Curators of Genuine American Music
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THE SUN SESSIONS
All tracks written by Billy Emerson.

January 11, 1954

Billy Emerson - vocals and piano, Ike Turner - guitar, Jesse Knight - bass, Willie “Bad Boy” Sims - drums, Oliver Sain - alto saxophone, Eugene Fox - tenor saxophone

NO TEASING AROUND - 1
NO TEASING AROUND - 2
IF LOVIN' IS BELIEVING - 1
IF LOVIN' IS BELIEVING - 2
HEY LITTLE GIRL - 1
HEY LITTLE GIRL - 2



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APRIL 12, 1954

Billy Emerson - piano and vocals, Ike Turner - guitar, Jesse Knight - bass, Robert Pindell - drums, Bobby Fields - tenor sax, Raymond Hill - tenor sax

I'M NOT GOING HOME - 1
I'M NOT GOING HOME - 2
THE WOODCHUCK
WHEN MY BABY QUIT ME - 1
WHEN MY BABY QUIT ME - 2
WHEN MY BABY QUIT ME - 3

The first take of I’M NOT GOING HOME and THE WOODCHUCK appeared on Sun 203.


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SEPTEMBER 18, 1954

Billy Emerson - vocals and piano, Elven “LV” Parr - guitar, Robert Prindell - drums, Charles Smith - alto sax, Bennie Moore - tenor sax, Luther Taylor - trumpet

MOVE BABY MOVE
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS
SHIM SHAM SHIMMY - 1
SHIM SHAM SHIMMY - 2

MOVE BABY MOVE and WHEN IT REAINS IT REALLY POURS appeared on Sun 214


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MAY 31, 1955

Billy Emerson - vocals, Calvin Newborn - guitar, Kenneth Banks - bass, Phineas Newborn, Sr.- drums, Billy Love - piano, Jewell Briscoe - tenor sax, Moses Reed - tenor sax

RED HOT - 1
RED HOT - 2
RED HOT - 3
NO GREATER LOVE - 1
NO GREATER LOVE - 2
NO GREATER LOVE - 3
SATISFIED - 1
SATISFIED - 2

The first versions of RED HOT and NO GREATER LOVE appeared on Sun 219.


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NOVEMBER 22, 1955

Billy Emerson - vocal, Calvin Newborn - guitar, Kenneth Banks - bass, Phineas Newborn - drums, Billy Love - piano, Jewell Briscoe - tenor sax, Moses Reed - tenor sax

LITTLE FINE HEALTHY THING - 1
LITTLE FINE HEALTHY THING - 2
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING - 1
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING - 2
CHERRY PIE - 1
CHERRY PIE - 2

The first takes of LITTLE FINE HEALTHY THING and SOMETHING FOR NOTHING appeared on Sun 233.


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NOVEMBER 22, 1955
UNIVERSAL STUDIO, WALTON STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Billy Emerson - vocal, William "Lefty" Bates - guitar, Miton Rector - bass, Quinn Wilson - bass, Vernell Fournier - drums, Horace Palm - piano, McKinley Easton - baritone sax, James "Red" Holloway - tenor sax.

TOMORROW NEVER COMES
DON'T START ME TO LYIN'
IF YOU WONT’ STAY HOME
EVERY WOMAN I KNOW (CRAZY ‘BOUT AUTOMOBILES)


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MARCH 27, 1957
UNIVERSAL STUDIO, WALTON STREET, CHICAGO ILLINOIS
PRODUCER - CALVIN CARTER

Billy Emerson - vocal and piano, William "Lefty" Bates - guitar, Quinn Wilson - bass, Al Duncan - drums, McKinley Easton - baritone sax, Hobert Dotson - trumpet

SOMEBODY SHOW ME
THE PLEASURE IS ALL MINE
DO THE CHICKEN
DON'T BE CARELESS

The first two tracks were released as Vee-Jay 247.


