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.

Bobby Saxton

Chicago based blues singer Bobby Saxton is mainly known for his Checker recording “Trying to make a living” which was originally issued on the Bea and Baby label then picked up by Chess for national distribution. Earl Hooker is understood to be playing lead guitar on this recording, which dates from around 1960.

No pictures of this artist have been located. Can anyone help with more information about Bobby Saxton, please.

Johnny Lemac


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Johnny Lemac was a pseudonym for Chicago singer Johnny McKinney, aka John Lee McKinney. He had recorded for a number of small labels under various names including his real name, and sung with some Chicago groups. Only one recording was issued on the Chess label.

Johnny McKinney was born on Jan. 7, 1936 and died on Oct. 17, 2010.

Many thanks to Marc for his help with this artiste.

Reggie Hall

Pianist and composer Regginald Hall first came to prominence as the writer of the song “You talk to much” by Joe Jones. John Broven notes in “Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans” that record producer Harold Battiste started working with Hall in the early 1960s. He was also for a time pianist with another New Orleans group, Huey Piano Smith and The Clowns. The Chess release of “The Joke” was licenced for national distribution from the RIP label. The Library of Congress notes that Mr Hall appears playing piano in Fats Domino’s band in the jazz film “Blueberry Hill”. No biographical details are known for this artist: can anyone help,