IN THE CAN : APRIL 1960
April 1, 1960 : CLIFF RICHARD records three LP tracks at EMI's Abbey
Road studio in London. "You And I" and "Working After School" will be
released on the LP "Me And My Shadows" (Columbia SX 1261) in October.
"I Live For You" ends up on the album "Listen To Cliff" (Columbia SX
1320) in May 1961.
Backing by the Shadows (Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Jet Harris and Tony
Meehan) and / or the Norrie Paramor orchestra.
Produced by Norrie Paramor.
April 3, 1960 : Twelve HANK WILLIAMS demos from 1947-51 are overdubbed
this month and released on the LP "Wait For the Light To Shine" (MGM E
3850) in June. The first overdub session is held on April 3 (tracks :
"Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine", "Ready To Go Home", "Jesus Is
Calling", "Ready To Go Home", "Last Night I Dreamed Of Heaven" and "Are
You Building A Temple In Heaven") and the second on April 20 ("Are You
Walkin' and Talkin' With the Lord", "When the Book of Life Is Read",
"The Prodigal Son", "The Devil's Train", "The Battle Of Armageddon"
and "Wait For the Light To Shine").
Produced by Jim Vienneau at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
April 3-4, 1960 : Two full days and nights of sessions for ELVIS PRESLEY
at RCA Studio B in Nashville. On April 3 he records "Fever" and "Like A
Baby", both for the LP "Elvis Is Back" (RCA LPM 2231, rush-released on
April 8) and the future # 1 hit "It's Now Or Never" (RCA 47-7777, over-
dubbed on April 5 and released on July 5). The next day these are followed
by "The Girl Of My Best Friend", "Dirty Dirty Feeling", "Thrill Of Your
Love", "Such A Night", "The Girl Next Door Went-A Walking", "I Will Be
Home Again" and "Reconsider Baby", all for "Elvis Is Back", as well as
the later single "Are You Lonesome Tonight"/"I Gotta Know" (RCA 47-7810,
November 1, another number one). "Such A Night" will be released as a
single in July 1964 (RCA 47-8400, a # 16 hit), c/w "Never Ending" from a
session on May 26, 1963.
Personnel : Elvis Presley (vocals / rhythm guitar) ; Hank Garland, Scotty
Moore (guitars) ; Bob Moore (bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Boots Randolph
(sax) ; D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman (drums) ; The Jordanaires (vocal chorus)
; Charlie Hodge (second vocal on "I Will Be Home Again").
Produced by Steve Sholes and Chet Atkins. See also April 27-28.
April 4-5, 1960 : At Master Recorders in Hollywood, RICKY NELSON cuts
three tracks for his LP "More Songs By Ricky" (Imperial LP 9122, July) :
"When Your Lover Has Gone", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" and "Time
After Time". The latter will also be released as a single in August 1963
(Imperial 5985, c/w "There's Not A Minute" from a later session).
Personnel : Ricky Nelson (vocals / baritone sax on "When Your Lover ..") ;
Allen Reuss (guitar) ; Leroy Vinegar (bass) ; Ray Johnson (piano) ; John
Rotella, Teddy Edwards (saxes) ; Manuel Stevens (trumpet) ; Richie Frost
(drums) ; The Jordanaires (vocal chorus, overdubbed on April 21).
Arranged by Jimmie Haskell. Produced by Ozzie Nelson and Jimmie Haskell.
See also April 12-15.
April 5, 1960 : BILL REEDER records a single for the Fernwood label in
Memphis : "You're My Baby"/"Where Were You Last Night" (Fernwood 121, late
April). The latter title will be re-recorded by Reeder in 1963 for the
Voll Para label from Paragould, Arkansas.
Personnel : Scotty Moore (guitar / producer) ; Chuck Honsa (bass) ;
Gordon Reinhardt (piano) ; D.J. Fontana (drums).
April 5, 1960 : Third and final Capitol session by THE ROYAL TEENS.
