Specialty Album Discography
by David Edwards and Mike Callahan
Last update: March 29, 1998

Specialty Records was started by Art Rupe in Los Angeles California in 1944. The original address of the company was 2719 West Seventh St. in L.A., but in 1949 the company was moved to the more familiar address of 8508 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Specialty was very selective in what it recorded; jazz, rhythm & blues, gospel, and rock & roll were about all that was released on the label.

Art Rupe recorded initially in the Los Angeles area, having considerable success with records by Joe Liggins, Percy Mayfield and Roy Milton, along with a very successful gospel catalog. Of particular note is Roy Milton, who led a jump blues combo in which he played drums and sang. In 1945, Rupe recorded Milton on a song called "R.M. Blues." This song was one of the first to reorganize the boogie rhythm and give it an accented offbeat, and for that Milton has one of the strongest claims to being "the inventor of the rock 'n' roll beat." "R.M. Blues" eventually accumulated sales of over a million copies and was the first song to do so in the "race" market.

In 1952, Rupe made his first field trip to the south, being impressed with the music of Fats Domino on another Los Angeles-based label, Imperial. He went to Fats' home town of New Orleans to search for talent. He announced on a radio show that he was looking for talent and for artists to come to Cosimo Matassa's recording studio for auditions. The auditions had not produced anything worthy of recording, and Rupe was packing up to head back to Los Angeles when a 17 year old named Lloyd Price came in and sang his own composition "Lawdy Miss Clawdy." Rupe canceled his plane ticket home and stayed in New Orleans to record the song. He got Fats Domino to play piano and Dave Bartholomew to assemble the other backing musicians. The record became the #1 R&B; record for 1952 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts, and Lloyd Price was the Cash Box "Best New R&B; Singer of 1952." Price's subsequent recordings for Specialty matched neither the originality nor the sales of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," and Price was drafted into the Army in 1953, cutting short his career with Specialty. After getting out of the service, in 1956 Price recorded a few sides for KRC Records of Washington, DC, including "Just Because" and "Lonely Chair." ABC-Paramount liked the former so much that they bought the master and issued it on their own label. The latter also charted on KRC. Price began recording for ABC and resurrected his career with a series of hits for the ABC-Paramount label, including the #1 hit "Stagger Lee" in 1959.

Johnny Vincent, the New Orleans promotion man for Specialty (who later founded Ace Records of Jackson, MS), discovered Guitar Slim and brought him to the attention of Art Rupe. Rupe was unable to get to New Orleans to record Slim, so he gave Vincent instructions over the phone on how he wanted the recording session conducted. The result of the session was "The Things That I Used to Do". Vincent had used a little-known piano player named Ray Charles to arrange and play on the recording. It was a record that had everything: an incredible melody with Slim's crying, gospel-tinged vocal interpreting the anguished lyrics, along with his unbelievable guitar break which made "The Things That I Used to Do" one of the most influential recordings ever to come out of New Orleans. The song was deservedly a smash hit. Unfortunately, in spite of some powerful follow-up recordings, Guitar Slim's career faded, and he died in 1959, having drunk himself to death at the age of 32.

In 1955, while working as a dishwasher at a Greyhound bus station in Macon, Georgia, Richard Penniman sent Art Rupe an audition tape. Rupe was impressed enough with the tape to pay $600 to Don Robey to buy Richard's moribund recording contract from Peacock Records. Richard Penniman had recorded some Roy Brown-type blues for RCA in 1951 and then signed with Peacock to record some blues material for them but was unsuccessful on both labels. Art Rupe sent his producer Bumps Blackwell to New Orleans to record Little Richard Penniman. During a break in the session, Little Richard started singing an obscene song called "Wop Bop Aloo Bop", Blackwell sensed it could be a hit so he called in a local songwriter named Dorothy La Bostrie, to clean up the lyrics. When she had finished writing the new lyrics, there was only 15 minutes of studio time left and there wasn't time to teach the song to the piano player, Huey "Piano" Smith, so Blackwell rearranged the microphones to allow Little Richard to both sing and play piano. In what is hard to believe today, that song, "Tutti Frutti," was the only rocker recorded during that first session. It was recorded in just 3 takes, and is one of the most significant rock and roll recordings ever made. Little Richard garnered 500,000 in record sales but Pat Boone covered the song and sold more records. Elvis Presley also covered the song, and sang it on his second appearance on national television, on the Dorsey Brothers Show.

Little Richard was easily the most important artist to record for Specialty. His unrestrained singing, shouting and screaming while pounding on the piano established him as one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. Little Richard was one of the few singers that was more expressive with disconnected phrases and images than he was with properly constructed songs (another was James Brown). Some of his best songs were "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Lucille" and "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey," whose lyrics were hardly more elaborate than their titles. In 1959, after a trouble-plagued flight to Australia, Little Richard interpreted the flight as a message from God that he was unhappy with him playing rock and roll music. Little Richard threw all his jewelry into a river, gave up rock and roll (at least for a few years) and entered a bible college to study the ministry. Specialty records lost its most consistent hitmaker, and although Art Rupe tried hard to replace him, he was never able to find anyone close to the caliber of Little Richard.

