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. I have not been able to discover any biographical information for this artist: can anyone help, please?
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.
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 | 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 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 | 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?
Laurence “Larry” Liggett was a music teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools who recorded a series of recordings in which he played trumpet or saxophone and sang, for Chess in the mid 1950s. He is deceased, and his son recently attended an event in Indianapolis where his father was enrolled in the Indianapolis music hall of fame.