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Rock-a-Billy/Rock/Rhythm & Blues Pioneers from the 1950’s on 78 RPM

The guys and gals who kicked it off – rock-a-billy – R&B – and straight ahead rock and roll listed here on 78 rpm discs.

Johnny Ace – Duke – 1952

(John Marshall Alexander Jr. – Memphis, Tennessee)

Faye Adams – Herald – 1953

(Fanny Tuell – Newark, New Jersey)

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Marie Adams – Peacock – 1952

(Ollie Marie Givens)

Lee Allen – Ember – 1958

(Lee Francis Allen – Pittsburgh, Kansas)

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Eddie Arnold – RCA Victor – 1954

(Richard Edward Arnold – Henderson, Tennessee – “The Tennessee Plowboy”)

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Charline Arthur – RCA Victor – 1955

(Texas)

Sil Austin – Mercury – 1956

(Sylvester Austin – Dunnelion, Florida)

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Lavern Baker – Atlantic – 1956

(Delores Williams – Chicago, Illinois)

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Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – King – 1958

(John Henry Kendricks – Detroit, Michigan)

Otto Bash with the Rhythm Rockers – Hidus – 1955

(Otto Edward Bash)

Bill Beach – King – 1950

(William Beach – Glencoe, Kentucky)

THE BEL-LARKS – RANSOM – 1963

(Syracuse, New York – Formed 1958 – Eric Simmons Jr., Robert Reese, Frederick Simmons and Robbert Baggett – Roselind Allen would join later )

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Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys – Teen – 1955

(Ferdinando Dominick Bello – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Jesse Belvin – Specialty – 1952

(Texarkana, Texas)

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Boyd Bennett & His Rockets – King – 1955

(Boyd Byron Bennett – Muscle Shoals, Alabama)

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Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones – ABC-Paramount – 1957

(Spartanburg, South Carolina – The Sparkletones were high school classmates)

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Chuck Berry – Chess – 1955

(Charles Edward Anderson Berry – St. Louis, Missouri)

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Big Maybelle – OKeh – 1952

(Mabel Louise Smith – Jackson, Tennessee)

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Bill & Loretta & The Saddlemen – Holiday – 1951

(Bill Haley and Loretta Glendening)

THE BLUE JAYS – CHECKER – 1953

(Oakwood Park, Chicago – Personnel unknown – See the “Doo-Wop Blog” for listing

THE BLUE JAYS – MILESTONE – 1961

(Los Angeles, California – Leon Peels, Van Earl Richardson, Alexander Manigo and Leonard Davidson – “Lover’s Island” would be their only charting record – reaching number 31 Hot 100 but failing to reach the R&B charts)

The Bobbettes – Atlantic – 1957

(East Harlem, New York – first called “The Harlem Queens”

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Eddie Bond & His Stompers – Mercury – 1955

(Memphis, Tennessee)

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Bonnie Lou – King – 1955

(Mary Joan Okum – Towanda, Illinois)

The Boogie Ramblers – Goldband – 1955

(Louisiana)

Earl Bostic – King – 1950

(Eugene Earl Bostic – Tulsa, Oklahoma)

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Jimmy Bowen – Roulette – 1957

(James Albert Bowen – Santa Rita, New Mexico – a member of “The Orchids”)

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Chuck Bowers – Choice – 1956

(Arkansas)

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Tiny Bradshaw – King – 1952

(Myron Carlton Bradshaw – Youngstown, Ohio)

Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Chess – 1951

(Clarksdale, Mississippi – was a member of Ike Turner’s “Kings of Rhythm”

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Lillian Brooks – Epic – 1955

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Ted Brooks – Decca – 1956

(Theodore Brooks – sang with several gospel groups including “The Gospel Four” – Brooks 2nd from left top)

“Big Bill Broonzy – Mercury – 1951

(Lee Conley Bradley – Chicago, Illinois)

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James Brown with the Famous Flames – Federal – 1956

