Willie Tell and The Overtures

The web site 45 Friday discovered that the two tracks on Chess 2086 – Soul Rangers/Kickball by Willie Tell and The Overtures were originally issued on another label, Marquee 2061, from Detroit. It is thought that the group are the same session musicians who play on the few recordings issued on Marquee. The names credited on the label are R. Dunson, D. Warren, E. Fountaine and C. Cisco (Carl Cisco). Precise details are unknown: can anyone assist, please?


Billy Watkins


Facebook | Freedom of Spirit | tc500

We understand that singer Billy Watkins is the Rev. Billy Watkins, who is understood to be deceased. Can anyone confirm that the image above is of the correct person, and does anyone have biographical data, please.


Sherrill Roecker


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.


Sarah McLawler


Sarah McLawler | Copyright control | tc498

Jazz and rhythm and blues pianist, organist and singer Sarah McLawler Kimes was born on August 9, 1926 and died on September 12, 2017.

Her professional career as a singer began in 1946 and she was closely associated with Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker, Gene Ammons and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.


Sarah McLawler | Uncredited | tc499

Pat O’Day


Pat O’Day | Historic images | tc496

Pat O’Day was a popular singer who was popular throughout the 1950s. Her single release on Chess was reviewed in Billboard in November 1958. We have not been able to find any biographical details for this artiste. Can anyone help, please?

Billy Bland


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.