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.
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.
The Vontastics | Public domain | 15184 | tc041
The Vontastics were a Chicago group who in 1965 won a music contest on radio station WVON, winning a recording contract with small independent label St Lawrence/Satellite, which was distributed by Chess. The group became known as The Vontastics taking the VON from the name of the radio station. The book “Chicago Soul” by Robert Pruter (Illinois University Press) gives the line up of The Vontastics as Bobby Newsome, Kenneth Gholar, Jose Holmes and Raymond Penn. Bobby Newsome went on to record as a solo artiste.
Updated 20 July 2015