LP: Howlin’ Wolf – The London Sessions



Track listing:

Rockin’ Daddy | I Ain’t Superstitious | Sittin’ On Top Of The World | Worried About My Baby | What A Woman! | Poor Boy | Built For Comfort | Who’s Been Talking? | The Red Rooster (Rehearsal) | The Red Rooster | Do The Do | Highway 49 | Wang-Dang-Doodle

Released on Chess CXMP 2008. There may have been an earlier release – can anyone help, please? US No. Chess CH-60008.

The Jet Tones


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Rocky Olson and The Jet Tones

The Jet Tones were a group from Ohio who made some recordings of rockabilly music in the late 1950s for a variety of labels, including Chess. Other than Brian “Rocky” Olson, band members remain unknown.

Can anyone help, please?

LP: Various Artists – Chess Golden Decade Sampler


Track listing:

Bobby Charles – See You Later Alligator | The Moonglows – Sincerely | Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’ | Clarence Henry – Ain’t Got No Home | Jimmy McCracklin – The Walk | Dale Hawkins – Suzie-Q | The Monotones – Book Of Love | Harvey And The Moonglows – Ten Commandments Of Love | Clarence Henry – But I Do | Don & Bob – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl | Dave Baby Cortez – Rinky Dink | The Marathons – Peanut Butter | Tommy Tucker – Hi-Heel Sneakers | Tony Clarke – The Entertainer | Fontella Bass – Rescue Me | Billy Stewart – Summertime

Issued on Chess 6830 181. US No. Untraced.

Can anyone confirm year of release please. Thank you.

The Vashonettes

Taking their name from a dance school they attended, The Vashonettes were formed in the late 1960s when four of the school’s singing group set up on their own. The group was led by Sheryl Swope but we do not have a complete line up for the group, who recorded briefly for Checker before going on to sing background vocals on a number of recordings including an Atlantic label album by the late Donny Hathaway, with whom they are closely associated. Their manager, Deke Atkins, renamed them The Oncoming Times, under which name they recorded for Duo Records (arranged by Hathaway).

Can anyone help, please, with an image and a full line up for this group? Thank you.

Chess Northern Soul Box Set III



A third limited edition box set of Chess 7″ singles has been released. The set contains:

1. See Me Through – Bobby Womack/I’m So Glad – Joe Cato
2. Wait – Jeanette Nellis/You Keep Calling Me By Her Name – Amanda Love
3. Loving You Is Something New – The Starlets/Such a Pretty Thing – Gene Chandler
4. Ordinary Joe – Terry Callier/Baby Hang On – Maurice McAllister
5. Pain – Mitty Collier/City Life – The Knight Brothers
6. Lend Me Your Hand – Kindly Shepherds /Lucky Boy – Harold Hutton
7. Foolish Me – Jo Ann Garrett/Love Ain’t Nothin’ – Johnny Nash

Individual index numbers are not yet to hand – can anyone help, please? Thanks.

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?

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.