Another rocker that had some success for Specialty was Lloyd Price's valet, Larry Williams. Art Rupe persuaded Williams to record a cover version of a Lloyd Price's "Just Because." Williams had limited success with the cover, but he followed that up with some original novelty songs, "Short Fat Fannie", "Bony Moronie" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzie", all of which became big hits.

Specialty Records had an impressive roster of gospel groups. The most important group on the label was the Soul Stirrers. The lead singer for the Soul Stirrers was Sam Cooke, who while just at the age of 21, was already a superstar on the gospel music circuit. When Cooke wanted to sing popular music in 1956, Bumps Blackwell arranged the unmistakable Cooke for a session under the thinly-disguised name Dale Cook. When Art Rupe discovered that Cooke was recording popular music he was furious, fearing it would damage the Soul Stirrers credibility with their gospel music fans. In what in hindsight was an extraordinary mistake, Rupe fired Blackwell, and as part of the settlement gave Blackwell Sam Cooke's recording contract. Blackwell took Cooke across town to Keen Records and recorded "You Send Me" which started Cooke on his way to becoming one of the most popular singers in America prior to his tragic death in 1964.

By 1960, Art Rupe had grown tired of the dirty business of paying payola to get his records heard on the radio and Specialty Records all but closed down. Little Richard's albums were kept in print, but there was no recording activity. Rupe invested his money in oil and real estate and effectively gave up the music business for many years. He kept the Specialty office in Hollywood open just to sell his existing stock of records. In 1969, because of increased interest in the early days of rock and roll, Rupe reactivated the label and much of the old material was reissued under the direction of researcher Barret Hansen (Dr. Demento).

Specialty Records under Art Rupe and Sun Records under Sam Phillips were the two labels that totally committed themselves to rock and roll. When they were no longer successful in producing hit records in that genre, both men got out of the business rather than compromise the music.

During the heyday of Specialty Records in the late '50s, only 13 albums were issued on the 2100 series and 4 on the 5000 series, including four albums by Little Richard, one album by Lloyd Price, one album by Larry Williams, gospel albums by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, the Original Gospel Harmonettes and Alex Bradford. One compilation album containing 3 songs each by Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Larry Williams and Lloyd Price was issued. There were a couple of jazz albums, a honky tonk piano record, and a comedy album by Katie Lee issued. When Specialty reopened in the late '60s, the vault was mined for albums of singles and unreleased material. Of note among the reissues are great albums by Guitar Slim, Don and Dewey, Percy Mayfield and the first recordings of Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco music. There were many fine gospel music albums released, of special note is SP-2153, Gospel Stars In Concert. One side of that record is Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers live, which gives a taste of the fervor that Sam Cooke could generate when performing.

Specialty Records is still in business under the direction of Art Rupe's daughter, who took over after the retirement of her father (who is still, as he puts it, "a reasonably healthy octogenarian."). Specialty was sold to Fantasy Records in 1990. Fantasy kept the 2100 series alive until 1992, and it is covered in this discography along with the 5000 series. Upon purchase of the label, Fantasy also started a 7000 series (CD and cassette only), which is not covered here.

The first Specialty album label was white with black printing. The center two and a half inches of the label is white, with a one- eighth inch yellow band around it and a half-inch black band around the outside. "Specialty" is in script above the center hole in yellow. At the bottom of the label is "LONG PLAYING MICRO-GROOVE" in white. This label was probably used only on SP-100. The second label was gold with black printing. The upper third of the label is black with a script "Specialty" in gold, below the logo is "natural sound" in white. There is a thin white line under the black top. A the bottom of the label is "HIGH FIDELITY" under this is "SPECIALTY RECORDS, INC HOLLYWOOD 46, CALIF. MADE IN U.S.A." in very small letters. This label was used up through 1970. The third label was white with black printing; the upper half of the label is black with a yellow script "Specialty" above the center hole and was used for 1970s and '80s reissues. This label is patterned after the label on the Specialty 45s of the 1950s.

The albums from the early years were issued in mono only. When the label began reissuing albums in 1968, they were billed as "Plays On All Phonographs," which for the most part meant that they were rechanneled. There were occasional true stereo tracks on the reissues, but these were rare and were sometimes due to overdubs.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Specialty Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1998 by Mike Callahan.


Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] (Chart) Contents

100 Series:

SP-100 - Here's Little Richard - Little Richard [3/57] Issued in mono only. Tutti Frutti/True Fine Mama/Can't Believe You Wanna Leave/Ready Teddy/Baby/Slippin' And Slidin'//Long Tall Sally/Miss Ann/Oh Why?/Rip It Up/Jenny Jenny/She's Got It

2100 Series:

SP-2100 - Here's Little Richard - Little Richard [1957] (8-57, #13) Specialty SP-2100 is a reissue of Specialty SP-100. Originally issued in mono only. The cover graphics were almost the same except SP-100 has a black and white oval with Specialty in script in the upper right corner. On SP-2100 the black and white oval is replaced with a black script "Specialty." Tutti Frutti/True Fine Mama/Can't Believe You Wanna Leave/Ready Teddy/Baby/Slippin' And Slidin'//Long Tall Sally/Miss Ann/Oh Why?/Rip It Up/Jenny Jenny/She's Got It

SP-2101 - Around the World in 80 Days - Gerald Wiggins Trio [1/58] Originally issued in mono only. With Eugene Wright and Bill Douglass. Around The World, Part 1/Aouda/Passepartout/Around The World, Part 2//La Coquette/Around The World (Beguine)/The Royal Barge/'Way Out West

SP-2102 - Barroom Music With Broad Appeal - Hal Hidey & His Honky-Tonkers [1958] Originally issued in mono only. Cecilia/Bernie's Tune/Sugar Foot/Across The Alley From The Alamo/Mockingbird Hill/The Stars And Stripes Forever//Steel Guitar Rag/Tennessee Waltz/Shoo-Fly Pie/Mary/The Kerry Dancers/The Yellow Rose Of Texas

SP-2103 - Little Richard - Little Richard [7/58] Originally issued in mono only. Keep A Knockin'/By The Light Of The Silvery Moon/Send Me Some Lovin'/I'll Never Let You Go/Heeby-Jeebies/All Around The World//Good Golly Miss Molly/Baby Face/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey/Ooh! My Soul/The Girl Can't Help It/Lucille

SP-2104 - The Fabulous Little Richard - Little Richard [1959] Originally issued in mono only. Shake A Hand/Chicken Little Baby/All Night Long/The Most I Can Offer/Lonesome And Blue/Wonderin'/She Knows How To Rock//Kansas City/Directly From My Heart/Maybe I'm Right/Early One Morning/I'm Just A Lonely Guy/Whole Lotta Shakin'

SP-2105 - Lloyd Price - Lloyd Price [4/59] Originally issued in mono only. Lawdy Miss Clawdy/Tell Me Pretty Baby/Baby Come Home/Jimmie Lee/I'm Goin' Back/I Wish Your Picture Was You/Where You At//Chee-Koo Baby/Oh, Oh, Oh/Too Late For Tears/Country Boy Rock/So Long/Carry Me Home/Mailman Blues

SP-2106 - The Soul Stirrers, Featuring Sam Cooke - The Soul Stirrers [1959] Originally issued in mono only. Wonderful/Be With Me Jesus/The Love Of God/Come And Go To That Land/By And By, Part 2/He'll Welcome Me//Touch The Hem Of His Garment/It Won't Be Very Long/Sinner Run To Jesus/Let Me Go Home/Feel Like My Time Ain't Long/I'm So Glad

SP-2107 - He's Calling Me - Original Gospel Harmonettes [1959] Originally issued in mono only. He's Calling Me/One Morning Soon/You Better Run/No Hiding Place/When I Reach My Heavenly Home/Get Away Jordan/I'm Sealed/That's Enough/Where Shall I Be/Jesus Laid His Hand On Me/He's Right On Time/99 �

SP-2108 - Too Close to Heaven - Alex Bradford [1959] Originally issued in mono only. Too Close to Heaven/I Can't Tarry/Without A God/Lord! Lord! Lord!/I Won't Sell Out/Holy Ghost//He'll Wash You Whiter Than Snow/He's Everything To Me/The Lifeboat/If Mother Knew/God Searched The World/What Did John Do?

SP-2109 - Here's Larry Williams - Larry Williams [1959] Originally issued in mono only. Short Fat Fannie/Make A Little Love/Kootchy-Koo/Lawdy Miss Clawdy/Peaches And Cream/Give Me Love//Bony Moronie/Little School Girl/Dizzy Miss Lizzy/Teardrops/You Bug Me Baby/Ting A Ling

SP-2110 - Dizzy Atmosphere - Al Grey & Billy Mitchell All-Stars [1960] With Lee Morgan, Wynton Kelly, Billy Root, Paul West, and Charlie Persip. Reissue of SP-5001. Originally issued in mono only. Dishwasher/Someone I Know/D.D.T./Whisper Not//About Time/Day By Day/Rite Of Swing/Over The Rainbow

SP-2111 - His Biggest Hits - Little Richard [1960] Originally issued in mono only. Rip It Up/Lucille/Jenny Jenny/All Around The World/Good Golly Miss Molly/Long Tall Sally//Slippin' And Slidin'/Send Me Some Lovin'/Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo/True Fine Mama/Keep A Knockin'/Tutti Frutti

