Blanche Blackwell

Sue Records UK is sad to learn of the passing of Blanche Blackwell, who was the mother of Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, of which Sue Records UK was of course a subsidiary.

Sue Records UK sends condolences.

Blanche Blackwell, born 9 December 1912, died 8 August 2017.


Frankie Lee Sims – What will Lucy Do

“What will Lucy Do” by Frankie Lee Sims appears on the sampler LP IWP 5 – This Is Blues, and on ILP 919 – Various Artists – Pure Blues Volume 1.


Frankie Lee Sims

Frankie Lee Sims was born on April 30, 1917, in New Orleans, Louisiana and died on May 10, 1970. After four years in the US marines he returned to his music with renewed focus and by the late 1940s had established himself in the Dallas blues scene. He was a cousin of Lightning Hopkins, and is now seen as an important figure in postwar Texas country blues.

This recording was a regional hit in 1957.

Data record created 4 June 2017

Irish Times – Frankie Lee Sims

Gene Chandler – Rainbow

“Rainbow” by Gene Chandler was released in the UK on Sue LP ILP 934 “Soul 66”.

Thank you to Mike Atherton for his help in correcting this track listing.


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American singer, songwriter, talent scout, music producer and record label executive Eugene Drake Dixon, known as “Gene Chandler” or “The Duke of Earl” was born on July 6, 1937 and is nicknamed “The Duke of Earl” or simply “The Duke”.

Gene is a Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee and a winner of both the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers’ (NATRA) “Producer of the Year” Award and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award.

He is one of the few artistes to have enjoyed success spanning the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco musical eras, with some 40 Pop and R&B chart hits between 1961 and 1986. On August 24, 2014, Chandler was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame.

“Rainbow” was released in 1962 and reached US Pop No 47 and R&B No 11.

Data record created 14 May 2017

Johnny Darrow -Don’t start me talking



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Singer John Alfred “Johnny” Moore aka Johnny Darrow was born on December 14, 1934 and died on December 30, 1998. He is most famous for being a lead singer with long running vocal group The Drifters, joining them in the 1950s, and sings on many of their 1960s and 1970s hits. That’s him singing on “Under the boardwalk” with The Drifters, probably his most famous recording.

His career with The Drifters was interrupted by National Service in the late 50s. After he completed national service he recorded solo under the name of Johnny Darrow until he was invited to rejoin The Drifters in 1964. From 1970 he was based in London, where he died.

“Don’t start me talking” was released on Sue music cassette “Maximum R&B” Ensign ENSUC 3. It also appears on the London label LP “The Sue Story” London HAC 8239.

Johnny Moore obituary

Created 20 September 2016


Larry Fallon


Larry Fallon’s real name is thought to have been Lawrence Freaso. Born in 1925, Mr Fallon died on June 2, 2005. He was a composer, arranger and record producer. He is of interest for his production of The Jaybirds’ Somebody help me which was issued on Sue WI 4013, and he was also involved in recording “Incense” by The Anglos which was not originally issued on UK Sue but did find its way on to the “This is Sue” sampler LP.

Created 30 August 2016


Don Talty



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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