"With You"/"It's the Talk Of the Town" will be released on Capitol 4402
in July. Two other tracks, "So Alone" and "I've Cried Before", are first
released on the CD "The Three Friends Meet the Royal Teens" (Three / Teen
Records 101, UK, release year unknown, possibly a bootleg).
Location is New York City.
Wednesday, April 6, 1960 : Final Roulette session for BUDDY KNOX, at
Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. The result is the single "Storm
Clouds"/"Long Lonely Nights" (Roulette 4262, June).
Personnel : Buddy Knox (vocals / guitar) ; Norman Petty (organ / producer) ;
probably The Fireballs : George Tomsco (lead guitar) ; Stan Lark (bass) ;
Eric Budd (drums).
April 7, 1960 : Five-track session for CONNIE FRANCIS at Olmstead Studio
in New York City. "Robot Man" is first issued in the UK on the B-side of
her big hit "Mama" (MGM 1076, May). "Everybody's Somebody's Fool"/"Jealous
Of You" is her new US single (MGM 12899, May) and her first American # 1.
"The Millionnaire" and a new version of "No Other One" remain unissued.
Arranged and conducted by Stan Applebaum. Produced by Arnold Maxin.
April 8, 1960 : JIMMY JONES records three tracks for his first album,
"Good Timin'" (MGM SE 3847, May) : "Where in the World", "I Just Go For
You" and "Never Had It So Good". "I Just Go For You" is released as a
single in July (Cub 9072, B-side of "That's When I Cried" from a session
on March 3).
Arranged and conducted by Bob Mersey in New York City.
April 12, 1960 : Faced with the serious possibility of a jail sentence
for CHUCK BERRY, Leonard Chess holds a marathon session for his major
artist, at the Chess Studio in Chicago. The instrumental "Mad Lad" will
appear as the B-side of "I Got To Find My Baby" (from a session on 12
February, 1960) in July (Chess 1763). Both "Little Star" (Chess 1779,
February 1961) and "Diploma For Two" (Chess 1853, April 1963) will be
released as the B-side of "I'm Talking About You" (from a later date).
All other tracks from this session end up on various LP's: "Down the
Road Apiece" and "Confessin' the Blues" (both on the album "Rockin' At
The Hops" Chess LP 1448, July 1960), "The Way It Was Before", "Away
From You", "Sweet Sixteen", "Thirteen Question Method" (new version)
and "Stop And Listen" (all on the album "New Jukebox Hits (Chess LP
1456, March 1961) plus "I Still Got the Blues" and "Surfing Steel"
(both on the album "Chuck Berry On Stage", Chess LP 1480, August 1963,
with overdubbed audience noise). "Lucky So And So' and "Crying Steel"
(the original undubbed version of "Surfing Steel") will see a belated
release in 1988 on Chuck's 3 LP boxset "The Chess Box" (Chess 80001).
Personnel : Chuck Berry (vocals / guitar) ; Matt Murphy (guitar) ;
Willie Dixon (bass) ; Johnny Johnson (piano) ; Unknown (sax on some
tracks) ; Ebby Hardy (drums).
April 12-15, 1960 : Two nightly sessions by RICKY NELSON. On April
12-13 he records a future single, "I'm Not Afraid"/"Yes Sir That's My
Baby" (Imperial 5685, August 15, peak positions # 27 and # 34 resp.),
along with "You Are My Sunshine", which stays in the vaults until the
release of the "Legacy" 4-CD box-set in 2000 (Capitol CDP 29521).
During the evening / night of April 14-15 Ricky records three more
songs - all written by Baker Knight - for his "More Songs By Ricky" LP
(see April 4-5) : "Ain't Nothin' But Love", "Proving My Love" and
"I'm All Through With You". These three tracks are overdubbed with a
chorus on April 25 : "I'm All Through With You" by the Blossoms and
the other two songs by the Jordanaires.
Personnel : Billy Strange (guitar) ; Allen Reuss (guitar on April 12-13) ;
Leroy Vinegar (bass on April 12-13) ; Keith Mitchell (bass on April
14-15) ; Ray Johnson (piano) ; Plas Johnson, John Rotella (saxes) ;
Bob Knight (trombone on April 14-15) ; Richie Frost (drums).
