No More Doggin' - The RPM Records Story Vol 1 1950-53 Various Artists (Kent/ Modern)


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP2 1406

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This time last year Ace released its first comprehensive overview of one of the many subsidiaries of the Bihari brothers’ Modern Music Company. Having dealt with the R&B releases on Flair, we now turn our attention to other labels within the Modern family – starting with RPM, the longest-running of the subsidiaries.

It wasn’t possible to present a comprehensive overview of the label’s activities within the confines of one 2CD set. Thus we end this volume at the end of 1953 – roughly the halfway point in the label’s life. It’s a convenient point at which to make a break because, with the exception of B.B. King, none of the artists featured here continued their association with RPM beyond that time.

A deal to acquire masters from an upcoming producer in Memphis, by the name of Sam Phillips, brought B.B. King into the fold, followed in short order by a blues singing farmer who plied his trade under the alias Howling Wolf and a young Memphian whose cheerfully chaotic recordings sold in their thousands, Rosco Gordon. After falling out with Phillips, the Biharis utilised the services of one of his audio lieutenants, Ike Turner, who brought further talent into the fold, as well as recording for RPM as a vocalist.

Youngest Bihari brother Joe accompanied Ike on field trips, and cut some stupendous downhome blues throughout the South. The brothers also picked up repertoire from Texas, including some of the best recordings of Lightnin’ Hopkins, and bought the contract of Jimmy Nelson, an upcoming blues shouter from Northern California, who delivered an R&B #1 first time out with ‘T-99’. There really were no bases RPM didn’t have covered.

As with our “Dust My Rhythm & Blues: The Flair Records R&B Story” collection, this set is the result of extensive tape research, with all tracks mastered from fresh transfers of acetates, or best available tapes, plus a couple of dubs where other sources were unavailable. Wherever possible, we’ve used previously unissued or rarely reissued alternate takes of tracks found on other Ace CDs. 

By Tony Rounce



Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Alabamy Bound - Clyde Hurley & His Orchestra, vocal by Adele Francis

  • 02 Preview Happy Payday Part 1 (Take 1) - Austin McCoy

  • 03 Preview Mama Oh Mama (Take 1) - Luke Jones & His Orchestra

  • 04 Preview B.B. Boogie (Take 2) - B.B. King

  • 05 Preview Good Time Woman (Take 1) - Memphis Eddie

  • 06 Preview The Other Night Blues (Take 1) - B.B. King

  • 07 Preview Big Fat Mama (Take 1) - Gene Phillips & His Rhythm Aces

  • 08 Preview Found Me A Sugar Daddy (Take 3) - The Nic Nacs

  • 09 Preview Whiskey Head Woman - Junior Blues

  • 10 Preview Good For Nothin' Man (Take 1) - Mickey Champion

  • 11 Preview Rosco's Boogie (Take 2) - Rosco Gordon

  • 12 Preview She's Dynamite - B.B. King

  • 13 Preview Saddled The Cow (And Milked The Horse) - Rosco Gordon

  • 14 Preview T-99 Blues (Little Bittie Gal's Blues) (Take 1) - Jimmy Nelson & The Peter Rabbit Trio

  • 15 Preview If I Lose You Woman (Take 3) - Alexander Moore

  • 16 Preview Try Me One More Time (Take 2) - Willie Nix

  • 17 Preview Fine Little Honey Dripper - Jimmy Nelson & The Peter Rabbit Trio

  • 18 Preview Riding In The Moonlight - Howling Wolf

  • 19 Preview Bad Luck And Trouble - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 20 Preview Black Gal - Mumbles

  • 21 Preview 3 O'Clock Blues - B.B. King

  • 22 Preview Gonna Have A Merry Xmas (Take 1) - The Nic Nacs

  • 23 Preview Booted - Rosco Gordon

  • 24 Preview Jake Head Boogie - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 25 Preview I Want Your Picture - Howling Wolf

  • 26 Preview Fine Lookin' Woman (Take 1) - B.B. King

Side 2

  • 01 Preview No More Doggin' - Rosco Gordon

  • 02 Preview Last Affair - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 03 Preview Glad To Be Back Home - Sunny Blair

  • 04 Preview Shake It Up And Go - B.B. King

  • 05 Preview Trouble And Heartaches - Ike Turner singing with Ben Burton & His Orchestra

  • 06 Preview Stripped Gears - Jay Franks & His Rockets Of Rhythm

  • 07 Preview New Orleans Wimmen (Take 2) - Rosco Gordon

  • 08 Preview My Heart Belongs To You - Bonnie & Ike Turner with Orchestra accompaniment

  • 09 Preview Superintendent Blues - Houston Boines

  • 10 Preview She's My Baby - Jimmy Huff

  • 11 Preview It's Time For Lovin' To Be Done - Little Eddie Kirkland & John Lee Hooker

  • 12 Preview Sweetest Little Girl - Jimmy Nelson

  • 13 Preview Aching And Crying - Gene Forrest & His Orchestra

  • 14 Preview Another Fool In Town - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 15 Preview Just In From Texas - Rosco Gordon

  • 16 Preview Woke Up This Morning - B.B. King

  • 17 Preview Vaccinate Me Baby - King Perry & His Orchestra

  • 18 Preview I'll Be There - Melvin Daniels with The King Curtis Orchestra

  • 19 Preview We're All Loaded - Rosco Gordon

  • 20 Preview Meet Me With Your Black Dress On - Jimmy Nelson

  • 21 Preview Please Love Me - B.B. King

  • 22 Preview Don't You Know - Jimmie Huff

  • 23 Preview Welcome Home Baby - King Perry & His Orchestra, vocal by Dell St John

  • 24 Preview Chains Of Love Have Disappeared - Little Caesar

  • 25 Preview False Love - Frankie Irvin & His Orchestra

  • 26 Preview Cry Hard Luck - Jimmy Nelson

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