“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
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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.
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Created 20 September 2016
A 7″ three-track single was issued in 1980 bearing the index number of WIP 6615. It was subsequently re-released with additional tracks as a 10″ single.
The track listing on the three-track, seven inch version of WIP 6615 was:
Barefootin’ – Robert Parker | A little bit hurt – Julien Covey | Incense – The Anglos
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Sue EP ENS 6 Various Artists – Sue Instrumentals was issued by Ensign records in 1983.
Track listing: Jimmy McGriff – I’ve got a woman parts 1 and 2 | The Megatons – Shimmy Shimmy Walk Part 1 | The Duals – Stick Shift | Jimmy McGriff – All about my girl
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Record created 12 December 2015
“Stick shift” by The Duals, an instrumental track recorded in 1961, found its way on to Sue UK EP ENS 6 “Sue Instrumentals” issued by Ensign in 1983. Actually a “hot rod” instrumental, the recording was first released on the Star Revue label before being picked up by American Sue. It was the first instrumental hot rod track to become a hit. The track features on a London American label LP HAC 8239 “The Sue Story Vol. 1” which is different to the Sue Story LPs issued by UK Sue, and which was issued in 1965.
The Duals were Henry Bellinger (lead guitar) and Johnny Lageman (rhythm guitar). The label Star Revue had been set up by Ron Barrett, a veteran of 1950s doo-wop and rock and roll groups.
Billboard No. 25, October 1961.
Updated 16 September 2016
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Sue EP ENS 5 Hank Jacobs – So far away was issued in the UK by Ensign in 1983.
Track listing: So far away | Out of sight | Hank’s Groove | Summertime
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Record created 11 December 2015
“Summertime” by Hank Jacobs was released on Sue EP ENS 5 “Hank Jacobs – So far away” by Ensign in 1983.
Did not chart.
Updated 16 September 2016