champion shares vocals with Roy on the A side, "Rockin' Pneumonia", a cover of the hit on Ace by Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns. Billboard review (July 22nd 1957); 'A late cover of the Ace hit, this side has a swinging beat and a solid blues feeling. Vocal includes occasional wild screams. Effective.'

I posted on "Skid Row" back in April with background details and streaming audio. The original post is here:

"Early In The Morning" and "Bless Your Heart" were recorded in 1960 in Los Angeles and were released in May that year on Lou Wa 1002 and Warwick M 549.

Back in June 2015 I posted on these two Warwick sides. For mucho further info, without which your life will be completely meaningless, click on this link to the post:

If you have followed the above links you will know that we have Corky to thank for sending in "Skid Row", "Early In The Morning" and "Bless Your Heart". He also kindly provided two further sides on the Warwick label: "Best Wishes" and "R. M. Blues". These were recorded in 1960 and released on Warwick M 591. These were both re-recordings of earlier hit material from 1951 and 1945 respectively, which I guess brings us full circle, back to the beginning of Roy's career at the start of the boom in jump blues and R&B in mid-40s Los Angeles.

The first collection of Roy's later sides, made after his style of jump blues had given way to harder rockin' R&B and rock 'n' roll, can be downloaded from here:

For the January 2009 post featuring label scans and rips from Joan K and much more of interest follow this link:


1 - Baby, Don't Do That to Me
2 - Tell It Like It Is
3 - Fools Are Getting Scarcer
4 - I Can't Go On
5 - You Got Me Reelin' & Rockin'
6 - One Zippy Zam
7 - A Brand New Thrill
8 - Jeep's Blues
9 - Driveway Blues
10 - I'm Forgetting About You

The post was re-upped in March 2015 and attracted a few comments. Link here:

Way back in the blog I posted a couple of  classic Jukebox Lil LPs of Roy's earlier material when he was one of the best selling artists in R&B. The original download links were lost in the great rapidshare fiasco but I've now got new links available. First up, "The Grandfather of R&B" which includes his very first recordings for HampTone in 1945:


01 - Burma Road Blues (part 1)
02 - Burma Road Blues (part 2)
03 - Red Light
04 - It Should Never Have Been This Way
05 - Them There Eyes
06 - When I Grow Too Old To Dream
07 - My Blue Heaven
08 - I've Had My Moments
09 - Hop, Skip And Jump
10 - Everything I Do Is Wrong
11 - Sympathetic Blues
12 - My Sweetheart
13 - Junior Jives
14 - Where There Is No Love
15 - Playboy Blues
16 - Cryin' & Singin' The Blues
17 - Short, Sweet And Snappy

New Download Link:

Original post here:

And to finish off this marathon post, that other re-upped LP:


01 - Rhythm Cocktail
02 - Big Fat Mama
03 - I'll Always Be In Love With You
04 - Little Boy Blue
05 - So Tired
06 - Thelma Lou
07 - Someday
08 - Roy Rides
09 - Blue Turning Grey
10 - Believe Me Baby
11 - T-Town Twist
12 - Am I Wasting My Time?
13 - Don't You Remember Baby?
14 - Let Me Give You All My Love
15 - I Stood By
16 - A Bird In The Hand

New download link:

Original January 2009 post is here:

And that's that. I'm all Royed out! More stuff, new and old, in the pipeline! Keep a knockin'!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Joan's "A Doo Wop Christmas"

Well, we just can't have Christmas without reviving this collection from the "Joan Selects" series.

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

Download from here:

I think I can hear sleigh bells .... Merry Christmas Joan, and a Merry Rock 'n' Roll Yule to everyone else!

Monday, 21 December 2015

The Clovers - Five Cool Cats

Side One
1 - One Mint Julep
2 - Good Lovin'
3 - Lovey Dovey
4 - I Got My Eyes On You
5 - Down In The Alley
6 - Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash
7 - In The Morning Time
8 - Don't You Know I Love You

Side Two
1 - Blue Velvet
2 - Love Bug
3 - If I Could Be Loved By You
4 - Nip Sip
5 - Devil Or Angel
6 - Your Tender Lips
7 - So Young
8 - All About You

Download from:

First time for this LP on Be Bop Wino, which frankly I can't believe. I remember getting this record as a Christmas present (along with The Drifters' "Bip Bam") thirty years ago. Just where the heckity heck has the time gone?

