Tim Whitsett – Shine


Tim Whitsett, born in Jackson, US in 1943, is understood to be the record industry personality Tim Whitsett who is noted as a singer, writer, musician, and record producer. He started recording in his teens for a variety of record companies. Macks by the Tracks was recorded for Rim records and issued in the UK on Sue WI 318. The song was written by Tim and Carson Whitsett who were members of the Imperial Show Band which was disbanded when members were called up for active service. It is beleived that Macks by the Tracks is by the band, but confirmation is sought. By the early 1970s he was working at Stax Records in charge of their copyright publishing division. He has since worked for UK record companies.

Chart position data not available.

Carson Whitsett died on May 8, 2007.



The Imperials in 1966. Photo: Tim Whitsett (Son) | 14653

Tim and Carson Whitsett and the Imperial Show Band in 1968. Photo: Tim Whitsett (Son). The line up is: Carson Whitsett, Bucky Barrett, Jimmy Hodo, Tim Whitsett, Tommy Tate. | 14654

Tim Whitsett’s (son) page on MySpace

Updated 13 October 2017



Big Mama Thornton, Monkey in the barn


Released on Sue WI 345, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton was born in 1926 and died of a heart attack in 1984 aged 57. During a long career she recorded the first version of Hound Dog in 1952. It is understood that Tom Cat was recorded in California in 1965.

Chart position data not available.


Big Mama Thornton | Public Domain | 14627


Updated 13 October 2017


Alexander Jackson and The Turnkeys, Tell it like it is


Sue UK certainly liked putting out some obscure records at times. This one has two titles – it is also known as Flea Pot – and Alexander Jackson and the Turnkeys are also known as the Lala Wilson Band! Lala Wilson is understood to be the bass player. Can anyone provide a full line up of this band, please.

Thanks to Mike Atherton for the updated information.

Chart position data unavailable.

So many records, so little time


45 Cat

Updated 13 October 2017


The Baron, In the Mood


Released on Sue WI 398 and “produced by Guy Stevens”, The identity of The Baron – and for that matter, the current whereabouts of his “pounding piano” are unknown. This recording is quite rare and a copy recently sold at auction for £39.

Did not chart.


John Porteous

Updated 13 October 2017


Correspondence and corrections

I would like to apologise for a delay in dealing with some correspondence and corrections which have been received while I have been concentrating on updating the Chess Records website. Thank you to everyone for their help in adding information and identifying errors.

Best wishes, and thanks for continuing to support Sue Records UK.


Sonny Bono



Sonny Bono | m80 Radio | 16299su

Songwriter, record producer, singer, session musician and politician Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono was born on February 16, 1935 and died on January 5, 1998. He came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny and Cher.

He was mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992, and congressman for California’s 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998 – he was influential in improving copyright laws and the United States Federal Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the term of copyright by 20 years, is now commonly known as the Sonny Bono Act.

Sonny Bono is of interest to Sue UK readers for his production of “Soul Motion” by his long time friends Don and Dewey, which was released on Sue WI 4032.

Sonny Bono obituary, The Independent

Created 4 September 2016