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Oakland R&B Favorites During 1951-1952

Artist Song
Jimmy Witherspoon  The Wind Is Blowin' (live) (1952 #7)  
Amos Milburn  She's Gone, Again (1951) 
Chuck Willis  I Tried (To Get Along with You) (1951) 
The Swallows  Beside You (1952 #8) 
Little Esther Phillips  Aged And Mellow Blues (1952) 
Percy Mayfield  Hopeless (1951) 
Todd Rhodes  I Shouldn't Cry, But I Do (v Kitty Stevenson) (1951) (off vinyl) 
Jimmy Rushing  I'm So Lonely (1952) 
The Dominoes  Have Mercy Baby (1952 #1) 
Joe Hill Louis  Gotta Go Baby (1951) 
Fats Noel  Ride Daddy Ride (1952) 
Lloyd Glenn  Yancey Special (Instrumental) (1952) 
Roy Hawkins  The Thrill is Gone (orig version) (1951 #6) 
Big Three Trio  Lonesome (1951) (off vinyl) 
B.B. King  Don't You Want A Man Like Me (1951) 
Stick McGhee  Tennessee Waltz Blues (Instrumental) (1951 #2) 
Sonny Boy Williamson  Eyesight To The Blind (1951) 
Roy Brown  Big Town (1951 #8) 
The Dominoes  Love, Love, Love (1952) (off vinyl) 
B.B. King  3 O'clock Blues (1952 #1) (off vinyl) 
Howling Wolf  Crying At Daybreak (1951) 
Jimmy McCracklin  My Days Are Limited (1952) 
Todd Rhodes Orchestra (v LaVern Baker)  Trying (1952) 
Mercy Dee  Empty Life (1951) 
Sonny Thompson  Mellow Blues, pt. 1 (Instrumental) (1952 #8) 
Little Willie Littlefield  I've Been Lost (1951 #10) 
Elmo(re) James  Dust My Broom (1952 #9) 
Roscoe Gordon  Saddled the Cow (And Milked the Horse) (1952 #9) (off vinyl) 
Jimmy McCracklin  Lookin' for a Woman (1951) (off vinyl) 


If you like blues, this was a period of time when you would enjoy R&B music because, for the most part, rockin' songs weren't part of the equation. B.B. King's career took off in 1952 with his "3 O'clock Blues", used here as track 20 (his first R&B hit, ch_arting in at #1). I include another song from him (track 15) from the previous year that didn't ch_art. That song was redone in 1957, and the later version really rocks (even though it still didn't make the ch_arts), so you may want to check that one out (it's about 20 seconds longer than the original). One interesting fact to consider at this point is that, although 12 songs used here made it onto the R&B ch_arts, none made it onto the Pop ch_arts. Back then, the whites had their music and the blacks had their music. There was no cross over to speak of till 1956 or later (especially 1964 onward). Besides B.B. King, I used songs more than once for Todd Rhodes, The Dominoes, and Jimmy McCracklin. Six of the songs used here were possible due to records lent to me by Rockin' Jim (from the Grinders Grooveyard radio show). I converted the songs from analog to digital for tracks 7, 14, 19, 20, 28 & 29. All of the songs in this mix manage to just fit onto a CD (clocking in at 79m56s).
This mix was inspired from discovering the "Territorial Tips" given in the book "The History of Rhythm & Blues" (volumes 1 & 2), compiled by Galen Gart. From that reference, evolved a list of 39 songs for the two years studied here. Two of those could not be found (Little Boy Blue by Mumbles from 1951 and Bee Hive Boogie by Ben Burton from 1952) and eight were passed over (I'll be Home for Christmas by Bull Moose Jackson, Twilight Blues by Preston Love, Will You Be Mine by The Swallows, and Lump in My Throat by L W Littlefield all from 1951, plus Watching My Stuff by Big Tom Collins aka Champion Jack Dupree, Story From My Heart & Soul by B B King, I'm Lonely by The Dominoes, and Would You by Roy Hawkins, those last four from 1952).

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Date: 4/6/2009
Such detail! Such history! Such rocking blues! Mere thanks are not enough for this wonderful stuff!