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Various Artists: Honkin' 'N' Hollerin': R&B from the Radio Corporation, Vol. 1

Track List

>Mr. Bear Comes to Town - Mr. Bear & The Bearcats
>Down to the Bottom - Larry Dale
>I'm Alone - Bertice Reading
>She Makes Me Mad - George Benson
>That's Why I Cry - Varetta Dillard
>Great Googa Mooga - Big Al Sears
>My Heart's Delight - Eartha Kitt
>Day Old Bread - Milt Trenier
>I'll Gladly Do It Again - Bertice Reading
>Flat Foot Boogie - The Jackson Brothers
>There's No Other Way - Jackson Brothers
>Mary Lou - Clayton Love
>Mumbles Blues - Big Connie
>Sweet Goody - Bertice Reading
>Midnight Hours - Larry Dale
>Country Boy - Tiny Kennedy
>I'm Gonna Keep My Good Eye on You - Mr. Bear & The Bearcats
>Rock-A-Bye Baby - King Curtis
>Tears of Joy - Bertice Reading
>I'm Tired - Big Red McHouston Orchestra
>Come Back to Me - Zilla Mayes
>All My Life - Roy Gaines
>I'm Goin' Home - Mickey & Sylvia
>Judgement of Love, The - Bertice Reading
>Please Tell Me - Larry Dale
>Where Is My Honey - Mickey & Sylvia
>Chicken Back - Louis Jordan
>Rock & Roll Ball - Big Al Sears

Album Notes

Performers include: King Curtis, George Benson, Mickey & Sylvia, Arthur Crudup, Otis Blackwell, The Five Keys, Eartha Kitt.

Contains 30 tracks.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Eartha Kitt; George Benson ; King Curtis; Mickey & Sylvia; Otis Blackwell; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup; The Five Keys.

RCA Victor was one of the very few majors who actually had an R&B division that could keep pace with labels like Chess, Modern, Savoy, Atlantic, King and others. This opening volume of an ongoing series comes up with 28 terrific performances illustrating that the corporate giant at least had their pulse on what actually constituted rhythm & blues in the early 1950s, and then some. From the out-and-out wildness of Mr. Bear and the Bearcats' "Mr. Bear Comes to Town," Big Al Sears' "Great Googa Mooga," Milt Trenier's "Day Old Bread" and the Jackson Brothers' "There's No Other Way," this collection also plumbs some deep blues with the unissued Larry Dale tracks "Midnight Hours," "Please Tell Me" and "Down to the Bottom," all three featuring some stellar guitar work from Mickey Baker. Other highlights include Louis Jordan's "Chicken Back," Big Al Sears' "Rock'n'Roll Ball," Beatrice Reading's bluesy "I"ll Do It All Again," an 11-year-old George Benson's first record ("She Makes Me Mad"), Eartha Kitt's uncharacteristic R&B outing "My Heart's Delight," and Big Connie's "Mumbles Blues." A nice chunk of seldom-anthologized American music. ~ Cub Koda


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