(James Joseph Brown – Barnwell, South Carolina)

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Nappy Brown – Savoy – 1955

(Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp – Charlotte, North Carolina)

Roy Brown – De Luxe – 1950

(Roy James Brown – Kinder, Louisiana)

Ruth Brown – Atlantic – 1953

(Ruth Alston Brown Weston – Portsmouth, Virginia)

Edwin Bruce – Sun – 1957

(William Edwin Bruce, Jr. – Keiser, Arkansas)

Sonny Burgess – Sun – 1956

(Albert Austin Burgess – Newport, Arkansas)

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Johnny Burnette & His Rock & Roll Trio – Coral – 1956

(John Joseph Burnette – Memphis, Tennessee – Dorsey Burnette – Memphis, Tennesse – Paul Burlison – Brownville, Tennessee)

Freddie Burns & His Ranch Boys – Star Talent – 1950

The Cadillacs – Josie – 1955

(Harlem, New York)

THE CARDINALS – ATLANTIC

(Baltimore, Maryland – Ernie Warren, Leon Hardy, Donald Johnson, Jack Aydelotte – Charted three times on the R&B Charts with “The Door Is Still Open” their highest charting record at number 4 in 1955)

 

Johnny Cash & The Tennessees Two – Sun – 1955

(John R. Cash – Kingsland, Arkansas)

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The Chantels – End – 1957

(The Bronx – New York)

Jean Chapel – Sun – 1956

(Opal Jean Amburgey – Neon, Kentucky)

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Bobby Charles – Chess – Later Alligator – 1955

(Robert Charles Guidry – Abbeville, Louisiana)

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Ray Charles – Atlantic – 1953

(Ray Charles Robinson – Albany, Georgia)

The Charms – Rockin’ – 1953

(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Harry Choates – Macy’s Recordings – 1950

(Rayne, Louisiana)

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Eugene Church – Class – 1958

(St. Louis, Missouri)

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Don Churchill & His Texas Mavericks – 4 Star – 1952

Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets – Ace – 1958

(Raceland, Louisiana)

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Sanford Clark – MCI – 1956

(Tulsa, Oklahoma)

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Joe Clay – Vik – 1956

(Claiborne Joseph Cheramie – Gretna, Louisiana)

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The Clovers – Atlantic – 1951

(Washington D.C.)

Eddie Cochran – Liberty – 1957

(Ray Edward Cochran – Albert Lea, Minnesota)

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Jackie Lee Cochran – Brunswick (UK) – 1957

(Dalton, Georgia)

Curley Cole – Gilt-Edge – 1952

The Collins Kids – Columbia – 1955

Lawrencine “Laurie” and Lawrence “Larry” Collins – Reno, Nevada)

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The Colts – Vita – 1955

(Bakersfield, California)

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The Commanders – Decca – 1955

Sam Cooke – Specialty – 1957

(Samuel Cook – Clarksdale, Mississippi)

Cowboy Copas – King – 1947

(Lloyd Estel Copas – Blue Creek, Ohio)

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The Coronets – Chess – 1953

(Cleveland, Ohio)

The Crickets – Brunswick – 1957

(Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly and Joe B. Mauldin – Lubbock, Texas)

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THE CROWS – RAMA – 1953

(Harlem, New York – Daniel Norton, Harold Major, Bill Davis, Gerald Hamilton and Mark Jackson – Had one R&B Chart Hit – the very popular “Gee” which reached number 2 R&B and number 14 on Pop Charts in 1954)

Mac Curtis – King – 1956

(Wesley Erwin Curtis Jr. – Fort Worth, Texas)

The Danderliers – States – 1955

(Chicago, Illinois)

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Danny & the Juniors – ABC-Paramount – 1957

(Danny Rapp, Joe Terry, David White and Frank Maffel – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – started off as the “Juvenaires”

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Larry Darnell – Regal – 1950

(Leo Edward Donald, Jr. – Columbus, Ohio)

