Apparently from the same session as ''Drop Top'' and ''You're Gonna Cry'', Sam Phillips shows that ''It Ain't No More'' was sent to Chess along with the other two titles. There was
a delay of some months before a record was issued and in that time Chess decided to go for the other titles. At one point, Chess asked for another copy of the ''Drop Top'' master and somewhere along the line the tape of ''It Ain't No More'' was lost but, here
an acetate copy from Steve LaVere who had kept it for over forty years. If it were not for the greater saleability of the ''Drop Top'' lyric, this recording would have been a real contender for release. It is a storming performance, from Love's opening piano
chord and the pushing drumbeat of Phineas Newborn through the unison riffing of sax and guitar and on to the superior guitar solo from Carlvin Newborn. The song itself consists of Love telling his girl the reasons why she's got to pack everything and go and
perhaps this downbeat message being delivered at such a rocking tempo weighed against the track when Chess 1508 was being planned.
03 - "AIN'T NO MORE" – B.M.I. - 2:19
Composer: - Milton Morse Love
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None
- Possibly November 1951
Released: - March 8, 2013
First appearance: Bear
Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310-3-15 mono
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
Over the river in West Memphis, Arkansas there were other clubs and bars, like the Sixteenth Street grill where Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Love and B. B. King played, the Be-Bop
Hall, and also the Cotton Club that catered to a white audience.
Memphis and West Memphis provided a living to touring pianists like Roosevelt Sykes, Ivory Joe Hunter, or Fats Domino, to the pianists in local bands such as those led by Tuff Green or Bill Harvey, to the solo pianists and itinerant performers -
Memphis keyboard legends like 'Struction' and 'Dishrag' - and to budding youngsters just starting out to learn. And then there was Phineas Newborn junior who played in a family band with his father Phineas, a well-known drummer, and his brother Calvin,
The Newborns came from around Jackson, Mississippi,
originally but Phineas senior moved to Memphis in about 1930. His son joined him in the Tuff Green band in the mid-1940s and spent summers on the road with the popular Saunders King band when aged just 16. In 1948 the Newborn family show band was
resident at Morris Berger's Plantation Inn in West Memphis, moving over the bridge to the Flamingo Room at Hernando and Beale in the early 1950s.
By the mid-1950s Phineas was being feted by jazz aficionados in New York and Los Angeles, and he remains a legendary name in jazz. Writing about musicians from Memphis in Rhythm Oil,
Stanley Booth quoted one contemporary Memphis pianist saying that Phineas Newborn "had a boogie-woogie left hand, a bebop right hand, and this ... third hand." That's what pianist Billy Love was competing with when he was growing up.
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy Love - Vocal and Piano
Charles Walker - Saxophone
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Phineas Newborn Sr – Drums
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