reggie1964 project

1964

reggie1964, the first year that Reggie kept records of the sessions he played on, saw him moving around quite a bit. In January, Rick Hall invited him down to his newly opened FAME studio in Muscle Shoals to augment what has become known as his 'first rhythm section' comprised of David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan, Norbert Putnam, Spooner Oldham, Earl Montgomery and Terry Thompson. Thompson, he said, had come to Memphis often in the late fifties, and he and Reggie would sit in at various clubs around town. He first met Rick Hall when he and his band, The Fairlanes, cut a record with Bill Black's Combo at Royal Studio in 1959 (see our Early Recordings page). As out-of-town producers like Felton Jarvis and Huey Meaux began to book studio time at Fame, Hall apparently felt he needed another guitar player, and imported Reggie for those sessions, resulting in some of the undiscovered gems listed below.

reggieBy early March, Reggie was back at Royal Studio in Memphis as their full-time studio guitarist. The session band in those days also included Bobby Emmons on keyboards, Jerry 'Satch' Arnold on drums, and either Bobby Stewart or Mike Leach on bass. Whether the label said Bill Black's Combo, Ace Cannon or Willie Mitchell, this was the core group cranking out those tight trademark Hi instrumentals that would become known as 'The Sound of Memphis'. The entries in this initial log book become less detailed at this point, and understandably so. reggieWhen The Beatles, who had made such a big splash on The Ed Sullivan Show in February, were planning their first U.S. tour that Summer, they wanted Bill Black's Combo as one of their opening acts. Black was ill, and had been out of the picture for some time, and so it was up to Reggie to figure out how to make that happen... small wonder there were no entries in the log book after April 10th! The road band he put together, consisting of Sammy Creason, Bill English, Bubba Vernon, Bob Tucker and Ed Logan, set out on a 24 city whirlwind tour of the U.S. that August, then travelled to Europe in September as part of a 26 day package tour that featured Billy J. Kramer, The Ronettes and The Yardbirds, among others.

reggieUpon their return to Memphis in October, it was back to business as usual on South Lauderdale Avenue. As noted, this initial log book is rather sparse on Royal session details for this period, and so we've included all 1964 releases on Hi and it's subsidiary label, M.O.C. (nobody seems quite sure what those intials stood for at this point!). Although we know that Reggie plays guitar on all of these records, M.O.C. 660 is particulary interesting as it is the first of only two 45s ever issued under his own name! Just like over on The Cosimo Code, there are links provided to a 45cat info page for each record, where available. We also intended to provide playable YouTube links to as many songs as we could find, but there were so many we couldn't find, that we decided to create our own YouTube Channel and host them there. Clicking on any track will open an audio player that will play all of them sequentially. (tip: if the player obstructs the text on the page, simply go 'fullscreen' and everything should fit nicely)

Be sure to check out our expanded 1964 liner notes page, and join in the discussion. Thanks!

    - special thanks to 45cat, BSNpubs, Peter Hoogers, John Broven, Martin Hawkins, Jenny Lynn Young, Georgette Keller and, of course, Reggie!

