Eddie Fontaine – Nothing shaking/Don’t ya know

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“Nothing shaking” by Eddie Fontaine was originally released on London American
HL-M 8711 in October 1958. Billboard No 64.

Various Artists – The Aristocrat of the Blues – CD



Chicago Boogie – The Five Blazes/Ice Man Blues – Tom Archia/Fishin’ Pole – Tom Archia/Boogie Woogie Blues – Clarence Samuels/Bilbo Is Dead – Andrew Tibbs/Johnson Machine Gun – Sunnyland Slim/Fly Right, Little Girl – Sunnyland Slim/Gypsy Woman – Muddy Waters/Little Anna Mae – Muddy Waters/Forest Sykes Plays The Blues – Forest Sykes/Good Lookin’ Woman – Muddy Waters/Mean Disposition – Muddy Waters/She Ain’t Nowhere – Sunnyland Slim/My Baby, My Baby – Sunnyland Slim/I Can’t Be Satisfied – Muddy Waters/I Feel Like Going Home – Muddy Waters/Florida Hurricane – St. Louis Jimmy/So Nice And Kind – St. Louis Jimmy/My Sweet Lovin’ Woman – Robert Nighthawk/Train Fare Home – Muddy Waters/Kind Hearted Woman – Muddy Waters/Down South Blues – Muddy Waters/Sittin’ Here Drinkin’ – Muddy Waters/ Locked Out Boogie – Leroy Foster/Shady Grove Blues – Leroy Foster/You’re Gonna Miss Me – Muddy Waters/Mean Red Spider – Muddy Waters/Standin’ Here Tremblin’ – Muddy Waters/Muddy Jumps One – Muddy Waters/Streamline Woman – Muddy Waters/Hard Days – Muddy Waters/Memory Of Sonny Boy – Forest City Joe/Baby, I’m Sick Of You – Duke Jenkins’ Aristocrats/Sweet Black Angel – Robert Nighthawk/She Knows How To Love A Man – Robert Nighthawk/Anna Lee – Robert Nighthawk/Return Mail Blues – Robert Nighthawk/Little Geneva – Muddy Waters/Canary Bird – Muddy Waters/Burying Ground – Muddy Waters/You Gonna Need My Help – Muddy Waters/Big Town Playboy – Little Johnny Jones/Shelby County Blues – Little Johnny Jones/Screamin’ And Cryin’ – Muddy Waters/ Where’s My Woman Blues – Muddy Waters/Last Time I Fool Around With You – Muddy Waters/Six Three O – Robert Nighthawk/ Prison Bound – Robert Nighthawk/Jackson Town Gal – Robert Nighthawk/Rollin’ And Tumblin’ Part 1 – Muddy Waters/Rollin’ And Tumblin’ Part 2 – Muddy Waters


Claude McLin


Claude McLin | Ace Records | tc253

Jazz tenor saxophonist Claude McLin was born on December 27, 1925 and died on July 21, 1995. After wartime service he played the clubs of Chicago including a Chess owned club, which led to him recording for Aristocrat and Chess, starting in 1949 and including sessions with singer/pianist Laura Rucker. He was not finding sufficient work in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles. He appeared on an Amos Milburn session for Aladdin Records in 1954. He retired from music in the late 1960s.

Eugene Wright


Wright (rear right) with Brubeck, 1950 | Kaynou/Public domain | tc254

Aristocrat released one recording by jazz bassist Eugene Wright and his Dukes of Swing. Eugene Joseph Wright was born May 29, 1923 and is thought to be still living. Shortly after the Aristocrat session he joined Dave Brubeck’s famous Quartet and is the last living member of that famous jazz combo. Since then he has played with many of the very big stars of Jazz, including Count Basie.

Christine Chatman


Christine Chatman | Collection of Preston Lauterbach | tc255

Accordionist, pianist and singer Christine Chatman recorded a number of sides for Aristocrat in the late 1940s. No biographical detail is available for her. There was a report that she was expelled from a musician’s union after not paying her band. This is now known to be completely untrue.

After recording for Aristocrat she moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s, then faded into obscurity.

Dick Hiorns


Dick Hiorns | Hillbilly Music | tc256

Rockabilly artist Dick Hiorns was born on January 29, 1922 and died on February 28, 2002. He was also a disc jockey on local radio stations. Dick served in the US Army 34th Division during World War II. The recordings for Artistocrat were released in 1952 and may have been made earlier.

Sax Mallard


Sax Mallard (front) | Aristocrat Records Archive | tc257

Oett M. “Sax” Mallard was born on September 2, 1915 and as his nickname indicates was a saxophonist known for his R&B and urban music. Playing on radio in his teens, he had numerous jobs with local orchestras and bands before serving in the US Forces. While in the US Navy he completed his music degree. By 1947 he was a session musician and played on a number of Aristocrat sessions including recordings by Jump Jackson (as a combo member), Big Bill Broonzy, Eddie Boyd, Arbee Stidham, Roosevelt Sykes, Washboard Sam, and Tampa Red. Mallard died on August 29, 1986.