WI 361 Test Pressing

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Collection of Dave Hewitt | wi361tp1

A rare test pressing of a Sue 45 rpm single, WI 361, “Boogie Chillen” and “I’m in the mood” by John Lee Hooker, has been acquired by Dave Hewitt, who has kindly shared these images with us.

Test pressings were made in small quantities as part of the manufacturing process, before beginning a production run. They were normally discarded and not made available to the public.

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Collection of Dave Hewitt | wi361tp2

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Collection of Dave Hewitt | wi362tp3

 

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Tarheel Slim and Little Ann

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Tarheel Slim’s real name is Alden “Allen” Bunn and he was originally a member of a vocal group called The Larks. Little Ann is his wife, Anna Sanford. This record was licenced from the Enjoy label and is understood to have been recorded in or around 1958.

Did not chart.

Rukusjuice | 14501

Updated 12 October 2017

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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

991 | 14643

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Updated 20 August 2016

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Etta James, Roll with me Henry/Good rockin’ daddy

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Jamesetta Hawkins (Etta James) was born on January 25, 1938 and died on January 20, 2012. Etta and an uncredited Richard Berry recorded this rock and roll classic in 1955 when they were members of a doo-wop group called The Peaches, Etta being just 16, and the record was issued at first as by The Peaches then by Etta James and the Peaches. It was recorded in a single take and became a hit record. On the original issue the song was called The Wallflower. After the success Etta left The Peaches for a solo career. The nickname “Peaches” followed her. In 1960 she signed to Chess Records and stayed with them until the label was dissolved in 1978. She continued to record some fine albums along the way, picking up a collection of awards.

Richard Berry was born on April 11, 1935 and died on January 23, 1997, having written many famous songs including “Louie Louie”.

Roll with Me Henry was issued on Sue WI 359.

Chart position: No. 1 US R&B.

Guardian – Etta James Obituary

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The Peaches, including Richard Berry and Etta James | The Real Thing | 14543

Post updated 13 August 2016

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