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.
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.
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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Tenison Stephens | Inside Jazz | tc482
Bay area and Hawaii jazz musician Tenison Stephens is best known for his work with Phil Upchurch, but little is known of this gentleman, who recorded for other labels including Back Beat.
Can anyone provide any further information about this artist, please?
Saxophonist and singer Elliott Shavers, whose real name is believed to be Elliott Chavers, led an instrumental band who made a number of records in the early 1960s, some of which were distributed by Chess. Elliott Chavers was born in Waco, Texas on November 15, 1930. He relocated to Los Angeles where the recordings are thought to have been made, including surfing music instrumentals. Mr Chavers is thought to be deceased.
Can anyone provide any more information about this artist, please?
No photo located.
Chicago based blues singer Bobby Saxton is mainly known for his Checker recording “Trying to make a living” which was originally issued on the Bea and Baby label then picked up by Chess for national distribution. Earl Hooker is understood to be playing lead guitar on this recording, which dates from around 1960.
No pictures of this artist have been located. Can anyone help with more information about Bobby Saxton, please.
David Ruffin | Pinterest | tc479
Singer Davis Eli “David” Ruffin, former lead singer of The Temptations, was born on January 18, 1941 and died on June 1, 1991 of “an adverse reaction to drugs”.
With a highly distinctive voice, Ruffin was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008. Prior to signing with Motown and becoming a Temptation, when they were at the peak of their success, Ruffin had recorded with the Chess Detroit subsidiary CheckMate.
Personal issues began to take over his life. In 1982 he was sentenced to six months prison for failing to pay taxes during the mid-1970s. In 1986 he pleaded no contest to a charge of receiving and concealing a stolen gun worth less than $100 and was fined $50 plus $100 in court costs. In 1987 a cocaine arrest landed him in jail for repeated parole violations.
Most people are already aware that Jimmy Ruffin, a fellow Motown singer, was his brother, and after David Ruffin’s death, Jimmy Ruffin became a well known anti-drugs campaigner. Jimmy Ruffin died on November 17, 2014.