- RPM RECORDS -

Contains
 
B.B. King - RPM 304
B.B. King - RPM 311
B.B. King - RPM 318
Rosco Gordon - RPM 322
B.B. King - RPM 323
Rosco Gordon - RPM 324
Willie Nix - RPM 327
B.B. King - RPM 330
Rosco Gordon - RPM 336
Walter Horton (Mumbles) - RPM 338
B.B. King - RPM 339
Rosco Gordon - RPM 344
B.B. King - RPM 348
Rosco Gordon - RPM 350
Rosco Gordon - RPM 358
Rosco Gordon - RPM 365
Rosco Gordon - RPM 369
Rosco Gordon - RPM 373
Rosco Gordon - RPM 379
Rosco Gordon - RPM 384


B.B. King
"MISTREATED WOMAN" - B.M.I - 2:49
Composer: - Riley B. King-Joe Josea
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1404 - Take 2
Recorded: - July 1950 Unknown Date
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1950
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 304-A mono
MISTREATED WOMAN / B.B. BOOGIE
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-1-2 mono digital
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Unknown Musicians

When the first ventured into Sam Phillips' fledgling studio at 706 Union Avenue, B.B. King was a raw young talent with a local radio program and a load potential. By the time he left behind Memphis as his primary recording base, King was a fast-rising star boasting a busy touring itinerary.

King's first RPM session ensued around July of 1950 at Memphis Recording Service under Phillips' supervision. Sun Records was still some 18 months from commencing operations, and Phillips was independently producing groundbreaking masters for Modern and Chess. "He recorded many of the people, like Howling Wolf and many other guys for different labels, because he was the only person that had a studio," noted King. "In fact, his studio was one of the first that I ever saw that was an actual studio."

"Mistreated Woman" is a languid outing anchored by Ford Nelson's 88s (inspired by Sonny Thompson's "Long Gone" and sporting a crisp high-neck guitar solo from the youthful-sounding King. (MH)
 

RPM 304-A 78rpm



B.B. King
"B.B. BOOGIE" - B.M.I. - 3:09
Composer: - Riley B. King-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1405 - Take 1
Recorded: - Unknown Dates 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 1950
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 304-B mono
B.B. BOOGIE / MISTREATED WOMAN
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-1-3 mono digital
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Unknown Musicians

The opposite side "B.B. Boogie" that's the dazzler, distinguished by several choruses of high flying fretwork (the second take, is taken at a hotter tempo, B.B.'s waxe sailing fast and free over Nelson's furiously pounding ivories. (MH)
 

RPM 304-B 78rpm



B.B. King
"WALKIN' AND CRYIN'" - B.M.I. - 3:26
Composer: - Riley B. King-Sam Ling
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1439 Take 1
Recorded: - July 1950 Unknown Date
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1950
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 311-A mono
WALKIN' AND CRYIN' / THE OTHER NIGHT BLUES
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-1-8 mono digital
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Unknown Musicians

"Walkin' And Cryin' and "The Other Night Blues" are both after-hours odes, King's vocals clearly growing more confident.
 

RPM 311-A 78rpm



B.B. King
"THE OTHER NIGHT BLUES" - B.M.I. - 3:39
Composer: - Riley B. King-Joe Josea
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1438 - Take 2
Recorded: - July 1950 Unknown Date
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1950
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 311-B mono
THE OTHER NIGHT BLUES / WALKIN' AND CRYIN'
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-1-6 mono digital
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Unknown Musicians
 

RPM 311-B 78rpm



B.B.King
"DON'T YOU WANT A MAN LIKE ME" – B.M.I. - 2:19
Composer: - Riley B. King-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1470 - Take 2 or Take 3
Recorded: - January 8, 1951 - Missing In Action
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 318-A mono
DON'T YOU WANT A MAN LIKE ME / MY BABY'S GONE
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-1
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and guitar
Solomon Hardy - Sax
Ford Nelson - Piano
James "Shinny" Walker - Bass
E.A. Kemp – Drums

King takes ''Don't You Want A Man Like Me'' at a more deliberate pace than the sprightly south-of-the-border tempo of his 1954 L.A. treatment, concentrating on his vocal to the total abandonment of Lucille. (MH)
 

RPM 318-A 78rpm



B.B. King
"MY BABY'S GONE" – B.M.I. - 1:59
Composer: - Riley B. King-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1469
Recorded: - January 8, 1951 - Missing In Action
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 318-B mono
MY BABY'S GONE / DON'T YOU WANT A MAN LIKE ME
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-1-11 mono
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and guitar
Solomon Hardy - Sax
Ford Nelson - Piano
James "Shinny" Walker - Bass
E.A. Kemp – Drums

