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Roy Milton

As in-the-pocket drummer of his own jump blues combo, the Solid Senders, Roy Milton was in a perfect position to drive his outfit just as hard or soft as he so desired. With his stellar sense of swing, Milton did just that; his steady backbeat on his 1946 single for Art Rupe's fledgling Juke Box imprint, "R.M. Blues," helped steer it to the uppermost reaches of the R&B charts (his assured vocal didn't hurt either).

Milton spent his early years on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma (his maternal grandmother was a Native American) before moving to Tulsa. He sang with Ernie Fields's territory band during the late '20s and began doubling on drums when the band's regular trapsman got arrested one fateful evening. In the mood to leave Fields in 1933, Milton wandered west to Los Angeles and formed the Solid Senders. 1945 was a big year for him -- along with signing with Juke Box (soon to be renamed Specialty), the band filmed three soundies with singer June Richmond.

"R.M. Blues" was such a huge seller that it established Specialty as a viable concern for the long haul. Rupe knew a good thing when he saw it, recording Milton early and often through 1953. He was rewarded with 19 Top Ten R&B hits by the Solid Senders, including "Milton's Boogie," "True Blues," "Hop, Skip and Jump," "Information Blues," "Oh Babe" (a torrid cover of Louis Prima's jivey jump), and "Best Wishes." Milton's resident boogie piano specialist, Camille Howard, also sang on several Milton platters, including the 1947 hit "Thrill Me," concurrently building a solo career on Specialty.

After amassing a voluminous catalog as one of Specialty's early bedrocks, Milton moved on to Dootone, King (there he cut the delectable instrumental "Succotash"), and Warwick (where he eked out a minor R&B hit in 1961, "Red Light") with notably less commercial success. Sadly, even though he helped pioneer the postwar R&B medium, rock & roll had rendered Milton an anachronism.

The drummer remained active nonetheless, thrilling the throng at the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival as part of Johnny Otis's all-star troupe. It's a safe bet he was swinging until the very end. ~ Bill Dahl
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Track List: R & B Greats - R.M Blues

1. R.M. Blues

2. Groovy Blues

3. Rhythm Cocktail

4. Information Blues

5. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

6. 'Tain't Me

7. Little Boy Blue

8. True Blues

9. Pack Your Sack, Jack

10. Roy Rides (aka Nip Time)

11. Cryin' And Singin' The Blues

12. I Want A Little Girl

13. My Blue Heaven

14. Milton's Boogie

15. Thrill Me

16. Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket

17. Hop Skip & Jump

18. Junior Jump

19. Sympathetic Blues

20. Oh Marie

21. Waking Up Baby

22. Everything I Do Is Wrong

23. Playboy Blues

24. Bye Bye Baby Blues

25. Hucklebuck

26. Where There Is No Love

27. Junior Jives

28. Its Later Than You Think

29. Don't You Remember Baby?

30. Oh Babe

31. One O'Clock Jump

32. Marie

33. Big Fat Mama

34. T-Town Twist

35. I Have News For You

36. Best Wishes

37. That's The One For Me

38. So Tired

39. Cold Blooded Woman

40. Short, Sweet And Snappy

41. Night & Day I Miss You So

42. Early In The Morning

43. Baby Don't You Know

44. I Stood By

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garammasala1 9 6 8
What an intriguing opening few notes. Love it.
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I love the 50s
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movin' & groovin'
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ghurst999
Joe Liggins scored a #1 hit with "Pink Champagne" in 1950...he scored it first.
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ghurst999
I love Roy Milton's Hop, Skip and Jump...1948 Jump Blues!
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I thought Joe Liggins did "Pink Champagne" not Roy Milton..
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this guy, blaster.
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blastertwp
who came first.....th i s guy or larry williams
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Back to the roots.

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