- MODERN RECORDS -

Contains
Joe Hill Louis  - Modern 795
Walter Horton - Modern 809
Joe Hill Louis - Modern 813
Joe Hill Louis - Modern 822
Joe Hill Louis - Modern 828
Dick Cole/Phineas Newborn Jr - Modern 831
Joe Hill Louis - Modern 839
Bobby Bland - Modern 848
Joe Hill louis - Modern 856
Bobby Bland - Modern 868


Joe Hill Louis
''I FEEL LIKE A MILLION (I FEEL SO GOOD)'' - B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Jules Taub-Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1459
Recorded: - July 27, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1950
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 795-A mono
I FEEL LIKE A MILLION / HEARTACHES BABY
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis - Vocal, Guitar
Ford Nelson – Piano
Unknown - Drums
More Details Unknown

''I Feel Like A Million'' begins with a wonderful riffing between the harmonica and guitar with the latter taking up a boogie motif behind the vocals.
Modern 795-A 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''HEARTACHE BABY'' - B.M.I. - 3:00
Composer: - Jules Taub-Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1460
Recorded: - July 27, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1950
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 795-B mono
HEARTACHE BABY / I FEEL LIKE A MILLION
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis - Vocal, Guitar
Ford Nelson – Piano
Unknown - Drums
More Details Unknown

''Heartache Baby'' is a slow blues of the type that Phillips was looking for in Joe's work. The vocal and harmonica are the lead instruments with the guitar chording and the drums in perfectly synchronized support.
Modern 795-B 78rpm


Walter Horton (Mumbles)
''LITTLE BOY BLUE'' - B.M.I.
Composer:- Walter Horton
Publisher: - Unpublished
Matrix number: - 1508 - Take 2
Recorded: - February 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Early 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 809-A mono
LITTLE BOY BLUE / NOW TELL ME BABY

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Walter Horton - Vocal & Harmonica
Joe Hill Louis - Guitar, Percussion
Willie Johnson - Guitar
Unknown tap dancing effect
Other Musicians Unknown

During subsequent weeks Sam cut further sessions with Walter Horton, who was accompanied by Joe Hill Louis on guitar and drums, and possibly a dancer with bottle tops on his boots, producing a novel clickerty-clack effect.

An unknown pianist is just audible on ''Little Boy Blues'' and ''I'm In Love With You Baby''. From these first sessions the Biharis selected ''Little Boy Blues'' and ''Noe Tell Mt Baby'' for Horton's first release on Modern 20-809. On the labels he was credited as ''Mumbles''.
Modern 809-A 78rpm


Walter Horton (Mumbles)
''NOW TELL ME BABY'' - B.M.I.
Composer: - Walter Horton
Publisher: - Unpublished
Matrix number: - 1506- Take 1
Recorded: - February 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Early 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 809-B mono
NOW TELL ME BABY / LITTLE BOY BLUE

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Walter Horton - Vocal & Harmonica
Joe Hill Louis - Guitar, Percussion
Willie Johnson - Guitar
Unknown tap dancing effect
Other Musicians Unknown

The real sensation was finding an alternate take of ''Now Tell Me Baby'', which is quite different from the released version on Modern 20-809. This features the legendary guitarist Willie Johnson, whose choked guitar figure is musically better than the released version. Maybe Sam Phillips was looking for diversity, trying out new arrangements and riffs. Sadly we could not use both versions because the released master take is irreparably damaged. However it is available on a Memphis Blues collection on Nighthawk LP 105. (MH)
Modern 809-B 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''COLD CHILLS'' – B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - John Lee Williamson
Publisher: - Wabash Music Corporation
Matrix number: - MM 1493 Take 3
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Recorded: - November 27, 1950
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 813-A mono
COLD CHILLS / BOOGIE IN THE PARK
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass, Drums
Ford Nelson - Piano

