The Modern Records Story

This giant of independent Los Angeles based R & B record labels was started by Joe and Jules Bihari during the waning days of World War II in 1945. It was originally called Modern Music Records and saw its first success with the piano boogie rhythms of Hadda Brooks especially "Swinging The Boogie". By the late 1940s the newly renamed Modern Records was a major player in the spread of R & B music across the country. What follows is a representative listing (certainly not complete) of Modern Records releases during the golden age of Rhythm & Blues from the late 40s to the mid 50s.

532 - Smokey Hogg - Too many Drivers / Country Girl

556 - Smokey Hogg - Unemployment Blues / Skinny Leg Woman

563 - Smokey Hogg - Anytime Is The Right Time / Where Did My Boogie Go

574 - Smokey Hogg - I Feel Good / Long Tall Mama

596 - Smokey Hogg - Worryin' Over You / Jivin' Little Woman

606 - Smokey Hogg - Golden Diamond Blues / Oh Woman Oh Woman

615 - Smokey Hogg - Be My So And So / My Baby Is Worryin' Me

624 - Peewee Crayton - Blues After Hours / I'm Still In Love With You

627 - John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillun / Sallie Mae

630 - Smokey Hogg - My Christmas Baby / New Year's Eve Blues

643 - Peewee Crayton - Texas Hop / Central Avenue Blues

653 - Floyd Dixon - Helen / Dallas Blues

655 - Sylvester Cotton - Sak-Relation Blues / Ugly Woman Blues

658 - Peewee Crayton - Bop Hop / Rocck Island Blues

663 - John Lee Hooker - Hobo Blues / Hoogie Boogie

664 - Floyd Dixon - Till I Grow Old / That'll Cut It

667 - Smokey Hogg - I'm Gonna Find Your Trick / Who's Heah

672 - Joe Lutcher - Mardi Gras

675 - Peewee Crayton - When Darkness Falls / I Love You So

686 - Little Willie Littlefield - Midnight Whistle / It's Midnight

688 - John Lee Hooker - Weeping Willow / Whistlin' And Moanin' Blues

700 - Floyd Dixon - Mississippi Blues / Drafting Blues

704 - Smokey Hogg - Little School Girl / Suitcase Blues

707 - Peewee Crayton - Long After Hours / Brand New Woman

709 - Little Willie Littlefield - Farewell / Drinkin' Hadacol

710 - Jesse Thomas - Texas Blues / Gonna Write You A Letter

714 - John Lee Hooker - Crawlin' Kingsnake / Driftin' From Door To Door

715 - Little Esther & Johnny Otis - I Gotta Guy / Thursday Night Blues

716 - Little Willie Littlefield - Merry Christmas / Come On Baby

719 - Peewee Crayton - Old Fashioned Baby / Bounce Peewee

720 - Roy Hawkins - Sleepless Nights / Mistreatin' Baby

721 - Jimmy Witherspoon - No Rollin' Blues / Big Fine Gal

722 - Jimmy McCracklin - Beer Drinkin' Woman / Up And Down Blues

724 - Floyd Dixon - Milky White Way / Precious Lord

725 - Floyd Dixon - Cow Town / Forever And Ever

726 - Little Willie Littlefield - The Moon Is Rising / Frightened

727 - Floyd Dixon - Gloomy baby / Roamin' Around

728 - Jimmy McCracklin - I Think My Time Is Here / Deceiving Blues

729 - Little Willie Littlefield - Rockin' Chair mama / Your Love Wasn't So

730 - John Lee Hooker - Playin' The Races / I'm A Howlin' Wolf

731 - Charles Brown - I'll get Along Somehow / What Do You Know About Love

732 - Peewee Crayton - Rockin' The Blues / Please Come Back

733 - Gene Phillips & Jack McVea - See See Rider / Slippin' And Slidin'

734 - Roy Hawkins - Royal Hawk / Why Do Things Happen To Me

735 - Smokey Hogg - Everybody Got A Racket / What More Can A Woman Do

737 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Drinking Beer / Hard Workin' Blues

