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September 21, 2017
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The Strange Tale of The Man Who Would Be “Orion”

Elvis Move Over – Just a Bit…

Who Was That Masked Man?

James Hughes Bell was born on February 26th in 1945 in Pacagoula, Mississippi.  The first time he ever performed a song live was when he was a student at Orville High school in Alabama.

He didn’t hook up with the music industry until 1974 when he signed Challenger Records and from there onto the Boblo label where he would record a handful of singles with his first release in 1976.

Orion’s ‘mysterious’ appearance spawned “Elvis is Alive” rumors from many quarters and many fans wanted desperately to believe – it just might be true.  Ellis came to Sun Records first in 1972 when the singer sent a demo to new Sun owner Shelby Singleton with two Elvis Tracks “That’s Alright Mama” backed with “Blue Moon of Kentucky”.

Reportedly the single was first released on Sun with the label not identifying the artist due to the eerie similarity to Elvis – That was all it took – The rumors started to fly.  Not only was Elvis in the building – he had apparently never left!  (I guess he might have left RCA Victor – but he had obviously come back home!   RCA actually bit on the record thinking Singleton had released an Elvis track but later dropped the suit when an analysis confirmed it was not Presley.  You can visit YouTube to listen to the mystery man.

Ellis went his way – (to Boblo Records) where due to so many comparisons he would release his “I’m Not Trying To Be Like Elvis” in 1978.  But then he did try a little to be like Elvis by returning to Sun Records formally signing with the label in 1978.  Singleton decided to dive in with two feet this time – presenting his new artist with a mask (sort of like the Lone Ranger’s) and a new moniker “Orion”.  This name originated within a novel titled “Orion” (what else?) by Gail Brewer-Giorgo with the book character “Orion Eckley Darnell”.

The book version of “Orion” faked a death.  And so we were definitely off to the races.  The character in the book was managed by – who else – a “Colonel” (Colonel Mac Weiman) and was born in Ribbonville, Tennessee.  By 1983 Ellis decided to unmask himself – revealing that he was Jimmy Ellis hiding behind the mask as “Orion”.

His voice was too good to completely fail and he would find his way onto the Country Charts scoring 11 so-so hits.

Orion remained with Sun for a few years but wanted very much to move away from his Elvis persona (he was never actually an “Elvis Impersonator” but a very close “sound-a-like”.

Post Sun years weren’t all good.  Ellis was accosted in Mobile, Alabama – robbed and shot while attempting to flee.  He survived that and continued on and would – although he vowed not to, appeared once again in the 1990’s as “Orion”.

His end came on December 12th, 1998 when he was working in his pawnshop in Alabama – murdered during a robbery by a Jeffrey Lee who would be sentenced to death.  There is a film documentary of Jimmy Ellis’s life titled “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King” a production which also made to the stage.

The film is available on Netflix: (A few stills from the documentary)

Jimmy Ellis with Father and Ranch Hands

Jimmy – Tall in Back Row as a Teen

Elvis Sightings

Spurned on in part by the “Orion” landing – Elvis was always just around the corner:

Orion Discography

As Jimmy Ellis:

Dradco 45 905 – “Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch/Love Is But A Love – 1964

(According to Ellis in the fine documentary “Orion The Man Who Would Be King” only 500 copies were pressed on the tiny Dradco label out of Kibbee, Georgia.
Capricorn records offered to pick it up but Jimmy’s parents would not consent)

Sun 45 1129 – That’s All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky
(Canadian Release shown – This is the 45 released by Shelby Singleton prior to bringing in Jimmy Ellis several years later – and prior to the creation of the “Orion” name) thus the question mark.)

