mp3: The Blockbusters - Muddy Pt.1
mp3: The Blockbusters - Muddy Pt.2
Although today's selections are titled Muddy parts 1 and 2, apart from sharing a full and funky R&B instrumental sound, they aren't really the same tune. They were released as Rockin' Records issue #500 and #501 respectively in 1961. It's a label that only put out one other record in the early '60s and then another over a decade later. There's something a bit mysterious and hidden about these recordings. What piques my interest is the name of the producer, one W.H. Rocquemore. Rocquemore is a real surname and I could be way off track, but my guess is that Mr "Rock More" of Rockin' Records in Hollywood, California is actually Rene Hall, who is listed as the arranger and conductor of both records. Why Hall and his collaborators would disguise their work is anyone's guess, but contractual or tax reasons are both possibilities. I've no idea if these Blockbusters were connected to Boots Brown's band
of the same name. As always, if you can shine more light on these recordings, please leave a comment on the Diddy Wah Facebook page
. In the meantime, get your hips shakin' to these wild sounds.
Labels: instrumental, rhythm and blues