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R&B´s  #1  Record
THE COASTERS    -   Atco 6087
The original LP on which "Searchin´" and "Young Blood" was included.
c/w  Young Blood
(according to Big Al Pavlow´s
"The R&B Book")

  The Best Records of
The Golden Years of R&B

Edited by Claus Röhnisch (updated August 4, 2010)

Subjectively compiled by Claus Röhnisch and listed year-by-year in order of relative popularity. Note that other records may have made greater hits - here only "the best" are listed (although the most popular R&B Records of each year are listed in bold, followed by "the best of the rest"). Records listed at the year they charted most, which means they may have been issued earlier.
THE R&B BOX   - 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues

Simply terrific (with super booklets digipacs featuring 1945-1960):
BLOWING THE FUSE   - R&B Classics That Rocked The Jukebox
(1958 also includes Bobby Day - Rockin' Robin, track 21 -total 31)

Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection

The best recordings of.....
1925 - 1942
The History of Rhythm and Blues - also 1942-1952
(super great 4CD sets)

Top Rhythm & Blues Records

(with chart-placings and Top Artists year-by-year)

The Forties
(1940 - 1949)   |  The Fifties (1950 - 1959)   |  The Sixties (1960 - 1969)


Boogie Woogie - Tommy Dorsey w Howard Smith
Roll ´Em Pete / Goin´ Away Blues -  Pete Johnson w Joe Turner
T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker w Les Hite
Jivin' The Blues - John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
Floyd's Guitar Blues - Andy Kirk & His Clouds Of Joy (feat. Floyd Smith,gtr)
Gangster Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw
Down The Road A-Piece - Will Bradley Trio (with Don Raye)
Central Avenue Breakdown - Lionel Hampton

After Hours - Erskine Hawkins w Avery Parrish
Worried Life Blues - Big Maceo
Junker Blues - Champion Jack Dupree

I Want A Tall Skinny Papa - Lucky Millinder w Rosetta Tharpe
Stormy Monday Blues - Earl Hines w Billy Eckstine
Mean Old World - T-Bone Walker w Freddie Slack
Ain't No Business We Can Do - Doctor Clayton
Cow Cow Boogie - Freddie Slack and His Orchestra with Ella Mae Morse

Don´t Cry, Baby - Erskine Hawkins  w Jimmy Mitchell
Apollo Jump – Lucky Millinder & his Orchestra
Five Guys Named Moe – Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five

Cherry Red Blues - Cootie Williams & his Orchestra w Eddie Vinson

Straighten Up And Fly Right - King Cole Trio
Hamp´s Boogie Woogie - Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra

The Honeydripper - Joe Liggins & his Honeydrippers
Caldonia - Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five
I Wonder / Cecil´s Boogie - Pvt. Cecil Gant
Flying Home- Illinois Jaquet
Strange Things Happening Every Day - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well – Lucky Millinder & his Orchestra w Wynonie Harris
That´s The Stuff You Gotta Watch – Buddy Johnson & his Orchestra w Ella Johnson
Swingin' The Boogie - Hadda Brooks
Harlem Nocturne / My Baby´s Business – Johnny Otis, his drums and his Orchestra w Jimmy Rushing
Beulah´s Boogie – Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra

Choo Choo Ch´Boogie - Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five
Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra
Drifting Blues - Johnny Moore´s Three Blazers w Charles Brown
R.M. Blues - Roy Milton & his Solid Senders
Walk ´Em – Buddy Johnson & his Orchestra
My Gal´s A Jockey - Joe Turner with Bill Moore´s Lucky Seven
Since I Fell For You - Buddy Johnson & his Orchestra w Ella Johnson
House Of Blue Lights – Freddie Slack w Ella Mae Morse
Down The Road Apiece – Amos Milburn

Ain´t Nobody Here But Us Chickens / Let The Good Times Roll
  - Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five
Snatch And Grab It - Julia Lee & her Boyfriends
Kidney Stew Blues / Old Maid Boogie – Eddie Vinson & his Orchestra
Open The Door, Richard – Jack McVea
Blow Top Blues – Lionel Hampton w Dinah Washington
Court Room Blues / My Baby Done Told Me - Johnny Otis Orchestra (f. Cathy Cooper / Four Bluebirds)

Tomorrow Night - Lonnie Johnson
King Size Papa - Julia Lee & her Boyfriends
I Love You, Yes I Do - Bull Moose Jackson & his Buffalo Bearcats
Good Rockin´ Tonight - Wynonie Harris
Fine Brown Frame – Nellie Lutcher
It´s Too Soon To Know - The Orioles
Corn Bread - Hal Singer Sextette
Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton
Long Gone, pts 1 & 2 – Sonny Thompson with The Sharps and Flats
Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad - T-Bone Walker and His Guitar
Ol´ Man River – The Ravens
I Can´t Be Satisfied / I Feel Like Going Home - Muddy Waters
Midnight In The Barrelhouse / Barrelhouse Stomp - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra
Alimony Boogie - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (feat. Cathy Cooper)

The Huckle-Buck - Paul Williams & his "Hucklebuckers"
Trouble Blues - Charles Brown Trio
Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five
Tell Me So - The Orioles
Ain´t Nobody´s Business, pts 1 & 2 - Jimmy Witherspoon
Chicken-Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn
Drinkin´ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - "Stick" McGhee & his Buddies
Baby Get Lost - Dinah Washington
Boogie Chillen´ / Sally May - John Lee Hooker & his Guitar
Rockin´ At Midnight - Roy Brown with his Mighty-Mighty Men
D' Natural Blues - Lucky Millinder & his Orchestra
Confession Blues - Maxin Trio (w. Ray Charles)
Hobo Blues / Hoogie Boogie - John Lee Hooker and his Guitar
T-Bone Shuffle - T-Bone Walker
So Long - Ruth Brown
T.J. Boogie - T.J. Fowler
Miss Fanny Brown - Roy Brown
Blue And Lonesome - Memphis Slim
Boogie Guitar – Johnny Otis ( feat. Pete "Guitar" Lewis) (issued on LP ´70s)

Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins & his "Honeydrippers"
Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis Quintette w. The Robins and Little Esther
For You My Love - Larry Darnell
Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere - Joe Morris
w Laurie Tate
I Almost Lost My Mind - Ivory Joe Hunter
Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown
Cupid Boogie - Johnny Otis w Little Esther & Mel Walker
Everyday I Have The Blues - Lowell Fulson with Lloyd Glenn
Sittin´ On It All The Time - Wynonie Harris

Blue Shadows - Lowell Fulson with Lloyd Glenn
The Fat Man - Fats Domino
Stack-A' Lee (Parts 1 & 2) - Archibald & his Orchestra
Why Do Everything Happen To Me - Roy Hawkins & his Orchestra
Country Boy - Dave Bartholomew
Our Romance Is Gone - The Robins
Count Every Star – The Ravens
I´m Not Falling In Love With You - Johnny Otis (feat Devonia Williams)
Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair & his New Orleans Boys
Boogie Rambler - Clarence Brown
Notoriety Woman / Never Satisfied - John Lee Hooker
Mother Earth – Memphis Slim
Rollin´ Stone – Muddy Waters & his Guitar
We´re Gonna Rock – Gunter Lee Carr (Cecil Gant)

-Minute Man - The Dominoes
Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown
Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield
Black Night - Charles Brown & his Band
Fool, Fool, Fool - The Clovers
Don´t You Know I Love You - The Clovers
Chains Of Love - Joe Turner with Van "Piano Man" Walls
Rocket "88" - Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats
The Glory Of Love / Hucklebuck With Jimmy - The Five Keys
I´m In The Mood - John Lee Hooker
Cry – Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads
Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters
How Many More Years / Moanin´ At Midnight - The Howlin´ Wolf
Doggin´ Blues - Johnny Otis w Linda Hopkins
Honey Bee - Muddy Waters
Get Together Blues - Johnny Otis & Little Esther

Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Mailman Blues - Lloyd Pric
My Song - Johnny Ace & the Beale Streeters
Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes
Night Train - Jimmy Forest, tenor and all star combo
 (Jimmy Forrest)
One Mint Julep / Middle Of The Night - The Clovers
3 O´Clock Blues / That Ain´t The Way To Do It - B.B. King
5-10-15 Hours - Ruth Brown
You Know I Love You - B.B. King
Juke - Little Walter & his Night Cats
Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd
Booted - Roscoe Gordon
My Story - Chuck Willis
Easy Easy Baby - Varetta Dillard
Sweet Sixteen - Joe Turner with Van"Piano Man" Walls
Rock Me All Night Long - The Ravens
Dust My Broom - Elmo James
Street Walkin´ Woman - T-Bone Walker
The Bells Are Ringing - Smiley Lewis
Must I Cry Again - Todd Rhodes w LaVern Baker
K. C. Loving - Little Willie Littlefield
It Ain't The Meat - The Swallows
The Lord's Gospel Train - Mary Deloatch

Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters
Shake A Hand - Faye Adams
w Joe Morris Orchestra
Crying In The Chapel - The Orioles
I Don´t Know - Willie Mabon
Honey Hush / Crawdad Hole - Joe Turner & his Band
(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton w. Kansas City Bill & Orchestra
Help Me Somebody / Crazy, Crazy, Crazy - The "5" Royales
Baby Don´t Do It - The "5" Royales
Good Lovin´ - The Clovers
One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn & his Aladdin Chickenshackers
Crawlin´ / Yes It´s You – The Clovers
Please Don´t Leave Me - Fats Domino
Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin
Feelin´ Good - Little Junior´s Blue Flames
I Believe / I Held My Baby Last Night - Elmore James with his Broomdusters
Rockin' Is Our Bizness - The Treniers
Let´s Have A Party – Amos Milburn
Hittin' On Me - Buddy & Ella Johnson
Mighty Long Time / Nine Below Zero - Sonny Boy Williamson
Easy - Jimmy & Walter
I´m In A Crying Mood – LaVern Baker (LP ´56)
I Should Have Loved Her More - Jimmy Eager (Tampa Red)

Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters
Hearts of Stone - The Charms
You´ll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton
Honey Love - The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim & his Band
Shake, Rattle And Roll / You Know I Love You - Joe Turner & his Blues Kings
Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins
Lovey Dovey / Little Mama - The Clovers
I Love You So / Gee - The Crows
Oh What A Dream - Ruth Brown & her Rhythmakers
I´m Your Hoochie
ooche Man - Muddy Waters & his Guitar
TV Mama - Joe Turner & his Blues Kings
I Feel So Bad - Chuck Willis
When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer - B.B. "Blues Boy" King
Don´t You Know / Losing Hand - Ray Charles
Riot In Cell Block #9 - The Robins
Tipitina – Professor Longhair
Gloria - The Cadillacs
Last Night / Mellow Down Easy - Little Walter & his Jukes
Tonight Kathleen - The Valentines
´Bout The Break Of Day / Lord Lord - Junior Wells & His Eagle Rockers

Lucky All The Time – Roosevelt Sykes (only LP ´70s)

Only You (And You Alone) - The Platters
Ain´t It A Shame - Fats Domino
Maybellene - Chuck Berry & his Combo
Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace w Johnny Otis Orch.

My Babe - Little Walter & his Jukes
Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard & his Band
Unchained Melody - Roy Hamilton
I´ve Got A Woman / Come Back Baby - Ray Charle
s & his Band
Sincerely - The Moonglow's
Tweedlee Dee / Tomorrow Night - LaVern Baker & The Gliders
Story Untold - The Nutmegs
Bo Diddley / I´m A Man - Bo Diddley
What´cha Gonna Do / Gone - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
I Feel Good - Shirley & Lee
I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis
It's Love Baby - Louis Brooks w. Earl Gaines
Don´t Start Me Talkin´ - "Sonny Boy" Williamson
Good Rockin´ Daddy - Etta James
Those Lonely, Lonely Nights - Johnny "Guitar" Watson
The Door Is Still Open - The Cardinals
Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington
You Don't Have To Go - Jimmy Reed & his Trio
Walkin´ The Blues - Jack Dupree w Mr. Bear
Walking The Blues - Willie Dixon and the Allstars
Mary Lou - Young Jessie
Smokey Joe´s Cafe / Just Like A Fool - The Robins
Woke Up Screamin´ - Bobby "Blue" Bland
Late Hours At Midnight - Elmore James & his Broomdusters
One Little Blessing / Gone - Jesse Belvin
Dreams Of Contentment - The Dells
Whole Lot-ta Shakin´ Goin´ On – Big Maybelle
Don't Cry Baby - Little Jimmy Scott
So Will I - The Cadets
Papa Ain´t Salty / T-Bone Shuffle - T-Bone Walker
Gloria - Arthur Lee Maye and the Crowns (feat. Richard Berry)
Sweet Home Chicago - Roosevelt Sykes

Honky Tonk, pts 1 & 2 - Bill Doggett
(& his Combo)
Blueberry Hill / Honey Chile - Fats Domino
The Great Pretender - The Platters
I´m In Love Again / My Blue Heaven - Fats Domino
Fever - Little Willie John
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - The Teenagers
Long Tall Sally / Slippin´ And Slidin´ - Little Richard & his Band
Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
In The Still Of The Nite – The Five Satins
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berr
y & his Combo
Drown In My Own Tears / Mary Ann - Ray Charles & his Band
Stranded In The Jungle - The Cadets
It´s Too Late – Chuck Willis
Goodnight My Love - Jesse Belvin
Please, Please, Please - James Brown with The Famous Flames
Oh What A Nite – The Dells
Sweet Little Angel / Bad Luck - B. B. King & his Orchestra
Jivin´ Around - Ernie Freeman Combo
Hallelujah I Love Her So – Ray Charles
Down In Mexico - The Coasters
Smoke Stack Lightnin´ - Howlin´ Wolf
Candy - Big Maybelle
I Put A Spell On You – Screamin´ Jay Hawkins
Dimples / Baby Lee - John Lee Hooker
One Night - Smiley Lewis
Johnny´s Houseparty – Jimmy Beasley
The Vow - The Flamingos
Finders Keepers - The Crescendos (Bobby Byrd/Day, lead)
Woe Is Me – The Cadillacs
Directly From My Heart To You - Little Richard
Good Love - Richard Berry with The Dreamers
The Midnight Creeper, pts 1 & 2 – Johnny Otis (feat Jimmy Nolen)
Dee's Boogie - Devonia Wiliiams /unissued/ (feat Johnny ´Guitar´ Watson - 1996 Ace CD)

Searchin´ / Young Blood - The Coasters
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Send For Me - Nat King Cole
Blue Monday / What´s The Reason... - Fats Domino
I´m Walkin´ - Fats Domino
Short Fat Fannie / High School Dance - Larry Williams
Lucille / Send Me Some Lovin´ - Little Richard & his Band
C. C. Rider – Chuck Willis
Jim Dandy / Tra-La-La - LaVerne Baker and the Gliders
Star Dust - Billy Ward and his Dominoes
Bony Maronie – Larry Williams
Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
  - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns (feat. Bobby Marchan)
Rock And Roll Music – Chuck Berry
Itchy Twitchy Feeling - Bobby Hendricks
Just Because - Lloyd Price & his Orchestra
Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed
Louie, Louie / You Are My Sunshine - Richard Berry & the Pharaohs
I´m A King Bee - Slim Harpo
The Pick-Up - Etta James
Think - The "5" Royales
Leavin´ It All Up To You - Don & Dewey
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
Gangster Of Love - Johnny "Guitar" Watson w. Bumps Blackwell Orch
Idol With The Golden Head - The Coasters
Drivin´ Home, pts 1 & 2 - Paul Gayten
Baby Please Come Home - Lloyd Price
Just To Say Hello / My Satellite - Jesse Belvin
Sweet Georgia Brown / What Is The Secret Of Your Success? - The Coasters
The Monkey - Dave Bartholomew
The Twelve Year Old Boy - Elmore James & his Broomdusters

Yakety Yak / Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart - The Coasters
Twilight Time - The Platters
It´s All In The Game - Tommy Edwards
Get A Job - The Silhouettes
A Lover´s Question - Clyde McPhatter
Rock-in Robin / Over And Over - Bobby Day
Looking Back - Nat King Cole
Sweet Little Sixteen / Reelin´ And Rockin´ - Chuck Berry
Topsy, pts 1 & 2 - Cozy Cole
Maybe - The Chantels
I´ll Come Running Back To You - Sam Cooke
Johnny B. Goode / Around And Around - Chuck Berry
Splish Splash – Bobby Darin
For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & The Impressions
Book Of Love – The Monotones
Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard & his Band
Willie And The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis Show
Little Boy Blue – Bobby "Blue" Bland
The Right Time - Nappy Brown
Your Funeral And My Trial - Sonny Boy Williamso
Slow Down - Larry Wiliams
Why Does Everything Happen To Me - B. B. King
19 Years Old / Close To You - Muddy Waters
Keep A-Driving - Chuck Willis

Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
It´s Just A Matter Of Time / Hurtin´ Inside - Brook Benton
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
Personality - Lloyd Price
Poison Ivy / I´m A Hog For You - The Coasters
Try Me - James Brown & The Famous Flames
What´d I Say (parts 1 & 2) - Ray Charles & his Orchestra

You´re So Fine - The Falcons
I Want To Walk You Home / I´m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday - Fats Domino
There Is Something On Your Mind - Big Jay McNeely w Little Sonny (Warner)
I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos
Say Man - Bo Diddley (feat. Jerome)

Teardrops On Your Letter / The Twist - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Love Potion No. 9 / Stay Awhile - The Clovers
Memphis, Tennessee / Back In The U.S.A. - Chuck Berry
Shout (parts 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers
Rooster Blues - Lightnin'  Slim
Floyd's Guitar Blues - Bill Doggett
I'll Be Seeing You - The Hollywood Flames
My Last Meal - Jimmy Rogers

The Best #1 R&B Hits
of the Sixties

(listed in order of chart datings)

Baby (You´ve Got What It Takes) - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
A Woman A Lover A Friend - Jackie Wilson
Kiddio - Brook Benton
He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler

Shop Around - The Miracles
Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Tossin´ And Turnin´ - Bobby Lewis
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes

I Know (You Don´t Love Me No More) - Barbara George
Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
Twistin´ The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Soul Twist - King Curtis & the Noble Knights
Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG´s

Our Day Will Come - Ruby & The Romantics
Baby Workout  - Jackie Wilson
Fingertips - Little Stevie Wonder

1964  (no R&B chart publ)
Hi-Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker (Pop #11)
The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations
(Pop # 11)
My Guy - Mary Wells
(Pop #1)
Out Of Sight - James Brown
(Pop #24)
Dancing In The Street - Martha & The Vandellas
(Pop #2)

My Girl - The Temptations
Shotgun - Junior Walker & the All Stars
Got To Get You Off My Mind - Solomon Burke
I Can´t Help Myself - Four Tops
In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Papa´s Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
I Want To (Do Everything For You) - Joe Tex
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown

634-5789 - Wilson Pickett
When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
Ain´t Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations

I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
Respect - Aretha Franklin

(Sittin´) On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Stay In My Corner - The Dells
Say It Loud-I´m Black And I´m Proud - James Brown
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

Too Busy Thinking 'Bout My Baby - Marvin Gaye
It´s Your Thing - The Isley Brothers

The Cash Box Top Singles Charts
1950 - 1977 by Randy Price
Cash Box Top Singles
Cash Box
The Cash Box Archives

LIFE ´s Rock & Roll Gallery
The Best Recordings of Rock ´n Roll

LIFE charts
Great Year-By-Year "Best-Charts"
50 Years of R&B

Bill Daniels' Dusty Charts
Top R&B Records 1949 - 1959

Billboard's Year-End Archives

The RollingStone 500 Greatest Songs

The RollingStone Top 50 Songs

The award winning 25+ aged songs!