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AUGUST 23, 1957
UNIVERSAL STUDIO, WALTON STREET, CHICAGO ILLINOIS

Billy Emerson - vocal, with Al Smith's Orchestra, Quinn Wilson - bass, Al Duncan - drums, Earl Washington - piano, McKinley Washington - tenor sax, George "Sonny" Chon - trumpet

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR
YOU NEVER MISS YOUR WATER
LUCINDA
WHEN IT RAINS IT REALLY POURS

These tracks were issued as Vee-Jay 261


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MAY 1958
RECORDING STUDIOS, INC. 2120 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Billy Emerson - vocals and piano, with Willie Dixon's band - Matt Murphy - guitar, Quinn Wilson - bass, Al Duncan - Drums,

BELIEVE ME
HOLY MACKEREL BABY
GIVE ME A LITTLE LOVE
WOODCHUCK
ROCK AND ROLL MARCH (incomplete)

The first two tracks were released as Chess 1728, the final two tracks were released as Chess 1711


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JULY 1959

RECORDING STUDIOS INC., 2120 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
PRODUCER UNKNOWN, ASSUMED TO BE WILLIE DIXON

Billy Emerson - piano and vocals, Vincent "Guitar Red" Duling - guitar, Willie Dixon - bass, Phil Thomas - drums, Joe Jones - tenor sax, The Dells - vocal group

I'LL GET YOU TOO
A MIGHTY LOVE
UM HUM BABY
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS

Tracks 1 and 3 were issued as Chess 1740. Tracks 2 and 4 are unissued and presumed lost.


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MARCH 24, 1960
UNIVERSAL RECORDING CORPORATION, 111 EAST ONTARIO STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Billy Emerson - vocals and piano, "Chico" - guitar, Wilburn Green - bass, Jimmy Cottrell - drums, Riley Hampton - alto sax, Bobby Neely- tenor sax, John Neely - tenor sax, McKinley Easton - baritone sax

IT DO ME SO GOOD -1
IT DO ME SO GOOD - 2
I TOOK IT SO HARD - 1
I TOOK IT SO HARD - 2
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS - 1
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS - 2
I NEVER GET ENOUGH

Tracks 2 and 3 were issued on USA records. Tracks 3 and 4 were issued on MAD Records. The original version of track 1 is presumed lost, however all four of these songs had new vocals added in the mid to late 1960's and were issued on Chirrup, and Billy Emerson's Tarpon Records.

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SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER, 1960
CHICAGO

Billy Emerson - vocals and piano, Matt “Guitar” Murphy - guitar, McKinley Easton - baritone sax, Lucius Washington - tenor sax, Sonny Cohn - trumpet, Quinn Wilson - bass, Jimmy Cottrell - drums, unknown vocal group

DO THE CHICKEN
I GET THAT FEELING
HOT SPRING WATER

Tracks 2 and 3 appeared on USA 751.


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MAY 7, 1963
CHICAGO

Billy Emerson - vocals and piano, Lacy Gibson - guitar, Bernard Barkson - tenor sax, Reginald Boyd - bass, Gilbert Gay - drums

THE WHIP - part one
THE WHIP - part two

Issued on M-pac! 7207

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OCTOBER 13, 1964
CHICAGO

Billy Emerson - vocal and organ, Lonnie Brooks - guitar, Nolan Struck - bass, Joe Evans - tenor sax, Jerome Harris - drums (vocals recorded 1966, Smiley Tillman - guitar added)

A DANCIN’ WHIPPERSNAPPER
EVERY WOMAN I KNOW (CRAZY ‘BOUT AUTOMOBILES)

Tracks released on Tarpon, Chirrup and Rooster


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1965
CHICAGO

Billy Emerson - vocal and organ, Lacy Gibson - guitar, Lonnie Brooks - guitar, Abb Locke - tenor sax, Nolan Struck - bass, Billy Stepney - drums

AUNT MOLLY - part one
AUNT MOLLY - part two

Tracks released on Constellation 148


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MAY 29, 1967
CHICAGO

Billy Emerson - organ, Lacy Gibson - guitar, Pete Randolph - bass, Glen Martin - drums

ZULU - 1
ZULU - 2
BEFORE SIX
PETE THE TRAMP (WOLF’S THING)
IT’S GONNA WORK OUT FINE

Track 1 released on Rooster, Track 2 and 5 released on Tarpon.


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1967

Billy Emerson - vocal, Lacy Gibson - guitar, Gene Barge - tenor sax, John Watson - trombone, Hobart Dodge - trumpet

I DID THE FUNKY BROADWAY - part one
I DID THE FUNKY BROADWAY - part two

Both tracks released on Tarpon.

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Billy Emerson - vocal and piano, Eddie C. Campbell - guitar, Abe “Little Smokey” Smothers - guitar, Lester Davenport - bass, Chico Chism - drums

BUZZARD LUCK
CONJURED
WHEN IT RAINS IT REALLY POURS

Tracks 1 and two issue on Big Bear 23 (UK) LP.