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.
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.
Released in October 1959 on Chess 1739, “Tell Me Baby” b/w “Recipe For Love” was by Muddy Waters.
Vee-Jay recorded many fine gospel groups, such as the Swan Silvertones, Staple Singers, and the Five Blind Boys. Here, from October 1959, is Vee-Jay 883, “Child of God” b/w “Behold Thy Mother” by the Highway QCs.
“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.'”
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.
The Staple Singers had a unique sound among gospel groups. In October 1959 Vee-Jay 881 was their latest release – “Downward Road” b/w “So Soon.”
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.”