Tommy Tucker and the Federal Reserve

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Tommy Tucker and the Esquires | Iowa Rock and Roll | Restored by Google | tc490

This rock group from Iowa is understood to have also recorded under the name of Tommy Tucker and the Esquires, whose line up is understood to have included Mark Boals, Al Kuehl, Garry Wright, Tom Welby, Tommy Tucker and Fred Ell.

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Cookie V

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Bo Diddley with the Bo-Ettes, but not featuring Cookie V | Restored by Google | tc488

Cornelia Redmond-Chavez (Cookie V) was born in 1948 and died in late 1999 aged 50. She met Bo Diddley in Washington, became one of his background singers and toured with him for more than 25 years, including at the Woodstock pop festival. She was famed for her humourous interactions with Diddley, and for her pet monkey, which accompanied her on some tours. She ceased performing due to failing health in 1986.

Thanks to Marc for his detective work on this artiste.

Cookie V Obituary, Baltimore Sun

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.

Mamie Galore

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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.

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