Herbie Fields


Herbie Fields | Lonnylynn | tc214

Jazz musician Herbie Fields was born on May 24, 1919 and died on September 17, 1958 following an overdose of sleeping pills. After serving with US Forces in World War II, he moved towards R&B music and is associated with Earl Bostic and others. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of rock and roll music but never achieved great success.

JB and The Bayou Boys

JB and The Bayou Boys are thought to be J. B Lenoir, Sunnyland Slim, guitarist Leroy Foster, and drummer Alfred Wallace. J B Lenoir was born on March 5, 1929 and died on April 29, 1967 from a heart attack induced by injuries he received in a car accident.

Joe Hill Louis


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One of the few successful blues one-man-bands, Lester (or Leslie) Hill (Joe Hill Louis) was born on September 23, 1921 and died on August 5, 1957 from tetanus contracted as a result of an infected cut to his thumb, sustained while working as an odd job man. He recorded for a number of labels but was recording for Sun as a session man as well as in his own name, in the early 1950s. Louis is understood to play lead guitar on Rufus Thomas’ Sun recording of “Bear Cat”. In 1950 he took over B B King’s disc jockey role on WDIA, Memphis.

Joe Williams


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Jazz singer Joseph Goreed (Joe Williams) was born on December 12, 1918 and died on March 29, 1999, of natural causes after discharging himself from hospital. His singing career started in 1938. His signature song, Every Day I have the blues, was recorded for Checker records in 1952. In 1954 he became singer with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Tommy Trent


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Country and hillbilly music singer Tommy Trent was born on March 8, 1924 and died on July 25, 2003.. In 1952 he came to the attention of legendary record entrepreneur Stan Lewis, who was acting as a talent scout for Chess. The record issued, Paper Boy Boogie, was recorded at radio station KWKH. Trent made the record to assist his public appearances rather than become a recording star. His next record was made for a different company, in 1956. Trent went into record production and also became a radio disc jockey.

The Encores

The Encores were Sammy Brown, William Parker, James Ricks and Alvin Van Landingham. They only made the one record, in 1952.

Woodrow Adams

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Blues singer Woodrow Wilson Adams was born on April 9, 1917 and died on August 9, 1988. Adams was a non-professional Delta blues musician who was recorded by Sam Philips in the Sun studio in 1952 in the Howlin’ Wolf style, and was leased to Chess. Adams continued to work on a plantation.

Arthur Crudup


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Blues singer and song writer Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup was born on August 24, 1905 and died on March 28, 1974 from complications of heart disease and diabetes. He also recorded under other names including Percy Lee Crudup, as he is credited on Checker 754. He is associated with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James, with whom he often toured. He is famed as the originator of Presley’s “That’s all right”. His recordings for Checker were made in the early 1950s.

Big Boy Spires


Big Boy Spires | Copyright control | tc221

Blues singer Arthur “Big Boy” Spires was born on February 25, 1912 and died on October 22, 1990. He took up the guitar in the 1930s and secured a place in Lightning Hopkins’ band. In the 1940s he moved to Chicago and by 1952 was recording for Chess. His first single on Checker, Murmur Low, is regarded today as a classic but did not sell well when originally released. He continued to play into the 1970s but was forced to give up the guitar due to arthritis.

Harvey Scales


Harvey Scales | Chicago Reader | tc222

Harvey Scales is an R&B and Soul singer who started performing in the early 1960s. However he is best known as a song writer, with many successful songs to his credit, including “Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor, which he co-wrote. As well as Chess, he is associated with Stax Records, various record labels in Philadelphia and Detroit, and producer Don Davis. Mr Scales was born on September 27, 1940 and died on February 11, 2019.

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