MCA 45 40060 – There Ya Go/Here Comes That Feeling Again – 1973

Boblo 45 518 – The Closer He Gets/It’s You Again – 1976

Boblo 45 526 – Tupelo Woman/Just Out of Reach – 1977

Boblo 45 531 – Here Comes That Wonderful Feeling/There You Go – 1977

Boblo 45 532 – My Baby’s Out of Sight/Movin’ On – 1977

Boblo 45 536 – I’m Not Trying To Be Like Elvis/Games You’ve Been Playing – 1978

Boblo LP 78-829 – Jimmy Ellis Sings Elvis – 1978

Orion Discography on Sun International and Beyond

Sun 45 1142 – Honey/Ebony Eyes – Charted Country – #89 (both sides) – 1979

Sun 45 1147 – Before the Next Teardrop Falls/Washing Machine – 1979

Sun 45 1148 – Silent Night/Remember Bethlehem – 1979

Sun 45 1151 – Be Bop A Lula (with Jerry Lee Lewis)/Breakup (with Charlie Rich) – 1980

Sun 45 1152 – A Stranger In My Place/It Ain’t No Mystery – Charted Country #69 – 1980

Sun 45 1153 – Texas Tea/Faded Love – Charted Country #68 – 1980

Sun 45 1156 – Am I That Easy to Forget/Crazy Arms – Charted Country #65 – 1980

Sun 45 1159 – Rockabilly Rebel/Memphis Sun – Charted Country #63 – 1981

Sun 45 1162 – Crazy Little Thing Called Love/Matchbox – Charted Country #79 – 1981

Sun 45 1165 – Born/If I Can’t Have You – Charted Country #76 – 1981

Sun 45 1170 – Some You Win, Some You Lose/Ain’t No Good – Charted Country #83 – 1981

Sun 45 1175 – Morning, Noon and Night/Honky Tonk Heaven – Charted Country #69 & 70 – 1982

Sun 45 1177 – Listen to Daddy/Remember Bethlehem

Sun LP 144 – “Feelings”

Sun LP 148 – “Stars Alabama”

Sun LP 1012 – “Reborn”

Sun LP 1017 – “Sunrise”

Sun 1021 – “Rockabilly”

Sun LP 1025 – “Glory”

Sun LP 1028 – “Fresh”

Suffolk LP 1-27K – Orion – “20 All Time Favorites” – 1981

Gusto LP 0081 – (With other artists) – “Trucks, Trains & Airplanes” – 1982

Kristal 45 2292/2308 – I’m Saving Up My Pennies/I’m Starting Over – 1985

Kristal 2338/2339 – 100 Pounds of Clay/Because He Lives – 1985

Southern Tracks 45 1069 – Thank God For America/I Make the Living (You Make the Loving Worth While) – 1986

Southern Tracks 45 1080 – Sunday’s Fathers/Thank God For America – 1987

Radio Active Records 45 18772 – Unchained Melody/Unchained Melody – 1987

Vulcan 45 1060 – Down In Mississippi/Down In Mississippi – 1987

Orchid of Memphis 45 520 – Lay Around And Love On You/I Need You In My Life – 1989

45 Stargem 2465 – Only A Woman Like You/Only A Woman Like You – 1990

Stargem 45 2469/2470 – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/Plastic Saddle – 1990

Stargem 45 2502/2503 – Love It Back Together/If That Isn’t Love – 1990

Glimmer Films EP 1000 – “Orion The Man Who Would be King” – 2016

 

The Sun Continues to Shine Anymore

September 20, 2017
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Sam Phillips – Rock and Roll’s God Father

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Good old Sam Phillips at Sun Records.  Thank goodness he had the insight and tenacity to stick with his love of music and for having an ear for ‘that different kind of music’ which would help shape the future for what would become known as rock and roll.Image result for sam phillips

Sam Phillips was born on January 5th, 1923 in Florence, Alabama Samuel Cornelius Phillips.

Phillips first journey into the world of music was to work as a disc jockey in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (early 1940’s) before finding his way to Memphis, Tennessee landing a production job at a recording company.

His first recordings were generally blues musicians, with Phillips selling the tracks to record labels (including the Bihari brothers in Los Angeles and a bit later to the Chess brothers in Chicago).

He launched his own label – Sun – in 1952.  Tons of musicians paraded through the studio and his labels released a plethora of singles for over one-and-a-half decades.

The Sun story has been oft-told – is very well documented and nothing further needs to be added to the mix here.

One very interesting publication which came out awhile back was “Memphis Belles – The Women of Sun Records” by Hank Davis – which has been reviewed here previously.  That one is definitely worth a purchase – delving into a previously ignored subject – the women who passed through the Sun Studios (the book is chock full of great historic photos of these remarkable rocking women).

