Various Artists - The 1952 R&B Hits Collection

Various Artists - The 1952 R&B Hits Collection

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This fills in one of the gaps on our strand of R&B and country collections associated with Acrobat’s highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series, this one focusing on the top R&B records in the US Billboard charts during 1952. This great value 90-track 4-CD anthology includes, with the exception of certain records which are unavailable for inclusion due to copyright restrictions, just about every record which peaked during the year in the published Top 10 “Best Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues Records” and “Most Played Juke Box Rhythm & Blues” charts. It was a fascinating time in R&B, with different strands of the genre creating the musical landscape from which rock ‘n’ roll was already emerging – Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and Fats Domino’s “Goin’ Home” are among the hits featured. There’s the electric Chicago guitar blues of B.B. King and Muddy Waters, doowop groups like The Orioles and The Clovers, sophisticated vocalists like Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald and Percy Mayfield, old-school jump blues from Roy Milton, jazz stars like Johnny Hodges and Illinois Jacquet, pop crossovers like Johnny Ray, and more. As with all these collections, it provides a window onto a dynamic and exciting musical environment, and includes a number of unfamiliar names and recordings of which even enthusiasts of the genre may not be too aware, and which will be welcome additions to their collections. It contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every record as well as full discographical and chart information.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 I Got Loaded Peppermint Harris With Maxwell Davis And His All-Stars
2 Cold Cold Heart Dinah Washington
3 Weeping And Crying Griffin Brothers Orchestra
4 Cry Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads
5 Three O'Clock Blues B.B. King
6 Fool, Fool, Fool The Clovers
7 Best Wishes Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
8 How Many More Years Howlin' Wolf
9 Chill Is On Joe Turner
10 I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole Arthur Big Boy Crudup
11 Because Of You Tab Smith
12 Cry Baby Percy Mayfield
13 Hey Little Girl John Godfrey Trio
14 Seven Long Days Charles Brown
15 Saddled The Cow (And Milked The Horse) Rosco Gordon
16 Bar Room Blues Roy Brown And His Mighty Mighty Men
17 Sunset To Dawn Mel Walker with Johnny Otis Orchestra
18 Smooth Sailing Ella Fitzgerald
19 I Didn't Sleep A Wink Last Night Arthur Prysock
20 I'm In The Mood John Lee Hooker
21 Baby Please Don’t Go Orioles
22 Walkin' Nat King Cole
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Booted Rosco Gordon
2 Wheel Of Fortune Eddie Wilcox Orchestra & Sunny Gale
3 The Little White Cloud That Cried Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads
4 Where Are You (Now That I Need You) The Mello-Moods
5 She Moves Me Muddy Waters
6 Give Me Central 209 Lightnin Hopkins
7 Worry Worry Worry Joe Houston
8 Night Train Jimmy Forrest
9 Hard Times Charles Brown
10 Still A Fool Muddy Waters
11 Wheel Of Fortune Dinah Washington
12 Tell Me Why Dinah Washington
13 Wheel Of Fortune Cardinals
14 Got You On My Mind John Greer & His Rhythm Rockers
15 Thinkin' And Drinkin' Amos Milburn & His Aladdin Chickenshackers
16 Kissa Me Baby Ray Charles
17 A Pound Of Blues Johnny Hodges
18 Trouble In Mind Dinah Washington
19 Coffee Blues Lightnin' Hopkins
20 Heavenly Father Edna McGriff
21 5-10-15 Hours Ruth Brown
22 No More Doggin Rosco Gordon
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 New Blowtop Blues Dinah Washington
2 Sweet Sixteen Joe Turner
3 Big Question Percy Mayfield
4 Wind Is Blowing Jimmy Witherspoon
5 Diane Buddy Lucas & His Band Of Tomorrow
6 One Mint Julep The Clovers
7 Middle Of The Night The Clovers
8 Goin' Home Fats Domino
9 Be Anything (But Be Mine) Wini Brown & Her Boyfriends
10 Moody's Mood For Love King Pleasure
11 So Tired Roy Milton
12 Lawdy Miss Clawdy Lloyd Price
13 Kiss Of Fire Billy Eckstine
14 I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks Marie Adams
15 Easy, Easy, Baby Varetta Dillard
16 Mary Jo Four Blazes
17 My Heart's Desire Jimmie Lee & Artis
18 Ting-A-Ling The Clovers
19 Call Operator 210 Floyd Dixon
20 I Wonder Where My Baby's Gone The Clovers
21 Don't You Cry Joe Turner
22 My Song Johnny Ace
23 Call Operator 210 Johnny Otis & His Orch. Feat. Mel Walker
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Daddy Daddy Ruth Brown
2 The Bells Are Ringing Smiley Lewis
3 Darlin', You Know I Love You B.B. King
4 Juke Little Walter & His Night Cats
5 Night And Day (I Miss You So) Roy Milton
6 Five Long Years Eddie Boyd
7 Poor Poor Me Fats Domino
8 Goodbye Baby Little Caesar
9 Restless Heart Lloyd Price
10 Oooh, Oooh, Oooh Lloyd Price
11 Please Send Her Back To Me Four Blazes
12 My Story Chuck Willis
13 Every Day I Have The Blues Joe Williams
14 Rock Me All Night Long The Ravens
15 Hey, Miss Fannie The Clovers
16 Port Of Rico Illinois Jacquet & His Orchestra
17 I Played The Fool The Clovers
18 I Don't Know Willie Mabon
19 How Long Fats Domino
20 Sad Hours Little Walter & His Night Caps
21 I'm Gone Shirley & Lee
22 Hey Mrs. Jones Jimmy Forrest
23 Story From My Heart And Soul B.B. "Blues Boy" King

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    January 2024
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