There are several big-name performers from the soulful side of rockin’ music and the album showcases twenty-nine different artists including; Roy Hamilton whose beautiful voice brings to life the melodic and catchy If Only I Had Known, The Rivingtons version of Unchain My Heart is uplifting, and The Robins will enthral you with the tale of Live Wire Suzie. The Marvelettes are hoping for love during Please Mr Postman, Memphian Jeb Stuart is Coming Down With The Blues, the delightful Dee Clark is a male song thrush serenading a lady with the cry of Because I Love You, Sammy Turner performs with The Twisters the spirited Sweet Annie Laurie, and solo he sings the catchy love song Always. Eugene Church has lost his love but has not given up hope during Pretty Baby Won't You Come On Home, and the same sentiment applies to The Isley Brothers whose plea is You Better Come Home, and Marv Johnson has a love wish and consults the Magic Mirror.
The not so well known artist who despite failing to gain a chart hit recorded fantastic songs include; Myrna March, Our Love, It Grows, The Lions, No One (No One But You), Taffie Lee, Stay Away From My Baby, Freddy Jaye, Thinking Of You, The Pleasures, Music City, and The Metallics who close the album with Need Your Love. If you don’t know the names we invite you to become acquainted with the singers on this album, you won’t be disappointed!
The album is compiled by Austin, Texas-based Mr Rock and Soul and 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 Furbman / Retrograph, 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 endeavors 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.
Mr Rock and Soul, Austin, Texas
01 Roy Hamilton If Only I Had Known (Hamilton, Barnes, Thomas) Epic 1962
02 The Rivingtons Unchain My Heart (Jones, James) Liberty LP 1962
03 The Robins Live Wire Suzie (Richard, Richard, Richard, Shawn, Barnum) Arvee 1960
04 Myrna March Our Love, It Grows (Greenwich) Roulette 1963
05 The Marvelettes Please Mr Postman (Dobbins, Garrett, Brianber) Tamla
06 Big Jesse and The Blue Ace's Come On Baby (arr. Jesse) Apache 1960
07 The Lions No One (No One But You) (McEachin) Everest 1960
08 Idalia Boyd Some Kind Of Wonderful (Goffin, King) Dimension 1963
09 Jeb Stuart Coming Down With The Blues (Convay, Berry) Phillips 1961
10 Dee Clark Because I Love You (Clark) Vee Jay 1960
11 Sammy Turner and The Twisters Sweet Annie Laurie (Murphy) Bigtop 1959
12 Bobby Peterson Quintet Been Savin' All My Love For You (Singleton) V-Tone 1960
13 Taffie Lee Stay Away From My Baby (Sanders) Zell’s 1962
14 The Del-Vikings Bring Back Your Heart (Seymour, Ellen) ABC-Paramount 1961
15 Ray Washington I Know (Washington) Vin 1959
16 The Rocky Fellers Like the Big Guys Do (Kahn, Williams) Scepter1963
17 Freddy Jaye Thinking Of You (Johnson, Williams) United Artists 1962
18 Ted Taylor Pretending Love (Taylor) Okeh 1962
19 Eugene Church Pretty Baby Won't You Come On Home (Otis, Jackson) King 1962
20 The Majors She's A Troublemaker (Meade, McCoy) Imperial 1962
21 The Isley Brothers You Better Come Home (Russell) Wand 1962
22 Don Revel Return Of Stagger Lee (West, Morris) United Artists 1960
23 Sammy Turner Always (Leiber, Stoller) Bigtop 1959
24 Lee Williams and The Moonrays I'm So In Love (Williams, Newby) King 1960
25 Betty Harris Cry To Me (Russell) Jubilee 1963
26 The Pleasures Music City (Howard) Catch 1963
27 Marv Johnson Magic Mirror (Gordy) United Artists 1962
28 Big Boy Myles She's So Fine (Myles) V-Tone 1962
29 Sonny Jackson My Babe (Dixon, Stone) Sue 1961
30 The Metallics Need Your Love (Wright, McGee) Baronet 1962