The Blue Jays | Restored by Google Archive | tc503
The Blue Jays were a doo-wop group mainly noted for their version of the old song “The White Cliffs of Dover” which was released on Checker. The Blue Jays are understood to have been Leon Peels, Van Richardson, Alex Manigo or Manigeault and Leonard Davidson. Leon Peels was born in 1936 and died in 1999.
The Bystanders | Copyright control | tc501
Released on Chess through their arrangements with British label Pye, The Bystanders were a pop group from South Wales who had a number of releases and regular radio spots on the BBC. The group reformed in 1969 as the rock group Man. The exact lineup on this recording is unknown: can anyone help, please?
Sherrill Roecker | Copyright control | tc570
Sherrill Weiss (Sherrill Roecker) of New Jersey near Philadelphia was born in 1942 and died in 2004.
Her father was the light classical singer Eddie Roecker (1910-1975), a veteran of Broadway, radio and television as well as recordings.
Sherrill married lawyer Allan Joseph Weiss and they lived in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Her one Argo recording was licenced from Swan Records of Philadelphia.
Tommy Tucker and the Esquires | Iowa Rock and Roll | Restored by Google | tc490
This rock group from Iowa is understood to have also recorded under the name of Tommy Tucker and the Esquires, whose line up is understood to have included Mark Boals, Al Kuehl, Garry Wright, Tom Welby, Tommy Tucker and Fred Ell.
Sylvester “Slim” Saunders Jr. was a New Orleans vocalist whose recording of “Lets Have some fun” was recorded in New Orleans and leased to Chess for national distribution in 1954.
Sylvester Saunders,Jr. was born in New Orleans on December 24, 1929 and died on September 14, 1998. His nickname is also known to be “Sil” and could have been credited incorrectly on the Chess record label. He was buried at Roch Cemetry, New Orleans. His discs were recorded by Cosimo Matassa.
Many thanks to Marc for the information concerning this artist. Paul
Cosimo Vincent Matassa was an American recording engineer and studio owner, responsible for many R&B and early rock and roll recordings, who was born on 13 April 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States and died on 11 September 2014.
Little Hooks and The Kings | Image restored by Google | tc474
Vocal group Little Hooks and The Kings were James Arthur, Raymond Holcomb, Adolphus Holcomb, Gilbert Wilkes and Rudolph Chew. Chess licenced this recording from Century Records for national distribution.
The Happy Return were a 1960s rock group from St. Louis, Missouri who made a small number of records, one of which was issued on Cadet in 1969. Ot is not known if they were named after the novel of the same name by C. S. Forrester. The line up of the group was Steve Noack , Tom Noack, Jim Cunningham, Jimmy Albright and Rick Carrell. The Cadet single was produced by Norman Petty (of Buddy Holly fame) at his Clovis, New Mexico studio.