1964
DATETIMESTUDIOLABEL/PRODUCERARTISTTRACKSRELEASES
JANUARY 16FAMEHUEY P. MEAUXDALE McBrideSweet Love
Ain't Gonna Rain No More
Believe Each Word
Our Hearts Beat As One
TEAR DROP 3062
JANUARY 170FAMEHUEY P. MEAUXLEE MAYETouch Me On My Shoulder
How's The World Treating You?
Today Today
Someone To Love
PIC 1 115
JAMIE 1276
JAMIE 1287
JANUARY 189:30amFAMEHUEY P. MEAUXLEE MAYEWho Made You What You Are
I'm A Loving Fool
JET STREAM 735
JAMIE 1276
11:30amFAMEHUEY P. MEAUXTHE BLEATERSI'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
Come and Get Your Baby
Ain't That Loving You Baby
GUYDEN 2100
JANUARY 190FAMEHUEY P. MEAUXLEE MAYEHoney Hush
Ribbons
Laughter Will Bring Tears
Those Are The Breaks
Have Love Will Travel
JET STREAM 735
0FAMEDEMO SESSIONDAN PENNUnfair
I'm a Tracker
ACE CDCHD 1353
JANUARY 220ROYAL0"TALL TEXAN"0
FEBRUARY 133-6pmROYAL0BILL BLACK'S COMBO0
FEBRUARY 18FAMEABC-PARAMOUNTTOMMY ROE0
FEBRUARY 19FAMEFELTON JARVISTOMMY ROECarolABC-PARAMOUNT 10543
FEBRUARY 20FAMEABC-PARAMOUNTTOMMY ROEBe A Good Little GirlABC-PARAMOUNT 10543
FEBRUARY 23ROYALDEMO SESSIONFOUR KINGS
FEBRUARY 24FAME
FEBRUARY 25ROYALHIACE CANNON5 Tunes
FEBRUARY 26ROYALHIACE CANNON3 Tunes
12:30pmFAMEBUDDY KNOX
FEBRUARY 27FAMEFELTON JARVISCONWAY TWITTYSuch A Night*
My Baby Left Me*
 *Reggie plays Rhythm only
ABC-PARAMOUNT 10550
MARCH 2ROYALJEC PUBLISHINGCARL McVOYSwanee River
MARCH 9ROYALJEC PUBLISHING
MARCH 10ROYALHIBILL BLACK'S COMBO
MARCH 11ROYALHIBILL BLACK'S COMBO
MARCH 12ROYALHIACE CANNON3 Tunes
MARCH 13ROYALHIBILL BLACK'S COMBO
MARCH 24ROYALHIJERRY ARNOLD
APRIL 1ROYALDEMO SESSIONACE CANNON
APRIL 3ROYALHIBILL BLACK'S COMBO
APRIL 10ROYALDEMO SESSIONFRANK CASONE
1964
LABELRELEASE NUMBERRELEASE DATER&BPOPARTISTTITLE
HI2072JANUARY67BILL BLACK'S COMBOComin' On
Soft Winds
M.O.C.655FOUR KINGSEarly In The Morning
I Want To Be There
HI2073NORM WESTDay Dreamin'
Angel of My Dream
M.O.C.656FEBRUARYJERRY AND REGGIEShoo Shoo
Dream Baby
HI207484ACE CANNONSearchin'
Love Letters In The Sand
M.O.C.657MARCHMURRY KELLUMRed Ryder
Texas Lil
HI207531HOTWILLIE MITCHELL20-75
Secret Home
HI2076APRIL11GENE SIMMONSHaunted House
Hey, Hey Little Girl
HI207791BILL BLACK'S COMBOTequila
Raunchy
HI2078ACE CANNONThe Great Pretender
Gone
M.O.C.658AUGUSTMURRY KELLUMI Dreamed I Was A Beatle
Oh How Sweet It Could Be
HI207971BILL BLACK'S COMBOLittle Queenie
Boo-Ray
HI208083JUMPIN' GENE SIMMONSThe Dodo
The Jump
M.O.C.659OCTOBERJERRY ARNOLDHoney Babe
General Washington, Sir
HI2081ACE CANNONEmpty Arms
Sunday Blues
M.O.C.660REGGIE YOUNGEbb Tide
Mr. Chann
HI2082NOVEMBERNORMAN WESTBurning Bridges
Five Pages Of Heartaches
HI208385HOTWILLIE MITCHELLPercolatin'
Check Me
HI2084ACE CANNONBlue Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
1964
COVER ARTRELEASE NUMBERRELEASE DATEARTISTTITLETRACKS
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SHL32015
3/15/64BILL BLACK'S COMBOBILL BLACK'S COMBO PLAYS THE BLUESI'll Never Be Free/Birth Of The Blues/Midnight/Blues In My Heart/Blues In The Night/Basin Street Blues//Comin' On/St. Louis Blues/Got You On My Mind/Wabash Blues/Peter Gunn/Weary Blues
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SHL32016
4/64ACE CANNONACES HiYou Don't Know Me/Heartbreak Hotel/Because Of You/Willow Weep For Me/Searchin'/Shangri La/Cotton Fields/Lonely Street/Swanee River/Gone/So Fine/Honky Tonk Song
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SHL32017
5/1/64BILL BLACK'S COMBOBILL BLACK'S COMBO PLAYS TUNES BY CHUCK BERRYSchool Days/`Sweet Little Sixteen/Roll Over Beethoven/Maybelline/Carol/Little Queenie/Brown Eyed Handsome Man/Nadine/Thirty Days/Johnny B. Goode/Reelin' And Rockin'/Memphis Tennessee
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SHL32018


JUKEBOX EP SBG29
9/1/64GENE SIMMONSJUMPIN' GENE SIMMONSHaunted House/You Can Have Her/Bony Maronie/The Green Door/Rock Around the Clock/Hotel Happiness//Teen-Age Letter/Don't Let Go/Slippin' And Sliddin'/(I'm) Comin' Down With Love/Just A Little Bit/No Help Wanted
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SHL32019
9/24/64ACE CANNONACE CANNON PLAYS THE GREAT SHOW TUNESHello Dolly/Stranger In Paradise/Moonglow And Theme From Picnic/Song From Moulin Rouge/Around The World In Eighty Days/The High And The Mighty/Never On Sunday/Moon River/Some Enchanted Evening/A Summer Place/Love Is A Many Splendored Thing/Fascination
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SHL32020


JUKEBOX EP SBG26
9/64BILL BLACK'S COMBOBILL BLACK'S COMBO GOES BIG BANDT.D.'s Boogie Woogie/Near You/Sentimental Journey/Tuxedo Junction/Canadian Sunset/Leap Frog/In The Mood/Java/Two O'clock Jump/So Rare/O (Oh!)/Stranger On The Shore
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SHL32021


JUKEBOX EP SBG28
9/24/64WILLIE MITCHELLHOLD IT!!! HERE'S WILLIE MITCHELLHold It/Percolatin'/Night Train/You Can't Sit Down/The Dog/The Crawl/"20-75"/Rinky Dink/Last Night/Mashed Potatoes/Last Date/Watermelon Man
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SHL32022
9/24/64ACE CANNON his ALTO SAX and CHORUSCHRISTMAS CHEERS FROM ACE CANNONWhite Christmas/Winter Wonderland/Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/Here Comes Santa Claus/Frosty The Snowman/Blue Christmas/Jingle Bells/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow/Jingle Bell Rock/Rock Around The Christmas Tree
1964