Saturday, June 22, 2024

Record #0708: You Don’t Love Me / The Sun Went Down – T-BONE WALKER


Imperial 5086 (original 78 rpm) USA, July 1950
Words & Music by:  Side A – Vida Lee; Side B – Boyd Lewis
Musicians: T-Bone Walker (guitar and vocals), Buddy Woodson (bass), Robert “Snake” Sims (drums), Zell Kindred (piano), Edward Hale (alto sax), Eddie Davis (tenor sax), Jim Wynn (tenor sax, baritone sax), Eddie Hutchinson (trumpet)
Recording sessions: Los Angeles, CA, on 6. April 1950
Highest chart positions:  unknown

T-Bone Walker recorded for Imperial in 1950-1954. This was his second release there.

“You Don’t Love Me” was written by Walker’s wife.

Walker was a big influence for other guitar players such as Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Lonnie Mack, Steve Miller and Jimi Hendrix.

List price:  Les Docks’ value guide lists this for $10-$15

Record #0707: Ting-a-Ling / Wonder Where My Baby’s Gone – THE CLOVERS

Atlantic 969 (original 78 rpm) USA, June 1952
Words & Music by:  Side ANugetre; Side B – Bill Harris, Lou Krefetz
Musicians: John “Buddy” Bailey (lead vocals), Matthew McQuater (tenor vocals), Harold Lucas (baritone vocals), Harold Winley, (bass vocals), Bill Harris (guitar), others unknown
Recording sessions: New York City, NY, on 18. March 1952
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US R&B #1; Side B - US R&B #7

This was the Clovers’ third and final #1 hit in the R&B charts. That doesn’t mean their success went downhill from there. After this they released 14 singles that went to Top 10 during 1952-1956.

Side A is credited for “Nugetre”, which is Ertegun backwards; the song was written by Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records.

Buddy Holly recorded his cover version of “Ting-a-Ling” in Nashville, TN, on 15. November 1956. After Holly’s death, his band, the Crickets recorded their cover in 1960.

List price:  Les Docks’ value guide lists this for $50-$80


Friday, June 21, 2024

Record #0706: The Wonder of You / Mama Liked the Roses – ELVIS PRESLEY

RCA Victor 47-9835 (original) USA, 20. April 1970
Words & Music by:  Side ABaker Knight; Side BJohn Christopher
Musicians: Elvis Presley (lead vocals); Side A – James Burton (lead guitar), John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar), Charlie Hodge (acoustic rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Glen D. Hardin (keyboards), Jerry Scheff (bass), Bob Lanning (drums), Eddie Graham (percussion), the Imperials (backing vocals), the Sweet Inspirations (backing vocals) and an orchestra conducted by Bobby Morris; Side B – Reggie Young (guitar), Tommy Cogbill (bass), Mike Leech (bass), Bobby Wood (piano), Bobby Emmons (organ), Gene Chrisman (drums) and an orchestra.
Recording sessions: Side A - Live at International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV on 19. February 1970 (vocal overdubs added at RCA Studio A, Nashville, TN in March and April); Side B – American Sound Studio, Memphis, TN, the track on 15.-16. January; overdubs on 21. & 24. January 1969; strings, brass and more vocals were overdubbed in March.
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #9, US AC #1, Canada #7, UK#1, Australia #3, Ireland #1, Finland #32: Side B – US #9

Here Elvis is backed by the TCB Band on side A and the Memphis Boys on side B.

“The Wonder of You” was originally recorded by Ray Peterson. It was his breakthrough single in 1959 (US #25, UK #23). Peterson’s biggest hit was his 1960 release “Tell Laura I Love Her” (US #7, Australia #7).

List price:  Very Good+ is $4, Near Mint is $8. Picture sleeve is VG+ $7,50, NM $15.