May 1, 1962 : BRIAN HYLAND is in New York City (probably at Bell Sound
Studio) to cut his next single, "Sealed With A Kiss"/"Summer Job" (ABC-
Paramount 10336) for release later in the month. A # 3 hit, both in the
USA and the UK.
Arranged by Stan Applebaum. "A Pogo Production."

May 4, 1962 : The instrumental group THE MAR-KEYS records their next
single, "Whot's Happenin'!"/"You Got It" (Stax 124, June), at the Stax 
studio in Memphis. Overdubbed on May 18.
Personnel (probably) : Steve Cropper (guitar) ; Donald 'Duck' Dunn (bass) ;
Booker T. Jones (organ) ; Marvel Thomas (piano) ; Packy Axton (tenor sax) ;
Don Nix (baritone sax) ; Wayne Jackson (trumpet) ; Terry Johnson (drums).
Produced by Nick Charles.

Saturday, May 5, 1962 : CHRIS MONTEZ records his biggest hit, "Let's Dance"
and its flip-side, "You're the One" (Monogram 505, July). Peak position in 
the USA # 4, in the UK # 2 and the record will also chart in many other 
Personnel : Joel Hill (guitar) ; Ray Pohlman (bass) ; Ray Johnson (organ) ;
Jesse Sailes (drums). 
Produced by Jim Lee in Los Angeles.

May 5, 1962 : CLIFF RICHARD is at EMI's Abbey Road studio in London,
where he cuts the future UK number one "Summer Holiday"/"Dancing Shoes"
(Columbia DB 4977). Release is postponed until February 15, 1963, to 
coincide with the release of the film "Summer Holiday", in which both
songs are featured. "Summer Holiday" is overdubbed by the Norrie Paramor
Strings on November 19. A third song from the film, "The Next Time", is
laid down on May 10 and will also reach the top position on the UK charts.
Flip is "Bachelor Boy", recorded on November 16 and released exactly two
weeks later (Columbia DB 4950).
Backing by the Shadows (Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Brian Locking, Brian 
Produced by Norrie Paramor.

May 8-9, 1962 : DEL SHANNON, who usually records in NYC, does a session
in Nashville, at Columbia Studio. His next single, "Cry Myself To Sleep"/
"I'm Gonna Move On" (Bigtop 3112, June) is recorded on May 8. A # 99 hit 
in the US, # 29 in the UK. The other four tracks are laid down on May 9.
"The Swiss Maid" will be released on Bigtop 3117 in August (coupled with
- in the USA at least - "You Never Talked About Me" from a February session) 
and reaches # 64 in the US, # 2 in the UK. "Dream Baby", "She Thinks I Still
Care" and "Runaround Sue" end up the LP "Little Town Flirt" (Bigtop 12-1308), 
released in June 1963.
Personnel : Grady Martin, Harold Bradley (guitars) ; Bob Moore (bass) ;
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano / organ / harpsichord) ; Boots Randolph (sax) ;
Buddy Harman (drums) ; The Jordanaires (vocal chorus).
Arranged by Bill Ramal. Produced by Harry Balk.

May 9, 1962 : First Capitol session (as a solo artist, that is) by GLEN
CAMPBELL, at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood. "Too Late To Worry, Too Blue
To Cry"/"How Do I Tell My Heart Not To Break?" is his first single for the
label (Capitol 4783, July) and reaches # 76 on the pop charts. "Tomorrow
Never Comes" will see a single release in January 1965 (Capitol 5360, c/w
"It's A Woman's World", recorded on June 29, 1963). The fourth track,
"Walking the Floor Over You", is included on the LP "Too Late To Worry,
Too Blue To Cry" (Capitol T 1881) in June 1963, along with the other 
three tracks.
Arranged by Jimmie Haskell. Produced by Nik Venet.

May 9, 1962 : LEFTY FRIZZELL has only one session in 1962, on this day,
at Columbia Studio in Nashville. Two singles are the result : "Stranger"/
"Just Passing Through" (Columbia 42521, August) and "Forbidden Lovers"/
"A Few Steps Away" (Columbia 42676, January 1963). "Forbidden Lovers"
peaks at # 23 on the Billboard country charts.
Personnel : Grady Martin, Ray Edenton, Harold Bradley (guitars) ; Joe
Zinkan (bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Buddy Harman (drums) ; Unknown
(vocal chorus).
Arranged by Grady Martin. Produced by Don Law and Frank Jones. 

