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.

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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Little By Little

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.”

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