Don Talty



l. Jan Bradley: r. Don Talty | Soul HQ | 16285su

Don Talty was a construction engineer who took over the operation of Formal Records of Chicago in 1959.

Robert Pruter’s Chicago Soul notes that Talty was born on 16th August 1911 and had his own excavating business. He gave up the construction company and became a full time record producer, producing mainly rhythm and blues music, which he was keenly interested in.

His production of Willie Mabon’s “Got to have some” was released on Sue WI 320. Other acts he promoted and recorded included Jan Bradley, whose output was released on Chess, The Masquerades, Guitar Red and Chuck Colbert, then a member of a group called The Trinidads. Phil Upchurch’s “You can’t sit down” is another of his productions, which was issued on Sue WI 4005.

Talty was associated with Curtis Mayfield and arranged for Mayfield to work with Jan Bradley, notably on “Mama didn’t lie”.

Talty became a central figure in the 1960s Chicago soul music scene but his contribution seems to be somewhat overlooked. The book “Doowop: The Chicago Scene”
By Robert Pruter notes that Mr Talty died in 1979.

Data record updated 27 July 2016

Herb Abramson



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Herbert C. Abramson was born on November 16, 1916 and died on November 9, 1999 and was an American record company executive, record producer, and was a co-founder of Atlantic Records. He is one of the key influential record producers involved in post war rhythm and blues music. He was trained as a dentist.

Steeped in rhythm and blues music, he recorded many of the leading R&B artistes of the 1950s and 1960s, including Joe Turner and Billy Eckstein. The Atco label was set up to release his productions. In 1953 he was called up for military service, which he spent doing dentistry!, and Jerry Wexler was recruited to fill his shoes while he was away. He returned to Atlantic/Atco in 1955 and recorded The Coasters and others. In 1958 he left Atlantic to set up his own company, which recorded “Daddy Rolling Stone” by Derek Martin, released on UK Sue. His most successful production for his own company was “Hi-Heel Sneakers” by Tommy Tucker, released on Checker Records.

data record created 18 July 2016