SP-2112 - Our Significant Hits - Various Artists [1960] Originally issued in mono only. I'll Come Running Back To You - Sam Cooke/Lovable - Sam Cooke/That's All I Need To Know - Sam Cooke/Long Tall Sally - Little Richard/Send Me Some Lovin' - Little Richard/Rip It Up - Little Richard//Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price/Where You At? - Lloyd Price/Baby Come Home - Lloyd Price/Bony Moronie - Larry Williams/Just Because - Larry Williams/Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams

Begins "compatible stereo" issues:

SPS-2113 - Little Richard's Grooviest 17 Original Hits! - Little Richard [1968] Long Tall Sally (E)/Send Me Some Lovin' (E)/Good Golly Miss Molly (E)/She's Got It (E)/Jenny Jenny (E)/Miss Ann (E)/Ready Teddy (E)/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! (E)/Slippin' And Slidin' (E)//All Around The World (E)/Tutti Frutti (E)/Lucille (E)/Ooh! My Soul (E)/True Fine Mama (E)/Heeby-Jeebies (E)/Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo (E)/Rip It Up (E)

SPS-2114 - Doo Wop - Various Artists [1969] Pretty Little Girl - Chimes/Our School Days - Monitors/Bad Boy - Larry Williams/Sweet Breeze - Vernon Green & Phantoms/Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin/Flip - Marvin & Johnny/Wheel Of Fortune - Four Flames/Moose On The Loose - Roddy Jackson/Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers/That Mellow Saxophone - Roy Montrel/Drunk - Jimmy Liggins/The Animal Song - King Perry/Cleo - Rene Hall/The Traffic Song - Joe Lucher

SPS-2115 - Ain't That Good News - Various Artists [1969] Includes songs by the Swan Silvertones, Original Gospel Harmonettes, Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama, and others.

SPS-2116 - The Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Volume 1 - Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers [1969] Jesus Wash Away My Troubles/Jesus I'll Never Forget/Nearer To Thee/One More River/Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone/Any Day Now//He's My Friend Until The End/I'm Gonna Build On That Shore/Just Another Day/Someday Somewhere/Jesus Paid The Debt/Peace In The Valley

SPS-2117 - This Is How It All Began: The Specialty Story, Volume 1 - Various Artists [1970] Gospel: It's Getting Late In The Evening - Chosen Gospel Singers (E)/By And By - Soul Stirrers (E)/Somebody Touched Me - Alex Bradford (E)/Trouble In My Way - Swan Silvertones (E); Country Blues: Don't Trust Nobody - John Lee Hooker (E)/Married Woman - Frankie Lee Sims (E)/One Room Country Shack - Mercy Dee (E)//City Blues: R.M. Blues - Roy Milton (E)/Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins (E); Ballads: Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield (E)/Tabarin - Four Flames (E); Jump & Boogie: X-Temperaneous Boogie - Camille Howard (E)/The Huckle-Buck - Roy Milton & His Solid Senders (E)/Shuffle-Shuck - Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy (E)

SPS-2118 - This Is How It All Began, Volume 2 - Various Artists [1970] Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price (E)/The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim (E)/Dream Girl - Jesse Belvin & Marvin Phillips (E)/Nite Owl - Tony Allen & Champs (E)/Tutti Frutti - Little Richard (E)/Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams (E)//Keep A-Knockin' - Little Richard (E)/I'll Come Running Back To You - Sam Cooke (E)/Bony Moronie - Larry Williams (E)/Cha Dooky-Doo - Art Neville (E)/Koko Joe - Don & Dewey (E)/Lights Out - Jerry Byrne (E)

SPS-2119 - The 2 Sides of Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke [1970] Gospel:The Last Mile Of The Way/Touch The Hem Of His Garment/Jesus Gave Me Water/Were You There/Pilgrim Of Sorrow/He's My Guide//Pop: I'll Come Running Back To You/I Don't Want To Cry/Lovable/That's All I Need To Know/Forever/Happy In Love

SPS-2120 - The Things I Used to Do - Guitar Slim [1970] The Things That I Used To Do/Bad Luck Blues/Well I Done Got Over It/Something To Remember You By/Trouble Don't Last/Guitar Slim//The Story Of My Life/I Got Sumpin' For You/Reap What You Sow/Our Only Child/A Letter To My Girl Friend/Sufferin' Mind

SPS-2121 - Best Of The Pilgrim Travelers, Vol. 1 - Pilgrim Travelers [1970] I Was There When The Spirit Came/Blessed Be The Name/Standing On The Highway/Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb/I've Got A Mother Gone Home/Jesus I'm Thankful/Straight Street/Mother Bowed/The Old Rugged Cross/Something Within Me/A Soldier's Plea/Satisfied With Jesus

SPS-2122 - Love Lifted Me - Swan Silvertones [1970]

SPS-2123 - Oh Lord Stand By Me - The Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama [1970]

SPS-2124 - Lucy Mae Blues - Frankie Lee Sims

SPS-2125 - Alone - John Lee Hooker

SPS-2126 - Best Of Percy Mayfield - Percy Mayfield [1970] Please Send Me Someone To Love (E)/Lost Mind (E)/Memory Pain (E)/Louisiana (E)/Cry Baby (E)/Strange Things Happening (E)//What A Fool I Was (E)/Nightless Lover (E)/Prayin' For You Return (E)/Loose Lips (E)/Lost Love (Baby Please Come Back to Me) (E)/The River's Invitation (E)

