Aristocrat

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Aristocrat

Aristocrat was established in 1947 and was acquired by the Chess family and renamed Chess in 1948. Aristocrat’s numbering system still has experts confused. It is not known whether all the recordings scheduled to be issued, actually were, and some of the numbers appear to have been issued twice. Copies of many of these records are thought to not have survived, although many of the masters have; many of the Aristocrat master recordings were backed up on to wire (the predecessor to magnetic tape). The Aristocrat company’s record keeping was poor, and much information is still missing.

Some musicologists regard Aristocrat as unrelated and quite different to the Chess company that followed. We take a different view; the variety of music issued by Aristocrat drew on the wide cultural diversity of the Chicago area at the time, and Chess continued that tradition of recording not just blues but rock, folk, jazz and ethnic music. We also note that early UK releases of Chess material quoted the name of the originating company as “Aristocrat”.

Aristocrat 101 – Sherman Hayes – Say no more/Chi baba
Aristocrat 102 – Sherman Hayes – The better to love you/You don’t learn that in school
Aristocrat 103 – Sherman Hayes – Cuddle up a little closer/Twelfth street rag
Aristocrat 104 – Sherman Hayes – Get on the ball Paul/No greater love
Aristocrat 201 – The Five Blazes – Chicago boogie/Dedicated to you
Aristocrat 202 – The Five Blazes – All my geets are gone/Every little dream
Aristocrat 301 – George Davis Quartet – I only have eyes for you/Jubilee
Aristocrat 302 – George Davis Quartet – I cover the waterfront/What’s the use of wondering
Aristocrat 401 – Jump Jackson – Sweet thing/Not now baby
Aristocrat 402 – Jump Jackson – Hey pretty mama/The greatest mistake
Aristocrat 403 – Clarence Samuels – I don’t love you Mamie
Aristocrat 404 – Sammy Louis – God shall wipe all tears away/Something within
Aristocrat 405 – Little Johnny Jones and Muddy Waters – Big town playboy/Shelby county blues
Aristocrat 406 – Muddy Waters – Screaming and crying/Where’s my woman been
Aristocrat 407 – Blues Rockers – Trouble in my home/Times are getting hard
Aristocrat 408 – No data
Aristocrat 409 – Used twice?
Aristocrat 409 – Floyd Smith – Blue moods/Saturday nite boogie
Aristocrat 409 – Dozier Boys – All I need is you/She’s gone
Aristocrat 410 – Used twice?
Aristocrat 410 – Penny Smith – Here I am/Lover come back to me
Aristocrat 410 – Penny Smith – You’ll never know/Somewhere in a dream
Aristocrat 411 – Gene Ammons – Pennies from Heaven/The last mile
Aristocrat 412 – Muddy Waters – Rollin’ and tumblin’ Part 1/Part 2
Aristocrat 413 – The Nighthawks – Six Three O/Jackson Town girl
Aristocrat 415 – The Blues Rockers – When times get better/Blues Rockers bop
Aristocrat 416 – Gene Ammons – Chabootie/More Moon
Aristocrat 417 – The Blues Rockers – Little boy little boy/My Mama’s baby child
Aristocrat 418 – Chas Bradix – Numbered days/Wee wee hours
Aristocrat 501 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – Mickey/My little girl
Aristocrat 502 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – Don’t take me home/Hindustan
Aristocrat 503 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – Tinker Polka/Pennsylvania Polka
Aristocrat 504 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – Clarinet Polka/Helena Polka
Aristocrat 505 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – Wabash Blues/Have you ever been lonely
Aristocrat 506 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – I still get a thrill/Tico tico
Aristocrat 507 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – If I never cry/Gay ranchero
Aristocrat 508 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – Pin up Polka/What do you want to make those eyes at me for
Aristocrat 509 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – Chinatown my Chinatown/Dreamy melody
Aristocrat 510 – Lee Monti’s Tu Tones – They go wild over me/My Anina
Aristocrat 601 – Tom Archia – Mean and evil baby/Fishing pole
Aristocrat 602 – Tom Archia – Ice man blues/Cherry
Aristocrat 603 – Tom Archia – Jam for Sam/Slumber (Blues at twilight)
Aristocrat 604 – Tom Archia – Macombo jump/Hey Tom Archia
Aristocrat 605 – Tom Archia – Downfall blues/McKie’s Jam for Boppers
Aristocrat 606 – Tom Archia – Swinging for Christmas/Talk of the town
Aristocrat 701 – Hollywood Tri Tones – Christmas kiss/Exactly like you
Aristocrat 801 – Tom Archia – Love me/Drinkin’ blues