Both sides of RPM 318 served as intriguing tuneups for subsequent King gems. ''My Baby's Gone'', cut on 8 January 1951, is his first crack at what would morph into his horn-leavened early 1953 smash ''Woke Up This Morning''. The bubbly Latin rhythmic pulse is already in evidence and the lyrics are nearly identical, but the  innovative tempo switch into full-blown jump mode that made ''Woke Up This Morning'' so distinctive isn't.  (MH)

RPM 318-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''CITY WOMEN'' – B.M.I. - 3:18
Compower: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - 1503
Recorded: - February 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 322-A mono
CITY WOMEN / ROSCOE'S BOOGIE
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-3 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon – Vocal & Piano
Musicians Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.

''I had a Memphis band and a road band'', recalled Rosco Gordon. ''The Memphis band was used mostly on recordings. Willie Wilkes, he played tenor saxophone. He was an old guy at the time, good player. I mean he was tight, he was like my father and me being so young. Richard Sanders was the great baritone, he had the guts and that, I tell you. There was Raymond Thomas, alto saxophone and Manson on drums. For sessions I also used Adolph Duncan on tenor saxophone, Billy ''Red'' Love on piano, Pat Hare on guitar, and Tuff Green on bass''.

''On the road, I had E. Jefferson and Harvey Simmons on tenor saxophones, Billy ''Red'' Love on piano, Murry Daley on drums with pick-up bass players. I toured with Tuff Green's band as well'', said Gordon.
 

''My main gig was in Mason, Tennessee, Doyle's Nitespot. I played Arkansas, Brinkley, The Club Eldorado in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, all over Mississippi... West Memphis and Club Handy on Beale Street, Memphis. The audiences were very enthusiastic 'cause I had a new sound''.

''Look, we were young, he confides. ''We were enjoying what we were doing. Man, I was so hot! Every time I looked around I had a new record out. At 18 or 19 I had the best of everything, big Cadillac, the sharpest clothes, $200 shoes, girls... had so much fun, I tell you, But I didn't know anything about the business side. I get as big a thrill out of playing now as I did then. The same thrill, the same enthusiasm, the same energy, everything. It's still there. It doesn't just disappear''. (MH)
 

RPM 322-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''ROSCOE'S BOOGIE'' – B.M.I. - 2:45
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - 1502
Recorded: - February 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 322-B mono
ROSCOE'S BOOGIE / CITY WOMEN
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-2 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon – Vocal & Piano
Musicians Unknown
 
Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM label

''The Phillips studio in its early days was like a hole'', said Rosco Gordon. ''It was just something Sam had slammed together. It wasn't a recording studio, just a hole in the wall with the backs out of the recording equipment - and Sam using his soldering iron, his pliers and whatever. But he put it together. You didn't get out of the studio until you got it right. He's the best, I tell you he's the best. He generated enthusiasm and energy. He gives it you. It was Sam who arranged the first recording deals with RPM and Chess''.
 

RPM 322-B 78rpm



B.B. King
"B.B. BLUES" – B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Riley B. King-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Wabash Music Corporation
Matrix number: - MM 1489 - Take 3
Recorded: - January 8, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - June 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 323-A mono
B.B. BLUES / SHE'S DYNAMITE
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-1 mono
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and guitar
Solomon Hardy - Sax
Ford Nelson - Piano
James "Shinny" Walker - Bass
E.A. Kemp – Drums

B.B. King had recorded for Bullet Records at the WDIA radio station in 1949 before recording three singles for RPM at Sam Phillips' studio. This was the fourth. Phillips' willingness to court the unusual betrayed itself on ''B.B. Blues'', recorded at a session on January 8, 1951 and pulled for release six months later. Solomon Hardy's wailing sax punctuated B.B.'s vocals to striking effect. While B.B. seemed quietly resigned to his misery, Hardy screamed in anguish. Pianist Ford Nelson was one of B.B.'s fellow disc jockeys on WDIA and performed with him as an on-air duo. (CE)
 

RPM 323-A 78rpm



B.B. King
"SHE'S DYNAMITE" – B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Hudson Whittaker
Publisher: - Wabash Music Corporation
Matrix number: - MM 1563 - Unknown Take - Missing In Action
Recorded: - May 27, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - June 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 323-B mono
SHE'S DYNAMITE / B.B. BLUES
Reissued: – 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-2-6 mono
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor Sax
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Piano
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Unknown - Baritone Sax
Phineas Newborn Sr. - Drums
Adolph "Billy" Duncan - Tenor Sax
Johnny Ace - Piano
Earl Forrest – Drums

