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. I have not been able to discover any biographical information for this artist: can anyone help, please?

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.

The Norvells

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The Norvells | NumeroGroup | tc476

Originally called The Belvederes, the Norvells were Billy Smith, Richard Pegue, Claude “Dee-Dee” Wyatt, Victor Trice and Richard Slaughter. The group formed at High School and modelled their sound on The Spaniels. Their current whereabouts are not known.

Edna McRaney

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Edna McRaney | Robert Campbell | tc566

Chicago based blues singer Edna McRaney recorded a few sides for Chess in 1951. They were recorded for Chess by Jackie Brenston at the Sun Studios in Memphis. We have not been able to locate any biographical information for this artist. Can anyone help, please?