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.

Lou Sargent


Luther Steinberg and his Orchestra | Sandra Steinberg | tc480

Luther McCallum Steinberg, also known as Lou Sargent, was a Memphis based trumpet player from a well known musical family. His father was Milton Gus Steinberg, who played in W.C. Handy’s band, while one of his brothers, the bassist Lewis Steinberg, was one of the original members of Booker T and the MGs (and is one of the writers of their landmark composition Green Onions).

Luther McCallum Steinberg was born on Oct. 24, 1929 and died in a road traffic accident on Dec. 24, 1999. During a long career he played with many top rated jazz and blues musicians. The Chess recordings issued under the name of Lou Sargent were recorded at The Memphis Recording Service by Sam Phillips in 1951.

Edna McRaney


Edna McRaney | Robert Campbell | tc566

Chicago based blues singer Edna McRaney recorded a few sides for Chess in 1951. They were recorded for Chess by Jackie Brenston at the Sun Studios in Memphis. We have not been able to locate any biographical information for this artist. Can anyone help, please?

Mitzi Mars


Lupita Peruyero, Joe Louis, Norman Schlossberg, Sarah Vaughan, King Kolax and Mitzi Mars at the Crown Propeller, probably 1952. Courtesy of the Schlossberg family | Crown Propeller Blog | tc565

Mitzi Mars, shown extreme right in the photo above, was a singer with the Sax Mallard band and who recorded for Checker in the early 1950s. We have been unable to trace any biographical information for this artist, can anyone help, please?

Larry Liggett

Laurence “Larry” Liggett was a music teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools who recorded a series of recordings in which he played trumpet or saxophone and sang, for Chess in the mid 1950s. He is deceased, and his son recently attended an event in Indianapolis where his father was enrolled in the Indianapolis music hall of fame.