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1950: The R&B Hits

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is a two-CD, 48-track compilation of, as the no-frills title suggests, songs that were R&B hits in 1950. Jump blues, piano boogies, and bluesy ballads form virtually the entire program, much of which consists of contributions from well-known pioneers such as Louis Jordan, Ivory Joe Hunter, Wynonie Harris, Little Esther, Lowell Fulson, Amos Milburn, Roy Brown, Tiny Bradshaw, Ruth Brown, Johnny Otis, Floyd Dixon, Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker, and Lightnin' Hopkins. Some of these are famous classics: Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind," Clarence Garlow's "Bon Ton Roula" (the first zydeco-influenced song to be a big hit), Joe Liggins' "Pink Champagne," Percy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is a two-CD, 48-track compilation of, as the no-frills title suggests, songs that were R&B hits in 1950. Jump blues, piano boogies, and bluesy ballads form virtually the entire program, much of which consists of contributions from well-known pioneers such as Louis Jordan, Ivory Joe Hunter, Wynonie Harris, Little Esther, Lowell Fulson, Amos Milburn, Roy Brown, Tiny Bradshaw, Ruth Brown, Johnny Otis, Floyd Dixon, Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker, and Lightnin' Hopkins. Some of these are famous classics: Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind," Clarence Garlow's "Bon Ton Roula" (the first zydeco-influenced song to be a big hit), Joe Liggins' "Pink Champagne," Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and Amos Milburn's "Bad Bad Whiskey." For the most part, though, these aren't going to be overly familiar to anyone but R&B collectors, for whom the most unusual items will be the occasional selections by obscure performers, like Ray-O-Vacs' reading of "Besame Mucho" and Nellie Lutcher and Nat King Cole's duet on "For You My Love." It's a good overview of where rhythm and blues was at in 1950, though perhaps not diverse enough to compel those who aren't devotees of jump blues and boogie. It would be good to have more thorough liner notes than the perfunctory annotation given on the sleeve, as well as the actual chart positions of these songs, as they were (one assumes) selected on the basis of their popularity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Indigo Uk
  • UPC: 766126410542
  • Catalog Number: 105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Almost Lost My Mind - Ivory Joe Hunter (3:11)
  2. 2 Quit My Pretty Mama - Ivory Joe Hunter (2:50)
  3. 3 School Days (When We Were Kids) - Louis Jordan (2:34)
  4. 4 Sittin' on It All the Time - Wynonie Harris (2:39)
  5. 5 Double Crossing Blues - Little Esther (2:47)
  6. 6 Huckle up Baby - John Lee Hooker (2:47)
  7. 7 Raining in My Heart - Peppermint Harris (2:35)
  8. 8 For You My Love - Nat King Cole (2:24)
  9. 9 Why Do Everything Happen to Me - Roy Hawkins (2:57)
  10. 10 S.P. Blues - Ivory Joe Hunter (2:48)
  11. 11 Information Blues - Roy Milton (2:42)
  12. 12 Bon Ton Roula - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (3:15)
  13. 13 Block Buster Boogie - Cecil Payne (2:59)
  14. 14 Still in the Dark - Joe Turner (2:49)
  15. 15 I Like My Baby's Pudding - Wynonie Harris (2:44)
  16. 16 Mistrustin' Blues - Mel Walker (3:01)
  17. 17 My Baby's Gone - Charles Brown (3:00)
  18. 18 I'll Never Be Free - Paul Gayton (3:00)
  19. 19 I Need You So - Ivory Joe Hunter (3:11)
  20. 20 Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins (3:02)
  21. 21 Walking Blues - Amos Milburn (3:00)
  22. 22 Well Oh Well - Tiny Bradshaw (2:41)
  23. 23 Everyday I Have the Blues - Lowell Fulson (2:30)
  24. 24 Safonia B - Calvin Boze (2:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cupid Boogie - Mel Walker (2:36)
  2. 2 Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown (3:00)
  3. 3 Good Morning Judge - Wynonie Harris (2:42)
  4. 4 I Love My Baby - Larry Darnell (2:52)
  5. 5 Blue Light Boogie - Louis Jordan (5:07)
  6. 6 Blue Shadows - Lowell Fulson (2:49)
  7. 7 Sax Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn (2:50)
  8. 8 Love Don't Love Nobody - Roy Brown (2:43)
  9. 9 Shotgun Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins (2:40)
  10. 10 Million Dollar Secret - Helen Humes (3:09)
  11. 11 Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere - Laurie Tate (3:03)
  12. 12 I'm Going to Have Myself a Ball - Tiny Bradshaw (2:44)
  13. 13 Besame Mucho @@Ray-O-Vacs (2:49)
  14. 14 Please Send Me Someone to Love - Percy Mayfield (2:54)
  15. 15 Teardrops from My Eyes - Ruth Brown (2:53)
  16. 16 Cadillac Baby - Roy Brown (2:56)
  17. 17 Sad Journey - Floyd Dixon (2:47)
  18. 18 Wedding Boogie - Johnny Otis (2:54)
  19. 19 Bad Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn (2:57)
  20. 20 Old Time Shuffle Blues - Lloyd Glenn (2:54)
  21. 21 Every Night About This Time - Fats Domino (2:07)
  22. 22 Oh Babe! - Wynonie Harris (2:53)
  23. 23 Rockin' Blues - Johnny Otis Orchestra (2:51)
  24. 24 Rockin' With Red - Piano Red (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tiny Bradshaw Track Performer
Floyd Dixon Track Performer
Lowell Fulson Track Performer
Lloyd Glenn Track Performer
Peppermint Harris Track Performer
Wynonie Harris Track Performer
John Lee Hooker Track Performer
Ivory Joe Hunter Track Performer
Percy Mayfield Track Performer
Amos Milburn Track Performer
Roy Milton Track Performer
Johnny Otis Track Performer
Piano Red Track Performer
Big Joe Turner Track Performer
Joe Liggins Track Performer
Ruth Brown Track Performer
Helen Humes Track Performer
Cecil Payne Track Performer
Roy Hawkins Track Performer
Nellie Lutcher Track Performer
Nat King Cole Track Performer
Fats Domino Track Performer
Little Esther Track Performer
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow Track Performer
Lightnin' Hopkins Track Performer
Mel Walker Track Performer
Annie Laurie Track Performer
Laurie Tate Track Performer
Calvin Boze Track Performer
Paul Gayton Track Performer
Larry Darnell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
Lloyd Glenn Composer
Wynonie Harris Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Memphis Slim Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Henry Bernard Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Thomas Maxwell Davis Composer
Milt Kabak Composer
Joe Morris Composer
Louis Innis Composer
Les Fancourt Liner Notes
Sunny Skylar Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Laurie Tate Composer
Gus Edwards Composer
Will D. Cobb Composer
Sydney Mann Composer
Willie Perryman Composer
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