Both sides recorded in
New York City
in the second half of 1948. Exact recording date, personnel and date of release
This one-off session for Bobby Shad’s Sittin’ In With label marked the recording debut of Big John Greer. Two singles resulted from the session – “Rockin’ With Big John” / “Wine-ola” (Sittin’ In With 510) plus the featured platter on this post which we can all enjoy thanks to El Enmascarado’s work in ripping these sides from the original 78 rpm shellac disc.
The Sittin’ In With date was something of a moonlight session for tenor sax player and vocalist Big John Greer who had arrived in
York City to join Lucky Millinder’s Orchestra as a replacement
for Bull Moose Jackson who had embarked on a solo career. The Millinder outfit
was under contract to RCA Victor and Greer’s first recording session with the
band took place in January 1949. He sang on “Little Girl Don’t Cry” which was a
number fifteen R&B hit, although it was heavily outsold by the Bull Moose Jackson version which reached number two in the charts.
Greer’s career followed a parallel path to that of his fellow saxophonist / vocalist Bull Moose Jackson when he started recording as leader of a small group called The Rhythm Rockers, which consisted of Millinder band members, in April 1949 for RCA Victor. When the Millinder band moved to King in 1950, Greer continued to record for Victor and subsequently its R&B subsidiary Groove until the mid 1950s. He recorded as a sideman for King, being on the Lucky Millinder / Wynonie Harris session which produced a storming version of Louis Prima’s “Oh Babe!” He was also on Bull Moose Jackson’s epic double entendre rocker “Nosey Joe” and recorded several sessions with fellow former Millinder vocalist Annisteen Allen.
We’ll be taking a look at Big John Greer’s output for Victor and Groove in an upcoming updated post of the “R&B In New York City” LP.
Thanks again to El Enmascarado for these rips which are in remarkably good sound quality.