The Ebb Story Various Artists (Label Stories)


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
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From 1957 to 1959, the Los Angeles label Ebb Records released around 60 singles. Only one became a national hit, although there were several regional successes. The label, however, recorded a fascinating cross-section of the music of the day and The Ebb Story tells the tale.Formed by Leonora "Lee" Rupe, with the money she received as a divorce settlement from her ex-husband Art Rupe (head of Specialty Records), and Jesse J Jones, an arranger and horn player, Ebb kicked off with The Ebbtones' Danny's Blues and worked their way through the New Orleans R&B of Professor Longhairs' Look What You're Doing To Me, the soulful blues of Ted Taylor, the down-home Texan blues guitar and voice of Smokey Hogg, the supper-club blues stylings of Floyd Dixon, the rockabilly of Kip Tyler, the chameleon vocals of Dolly Cooper and the classic hit R&B of the Hollywood Flames with Buzz, Buzz, Buzz (a version of which a young Bob Dylan performs on his forthcoming CD-ROM disc release).In the end, Ebb succumbed to the problems that beset many independents in the era - lack of national distribution and undercapitalisation (Ebb never released an album, even for their one hit maker, The Hollywood Flames). However, in their short run of two years, they left behind some great underground sounds of the period and "The Ebb Story" lets the world sample them one more time.Many of the recordings included on "The Ebb Story" are released on CD for the first time and there is one previously unreleased track among them. As befits a tribute album to such an intriguing label, "The Ebb Story" includes a complete discography by researcher Peter Gibbon and a fine sleevenote by Jim Dawson.


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview I've Got A Feeling - The Ebb-Tones

  • 02 Preview What Is Life Without A Home? - Floyd Dixon

  • 03 Preview If You Please - Riff Ruffin

  • 04 Preview Time Brings About A Change - Dolly Cooper

  • 05 Preview Look What You're Doin' To Me (Ooh-Wee, Baby) - Professor Longhair

  • 06 Preview True Lips - Ray Agee And Elly Johnson

  • 07 Preview Buzz, Buzz, Buzz - The Hollywood Flames

  • 08 Preview The Way You Carry On - The Roulettes

  • 09 Preview Love Like A Fool - The Georgettes

  • 10 Preview Looka, No Hair - Professor Longhair

  • 11 Preview I Wanna Know - Eddie Daniels

  • 12 Preview Darkness - J J Jones

  • 13 Preview Keep Walking On - Ted Taylor

  • 14 Preview Good Mornin' Baby - Smokey Hogg

  • 15 Preview Sure 'nuff - Smokey Hogg

  • 16 Preview You Fascinate Me - Tony Harris

  • 17 Preview Mine All Mine - The Jaguars

  • 18 Preview Voodoo Love - The Souvenirs

  • 19 Preview Never Let Me Go - The Ambers featuring Ralph Mathis

  • 20 Preview Wrapped Up In A Dream - Ted Taylor

  • 21 Preview She's My Witch - Kip Tyler

  • 22 Preview Oh Linda - Kip Tyler

  • 23 Preview Lucky Johnny - Jerry Hawkins

  • 24 Preview Need Your Lovin' - Jerry Hawkins

  • 25 Preview Much Too Much - The Hollywood Flames

  • 26 Preview Come On - Earl Nelson

  • 27 Preview My Silent Prayer - Ray Agee And Elly Johnson

  • 28 Preview Run, Run, Run - Sammy Vance

  • 29 Preview Kiss Me, Squeeze Me - Davie Lee

  • 30 Preview Hali-lou - Earl Nelson

  • 31 Preview Hali-lou - Kip Tyler

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