Sam Phillips has always had the ability and the willingness to persist with an artist that had the innate talent that he was looking for. He worked hard and long with a promising artist and the Louis takes selected for original release are routinely superior to the others. Joe was not an easy musician to work with, frequently  unprepared and sometimes careless. In the sessions that followed, he tended to move toward an emphasis on the guitar as a lead instrument. The harmonica is more often used for fills, sometimes quite erratically. Joe could pick a fine guitar but could just as soon go quite out of tune, which made him unreliable as a sideman. (MH)
Modern 813-A 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''BOOGIE IN THE PARK'' – B.M.I. - 2:46
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1492 Take 1
Recorded: - November 27, 1950 - Remake
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 813-B mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK / COLD CHILLS
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass, Drums
Ford Nelson - Piano

''Boogie In The Park'' the follow-up record, stayed in what might be called the classic one-man-band styling while the reverse side, John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson's ''Cold Chills'', is the first and one of the best of his slow guitar dominated blues. Other similarly fine performances on this session include Saint Louis Jimmy's ''Going Down Slow'' and an alternate take of ''Street Walkin' Woman'' (the acetate of the original 78 is irreparably damaged). (MH)

Modern 813-B 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''STREET WALKIN' WOMAN'' – B.M.I. - 3:17
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1541
Recorded: - November 27, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance:- Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 20-822-A mono
STREET WALKIN' WOMAN / WALKIN' TALKIN' BLUES
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass, Drums
Ford Nelson - Piano
Modern 20-822-A 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''WALKIN' TALKIN' BLUES'' – B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1540 Take 3
Recorded: - Unknown Date December 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 20-822-B mono
WALKIN' TALKIN' BLUES / STREET WALKIN' WOMAN
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drums
Modern 20-822-B 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND'' – B.M.I. - 2:36
Composer: - Sonny Boy Williamson
Publisher: - EMI Music Publisher Limited
Matrix number: - MM 1564
Recorded: - May 30, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 828-A mono
EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND / GOING DOWN SLOW
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono digital
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drums
Modern 828-A 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''GOING DOWN SLOW'' – B.M.I. - 2:38
Composer: - James Oden
Publisher: - Universal - MCA Music Limited
Matrix number: - MM 1565
Recorded: - Unknown Date December 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 828-B mono
GOING DOWN SLOW / EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono digital
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drums

Modern 828-B 78rpm


Dick ''Cane'' Cole
''FINE AS WINE'' - B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: Dick Cole-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1602
Recorded: - June 24, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 1951
First appearance: -  Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 831-A   mono
FINE AS WINE/TENNESSEE BOUNCE

According to Billboard magazine, ''Cole chants throatily on a routine medium jump bit of blues material don't match it in spirit and drive on ''Fine As Wine''.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Piano
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor Saxophone
James Walker - Bass
Phineas Newborn Sr. - Drums
Dick ''Cane'' Cole - Vocal on ''Fine As Wine''

Dick ''Cane'' Cole emceed at Sunbeam Mitchell's Club Paradise in South Memphis, and brought his stage persona to the airwaves.
Modern 831-A 78rpm


Phineas Newborn Jr.
02 - ''TENNESSEE BOUNCE'' - B.M.I.
Composer: Phineas Newborn Jr.
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1601 - Instrumental
Recorded: - June 24, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - July 1951
First appearance: -  Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 831-B   mono
TENNESSEE BOUNCE/FINE AS WINE

This  instrumental ''Tennessee Bounce'' features a free-swinging boogie piano and effective riffing by combo''.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Piano
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor Saxophone
James Walker - Bass
Phineas Newborn Sr. - Drums
Dick ''Cane'' Cole - Vocal on ''Fine As Wine''
Modern 831-B 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''GOTTA GO BABY'' – B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1629
Recorded: - April 30, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 839-A mono
GOTTA GO BABY / BIG LEGGED WOMAN
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drum


Joe Hill Louis
''BIG LEGGED WOMAN'' – B.M.I. - 2:34
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1631
Recorded: - April 30, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 839-B mono
BIG LEGGED WOMAN / GOTTA GO BABY
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drum


Bobby Bland
''CRYING ALL NIGHT'' – B.M.I. - 3:03
Composer: - Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1735
Recorded: - Unknown Date November 1951
Tuff Green's House
1293 Quinn Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 848-A mono
CRYING ALL NIGHT / DRY UP BABY
Reissued: - 2010 Jasmine Records (CD) 500/200rpm JASCD 564-2 mono
BOBBY BLAND - IT'S MY LIFE, BABY