If there was a potential hit among B.B.'s earliest singles it was this explosive cover of Tampa Red's ''She's Dynamite'', cut on May 27, 1951. Talking to John Broven and Colin Escott, Joe Bihari said, ''I was in Atlanta and our distributor Jake Friedman said, 'RCA is getting a lot of jukebox plays on ''She's Dynamite'', but people can't buy the record'. So I went up to Memphis to Sam Phillips' studio''. What emerged was a record that almost said more about Sam Phillips than B.B. King. Unlike the restraint of Red's original, this was modeled on the giddy, hormonal rush of ''Rocket 88''. The thunderrous rhythm track and the sax teetering on the edge of atonality were Phillips' trademarks, not B.B.'s. It was rock and roll in all but name. The guitarist was certainly not B.B. because he plays under the vocals... something B.B. never  did. We're probably hearing Calvin Newborn on guitar and his brother, Phineas, on piano. Phineas's trademark was finesse, not the jackhammer left hand called for here. Upon release, the Biharis left the composer credit ominously blank, as they usually did when they didn't own the publishing. Phillips noted that he sent out seven dubs of ''She's Dynamite'' to disc jockeys, emphasizing the rapidity with which the record was released (ordinarily, the Biharis would have taken care of this). It showed up on some local charts (Richmond and New Orleans), but surely deserved to do better. (CE)
 

RPM 323-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"OUCH! PRETTY BABY" – B.M.I. - 2:51
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - 1555
Recorded: - April 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - August 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 324-A mono
OUCH! PRETTY BABY / SADDLED THE COW
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-4 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably Ray Jones - Alt Saxophone
Probably Man Son or Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 324-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"SADDLED THE COW" – B.M.I. - 3:11
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - 1556
Recorded: - April 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - August 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 324-B mono
SADDLED THE COW / OUCH! PRETTY BABY
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-5 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably Ray Jones - Alt Saxophone
Probably Man Son or Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 324-B 78rpm



Willie Nix
"LONESOME BEDROOM BLUES" – B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Willie Nix-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - 1608
Recorded: - July 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 327-A mono
LONESOME BEDROOM BLUES / TRY ME ONE MORE TIME

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Willie Nix - Vocal & Drums
More Details Unknown
 

RPM 327-A 78rpm



Willie Nix
"TRY ME ONE MORE TIME" – B.M.I. - 2:41
Composer: - Willie Nix-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - 1609
Recorded: - July 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 327-B mono
TRY ME ONE MORE TIME / LONESOME BEDROOM BLUES

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Willie Nix - Vocal & Drums
More Details Unknown
 

RPM 327-B 78rpm



B.B. King
"SHE'S A MEAN WOMAN" – B.M.I. - 2:32
Composer: - Riley B. King-Julus Taub
Publisher: - Modern Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1604 - Take 2
Recorded: - June 18, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 330-A mono
SHE'S A MEAN WOMAN / HARD WORKIN' WOMAN
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-2-8 mono
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Riley B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor sax
Johnny Ace - Piano
Earl Forrest - Drums
More details unknown

Two takes of "She's A Mean Woman", convincingly spotlight B.B. the blues singer, with a noticeable nod to the melismatic innovations of Roy Brown - whose openthroated delivery also echoes through two renditions of B.B's rocking ''Hard Workin' Woman".
 

RPM 330-A 78rpm



B.B. King
"HARD WORKIN' WOMAN'' – B.M.I. - 2:32
Composer: - Riley B. King-Julus Taub
Publisher: - Modern Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1605 - Take 1
Recorded: - June 18, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 330-B mono
HARD WORKIN' WOMAN / SHE'S A MEAN WOMAN
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-2-9 mono
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Riley B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor sax
Johnny Ace - Piano
Earl Forrest - Drums
More details unknown
 

RPM 330-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"DIME A DOZEN'' – B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - 1639
Recorded: - July 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 336-A mono
DIME A DOZEN / A NEW REMEDY FOR LOVE
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-6 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably Ray Jones - Alt Saxophone
Probably Man Son or Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 336-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"A NEW REMEDY FOR LOVE" – B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - 1640
Recorded: - July 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 336-B mono
A NEW REMEDAY FOR LOVE / DIME A DOZEN
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-7 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably Ray Jones - Alt Saxophone
Probably Man Son or Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 336-B 78rpm