SPS-2127 - Goin' Down Highway 51 - John Lee Hooker [1971]

SPS-2128 - Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, Volume 2 - Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers [1970] The two stereo tracks here have an added choir. Christ Is All (S)/Wonderful (E)/Until Jesus Calls Me Home (E)/Come And Go To That Land (E)/Let Me Go Home (E)/I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last Always) (E)//I'm On the Firing Line (S)/He'll Make A Way (E)/Be With Me Jesus (E)/It Won't Be Very Long (E)/How Far Am I From Canaan (E)/Farther Along (E)

SPS-2129 - Original Rock Oldies, Volume 1 - Various Artists [1970] Rip It Up - Little Richard (E)/Bad Boy - Larry Williams (E)/Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price (E)/Book Of Love - Monotones (E)/I'll Come Running Back To You - Sam Cooke (E)/Long Tall Sally - Little Richard (E)//Over The Mountain Across The Sea - Johnnie & Joe (E)/Short Fat Fannie - Larry Williams (E)/Gloria - Arthur Lee Maye & Crowns (E)/Zindy Lou - Chimes (E)/I - Tony Allen & Champs (E)/Leavin' It All Up To You - Don & Dewey (E)

SPS-2130 - Original Rock Oldies, Volume 2 - Various Artists [1970] Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard (E)/Hi-Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker (E)/Slow Down - Larry Williams (E)/Nite Owl - Tony Allen & Champs (E)/Justine - Don & Dewey (E)/Boppin' The Rock - Clifton Chenier (E)//Bony Moronie - Larry Williams (E)/Haunted House - Johnny Fuller (E)/Lucille - Little Richard (E)/Tears On My Pillow - Chimes (E)/Baby Please Come Home - Lloyd Price (E)/Forever - Sam Cooke (E)

SPS-2131 - Don and Dewey - Don & Dewey [1970] Koko Joe/Leavin' It All Up To You/Big Boy Pete/Mammer-Jammer/When The Sun Has Begun To Shine/Justine//Pink Champagne/Little Sally Walker/Farmer John/Jungle Hop/Kill Me/The Letter

SPS-2132 - Search Me Lord - Brother Joe May [1974] Search Me Lord/Our Father/Workin' On The Building/Speak Lord Jesus!/Christ Is All/Lead Me! Guide Me!/Do You Know Him/The Old Ship Of Zion/Sell Out/I'm Gonna Live The Life I Sing About In My Song/The Day Is Past And Gone/There Must Be A Heaven Somewhere

SPS-2133 - The Best Of Alex Bradford - Alex Bradford [1970]

SPS-2134 - The Best Of Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, Volume 1 - Dorothy Love Coates & Original Gospel Harmonettes [1970] He's Calling Me/One Morning Soon/You Better Run/No Hiding Place/When I Reach My Heavenly Home/Get Away Jordan//I'm Sealed/That's Enough/Ninety-Nine And A Half/Where Shall I Be/Jesus Laid His Hand On Me/(You Can't Hurry God) He's Right On Time

SPS-2135 - Kingdom - Kingdom [1970]

SPS-2136 - Well Alright! - Little Richard [1971] The stereo versions here have overdubs. Poor Boy Paul (S)/Directly From My Heart (E)/The Girl Can't Help It (E)/Wonderin' (E)/Bama-Lama Bama-Loo (S)/Kansas City (E)//Keep A-Knockin' (E)/All Night Long (E)/Well Alright! (E)/She Knows How To Rock (E)/Annie Is Back (S)/Shake A Hand (S)

SPS-2137 - The Original Soul Stirrers - Soul Stirrers [1971] Jesus Gave Me Water/Out On A Hill/Sinner Run To Jesus/Faith And Grace/Pilgrim Of Sorrow/In A Few More Days//Touch The Hem Of His Garment/Fell Like My Time Ain't Long/The Lord Is My Shepherd/The Love Of God/By And By/He'll Welcome Me

SPS-2138 - Marching Up To Zion - Five Blind Boys Of Alabama [1970]

SPS-2139 - Bayou Blues - Clifton Chenier [1970] Boppin' The Rock/The Things I Did For You/Yesterday/Clifton's Squeeze-Box Boogie/I'm On My Way, Part 1/Eh, Petite Fille//All Night Long/Opelousas Hop/I'm On My Way, Part 2/Think It Over/Zodico Stomp/The Cat's Dreamin'

SPS-2140 - Best Of The Pilgrim Travelers, Vol. 2 - Pilgrim Travelers [1970] My Old Home/Jesus Met The Woman At The Well/What A Blessing In Jesus I've Found/I Want My Crown/God Shall Wipe All Tears Away/Weary Traveler/I'll Tell It/He Will Remember Me/Lord Help Me Carry On/Now Lord (Yes My Lord)/Lord Hold My Hand

