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

Johnny Lemac was a pseudonym for Chicago singer Johnny McKinney, who is now deceased. 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.

No photo located.

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Milson Luce

Known mainly for his Argo 5260 recording “Don’t Break Your Promise To Me”, which was released in 1956, New Orleans singer Milson Luce is understood to have been born in 1934 and have died in Lafayette, Louisiana in May 2012 at age 78, but no photographs of this artist have been traced. Can anyone add any further information, please?

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,

Tony Gregory


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We think Tony Gregory, who had material issued on GRT Chess in 1965, is the Jamaican singer Tony Gregory, who has toured extensively around the world and after singing with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires in the 1960s became a session singer and solo singer in the US before moving to Europe in the early 1970s, where he met his wife. He is now celebrating more than 50 years in the music business and is still active.

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James Dudley


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James Dudley is a singer who is thought to have recorded under the alternative names Jimmy Dee and James Dee, but for whom there are no biographical details. He had a single release on the Chess label and also recorded for other labels in the mid 1960s. He is not related to a rockabilly performer called Jimmy Dee.

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