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.

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.

Sylvester Saunders,Jr. was born in New Orleans on December 24, 1929 and died on September 14, 1998. His nickname is also known to be “Sil” and could have been credited incorrectly on the Chess record label. He was buried at Roch Cemetry, New Orleans. His discs were recorded by Cosimo Matassa.

Many thanks to Marc for the information concerning this artist. Paul

Cosimo Vincent Matassa was an American recording engineer and studio owner, responsible for many R&B and early rock and roll recordings, who was born on 13 April 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States and died on 11 September 2014.

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.

Cleo Jackson Randle

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Understood to be Cleo Jackson Randle | Image restored by Google Archives | tc478

Cleo Jackson Randle was a gospel singer from Chicago who also recorded soul music under the name of Cleo Randle. She was born as Cleopatra Jackson but although having a wonderful voice, she did not achieve recognition. Cleo Jackson Randle died in March 2004 in Chicago.

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.

Roosevelt Nettles

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Roosevelt Nettles With Pat McMahon & Mel Carter | Bob Corritore | tc567

Louisiana native and singer Roosevelt Nettles grew up in New Orleans and sung professionally as a teenager in Mobile, Alabama, then after a period with The Flames he joined the Air Force in 1958 where he formed the Enchanters.

Nettles made Pheonix Arizona his home after his military duties ended in 1962.

He made a local hit which was released nationally on Chess. Nettles and Chess could not agree on a follow-up and his relation with them ended. He steadily performed in the Southwest area opening for Ike & Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, and the Righteous Brothers.

He still resides in the Phoenix area and is understood to work as a Chef, a skill he learned in the services.

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?