Sunday, January 26, 2014

Record #0533: Going To the River / Mardi Gras In New Orleans – FATS DOMINO

Imperial X5231 (original) USA, Mar. 1953
Words & Music bySide A – Dave Bartholomew, Antoine Domino; Side BD. 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

Record #0532: Trying / My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean – ELLA FITZGERALD

Decca 28375 (original) USA, 1952
Words & Music bySide 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

Record #0531: My Love For You / Say Mama – THE LEGENDS

Ermine 39 (original) USA, Aug. 25, 1962
Words & Music bySide A – Larry Foster; Side BJohnny 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