May 9, 1962 : At the same studio, THE LOUVIN BROTHERS record four tracks, 
all released as singles. "The First Time In Life"/"Must You Throw Dust In 
My Face" is their next 45 (Capitol 4822, August). "Love Turned To Hate" 
will hit the market in March 1963 (c/w "I Cried After You Left", from a 
session on March 25, 1956). "There's No Easy Way" is released in November 
1963 (c/w "Every Time You Leave", recorded on May 13, 1961).
Personnel : Charlie Louvin (vocals / guitar) ; Ira Louvin (vocals / man-
dolin ) ; Jimmy Capps (guitar) ; Harold Bradley (6-string bass guitar) ;
Junior Huskey (bass) ; Marvin Hughes (piano) ; Bill Ackerman (drums) ;
The Slater Sisters (vocal chorus).
Produced by Ken Nelson at Columbia Studio in Nashville.

May 10, 1962 : DUANE EDDY is back at Hollywood's RCA Victor studio. "The
Ballad Of Paladin"/"The Wild Westerners" becomes his second RCA single 
(RCA 47-8047, June). A # 33 hit (# 10 in the UK). "Stretchin' Out" will
be used as the B-side of the subsequent single, "(Dance With the) Guitar
Man" (recorded on July 4, 1962), released in September on RCA 47-8087.
Personnel : Duane Eddy (lead guitar) ; Barney Kessel, Bill Pitman (guitars) 
; James Bond (bass) ; Larry Knechtel (piano) ; Plas Johnson (sax) ; Richard
Perissi (horn) ; Vincent DeRosa (French horn) ; Joe Howard (trombone) ; 
George Tracy (harmonica) ; Earl Palmer, Frank Capp (drums) + seven violins.
Arranged by Bob Thompson. Produced by Lee Hazlewood.

Friday, May 11, 1962 : FLOYD CRAMER is at RCA's Nashville studio to cut
his next single, "Hot Pepper"/"For Those That Cry" (RCA 47-8051, June). 
"Hot Pepper" (a harpsichord update of "Flip, Flop and Bop") peaks at # 63. 
"Make Love To Me" will be included on the album "Swing Along With Floyd 
Cramer" (RCA LPM 2642, January 1963). Unissued from this session is 
"I'm Still In Love".
Produced by Chet Atkins.

May 11, 1962 : In Paris, France, MEMPHIS SLIM records the LP "The Memphis
Slim Story" (Vogue LD 58330, France). Tracks : "We've Been Together Too
Long", "Sassy Mae", "The Driving Wheel", "Life Is Like That", "All By
Myself", "Next Time You See Me", "Misery", "Kansas City", "The Comeback",
"HCF Boogie", "The Blues Is Everywhere" and "Boogie Jam".
Release date unknown. Later reissues under the title "The Blues Is Every-
where : The Very Best Of Memphis Slim".
Personnel : Memphis Slim (vocals / piano) ; Ben Waters (tenor sax / soprano
sax / clarinet) ; Guy Pedersen (bass) ; Kansas Field (drums).

May 12, 1962 : Gospel singer BROTHER JAMES ANDERSON records 32 (!) tracks
at the Sun Studio, 639 Madison Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. In February
1967, Knox Phillips decides to launch a Sun "Gospel series" and issues
two songs from this session on Sun 406 : "I'm Gonna Move In the Room With
the Lord" and "My Soul Needs Resting". It is both the first and final
release in the Sun Gospel series. Two other tracks were released in 1987 
on the box-set "Sun Records Into the 60s" (SUNBOX 109) and a few on mp3
Sun collections in the 21st century, but the great majority has never
been issued.
Personnel : Roland Janes, Chips Moman (guitars) ; Lester Robertson
(piano) ; Al Jackson (drums) ; The James Anderson Singers (background
Produced by Sam Phillips.

May 16, 1962 : PAT BOONE records the song that will become his last Top
Ten hit, "Speedy Gonzales" (Dot 16368, June, # 6). The lower deck, "The
Locket", was recorded on May 14. Also laid down on the 16th are the album
tracks "Angel Talk", "Where Are You" and "Going To New York", as well as
"The Rains Came", which stays on the shelf until the release of Boone's
12-CD Bear Family box-set in 1997.
Personnel : Glen Campbell, Johnny Pisano, Tony Rizzi, Howard Roberts
(guitars) ; Larry Breen (bass) ; Gene Garf (piano) ; Richie Frost (drums) ;
Mel Blanc (voice of Speedy Gonzales); Unknown (female voice). Plus a string 
Arranged by Billy Vaughn. Orchestra conducted by Jimmie Haskell. Produced
by Randy Wood at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.