Presenting 21 Great Hits of the Golden Years of R&B

1945  Beulah's Boogie  - Lionel Hampton
1946  Driftin'  Blues - Johnny Moore's 3 Blazers
1947  Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
1948  Call It Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
1949  Ain't Noboby's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon
1950  Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown
1951  Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes
1952  Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
1953  Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
1954  Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner
1955  Earth Angel - The Penguins
1956  Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
1957  Searchin'  - The Coasters
1958  Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
1959  Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
1960  Kiddio - Brook Benton
1961  Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
1962  Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
1963  Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson
1964  Out Of Sight - James Brown
1965  My Girl - The Temptations
  (an "all-time-greatest" CD compiled by the editor)

The Top R&B Singles 1950-1969


The Top 10 Songs 1950 - 1969
(plus the Top 100 Songs of each year)

The Top 15 R&B Artists
(according to Joel Whitburn, Record Research-Billboard)

   1.  James Brown
   2.  Aretha Franklin
   3.  Louis Jordan
   4.  Stevie Wonder
   5.  The Temptations
   6.  Ray Charles
   7.  Marvin Gaye
   8.  Fats Domino
   9.  Gladys Knight & The Pips
  10. The Isley Brothers
  11. B. B. King
  12. R. Kelly
  13. Michael Jackson
  14. Bobby Bland
  15. Janet Jackson
Fine news site

All the #1 R&B Hits
of the Golden ´50s

Below are listed all titles hitting any of the Billboard´s national R&B charts´ #1 position during the ´50s.
Month of hitting #1 is followed by title and artist, and  no. of weeks at # 1 on the specified charts
- Best Seller (BS), Juke Box (JB), Jockeys (DJ), and later Hot R&B Chart (HC).
Note that a record may have been #1 by the end of one year and still #1 in Jan. the following year.

Billboard´s "Black Pop Charts"
The Billboard magazine debuted its black charts on October 24, 1942, calling it "Harlem Hit Parade". On February 17, 1945 it was retagged "Juke Box Race Records" - complemented with a second chart, "Best Sellers" from May 22, 1948. From June 25, 1949 "Rhythm & Blues" was the new terminology - changing to "R&B" on June 30, 1956. On August 23, 1969 the chart was renamed again, this time to "Soul Singles" and on June 26, 1982 Billboard retagged the "style" (or market) again - to "Black Singles". Finally Billboard took back the old tag and named their black pop chart "Hot R&B Singles" (in the new Millennium the term is coined "R&B/Hip-Hop").

From January 22, 1955 a third R&B chart was introduced, "Jockeys" (a most-played-by-DJs chart, which ended on June 13, 1958). The  final "Juke Box" chart was published on June 17, 1957 (with "Searchin' " and "Young Blood" on Top positions). From October 20, 1958 Billboard only published one black pop chart - "Hot R&B Sides" (which meant both tracks of a single could chart separately). From November 3, 1962 this was changed to "Hot R&B Singles" (where both titles of a double-sided hit were listed together). No R&B chart at all was published during November 30, 1963 - January 23, 1965 (although Cash Box had an R&B chart in 1964).
The original R&B era can be roughly estimated to the 20-year period of 1944 - 1963 (although others may say different).

  weeks at #1
Dec, 48

Dec, 48
Dec, 48

Febr, 50
Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn
Bewildered - Red Miller Trio
Bewildered - Amos Milburn
Boogie Chillen´ - John Lee Hooker & his Guitar
The Deacon´s Hop - Big Jay McNeely's Blue Jays
The Huckle Buck - Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers
Trouble Blues - Charles Brown Trio

Ain´t Nobody´s Business - Jimmy Witherspoon
Roomin´ House Boogie - Amos Milburn
All She Wants To Do Is Rock - Wynonie Harris
Tell Me So - The Orioles
Baby Get Lost - Dinah Washington
Beans And Corn Bread - Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
For You My Love - Larry Darnell

I Almost Lost My Mind - Ivory Joe Hunter

Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis Quintette - The Robins and Little Esther
Mustrustin´ Blues - Little Esther with Mel Walker and the Johnny Otis Orch.
I Need You So - Ivory Joe Hunter
Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins & his Honeydrippers
Cupid Boogie -  Johnny Otis Orchestra - Little Esther and Mel Walker
Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown and his Mighty-Mighty Men
Mona Lisa - Nat "King" Cole
Blue Light Boogie - Lous Jordan and his Tympany Five
Blue Shadows - Lowell Fulson featuring Lloyd Glenn at the "88"
Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere - Joe Morris and his Orchestra w. Laurie Tate
Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield and Orchestra
Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown & Budd Johnson's Orch.

Bad, Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn and his Aladdin Chickenshackers
Black Night - Charles Brown and his Band
Rocket "88" - Jackie Brenston with his Delta Cats
Chica Boo - Lloyd Glenn at the "88"
Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes
Don´t You Know I Love You - The Clovers
The Glory Of Love - The Five Keys
"T" 99 Blues - Jimmy Nelson and the Peter Rabbit Trio
Fool, Fool, Fool - The Clovers
I Got Loaded - "Peppermint" Harris w Maxwell Davis and his All-Stars
I´m In The Mood - John Lee Hooker
Because Of Me - Tab Smith & his Fabulous Alto and Orchestra
Flamingo - Earl Bostic and his Orchestra

Weepin´ And Cryin´ - Griffin Brothers Orchestra w. Tommy Brown
Cry - Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads
Three O´Clock Blues - B.B. King
Night Train - Jimmy Forest, tenor and all star combo (sic - Forrest)
Booted - Roscoe Gordon
5-10-15 Hours - Ruth Brown
Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes
Goin´ Home - Fats Domino
Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price and his Orchestra
Mary Jo - Four Blazes
Ting-A-Ling - The Clovers
My Song - Johnny Ace with The Beale Streeters
Juke - Little Walter and his Night Cats
Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd
You Know I Love You - B.B. King & his Orchestra
I Don´t Know - Willie Mabon and his Combo

Baby, Don´t Do It - The "5" Royales
(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown with Orchestra
Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - Kansas City Bill and Orchestra
I´m Mad - Willie Mabon and his Combo
Help Me Somebody - The "5" Royales
Please Love Me - B.B. King and his Orchestra
The Clock - Johnny Ace (w. The Beale Streeters)
Crying In The Chapel - The Orioles
Shake A Hand  - Faye Adams with the Joe Morris Orch
Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Honey Hush - Joe Turner and his Band

The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim and his Band
I´ll Be True - Faye Adams (w. Joe Morris orch.)
You´ll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton
Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters (formerly known as the Royals)
Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner & his Blues Kings
Honey Love - The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
Oh What A Dream - Ruth Brown and her Rhythmakers
Annie Had A Baby - The Midnighters
Hurts Me To My Heart - Faye Adams
Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown and her Rhythmakers
Hearts Of Stone - The Charms
You Upset Me Baby - B.B. "Blues Boy" King and his Orchestra

Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins
Sincerely - The Moonglow's
Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace with Johnny Otis Orchestra
The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry) - Etta James & "The Peaches"
My Babe - Little Walter and his Jukes
I´ve Got A Woman - Ray Charles and his Band
Unchained Melody - Roy Hamilton
Ain´t It A Shame - Fats Domino
Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
A Fool For You - Ray Charles and his Band
Maybelline - Chuck Berry and his Combo
Only You (And You Alone) - The Platters
All By Myself - Fats Domino
Hands Off - JayMcShann's Orchestra w. Priscilla Bowman
Poor Me - Fats Domino
Adorable - The Drifters

The Great Pretender - The Platters
At My Front Door - The El Dorados
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon
Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles and his Band
Long Tall Sally - Little Richard and his Band
I´m In Love Again - Fats Domino
Fever - Little Willie John
Treasure Of Love - Clyde McPhatter
Rip It Up - Little Richard and his Band
My Prayer - The Platters
Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett
Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
Hound Dog / Don´t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino

Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
Blue Monday - Fats Domino
Jim Dandy - LaVerne Baker and the Gliders
Love Is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia
I´m Walkin´ - Fats Domino
Lucille - Little Richard and his Band
School Day - Chuck Berry
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
Young Blood - The Coasters (original A-side of "Searchin'")
Searchin´ - The Coasters
C.C. Rider - Chuck Willis

Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams and his Band
Send For Me - Nat King Cole (w. the McCoy's Boys)
Farther Up The Road - Bobby "Blue" Bland
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
Whole Lotta Shakin´ Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
Long Lonely Nights - Clyde McPhatter
Diana - Paul Anka
Mr. Lee - The Bobbettes
Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
You Send Me - Sam Cooke

At The Hop - Danny & The Juniors
Raunchy - Ernie Freeman
Raunchy - Bill Justis & his Orchestra
I´ll Come Running Back To You - Sam Cooke
Get A Job - The Silhouettes
Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
Tequila - The Champs
Twilight Time - The Platters
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Witch Doctor - The Music of David Seville
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
What Am I Living For - Chuck Willis
Splish Splash - Bobby Darin
Patricia - Perez Prado and his Orch.
Just A Dream - Jimmy Clanton and his Rockets
Little Star - The Elegants
When - Kalin Twins
It´s All In the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Topsy (part II) - Cozy Cole
A Lover´s Question - Clyde McPhatter
Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson

