B.B. King: Singin’ the Blues / The Blues (1957/58) 1991

Singin' the Blues_The Blues

Track list:

Singin’ the Blues:
01. Please Love Me
02. You Upset Me Baby
03. Every Day I Have the Blues
04. Bad Luck
05. Three O’Clock Blues
06. Blind Love
07. Woke up This Morning (My Baby’s Gone)
08. You Know I Love You
09. Sweet Little Angel
10. Ten Long Years
11. Did You Ever Love a Woman?
12. Crying Won’t Help You

The Blues:
13. Why Does Everything Happen to Me?
14. Ruby Lee
15. When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
16. Dont’ Have to Cry (aka: Past Day)
17. Boogie Woogie Woman
18. Early Every Morning
19. I Want to Get Married
20. That Ain’t the Way to Do It
21. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles
22. Don’t You Want a Man Like Me
23. You Know I Go for You
24. What Can I Do?


B.B. King – guitar, vocals
Session Musicians
The Maxwell Davis Orchestra from this period variously comprised:
Trumpet – Jake “Vernon” Porter
Alto sax – Jewell L. Grant, Floyd Turnham
Tenor sax: Maxwell Davis, Bumps Myers, Charles Waller, Lorenzo Holden, Maurice Simon, Jack McVea
Baritone sax – Floyd Turnham
Piano – Willard McDaniel
Bass – Ralph Hamilton, Billy Hadnot, Red Callender
Drums – Jesse Sailes, Jesse Price

This compilation:
Released: 1991
Label: Flair / Virgin

Package design: John E. Walker Design Associates
Post Production: Duncan Cowell (at The Digital Editing Suite)


Singin' the Blues

Singin’ The Blues:
Released: 1957
Label: Crown
CLP 5020

Art Direction & production: Florette Bihari
Liner notes: CY Schneider
Photography: Gene Lester

CLP-5020 – Singin’ the Blues – B.B. King [1957] Issued in monaural only. Re-issue of RPM 3005. “CLP 5020” and “RLP 3005” are in the vinyl trailoff area.

Please Love Me/You Upset Me Baby/Every Day I Have the Blues/Bad Luck/3 O’clock Blues/Blind Love
//Woke Up This Morning/You Know I Love You/Sweet Little Angel/Ten Long Years/Did You Ever Love a Woman/Crying Won’t Help You


Crown Records was a budget label for the Bihari Brothers, who ran the Modern and RPM labels.

Crown started in December, 1953, with four artist signings (including Joe Houston), as the Bihari Brothers’ R&B label, but they didn’t release albums on Crown until 1957.

In March, 1957, Saul Bihari announced that Modern and RPM albums would be discontinued and re-issued on the Crown label at $1.98 per album.

Later in the year, the price dropped to $1.49 per album to compete with budget labels like Tops, and the next year stereo albums on red vinyl were introduced, priced at $2.98 (Tops’ Mayfair subsidiary was issuing stereo records on yellow vinyl.)

A year later, in March, 1958, Bihari would announce that all Modern and RPM singles would also be discontinued in favor of a new singles label, Kent.

As a label, Crown has a mixed reputation.

Many of their albums contain early rock and roll or jazz and are sought after by collectors.

On the other hand, Crown put out a lot of schmaltz, knockoffs, and otherwise forgettable music, all packaged in cheap covers, giving Crown the “other” reputation as the King of junk labels.



The Blues

The Blues:
Released: June, 1958
Label: Crown
CLP-5063 [monaural only]

Why Do Things Happen To Me/Ruby Lee/When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/Past Day/Boogie Woogie Woman/Early In The Morning
//I Want To Get Married/That Ain’t The Way To Do It/Troubles, Troubles, Troubles/Don’t You Want A Man Like Me/You Know I Go For You/What Can I Do