May 17, 1962 : In Nashville, COWBOY COPAS has a recording session at 
Starday Sound Studio. "The Ballad Of Frank Clement (The Living Legend Of
Tennessee)" will soon see a surprising release (Dixie 594) within the
regular Starday singles series, c/w "Good Times Gonna Roll Again (In Sunny
Tennesee)" by MOON MULLICAN. "Table In The Corner" c/w "Sold The Farm" will
become his next single (Starday 595, June), followed by "Heart On The Run"
c/w "Bury Me Face Down" (Starday 606, October).
Produced by Tommy Hill.

Thursday, May 17, 1962 : also in Nashville JIMMY DEAN records the A-sides of
his next two singles at Columbia Studio. "Steel Men" is released on June 8
(Columbia 42483, c/w "Little Bitty Big John" from a session on October 21,
1961) and will peak at # 41. "Little Black Book" will appear on August 10 
(Columbia 42529, c/w "Please Pass the Biscuits", recorded on June 4, 1962) 
and reaches # 29 on the pop charts and # 10 country.
Personnel : Grady Martin, Ray Edenton, Billy Byrd (guitars) ; Joe Zinkan
(bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Jimmy Riddle (harmonica) ; Buddy Harman
Arranged by Grady Martin. Produced by Don Law.

May 17, 1962 : Three-track session by JOHN D. LOUDERMILK at RCA Victor Studio
also in Nashville. "Callin' Dr. Casey" is chosen as the A-side of his new
single (RCA 47-8054, June, c/w "Oh How Sad" from a session on April 26,
1962). A minor hit (# 83). "Mary's Little Boy Child" is an album track 
(Various artists LP "Nashville Christmas Party", RCA LSP 2579, December). 
"Givin' You All My Love" is first released on the Bear Family CD "It's My 
Time" (BCD 15422) in 1989.
Personnel : John D. Loudermilk (vocals / guitar) ; Henry Strzelecki or
Bobby Watts (bass) ; Norro Wilson (piano / harpsichord) ; Charlie McCoy 
(harmonica) ; Buddy Harman, James Isbell (drums) ; Unknown (vocal chorus).
Produced by Chet Atkins.

May 17, 1962 : Third May session by CLIFF RICHARD, who cuts three songs.
Prior to its LP release, "It'll Be Me" comes out as a single (Columbia DB 
4886, August 31), which will reach # 2 in the UK. The B-side is "Since I 
Lost You", laid down on December 19, 1961. "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" 
and "Blueberry Hill" will both be included on the LP "32 Minutes And 17 
Seconds With Cliff Richard" (Columbia SX 1431, September), along with 
"It'll Be Me".
Backing by the Shadows and an unknown pianist.
Produced by Norrie Paramor at EMI's Abbey Road Studio in London.

May 17-18, 1962 : Two days of sessions for BRENDA LEE at Columbia Studio
in Nashville. Three tracks are recorded on May 17 : "Valley Of Tears",
"Sweethearts On Parade" and "White Silver Sands", all released on the LP
"Brenda, That's All" (Decca DL 4326, October). The next day she cuts four 
songs. "Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)" and "Just Out Of Reach" are 
two more tracks for the "Brenda, That's All" album. "It Started All Over 
Again" is selected for single release (Decca 31407, July, c/w "Heart In 
Hand", recorded on March 7, 1962). A # 29 hit. "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" 
has never seen a release.
Personnel : Grady Martin, Harold Bradley, Ray Edenton (guitars) ; Bob
Moore (bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Boots Randolph (sax) ; Buddy Harman
(drums) ; The Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus).
Produced by Owen Bradley.

May 19, 1962 : In New York City, THE FIESTAS record their next two singles.
"Broken Heart"/"The Railroad Song" is issued on Old Town 1122 in July and 
becomes their second hit (# 18 R&B, # 81 pop) after "So Fine". "I Feel Good 
All Over"/"Look At That Girl" follows in October (Old Town 1127).
The Fiestas are : Tommy Bullock (lead) ; Eddie Morris (tenor) ; Sam 
Ingalis (baritone) and Preston Lane (bass).
Arranged by Gene Redd. Produced by Hy Weiss.

Sunday, May 20, 1962 : Two-track session by JOHNNY TILLOTSON at the RCA 
Victor Studio in Nashville. "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" is released 
as the A-side of his new single (Cadence 1424, July, a # 17 hit). The other 
side will be recorded a week later (see May 27). "Funny How Time Slips Away"
is saved until October 1963 for release on Cadence 1441 (c/w "A Very Good
Year For Girls" from a session on January 23, 1963).
Produced by Archie Bleyer.