SPS-2141 - Best Of Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes, Volume 2 - Dorothy Love Coates & Original Gospel Harmonettes [1970] Jesus Knows It All/You Must Be Born Again/These Are They/Why Not/I Shall Know Him/Every Day Will Be Sunday (By And By)//I Wouldn't Mind Dying/Lord Don't Forget About Me/There's A God Somewhere/Just To Behold His Face/Am I A Soldier/Heaven

SPS-2142 - Thank You Lord for One More Day - Brother Joe May [1970] Thank You Lord For One More Day/How Much More Of Life's Burden Can We Bear/Just Call His Name/I Want A Double Portion Of God's Love/Precious Lord/Mercy Oh Lord/What Do You Know About Jesus/It Don't Cost Very Much/Doctor Jesus/I'll Serve You Lord/I Just Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes/He'll Be Waiting At The End For Me

SPS-2143 - He Lifted Me - Alex Bradford [1970]

SPS-2144 - Greatest Gospel Songs, Volume 1 - Various Artists [1970]

SPS-2145 - Greatest Gospel Songs, Volume 2 - Various Artists [1970]

SPS-2146 - That's Heaven To Me - Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke [1970]

SPS-2147 - Stand Up And Testify - Pilgrim Travelers [1970]

SPS-2148 - My Rock - Swan Silvertones [1971]

SPS-2149 - Dark Muddy Bottom Blues - Various Artists [1971]

SPS-2150 - Going Back To The Lord Again - Soul Stirrers

SPS-2151 - In Loving Memory... - Brother Joe May [1974]

SPS-2152 - To Mother: Gospel Superstars Sing About Mother - Various Artists

SPS-2153 - Gospel Stars in Concert - Various Artists [1971] It's Getting Lake In The Evening - Dorothy Love Coates & Original Gospel Harmonettes/Get Away Jordan - Dorothy Love Coates & Original Gospel Harmonettes/How I Got Over - Brother Joe May/I'm Happy Working For The Lord - Brother Joe May/Straight Street - Pilgrim Travelers/Mother Bowed - Pilgrim Travelers//I Have A Friend Above All Others - Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers/Be With Me Jesus - Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers/Nearer To Thee - Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers

SPS-2154 - The Essential Little Richard - Little Richard [1972] Two record set. Disc 1: Tutti Frutti/Long Tall Sally/Rip It Up/Jenny Jenny/Good Golly Miss Molly//Ready Teddy/Slippin' And Slidin'/The Girl Can't Help It/I Got It/Heeby-Jeebies; Disc 2: Lucille/Keep A Knockin'/Miss Ann/Ooh My Soul/True Fine Mama//Directly From My Heart/Hey Hey Hey Hey/Send Me Some Lovin'/Baby Face/By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

SPS-2155 - The Golden Groups - Various Artists [1972]

SPS-2156 - Personality Plus - Lloyd Price

SPS-2157 - Jump Jack Jump - Wynona Carr

SPS-2158 - The Unreleased Larry Williams - Larry Williams

SPS-2159 - R. M. Blues - Roy Milton [1974]

SPS-2160 - Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers - Joe Liggins [1974]

SPS-2161 - Free for All - Frank Rosolino [1974] With Harold Land, Victor Feldman, Leroy Vinnegar, and Stan Levy. Reissued as OJC compact disc OJC-1763 with three alternate takes (denoted by "+") as bonus tracks. Love For Sale/Twilight/+Don't Take Your Love From Me/+Chrisdee//Stardust/Free For All/+There Is No Greater Love/Sneakyoso

SPS-2162 - Hocus Pocus - Larry Williams

SPS-2163 - Walkin' The Track - Lloyd Price

SPS-2164 - Forever - Sam Cooke [1974]

SPS-2165 - That Old Time - Art Neville

SPS-2166 - Buzz Buzz Buzz - Hollywood Flames

SPS-2167 - Lay That New Orleans Rock 'N' Roll Down - Various Artists [1988]

Starts compact disc and cassette only:

SPCD-2168 - Creole Kings Of New Orleans - Various Artists [1992] All tracks mono. Going Back To New Orleans - Joe Liggins & Honeydrippers (alternate take)/Louisiana - Percy Mayfield/River's Invitation - Percy Mayfield (alternate take)/Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price (alternate take)/Where You At - Lloyd Price/Frog Legs - Lloyd Price/Teachin' And Preachin' - Royal Kings/The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim/'Til I Say Well Done - Kings/Ay-Tete Fee [aka "Eh! Petite"] - Clifton Chenier (alternate take)/Oh How I Need Your Love - Alberta Hall/Send Me Some Lovin' - Leo Price (demo)/Do Baby Do - Ernest Kador [Ernie K-Doe]/Who's Been Fooling You - Big Boy Miles & Sha-Weez/Rich Woman - Li'l Millet And His Creoles/Whistlin' Joe - Lloyd Lambert feat. Joe Tillman/No Buts No Maybes - Professor Longhair/Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand - Professor Longhair/(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone - Roy Montrell/Bop Sit-In Blues - Edgar Blanchard (with studio talk and countoff)/Just To Hold My Hand - Big Boy Miles/Lights Out - Jerry Byrne/Cha Dooky-Doo - Art Neville/I'm A Fool To Care - Art Neville/Jockamo [aka "Iko Iko"] - Larry Williams/Bad Boy [aka "Junior Behave Yourself"] - Larry Williams (alternate take)