Bob Davies & the Rhythm Jesters – Rama – 1957

(Robert Davis)

Link Davis – Starday – 1957

(Lewis Lincoln Davis – Sunset, Texas)

Margie Day – Dot – 1951

(Margie Hoeffler – Norfolk, Virginia)

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Larry Dean – Rich-R’-Tone – 1952

Jimmy Dee & The Offbeats – Offbeat – 1957

(Kansas)

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The Del Vikings – Mercury – 1957

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Lorrae Desmond & Her Rebels – Parlophone (UK) – 1957

Jimmy Dickens – Columbia – 1955

(James Cecil Dickens – Bolt, West Virginia)

Bo Diddley – Checker – 1955

(Ellas Otha Bates – McComb, Mississippi)

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Varetta Dillard – Savoy – 1951

(Harlem, New York)

THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS – PEACOCK – 1957

(Greenville, South Carolina – A gospel group – I’ve included them here due to their influence on many vocal groups who would follow – They formed in 1928 – Original members James B. Davis, Barney Parks, Ira Tucker – They selected their name based on the hummingbird being “the only bird that could fly both backwards and forwards – since that was hour our career seemed to be going…”)

Floyd Dixon – Aladdin – 1950

(Jay Riggins, Jr – Marshall, Texas)

Bill Doggett – King – 1953

(William Ballard Doggett – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Jackie Doll & His Pickled Peppers – Mercury – When They Drop the Atomic Bomb

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Fats Domino – Imperial – 1951

(Antoine Domino Jr. – New Orleans, Louisiana)

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The Dominoes – Federal – 1950

(New York City, New York)

Don & Dewey – Specialty – 1957

(Dewey Terry and Don Harris – both born in Pasadena, California)

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Glenn Douglas – Decca – 1956

The Drifters – Atlantic – 1954

(New York City, New York)

Dave Dudley – King – 1955

(David Darwin Pedruska – Spencer, Wisconsin)

Roy Duke – Mart – 1957

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THE EAGLES – CITATION -1951

(Washington D.C. – Formed in the early 1950’s: Group included Flash Griner the lead singer – Releasing 3 singles in the early 1950’s none charted

Jack Earls & The Jimbos – Sun – 1956

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Jimmy Edwards – Mercury – 1957

(James Arthur Edwards – Chiswick, England)

Tommy Edwards – MGM – 1951

(Thomas James Edwards – Richmond, Virginia)

The Eldorados – Vee Jay – 1954

(Chicago, Illinois)

Billy “The Kid” Emerson – Sun – 1954

(William Robert Emerson – Tarpon Springs, Florida)

The Esquire Boys – Nickelodeon – 1953

The Everly Brothers – 1957

(Isaac Donald Everly and Phillip Everly – Muhlenberg County, Kentucky)

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Werly Fairburn – Savoy – 1957

THE FALCONS – UNART – 1959

(Detroit, Michigan – Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice, Joe Stubbs, Willie Schofield – Wilson Pickett would come on later in 196)

Charlie Feathers – Sun – 1955

(Charles Arthur Feathers – Holly Springs, Mississippi)

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THE FEATHERS – ALADDIN – 1954

(Los Angeles, California – Johnny Staton, Louis Staton, Johnny Harris, Don Harris and Mitchell Alexander – Johnny Staton shown below with a later group – “The Individuals” – The Feathers did not chart

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H-Bomb Ferguson – Savoy – 1952

(Robert Princeton Ferguson – Charleston, South Carolina)

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Al Ferrier – Excello – 1957

(Alfous Glenn Ferrier – Montgomery, Louisiana)

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Sonny Fisher – Starday – 1955

(Therman Fisher – Chandler, Texas)

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The Five Keys – Aladdin – 1951

(Newport News, Virginia)

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The Five Royales – Apollo – 1952

