Sunday, January 26, 2014
Words & Music by: Side A – Dave Bartholomew, Antoine Domino; Side B – D. Longhair
Musicians: Antoine "Fats" Domino (vocals and piano), others unknown - but most likely: Ernest McLean (guitar), Frank Fields (bass), Earl Palmer (drums), Alvin Tyler / Lee Allen / Herb Hardesty (saxes)
Recording sessions: Produced by Dave Bartholomew at J&M Recording Studio (?), New Orleans, LA, 1953
Highest chart positions: US #24, US R&B #2
Although released as early as 1953, this was already Fats' seventh single in US R&B Top 10.
The record sold over one million copies.
List price: Very Good+ is $50, Near Mint is $100. Red vinyl ones are more rare and listed at $500 for a Near Mint.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Words & Music by: Side A – Billy Vaughn; Side B – trad.
Musicians: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Hank Jones (piano), Hi White (guitar), George Duvivier (bass), Stan Kane (drums), Phil Kraus (vibraphone)
Recording sessions: New York, NY, Aug. 11, 1952
Highest chart positions: US #22
"Trying" was Lady Ella's only entry in the national charts in 1952. She had one more hit with Decca ("Crying In the Chapel", US #15 in 1953) before she moved to Verve Records in 1955.
List price: Very Good+ is $7.50, Near Mint is $15
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Words & Music by: Side A – Larry Foster; Side B – Johnny Meeks, Johnny Earl
Musicians:Sam McCue (vocals and lead guitar), Larry Foster (rhythm guitar), Jerry Schils (bass), Jim Sesody (drums)
Recording sessions: Milwaukee (?), WI, 1962
Highest chart positions: Was a local hit at least in Milwaukee, but didn't hit any national charts
Later on McCue joined Crowfoot. He also played with The Everly Brothers on their tours and at least on their 1970 live album "Everly Brothers Show".
The flip was originally recorded by Gene Vincent in Oct. 1958 and it was written by his lead guitarist Johnny Meeks (and Meeks' former bandmate Johnny Earl).
List price: Very Good+ is $25, Near Mint is $50