Various Artists

Mighty Instrumentals R&B Style 1959


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1960 may have been the big year for Instrumentals, but back in 1959, several white instrumentals acts were already making a dent in the pop charts, among them the Virtues, the Rebels, the Rock-A-Teens and the Fireballs. Duane Eddy had broken through in 58 but in 1959 he had no less than seven singles on the Hot 100. Johnny & the Hurricanes had their first success this year with three big hits. Black artists, however, had less mainstream success. Jimmy Beck sneaked in at #82 for two weeks with Pipe Dreams, Larry Kerrin s The Hunch was a hit for both Paul Gayten and the Bobby Peterson Quintet; Bill Doggett had three discs in the R&B charts but apart from a couple of organ hits for Preston Epps and Dave Baby Cortez, that was it for R&B instrumentals chart-wise. If you re knocked out by what you hear from 1959, just wait till you find out what was on offer in 1960 and 1961. 

Tracklist

Disc 1 :
1. Let s Go Smitty - Floyd Dixon 2. Mumblin Guitar - Bo Diddley 3. Real Gone Jam - Tommy Ridgley 4. Knocked Out - The Gondoliers 5. Pacoima Stomp - The Carter Bros 6. Cutting Out - Gus Jenkins 7. Hot Cross Buns - Paul Gayten 8. Chunk-A-Lunk Jug (Pt. 1) - Mary Lou Williams 9. Chunk-A-Lunk Jug (Pt. 2) - Mary Lou Williams 10. Mashed Potatoes - James Brown 11. Mashed Potatoes (Pt. 2) - Nat Kendrick 12. Yum Yum - The Swinging Earls 13. Sweet Meats - Garland Davis 14. Perdido Street - Herb Hardesty 15. Storm Warning - Mac Rebennack 16. Royal Earl Shuffle - Royal Earl 17. Boney Shuffle - Spot Barnett 18. Soul Groove (Pt. 1) - King Curtis 19. Soul Groove (Pt. 2) - King Curtis 20. Rock Alley - Lefty Bates 21. Can t Sit Down - The Bim Bam Boos 22. Boogie Cha Cha - Sam Price 23. Cozy s Mambo - Cozy Cole 24. Live It Up - Ernie Freeman 25. Talk To Me Baby - Doc Starkes 26. Down Yonder - Buddy Johnson 27. Swingin Peter Gunn (Pt. 1) - Jimmy Nolen 28. Swingin Peter Gunn (Pt. 2) - Jimmy Nolen 29. Zeen Beat - Gene Redd
Disc 2 :
1. Steppin Out - Memphis Slim 2. The Madison Shuffle - Buster Brown 3. Voodoo Cha Cha - The Carter Bros 4. Night Ridin - Doc Starkes 5. Slim s Thing - Willie Dixon/ Memphis Slim 6. Ho Ho - Ike Turner 7. Wolf In The Mood - Howlin Wolf 8. Swingin The Gate - Gatemouth Brown 9. Blue On Blue - Chuck Berry 10. Bobby s Rock - Elmore James 11. Harmonica Rock - Little Boyd 12. Diddling - Bo Diddley 13. Spanky - Gus Jenkins 14. Talkin Guitar (Pt. 2) - Royal Earl 15. Let It Roll (Pt. 1) - Cliff Davis 16. Let It Roll (Pt. 2) - Cliff Davis 17. Blues After Hours - Jimmy Nolen 18. E N A - Lefty Bates 19. A-Minor Cha-Cha (Eddie) - Clear Waters 20. Steady - Jerry McCain 21. Cool And Crazy - Nick & The Jaguars 22. Night Sounds - Ernie Freeman 23. Beatin and Blowin - Herb Hardesty 24. Honky Tonk Caboose - Sammy Price 25. Rollin Home - Louis Brooks 26. Backwards (Pt. 1) - Bill Doggett 27. Backwards (Pt. 2) - Bill Doggett 28. Sputnik Music - Harmonica George 29. Midnight Jump - Walter J. Westbrook 30. The Hunch - Paul Gayten