(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

THE FLAMINGOS – CHANCE – 1953

(Chicago, Illinois – Formed in 1953: Nate Nelson, Zeke Carey, Jake Carey, Paul Wilson and Johnny Carter – The Flamingos charted R&B 9 times with “I Only Have Eyes For You” reaching number 3 R&B and number 11 Hot 100 – Seven of their songs reached the Hot 100)

 

Red Foley – Decca – 1956

(Clyde Julian Foley – Blue Lick, Kentucky)

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The Four Blazes – United – 1952

(Chicago, Illinois)

The Four Buddies – Savoy – 1950

(Baltimore, Maryland)

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Blind Boy Fuller – Columbia – 1947

(Fulton Allen – Wadesboro, North Carolina)

Johnny Fuller – Imperial – 1956

(Edwards, Mississippi)

Lowell Fulson – Swing Time – 1950

(Atoka, Oklahoma)

Gene & Eunice – Combo – 1955

(Forest Gene Wilson – San Antonio, Texas and Eunice Levy – Texarkana, Texas)

Hal Goodson & The Raiders – Solo – 1957

(Texas)

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Curtis Gordon – RCA Victor – 1953

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Roscoe Gordon – RPM – 1951

(Memphis, Tennessee)

Lou Graham – Gotham – 1952

(Lou Graham Lyerly – North Carolina)

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Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell – Starday – 1955

(Rudolph Paiz Jimenez – Saspamco, Texas)

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Dewey Grooms & His Texas Longhorns – Imperial – 1949

Guitar Slim – Imperial – 1951

(Edward Jones – Greenwood, Mississippi)

Red Hadley’s Wranglers – Meteor – 1955

Hardrock Gunter – Decca – 1951

(Sidney Louis Gunter, Jr. – Birmingham, Alabama)

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Bill Haley with Haley’s Comets – Essex – 1953

(William John Clifton Haley – Highland Park, Michigan)

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Roy Hall ( & Alley Cats) – Decca – 1955

(James Faye Hall – Big Stone, Virginia)

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Doug Harden and the Desert Suns – Hummingbird – 1956

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Harmonica Frank – Chess – 1951

(Frank Floyd – Toccopola, Mississippi)

Ray Harris – Sun – 1956

(Tupelo, Mississippi)

Wynonie Harris – King – 1950

(Los Angeles, California)

Wilbert Harrison – Savoy – 1954

(Wilbert Huntington Harrison – Charlotte, North Carolina)

Dale Hawkins – Chess – 1957

(Delmar Allen Hawkins – St. Mary Parish, Louisiana)

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THE HAWKS – IMPERIAL – 1954

(New Orleans, Louisiana – This group was put together by Dave Bartholomew – the trumpet player, and co-composer for Fats Domino – group included Allen “Fat Man” Matthews, Albert Veal, Buddy Morris, Willie Thrower and Joe Gaines – The group evolved out of another New Orleans group “The Harmonizing Four” – The Hawks did not find their way onto any of the national charts.)

(Photo from Marv Goldberg’s Site)

Linda Hayes – Recorded in Hollywood – 1952

(Berta Williams – Linden, New Jersey)

WILLIE HEADON & THE FIVE BIRDS – AUTHENTIC – 1956

(Don’t know much about Headon and these Birds – Headon was backed at one time by The Penguins)

The Hearts – Baton – 1955

(New York, New York)

Bobby Helms – Speed – 1955

(Robert Lee Helms – Harrisburg, Indiana)

Al Hibbler – Atlantic – 1950

(Tyro, Mississippi)

 

Ersel Hickey – Epic (Canada) – 1958

(Brighton, New York)

Chuck Higgins – Aladdin – 1953

(Charles William Higgins – Gary, Indiana)

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Buddy Holly – Coral – 1957

(Charles Harden Holley – Lubbock, Texas)

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Earl Hooker – Rockin’ – 1953

(Earl Zebedee Hooker – Quitman County, Mississippi)

John Lee Hooker – Sensation – 1950

(Tulwiler, Mississippi)