Arranged and produced by Jimmie Haskell at Master Recorders, Hollywood.
April 12 and 19, 1960 : WEBB PIERCE records material for his album
"Walking the Streets" (Decca DL 4079, October) : "You Make Love To
Everyone", "Drinkin' My Blues Away", "With You It's the Money" and
"Broken Engagement" (all on April 12), followed by "Let Me Be the
First To Know" and "All I Need Is You" on April 19. The latter is also
released in July as the B-side of "Drifting Texas Sand" (Decca 31118,
recorded on October 12, 1959, a # 11 country hit). Unissued from the
April 19 session is "Your Sweet, Sweet Lips".
Personnel : Grady Martin (guitar) ; Bob Moore (bass) ; Buddy Harman
(drums). More details unknown.
Produced by Owen Bradley at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
April 13, 1960 : SAM COOKE does a three-track session at RCA Victor
Studio A in New York City. "I Fall In Love Every Day" will be used as
the B-side of "Chain Gang" in July (RCA 47-7783). A first attempt at
"Sad Mood" (to which Cooke will return in October) is eventually issued
in 2000 on the 4 CD-set "The Man Who Invented Soul" (RCA 07863 67911-2).
"Love Me" is released on the B-side of (the later version of) "Sad Mood"
in November (RCA 47-7816).
Personnel : Hank Jones (piano) ; Hugo Peretti (organ) ; more details
Arranged and conducted by Billy Mure. Produced by Hugo & Luigi.
Thursday, April 14, 1960 : Final Decca session of JIMMY DONLEY. "Our
Love"/"My Baby's Gone" is released on Decca 31116 in June. Ronnie Self's
composition "I've Been There" is first issued in 2010 on Jimmy's CD "The
Shape You Left Me In" (Bear Family BCD 16534).
Personnel : Harold Bradley, Grady Martin, Hank Garland (guitars) ; Bob
Moore (bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Marion Prof Carpenter (alto sax) ;
Buddy Harman (drums) ; The Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus). Plus three
Produced by Owen Bradley at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
April 14, 1960 : BILLY FURY records his first LP, "The Sound Of Fury"
(Decca LF 1329, 10-inch, May). All ten songs are Billy's own compositions :
"That's Love", "My Advice", "Phone Call", "You Don't Know", "Turn My Back
On You", "Don't Say It's Over", "Since You've Been Gone", "It's You I
Need", "Alright, Goodbye" and "Don't Leave Me This Way". "That's Love"/
"You Don't Know" is lifted from the LP for single release in May (Decca
F 11237, a # 19 hit in the UK).
Personnel : Joe Brown (electric guitar) ; Alan Weighell (electric bass) ;
Bill Stark (upright bass) : Reg Guest (piano) ; Andy White (drums) ; The
Four Jays (backing vocals).
Produced by Jack Good at Decca Studio 3 in West Hampstead, London.
April 14, 1960 : ELMORE JAMES does his second session for Chess in
Chicago. (The first was on January 17, 1953.) The single "I Can't Hold
Out" (aka "Talk To Me Baby") / "The Sun Is Shining" is released on Chess
1756 in May. Two other tracks, "Stormy Monday Blues" and "Madison Blues"
are held in the can until 1969, when they appear on an LP by Elmore James
and John Brim called "Whose Muddy Shoes" (Chess LP 1537).
Personnel : Elmore James (vocals / guitar) ; Homesick James (guitar) ;
J.T. Brown (tenor sax) ; Johnny Johnson (piano) ; Henry 'Sneaky Joe'
April 14, 1960 : LLOYD PRICE is at Bell Sound Studio in New York City
to record his next single, "Question"/"If I Look A Little Blue" (ABC-
Paramount 10123, June, a # 19 pop hit). Unissued from this session is
"I Love You".
