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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Everything Gonna Be Alright

From July 1959 here is Little Walter’s “Everything Gonna Be Alright” backed with “Back Track” on Checker 930.  Again here is Checker trying to use up their different styles of labels at the end of 78 production.

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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.'”

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