On this page I’ve presented a graphic discography of the the Sun long plays as well as the fun extended plays (extended plays are always a lot of fun).  And no, none of Sam Phillip’s women made it onto the longer format recordings. Sad.

Sun Records was sold by Sam in 1969 (the same year Chess Records was sold) to Shelby Singleton of Mercury Records.  Sun continued to release material from it’s vast master vaults in long play formats and digital formats – long after the passing of the great Sun Records Era!

Sun Records continues to this day operating as the “Sun Entertainment Corporation”.  SEC has certainly taken advantage of their master vault packaging and re-packaging over and over with tons of releases throughout the world.  Very little U.S. Elvis Presley repackages on vinyl but some nice digital packages made available.  SEC today offers vinyl, merchandise under the banner “Sun Record Company” on their web site.

Click on the image below to visit their site.

Sam Phillips has the distinction of being the first non-performing figure inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987).  He is also in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, The Blues Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Well deserved.

Sam Phillips passed away on July 30th, 2003 at the age of 80.

Sun Record Label Long Play Discography

Earliest and original Sun LP’s displayed first followed by Post Sam Phillips releases after Singleton obtained the label masters.

Sun LP 1220 – Johnny Cash – “With His Hot and Blue Guitar”

Sun LP 1225 – Carl Perkins – “Dance Album”

Sun LP 1230 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Jerry Lee Lewis”

Sun LP 1235 – Johnny Cash – “Songs That Made Him Famous”

Sun LP 1240 – Johnny Cash – “Greatest!”

Sun LP 1245 – Johnny Cash – “Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams”

Sun LP 1250 – Various Artists – “Sun’s Gold Hits Volume 1”

Sun LP 1255 – Johnny Cash – “Now Here’s Johnny Cash”

Sun LP 1260 – Roy Orbision – “At the Rock House”

Sun LP 1265 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Jerry Lee’s Greatest!”

Sun LP 1270 – Johnny Cash – “All Aboard the Blue Train”

Sun LP 1270 – Johnny Cash – “Original Sun Sound”

Sun Records Original Sun-Era Extended Play Releases

Sun EP 107 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “The Great Ball of Fire”

Sun EP 108 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Volume 1”

Sun EP 109 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Volume 2”

Sun EP 110 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Volume 3”

Sun EP 111 – Johnny Cash – “Sings Hank Williams”

Sun EP 112 – Johnny Cash – “Country Boy”

Sun EP 113 – Johnny Cash – “I Walk The Line”

Sun EP 114 – Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two – “His Top Hits”

Sun EP 115 – Carl Perkins – “Blue Suede Shoes”

Sun EP 116 – Johnny Cash – “Home of the Blues”

Sun EP 117 – Johnny Cash – “So Doggone Lonesome”

 

Sun International Records – (Post Sam Phillips) Extended Play Discography

Sun International EP 114/115 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “A Taste of Country”

Sun International EP 118 – Johnny Cash – “The Legend”

Sun International EP 155 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “The Golden Featuring Jerry Lee Lewis”

Sun Subsidiary Label Phillips International – Original Sun-Era Long Play Discography

Phillips International LP 1951- Bill Justis and His Orchestra – “Cloud 9 – Far Out Tunes by Bill Justis”

Phillips International LP 1955 – Graham Forbes and the Trio – “The Martini Set”

Phillips International LP 1960 – Carl Mann – “Carl Mann Sings Like, Mann”

Phillips International LP 1965 – Chuck Foster – “At Hotel Peabody Overlooking Old Man River”

Phillips International LP – Charlie Rich – “Lonely Weekends”

Phillips International LP 1975 – Frank Frost with the Hawks – “Hey Boss Man!”

Phillips International LP 1980 – Eddie Bond – “Sings Greatest Country Gospel Hits”

Phillips International LP 1985 – Frank Ballard with Philips Reynolds Band – “Rhythm Blues Party”

Sun Records Long Play Discography – 100 Series

This series of Sun releases under the umbrellas of “Sun International” were released from 1969 into 1982.

