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The 1951 R&B Hits Collection
The 1951 R&B Hits Collection

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, Blues, R&B
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7110
This continues the strand of R&B and country collections associated with Acrobat’s highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series, this one focusing on the top R&B records in the US Billboard charts during 1951. This great value 97-track 4-CD anthology includes, with a few exceptions, every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Best Sellers and Most Played in Juke Boxes Top 10 during that year – the R&B charts were restricted to ten places during that era. The exceptions which are not included are those hits which were on the King and Federal labels, comprising nine titles, which we are unfortunately restricted from using, as a result of which, for the sake of accuracy, this anthology is “The 1951 R&B Hits Collection” rather than the more definitive “The Greatest R&B Hits of 1951”. It naturally features a host of well-known names like Amos Milburn, Johnny Otis, Muddy Waters, Nat King Cole, John Lee Hooker, Dinah Washington, Roy Milton, Howlin’ Wolf, and Percy Mayfield, but also includes many unfamiliar names and records of which even enthusiasts of the genre may not be too aware, and which will be welcome additions to their collections. It provides a fascinating snapshot of a genre that was emerging from the R&B orchestra and jump blues era of the late ‘40s and was seeing the development of the sounds that were already laying the groundwork for the rock ‘n’ roll explosion a few years later.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Bad, Bad Whiskey Amos Milburn And His Aladdin Chickenshackers
2 I'll Never Be Free Lucky Millinder (feat. Annisteen Allen and Big John Greer)
3 Harbor Lights Dinah Washington
4 Rockin' Blues Johnny Otis Orchestra With Mel Walker
5 Little Joe's Boogie Joe Liggins And His "Honeydrippers"
6 Oh Babe Roy Milton And His Solid Senders
7 Lemonade Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
8 Strange Things Happening Percy Mayfield
9 Lonesome Christmas (Parts 1 and 2) Lowell Fulson
10 Louisiana Blues Muddy Waters & His Guitar
11 Mother Earth Memphis Slim and His House Rockers
12 Telephone Blues Floyd Dixon (with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers)
13 Little Red Rooster Margie Day (with the Griffin Brothers Orchestra)
14 Rockin' With Red Piano Red
15 Red's Boogie Piano Red
16 Frankie Lee Joe Liggins And His "Honeydrippers"
17 Black Night Charles Brown
18 Lost Love Percy Mayfield
19 My Heart Cries For You Dinah Washington
20 Tear Drops From My Eyes Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
21 Mambo Boogie Johnny Otis
22 Jug Gene Ammons & His Sextet
23 Jet Nat "King" Cole
24 Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand Ray Charles
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Don't Take Your Love Away From Me Joe Morris and His Orchestra (Featuring Laurie Tate)
2 I'll Wait For You Ruth Brown
3 Let's Rock A While Amos Milburn And His Aladdin Chickenshackers
4 Once There Lived A Fool Jimmy Grissom
5 Gee Baby Johnny Otis Orchestra (vocal: Mel Walker)
6 Long Distance Call Muddy Waters & His Guitar
7 I Will Wait Four Buddies
8 Tears, Tears, Tears Amos Milburn And His Aladdin Chickenshackers
9 Tennessee Waltz Blues Stick McGhee and His Buddies
10 Chica Boo Lloyd Glenn
11 Tend To Your Business James Waynes
12 I Apologize Billy Eckstine
13 Too Young Nat "King" Cole
14 Weak Minded Blues Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
15 What Will I Tell My Heart? Al Hibbler
16 Rocket "88" Jackie Brenston
17 How High The Moon Les Paul & Mary Ford
18 I Won't Cry Anymore Dinah Washington
19 The Wrong YoYo Piano Red
20 It's Later Than You Think Roy Milton And His Solid Senders
21 Don't You Know I Love You Clovers
22 I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (And Sleep In …) Grant Jones with Brown's Blues Blowers
23 I'm A Night Owl (Part 1) Lowell Fulson
24 What A Fool I Was Percy Mayfield
25 Chains of Love Joe Turner
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Castle Rock Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra
2 Honey Bee Muddy Waters & His Guitar
3 Stacked Deck Billy Wright
4 I Know Ruth Brown
5 Eyesight To The Blind Larks
6 Just Right Bounce Piano Red
7 Tra-La-La Griffin Brothers Orchestra (featuring Tommy Brown)
8 I'll Always Be In Love With You Charles Brown and his band
9 "T" 99 Blues Jimmie Nelson and His Peter Rabbit Trio
10 The Thrill Is Gone Roy Hawkins
11 I Have News For You Roy Milton And His Solid Senders
12 The Glory of Love Five Keys
13 Big Town Roy Brown and His Orchestra
14 I've Been Lost Little Willie Littlefield (and Little Lora Wiggins)
15 All Nite Long Johnny Otis
16 Go! Go! Go! Treniers
17 T-Town Twist Roy Milton And His Solid Senders
18 Hoppin' Griffin Brothers Orchestra
19 Money Blues (If You Ain't Got No Money ....) Camille Howard & Her Trio
20 Saddled The Cow ( And Milked The Horse) Roscoe Gordon
21 Layin' The Boogie Piano Red
22 Smooth Sailing Ella Fitzgerald
23 I Got Loaded Peppermint Harris
24 Fool, Fool, Fool Clovers
25 Shouldn't I Know? Cardinals
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Little Side Car Larks
2 Heh, Little Girl Billy Wright
3 I'm In The Mood John Lee Hooker
4 Hey Little Girl John Godfrey Trio
5 Seven Long Days Charles Brown
6 Pretty Baby Blues Tampa Red
7 Prayin' For Your Return Percy Mayfield
8 I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole Big Boy Crudup
9 Cold, Cold Heart Dinah Washington
10 Moanin' At Midnight Howlin' Wolf
11 Because of You Tab Smith (His Famous Alto and Orchestra)
12 All Over Again Tommy Edwards
13 My Fault Muddy Waters & His Guitar
14 Still A Fool Muddy Waters & His Guitar
15 Best Wishes Roy Milton
16 Bar Room Blues Roy Brown
17 Weeping And Crying Griffin Brothers
18 How Many More Years Howlin' Wolf
19 Chill Is On Joe Turner
20 Cry Johnny Ray
21 Rockin' Chair Fats Domino
22 Pretty Baby Griffin Brothers (with Margie Day)
23 Three O'Clock Blues B.B. King
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