Mumbles (Walter Horton) 
"BLACK GAL" – B.M.I. - 2:59
Composer: - Walter Horton
Publisher: - MM Publishers
Matrix number: - 1619
Recorded: - June or July 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 338-A mono
BLACK GAL / JUMPIN' BLUES
Reissued: - Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm Ace CDCH 252 mono
WALTER HORTON - MOUTH HARP MAESTRO

Name (Or. No of Instruments)
Walter Horton – Vocal and Harmonica
Calvin Newborn – Guitar
Phineas Newborn – Piano
Possibly Willie Nix - Drums

Sam Phillips got Walter Horton back to the studio in June 1951. This time he had assembled a new set of musicians with a meatier, electric sound, and the four sides cut on this date were underpinned by Calvin Newborn's amplified guitar, which almost dominated by Phineas Newborn Jr. and Willie Nix may be the drummer. From this session the Biharis issued ''Back Gal'' and Jumpin' Blues'' on their subsidiary label RPM (338).

The remaining unreleased Horton sides didn't see the light of day until 1969 and the early 1970s when they were issued on collections on Kent and Polydor, although bad remastering didn't do the sides justice. (MH)
 

RPM 338-A 78rpm



Mumbles (Walter Horton)
"JUMPIN' BLUES" – B.M.I. - 2:17
Composer: - Walter Horton
Publisher: - MM Publishers
Matrix number: - 1621
Recorded: - June or July 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 338-B mono
JUMPIN' BLUES / BLACK GAL
Reissued: - Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm Ace CDCH 252 mono
WALTER HORTON - MOUTH HARP MAESTRO

Name (Or. No of Instruments)
Walter Horton – Vocal and Harmonica
Calvin Newborn – Guitar
Phineas Newborn – Piano
Possibly Willie Nix - Drums

After a disagreement with Modern, Sam Phillips continued recording Walter Horton for his own Sun label with Jack Kelly and Jimmy DeBerry. In 1953 he released the magnificent ''Easy'' (Sun 180). However by this time Horton had left Memphis for good and relocated in Chicago where he started a new career working and recording in the bands of Johnny Shines, Jimmy Rogers, and Muddy Waters.

Horton subsequently recorded solo sides for United and Cobra, and by the 1960s he was acting as a regular sideman for dozens of dates with Johnny Young, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Shines, and Robert Nighthawk. He also appeared on a string of albums under his own name for Argo, Decca, Red Lightning, Sire, Delta and Alligator and through the 1960s and 1970s he was a frequent visitor to European shores, appearing with the American Folk Blues Festival and with the Chicago Blues All Stars. He died in Chicago on December 8, 1981. (MH)
 

RPM 338-B 78rpm



B.B. King
"THREE O'CLOCK BLUES" - B.M.I. - 2:59
Composer: - Jules Taub-B.B. King
Publisher: - Modern Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1682
Recorded: - September 1951 / Probably May 27, 1951
YMCA, 245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 339-A mono
THREE O'CLOCK BLUES / THAT AIN'T THE WAY TO DO IT
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-2-13 mono digital
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor Sax
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Piano
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Unknown - Baritone Sax
Phineas Newborn Sr. - Drums
Adolph "Billy" Duncan - Tenor Sax
Johnny Ace - Piano
Earl Forrest – Drums

Original session master tapes have never been found for "Three O'Clock Blues", "That Ain't The Way To Do It" and "She Don't Move Me No More" These sides were probably cut in September at the YMCA, 254 South Lauderdale in Memphis, Tennessee, after the Biharis dispute with Sam Phillips in the summer of 1951.  As a result of a feud between Phillips and Modern over Sam handing Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" to Chess Records, the Biharis eschewed the use of Phillips' studio that September to cut what would be King's national breakthrough, "Three O'Clock Blues". "When they would come in town, usually they would bring portable equipment like Ampex 600s, things like that", said King, whose backing cast for the session included illfated pianist Johnny Ace, Sanders and Billy Duncan on saxes, and drummer Earl Forrest. "And they would set them up in any vacant place that we could find. In fact, when we made "Three O'Clock Blues", we made it at the YMCA''.

B.B. King had assembled a splendid crew of up-and-coming musicians for local gigs that he dubbed the Blues Boys. "The group first was mine, and then it was called the Beale Streeters after that," he explained. "The Beale Streeters, at that time, consisted of Richard Sanders, Johnny Ace was the piano player - his name   was John Alexander, but he later started making records under his own name with the Beale Streeters.
 

