The Fantasions


Barbara Acklin | Soulwalking | tc581

The Fantasions were a Chicago based vocal group of the 1960s. It is understood that the singer Barbara Acklin had been a member of the group, which had records issued on Satellite (not the Memphis label) and Thomas, both labels distributed by Chess.

Singer and song writer Barbara Acklin was born on February 28, 1943 in Oakland, California and moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois in 1948. She graduated and worked as a secretary at St. Lawrence Records. She also worked as a backing singer at Chess Records on recordings by Fontella Bass, Etta James, Koko Taylor, and others, before signing to Brunswick Records in 1966. Ms Acklin died from the effects of pneumonia in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 27, 1998, age 55.

Can anyone confirm the line up of the Fantasions please.

The Brooks Brothers


The early Impressions including Richard (front row, right) and Arthur Brooks (centre row, left) | Image thought to be Vee Jay Records | tc 580

The Brooks Brothers who recorded for Thomas Records, which was distributed for a time by Chess, are understood to be Richard and Alfred Brooks, two of the original version of the vocal group “The Roosters” which became renamed “The Impressions”. Originally from Chatanooga, they moved to Chicago which is where they met Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. They left the group due to its lack of success and because of disagreements on musical policy.

LP: Etta James – Chess Masters



There is another album with the same name, but with different tracks, on CXMD 4017.

Track listing:

I’d Rather Go Blind | All I Could Do Was Cry | Stop The Wedding | Security | Tell Mama | At Last | Only Time Will Tell | My Dearest Darling | Don’t Pick Me For Your Fool | I Worry About You | The Same Rope | Steal Away | I Prefer You

Released on Chess CXMP 2000. US No. Untraced.

LP: Etta James – Chess Masters

Sorry, reliable image unavailable for this album.

There is another album, with different tracks, but with the same name, on Chess CXMP 2000.

This album contains two Etta James released albums: Etta James – Rocks the house, and Etta James – Tell Mama.

Track listing:

Tell Mama | I’d Rather Go Blind | Watch Dog | Love Of My Man | I’m Gonna Take What He’s Got | The Same Rope | Security | Steal Away | My Mother In Law | Don’t Lose Your Good Thing | It Hurts Me So Much | Just A Little Bit | Something’s Got A Hold On Me | Baby What You Want Me To Do | What’d I Say | Money | Seven Day Fool | Sweet Little Angel | Ooh Poo Pah Doo | Woke Up This Morning

Released on Chess CXMD 4017. Not released in this format in the US.

LP: Various Artists – The best of Chess Checker Cadet – Soul


Track listing:

Billy Stewart – Summertime | The Radiants – Hold On | Sugar Pie DeSanto – Soulful Dress | Fontella Bass – Recovery | Tony Clarke – The Entertainer | Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd | Jackie Ross – Take Me For A Little While | Mitty Collier – I Had A Talk With My Man | Fontella Bass – Rescue Me | The Radiants – Voice Your Choice | Tony Clarke – Landslide | Ramsey Lewis Trio – Wade In The Water | Jackie Ross – Selfish One | Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure – Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing | The Dells – Wear It On Our Face | Gene Chandler – I Fooled You This Time

Released on Chess CXMP 2003. US No. Untraced.

LP: Etta James – Golden Decade

Track listing:

You Got It | In The Basement Part 1 | Baby What You Want Me To Do | Sunday Kind Of Love | Lovin’ You More Every Day | 842 – 2089 (Call My Name) | Payback | I’d Rather Go Blind | Tell Mama | Something’s Got A Hold On Me | Security | At Last | Stop The Wedding | Two Sides (To Every Story) | Losers Weepers | Pushover

Released on Chess 6310 126. US No. None. Sorry, unable to locate dependable image for this item.

LP: Billy Stewart – Golden Decade



Track listing:

Summertime | I Do Love You | Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me | Fat Boy | Scramble | Cross My Heart | I’m No Romeo | Sitting In The Park | Secret Love | Because I Love You | Reap What You Sow | Strange Feeling | Why (Do I Love You So?) | Keep Lovin’ | Once Again | Billy’s Blues

Released on Chess 6310 125. US No. None.