The Vashonettes

Taking their name from a dance school they attended, The Vashonettes were formed in the late 1960s when four of the school’s singing group set up on their own. The group was led by Sheryl Swope but we do not have a complete line up for the group, who recorded briefly for Checker before going on to sing background vocals on a number of recordings including an Atlantic label album by the late Donny Hathaway, with whom they are closely associated. Their manager, Deke Atkins, renamed them The Oncoming Times, under which name they recorded for Duo Records (arranged by Hathaway).

Can anyone help, please, with an image and a full line up for this group? Thank you.


Little Milton – We’re gonna make it

In Performance

The Dells – Oh what a night

In Performance

Alan Moorhouse


Alan Moorhouse | copyright control | tc508

Bandleader, record producer, arranger and songwriter Alan Moorhouse was born in Cornwall, but later moved to Germany. His recording on Chess was licenced from Pye Records for distribution in the USA. He is probably most famous for his composition Boom Bang a Bang which was entered into the Eurovision Song Contest, sung by Lulu. He has recorded a number of light music albums for Pye and other companies. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Daughters of Eve


Daughters of Eve | Copyright control | tc506

The Daughters of Eve were a rock band formed in Chicago in 1965 who had a few singles, one of which was released on Cadet records. The group had various lineups including Judy Johnson, Marsha Tomal, Andrea Levin, Debi Pomeroy, Marilou Davison and Lori Wax. Shortly after the single on Cadet was issued, in 1968, they disbanded.

Chess Northern Soul Box Set III



A third limited edition box set of Chess 7″ singles has been released. The set contains:

1. See Me Through – Bobby Womack/I’m So Glad – Joe Cato
2. Wait – Jeanette Nellis/You Keep Calling Me By Her Name – Amanda Love
3. Loving You Is Something New – The Starlets/Such a Pretty Thing – Gene Chandler
4. Ordinary Joe – Terry Callier/Baby Hang On – Maurice McAllister
5. Pain – Mitty Collier/City Life – The Knight Brothers
6. Lend Me Your Hand – Kindly Shepherds /Lucky Boy – Harold Hutton
7. Foolish Me – Jo Ann Garrett/Love Ain’t Nothin’ – Johnny Nash

Individual index numbers are not yet to hand – can anyone help, please? Thanks.

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.

Guardian Obituary