Willie Tell and The Overtures

The web site 45 Friday discovered that the two tracks on Chess 2086 – Soul Rangers/Kickball by Willie Tell and The Overtures were originally issued on another label, Marquee 2061, from Detroit. It is thought that the group are the same session musicians who play on the few recordings issued on Marquee. The names credited on the label are R. Dunson, D. Warren, E. Fountaine and C. Cisco (Carl Cisco). Precise details are unknown: can anyone assist, please?

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Billy Watkins

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We understand that singer Billy Watkins is the Rev. Billy Watkins, who is understood to be deceased. Can anyone confirm that the image above is of the correct person, and does anyone have biographical data, please.

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-12-23/entertainment/ca-20710_1_billy-watkins

Pat O’Day

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Pat O’Day was a popular singer who was popular throughout the 1950s. Her single release on Chess was reviewed in Billboard in November 1958. We have not been able to find any biographical details for this artiste. Can anyone help, please?

Tawny Williams

Little information is known about singer Tawny Williams, who is thought to have been based in Detroit, and who recorded for the Abner/Tuff recording group in 1961-62, and whose products were leased to Chess. Abners’ artists included Jackie Day and Roscoe Robinson. Only a couple of recordings are known by Tawny Williams. No photograph has been located.

Can anyone provide further information about this artiste, please? Thankyou.

Mamie Bradley

Mamie Bradley was spotted in a restaurant called Wells in Harlem, New York and was signed to Sue Records of New York in 1958. Chess subsequently purchased the masters of the Sue recordings.

“I feel like a million” was first released on Sue 702. The version issued on Chess 1686 is understood to be a different take.

No photos or biographical details for Ms Bradley are currently available: can anyone help, please?

Thanks to Marc for his help with this item.

Chuck Bernard

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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?