In a fit of excessive enthusiasm a couple of posts ago I may have declared that I would be posting the greatest drunken R&B vocal group ever. And it's not The Lamplighters! Step forward Atlantic's finest, The Clovers - the top selling R&B act between 1950 and 1955. The 6th best selling R&B act of the 1950s, behind Fats Domino, The Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Chuck Berry and Little Richard (if you're wondering).

Now let me make it plain that I'm not casting aspersions on the sobriety or otherwise of any members of this magnificent vocal group. I was in fact referring to the classic series of discs they released between 1951 and 1955 which are redolent of the consequences of hanging around in a bar all day. Hymns to lost love or, even worse, the catastrophic results of just that one mint julep. Records that reek of booze and tinkling barroom piano (played by Harry Van Walls) and squawking inebriated tenor saxes. Classic numbers that belong right up there with the alcoholic anthems of Amos Milburn.

Label shots courtesy Joan K
You get a good dose of that in this collection which is an overview of their Atlantic sides between 1952 and 1958 and which therefore charts their progress (?) from sleazy and rumbustious R&B to the smoother pop sound of the second half of the '50s. It's a good collection despite the inclusion of saccharine pop numbers, and the back cover has classy liner notes by Clive Anderson.

Back in the 1990s the UK Sequel label licensed Atlantic material and released two Clovers CDs based around their 1950s Atlantic LPs "The Clovers" and "Dance Party" but each with many extra tracks. If, like myself, you had the opportunity and the good taste to buy these CDs then you possess just about everything they ever recorded for Atlantic. If you upload the said CDs to your computer and compile a chronological playlist on your music player of choice then you can experience the sheer joy of their 1951 - 1955 output. If, like me, you have spent most of the day hanging around in bars then your listening experience will be considerably enhanced.

The pop material of their later Atlantic sides can be dismissed with a mouse click if you so wish, but do give "Down In The Alley" a listen.

LP covers courtesy Joan K
Personnel include Buddy Bailey, Harold Lucas, Matthew McQuater, Harold Winley, Bill Harris, Charlie White and Billy Mitchell.

Marv Goldberg has a three part Clovers story on his great R&B Notebooks blog, starting here:

Get yourself over to Unca Marvy's and get hip!

Boogiewoody's favourite Clovers tracks (label number and release date):

Don't You Know I Love You So / Skylark (Atlantic 934, April 1951)
Fool, Fool, Fool (Atlantic 944, August 1951)
One Mint Julep / In The Middle Of The Night (Atlantic 963, February 1952)
Ting-A-Ling / Wonder Where My Baby's Gone (Atlantic 969, May 1952)
I Played The Fool / Hey Miss Fannie (Atlantic 977, September 1952)
Crawlin' / Yes It's You (Atlantic 989, February 1953)
Good Lovin' (Atlantic 1000, June 1953)
Comin' On / The Feeling Is So Good (Atlantic 1010, October 1953)
Lovey Dovey / Little Mama (Atlantic 1022, February 1954)
Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash (Atlantic 1035, June 1954)
Blue Velvet (Atlantic 1052, December 1954)
In The Morning Time (Atlantic 1060, May 1955)
Nip Sip (Atlantic 1073, August 1955)
Down In The Alley (Atlantic 1152, August 1957, recorded March 1953)

The above discographical information is from Nick Tosches' "Unsung Heroes Of Rock 'n' Roll, except for "Down In The Alley," the information on which is from the liner notes by Gordon Skadberg and George Povall on the Sequel CD "The Clovers" (RSA CD 857).

Click on the link below to listen to "In The Morning Time":

In The Morning Time - The Clovers

Click on the link below to listen to "Nip Sip":

Nip Sip - The Clovers

Those 1997 Sequel CDs (RSA CD 857 and RSA CD 858). Familiar artwork and 49 tracks in all!