Lightning Hopkins – Aladdin – 1950

(Samuel John Hopkins – Centerville, Texas)

Johnny Horton – Mercury – 1953

(John LaGale Horton – Los Angeles, California)

Walter “Mumbles” Horton – Modern – 1951

(Horn Lake, Mississippi)

Joe Houston – Macy’s – 1951

(Joseph Abraham Houston – Long Beach, California)

Howlin’ Wolf – Chess – 1954

(Chester Arthur Burnett – White Station, Mississippi)

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Ivory Joe Hunter – King – 1950

(Kirbyville, Texas)

The Isley Brothers – Gone – 1958

(Cincinnatti, Ohio – Ronald, Ernie, Rudolph, O’Kelly, Vernon and Marvin Isley with Chris Jasper)

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Bull Moose Jackson – King – 1950

(Benjamin Clarence Jackson – Cleveland, Ohio)

Wanda Jackson – Capitol – 1957

(Wanda Lavone Jackson – Maud, Oklahoma)

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Elmo James – Trumpet – 1951

(Elmore Brooks – Richland, Mississippi)

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Etta James & The Peaches – Modern – 1955

(Jamesetta Hawkins – Los Angeles, California)

Jesse James & All the Boys – 4 Star – 1952

Jesse & Marvin – Specialty – 1952

(Jesse Belvin & Marvin Phillips – Los Angeles, California)

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Little Willie John – King – 1956

(William Edward John – Cullendale, Arkansas)

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Lonnie Johnson – King – 1950

(Alonzo Johnson – New Orleans, Louisiana)

Corky Jones – Pep – 1956

(Buck Owens – Alvis Edward Owens Jr. – Sherman, Texas)

George Jones – Starday – 1954

(George Glenn Jones – Saratoga, Texas)

Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – Decca – 1950

(Louis Thomas Jordan – Brinkley, Arkansas)

Bill Justis – Phillips International – 1957

(William Everett Justis Jr. – Birmingham, Alabama)

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B. B. King – RPM – 1951

(Riley B. King – Bena, Mississippi)

King Charles – Folk Star – 1956

Baker Knight – Decca (UK) – 1957

(Thomas Baker Knight Jr., – Birmingham, Alabama)

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Sonny Knight – Aladdin – 1953

(Joseph Coleman Smith – Maywood, Illinois)

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Buddy Knox – Roulette – 1957

(Buddy Wayne Knox – Happy, Texas)

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THE LARKS – APOLLO – 1951

(Wilson, North Carolina – Formed in 1951: Eugene Mumford, Raymond Barnes, Thermon Ruth, Alden Burns, David McNeil – Charted twice R&B – with “Eyesight to the Blind being their biggest hit reaching number 5. – These are not the 1960’s  “Larks”)

Brenda Lee – Decca – 1957

(Brenda Mae Tarpley – Atlanta, Georgia)

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Dickey Lee & The Collegiates – Sun – 1957

(Royden Dickey Lipscomb – Memphis, Tennessee – composed “She Thinks I Still Care” recorded by George Jones)

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Jerry Lee Lewis – Sun – 1957

(Fernday, Louisiana)

Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers – Specialty – 1953

(Joseph Christopher Liggins Jr. – Seminole, Oklahoma)

Little Richard – Specialty – 1955

(Richard Wayne Penniman – Macon, Georgia)

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Little Walter & His Jukes – Checker – 1954

(Marion Walter Jacobs – Marksville, Louisiana)

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Jimmie Logsdon – Decca – 1954

(James Lloyd Logsdon – Panther, Kentucky)

Trini Lopez – King – 1959

(Trinidad Lopez III – Dallas, Texas – First band was “The Big Beats”)

Bobby Lord – Columbia – 1956

(Robert L. Lord – Sanford, Florida)

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Willie Mabon – Chess – 1954

(Willie James Mabon – Hollywood, Tennessee)

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Bill Mack – Imperial – 1952

(Shamrock, Texas)