Sun LP 100 – Johnny Cash – “Original Golden Hits Volume I”

Sun LP 101 – “Original Golden Hits Volume II”

Sun LP 102 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Original Golden Hits – Volume 1”

Sun LP 103 – Jerry Lee Lewis – Original Golden Hits – Volume 2″

Sun LP 104 – Johnny Cash – “Story Songs of the Trains and Rivers”

Sun LP 105 – Johnny Cash – “Get Rhythm”

Sun LP 106 – Johnny Cash – “Show Time”

Sun LP 107 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues”

Sun LP 108 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “The Golden Cream of the Country”

Sun LP 109 – Bill Justis – “Raunchy”

Sun LP 110 – Charlie Rich – “Lonely Weekends”

Sun LP 111 – Carl Perkins – “Original Golden Hits”

Sun LP 112 – Carl Perkins – “Blue Suede Shoes”

Sun LP 113 – Roy Orbison – “The Original Sound”

Sun LP 114 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “A Taste of Country”

Sun LP 115 – Johnny Cash – “The Singing Story Teller”

Sun LP 116 – Various Artists – “Original Memphis – Rock & Roll Vol. 1”

Sun LP 117 – The Gentrys – “Gentrys”

Sun LP 118 – Johnny Cash – “The Legend”

Sun LP 119 – Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis – “Sunday Down South”

Sun LP 120 – Various Artists – “Memphis Country”

Sun LP 121 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Ole Tyme Country Music”

Sun LP 122 – Johnny Cash – The Rough Cut King of Country Music”

Sun LP 123 – Charlie Rich – “A Time For Tears”

Sun LP 124 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Monsters”

Sun LP 125 – Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis – “Sing Hank Williams”

Sun LP 126 – Johnny Cash – “The Man, The World, His Music”

Sun LP 127 – Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two – “Original Golden Hits Volume III”

LP Sun 128 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Original Golden Hits Volume III”

Sun LP 130 – Sleepy Labeef – “The Bull’s Night Out”

Sun LP 131 – Leroy Van Dyke – “Golden Hits – The World’s Most Famous Auctioneer”

Sun LP 132 – Charlie Rich – “The Early Years”

LP 133 – Charlie Rich – “The Memphis Sound”

Sun LP 134 – Charlie Rich – “Golden Treasures”

Sun LP 135 – Charlie Rich – “Sun’s Best Of”

Sun LP 136 – Bobby Bare – “Greatest Hits”

Sun LP 138 – Sleepy LaBeef – “Western Gold”

Sun LP 139 – Johnny Cash – “Sings I Walk the Line”

Sun LP 140 – Johnny Cash – “Sings Folsom Prison Blues”

Sun LP 141 – Johnny Cash – “All Aboard The Blue Train”

Sun LP 143 – Bill Haley & The Comets – “Rock”

Sun LP – 144 – Orion – “Feelings”

Sun LP 145 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Roots”

Sun LP 146 – Jim Owen – “As Hank”

Sun L 147 – Johnny Cash – “Rockabilly”

Sun LP 148 – Johnny Cash/Jerry Lee Lewis/Carl Perkins/Orion – “Alabama”

Sun LP Discography – Miscellaneous Releases

These LP’s were released in the 1970’s into 1982

Sun LP (10-Inch) 801 – Various Artists – “Sun Country Rock and Roll”

Sun LP (10-Inch) 802 – Various Artists – “Sun Country Rock and Roll Vol. 2”

Sun LP 803 (10-Inch) – Various Artists – “Sun Country Rock ‘N’ Roll Vol. 3”

Sun LP 804 (10-Inch) – Various Artists – “Sun Country Rock ‘N’ Roll Vol. 4”

Sun LP 805 (10-Inch) – Various Artists – “Sun Country Rock ‘N” Roll Vol. 5″

Sun LP 901 – Johnny Cash – “The Sun Story Volume 1”

Sun LP 902 – Charlie Rich – “The Sun Story Volume 2”

Sun LP 903 – Carl Perkins – “The Sun Story Volume 3”

Sun LP 904 – “The Sun Story Volume 4”

Sun LP 905 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “The Sun Story Volume 5”

Sun LP 906 – Carl Mann – “The Sun Story Vol. 6”

Sun LP 1000 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Golden Rock and Roll”

Sun LP 1001 – Elvis Presley – “The Sun Years”

