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1951 SESSIONS 10
October 1, 1951 to October 31, 1951

Studio Session for Howlin' Wolf, October 2, 1951 / RPM Records
Studio Session for Rufus Thomas, October 1951 / Chess Records
Studio Session for Lafayette Jerl Thomas, October 1951 / Chess Records

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OCTOBER 1951

"Saddled The Cow" enters the rhythm and blues charts at number 10, but soon disappears after peaking at number 9.

Rosco Gordon's third single, "A New Remedy For Love" b/w "Dime A Dozen" (RPM 336) is shipped. This comes from Sam Phillips' last session on Rosco for RPM Records. Phillips duly purchases the rights to the song "Booted", which he has already sent to Chess Records.

Sam Phillips recorded Harmonica Frank, and West Coast bluesman Lafayette (L.J.) Thomas for Chess Records.

Studio session with Rufus Thomas at the Memphis Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

The first release of a Memphis-based gospel group recorded at Phillips' studio is made by Chess, The Brewsteraires ''Where Shall I Be''.

OCTOBER 1, 1951 MONDAY

Songwriter Chip Hardy is born in Scott City, Kansas. He writes three early-1980s hits for The Whites, ''Hagin' Around'', ''Pins And Needless'' and ''You Put The Blue In Me''.

Decca released Webb Pierce's first hit, ''Wondering''.

OCTOBER 2, 1951 TUESDAY

Gordon Summer is born in Wallsend, England. Under the name Sting, he plays in the rock band The Police, then builds an electric solo career. He joins Toby Keith in the country charts on a remake of his song ''I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying''.

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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR HOWLIN' WOLF
FOR RPM RECORDS 1951

YMCA BUILDING, WEST MEMPHIS, ARKANSAS
RPM SESSION: TUESDAY OCTOBER 2, 1951
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - JOE BIHARI
AND/OR IKE TURNER

01 - ''PASSING BY BLUES'' - B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Chester Burnett
Publisher: Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1684 Master
Recorded: - October 2, 1951
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 340 mono
PASSING BY BLUES / CRYING AT DAYBREAK
Reissued: - 1991 Virgin Records (CD) 500/200rpm V2-86295-10 mono
HOWLIN' WOLF RIDES AGAIN

02 - ''CRYING AT DAYBREAK'' - B.M.I. - 3:55
Composer: - Chester Burnett
Publisher: Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1685 Master
Recorded: - October 2, 1951
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 340 mono
CRYING AT DAYBREAK / PASSING BY BLUES
Reissued: - 1991 Virgin Records (CD) 500/200rpm V2-86295-2 mono
HOWLIN' WOLF RIDES AGAIN

''Crying At Daybreak'' is listed as ''Crying At Daylight'' on LP ''Big City Blues''.

03 - ''MY BABY STOLE OFF'' - B.M.I. - 3:03
Composer: - Chester Burnett
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1748 Master
Recorded: - October 2, 1951
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 347 mono
MY BABY STOLE OFF / I WANT YOUR PICTURE
Reissued: - 1991 Virgin Records (CD) 500/200rpm V2-86295-8 mono
HOWLIN' WOLF RIDES AGAIN

04 - ''I WANT YOUR PICTURE'' - B.M.I. - 2:53
Composer: - Chester Burnett
Publisher: - Modern Music Publishing
Matrix number: - MM 1749 Master
Recorded: - October 2, 1951
Released: - 1952
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 347 mono
I WANT YOUR PICTURE / MY BABY STOLE OFF
Reissued: - 1991 Virgin Records (CD) 500/200rpm V2-86295-9 mono
HOWLIN' WOLF RIDES AGAIN

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Howlin' Wolf - Vocal & Harmonica
Ike Turner - Piano
Willie Johnson - Guitar
Willie Steele - Drums

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STUDIO SESSION FOR RUFUS THOMAS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR CHESS RECORDS 1951

MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE OCTOBER 1951
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS

Sam Phillips planned a second release for Rufus Thomas, and in October 1951 Rufus was back in Phillips' studio recording a song called "No More Dogging Around". It was the first of many he would record over the years with "Dog" in the title, though this time he was talking about being led a dance by his woman rather than promoting dance steps. The same band as before sets up a stomping rhythm and Herman Green takes a flowing sax solo. Rufus follows the catchy riff, his voice rising and falling as he sets out how he intends to get out from under. It is evident that Rufus knew exactly what he wanted his bands to do, and overall the sound on this recordings is one that can be heard on later recordings for Sun, Meteor and Stax.

