He released three Checker LPs in 1962: this rounds up killers like Detour, Road Runner, Who Do You Love and Here Tis. ‘Got a brand new house on the roadside / Made from rattlesnake hide.’
Aged seventeen, in 1961. Too searing and trad for Motown requirements, and Smokey will go to work on her… but such a great voice! Check the youtube clip of Bye Bye Baby, with the Temps on bvs. Killer.
Sleazy rhythm and blues — cult classics like Jail Bait, Greasy Chicken — kicking off a career including production and writing for Stevie, Ike, Funkadelic and co, and stints at Motown and Chess. Detroit legend.
Sublime New Jersey girl-pop originally out on the Scepter label in 1962 — featuring Bacharach’s knockout title-song, and the chart-topper Soldier Boy.
Foundational second LP — with bvs by The Supremes, The Temptations and The Vandellas, songwriting help from Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and The Funk Brothers laying it down.
Their second, 1962 LP is probably their best — with all-time, smash-hit murder like It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, Poor Fool, You Should’ve Treated Me Right and I Idolize You.
The debut LP of Detroit son Stevland Hardaway Morris, aged 12, playing keyboards, harmonica, and percussion. With the original studio version of Fingertips.
A pumped mixture of RC classics and originals in the same manner, recorded when SW was just 11 (though released after Jazz Soul).
His sixth album — for Checker in 1961 — is a classic, wildly entertaining from start to finish. Rockers like Hong Kong, Bo the wicked raconteur, stomping avant guitarism like Congo, bits of flamenco, Chicago blues…
His absolutely unmissable fusion of blues, barrelhouse boogie-woogie, funk, gospel, mambo, rhumba and second-line street parade rhythms. B-sides, rarities and alternates, 1949-57.
Dr. John: ‘All New Orleans pianists owe Fess… guru, godfather, and spiritual doctor of all that came under him.’ A kind of greatest hits of this giant, drawn from labels like Atlantic, Mercury, Federal. So good.
Her 1956 Atlantic debut, key to the splitting of jazz singing into rhythm and blues and soul. Lavern was Memphis Minnie’s niece. Her stage-name in her teens was ‘Miss Sharecropper’.
Berry Gordy chose Marv to kick off his new label TAMLA.
With the chart-smash You Got What It Takes and the classic Come To Me.
The first three Epic sevens and a bunch of other instrumentals, switching on a light for punk rock back in 1959. With Rumble, from Pulp Fiction.