The Matadors – Vengeance will be mine

“Vengeance” by The Matadors was Sue Record USA’s first hit, and was made in 1957, in the then popular doo wop style of rock and roll.

I have not been able to find any details or photographs of this group, which may have been a local group in New York.

There have been a number of later groups also called The Matadors, this track is not by them.

This track features on the Ensign Sue music cassette “Maximum R&B” ENSUC 3.

Chart position data not available. Thought to be a local rather than a national hit.

Can anyone help, please.

Created 25 September 2016

Chuck Flamingo

No reliable information is currently available about Chuck Flamingo, who is credited on some of his singles as “Chuck Flamingo & The Kansas City Playboys”. “Rate your music” thinks Chuck Flamingo is none other than Chuck Jackson, but he doesn’t sound very much like Chuck Jackson to my ears. Can anyone provide further information, please? Thankyou.

His track “Little bit of this, little bit of that” appears on ILP 943 “Dr Soul”.

Preston Epps – Say yeah

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“Say yeah” by Preston Epps Trio featuring Andre Franklin was released on UK Sue LP ILP 943 “Dr Soul”. Preston Epps was born in California in 1931, is thought to still be alive but has now retired from music. A percussionist of note, his most famous recording is probably “Bongo Rock”.

No information is available about Andre Franklin, can anyone help, please?

Did not chart.

Updated 11 October 2016

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Big Bob – Your line was busy

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Big Bob was Bob Kornegay, a bass singer who had recorded in the 1950s group The Du Droppers, who recorded for RCA. He was also known as “Texas Bob” and “Big Daddy”. This single had previously been issued on UK Top Rank JAR-185 (B side “What am I”) and was licenced by the music publisher to Ranks. The name “Clowney” on the composing credits may be David Cortez Clowney (Dave Baby Cortez). Does anyone have any biographical details for Mr Kornegay (pronounced Carnegie), please.

Chart position data not available.

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Updated 5 October 2016

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Roy Milton: Early in the morning/Bless your heart

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Roy Milton was born on July 31, 1907 and died on September 18, 1983. He was a singer and band leader. He is associated with Johnny Otis. His recording of Early in the Morning/Bless your heart was issued on WI 4021; he recorded it a number of times and the Sue release is thought to be the Warwick label re-recording dating from 1960. The Sue label incorrectly states that the artist is Little Milton. Can anyone confirm whether the videos are of the correct versions, please? Thank you.

Chart position not available.

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Updated 2 September 2016

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Gerri Hall: Who can I run to/I lost the key

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Scheduled as Sue WI 4026, but was not issued. Gerri Hall was nicknamed “Gerri” because of her crazy antics similar to the most popular clown of the time, Jerry Lewis. She is the sister-in-law of Rosemary (Hall) Domino and Reggie Hall, was from New Orleans and sang with Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns. Does anyone have up to date information for Gerri Hall please?

Chart position data not available.

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Image: Philip Hughes

Thanks to Philip Hughes who has imagined what the record would have looked like.

Data record updated 25 July 2015

Updated 3 September 2016

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