- TRUMPET RECORDS -
 
Contains 
Jesse ''Tiny'' Kennedy - Trumpet 187
Jesse ''Tiny'' Kennedy - Trumpet 188
Sherman Johnson & His Cloud of Joy - Trumpet 189
Sherman Johnson & His Cloud of Joy - Trumpet 190
Billy ''Tag'' Williams - Trumpet 192
Billy ''Tag'' Williams - Trumpet 193
Jesse ''Tiny'' Kennedy
"EARLY IN THE MORNING, BABY" - B.M.I - 2:29
Composer: - Jesse Kennedy
Publisher: - Music Diam
Matrix number: - DRC-130
Recorded: - September 25, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 187-A mono
EARLY IN THE MORNING, BABY / STRANGE KIND OF FEELING
Reissued: - March 8, 20-13 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310 JK-3-26 mono digital 
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jesse Tiny Kennedy - Vocal
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Alfordson Nelson - Piano
Richard Sanders - Saxophone
Bill Fort - Saxophone
Robert Hamp - Saxophone
Wilburn Steinberg - Bass
Houston Stokes - Drums
 Elmer, the disc josckey Rooster - Crowing
 
Sam Phillips did some mastering and copying for other labels, but very little custom recording. He made an exception for Lillian McMurry at Trumpet Records in Jackson, Mississippi. McMurry had signed Tiny Kennedy but couldn't get the result she wanted at the WHBQ studio in Memphis. After that, he'd failed to show up for a session in Jackson, so she must have booked time at Phillips' Memphis Recording Service with some trepidation. She'd signed Kennedy after seeing him at Jackson's Alamo Theater when he fronted Tiny Bradshaw's orchestra. Kennedy was a mountain of a man with a voice to match, and he was from Chattanooga, as this song attests. Sam Phillips placed him with the cream of musicians on the session, which produced the fine "Strange Kind Of Feelin'," "Early In The Mornin', Baby" (with overdubbed crowing by "Elmer, the Disc Jockey Rooster"), and "Blues Disease," included guitarist Calvin Newborn and saxophonist Richard Sanders. After the session, McMurry lit upon the idea of dubbing a rooster onto the intro. In nearby Hattiesburg, Chuck Thompson was the early morning man on WFOR, and he had a pet rooster, Elmer, who crowed on cue and was sufficiently well known for Minnie Pearl's ''Pickin' And Singin' News'' to do a little feature on him. Phillips added Elmer to the tape, and McMurry crudely collaged him to Kennedy's promo photo. (CE)
 Jesse ''Tiny'' Kennedy
"STRANGE KIND OF FEELING" - B.M.I  - 2:30
Composer: - Tiny Kennedy
Publisher: - Music Diam
Matrix number: - DRC-131
Recorded: - September 25, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 187-B mono
STRANGE KIND OF FEELING / EARLY IN THE MORNING, BABY
Reissued: - March 8, 20-13 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310 JK-3-27 mono digital 
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
 
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jesse Tiny Kennedy - Vocal
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Alfordson Nelson - Piano
Richard Sanders - Saxophone
Bill Fort - Saxophone
Robert Hamp - Saxophone
Wilburn Steinberg - Bass
Houston Stokes - Drums
 
The rhythm section of Wilbur Steinberg, Calvin Newborn, Ford nelson, and Houston Stokes propels this jumping blues. Add three saxophonists and an obese vocalist, and 706 Union must have been very full that day, so full that Phillips might have been the saxes or Kennedy out in the lobby. Lillian McMurry told researcher Marc Ryan that she grew tired of trying to nail down Tiny for sessions, and let him have his release. Three years later up in New York, Kennedy recorded ''Strange Kinda Feelin'' once again, this time for RCA's Groove imprint. For neither label was ''Strange Kinda Feeling'' a hit. (CE)
Jesse ''Tiny'' Kennedy
"BLUES DISEASE" - B.M.I  - 2:29
Composer: - Tiny Kennedy
Publisher: - Globe Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - DRC-132
Recorded: - September 25, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1953
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 188-A mono
BLUES DISEASE / DON'T LAY THIS JOB ON ME 
Reissued: - March 8, 20-13 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310 JK-3-28 mono digital 
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jesse Tiny Kennedy - Vocal
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Alfordson Nelson - Piano
Richard Sanders - Saxophone
Bill Fort - Saxophone
Robert Hamp - Saxophone
Wilburn Steinberg - Bass
Houston Stokes - Drums
 