741 - Jimmy McCracklin - Gotta Cut Out / Bad Health Blues

742 - Peewee Crayton - Some Rainy Day / Huckle Boogie

743 - Gene Phillips & Jack McVea - To Each His Own

744 - Floyd Dixon - People Like Me / Shuffle Blues

746 - John Lee Hooker - No Friend Around / Evening

747 - Little Willie Littlefield - Tell Me Baby / Why Leave Me Alone

748 - Little Esther & Johnny Otis - Mean Old Gal / Good Old Blues

750 - Joe Fritz - Wrong Doin' Woman / If I Be Lucky

751 - Lil Greenwood - Heart Full Of Pain

752 - Roy Hawkins - On My Way / Where You Been

753 - Herb Fisher - This Is My Story / I'm Yours To Keep

754 - Little Willie Littlefield - Cheerful baby / Happy Pay Day

755 - Herb Fisher - They'll Be Here / People Have Money

757 - Lil Greenwood - Ain't Gonna Cry / Come Back Baby

758 - Smokey Hogg - The Way You Treat Me / You're Gonna Look Like A Monkey

761 - Floyd Dixon - I'll be Lonely / It's Getting Foggy

762 - Jimmy McCracklin - Rockin' All day / Just Won't Let Her Go

763 - Peewee Crayton - Louella Brown / Answer To Blues After Hours

764 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Doctor Blues / Don't Ever Move A Woman Into Your House

765 - Roy Hawkins - Wine Drinkin' Woman / Mt Temper Is Rising

766 - Hadda Brooks - Lazy Boogie / Can You Look Me In The Eye

767 - John Lee Hooker - Rock And Roll / Give Me Your Phone Number

768 - Charles Brown - Nutmeg / What Do You Know About Love

769 - Hadda Brooks - Linger Awhile / This Time We're Through

770 - Smokey Hogg - Classification Blues / You Brought It On Yourself

771 - Lil Greenwood - Disatisfied Blues / I'm Going Crazy

772 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Falling By Degrees / New Orleans Woman

773 - Edna Broughton - Two Years Of Torture / Too Many Women

774 - Peewee Crayton - Good Little Woman / Dedicating The Blues

775 - Little Willie Littlefield - Hit The Road / Trouble All Around Me

776 - Floyd Dixon - Playboy Blues / Baby Come Home

777 - Roy Hawkins - Just A Poor Boy / You had A Good Man

779 - Helen Humes - Million Dollar Secret / I'm Gonna Let Him Ride

781 - Little Willie Littlefield - You Never Miss A Good Woman Till She's Gone / Ain't A Better Story

782 - Jimmy Witherspoon - I'm Just A Country Boy / There Ain't Nothing Better

783 - Smokey Hogg - Possum Hunt / Let's get Together And Drink Some Gin

784 - Herb Fisher - Too many Fish In The Sea / Don't Take Me Away

785 - Little Willie Littlefield - Merry Christmas / Come On Baby

786 - Edna Broughton - Ooh Wee Baby / Trouble Trouble

787 - Hadda Brooks - White Christmas / Silent Night

790 - John Lee Hooker - Let Your Daddy Ride / One More Time

791 - Maxwell Davis - Boogie Cocktail / Belmont Special

792 - June Barton - Lovesick Blues / Hullabaloo

793 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Once There Lived A Fool / I'm Just A Ladies Man

794 - Roy Hawkins - Blues All Around / Mean Little Girl

795 - Joe Hill Louis - I Feel Like A Million / Heartache Baby

796 - Peewee Crayton - Tired Of Travelling / Change Your Way Of Loving

797 - Floyd Dixon - Doin' The Town / You Made A Fool Out Of Me

801 - Little Willie Littlefield - Once Was Lucky / I've Been Lost

802 - Smokey Hogg - Smokey's Back In Town / late Prowlin' Gal

804 - Hadda Brooks - Keep Your Hands On Your Heart / Let's Be Sweethearts Again

806 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Going Around In Circles / You Can't Kiss A Dream Goodnight

808 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Ain't Nobody's Business / I Gotta Gal Live Up On A Hill

809 - Mumbles Horton - Little Boy Blue / Now Tell Me Baby

810 - Herb Fisher - Doggone Shame / Don't Want Nobody Else

811 - Lilli Greenwood - Young Blood / Sittin' And Wonderin'