Personnel : Wallace Davenport, Mack Johnson, Art Hoyle (trumpets) ;
Wade Marcus, Sam Hurt (trombones) ; Charles Reeves (alto sax) ; Harold
Vick, Charles McClendon (tenor saxes) ; Marvin Warwick (baritone sax) ;
Bill Jones (guitar) ; Charles Lindsay (bass) ; John Patton (piano) ;
Ben Dixon (drums) ; The Ray Charles Singers (vocal chorus).
Arranged, conducted and produced by Sid Feller.
April 14, 1960 : SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON (Rice Miller) cuts four tracks
at the Chess Studio in Chicago. They will not see a release until after
Sonny Boy's death. "Checkin' Up On My Baby" is first issued in January
1966 on the LP "The Real Folk Blues" (Chess LP 1503) and the other three
recordings - "Open Road" (aka "Bummer Road"), "I Can't Do Without You"
and "Santa Claus" - will finally appear in 1969 on the LP "Bummer Road"
(Chess LP 1536).
Personnel : Sonny Boy Williamson (vocals / harmonica) ; Luther Tucker,
Robert Lockwood Jr. (guitars) ; Willie Dixon (bass) ; Otis Spann (piano) ;
Fred Below (drums).
Produced by Leonard and Phil Chess.
April 15, 1960 : PAUL ANKA cuts three songs in New York City, all
released as singles. "My Hometown" is his next single (ABC-Paramount
10106, May, c/w "Something Happened" from a session on August 27, 1958).
It peaks at # 8 in Billboard (the reverse at # 41). "I Love You In the
Same Old Way" ends up on the B-side of "Hello Young Lovers" (recorded
on April 18) in July (ABC-Paramount 10132, A-side # 23, B-side # 40).
"Summer's Gone" is released in September (ABC-Paramount 10147, c/w
"I'd Have To Share", recorded on November 4, 1957) and reaches # 11.
Arranged, conducted and produced by Sid Feller.
April 16 (?), 1960 : Four-track session for GEORGE JONES at Bradley
Studio in Nashville. "Family Bible" is the A-side of his next single
(Mercury 71636, c/w "Your Old Standby" from a session on September 2,
1959). "The Window Up Above" is released in September (Mercury 71700,
c/w "Candy Hearts" recorded on April 14, 1959). A # 2 country hit.
"I Wouldn't Know About That" will also be released as a single (Mercury
72362, November 1964, c/w "You Better Treat Your Man Right", cut on
February 6, 1960). "With Half A Heart" will get a place on the album
"Songs From the Heart" (Mercury MG 20694) in July 1962.
Produced by Pappy Daily. See also April 21.
April 18, 1960 : CONWAY TWITTY is back at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
The two tracks he records on this day, "Betty Lou" and "Knock Three
Times" will remain unissued until the release of the Bear Family box-
set "The Rock 'n' Roll Years" (first on vinyl, BFX 15174, then on CD,
BCD 16112, 1997).
Personnel : Al Bruno, Grady Martin, Ray Edenton (guitars) ; Lightnin'
Chance (bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Jack Nance (drums) ; Unknown
Produced by Jim Vienneau.
April 21, 1960 : GEORGE JONES records the LP "George Jones' Salutes
To Hank Williams" (Mercury MG 20596, May). Tracks : "Cold Cold Heart",
"Nobody's Lonesome For Me", "Hey Good Lookin'", "Howlin' At the Moon",
"There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight", "Half As Much", "Jambalaya", "Why
Don't You Love Me", "Honky Tonkin'", "I Can't Help It", "Settin' the
Woods on Fire" and "Window Shopping".
Personnel : Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Jerry Kennedy (guitars) ; Harold
Bradley (bass) ; Jimmy Day (steel) ; Tommy Jackson (fiddle) ; Hargus
'Pig' Robbins or Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Buddy Harman (drums).
