Crawdad

A reader contributed these images for us to enjoy.  It’s an April 1960 issue on Checker 951 titled “Crawdad” backed with “Walkin’ and Talkin'” by the great Bo Diddley.  I’m not used to seeing the font used on Bo Diddley’s name on Checker.

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78 rpm records from 1960

So, let’s recap the American 78 records from 1960 (sans budget label cover versions):

1  January 1960 – “Shake A Hand” b/w “Manana” by Lavern Baker (Atlantic 20482)

2. January 1960 – “Belinda Marie” b/w “Dangerous Woman” by Little Junior Parker (Duke 315)
3. January 1960 – “Too Pooped To Pop” b/w “Let It Rock” by Chuck Berry (Chess 1747)
4. January 1960 – “I Feel So Good” b/w “When I Get To Thinking” by Muddy Waters (Chess 1748)
5. January 1960 – “Buzz Me Babe” b/w “Late Last Night” by Slim Harpo (Excello 2171)
6. January 1960 – “Precious Lord Part 1” b/w “Precious Lord Part 2” by Aretha Franklin (Checker 941)
7. January 1960 – “The Goat” b/w “It’s Sad To Be Alone” by Sonny Boy Williamson (Checker 943)
8. January 1960 – “I’ll Go Crazy” b/w “I Know It’s True” by Jame Brown (Federal 12369)
9. February 1960 – “Little By Little” b/w “Come On In This House” by Junior Wells (Profile 4011)
10. February 1960 – “Who’s Been Talking” b/w “Tell Me” by Howlin’ Wolf (Chess 1750)
11. February 1960 -“Ah’w Baby” b/w “I Had My Fun” by Little Walter (Checker 945)
12. February 1960 -“Why Should I Cry” b/w “My True Life” by Leroy Washington (Excello 2172)
13. March 1960 – “Make My Dreams Come True” b/w “Bobby’s Rock” by Elmore James (Fire 1011)
14. March 1960 – “The Next Time” b/w “You’re On My Mind” by Little Junior Parker (Duke 317)
15. March 1960 – “So Many Roads, So Many Trains” b/w “I’m Satisfied” by Otis Rush (Chess 1751)
16. March 1960 – “Trying To Make A Living” by Bobby Saxton b/w “Dynamite” by Earl Hooker (Checker 947)
17. March 1960 – “Tom Cat Blues” b/w “Bed Bug Blues” by Lightinin Slim (Excello 2173)
18. April 1960 – “I’m Your Doctor” b/w “Read Way Back” by Muddy Waters (Chess 1752)
19. April 1960 – “First Time I Met The Blues” b/w “I Got My Eyes On You” by Buddy Guy (Chess 1753)
20. April 1960 – “Crawdad” b/w “Walkin’ and Talkin'” by Bo Diddley (Checker 951)

21.April 1960 – “Coming Home” b/w “Have You Changed Your Mind” by Lowel (sic) Fulson (Checker 952)

22. April 1960 – “The Sky Is Crying” b/w “Held My Baby Last Night” by Elmore James (Fire 1016)
23. April 1960 – “Can’t Stay Away Part 1” b/w “Can’t Stay Away Part 2” by Tarheel Slim & Little Ann (Fire 1017)
24. April 1960 – “The Madison Shuffle” b/w “John Henry (The Steel Driving Man)” by Buster Brown (Fire 1020)
25. May 1960 – “Found Love” b/w “Where Can You Be” by Jimmy Reed (Vee-Jay 347)
26. May 1960 – “No Shoes” b/w “Solid Sender” by John Lee Hooker (Vee-Jay 349)
27. June 1960 – “Mule Skinners Blues” b/w “Cool Water” by Red Allen (Frontier 601)
28. June 1960 – “Forever I’ll Be Yours” b/w “Anything For You” by Tarheel Slim & Little Ann (Fire 1021)
29. June 1960 – “There Is Something On Your Mind Part 1” b/w “There Is Something On Your Mind Part 2” by Bobby Marchan (Fire 1022)
30. July 1960 – “Miss You” b/w “Let Me Believe In You” by Roscoe Shelton (Excello 2181)
31. August 1960 – “That’s Just Alright” b/w “I’ll Learn To Love Again” by Little Junior Parker (Duke 326)

When You Wish Upon A Star

I estimate that this record was released in the Spring of 1960. It’s another Bell Records (no. 144)  budget cover versions of currently popular songs (with a 78 rpm picture sleeve).  “When You Wish Upon A Star” was out at the time by Dion & the Belmonts on the Laurie label.  And, of course, “Stuck On You” was the Elvis song.