Say Man

“Say Man” b/w “The Clock Strikes Twelve” by Bo Diddley on Checker 931 was a surprise hit when it was released in August 1959.  About this song Bo Diddley told Rolling Stone magazine, “Although it sounds like a spur-of-the-moment jam, Diddley maintained it was written down long before it was recorded. ‘A lot of the things I did in the Chess studios, we were just goofin’ around,’ he said. ‘They played it back, and it shocked all of us! Of course, they cut out all the dirty parts.'”



Leave My Kitten Alone

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.

kitten june59

Don’t Mess With My Man

“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!

Bus Station Blues

Louis Brooks and his Hi-Toppers had an R&B hit in 1955 with “It’s Love Baby (24 Hours a Day) on the Excello label.  Even though four years had elapsed without another big hit, Excello was still recording the group in 1959.  This record, Excello 2159, “Bus Station Blues” b/w “Rollin’ Home,” was issued in June 1959.  After this record Excello must have given up on Louis.