Barbara Lynn, You’ll lose a good thing/Lonely heartache


Barbara Lynn Ozen, now Mrs Barbara Lynn Cumby, was born in 1942. You’ll lose a good thing/Lonely heartache was her second recording and when it was issued on the Jamie label in 1962 became a number one seller. It was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M studio with session musicians including Mac Rebennack (Dr. John). The record was issued on Sue WI 4038 in 1967.

You’ll lose a good thing, Billboard Pop No. 8, R&B No. 1, August 1962


Updated 3 September 2016



Frankie Ford, Sea Cruise/Roberta


A perennial favourite which has been re-released time and time again, Frankie Ford, who was born in 1939, will be forever known as the singer of “Sea Cruise”. The recording was originally recorded by Huey Piano Smith and current understanding is that the Ace Record company decided to replace Smith’s vocal with Ford’s. The Frankie Ford version was recorded in 1959 and provided them with a million seller. Ford still lives in New Orleans. Sue issued it on WI 366.

US No 11 R&B, No 14 Pop, Gold disc.


Frankie Ford | Raucous Records | 14491


45 Cat | wi366

Updated 15 August 2016


Betty Everett, I’ve got a claim on you/Your love is important to me


From 1963, Betty Everett’s sixth single, recorded for Renee then leased to One-Derful, before switching to VJ records and greater success. A much loved singer, Betty was born in 1939 and died in 2001.  Chart position data not available.

“I’ve got a claim on you” was reissued in the UK in 2014 on a Northern Soul label which looks a little familiar.





45 Cat


Betty Everett | Public Domain | 14492

Updated 8 August 2016


Chris Kenner, Land of 1,000 Dances/That’s my girl


Chris Kenner was born in 1929 and after serving a three year prison sentence at the infamous Angola prison, Kenner died in 1976 age 46 of a heart attack.. Land of 1,000 dances was recorded in 1962 by Instant Records of New Orleans. The original recording starts with a spoken introduction, which was omitted when the recording was released. Sometimes Fats Domino is mentioned as a co-writer, although he is not credited on the Sue release. This was a private arrangement to get Domino to record the song in return for half of the royalties. The pianist on “Dances” is probably Allen Toussaint.

Chart position US No. 77, 1962

Photo of Chris Kenner: Chucky G | 14493


Updated 8 August 2016


The Wallace Brothers, Precious Words/You’re mine



The Wallace Brothers | Public Domain | 14494

What we know is: The Wallace Brothers weren’t brothers, they were cousins. The photo shows three young men but there were actually six in the group when this recording was made. Four of them were cousins John Simon and Ervin Wallace on lead vocals and also Cooky and Earnest (sic) Wallace. The identity of the remaining two is unknown at the time of writing. At the time of recording the band members were in their mid to late teens.

This was their second recording. It was issued in America on the SIMS label and was recorded at Fame Records, Muscle Shoals, in 1964 and released on UK Sue the same year. The Wallace Brothers recorded a few singles for SIMS and Chess.

Does anyone know the identities of the remaining band members, and the identities of the young men in the photo, please?

Billboard No. 31, 1964

Sir Shambling’s account of the Wallace Brothers

Billboard feature on the Wallace Brothers


Updated 29 July 2016


Justine Baby Washington, I can’t wait until I see my baby/Who’s gonna take care of me


Released in the UK on Sue WI 321, one of her many great singles for US Sue. Justine Baby Washington was born on November 13, 1940 and launched her solo career after singing with The Hearts and The Jaynetts. She is still performing and her last known visit to the UK was in 2004. This recording was made in 1964.

Chart position: US Pop No. 93

Northern Soul Direct | 14495


Updated 24 July 2016