SPCD-2169 - Regal Records In New Orleans - Paul Gayton & Annie Laurie [1991] All tracks mono. I'll Never Be Free - Paul Gayten & Annie Laurie/Yeah Yeah Yeah - Paul Gayten/You Ought To Know - Paul Gayten/You Shouldn't - Paul Gayten/Confused - Paul Gayten/Bear Hug - Paul Gayten/Oooh La La - Paul Gayten/My Last Goodbye - Paul Gayten/I Ain't Gonna Let You In - Paul Gayten & Annie Laurie (2 takes)/Kickapoo Juice - Paul Gayten/Each Time - Paul Gayten/Fishtails - Paul Gayten/Suzette - Paul Gayten/Happy Birthday To You - Paul Gayten/For You My Love - Paul Gayten (demo)/Back Trackin' aka Dr. Daddy-O - Paul Gayten/Gold Ain't Everything - Paul Gayten/Baby What's New - Annie Laurie/My Rough And Ready Man - Annie Laurie/Low Down Feeling - Annie Laurie (demo)/3 x 7 = 21 - Annie Laurie (demo)/Don't Marry Too Soon - Annie Laurie (demo)/Messy Bessy - Dave Bartholomew (demo)/Nickel Wine - Dave Bartholomew (demo)/Riding High - Roy Brown/Brand New Baby - Roy Brown

SPCD-2170 - Regal Records Live In New Orleans - Little Jimmy Scott & Paul Gayten Band [1991] With John Hurt, Ray Abrams, Numa "Pee Wee" Moore, Teddy Brannon, Thomas Legange, and Wesley Landis. All Of Me/When Your Lover has Gone/Everybody's Somebody's Fool/The Loneliest House On The Street/Anytime Anyplace Anywhere/Dueling Tenors/Body And Soul/Flying Home

SPCD-2171 - Cornbread and Cabbage Greens - Joe Houston [1991] Cornbread And Cabbage Greens/Jay's Boogiue/Sentimental Journey/Celebrity Club Drag/All Night Long/Flying Home/Walkin' Home/Lester Leaps In/I Cover The Waterfront/Troubles And Worries/Huggy Boy Radio Ad/Rockin' And Boppin'/She's Gone/Anything/Richie's Roll/Teenage Hop/Well Well My Love/Mambo/Blues After Hours/Gordon's Knot/Ruth's Rock/Flying Home (alternate take)/Thom's Tune/Shake It Up/Coastin'/Midnight

SPCD-2172 - Blues from Dolphin's of Hollywood - Various Artists [1991] The Darkest Hour - Pee Wee Crayton/Forgive Me - Pee Wee Crayton/Pappy's Blues - Pee Wee Crayton/Lovin' John - Pee Wee Crayton/Boogie Bop - Pee Wee Crayton/You Can't Bring Me Down - Little Caesar/WDIA Station ID - Percy Mayfield/Look The Whole World Over - Percy Mayfield/The Monkey Song - Percy Mayfield/Treat Me Like I Treat You - Memphis Slim/My Country Girl - Memphis Slim/Worried Life Blues - Memphis Slim/Big Family Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon/Cain River Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon/S.K. Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon/Oh Baby - Floyd Dixon/Cadillac Funeral - Peppermint Harris/Crying And Walking - Pee Wee Crayton/Baby Pat The Floor - Pee Wee Crayton/I'm Your Prisoner - Pee Wee Crayton/Fillmore Street Blues - Pee Wee Crayton/Cadillac Baby - Little Caesar/Pete's Boogie - Memphis Slim/Teenage Party - Jimmy Witherspoon/Never Know When A Woman Changes Her Mind - Floyd Dixon/Treat Me Like I Treat You - Peppermint Harris