In fact, the whole group was the group that I put together when we made ''Three O'Clock Blues''. But when ''Three O'Clock Blues'' became a hit and I started to work out of a booking agency called Shaw Artists Corporation, and Universal (Attractions), they didn't want me to have a band. They wanted me alone''. 
So I left the band, and when I did, gave it to Johnny Ace. And that's when he changed it. Instead of calling it the Blues Boys as it had been, he started calling it the Beale Streeters."

B.B. picked up "Three O'Clock Blues" from fellow blues guitar master Lowell Folson, who scored his own first national hit with it in late 1948. B.B's did even better, topping the Billboard's rhythm and blues charts for five weeks in February and March of 1952. (CE)(MH)
 
 

RPM 339-A 78rpm



B.B. King
"THAT AIN'T THE WAY TO DO IT" - B.M.I. - 2:16
Composer: - Riley B. King-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1683 Take 1
Recorded: - September 1951 / Probably May 27, 1951
YMCA, 245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 339-B mono
THAT AIN'T THE WAY TO DO IT / THREE O'CLOCK BLUES
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-2-14 mono digital
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor Sax
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Piano
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Unknown - Baritone Sax
Phineas Newborn Sr. - Drums
Adolph "Billy" Duncan - Tenor Sax
Johnny Ace - Piano
Earl Forrest – Drums

"That Ain't The Way To Do It", is a playful romp highly reminescent of Louis Jordan's "Ain't That Just Like A Woman" (the ebullient alto saxman was another primary King influence).
 

RPM 339-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"BOOTED" - B.M.I. - 3:09
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1744
Recorded: - December 3, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 344-A mono
BOOTED / COLD COLD WINTER
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-8 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal and Piano
Willie Sims - Saxophone
Willie Wilkes - Saxophone
John Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 344-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"COLD COLD WINTER" - B.M.I. - 3:12
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1745
Recorded: - December 3, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union nAvenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 1952
First appearance: - First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 344-B mono
COLD COLD WINTER / BOOTED
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-9 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal and Piano
Willie Sims - Saxophone
Willie Wilkes - Saxophone
John Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 344-B 78rpm



B.B. King
"FINE LOOKIN' WOMAN" – B.M.I. - 2:20
Composer: - Riley B. King-Jules Taub
Publisher: - BMG Music Publishing Limited
Matrix number: - MM 1491 - Take 2
Recorded: - January 8, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 348-A mono
FINE LOOKIN' WOMAN / B.B. BOOGIE
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-2-3 mono
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and guitar
Solomon Hardy - Sax
Ford Nelson - Piano
James "Shinny" Walker - Bass
E.A. Kemp – Drums
 

RPM 348-A 78rpm



B.B. King
"SHE DON'T MOVE ME NO MORE" – B.M.I. - 3:11
Composer: - Riley B. King
Publisher: - BMG Music Publishing Limited
Matrix number: - MM 1752 - Unknown Take
Recorded: - September 1951 / Probably May 27, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 348-B mono
SHE DON'T MOVE ME NO MORE / FINE LOOKIN' WOMAN
Reissued: - 2002 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHM2 835-2-16 mono
B.B. KING - THE MODERN RECORDINGS 1950 - 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
B.B. King - Vocal and Guitar
Richard Sanders - Tenor Sax
Phineas Newborn Jr. - Piano
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Unknown - Baritone Sax
Phineas Newborn Sr. - Drums
Adolph "Billy" Duncan - Tenor Sax
Johnny Ace - Piano
Earl Forrest – Drums
 

RPM 348-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''NO MORE DOGGIN''' – B.M.I. - 3:11
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - MM 1786
Recorded: - March 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 22, 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 350-A mono
NO MORE DOGGIN' / MARIA
Reissued: - Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-1 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon – Vocal & Piano
Probably the next musicians:
Billy ''Red'' Love - Piano
Pat Hare - Guitar
Willie Wilkes - Tenor Saxophone
Richard Sanders - Baritone Saxophone
Adolph Duncan - Tenor Saxophone
Tuff Green - Bass

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.

