Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford – I’m coming home to stay


Drummer and singer/songwriter Don Gardner was born on May 9, 1931. Wrecia Holloway (Dee Dee Ford) had subsequent success as a song writer, especially the song “Let Me Down Easy” for Betty Lavette. I have not found any biographical information for Ms Holloway. “I’m coming home to stay” was released in the UK on Sue ILP 934 “Soul 66”.

Did not chart.

Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford | Way Back Attack | 15034

Updated 7 October 2016


Buster Brown – Sugar Babe


Blues singer Buster Brown was born on August 15, 1911 and died on January 31, 1976. He is mainly famous for his recording “Fannie Mae”. He started recording in the 1940s. “Sugar Babe” was a hit in the US, in 1962, reaching # 19 on the R&B chart and # 99 on the pop chart.

Real Mod World | 11012

Updated 29 September 2016


Hard Grind – Wild Jimmy Spruill


James Spruill playing his unusual “cigar box” shaped guitar | Youtube | 14672

New York session guitarist James “Jimmy” Spruill was born on June 9, 1934 and died on February 15, 1996 of a heart attack, having appeared on many 1950s and 1960s recordings, including records by King Curtis, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Shirelles, Tarheel Slim, and Elmore James. He plays guitar solo on both “The Happy Organ” by Dave “Baby” Cortez and Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City”. There are reports that he also plays on “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. “Hard grind” was released on UK Sue ILP 920 “50 Minutes 24 Seconds of Recorded Dynamite”.

Chart position data not available.

Updated 26 September 2016


Dr Horse – Jack that cat was clean



Only available photo of Al Pittman | Uncredited photo | alpittmandrhorse.jpg

Dr. Horse was the stage name of Al Pittman, who was born on 17 September 1917 and died on 28 April 2004. Recorded in 1962, “Jack that cat was clean” was issued in the UK on Sue ILP 920 “50 Minutes 24 Seconds of Recorded Dynamite”.

The record was co-produced by legendary producers Bobby Robinson, who was born on April 16, 1917 and died on January 7, 2011, and Marshall E Sehorn (Marshall Estus Sehorn) who was born on June 25, 1934 and died on December 5, 2006.

Chart position data not available.

Updated 28 September 2016