May 21, 1962 : BRENDA LEE records three further tracks for the LP "Brenda,
That's All" (see May 17-18) : "Gonna Find Me A Bluebird", "I'm Sittin' On
Top of the World" and "It's A Lonesome Old Town".
Personnel, producer and studio are the same as on May 17-18.

May 21, 1962 : French rock star JOHNNY HALLYDAY records his third USA
single, "Caravan Of Lonely Man"/"Hey Little Girl" (Phillips 40043, June).
Also recorded at this session is a French version of "Don't Play That
Song" : "Pas Cette Chanson" (Philips 432799, France, EP). Another track
from this EP, a French-language version of "Hey Baby" is laid down in late
May, along with eleven other tracks (most of them unissued). The only two
non-French tracks from this second May session, "King For Tonight" and
"I Need A Whole Lotta You", were first issued on a Bear Family LP (BFX
15316) in 1990.
Backing by the Milestone Singers and unknown members of the Nashville 
Arranged by Bill Justis. Orchestra conducted by Jerry Kennedy. Produced 
by Shelby Singleton at Columbia Studio in Nashville.

May 22, 1962 : Saxophonist KING CURTIS does his first session for Capitol,
in New York City. The result is the single "Beach Party"/"Turn 'em On"
(Capitol 4788, June), credited to King Curtis and the Noble Knights.
A # 60 pop hit.
Personnel : King Curtis (tenor sax) ; Billy Butler, Joe Richardson (guitars)
; Jimmy Lewis (bass) ; George Stubbs (piano) ; Ernie Hayes (organ) ; Ray 
Lucas (drums).
Produced by Manny Kellem and Lookapoo Productions (= Bert Berns).

May 23, 1962 : One-track session by THE SHADOWS, who record "Guitar Tango".
Orchestral overdubs on June 18, release on Columbia DB 4870 on July 26.
A # 4 hit in the UK. US release on Atlantic 2166 in October. The reverse
is the narration "What A Lovely Tune", recorded on April 4, 1962.
Personnel : Hank Marvin (lead guitar) ; Bruce Welch (rhythm guitar) ;
Brian Locking (bass) ; Brian Bennett (drums).
Produced by Norrie Paramor at EMI's Abbey Road studio in London.

May 24, 1962 : PEE WEE CRAYTON does a session for Smash Records in Los
Angeles, his only one for the label. "Git To Gittin'"/"Hillbilly Blues"
is released on Smash 1774 in August. Two other tracks, "The Sabre Twist"
and a new version of "Blues After Hours", stay in the vaults.
Arranged by Bob Smith. Orchestra conducted by Bumps Blackwell.

May 25, 1962 : SHIRLEY AND LEE are at Cosimo's Recording Studio in New
Orleans to record four tracks. "Don't Stop Now"/"A Little Thing" will be
released on Imperial 5868 in August. "You Wouldn't" and "The Engagement 
Song" stay in the vaults until the release of the LP "The Imperial Sides
1962/1963" (Pathé Marconi 1566331, France) in 1986.
Produced by Dave Bartholomew.

May 26, 1962 : In New York City, LLOYD PRICE cuts his new single, "Your 
Picture"/"Counterfeit Friends" (ABC-Paramount 10342, June). Four other
tracks are recorded, all unissued : "Trouble Trouble", "Hey Joe", "Don't
Cry Baby" and "Guess Who".
The single is credited to "Lloyd Price and his great orchestra".
Personnel : Bill Jones (guitar) ; Charles Lindsay (bass) ; Charles Brooks
(piano) ; Charles Reeves (alto sax) ; Red Holloway, Danny Turner (tenor 
saxes) ; Pee Wee Moore (baritone sax) ; Tommy Purkson, Eddie Preston,
Martin Banks (trumpets) ; Wade Marcus, Sam Hurt (trombones) ; Larry Rice
Arranged by Maxwell Davis. Produced by Sid Feller.

May 27, 1962 is the recording date of FRANK IFIELD's big hit "I Remember
You"/"I Listen To My Heart" (UK Columbia DB 4856, June 22). A # 1 hit in
the UK. US release on Vee-Jay 457 in July, peak position in Billboard # 5.
Arranged, conducted and produced by Norrie Paramor at EMI's Abbey Road
Studio in London, England.

