Wilko Johnson


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English singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor John Peter Wilkinson (Wilko Johnson) was born on 12 July 1947 and is best known as a member of the 1970s pub rock/rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood. In 2014 Chess released an album (“Going back home”) and single he recorded with Roger Daltrey, with considerable success. He is still active in music.

Chess Northern Soul Box Set III



A third limited edition box set of Chess 7″ singles has been released. The set contains:

1. See Me Through – Bobby Womack/I’m So Glad – Joe Cato
2. Wait – Jeanette Nellis/You Keep Calling Me By Her Name – Amanda Love
3. Loving You Is Something New – The Starlets/Such a Pretty Thing – Gene Chandler
4. Ordinary Joe – Terry Callier/Baby Hang On – Maurice McAllister
5. Pain – Mitty Collier/City Life – The Knight Brothers
6. Lend Me Your Hand – Kindly Shepherds /Lucky Boy – Harold Hutton
7. Foolish Me – Jo Ann Garrett/Love Ain’t Nothin’ – Johnny Nash

Individual index numbers are not yet to hand – can anyone help, please? Thanks.

The Tiffanies

Known for their one recording on Chess, “It’s got to be a great song”, which was released on Chess in 1967, The Tiffanies were formed in 1963 and were Roberta [Ferguson] Rivers, Mary [Young] Seymour-Williams, Karen Buncam and Eula McNair.

The record was originally issued on the KR label (Koppelman-Rubin Associates) in April 1967, with distribution by US Chess on number KR 0120; in the UK the record was issued by Pye on Chess CRS 8059 on 14 July 1967.

It is not known if the three ladies pictured on the video are The Tiffanies and no other photos of the group have been located.


Davie Gordon, 45 Cat | KR0120

Chess Northern Soul Box Set II, 2016


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Universal released this box of seven 45 rpm seven inch records on 19 August, 2016. Three of the tracks had not previously been issued on vinyl.

1 – Terry Callier – You Were Just Foolin’ Me/Bobby McClure – You Got Me Baby

2 – Jo Ann Garrett – A Whole New Plan/Jackie Ross – My Square

3 – Sugar Pie DeSanto – Talkin’, Dreamin’, Boastin’/Denise LaSalle – A Love Reputation

4 – The Vashonettes – A Mighty Good Lover.Marlena Shaw – Let’s Wade In The Water

5 – Jamo Thomas – Must I Holler/The Chessmen – Why Can’t I Be Your Man

6 – Greg Perry – Head Over Heels (In Love)/The Gospel Classics – More Love, That’s What We Need

7 – The Vibrations – Make It Last/Spooner’s Crowd – Two In The Morning

Chess Northern Soul Box Set, 2015


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Universal issued this boxed set of seven 45 rpm seven inch singles on the Chess label on 24 July, 2015.

1 – Terry Callier – Look At Me Now (1966)/The Radiants – Hold On (1967)

2 – Barbara Carr – My Mama Told Me (1965)/Doug Banks – I Just Kept On Dancing (1964)

3 – Etta James – Can’t Shake It (1964)/George Kirby – What Can I Do (1966)

4 – Herb Ward – Strange Change (1965)/Jean Dushon – Feeling Good (1966)

5 – Joy Lovejoy – In Orbit (1967)/Mitty Collier – My Party (1964)

6 – The Dells – Thinkin’ About You (1966)/The Kittens – Ain’t No More Room (1967)

7 – The Valentinos – Sweeter Than The Day Before (1966)/Tony Clarke – Landslide (1966)

The Flamingos – Would I Be Crying/Just For A Kick

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“Would I be crying” by The Flamingos was released in the UK on London American HL-N 8373 in February 1957. Did not chart.

Wendell Tracy – Who’s to know/Corrigidor rock

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“Who’s to know” by Wendell Tracy was released in the UK on London American HL-M 8664 in July 1958. No chart position data available.