Sun LP 1002 – Johnny Cash – “Superbilly”

Sun LP 1003 – Charlie Rich – “20 Golden Hits”

Sun LP 1004 – Sleepy LaBeef – “Rockabilly 1977”

Sun LP 1006 – Johnny Cash – “The Original Johnny Cash”

Sun LP 1007 – Charlie Rich – “The Original Charlie Rich”

Sun LP 1010 – Various Artists – “Sun Rockabillies Volume One”

Sun LP 1011 – Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends – “Duets”

Sun LP 1012 – Orion – “Reborn”

Sun LP 1017 – Orion – “Sunrise”

Sun LP 1018 – Jerry Lee Lewis/Charlie Rich/Carl Perkins – “Trio”

Sun LP 1019 – Orion – “Country”

Sun LP 1019 – Various Artists – “Rock-A-Billy Blues”
(Duplicate catalog number)

Sun LP 1020 – Dave Dudley – “Interstate Gold”

Sun LP 1021 – Orion – “Rockabilly”

Sun LP 1022 – Rodney Lay – “Rockabilly Nuggets”

Sun LP 1023 – Willis Carlan and Willis – “Tin Roof”

Sun LP 1024 – Dave Dudley/Charlie Douglas – “Diesel Duets”

Sun LP 1025 – Orion – “Glory”

Sun LP 1027 – Rodney Lay – “Silent Partners”

Sun LP 1028 – Orion – “Fresh”

Sun LP 1033 – Various Artists – “Rockin’ Records Volume 2”

Sun LP 1034 – Various Artists – “Rockin’ Records Volume 3”

Sun LP 1038 – Various Artists – “Feel Like Rockin'”

Sun LP 2023 – Elvis Presley/Carl Perkins/Jerry Lee Lewis/Johnny Cash – “The Million Dollar Quartet”

Sun LP 2052 – Jerry Lee Lewis

Sun LP 2062 – Johnny Cash – “All Aboard the Blue Train”

Sun LP 2071 – Howlin’ Wolf – “Best of the Sun Records Sessions”

Sun LP 2079 – Johnny Cash – “Greatest!”

Sun LP 2084 – Carl Perkins – “Best of the Sun Records Sessions”

Sun LP 2453 – Various Artists – “Sam Phillips – The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll”

Sun LP 7061 – Various Artists – “Rockabilly Rebels Volume 1”

Sun LP 7062 – Various Artists – “Rockabilly Rebels Volume 2”

Sun LP 7063 – Various Artists – “Yellow Sun Blues Volume One”

Sun LP 7064 – Various Artists – “Rockabilly Rebels Volume 3”

Sun LP 7065 – Various Artists – “Rockabilly Rebels Volume 4”

Sun LP 7067 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Greatest”

Sun LP 70899 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Rare Tracks”

Chess and the LP Format

September 17, 2017
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Chess Long Play Records – The Bluesmen Label

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Following is a listing of Chess Long Plays from the first release on catalog number 1425 (the number signifying the Chess family’s early home address at 1425 South Karlov Avenue in the south side of Chicago.

According to Chess biographer Nadine Cohodas in her book “Spinning Blues Into Gold – The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records”, record companies were slow to press blues or rhythm and blues long plays primarily due to the fact that the black record buying public, especially in the South, did not own record players that would play the 33 1/3 speed.  In fact, the transition to 45 rpm was also a little slow for the same reason and so 78 rpm records continued to be pressed right into the late 1950’s in many cases.  Cohodas states that households throughout the south and the industrial north owned far more 78 rpm player models than multi-speed models.

Vintage rock and roll was most likely also slow to make it’s way onto the 12-inch long play format as well – and I suspect the reason could have been – in part – that putting an entire long play of songs by an artist that had a hit or two didn’t market well and the young buying public in the mid 1950’s probably didn’t have the fiscal means to obtain the long plays – at least not initially.  Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley (on the C

The first LP – Chess 1425 was released in December of 1956 – Chess long plays presented here are up through 1969 – a few after the sale of Chess to GRT in October, 1969.

