Pat O’Day

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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?

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Billy Bland

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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.

La Mont Anthony

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Lamont Dozier | Uncredited photographer/Creative and Dreams | tc494

Lamont Dozier (La Mont Anthony) was born on June 16, 1941 and is a well known record producer, song writer and singer. He is best known as a member of the Holland-Dozier-Holland producing and writing team who were behind big successes for The Supremes and The Four Tops. He co-wrote and produced 14 US Billboard number 1 hits and 4 UK number one hits.

Mr Dozier was born in Detroit and began singing for some small Detroit labels with groups including The Romeos before joining up with Brian and Eddie Holland in 1962. Their first successes for Motown were for Martha and The Vandellas. He split with the Hollands in 1972 to pursue a solo career.

The recording on CheckMate was made around 1961.

Mr Dozier and the Holland brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Mr Dozier now lives in California and has spent some time teaching music. He is a Trustee of NARAS and chairs its Advocacy Committee.

 

The Gospel Classics

The gospel vocal group The Gospel Classics are best known for their international hit record “More Love, that’s what we need”. Some members of the group were previously members of the Violinaires and other gospel groups, who recorded for various labels, and most were Detroit based.

The members of “The Gospel Classics” were Melvin Reed, Leo Coney, Wilson DeShields, James Malone, Cleofas Tilmon, Elceanor Debose, and Charles Williams.

Melvin Reed is understood to have died in 2005. Current whereabouts of the other members are not currently available.

Rhythm Willie

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The only known photo of Rhythm Willie | Copyright control | tc493

One of the most famous harmonica players in blues music, until recently very little was known about Rhythm Willie. His name may have been William Hood. He is now understood to have been born on 15 September, probably in 1910. His first recording is dated September 14, 1939, for Decca. At the time he was a regular in Chicago’s DeLisa Club where he played with Billy Eckstine and Bertha Hill. On October 10, 1940 he did a session for Okeh Records in Chicago. Newspapers report that he appeared in Mexico before appearing at DeLisa’s.

Tawny Williams

Little information is known about singer Tawny Williams, who is thought to have been based in Detroit, and who recorded for the Abner/Tuff recording group in 1961-62, and whose products were leased to Chess. Abners’ artists included Jackie Day and Roscoe Robinson. Only a couple of recordings are known by Tawny Williams. No photograph has been located.

Can anyone provide further information about this artiste, please? Thankyou.