King Solomon

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King Solomon | Discogs | tc487

Sylvester Lee Melicious Solomon (King Solomon) was born in Louisiana on October 12, 1940. In the early ’50s he joined the Friendly Brothers Spiritual Quartet out of Jackson Mississippi.

He toured with B.B. King, Etta James and the Olympics, then in 1959 signed with Liberty in Los Angeles without success. He recorded ”Non – Support Blues” for the small “Ball” label which was leased to Checker for national distribution.

The gentleman’s current whereabouts are unknown: can anyone help, please?

Thanks to Marc for his research.

Chuck Bernard

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Chuck Bernard | Copyright control | tc486

Chicago singer and songwriter/A&R man Chuck Bernard was from St Louis, Missouri, where he first came to note as a member of a doo wop group called The Blue Notes. It is understood that they were not the Blue Notes of Harold Melvin fame. In 1964 he became signed to Satellite/St Lawrence Records where as well as performing management roles, he also made recordings. When Satellite folded in 1967 Chess acquired all the assets. He went on to record for other labels without enormous success. This artiste’s current whereabouts are unknown; can anyone help, please?

The Ideals

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The Ideals | Satellite Records Archive | tc485

The Ideals were a vocal group from Chicago who first formed in 1952 and recorded for a variety of labels. Their recording “Kissing won’t go out of style” for Satellite Records, which was distributed by Chess, was their most successful recording, in 1966. The group at that time are thought to have been Reggie Jackson, Leonard Mitchell and Sam Steward. Some web sites have his name as Stewart. Previous line ups of the group had included another Chicago stalwart, Major Lance. The group broke up in 1967.

There was another 1950s group also known as The Ideals.

Laura Lee – Love more than Pride

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Laura Lee – Love More than Pride

Mama’s Got a Good Thing | Another Man’s Woman | It Ain’t What You Do (But How You Do It) | She Don’t Love You | It’s All Wrong, But It’s All right | I Need to Belong to Someone | Dirty Old Man | But You Know I Love You | That’s How It Is | It’s How You Make It Good | Love More Than Pride | Uptight Good Man | Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary | As Long As I Got You | A Man With Some Backbone | She Will Break Your Heart | Hang It Up | Sure As Sin |Dirty Old Man

Laura Lee – The Chess Collection

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Laura Lee – The Chess Collection:

Mama’s Got A Good Thing | Another Man’s Woman | It Ain’t What You Do (But How You Do It) | It’s All Wrong But It’s All Right | Need To Belong | Dirty Man | But You Know I Love You | That’s How It Is | It’s How You Make It Good | Love More Than Pride | Are You Doing Me Wrong | As Long As I Got You | She Will Break Your Heart | A Man With Some Backbone | Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary | Hang It Up | It’s Mighty Hard | Uptight Good Man (Single Version) | You Need Me | Stop Giving Your Man Away

Singing Sammy Lewis

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A Sammy Lewis LP | Popsike | tc484

Samuel Allan Lewis was born in Chicago,Illinois on April 4, 1925, started singing at 5 years and at age 6 he was singing gospel music on radio station WSBC.

In 1943 he entered army service and on his return he became director of the Radio Choir of the Evangelist Temple Church of God In Christ, touring with Mahalia Jackson.

He signed to Chess in 1949 but again entered army service in Korea in 1950 serving for two years. He continued to have recordings issued on the Checker label throughout the 1960s.

He was considered one of America’s top ten gospel singers, but there has been no record of him for some time and it is feared the gentleman has died.

Mamie Galore

In Performance

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Mamie Galore Davis | Copyright control | tc483

Mamie Galore Davis was born on September 24, 1940 and died on October 6, 2001 of a stroke.

She toured with Little Milton and Ike & Tina Turner before signing to St. Lawrence Records in Chicago. Her 1966 recording ‘It Ain’t Necessary’ was a local hit. She moved to California where she continued to write and record Blues songs. Mamie recorded ‘No Right to Cry’ and duetted with her songwriting partner Dee Irwin for Imperial Records. In 1972 she became a music teacher in the Southern states, and was known as ‘The Soul Queen of Greenville’. On some recordings she is credited as Mamie P. Galore.

http://deltaboogie.com/features/mamiedavis/

https://www.allaboutbluesmusic.com/mamie-galore-davis/

http://www.sirshambling.com/artists_2012/G/mamie_galore/index.php

The Entertainers

The Entertainers were a group formed in Muscle Shoals by Dan Penn, and were Louis (L.J.) Cooper, Grant Qualls, Roy Lee Pirtle and Charles Smith. The tracks were leased to Chess for distribution in March 1966 but the recording is thought to have sold poorly.

There is a current country music artist called Grant Qualls, does anyone know whether this is the same person, please.

We have traced a Roy Lee Pirtle to Texas, the gentleman is in his seventies, does anyone know whether this is the same person, please.

Thanks to Marc for the information regarding this recording.

Muddy on the wall

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The Muddy Waters mural | studiokobra.com | muddymural

The Chicago Defender reports:

The noon-time sun shed light on hundreds of Muddy Waters’ fans as they poured into Chicago’s Loop for the dedication of a 10-story mural of the bluesman who many say put Chicago’s urban blues on the map. Lord knows the huge crowd that filled streets near downtown’s 17 N. State location earlier this summer needed some good news. Like a mailman, Muddy’s mural delivered – a point mirrored by blues singer and journalist Deitra Farr, who appeared there with Muddy’s widow, Marva Morganfield.

Muddy’s son Joseph Morganfield, who spoke that historic day, described the mural this way:

“It’s a big, colorful, eye-catching pic of dad. It’s Chicago paying tribute to one of its sons. Why visit? It’s learning and knowing our history.” Morganfield was one of a dozen surviving relatives present at the celebration of the huge mural designed by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra and his talented team.

A Tribute To Muddy: Music, a Mural & Mojo

The Tiffanies

Known for their one recording on Chess, “It’s got to be a great song”, which was released on Chess in 1967, The Tiffanies were formed in 1963 and were Roberta [Ferguson] Rivers, Mary [Young] Seymour-Williams, Karen Buncam and Eula McNair.

The record was originally issued on the KR label (Koppelman-Rubin Associates) in April 1967, with distribution by US Chess on number KR 0120; in the UK the record was issued by Pye on Chess CRS 8059 on 14 July 1967.

It is not known if the three ladies pictured on the video are The Tiffanies and no other photos of the group have been located.

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Davie Gordon, 45 Cat | KR0120

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