Chess LP 1425 – Various Artists – “Rock, Rock, Rock”

(This LP was primarily distributed to radio stations – and could not be purchased in retail stores)

Chess LP 1426 – Chuck Berry – “After School Session”

Chess LP 1427 – Muddy Waters – “The Best of Muddy Waters”

Chess LP 1428 – Little Walter – “The Best of Little Walter”

Chess LP – Dale Hawkins – “Oh! Suzy-Q”

Chess LP 1430 – The Moonglows – “Look It’s the Moonglows”

Chess LP 1431 – Bo Diddley – “Bo Diddley”

Chess LP 1432 – Chuck Berry – “One Dozen Berrys”

Chess LP 1434 – Howlin’ Wolf – “Moanin’ in the Moonlight”

Chess LP 1435 – Chuck Berry – “Berry is on Top”

Chess LP 1438 – John Lee Hooker – “House of the Blues”

Chess LP 1439 – Various Artists – “Oldies in Hi-Fi”
(Interesting how early the term “Oldies” was being employed – On this LP in 1959 – Have to take a closer look to see when “Oldies” came into play)

Chess LP 1440 – Benny Goodman Orchestra/Quintet – “Benny Rides Again!”

(The Chess brothers were friends with Benny’s brothers and so the association with Benny and this LP)

Chess LP 1441 – Various Artists – “Bunch of Goodies”

Chess LP 1442 – Gene Ammons – “Soulful Saxophone”

Chess LP 1444 – Muddy Waters – “Sings Big Bill”

Chess LP 1445 – Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt – “Jug and Sonny”

Chess LP 1446 – Various Artists – “Walkin’ By Myself”

Chess LP 1447 – Moms Mabley – “The Funniest Woman in the World”

Moms Mabley came to Chess through record industry acquaintance  Ralph Bass – an A&R man from Federal Records

Chess LP 1448 – Chuck Berry – “Rockin’ at the Hops”

Chess LP 1449 – Muddy Waters – “At Newport”

Chess LP 1450 – Patsy Abbott – “Have I Had You Before”

Chess LP 1451 – Pigmeat Markham – “The Trial”

Chess LP 1453 – Little Miss Cornshucks

Chess LP 1454 – John Lee Hooker – “Plays & Sings the Blues”

Chess LP 1455 – Memphis Slim

Chess LP 1456 – Chuck Berry – “New Juke Box Hits”

Chess LP 1458 – Various Artists – “Murray Te K’s Golden Gassers”

Chess LP 1460 – Moms Mabley – “At the Playboy Club”

Chess LP 1461 – Various Artists – “Murray the K’s Blasts From the Past”

Chess LP 1462 – Pigmeat Markham – “Pigmeat at the Party”

Chess LP 1463 – Moms Mabley – “At Geneva Conference”

Chess LP 1464 – Jimmy McCracklin – “Sings”

Chess LP 1465 – Chuck Berry – “Twist”

Chess LP 1467 – Pigmeat Markham – “Anything Goes”

Chess LP 1468 – Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam

Chess LP 1469 – Howlin’ Wolf

Chess LP 1470 – Various Artists – “Murray the K’s Gassers for Submarine Race Watchers”

Chess LP 1471 – Bobby Lester and the Moonglows – “The Best Of”

Chess LP 1472 – Moms Mabley – “Breaks It Up”

Chess LP 1473 – Dave Baby Cortez – “Rinky-Dink”

Chess LP 1474 – Various Artists – “Treasure Tunes From the Vault” (Radio Station WLS Version)
(Not sold in retail stores – other station version covers were made)

Chess LP 1475 – Pigmeat Markham – “The World’s Greatest Clown”

Chess LP 1476 – Various Artists – “Dance Tunes From The Vault Volume 2”

Chess LP 1477 – Moms Mabley – “Young Men Si Old Men No”

Chess LP 1478 – Various Artists – “Groups of Goodies”

Chess LP – Moms Mabley – “I Got Somethin’ To Tell You!”