Warner Mack – Decca – 1957

(Warner McPherson – Nashville, Tennessee)

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Carl Mann – London (UK) – 1959

(Huntingdon, Tennessee)

The Marigolds – Excello – 1955

(Nashville, Tennessee – all members had been inmates in the Tennessee State Prison)

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Mitzi Mars – Checker – 1953

Grady Martin – Festival (Australia) – 1957

(Thomas Grady Martin – Chapel Hill, Tennessee)

Janis Martin – RCA Victor – 1956

(Janis Darlene Martin – Sutherlin, Virginia)

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Percy Mayfield – Specialty – 1950

(Minden, Louisiana)

Jimmy McCracklin & His Blues Blasters – 1950

(James David Walker Jr., – Elaine, Arkansas)

Skeets McDonald – Capitol – 1956

(Enos William McDonald – Greenway, Arkansas)

Edna McGriff – Jubilee – 1952

(Tampa, Florida)

Clyde McPhatter – Atlantic – 1955

(Clyde Lensley McPhatter – Durham, North Carolina)

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THE MEADOWLARKS – DOOTO – 1955 (WITH DON JULIAN)

(Los Angeles, California – Leader Don Julian would later form “The Larks” of “The Jerk” fame from the 1960’s which are Posted here as well.  Though quite popular in in local markets, the Meadowlarks failed to place any songs on any national charts – Members of the Meadowlarks included Earl Jones and Ronald Barrrett).

Memphis Minnie – Columbia – 1948

(Lizzie Douglas – Algiers, Louisiana)

Memphis Slim – Master – 1950

(John Peter Chatman – Memphis, Tennessee)

Mercy Baby – Ace – 1957

(Julius W. Mullins – Rawl Springs, Mississippi)

Lucky Millinder – King – 1950

(Lucius Venable Millinder – Anniston, Alabama)

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Roy Milton – Specialty – 1950

(Roy Bunny Milton – Wynnewood, Oklahoma)

The Moonglows – Chance – 1953

(Cleveland, Ohio)

The Frank Moore Four – Embassy – 1955

Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Aladdin – 1951

(Johnny Dudley Moore – Los Angeles, California)

Merrill Moore – Capitol – 1953

(Merrill Everett Moore – Algona, Iowa)

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Sparkle Moore – Fraternity – 1956

(Barbara Morgan – Omaha, Nebraska)

George Morgan – Columbia – 1950

(George Thomas Morgan – Waverly, Tennessee)

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Rocket Morgan – Zynn – 1959

(Rodderick C. Morgan)

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Vance Morris & His Alabama Play Boys – Nashboro – 1959

Roy Moss – Mercury – 1956

(Plainview, Arkansas)

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Moon Mullican & His Rockets – King 1956

(Aubrey Wilson Mullican – Pine County, Texas)

Ricky Nelson – Verve – 1957

(Eric Hilliard Nelson – Teaneck, New Jersey)

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Hoyle Nix – Queen – 1955

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The Nutmegs – Herald – 1955

(New Haven, Connecticut)

Johnny Olenn & The Jokers – TNT – 1956

Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings – Sun – 1956

(Roy Kelton Orbison – Vernon, Texas)

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THE ORIOLES – JUBILEE – 1952

(Baltimore, Maryland – They formed in 1948: Sonny Til, Alexander Sharp, George Nelson, Johnny Reed and Tommy Gaither – Placed 11 songs on the R&B Charts with three number one songs – “Crying in the Chapel was their biggest hit remaining at number 1 for 5 weeks R&B and going to number 11 Hot 100.)

