Duke 317, Little Junior Parker’s “The Next Time” b/w “You’re On My Mind” was issued in March 1960.
I’m not sure whether or not this belongs or not, but here it is: From sometime in 1960 Kimbo 166 is supposed to be a jazz release titled “Beatniks,” although I have not heard it. The A side is a vocal by Lynn Roberts, and the B side is apparently an instrumental version “arranged and conducted by Andrew Lesko.” But the reason I’m not sure I should have it on this blog is because it is probably for dancing lessons!
Little Willie John, King 5219, “Leave My Kitten Alone” b/w “Let Nobody Love You.” Released in June 1959, there would only be a few more King 78s after this one.
“Don’t Mess With My Man” b/w “Set Me Free” was released on Ron 328 in December 1959. The December 14, 1959 issue of Billboard magazine gave this description: “The chick shouts with a determined message: You can have my husband, but please don’t mess with my man. Good beat, and wild honking horns; but unsuited for radio.” Now why did they say that? The first time I ever heard it was on the radio – on the Sunday night radio show that Alan Lee used to do on WQSR in Baltimore. Also note that the copy shown here has been autographed by Irma!
With February 1960‘s “Who’s Been Talking,” Howlin’ Wolf reprised the melody to his “Going Back Home” from a few years earlier. The “B” side was “Tell Me,” and it was Chess 1750. We can also see by the writer’s credit that he composed both of these songs.
The Staple Singers had a unique sound among gospel groups. In October 1959 Vee-Jay 881 was their latest release – “Downward Road” b/w “So Soon.”