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



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


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”.