Produced by Pappy Daily at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
April 21, 1960 : The BOB WILLS band is now contracted to Liberty and
records three singles (with lead vocals by Tommy Duncan) at a Hollywood
studio : "Heart To Heart Talk"/"What's the Matter With the Mill" (Liberty
55260, May), "The Image Of Me"/"Goodbye Liza Jane" (Liberty 55264, August)
and "After All"/"It May Be Too Late" (Liberty 55311, February 1961).
Unissued from this session is "Dry Your Darlin' Eyes". The records are
credited to Bob Wills with Tommy Duncan and the Texas Playboys.
Personnel : Tommy Duncan (vocals) ; Bob Wills (vocal interjections) ;
Leon Rausch (guitar) ; Gene Crownover (steel guitar) ; Luke Wills (bass) ;
Jack Lloyd (clarinet) ; Joe Holley (fiddle) ; Wade Peeler (drums).
Produced by Tommy Allsup.
Friday, April 22, 1960 : BILLY 'CRASH' CRADDOCK visits Bradley Studio
in Nashville to record his next single, "One Last Kiss"/"Is It True Or
Is It False?" (Columbia 41677, May).
Personnel : Grady Martin, Hank Garland (guitars) ; Joe Zinkan (bass) ;
Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Buddy Harman (drums) ; 4 violins.
Produced by Don Law.
April 23, 1960 : Four-track session for MUDDY WATERS in Chicago. The
single "I'm Your Doctor"/"Read Way Back" is rush-released (Chess 1752).
"Woman Wanted" is also released as a single (Chess 1774, December, flip
of "Got My Mojo Working" from a later session). "Deep Down In My Heart"
will see its first release on the LP "Rare And Unissued" (Chess CH 9180)
Personnel : Muddy Waters (vocals only) ; Jimmy Rogers (guitar) ; Little
Walter (harmonica) ; Andrew Stephenson (bass) ; Otis Spann (piano) ;
Francis Clay (drums).
April 24, 1960 : RUSTY DRAPER covers both "Mule Skinner Blues" and
"Please Help Me I'm Falling", which will be released back to back in
the third week of May (Mercury 71634). "Please Help Me .." will peak
at # 54. Unissued from this session is "I'll Walk the Earth".
Backing by members of the Nashville A-Team. Produced by Shelby Singleton
at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
April 26, 1960 : First ABC-Paramount session by JAMIE COE. Two tracks
are coupled for single release, "Goodbye My Love"/"There's Never Been
A Night" (ABC-Paramount 10120, June), two other tracks - "My Little
Baby" and "Smile, Cinderella, Smile" - are consigned to the vaults.
Location is New York City, unknown studio.
April 26, 1960 : THE ISLEY BROTHERS do another session at RCA Studio A
in New York City. The resulting single, "Open Up Your Heart"/"Gypsy Love
Song" (RCA 47-7746) is released in the first week of June.
Personnel : Al Chernet, Charles Macey (guitars) ; Lloyd Trotman (bass) ;
Moe Wechsler (piano) ; Bob Burns (sax) ; Jimmie Crawford (drums).
Produced by Hugo and Luigi.
April 27, 1960 : RAY CHARLES does a three-track session in New York
City. "Sticks and Stones"/"Worried Life Blues" will be issued in May
(ABC-Paramount 10118) and peaks at # 40 pop (# 2 R&B). "I Wonder" is
used as the B-side of "Them That Got" (recorded on December 29, 1959,
ABC-Paramount 10141, released December 1960).
Personnel : Ray Charles (vocals / piano) ; Martin Banks, John Hunt
(trumpets) ; Hank Crawford (alto sax, baritone sax) ; Dave Newman
(tenor sax) ; Leroy Cooper (baritone sax) ; Edgar Wills (bass) ;
Milton Turner (drums) ; The Raelets (vocal group).
Produced by Sid Feller.
April 27-28, 1960 : At RCA's Hollywood studio, ELVIS PRESLEY records
the soundtrack for the Paramount film "G.I. Blues". "Shoppin' Around",
"Didja' Ever", "Doin' the Best I Can", "G.I. Blues", "Tonight Is So
Right For Love", "What's She Really Like" and "Frankfort Special" are
laid down on the 27th, and "Wooden Heart", "Big Boots", "Whistling Blues"
(instr.), "Pocketful of Rainbows" and "Blue Suede Shoes" on the 28th.
