Acrobat Music

The Greatest R&B Hits of 1950
The Greatest R&B Hits of 1950

Various Artists
Styles: R&B
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7089
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 1950. This great value 101-track 4-CD anthology includes every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Top 10 during that year, although for reasons of space we have not included three seasonal Christmas hits. It naturally features a host of well-known names like Louis Jordan, Johnny Otis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Nat King Cole, Ivory Joe Hunter, Dinah Washington, Wynonie Harris, Lightning Hopkins and Roy Brown, but also includes many unfamiliar names and records of which even enthusiasts of the genre may not be 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 Lonesome Cabin Blues (Log Cabin Blues) Mercy Dee Walton
2 Real Pretty Mama Blues Amos Milburn & his Aladdin Chicken Shackers
3 You Satisfy Billy Wright
4 Saturday Night Fish Fry Louis Jordan
5 For You My Love Larry Darnell
6 No Rollin' Blues Jimmy Witherspoon
7 Little School Girl "Smokey" Hogg
8 After Hours Session Frank "Floorshow" Culley + His Band
9 I'll Get Along Somehow Larry Darnell
10 Big Fine Girl Jimmy Witherspoon
11 I've Been A Fool The Shadows
12 I Quit My Pretty Mama Ivory Joe Hunter
13 School Days Louis Jordan
14 Sittin' On it All The Time Wynonie Harris
15 If It's So Baby Robins
16 Lost My Baby Larry Darnell
17 Rag Mop Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
18 I Almost Lost My Mind Ivory Joe Hunter
19 Rag Mop Doc Sausage & His Mad Lads
20 My Mother Told Me Nat "King" Cole Trio
21 S. P. Blues Ivory Joe Hunter
22 I Don't Have To Ride No More Ravens
23 Bon Ton Roula Clarence Garlow
24 Rag Mop Joe Liggins & "His Honeydrippers"
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Double Crossing Blues Johnny Otis Orch. with Little Esther & The Robins
2 Raining In My Heart Peppermint Harris
3 Still In The Dark "Big Joe" Turner
4 Because (Parts I and II) Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra feat. Arthur Prysock
5 I Like My Baby's Pudding Wynonie Harris
6 Sitting By The Window Billy Eckstein with the Quartones
7 The Fat Man Fats Domino
8 Walkin' Blues Johnny Moore's Three Blazers
9 For You My Love Nellie Lutcher & Nat "King" Cole
10 I Only Know Dinah Washington with Teddy Stewart's Orch.
11 Easter Parade Freddie Mitchell & His Orchestra
12 Mistrustin' Blues Little Esther with Mel Walker & Johnny Otis Orch.
13 Why Do Things Happen To Me Roy Hawkins
14 Misery Little Esther with Johnny Otis Orchestra
15 Information Blues Roy Milton
16 3 x 7 = 21 Jewel King
17 Walking Blues Amos Milburn & his Aladdin Chicken Shackers
18 I Need You So Ivory Joe Hunter
19 I'll Never Be Free Annie Laurie & Paul Gayten Orchestra
20 Pink Champagne Joe Liggins
21 Cry Baby Johnny Otis Orch. with Mel Walker
22 I Almost Lost My Mind Nat "King" Cole Trio
23 Cry, Cry Baby Ed Wiley and his band
24 Stack A'Lee Archibald & His Orchestra
25 Safronia B Calvin Boze & His All-Stars
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 It Isn't Fair Dinah Washington
2 My Baby's Gone Charles Brown
3 Everyday I Have The Blues Lowell Fulson featuring Lloyd Glenn
4 Well Oh Well Tiny Bradshaw
5 Where There Is No Love Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
6 Cupid's Boogie Little Esther & Mel Walker with Johnny Otis Orch.
7 Junior Jives Roy Milton & His Solid Senders
8 My Foolish Heart Gene Ammons & His Sextet
9 I Wanna Be Loved Dinah Washington
10 Danny Boy Al Hibbler
11 I Love My Baby Larry Darnell
12 I Love You My Darlin' Joe Fritz
13 Hard Luck Blues Roy Brown
14 Good Morning Judge Wynonie Harris
15 Mona Lisa Nat "King" Cole
16 Blue Light Boogie Louis Jordan
17 Dreamin' Blues Mel Walker with Johnny Otis Orchestra
18 Tenderly Lynn Hope Quintet
19 Deceivin' Blues Little Esther & Mel Walker with Johnny Otis Orch.
20 Sax Shack Boogie Amos Milburn & his Aladdin Chicken Shackers
21 I'll Never Be Free Dinah Washington
22 I'm Yours To Keep Herb Fisher and His Trio
23 Love Don't Love Nobody Roy Brown & His Mighty-Mighty Men
24 Long About Sundown Roy Brown & His Orchestra
25 Bald Head Roy Byrd & His Blues Jumpers
26 Goodnight Irene Paul Gayten
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Blue Shadows Lowell Fulson w/Lloyd Glenn
2 I'm Going To Have Myself A Ball Tiny Bradshaw
3 Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) Ray-O-Vacs
4 Cadillac Baby Roy Brown and His Orchestra
5 Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere Joe Morris & His Orch. Featuring Laurie Tate
6 I'll Never Be Free Louis Jordan featuring Ella Fitzgerald
7 Tamburitza Boogie Louis Jordan
8 Sad Journey Blues Floyd Dixon & His Orchestra
9 Wedding Boogie Johnny Otis Congregation with Little Esther, Mel Walker, Lee Graves
10 Every Night About This Time Fats Domino
11 Shotgun Blues Lightning Hopkins
12 Everybody's Somebody's Fool Lionel Hampton
13 Please Send Me Someone To Love Percy Mayfield
14 Million Dollar Secret Helen Humes
15 Street Walkin' Daddy Margie Day with the Griffin Brothers
16 You Gotta Love Me Baby Too Ray-O-Vacs
17 Oh, Babe! Jimmy Preston
18 It's A Sin Ivory Joe Hunter
19 Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth Brown with Budd Johnson's Orchestra
20 Oh, Babe! Larry Darnell
21 Old Time Shuffle Blues Lloyd Glenn with Th' Fulson Unit
22 Far Away Blues (Xmas Blues) Johnny Otis Orch. with Little Esther and Mel Walker
23 Low Society Blues Lowell Fulson Featuring Lloyd Glenn
24 Tennessee Waltz Erskine Hawkins
25 Our Father (Which Art In Heaven) Five Blind Boys ("Jackson Harmoneers")
26 Time Out For Tears Dinah Washington
©2008 Acrobat Music