Johnny Otis – Savoy – 1950

(Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes – Vallejo, California)

Little Junior Parker & the Blue Flames – Sun – 1953

(Herman Parker – Bobo, Mississippi)

Bunny Paul – Essex – 1954

(Detroit, Michigan)

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THE PENGUINS – DOOTONE – 1954

(Los Angeles, California – Formed in 1953: Cleveland Duncan, Dexter Tisby, Bruce Tate, Curtis Williams – Charted twice on the R&B charts with the monster hit “Earth Angel” going to number 1 R&B and number 8 Pop Charts)

 

Carl Perkins – Sun – 1955

(Carl Lee Perkins – Tiptonville, Tennessee

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Earl Peterson – Sun – 1954

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Piano Red – RCA Victor – 1950

(William Lee Perryman – Hamton, Georgia)

Webb Pierce – 4 Star – 1952

(Michael Webb Pierce – West Monroe, Louisiana)

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Barbara Pittman – Sun – 1956

(Memphis, Tennessee)

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The Platters – Federal – 1954

(Los Angeles, California)

Doug Poindexter and the Starlite Wranglers – Sun – 1954

(Douglas Winston Poindexter – Vanndale, Arkansas)

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Elvis Presley – Sun – 1954

(Elvis Aaron Presley – Tupelo, Mississippi)

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Jimmy Preston & His Prestonians – Gotham – 1949

(James Alfred Smith Preston – Chester, Pennsylvania)

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Terry Preston – 4 Star – 1951

(This is Ferlin Huskey – Ferlin Eugene Husky – Cantwell, Missouri)

Lloyd Price – Specialty – 1952

(Kenner, Louisiana)

Vern Pullens – Spade – 1956

(Bogalusa, Louisiana)

Marvin Rainwater – MGM – 1955

(Marvin Karlton Rainwater – Wichita, Kansas)

Wayne Raney – King – 1952

(Wolf Bayou, Arkansas)

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THE RAVENS – NATIONAL – 1950

(New York City, New York – Formed in 1946: Jimmy Ricks, Warren Suttles, Leonard Puzey and Ollie Jones – They charted R&B 11 times  with 1952’s “Rock Me All Night Long” their biggest hit reaching number 4.  They did not enter the Hot 100 pop charts )

Jimmy Reed – Vee Jay – 1953

(Mathis James Reed – Dunleth, Mississippi)

        

Don Reno & Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cutups – King – 1957

Jody Reynolds (& the Storms) – Demon – 1958

(Denver, Colorado)

The Rhythm Rockers – Sun – 1956

Billy Riley – Sun – 1956

(Bill Lee Riley – Pocahontas, Arkansas)

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Bill Riley & The Little Green Me – Sun – 1957

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THE ROBINS – SAVOY – 1950

(San Francisco, California – Formed in 1945 one of the very earliest ‘bird’ groups: Bobby Nunn, Terrell Leonard, Billy Richard, and Roy Richard) – They would later become the highly successful Coasters – but as The Robins charted 3 times on the R&B charts with their monster hit “Double Crossing Blues” remaining at number 1 for five weeks!)

 

Marty Robbins – Columbia – 1952

(Martin David Robinson – Glendale, Arizona)

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The Royal Teens – ABC-Paramount – 1958

(New Jersey)

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Jack Scott – ABC-Paramount – 1957

(Giovanni Domenico Scafone, Jr — Ontario, Canada) – See Marv Goldberg’s Site

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Mack Self – Sun – 1957

(Wiley Laverne Self – Calico Bottoms, Arkansas)

Ronnie Self – ABC-Paramount – 1956

(Springfield, Missouri)

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Howard Seratt – Sun – 1954

(Manilla, Arkansas)

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The Shadows – Lee – 1950

(New Haven, Connecticut)

Ray Sharpe – London American – 1959

(Edward Ray Sharpe – Fort Worth, Texas)

Shirley & Lee – Aladdin – 1952

(Shirley Goodman & Leonard Lee – New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Silhouettes – Ember – 1957

(Philadelphia – first called “The Thunderbirds”)

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Frankie Lee Sims – Ace – 1957

(Dallas, Texas)

Freddie Slack – Capitol – 1948

(Frederick Charles Slack – Westby, Wisconsin)

Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith & His Cracker-Jacks –  MGM – 1950