Release on October 1 (RCA LPM 2256). "Wooden Heart" will be released as
a single in many countries, including the UK, where it will reach # 1
(RCA 1226). In the USA it is eventually issued as the B-side of "Blue
Christmas" (RCA 447-0720, November 3, 1964).
Personnel : Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews (guitars) ; Tiny Timbrell
(mandolin / rhythm guitar) ; Ray Siegel (bass) ; Dudley Brooks (piano) ;
Jimmie Haskell (accordeon) ; Hoyt Hawkins (tambourine) ; D.J. Fontana,
Frank Bode (drums) ; The Jordanaires (backup vocals).
Produced by Joseph Lilley and Hal Wallis.
April 28, 1960 : CHET ATKINS cuts the instrumental "Rainbow's End",
which will be coupled with "Slinkey" (from a session on May 3, 1958),
for release on RCA 47-7747 in the last week of May.
Personnel : Chet Atkins (guitar / producer) ; Bob Moore (bass) ; Floyd
Cramer (piano) ; Buddy Harman (drums) ; Doug Kirkham (percussion) ;
The Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus).
Location : RCA Victor Studio, Nashville.
April 28, 1960 : At United Corporation in Hollywood, JOHNNY BURNETTE
records three tracks. "Cincinnati Fireball" will become the B-side of
the previously recorded "Dreamin'" (Liberty 55258, May 4). "Finders
Keepers" and "Lovesick Blues" will get a place on Johnny's first LP
for Liberty, "Dreamin'" (LRP 3179, July 27).
Personnel : Ernie Freeman (piano / arranger) ; Rene Hall, Bill Pitman,
Bobby Gibbons (guitars) ; Red Callender (bass) ; Earl Palmer (drums).
Plus 2 violas and 6 violins.
Produced by Snuff Garrett.
April 28, 1960 : LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS records eleven songs for an LP,
to be released in September under the title "Big Songs By Little Jimmy
Dickens" (Columbia CL 1545) : "Careless Darlin'", "Fireball Mail",
"I Cried Again", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "John Henry", "Have I Told
You Lately That I Love You", "Tomorrow's Just Another Day To Cry",
"A Petal From A Faded Rose", "Singing Waterfall", "Pins And Needles"
and "My Heart's Bouquet". The twelfth track, "We Could", was recorded
on March 31, 1960. "Fireball Mail"/"John Henry" is released as a single
(Columbia 41916) in December.
Personnel : Little Jimmy Dickens (vocals / guitar) ; Grady Martin
(guitar) ; Jimmy Day (steel guitar) ; Junior Huskey (bass) ; Shorty
Lavender (fiddle) ; Steve Bess (drums).
Produced by Don Law at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
April 28, 1960 : RONNIE HAWKINS is at Bradley Studio in Nashville
where he records eight tracks for the LP "The Folk Ballads of Ronnie
Hawkins" (Roulette R 25120, September) : "Summertime", "I Gave My Love
A Cherry", "John Henry", "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child",
"Mister and Mississippi", "A Wayfaring Stranger", "Brave Man" and
"Fare Thee Well". "Summertime"/"Mister and Mississippi" is issued
as a single (Roulette 4267) in July.
Personnel : Robbie Robertson, Fred Carter Jr. (guitars on the first
four tracks mentioned above) ; Grady Martin, Hank Garland (guitars on
the other four tracks) ; Bob Moore (bass) ; Floyd Cramer, Stan Szelest
(piano) ; Levon Helm (drums) ; The Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus).
April 28, 1960 : Second CONWAY TWITTY session this month, resulting in
the A-sides of his next two singles : the # 35 hit "Is A Bluebird Blue"
(MGM 12911, June, c/w "She's Mine" from a session on July 11, 1959) and
"What A Dream" (MGM 12918, August, c/w "Tell Me One More Time", recorded
on February 20, 1960).