''I got a girlfriend, Pete'', said recalled Rosco Gordon. ''I took her with me to the dance. I meet another girl,  Peggy. So Pete's sitting on the piano stool beside me. So I know her time is up. So I begin to sing, 'No more  diggin', fooling around with you...'. Told the tenor player to take it up. And the next day we made the record  ''No More Diggin'''. Ike Turner set up the thing at Tuff Green's house because of the Bihari Brothers' spats  with Sam Phillips and Chess. I did ''No More Diggin'''and B.B. King did ''Three O'Clock Blues'' the same  day. (CE)
 

RPM 350-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''MARIA'' – B.M.I. - 2:34
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1787
Recorded: - March 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - March 22, 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 350-A mono
MARIA / NO MORE DOGGIN'
Reissued: - Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-10 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon – Vocal & Piano
Probably the next musicians:
Billy ''Red'' Love - Piano
Pat Hare - Guitar
Willie Wilkes - Tenor Saxophone
Richard Sanders - Baritone Saxophone
Adolph Duncan - Tenor Saxophone
Tuff Green - Bass

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 350-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''NEW ORLEANS WIMMEN'' – B.M.I. - 2:34
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1845
Recorded: - Probably March 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 358-A mono
NEW ORLEANS WIMMEN / I REMEMBER YOUR KISSES
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-11 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 358-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''I REMEMBER YOUR KISSES'' – B.M.I. - 3:03
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1841
Recorded: - Probably March 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1952
First appearance: -  First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 358 mono
I REMEMBER YOUR KISSES / NEW ORLEANS WIMMEN
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-12 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 358-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"WHAT YOU GOT ON YOUR MIND" - B.M.I - 1:54
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - 1842
Recorded: - Possibly December 3, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 6, 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 365-A mono
WHAT YOU GOT ON YOUR MIND / TWO KIND OF WOMEN
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-14 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal and Piano
Willie Sims - Saxophone
Willie Wilkes - Saxophone
John Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 365-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
"TWO KIND OF WOMEN" - B.M.I - 3:02
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - 1867
Recorded: - December 3, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - September 6, 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single RPM 365-B mono
TWO KIND OF WOMEN / WHAT YOU GOT ON YOUR MIND
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-13 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal and Piano
Willie Sims - Saxophone
Willie Wilkes - Saxophone
John Murry Daley - Drums
More Details Unknown

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 365-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''DREAM BABY (DREAM ON BABY)''' – B.M.I. - 2:59
Composer: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1899
Recorded: - Probably September 15, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 1, 1952
First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 369-A mono
DREAM BABY / TRYING
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-15 mono digital 
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS 

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 369-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''TRYING'' – B.M.I. - 3:31
Composer: - B. Vaughn
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1898 
Recorded: - Probably September 15, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 1, 1952
First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 369-B mono
TRYING / DREAM BABY
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-16 mono digital 
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS 

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 369-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''LUCILE (LOOKING FOR MY BABY)'' – B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1900
Recorded: - Probably September 15, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 15, 1952
First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 373-A mono
LUCILE (LOOKING FOR MY BABY) / BLUES FOR MY BABY
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-17 mono digital 
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS 

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 373-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''BLUES FOR MY BABY'' – B.M.I. - 3:00
Composer: - Jules Traub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1901
Recorded: - Probably September 15, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 15, 1952
First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 373-B mono
BLUES FOR MY BABY / LUCILE (LOOKING FOR MY BABY)
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-18 mono digital 
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS 

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 373-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''I'M IN LOVE'' – B.M.I. - 2:46
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1937
Recorded: - Probably January 1953
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 31, 1953
First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 379-A mono
I'M IN LOVE / JUST IN FROM TEXAS
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-20 mono digital 
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS 

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 379-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''JUST IN FROM TEXAS'' – B.M.I. - 2:42
Composer: - Rosco Gordon-Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1936
Recorded: - Probably January 1953
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - January 31, 1953
First appearance: RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 379-B mono
JUST IN FROM TEXAS / I'M IN LOVE
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-19 mono digital 
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS 

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 379-B 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE''' – B.M.I. - 2:20
Composer: - Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - 1957
Recorded: - Probably March 1953
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 16, 1953
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 384-A mono
TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE / WE'RE ALL LOADED
Reissued: - Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-21 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 384-A 78rpm



Rosco Gordon
''WE'RE ALL LOADED'' – B.M.I. - 3:13
Composer: - Jules Taub
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - 1958
Recorded: - Probably March 1953
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 16, 1953
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 384-B mono
WE'RE ALL LOADED / TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE
Reissued: - Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-22 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon - Vocal & Piano
Probably The Beale Streeters:
Johnny Ace - Piano
Bobby Bland - Guitar
Billy Duncan - Saxophone
Earl Forrest - Drums

Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
 

RPM 384-B 78rpm


 
 
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