(Clinton, South Carolina)

Eddie Smith & The Chiefs – King – 1955

Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns – Ace – 1957

(Huey Pierce Smith – New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Ray Smith – Coral – 1951

(Meiber, Kentucky)

Warren Smith – Sun – 1956

(Humphreys County, Mississippi)

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The Spaniels – Chance – 1953

(Gary, Indiana)

The Spiders – Imperial – 1954

(New Orleans, Louisiana)

Clyde Stacy & The Nitecaps – Candlelight – 1957

(Haskell Clyde Stacy – Eufaula, Oklahoma)

Andy Starr – MGM – 1955

(Franklin Delano Gulledge – Combs, Arkansas)

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Frank Starr & The Rock-A-Way Boys – Lin – 1955

(This is Andy Starr)

Gene Summers and His Rebels – Jan – 1958

(Dallas, Texas)

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THE SWALLOWS – KING – 1951

(Baltimore, Maryland – Lawrence Coxen, Irving Turner, Norris Mack, and Early Hurley – Placed two singles on the R&B Charts with “Beside You” their highest ranking song at number 8).

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Tom Tall – Fabor – 1954

(Tommy Lee Guthrie – Amarillo, Texas)

Tamp Red – RCA Victor – 1950

(Hudson Woodbridge – alias Hudson Whittaker – Smithville, Georgia)

Rufus Thomas Jr. – Chess – 1951

(Cayce, Mississippi)

Junior Thompson with the Meteors – Meteor – 1956

(Cecil Houston Thompson Jr.)

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Willie Mae Thornton – Peacock – 1951

(Oakland, California)

 The Treniers – OKeh – 1952

(Mobile, Alabama)

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Justin Tubb – Decca – 1955

(Justin Wayne Tubb – San Antonio, Texas)

The Turbans – Herald – 1955

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Ike Turner – Federal – 1957

(Izear Luster “Ike” Turner Jr. – Clarksdale, Mississippi)

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Joe Turner – Atlantic – 1955

(Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., – Kansas City, Missouri)

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Zeke Turner – Regent – 1950

(James Grishaw)

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Conway Twitty – Mercury – 1957

(Harold Lloyd Jenkins – Friars Point, Mississippi)

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Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps – Capitol – 1956

(Vincent Eugene Craddock – Norfolk, Virginia)

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Wade & Dick – Sun – 1957

(Wade Moore and Dick Penner)

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Jimmy Wakely – Capitol – 1950

(James Clarence Wakely – Howard County, Arkansas)

Riley Walker & His Rockin’ Rangers – Atomic – 1954

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Dinah Washington – Mercury – 1950

(Ruth Lee Jones – Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Muddy Waters – Chess – 1954

(McKinley Morganfield – Issaquena County, Mississippi)

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Alvis Wayne – Westport – 1956

(Paducan, Texas)

Paul Westmoreland – 4 Star – 1954

(Tyler, Texas)

Onie Wheeler – Columbia – 1956

Larry Williams – Specialty – 1957

(Lawrence Eugene Williams – New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Sonny Boy Williamson – Trumpet – 1951

(Alex Miller – Tallahassee County, Mississippi)

Chuck Willis – OKeh – 1952

(Harold Willis – Atlanta, Georgia)

Jimmy Witherspoon – Modern – 1950

(James Witherspoon – Gurdon, Arkansas)

THE WRENS – RAMA – 1955

(The Bronx, New York – Bobby Mansfield, George Magnezid, Francis Conception and Jimmy Archer – They – like so many others – were encouraged by the success of the Crows with their hit recording “Gee”)

Dale Wright with the Rock-Its – Fraternity – 1958

(Harlan Dale Riffe, Middleton, Ohio)

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Malcolm Yelvington – Sun – 1956

(Covington, Tennessee)

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The York Brothers – King – 1955

Eddie Zack (& His Cousin Richie) – Columbia – 1955

(Edward Adrian Zack – Providence, Rhode Island)

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