01 - "NO MORE DOGGING AROUND" – B.M.I. - 2:36
Composer: - Rufus Thomas
Publisher: - Burton Limited
Matrix number: - U 7399 Master
Recorded: - October 1951
Released: - January 1952
First appearance: - Chess Records (S) 78rpm standard single > Chess 1492-A < mono
NO MORE DOGGING AROUND/CRAZY ABOUT YOU BABY
Reissued: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16695-10 mono
RUFUS THOMAS - THE SUN YEARS PLUS

Marion Keisker logged that the master of "No More Dogging Around" was mailed to Chess on October 5, and that Chess "already have "Crazy About You" and the "Christmas Song". Latter whatever it was, has not been found, and it was "Crazy" that was issued along with "Dogging" on Chess 1492. The record gathered some steady but not spectacular sales through the spring of 1952.

02 - "CHRISTMAS SONG"
Composer: - Rufus Thomas
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Unissued/Lost
Recorded: - October 1951

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rufus Thomas - Vocal
Herman Green - Tenor Saxophone
Richard Sanders - Baritone Saxophone
Billy Love - Piano
Unknown - Guitar and Bass
Houston Stokes - Drums

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STUDIO SESSION FOR LAFAYETTE JERL THOMAS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR CHESS RECORDS 1951

MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE OCTOBER 1951
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS

01 - "SAM'S DRAG" – B.M.I. - 2:49
Composer: - Lafayette Jerl Thomas
Publisher: - Burton Limited
Matrix number: - U7393 Master
Recorded: - October 1951
Released: - January 1952
First appearance: - Chess Records (S) 78rpm standard single > Chess 1493-A < mono
SAM'S DRAG / BABY TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-1-15 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958

This instrumental is anything but a drag, its tough guitar work, giving a clear indication of Lafayette Jerl Thomas' burgeoning talent. However, its readily apparent at this early stage in his career that he hadn't quite developed the technique to match his energy and enthusiasm. An off-key passage towards the end confirms that he still had some way to go to achieve his later status as West Coast guitar star. Although Thomas was from the Shreveport area, he was already based in Oakland, California when this was recorded.

Recording as a side-man since 1948, Thomas was touring with Jimmy McCracklin in 1951, so it's at least possible that McCracklin's tour stopped in Memphis, and then stopped at the Memphis Recording Service.

Certainly, Thomas and McCracklin recorded together in Houston a few months later with two saxes, piano, and rhythm section... in other words, the same line-up heard here.

The tune hits a sweet groove, but not an original one; it was based quite closely on the hugely influential ''Junior Jives'', a hit for Roy Milton a few months earlier. Thomas's next solo record came in 1955. His only other oblique connection with Sun came in 1960 when he joined two other Sun alumni, James Cotton and Pat Hare, for one song on Muddy Waters ''At Newport'' LP.

02 - "BABY TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME"* – B.M.I. - 2:44
Composer: - Lafayette Jerl Thomas
Publisher: - Burton Limited
Matrix number: - U7394 Master
Recorded: - October 1951
Released: - January 1952
First appearance: - Chess Records (S) 78rpm standard single > Chess 1493-B < mono
BABY TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME / SAM'S DRAG
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-1-16 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958

Meanwhile, over on the flip-side things pick up considerably. Thomas' pinched, nasally vocal delivery and fluid, syncopated guitar fills are clearly borrowed from the Texas tradition - exuding distinct overtones of T-Bone Walker - and giving a clear pointer to later blues guitar styles. The band play in a wonderfully doomy vein, in distinct counterpoint to their leader.

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Lafayette Jerl Thomas - Vocal* - Guitar
Unknown - Saxophone, Bass and Drums

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OCTOBER 3, 1951 WEDNESDAY

Kenny Dale is born in Artesia, New Mexico. He garners a hit in 1979 by remaking Gene Pitney's ''Only Love Can Break A Heart''.

Blues singer and songwriter Keb' Mo' is born in Los Angeles, California. He joins Garth Brooks in a 2001 NBC special, recorded with Lee Roy, and appears on tribute albums celebrating Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

OCTOBER 4, 1951 THURSDAY

When The Oak Ridge Quartet plays in Evansville, Indiana, concert-goer Minnie Huff gives the band a wallet-size picture of Jesus and writes ''Oak Ridge Boys'' on the back. The Quartet later adopts The Oak Ridge Boys as its official name.