Try Me (I Need You) - James Brown and the Famous Flames
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
It´s Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
Personality - Lloyd Price and his Orchestra
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
What´d I Say - Ray Charles and his Orchestra
Thank You Pretty Baby - Brook Benton
I´m Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price
I Want To Walk You Home - Fats Domino
Poison Ivy - The Coasters
Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips with The Twilights
You Better Know It - Jackie Wilson
So Many Ways - Brook Benton
Don´t You Know - Della Reese
The Clouds - The Spacemen
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#1 R&B Songs
All #1 R&B Hits 1942-1979

 #1 R&B Hits (Billboard)


The Top 10 Songs 1950 - 1969
(from DigitalDreamDoor)

Bruce did several of the great DigitalDreamDoor lists

SavoyBG's Music Lists  |  My Favorite Artists


My Top 40
Favorite Artists

  Juke Blues

  John Lee Hooker
  Muddy Waters
  Sonny Boy
  Howlin´ Wolf
  Little Walter
  Jimmy Reed
  Elmore James

City Blues

T-Bone Walker
B. B. King
Joe Turner
Roy Brown
Johnny Otis
Lowell Fulson
Louis Jordan
Charles Brown
Johnny "Guitar" Watson


Blues &

Ray Charles
Chuck Berry
LaVern Baker
Little Richard
Fats Domino
Bo Diddley
Ruth Brown
Etta James

Vocal Groups

The Coasters
The Drifters
The Clovers
The "5" Royales
The Cadillacs
The Midnighters
The Dominoes

Rhythm & Soul

James Brown
Jackie Wilson
Clyde McPhatter
Sam Cooke

Jesse Belvin

Solomon Burke
Joe Tex
Wilson Pickett
Otis Redding

Top 20

The Coasters   1.
John Lee Hooker   2.
T-Bone Walker
Sonny Boy Williamson   4.
James Brown   5.
B. B. King   6.
Muddy Waters   7.
Howlin' Wolf   8.
LaVern Baker   9.
Little Walter  10

 Jackie Wilson  11
Ray Charles  12
Chuck Berry  13
Little Richard  14
The Drifters  15
Joe Turner  16
The Clovers  17
Roy Brown  18
Jimmy Reed  19
Elmore James  20
Fats Domino
The "5" Royales  20


The Coasters in 1960.

Read more about
the favorite artists at:

More About the Great
R&B Pioneers & their Hits

Check the Battle of the Blues Legends!

The True Blues Giants
John Lee Hooker  vs.
Ray Charles &  B. B. King

Chicago Blues Heaven
Muddy Waters  vs.
Little Walter & Jimmy Reed

The Fifties´ Cryin´ Souls
Clyde McPhatter  vs.
LaVern Baker & Little Richard

Cryin´ and Shoutin´ the Blues
T-Bone Walker  vs.
Big Joe Turner & Lowell Fulson

Fathers of Blues & Rhythm
Lionel Hampton   vs.

Johnny Otis & Roy Brown

Rock ´n´ Roll Pioneers
Fats Domino  vs.
Clovers & Robins & Coasters
Delta Blues Heaven
The Howlin´ Wolf  vs.
Sonny Boy & Elmore James

Pop, Rock & Soul
The Drifters  vs.
Chuck Berry & James Brown

The Soul Pioneers
Jackie Wilson  vs.  Sam Cooke,

Solomon Burke & Joe Tex

Three Hours of Super R&B Sounds
A subjective play-list of 60 not-too-well-known favorite songs.
Check it!

My personal favorite CDs
(or: The Essential R&B Collection)
But:  There are a lot more!!!!

:   Hooker (4CD box-set) - Shout!Factory 826663-10198
Half A Stranger - Mainstream MDCD 903
The Vee-Jay Years 1955 - 1964 - Charly CD RED BOX 6 (6-set)
The Best of John Lee Hooker (1965 - 1974) - MCA MCAD-10539
Alternative Boogie 1948-52 (3CD) - Capitol 833912
The Complete 50s Chess Recordings (2CD) MCA MCD 9391
LIGHTNIN´ HOPKINS: Mojo Hand-The Lightnin´ Hopkins Anthology (2CD) - Rhino R2 71226
MUDDY WATERS: The Chess Box (3CD) - MCA CHD3-8002
Sonny Boy´s Rhythm - P-Vine PCD 2183
HOWLIN´ WOLF: The Chess Box (3CD) - MCA CHD3-9332
Howling Wolf Sings The Blues - Ace CDCHM 1013
ELMORE JAMES: The Sky Is Crying-The History of - Rhino R2 71190
The Best of-The Early Years - Ace CHCDH 583
LITTLE WALTER: Essential (2CD) - MCA CHD2-9342
JIMMY REED: Blues Masters: The Very best of... - Rhino R2 79802
or The Very Best of (2CD) - Charly CPCD 82522
LOUIS JORDAN: Five Guys Named Moe - MCA MACD 10503
JOE TURNER: Big, Bad & Blue-The Joe Turner Anthology (3CD) - Rhino R2 71550
JOHNNY OTIS: Rhythm & Blues Caravan-Complete Savoy (3CD) - Savoy 92859-2
T-BONE WALKER: Blues Masters-The Very Best of T-Bone Walker - Rhino R2 79894
The Complete Capitol/Black & White Recordings (3CD) - Capitol 829379-2
The Complete Imperial Recordings (2CD) - EMI CDP7 96737-2
T-Bone Blues - Atlantic 8020-2
LOWELL FULSON: The Tramp Years - Ace CDCHD 755
CHARLES BROWN: Driftin´ Blues-The Best of - EMI CDP7 97989-2
AMOS MILBURN: Blues & Boogie-His Greatest Hits - Sequel NEX CD 132
ROY BROWN: Good Rocking Tonight-The Best of - Rhino R2 71545
B. B. KING: The Vintage Years (4CD) Ace ABOXCD 8
King of the Blues (4CD) MCA D4-10677
BOBBY BLAND: The 3 B Blues Boy 1952-1959 - Ace CDCHD 302
CHESS BLUES - various artists (4CD) - MCA/Chess CHD 4-9340

(... and there is the ultimate Chess Box - 15 CD package - The Chess Story 1947-1975 - MCA  380 596-2)

A Proper Introduction to Johnny Guitar Watson  "Space Guitar"
The History of Rhythm And Blues: Part One 1925-1942 (4CD) - RANDB001
(by far the very best of a Pre-War R&B sampler!!!! - 97 tracks)
Highlights of
The History of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942 (1CD) - RANDB002
(by far the very best of a Pre-War R&B sampler!!!!)
or even better - the new-packed:
The History of Rhythm And Blues 1925-1942 (4CD) - RANDB008 (106 tracks)
The History of Rhythm And Blues 1942-52 (4CD) - RANDB003
(just as perfect as volume one - 101 tracks) and
The History of Rhythm And Blues 1952-57 (4CD) - RANDB011 (109 tracks)

Check the web-site

: They Call Me The Fat Man (4CD) - EMI CDP7 96785-2
LITTLE RICHARD: The Georgia Peach - Specialty SPCD 7012-2
: Lloyd Price Rocks - Bear Family BCD 16999 AR
RUTH BROWN: Miss Rhythm-Greatest Hits and More (2CD) - Rhino/Atlantic R2 82061
LaVERN BAKER: Soul On Fire-The Best of - Atlantic 82311-2
LaVern - Sequel RSACD 909
BOBBY DAY:  The Original Rockin´ Robin - Ace CDCHD 200
JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON: The Very Best of - Rhino R2 75702
Space Guitar - A Proper Introduction - Proper INTROCD2083
ETTA JAMES: R&B Dynamite - Flair/Virgin 2-91695
The Chess Box (3 CD) MCA 088 112288-2 or: Essential (2CD) - MCA MCD2 9341
IKE TURNER: I Like Ike!-The Best of - Rhino R2 71819
RUFUS THOMAS: Do The Funky Something-The Best of - Rhino R2 72410
BO DIDDLEY: The Chess Box (3CD) - MCA CH3 19502
RAY CHARLES: Genius & Soul/50th Anniversary Album (5CD) Rhino RHCD 72858
The Birth of Soul-The Complete Atlantic R&B Sessions (3CD) - Atlantic 782310-2
The Birth of a Legend (2CD) - Ebony CD 8001-8002
CHUCK BERRY: The Chess Box (3CD) - MCA CHD3 80001
JAMES BROWN: Star Time-The Godfather of Soul (4CD) - Polydor 849109-112
Roots of A Revolution (2CD) - Polydor 817304-2
Soul Pride-The Instrumentals 1959-1969 (2CD) - Polydor 517845-
The J.B.´s - Funky Good Time: The Anthology (2CD) - Polydor 527094-2
CLYDE McPHATTER: Deap Sea Ball-The Best of - Atlantic 82314-2
Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters - Sequel RSA CD 803
JESSE BELVIN: Goodnight My Love - Ace CDCHD 336
The Blues Balladeer - Specialty SPCD 7003-2
SAM COOKE: The Man And His Music - RCA PCD1-7127
Sam Cooke´s Night Beat - Abkco - 1124-2
BEN E. KING: The Very Best of - Rhino R2 72970
JACKIE WILSON: The Very Best of - Rhino R2 71559
BROOK BENTON: Endlessly-The Best of - Rhino R2 75324
SOLOMON BURKE: Home In Your Heart - The Best of (2CD) - Rhino R2 70284
KING CURTIS: Hot Sax, Cool Licks - Ace CDCHD 757
or: Instant Soul - Razor & Tie RE 2054 and Instant Groove - Edsel EDCD 315
JOE TEX: The Very Best of - Rhino R 2 72565
WILSON PICKETT: The Very Best of - Rhino R2 71212
OTIS REDDING: The Very Best of Vol 1 & 2 (2CD) - Rhino R2 71147 and R2 71930
MARVIN GAYE: Twenty Greatest Hits - Motown MOTD 6201
ARETHA FRANKLIN: The Very Best of Vol 1 & 2 (2CD) - Rhino R2 71598 and R2 71599
NAT KING COLE: The World of  - Capitol 60680-2 (27 super classics)
THE R&B BOX - 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues - various artists (6CD) - Rhino R2 71806
Leiber & Stoller present the Spark Records Story - Ace CDCH 801
Hard Times - The Leiber & Stoller Story, Volume one - Ace CDCHD 1010
Rhyme and Reason - The first of Leiber & Stoller - El Toro CD E&B 109
The R&B Hits 1942-45 (various artists) - Indigo (2-set) IGOCD 76612641000
1946 - The R&B Hits
(various artists) - Indigo IGOCD 2060
1947 - The R&B Hits
(various artists) - Indigo IGOCD 2081Z
1948 - The R&B Hits (various artists) - Indigo (2-set) IGODCD 101Z
1949 - The R&B Hits (various artists) - Indigo (2-set) IGODCD 104Z
1950 - The R&B Hits (various artists) - Indigo (2-set) IGODCS 105Z
The R&B Hits of 1951 (various artists) - Indigo (2-set) IGODCD 2500
The R&B Hits of 1952 (various artists) - Indigo (3-set) IGOTCD 2532
The R&B Hits of 1953 (various artists) - Indigo (3-set) IGOTCD 2540
The R&B Hits of 1954 (v.a
. 4CD-set with 8 page-booklet-84 tracks) - Indigo IGOTCD 2565
The R&B Hits of 1955 (v.a.3-set) - Castle CMETD1267
The R&B Years 1955 Volume One & Two (4CDs) - Boulevard Vintage BVCD1012, 1014
The R&B Years 1956 Volume One & Two (4CDs) - Boulevard Vintage BVCD1512, 1532