812 - Roy Hawkins - I'm Never Satisfied / You're The Sweetest Thing

813 - Joe Hill Louis - Boogie In The Park / Cold Cold Chills

814 - John Lee Hooker - John Lee's House Rent Boogie / Queen Bee

815 - Smokey Hogg - Sleepless Blues

816 - Peewee Crayton - Poppa Stoppa / Thinking Of You

817 - Ira Amos - What have You Been Doing To Me / Blue And Disgusted

818 - Richard Lewis & The Barons - Believe In Me / Forever

822 - Joe Hill Louis - Walkin' Talkin' Blues / Street Walkin' Woman

823 - Herb Fisher - Baby Please Don't Cry / Wine Wine Wine

826 - Roy Hawkins - The Thrill Is Gone / Trouble Makin' Woman

828 - Joe Hill Louis - Eyesight To The Blind / Going Down Slow

829 - John Lee Hooker - Women In My Life

830 - Joe Houston - Blow Joe Blow

831 - Dick Cole w/Phinus Newborn - Tennessee Bounce / Fine As Wine

832 - Ramp Davis - Bayou Dance / The Blues Has Got Me

833 - Smokey Hogg - Country Gal / Too Many Drivers

834 - Johnny Ingram - Mr. T-99 voc-Del Graham / What's Up

835 - John Lee Hooker - I'm In The Mood / How can You Do It

836 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Fickle Woman / I Done Found Out

837 - Little Willie Littlefield - Lump In My Throat / Mean Mean Woman

839 - Joe Hill Louis - Gotta Go baby / Big Legged Woman

840 - Lil' Son Jackson - Talkin' Boogie / Milford Blues

842 - Roy Hawkins - I Walk Alone / Gloom And Misery All Around

843 - Rev. C. C. Chapman & Faith Temple Choir - On My Way (parts 1 & 2)

844 - Smokey Hogg - Patrol Wagon Blues / You've Been Gone Too Long

845 - Jimmy Witherspoon - I'm Just Wonderin' (parts 1 & 2)

847 - John Lee Hooker - Anybody Seen My Baby / Turn Over A New Leaf

849 - Driftin' Slim - My Little Machine / Down South Blues

850 - Joe Houston - Have A Ball / Houston Hot House

851 - Helen Humes - I Ain't In The Mood / Living My Life My Way

852 - John Lee Hooker - Louise / Ground Hog Blues

853 - Roy Hawkins - You're A Free Little Girl / I Don't Know Just Whay To Do

854 - Little Willie Littlefield - A Life Of Trouble / Too Late For Me

856 - Joe Hill Louis - Peace Of Mind / Chocolate Blonde

857 - Jimmy Witherspoon - The Wind Is Blowin' / Would My Baby Make A Change

859 - Roy Hawkins - Highway 59 / Would You

860 - Boyd Gilmore - Ramblin' On My Mind / Just An Army Boy

862 - John Lee Hooker - Rock Me Mama / Cold Chills All Over Me

864 - Little Junior & The Blue Flames - You're My Angel / Bad Women, Bad Whiskey

869 - Roy Hawkins - The Thrill Hunt / Doin' All Right

870 - Jimmy Lee & Artis - My Heart's Desire

871 - Ben Burton - Bee Hive Boogie

872 - Boyd Gilmore - All In My Dreams / Take A Walk With Me

875 - Jimmy Giuffre - Big Boy (parts 1 & 2)

876 - John Lee Hooker - It Hurts Me So / I Got My Eye On You

877 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Daddy Pinocchio / Love My Baby

878 - Charley Booker - Charley's Boogie Woogie / Moonlight Blues

879 - Joe Houston - Boogie Woogie Woman / Dig It

880 - Mary Sue - Love Is A Gamble / Everybody's Talking

881 - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - My Song / It's Rough voc - Mari Jones

882 - Baby Face Turner - Blue Serenade / Gonna Let You Go

883 - Ray Agee - Flirtin' Blues / It's Bedtine Baby

884 - Smokey Hogg - Highway 51 / Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes

