Mamie Galore

In Performance

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Mamie Galore Davis | Copyright control | tc483

Mamie Galore Davis was born on September 24, 1940 and died on October 6, 2001 of a stroke.

She toured with Little Milton and Ike & Tina Turner before signing to St. Lawrence Records in Chicago. Her 1966 recording ‘It Ain’t Necessary’ was a local hit. She moved to California where she continued to write and record Blues songs. Mamie recorded ‘No Right to Cry’ and duetted with her songwriting partner Dee Irwin for Imperial Records. In 1972 she became a music teacher in the Southern states, and was known as ‘The Soul Queen of Greenville’. On some recordings she is credited as Mamie P. Galore.

http://deltaboogie.com/features/mamiedavis/

https://www.allaboutbluesmusic.com/mamie-galore-davis/

http://www.sirshambling.com/artists_2012/G/mamie_galore/index.php

The Entertainers

The Entertainers were a group formed in Muscle Shoals by Dan Penn, and were Louis (L.J.) Cooper, Grant Qualls, Roy Lee Pirtle and Charles Smith. The tracks were leased to Chess for distribution in March 1966 but the recording is thought to have sold poorly.

There is a current country music artist called Grant Qualls, does anyone know whether this is the same person, please.

We have traced a Roy Lee Pirtle to Texas, the gentleman is in his seventies, does anyone know whether this is the same person, please.

Thanks to Marc for the information regarding this recording.

David Ruffin

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David Ruffin | Pinterest | tc479

Singer Davis Eli “David” Ruffin, former lead singer of The Temptations, was born on January 18, 1941 and died on June 1, 1991 of “an adverse reaction to drugs”.

With a highly distinctive voice, Ruffin was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008. Prior to signing with Motown and becoming a Temptation, when they were at the peak of their success, Ruffin had recorded with the Chess Detroit subsidiary CheckMate.

Personal issues began to take over his life. In 1982 he was sentenced to six months prison for failing to pay taxes during the mid-1970s. In 1986 he pleaded no contest to a charge of receiving and concealing a stolen gun worth less than $100 and was fined $50 plus $100 in court costs. In 1987 a cocaine arrest landed him in jail for repeated parole violations.

Most people are already aware that Jimmy Ruffin, a fellow Motown singer, was his brother, and after David Ruffin’s death, Jimmy Ruffin became a well known anti-drugs campaigner. Jimmy Ruffin died on November 17, 2014.

Cleo Jackson Randle

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Understood to be Cleo Jackson Randle | Image restored by Google Archives | tc478

Cleo Jackson Randle was a gospel singer from Chicago who also recorded soul music under the name of Cleo Randle. She was born as Cleopatra Jackson but although having a wonderful voice, she did not achieve recognition. Cleo Jackson Randle died in March 2004 in Chicago.

The Norvells

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The Norvells | NumeroGroup | tc476

Originally called The Belvederes, the Norvells were Billy Smith, Richard Pegue, Claude “Dee-Dee” Wyatt, Victor Trice and Richard Slaughter. The group formed at High School and modelled their sound on The Spaniels. Their current whereabouts are not known.

Roosevelt Nettles

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Roosevelt Nettles With Pat McMahon & Mel Carter | Bob Corritore | tc567

Louisiana native and singer Roosevelt Nettles grew up in New Orleans and sung professionally as a teenager in Mobile, Alabama, then after a period with The Flames he joined the Air Force in 1958 where he formed the Enchanters.

Nettles made Pheonix Arizona his home after his military duties ended in 1962.

He made a local hit which was released nationally on Chess. Nettles and Chess could not agree on a follow-up and his relation with them ended. He steadily performed in the Southwest area opening for Ike & Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, and the Righteous Brothers.

He still resides in the Phoenix area and is understood to work as a Chef, a skill he learned in the services.

Johnny Lemac

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Johnny Lemac | Copyright control | 17144

Johnny Lemac was a pseudonym for Chicago singer Johnny McKinney, aka John Lee McKinney. He had recorded for a number of small labels under various names including his real name, and sung with some Chicago groups. Only one recording was issued on the Chess label.

Johnny McKinney was born on Jan. 7, 1936 and died on Oct. 17, 2010.

Many thanks to Marc for his help with this artiste.