(the Boulevard series starts with 1947 and has volumes covering each year witha 100 tracks per year from then on)
from Secret Records
and also two volumes covering 1942-1945
The Greatest R&B Hits of 1956 - Acrobat (4CD) ACQCD 7006
The Greatest R&B Hits of 1957  - Acrobat (4CD) ACQCD 7007
R&B Spotlight ´58 - Fantastic Voyage (2CD) FVDD 016
The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll, 1946-1954 (v.a.) - Hip-O CD (2-set) 02252 (60 great tracks)
The Motown Box (4CD) - Motown MOT 4999
(72 early classics - several in extended stereo mixes)
Tamla Motown Gold
- All the hits from the 60's - (3-set) Universal 016301-2
A Copmplete Introdiction to Chess (4CD - 1948-75) - Universal UK 531 770-2
Boogielogy - The Boogie Woogie Masters - GVC (2CD) 2024
Gettin' Funky - The Birth Of New Orleans R&B - 4CD various artists (mostly 1949-1950) - Properbox 28 and
The Cosimo Matassa Story - 4CD various artists (1950-1956) - Properbox 129

Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection
A Super-Set on Bear Family, issued in 2012  - dont miss it!!!!

Blowing the fuse.
Blowing The Fuse
- series (1 CD per year)
R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox - on Bear Family
1945 - 1960       Simply great DigiPacs!!!
Now also the follow-up series:
Sweet Soul Music   1961 - 1966
(the volymes 1967-1970 are a bit outside the interest of the original R&B era)

: Sixty Minute Men-The Best of - Rhino R2 71509
THE CLOVERS: Down In The Alley-The Best of - Atlantic 82312-2
Love Potion No. 9 - EMI CDP7 96336-2
THE RAVENS: Be I Bumble Bee or Not - Indigo IGOCD 21276Z
THE "5" ROYALES: Monkey, Hips And Rice-Anthology (2CD) - Rhino R2 7154
All Righty!-The Apollo Recordings 1951-1955 - WestSide WESM 591
HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS: Sexy Ways-The Best of - Rhino R2 71512
THE MOONGLOWS: Blue Velvet-Ultimate Collection (2CD) - MCA CHD2 9345
THE FLAMINGOS: The Best of - Rhino R2 70967
THE DRIFTERS: Rockin´ & Driftin´ (3CD) - Rhino R2 72417
THE PLATTERS: Enchanted-The Best of - Rhino R2 75326
THE CADILLACS: The Cadillacs Rock - Bear Family BCD 16281 AR
THE COASTERS: 50 Coastin´ Classics (2CD) - Rhino R2 71090
Down Home - Varese Vintage (Varese Sarabande) CD 302066844-2
Charlie Brown - MR. R&B CD-102 (Relicversion)
There's A Riot Goin' On - The Coasters On Atco - Rhino Handmade RHM2 7740 (4CD)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Rockin´ Soul-The Story Vol 1 - Rhino R2 70908
THE IMPRESSIONS: Greatest Hits - MCA MCAD 31588
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: The Greatest Hits - Motown 530121
THE TEMPTATIONS: Gold (2CD) - Motown 49863200
THE DOO WOP BOX - various artists (4 CD) - Rhino 71563

The best re-issue label in the "Public Domain"
Classics CD featuring Johnny Otis 1950 (one of three issues).
chronological "Blues & Rhythm Series"
(distributed by Discovery Records Ltd in UK)

By the end of May, 2005 the French label Classics - produced by Gilles Petard, and specializing on public domain reissues in chronological order (up to and including 1954) has issued 134 one-set CDs covering the R&B Pioneers, with circa 20+ chronological tracks on each CD from the Pioneers' first recordings in nice-looking packages (see miage above) - and great short-bios by Dave Penny plus session details. Among the great artists represented in the series are Dave Bartholomew, Earl Bostic, John Brim, Clarence Brown, Roy Brown, Ruth Brown, Walter Brown, LaVern Baker, Ray Charles, The Clovers, Bill Doggett, Fats Domino, The Dominoes, Lowell Fulson, Lloyd Glenn, Lightnin'  Hopkins, Ivory Joe Hunter, Elmore James, B.B. King, Joe Liggins, Little Esther, Little Walter, Jimmy McCracklin, Big Jay McNeely, Amos Milburn, Joe Morris, Johnny Otis, Lloyd Price, Professor Longhair, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Todd Rhodes, Sunnyland Slim, Big Mama Thornton, Eddie Vinson, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin'  Wolf, Billy Wright; .. plus several more Pioneers - and the artists who recorded more than 20+ tracks during the early years are represented with more than one record. Well - you may read the above as a true list of the Pioneers of R&B who really were there from the beginning and made at least 20 recordings after the war and up to 1954! (Classics has also issued several pre-R&B vocalists in their long-term jazz series). John Lee Hooker´s great double-CD series (with six great 2-set CDs) on Body & Soul are also the fruit of Gilles Petard's great ideas of letting the fans collect their old favorites.

My favorite label and its essential compilation
"The Modern Records Story - The Very Best on the Modern labels".

The Very Best on the Modern labels

Ace CDCHD 784       30 tracks on one CD:
Ike & Tina Turner: I Can´t Believe What You Say - Lowelll Fulsom: Tramp - Elmore James: Dust My Blues, Blues Before Sunrise - Johnny "Guitar" Watson: Three Hours Past Midnight - Jesse Belvin: Goodnight My Love (Pleasent Dreams) - Young Jessie: Mary Lou - Ike Turner: Cunabo Jump - The Cadets: Stranded In The Jungle - The Jacks:   Why Don´t You Write Me - Howling Wolf: My Baby Stole Off - Marvin & Johnny: Cherry Pie - Rosco Gordon; No More Doggin´ - Shirley Gunter: Oop Shoop - Lightnin´ Hopkins: Jake Hed Boogie - Junior Thompson with the Meteors: Mama´s Little Baby - The Teen Queens: Eddie My Love - B B King: Three O´Clock Blues - Ira Mae Littlejohn: Go Devil Go - John Lee Hooker: I´m In The Mood - Pee Wee Crayton - Texas Hop - The Ikettes: Peaches ´n´ Cream - Etta James: Good Rockin´ Daddy - The Cliques: Girl In My Dreams - Richard Berry: The Big Break - Jimmy McCracklin: Gonna Tell Your Mother - Z.Z. Hill: I Need Someone (To Love Me) - Joe Houston: All Night Long.

