Tag Archives: Year: 1954

24 Sad Hours – Jimmy Witherspoon (#607)

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24 Sad Hours – Jimmy Witherspoon

Personnel:

Written By: Grover McDaniel 
Vocals: Jimmy Witherspoon    
Tenor Sax: Bill Gaither
Piano: Devonia Williams 
Guitar: Harold Grant
Bass: Mario Delagarde
Drums: Albert Bartee

The Lamplighters: 
Vocals: Willie Ray Rockwell 
Vocals: Thurston Harris
Vocals: Al Frazier
Vocals: Matthew Nelson

Recording Date:
 1953.10.05
Record Label: Federal

Releases

Original Release: Jimmy Witherspoon – Just For You / 24 Sad Hours (Single) 
Original Release Date: 1954.04.xx

Additional Releases:

1991 – Jay’s Blues (The Complete Federal Sessions) 
2014 – After Hours: The King Records Story (1956-1959) 

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15 Rounds for Jesus – Sister Wynona Carr (#543)

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15 Rounds for Jesus – Sister Wynona Carr

Personnel:

Written By: Wynona Carr
Vocals, Piano: Wynona Carr
Bass: George Washington 
Drums: Zaref Malik
Organ: Austin Upshaw
Producer: Johnny Vincent 
Recording Date: 1954.05.14
Record Label: Specialty Records 

Releases

Original Release: Sister Wynona Carr – Dragnet For Jesus 
Original Release Date: 1992

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5-10-15 Hours – Ella Mae Morse (#448)

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5-10-15 Hours – Ella Mae Morse

Personnel:

Written By: Rudy Toombs
Vocals: Ella Mae Morse
Orchestra: Big Dave And His Orchestra
Tenor Sax: Dave Cavanaugh
Trumpet: Harry Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Ray Linn, Don Anderson 
Trombone: Milt Bernhart, William Anthens
Flute, Clarinet: Harry Klee
Also Sax, Baritone Sax: Henry Beau, Gus Bivona
Flute, Tenor Sax: Ted Nash
Baritone Sax: Chuck Gentry
Piano: Ernie Freeman, Dodo Marmarosa
Guitar: Irving Ashby, Bob Bain, Dave Barbour, Barney Kessel
Bass: Harry Babasin, Red Callender
Drums: Nick Fatool, Roy Harte
Percussion: Frank Guerrero
Record Label: Capitol

Lyrics:

Genius
Song Meanings

Releases

Original Release: Ella Mae Morse with Big Dave and His Orchestra – Barrelhouse, Boogie, and the Blues
Original Release Date: 1954

Additional Releases:

2010 – Rocks

Covers:

1952 – Ruth Brown (Original) 

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(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets (#275)

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(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets

Personnel:

Written By: James E. Myers & Max C. Freedman
Vocals, Guitar: Bill Haley
Guitar: Franny Beecher 
Electric Guitar: Danny Cedrone
Steel Guitar: Billy Williamson
Bass: Marshall Lytle
Drums: Billy Gussack
Piano: Johnny Grande
Tenor Sax: Joey Ambrose
Producer: Milt Gabler
Studio: Pythian Temple – New York, NY
Recording Date: 1954.04.12
Record Label: Decca

Lyrics:

Genius
Song Meanings

Releases

Original Release: Bill Haley And His Comets – Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town) /(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock (Single)
Original Release Date: 1954.05.10

Additional Releases:

1955 – Rock Around The Clock
1985 – From The Original Master Tapes
1990 – The Decca Years And More
1994 – Shake, Rattle & Roll
1999 – Classic
1999 – The Warner Brothers Years And More
1999 – Ultimate Legends

Live:

1988 – Rock Around The Clock

Soundtrack Appearances:

1955 – Blackboard Jungle
1956 – Rock Around The Clock
1973 – American Graffiti
1988 – Bull Durham
1999 – Just Looking
2007 – Rogue
2009 – Nowhere Boy
2016 – Obit
2016 – Vinyl (S01E01)

Covers:

1954 – Sonny Dae And His Knights (Original)
1957 – Pat Boone
1959 – The Isley Brothers
1961 – Chubby Checker
1964 – The Platters
1972 – Mae West
1973 – Sha Na Na
1974 – Harry Nilsson
1974 – David Cassidy
1978 – Carl Perkins
1979 – Sex Pistols
1979 – Telex
2006 – The Walkmen

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(I Love To Play Your Piano) Let Me Bang Your Box – The Toppers (#131)

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(I Love To Play Your Piano) Let Me Bang Your Box – The Toppers

I just forced myself to listen to “(You Make Me) Rock Hard” by Kiss for this project, and was thinking about how much I like other tracks from them, but didn’t like that at all. I briefly wondered if it has something to do with the sexual innuendo, and then flipped over here to create the page for this song and immediately discarded that theory.

I’m a big fan of Dirty Blues, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot of these songs on this list.

Personnel:

Written By: Teddy McRae & Sid Wyche
Lead Vocals: John Kelley
Vocals: Kenny Drye
Vocals: Fred Wiliams
Vocals: Vernon Britton
Piano: Gabriel Gill
Record Label: Jubilee Records

Lyrics:

Genius

Releases

Original Release: The Toppers – (I Love To Play Your Piano) Let Me Bang Your Box/You’re Laughing ‘Cause I’m Crying (Single)
Original Release Date: 1954.02.xx

Additional Releases:

1991 – Risqué Rhythm: Nasty 50s R&B
1998 – Various Artists – Living The Blues: Raunchy Blues Classics
2006 – Eat To The Beat: The Dirtiest Of The Dirty Blues

Covers:

1965 – The Bangers
1966 – Doug Clark & The Nuts
1972 – Daddy Cool
1980 – J. Silver
1980 – Johnny Destry & Destiny

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