Aristocrat 802 – Tom Archia – If I feel like this tomorrow/Cryin’ by my window
Aristocrat 803 – Jo Jo Adams – Cabbage head Part 1/Part 2
Aristocrat 804 to 810 – No data
Aristocrat 811 – Duke Jenkins Aristocrats – Bercuese/Baby I’m sick of you
Aristocrat 812 – Duke Jenkins Aristocrats – Laura/Tomorrow before dawn
Aristocrat 901 – Seven Melody Men – Rockin’ Lord/Nobody knows, nobody cares
Aristocrat 902 – Seven Melody Men – I’m on my way/Mother pray for me
Aristocrat 904 – Rev. “Gatemouth” Moore – I’m going through/Thank you Jesus
Aristocrat 905 – Rev. “Gatemouth” Moore – The Bible’s Being Fulfilled Every Day/Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
Aristocrat 906 – The Norfolk Singers – Dig a little deeper/By and by
Aristocrat 1001 – Clarence Samuels – Boogie woogie blues/Lollipop Mama
Aristocrat 1002 – Clarence Samuels – Get hep to yourself/Juana
Aristocrat 1003 – Clarence Samuels – Baseball blues/Coming home baby
Aristocrat 1101 – Andrew Tibbs – Bilbo is dead/Union man blues
Aristocrat 1102 – Andrew Tibbs – Toothless woman blues/Drinking ink splink
Aristocrat 1103 – Andrew Tibbs – Married man blues/I feel like crying
Aristocrat 1104 – Andy Tibbs – Going down fast/Same old story
Aristocrat 1105 – Andrew Tibbs – In a travelling mood/The holidays are over
Aristocrat 1106 – Andrew Tibbs – In every man’s life/He’s got her and gone
Aristocrat 1107 – Andrew Tibbs – How long/I know
Aristocrat 1201 – Prince Cooper Trio – Night fall/Its a hit baby
Aristocrat 1202 – Prince Cooper Trio – My fate/Throw it out your mind
Aristocrat 1203 – Prince Cooper Trio – Let’s give love a start/Because of you
Aristocrat 1204 – Prince Cooper Trio – Got to know what you’re doing/Jaqueline
Aristocrat 1234 – Leroy Foster and Muddy Waters – Locked out boogie/Shady grove blues
Aristocrat 1301 – Sunnyland Slim and Muddy Waters – Johnson Machine Gun/Fly right little girl
Aristocrat 1302 – Muddy Waters with Sunnyland Slim – Gypsy woman/Little Anna Mae
Aristocrat 1303 – Muddy Waters – Good looking woman/Mean disposition
Aristocrat 1304 – Sunnyland Slim and Muddy Waters – She ain’t nowhere/My baby my baby
Aristocrat 1305 – Muddy Waters – I can’t be satisfied/I feel like going home
Aristocrat 1306 – Muddy Waters – Train fare home/Sitting here and drinking
Aristocrat 1307 – Muddy Waters – You’re gonna miss me/Mean red spider
Aristocrat 1309 – Muddy Waters – Standing here tremling/Hard days
Aristocrat 1310 – Muddy Waters – Streamlined woman/Muddy jumps one
Aristocrat 1311 – Muddy Waters – Little Geneva/Canary bird
Aristocrat 1312 – Muddy Waters – Burying ground/You’re gonna need my help
Aristocrat 1401 – Forrest Sykes – Tonky boogie/Forrest’s got the blues
Aristocrat 1501 – Danny Knight – Until eternity/It happened a year ago today
Aristocrat 1502 – Danny Knight – Time to part/Say you love me baby
Aristocrat 1601 – Billy Orr – That’s all right baby/African Jump
Aristocrat 1602 – Billy Orr – Its all over/Music maestro please
Aristocrat 1701 – Jerry Abbott – Just friends/My sweetie went away
Aristocrat 1702 – Jerry Abbott – I just couldn’t take it baby/My curly headed baby
Aristocrat 1801 – Duke Groner – Dizzy the be bop man/Dragging my heart around
Aristocrat 1802 – Duke Groner – I’m glad for your sake/You can’t be mine
Aristocrat 1803 – Duke Groner – Bluebird of happiness/Lilacs in the rain
Aristocrat 1901 – Jimmy Bell – Just about Easter time/Jimmy’s swing boogie
Aristocrat 2001 – Sax Mallard – Let’s love again/The mojo
Aristocrat 2002 – Sax Mallard – Summit ridge drive/Rolling tears
Aristocrat 2003 – Jimmy Bowen – Evelyn
Aristocrat 2101 – Dick Hiorns – Teardops in my heart/They’re burning down the house I was borne up in
Aristocrat 2102 – Dick Hiorns – Cool water/Tomorrow never comes
Aristocrat 2301 – The Nighthawks – Annie Lee blues/Black angel blues
Aristocrat 3001 – The Dozier Boys – St Louis Blues/She only fools with me
Aristocrat 3002 – The Dozier Boys – Big time baby/Music goes round and around
Aristocrat 3101 – Forest City Joe – Memory of Sonny Boy/A woman on every strteet
Aristocrat 3301 – Gene Ammons – Come back to Sorrento/Bronzeville swing
Aristocrat 7001 – St. Louis Jimmy – So nice and kind/Florida Hurricane
Aristocrat 8001 – Christine Chatman’s All Star Combo – When your hair has turned to silver/Hey Mr Freddy
Aristocrat 10001 – Claude McLin Combo – I need you when/Again
Aristocrat 11001 – Eugene Wright and his Dukes of Swing – Pork and beans/Dawn mist

Page updated 14 April 2014

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