Behind the scenes, Stone worked for the Polar label and the only Caucasian featured within the album is Polar artist Al Jones who sings a mid-paced rocker entitled Why Can't We Get Along. Stone also worked for Ray Scott’s Tri-Ess label and in 1957 he wrote a double-sided must-have 45 RPM, Silk Satin And Lace, and We Need Love for his boss. Scott also recorded using the synonym Walter Spriggs when he waxed the tale of bad luck I Pawned Everything for Atco in 1956 and this is included on the album. The final song taken from the Tri-Ess label is Buddy Wilkins’s mid-tempo proto storytelling Private Eye.
The ladies who brought Stone’s songs to life are; Ruth Brown who is featured with the essential jiving rocker As Long As I'm Moving, and her second track is the shuffle tempo Too Many Men, which came from a shared EP with LaVern Baker. Miss Baker’s title from the EP an over-looked stop-start jive You Better Stop is included, and it’s certain to please the dancers. Stone discovered the Cookies in New York City and used them for session work, and they are featured with a credited performance My Lover. When Stone began working for Markie label he got together with Jo Barbara and together they came up with the album closer Doot’n Dot'n Deet'n Button.
The album sleeve notes offer a comprehensive story and this album is followed up by (KM-CD-178) Spotlight on Jesse Stone, The Stomp. The second album explores; more of his compositions and his work in studios for recording sessions which produced numerous hit records. Both albums are musically diverse and in the typical Koko Mojo style, many different versions of his hit tunes are used, for the well-known songs should already be in people’s collections.
When known, the sleeve notes from the compilation/ re-issue producer and Dee Jay Mark Armstrong will provide information on the supporting band and where session information is available. The album is topped off with the best possible sound quality possible from our mastering team at our El Paso, Texas, Studio. The concept is lavishly decorated by working musician and design artist Urban Zotel, and the sleeve is made from top-quality eco-friendly cardboard specially designed to avoid the use of plastic and be environmentally friendly.
Koko Mojo Records endeavours to use some lesser-known and for some, perhaps more obscure titles and adds something unexpected to every album. The album is ideal for Dee Jays to fill the dance floor with, and for home listening or while cruising around.
You are listening to music from the past and preserving the future! Koko Mojo Records “often imitated, never duplicated”
All that remains is to say, “Crank up the volume and dig these musical gems.
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01 Jesse Stone Get It While You Can (Stone) RCA Victor 1948
02 Lucky Millinder and His Orch. vocal John Greer The Jumpin' Jack (Stone) King 1951
03 Joe Turner and His Blues Kings Shake, Rattle And Roll (Calhoun) Atlantic 1954
04 The Clovers Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash (Calhoun) Atlantic 1954
05 The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter Bip Bam (Calhoun) Atlantic 1954
06 The Du Droppers Dead Broke (Pratt, Stone) Groove 1954
07 The Eagle-Aires Money Honey (Stone) Ebony 1954
08 Ruth Brown As Long As I'm Moving (Calhoun) Atlantic 1955
09 Charlie Calhoun Smack Dab In The Middle (Calhoun) MGM 1955
10 Charles Calhoun with The Four Students Jamboree (Calhoun) Groove 1956
11 Joe Turner and His All Stars Lipstick, Powder And Paint (Stone) Atlantic 1956
12 LaVern Baker You Better Stop (Wexler, Stone) Atlantic EP 1956
13 Ruth Brown Too Many Men (Stone) Atlantic EP 1956
14 The Cues Why (Calhoun) Capitol 1956
15 The Cookies My Lover (Stone) Atlantic 1956
16 The Drifters I Gotta Get Myself A Woman (Stone) Atlantic 1956
17 Al Jones Mad, Mad World (Jones, Stone, Jones) Poplar 1957
18 Walter Spriggs I Pawned Everything (Spriggs, Stone) Atco 1956
19 Joe Turner and His Blues Kings Flip, Flop And Fly (Calhoun, Turner) Atlantic LP 1957
20 Jimmy Witherspoon All Right Miss Moore (Stone) RCA Victor 1957
21 Billy Williams Lucy Lou (Stone) Coral EP 1957
22 The Cues Crazy, Crazy Party (Calhoun, Winley) Prep 1957
23 The Flyers On Bended Knee (Stone) Atco 1957
24 Jesse Stone Tall And Short (Stone) Polar 1958
25 Al Jones Why Can't We Get Along (Jones, Stone, Jones) Polar 1959
26 Billy Williams Red Hot Love (Stone) Coral 1959
27 Buddy Wilkins Private Eye (Stone) Tri-Ess 1960
28 Ray Scott and His Combo Silk Satin And Lace (Stone) Tri-Ess 1960
29 Ray Scott and His Combo We Need Love (Stone) Tri-Ess 1960
30 Jo Barbara Doot’n Dot'n Deet'n Button (Barbara, Stone) Markie 1962
When known supporting band and session details are indicated within the sleeve notes.