My Top Vinyl Albums
(Restricted to Vinyl LPs, which where made as an "album session"
- listed in order of recording / release)

    LaVern Baker: LaVern - Atlantic 8002 (1956)
Muddy Waters:
Sings Big Bill Broonzy - Chess LP 1444 (1959)
B. B. King: My Kind of Blues - Crown LP 5188 (1960)
Lloyd Price
: Mr. Personality Sings the Blues - ABC Par. 315 (1960)
John Lee Hooker: Travelin´ - VeeJay LP 1023 (1960)
Jackie Wilson: Jackie Sings the Blues - Brunswick 7-64055 (1960)
Jesse Belvin: Mr. Easy - RCA 2105 (1960)
The Coasters: One By One - Atco 33-123 (1960)
Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz - Impulse AS2 (1960)
John Lee Hooker: Burnin´ - VeeJay LP 1043 (1961)
Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley - Checker LP 2984 (1962)
Jimmy Reed: Just Jimmy Reed - VeeJay SR 1050 (1962)
Sam Cooke: Night Beat - RCA Victor LP 2709 (1963)
Otis Spann (& James Cotton): The Blues Never Die - Prestige 7391 (1964)
Jackie Wilson - Somethin' Else - Brunswick 7-54117 (1964)
James Brown: Grits and Soul - Smash 67057 (1964)
Junior Wells´ Chicago Blues Band: Hoodoo Man - Delmark DS 9612 (1965)
Johnny Young: and his Chicago Blues Band - Arhoolie F 1029 (1965)
John Lee Hooker: The Real Folk Blues - Chess LP 1508 (1966)
Jimmy Smith:  Got My Mojo Working - Verve V6-8614 (1966)
John Lee Hooker: Live at the Café au Go-Go - Bluesway LP 6002 (1966)
B. B. King: From The Beginning - Kent KST 533 (2-set) (1967)
(brass added to King´s old hits plus some new ones)
Jackie Wilson & Count Basie: Manufacturs of Soul - Brunswick 754134 (1968)
Ike & Tina: Outta Season - BlueThumb 8805 (1969)
King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree: Blues at Montreux - Atlantic SD 1837 (1971)
Muddy Waters: Live at Mister Kelly´s - Chess CH 50012 (1971)
Howlin´ Wolf: The Back Door Wolf - Chess CH 50045 (1972)
Otis Rush: Cold Days In Hell - Delmark DS-638 (1975)

Some of the best reading
on Vocal Groups, Rhythm & Blues,

Soul Music and Post War Blues

*  Highly recommended

Oldies Book Store

Vocal Groups
"The Coasters" by Bill Millar.
* The Coasters: Bill Millar (UK 1974)
* Carl Gardner - Yakety Yak I Fought Back - My Life with The Coasters: Veta Gardner (AuthorHouse, 2007)
* Beyond the Dream: Veta Gardner (AuthoHouse 2010)
Those Hoodlum Friends - The Coasters: Claus Röhnisch (this Web Site)

Disco-File: Fernando L. Gonzales - 2008 (first edition 1974, second 1977) THIRD EDITION 2008     (website)
* The Billboard Book of American Singing Groups - A History 1940 - 1990: Jay Warner (542 pages; US 1993);
     reprinted as The DaCapo Book of American Singing Groups (US 2000)
     - updated in 2006 as American Singing Groups - A History from 1940 to Today (Hal-Leonard, US)
Encyclopedia of Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop Vocal Groups: Mitch Rosalsky (The Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0-8108-3663-7; 703 pages; US 2002)
* Group Harmony - Echoes of the Rhythm and Blues Era: Todd R. Baptista - new edition (Collectables,  www.oldies US 2007)
* Group Harmony - Behind the Rhythm and the Blues: Todd R. Baptista (US 1998)
A Discography of Rhythm & Blues and Rock ´N Roll Vocal Groups 1945 to 1965: Robert D. Ferlingere (US 1976, 4th edition - 2002)
Doo-Wop - The Forgotten third of Rock 'n Roll
: Anthony J. Gribin, Matthew M. Schiff IUS 1992)
Setting the Record Straight (2007) and Vol 2 (2009): Anthony P. Musso (AuthorHouse - based on interviews with survivors)
* Save The Last Dance For Me - The Musical Legacy of the Drifters: Tony Allen with Faye Treadwell (US 1993)
    - (or updated 2005 edition softback of above - self published)
The Ultimate Vocal Group Harmony Reference Guide (Volume 1 and Volume 2): Dennis Holran (US 2008)
The Drifters: Bill Millar (UK 1971)
Drifters 1: Bill Pinkney - 50 years 1953-2003 (US 2003)
* They All Sang On The Corner: Philip Groia (US 1973)
* Temptations: Otis Williams with Patricia Romanowski (US 1988 and 2002)
* Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations: Mark Ribowsky (2010)
L.A. Vocal Groups 1945-1965: Steve Propes and Galen Gart ( Big Nickel, US 2001)
   (aka: Recorded in Hollywood - The Glory Years of Rhythm & Blues)
Rhythm And Blues - The Forties and Fifties: Lynn McCutcheon (US 1971)
* Doo Wop - The Chicago Scene: Robert Pruter (US 1996)
* Where Did Our Love Go - The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound: Nelson George (US 1985)
* Dreamgirl & Supreme Faith - My life as a Supreme: Mary Wilson - part 2 with Patricia Romanowski (updated edition - 2 books in one - US 1999)
The Lost Supreme - The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard: Peter Benjaminson (US 2008)
The Supremes - A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal: Mark Ribowsky (US 2010)
The Heart of Rock and Soul: Dave Marsh (UK 1989)
Girl Groups - The Story of a Sound: Alan Betrock (US 1982)
* The Unsung Heroes of Rock ´n´ Roll: Nick Tosches (UK 1991)
Girl Groups - Fabulous Females That Rocked The World: John Clemente (US 2000)
The Original Marvelettes: Marc Taylor (US 2000)
The Complete Book of Doo-Wop: Gribin-Schiff (US)

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Post War Blues
* Boogie Man - The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century: Charles Shaar Murray (Viking, UK 1999)
Boogie Chillen - A Guide to John Lee Hooker on Disc: Les Fancourt (UK 1992)
Blues Records 1943 - 1970 Vol One: Mike Leadbitter, Neil Slaven; Vol Two: Mike Leadbitter, Leslie Fancourt and Paul Pelletier (Record Information Services, London 1994)
Blues Discography The Blues Discography
* The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970 by Fancourt and McGrath (the new edition!)
- this is followed by The Soul Discography (in three volumes - se below).

All music guide. get the AMG guides (in cooperation with Backbeat Books)
All Music Guide to the Blues - The Definitive Guide to the Blues (3rd edition): Vladimir Bogdanov et al (Backbeat Books, US 2003)
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings:
Tony Russell and Chris Smith (UK 2006)
* The History of the Blues - The Roots, The Music, The People: Francis Davis (US 1995, 2003)
-- (Davis' book is in my opinion the best read u can get in understanding the blues and its roots)
* The Blues - A Very Short Introduction: Elijah Wald (Oxford 2010)
- (Wald's little book is highly recoommended - read it and you will really be in touch with the true blues and a perfect companion to Davis')

* The Big Book of Blues: Robert Santelli (UK 1994)
* Delta Blues -  The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters who Revolutionized American Music: Ted Gioia (W. W. Norton, US 2008)
* Stormy Monday - The T-Bone Walker Story: Helen Oakly Dance (US 1987)
* Fessor Mojo´s "Don´t Start Me To Talkin´ (Sonny Boy Williamson): William E. Donoghue (US 1997)
* Chicago Breakdown: Mike Rowe (UK 1973) or Chicago Blues - The City and the Music: Mike Rowe (US 1975)
Deep Blues: Robert Palmer (Penguin, New York, 1981)
Nothing But The Blues – The Music and the Musicians: Lawrence Cohn, ed (US 1999)
* Muddy Waters - The Mojo Man: Sandra B. Tooze (with Discography by Phil Wright) (US 1998)
* Can´t Be Satisfied - The Life and Times of Muddy Waters: Robert Gordon (US June 2002)
Muddy Waters: Judy Astley (US 1997)
The Muddy Waters Story: (CD book) Keith Rodway (US 2000)
Bossmen - Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters: James Rooney (US 1986)
Elmore James - The Ultimate Guide to the Master of Slide: Steve Franz (US 1994)
* The Amazing Secret History of Elmore James: Steve Franz (BlueSource Publ, US 2002)
* Moanin´ At Midnight - The Life and Times of Howlin´ Wolf: James Segrest & Mark Hoffman (US June, 2004)
Trumpet Records
- An Illustrated History with Discography: Marc Ryan (Big Nickel, US 1995)
Spinning Blues Into Gold -
The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records: Nadine Cohodas (US 2000)
* Chess Records - Machers and Rockers: Rich Cohen (US 2005)
The Story of Chess Records
: John Collis (1998)
I Am The Blues - The Willie Dixon Story:  Willie Dixon with Don Snowden (US 1989)
South To Louisiana - John Broven (UK)
* Blues With A Feeling - The Little Walter Story: Tony Glover, Scott Dirks and Ward Gaines (US 2002)
Little Walter
- Chronological Recordings: Tony Glover (US 1997)
* The Arrival of B.B. King - The Authorized Biography: Charles Sawyer (US 1980, UK 1981)
* Blues Boy - The Life and Music of B.B. King: Sebastian Danchin (Univeristy Press of Mississippi, US 1998)
* Blues All Around Me - The Autobiography of B.B. King: B.B. King & David Ritz (US 1996)
Every Day I Sing The Blues - The Story of B.B. King: David Shirley (US, 1995)
B. B. King - There Is Always One More Time: David McGee (Backbeat, US 2005)
B B King Treasures: BB King, Dick Waterman (US 2005)