Chess LP 1480 – Chuck Berry – “On Stage”

Chess LP 1481 – Slappy White – “At the Club Harlem”

Chess LP 1482 – Moms Mabley – “The Funny Sides of Moms Mabley”

Chess LP 1483 – Muddy Waters – “Folk Singer”

Chess LP 1484 – Pigmeat Markham – “Open the Door Richard”

Chess LP 1485 – Chuck Berry – “Greatest Hits”

Chess LP – Moms Mabley – “Moms Wows”

Chess LP 1487 – Moms Mabley and Pigmeat Markham – “The Best Of Volume One”

Chess LP 1488 – Chuck Berry – “St. Louis to Liverpool”

Chess LP 1489 – Miss Jackie Ross – “Full Bloom”

Chess LP 1490 – Johnny Watson – “Blues Soul”

Chess LP 1491 – Various Artists – “Groups Of Goodies Vol. 2”

Chess LP 1492 – Mitty Collier – “Shades of a Genius”

Chess LP 1493 – Pigmeat Markham – “Mr. Funny Man!”

Chess LP 1494 – Clay Tyson – “Up Tight – Live at the Howard Theater, Washington D.C.”

Chess LP 1495 – Chuck Berry – “In London”

Chess LP 1496 – Billy Stewart – “I Do Love You”

Variation Cover

Chess LP 1497 – Moms Mabley – “The Men In My Life”

Chess LP 1498 – Chuck Berry – “Fresh Berry’s”

Chess LP 1499 – Billy Stewart – “Unbelievable”

Chess LP – Pigmeat Markham – “This’ll Kill Ya!”

Chess LP 1501 -Muddy Waters – “The Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1502 – Howlin’ Wolf – “The Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1503 – Sonny Boy Williamson – “The Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1504 – Moms Mabley & Pigmeat Markham – “One More Time”

Chess LP 1505 – Pigmeat Markham – “If You Can’t Be Good, Be Careful!”

Chess LP 1506 – Herb Lance – “The Comeback”

Chess LP 1507 – Muddy Waters – “And the Blues”

Chess LP 1508 – John Lee Hooker – “The Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1509 – Sonny Boy Williamson – “More Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1510 – Memphis Slim – “The Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1511 – Muddy Waters – “More Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1512 – Howling Wolf – “More Real Folk Blues”

Chess LP 1513 – Billy Stewart – “Teaches Old Standards New Tricks”

Chess LP 1514 – Chuck Berry – “Golden Decade”

Chess LP 1515 – Pigmeat Markham – “Mr. Vaudeville”

Chess LP 1516 – The Baroques

Chess LP 1517 – Pigmeat Markham – “Save Your Soul, Baby”

Chess LP 1518 – Charlie Chalmers – “Sax and the Single Girl”

Chess LP 1519 – Wayne Cochran

Chess LP 1520 – The Petal Pushers

Chess LP – Pigmeat Markham – “Backstage”

Chess LP – Various Artists – “Heavy Heads”

Chess LP – Pigmeat Markham – “Here Comes the Judge”

Chess LP 1524 – Ben Branch & The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir – “The Last Request”

Chess LP 1525 – Moms Mabley – “Breaks Up the Network”

Chess LP 1526 – Pigmeat Markham – “Tune Me In”

Chess LP – Buddy Guy – “Left My Blues in San Francisco”

Chess LP 1529 – Pigmeat Markham – “The Hustlers”

Chess LP – Moms Mabley – “Moms Sings Mabley”

Chess LP 1531 – Various Artists – “Fathers and Sons”

Chess LP 1532 – Koko Taylor

Chess LP 1533 – Various Artists – “Blues from Big Bills Cpa Cabana”

Chess LP – Pigmeat Markham – “Pigmeat’s Bag”

Chess LP 1535 – Little Walter – “Hate To See You Go”

Chess LP 1536 – Sonny Boy Williamson – “Bummer Road”

Chess LP 1537 – Elmore James/John Brim – “Whose Muddy Shoes”

Chess LP 1538 – Albert King/Otis Rush – “Door to Door”

Chess LP 1539 – Muddy Waters – “Sail On”

Chess LP 1540 – Howlin’ Wolf – “Evil”

Chess LP 1544 – Various Artists – “Pop Origins Volume One”

Chess LP 1545 – The Zeet Band – “Moogie Woogie”

Chess LP 1546 – Various Artists – “Souled Out”

Chess LP 1547 – Billy Stewart – “Remembered”

Chess LP 1548 – Joann Garrett – “Just a Taste”

Chess LP – “Chess/Checker LP Sampler”

Not sold in retail stores