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Al SMITH and His Orchestra - In Session - 1952-1958

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JASMCD3234

Jasmine's ongoing 'In Session' series turns its attention to Al Smith.

The first six titles in October 1952, were the start of his recording career. They were for Art Sheridan's Chance label, the first of which, under Smith's own name, was the ghostly 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes'. Big Bertha Henderson rocks her way through 'Rock, Daddy, Rock' before Bobby Prince finished out the session and has another couple before Sheridan closed Chance into VeeJay giving Al Smith even more artists to contend with.

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Jasmine's ongoing 'In Session' series turns its attention to Al Smith.

The first six titles in October 1952, were the start of his recording career. They were for Art Sheridan's Chance label, the first of which, under Smith's own name, was the ghostly 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes'. Big Bertha Henderson rocks her way through 'Rock, Daddy, Rock' before Bobby Prince finished out the session and has another couple before Sheridan closed Chance into VeeJay giving Al Smith even more artists to contend with.

His early VeeJay sessions produced The El Dorado's 'Annie's Answer' an answer to Hank Ballard's 'Annie Had a Baby' but this time explaining that 'Annie Ain't Had no Baby'. The instrumental 'Living With Vivian' seems to be a reference to Vivian Carter, VeeJay' owner. Poor old Dizzy Dizon dreams he's stuck on a soup line & his money troubles getting there. Moving to a VeeJay subsidiary Falcon The Dells murmur their way 'One, Two, Cha Cha Cha' which incorporates the famous Bo Diddley penned riff from 'Love is Strange'.

Such was Smith's reputation that Duke Records from Houston, Texas sent Little Junior Parker to Chicago to record with Al Smith's Orchestra the result of which was 'Peaches' & 'Pretty Little Doll', both present here.

DooWop enters the frame with sessions with The Lyrics who become The Falcons, but not to be confused with the famous Detroit group of the same name. Larry Birdsong name drops his way down in 'Fannie's Place' before we end with three more Smith instrumentals including a latin flavoured 'Left Field'.

This collection gives a slightly different view of the Chicago music scene away from the blues and R&B of Chess records but showed it had just as much talent especially with the Al Smith Combo and Orchestra.

Track Listing

AL SMITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA FEATURING 'RED' HOLLOWAY
1. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
2. SLOW MOOD
BIG BERTHA HENDERSON WITH AL SMITH ORCHESTRA
3. ROCK, DADDY, ROCK
4. TEARS IN MY EYES
BOBBY PRINCE WITH AL SMITH'S ORCHESTRA
5. TELL ME WHY, WHY, WHY
6. I WANT TO HOLD YOU
7. BETTER THINK IT OVER
8. IF YOU ONLY KNEW
AL SMITHS COMBO
9. FOOLING AROUND SLOWLY
10. ANNIE'S ANSWER
11. LIVING WITH VIVIAN
DIZZY DIXON WITH AL SMITH'S COMBO
12. SOUP LINE
AL SMITH
13. ONE, TWO, CHA CHA CHA
14. GET UP AND GO
15. ROAD HOUSE
THE DELLS WITH AL SMITH'S ORCHESTRA
16. A DISTANT LOVE
LITTLE JUNIOR PARKER WITH AL SMITH ORCHESTRA
17. PEACHES
18. PRETTY LITTLE DOLL
LUCIUS WASHINGTON QUINTET
19. JAMMIN' FOR DIGGY
AL SMITH
20. QUARTER PARTY
THE LYRICS
21. COME ON HOME
22. WHY DON'T YOU STOP
THE FALCONS WITH AL SMITH'S ORCHESTRA
23. MY ONLY LOVE
24. NOW THAT IT'S OVER
LARRY BIRDSONG WITH AL SMITH'S ORCHESTRA
25. FANNIE'S PLACE
26 GOODBYE GOODBYE
AL SMITH
27. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
28. WABASH BLUES
29. LEFT FIELD

JASMCD3234

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Format
CD
Price Code
A
Release Date
April 12th, 2023
UPC Bar Code No
604988323429

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