BB King / Albert & Freddy - Discography: Leslie Fancourt (UK 1993)
* Big Boss Man - The Life and Music of Bluesman Jimmy Reed: Will Romano (Backbeat, US 2006)
Encyclopedia of the Blues (Volumes 1 & 2): Edward Komara, editor (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group -
   ISBN 0-415-92699-8 (1100 A4 pages in two volumes, publ 2006 - very expensive - but a huge work!)
Earl Hooker - Blues Master
: Sebastian Danchin (US 2001)
* Urban Blues: Charles Keil (US and UK, 1966)
Conversation with the blues: Paul Oliver (Us 1965, reprint 1997)
* Feel Like Going Home - Portraits In Blues and Rock 'n' Roll: Peter Guralnick (US 1971, 1989, 2003)
Rhino's Cruise Through The Blues: Barry Hansen (BK, US 2000)
Rollin´ And Tumblin´ - The Postwar Blues Guitarists: Jas Obrecht, editor (US 2002)
* Spinning Blues Into Gold - The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records: Nadine Cohodas (US 2000)
Damn Right I´ve Got The Blues: Buddy Guy and Donald Wilcock (US 1993)
Blues For Dummies: Lonnie Brooks, Cub Koda, Wayne Baker Brooks (IDG BOOks 1988)
A Blues Bibliography - The International Literature of an Afro-American Music Genre: Robert Ford (Paul Pelletier, publ. UK 1999)
Blues Who's Who - A Biographical Dictionary of Blues Singers: Sheldon Harris (US 1981)
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Guralnik, Santelli, George-Warren Farley, eds (US 2003)
Harmonica, Harps and Heavy Beathers: Kim Field (US 1993)
The Virgin Encyclopedia of The Blues: Colin Larkin (Virgin UK 1998)
The Rough Guide to Blues: Nigel Williamson (US 2007)
The Devil's Music - A History of the Blues: Giles Oakley (UK 1976, 1983, 1997) - mostly pre-war
The Country Blues: Sam Charters (US 1959)
*  The Golden Age of the Blues: Richard Havers & Richard Evans (UK 2009) incl. 20-tracks CD

R & B Pioneers      
Galen Gart´s First Pressings series.    The R&B Indies.   
* First Pressings - The History of Rhythm & Blues - Nine Volumes of 1950 - 1958: Galen Gart (Big Nickel, US, 1995)
* First Pressings - The History of Rhythm & Blues - Volume 9: 1959: Galen Gart (Big Nickel, US, February 2003)
* The R&B Book - A Disc-History of Rhythm & Blues: Big Al Pavlow ( Music House Publ. US 1983) - reprinted 2009
- get it at
Music House Publishing, PO BOX 2271, PROVIDENCE, RI 02905
* Hound Dog - The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller with David Ritz (US June, 2009)
The Real Rhythm And Blues: Hugh Gregory (UK 1998)
The Early Years of Rhythm & Blues
: Alan Govenar (Shiffer Publ 2004)
* Blue Rhythms - Six Lives in Rhythm and Blues: Chip Deffaa (US 1996)
The Rockin´ 50s: Arnold Shaw (US 1974, 1987)
* Honkers And Shouters - The Golden Years of Rhythm & Blues: Arnold Shaw (US 1978)
Midnight at the Barrelhouse - The Johnny Otis Story: George Lipsitz (US 2010)
Walking to New Orleans - The Story of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues: John Broven (UK 1974)) replaced in the US as Rhythm And Blues In New Orleans
* Blue Monday - Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll: Rick Coleman (2006)
* I Hear You Knockin´ - The Sound of New Orleans R&B: Jeff Hannusch (US 1985)
The Soul of New Orleans - A legacy of rhythm and blues: Jeff Hannusch ((US 2002)
* King of the Queen City - The Story of King Records: Jon Hartley Fox (US 2009)
* Takin´ Back My Name - The Confessions of Ike Turner: Ike Turner with Nigel Cawthorne (UK 1999)
The Late Great Johnny Ace And The Transition from R&B to Rock´n´Roll: James M. Salem (US 2005)
The R&B Indies  (Vol 1 - 4): Bob McGrath (US 2000; revised 2005-2006)
check  for more details on The R&B Indies!
"What´d I Say" - The Atlantic Story - 50 Years of Music:
Ahmet Ertegun; editor C. Perry Richardson (Orion UK & US 2001)
* Icons of R&B and Soul Volumes 1 & 2  - Bob Gulla (Greenwood Press, US 2008)
* Let The Good Times Roll - The Story of Louis Jordan & His Music: John Chilton (US 1994)
Rock Mr. Blues - The Life and Music of Wynonie Harris: Tony Carlins (Big Nickel, US 1995)
Upside Your Head! - Rhythm & Blues on Central Avenue: Johnny Otis (US 1993)
* Miss Rhythm - The Autobiography of Ruth Brown: Ruth Brown with Andrew Yule (US 1996)
The Gangster of Love - Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Performer, Preacher, Pimp: Vincent Bakker (Createspace, US 2009)
Clyde McPhatter - A Biographical Essay with Discography: Colin Escott with Richard Weize (Germany 1987)
Boogie Lightnin´: Michael Lydon and Ellen Mandel (US 1974)
* Feel Like Going Home - Portraits in Blues and Rock ´n´ Roll: Peter Guralnik (US 1971, reprint 1989, 2003)
The Early History of Rhythm & Blues: Alvin Govenar (US 1990)
King Records of Cincinnati: Randy McNutt (Images of America) (US 2009)
Dinah Washington - Queen of the Blues: James Haskin (US 1987)
Brown Sugar - Eighty Years of America´s Black Female Super Stars: Donald Bogle (US 1980)
Showtime at the Apollo: Tedd Fox (US 1983)
* Jazz- The Golden Era: Richard Havers & Richard Evans (US 2009) incl. 20-tracks CD

Rhythm & Blues and Rock ´n´ Roll


All music guide. get the AMG guides (in cooperation with Backbeat Books)
All Music Guide to Soul
- The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul: Vladimir Bogdanov et al (Backbeat Books, US 2003)
* Billboard Hit Makers - Stars of Soul and Rhythm & Blues: Lee Hildebrand (da Capo, US 1996)
* The Sound of the City - The Rise of  Rock and Roll (revised edition): Charlie Gillett (UK 1984)
* Rock & Roll - An Unruly History: Robert Palmer (US 1995)
* Record Makers and Breakers - Voices of the independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers: John Broven (US 2009)
Baby, That Was Rock & Roll - The Legendary Leiber & Stoller: Robert Palmer (US 1978)
(The New) Rolling Stone Album Guide: Nathan Bracket, editor (revised edition, 2004)
* Tell The Truth Until They Bleed - Coming clean in the dirty world of Blues and Rock ''n' Roll: Josh Alan Friedman (Backbeat Books, 2008)
(the above featuring a longer chapter on Jerry Leiber, written in 2007)
* Always Magic In The Air - The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era: Ken Emerson (US 2005)
(featuring tons of info on Leiber and Stoller)

* Making Tracks - Atlantic Records: Charlie Gillett (UK 1975)
* Chuck Berry - The Autobiography: Chuck Berry (Harmony Press, US 1987)
* Chuck Berry - The Biography: John Collis (Aurum Press, UK 2002)
* Long Distance Information - The Recorded Legacy of Chuck Berry: Fred Rothwell (UK 2001)
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man - The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry: Bruce Pegg (US 2002)
* They Kept On Rockin´- The Giants of Rock ´n ´ Roll: Stuart Colman (UK 1982)
That Old-Time Rock & Roll - A Chronicle of an era, 1954-63: Richard Aquila (US 1989, 2000)
Sh-Boom - The Explosion of Rock 'N' Roll 1953-1968: Clay Cole (US 2009)
* Flowers in the Dustbin - The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977: James Miller (US 1999)
* Joel Whitburn: “Hot R&B Songs 1942-2010” (6th edition US 2010)
Joel Whitburn´s Top Rhythm & Blues Records 1949 - 1971 - Best Selling Singles (US 1973)
* The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits: Joel Whitburn (US 2006)
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Joel Whitburn (1955 onwards); Joel Whitburn (8th edition 2004)
Joel Whitburn's Pop Hits 1940 - 1954: Joel Whitburn (US 1994)

The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: edited by Jim Miller (US 1976, 1980)
The Rolling Stone Encoclypedia of Rock and Roll: Holly George-Warren Patricia Romanowski (US 1983, 1995, 2001)
Guiness Book of Rock Stars: edited by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton (2nd edition, UK 1991)
Encyclopedia of Rock 1955 - 1975: edited by Phil Hardy and Dave Laing (UK 1977) or
The Da Capo Companion to Twentieth-Century Popular Music: Phil Hardy and Dave Laing (New York, 1995)

The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B: Peter Shapiro (US & UK 2006)
Atlantic Records - A Discography, Vol 1- 4: Michel Ruppli (US 1973)
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Black Music
: edited by Mike Clifford (UK 1982)
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Fifties Music: Colin Larkin (Virgin UK 1998)
The Virgin Encyclopedia of R&B and Soul
: Colin Larkin (UK 1998)
Standard Catalog of Rhythm & Blues Records: Tim Neely (US 2002)
* The Life And Times of Little Richard - The Authorised Biography: Charles White (US 1984 and US/UK 1994; third edition Omnibus Press, 2003)
* Little Richard - The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll: David Kirby (US 2009) - The story of Tutti-Frutti.
Little Richard Special: John Garodkin (Denmark 1984)
* Rhythm and the Blues: Jerry Wexler and David Ritz (US 1993)
LaVern Baker - an R&B Great Returns: Goldmine magazine issue 286 (July 12, 1991)
* Bo Diddley: Living Legend: George R. White (UK 1995)
* Rage to Survive - The Etta James Story: Etta James and David Ritz (US 1995)
* Fever - Little Willie John - A Fast Life, Strange Death and the Birth of Soul: Susan Whitall & Kevin John (US 2011)
Sun Records - The Discography: Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins (Germany 1987)
Good Rockin´ Tonight - Sun Records and the Birth of R ´n´ R (US 1991)
Bo Diddley - The Complete Sessions: Geroge R. White (UK 1990)
* The Death of Rhythm & Blues: Nelson George (US 1988)
The New Blue Music - Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950 - 1999: Richard J. Ripani (US  2006)
Right On - From Blues To Soul in Black America: Michael Haralambous (US 1974)
Bonniers Rock Lexikon: Jan Sneum (Denmark and Sweden  1987, 1993)
* Unsung Heroes of Rock ´n´ Roll: Nick Tosches (US 1991)
Rough Guide To Rock: Jonathan Buckley (US, UK 2000)
The Roots & Rhythm Guide to Rock: Frank Scott and Al Ennis (US)
Let The Good Times Rock!:  Bill Millar (Music mentor, UK 2004)
Backbeat - Earl Palmer's Story: Tony Scherman (US 2003)
Rock On - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock N' Roll - The Solid Gold Years: Norm N. Nite (US 1974, 1977)
* The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll: Richard Havers & Richard Evans (UK 2010) incl. 20-tracks CD
On This Day In Black Music History: Jay Warner (US 2006)
What Was The First Rock 'n Roll Record?: Jim Dawson and Steve Propes (US 1992)
Hit Men: Fredric Dannen (US 1990)
He's A Rebel - Phil Spector, Rock and Roll's Legendary Producer: Mark Ribowsky (US 2007)
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered - The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder: Mark Ribowsky (US 2010)