Personnel (add : strings), producer and studio are the same as on April
April 29, 1960 : Long session by JOHN LEE HOOKER in New York City.
Six tracks will end up on the LP "The Folk Lore Of John Lee Hooker"
(Vee-Jay LP 1033, August 1961) : "I Like To See You Walk", "You're
Looking Good Tonight", "Wednesday Evening Blues", "Five Long Years",
"My First Wife Left Me" and "Take Me As I Am" (also a single, Vee-Jay
397, September 1961, c/w "Want Ad Blues" from a later session). "Sally
Mae", "Moanin' Blues" and "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" are first
released on the LP "Moanin' the Blues" (Charly LP 1029, UK) in 1981 and
"Dirty Ground Hog" on the album "The Boogie Man" (Instant LP 5009, UK)
in 1989. "She Loves My Best Friend" will eventually appear on the 6-CD
box-set "The Vee-Jay Years" (Charly RED 6) in 1992. Three other titles
Saturday, April 30, 1960 : FATS DOMINO records a new single, "Walkin'
To New Orleans"/"Don't Come Knockin'", for release on Imperial 5675 in
June. Both sides will chart, peaking at # 6 (his last Top 10 hit) and
# 21 respectively. Strings are overdubbed by members of the New Orleans
Symphony Orchestra at an unknown date. Also recorded is "La La" (not
the same song that Fats recorded in 1955 for the B-side of "Ain't That
A Shame"), which is saved for the LP "Just Domino" (Imperial LP 9208,
Produced by Dave Barthomolew at Cosimo Recording Studio in New Orleans.
April 30, 1960 : RUTH BROWN records six songs for Atlantic Records in
New York City, but they are all unreleased : "Knock Me A Kiss", "Trust
In Me", "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "I Sold My Heart To the
Junkman", "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You" and "You Gotta Have A Heart".
Some sources mention March 30 as the date of this session.
Personnel : Danny Moore (trumpet) ; Bart Varsalona, Wayne Andre, Harry
DiVito (trombones) ; Vernon Haynes (guitar) ; Averill Pollard (bass) ;
Loumel Morgan (piano) ; Sticks Evans (drums).
April 1960, unknown date : DORSEY BURNETTE cuts his new single, "Hey
Little One"/"Big Rock Candy Mountain" (Era 3019, May, a # 48 hit).
Produced by Joe Saraceno in Los Angeles.
April 1960, unknown date : THE FENDERMEN re-record "Mule Skinner Blues"
(originally released on Cuca 1003 in January) for the Soma label, at Kay
Bank Studio in Minneapolis, MN. Flip-side is the instrumental "Torture"
(Soma 1137, late April). A # 5 hit.
The Fendermen are : Phil Humphrey (lead vocal, Fender Telecaster) and
Jim Sundquist (lead guitar, Fender Stratocaster). No other instrumentation
is on the record.
Produced by Amos Heilicher.
April 1960, unknown date : DAVID MOORE cuts the single "Please Accept
My Love"/"Crazy Dream" (Lynn 501, May), produced by Lelan Rogers, who
records an instrumental single of his own, "Hold It, Parts 1 & 2" (Lynn
502, June). Location is the ACA studio in Houston, Texas.
Personnel : Mickey Gilley (piano) ; Gerald Highburger (drums) ; more
April 1960, unknown date : LARRY WILLIAMS does a four-track session in
Los Angeles. "Like A Gentleman Oughta" is released in June on Chess 1761
(c/w "I Wanna Know" from a session in July 1959) and "Oh Baby" in August
on Chess 1764 (c/w "I Hear My Baby" from a later session). "I Think I'm
In Love" is a track for the mysterious 1961 LP "Larry Williams" (Chess
LP 1457), which no one has ever seen. "I'm A Fool" has never been issued.
Thanks to Steve Walker, Mike Thompson and Henk Gorter.
Additions and corrections welcome.
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