1952

I DON'T KNOW * WILLIE MABON AND HIS COMBO * CHESS 1531 * USA

Pianist and singer Willie Mabon was born in Hollywood in 1925 and died sixty years later in Paris, France where he had been living and working since 1972. He first recorded for Apollo as, err, Big Willie, in 1949 - the self penned I Don't Know was originally recorded for the Parrot label of Chicago released on #1050. It was an instant success and quickly picked up by the Chess brothers who released it on their premier imprint and from there it went to the number one slot on the R&B charts staying  at the top for eight weeks. As a testament to its success an 'answer' record was released by Linda Hayes, which, in its turn was also a success.

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Got To Have Some

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