“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.'”
Little Willie John, King 5219, “Leave My Kitten Alone” b/w “Let Nobody Love You.” Released in June 1959, there would only be a few more King 78s after this one.
July 1959 saw the release of ABC-Paramount 10032, Lloyd Price’s “I’m Gonna Get Married” b/w “Three Little Pigs.”
“Baby, Baby” b/w “Get Ready” by Larry Williams – Chess 1745 – is from December 1959, and is actually for sale on ebay today.
“There You Go” b/w “You Went Back On Your Word” by Clyde McPhatter on Atlantic 2038 was released in September 1959.
November 1959 saw the release of Bo Diddley’s “Say Man Back Again” b/w “She’s Alright.” This was Checker 936. After the success of “Say Man” Diddley and the Chess Brothers went back for more. But I always thought the vocals were mixed down too low in the mix of this one.
Judging by the six songs listed here, I would estimate that Hurrah! PH-78-13 was from December 1959 or January 1960. Apparently this was one of those budget labels that used unknown artists to cover the latest hits. So here we have covers of Johnny Preston’s “Running Bear,” Neil Sedaka’s “Oh, Carol,” Jimmy Clanton’s “Go Jimmy Go,” “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music,” Freddy Cannon’s “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans,” and Frankie Avalon’s “Why.”