SPCD-2173 - Doo Wop From Dolphin's of Hollywood, Volume 1 - Various Artists [1991] The Goose Is Gone [aka The Nest Is Warm]- Turbans/Tick Tock A Woo - Turbans/No No Cherry - Turbans/When I Return - Turbans/Two Things I Love - Voices [Hollywood Flames]/Why - Voices [Hollywood Flames]/Crazy - Voices [Hollywood Flames]/Takes Two To Make A Home - Voices [Hollywood Flames]/Radio Ad - Hunter Hancock/My Aching Feet - Gassers/Why Did You Leave Me - Gassers/Tell Me - Gassers (with studio talk, false start)/Beloved - Gassers (with studio talk)/Hum-De-Hum - Gassers (with false start)/Untitled Blues - Bobby Relf/Our Love - Bobby Relf/Honey Bun - Turks [Hollywood Flames]/It Can't Be True - Turks [Hollywood Flames]/How To Be A Lover - Gaynell Hodge & Blue-Aires/Love You Right - Gaynell Hodge & Blue-Aires/One Time Is Enough - Bobby Byrd/Hold Me Baby - Bobby Byrd/A Girl Named Joe - Miracles [Jaguars] (with studio talk)/My Angel - Miracles [Jaguars]/9 Boogie - Miracles [Jaguars]/Let Us Be As One [aka Sweet Thing] - Miracles [Jaguars]

SPCD-2174 - Doo Wop From Dolphin's of Hollywood, Volume 2 - Various Artists [1991] All tracks mono. I'll Be Home Again - Hollywood Arist-O-Kats/Amazon Beauty - Hollywood Arist-O-Kats/Radio Ad - Hunter Hancock/Emily - Turks [Hollywood Flames]/Fare Thee Honey Fare Thee Well - Turks [Hollywood Flames]/Wagon Wheels - Turks [Hollywood Flames]/I'm Leavin' (Clickety Clack) - Turks [Hollywood Flames]/Dot-Dot-Do-Wah - Unknown Group/Do It Yourself [muffled] - Unknown Group/Give Me A Chance - Unknown Group/I Need You So - Grady Chapman & Suedes/ Don't Blooper - Grady Chapman & Suedes/This Is Our Love - Possibly Hollywood Flames/Little House On The Hill - Possibly Hollywood Flames/My Confession - Possibly Hollywood Flames/ Fortune Teller - Possibly Hollywood Flames/It Makes No Difference Now - Clyde "Thin Man" Tillis/Soft Soft Lips - Sunrisers/Behold A Dream - Sunrisers/Let's Live Together As One - Bobby "Baby Face" Byrd & Birds/The Truth Hurts - Bobby "Baby Face" Byrd & Birds/Stormy Weather - 5 Bars/(I Wish You) The Very Best Luck In The World - Ebonaires

SPCD-2175 - Pachuko Hop - Chuck Higgins [1992] Broke/Eyeballin'/Special Tea/I'll Be There/Something's Going On In My Room/Let Me Come Back Home/Is It Real/Irene/Aw-Aw Baby/Dye-Ooh Mambo/One More Time/Rock 'N Roll [aka Oh Yeah]/Come Back Home/Pachuko Hop/Rock/Tonk/I Know What You're Talking About/One Chord Instrumental/Middle Of The Mambo/Good Luck

SPCD-2176 - Flipped Out - Marvin And Johnny [1992] All tracks mono. Wine Woogie/Old Man's Blues/Dream Girl/As Long As You're Satisfied/My Baby Won't Let Me In (with studio talk)/Sun Was Shining/Baby Doll/I'm Not A Fool/Jo Jo/Honey (2 takes)/How Long She Been Gone/If I Should Lose You (with studio talk)/Boy Loves Girl/School Of Love/I Want Lovin'/Day In-Day Out/What's The Matter (aka Hey Baby) (with studio talk and countoff)/Flip/Hunter Hancock Radio Ad/Mamo Mamo/Ding Dong Baby/Tell Me Darling/Yak Yak Woman/Pretty One/Bye Bye My Baby

5000 Series:

SP-5000 - Spicy Songs for Cool Knights - Katie Lee [1957] The Knight/Johnny Ringo/My Mother Chose My Husband/Venezuela/Poor Miss Bailey/The House Of The Rising Sun//Blow The Candles Out/Lavender Cowboy/Lotsa Money/The Eddystone Light/The Frozen Logger/Woman Go Home

SP-5001 - Dizzy Atmosphere - Al Grey & Billy Mitchell All-Stars [12/57] Dishwasher/Someone I Know/D.D.T./About Time/Whisper Not/Day By Day/Rite Of Swing/Over The Rainbow

SP-5002 - Jazz Loves Paris - Buddy Colette, Billy Mitchell, Frank Rosolino [1960] I Love Paris/Pigalle/Vie En Rose/C'est Si Bon/Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup/Mam'selle/Domino/Song From Moulin Rouge/Last Time I Saw Paris/Under Paris Skies

SP-5003 - Evil Wind Is Blowing - Denny King







SP-5010 - The Incredible Percy Mayfield - Percy Mayfield [1972]



SP-5013 - Smokey Hogg/John Lee Hooker/Lightnin' Hopkins - Smokey Hogg/John Lee Hooker/Lightnin' Hopkins

SP-5014 - Country Blues - Big Joe Williams


SP-5016 - Little Richard - Little Richard

SP-5017 - 20 Original Hits - Little Richard [1976]

SP-5018 - U Better Watch That Jive - Smokey Hogg










SP-5028 - Greatest Hits - Little Richard [1980]

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