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.

Emmit Slay

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Little Sonny, Joe Von Battle, John Lee Hooker and Emmit Slay | Jacques Demetre, 1959 | tc568

Sunday Blues notes:

Vocalist/guitarist Emmit Slay was a member of Todd Rhodes’ Orchestra, where he recorded two records with Rhodes in Detroit in 1950. After two years with his own trio, Slay launched a solo career in 1953 recording ten sides for Savoy. Two sides for an unknown label were never issued in 1957. Eight recordings were made for Checker in 1958, but only two were released. Slay’s final two recordings were made for JVB in 1959.

No biographical data is known for this artist.

Slim Saunders

Sylvester “Slim” Saunders Jr. was a New Orleans vocalist whose recording of “Lets Have some fun” was recorded in New Orleans and leased to Chess for national distribution in 1954.

Sylvester Saunders,Jr. was born in New Orleans on December 24, 1929 and died on September 14, 1998. His nickname is also known to be “Sil” and could have been credited incorrectly on the Chess record label. He was buried at Roch Cemetry, New Orleans. His discs were recorded by Cosimo Matassa.

Many thanks to Marc for the information concerning this artist. Paul

Cosimo Vincent Matassa was an American recording engineer and studio owner, responsible for many R&B and early rock and roll recordings, who was born on 13 April 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States and died on 11 September 2014.

Lou Sargent

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Luther Steinberg and his Orchestra | Sandra Steinberg | tc480

Luther McCallum Steinberg, also known as Lou Sargent, was a Memphis based trumpet player from a well known musical family. His father was Milton Gus Steinberg, who played in W.C. Handy’s band, while one of his brothers, the bassist Lewis Steinberg, was one of the original members of Booker T and the MGs (and is one of the writers of their landmark composition Green Onions).

Luther McCallum Steinberg was born on Oct. 24, 1929 and died in a road traffic accident on Dec. 24, 1999. During a long career he played with many top rated jazz and blues musicians. The Chess recordings issued under the name of Lou Sargent were recorded at The Memphis Recording Service by Sam Phillips in 1951.

Rune Overman

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Rune Öfwerman | Music Industry of Sweden | tc477

Rune Overman was Axel Ivar Rune Öfwerman, who was born on December 24, 1932, in Stockholm, Sweden, and died on December 13, 2013. His sons Clarence Öfwerman and Staffan Öfwerman are rock musicians. There are two other sons. Mr Öfwerman was a jazz pianist and a co-founder of a record label in Sweden; the recording was licenced for distribution by Chess.