OCTOBER 5, 1951 FRIDAY

''Don't Fence Me In'' songwriter Cole Porter enters Doctors Hospital in Manhattan, where he undergoes multiple shock treatments.

The Red Skelton/Ester Williams movie ''Texas Carnival'' debuts with Foy Willing in a supporting musical role.

OCTOBER 6, 1951 SATURDAY

Rhythm and blues musician Tiny Bradshaw recorded ''The Train Kept A-Rollin'''. Johnny Burnette and The Rock And Roll Trio cover the song ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book ''Heartaches By The Number''.

OCTOBER 7, 1951 SUNDAY

John Mellecamp is born in Seymour, Indiana. The rocker, known for such hits as ''Hurts So Good'' and ''Pink Houses'', joins Willie Nelson and Neil Young to present the annual Farm Aid concerts. He's name-checked in the title of Keith Urban's 2015 hit ''John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16''.

OCTOBER 8, 1951 MONDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''Music Makin' Mama From Memphis'' and ''The Gold Rush Is Over'' during the evening in Nashville.

Carl Butler has his first solo recording session for Capitol Records.

OCTOBER 12, 1951 FRIDAY

Johnnie & Jack recorded ''Three Ways Of Knowing'' and ''Ashes Of Love''.

OCTOBER 15, 1951 MONDAY

The classic television show “I Love Lucy” debuted on the CBS network on October 15th of 1951. The show starred comedienne Lucille Ball as the titular Lucy Ricardo, Cuban entertainer Desi Arnaz as Lucy’s husband Ricky, with Vivian Vance and William Frawley as their goofy landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, and it revolved around Lucy’s comical antics. Arnaz and Ball were a real-life husband and wife and the show was based off a popular radio series that Ball had previously starred in. “I Love Lucy” was one of the first scripted television shows to be filmed using three different cameras and it was unusual that it was filmed in Hollywood using a live audience rather than in New York using a laugh track. The show was a huge success and was nominated for and won many Emmy awards while it aired. It ended in May of 1957 but remained popular in reruns and it is still regularly aired on cable TV.

''Slaughter Trail'' debuts in movie theaters with vocal appearances by Rosemary Cloony and by songwriter Terry Gilkyson, who wrote Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit from the previous year, ''The Gall Of The Wild Goose''.

There's gold in them their hills! Rex Allen races a gang of thugs to a mine in the plot of ''Utah Wagon Train'', which makes its debut in theaters. Allen's rendition include the classic ''The Streets Of Laredo (The Cowboy Lament)''.

Racing horses, bandits and a gypsy are all part of the action with the debut of the Roy Rogers movie, ''South Of Caliente'', also featuring Dale Evans and Pat Brady.

OCTOBER 16, 1951 TUESDAY

Ray Price recorded the first version of Hank Williams song ''Weary Blues From Waitin'''at Dallas' Jim Beck Studio. Williams' version becomes a hit posthumously.

Little Richard holds his first recording session at WGST Radio in Atlanta, Georgia. He goes on to write two songs that become country hits, Waylon Jennings' ''Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)'' and Billy ''Crash'' Craddock's ''Slippin' And Slidin'''.

OCTOBER 18, 1951 THURSDAY

Red Foley recorded ''Salty Dog Rag''.

OCTOBER 20, 1951 SATURDAY

Hank Williams sings a movie deal with MGM Pictures.

OCTOBER 23, 1951 TUESDAY

David Wills is born in Pulaski, Tennessee. He cuts two Charlie Rich produced hits in the 1970s and writes George Strait's ''If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger (There's One Coming Home)'' and John Schneider's ''You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight''.

OCTOBER 24, 1951 WEDNESDAY

Flatt & Scruggs recorded ''Tis Sweet To Be Remembered'' and the original version of ''Earl's Breakdown'' at the Castle Studio in Nashville.

OCTOBER 25, 1951 THURSDAY

Hank Williams recorded ''There's A Tear In My Beer''. The tape remains in boxes at Bill Lister's house until 1988, when Lister sends it to Hank Williams Jr., who eventually recorded a duet matching him with his father's performance.

OCTOBER 26, 1951 FRIDAY

Big Bill Lister recorded the first version of ''There's A Tear In My Beer'' to be released. The song will achieve hit status when Hank Williams Jr.'s voice and new instrumental tracks are added to a demo recording by the song's writer, Hank Williams.

George Morgan recorded ''Almost''.

OCTOBER 28, 1951 SUNDAY

George Jones' first daughter, Susan, is born.

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