885 - Jimmy Lee & Artis - Let's talk It Over Baby

886 - John Lee Hooker - Keys To The Highway / Bluebird Blues

887 - Jay Franks - Trying / Crying Blues

888 - Mari Jones & Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Lonesome Train / Johnny Johnny

890 - Cliff Bivins - Make Love To Me / Please Don't Leave Me

891 - Ray Agee - No More Blue Shadows Falling / My Lonesome Days Are Gone

892 - Peewee Crayton - Cool Evening / Have You Lost Your Love For Me

893 - Sylvester Cotton - I Tried

893 - John Lee Hooker - New Boogie Chillun / I Tried

894 - Ben Burton - Lover's Blues / Cherokee Boogie

895 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Baby Baby / Slow Your Speed

896 - Smokey Hogg - Too Late Old Man / River Hips Mama

897 - John Lee Hooker - It's Been A Long Time

898 - Roy Hawkins - Bad Luck Is Fallin' / The Condition I'm In

899 - Jimmy Lee & Artis - All Right Baby / Why Do You Make Me Feel So Blue

901 - John Lee Hooker - Ride Till I Die / Stormin' And Rainin'

902 - Oscar McLollie - The Honey Jump (parts 1 & 2)

903 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Each Step Of The Way / Let Jesus Fix It For You

904 - Little Ruth - Witness / Lord Keep Your Hand On Mine

905 - Lucky Enois Quintet - Crazy Man Crazy / Zig Zag Ziggin'

907 - Jimmy Lee & Artis - That's Fat Jack / That's What Love Can Do

908 - John Lee Hooker - Please Take Me Back / Love Money Can't Buy

909 - Jimmy Witherspoon - Oh Mother Dear Mother / I'll Be Right On Down

910 - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Dragnet Blues / Playing Numbers voc-Frankie Ervin

911 - Johnny Moore's Three Blazers voc Mari Jones - In The Home / Old Worry

913 - Lawrence Stone - I'll Surrender Anytime / Please Remember Me

914 - Eddie Townes - On The Bottom / Trials And Tribulations

915 - Oscar McLollie - All That Oil In Texas / Be Cool My Heart voc-Bedell Forrest

916 - John Lee Hooker - Too Much Boogie / I Need Somebody

917 - Joe Houston - Blowin' Crazy / Going Crazy

919 - Lawrence Stone - New Love / Too Much Lovin'

920 - Oscar McLollie - Lolly Pop / God Gave Us Christmas

921 - Young Jessie - I Smell A Rat / Lonsome Desert

922 - Sister Christine Sykes - Nothing Can Change / We Walked Out In Jesus Name

923 - John Lee Hooker - Down Child / Gotta Boogie

924 - Smokey Hogg - Can't Do Nothing / Just Can't Help It

928 - Oscar McLollie - What You Call 'Em Joe / Mama Don't Like

926 - Jimmy McCracklin - Blues Blasters Boogie / The Panic's On

927 - Jerry Thomas - Lost Monday / Don't Have To Worry

930 - Dennis Binder - I Miss You So / Early Times

931 - John Lee Hooker - I Wonder Little Darlin' / Jump Me

933 - Marvin & Johnny - Cherry Pie / Tick Tock

934 - Jimmy McCracklin - Darlin Share Your Love / Give My Heart A Break

935 - John Lee Hooker - Let's Talk It Over

938 - Linda Peters - One More Chance / Ooh Daddy

939 - Native Boys - Native Girl / It Won't Take Long

940 - Oscar McLollie - Love Me Tonight / Take Your Shoes Off Pop

941 - Marvin & Johnny - Kiss Me / Sugar

942 - John Lee Hooker - Bad Boy / Cool Little Car

943 - Oscar McLollie - Dig That Crazy Santa Claus

944 - Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns - Set My Heart Free / I Wanna Love

