Rick Hall, record producer


Rick Hall, right, with Robert “Bumps” Blackwell and Little Richard, left, at Fame Studio, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1970 | Getty Images |tc504

The record producer Roe Erister “Rick” Hall, who produced a number of sessions for various artists which were released on Chess labels, died on 2 January 2018.

In 1960 with two partners he started Fame (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) and opened a first primitive studio above a drugstore. The partnership was dissolved in 1961, and Hall kept the Fame name.

That year Arthur Alexander came in with a song he had written, a mid-tempo country-inflected R&B ballad called You Better Move On. Hall liked it, put a small group of musicians together for a recording session, and took the tape to Nashville, 120 miles away, where he licensed it to Dot Records. The record was a hit and the $10,000 Hall earned was used to build a better studio.

One of the many Chess released recordings made at Fame and produced by Rick Hall is appended.

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The Blue Jays


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The Blue Jays were a doo-wop group mainly noted for their version of the old song “The White Cliffs of Dover” which was released on Checker. The Blue Jays are understood to have been Leon Peels, Van Richardson, Alex Manigo or Manigeault and Leonard Davidson. Leon Peels was born in 1936 and died in 1999.

Bill and Will

Known for their Checker issue of “Going to the river”, Bill and Will were actually a quartet comprising of high school students Bill Sasser, Jerry Willis, Will Willis and Randy Brimberry. The record was leased to Chess for national distribution by Athens Records of Nashville. No other data is available.

Robert Anderson


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Gospel singer and composer Robert Anderson was born on March 21, 1919 and died on June 15, 1995. He was born in Mississippi and moved to Chicago as a child. He joined the Roberta Martin singers in 1933 and recorded for a number of labels including Premium and Chess.

The Bystanders

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Released on Chess through their arrangements with British label Pye, The Bystanders were a pop group from South Wales who had a number of releases and regular radio spots on the BBC. The group reformed in 1969 as the rock group Man. The exact lineup on this recording is unknown: can anyone help, please?

Albert King and Otis Rush – Door to Door






Track listing: Searchin’ For A Woman – Albert King | Bad Luck Blues – Albert King | So Close – Otis Rush | Callin’ For My Darlin’ – Albert King | I Can’t Stop – Otis Rush | Won’t Be Hangin’ Around – Albert King | I’m Satisfied – Otis Rush | All Your Love – Otis Rush | You Know My Love – Otis Rush | Merry Way – Albert King | Wild Women – Albert King | Murder – Albert King | So Many Roads, So Many Trains – Otis Rush | California – Albert King