The Spidells, Find out what’s happening/That’ll make my heart break

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From 1964, featuring Billy Lockridge, who is still performing with his current band, Inception. The Spidells, also known as the Spi-Dells, formed as a doo wop group in the 1950s and were still making records into the 1960s.

Chart position not available.

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The Spidells | Doo-wop France | 14640

The lineup of Spi-Dells who recorded Find out what’s happening is: James Earl Smith, Nathaniel Shelton, Lee Roy Cunningham, William Lockridge and Michael Young. They went on to make more singles for Coral.

The Garage

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Updated 1 September 2016

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Lowell Fulson, Too many drivers/Key to my heart

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Lowell Fulson | Public Domain | 14642

Lowell Fulson was born on March 31, 1921 and died on March 7, 1999 of complications from kidney disease, diabetes, and congestive heart failure. He served with the US Navy from 1943 to 1945. He leaves behind a number of blues classics which indicate his major contribution to blues music. Too Many Drivers was recorded for the Kent label in 1964. His many awards include The Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1993.

Did not chart.

Classic 45s

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Updated 20 August 2016

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Jackie Edwards: Stagger Lee/Pretty Girl

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Jackie Edwards’ record Pretty Girl/Stagger Lee was issued on Sue WI 329. Wilfred Gerald “Jackie” Edwards was born in 1938 and died on 15 August 1992 of a heart attack. He is mainly known for writing the songs “Keep on running” and “Somebody help me” and for recording many reggae tracks for the parent Island label. On the single label, the legend “Sue Records New York USA” was not blacked out.

Chart position data not available.

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Updated 27 July 2016

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Sonny Boy Williamson, No nights by myself/Boppin’ with Sonny Boy

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Willie “Sonny Boy Williamson”, whose real name was Alex Miller, was thought to have been born in 1912 and died on May 25, 1965 of a heart attack. He became interested in music in the 1930s and travelled around the South. In 1941 he got a regular job on a commercial radio station and the sponsors changed his professional name to Sonny Boy Williamson. In 1949 he was living with his sister and her husband – Howlin’ Wolf. This classic blues recording for Ace Records was made in 1955.

Did not chart.

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Updated 15 August 2016

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Otis Redding, Shout Bamalama/Fat girl

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Otis Redding needs no introduction. His early influences were Little Richard and Sam Cooke, and this early recording for Confederate/Bethlehem was in the Little Richard mode. It was the second time he had attempted the same song. The recording was made in 1961 and did not chart. His next recording was “These arms of mine” for Stax Records. Otis Redding was born on September 9th, 1941 and died on December 10th, 1967 aged 26.

Chart position: None.

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White Trash Soul

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Updated 14 August 2016

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Mr Dynamite, Sh’mon Parts 1 and 2

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Legend has it that Mr Dynamite is none other than the fabulous James Brown. Well… it wasn’t. It was a group called The British Walkers, who were vocalist Bobby Howard, Jimmy Carter, Jack Brooks and Steve Lacey. The record was arranged by jazz musician Charlie Hampton. His band provided the brass section. It attained cult status in the UK, but flopped in America.

Did not chart.

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And here are The British Walkers. Picture: Bobby Poe Jr., with thanks

In April 2013 Sh’Mon by Mr Dynamite was re-released on a 7″ vinyl single by Ace/Kent Records.

Data record Updated 3 September 2016

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