August 1959, Excello 2162, Slim Harpo, “You’ll Be Sorry One Day” b/w “One More Day.”
Louis Brooks and his Hi-Toppers had an R&B hit in 1955 with “It’s Love Baby (24 Hours a Day) on the Excello label. Even though four years had elapsed without another big hit, Excello was still recording the group in 1959. This record, Excello 2159, “Bus Station Blues” b/w “Rollin’ Home,” was issued in June 1959. After this record Excello must have given up on Louis.
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.
From November or December 1959, here is Excello 2170, “Say You Really Care” b/w “It’s My Fault” by Roscoe Shelton. It was being advertised in Billboard magazine by January 25. This was, I think, from one of John Tefteller’s auctions. In my opinion, Mr. Tefteller has done more than anyone to unearth these very late American 78 rpm records.
Slim Harpo’s “You’ll Be Sorry One Day” b/w “One More Day” on Excello 2162 from June 1959.
Excello 2173, “Tom Cat Blues” b/w “Bed Bug Blues” by Lightnin’ Slim from December 1959.