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.
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?
Facebook | Freedom of Spirit | tc500
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.
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.
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.
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.
Known for their one recording on Chess, “It’s got to be a great song”, which was released on Chess in 1967, The Tiffanies were formed in 1963 and were Roberta [Ferguson] Rivers, Mary [Young] Seymour-Williams, Karen Buncam and Eula McNair.
The record was originally issued on the KR label (Koppelman-Rubin Associates) in April 1967, with distribution by US Chess on number KR 0120; in the UK the record was issued by Pye on Chess CRS 8059 on 14 July 1967.
It is not known if the three ladies pictured on the video are The Tiffanies and no other photos of the group have been located.
Davie Gordon, 45 Cat | KR0120