Name (Or. No Of Instruments)
Bobby Bland - Vocal
Rosco Gordon Band
Ike Turner - Piano
Matt Murphy - Guitar
Unknown - Saxophones, Bass and Drums

Ike Turner struck up a relationship with Joe Bihari, who set him up as a talent scout, providing a car and a new suit so he could scour the Memphis and Mississippi Delta for blues and rhythm and blues talent. Ike, the black man could open the doors for the ''out of towner'' Jewish white guy that would be otherwise closed. Ike would round up the talent, set a series of dates and Joe Bihari would drive in and record at a whole array of venues throughout the Delta and Memphis.

The first session of these sessions to produce a single was with Robert Bland (soon to be blues superstar Bobby ''Blue'' Bland) recorded at band-leader. Tuff Green's house in Memphis.
Modern 848-A 78rpm


Bobby Bland
''DRY UP BABY'' – B.M.I. - 2:01
Composer: - Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1736
Recorded: - Unknown Date November 1951
Tuff Green's House
1293 Quinn Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 848-B mono
DRY UP BABY / CRYING ALL NIGHT
Reissued: - 2010 Jasmine Records (CD) 500/200rpm JASCD 564-3 mono
BOBBY BLAND - IT'S MY LIFE, BABY

Name (Or. No Of Instruments)
Bobby Bland - Vocal
Rosco Gordon Band
Ike Turner - Piano
Matt Murphy - Guitar
Unknown - Saxophones, Bass and Drums

''Dry Up Baby'' is the sort of chaotic rocker that Howlin' Wolf might have cut, while the reverse of Modern 848 is a slow moaning blues with Bobby demonstrating his vocal prowess.
Modern 848-B 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''PEACE OF MIND'' – B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Composer: - Modern Music Published
Matrix number: - 1750
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1952
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 856-A mono
PEACE OF MIND / CHOCOLATE BLONDE
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm Ace CDCHD 803-19 mono
JOE HILL LOUIS - BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis - Vocal, Guitar; more details unknown

Joe did get entangled in the Chess-Bihari-Phillips wars and new research makes it apparent that the Biharis recorded his sixth and final Modern record in early 1952 during their own field (?) recordings. It is notable that the usual spark and enthusiasm is absent in ''Peace Of Mind'' and ''Chocolate Blonde''. (MH)
Modern 856-A 78rpm


Joe Hill Louis
''CHOCOLATE BLONDE'' – B.M.I. - 2:49
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Composer: - Modern Music Published
Matrix number: - 1751
Recorded: - Unknown Date Early 1952
Probably Memphis Recording Service
706b Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 856-B mono
CHOCOLATE BLONDE / PEACE OF MIND
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm Ace CDCHD 803-20 mono
JOE HILL LOUIS - BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis - Vocal, Guitar; more details unknown
Modern 856-B 78rpm


Bobby Bland
''GOOD LOVIN''' – B.M.I. - 2:23
Composer: - Jules Taub-Robert Bland
Composer: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706b Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 868-A mono
GOOD LOVIN' / DRIFTING FROM TOWN TO TOWN
Reissued: - 2011 Jasmine Records (CD) 500/200rpm JASCD 564-6 mono
BOBBY BLAND - IT'S MY LIFE, BABY

Name (Or. No Of Instruments)
Bobby Bland – Vocal
Ike Turner - Piano
Matt Murphy - Guitar
L.C. Dranes - Drums
Modern 868-A 78rpm


Bobby Bland
''DRIFTING FROM TOWN TO TOWN'' – B.M.I. - 3:03
Composer: - Jules Taub-Robert Bland
Publusher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 868-B mono
DRIFTING FROM TOWN TO TOWN / GOOD LIVIN'
Reissued: - 2011 Jasmine Records (CD) 500/200rpm JASCD 564-5 mono
BOBBY BLAND - IT'S MY LIFE, BABY

Name (Or. No Of Instruments)
Bobby Bland – Vocal
Ike Turner - Piano
Matt Murphy - Guitar
L.C. Dranes - Drums
Modern 868-B 78rpm




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