Friday, February 21, 2014

Record #0543: Bony Moronie / You Bug Me, Baby – LARRY WILLIAMS

Specialty 615 (original) USA, Oct. 1957
Words & Music bySide ALarry Williams; Side B – Williams, Sonny Bono
Musicians: Larry Williams (vocals and piano), René Hall (guitar), Ted Brinson (bass), Earl Palmer (drums), Plas Johnson (tenor sax), John E. Oliveri (tenor sax on side A), Jewell Grant (baritone sax on side B)
Recording sessions: Produced by Art Rupe at Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Side A - Sep. 11, 1957; Side B - Jun. 20, 1957
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #14, US R&B #4, UK #11; Side B - US #45

This is another fine R&R classic recorded at Master Recorders, where artists such as Little Richard, The Robins, The Coasters, James Brown, Ricky Nelson and Sam Cooke also recorded many of their tracks.

This was the last hit single for Williams and it had his only flip-side that charted. His wild lifestyle was soon setting his career back, and the final blow came in 1960, when he was arrested on dealing drugs, which led to three years in prison.

The flip was the first charting song for songwriter Sonny Bono.

List price
:  Very Good+ is $20, Near Mint is $40. Red vinyl pressings are from 1984 and listed at four bucks for a Near Mint.

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