Sam Phillips' multitracks the backing vocals for an unusual effect at the intro of Kennedy's second Trumpet single, ''Blues Disease''. On some level, the song is fairly mundane, but the rhythm section, accented by a very busy Calvin Newborn on guitar, is so tight and slick, it redeems the record. (CE)
 Jesse ''Tiny'' Kennedy
"DON'T LAY THIS JOB ON ME" - B.M.I  - 3:06
Composer: - Tiny Kennedy
Publisher: - Globe Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - DRC-133
Recorded: - September 25, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1953
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 188-B mono
DON'T LAY THIS JOB ON ME / BLUES DISEASE
Reissued: - March 8, 20-13 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310 JK-3-29 mono digital 
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jesse Tiny Kennedy - Vocal
Calvin Newborn - Guitar
Alfordson Nelson - Piano
Richard Sanders - Saxophone
Bill Fort - Saxophone
Robert Hamp - Saxophone
Wilburn Steinberg - Bass
Houston Stokes - Drums
 
Thieving clergymen had been a staple of black vaudeville from the get-go, and Kennedy draws on that long tradition with a narration inexplicably titled ''Don't Lay This Job On Me''. Specifically, Kennedy seems to be drawing on vaudevillian Bert Williams' ''Elder Eatmore'' narrations. The Money to build a new church has been purloined, and the threat of damnation hangs over everyone. Ford Nelson carries the accompaniment in an oddly inappropriate cocktail blues style. If this was an anomalous entry in the music recorded at 706 Union, it was a good one. It all comes down to Kennedy, and he pulls it off. (CD)
Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson & His Cloud of Joy
"PRETTY BABY BLUES" - B.M.I  - 2:55
Composer: - Sherman Johnson
Publisher: - Music Diam
Matrix number: - DRC-134
Recorded: - September 30, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 1950
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 189-A mono
PRETTY BABY BLUES / SUGAR MAMA
Reissued: - March 8, 20-13 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310 JK-3-31 mono digital 
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson - Vocal
More Details Unknown

No more distinguished on his other Trumpet release, Sherman Johnson coupled a Korean War novelty song with the paint-by-numbers ''Pretty Baby Blues''. Newborn Sr's band swung professionally, and Richard Sanders rocked out on baritone sax, but they can't compensate for the ordinariness of Johnson's voice and song. Even with a strong local following as an rhythm and blues jock in Meridian, Johnson gave Lillian McMurry no incentive to schedule another session; if anything, he gave her incentive to sue him. In 1853, he pitched ''Saving My Love For You'' to Johnny Ace. Problems was that in October 1951, McMurry had recorded Johnson singing that song and she'd copyrighted it. In November 1953, Ace's producer, Don Robey, wrote to McMurry to inform her that he had acquired all rights to the song, and that the earlier copyright was invalid. McMurry chose not to fight Robey or sue Johnson. (CE)

 Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson & His Cloud Of Joy
"SUGAR MAMA" - B.M.I 
Composer: - Sherman Johnson
Publisher: - Music Diam
Matrix number: - DRC-135
Recorded: - September 30, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 1950
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 189-B mono
SUGAR MAMA / PRETTY BABY BLUES 
Reissued: - May 1994 Alligator Records (CD) 500/200rpm Alligator ALCD 2800 mono
SHOUT, BROTHER, SHOUT - 1950S R&B FROM THE LEGENDARY TRUMPET RECORDS LABEL
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson - Vocal
More Details Unknown
Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson & His CLoud Of Joy
"HOT FISH" - B.M.I 
Composer: - Sherman Johnson
Publisher: - Globe Music Corporation
Matrix number: - DRC-136
Recorded: - September 30, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 1950
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 190-A mono
HOT FISH / LOST IN KOREA
Reissued: - March 8, 20-13 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310 JK-3-30 mono digital 
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson - Vocal
More Details Unknown
 

