Johnny Ace: Pledging my love

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John Marshall Alexander (Johnny Ace) was born on June 9, 1929 and died on December 25, 1954 by a self inflicted gun wound, in disputed circumstances. Ace’s funeral was on January 9, 1955 in Memphis and was attended by an estimated 5000 people. Pledging my love was issued after his death and became a number one hit for ten weeks beginning February 12, 1955 on the American rhythm and blues charts.

Track issued on ILP 976 “The Duke and the Peacock”.

US Pop No. 17, R&B No. 1, 1955.

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Al TNT Braggs: Earthquake

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Al TNT Braggs | Soulsource UK | 14619

Alfred Daniel Braggs was born on 23rd May, 1938 and died on 3rd December, 2003. He first appeared in The Five Notes in the 1950s. He was discovered as a solo artist by Bobby Bland. His records were not overly successful, although “Earthquake” became very popular in the UK. He had more success as a songwriter than as a singer, although he is famous for having recorded the original version of Otis Redding’s “Cigarettes and coffee”. This track is included on Sue LP ILP 976.

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Did not chart.

Updated 19 October 2016

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Joe Hinton, Funny how time slips away

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Joe Hinton’s recording of Funny How Time Slips Away, which sounds older but dates from 1964, really is a classic rhythm and blues recording. There have been many cover versions. The song was one of the first successful compositions by songwriter Willie Nelson. Joe Hinton was born on November 15, 1929 and died on August 13, 1968. Funny spent a month at number one on Cashbox’s R&B Chart in 1964 and sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The recording was first issued in the UK on Decca’s Vocalion subsidiary, V-P 9224. Hinton died of skin cancer aged just 38 and, like Otis Redding, at the peak of his career. The track was issued on Sue ILP 976, The Duke and The Peacock.

US Pop No. 13, R&B No. 1, 1964.

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Joe Hinton | Telasource | 14621

Updated 19 October 2016

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