Lloyd Price



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Singer, songwriter, bandleader, businessman, record producer and record company executive Lloyd Price was born on March 9, 1933 and rose to international fame in the 1950s with a string of hit recordings including “Personality” which is probably the most famous of his recordings. He was discovered in 1952 by Art Rupe of Specialty Records, and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” became his first successful record. In 1954 he was called up for national service. Between 1957 and 1959 he made his famous sequence of successful records for ABC Records.

He is associated with Wilson Pickett, Larry Williams, Little Richard and many others.

His recording “Such a mess” was issued on ILP 920, “50 minutes 24 seconds of recorded dynamite”.

Updated 23 August 2016


Gary S. Paxton



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Record producer Gary Sanford Paxton was born Larry Wayne Stevens on May 18, 1939 and died on July 17, 2016 from complications of heart surgery and liver disease, aged 77.

He was a successful record producer, recording artist, and songwriter. Paxton came to notice as a member of Skip & Flip and The Hollywood Argyles is famed for being producer of “Alley Oop” for The Hollywood Argyles in 1960 and “Monster Mash” for Bobby “Boris” Pickett in 1962.

One of his last compositions was entitled When I Die, Just Bury Me at Wal-Mart (So My Wife Will Come Visit Me).

Sue fans know him as the producer of “Like long hair” for Paul Revere and The Raiders, which was also a pop hit in the US, and was released on UK Sue WI 343.

“Sho know a lot about love” by The Hollywood Argyles was released on the UK Sue LP ILP 933 “The Sue Story Vol. 2”.

Daily Telegraph Obituary


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