May 27, 1962 : Second JOHNNY TILLOTSON session this month. Two classic 
Hank Williams songs, "I Can't Help It" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
are coupled for release on Cadence 1432 in October. Both sides will chart,
peaking at # 24 and # 89 respectively. "What'll I Do" will become the
B-side of "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" (Cadence 1424, July), which
was recorded on May 20.
Produced by Archie Bleyer at Nashville's RCA Victor Studio.

Wednesday, May 30, 1962 : Three-track session by ERNIE K-DOE, way down
yonder in New Orleans. First released is "Beating Like A Tom Tom"/"I Got 
To Find Somebody" (Minit 651, July). The subsequent single is "Loving You" 
(Minit 656, October, c/w "Get Out Of My House", recorded on July 5, 1961).
Arranged and produced by Allen Toussaint.

May 31, 1962 : THE CADILLACS are now contracted to Capitol. Their first
single for the label is "White Gardenia"/"Groovy, Groovy Love" (Capitol 
4825, August). "I Saw You"/"La Bomba" (Capitol 4935, March 1963) will 
be credited to Bobby Ray & the Cadillacs.
Arranged and conducted by Teacho Wiltshire. Produced by Manny Kellem and 
Lookapoo Productions.

May 31, 1962 : JOE TURNER does his final recording session for Atlantic
Records, after an 11-year affiliation with the label. Four tracks are laid
down in New Orleans, "Howling Winds" "Laura Lee", "The Party's Over" and 
an untitled number, but none of them has ever been released.
Personnel : Justin Adams (guitar) ; Peter Badie (bass) ; Alvin 'Red' Tyler
(baritone sax) ; Nat Perilliat (tenor sax) ; John Brunious (trumpet) ; 
James Booker (piano) ; Eskew Reeder (organ) ; John Boudreaux, James Black 

May 1962, unknown date : ARTHUR ALEXANDER records "Anna (Go To Him)",
which will be covered by the Beatles on their first LP. Released on
Dot 16387 in August. A # 10 R&B hit (# 68 pop). The reverse, "I Hang 
My Head And Cry" was recorded at a different session, probably in July. 
Produced by Noel Ball in Nashville.

May 1962, unknown date : BOBBY FULLER records his second single for the 
Yucca label, "My Heart Jumped"/"Gently My Love" (Yucca 144, June), at 
the Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
Personnel : Bobby Fuller (vocals / guitar) ; Jim Reese (guitar) ; Randy
Fuller (bass) ; Vi Petty (piano) ; Dalton Powell (drums).
Produced by Norman Petty.

May 1962, unknown date : CLARENCE 'FROGMAN' HENRY does another session
in New Orleans. "Lost Without You"/"Dream Myself A Sweetheart" will be
the next single (Argo 5414), released later in May. "Come On And Dance"
will become the B-side of the previously recorded "The Jealous Kind"
(Argo 5426, November). "Please Mr. Boss Man" is held in the can until 
1993, when it shows up on the CD "The Best Of Clarence Frogman Henry" 
(MCA MCLD 19226). The fifth track, "I'm Gonna Murder You" has never 
been issued, not surprisingly with a title like that.
Personnel : Justin Adams (guitar) ; George French (bass) ; Allen Toussaint
(piano / producer) ; Morris Bashmfut (tenor sax) ; Carl Blowin (baritone
sax) ; Waldren Joseph (trombone) ; Wardell Quezergue, Leroy Derbigny
(trumpets) ; Smokey Johnson (drums).

May 1962, unknown date : BUDDY KNOX records material for his next two 
singles. "She's Gone"/"Now There's Only Me" will be released on June 22
(Liberty 55473). No chart success in the US, but in the UK it reaches 
# 45. "Dear Abby"/"Three Way Love Affair" follows in September (Liberty 
Backing vocals by the Johnny Mann Singers.
Arranged by Ernie Freeman. Produced by Snuff Garrett at United Recorders
in Hollywood.

May 1962, unknown date : PROFESSOR LONGHAIR returns to the studio after
an absence of three years. "Whole Lotta Twisting"/"I Believe I'm Gonna
Leave" is released on Rip 155 in June. "Everybody's Blowin', Parts 1 & 2"
is also released on Rip (probably in October), but without a catalogue
number. Location is Cosimo's Recording Studio in New Orleans.
Personnel : Professor Longhair (Roy Byrd) (vocals / piano) ; Wardell
Quezergue (trumpet / arranger). Unknown guitar, sax, bass, drums.

With thanks to Bill Daniels, Roy Symonds, Jarle Jensen, Mike Thompson,
Steve Walker, Colin Kilgour and Henk Gorter.

Additions and corrections welcome.

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