A book where the editor of this web site does not agree with the "taste" of the author:
The Heart of Rock and Soul - The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made: Dave Marsh (Plume 1989 and DaCapo, 1989)

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Soul Music

The Soul Discography vol 1 A-F:
Bob McGrath (2010); vol 2 (2011); and 3 on its way soon!
get them at eyeballproductions

All music guide. get the AMG guides (in cooperation with Backbeat Books)
All Music Guide to Soul
- The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul: Vladimir Bogdanov et al (Backbeat Books, US 2003)
* Brother Ray - Ray Charles´ Own Story: Ray Charles and David Ritz (US 1978)
* Ray Charles - Man And Music: Michael Lydon (Payback Press, UK 1999)
* Ray Charles - The Birth Of Soul: Mike Evans, (Omnibus 2005)
* James Brown - The Godfather of Soul: James Brown with Bruce Tucker (US and UK 1986)
The James Brown Reader: Nelson George and Alan Leeds, editors (Plume, US 2008)
I Feel Good - A Memoir of a Life of Soul: James Brown with Marc Eliot (US 2005)
* The Life of James Brown (reedited "Black and Proud"): Geoff Brown (UK 2007 - "1996") - great stuff!
* You Send Me - The Life and Times of Sam Cooke. David Wolff with S.R. Crain, Clifton White and G. Davis Tenebaum (US 1995)
The Man Who Invented Soul - Sam Cooke: Joe McEwen (US 1977)
* Dream Boogie - The Triumph of Sam Cooke: Peter Guralnick (US 2005)
* Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops : Tony Douglas (US and UK 2001 and 2005) (also publ. as: The Man, The Music, The Mob (Mainstream, 2000)
* The Black Elvis:Doug Carter (US 1998)
* Nowhere To Run - The Story of Soul Music: Gerri Hirshey (UK 1984)
* Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness: Geoff Brown (Mojo Books 2001)
Otis! - The Otis Redding Story: - Scott Freeman - (US 2001)
* I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin: Matt Dobkin (Griffin, 2006)
* Sweet Soul Music - Rhythm and Blues - and the Southern Dream of Freedom: Peter Guralnik (US 1986, reprint 1999, 2002)
Soulsville U.S.A. - The Story of Stax Records: Rob Bowman (UK/US 1997)
Chicago Soul: Robert Pruter (US 1992)
The Life and Times of The Motown Stars: Alex MacKenzie (UK 2009)
Where Did Our Love Go? - The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound: Nelson George (US 1985, 2007)
Motown - Music, Money, Sex, and Power: Gerald Posner (US 2002, 2005)
Motown - The Golden Years: Bill Dahl (US 2001)
The Story of Motown
: Peter Benjaminson (US 1979)
King Curtis - A Discography: Dave Sax (UK 1984)
* Divided Soul - The Life of Marvin Gaye: David Ritz (US 1985)
Marvin Gaye, My Brother: Frankie Gaye with Fred E. Basten (US 2005)
* Smokey -  Inside My Life: Smokey Robinson and David Ritz (US 1989)
* Aretha - From These Roots: Aretha Franklin and David Ritz (US 1999)
Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul: Mark Bego (2001)
* Music Man - Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records and the Triumph of Rock ´n´ Roll: Dorothy Wade and Justine Picardie (US and UK 1990) aka Atlantic & The Godfathers of Rock and Roll (haven´t seen or read this alternate edition)
I, Tina - My Life Story: Tina Turner with Kurt Loder (US 1976)
To Be Loved - The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown: Berry Gordy (US 1994)
Ladies of Soul: David Freeland (US, 2001)
My Name Is Love - The Darlene Love Story: Darlene Love, Rob Hoerburger, Bob Hoerburger (US
A Change Is Gonna Come - Muisc, Race and the Soul of America: Craig Werner (US 1998)


Simply terrific

The origingal Swedish version of "El Coyote" the first book.The Sweish series of 46 books were published between the early/mid 1950s to 1960. The Swedish "Coyote" - its the number 2 volume, "La vuelta del Coyote", published in Sweden in the mid-fifties. cover of the Swedish second version of the first book "El Coyote" - published in 1971-72  Only six volumes reached the market..

El Coyote  
Adv. for the "El Coyote" movie (Spain, 1998).   "El Coyote" original book cover.   El Coyote
"El Coyote"

- an original wild-west series by José Mallorqui (original series 1944 - 1953).
He also wrote under the pseudonyms Carter Mulford, Leland R. Kitchell and E. Mallory Ferguson.

The Swedish original version of "Plomo en una estrella".    Th Swedish version of "La Firma del Coyote".

Ramón Charlo's book the the places of Coyote.Ramón Charlo's book on José Mallorqui.The characters of the Coyote-novels.The Facts of Coyote.
Above: Four books written on Coyote and Mallorqui by Ramón Charlo.

El Coyote's real name is César de Echagüe and he is a rich man living at a ranch called San Antonio outside of Los Angeles.
In Mallorqui's novels one can trace that César was born sometime between 1826 and 1930.
The novels cover adventures from 1846 until circa 1875.
César was inspired by a masked female actress and by the Zorro legend when he started operating as El Coyote in 1846.
Coyote protects the original Spanish community of California from the Anglo Americans.
I have only the 46 plus the later published 6 volumes in Swedish
comprising the years from December 1851 to around 1874 -
and I know there are 120 original volumes plus 10 extras;
plus at least 62 Nuevo Coyote - the latter telling stories of pre-1851.
Jéronimo Sanz of Spain tells me he has 192 editions.
On the THE BEST COYOTE SITE (CHRONOLOGICAL) there are 13 countries marked, who published the series -
and a total of 16 volumes are missing up to the Swedish first 45 chronological volumes.

Coyote had a black shirt (neither white nor blue or red - although the drawing show a white or blue shirt)
... and he wore gloves - the mask covered more of his upper face than shown on the fine drawings.
He was born César de Echagüe in Los Angeles, which he left for Havana as a youngster (around 1845) and
"officially" returned in December 1851 (although operating as Coyote in California several times).
César's sister Beatriz was born 1833 - she married ex-Washington resident Edmond Greene
(both knew of Césars double identities).
After his first wife's -  Leonore de Acevedo, born circa 1832 - death in 1857,
when César Jr (nicknamed El Cuervo - The Raven - from 1873)
was born, his father César (Coyote) left Los Angeles again, for several years, but returned in circa 1865
(although he secretely worked in America as Coyote after only a few years abroad).
Guadelupe - Lupe/Lupita Martinez - later de Torres
(in 1872), who became even much richer than César,
was born circa 1835 and married César in 1870.
Their child Leonorin was born in 1871 - and fosterchild Eduardito (Gomez de la Mata) also in 1871.
The Lugones brothers and the indian woman Adelia helped Coyote from the very first beginning.
Ricardo Yesares (Coyote's sub for many years from circa 1865) was born circa 1834.
Coyote's closest allied
from 1865 was César's servant, the deaf indian Matias Alberes.
In later novels gunman Mario Lujan helped Coyote several times.
From around 1873 the skilled indian Pedro Bienvenido becomes Coyote's foremest allied and César's servant.

THE BEST COYOTE SITE  (with all information you want)
Just click on the internal links on top of the site - and you will find every book cover.

C= El Coyote; CE= El Coyote Especial
Editor: Ediciones Clíper
Nº de ejemplares: 130 (120, 9 Extras y 1 Especial)
Fecha aparición: Sep 1944. // Fecha desaparición: Mar 1951.
Formato: 15 x 19,5 cm.
Precio: 2, 3 y 4 Ptas, 6 Ptas Extras.
Nº de páginas: 64.

NC= Nuevo Coyote
Editor: Ediciones Clíper
Nº de ejemplares: 62.
Fecha aparición: 1951. // Fecha desaparición: 1953.
Formato: 10,8 x 15,5 cm.
Precio: 4 y 5 Ptas.
Nº de páginas: 128.

More on Coyote     Spanish Wikipedia on Coyote    Coyote Blog translated

  ...   El Coyote   ... and the movie ,   more on José Mallorqui   - fansite 
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- the Swedish series

Coyote Synopsis -   Nick Carter connection with Coyote



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Charter Members:
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Soon after Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkman joined, followed by Canary Bird;
and later Red Tornado, Hawkgirl, Elongated Man, and Zatanna.
In the TV-series "Smallville" Green Arrow is the one who gives birth to the Justice League.

The original DC JLA ( featuring the charter members and  Black Canary, Green Arrow, The Atom, Tornado, Hawkman, Elongated Man, Zatanna, and Hawkgirl.
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The classic JLA.

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