Nick Tosches' "Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll" chapter on The Clovers, memorably titled "Absalom, Absalom! Doo-Wah, Doo-Wah!" is a hoot. To use his own words, it "beehooves beholding." Have a cool Yule, y'all!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Pee Wee Crayton (Crown LP 5175)

Many thanks to El Enmascarado for salvaging this Crown LP for our aural delectation. It's the familiar budget label packaging which just adds to the charm - cardboard sleeve with good front cover  picture, generic back cover slapped on to the sleeve at an odd angle, and minimal labels on the disc itself which at least seem to list the tracks which are actually on the record (we hope).

This LP was originally released in 1960, but the illustrations on the back cover and the plain white label with crown logo point to this copy being an early 1970s issue, sometime between the end of 1969 and 1972 when Crown stopped issuing records.


Side 1
1. Texas Hop
2. Blues After Hours
3. Phone Call From My Baby
4. Tired Of Travelin'
5. California Women

Side 2
1. Blues In My Heart
2. Pee Wee's Boogie
3. Old Fashioned Baby
4. Blues For My Baby
5. My Everything

"Texas Hop" recorded in Los Angeles, 1948. Originally issued as single Modern 20-643. Features Buddy Floyd on tenor sax.

"Blues After Hours" recorded in Los Angeles, September 1948. Original single release Modern 20-624.

"Tired of Travelin'" recorded in Los Angeles, 1951. Rerecording of single release Modern 20-796, recorded in late 1949.

"Phone Call From My Baby" and "Blues In My Heart" recorded in Los Angeles, August 1950. Both first issued on this LP. Backing musicians include Ben Webster (tenor sax) and Joe Comfort (bass). "Blues In My Heart" is an alternate take (with added echo) of "Answer To Blues after Hours" Modern single 20-763.

"California Women," "Pee Wee's Boogie," "Blues For My Baby," and "My Everything" all recorded in Los Angeles circa late 1951 and first released on this LP.

"Old Fashioned Baby" was recorded in Los Angeles, late 1949. Original single release Modern 20-719.
Connie Curtis Crayton was born in Texas in 1914, spent his youth in Austin and moved out to the West Coast in 1935. In the early 1940s he took up blues guitar playing, being mentored by none other than the great T-Bone Walker. His first professional gigs were with the small bands of Count Otis Matthews and Ivory Joe Hunter and his first recordings were with the latter combo. In 1948 he was signed by Modern Records. In September of that year he recorded a moody instrumental "Blues After Hours" which topped the Race Records chart by the end of October.

Also in the charts at the time - Sonny Thompson with the equally moody "Late Freight" a follow up to "Long Gone" which was surely an inspiration for "Blues After Hours."

In February 1949 Pee Wee had a second big chart hit on Modern with the rollicking instrumental "Texas Hop" which featured brilliant sax work by Buddy Floyd. This time round Pee Wee's disc peaked at number 5, and was soon followed by his third and last hit, "I Love You So."

Pee Wee continued to cut sides for Modern until October 1951. Although it was mostly primo jump, boogie and blues, nothing else charted and in November Pee Wee moved over to Aladdin Records for one session. In 1953 he recorded material for John Dolphin's Recorded In Hollywood label. In 1954 he was recording for Imperial with Dave Bartholomew's band and in 1956 - 57 he recorded some good stuff for Vee Jay.

Thereafter his recording career became very intermittent and he dropped out of the music business. In 1970 there was the start of a revival when he appeared at the Monterey Jazz festival with Johnny Otis which led to an album for Vanguard and further recordings with Otis. Pee Wee was still active as interest in genuine 1940s R&B continued to revive in the 1980s. He recorded with Rod Piazza, appeared at festivals, and saw his 1940s and 50s Modern material reissued by Ace (UK). Unfortunately Pee Wee died of a heart attack in 1985.

Ace have repackaged his Modern sides in 3 CDs. Your starting point should be Ace CD CHD 632 "The Modern Legacy Volume 1." Get hip or stay square as they say!

With many thanks to El Enmascarado for reviving this scratched old Crown LP. Merry Christmas, Compadre!