During the very brief period when Sam Phillips was doing custom work for Lillian McMurry's Trumpet Records, he was handed Sherman Johnson, an undistinguished shouter who took his band's name from Andy Kirk's ''Clouds Of Joy'' and his style from Wynomie Harris. As was the case with Tiny Kennedy, McMurry tried to record him elsewhere before paying Phillips to handle the session. Was ''Hot Fish'' a double entendre blues? Almost certainly. It was based quite closely on a saucy old vaudeville number best known as ''Get 'Em From The Peanut Man'' and sung by Lil Johnson and Georgia White back in 1936. As Sherman Johnson was a disc jockey on WTOK in Meridian, Mississippi, McMurry might have thought she could move sufficient copies in south Mississippi to pay for the session. She might have been wrong. Johnson was clearly discouraged when he wrote to McMurry soon after the record was released, but she admonished him, saying, ''You are about the nicest guy and we do appreciate your attitude, but I feel like spanking you because you seem to have given up''. (CE)

 Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson & His CLoud of Joy
"LOST IN KOREA" - B.M.I 
Composer: - Sherman Johnson
Publisher: - Globe Music Corporation
Matrix number: - DRC-137
Recorded: - September 30, 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1953
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 190-B mono
LOST IN KOREA / HOT FISH 
Reissued: - May 1994 Alligator Records (CD) 500/200rpm Alligator ALCD 2800 mono
SHOUT, BROTHER, SHOUT - 1950S R&B FROM THE LEGENDARY TRUMPET RECORDS LABEL
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Sherman ''Blues'' Johnson - Vocal
More Details Unknown
 
Sound effects overdubbed by Sam Phillips in October 1952.
Billy ''Tag'' Williams
"ISLAND OF HEARTACHES" - B.M.I 
Composer: - L. Farr-H. Blair
Publisher: - Globe Music Corporation
Matrix number: - DRC-140
Recorded: - October 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 192-A mono
ISLAND OF HEARTACHES / BYE AND BYE
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy ''Tag'' Williams - Vocal
More Details Unknown
 Billy ''Tag'' Williams
"BYE AND BYE" - B.M.I 
Composer: - L. Farr-H. Blair
Publisher: - Globe Music Corporation
Matrix number: - DRC-141
Recorded: - October 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - December 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 192-B mono
BYE AND BYE / ISLAND OF HEARTACHES
Reissued: - January 6, 2010 Goldenlane Records (MP3) Internet Sample mono digitale
VARIOUS ARTISTS - MISSISSIPPI HILLBILLY
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy ''Tag'' Williams - Vocal
More Details Unknown
Billy ''Tag'' Williams
"SWEETHEART I WOULDN'T CHANCE A THING" - B.M.I - 2:29
Composer: - L. Farr
Publisher: - Globe Music Corporation
Matrix number: - DRC-142
Recorded: - October 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1953
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 193-A mono
SWEETHEART I WOULDN'T CHANCE A THING / ONE-SIDED LOVE
Reissued: - January 6, 2010 Goldenlane Records (MP3) Internet Sample mono digitale
VARIOUS ARTISTS - MISSISSIPPI HILLBILLY 
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy ''Tag'' Williams - Vocal
More Details Unknown
Billy ''Tag'' Williams
"ONE-SIDED LOVE" - B.M.I - 2:34
Composer: - L. Farr
Publisher: - Globe Music Corporation
Matrix number: - DRC-143
Recorded: - October 1952
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1953
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm standard single Trumpet 193-B mono
ONE-SIDED LOVE / SWEETHEART I WOULDN'T CHANCE A THING
Reissued: - January 6, 2010 Goldenlane Records (MP3) Internet Sample mono digitale
VARIOUS ARTISTS - MISSISSIPPI HILLBILLY
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Billy ''Tag'' Williams - Vocal
More Details Unknown

  

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