"Wine Me Up, Miss Moore" - 16 rockin' groovin' non-hits from 1957-1968


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"I wanna testify that I have sixteen girl friends and they just don't care as long as they can do the jerk...

1. i'm back - little richard

A rare Dutch release from 1967 on Relax. Oh yes, Richard Penniman is back. Like Elvis, Carl Perkins, and many more he embraced the soul sound to relaunch his career. For me, he will always remain Tutti-Frutti, because we can't help it.

9. smorgasbord - rune overman

"The beatnik walk" is the splendid flipside, on various compilations already. Not this weird piano instrumental novelty from 1963 on Stacy Records.

2. all right miss moore - jimmy witherspoon

Stompin' R&B from 1957 by this Arkansas singer whose first release was already in 1948.

10. shortnin' bread - the viscounts

Funny version of traditional "Shortnin' bread". There was already a song called "Shortened Bread" in 1905, which eventually led to Henry Whitter's version of 1924. My fave version is the 1964 one by The Readymen, the one The Cramps listened to for their own 1990 version on "Stay sick". The Viscounts recorded their own version in 1960.

3. gloria - dee clark

Not the Van Morrison song, but a few years older, this is a great exotic slow tune from 1960 on Vee-Jay. He was best known for his "Raindrops". This is what I like to listen to while having a cocktail in my tiki hut. See also vol 167.

11. why oh why - guitar crusher

What a terrific r&b tune this on King Records. Sidney Selby aka Guitar Crusher remained quite unknown until he was rediscovered in the early 90s when he was already in his sixties. This 45 is from 1963.

4. sixteen girl friends - jay epae

I used to spin this right after Bill Haley's "Thirteen women". On the 1966 album "Hold on tight" the song is listed as "15 girl friends". See also vol 146 for more info.

12. just don't care - the strangers

Hidden on a Platters EP, recorded in 1954. Great mambo influenced R&B by an unknown band to me. There were so many bands around named The Strangers.

5. who do you love - jo ann & troy

Jo Ann Campbell and Troy Seals in 1964 with an uptempo soul version of Bo Diddley's classic from 1956. Man, this is swingin' and hot hot hot.

13. slow drag - roosevelt grier

Did you know he was a former professional US football player? At the end of the 50s he went for a musical career which lasted almost two decades. In 1967 MGM Records released this self-penned slow soul tune. On the flip you'll find a version of The Beatles' "Yesterday".

6. love explosion - troy keyes

New York soul singer who started in several doo-wop groups and ended as backing singer for artists like Peabo Bryson. This 1968 release on Abc/Stateside was his biggest hit.

14. hassie - ronnie isle & the yo-yo's

Jimmy and Ronnie Isle were two brothers from Chicago, active in the music business. Ronnie's best song is the oft compiled "Wicked". "Hassie" is also a strong uptempo r&b tune, this time with the Yo-Yo's instead of the Blisters. A 1962 Okeh release.

7. hold on tight - jay epae

B-side of "The creep" and also featured on the same EP and on his sole 1966 album which shows his Polynesian roots blending with New Orleans r&b, even on this slow tune.

15. you wine me up - bill coombs

Late 60s funk from France by a singer I know nothing about. It's his first and most likely only release, or it's an alias. This is the best of the three tracks on this PDG Records release from 1968.

8. i wanna testify - gene dozier & the brotherhood

Fabulous soul instrumental from 1967 on Minit/Audition Records, co-written by George Clinton. B-side of a weird novelty version of "Mustang Sally".

16. come on do the jerk - the miracles

Smokey Robinson's band when his name wasn't mentioned yet. It's still 1964. Great soul jerk on Tamla, Berry Gordy's first and best label, which he founded in 1959, half a year before he started his second label, Motown.