Chess Northern Soul Box Set III

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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.

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Baby Huey and The Babysitters

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A line up of Baby Huey & the Babysitters | Discogs | tc571

Baby Huey & the Babysitters was a soul band hailing from Gary, Indiana founded by Melvyn Jones and Johnny Ross with James Ramey as singer. They were well known on the club scene in Chicago. Melvyn Jones went on to work with Curtis Mayfield at Curtom Records. “Baby Huey” was the name of a cartoon character.

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James Ramey | Amazon | tc572

The original members were Baby Huey (James Ramey), Johnny Ross, Melvyn Jones, Larry Sales, Dennis Moore, Byron Watkins and Charles Clark. A number of other musicians played in the band.

Through Chess, they had a single release on the St Lawrence label.

Bill and Will

Known for their Checker issue of “Going to the river”, Bill and Will were actually a quartet comprising of high school students Bill Sasser, Jerry Willis, Will Willis and Randy Brimberry. The record was leased to Chess for national distribution by Athens Records of Nashville. No other data is available.

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.

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

Billy Bland

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Billy Bland | HOTD | tc495

Billy Bland on St. Lawrence records is understood to be R&B singer Billy Bland, who was born on 5 April 1932 and sadly died on 22 March 2017. He was the youngest of 19 children and began singing in 1947 in New York. By 1950 he was a member of a vocal group called The Bees. His best known record was “Let the little girl dance” which he recorded in 1960.

La Mont Anthony

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Lamont Dozier | Uncredited photographer/Creative and Dreams | tc494

Lamont Dozier (La Mont Anthony) was born on June 16, 1941 and is a well known record producer, song writer and singer. He is best known as a member of the Holland-Dozier-Holland producing and writing team who were behind big successes for The Supremes and The Four Tops. He co-wrote and produced 14 US Billboard number 1 hits and 4 UK number one hits.

Mr Dozier was born in Detroit and began singing for some small Detroit labels with groups including The Romeos before joining up with Brian and Eddie Holland in 1962. Their first successes for Motown were for Martha and The Vandellas. He split with the Hollands in 1972 to pursue a solo career.

The recording on CheckMate was made around 1961.

Mr Dozier and the Holland brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Mr Dozier now lives in California and has spent some time teaching music. He is a Trustee of NARAS and chairs its Advocacy Committee.