August 1959, Excello 2162, Slim Harpo, “You’ll Be Sorry One Day” b/w “One More Day.”
“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.
This has to be a rare item: Junior Wells’s “Little By Little” backed with “Come On In This House.” It was issued as Profile 4011 in February 1960. Unlike previous Wells blues songs, “Little By Little” featured a back-up vocal group. This must have paid off, because it was on the national R&B charts in the late spring and early summer. The flip side is “Come On In This House” not “Come On A My House.” Junior Wells may have consented to using group harmony, but he would have sounded ridiculous singing “Come On A My House.”
March 1960, Fire 1011, Elmore James and his Broomdusters, “Make My Dreams Come True” b/w “Bobby’s Rock.”
As I’ve said before, when I first started this blog I believed that “There Is Something On Your Mind” by Bobby Marchan from June 1960 was probably the final American 78. But I now think that there were even later American 78s, such as this one. Roscoe Shelton’s “Miss You” backed with “Let Me Believe In You” is from July 1960! It was Excello 2181.
Here is one of the last 78 rpm releases on the Excello Records: Excello 2171, “Buzz Me Babe” b/w “Late Last Night” by the great Slim Harpo. Issued in January 1960, you can hear it here.