945 - Poka-Dotts - Ting-A-Ling / Stairway To Love

946 - Marvin & Johnny - Little Honey / Honey Girl

947 - Etta James & The Peaches - The Wallflower / Hold Me Squeeze Me

948 - John Lee Hooker - Shake Holler And Run / Half A Stranger

949 - Marvin & Johnny - Kokomo / Sometimes I Wonder

951 - Jimmy McCracklin - Please Forgive Me Baby / Couldn't Be A Dream

952 - Marvin & Johnny - I Love You Yes I Do

955 - Oscar McLollie - Eternal Love / Pagliacci

956 - Cadets - Don't Be Angry / I Cried

957 - Etta james - Hey Henry / Be Mine

958 - John Lee Hooker - Taxi Driver / You Deceive Me

959 - Marvin & Johnny - Butter Ball / Sugar Mama

960 - Cadets - Rolling Stone / Fine Looking Baby

961 - Young Jessie - Mary Lou / Don't Think I Will

962 - Etta James - Good Rockin Daddy / Crazy Feeling

964 - Cobras - Sindy

965 - Dolly Cooper - Ay La Baby / My Man

966 - John Lee Hooker - The Syndicator / Hug And Squeeze Me

967 - Jimmy McCracklin - Gonna Tell Your Mother / That Ain't Right

968 - Marvin & Johnny - Will You Love Me / Sweet Dreams

970 - Oscar McLollie - Convicted / Roll Hot Rod, Roll

971 - Cadets - If It Is Wrong / Do You Wanna Rock

972 - Etta James - W-O-M-A-N / That's All

973 - Young Jessie - Nothing Seems Right / Do You Love Me

974 - Marvin & Johnny - Let Me Know / Ain't That Right

975 - Sounds - So Unneccessary / Cold Chills

977 - Dolly Cooper - Teenage Prayer / Down So Long

978 - John Lee Hooker - I'm Ready / Lookin' For A Woman

981 - Sounds - Sweet Sixteen / Anything For You

982 - Marvin & Johnny - Wonderful Woinderful One / Yes I Do

983 - Elmore James - Wild About You / Long Tall Woman

984 - Etta James - Number One / I'm A Fool

985 - Cadets - Heartbreak Hotel / Church Bells May Ring

986 - Dolly Cooper - Teenage Wedding Bells / Every Day And Every Night

987 - Cliques - Girl In My Dreams / I Wanna Know Why

988 - Etta James - Tears Of Joy / Shortnin' Rock

989 - Shirley Gunter & The Flairs - Heading Home / I Want You

990 - Hawks - It's All Over / Since You've Been Gone

991 - Jimmy Beasley - Ella Jane / No Love For Me

992 - Rockets - Be Lovey Dovey / You Are The First One

993 - Long Tall Marvin - Have Mercy Miss Percy / Tell Me Darlin

994 - Cadets - Stranded In The Jungle / I Want You

995 - Cliques - My Desire / I'm In Love With A Girl

996 - Jimmy Beasley - Don't Feel Sorry For Me / Little Coquette

997 - Tonettes - Don't Fall In Love Too Soon / Tonight You Belong To Me

998 - Etta James - Tough Lover / Fools We Mortals Be

999 - Rocketeers - Hey Rube

1000 - Cadets - Dancin' Dan / I Got Loaded

1001 - Shirley Gunter & The Flairs - Just Got Rid Of A Heartache / Fortune In Love

1002 - Young Jessie - Hit, Git, And Split / It Don't Happen No More

1004 - Curley Williams - This Heart Of Mine / Be Mine

1005 - Jesse Belvin - Goodnight My Love / I Want You With Me Christmas

1006 - Cadets - I'll Be Spinning / Fools Rush In

1007 - Etta James - Then I'll Care / Good Lookin'

1008 - Hadda Brooks - Old Man River / Close Your Eyes

1009 - Jimmy Beasley - My Happiness / Jambalaya

1012 - Cadets - Love Bandit / Heaven Help Me

1013 - Jesse Belvin - Senorita / I Need You So

1015 - Jesse Belvin - Don't Close The Door / By My Side

1017 - Cadets - You Belong To Me / Wiggie Waggie Woo

1020 - Jesse Belvin - Sad And Lonesome / I'm Not Free

1025 - Jesse Belvin - You Send Me / Summertime

1026 - Cadets - Ring Chimes / Baby You Know

1027 - Jesse Belvin - Just To Say Hello / My Satellite

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